WotC's 2017 Convention Schedule Includes New Hascon, No Gen Con
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  • WotC's 2017 Convention Schedule Includes New Hascon, No GenCon


    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. Lanefan -
      Quote Originally Posted by DEFCON 1 View Post
      Well, the page on their website is that it's the "D&D Team" at Wizards of the Coast, so my point is essentially correct. It doesn't say WotC on the whole wouldn't be there (at least not in the article on the website talking about the cons they were going to.) Does it say on the Magic: The Gathering side of the website that WotC won't be there for that either?
      WotC haven't been there for M:tG for years; they farm it out to a 3rd-party group the same way they farm out D&D to Baldman Games.

      But beyond any of this, it's a question of "presence". Someone going to the last couple of GenCons and just looking around would be quite justified in assuming Pathfinder/Paizo is the big - if not the only - fish in the fantasy RPG pond as their posters and advertising are everywhere; which is bad for WotC as GenCon is starting to attract a large-ish number of casual and-or non-RPG-ers in its attendance mix (e.g. board-gamers, cosplayers, cardgame players, etc.).
      Quote Originally Posted by Mad_Jack View Post
      Since you live in the Midwest, one thing you might not realize is that the Interstate Highway system connects basically every major city all up and down the east coast from Canada to Florida, and city-to-city flights out here are relatively cheap - even somewhat long-distance travel is fairly fast, easy and inexpensive, and most folks don't have much of a problem traveling out-of-state since a three or four hour drive might well bring you through three different states.
      For those of us on the west coast it's all the same - a long flight or a longer drive (I know all about the Interstate highway system ) to get to any of these. The only really big con anywhere near here is PAX-West in Seattle, whose RPG side just seems like an afterthought.

      Lanefan
    1. DEFCON 1's Avatar
      DEFCON 1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
      I'm not sure I understand your post then. You replied "Well, D&D *will* be at GenCon", as though I'd said it wouldn't be.

      Ah well. Never mind. Nothing to see here!
      Ah gotcha, Morrus, sorry! I wasn't trying to reply to your post specifically. The impression I was getting from the thread was in essence of "Can't believe WotC won't be at GenCon with D&D! It's the oldest RPG and it's the 50th anniversary!", so I was just pointing out that while the employees wouldn't be there, the game itself would be well represented. I probably put emphasis on the wrong parts of my post. My bad!
    1. Parmandur's Avatar
      Parmandur -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lanefan View Post
      WotC haven't been there for M:tG for years; they farm it out to a 3rd-party group the same way they farm out D&D to Baldman Games.



      But beyond any of this, it's a question of "presence". Someone going to the last couple of GenCons and just looking around would be quite justified in assuming Pathfinder/Paizo is the big - if not the only - fish in the fantasy RPG pond as their posters and advertising are everywhere; which is bad for WotC as GenCon is starting to attract a large-ish number of casual and-or non-RPG-ers in its attendance mix (e.g. board-gamers, cosplayers, cardgame players, etc.).

      For those of us on the west coast it's all the same - a long flight or a longer drive (I know all about the Interstate highway system ) to get to any of these. The only really big con anywhere near here is PAX-West in Seattle, whose RPG side just seems like an afterthought.



      Lanefan

      Actually, PAX not being an "RPG Con" per se is part of why WotC has said they are moving over to more smaller Cons for official presence: brand evangelization outside the standard tabletop crowd.
    1. Warmaster Horus's Avatar
      Warmaster Horus -
      Gencon = HasNotCon
    1. Tyranthraxus's Avatar
      Tyranthraxus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Parmandur View Post
      Actually, PAX not being an "RPG Con" per se is part of why WotC has said they are moving over to more smaller Cons for official presence: brand evangelization outside the standard tabletop crowd.
      This. Gencon attendees tend to be ones that go year in year out. THe die hards, the fanatics. THe ones that can tell you the exact page the grapple rules are in the 5e PHB. WOTC have decided that attending conventions like PAX, they can perhaps pull non gamers or casual gamers more into gaming. I think its a great idea. They still have D&D present in Baldman and can be elsewhere too.
    1. cmad1977's Avatar
      cmad1977 -
      Why preach to the converted?


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    1. happyhermit's Avatar
      happyhermit -
      I find the shock, disgust and dismay over Wotc not going to Gencon genuinely amusing, to the point where it has actually made me lol on occasion.

      I am otherwise a very sympathetic person, I swear, but certain varieties of nerd rage and/or indignation are hilarious to me on a visceral level.
    1. MNblockhead's Avatar
      MNblockhead -
      Quote Originally Posted by happyhermit View Post
      I find the shock, disgust and dismay over Wotc not going to Gencon genuinely amusing, to the point where it has actually made me lol on occasion.

      I am otherwise a very sympathetic person, I swear, but certain varieties of nerd rage and/or indignation are hilarious to me on a visceral level.
      Those that are upset, I'm guessing, are older gamers feeling the pangs of nostalgia.

      I have not been to Gen Con since the end of the 80s (I think 88). I stopped playing RPGs soon thereafter and just got back into it with 5th edition.

      There is no logical reason for me to care if WoTC goes to Gen Con. The last time I played D&D at Gen Con WoTC didn't exist. And Gen Con today is too big, too expensive, and too inconvenient with work and family obligations to go to.

      But...

      For me Gen Con WAS D&D. Being able to make the drive from the Twin Cities to Milwaukee was like my trip to Mecca [1], except with Muhammad still walking around and signing autographs.

      I understand why WoTC doesn't go to Gen Con. And they still support the hard-core D&D gamers by participating at Gary Con. Yet, Gen Con without an official D&D presence is a bit saddening. But that's just an aging gamer getting all nostalgic. LOL away.



      [1] Okay, it actually WAS, literally, a trip to MECCA, but I mean the other more famous Mecca.
    1. happyhermit's Avatar
      happyhermit -
      Quote Originally Posted by MNblockhead View Post
      Those that are upset, I'm guessing, are older gamers feeling the pangs of nostalgia.

      I have not been to Gen Con since the end of the 80s (I think 88). I stopped playing RPGs soon thereafter and just got back into it with 5th edition.

      There is no logical reason for me to care if WoTC goes to Gen Con. The last time I played D&D at Gen Con WoTC didn't exist. And Gen Con today is too big, too expensive, and too inconvenient with work and family obligations to go to.

      But...

      For me Gen Con WAS D&D. Being able to make the drive from the Twin Cities to Milwaukee was like my trip to Mecca [1], except with Muhammad still walking around and signing autographs.

      I understand why WoTC doesn't go to Gen Con. And they still support the hard-core D&D gamers by participating at Gary Con. Yet, Gen Con without an official D&D presence is a bit saddening. But that's just an aging gamer getting all nostalgic. LOL away.



      [1] Okay, it actually WAS, literally, a trip to MECCA, but I mean the other more famous Mecca.
      No, nothing to laugh at in your post, it makes sense to me and is not what I was referring to. I am certainly not young, started playing decades ago, and my S.O would tell you I am certainly prone to nostalgia, so I get that. To me though, most of Gencon's history is much more disturbing to that nostalgia (such as moving away from it's original location) than is the lack of Wotc employees at this one.

      Most of the people I see get the most worked up about it are not older, many of them have little nostalgia for older versions of the game, and many of them have a huge list of other issues with Wotc and 5e.
    1. Lanefan -
      Quote Originally Posted by happyhermit View Post
      Most of the people I see get the most worked up about it are not older, many of them have little nostalgia for older versions of the game, and many of them have a huge list of other issues with Wotc and 5e.
      Not guilty on all counts, m'lord; but I'm still amazed that this year of all years WotC won't be there.

      Lanefan
    1. irrg's Avatar
      irrg -
      Gen Con being D&D to anyone is funny to me, because as someone who's only been going for a few years… I can play D&D with my local group, and if I didn't have that group I could probably find another. Gen Con is every other game that I'm interested in for me. I go there to threathen to blow things up with grenades in Victorian England (Doctor Who), to try our The Strange, to see if anyone is running niche pop culture games. D&D feels too…available to be the center of anything for me.

      To each her/his own, obviously.
    1. Parmandur's Avatar
      Parmandur -
      Quote Originally Posted by irrg View Post
      Gen Con being D&D to anyone is funny to me, because as someone who's only been going for a few years… I can play D&D with my local group, and if I didn't have that group I could probably find another. Gen Con is every other game that I'm interested in for me. I go there to threathen to blow things up with grenades in Victorian England (Doctor Who), to try our The Strange, to see if anyone is running niche pop culture games. D&D feels too…available to be the center of anything for me.

      To each her/his own, obviously.

      Yeah, think that hits on why they don't go there anymore...
    1. irrg's Avatar
      irrg -
      Quote Originally Posted by Parmandur View Post
      Yeah, think that hits on why they don't go there anymore...
      Right. And things like Pax need it more, since it's exposing a new crowd to tabletop RPGs as a whole.

      Seeing Gary Con and Gamehole on the list, though, makes me think that a) I need to check them out as they're closer to my location than Gen Con by far, and b) there's got to be some kind of personal attachment to these by the people at WotC, as they shouldn't need the WotC exposure just as much as Gen Con doesn't need it.

      My personal theory is that WotC thinks Gen Con is expensive, and in' hates Paizo for their co-sponsorship and stealing half their market.
    1. ddaley's Avatar
      ddaley -
      For someone that has never been to a convention, what should they expect to see if they attended GaryCon? I would be interested in checking out RPG products and probably spending too much money on products that I don't really need... I am not that interested in gaming with people that I don't know. So, that aspect isn't very appealing.

      I am hoping to check out PAX South, as San Antonio isn't too far. But, I have a feeling that convention is way too crowded for my taste.

      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.
    1. Henry's Avatar
      Henry -
      The good news is at least they're attending GaryCon, which is probably a closer spiritual successor to Gary's GenCon, since it's smaller, a lot more D&D focused (particularly older editions which means more chances to sway a few grognards into trying it out occasionally), and still based in Wisconsin.
    1. mflayermonk -
      Quote Originally Posted by MNblockhead View Post
      Those that are upset, I'm guessing, are older gamers feeling the pangs of nostalgia.

      I have not been to Gen Con since the end of the 80s (I think 88). I stopped playing RPGs soon thereafter and just got back into it with 5th edition.
      Probably more than that. WotC had fun booths in the 2000s. I would play all the demos and see what new games WotC was putting out. I can learn all of this myself, but its fun to watch or have someone play Hecatomb or Star Wars minis with you and explain the game for 5 minutes.
    1. UnsounderGnome's Avatar
      UnsounderGnome -
      Quote Originally Posted by irrg View Post
      My personal theory is that WotC thinks Gen Con is expensive, and in' hates Paizo for their co-sponsorship and stealing half their market.
      Yeah, Paizo took the majority of the player base away for 4 or 5 years and then on top of that, took over WotC's old location in Sagamore ballroom for Gen Con. I'm sure it was tough for them to have to stomach launching 5E while relegated to the board gaming hall. Gen Con is expensive, but I'm sure it's way worse with Paizo willing to shell out massive cash for the premier spot in the convention center. And since WotC/Hasbro are not willing to try to outbid Paizo, they must figure it is better to just not go and hit up other smaller cons, rather than continue to be second banana. Of course, they would never admit this and instead try to spin it to make it sound like they are just trying to grow the game in other conventions they haven't been to before and reach out to non-rpg players. Seems like a misstep by them to not be there, especially for the 50th. Just the exposure alone seems like it would be worth it. On the other hand, this will be the 3rd year that WotC are not there and 5e and the D&D brand seem to be doing great, so what do I know.
    1. Werebat's Avatar
      Werebat -
      Quote Originally Posted by DM_ View Post
      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.
      I also live in RI, and am intrigued. Will Hascon have gaming events? I'd love to check it out, but if it's all My Little Pony cosplay then...
    1. Parmandur's Avatar
      Parmandur -
      Quote Originally Posted by Werebat View Post
      I also live in RI, and am intrigued. Will Hascon have gaming events? I'd love to check it out, but if it's all My Little Pony cosplay then...

      Well, WotC guys will be running AL stuff there, looks like.
    1. DrGerm's Avatar
      DrGerm -
      Still blows my mind that there is no official D&D presence at GenCon. It's like saying that Santa no longer participates in Christmas.
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