WotC's 2017 Convention Schedule Includes New Hascon, No Gen Con
  • 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.
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    1. MNblockhead's Avatar
      MNblockhead -
      Quote Originally Posted by DrGerm View Post
      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.
      Well, actually, Santa has made a decision in 2017 to focus his resources on birthdays, weddings, baby showers and other gift-giving advents where he is under-represented. He hopes to attract new fans from religious and ethnic groups that don't celebrate Christmas.
    1. MNblockhead's Avatar
      MNblockhead -
      Quote Originally Posted by ddaley View Post
      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.
      Gary Con is much more heavily focused on role playing and less so on workshops, panels, and merchandising--though that is quickly changing. I have not been able to attend yet, really would like to. Many of the people who were involved with the creation of our hobby attend and many of the current game creators like to run games there.

      It is growing, and the old guard is getting older, so it won't be like this forever. If you get a chance to go, you should definitely make an effort.

      You can learn more about the intent and feel of Gary Con by listening to the Dragon Talk interview of Luke Gygax (one of Gary's sons), where he discusses the origin of Gary Con and its future. It is currently number three on the Dragon Talk list: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/...189053885?mt=2
    1. wicked cool's Avatar
      wicked cool -
      was there any news of upcoming productsat pax south?
    1. ddaley's Avatar
      ddaley -
      I went to PAX South with my kids this past weekend. We went on Sunday, so didn't see the presentations that took place on Friday. In walking around the convention, I didn't see much in the way of RPG products. There were the booths with dice, dice towers and minis, but I didn't see any booths for actual RPG content. There were a number of booths dedicated to board games, and of course the show was dominated by video games.

      Short version is... I didn't see any info for new RPG products.

      Quote Originally Posted by wicked cool View Post
      was there any news of upcoming productsat pax south?
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