Saturday, May 5, 2018

CAR-PGA Newsletter May 2018


Vol. 27, No. 5
An international network of researchers into all aspects of role-playing games
May 2018

David Millians, Editor
Paideia School, 1509 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30307 USA


Dear members,

Another month has passed, yet no further candidates for the Board have stepped up. I probably should have written something into the Bylaws for the case where we only had two (or fewer) people willing to serve on the Board, but I didn't. It seems that I was confused by how many people want this organization to continue existing; I assumed that more of them might be willing to actually do something to make that possible. My mistake.

Per the Bylaws, the period for candidates for the Board to declare themselves will be extended until the end of May, and for a month every month thereafter, until such time as someone gets fed up with the situation enough to volunteer.

In service,
M. Alan Thomas II
Still Interim Chair


Attended LexiCon I - March, 24, 2018 in Lexington, IL (Region II)
By Bob Bledsaw II

Recent Ice and Sleet in the area took a toll on attendance, as many county highways and roads were closed to travel. It was a First Annual, One Day Con, organized by Andy Hand of Limitless Adventures, primarily focused table-top games like Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, and Magic the Gathering... active games in progress at tables, including play-testing of new products.The con was enjoyable, friendly, and enjoyed a healthy balance of families and age groups. Many door-prizes were given, and the con (centrally located in Illinois, near Bloomington) drew vendors from a state-wide region, including Springfield, Champaign-Urbana, and Chicago. They had approximately 130-140 attendees, and I was honored to be their First (and only) Guest Speaker for 2018 (lecturing on RPG and Judges Guild history).

Some the vendors were craft-related, or independent artists, yet all seemed game-related.The organizers were very pleased with the turnout, considering poor weather, and informs that Lexicon will continue at least until 2020.Lexicon is a Family Friendly event, in a modern Community Hall, 1 mile from I-55.All above board; promotes RPG's and no offensive material was seen.

LexiCon (by Limitless Adventures)
Lexington Community Center,207 W Main St, Lexington, IL 61753
Andy Hand



Zhang, Hao (2018 May 2) A Tale of Two Secret Cults – A brief introduction to TRPG and Cthulhu Culture in China. A brief history of role-playing culture in China.

Last Name, First Name. (Date) Title. Source. (online?) Link. Summary. x pages.


Robinson, Hawke. (2017 Dec 29) RPG Research Broadcasts. Gaming videos and research discussions.

Robinson, Hawke (2018 Apr 6) Professional Ethics, Friendly vs Friends. Clarity for gaming professionals.

Robinson, Hawke (2018 Apr 16) Phase 1 Wrap of RPG Bus. Art, logistics, and financing.


New listings this month were provided by Paul Cardwell and Lou Zocchi. 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.

May 2018
4-6: Anime St. Louis, St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, MO; 
4-6: Austicon, Austin National Guard Armory, Austin, MN; 
4-6: ChupacabraCon, Wingate Hotel, 1209 N IH 35 North, Round Rock, 
4-6: ConTRAPtion, Worthing, W.Sussex;
4-6: Crypticon, Doubletree, 18740 International Blvd, Seattle,  [horror] 
4-6: Demicon, Holiday Inn Northwest, 4800 Meroe Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA; 
4-6: Furry Down Under, Mantra on View, 22 View Ave, Surfers Paradise, QL; 
4-6: Gojotekicon, Holiday Inn Express, 1392 Enterprise Pkwy, Ashland, OH; 
4-6: Heroicon, Decatur Conference Center, 4191 US 36 W, Decatur, IL; 
4-6: No Brand Con, Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI; 
4-6: Penguicon, Westin Southfield Detroit, 1599 Town Center, Southfield, 
4-6: San Marino Game Convention, Palace Hotel, San Marino; 
4-6: Steampunk World Fair, Radisson of Piscataway, NJ; 
4-6: Wholanta, Hilton Atlanta Airport, Atlanta, GA;
4-6: Zenkaicon, Lancaster County Convention Center, Lancaster, PA; 
5-6: Emporium of the Weird, Oddmall, Akron, OH; [Free Admission]
10-13: LinCon, Linköpings Universitet, Linköping, Sweden; 
11-12: Hamburger Spieletage, Hamburg Haus Eimsbüttel, Doormannsweg 12, Hamburg; 
11-13: Dark Carnival Games, Crowne Plaza, 15500 E 40th Ave, Denver, 
11-13: Marcon, Hyatt Regency Hotel, 350 N. High St, Columbus, 
11-13: Outlantacon/Gaylaxicon, Atlanta Marriott Century Center, 2000 Century Blvd NE, Atlanta, 
11-13: Sferakon, Faculty of Electrical Engineering & Computing, Unska 3, Zagreb, 
12: UniCon Lithuania, Kongresy rumai, Vilnius, LI;
12: Bellingham Anime Convention, Whatcom County Community College, Main Campus, Bellingham, WA; 
12-13: IzmirCon, Tepekule Kongre Merkezi, Izmir, Turkey; 
12-13: RPC, Köln Messe, Messerplatz 1, Köln; 
17-20: Geekway to the West, St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, MO; 
17-20: Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia, Philadelphia Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA; 
18-20: Anime Central, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL; 
18-20: Huzzah!, Doubletree, 363 Maine Mall Rd, South Portland,  [mainly wargaming] 
18-20: Motor City ComicCon, Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi, 
18-21: Eternal Convention, Castle Stahleck, Bacharach; 
18-21: Frolicon, Sheraton Atlanta Downtown, Atlanta, GA;
19-20: Beer & Pretzels Games Weekend, Town Hall, King Edwards Place, Burton on Trent; 
19-20: MSP Comicon, MN State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave, St. Paul, 
23-25: ACD Gameday, Monona Terrace Convention Center, 1 John Nolan Dr, Madison, WI;
24-27: Core Con, Holiday Inn, Fargo, ND;  
24-27: MegaCon, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL;
24-27: Momocon, Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd, Atlanta, 
24-27: Phoenix Comicon, Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ; 
25-26: BGG Spring, Hyatt Regency DFW Airport, 2334 N International Pkwy, DFW Airport, 
25-27: Anime North, Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Rd, Etobicoke, 
25-27: Comicpalooza, George R Brown Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston,
25-27: ConQuesT, Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center, Kansas City, MO; 
25-27: MantiCon, Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul, 3800 American Blvd, Bloomington,
25-27: Mobicon, Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel, Mobile, AL;
25-27: Spielezentrum. Jean-Vogel Str. 17, 
25-27: UnderCon, Sheraton Crown Center, Kansas City, MO;
25-28: Balticon, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace, 202 E. Pratt St, Baltimore, 
25-28: BayCon, San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport, 1770 S Amphlett Blvd, San Mateo, 
25-28: Gamex, Hilton Los Angeles Airport, 5711 W. Century Blvd, Los Angeles, 
25-28: Kublacon, Hyatt Regency, 1333 Bayshore Way, Burlingame,
25-28: MediaWestCon, Ramada Inn, 7501 Saganaw Hwy, Lansing, MI; 
25-28: Miscon, Holliday Inn Missoula Downtown, Missoula, OR;
25-28: Paizocon, Doubletree Seattle Airport, 18740 International Blvd, Seattle, 
31-June 3: Colossalcon, Kalahari Resort, 7000 Kalahari Dr, Sandusky, 
31-June 3: Nexus Game Fair, Clarion Milwaukee Airport, Milwaukee, WI; 

June 2018
1-3: ConCarolinas, Embassy Suites, 5400 Hammons Dr. NW, Concord, 
1-3: Niagara Falls Comic Con, Scotia Bank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave, Niagara Falls, 
1-3: Nashcon, Franklin Marriott at Cool Springs, Franklin, TN;  [miniature wargame]
1-3: UK Game Expo, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, W.Mid;
2: HickoryCon, Hickory Metro Convention Center, 1960 13th Ave. SE; Hickory,
2-3: Evergreen Tabletop Expo, Seattle Center, Seattle, WA; 
2-3: Lilac City Comiccon, Spokane Convention Center, Spokane, WA: 
2-3: Wellycon, Wellington Girls College, Thoerndon, Wellington, New Zealand; 
2-4: Bayou Wars, Magnusson Hotel, 7059 US Hwy 51, St. Francisville, LA; 
3: Nerd East, Durham Student's Union, Durham, UK; 
6-8: In Con Junction, Indianapolis Marriott East, Indianapolis, IN; 
7-10: A-Kon, Ft. Worth Convention Center, Ft. Worth, TX; 
7-10: North Texas RPG Con, DFW Airport Marriott South, 4151 Centreport Blvd,, Fort Worth, 
8-10: ConDamned, Cafe 2 Klavern, De Clercq Str 136, Amsterdam; 
8-10: Die Con, Gateway Convention Center, Edwardsville, IL; 
8-10: Magic City Con, Hyatt Regency, Birmingham, AL;
8-10: NordCon, Schule beim Pachthof, beim Pachthof 15, 
8-10: OMGcon, Owensboro Convention Center, Owensboro, KY; 
8-10: Southern-Fried Gaming Expo, Marriott Renaissance Waverly, Atlanta GA;
8-10: Wizard World Comic Con, Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N High St, Columbus, **
9-10: Flower City Comic Con Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main St, Rochester, 
8-11: Continuum, Ether Conference Center, 265 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, 
13-17: Origins, Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH; 
15-17: Denver Comic Con, Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St, Denver, 
15-17: Magic City Con, Huntsville, AL;
15-17: PrairieCon, Assiniboin Community College, 1430 Victoria Ave. E, Brandon, 
16-17: Spielefest Salzgitter, Autohaus Hilgert, Salzgitter-Lebenstedt; 
16-17: SWFL SpaceCon, Lee Civic Center Arena, 1`1831 Bayshore Rd, North Ft. Myers, FL; 
21-24: PortConMaine, Doubletree Hotel, Maine Mall Rd, South Portland, ME; 
22-23: Fear the Con, Drury Inn, 8700 Eager Rd, Brentwood, 
22-24: 3XP, Sutton Village Hall, Sutton in the Isle, Cambs, UK; 
22-24: Boarder City Game Convention, Nations Tobin Recreation Center, 8831 Railroad Dr, El Paso, 
22-24: PolyCon, University Union, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, CA; 
22-24: Q-Con, Queen's University Belfast, Elmwood Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland; 
22-24: Ragecon, Sands Regency Casino, Reno, NV; 
22-24: Soonercon, Reed Conference Center, 5800 Will Rogers Rd, Midwest City, 
22-24: Too Many Games, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, PA; 23: Raiders of the Game Cupboard, Waterside Community Centre, Heath Rd, Stapenhill, Burton on Trent;  raiders of the 
22-25: Arcon, Weird West, olstadgata 1, Kongshavn, Oslo; 
23-25: Capital Gaming Expo, Ottawa Event Centre, Ottawa, ON; 
29-29: iGBL, Clayton Hotel, Cork City, Co. Cork, Ireland;  [game-based learning]
29-July 1: Animeritime, Fredericton Convention Centre, Fredericton, NB;
30: Lil-Con, American Legion Stephen Sikora Post, North Tonawanda, NY;

July 2018
4-8: Dexcon, Morristown Hyatt, Morristown, NJ; 
4-8: Dice Tower Con, Caribe Royale, 8101 World Center Dr, Orlando,  
4-8: Westercon, Westin Winchester Hotel, Westminster, CO; 
6-7: Salt Lake Gaming Con, Southtown Expo Center, 9575 S State St, Sandy, 
6-8: Fan World, Niagara Falls Conference Center, Niagara Falls, NY and Crowne Plaza, Niagara Falls, ON; 
6-8: Go Play NW, Campion Hall, Seattle University, Seattle, WA; 
6-8: Milwaukee Summer Revel, Sheraton Brookfield, 375 S. Moorland Rd, Brookfield, 
6-8: Summer Stabcon, Britannia Hotel, Stockport; 
7-8: LongCon: Garrison Hotel, Seffield; 
7-8: NJ Gamer Con, Crowne  Plaza, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ;    
11-22: Festival Ludique International de Parthenay, all over Parthenay;
12-15: Connecticon, Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT; 
12-15: Historicon, Lancaster Convention Center, 2300 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, [wargaming] 
12-15: PolCon, Toruniu; 
13-15: Ad Astra, Sheraton Parkway North, 600 Hwy 7, Richmond Hill, 
13-15: AnimeIowa, Iowa Event Center, Des Moines, IA;
13-15: CharCon, Clay Center, Charleston, WV;
13-15: Con-gregate, Radisson Hotel, High Point, NC;
13-15: Delta H Con, Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briarpark, Houston, 
13-15: KantCon, Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd, Overland Park, 
13-15: Quad Cities Anime-zing!, River Center, Davenport, IA
13-16: Tokyo in Tulsa, Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa, OK
19-22: Comic-Con International, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA; 
19-22: Geekycon, Renaissance Columbus Downtown, Columbus, OH; 
20: Kitsunecon, Ki Convention Center, 333 Main St, Green Bay,
20-22: Wintercon, Fitzroy Pavilion, Canberra, ACT; 
20-22: PaizoCon, Aston Conference Centre, Birmingham, W.Mid; 
20-23: Continuum, Stamford Court, Manor Rd, Leicester  University, Oadby; 
20-23: Open Gaming Convention, Holiday Inn, Northeastern Blvd, Nashua, NH; 
20-25: GaCuCon The Gamer Cruise, Carnival, Miami, FL; 
21: TolkienMoot, Lawrence House, 1432 W. Lawrence Dr, Spokane,
21-22: Berlin Brettspiel Con, Kühlhaus Berlin, Luuckenwalder Str.3, Berlin; 
21-22: Feencon, Stadthalle Bonn, Bad Godesberg, Bonn; 
21-23: Flying Buffalo's T&T Con, Holiday Inn Express, 3131 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, 
21-29: World Boardgaming Championships, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Campion, PA; 
22-24: Boarder City Game Convention, Nations Tobin Recreation Center, 8831 Railroad Dr, El Paso,
24-29: DrachenFest, Auf dem Quast, Diemelstadt; [boffer LARP]    
27-28: True Gamerz Expo, Adam Herbert University Center, Jacksonville, FL; 
27-29: Conbravo!, Hamilton Convention Centre, 1 Summers Ln, Hamilton. 
27-29: Mechacon, Hyatt Regency Downtown, 601 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, 
27-29: Ropecon, Helsingin Messukeskuksessa, Helsinki, Finland; 
27-29: WyvaCon, Wythevile Community College, 1000 E Main St, Wytheville, 

August 2018
2-5: GenCon Indy, Indiana Convention Center, 100 South Capitol Ave, Indianapolis, 
3-5: 2D Con, Doubletree, Bloomington, MN;
3-5: Anime Festival Orlando, Wyndham Orlando Resort, Orlando, FL; 
3-5: Comic Con Honolulu, Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, HI; 
3-5: Löwenherz Con und Spiele, Landheim der Sophienschule, Hamburg; 
3-5: RTX, Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez, Austin,
4: Ettin Con, Blackheath Community Centre, Katoomba, NSW; 
4-5: UniCon Latvia, International Exposition Center, Kipsala, Latvia; 
9-12: Gam3rCon, New School of Architecture & Design, 1249 F St, San Diego, 
9-12: Play On Con; Camp Blue Ridge, Clayton, GA;  
10-12: AlderCon, Hale Scout Hut, Wings Rd, Farnham, Surrey;
10-12: Glitch Con, Springdale Holiday Inn, 1500 S 49th, Springdale, AR;
10-12: Fandomfest, Omni Hotel, Louisville, KY; 
10-12: SpoCon, Downtown Doubletree, Spokane, WA, 
10-12: Starfleet International Conference, Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport, Bloomington, MN; 
16-20: Worldcon, San Jose McEnery Convention Center, 150 W San Carlos St, San Jose, 
17-19: Consortium, Grand Orlando Resort, Kissimmee, FL; 
17-19: Geekfest, Mayborn Space Theater, Central Texas College, Killeen, TX; 
23-26: Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, Stevens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd, Chicago, 
24-26: Bubonicon, Albuquerque Marriott Uptown, 2101 Louisiana Blvd NE (at I-40), Albuquerque, NM; 
24-26: Dragonflight,  Bellevue Hilton, 300 112th Ave. SE, Bellevue, 
24-26: Coulee Con, La Crosse Center, La Crosse, WI;  
25-26: Bergenfield Library Comic Con, Bergenfield Public Library, 50 W Clinton Ave, Bergenfield, 
25-26: Brussels Games Festival, Jubelpark, Brussels; 
28-29: PA Dev, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, 
30-September 2: Alcon, DeMonfort University, Leicester, Leicestershire, UK;
30-September 3: Dragon Con, Hyatt Regency downtown, Atlanta, GA;
30-September 2: Fan Expo Canada, Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON; 
31-September 2: GEXCon, Fredericksburg Expo Center, Fredericksburg, VA; 
31-September 3: PAX West, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, 
31-September 3: Strategicon Gateway, Hilton LAX, 5711 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles,

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