“I’m… the Conventioneer.”
“Don’t you read the news?”
Sadly, I’m nowhere near as famous as the super hero referenced in the altered quote above, but I am attending a number of conventions this summer. I’ll be covering them for TitC, as well as gaming for my own enjoyment, so if you’re looking forward to more information about what’s going down in convention town, look no further.
Origins Game Fair – Columbus, OH (June 22-26)
This one is right around the corner. In fact, it’s only 5 days away. This was my first-ever gaming convention last year, and it;s really close to home, so I’m very excited about it. Last year, I knew no one, but managed to play a bunch of games that were new to me (Cthulhutech, Delta Green, Relams of Chthulhu, All Flesh Must Be Eaten, Burning Wheel, and Dread, just to name a few), as well as participating in The Cheese Grinder (which, sadly, will not be making an appearance at Origins this year). I had a fantastic time, and I hope to do the same this year.
This year is going to be a bit different, though. Instead of walking around, looking at a bunch of people I’ve never met before, I actually know some folks, now. I’ve got a Deadlands game that I’m running for some friends from Twitter (you follow me on Twitter, right?), and I’m even planning on running Realms of Cthulhu for the guy that wrote it, Sean Preston. Last year, I played in an RoC game run by him; this year, I’m gonna run one for him. Trippy. As well, I’m likely going to find a bunch of time to hang out with friends, play in off-the-grid games and generally have a great time.
Oh, and I’ll be eating regularly here.
KantCon – Kansas City, KS (July 8-10)
You’ve heard me talk about KantCon before, as well. I attended last year because I was the biggest fanboy of the Gamer’s Haven podcast that I knew. Well, a funny thing happens when you’re cool to people who are cool back: you get to be friends. This year, I’m going out early to hang out and help get things ready for the convention. Oh yeah, and I’m also the Event Coordinator. I’ve been helping plan this convention for a few months, now, and I’m really excited for it.
Last year, I think I said I was a bit crazy for planning to run five games over three days of convention. I must not have listened to myself, because this year, I’m running six game sessions. They are as follows:
Pathfinder – While the City Sleeps, We Rules the Streets
Deadlands – Chemical Valley – The Hunt for Asher
Monsters and Other Childish Things – Camp Yergonnadie
And, a crazy trio:
Savage Worlds – My Little Ponies of the Apcalypse
Savage Worlds – Care Bears: Reloaded
Savage Worlds – Bears vs. Ponies: Battle Royale
I’m looking forward to running these events. They’re all sold out, so I’m looking at a full house for the entire convention. Last year was similar, so with nearly double the physical space available for the convention, I’m expecting at least double the fun.
GenCon – Indianapolis, IN (Aug 4-7)
The granddaddy of them all. GenCon was crazy and a bit overwhelming last year and this year will likely prove to be no different. The Indiana Convention Center has finished its big remodeling project and that means that the majority of the big hubs of the convention (namely, the Vendor’s Hall) are in different locations this year. The upshot of this is that I won’t be in the minority when I’m wandering around like a chicken lacking a cranium.
Last year, I made the mistake of keeping my time at GenCon totally unstructured. As well, I forgot to take the afternoon break that proved to be so useful for recharging at Origins. This year, there is no way I a making the same mistake. I’ve got some games of my own planned to run (again, for Twitter folks), and I’m already scheduled to play in some other off-the-grid games. I also got an amazing opportunity to play in the True Dungeon this year and I am freaking pumped for it! I’m going through it with some great folks that I met at Pax East and, of course, Twitter.
I had a fantastic summer of convention-going last year, and I learned a lot about what I need to do and not to do to have a good time. One thing is for sure, this year looks to be set up to be an even better summer than last year was.
If you’re going to be at any of these three conventions this summer and want to meet up and roll some dice, or just say hi (as you might have guessed), Twitter is the best way to get in touch with me. I will basically be using Twitter as my connection to everyone I’m meeting up with, so if you want, use it to meet up with me. And, like last year, you can expect regular and likely far-too-wordy updates about my time at these conventions.
Here’s to another great summer of gaming!