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Gen Con 2015: Haunted by a Ghost Goblin Minimate from Pathfinder!

Last year, Gen Con saw the launch of the Pathfinder Minimates line, with a series of exclusive mini-figure two-packs and a veritable horde of exclusive Goblins based on the popular role-playing game from Paizo. This year, the spectre of Pathfinder Minimates has risen again, with an all-new Goblin Minimate available for the first time at this year’s Gen Con in Indianapolis!

This year’s exclusive Pathfinder Minimate is the “Ghost Goblin,” a glow-in-the-dark goblin that will be available for sale for $5 at Scotty’s Brewhouse, Paizo’s official restaurant partner at Gen Con. It will be available from July 29 to August 2, and following the show any remaining stock will be made available on paizo.com.

Minimates mini-figures stand approximately 2 inches tall with 10-14 points of articulation, as well as fully interchangeable parts and accessories.

Check out Paizo.com for exclusive Pathfinder Minimates 2-packs, as well as some of last year’s promotional Goblins! And find out more about Minimates at Minimates.com!

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Gen Con 2015: Syrinscape’s Open Call for Attendees, and Epic Live RPG Plus Event!

Syrinscape Now Compatible with iPhone and Android PhoneSyrinscape, the award-winning app that puts the power of custom, movie-like sound effects, soundscapes, and music, into the hands of the gamer, has announced their activities and adventures planned for Gen Con, North America’s largest hobby gaming convention, taking place in Indianapolis, IN July 30 – August 2, 2015.

Attendees will experience the next-gen in tabletop gaming in the Dicestormers’ Live RPG Plus, brought to life by Syrinscape, Realm Works, and Dicestormers host Benjamin Loomes. Live RPG Plus is an audience-driven, truly interactive Pathfinder RPG adventure, featuring an all-star line-up of players, including Paizo creative director James Jacobs, Gen Con owner/CEO Adrian Swartout, Green Ronin founder and president Chris Pramas, and Lone Wolf data entry specialist Jeremy Land. Live RPG Plus takes place on Friday from 2-3pm, and tickets are available for $2.

A massive monster raid and dragon attack is coming to Gen Con! The Syrinscape booth in the exhibit hall (#1045) will be transformed into a recording studio, where attendees will step up to the microphone with their most-creative roars, grunts and growls, smashes and crashes, frightened villagers, brave fighters, crafty wizards, zombies, giants, trolls, werewolves, goblins, orcs, and more, to be made into the official Gen Con SoundSet. Those who contribute sounds used in the final Gen Con SoundSet will receive the SoundSet for free, along with their name in lights on the credits page in the Syrinscape store. One lucky attendee will also become the roar of the official Gen Con dragon.

Pathfinder Society kicks off The Year of the Serpent in massively epic style, with a multi-table, interactive event, Pathfinder Society Friday Night Special. Benjamin Loomes will be on hand to DJ the event with Syrinscape, transforming the giant Sagamore Ballroom and transporting the hundreds of players straight to Golarion through the power of sound.

Gen Con 2015: Kosmos Set To Unveils New Releases

Thames & KosmosThames & Kosmos is set to release more of its world renowned award winning board games, continuing with a carefully curated series of five new, high-quality, German-style Board Games from the internationally well-known publishing powerhouse, Kosmos. Thames & Kosmos carries Kosmos Games, a collection of high-quality board games from the internationally esteemed authors and designers such as Klaus Teuber, Reiner Knizia, Grzegorz Rejchtman, and Gunter Cornett. German engineered and beautifully made, these games become enduring family favorites and game night classics. For all these reasons, Kosmos games have earned worldwide acclaim. Thames & Kosmos will be demoing the six existing games and well as sneak speaks of the five new Fall 2015 releases. The complete line of Kosmos games will be on display at Gen Con in Indianapolis beginning July 30th at Booth #3039.

Be sure to stop by the below areas for demos, giveaways and MORE:

FAMILY FUN AREA:

  • Large scale versionsofUbongo and Dimension
    • Saturday, 8/1 – 4-6pm
    • Sunday, 8/2 – 10-11am

FIRST EXPOSURE PLAY HALL:

  • First Looks at Steam Time and Tumult Royale, Official Event Tickets recommended
    • Slot #1: Friday, 7/31 – 8am – 10am(Tumult Royale)
    • Slot #2: Friday, 7/31 – 12pm – 2pm(Steam Time)
    • Slot #3: Saturday, 8/1 – 8am – 10am(Steam Time)
    • Slot #4: Sunday, 8/2 – 12pm – 2pm(Tumult Royale)

GIVEWAYS (Hall I Entrance):

  • Special Mini Teaser Version
    • Thursday, 7/29 = 10:30am – 6pm
    • Saturday, 8/1 = 10:30am – 6pm

Here’s the complete line of Kosmos Board Games that will be on display at Gen Con.

Kosmos Games – FALL 2015 Releases:

Legends of Andor (Base Game)

  • MSRP: TBD
  • ITEM #: 691745
  • RELEASE DATE: November 2015
  • AUTHOR: Michael Menzel
  • NO. OF PLAYERS: 2-4
  • DURATION: 90 minutes
  • MINIMUM AGE: 10

The country Andor is in danger. From the forests and the mountains, the enemy back to the castle of the old king Brandur. Only your little hero group opposes them. If you succeed in defending the castle? After the first adventure still followed by many more. The witch must be found and to obtain a medicinal herb for the sick king. In the underground mines valuable gems are waiting for you, but also great risks. Finally, you have to compete against the revived ancient dragon.Will you, all these challenges? Only together you are strong and can become heroes of Andor. GAMEPLAY: Fantastic social experience, all players cooperate in a fascinating storytelling adventure.

GAME CATEGORY: Thematic Games, Adventure, Fantasy, Fighting, Puzzle, Area Movement, Co-operative Play, Dice Rolling, Variable Player Powers

 

Legends of Andor: New Heroes

  • MSRP: TBD
  • ITEM #: 692261
  • RELEASE DATE: November 2015
  • AUTHOR: Michael Menzel
  • NO. OF PLAYERS: 2-6
  • DURATION: 90 minutes
  • MINIMUM AGE: 10

GAME CATEGORY: Expansion

 

Legends of Andor: The Star Shield

  • MSRP: TBD
  • ITEM #: 691936
  • RELEASE DATE: November 2015
  • AUTHOR: Michael Menzel
  • NO. OF PLAYERS: 2-4
  • DURATION: 90 minutes
  • MINIMUM AGE: 10

GAME CATEGORY: Expansion

 

Tumult Royale

  • MSRP: TBD
  • ITEM #: 692483
  • RELEASE DATE: December 2015
  • AUTHOR: Klaus & Benjamin Teuber
  • NO. OF PLAYERS: 2-4
  • DURATION: 45 minutes
  • MINIMUM AGE: 10

GAME CATEGORY: Family Games, Strategy Games

 

Steam Time

  • MSRP: TBD
  • ITEM #: 692476
  • RELEASE DATE: December 2015
  • AUTHOR: Rüdiger Dorn
  • NO. OF PLAYERS: 2-6
  • DURATION: 90 minutes
  • MINIMUM AGE: 10

It is the year 1899. For centuries, there have been myths about Stonehenge, The Great Pyramid of Giza and other monuments of times long past. But recently, they also caught interest from various nations. Rumours of strange phenomena and scientific reports multiplied: time acts strange at these places! And there’s more – crystals with new and unique features have been reported. With those crystals and state-of-the-art technology, phantastic gadgetry has been invented, which can store the knowledge of mankind or commute lead to gold. But the most wondrous thing is, they also enable us to embark on the greatest adventure: time travel! The race is on for long lost knowledge, vanished cultures and hidden treasures. With huge efforts, gigantic, steam driven airships are created to travel through time and space. On one of those steam airships, you embark on a journey to past ages, search for new crystal deposits and use your crystals wisely, to stay ahead of your competitors. Prepare for a great journey with Steam Time!

GAME CATEGORY: Strategy Games, Gamers Game, Time Travel, Steampunk

Demo-Graphics: The State of “Gamers” 2015

It’s Monday and we’re looking at the latest Facebook Fandom breakdown. It’s been a year since I did a report about “gamers” in the lead up to Gen Con. So, welcome to the second annual State of Gamers.

This data is gained through mining Facebook and includes over 175 different terms from a variety of games, publishers, and more. The terms I used are varied, and many, from the name of games to the name of publishers and terms like collectible card game. For this I did my best to stay away from generic terms for genres (like Fantasy) and terms that specifically mentioned video games. I also avoided games like Monopoly or Scategories, I wanted to focus on the games you’d find at Gen Con.

We’ll compare this report to last year’s, but much has changed since then. Unlike the previous year, the technology platform to get the data has remained mostly unchanged, and the terms used also remain relatively the same (some have gone away, some are new).

Facebook Population: Over 31,000,000 in the United States

The amount of individuals who like these terms has increased from the previous year by 7 million.

Spanish speakers account for now 3.9 million fans, 12.58% in the United States. That’s an increase of 1.3 million since last year.

Gender and Age

In 2014 Men dominated as the majority with 55% compared to women at 44.17%. A year later and things have changed. Men now account for just 51.61% and women are 48.39%.

gamers facebook gender 7.27.15

We’ll next look at how the percentage of women and men break down through age.

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Compared to last year, the graph above is very similar though the gap between men and women is less. What I do find interesting is that women really start to gain in population in the 26-29 segment, and the majority at 38-41. It would seem that women may come into board games later in life.

gamers facebook gender age raw 7.27.15

Relationship Status

The real shift from last year is that a greater percentage are married or unspecified compared to last year.

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And for those that like pie charts.gamers facebook relationship status pie chart 7.27.15

 

Education

The education stats haven’t shifted much since last year, even with the surge of new folks.

gamers facebook education 7.27.15

Gender Interest

Those interested in the same gender has decreased percentage wise since last year, but the population has increased.

gamers facebook gender interest 7.27.15

Ethnicity

This is a new data that wasn’t available last year. Below the data is presented without comparison due to that. I can say that the data is interesting compared to the general United States population. Both the African American and Asian American population are a smaller percentage compared to the general US population, but the Hispanic population is much greater.

gamers facebook ethnicity 7.27.15

Generation

Below are the stats of groups based off of their generation, another new statistic.

gamers facebook generation 7.27.15

And that wraps up our look at who the gamers are in the United States!

We’ll be returning with a new demographic break down of comic book fans this Saturday August 1!

Gen Con 2015: Cards Against Humanity Launches Desperate Bid for Attention

chi-cards-against-humanity-stem-bsi-photos-201-002The Cards Against Humanity folks have had one of the hottest tables at Gen Con the past few years, selling out of their product in a matter of two days, leaving them with not a whole lot to do. Well, the folks behind the game have decided to take a different route for this year’s convention, hosting a concert/variety show dubbed Concert Against Humanity.

We’ll be at the concert, relaxing after a crazy day on the show floor…. because why not.

Below is their press announcement, because lets face it, it’s kind of idiotic to mess with perfection.

Chicago – Popular card game Cards Against Humanity announced this morning that they will be hosting a concert and comedy show during Gen Con this year, with live performances by Molly Lewis, The Doubleclicks, Paul and Storm, Cameron Esposito, Kumail Nanjiani, and more.

The concert, which will take place Friday, July 31st at the Murat, Indianapolis’s largest theater, is expected to sell out.

Tickets start at $40 and are available now at ConcertAgainstHumanity.com.

Cards Against Humanity co-creator Eli Halpern said, “Everyone attending Gen Con has already purchased and become bored of our game. Instead of exhibiting at the convention, we’re going to try this desperate bid for attention.”

The concert will feature musical performances from Molly Lewis, The Doubleclicks, and Paul and Storm, readings from authors John Scalzi and Patrick Rothfuss, and stand up sets from Cameron Esposito (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Adventure Time) and Kumail Nanjiani (The Meltdown, Silicon Valley). “The concert will be amazing, we’ve got a lot of great performers,” said Cards Against Humanity events manager Trin Garritano. “For a few hours you can pretend you’re someone who actually has fun on a Friday night.”

Bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss said, “I was scheduled to finish The Doors of Stone that weekend, but I’ve actually cleared my calendar for this incredible show.” When reached for comment, John Scalzi said, “I’m doing what now?”

All attendees of the concert will receive a swag bag with show exclusives and new products from Cards Against Humanity, the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Magic: The Gathering, Fluxx, Greater Than Games, and Maxistentialism.

“If there’s one thing I know about conventions it’s that grown men and women go insane for branded garbage,” Halpern said. “I’m told we have a lot of branded garbage for you.”

The Chicago-based card game is known for their extravagant stunts, including buying a private island and giving a square foot of it away to 250,000 fans, forming a full-ride scholarship for women studying science, and executing a hostage every hour on the hour until U.S. President Barack Obama purchased a copy of their game on live national television.

Gen Con 2015: Modiphius’ Pre-Orders, and Thunderbirds!

Modiphius Announces Official John Carter Gaming LineModiphius is heading to Gen Con and will be showing off the Thunderbirds board game prototype on the Modiphius stand every morning.

Modiphius is offering web pre-orders so you can buy online before or during the show and pick up from the Modiphius Gen Con stand at the same great show prices they’ll be offering on the growing range of Achtung! Cthulhu, Mindjammer, Cogs Cakes & Swordsticks and Mutant: Year Zero books including recent releases:

  • Mindjammer – Hearts & Minds: The first adventure for the FATE based sci-fi RPG
  • LUGU: A storytelling card game best described as DIXIT meets Rory’s Story Cubes. It’s a perfect convention game!

They’ll be located at booth #2530.

Gen Con 2015: Cthulhu is Coming!

CthulhuLast year, Team Warpo attended Gen Con having just completed their successful Kickstarter to create the retro action figure line, Legends of Cthulhu, which has now become truly legendary. This year, Warpo returns to Gen Con as a proud recipient of Gen Con’s Marketing Fellowship, with a booth filled with Cthulhu activities and the critically acclaimed Legends of Cthulhu action figures, and as host of the epic Cthulhu All-Stars Summit, which will culminate in a live séance for the ghost of H.P. Lovecraft.

Warpo, along with co-sponsor Paizo, has assembled some of the industry’s leading Cth-experts to host the first Cthulhu All-Stars Summit, taking place Saturday at Noon in Paizo seminar room #233. Join moderators Paizo creative director James Jacobs and Warpo president Bryan Katzel, along with Sandy Petersen, Kenneth Hite, and occult expert Brandon Hodge, as they discuss the impact of H.P. Lovecraft’s stories and characters on popular culture and their work. The panel will hold some fantastic surprises, prizes, and will culminate with a live séance conducted by Brandon Hodge to entice Lovecraft himself to join the festivities.

Gen Con attendees will want to visit the Warpo booth (#2939 in the Exhibit Hall), where they will be greeted by the mighty Cthulhu himself, get their picture taken in front of the giant photo wall than puts them inside their own action figure packaging, and collect all four free daily Legends of Cthulhu buttons. Gen Con fans will also get their first look at the new 12” Cthulhu Standard Edition, 12” Cthulhu Glow in the Dark Edition, and the Legends of Cthulhu Collector Club Kit, all of which will be on display in the Warpo booth, and the full line of Legends of Cthulhu 3.75” action figures and select Kickstarter premiums, such as the LoC coloring book and posters, will be available for purchase.

Warpo’s costumed Cthulhu will be making his way around Gen Con, as well as hanging out in the Warpo booth, providing an opportunity for fans to take and post a pic to social media, with the hashtag #CthulhuIsComing. One lucky winner will be chosen from the social media feeds each day to win one of the Signature Series Legends of Cthulhu figures, and in the final drawing on Saturday, a chance to win the one-of-a-kind 12” Cthulhu Glow in the Dark Edition prototype. Winner must be present at the Warpo booth at the time of the drawing.

Gen Con, North America’s largest hobby gaming convention, takes place in Indianapolis, IN July 30 – August 2, 1015.

Gen Con’s The Comic Book Writer’s Track

gen con featuredWhile Gen Con has traditionally had a writer’s symposium, the best four days of gaming has gotten even better adding a writer’s track specifically for those interested in creating comic books.

Learn what it takes to become a professional comic book writer in this amazing series of free panels! Featuring Jim Zub, Bill Willingham, Chris Roberson, Daryl Gregory, and Gene Ha, this new program will give those who attend insight as what it takes to become a comic book writer.

Plus, get your comics signed at a special signing event in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday at 4 pm in the signing area.

To help kick off this new program they’ve invited a team of comic superstars including:

Jim Zub, creator of the Wayward comic series and writer for comics such as Figment and Samurai Jack
Bill Willingham, creator of the multiple Eisner Award winning Fables comic series
Chris Roberson, creator of the iZombie comic series (now a hit television show from CW)
Daryl Gregory, writer of the comics Legenderry: Green Hornet and Dracula: Company of Monsters
Gene Ha, four-time Eisner award winner and artist for Alan Moore’s Top Ten

Check out all the great Writer’s Symposium events here.

Can’t wait to check this out!

Gen Con 2015: Thames & Kosmos to Release Six Board Games

Thames & KosmosThames & Kosmos is set to release its world renowned award winning board games category starting with a carefully curated series of six, high-quality, German-style board games from the internationally well-known publishing powerhouse, Kosmos. Thames & Kosmos will, for the first time, carry Kosmos Games, a collection of high-quality board games from the internationally esteemed authors and designers such as Klaus Teuber, Reiner Knizia, Grzegorz Rejchtman, and Gunter Cornett. German engineered and beautifully made, these games become enduring family favorites and game night classics. For all these reasons, Kosmos games have earned worldwide acclaim. The complete line of Kosmos games will be on display at Gen Con in Indianapolis July 30th at Booth #3039.

At the show:

  • Dohdles! are riddles made of dough! Exercise your imagination in this artistic and hilarious sculpting and guessing game for families and parties of three to six players. Ages: 8+ | MSRP: $39.95
  • Ubongo is a fast-paced, addictive, and easy-to-learn geometric puzzle game. Players race against the timer and against each other to solve a puzzle of interlocking shapes. The faster you solve the puzzle, the more gems you get. Ages: 8+ | MSRP: $39.95
  • Dimension is a fast-paced, innovative puzzle game that takes place in three dimensions with 60 colorful spheres. Ages: 8+ | MSRP: $49.95
  • Lost Cities: The Board Game: The research teams are outfitted and ready to embark on their adventures to find five forgotten cities. Who will lead the way to fantastic discoveries? Each player guides a team of explorers on up to five expeditions. To advance along an expedition path, a card in the path’s color must be played for each step forward. For two to four players. Ages: 10+ | MSRP: $39.95
  • Kahuna: Who will rule the South Seas? Two Kahuna — ancient sorcerers of the Pacific —compete for dominance on an archipelago consisting of twelve small islands. Like the best two-player games, this classic card-based board game is deceptively simple and highly strategic.Ages: 10+ | MSRP: $24.05
  • Lost Cities: The Original Card Game: Who will discover the ancient civilizations? Two explorers embark on research journeys to remote corners of the world: the Himalayan Mountains, the Central American rainforest, the Egyptian desert, a mysterious volcano, and the bottom of the sea. As the cards are played, the expedition routes take shape and the explorers earn points. For two players. Ages: 10+ | MSRP: $19.95

The complete line of Kosmos Board Games will be on display at Gen Con.

Gen Con Co-Owner and Game Industry Legend Turned Filmmaker Peter Adkison to Debut Chaldea at Gen Con

War Room ChaldeaPeter Adkison, founder of Wizards of the Coast, co-owner of Gen Con, and filmmaker, has announced his newest project, Chaldea, will make its debut in an exclusive premier at Gen Con Indy. The screening will take place at midnight on Saturday night/Sunday morning in the Westin Grand Ballroom III, and will feature a live Q&A with Adkison, Steve Conard, and Duke Seifried.

Created by Adkison, along with long-time collaborator Steve Conard, and developed directly from scenarios gamed by players in Adkison’s RPG campaigns dating back to 1982, Chaldea brings those games to life in a trans-media web series, using motion graphics, music, sound, and live action film sequences.

Chaldea is an amalgamation of their experiences storytelling and world-building while playing Dungeons & Dragons and other RPGs rolled into one, and there’s no better place to show it for the first time than at Gen Con Indy.

Chaldea has traditional fantasy roots with dragons, elves, demons, etc., mixed with real-world places and times in history, such as Rome, Babylon, Teutonic Knights, and real-worth pantheons of deities (Norse, Egyptian, Greek, etc.), all of which are brought together in an epic tale, in an innovative blend of film, comics, and fiction.

The pilot episode, Chaldea: War Room, features real-world legend of historical miniatures and Gen Con’s Industry Insider Guest of Honor Duke Seifried, playing a fantasy version of himself as “the old toymaker”. In real life, Seifried is famous for his stunning dioramas and miniatures collections, two of which can be seen in the episode.

Throughout Gen Con Indy, fans can visit the Chaldea booth in the Exhibit Hall (#2332), to play the Chaldea Experience, a walk-up-and-roleplay experience designed by Jonathan Tweet, as well as meet & greet/autograph sessions with some of the Chaldea cast, including Jen Page, Sarah Moore, and Duke Seifired. There will also be giveaways at the booth and at the premier, including character prints, posters, and DVDs (while supplies last).

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