Gen Con 2017 quickly approaches. The 50th Anniversary of Gen Con. Amazing to think my family and I will be in attendance and working such a momentous time in gaming history. Each year at Gen Con, I not only look forward to new games to add to my collection, but to see others enjoying games that I helped produce.
If you are interested in seeing some of the games I helped with, you can find them throughout the exhibit hall. Here are some I have heard could be at Gen Con this year.
Achtung! Cthulhu by Modiphius (Booth 2461)
Chronicles of Darkness by Onyx Path (Booth 501)
Conan: Jeweled Thrones of the Earth by Modiphius (Booth 2461)
Coriolis RPG by Modiphius (Booth 2461)
Eldritch Skies by Battlefield Press (Studio 2 Booth 2029)
Exalted 3rd Edition by Onyx Path (Booth 501)
Genesys but Fantasy Flight Games (Booth 1105) – Possibly the BETA?
Interface Zero 2.0 by Gun Metal Games (Studio 2 Booth 2029)
Mage: The Awakening by Onyx Path (Booth 501)
Mindjammer by Mindjammer Press and Modiphius (Booth 2461)
Mutant Chronicles by Modiphius (Booth 2461)
Mutant: Gen Lab Alpha by Free League Publishing and Modiphius (Booth 2461)
Mutant: Year Zero by Free League Publishing and Modiphius (Booth 2461)
Promethean: The Created by Onyx Path (Booth 501)
Pugmire by Onyx Path (Booth 501)
Pulp Fantastic by Battlefield Press (Studio 2 Booth 2029)
Tales from the Loop RPG by Free League Publishing and Modiphius (Booth 2461)
Wardens of the Wild by Total Party Kill Games (Lone Wolf Development Booth 343)
City of Spies: Double Agent by Stronghold Games (Booth 2023)
Cottage Garden by Stronghold Games (Booth 2023)
Dark Moon: Shadow Corporation by Stronghold Games (Booth 2023)
Felicity: The Cat in the Sack by Stronghold Games (Booth 2023)
Five Cucumbers by Stronghold Games (Booth 2023)
Flamme Rouge by Stronghold Games (Booth 2023)
FrogRiders by Stronghold Games (Booth 2023)
Heavy Steam by GreenBrier Games (Booth 2339)
Pit Crew by Stronghold Games (Booth 2023)
StarFall by Pandasaurus Games (Booth 2853)
The Dragon & Flagon by Stronghold Games (Booth 2023)
Thunderbirds by Matt Leacock and Modiphius (Booth 2461)
Wasteland Express Delivery Service by Pandasaurus Games (Booth 2853)
I will also be attending the ENnies again this year to celebrate Son of Oak’s nomination of the City of Mist Starter for Best Free Product and for something even more personal than a freelance project. My blog, Cyclopaedia, has been nominated for Best Blog. Each year the ENies are a joy to spend time celebrating with other game industry professionals, acknowledging their amazing creativity. To have a project I worked on myself over the past year be nominated nearly overwhelms me with nervous joy. My wife and daughters will be attending this year with me to celebrate if I were to win.
This has been another wonderful year as a freelancer for me, which I know I keep saying. Each year brings new projects and new publishers. I have been privileged to work with a group of incredibly creative and professional people. There are even more projects in my queue that I think you will be very interested in when they become available for purchase.
For those readers who are curious what games interest me and my family, here is our “To Check Out At Gen Con” list for 2017 (not including games I worked on listed above). First thing, we will be checking out is the CoolStuffInc booths (Booths 1501/1605) to see if we can find any incredible deals on scratch and dent games on our wish list. Then, when we are not working the booth, attending sessions, or gaming, we will be wandering the Exhibit Hall, checking out and demoing these games. Wonder what games will make it home with us this year?
Adventures in Middle Earth RPG by Cubicle 7 (Booth 933) [I have the Loremaster’s and Player’s Guides so looking at any new books.]
Codenames Duet by Czech Games Edition (Room 231/232)
Conan RPG by Modiphius (Booth 2461)
Dresden Files Accelerated RPG by Evil Hat Productions (IPR Booth 2338)
Fallen Lands by Fallen Dominion Studio (Booth 2938) [Already backed Kickstarter. Want the new promo cards.]
Giga-Robo by Cardboard Dynamo (Booth 2861)
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle – The Monster Box of Monsters by USAopoly (Booth 149)
Kaiju Crush by Fireside Games (Booth 1349)
Math Fluxx & Chemistry Fluxx by Looney Labs (Booth 1652)
Polaris RPG by Black Book Editions (Booth 103)
Smash Up: Big in Japan by Alderac Entertainment Group (Booth 701/803)
Star Trek Adventures RPG by Modiphius (Booth 2461)
Total Recall: The Official Tabletop Game by Overworld Games (Booth 2661)
As you look at games this year, pause for a moment and think of everyone involved in creating these wonderful games we get to play. As a freelancer in the industry, I have so much appreciation for all that goes into producing and publishing these games. If you have a spare moment during the convention, flip open the RPG or game manual you have purchased recently to the credits pages and appreciate the names listed there.
So excited Gen Con 2017 is almost here! This year, I will again be helping out Modiphius with their booth (#2461) setup, working a shift each day (3 to 6 pm), and tearing down the booth on Sunday. So you will be able to find my family and I at the booth, wandering the halls, or around downtown Indy. Perhaps we will see each other face-to-face during Gen Con. My family and I would love to chat with you.