Attendees, vendors, guests, volunteers, and staff are expected to abide by a set of policies which are in compliance with Canadian law and the general policies of the Sheraton Centre – Downtown Toronto
Breakout strives to create a safe and inclusive space that welcomes gamers from all walks of life. We hope to build a community space that includes all gamers.
We celebrate all races, ethnicities, body-types, the full spectrum of genders, all sexual identities, and persons with a range of abilities and ability challenges. While this list of identities is not complete or perfect, we function with a spirit of inclusiveness.
We believe that a diverse range of experiences and perspectives is absolutely necessary in building a thriving and healthy gaming community. We welcome you to share your perspective and experiences with us at Breakout.
We endeavour to remove as many barriers as possible and provide all the tools we can to create a safe and inclusive space for all within the gaming community.
Above all else, Breakout Gaming Convention strives to be safe haven to roll dice, move meeples, and enjoy great times with fellow gamers in a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment.
All roleplaying games at Breakout Gaming Convention feature an X-card. An X-card is a tool that helps maintain a safe environment at the gaming table. Roleplaying games can be very improvisational and adventures can vary widely in content. It can be impossible to predict when uncomfortable content might come up.
An X-card is a tool to keep the content at the table safe for everyone. It is a card in the middle of the table with an X on it. Should someone feel uncomfortable at anytime, they can tap the X-card. The GM and other players will change the content, dial it back, or skip the scene.
Breakout endorses and uses the X-Card as part of our plan to create a safe and inclusive environment for gamers.
The X-Card was designed by John Stavropoulos and more information about it can be found at http://tinyurl.com/x-card-rpg
Many scheduled events at Breakouts have limited seats available. The number of available seats varies and is listed on each event’s page in the Breakout schedule. If you sign up for an event after all free seats are taken, you will be placed on a Waitlist for that event.
If you have been placed on a Waitlist, please arrive 15 minutes before the start of your events and check in with the Admin Desk. The Roleplaying Admin Desk is in deHaviland Hall. The Boardgame Admin Desk is in York Hall. The Breakout Admins will be wearing clothing identifying them as Breakout staff.
The Breakout Admins will let you know if a seat in the event is available for you, and if not, will do our best to find you an open seat in an event starting at the same time. Being on a Waitlist does not guarantee an attendee a seat at any given event. The Breakout Admins reserve the right to limit and adjust event capacity based on the needs of the convention.
Attendees will often adjust their schedules throughout the convention; the latest versions of event sign up sheets are kept at the Admin desks. If your plans change and you no longer wish to be registered for an event, please come to the Admin Table and remove your name.
Passes for Breakout 2018 will be eligible for a full refund up until 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Refunds are not available beyond that date.
Breakout is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Breakout has a strict policy about weapons, real or costume, and large props carried as part of costumes. All attendees are required to read and follow the rules if they wish to carry weapons or props at Breakout. Failure to do so will result in warnings, removal from the convention, and further action where appropriate.
All weapons or large props must be checked and authorized by the Registration Desk Manager prior to wrist band pick up. Upon approval, your wrist band will be marked accordingly.
Live firearms, weapons prohibited by Canadian law, replicas of contemporary firearms, props made of metal and yaoi paddles are all banned at Breakout.
All weapons must be holstered, sheathed, or slung except while posing for photos. All props must be carried safely and under your control at all times when at the Con.
Horseplay, careless or unsafe use of props, drawing of weapons, or the use of props to threaten persons or disrupt the peace of the convention will not be tolerated and could result in removal from the convention and further legal action.
Breakout Staff have the right to inspect any wrist band, prop or weapon on request and take action where necessary. Breakout assumes no liability for personal injury or property damage.
Please remember, we try to be nice about the rules. All it takes to ruin the fun for everyone is one person abusing the rules. We will have no other option than to enforce stronger rules if people break them. We’re here for your safety and enjoyment!