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07-13-2007, 04:47 AM
Check out this new article FanPro posted on Fri, 13 Jul 2007 07:50:22 +0000:

Origins Report, ENnie Nominations, and more! (http://www.shadowrunrpg.com/wordpress/?p=177)

This last week was a great one for Catalyst Game Labs, as we attended our first convention as Catalyst, the Origins International Game Expo (http://www.originsgames.com/) in Columbus, Ohio. We had a modest endcap booth, right across from Kenzer and Company’s cool Aces and Eights-based setup and near our Seattle pals Green Ronin.
We knew in advance that we wouldn’t be getting copies of Emergence (http://www.shadowrunrpg.com/products/product.php?i=26301) from our regular printer, so we decided to try ordering a small number of “Preview Editions” from a Print on Demand printer, as an experiment. We planned on having a mere 50 copies printed and no more, to be delivered on Thursday morning. When you’re a Game Lab, experiments are fun, right? Well, this one wasn’t so fun … especially if you were one of the people hoping to get your hands on Emergence at Origins. By Saturday, we did have some copies available from the POD printer, but they were, well, a little gimped. We sold them for regular price with a bonus $10 coupon for use at the BattleShop (http://battlecorps.com/catalog/). At the end of the convention, a couple dozen or so fans and Catalyst Game Lab’s volunteers walked away with Preview Editions of Emergence, plus a few more ended up in the suitcases of gaming industry partners and friends.
It wasn’t ideal, but I think we were more annoyed with the situation than any of our fans.
John Dunn, our Shadowrun Missions (http://www.shadowrunrpg.com/missions/) and convention coordinator reports great success at the gaming tables:

After four days and nights of sleep-deprivation, over-consumption of caffeine, alcohol and sugar — Origins 2007 has come to a close. The convention was a great time, and the Shadowrun crowd was wildly enthusiastic. Of course, we had a few snags along the way, but overall, I think everybody had a great time.
A few highlights and low-points:

In the Catalyst Game Labs sponsored Shadowrun events, we seated 223 players across 35 tables. Almost all of our games were at capacity, and many exceeded it. Counting the GMs, we had in excess of 1000-man hours of Shadowrun played.
Due to a scheduling snafu, many of our players were unclear on where we’d be playing the Shadowrun events. We ended up in an open space off the main hallway. It was a little loud, but it was fantastic exposure for the game.
Congratulations to “Old Mill Water Bandits” winners of the Origins 2007 Shadowrun tournament. I’m sure your characters will enjoy their South Pacific vacation — at least until the Gen Con tourney.
Every vendor at the convention was entirely sold out of the Shadowrun, Fourth Edition (http://shadowrunrpg.com/products/product.php?i=26000) core rules by Saturday afternoon. We felt bad having to tell enthusiastic customers that they’d need to go elsewhere to obtain a copy. Many thanks to all the fans who stopped by the Catalyst Games Labs booth and the RPG gaming area. Thanks also to the volunteers who helped out with everything. Without their assistance, none of this would have been possible.
In other news, we’re pleased to announce that several Shadowrun and Classic BattleTech products have garnerned nominations in the 2007 ENnie Awards (http://www.ennieawards.com/2007noms-3.html) — last year Shadowrun, Fourth Edition won for Best Game and Best Rules, and this year the advanced magic rulebook Street Magic (http://shadowrunrpg.com/products/product.php?i=26004) has been nominated in the Best Supplement category.
Classic BattleTech Total Warfare was nominated in the catch-all category of Best Regalia (Awarded for the best product used to complement role playing game play.) and the set of free introductory PDFs for Classic BattleTech was nominated for Best Electronic Book and Best Free Product or Webhancement. Voting opens on Monday, July 16th, and you can bet that we’ll be posting a reminder about it then!
And finally, in the wacky sci-tech social news department, we bring you Top cop predicts robot crimewave (http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/top-cop-predicts-robot-crimewave/2007/07/06/1183351416078.html):

Technology such as cloned part-robot humans used by organised crime gangs pose the greatest future challenge to police, along with online scamming, Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner Mick Keelty says.
Mr Keelty said the police force would have to use experts from the private sector to fight tech-savvy organised criminals, because it lacked the necessary skills.
Technology-enabled crime was “a new area that’s growing exponentially”, he warned yesterday.
A feature of serious organised criminal networks was their ability to be flexible and quickly adopt new techniques, and police forces would have to move quickly to keep up.
“And I think a lot of those skills don’t exist in policing today,” Mr Keelty told a parliamentary inquiry into the future impact of organised crime in Canberra.
Flying Car Robot Carjackings, coming soon to the skies near you.