FanExpo 2009 August 28-30, Toronto

Thondor

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So who else is plannning on attending the FanExpo?

This is actually my first time going and I'll be volunteering with a games company and will be running some board games and an RPG session or two. (Working out the details on the RPG sessions right now.)

Anybody else been there before, or have particular plans, or considering attending?
 

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Thondor

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I've run games at FanExpo for the past two years. It's pretty fun. This year I think I'll just show up to play.

Out of curiosity what have you run in the past, did you get a good 'crowd'?

If anyone is interesting in volunteering and running some board games and RPGs with a games company (Polymancer, their website seems to be down at the moment or I'd link) the one I'm volunteering with is still looking for some help. Can PM me and I'll connect you.

I'm also curious if there's any other gaming Con's in the Toronto area, I havn't heard of any . . . but I havn't lived here that long either.
 


Fallen Seraph

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I'll be going, besides the normal con stuff I am most looking forward to trying out the Dragon Age: Origins demo that is going to be there. They better have it be full character creation for it. I want to see what the City Elf Rogue I plan to have will be like.

I don't think I'll be able to make the midnight sale at Silver Snail this year though :(
 

Thondor

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I don't think I'll be able to make the midnight sale at Silver Snail this year though :(

Well this is the first I've heard of it. A quick shoot over to the Silver Snails website only dug up some comments on last years event.
So is it Friday? Saturday? etc. apppreciate any more details.

Glad to here that another person is making it to the con.
 

I'm also curious if there's any other gaming Con's in the Toronto area, I havn't heard of any . . . but I havn't lived here that long either.

I think there's one called Palladium held out by the airport. It's been a couple years since I heard about it so I don't know if it's still running or not.
 

talwynor

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Im only about an hr from Toronto (Buffalo suburb) and know nothing about this (or any con) in the Toronto area. What's it like and how does it compare to other cons? how about compared to GenCon?
 

Fiery_Dragon

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Fiery Dragon will have a booth there, right beside White Wolf. We'll have print copies of Creature Collection 4E, as well as our Counter Collections - Heroic, Paragon and Epic and the Digital versions.

Plus our other lines - the Counter Strike line of mini wargames, Tunnels & Trolls, and hopefully some Iron Heroes products.

In terms of a convention, it's a big show, very crowded and lots of people. In terms of comparison to GenCon, Gaming is really new to the show and hasn't attracted the fans or exhibitors to come close to anything like GenCon. FanExpo has evolved from the merging of 5 genre conventions - comics, anime, scifi, horror and gaming - and that seems to be the order that live in the show. So, it's great if you're a comic book fan or anime fan, interesting if you're a sci-fi fan or horror fan, and fun if you are into video games. In terms of tabletop, it's still a growing segment, but we're looking to make some new recruits into this hobby of ours.
 

Fallen Seraph

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Fiery_Dragon basically sums it up with the degree of stuff. But I am sure most gamers going have interest in the other stuff. That is one of the things I enjoy about FanExpo is that I am not just going there for one thing I like, I am going for TONS! of things I like.

The Silver Snail sale, is if I remember right, on the Sunday night I believe. Don't worry about missing it, since Silver Snail always has a large booth at FanExpo and will be giving out cards with information about the sale. The sale is usually pretty good, with stuff like 40%-60% off. It will be REALLY busy, expect to if not really early to be waiting in line a good 20 minutes or so, last year the AC broke so it got hot too (but they handed out bottled water to everyone). But that may not happen this year, so who knows.
 

Draloric

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I've gone to FanExpo (and its earlier incarnations) for years, and I've always had a fun time. I'll be going this year too (on the Saturday). I'm a long-time gamer, but have never really explored FanExpo's offerings in this regard, which is somewhat embarrassing, I'll admit. In the past, I've gone for the deals on back issue comics, ocassionally gaming stuff (esp. European-style board games and RPG stuff) and, generally, the fan-boy spectacle of the the whole thing. I've been to Gen Con several times as well; the two conventions aren't really the same, so any comparisons between them are bound to be somewhat unbalanced, in my opinion. Gen Con is its own thing, and so too is FanExpo, even if there may be some overlap as far as the interests of attendees go.
 


Thondor

Explorer
I think there's one called Palladium held out by the airport. It's been a couple years since I heard about it so I don't know if it's still running or not.

Hmmm, haven't heard of it and googling it results in nothing. It would be a confusing name to pick for a con as there is a Palladium RPG book company . . .
There's the Playdium out in Mississuaga that's a arcade/kids fun place.

In terms of other con's (that aren't really in the Toronto area . . .) there's Phantasm in Peterborogh, coming up at the end of September. I should point out that its billed as an RPG con. Never been to it.

Further away there's also CanGames in Ottawa, which already had its yearly event. (I somehow managed to overlook the date of this one this year.)

Go-Play Ottawa is proud to be a disorganize one day mini-con, that happens quarterly. While its great fun, probably not worth a long trip unless you want to visit Ottawa for some other reasons.

Anyone know of anything else?

Oh and feel free to go visit the Eastern Canada RPG group here on ENworld :).
 

Thondor

Explorer
Here's the link for RPGA event scheduling at Fan Expo. I'll be running two slots of CORE1-13, on Friday evening and Saturday evening.

Fan Expo RPGA gaming : Event Overview

Hopefully, between all the RPGA, I'll actually have a bit of time to go see the dealer's room!

Thanks for the link. Anyone know if there is a method to pre-register for specific games.

The other relevant schedule link for RPGs is here.

Unfortunately my 1e/OSRIC game is not on the schedule, guess we got in the details to late. Not sure if they'll update it. When I find out the details of when I'm running it I'll post up some more info. (probably tomorrow or Wednesday.)

For those curious souls. I'm volunteering with Polymancer.
 

Thondor

Explorer
I'm going to be running an OSRICTM adventure
Stone Giant's Isle
A First Edition Fantasy adventure for character levels 6-9.
A colossal stone figure dominates the cliffs of this isle, giving its name. The place has been shunned for centuries as ships either disappear or turn up near its waters devoid of life but seaworthy. The PCs ship is damaged by a storm, monsters or pirates and is forced to seek shelter, dodging the isle's inhospitable cliffs you just manage to beach on its eastern shore.

Being the MAXIMUM POWER IN THE UNIVERSE (Max for short ;)) I will also be running a Chaos University session. Some wacky magic school fun.

Unfortunately I still don't know when there scheduled. A wild guess would be Satuday morning, evening or Sunday.
 
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Majoru Oakheart

Adventurer
Too bad it is this weekend. I always like excuses to visit my friends in Southern Ontario. Unfortunately, I didn't know about this one enough in advance and have to work this weekend. Have fun without me.

Chris Wachal
POC - Akanul Region
Living Forgotten Realms
 


LostSoul

Adventurer
Just got back from the FanExpo; I had a good time! Played in a Mage game and an OSRIC game.

Thondor, were you the DM of the OSRIC game? I was playing Ulger the human thief. If so, I wanted to ask what was up with the island, since we didn't get to finish it.
 

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