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<![CDATA[Pen & Paper Games - Blogs - Xionicist]]> http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/blog.php/2938-Xionicist Pen and Paper Games hosts a very powerful, but easy to seach and join database of players and game masters in the United States and Canada. Our forums are also a great place to find the most recent news, product releases, tips, and rpg discussion. en Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:44:00 GMT vBulletin 60 http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/pnpg_style/misc/rss.jpg <![CDATA[Pen & Paper Games - Blogs - Xionicist]]> http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/blog.php/2938-Xionicist Back again... http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/entry.php/568-Back-again Fri, 17 Jul 2009 01:58:53 GMT Yeah, so I've spent the spring being fairly quiet online. After an amazing TempleCon 2009 (twice as many people as TempleCon 2008!), I didn't get my usual month-long break, but plunged right into an amazingly hectic dance performance schedule (11 shows over the course of 10 weeks, with 8 different costumes and sets of choreography - crazy!), with people already banging on the door wanting to know about TempleCon 2010.

In response to feedback from TempleCon members and due to an obvious need for more space, we wound up switching venues this year, so when I wasn't on stage or in rehearsal I was scouting for a new TempleCon location, and then was embroiled in contract negotiations. We wound up taking a big step up in space with the amazing Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, Rhode Island - twice the space of TempleCon 2009! But not only is the space bigger and better (no more stairs!), the rooms are also far more affordable ($105 per night), and the hotel has free parking, so I'd say all that work this spring paid off. I'm thrilled that we were able to find such a great solution to our members concerns so close by!

Then we plunged into the business of re-building and updating our website, to match our new (and old!) Retro-Futurist theme and make our registrations process more user-friendly, as well as our forums. All while working on getting actual events together for TempleCon 2010, an ongoing process which continues today. To see the updated website and get a taste of what's in store for TempleCon 2010, check out our website here: www.templecon.org But TempleCon isn't the only thing we've got cooking...

You see, while all of this TempleCon preparation stuff was going on we've also been in the process of purchasing, re-zoning, and renovating a building in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where we will be opening a Retro-Futurist gaming lounge, focused on the art of gaming, with amazing hand-crafted gaming accessories and game-related art as well as the games you know and love, in a luxurious atmosphere that caters to gaming creature comforts. Custom-built gaming tables, cushy chairs and sofa, fine-tuned lighting, club-quality sound, bountiful snacks, drinks, and even meals - this is the gaming paradise that we've always wanted, and we've been busting butt building it so that we can open it for autumn. I'll be sure to post the announcement of our Grand Opening event here!

And like TempleCon, this lounge depends on your feedback, so if you'd like to weigh in on the kind of gaming environment you'd most like to see, please do so here: The Temple

We'd love to hear from you! ]]>
Xionicist http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/entry.php/568-Back-again
The Mind Fairly Boggles... http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/entry.php/77-The-Mind-Fairly-Boggles Tue, 03 Feb 2009 00:03:58 GMT ...at the way this event is coming together. Event coordination is like an extended case of stage fright. Months and months of it, slowly coming... ...at the way this event is coming together.

Event coordination is like an extended case of stage fright. Months and months of it, slowly coming to a boil in the weeks and days leading up to the event, until you're there, and all of your skill and experience and preparation take over, so that the fear is replaced by this Zen state of supreme competence and exhaustion. Sarah Bernhardt, the French theatre's equivalent to Napoleon Bonaparte, once said that you are no true actress if you don't get stage fright (she suffered from "the terrors" before every performance). So, I accept the fear as part of the price to pay for an extraordinary performance, whether I'm the one on stage or the one coordinating a whole slew of others on stage.

And right now "the terrors" are frothing in this bizarre admixture of fear and elation...

Somehow, in my relentless push over the past few months to expand the steampunk element of TempleCon and make this event more than "just" a gaming convention, I managed to pull in just enough of the right people, the right events, so that suddenly people and events started pouring in, and not just any people or events, but the exact kind of people and events that are turning this into the mind-blowing spectacle that I had envisioned, and then some:

Steampunk and fin-de-siecle themed performances by The Ocean State Circus Performers, Ameena, Rachel and Diana of Moirae Bellydance, Little Red Coquette, and Aepril Schaile; a tribal dance class by Rachel and Diana, and a Raqs Victoriana class by Aepril Schaile; panels on steampunk culture, steampunk prop-making, and upcycling in steampunk costuming; a writer's panel by CJ Henderson with a reading of his work; two blocks of short films graciously offered by the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival; an appearance by the Rhode Island Pirate's Party; a weekend-long steampunk costume contest with the grand prize of an amazing steampunk ray gun and crazy apparatus (a.k.a. "The Thing Needed to Kill The Baddy"), concocted by Ken Beauchemin of Graven Images; tons of vendors, guest artists, and gaming industry luminaries; and oh, yes, the games...

Demos of a ton of new games, including the much-talked-about Arena Deathmatch, Heroscape, Monsterpocalypse, Infinity, Alkemy, Tannhauser, Memoir '44, Dungeon Twister, Steve Jackson Games demos by the Men in Black (i.e., various permutations of Munchkin), WHE Games, Shadowfist, Uncharted Seas (by the guys from the D6 Generation Podcast), and more...

The premier of the "Up the River" campaign for the Unhallowed Metropolis role-playing game led by the campaign's writer and TempleCon Guest of Honor Simon Berman, a Call of Cthulhu for 30 game led by Guest of Honor CJ Henderson, Pathfinder system role-playing events throughout the weekend, a steampunk-themed One World By Night Vampire: the Masquerade LARP, Shadowrun, Deadlands, Dark Heresy, D&D first edition, Toon, RPGA events, an insane line-up of board gaming events and a huge open board gaming library, a North American Diplomacy Federation Grand Prix Tournament, the Vampire: the Eternal Struggle Northeast Regional Qualifier, the Shadowfist Rhode Island State Championship, a Flames of War Regional Qualifier Tournament, Privateer Press' exclusive HARDCORE WARMACHINE/HORDES event, a Magic: the Gathering Conflux Release Tournament and other Magic events throughout the weekend, Heroscape tournaments throughout the weekend by the North East 'Scapers Association, Warhammer 40K and Fantasy tournaments throughout the weekend, a LAN Room with Xbox 360 and Wii tournaments running throughout the weekend including Gears of War 2, Halo 3, Call of Duty 4, and Smash Bros. Brawl, and so many more games I can't list them all...

Pardon me for bragging a bit, but this thing is monumental! And we're bringing it all together to happen at the Biltmore this weekend.

I think I'm gonna faint... ]]>
Xionicist http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/entry.php/77-The-Mind-Fairly-Boggles
TempleCon Ate My Life... And I Keep Feeding It! http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/entry.php/25-TempleCon-Ate-My-Life-And-I-Keep-Feeding-It! Sun, 28 Dec 2008 08:17:07 GMT Yeah, it's kind of crazy when you realize that you've been largely off-line for the greater portion of a year, because all of your time is taken up with one thing. Even crazier when you sacrifice the greater portion of your gaming time to that one thing. And the irony is, that one thing is all about gaming...

Welcome to the life of a convention director. :p

After months of preparation for TempleCon, the steampunk gaming convention that I co-organize, we are nearing the weekend of the big event (February 6th-8th), and suddenly I have a lull in my crazy schedule, thanks to the holidays. So, here I finally am online again.

It's very strange to be going, going, going for so long and then suddenly have things go mostly quiet. True, there are still a few emails that come in each day about the con, but since the majority of events are planned, I actually get to do things like post online for a change, read forums, and hey, maybe even sleep! Novel concept. ;)

Of course, since I'm a bit of a workaholic, and plans for how to make the big party even better never truly stop, I'll still be working away at it right up until the morning of the 6th. But for the moment, I've got a chance to take a breath. And I'm not exactly certain what to do with it... :lol: ]]>
Xionicist http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/entry.php/25-TempleCon-Ate-My-Life-And-I-Keep-Feeding-It!