By Kristin Stankus, Digital community and social media specialist
What is DunDraCon?
DunDraCon (abbreviation for Dungeons & Dragons Convention) is an annual gathering of people that love games. At the Con, attendees play a variety of games, including role-playing games, card games, and board games. People can come and join a game in play, or set up and start their own game. DunDraCon also features exciting live combat demonstrations, seminars on gaming, play testing of new games, and exhibitions by game publishers. Learn more about DunDraCon here.
In 1975, a small group of gamers decided it would be fun to get together at a hotel and play their favorite role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons (D&D). It was a success and over the years the small gathering evolved into a large convention that expanded into a venue for playing a variety of different games beyond D&D.
DunDraCon is in its 39th year (no, my math isn’t off, they had to cancel the convention in 1980 due to a last minute hotel snafu). Attendance is expected to be approximately 2,000 attendees over President’s Day weekend at the San Ramon Marriot at Bishop Ranch. The admission fee covers all events and games at the premier gaming convention on the West Coast.
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Why should I attend?
You should check out DunDraCon because everyone loves games. Grab your friends and family and have some fun over the holiday weekend with others that love games too. No matter which types of games you are into, you are sure to find a group to play with.
“This is the best place to get exposure to any kind of gaming you’re interested in,” said June Delane, blood drive coordinator for DunDraCon. “It’s a one-stop gaming experience.”
Why have a blood drive at a gaming convention?
What makes this year’s DundraCon event even more special is the fact that it will once again host a blood drive during the convention, which they have been doing for the last several years. “The committee liked the idea of giving back,” June said. “We have all these people gathered in one place so why not give them the opportunity to give back to the Bay Area community?”
Even if you are not going to attend the convention, you can still stop by to donate. The blood mobile will be open to the public and both the general public and hotel staff are encouraged to stop by and give blood for life. So get your game face on and make an appointment to donate at DunDraCon 39.
If you are unable to make it to the event, visit one of Stanford Blood Center’s three convenient locations to donate. To make an appointment or for more information, visit our website or call our friendly staff at 888-723-7831