Gen Con planning hybrid convention in September.

Slowly but surely, we are clawing ourselves back.

Moe Lane

PS: I am thinking about it. I got books to sell, don’t I?

So, virtual Gen Con was interesting.

Tried it a bunch of different ways and formats. I gotta say, Zoom was better than Twitch which was way better than Discord; if we’re going to be doing conventions virtually for the time being, Zoom seems to handle it best. I also had the most fun at the Pelgrane Press panels. Heck, I even ran into an old online friend at one, which was pretty cool. I wonder how they’re going to do it for Dragon Con.

No, really. I’d like to know, because it’s gonna be in a month and there hasn’t been much in the way of info about their virtual program. It’d be ironic if this is the one that I can’t go to, because Dragon Con was absolutely the one con I was definitely going to go to this year…

So, Gen Con Online!

Gen Con Online: I bought some dice, bought a couple of shot glasses – this is still a heck of a lot cheaper than what would have happened if I had actually gone – and have signed up for some sessions. I’ve signed up for Pelgrane’s session tomorrow at 2 PM and a character sheet design seminar at 4 PM, and will be doing the SJG panel at 2 PM Saturday. I’d also do Ken Hite’s and Robin Laws’ panel at 5 PM, except that it’s… oh, it’s only an hour, so it won’t interfere with the game after all. Yeah, I’ve just signed up for that one, too.

How exciting, no? Usually at cons I go to the merchants’ room, play or run a few con games, and drink. Well, I suppose I could drink beer during the sessions, but it’s not really the same, you know what I mean?

Moe Lane

PS: I can squeeze in more sessions. Except for Saturday morning. But suggestions welcome, sure.

The ENnies are back on!

The ENnies are Gen Con’s gaming awards. And although Gen Con may have been cancelled, there’s still going to be an awards ceremony:

Huh. It occurs to me that the Kickstarter‘s RPG worldbook will technically qualify for next year’s awards, although it almost certainly won’t win, or even get nominated. Still, it’ll be a slightly different world for me at that point. Neat!

Gen Con canceled.

…I was surprised that they hadn’t canceled it already, to be honest. The SCA pulled the release lever on Pennsic a month ago, and that’s held around the same time as Gen Con. Regardless of your opinion about how dangerous the coronavirus is, 70K people in one place during a pandemic seems… contraindicated. Particularly since a high percentage of the attendees will be no-fooling severe health risks.

GURPS is, appropriately, 23% off for Gen Con.

23% because fnord. ¬†However, I don’t think that that includes the print on demand stuff, but I can wholeheartedly recommend GURPS Vorkosigan Saga, even if you don’t play RPGs. ¬†It’s got a lot of information about Lois McMaster Bujold’s universe in it, all nicely organized and laid out. ¬†…You do read Bujold, I hope? I’d hate to think that any of my readers might be missing out on one of the best science fiction / fantasy writers I can think off offhand.

Gen Con sells out.

Of badges:

‚ÄčGen Con Sells Out Historic 50th Convention

Indianapolis (August 14, 2017) Gen Con, North America’s longest-running and best-attended tabletop game convention, has announced a complete sellout of badges for its 50th convention to be held August 17-20 in the Indiana Convention Center. The convention will not sell badges on-site and attendees, as in prior years, will be asked to display their badges while attending the show. In addition to its 50th convention, this Gen Con marks 15 years in Indianapolis.

(Via @SJGames)

They sold out of four-day passes last month, but this news means that the one-day passes are now officially gone, too. ¬†So if you were planning to just buy entrance at the door, well, there’s always the Indiana State Fair. ¬†Those are always fun*.

Moe Lane

*They legit are, actually. ¬†So you might as well go if you’re in Indianapolis this weekend, because you ain’t going to Gen Con unless you already bought your ticket…

Out of curiosity: who here goes to Gen Con?

Or Origins, or San Diego Comic-Con, or one of the various PAXs (PACES?), or another¬†of the really big gaming/comic book cons? It’s far too late for me to arrange to go to Gen Con this year, of course – no, really, the scheduling the family’s done for August is assuming that I’ll be manning the Command Center* – but next year I need to be thinking about this stuff, particularly if I want to, you know, professionally network and so forth. Continue reading Out of curiosity: who here goes to Gen Con?