Skull Con

 

Walker’s Bluff Winery

Carterville, Illinois

Friday & Saturday June 17th – 18th, 2022

If you are one of the lucky True Dungeon supporters who have created a Skull of Cavadar token, then you are eligible to attend this exclusive one-time True Dungeon event. The weekend features a new two-hour standard adventure on Saturday. There is no XP for playing, but there are Participation tokens exclusive to this event. Look for other surprises as well as open gaming during Skull Con. The venue features two beautiful restaurants/bars, as well as outdoor dining/gaming areas. The itinerary will be announced after registration is closed (April 1st, 2022). An opening ceremony is planned for Friday night (6/17), but gamers can arrive as early as Noon on Friday to enjoy the gathering and perhaps other events. A token transmuting room (like at Gamehole Con) will be available for Skull Bearers only.

We are requiring proof of vaccination or proof of a medical waiver to attend. We respect everyone's right to choose what's best for them. Please respect our right to choose the level of safety we wish for our families, employees, volunteers, and guests.

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 spouse'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: If I have multiple Skull of Cavadar tokens and want to pre-register my friends, how do I do that?
A: The Goggle form will have spaces to enter in multiple names.  Please remember that upon check in at Skull Con each of these people will 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 submit 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: Yes

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 as well as when they go on their run. Each Skull of Cavadar token will be validated via its unique serial number as well as with its embedded RFID chip. Failure to bring your Skull of Cavadar token to the event will result in you NOT BEING ADMITTED TO SKULL CON.

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 and before your run. If there are other activities centered around the Skull of Cavadar, you may need to present it at those events as well.

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 one who carried 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 going to be masks 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 tdvols.com 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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