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Welcome to DunDraCon!

The West Coast's Premier Game Convention

The San Ramon Marriott is Sold Out However, it is worth checking for cancellations - especially in the last two weeks before the convention, when plans tend to suffer last-minute changes. Phone the reservations center at (800) 228-9290 if the reservations link doesn't work.

Alternative Hotels

If you'd rather stay off-site, we have negotiated special DunDraCon rates with the following hotels:

All Alternative Hotels

Courtyard San Ramon
Residence Inn San Ramon
Hyatt House

Hotel News DunDraCon, Inc. is proud to announce that DunDraCon 44 will be our 29th convention at the San Ramon Marriott and will take place there on February 14-17, 2020. We are dedicating this convention to the friendly and helpful staff of the San Ramon Marriott, who have been so good to us over the years. Last year we set a record of 1850 attendees, and we invite everyone to help us break that record next February. We will be having special events to celebrate and invite you all to share your favorite stories and photos from past conventions at the San Ramon Marriott.

The only real problem we have had there is the fact that we have grown to completely fill that hotel and they simply cannot add more function space, sleeping rooms, or parking to accommodate our growing attendance and space needs. Therefore we are proud to officially announce that we have signed a contract with their much larger sister hotel, the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel, to hold DunDraCon conventions there starting with DunDraCon 45 in 2021. We will have the same helpful, friendly, and professional service, as we are staying in the Marriott system, but we will have more function space, sleeping rooms, and parking.

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Convention book available The DDC 43 convention book is available for download, or even just to look at.

DDC 43 Book

In Memoriam
Greg Stafford


I just learned of the death of Greg Stafford. I think it was 1974 when I met Greg through his game White Bear & Red Moon. D& D was just out and we all thought it was a great boardgame version of D&D. A few months later, Greg dropped by our regular Monday night game and impressed us all.with his creative approach.

A few months and some meetings at conventions later, Jeff Pimper and I went to Greg for advice on publishing our compilation of fan-generated monsters called All the Worlds' Monsters. He persuaded us to let him publish the book and its sequels.

In 1976, he asked me to participate in creating the RPG that became RuneQuest. That story has been told many times. A few projects later and I became a Chaosium employee. It was the best three+ years of working that I've ever enjoyed, tho it had to come to an end.

Working with Greg was one of the high points. Greg was an endless font of creativity and he encouraged me into projects that I am proud to have on my resume, and a few that never saw the light of day. He was also a raconteur of great talent and I number some of his stories still in my repertoire, with due credit given.

We had off and on contact after I left Chaosium. Two years ago we spent some time together reminiscing behind the table at the Chaosium booth at GenCon. I am now really sorry I let my back problems derail me from going to GenCon this year.

Rest easy Greg. May your spirit continue to guide us thru the dragon-lifted mountains of Dragon Pass.

-- Steve Perrin

Greg was a regular at Dundracon for many years, always running games and leading a seminar about "What's New at Chaosium".

I first met Greg at DunDraCon; I had become enamored of the Runequest system, and there was the guy that had provided the background! Then, Ellen and I were in the playtest for Pendragon (back in 1983 or so). We were on a nodding-and-casual-chat basis for a while after that; the first time I really got to know him was the Baltimore RQCon, when he asked me to read through the manuscript of what would eventually become Pagan Shores (The Irish Pendragon supplement).

I wrote and edited for Greg, though always on a freelance basis.

At one point, having sold my house and having lots of money in the bank, I loaned him enough money to get Boy King published. He not only paid me back (with interest!), he named a pair of major NPCs in the Great Pendragon Campaign after Ellen and myself. Now, when I see a question on a Pendragon-related site about "What would Earl Roderick do...", I can answer with complete sincerity!

-- Roderick Robertson

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