On Friday I attended I-CON 31’s Gaming Guest Meet and Greet. This was an opportunity to just ease into the convention, get to know my fellow panelists, and otherwise say hello to attendees. The list included:
- Cam Banks: Cam is the mastermind behind Margaret Weis Productions’ Dragonlance and Marvel role-playing game licenses, among other games — and is also running the Celebrity RPG session on Saturday.
- George Strayton: I’ve known George for awhile now and it was great to see him again! To learn more about George, transmedia extraordinaire, see this interview.
- Julie Ann Dawson: Julie is the owner of Bards and Sages Publishing, producing both extensive role-playing game and fiction lines.
- Mat Hawkins: Mat and I have been on I-CON panels together for years. Representing the gamer contingent, Mat was surprised to discover that the video gaming track at I-CON had shrunk and he was now in the minority. Mat’s an accomplished video game journalist who runs FORT90.com and its accompanying physical ‘zine, FORT90ZINE.
- Meguey Baker: Meguey just published Psi*Run. Here’s a description:
Whoever’s after you, you know one thing: they will stop at nothing to capture you and you’ll stop at nothing to stay free. The holes in your memory vie for attention with your startling abilities – stay one step ahead of the Chasers long enough to answer your questions, and hope your psychic powers don’t go wild. You can purchase the game at Night Sky Games web site.
- Mike Tresca: Hey, that’s me!
- Timothy Hutchings: Tim runs the Player-Generated Map and Document Archive (PlaGMaDA.org). It’s a repository of all the extra stuff players and dungeon masters generate when they play — an important archive of a form of gaming that is increasingly becoming rare with the advent of computer tablets.
Attended by over 6,000 people each year, I-CON is a three day festival, designed to encourage literacy, creativity and interest in science and technology through science fiction and its related genres. Programming at I-CON spans a wide range of topics and interests, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, comic books, Japanese animation (otherwise known as Anime), medieval reenactment, science and technology. Guest speakers are invited from around the world to share their experiences in their fields, information about any new or upcoming projects and their insights into the genre with their fans. Over the course of the convention, guests typically will participate in panel discussions, give workshops and demonstrations, sign autographs, and interact with their fans on a one on one basis in such venues as the Award Banquet. To learn more see I-CON’s web site.