We’re happy to announce the first annual Shroud of the Avatar Convention in 2016 to take place on November 4-6 2016 in Baltimore, MD. This convention will be one of our making as a community. The schedule, pending announcement based on funding, has a lot of exciting opportunities and our ambitions are grand. What we know for sure at this point: players will be there. The goal for this Con is to create a Shroud of the Avatar themed gathering, on the east coast so that players and developers can come together, grow together, and share ideas. What we don’t want is people to attend, thinking that there will be big sponsors and expensive swag bags. The goal is to simply come together, make friends, have a great time, and talk about Shroud of the Avatar We are asking for asking for funding for the event and for everyone to let us know if they are able to attend. The hotel we have offers group rates for rooms and we would love to make sure everyone gets the best deal possible. We need people to stay at the hotel to get the best price for the convention rooms. Some of the things we have in the works: At least someone from PaxLair, Port Phoenix, Avatars Radio, NBNN, and many other communities have committed to attendance. At least 3 developers have committed to attendance. Potentially, we will recreate a board game using the map of Novia as the board! Group gaming opportunities Potentially, group meals with garb encouraged! Vendors from the SotA community Potentially, a kid friendly area! A 1st year exclusive attendance reward will be given out at the event! We need volunteers. Both local to the area, to help with logistics and planning, and others to help facilitate a smooth and enjoyable time for everyone. We also need financial backing as well as attendees. I would like to thank the three people who have already committed to helping this project and a special thanks to @Winfield for being a sounding board for the last five or so months that we’ve been planning this. We are excited for this event and can’t wait to see everyone and have a great time. I would also like to thank @DarkStarr for his initial support @Berek for his current and future support in making sure we can have Portalarium in attendance. The official website for this event: http://east.sotacon.org The official crowdfunding for the event (donations even if you can't go, or above and beyond...): http://www.gofundme.com/sotacon2016 For buying tickets in bulk or putting signage at the event: contact @Violation Clauth or @Winfield For all other information please see the website or the FAQ below.