WotC's 2017 Convention Schedule Includes New Hascon, No Gen Con
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    This year WotC will be attending Pax South, Winter Fantasy, Pax East, Gary's con, Origins, Pax A West, the new a Hasbro convention, Hascon, and Gamehole Con. Like last year, the company is skipping Gen Con in Indianapolis.




    Here are all the convention details:

    PAX SOUTH

    January 27-29
    Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
    900 E Market St.
    San Antonio, TX
    Chris Perkins and Trevor Kidd will be at PAX South at the end of this month. Chris will have the honor of delivering the key note Story Time with Chris Perkins on Friday morning, as well as stepping onto the main stage to serve as Dungeon Master for Acquisitions Incorporated, live for the first time from sunny San Antonio. Many Dungeons & Dragons games will be playable in the open gaming spaces scheduled through the D&D Adventurers League. We definitely won’t be playing in the basement of the Alamo, thankfully.

    WINTER FANTASY

    February 1-5
    Grand Wayne Convention Center
    120 West Jefferson Blvd
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Chris Lindsay will be returning to Fort Wayne for Winter Fantasy and will be available to speak about the D&D Adventurers League and Dungeon Masters Guild. We will debut a brand-new D&D Adventurers League EPIC by Will Doyle here, giving attendees the first chance to overcome new challenges and collect loot. Chris will be running unique D&D Adventurers League sessions with loot and magic items you can’t get anywhere else.

    PAX EAST

    March 10 -12
    Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
    415 Summer Street
    Boston, MA
    Chris Perkins and Trevor Kidd will be in Boston at PAX East again this year. Chris will serve as Dungeon Master for another Acquisitions Incorporated live show with Mike, Jerry, Scott, and Pat. There will be many opportunities to play Dungeons & Dragons in the open gaming spaces of PAX scheduled through the D&D Adventurers League.

    GARY CON

    March 23-26
    Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
    7036 Grand Geneva Way
    Lake Geneva, WI
    We’re heading back to Gary Con in Lake Geneva again this year! Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, and Chris Lindsay will be panelists in a discussion of D&D Across the Editions. Mike Mearls will be DMing a celebrity game using his Greyhawk house rules for 5e in one of the deadliest dungeons he’s run in his personal campaign: the dreaded Path of Blades. Mearls will also run a home brew horror RPG based on the Avalon Hill board game Betrayal at House on the Hill. Chris Lindsay will head up a host of Dungeon Masters as we present the Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan and the Tomb of Horrors as competitive events for the first time in decades. Also, don’t miss the EPIC designed by Chris Lindsay, featuring the Keep on the Borderlands.

    ORIGINS

    June 14-18
    Greater Columbus Convention Center
    400 N High Street
    Columbus, OH
    Mike Mearls, Chris Lindsay, Chris Perkins, Trevor Kidd, and Jeremy Crawford will be returning to Origins for the D&D tabletop gaming event of the year: The D&D Open. Bring your favorite Adventurers League character and risk life and limb to bring glory upon your adventuring party. We’ll also have D&D board game tournaments, exclusive DMs Guild panels, exclusive Origins swag, and even more!

    PAX WEST

    September 1-4
    Washington State Convention Center
    800 Convention Place
    Seattle, WA
    Chris Perkins, Trevor Kidd, and many more folks from the Dungeons & Dragons team will be at PAX West. Chris will be on panels and serving as Dungeon Master for the live Acquisitions Incorporated game with Jerry, Mike, Scott, and Pat. Many of us will be around in the Dungeons & Dragons area and there will be tons of opportunities to play D&D in the open gaming area scheduled through the D&D Adventurers League.

    HASCON

    September 9-10
    Rhode Island Convention Center & Dunkin Donuts Center
    1 La Salle Square & 1 Sabin St
    Providence, RI
    Join us in Providence for the debut of HASCON, a new convention event in September focusing on all of Hasbro’s brands including Transformers, My Little Pony, Magic the Gathering and, of course, Dungeons & Dragons! You will get to peek behind the curtain of our characters and stories through interactive experiences, exclusive products, talent appearances, panels and much more.

    GAMEHOLE CON

    November 2-5
    Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall
    1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
    Madison, WI
    Mike Mearls and Chris Lindsay will return to the Midwest in November for Gamehole Con in Madison. Mike and Chris will be attending panels, serving as Dungeon Masters in unique Adventurers League scenarios, and hanging out and answering any questions you might have.
    Comments 64 Comments
    1. JRedmond's Avatar
      JRedmond -
      Scott is no longer doing Acq Inc after PAX South so you should update to indicate that.
    1. Shasarak's Avatar
      Shasarak -
      Oooh, Celebrity Path of Blades in March. Could be interesting.
    1. Jester David's Avatar
      Jester David -
      Sad.
      Given it's GenCon 50, I was hoping WotC would make an appearance.
    1. chibi graz'zt's Avatar
      chibi graz'zt -
      Yes! Now I can plan my con season :-)
    1. MNblockhead's Avatar
      MNblockhead -
      Quote Originally Posted by JRedmond View Post
      Scott is no longer doing Acq Inc after PAX South so you should update to indicate that.
      Where was this announced? Any reason given for why he is stopping?

      That'll be a big loss and will really change the dynamics. It'll be hard to find someone to take his place that will have the same chemistry.
    1. Enevhar Aldarion's Avatar
      Enevhar Aldarion -
      PAX needs one more convention. They need to change the one in Texas from South to Southwest and do one in Florida or Georgia and call it Southeast.
    1. JRedmond's Avatar
      JRedmond -
      Actually he won't be doing it at Pax South either. It's right on the front page of www.pvponline.com. You can read his reasoning there.

      Quote Originally Posted by MNblockhead View Post
      Where was this announced? Any reason given for why he is stopping?

      That'll be a big loss and will really change the dynamics. It'll be hard to find someone to take his place that will have the same chemistry.
    1. Parmandur's Avatar
      Parmandur -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jester David View Post
      Sad.
      Given it's GenCon 50, I was hoping WotC would make an appearance.

      Some of the folks may be there, but they've made it clear for a while that business-wise they are not doing GenCon.
    1. Tyranthraxus's Avatar
      Tyranthraxus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Enevhar Aldarion View Post
      PAX needs one more convention. They need to change the one in Texas from South to Southwest and do one in Florida or Georgia and call it Southeast.

      They do have one more convention, PAX AUS in November. (Incidentilly the only PAX WOTC have never been to ) I doubt there is room for anymore.
    1. DLIMedia's Avatar
      DLIMedia -
      They're also technically going to be at the Game Developer's Conference at the end of February.
    1. Mad_Jack's Avatar
      Mad_Jack -
      I'm...sort of...torn...on this "HasCon" thing. I can't help wondering just how many "con" elements they're going to tack on to what seems to me to be essentially sort of an in-house trade show.
    1. Von Ether's Avatar
      Von Ether -
      I've been pretty impressed how fast GaryCon has grown. For a long time, I thought it was just an old school thing.
    1. Tyranthraxus's Avatar
      Tyranthraxus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Von Ether View Post
      I've been pretty impressed how fast GaryCon has grown. For a long time, I thought it was just an old school thing.
      THe problem you have is that little cons can become big cons and that pushes against the people who only attend because its a small con. Some people dont want the big con issues with lines and ticket issues and accomodation issues. We seem to live in some strange culture where big = better.
    1. Vyvyan Basterd's Avatar
      Vyvyan Basterd -
      Rhode Island!? Yeah, most of us will see you there Hasbro <\sarcasm>
    1. Lanefan -
      As this is the 50th GenCon and thus will likely be playing up its history and the parallel history of RPGing - as it should, really - and as WotC are now custodians of much of the early part of that history via their purchase of TSR never mind being themselves responsible for much of its recent history via rebooting D&D with the 3e release, their non-attendance this year can be summed up in one word:

      Disgraceful.

      Lanefan
    1. Delazar -
      What about Uk/Europe?
    1. Tyranthraxus's Avatar
      Tyranthraxus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Delazar View Post
      What about Uk/Europe?

      What about UK/Europe? Have WOTC in any Official capacity ever visited a Convention in UK/Europe?
    1. Henry's Avatar
      Henry -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lanefan View Post
      ... their non-attendance this year can be summed up in one word:

      Disgraceful.
      Disgraceful might be too strong for me, but "very disappointing" is more apt for my feelings. I understand why on paper, but it's a little like watching your grandparents get divorced. Feels so weird and wrong to not see them together.
    1. Tyranthraxus's Avatar
      Tyranthraxus -
      That is a very strange analogy Henry

      .. At least everyone knows about it now. Whats a bet we see threads around August on people who didnt bother to read this artlcle but want to complain because WOTC wasnt there?
    1. DM_'s Avatar
      DM_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vyvyan Basterd View Post
      Rhode Island!? Yeah, most of us will see you there Hasbro <\sarcasm>
      As a native of the Ocean State I am very excited for this personally. Hoping one day the symbols of Hasbro around the state will include more WOTC, maybe get a Tiamat statue rather than just the potato heads.
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