Skull Con


Walker’s Bluff Winery

Carterville, Illinois

Friday & Saturday June 17th – 18th, 2022


Did you register for Skull Con -- but now cannot make it?

We have had a few registered Skull Con attendees contact us with the unfortunate news that they cannot now attend Skull Con.  For all registered attendees who cannot make it to Skull Con, we will ship their Skull Con swag to them after the event.


Additional Info Post May 12th

Due to the incredible response, we have over 350 excited True Dungeon players attending Skull Con.  It will be amazing to get so many cool folks together in one place to geek out about True Dungeon.  We cannot wait to see everyone!  We will be presenting a full seven-room adventure for all Skull Con attendees (while also providing another adventure for Patrons), but we are asking attendees to bring some of their favorite games to enjoy with others between events.

Walker’s Bluff is a nice venue that will be offering a full bar and a limited menu of tasty food.  It should be a great place to enjoy a day of gaming with TD friends.  We will be utilizing two buildings for the event. See map below for where to head for your fun.

There will be opportunities to transmute Treasure Tokens at True Dungeon HQ on Thursday (6/16) and early Friday (6/17), and then transmuting will shift to Walker’s Bluff starting at 5:00pm on Friday.  We encourage everyone to arrive near opening time.  You can then game and hang out all day, enjoy your dungeon adventure – and stick around to celebrate your adventure.  This will be a rare chance for us all to enjoy our TD Community outside of a normal busy game convention.  The Tasting Room interior is shown below.

Skull Con Locations & Hours

True Dungeon HQ and Walker’s Bluff (Tasting Room and Legends)

Thursday – 6/16 --------------------------------

Token Transmuting [TDHQ]  Noon – 8:00 pm

Friday – 6/17 -------------------------------- 

Token Transmuting  [TDHQ] 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Convention/Open Gaming [Tasting Room] 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Event Reg Desk [Tasting Room] 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Token Transmuting [Legends] 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Skull Bearer’s Event [Tasting Room] 7:00 pm – 10:12 pm

Saturday – 6/18 --------------------------------

Convention/Open Gaming [Tasting Room]  9:00 am – 11:00 pm

Event Reg Desk [Tasting Room] 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Token Transmuting [Legends]  10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Skull Bearer’s Event [Tasting Room]  10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Patron Event [Tasting Room]  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

**Food and a full bar will be available from Walker’s Bluff during all convention hours so that attendees can stay at Walker’s Bluff and game/socialize with friends between runs!  The whole weekend should be a lot of fun just hanging out and geeking out about all things True Dungeon.


TRANSMUTING:  Please use THIS FORM to ready your transmute order before arriving.  Note:  You can redeem Pirate Treasure Map tokens at Skull Con, and Treasure Chips you have -- as well as transmute both Dragon Orbs!

TREASURE:  All players (regardless of level) for the Skull Con run (and the Patron run) will receive a flat 25 random treasure draws at the end of the event.  No treasure enhancers are needed! 

ROAD CONSTRUCTION:  There may be a slight detour to the event if you are coming from the Carbondale area.  There is working happening now on Reed Station Rd.  Watch for road signs.

Attendees of Skull Con must be FULLY VACCINATED* against COVID19.  Proof of vaccination will be required to attend Skull Con.  We respect everyone’s right to choose what is best for them.  Please respect our right to choose the level of safety we wish for our families, employees, volunteers, and guests.  If you have a valid medical exemption from vaccination, you will be permitted to attend by providing a letter from your physician.  Letters must be from your family physician or primary care provider.  Letters from chiropractors or other non-pcp’s will not be accepted.  To define “fully vaccinated” we will follow the CDC’s guidelines, as listed at:

Currently "fully vaccinated" does not include a booster.  Everyone is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series (such as Pfizer or Moderna), or two weeks after the single-dose J&J vaccine.  Fully vaccinated is not the same as having the best protection.  People are best protected when they stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, which includes getting the booster(s) when eligible.

Proof of vaccination or valid medical exemption will be requested via email of all registered participants after the April 1 registration deadline. 

If you wish to attend, you have until April 1st, 2022 to complete the Skull Con Registration Google Form HERE.

IMPORTANT: You MUST present the actual Skull of Cavadar token(s) for validation when you arrive at the event. It will be validated via its unique number as well as with its unique embedded RFID chip. Failure to bring it to the event will result in you NOT BEING ADMITTED TO SKULL CON.

Redeeming Two Skulls to Play the Dungeon Twice: We know there are folks who want to play the adventure more than once, but we ask that Skull Bearers please limit your total runs to a maximum of two. If you really want to play more than once, you must redeem an additional Skull of Cavadar token to make that happen. The badge generated from this Skull redemption must have your name on it (not a friend's or family member's name), and these secondary badges cannot be used by anyone else to gain entrance to the event nor to do anything at Skull Con. The form allows you to redeem more than one Skull token, but be sure to list your name for these additional badges if you want to play the adventure a second time.

Ghosting is not permitted for this special event. (A player may not have more than one ticket/badge per time slot. You can't submit two Skulls, get two badges, and then gain an extra set of Participation tokens for the extra "empty" spot your second badge would have occupied.)

Selling Your Skull Bearer "Rights" to Create a Skull Con Badge: We know folks will want to do this--especially if they can't make the event. It can be done, but there are a few hurdles to make sure no shenanigans are happening. Your Skull of Cavadar token must be physically presented at Skull Con by the person whose name is on the badge (that is trying to be picked up). You must provide this person's name by April 1st via the Google form. Also, that person's badge will have the time of the special two-hour event on the back of it. When this adventure starts, the person must present the badge and their ID (to the Coach) so that we can verify that person/badge/start time all are correct. You will be able to pick the adventure start time before the Skull Con event.

Skull of Cavadar tokens are NOT retained by TD when they are presented for validation. You may keep them for future use at other events.

This event is open to anyone 13 years of age or older, but those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who also has a valid Skull of Cavadar. Every player, regardless of age, must have their own Skull of Cavadar token.

There is a nice, new commuter airport about 10 miles from the event and it has daily service from St. Louis and Nashville. There are three hotels within three miles of the event, and many more a few miles further.

If you have any questions not answered in the FAQ below, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Skull Con Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can Golden Tickets be turned in at Skull con (transmute) so they don’t have to mail them in?
A. They must be mailed in so we can mark them in our system. It sucks, but there is no other good way.

Q. Transmutes at Skull Con…if they drop off Friday at the shop, will they be finished and brought over to the winery?
A. Yes. They can drop off at TD HQ and pick up at the winery.

Q. With that if they drop off a large transmute order Saturday can it just be mailed back to the person?
A. No. All large orders at Skull Con must be turned in by 3:00pm on Saturday so they can be ready to be picked up that night. We will have lots of folks transmuting so we will finish all orders -- so we don't have to ship anything back.

Q. Do patrons need treasure enhancers for patron runs at Skull con…or is that 25 treasure as well.
A. Everyone (Skull Bearers and Patrons) at Skull Con get an even 25 treasure draws after each adventure - with no equipped TE's adding to that amount.

Q.When is the cut off date for mail-in transmutes before Gen Con.
A. They must be postmarked by July 15th, 2022. Generally, you need to have the order to us two weeks before an event.

Q: If I have multiple Skull of Cavadar tokens and want to pre-register my friends, how do I do that?
A: The Goggle form has spaces to enter in multiple names. Please remember that upon check in at Skull Con each of these people need to present their state-issued ID and Skull of Cavadar token. The ID must also be presented at the start of the two-hour adventure.

Q: If we have or are going to obtain multiple Skull of Cavadar tokens, do we have to pre-register all of them at once? For example: Can we pre-register two now and one later so another friend who's not able to commit that far ahead might be able to come if they decide to later? Or I could use that third Skull of Cavadar token myself if there's still room by that time for badges?
A: So long as everything is turned in via the Google form by April 1st, multiple entries are okay… but not preferred. There is no benefit to submitting early, so please wait until you have all your info gathered.

Q: Will there be other events happening at Skull Con or just the dungeons?
A: There will be other planned activities as well as open gaming. Much depends on how many people sign up to attend. Details will be announced closer to the event.

Q: Do we get XP for playing the Skull Con adventure?
A: No

Q: Do Skull Con attendees get a unique participation token?
A: Yes

Q: Can I use treasure-enhancers on my run?
A: are going to get 25 treasure draws...without having to equip any treasure-enhancing tokens.

Q: Do I need to have the Skull of Cavadar token on me when I get my badge at the event?
A: Most definitely YES! All attendees MUST present their Skull of Cavadar token when they pick up their badge at Skull Con. Each Skull of Cavadar token will be validated via its unique serial number as well as with its embedded RFID chip. Even though you are not required to present your Skull of Cavadar token at other times, we recommend keeping it on your person in case there are questions. Failure to bring your Skull of Cavadar token to the event will result in you NOT BEING ADMITTED TO SKULL CON.

Q: If I want to equip an Ioun Stone Mystic Orb, do I need to show the coach my Skull of Cavadar token to get the additional save bonus?
A: No. All Skull Con characters are assumed to have a Skull of Cavadar equipped.

Q: When we show up at Skull Con and present the Skull of Cavadar tokens to get our badges, if we're getting some badges in other people's names, do they have to physically be there, or can I get the badges for all my companions?
A: Every registrant MUST be physically present and in possession of their Skull of Cavadar token to get their Skull Con badge.

Q: Once we get our Skull Con badge, will we ever have to show our Skull of Cavadar token again or will our badge suffice?
A: You need to show and validate your Skull of Cavadar token at badge pickup. You won't need to show before your run. Even though you may not be required to present your Skull of Cavadar token at other times, we recommend keeping it on your person in case there are questions.

Q: Is TD okay with us selling/leasing/loaning extra Skull Con access?
A: Yes. But bear in mind that you're providing them a badge for the entire weekend and the recipient MUST have a valid Skull of Cavadar token in their possession.

Q: Can I run the adventure more than once?
A: If you have more than one Skull of Cavadar token, you may run the adventure up to a maximum of two times. Each run requires a unique Skull of Cavadar token.

Q: Is ghosting permitted at Skull Con?
A: No. Only real people who are physically present at the event are allowed to participate.

Q: Will attendance be granted to someone who carries a Skull of Cavadar token for another person who can’t attend?
A: No. Only real people who are physically present at the event are allowed to participate.

Q: Do I need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend Skull Con?
A: Yes. Proof of vaccination is required to attend.

Q: Are masks going to be required?
A: Possibly. We are subject to the laws of our state and county. We have no way of knowing what the current mandates will be at the time of the event.

Q: What is the closest airport?
A: Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois is the closest. It has connecting flights to flights to St. Louis and Nashville. St. Louis is about a two-hour drive. Nashville is about a three-hour drive.

Q: Is there a train station nearby?
A: Yes, Amtrak Carbondale Station.

Q: Is there a bus terminal nearby?
A: The Amtrak Station is also the place where Greyhound busses stop.

Q: Can we rent a car nearby?
A: There is an Enterprise car rental in Carbondale. You can also rent cars near the St. Louis and Nashville airports.

Q: Can a "+1" come for the wine and gaming if they don't have a Skull of Cavadar token?
A: No. All Skull Con attendees must possess a Skull of Cavadar token.

Q: What are some nearby hotels?
A: The three closest hotels to the event are:

There are other hotels a short drive away, including but not limited to:

These lodging references are provided as a convenience to our attendees. A listing is not a recommendation. We do not have event pricing for any of these locations.
The hotel and transportation links provided were accurate at the time this FAQ was created. TD has no control over those websites. It's possible those links may not be valid in the future. If a link doesn't work, you can always do a web search.

Q: Will Skull Con have a tent for outdoor activities?
A: Possibly. Details have not been finalized at this time.

Q: Will there be True Grind and/or True Hoard at Skull Con?
A: Possibly. Details have not been finalized at this time.

Q: Will Skull Con have bag check?
A: Possibly. Details have not been finalized at this time.

Q: Are volunteers needed at Skull Con?
If yes, do the volunteers need a Skull of Cavadar token?
A: Yes, we'll need volunteers. Applications on will open closer to the event. Volunteers do not need a Skull of Cavadar token.

Q: Is there a maximum number of people who can attend?
A: Everyone who signs up by April 1st will be allowed to attend. There is no danger of us closing registration before April 1st.

Q: Will we see Gibgub and/or Grunnel at Skull Con?
A: Who knows…

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