In 1990 the annual Origins™ Gaming Convention was held at DragonCon (these days it’s stationary, but in olden times it moved around). As a table-top gamer I was super excited to go and see all the new roleplaying games and board games that were being debuted. As I walked through the vendors’ hall, nestled between TSR’s Dungeons and Dragons and Game Designers Workshop were two new games that were premiering: Torg and Rifts. This year at GenCon the big talk was about the revival of Torg and Rifts. It’s the gaming industry. What are you gonna do?
We had a great time at GenCon this year! We’ve been busy getting ready for Dragon Con, so expect more GenCon goodies after the Labor Day weekend, but this just couldn’t wait!
We had the distinct pleasure of meeting and chatting with Mikaela Barree of End Transmission Games, an independent game design company based out of New York. She told us about their existing products, and the Kickstarter they have going right now! Check it out below!
You can check out their Kickstarter here! Let’s spread the love for independent game designers!
$15,000 Tournament Purse Expected to Draw Top HeroClix Players From Across the County. Other Gaming Highlights Include the Return of National Security Decision Making Game and Richard Garriott.
ATLANTA – The TCGplayer.com Realms Open Championship, where the nation’s top HeroClix players can compete for share of a $15,000 purse, is returning for its second year to Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi and gaming convention.
Perhaps better known for its cosplay and the chance to interact with actors, artists, authors and other creators, Dragon Con is actually one of the largest gaming conventions in the nation. Taking up most of the Hilton Atlanta Downtown, the gaming portion at Dragon Con features voice actors, game designers and other guests from the worlds of table top and video gaming, as well as the opportunity to play tabletop and LAN gaming in casual and tournament formats.
“We’re thrilled to welcome back to Dragon Con the TCGplayer.com Realms Open Championship,” convention co-chair David Cody said. “Because of the qualifying format and the prize money, we expect some of the top players from around the country to participate in this tournament and make it a very competitive event. It will be a great part of an already rich lineup of gaming and game-related programming.”
As gaming at Dragon Con has continued to increase in popularity, the convention has restructured the gaming tracks for 2014 to provide a more streamlined, focused experience. There will be just three tracks this year.
Table Top Gaming – Formerly called Gaming, this track’s programming will continue to focus on pen and paper and table top games.
LAN Gaming – Formerly called Digital Gaming, this title is simply a better description of the specific type of gaming in this track.
Video Gaming – The old Video Gaming and MMORPG tracks have been combined to better align with the gaming industry and focus on the content rather than the platform.
HeroClix is a competitive, table top game using miniature super heroes and villains from throughout pop culture. The TCGplayer.com Realms Open Championship will take place over three days with constructed qualifiers on Friday, August 30th and the Championship event beginning on Saturday, August 31. The top 32 competitors will share in the $15,000 purse, with the tournament champion taking home $4,000.
The National Security Decision Making Game presents players with a range of real world issues that they must decide how to solve, with each play assuming the role of a different political leader or deliberative body. The game will be offered seven times, five using current global geopolitical issues and two relying on historical scenarios. In addition to the game scenarios, each lasting 4 hours, McDonagh and his team will offer more than a dozen lectures and interactive seminars on various geopolitical subjects, such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the current situations in Gaza, Syria and Ukraine and the current thinking on chemical & biological weapons and bioterrorism.
About Dragon Con
Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day in Atlanta. Organized for fans, Dragon Con features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
We went to SCARAB over the Martin Luther King Jr weekend in Columbia, SC. It was our first time as vendors, and we had a great time! The staff was courteous and polite, super-helpful and always smiling. As vendors, we were placed in the boardgame room, and it was great fun to see all the smiling faces. SCARAB is truly a family event, with programs, called tracks, for everyone. There were games for the kids and non-gaming activities for the “widows” – people who came to be supportive, but who aren’t all that into gaming themselves. This year, SCARAB introduced an anime track and a costume contest! It truly felt like a small GenCon, with great Southern charm.
One of the products that premiered at SCARAB was a game called Hull Breach. Having just finished a successful Kickstarter campaign, the fine folks over at Not-So-Broken games were showing us how to play.
This small convention won’t stay small for long. Next year’s date has already been set – January 16-19. So clear a spot on your calendar, because this is one convention you don’t want to miss!
At this time next week, we’ll be packing up and putting the final touches on our inventory as we get ready to go to SCARAB! This will be our first convention where we’re vendors, and we’re pretty pumped about it. We’ll be selling things from our Etsy store, plus a secret SCARAB exclusive! There’s a Facebook event for those who are so inclined, or you can go to www.s-c-a-r-a-b.com for more information.
This year, they are introducing a costume contest and an anime track! So come by and visit us! Maybe we’ll pack some costumes, and there are always games to be played!
Every year at the global headquarters of The Geek Forge, we throw a little party that is (after three years) starting to catch on with other geeks. It’s called Larfleezemas. We hold it in early December and here is everything you need to know to hold your own Larfleezemas party:
Larfleeze is a comic character that bears an orange power ring (just like Green Lantern) and is driven by the emotion of greed. It’s also a pretty funny guy.
There are two rules:
1) Bring something to glut yourself on (and possibly for others to eat)
2) Buy a present for yourself (no matter how small) wrap it and give it to yourself at the party.
We decorate in orange, black, and white (we even have a little black Larfleezemas tree).
Let us expand on the true meaning of the holiday: GREED.
You do not have to share. You do not have to think about what you will get for someone else. You do not have to play stupid games where you buy a gift for someone by drawing a name from a hat. You do not have to bring food to share. The spirit of Larfleezemas is good, honest GREED.
The perfect Larfleezemas gift is something that you don’t even need — you just want it! And as everyone watches you open your gift, you’re expected to be annoyingly smug about it and we all promise to be insanely jealous.
Previous examples of great gifts were: leather driving gloves for a steering wheel that was already covered in leather, a new truck, a third kindle (how decadent), stock shares in a football team, and a house. Let the true spirit of Avarice fill you before you have to pretend that you really love that Lowes giftcard you got for Christmas.
Plan your Larfleezaemas Party today and plan to tell us about it after!