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On the Trail to GenCon 2011

gencon header transHere we are at the beginning of August, and like many other gamers, I’m finishing my preparations to attend GenCon 2011 this week!  Sadly due to work constraints, the “Best Four Days of Gaming” will only be the “Three Best Days” for me – but I will be attending all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday this year!

I lucked into a pretty good room set-up, which is only about half a mile from the Indiana Convention Center.  I am staying with a buddy of mine, an exhibitor, who happens to run the TerrorWerks experience, which is a darned fun LARP science-fiction/horror gaming experience. [shameless plug]  This years’ adventure is called “The Holy Code” and yYou can check out all about this unique live action roleplaying experience on their website at

Of course, I’ll be covering the convention and updating my blog with all the events I attend.  As it happens, I will be attending several really exciting events this year, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what Wizards of the Coast has in store.

The big news this year seems to revolve around the release of the Neverwinter Campaign Setting dnd_products_dndacc_317290000_pic3_enfor Forgotten Realms, and I have an opportunity to not only chat with WotC reps about the release of this new game supplement, but will also be attending a D&D Press Game showcasing the Neverwinter campaign setting!  Of course, all day Saturday, WotC is featuring a Neverwinter Game Day, and several event showing off their new product.  I’m really hoping that I’ll be able to pick up a copy of Neverwinter at the convention for my own game – and, of course, I’m really looking forward to writing up a review on it!

Another big WotC event I am looking forward to attending is the D&D Preview Seminar, and hearing about all the products that the R&D team will be working on for the coming year.  I’m also hoping to hear from other gamers about how they are feeling about the direction we’ve seen WotC taking with the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, and I would imagine the Q&A session after the seminar will be pretty intense.

And there are two “pub” events I will be attending this year – the D&D Trivia Night and the R.A. Salvatore Meet and Greet!  I’ve never had the chance to attend those at previous conventions, so I’m kinda excited about the chance to go this time around.

I’m also hoping I can attend Greg Bilsland’s seminar on Monster Building for D&D 4E, but I have no found that on the schedule yet.  I’d really love to get some pointers on monster design from the R&D team!

And there is also the ENnies Reception to attend this year, which I imagine will be quite the event for  independent game writers and developers.  Not to mention I’ll have to find time to hit the GenCon Auction, Exhibition Hall, and… oh well you get the point…

So check back later this week for news from GenCon 2011 here on the Neuroglyph Games site.  I’ll be posting blogs as quick as I can with news, pics, and interviews right from the convention hall!  If you happen to be attending GenCon this year, and you see me, be sure and stop me to say hello… I’m always free to chat with my fellow gamers!

So until next blog… I wish you Happy Gaming!

About The Author

Michael is an Adept of a Secret Order of Dungeon Masters, and dwells in a hidden realm with his two evil cat-familiars, deep within the Vale of Wolverines, called by some "Michigan". He has been esoterically conjuring D&D Campaigns for nearly a Third of a Century, and has been known to cast ritual blogs concerning Dungeons & Dragons every few days with some regularity. Michael has freelanced for Wizards of the Coast, and writes reviews of D&D and other Role-Playing Game products on EN World News.


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