MarsCon - Forces of Darkness

2021 Gaming

Gaming graphic
by Jon Sloan, used by permission


FRI: 2 pm - 10 pm 3.5 D&D with Burl Zorn (see below)
SAT: 10 am - 2 pm Open Gaming
2 pm - 10 pm 3.5 D&D with Burl Zorn (see below)
2 pm - 3 pm MtG Arena Panel
3 pm - 10 pm Open Gaming
SUN: 10 am - 2 pm Open Gaming
2 pm - 10 pm 3.5 D&D with Burl Zorn (see below)
2 pm - 3 pm Digital Tabletop Gaming Panel
3 pm - 4 pm Open Gaming

Open Gaming:
Given the tradition of Open Gaming and pickup games for Marscon, Matt McMillian and Matthew Hellendrung will be hosting open gaming from 10am to 9 pm Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sunday.

Featured games will be: Jackbox series, Among Us, Magic the Gathering Arena challenges.

We will also take suggestions based on what players have available for virtual gaming.

Check the GAMING area in the MarsCon Discord ( to get started. Systems like XBox, PlayStation Network, etc may be in use for other games between attendees. Once there are enough people to play a game we will stream it on Twitch:

Other scheduled games will be added later in Discord announcements.

From Burl Zorn:
“I’m going to run 2 pm - 10 pm Friday through Sunday. I have people’s characters from years before and I can scan them and send them a copy to put into Roll20. If they want to set up their characters before MarsCon (which would be ideal), they can contact me at this e-mail or I can give out my phone number during the con so they can text me as I am usually forgetting to check e-mail while I run.

We will take a break from 6 pm - 7 pm for people to stretch, grab something to eat, etc.

The party has been traveling north answering a call for help that their dragon shaman received. After months of traveling they discovered an old broken artifact that the gods of good had a hand in creating to hold Orcus and Tsthaggua at bay. They were told to take it to the dwarves so they could forge a new one. The dwarves were missing an essential item to their forge and the party headed out to the vast swamp nearby to see if they could follow some obscure clues they had and find it.

They did and returned it to the dwarves who took a week to forge the new artifact template. They told the party to go to Bargesport and look up a man who can direct them to a temple where they can have one of its powers invested by the priests there. So on their way they go.

3.5 Dungeons & Dragons. 25 point buy system for character creation. (Info on that in 3.5 DMG) Players will come in at one level lower than the lowest currently in the party. Probably 1st level and we can level them up if the lowest is higher than 2nd level.”

Platform will be Roll20. Link to Burl’s game:

The Forces of Darkness shall safely assemble in front of screens on March 12th - 14th, 2021

MarsCon is a fan-run science fiction convention for all ages held every March in the Twin Cities area. At MarsCon you’ll find panel discussions, parties, guest of honor presentations, music of many kinds, our art show, film/anime room, science room, dealers room, charity auction, and masquerade. Our comedy music track is virtually a con in itself, and attracts a nation-wide audience.

MarsCon 2021

“Forces of Darkness”
March 12 - 14, 2021
Virtual only

MarsCon 2022
“The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be”
will return to
Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Mall of America
3800 American Blvd E
Bloomington, Minnesota
March 11 - 13, 2022

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