I had been planning to go to GenCon all along. From the start of this calendar year, I had Aug 5-8 down on my calendar. When Ben posted his called for new Troll in the Corner writers on the RPG section of Reddit, I thought it might be a lot of fun, and that I might get something out of flexing that part of my brain. Now, almost three months later, my plans for the summer have expanded in ways that I never would have considered prior to joining TC.

This summer, I am attending not just one, but three separate gaming conventions, and I am covering all of them right here on Troll in the Corner.

June 23-27 – Origins Game Fair in Columbus, OH

July 9-11 – KantCon in Overland Park, KS

And, of course

Aug 5-8 – GenCon in Indianapolis, IN

And what am I going to be doing for Troll in the Corner at these conventions? I’m glad you asked.

I put out a call for feedback as to what you, the readers, would like to see covered at these events. I didn’t get as many responses as I had hoped I would, but I did get enough guidance to give me something to work with. By and large, I am going to focus on the smaller companies that often don’t get the press that they deserve. I am going to talk to them about their games, demo as much as I can, and report back on it. I’ll have my handy-dandy digital audio record with me at all times (as well as a metric crapload of AAA batteries), so if I can record the interviews, or the game demo sessions, I will post the audio here on Troll in the Corner for your consumption.

I will also see if they will let me record the audio of my time in the Dungeon Master’s Gauntlet at GenCon. If so, then I will be providing that audio in conjunction with The Gamer’s Haven, who in addition to being responsible for the awesomeness that will be KantCon, are also the people that I work with to publish the audio of all my game sessions.

As well, at KantCon, I will be running a variety of gaming sessions. These sessions now include an awesome opportunity to help out Ben with his Aruneus Project by running a session set in his new campaign world. The session, entitled The Haunted Mine will be one of the first public demos of the Aruneus setting, and everyone who plays in the session will receive the game materials used in the session for free.

But wait, there’s more! In addition to the session of The Haunted Mine that I will be running at KantCon, if I can find the time and space at Origins and GenCon, I will be running demo games of Aruneus as well. The same rules apply as for those who play at KantCon, so if you happen to see me in Columbus or Indianapolis and want yourself some free Pathindery, zombie goodness, then I’ll run you through it and zombie goodness you shall receive.

All of this is scheduled to make me a very happy, if busy, RPG writer. Throughout this process I will be soliciting feedback from the Troll in the Corner community, trying to get you all as much of what you want to see on this fine website. I primarily write about RPGs, but if there is something you want to see in the way of boardgame, or wargame coverage, then please let me know.

Finally, I want to thank Ben and all of the Troll in the Corner readers for making this summer possible. If you all didn’t do what you do, then I would probably just spend the summer playing RPGs at home. Not that that would be a bad way to spend a summer, but now I get to have a summer full of convention-based gaming goodness, and that’s a pretty awesome way to spend a summer.

[tags]Origins, KantCon, GenCon, rpgs, tabletop[/tags]

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