As the Events Manager, this is my favourite time of year…convention season! Not only do I love to attend conventions representing Green Ronin, I love to attend for my “day job” in the video game industry. I’ve recently attended the Game Developers Conference (GDC) and the Emerald City Comicon. I attended the GDC as an official volunteer, aka the Conference Associates program. In my week in San Francisco, I had an opportunity to run demos of the upcoming Love2Hate card game and of the Dragon Age RPG. People who make video games are also very passionate about tabletop gaming, and I had no problems finding people who wished to get in a game. I even got to talk to Jennifer Hepler about Dragon Age for a bit! She’s a fan of the tabletop version and was very encouraging.
At ECCC, I had a table all to myself, to showcase Green Ronin games and to run the DARPG and L2H demos. We talked to a LOT of people about Mutants & Masterminds and DC Adventures, this being a comics convention and all. We had lots of good traction on the Song of Ice & Fire materials, too. I was running a 2-hour version of our Dragon Age RPG Quickstart adventure, “An Arl’s Ransom.” It has action, intrigue, and fantastic moral choices, which is one of my favourite things about the game.
I didn’t have demos set up for our other games, but we certainly will next year. I was happy that Barry brought all those books, as we could give quick overviews on the systems and show them the beautiful arts. The Khaleesi came by and really wanted to sit down for a game. Maybe next year, my Queen!
Not only did I get to attend some great events, I also got to have a whole section for game demos at Round the Table Gamer Pub for International Tabletop Day! It was a most excellent event, and it was great to run both Dragon Age & Love2Hate for people in the store. Obviously, we waited until later in the day for the L2H, as it is PG-13. Once we were finished with demos, we also played one of my favourite board games, Shadow Hunters. The staff at Round the Table are fantastic and we love supporting their love of games and craft beer. There was quite the great selection of both!
Now, on to Gen Con!
We love attending Gen Con and we’re excited to be coming back again! Thanks to our excellent volunteer team, The Freebooters, we have lots of Dragon Age, Mutants & Masterminds, and DC Adventures on the schedule. We’ll be running short demos of our RPGs and card games at the Green Ronin booth. There will be game groups also running Mutants & Masterminds, and we have a special treat for you! Designer Todd Miller will be running 2-hour demos of Ork! The Roleplaying Game!
As I close out this Ronin Roundtable, I do what I always do…give a plug for the Freebooter Volunteer GM program!
Donna is also a speaker at numerous conventions and conferences. She has spoken about building communities, diversity, harassment, and accessibility at the Game Developers Conference, numerous times at PAX / PAXDev, Gen Con, Mensa Annual Gathering, NorWesCon, and the Community Manager Conference in Leipzig, Germany. She was a Gen Con Industry Insider for 2016.Donna is a gamer and a beer geek, often combining both hobbies while teaching new people to game and appreciate beer. She’s also insists she is NOT a Hobbit. You can follow Donna on Twitter: @_Danicia_. Find her also on http://about.me/Danicia.