Vol. 26, No. 10
An international network of researchers into all aspects of role-playing games
David Millians, Editor
Paideia School, 1509 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30307 USA
By M. Alan Thomas II, Chairman
Happy Banned Books Week!
As a present, I got you the case of a federal prisoner, Gregory S. Dreher (21889047), who is the only federal prisoner in his district (and anywhere ever, as far as I know) with a restriction on roleplaying games. He is attempting to get that changed.
Details are somewhat scarce at this point, but I have requested more information. He's in Minnesota, so the 7th Circuit's decision in Singer v. Raemisch is persuasive but non-binding on local courts, should it come to that.
The facility in question is FCI Sandstone in Sandstone, Minnesota. I am told that it is the only prison in the region to impose such a restriction, but it's a little unclear from what I've been told if the restriction is on the inmate specifically (and simply not used elsewhere) or if it's prison-wide (and this is the only prisoner who cares), and if the region in question is a Bureau of Prisons region (North Central) or the federal circuit (8th). I might file some paperwork to engage in further research, but the federal government is notoriously nonresponsive to many federal FOIA requests.
Please let me know if you know anyone else I should be contacting about this.
Dragon Con 2017 Report
By David Millians
Dragon Con continues to grow and grow, this completely occupying five mega-hotels and a huge wholesale market in downtown Atlanta over Labor Day weekend. Over 80,000 people were in attendance, and the convention generated more than $70 million dollars for businesses in the downtown area and food and lodging providers in the wider city. I live in Atlanta and spent most of my time in a small part of this vast fan gathering, so my report is admittedly lopsided.
Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, I ran games in the Non-Campaign section of Dragon Con Gaming. Some did not make the minimum of players, so I did have a few opportunities to explore the convention in my immediate area, but I only made it to one of the five main hotels. What I saw showed the steadily increasing variety of the Nerd Universe. People of all ages, appearances, and backgrounds flocked the conference spaces I visited. Many families were in attendance, and the Saturday morning parade is now a Labor Day event for parents and their children not otherwise visiting the con. Former students of mine went to the convention and spend the entire time in their area(s) of interest. One was glued to the robotics track and Robot Battles the whole weekend, and another visited various author talks and writing workshops. It is an incredible collection of talent and creativity in one place!
There were a couple of Christian fundamentalists of unclear denomination or affiliation calling on all passers-by to beware the fate of our souls. I tried to engage them in conversation to find out more about them and their goals in speaking out, but the refused to talk and continued to speak continuously through megaphones the whole hour I was within sight or hearing of them. Pretty impressive determination.
Non-Campaign Gaming at Dragon Con has become a bit ossified, the same players playing the same games with the same game masters each convention weekend. Some come to mine, but it’s a challenge to draw attendees into anything new. As a result, I am evaluating my plans for Dragon Con gaming in the future. That said, the convention is a blast!
by Louis Zocchi
Gencon 2017 was completely sold out. They rented the Lukas Oil stadium two blocks away and used every inch of it, in addition to filling the convention center. Peter Adkinson told me that they had sold 60,000 admission tickets, and they had none left to sell. Their turnstile count of attenders was 208,000. If one person buys a 4-day ticket, he counts as 4 attenders when using the turnstile count. He estimated that 30% of the attenders were females. Dungeons & Dragons was the most popular role playing game. As of this moment, I think my next convention will be Gary Con in Lake Geneva, in March of 2018.
FROM DAVID MILLIANS
Antunes, Sandy (2017 August 15) The Desperate Mixing of Games & Education. www.rpg.net/columns/soap/soap237.phtml. Critique of applicability of RPG games to classroom settings.
Bullock, Kate (2017 September 15) Finding Impact: Empathy and Exploring Lives. www.bluestockings.ca/2017/09/finding-impact-empathy-and-exploring.html. Social privilege and building empathy.
cypheroftyr (2017 September 16) We Make and Ideas United team up with Google to support inclusivity in Game Design. ineeddiversegames.org/2017/09/16/we-make-and-ideas-united-team-up-with-google-to-support-inclusivity-in-game-design. Infinite Deviation: Games is a program to include designers of all backgrounds in game development.
New listings this month were provided by Paul Cardwell. Others are urged to submit information. If you attend a convention, be sure and check the conventions table and let us have a copy of the fliers (or at very least the when, what, where, and contact information) for upcoming conventions available there. CAR-PGa is international, so this includes anywhere in the world.
Dates, precise venue, contacts' URLs or phone numbers, and other information, where missing from this list, would be particularly appreciated.
"[LARP]" means only LARP events as many RPG cons include at least some LARP, as likewise applies to the mention of specific game systems. The same bracketed information applies as well to game systems when the con will have only those games present.
In an attempt to get more face-to-face meetings of the membership, we list who will be going to what convention, if they will tell us. Get this type of information in at least two months before the convention itself, so we can run it at least once. Support your local cons by helping in the staff. It is a good way to promote RPG and you generally get in free for the brief time spent helping.
A review of any attended convention afterwards for the Newsletter would be appreciated too. These reviews should include demographic data such as attendance, percentage male/female, white/ethnic minorities (or what- ever is the majority/white/others), games in addition to tabletop RPG, and more subjective matters such as unusual events, quality of games and dealers' room, encouragement of new gamers, and whatever seems worth reporting. We need to work to restore CAR-PGa's reputation as the media's go-to on gamer demographics, especially since the media are still citing a study that cut off all those over 35 - at a time when that was the median age of gamers - it is closer to 40 now - which indicates we also need to work on recruiting younger players, although some increase in college age players at conventions has been noted.
Conventions are currently being compiled by archivist Paul Cardwell, 1127 Cedar, Bonham, TX 75418 or email@example.com so please send them there.
4-8: NordlichtCon, Evangelischer Jugendhof Sachsenhain, Am Jugendhof 17, Verden an der Aller; nordlichtcon.de
5-8: New York Comic Con, Jacob Javetts Center, New York City, NY; newyorkcomiccon.com
6-7: Noble Con, West Richland Elementary, 320 E North Ave, Noble, IL; noblecon.weebly.com
6-8: CinCityCon, Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Rd, Cincinnati, OH; cincitycon.com
6-8: Contraflow, New Orleans Airport Hilton, New Orleans, LA;contraflowscifi.org
6-8: Fan Nexus, Spokane Copnvention Center, Spokane, WA; fannex.us
6-8: Gaming Arts Media Expo, Springfield Expo Centre, Springfield, MO;springfieldgame.com
6-8: Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous, Holiday Inn, 1100 5th St S, Great Falls, MT; gfgr.org
6-8: OctoGones, l'Espace Tête d'Or, 103 boulevard Stalingrad, Lyon/Villeurbanne. France; octogones.org
6-8: Realms Con, Omni Corpus Christi, 900 N Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX; realmscon.com
6-8: Southern Front, Holiday Inn, North Raleigh, NC; trianglesimsociety.org [miniature wargames]
7-8: Nor'easter Gaming Expo, Black Bear Inn, 4 Godfrey Dr, Orono, ME;eventbrite.com/e/noreaster-gaming- expo
7-8: WynterCon, Princes Park, Eastbourne, E Sussex, UK; wyntercon.com
7-9: Conception, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL;concentricgamecons.com
11-15: Brasil Game Show, Expo Center Norte, São Paulo, SP;brasilgameshow.com.br
11-15: Festivalinternacionaldejuegascordoba.es, Palacio de los Merced, Cordoba; festivaldejuegascordoba.es
13-15: OddCon, Park Inn, Telford; oddconuk.org
13-15: Save Against Fear. Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton, Harrisburg, PA;thebodhanagroup.org
13-15: Texas Broadside, USS Texas, La Porte, TX;texasbroadside.webs.com [primarily historical wargaming]
13-15: Con-Stellation, Four Points, Huntsville Airport, 1000 Glenn Hearn Blvd SW, Huntsville, AL; con- stellation
13-15: Snap-Con, Snap Keep Gaming, 1749 Independence St, Cape Girardeau, MO; warhorn.net/snap-con [mostly Pathfinder]
13-15: Viking-Con, Tårnby Gymnasiuum, Kastrup, Denmark; viking-con.dk
l4-15: Oddmall: Hallowondrous, Seagate Center, Toledo, OH;hallowondrous.oddmall.info [Free admission]
14-16: NEWGamepalooza, Gruenhagen Conference Center, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI; newgamepalooza.com
19-22: CastleCon, Best Western Plus, Oshawa, ON; castlecon.net
20-22: Convencion de Juegos, Cintermex, Ave. Fudidora #501, Monterey, NL; cintermex.com
20-22: GrandCon, DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, MI; grcomicon.com
20-22: Necronomicon, Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore, 700 N Westshore Blvd, Tampa, FL; stonehill.org
20-22: Questcon, Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center, Mobile, AL; questr-con.com
20-22: ValleyCon, Baymont Inn, 3333 133th Ave. S, Fargo, ND;valleycon.com
20-23: Kraken, Schloss Neuhausen, Bradenburg, Germany; the-kraken.de
21: Sher Con, Holiday Inn, Sheridan, WY; shercongaming.com
21: Spaghetti Conjunction, Geek Retreat, Priory Queensway, Birmingham;spaghetticonjunction.wordpress.com
21-22: Central City Comic Con, Yakima Valley Sundome, Yakima, WA;centralcitycomiccon.com
21-22: WasabiCon, Lexington Hotel Riverwalk, Jacksonville, FL;wasabicon.com
21-23: Milwaukee Summer Revel, Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield, 375 S. Moorland Rd, Brookfield, WI; coldiron.roseocon.net
26-29: Spiel, Messe Essen, Essen; merz-verlag.com
27-29: Atlanta Game Fest, Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta, 5750 Windward Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA; atlantagamefest. com
27-29: Central Canada Comic Con, Winnipeg Convention Centre, Winnipeg, MB; c4con.org
27-29: Comikaze Expo, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA;comikaze.com
27-29: Hallowcon, Quality Inn, East Ridge, TN; hallocon.com [horror]
27-29: Kumoricon, Oregon Convention Center, Portlandf, OR;kumoricon.org
27-29: Oklahoma City Comic Con, Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens, Oklahoma City, OK; wizardworld.com/comiccon/oklahomacity
27-29: PAX Aus, Melbourne Convention Centre, 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf, Vic; paxaustralia.com.au
27-30: Gaelcon, Ballbridge Hotel, Pembroke Rd, Dublin: gaelcon.com
1-5: Lucca Comics & Games, Lucca Fiere, via della Chiesa, Trav.1, 237, Lucca, Italy; ludica.it/roma
2-5: AmberCon NW, McMehamins Edgefield Bed & Breakfast Resort, Troutsdale, OR; amberconnw.org [Amber diceless and indie games]
2-5: Gamehole Con, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI; gameholecon.com
2-5: Metatopia, Morristown Hyatt, Morristown, NJ; dexposure.com [game design]
2-5: Midwest GameFest, Stoney Creek Hotel, Independence, MO; rpgkc.org
2-5: Youmacon, Detroit Marriott, 400 Renaissance Venter Dr, Detroit, MI;yumacon.com
3: Underground Comic Con, Delaware Contemporary, 200 S Masdison, Wilmington, DE; undergroundcomixxx. com
3-5: Carnage on the Mountain, Killington Grand Resort, Killington, VT;carnagecon.com
3-5: Fall In!, Lancaster Host Resort, Lancaster, PA; fall-in.org [mostly mini wargame]
3-5: Nekocon, Hampton Roads Convention Center, Hampton, VA;nekocon.com
3-5: Unpub Midwest, Doubletree Grand Rapids, 4747 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI; migeekscene.com [playtesting]
3-5: Warmachine Weekend, Sheraton Westport Chalet, 191 Westport Plaza, St. Louis, MO; warmachineweekend. com
9-12: Con on the Cob, Days Inn, 4742 Rrecksville Rd, Richfield, OH;cononthecob.com
9-12: Indicon, Hobourne, Naish, Christchurch, Dorset; indiecon.net
10-12: AetherCon Online RPG Convention, online; aethercon.com
10-12: Mace, Hilton Charlotte University Place, Charlotte, NC;justusproductions.com
10-12: Millennium, Wingate Inn, IH 35, Round Rock, TX; millianium.com
10-12: PentaCon, Grand Wayne Convention Center, 120 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN; pentacongames.com
10-12: Windy Con, Westin Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL; windycon.org
11: Extra Life @ Macon, Expo enter, Macopn Fairgrounds, Macon, MO;extralifeatmacon.com
11: Glasgow Games Festival, Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchichall St, Glasgow; glasgowgamesfestival.com
12-13: Spellenspektakel, Beursgevouw, Eindhoven; spellenspektakel.nl
16-19: Chicago Toy and Game Fair, Navy Pier, Hall A, Chicago, IL;chitag.com
17-19: JimCon, Bronx Park Community Centre, 720 Henderson Way, Winnipeg, MB; jimcon.ca
17-19: Memphis Comic & Fantasy Convention, Guest House at Graceland, Memphis, TN; memphiscfc.com
17-19: Orycon, Red Lion, Jantzen Beach, Portland, OR: orycon.org
17-19: PAX Unplougged, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St,. Philadelphia, PA;
17-19: U-Con, Marriott Ann Arbor at Eagle Crest, 1275 S Huron St, Ypsilanti, MI; ucon-gaming.org
17-19: Wizard World Comic Con Austin, Austin Convention Center, Austin TX; wizardworld.com
18-19: Dreieich Con, Bürgerhaus, Dreieich-Sperndingen, Fichtestr. 50, Dreieich, Germany; dreieichcon.de
22-24: Hal-Con, Halifax World Convention Centre, Halifax, NS; hal-con.com
23: Project Play, London Convention Centre, London, ON; projectplay.ca
23-27: Kaleidoscopic Consequences, Naish Holiday Village, Christchurch, Dorset; conquences.org.uk [freeform LARP]
24-26: Stuffed COWS, College of Du Page Student Resource Center, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL; coldironconventions.com
25-26: Darmstadt Spielt, Darmstadtium, Darmstadt; darmstadt-spielt.de
1-3: Meeplecon, Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre, Ball St & St George Rd, Preston, Vic; meeples.org.au
2-3: Dragonmeet, Novotel London West, Hammerstead, London;dragonmeet.co.uk
9-10: HobbyCon, Badminton Hall, Likas Sports Complex, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malasia; hobbycon.my
9-10: Oddmall Chrishanukwanzmadan, Cultural Center for the Arts, Canton, OH; chrishanukwanzmadan. oddmall.info [free Admission]
11-13: Geekonomicon, Mississippi Coast Convention Center, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS; whynotgeek.com/ geeknomicon
15-17: Holiday Matsuri, Marriott World Center, Orlando, FL;holidaymatsuri.com
16-17: Comic Fiesta; Kualoa Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malasia; comicfiesta.org
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