Tales from the Gazebo – KantCon: 7th Sea

KantCon: 7th Sea By Cape Rust After my random (albeit epic) encounter with Chris Perrin, it was time for him to run his Mecha Game and time for me to find that empty chair at a gaming table I spoke of in our last episode. Entering the main hall was a full frontal assault to my gamer senses. Tables occupied by people who share the same passions that I do, combined with just the right amount of vendors...

Tales From the Gazebo – KantCon: Table Talk with Chris Perrin

KantCon: Table Talk with Chris Perrin By Cape Rust In my last episode, I mentioned my fortuitous meeting with Chris Perrin as I entered KantCon. Chris and I have traded quips on facebook for several years and this face to face meeting was an example of why being an active part of the gaming community is so important. We tend to forget that, like many organizations, we share a common interest and...

Gen Con 2012 Preparation – Know Before You Go

The exhibitor hall map for Gen Con 2012 is now available, and the list of tabletop role-playing publishers and supporters is HUGE. To make it a bit easier for you, here’s who they are, what booth they have, and what they’re known for (in alphabetical order). Alderac Entertainment Group http://www.alderac.com/ Publishes: Legend of the Five Rings Booth # 902 Arc Dream Publishing http://arcdream.com/home/ Publishes:...

Tales from the Gazebo – KantCon: In Processing

KantCon: In Processing By Cape Rust After completing my less than epic 45 minute drive to KantCon and being festooned with my badge of honor (press pass) and my epic SWAG bag that weighed as much as a phone book, I decided to head over to the event table. KantCon ran an extensive preregistration that included its Kickstarter project. I know that it has been done before, but KantCon’s preregistration...

Tales from the Gazebo – KantCon: It’s All About the Destination

It’s All About the Destination By Cape Rust I’ve done plenty of traveling in my life and I have always heard that it’s about the journey, not the destination. In fact, I’ve even said the same thing myself. When it comes to conventions, sometimes the journey can be the best part of the experience. KantCon in Kansas City was all about the destination! This was my first year attending KantCon...

Tales from the Gazebo – KantCon Introduction

KantCon Introduction By Cape Rust The next few episodes of Tales From the Gazebo will be different. Instead of GMing advice I will be covering KantCon. I think it is important to take the time to cover conventions, because for some it is the only time during the year where they actually get to sit down with other gamers and roll polys. I know of several gamers who only dust off their books for conventions....

Gen Con Indy 2012 Event Catalog Now Available

The Gen Con Indy 2012 event catalog is now available for viewing. You cannot register at this time, but all currently available events are there for searching. The Gen Con Indy 2012 Event Catalog is live! Please take the next two weeks to review and begin planning your 2012 event schedule. You will be able to register for events beginning on Sunday, May 20 at noon eastern time, provided you have purchased...

Gen Con Event Registrations Opens May 20th

Gen Con Indy has posted dates for event registration – May 20th. Only two and a half months between now and the day we celebrate Event Registration opening! So now’s the time to make sure your account is active and your badge is purchased. There are thousands of events already submitted and more coming in every day. Keep your eyes open for more event-related information over the next couple...

Atop the Game Summit 2012

Here in Ontario, this past weekend was Family Day Weekend, a newly anointed government holiday designed squarely around having an extra long weekend to spend with family and the perfect time for a gaming convention. Board games have always been a staple of family activity and seen a resurgence in spite of the advances in video games as those who grew up playing these games have gone on to incorporate...

Gen Con Hotel Block Opens

Gen Con Indy opened up the hotel blocks for reservation yesterday with a fairly substantial response. 50% of the rooms booked on the first day. http://www.facebook.com/genconindy Support Roleplayers Chronicle by purchasing our Premium Content Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Join our forums

Gen Con Report – Gamers Being Gamers

Here are some pictures of gamers doing what we like best: playing games! A few of these are some beautiful wargame terrain setups while the others are gamers sitting around, rolling dice and telling stories. And finally, Savage Saturday Night! Featuring a Deadlands game run by Shane Hensley including terrain and minis! That’s it for pictures. The...

Gen Con Report – Day 3 More Product Shopping

I was able to get around the Exhibit Hall today after working at the Triple Ace Games booth and find some more great products for sale. In fact, I ran across the Hero Games booth (not listed in the Gen Con map) and found the Ars Magica display at Atlas Games. In addition, I grabbed more pictures at Studio 2 Publishing including Third Eye Games, Crafty Games, and Terra/Sol Games. However, I was hoping...

Gen Con Report – ENnie Awards

Here’s the results of today’s ENnie Awards ceremony: Best Website Silver: d20pfsrd.com Best Website Gold: Obsidian Portal Best Podcast Silver: Chronicles: Pathfinder Podcast Best Podcast Gold: Yog-Sothoth Best Blog Silver: Gnome Stew Best Blog Gold: Critical-Hits Best Cover Art Silver: Shadowrun: Attitude Best Cover Art Gold: A Song of Ice and Fire Campaign Guide Best Interior Art Silver:...

Gen Con Report – Day 2 Product Shopping

The Exhibit Halls were packed with so many gamer’s that you can’t help but feel a bit at home. I was amazed by the amount of fantastic products for sale and how everyone is presenting their new stuff. I couldn’t help but pick up several items myself including Savage Suzerain and Caladon Falls from Savage Mojo, Sorcery & Super Science from Expeditious Retreat Press (Joseph Browning...

Gen Con Report – Day 1 Pre-Convention

After 650+ miles and 11 hours of driving, here I am at Gen Con!! To start, I am absolutely amazed at how the convention center looks this year. There’s so much more space compared to last year and the decor is everywhere! Today is Day #1 where all the convention-goers get their badges and tickets and all the exhibitors rush to get their stands setup. The lines at Will Call were ridiculously long,...

Gen Con Report – The Big Overview Part 2

The Big Overview (continued) To continue detailing the tabletop role-playing publishers with map locations #13 – 24. Please see The Big Overview Part 1 for the map in reference. Map Location #13 – Fat Dragon Games Publisher: Fat Dragon Games Booth: 809 Website: http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/ Convention Information: Fat Dragon Games has not posted any announcements about special...

Gen Con Report – The Big Overview Part 1

The Big Overview I regret to inform everyone that there will not be a Designer’s Diary today. This is due to the upcoming Gen Con Indy 2011 convention and all the work involved in making it easier for the fans to find the tabletop role-playing products their looking for. Instead, I am posting the big overview which will hopefully point you in the right direction. To go along with this big overview,...

Gen Con Report – Featured Products Part 2

July 19, 2011 The listing of products being featured at Gen Con Indy 2011 continues. Triple Ace Games All For One: Paris Gothique Paris Gothique is the definitive guide to Paris for All for One: Regime Diabolique. Price: TBA This supplement includes information on all the important figures, places, and secret societies in France’s capital city. Also included is information on Parisian streets, architecture,...

Gen Con Report – Featured Products Part 1

July 4, 2011 I sent an inquiry to all the tabletop role-playing publishers attending Gen Con with booths. This inquiry was to find out what’s being premiered at Gen Con Indy 2011.  Here’s what I’ve gotten so far: Atlas Games Atlas Games is not premiering any tabletop role-playing products this year as the focus is on their new card game Cthulhu Gloom. Chaosium, Inc. 2011 MARKS THE...

Gen Con Report – Tabletop RPG Publisher Booths

Gen Con Indy 2011 is coming up quickly and an exhibitors list has been released. To make things a little bit easier, here is the current listing of role-playing game publishers and developers attending Gen Con. PUBLISHER BOOTH LOCATION 1. Adept Press 1713 2. Alderac Entertainment Group 902 Exhibit Hall I Entrance 3. Arc Dream Publishing 711 Cubicle 7 Entertainment 4. Atlas Games 1401 Steve...