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.
January 31-February 8, 2015
I will be the Gaming Guest at JoCo Cruise Crazy this year! As of this update, I'm less than 24 hours from being on the boat.
JoCo Cruise Crazy is the Jonathan Coulton cruise. This year will be the fifth, and they keep on doing it, so obviously something is going right. It runs eight nights in the Western Caribbean on Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas, with music, comedy and performances from Coulton and friends. It departs from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on January 31st and returns February 8th, with ports of call at Phillipsburg, St. Maarten; Basseterre, St. Kitts; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Labadee, Haiti.
And because this is a geek event, and because many of us geeks kind of like games, the ship will have a game room. We're sponsoring it. There will be Munchkin. There will be Zombie Dice and Castellan and Revolution. Heck, there will even be Ogre. It's a big ship; we're pretty sure it can carry the box.
Not to mention a great number of games that we did not publish ourselves, because face it, some of those are pretty good too.
This whole thing is exciting to me for several reasons:
• I have been a Coulton fan for years, seen him in concert, spent a lot of time (but not enough yet) listening to the music . . . but I've never met him.
• Time spent around Paul and Storm is never wasted. Well, actually, it probably is, but it sure is fun.
• And Andrew is coming, and when he gets together with Paul and Storm the repartee is competely repickulous.
• I have never in my life been on a cruise.
If you don't have a ticket, it's probably too late for you to get on board without stowing away, so don't. Because if you try to hide in the wheelwells on a cruise ship, you will drown.
February 12, 2015
Whirlwind New Jersey Tour
Across the Garden State!
Just before Munchkin World, I will do three signing appearances in New Jersey game stores. Thanks to Sean Ferris for making this happen and volunteering as my getaway driver . . .
4:00-5:30 p.m.: Elite Battlegrounds. 299 Rt. 22 East, Green Brook , NJ 08812.
6:00-7:30 p.m.: The Only Game In Town. 211 West Main Street, Somerville, NJ 08876.
8:00-9:30 p.m.: The Fallout Shelter Comics, Games, and Collectibles. 320 Raritan Avenue, Highland Park, NJ 08904.
February 13-15, 2015
New York City
I'll be doing signings all three days. John and Andrew will be there too – see the web page for schedule details. There will be good swag. There will be gaming.
Any other NYC area appearances that I might make that weekend are pure unconfirmed rumor fnord at this time fnord. Except for the New Jersey tourn Feb. 12, which is now official, and you probably read that entry right before you got to this one!
May 8-10, 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.)
November 21-23, 2014
San Antonio, TX
This was my first dedicated "neo-Victorian" convention, but I've had a great time at the steampunk tracks of events like Comicpalooza. So I wanted to try a pure steampunk weekend. I don't usually call out an event in public after I attend as a guest, but on the whole this was not a good representation of geekdom to the public.
There were some great moments. The hotel was excellent and pretty darn near Victorian, and the staff tried very hard to be accommodating. I saw some wonderful outfits and met some nice people. I learned a lot from a presentation on steampunk in comics. The guest of honor was Michael Moorcock, and I got some books signed!
But on the whole, this guest did not have a good time. Things that were promised did not happen, the schedule wasn't taken seriously by the organizers, and a late-night event that was billed as "introduction for newbies" turned out to be more like "spooky Camarilla-style improv." It was probably a real hoot if you were part of the in-crowd. For the captive audience, it was tedious, then embarrassing, then tedious again.
I have to give the whole event about one star out of five. Come on, folks . . . we can do better, and if we can't do better, we shouldn't be doing this at all.
October 11, 2014
Munchkin Panic Release Party
I joined my friends Anne-Marie and Justin De Witt, aka Fireside Games, at the release party for Munchkin Panic! It was at Wonko's Toys and Games in northwest Austin from 6-9 pm. And it was busy! Andrew Hackard was there, making awful puns. There were games, prizes, and swag. I played one game. And I won, though it was hard fought. Munchkin Steve ftw! (Yes, in the "More Munchkin" rules of Munchkin Panic, there's a winner. What you want to do is make sure to be the one with the most kills when the castle finally falls down. Which translates to "Stop fighting the monsters and help the castle fall – while you are ahead.)
And there was indeed cake – a chocolate Spyke with Rice Krispy horns, and a lemon Duck of Doom. Plus cookies in the shape of monster counters. Fireside really knows how to throw a party.
September 26-28, 2014
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
I was the Special Gaming Guest at FenCon XI. Other guests included Eric Flint, Rich Sternbach, Timothy Zahn, and Ookla the Mok. I managed to carry a copy of Flint's 1632 with me throughout most of the con without ever remembering it at a good time to get it signed. I got to talk to Sternbach, whose work I have admired forever; I got to catch up with Tim; and I got to hear two Ookla concerts and spend some quality time in the bar with Rand and Adam!
And Saturday, Tom Smith and I presented a preview (pre-listen?) of the long-awaited Ogre Suite. The audience listened, and overall seemed to like it, and made some suggestions that Tom and I thought were VERY MUCH worth the effort of setting up the event. Unfortunately, Tom was taken sick the next morning, and as of this writing, as far as I know, has not left the hospital in Dallas. So the next iteration of the music won't happen right away. But it will happen . . .
I really enjoyed FenCon. From my point of view, the committee did everything right, except for the things they did excellently.
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.