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June 15, 2024: Licensing Expo 2024

 

In late May, I attended my first-ever Las Vegas Licensing Expo as the Managing Editor at Steve Jackson Games. As such, I am now officially an Expo Expert, a title I have entirely bestowed upon myself. Given that, here are my top five tips, in no particular order, for surviving the Las Vegas Licensing Expo:
 
NO, THE COFFEE BAR LINE IS NOT FASTER
You know that iconic scene in World War Z where the zombies run so fast that they all climb onto and over each other trying to get up that big barricade? Each morning is like that at the Licensing Expo, but at the coffee shops. Thankfully, much like Brad Pitt during a zombie apocalypse, my hair still looked fantastic against all odds. But the problem remained – how were we to get the coffee we so desperately needed to cheerily chat with strangers for 8 hours a day while 9-foot-tall mascots and their handlers bumped into display cases . . .

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June 14, 2024: Thrifting For Good

Here in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, we have tons of ways to acquire previously-owned items at a low cost or even for free.
 
I recently attended The Clothing Exchange in Fort Worth. This 1:1 trade allows you to bring adult, teen, children, and baby clothes, shoes, and accessories to trade for items brought by other attendees. If you donate one full trash bag, you can take home one full trash bag of treasures that are new to you! The twice-a-year event, two of my favorite days, is special in that it gives you the opportunity to change out clothes that no longer fit or you no longer want for ones you'll now enjoy. The best part is that any extra empty bags can be donated back to the Exchange so that anyone who isn't able to donate can fill those bags with whatever they need, no questions asked. Afterwards, leftover items are donated to local charities. In this age of fast fashion, . . .

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June 13, 2024: Tackling My Next Conqueror Challenge

During the height of COVID, my husband and I decided to sign up for the Lord of the Rings Virtual Challenge, one of many virtual challenges hosted by The Conqueror. We opted for the long distance version, which meant it took us until last year to walk from The Shire to Mordor. An accompanying app allowed us to track our progress, receive virtual postcards, and watch the storyline unfold as we reached certain milestones.
 
Now we've set our sights on The Return of the King Virtual Challenge, which follows the journey of Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli as they travel from Rohan to Gondor. We will once again choose the long option (we walk a lot), and we may try to use the challenge as a means of doing good by setting up an online fundraiser for our local food bank. No use in wasting such an opportunity, after all.
 
The Conqueror offers people plenty of options for traversing real and . . .

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June 12, 2024: Scouring The Earth, One Mouse Click At A Time

I remember scouring the retail landscape of the early 2000s (whatever that looked like) for an affordable copy of Green and Pleasant Land – a Call of Cthulhu supplement that detailed the British Isles of the 1920s and 1930s. It was a book that was long out of print when I was searching for it. I eventually found a copy via some kind of community connectivity in October 2001 – maybe via the old Pyramid forums? (I still have the email!) I have dozens (if not hundreds) of other rare gaming goodies that were equally difficult to track down once I realized they existed.

So many aspects of this hunt have become easier in recent years, especially with the advent of POD technology. Hundreds of fans have taken advantage of the relatively recent release of the POD versions of the GURPS Basic Set to add those core books to their collection quickly and easily. (I suspect our international friends . . . [more]

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June 11, 2024: Steve Jackson And Jordan Sorcery

If you're interested in the history of tabletop gaming, then you're probably familiar with the work of Jordan Sorcery. Jordan is a YouTuber whose videos cover a wide range of tabletop gaming topics, including gaming history, reviews, interviews with creators, and more. Recently, Jordan sat down to interview our own Steve Jackson to learn more about his career, company highlights, and what people can expect in the months and years ahead. You can also watch Mad Max in Your Pocket, in which Jordan offers a "micro-history" of Car Wars. Check it out!

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