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Gen Con 2019 Badge Registration Open

Posted in Conventions, Gen Con 2019 with tags , on January 13, 2019 by boccobsblog

Registration for Gen Con 2019 is now open!

(Just in case you live in the Underdark:)

Gen Con is the original, longest-running gaming convention in the world!

Founded in 1968, Gen Con hosts the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, science fiction, and adventure game convention in North America. With 500 exhibiting game companies, award-winning authors and artists, vibrant costumes, thousands of events, family entertainment, food trucks, a beer garden, and the debut of hundreds of exciting new games, Gen Con truly is The Best Four Days in Gaming™.

Here are some pictures from last year’s trip:

 

Buy me an 1/18 of a cup of coffee
D&D 5E Core Rulebook Gift Set
Dungeon Mayhem – D&D Card Game
Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica
Waterdeep: Dragon Heist

 

 

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GameholeCon 2018

Posted in Conventions, Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder with tags , on January 2, 2019 by boccobsblog
GameHoleCon 2019

Pic by Arcadya Photography

GameHoleCon is a tabletop convention held at the Alliant Energy Center  in Madison WI each fall. We attended GHC for Saturday only, and this is our review.

Free Parking
One of the biggest draws for GameholeCon is the parking. If you’ve been to GenCon or another major event then you’re used to paying $25+ a day on parking. The Alliant Energy Center has nearly 6,000 free spots. There was ample free parking. This was a welcome change.

Food & Drink
This is one area that the con really suffered. The concessions in the AEC are limited. The food was expensive and they only carried Pepsi products. If you prefer or need to drink diet soda, then Diet Pepsi is your only choice. Diet Pepsi is somewhere between demon piss and gasoline. The con had a deal where you could get a refillable cup, but again a refillable cup of demon piss isn’t really a win. There were food carts outside the AEC, but the prices were high (I spent 5 dollars on a bottle of soda from a vendor).

If you attend you should know ahead of time, there are no restaurants close to the convention center.

Booze
The AEC sells beer in their concession area. This is a rare find at most cons.

Hotels
The hotels are close to the hall, but many require a short walk outside. This isn’t a bad thing, but should be considered because booking a room. The Clarion Suites is the onsite hotel with an enclosed walkway to the AEC. There were plenty of hotel rooms available for the con (another welcome change).

Vendor Hall
The vendor area is fairly small, but all the major names and usual suspects were in attendance.

Access to Industry Celebs
The most impressive aspect of this small con was the sheer number industry celebs that attended,, and how easy it was to approach and even game with them. On the one day we were in attendance we saw, Matt Mercer, Chris Perkins, Satine Phoenix and Matt Lillard.

In Conclusion
GameHoleCon has all of the features of a large con-True Dungeon, miniature painting, Adventurer’s League, Pathfinder Society, industry celebrity games (maybe more so than a large con). The staff was extremely friendly, and there was plenty of free parking. GameHoleCon is worth visiting and we will be returning.

Gen Con to Stay in Indy Through 2023

Posted in Conventions, Gen Con 2019 with tags , , on November 2, 2018 by boccobsblog

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On October 19 Gen Con stated in their newsletter that they have extended their contract with Indianapolis through 2023. The con’s future was a source of debate as several surveys went out asking con goers if they be amenable to a move. Gen Con has worried that Indy lacked sufficient size and hotel capacity.

According to GenCon.com:

INDIANAPOLIS (October 19, 2018) Gen Con, the largest and longest-running game convention in North America, has agreed to extend its commitment to Indianapolis through 2023. Prompted by the announcement of construction of two new hotels connected to the convention center, Gen Con added an additional year to its deal.
“New hotel developments, along with Indy’s desire for technological upgrades, have made our decision to extend with Indianapolis an easy choice,” said David Hoppe, Gen Con President. “We’re enthusiastic to extend our contract with Indy until 2023, as this new hotel development is a game-changer for Gen Con and will allow us to continue our record-breaking expansion. We’d like to thank the Indy CIB, Mayor Hogsett and his team, the hard-working folks at Visit Indy, and the business leaders of Indianapolis for their continued foresight and commitment to making Indy the top destination for conventions in North America.”

Setting a new attendance record in 2018, the convention surpassed 60,000 unique attendees over its four days. Gen Con 2018 featured more than 520 game companies, more than 600 new games, 17,000 ticketed events, and a significant increase in programming in Lucas Oil Stadium. The convention plans to continue its development of Lucas Oil Stadium as a new hub of convention growth.

“When the JW Marriott Indianapolis opened in 2011, our convention was able to expand and support a record number of guests, which at the time was about 37,000 attendees,” said David Hoppe, Gen Con President. “Now, seven years later, Gen Con has nearly doubled in attendance, and we’re confident that the newly announced lodging additions in Indy will let us expand again, netting millions of dollars per year in new economic development for Indianapolis.”

Gen Con will return to Indianapolis August 1-4, 2019.

 

Chicago TARDIS

Posted in Conventions, Dr. Who with tags , , on October 3, 2018 by boccobsblog

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While at Wizard World Chicago I learned about a Dr. Who convention being held on November 23 – 25 in the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center. According to their website:

Chicago TARDIS, the Midwest’s Premier Doctor Who event, brings together nearly 2000 fans each Thanksgiving weekend to celebrate the world’s longest-running science fiction television show. Started in 2000, the convention has been growing in scope every year, with attendance exploding as the show’s popularity in the United States has blossomed. You can get an overview of all our events our history page. If you’d like to contact us, please use the form on the contact page— but if you’re a member of the press, please read our press policy first!

Who
Guests so far include:

Richard Ashton
Jon Davey
Simon Fisher-Becker
Jason Haigh-Ellery
Graeme Harper
Frazer Hines
Rosie Jane
Christopher Jones
Pearl Mackie
Ian McNeice
Ross Mullan
Kelly Yates

When
November 23 – 25, 2018

Where
Westin Lombard Yorktown Center
70 Yorktown Center
Lombard, IL 60148
1-630-719-8000

Learn more at http://chicagotardis.com/trion/

Gamehole Con

Posted in Conventions, Dungeons and Dragons with tags on September 26, 2018 by boccobsblog

GHC

Here’s another game con that has been getting a lot of buzz in the last few years. Gamehole Con will be held on November 8 – 11th at the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall, Madison, Wisconsin. According to their website:

Gamehole Con is the largest tabletop gaming convention in the upper Midwest.

Tabletop gamers from around the country gather each November in Madison, WI for this carnival of gaming. Gamehole Con is all about tabletop gaming and all the fun that goes with it. The convention features role-playing games, board games, fantasy and historical miniature gaming, and collectible card games. Gamehole Con is for the fantasy and adventure tabletop gaming enthusiast. Gamehole Con features the best guests in the industry, an unbelievable Dealer Hall and of course, lots and lots of gaming! If you are a tabletop gaming fan, do not miss Gamehole Con!

Learn more at https://www.gameholecon.com/ and if you attend let us know how it was.

Alexandria RPG

Posted in Conventions, Dungeons and Dragons, GURPS, Interview, Pathfinder, Star Wars with tags , , on September 19, 2018 by boccobsblog

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Directly across from the chaos of the exhibit hall at Gen Con 2018 was a quiet sanctuary of pure awesomeness. The Alexandria RPG library was a room with about ten tables piled with RPG books, as well several well-stocked shelves of gaming treasures. Today we sit down with the chief librarian to learn more about this amazing find.

What can you tell us about Alexandria RPG?

– We are a nonprofit lending library that shares RPGs with as many people as we can via events.  We also work with teens, PTSD service members, and soon senior citizens.

What was the impetus for starting an RPG library?

– I have been the deputy manager of gaming at Emerald City Comicon for a few years new and tossed the idea out to fill space.  The manger thought it sounded fun and a few weeks before ECCC 2017 I was asked if I could still do the library.  I ran out and bought some exrat books to fill in holes and add a wider variety dropping like $2000 in a couple days.  Then was laid off the next month.  But that first event we had like 400 books or so and people loved it. We got kids playing RPGs for the first time and had people asking if I would come to their show.  Part way through that first show we got a box of donations from an old friend of mine in Iowa.  He mailed them out when he heard what we we’re doing.

Needless to say people loved the idea so we put our heads down and ran forward with it. We are now near 1800 books and over a 100 different systems.

If you could roleplay with one historical figure, who would it be and why?

-Thomas Jefferson.  I figure he was super smart, self taught, and well read. I bet he had a wild imagination that he kept locked away.

Do you think Andrew Johnson would cheat on his rolls?

– As in the 17th President? Sure he would, he was a politician.

What is your favorite book in the collection?

– My first book is in the Library, my AD&D players handbook my brother and I bought at Sears in 1982. It still has the price tag on it $10.57.   That book has tons of memories for me and the comic shop my family had.

Which cons will you be attending in the near future?

– Friday we will be at PAX West last year was huge there for us, we hosted 100 games in four days. I only brought GMs for 6. The rest we’re people that just wanted to play.

We just did Dragonflight 39 last weekend

We will be at RenCon two weekends after PAX West

Working on trying to get to PAX Unplugged

Jan we have OrcaCon

How can people help Alexandria RPG?

We have a Patreon people can pledge to even a $1 a month helps get us a van rental or new boxes. They can donate funds via PayPal on our website or via our email donations@alexandriarpg.com.  we also take book donations. They can reach us at the donation email for information on sending books

Also follow us on social media because that helps too. We have a YouTube channel and if we can get enough followers we can make a buck or two off videos there as well.

Money is always needed. I have put a couple thousand dollars into the library this year and a couple of other people have as well.

As a reminder we are a 501c3 and registered as a charity in Washington state.

You can learn more about Alexandria RPG at their website: https://www.alexandriarpg.com/

Minuteman Miniatures

Posted in Conventions, D&D 5e, D&D Fifth Edition, D&D Next, Dungeons and Dragons with tags , , , on August 29, 2018 by boccobsblog

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This year at Gen Con I stumbled upon a busy booth in the hallway leading to the Lucas Oil Stadium. The company, Minuteman Miniatures (not a reference to the latest Stormy Daniels interview) 3D prints miniatures using your face. According to Miniatureyou.com:

Using advanced new methods of 3D scanning and liquid-resin 3D printing, Minuteman Miniatures has developed a way to create custom gaming miniatures with your actual face. In other words, we can create a Miniature You™.

Our digital sculptors combine your 3D facial scan with a selection from our range of male and female bodies to create a one of a kind miniature bearing your exact likeness. From a Greek Hoplite to a Fantasy Wizard, we can create the perfect miniature for your next game.

Our 3D scanning process is performed in person at local scanning events and gaming conventions, and is finished in less than two minutes. Once we have your facial scan on file, we can create a Miniature You™ at any point in the future – today, tomorrow, or two years from now. And the best part? Our facial scans are always 100% Free.

How does it work?
At Gen Con the MM team was scanning attendees with handheld devices that recorded a 3D image of the face and hair. You would then choose a body style for them to affix your grinning mug. They had a variety of styles and poses to choose from, most were medieval fantasy and matched iconic Dungeons and Dragons character classes. They even had mounted figures which were especially nice. Once you’ve had your grape scanned and chosen a body style, your mini is 3D printed and shipped to you. Currently the process takes about 8-10 weeks, according to the gentleman at the booth.

What bodies are available?

Historical Wargaming

  • Greek General
  • Roman General
  • Napoleonic French Colonel
  • WW2 American Captain
  • WW2 German Officer

Dark Ages

  • Mounted Norman Knight
  • Scottish Warrior in Chainmail
  • Scottish Warrior in Scale Mail
  • Viking Warlord

Sci-Fi

  • Imperial Legionnaire
  • Corrupted Legionnaire
  • Space Ronin

American Revolution and Civil War

D20 Adventurers (Released at Gen Con 2018)

  • Barbarian, Male
  • Barbarian, Female
  • Bard, Male
  • Bard, Female
  • Cleric, Male
  • Cleric, Female
  • Druid, Male
  • Druid, Female
  • Fighter, Male
  • Fighter, Female
  • Paladin, Male
  • Paladin, Female
  • Ranger, Male
  • Ranger, Female
  • Wizard, Male
  • Wizard, Female
  • Warlock, Raven, Male
  • Warlock, Raven, Female
  • Warlock, Dragon, Male

How much do they cost?
The miniatures are $30.

Where can I get scanned?
The MM crew will be available at the following cons:

HurriCon 2018
Thu, Sep 27, 2018 8:00 PM Sun, Sep 30, 2018 5:00 PM
Park Inn by Radisson Resort & Conference Center Orlando

OctoCon 2018
Sat, Oct 20, 2018 3:30 PM Sun, Oct 21, 2018 4:30 PM
Mythicos Studios

Gamehole Con 2018
Thu, Nov 8, 2018 5:00 PM Sun, Nov 11, 2018 7:00 PM
Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall

Gary Con XI
Thu, Mar 7, 2019 5:00 PM Sun, Mar 10, 2019 5:00 PM
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

It is a pretty cool concept, and I look forward to the day I can scan my players at home and 3D print them out for a game. Check it out.