Steve Jackson's Appearances
Want to meet Steve? Here's a list of conventions he's attending, as well as other events where you can find him and say hello.
Our other staff members make appearances, too – click here for a complete list.
September 26-28, 2014
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
I'll be the Special Gaming Guest at FenCon XI. Other guests will include Eric Flint, Rich Sternbach, Timothy Zahn, and Ookla the Mok. My inner geek is quivering with anticipation, the more so since I picked up a stack of Flint's 1632 alternate-history books last month. I have read them all; I now require another stack.
The FenCon program book traditionally includes contributions from all the guests. I puzzled for a while about what I could do, and settled on (duh!) some game rules. Specifically, a possible rules tweak for Castellan and two new castle parts. Will there be an actual supplement for Castellan? Maybe. And if these ideas work out in play but a physical supplement can't make it onto the schedule, we can always do a PDF in Warehouse 23. Heck, in a very few years most of you will have access to a 3-D printer and will be able to make your own game parts.
FenCon designates a specific charity every year and raises donations through the auction and special events. This year's charity is the Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County.
November 21-23, 2014
San Antonio, TX
A steampunk convention! Or "retro-futuristic," if you prefer. Within driving distance! So I can go in my not-at-all-steampunk-but-named-after-Nikola-Tesla car!
I have never been to a dedicated steampunk convention before, but I've had a great time at the steampunk tracks of events like Comicpalooza. And with a name like The San Antonio Neo-Victorian Association, how can these folks go wrong? And their guest of honor is Michael Moorcock!
I will also, of course, have a Munchkin Steampunk playtest set with me.
My only regret is that I doubt I'll have time to put together a proper outfit. But if not, I can visit the dealer room and invest in a few accessories!
May 8-11, 2015
It's amazing when a con makes it to #50, and I felt very honored when Marcon invited me back for their fiftieth year. I've been there twice before, and both times it was great.
In 1989 I got to meet Hal Clement! And the convention took all the guests on a museum tour to see the traveling exhibit of ancient Chinese sculpture and artifacts. I still have posters on my wall from that show.
In 2005 we took the Chaos Machine, and John Kovalic was there, and Dr. Demento was the DJ for the dance and I did the Macarena, and all in all it could hardly have been more awesome.
So we'll see what happens this time. Among the returning guests are Barry and Sally Childs-Helton. I liked their music in 1989, and since they're still rocking, I'll still be liking.
June 26-28, 2015
I liked my first visit to LibertyCon so much that I was happy to be invited back. And Chattanooga is such a great city that on a previous visit I actually looked at real estate magazines. So this one will be fun. LibertyCon is a very comfortable, friendly event, gamer-friendly but definitely a full-spectrum SF convention.
The guest list is great. It's headlined by David Weber, best known for the Honor Harrington series (though he's done a lot of other great stuff). The toastmaster is none other than Howard Tayler of Schlock Mercenary.
(And it will be held in the Chattanooga Choo Choo, a hotel that not only has its own model train layout, but is right on the city's electric-bus line that runs straight to the Aquarium and the good restaurants. A great choice.)
August 14-18, 2014
Worldcon gave me a chance to visit London again, a thing which does not happen often enough.
Monica and I had a good time, playing tourist until our feet hurt. We used the Underground a lot, and we like it. The convention itself was excellent. For once, I got to attend a lot of programming and filk concerts, rather than just doing my own events and collapsing. Among the most interesting: a multi-session attempt to recreate the Game of Azad, from Iain M. Banks' Player of Games. In the final session we actually tried to play what had been created. Fruit, Lego, and children were involved, and many bemused spectators.
I did three signing sessions, participated in three panels, and met a lot of people.
I also came back with a cold (again). So it goes. Perhaps I should have myself coated with plastic before the next event.
June 11-15, 2014
I wore both my pro and fan hats at Brickworld. With my fan hat on, I marveled at the amazing LEGO exhibits and helped at the combined PennLUG/TBRR train layout. With my pro hat on, I supported the Crazy Bricks "Munchkin Bricks" project. (Check out the Crazy Bricks Kickstarter site here – it ended at nearly 400% of its original goal, and hit lots of stretch goals!) I did Q&As, signed things (for an amazing number of gamers!) and generally had a good time.
April 5, 2014
Like last year, I celebrated TableTop Day at Wonko's in Austin. Games were played. I got to walk a couple of really nice kids through the basic Ogre scenario. We had a lot of spectators, and the Ogre ended up destroying absolutely everything. There was some serious killer instinct at work. Also, hilariously, the Ogre player kept thinking out loud about what he would do next, and the defense kept believing what he said, and then the Ogre would look at the board and change his mind. Ogres are sneaky! And Ogres are very bad news even after you shoot their guns off. But, full disclosure: during the endgame, the defender was NOT getting the die rolls he needed, and he was a great sport about it and fought to the bitter end. We had a lot of spectators for that game, and everyone had a good time.
That wasn't our only TableTop Day goodness. Our MIBs held events all over the place. The link is to a forum that (as I write this) is nine pages long, full of event listings, and not just in the US – we were gaming in Brazil, Korea, Russia, UK, Mexico . . .
March 29-30, 2014
Irving, TX (near Dallas)
This was a local event created by Tiffany Franzoni and her Roll2Play troupe. It was launched as a Kickstarter project and succeeded. It succeeded as an event, too! By Sunday, a lot of the attendees were twisting Tiffany's arm to make it a continuing thing. Being a businesswoman as welll as a fangirl, Tiffany replied "Let me crunch the numbers first." But this is the kind of convention that the hobby needs – strong local roots, friendly management, and huge amounts of open gaming!
There were also a lot of guests for an event that size! They included Kevin Nunn (who is the man to blame for Duck! Duck! Go!), Keith Baker (prolific designer in several genres, and most recently responsible for Gloom), and my friends Justin and Anne-Marie De Witt, also known as Fireside Games. I got to play their Munchkin Panic for the first time. SO MUCH FUN. And we did many, many rounds of Munchkin Loot Letter, the upcoming Love Letter reskin from Alderac.
And at the last minute Rick Loomis of Flying Buffalo was added to the guest list. Rick's probably my oldest friend in the whole hobby, and it was great to see him.