Category Archives: Conventions

The Crystal Ball: GenCon 2013


Ladies and gentlemen, it is that time of the year again, as GenCon is literally next week! I’m as excited as one can get without experiencing incontinency. It’s the 46th year of the biggest gaming convention in North America. Like last year, GenCon broke pre-registration records, and we’ll probably see record-breaking attendance numbers this year as well. This year in particular is going to be extra-special, but I can’t reveal why just yet. A tease, I know, but if I told now, it’d spoil the surprise for someone special!

For such an important yearly pilgrimage to the nerd holy land, one must be armed with the knowledge of just what to spend your accumulated wealth on. Let’s look into the crystal ball and divine what goodies will be available at GenCon! Read the rest of this entry

GenCon Sell-outs

Well, folks, GenCon has come and gone. Unfortunately, this trend also extended to most of it’s big releases this year. Many many people couldn’t get ahold of more than a few titles this year, and it wasn’t just sad…it was infuriating.
First of all, though, here’s my short list of the top titles that sold out FAR too quickly at GenCon: Read the rest of this entry

The GenCon 2012 Lineup

Well, folks, it’s that time again. GenCon 2012 is just a month away, and it’s high time a shopping list is made for your trip to the best four days in gaming! There’s some good stuff available this year, and I feel it to be my duty to help by listing off some highlights of games making their debut at Gencon this year. So, without further adieu, here’s the list I’ve dug up of what to look for on the vendor hall floor! Read the rest of this entry

Divination 101: Where the hell is it?

Unfogging the future of gaming is sometimes a trying experience. Some companies have a nasty habit of giving some big reveal about an AWESOME new game that’s sure to rock your socks at some gaming expo or convention; take your pick. They pull out their announcements and their fanfare, blitzing our brains with conceptual delights with colorful displays and candy-like boxes, hoping for us gamers to line up with the promises of giving them money. Then, of course, you’re hopelessly hooked, checking back on the designing company’s website day after day waiting for news that you’re frankly never going to see. Read the rest of this entry

Eldritch Lament

Oh, Arkham Nights, how I long to attend thee…

Arkham Nights is one of the many themed “mini-conventions” that Fantasy Flight Games hosts at their expo center in Roseville, MN. Sadly, I don’t think I’ll be attending THIS year, either. Of all of the themes, such as “Days of Ice & Fire” (Game of Thrones), “Realms of Terrinoth” (Runebound, Descent, etc), and one for Lord of the Rings which I can’t remember, I’ve wanted to attend Arkham Nights.

Arkham Nights, contrary to the above picture, is being held this year on October 14th – 16th. It’s packed with plenty of Mythos goodness, and best of all, swag for the various Lovecraft themed games that have done so well for Fantasy Flight Games.

Here’s a bit of info from the site itself: Read the rest of this entry

Back from GenCon

Doc Belmont with Shane Hensley!

Well, folks, I have returned from GenCon, and I must say that this year was a blast! I got to try out lots of new stuff, and even picked up a few new games (before their release!). I had so much fun that I’m already planning next year’s trip. The entire GenCon experience will be related by VLog here, so stay tuned!

The above picture, if any of you were wondering, is of me (of course) with Shane Lacy Hensley. If any of you are fans of Savage Worlds, Rippers, or Deadlands, this name should be familiar to you. It was a pleasure to speak with him, as well as nab a copy of Savage Worlds Deluxe and get an autograph. Keep up the good work, Mr. Hensley!

Gencon, Ho!!!

Salutations! Today, I was going to post another text review of Dungeons & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun. Unfortunately, real life and preparations for GenCon got in the way, and here I am, making excuses on my blog. On the plus side, though, it’s friggin’ GENCON!!! I feel like a little kid at Christmas! I’ve been bouncing off the walls for the past couple of hours, and our crew leaves within the hour. There will be plenty of pictures, to be sure, and perhaps a video VLog of the experience.

To those I will see there, I can’t wait. I paid for this trip back in March, and I will finally see the payoff.

Luggage is packed, the Wands of Wonder are charged, we have a whole case of potions ready, and we cleaned out the bank of our hard-earned gold pieces for the grand bazaar of nerdiness!



GENCON, 2011!!!


I am pleased to announce that I will be attending GENCON Indy next week! I’m very excited to see all of the great new stuff that is going to make its debut this year, and I hope to swipe up some swag along the way. To any friends and acquaintances, I hope to see you there!