There are many great things for me about having
moved back to the Seattle area. First of all, I've got a whole lot of friends
here that I'm able to see much more frequently. Secondarily, there are a lot of
really cool events that go on here that I now can (hopefully) attend at my
leisure. A few weeks ago there was the Emerald City
Comic Con, PaizoCon is in
June, and, of course, in late summer there's PAX Prime, but
next on the calendar is NorwesCon.
In years past, when I lived in the area, I tried to
get to NorwesCon as often as I could, but fate seemed to conspire against me.
More often than not I was either out of town, had friends or relatives
visiting, or seemed to get knocked off my feet by a spring head cold. So I was
already looking forward to getting to go to NorwesCon 34 at the end of April
... and then the programming organizers did me the singular honor of contacting
me to see if I'd be willing to be a guest of the show.
Willing? I was (and am) thrilled to do so.
So now I'm prepping myself for a busy weekend of
seminars, readings, signings, and general hanging about with science fiction
and fantasy fans and luminaries. So in case any of the Dungeonaday.com members
live in the general area (and by that, I mean within a 4 hour drive ... the con
is certainly worth that investment, I think) or are coming in from further away
to attend Norwescon, I thought I'd just post up my schedule ahead of time.
Because invariably you're going to have to make difficult choices regarding
your time--the event programming is good enough to keep a person busy for TWO
Here is where you're sure to find me on the weekend
of April 23rd.
seminar about webcomics. Are they really a new form or just a new medium? Are
they replacing the classic formats or enhancing them with something new? Other
panelists include Roberta Gregory, Ashley Cook, and Phil Brucato.
9pm Hey, <insert series > Would Make A
panel discussion about why certain books, TV shows, movies, and other
properties would make great (or terrible) games. We'll also talk more broadly
about the value of licensing when it comes to game publishing. Other panelists
include Rodney Thompson and Kate Marshall.
11am Reading: The Littlest Shoggoth
years ago I wrote and illustrated a holiday tale of the Lovecraftian Mythos
featuring Squammie, the littlest shoggoth of them all. Now I'm going to read it
... aloud. Heaven help us all.
Noon Crunch vs. Fluff
panel examining one of the great debates on RPG forums, boards, and discussion
groups. What's more important to a game, the "fluff" (story, background, social
interaction) or the "crunch" (rules, game mechanics, tactical interaction).
Other panelists include Jeff Grubb, Jonathan Tweet, Erik Mona, Bruce Cordell,
and Jason Bulmahn.
3pm Autorgraph Session
seem to be putting all the guests into one room so we can sign stuff at the
same time. Maybe they want to prove that we're all real.
5pm Micropublishing and the New Games Renaissance
panel talking about hows, whys, shoulds, should nots, innovations, pitfalls,
and benefits of the technological advances that make it possible for almost
anyone to publish and distribute their own game material. Other panelists
include Liz Courts, Jeff Combos, Dustin Gross.
In addition to those events, I'm sure to be poking
around the show as much as I can manage and sitting in on other seminars just
to soak up the collective wisdom.
I hope that some of you are going to be attending
Norwescon, and that I'll be able to see you there.