Justus Productions

General

MACE West 2022

March 11-13 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Asheville - Biltmore

Asheville, NC

CUDGEL (Carolina Unique Diversified Gaming Experience Limited)

From Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online – Definition of CUDGEL: : a short heavy club. Examples of CUDGEL: A farmer armed with a cudgel drove us off his land. Origin of CUDGEL Middle English kuggel, from Old English cycgel; perhaps akin to Middle High German kugele ball. First Known Use: before 12th century

MACE West is born of a demand by some Hickory region gamers who felt that the MACE concept would do well in Western North Carolinas area. Jeff worked with Clint and Jodie Black of Pinnacle Entertainment Group to organize a smaller 3-day event of gaming and fun. The concept initially plans ot be something like MACE, but smaller, but also a little larger than mini-mace.
For its first 3 years, MACE was held in hickory until the hotel it was in was sold and had to find a new home. JustUs went further west to Asheville in 2014 and found a great new home there.

Hours

Hours 
Friday
Registration 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Gaming3:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Dealers Room 5:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Saturday
Registration 8:00 AM- 6:00 PM
Gaming9:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Dealers Room10:00 AM- 6:00 PM
Sunday
Registration 8:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Gaming9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Dealers Room10:00 AM- 4:00 PM

All Hours subject to change at the whim of the Convention Manager! ALL HAIL JEFF!

Con Rules

  1. Badges must be worn and clearly visible while in the convention space. Replacement badges can be purchased at the Registration Desk for $5.
  2. Possession of alcoholic beverages within the convention space is prohibited.
  3. Smoking is not allowed in the convention areas.
  4. All bladed weapons must be sheathed and peace-bonded at all times. Non-Fring replica Firearms are permissible, but must be approved for use.
  5. MACE West/JustUs Productions is not responsible for any items lost or stolen at the convention. Please do not leave valuables unattended at the convention site.
  6. Unathorized vendors are not allowed. The selling of any product or service within the convention space is prohibited, unless authorized by JustUs Productions.
  7. Have fun, but please be responsible. Be considerate of your fellow convention attendees. ANYONE BREAKING THESE RULES WILL HAVE, AT THE DISCRETION OF JUSTUS PRODUCTIONS, HIS/HER BADGE REVOKED AND BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE CONVENTION.

Harassment Policy

Rule #1:  If you are a butthead, Jeff will kick you out.  Rule #2: Refer to rule #1

Child Policy

Children under 8 get in free. Ages 8 to 11 get in with a discount. See Registration for exact prices. All children under 18 must be accompanied to the event by a parent. MACE and JustUs Productions are not responsible for any child under 18 unaccompanied.

All our games have an manufacturer’s age recommendation.  The parent should make an effort inform themselves of those recommendations for each game they sign a child up for. Our policy is unless the game is specifically geared for kids, it is marked with a minimum rating of PG, meaning parental guidance suggested.  Part of that guidance is being informed of what games you are signing your child up for.  If your child is under the recommended age, we encourage the parent to be present at the game session in question.

Food Policy

New Food Policy as of 2016

  1. You can bring our own food into the meeting space.
  2. There will not be any concessions set up, but you will be able to grab some fast food, order from TGIFriday’s (attached to the hotel), or bring your own lunch box to the con.
  3. TGIFriday’s (attached to the hotel) will be offering us a 20% discount on food to anyone with a MACE West badge.

Refund Policy

If you pre-registered through PayPal, MACE West will refund through PayPal, and are at the mercy of PayPal policies. Other refunds will have to be arranged by contacting Registration. (see Justus ProductionsContact Us).

Volunteering and Discount Policy

Click here for our Discount and Volunteering Policy

Gaming

MACE West Standard Slot Schedule

The MACE Standard Game Slot Schedule is below.  Our standard Slot length is 4 hours.  However, we allow for flexible schedule in and around the standard slots at special request by the GM.  We can work with 2, 3, 5 hour or more slot lengths. Just contact the Gaming Coordinator.  See below for the basic schedule.

SlotHours
Slot 1 Friday 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Slot 2 Friday 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Slot 3 Saturday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Slot 4 Saturday 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Slot 5Saturday 8:00 PM - Midnight
Slot 6Sunday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Slot 7 Sunday 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

These slots are based on the basic 4 hour time slot.  Some special event RPGs, Board Games, War Games, and miniature games as well as special events will have a much more flexible schedule.

Want to run a game? RULE OF 3: If you want to be a GM, running 3 sessions (12 hours) will get you in free to the convention.
If you want to run any kind of gaming event – . Email the gaming coordinator for instructions on hour to propose your game.

See our GM Policy here | Tips on running a convention game

Online Gaming Registration

MACE West uses the gaming schedule system called OGRe (Online Gaming Registration) to allow you see what is scheduled, sign up for what is scheduled and also get an idea of what kinds of games will be there for pick up. However do not let that fool you. We also have a room dedicated to pick up board and card games and have a extensive game library for you to choose from.

Click here for OGRe

Dealers

MACE West traditionally has a modest dealers room with a limited number of select dealers. Vendors are selected at the discretion of the Con Manager, Jeff Smith. If you would like to be a vendor in our dealers room, contact  to reserve space in our dealers room. The Dealer’s Spaces at MACE events are free if you bring your own tables. The spaces are generally 6′ x 6′. If tables need to be provided, there will be a fee involved. The current cost of a table is $60 per table. When applying for a dealer space, please include the following:

  1. Which Convention you are requesting space for (MACE, MACE West, etc)
  2. Your Business Name
  3. Your First and Last Name with email address and phone number we can reach you at.
  4. Full address of your business
  5. A little about your business and what products you sell
  6. Space requirements including power and table needs (6’X6′, 10’X10′, etc).

FAQ

What is MACE West?

Carolina Unique Diversified Gaming Experience Limited.

From Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online – Definition of CUDGEL: : a short heavy club. Examples of CUDGELA farmer armed with a cudgel drove us off his land. Origin of CUDGEL Middle English kuggel, from Old English cycgel; perhaps akin to Middle High German kugele ball. First Known Use: before 12th century.

MACE West is born of a demand by some Hickory region gamers who felt that the MACE concept would do well in Western North Carolinas area. Jeff worked with Clint and Jodie Black of Pinnacle Entertainment Group to organize a smaller 3-day event of gaming and fun. The concept was to be something like MACE, but smaller, but also a little larger than mini-mace.

For its first 3 years, MACE was held in Hickory until the host hotel was sold.  MACE West had to find a new home. JustUs went further west to Asheville in 2014 and found a great new home there.

What is a Gaming Con?

A tabletop gaming convention is a gathering centered around role-playing games, collectible card games, miniatures wargames, board games, video games, or other types of games. These conventions are typically two or three days long, and often held at either a university or in a convention center hotel. The largest gaming convention, Spiel, is a trade fair held in Essen, Germany that focuses on German-style board games and RPGs. Gen Con is the largest tabletop gaming con in the US for RPGs, with 20,000 attendees over four days, while Origins is the largest tabletop gaming convention focused on miniatures, wargames, and live-action role playing games.

Tabletop gaming conventions primarily differ from other fandom conventions in that they focus primarily on games and the tabletop gaming industry, with very little else. MACE prides itself in being one of the most focused weekends of pure tabletop gaming there is. We have very little programming other than tabletop gaming, we do not have guests (in the traditional sense), we do not have any other events other than the charity auction. If you come to MACE, plan to game and game a lot.

How much does it cost?

See our Registration Page for that information

Are there rates at the door?

See our Registration Page for that information

Are there daily rates?

See our Registration Page for that information

Does MACE West have [AN ASPECT OF FANDOM]?

. . . Other aspects of fandom might include Anime, Cosplay, Costume Contests, Sci-fi or fantasy writers. etc.

MACE’s focus is tabletop gaming, 100%.  We work very hard to to present to our attendees/customers the best tabletop gaming experience we can present.  If other fans of other areas want to attend and celebrate their fandom in these other areas, they are welcome to.  We just do not allocate space to anything else other than tabletop gaming.

MACE prides itself at being family friendly.  Not all aspects of fandom are family friendly.  If you wish to bring another aspect of fandom to MACE, please keep it family friendly.

Where is MACE West?

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Asheville - Biltmore. .

When does the Con Preregistration close?

March 09, 2022

When does Gaming Preregistration open and close?

Open: February 11, 2022

Close: March 13, 2022

Where do I go to sign up for games?

OGRE LINK

Do I have to have experience to play any of these games?

We always welcome new gamers and we encourage our GMs to be prepared for new players. They should alway be ready to teach their game. For Organized Play RPGs, however, we recommend contacting the coordinator before you try them.

I registered. Do I get tickets or something in the mail?

We do not send out tickets or anything like that. If you paid online, your receipt from PayPal is your confirmation. We do not send out personalized confirmations. You pick up your badge at the con registration desk, if you paid. GMs can pick up their badge at gaming registration. If you paid, but are running games, you may have to check both.

How much does it cost to play each game?

At this time, we do not have a pay to play system. So there is nothing holding you to the schedule you sign up for. We ask that you please hold to your schedule as best you can, as GMs work very hard on their games and are disappointed when players are no-shows. If this becomes a problems, this policy may change.

What is all this stuff about Organized Play, D&D Adventurers League (D&D AL),  Pathfinder Society (PFS), Shadowrun Missions (SRM) etc?

At MACE West (and most other cons), we have two distinct areas of interest for tabletop role playing gaming – general play/one-shots and Organized Play PFS, D&D AL, and SRM (and others like them) are Organized Play style RPGs. Most of these games are associated to a specific campaign setting, require you to make and bring your own character and allow you to go from con to con, event to event, participating in various adventures, and advancing your character through the campaign.

On the other hand, general play, open play or one-shots tabletop RPGs should always have have pre-generated characters.  You simply sign up through OGRe.  When the seats fill up for that table, they are full.  GMs have a limited number of characters.

Who do I contact at Justus Productions if I have any business related questions about Justus, it’s events, or inquire about running gaming at my event, etc?

Contact Event/Con Manager, Jeff Smith

Who do I contact if I have any questions about the gaming schedule or running games at a MACE or another Justus event?

The JustUs Productions Gaming Coordinator