Big Bad Online 2021

We looked into our crystal ball, requested feedback from our community, reviewed health and safety guidelines, and asked ourselves some hard questions…

The first big question is: can we host a safe in-person event in October?

Unfortunately, the answer is a resounding “maybe.” And maybe isn’t enough for us to move forward with everything it takes to plan an in-person event. If this was a saving throw against pandemic, we likely would have a good chance to make the roll. But it’s still a chance.

We considered having a con with vaccine requirements, masking and social distancing. However we quickly realized that social distancing isn’t really a possibility at a gaming convention. Also we didn’t want to put our staff and volunteers in a position where they would have to police anyone.

That brings us to our second question: what about an online con?

We’re happy to say the answer is yes, we’ll host a Big Bad Online event this year! We are still deciding what that will look like but right now these are our thoughts:

  • It will be a one day event focusing on giving our community a place to gather and  promoting a diverse mix of game designers and other creatives in the extended community.
  • This event will give us a chance to bring in panelists who haven’t been able to make it to BBC in the past, to grow our panel and workshop programming, and to spotlight small press creators.
  • We will not be scheduling games. People will of course be free to start their own impromptu games as part of the online “lobby con” and LFG channels on the discord. Though we know folks will miss having games on the roster (we will too!), keeping this event narrowly focused means that we keep it within our capacity to host it and do it well.
  • We will be having a fundraiser — to pay our speakers, to pay any hosting costs, to raise money for our scholarship fund, and to support making Big Bad Con 2022 bigger and badder than ever! Pay attention to our twitter as we will announce more in the coming weeks.

Thank you all for your support and understanding. Big Bad Con couldn’t happen without you amazing people!

Big Bad Con Supports Black Lives Matter

You may have noticed that Big Bad Con has not made an official statement regarding the Black Lives Matter protests that are currently rocking the country and the world. Early on, we used our Twitter account to retweet other activists and share how people can help support the protesters. Otherwise, we have remained silent as we didn’t want to shout out in a self-serving manner with a shallow and impersonal message.

Our silence is not indicative of how all of us at Big Bad Con feel about the issues. As should be clear by our community standards that we actively embody, all of us strongly support the protests. Not just the case of George Floyd, but also Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and far too many other victims of police brutality and injustice due to systematic racism.

The Big Bad Con board of directors has enthusiastically agreed to donate $2000 of our funds to support Black Lives Matter. We have also launched a BLM Crowdrise campaign to allow our community to easily share their support. We strongly encourage you to donate if you can.

Big Bad Con staff all support Black Lives Matter

Additionally, the staff themselves have decided to make it more personal by making a statement of their own…

“The staff of Big Bad Con supports the protestors, not just in word but in actions. Whether this means attending protests, donating in support, contacting our representatives, fighting to defund police on a local level, or all of the above. We also all are in agreement that if you don’t think Black Lives Matter then you aren’t the kind of person we want as part of the Big Bad Con community.”


Colin Fahrion
Kristine Hassell
Sophie Lagacé
Andy Munich
Brian Vo
Ash Cheshire
Nathan Black
Jeremy Tidwell
Sean Nittner
Eric Fattig
Morgan Nuncio
Eric Mersmann
Ezra Denney
Adrienne Mueller
Karen Twelves
Shantih Moriarty
Jeeyon Shim
Jenn Martin
James Mendez Hodes
Orion Black
Anne Faye
Heather Rose
Xander Mathews
Gina Ricker

Resources and links

This is a long ongoing fight and we encourage you look at the resources below, educate yourself, and follow through not just in words but in action!

Petitions to sign

Protests in your area

Legislators to Contact

Big Bad Con game schedule is up – Verify your badge today!

We’re super excited to have so many wonderful offerings this year. Over 180 scheduled events, and nearly 30 games in Games on Demand!

The game schedule is now built. You can see dates and times on the event listing, or you can see a visual depiction for each day here: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Important – Verify your Badge Today!

Game sign ups will go live on 9/12 at noon PST. Before then, it’s very important that you verify your badge to make sure you’ll be able to sign up when the booking opens.

Head over to the event called Verify your 2015 Big Bad Con badge, make sure you’re logged into the site, and click Book Now at the the bottom of the page. If you’re able to book this event, you’re badge is activated and your account is working as it should!

Some big changes in sign ups this year!

While The Wolf does like a good competition, he’s also heard the cry of the people. Many have requested that sign ups be limited in the first week to make sure that everyone, even the folks who can’t be frantically refreshing their browser pages at noon on Saturday, gets a chance to sign up for great games.

To facilitate this, we’ve created a quota this year. In the first week, all attendees will be limited to signing up for two events. After the first week, when everyone has had a chance to sign up for their top two, we’ll open the gates completely, and you’ll be able to sign up for as many events as you can cram in your schedule!

A few exceptions to note:

  • Events you’re running don’t count against your quota.
  • Some specific events (Verify your Badge, Treasure Trapped!, Wolf Chase, and Hacking as Women) don’t count against your quota either.

Still want to run a game?

Now that the schedule is built we’ve re-opened limited game submissions to accept games in the slots that still have room. Click here to run a game on the schedule or here to GM in Games on Demand.

We can’t wait for Big Bad Con this year. See you at the con!

Big Bad GM – The Biggest, Baddest GMs in the Land

Inspired by Iron GM, Big Bad GM pits four GMs against each other in a cage match that rocks the house.

Each contestant is randomly assigned four players and knows only that they must run a game using the Fate system. After that everything is uncertain…

Just as the competition starts, our judges reveal the secret ingredients. A genre, antagonist, and location. The GMs must brainstorm with the players, start them making characters and run a game using those secret ingredients all in four hours.

The entire experience is a blast for the GMs, players and judges alike.

What’s even better is that the players get to pick the contestants! Last year, based on the 200+ feedback forms received, we took the top rated GMs and invited them to participate this year. I’m happy to say all of them gladly accepted the challenge.

Last year the games were set in the Cyberpunk genre, located on the moon, with fairytale baddies as antagonists. I can’t wait to see what the judges roll up this year!

Big Bad Con 2012 Contestants:

Matt Steele. Terror Rabbit. Host of Dead of Winter. Big Bad Judge 2011. A force to be feared.

Mike Bogan

Mike Bogan. Winner of the EndGame GM Smackdown. Last year’s Big Bad GM contestant.

Mike Garcia. CEO of the Tower. Prop junkie. Scrappy underdog!

Scott White. MC Extraordinaire. Big Bad GM Rookie. Fresh Meat.

Private rooms at Big Bad Con!

Little Red clearly has mad negotiation skills that leave The Wolf in the dust. This year belongs to Red because she brought private rooms to the table!

We’re still keeping the board rooms for most games but the Hilton has offered us some of the guest rooms across the hall from the board rooms for RPGs. The great news is that it’s still on the same floor as everything else. Right in the middle of the action PLUS the seclusion you need for lighting, sound, and ambiance!

If you need a private room for your game, request it on the Run a Game page.