In June 2015, Indy Popcon was host to the Endless Dungeon, a role-playing experience for charity created by Crit Confirm, a local media group. This was the second time Endless Dungeon was brought to the public and the event has continued to grow and get better. There was a room across from the main hall that held the Endless Dungeon, so you had to look for it, instead of just happening across it. Those that found the room were happy they did.
I watched the first Endless Dungeon event at Indiana Comic Con and my son took part in being on stage. It was something I had never seen before and was immediately impressed. Their first event drew large crowds and folks donated over 1700.00 to the Extra Life foundation that supports Riley Children’s Hospitals. After seeing the first event, I knew I had to make time to check out their program at INDY Popcon.
Before I entered the room I was already impressed because of the castle gateway I had to walk through. Once in the room I fell in love with all the unique props that were created for the event. You see, the Endless Dungeon has a foundation in a Pathfinder type of Role-Playing experience, so you have four players on stage with a Dungeonmaster guiding them through the dungeon. The twist of Endless Dungeon though, is the incorporation of any unique item you’d like, such as Lumiere from Beauty and Beast, Pokeballs, Dragonballs, a Gravity Hammer from Halo, and more. Players can get these items through donations to charity and the audience can also donate in an attempt to help, or hurt, the players on the stage.
When I watched the event, I was lucky enough to be there while local artists were sketching out scenes that were being talked about on stage. After they finished the pieces of art, it was then auctioned off to the crowd, with the money going to help the Extra Life charity. I was able to pick up two completely unique pieces of art featuring scenes and characters just discussed for twenty dollars, a bargain for original art. The artist portion of the show was a test for this event, but my hope is that it becomes a standard part of Endless Dungeon going forward.
The Endless Dungeon event could not happen without the tireless efforts of the Crit Confirm team. In the room was a team of seven people who were kind enough to donate their time to the event, making it a great experience for all participants. These folks were focused on raising money for the Extra Life charity and in the end, they raised over two thousand dollars. I can’t tell you how impressed I was with their drive and dedication to the cause.
I’m looking forward to the next Endless Dungeon event and you should be also. If you’ve missed the first two, then don’t wait any longer. I strongly believe that in the near future, Endless Dungeon will be talked about on a national level and we in Indianapolis have a chance to experience it before then. I would also encourage you to lend some support to the Crit Confirm team so they can continue to make the experience even better. Please check out their Patreon page and pledge whatever you can to keep the creativity growing.
All the best!