CSUB Campus Gamers to Host First RowdyCon Experience

Calling all gamers and cosplay participants! The Campus Gamers organization at California State University, Bakersfield is hosting its first RowdyCon Experience, formerly known as Extra Life, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, on the CSUB campus.

The event will feature game rooms, a vendor expo and artist alley, a room for speakers and panels, an escape room, a cosplay contest and a maid café. Special guests will be in attendance, including celebrity cosplayers Lonstermash and The Real Future Trunks, the 501st Star Wars and 405th Halo Cosplay groups, local legend George the Giant, and Guinness world record gamer Carrie Swidecki. For the first time, there also will be food trucks available all day at the event.

Another new addition to the event is the participation of a large number of other student organizations at CSUB. Groups as diverse as sorority Theta Sigma Chi, the Society of Physics Students club, Japanese culture club Japan and Beyond, and the Anthropology Club will host gaming rooms or hold their own activities on campus. Local game retailers also will be at the event, hosting tournaments, demonstrations and free-play sessions. Campus Gamers sister club, the BC Renegamers at Bakersfield College, will be helping at the event.

RowdyCon also has added two events to the day of gaming -- the “Game On!” 5K Fun Run and the RowdyCon-Cert.

The “Game On!” run will start at 7 a.m. at the Student Recreation Center (SRC). Runners and gamers can register of get more information at this link: https://runsignup.com/Race/CA/Bakersfield/GameOn. Participants in the “Game On!” 5KFun Run also will get a race t-shirt and free entry into RowdyCon.

The RowdyCon-Cert will start at 7:30 p.m. and will feature local game band, Dusty Cartridge, and the headlining band, Critical Hit, which features Jason Hayes, music composer for “World of Warcraft.” It will be held at the Dore Theatre.

Tickets and more information is available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rowdycon-cert-feat-critical-hit-and-dusty-cartridge-tickets-36691039888.

Game fans do not have to wait to get their tickets to RowdyCon. They can go to www.extra-life.org/team/csub. It is free to register, and registrants are asked to raise or donate at least $10. The $10 goes directly to Children’s Miracle Network and is then returned to the Lauren Small Children’s Center. Registrants can share the link to their fundraising page and encourage friends and family to support their efforts with additional donations. A minimum donation to the Children’s Hospital is required to participate.

For every $10 a participant has raised, he or she will receive a ticket into a donation drawing for up to 30 gaming-related prize packages, each one valued up to $300. Registrants who raise or donate $100 or more, or who donate $100 or more at the door, will receive a special gold medal made just for RowdyCon, a RowdyCon event t-shirt, a chance to win a Nintendo Switch and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wind game, free entry into the RowdyCon-Cert with seating in the first five rows, and access to a post-concert meet-and-greet featuring the performing musicians.

This marks the sixth year for the event. The Campus Gamers club has organized group gaming events for charity since 2012 as part of the “Extra Life” program and has raised more than $113,000 for the Lauren Small Children’s Center at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, the only Children’s Miracle Network hospital in Kern County. Campus Gamers is one of CSUB’s top clubs, winning 37 outstanding student leadership awards since 2011, and being nominated three times for the “Beautiful Bakersfield” awards in the civic/non-profit category.

For further information about RowdyCon at CSUB, please visit: www.rowdycon.com.

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