conventions Archive

  • Attention all people who live in the Great Lakes region, millionaires with their own helicopters, and people who can teleport–we’re super excited to announce that there will be a dedicated […]

    U*Con Fate Track: Tracking Like a Boss

    Attention all people who live in the Great Lakes region, millionaires with their own helicopters, and people who can teleport–we’re super excited to announce that there will be a dedicated […]

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  • So, I was standing at an Origins booth and noticed they had some Osprey books for $15 each, a mild discount.  Osprey books are cool little military-focused history resources, so I starter looking, and saw an interesting looking one on the fortification...

    Bad Business

    So, I was standing at an Origins booth and noticed they had some Osprey books for $15 each, a mild discount. Osprey books are cool little military-focused history resources, so I starter looking, and saw an interesting looking one on the fortification...

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  • Someone asked, and that's all the excuse I need for some unrestrained bag nerdery.  The topic of what to carry at a convention and how to carry is is one that I have given utterly unreasonable amounts of thought to, and I share some of the fruits of it...

    The Con Bag

    Someone asked, and that's all the excuse I need for some unrestrained bag nerdery. The topic of what to carry at a convention and how to carry is is one that I have given utterly unreasonable amounts of thought to, and I share some of the fruits of it...

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  • I only just looked at the Calendar and discovered that Origins has snuck up on me.I love the summer conventions, but since the birth of my son, it's been simply impractical to try to go to both Origins and Gencon.  Each one represents a week away form ...

    Gah, Origins!

    I only just looked at the Calendar and discovered that Origins has snuck up on me.I love the summer conventions, but since the birth of my son, it's been simply impractical to try to go to both Origins and Gencon. Each one represents a week away form ...

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  • Given the number of wonderful things I've had to say, I should probably give a little bit of airtime to the problems with PAX. There weren't many, but they are worth mentioning.I've mentioned that food was a little rough.  There were actually decent op...

    PAX Downsides

    Given the number of wonderful things I've had to say, I should probably give a little bit of airtime to the problems with PAX. There weren't many, but they are worth mentioning.I've mentioned that food was a little rough. There were actually decent op...

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  • While I had a fantastic time, there are a few things I need to think about in terms of handling differently.I envy the hair.  Fred's very blue hair made him easily identifiable and findable, and had I not been paired with him, I suspect it would have b...

    Lessons Learned For PAX

    While I had a fantastic time, there are a few things I need to think about in terms of handling differently.I envy the hair. Fred's very blue hair made him easily identifiable and findable, and had I not been paired with him, I suspect it would have b...

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  • PAX East was a fun factory.  That seems like a kind of jokey thing to say, but I mean it in a very literal way.  PAX East was a tremendously enjoyable convention, and most of the reasons for that can be traced to how it's run and the decisions that wen...

    The PAX East Fun Factory

    PAX East was a fun factory. That seems like a kind of jokey thing to say, but I mean it in a very literal way. PAX East was a tremendously enjoyable convention, and most of the reasons for that can be traced to how it's run and the decisions that wen...

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  • Just FYI...The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design announced the following nominees for the 36th Annual Origins Awards at GTS the other day:http://paultevis.com/blog/2010/3/26/origins-awards-nominees-and-jury-selections.html(snip)Roleplaying Ga...

    Origins Awards Nominees and Bonus Jury Ballot

    Just FYI...The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design announced the following nominees for the 36th Annual Origins Awards at GTS the other day:http://paultevis.com/blog/2010/3/26/origins-awards-nominees-and-jury-selections.html(snip)Roleplaying Ga...

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  • Originally published at Deadly Fredly. You can comment here or there.Short post today.
I was looking at Chad Underkoffler talking about whether or not to go to Dreamation this year, and it reminded me of my perspective on conventions in general.  Since I’m both a publisher and a hobbyist, conventions are always composed of some mix of selling (and buying), talking (networking), and playing.  The question, then, when I consider whether to attend a convention is what that convention does best, and whether or not I’m already getting that “best thing” itch scratched by some other convention that year. If I have limited ability to attend multiple conventions, it also becomes a game of prioritizing those three activities and choosing the one or two that get to “win” that year.
In my own personal constellation of conventions, this boils down to a choice among the pros of three specific cons.
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    To (Sell|Talk|Play)

    Originally published at Deadly Fredly. You can comment here or there.

    Short post today.

    I was looking at Chad Underkoffler talking about whether or not to go to Dreamation this year, and it reminded me of my perspective on conventions in general.  Since I’m both a publisher and a hobbyist, conventions are always composed of some mix of selling (and buying), talking (networking), and playing.  The question, then, when I consider whether to attend a convention is what that convention does best, and whether or not I’m already getting that “best thing” itch scratched by some other convention that year. If I have limited ability to attend multiple conventions, it also becomes a game of prioritizing those three activities and choosing the one or two that get to “win” that year.

    In my own personal constellation of conventions, this boils down to a choice among the pros of three specific cons.

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  • For your reading pleasure:Happy Birthday, Harry: We Have A Targetandhttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheDresdenFiles(That latter link will keep you reading for HOURS.)ALSO, because I am a tres geeky fanboi, I was thinking today that if I saw ...

    [dresden] Links!

    For your reading pleasure:Happy Birthday, Harry: We Have A Targetandhttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheDresdenFiles(That latter link will keep you reading for HOURS.)ALSO, because I am a tres geeky fanboi, I was thinking today that if I saw ...

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