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CAR-PGa Newsletter June 2017


Vol. 26, No. 6
An international network of researchers into all aspects of role-playing games
June 2017

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


Please, be sure to read and consider the additional document, Points Reform. Our chairman is exploring the issues in one of CAR-PGa’s fundamental institutions.


Book Review: When the Devil Dares Your Kids
by Ted Skirvin

I've been collecting books relevant to our cause from thrift stores for quite some time. This is one of them. The full title of the book is When the Devil Dares Your Kids: Protecting Your Children from Satanism, Witchcraft and the Occult. It was published in 1991 by Servant Publications. The authors are Bob Passantino and Gretchen Passantino. 

The book is fairly broad in scope. It references Satanism and witchcraft in regard to popular music, movies and TV shows, comic books, and role-playing games. The book does not dwell much on RPGs. It is mostly devoted to making claims about the other things listed above. There is one mention in the middle of the book about the Sean Sellers case, and the claim is made that to him they were not just games but represented some kind of spiritual power. The last chapter of the book is a list of questions and the answers of the authors. In this list is the only other mention of RPGs. Here is the relevant passage:

Q: Are fantasy role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons demonic?

A: There are dozens of fantasy role-playing board and video games, and some are more overtly occult than others. Those who become so absorbed in the game that they confuse reality and fantasy or who have serious enough personal problems that the game becomes better than real life can be harmed by their involvement. There is no objective evidence that the game by itself causes anyone to commit suicide, occult crime, or to become a Satanist. However, it can be one of many signs or vulnerabilities for someone headed for crisis. The intentions of the players, the worldviews developed for the characters, and the values the players possess are much more important indicators of occult trouble than the game itself. We must also be careful not to reject all value in using the imagination, storytelling and fiction.

Those two instances are the only mentions of RPGs in the book. The book does talk about demons and demonic influence as real phenomena, but unlike many books of this type, it tends to use gentler language and sometimes offers somewhat more sensible viewpoints about occult influence.



D’Anastasio, Cecillia (2017 May 1) Therapists Are Using Dungeons & Dragons to Get Kids to Open Up. How various professionals are using games in their work.

Robinson, Hawke (2017 May 5) Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer Tour #3 My 5-7, 2017. Map of route.

Robinson, Hawke (2017 May 29) Summer 2017 Schedule. May through September.


Parker, Laura (2017 April 13) Catch a Player’s Eye Through the Wallet. The New York Times, B9. YouTube’s new streaming feature Super Chat.


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.

Conventions are currently being compiled by archivist Paul Cardwell, 1127 Cedar, Bonham, TX 75418 or, so send them there.

June 2017
1-4: Colossalcon, Kalahari Resort, 7000 Kalahari Dr, Sandusky, OH;
1-4: North Texas RPG Con, DFW Airport Marriott South, 4151 Centreport Blvd, Fort Worth, TX;
1-4: Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia, Philadelphia Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA;
2-4: Bayou Wars, Magnusson Hotel, 7059 US Hwy 51, St. Francisville, LA; [wargame]
2-4: ConCarolinas, Embassy Suites, 5400 Hammons Dr. NW, Concord, NC;
2-4: Evergreen Tabletop Expo, Seattle Center, Seattle, WA;
2-4: Niagara Falls Comic Con, Scotia Bank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave, Niagara Falls, ON;
2-4: Ohana-Con, Monona Terrace, Madison, WI;
2-4: PrairieCon, Assiniboine Community College, 1430 Victoria Ave. E, Brandon, MB;
2-4: UK Game Expo, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, W. Mid;
2-5: Buckets of Dice, Christchurch College of Education, Christchurch, New Zealand;
3: HickoryCon, Hickory Metro Convention Center, 1960 13th Ave. SE; Hickory, NC;
3-4: Wellycon, Wellington Girls College, Thoerndon, Wellington, New Zealand;
5: NOLA Time Fest, Hilton New Orleans Airport, 901 Airline Dr, Kenner, LA; [Dr. Who]
8-11: A-Kon, Ft. Worth Convention Center, Ft. Worth, TX;
8-11: Core Con, Baymont Inn, 3333 13th Ave S, Fargo, ND;
9-11: Anime Festival Orlando, Wyndham Orlando Resort, Orlando, FL;
9-11: ConDamned, Cafe 2 Klavern, De Clercq Str 136, Amsterdam;
9-10: Die Con, Gateway Convention Center, Edwardsville, IL;
9-11: NordCon, Schule beim Pachthof, beim Pachthof 15, Hamburg-Horn;
9-11: OMGcon, Owensboro Convention Center, Owensboro, KY;
9-11: Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo, Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Convention Center, 2450 Galleria Pkwy, Atlanta, GA;
9-12: Continuum, Ether Conference Center, 265 Little Bourke St, Melbourne Vic;
9-12: Phenomenom, Daramalan College, Cowper St, Dickson, ACT, Australia;
10: SWFL SpaceCon, Crowne Plaza, 1305 Bell Tower Dr, Ft. Myers, FL;
10-11: Spielefest Salzgitter, Aitpjas Hilgert, Salzgitter-Lebenstedt;
14-18: Origins, Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH;
16-18: AwesomeCon, Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC;
16-18: Bad Nauheim Spielt, Badehäusern, Bad Nauheim;
16-18: Q-Con, Queen's University Belfast, lmwood Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland;
16-18: U-Con (DortCon), Fritz-Henßler-Haus, Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 23-27: Dortmund (Mitte);
16-18: Wizard World Comic Con, Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, CA;
17: Con-Quest, Hilton Hotel, Milton St, Nottingham;
22-25: PortConMaine, Doubletree Hotel, Maine Mall Rd, South Portland, ME;
23-24: Boarder City Game Convention, Adventures in Learning, 7230 Gateway Blvd. E; El Paso, TX;
23-24: Fear the Coin, Drury Inn, 8700 Eager Rd, Brentwood, MO;
23-25: 3XP, Brooklands Centre, Ely, Cambs, UK;
23-25: Ragecon, Sands Regency Casino, Reno, NV;
23-25: Soonercon, Reed Conference Center, 5800 Will Rogers Rd, Midwest City, OK;
23-25: Too Many Games, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, PA;
23-26: Arcon, Christian Michelsens Gate 65, Oslo;
26-July 2: PrezCon, Doubletree Charlottesville, 990 Hilton Heights Rd, Charlottesville, VA;
30: Nerd East, Durham Student's Union, Durham, UK;
30-July 2: Animeritime, Fredericton Convention Centre, Fredericton, NB;
30-July 2: Denver Comic Con, Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St, Denver, CO;
30-July 2: In Con Junction, Indianapolis Marriott East, Indianapolis, IN;
30-July 2: LibertyCon, Chattanooga Choo-Choo, 1400 Market St, Chattanooga, TN;
30-July 2: Magic City Con, Hyatt Regency, Birmingham, AL;
30-July 2: Milwaukee Summer Revel, Sheraton Brookfield, 375 S. Moorland Rd, Brookfield, WI;

July 2017
1-4: Anime Expo, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA;
1-4: Westercon, Tempe Mission Hotel, Tempe, AZ;
5-9: Dexcon, Morristown Hyatt, Morristown, NJ;
5-9: Dice Tower Con, Caribe Royale, 8101 World Center Dr, Orlando, FL;
6-9: Connecticon, Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT;
6-9: Play On Con, Alabama 4-H Center, 892 4-H, Columbiana, AL;
7-8: Salt Lake Gaming Con, Southtown Expo Center, 9575 S State St, Sandy, UT:
7-9: Anime Blues, Cook Convention Center, Memphis, TN;
7-9: Protospiel, Chelsea Comfort Inn, 1645 Commerce Par Dr, Chelsea, MI;
7-9: RTX, Austin Convention Center, 500 E Caesar Chavez, Austin, TX;
7-9: Anime Blues, Cook Convention Center, Memphis, TN;
12-23: Festival Ludique International de Parthenay, all over Parthenay;
14-16: BroCon, PESS Sports Hall, University of Limerick, Castletroy, Limerick;
7-9: Go Play NW, Champion Hall, Seattle University, Seattle, WA;
12-16: Historicon, Fredericksburg Expo, 2371 Carl D. Silver Pkwy, Fredericksburg, VA; [wargaming]
14-15: Con in the Castle, 65666 Bethel Rd, New Plymouth, OH;
14-16: Con-gregate, Radisson Hotel, High Point, NC;
14-16: Delta H Con, Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briarpark, Houston, TX;
14-16: KantCon, Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Bvd, Overland Park, KS;
14-16: Kitsunecon, Ki Convention Center, 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI;
14-16: Quad Cities Anime-zing!, River Center, Davenport, IA;
14-16: Tokyo in Tulsa, Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa, OK;
14-16: Wintercon, Fitzroy Pavilion, Canberra, ACT;
15-16: Berlin Brettspiel Con, Alte Münze, Molkenmarkt 2, Berlin;
17-19: Gam3rCon, New School of Architecture & Design, 1249 F St, San Diego, CA;
18-20: Flying Buffalo's T&T Con, Holiday Inn Express, 3131 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ;
20-23: Ambercon, Embassy Suites Minneapolis Airport, 7901 34th Ave. S, Bloomington, MI; [Amber diceless only]
20-23: Comic-Con International, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA;
20-23: Geekycon, Crowne Plaza, St. Louis, MO;
20-23: San Diego Comic-Com, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA;
21-23: Fan World, Niagra Falls Conference Center, Niagara Falls, NY and Crowne Plaza, Niagara Falls, ON;
21-23: Open Gaming Convention, Holiday Inn, Northeastern Blvd, Nashua, NH;
22-23: Feencon, Stadthalle Bonn, Bad Godesberg, Bonn;
22-23: PaizoCon, Aston Conference Centre, Birmingham, W. Mid;
23-25: Boarder City Game Convention, Adventures in Learning, 7230 Gateway Blvd. E, El Paso, TX;
25-30: DrachenFest, Auf dem Quast, Diemelstadt; [boffer LARP]
27-30: Pulpfest, Doubletree, Pittsburgh, PA;
28-30: AnimeIowa, Coralville Marriott Hotel, 300 9th St, Coralville, IN;
28-30: Conbravo!, Hamilton Convention Centre, 1 Summers Ln, Hamilton. ON;
28-30: Dakota Game Con, Swiftel Event Center, Brookings, SD;
28-30: Fandomfest, Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, KY;
28-30: Löwenherz Con und Spiele, Landheim der Sophienschule, Hamburg;
28-30: Mechanacon, Hyatt Regency Downtown, 601 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA;
28-30: Ropecon, Helsingin Messukeskuksessa, Helsinki, Finland;
29: Ettin Con, Katoomba Leura Community Centre, 81-83 Katoomba St, Katoomba, NSW;
29: WyvaCon, Wytheville Community College, 1000 E Main St, Wytheville, VA;
29-31: Tatsu-Con, Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Buffalo, NY;

August 2017
4-6: Glitch Con, Springdale Holiday Inn, 1500 S 49th, Springdale, AR;
4-6: Ohio Comic Con, Greater Columbus Convention Center, 500 N High St, Columbus, OH;
5-6: UniCon Latvia, Eektrum Olympic Center, Grostonas St 6B, Riga, Latvia;
12-13: Geekout, New Mountain, 38 N French Broad, Asheville, NC;
12-13: ShaCon, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Rd, Sheffield, SY;
12-15: Alter Paradox, Casa de la uventud, Pamplona:
16: Akua Con, Universal Lazer Family Fun Center, 15 1st St NW, Watertown, SD;
17-20: GenCon Indy, Indiana Convention Center, 100 South Capitol Ave, Indianapolis, IN;
17-20: NecronomiCon, Providence Biltmore, Providence, RI; [Lovecraft]
18-20: AlderCon, Hale Scout Hut, Wings Rd, Farnham, Sury;
18-20: Geekfest, Mayborn Space Theater, Central Texas College, Killeen, TX;
18-20: Kitacon Quest, Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick University, Warwick;
18-20: Starfleet International Conference, Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport, New Orleans, LA;
19-20: Pensacola Comic Con, Pensacola Interstate Conference Bldg, 6655 Mobile Hwy, Pensacola, FL;
24-27: PolCon, Lublinie;
24-27: Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, Stevens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd, Chicago, IL;
25-27: Bubonicon, Albuquerque Marriott Uptown, 2101 Louisiana Blvd NE (at I-40), Albuquerque, NM;
25-27: Couleecon, La Crosse Center, La Crosse, WI;
25-27: Dragonflight, Bellevue Hilton, 300 112th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA;
25-27: Furry Migration, Hyatt Regency downtown, Minneapolis, MJN:
26-27: Shadow Con, Northfields Community Centre, Northfields, West London;
31-September 3: Alcon, De Monfort University, Leicester, Leicestershire, UK;
31-September 3: Fan Expo Canada, Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON;

September 2017
1-3: Meta Con, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN:
1-4: Dragoncon, Hyatt Regency, 265 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA;; David Millians will be in attendance, running games of Runequest Glorantha in Non-Campaign Games.
1-4: Pacificon, Santa Clara Marriott, 2700 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA;
1-4: PAX West, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA;
1-4: Strategicon Gateway, Hilton LAX, 5711 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA;
1-4: TCEP, Hampton Inn Washington/Dulles Airport, 22700 Holiday Park Dr, Sterling, VA;
1-4: Tri-Con Fall, Marina Inn, South Sioux City, NE;
8-10: SIBCon, Vagabonds Hall, Butler, PA;
8-10: Space Coast Nerd Fest, Space Coast Convention Center, Cocoa, FL;
8-10: Tracon, Tampere Hall, Tampere, Finland;
8-10: Wizard World Nashville, TN Music City Center, Nashville, TN;
9-10: TopCon, Agriculture Hall, Kansas Expocentre, Topeka, KS;
9-10: WashingCon, Georgetown University Hotel, Washington, DC;
8-10: Icon, Eshkol Pais, 4 Shprintzak St, Tel Aviv;
13-15: Tsubasacon, Big Sandy Arena, Huntington, WV;
15-17: Hub Con, Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, Hattiesburg, MS;
16: Concrete Cow, Old Bath House, 205 Stratford Rd, Wolverton, Milton Keynes;
16: VersusCon, Aetna Fire Hall, University of Delaware, 400 Ogletown Rd, Newark, DE;
22-24: Edmonton Expo, Edmonton Centre, 7515 118 Ave, Edmonton, AB;
22-24: Fallcon, Commonwealth Centre, 3961 52nd Ave. NE, Calgary, AB;
23: Meggacon, Commonwealth Commerce Center, Jackson, MI;
23-24: Field Marshal Gaming Convention, RCAFA Bldg, Oshawa, ON;
23-24: Monster-Con, Wonderland of the Americas mall, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX;
23-24: World RPG Fest, Centro de Exposições, Curitiba, PR, Brasil;
28-29: VCon, Sheraton Vancouver Guildford, Surrey, BC;
28-October 1: Anime Weekend Atlanta, Renaissance Waverley, Atlanta, GA;
28-October 1: Hurricon, International Palms Resort, Orlando, FL; [miniature wargaming]
28-October 1: Tacticon, Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport, Denver, CO;
29-October 1: Archon, Gateway Center, Collinsville, MO;
29-October 1: Council of Five Nations, Proctors Conference Center, Schenectady, NY;
29-October 1: Konsplosion, Fort Smith Convention Center, 55 S. 7th, Fort Smith, AR;
29-October 1: Monsterama, Marriott Alpharetta, GA 400 & Windward Pkwy, Atlanta GA;
29-October 1: RinCon, Sheraton, 5151 Grant Rd, Tucson, AZ;
29-October 1: Scarefest, Lexington Convention Center, Lexington, KY;

© Copyright 2017 by the Committee for the Advancement of Role-Playing Games (CAR-PGa), ISSN 1071 7129. The CAR-PGa Newsletter is a monthly publication. For more information contact David Millians, Editor, Paideia School, 1509 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30307 USA, phone (404) 808-1070, fax (404) 377-3491, e-mail Back issues are available. Contributions of material from the membership are urged, and the byline is responsible for content. Deadline is the last weekday of the month, email preferred. Permission is granted to copy anything in the Newsletter, provided we get a credit line in the publication copying it, and it doesn't have someone else's copyright on it. Information, including details on joining CAR-PGa, can be obtained on the Internet at

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