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The first batch of event locations are released months early!

Every year people ask for event details to be released earlier and this year we have to keep a much tighter eye on space, so we tried to kill several birds with one stone by kinda of combining event review with event placement and just try to take care of all of it much earlier than we have in the past. That's what most of the point of those event cycles were - to get people to submit event data much earlier so we could go through everything and release event details sooner. Looks like it's working so far...

I spent much of the week placing more than 1000 RPGs. My Sunday was eaten up banging my head into Excel trying to do fancy stuff and making no progress so I just gave up and went with a simpler method, but that still kept me in the office past midnight on Tuesday. It's quite a feeling now that it'd done, though. This is something that we would usually be doing months down the road on a much tighter schedule. Having it done now (and having a realistic view of our current space usage in the RPG rooms) and being able to clear up any placement issues with groups and companies now is going to be a huge weight off my shoulders down the line.

I'm not done, though, of course - I just finished the RPGs. I still have to go through LRPs, TCGs, and miniatures. At least I don't have to worry about boardgames and seminars/workshops. Still gotta work on my anime, film and video game stuff too...

But anyway, as I mentioned at the start, the first batch of event locations are done and you can view them by searching within the registration system or downloading our usual Excel charts. I've only bothered to put up the overall charts - once we've gone through more events I'll break it out into the individual day and event type files (but you can do that yourself in Excel anyway - filters are your friend).

Please remember that the list if neither final nor complete - this is only the first cycle of a single event type. There are still cycles 2 and 3 as well as all the other games out there. If you don't see what you're looking for yet, check back later or - better yet - send a message to your favorite publisher/gaming group to ask about their plans for the show.

We'll be releasing updates as frequently as we can, and I'll try to give everyone a heads-up when a big batch of new events have gone live. 


Now I want to share what might be the coolest event I've come across so far:

RPG01232 - Now We're Troubleshooting with Portals - Paranoia, XP edition - Fantasy Aspirations - Friday 9 pm - 3 hours

Good news citizen! Your permanent record and behavioral log have pre-selected you for exciting and glorious service to The Computer! You will be joining other candidates just like you as you form a brand new troubleshooter team. Just one thing: you are to receive a highly experimental device that will allow for instant transportation across space. do not let it fall into commie mutant traitor hands! Do what you must, because you can. 

It's one of those wonderful gaming mash-ups that are just so perfect you have to wonder how come no one did it before. Paranoia and Portal were clearly made for each other. The cake is a lie! The cake is a lie!


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About Derek Guder

I'm an Event Programming Manager here at Gen Con. My pet projects are the anime & flim events, as well as eGame fun-time, but I also supervise overall gaming event (submission, placement badges, etc.).

I've been going to Gen Con for years as a GM for Eden Studios, running demos of WitchCraft and All Flesh Must Be Eaten that I'd written with "Derek the Elder" and the "Man in the Chicken Coat." It was great sitting down with a bunch of strangers, handing them pre-generated characters (each with their own hosts of secrets) and then sitting back to watch the chaos ensue. Ah, those were the days...

I got into convention work at Anime Boston. I was one of the founding members and with a small group of other dedicated fans, we were able to pull off a wildly successful event: in our first year we have almost 4000 attendees show up and had to close registration and turn people away on Saturday morning, mid-way through the convention.

Ever since then I've loved working at a convention. I almost can't even go to a con anymore unless I'm working in one capacity or another - I just don't know what to do with myself.

So now I'm out in Seattle, but I'm an East Coast boy through-and-through. I grew up all over New England and went to school at Boston University. Seattle's beautiful scenery and weather (c'mon, that ain't rain, it's just a damn light misting) still seems a little unnatural. Where's the snow? The humidity? The sudden drops in temperature? Well, maybe I only actually miss the snow.

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