After misjudging the best way to enter the vendor area the day before, I corrected my approach, skirted the convention center, and came in the opposite entrance, allowing me to make my way through the even more crowded vendor area with a minimum of “pardon me”/”excuse me” dances in the process. Arriving in Paizos’ Pathfinder pavilion was really cool, because it shows how just much a creative indie manufacturer could become a major power player with its Roleplaying system in just 7 years. It may have been based on D&D’s 3.5 open license mechanics when it was released in 2008…
Chatting with Ben Loomes was refreshing, as his desire for improving the storytelling landscape around him was one I could totally understand. As a roleplayer himself, he found real world campaigns lacked the auditory elements found in video games and set about to change that. Using a complex sample based program (so that every type of sound can have random components) with reverb options (so you can have sounds happening in different qualitative environments, from open plains to confined caverns), he created a series of sound effects and music scores that can be triggered by your smartphone
Gen Con has the distinction of being the largest table top gaming Convention in North America, with a focus on board games, pen-and-paper, card games, and anything related to games that are not primarily played in the digital realm. (This doesn’t mean that there aren’t some cool tabletop games that take advantage of technology in their gameplay, but the technology isn’t required for the playing of most of the games.)
HorrorHound Weekend is a traveling convention hosted by HorrorHound magazine. Each issue of HorrorHound contains film facts, interviews, and horror fan lifestyles to name a few. You can expect to find similar things at the conventions.
Reverend Leviathan chats with former Munsters’ star, Butch Patrick, about his life during the show, his life after, his fight with cancer, and renovating a haunted family home!
Reverend Leviathan chats with the man who calls himself “Ernest Jr.” after Jim Varney’s famous “Ernest P. Worrell” character. Crank goes on to explain the challenges of continuing the “Ernest” dynasty in the modern era.
The aftermath of this year’s ScareFest, the horror paranormal convention in Lexington, KY
The British Library’s exibition dedicated to the birth and evolution of the Gothic genre over the last 250 years. The curator of the event Tim Pye said: “The Gothic is one of the most popular and influential genres and we are happy that this exhibition has worthily celebrated its history spanning 250 years.”
To paraphrase the incomparable Wil Wheaton, being a nerd is to be absolutely passionate about something and not care if anyone makes fun of you for it because that thing you love is so important to you. Whether your passion is clothes, comics, makeup, Doctor Who, or Magic the Gathering, we impassioned souls are nerds by definition. Yeah, we may be better dressed and more stylish than some stereotypical nerds on TV or in film, but who amongst us couldn’t have an impassioned discussion with personalities like those we see reflected in the CBS’ show, The Big Bang Theory?
Second only to ComicCon, Dragon*Con has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1987 as a small gathering of sci-fi and gaming fans. Today it spans five major downtown Atlanta hotels, and increases the city’s population by over 50,000 people every Labor Day weekend. It’s one big party where nerds from around the country have the chance to dress up in crazy costumes, and meet their favorite stars. There’s really nothing like it.
Want to see some of the things you may have missed, to your sadness–or managed to attend, to your pleasure? Darkestgoth Photography was on the scene for the Amnesia Flesh Ball last Saturday outside Cincinatti, OH.