August 16th, 2007

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GenCon Day 0: Set-Up, Stardust and D&D4

Today was our first full day in Indianapolis and our first forays into the trade hall to set-up the stand and bump into/catch up with people.

This years Trade Hall is MASSIVE. GenCon Trade Halls are usually overwhelmingly huge but this is the biggest I've ever seen. It's easily 75% bigger than last year! A lot of this is to do with the vast increase in the area for electonic gaming (Peter was very canny and contacted many of the companies that show at E3 after it was announced that E3 wasa changing format this year) but there does seem to be a much larger non-electronic presence too. I fear there will be no way for me to check out the entire hall. It would have been hard had I four days dedicated to the job but with me manning the Cubicle 7 booth there will be no way I'll be able to see everything.

Anyway, set-up went smoothly and it was great seeing our buddies and con-neighbours from Exile Games Studios. Jeff and Melissa (banished_babe) are great and I'm looking forward to having them on the next booth this week :)

We'd finished so early that we could afford to go for an extended lunch with gmskarka which I'm sure we got through more refills than our meals were worth!

I also completely failmed in my chivalrous deed of the day. A girl was struggling with boxes when I was outside the convention hall en route to lunch chatting to the Green Ronin guys and gals, Gareth and Dom & Andy. She took a box up the stpes and I decided to help with the remainjing boxes which I thought were strapped to a small trolley. Imagine my dismay when the whole lot fell off and scattered all over the floor when I picked them up. No harm was done but I did feel a bit like a muppet much to the amusement of the others!

No more good deeds from me I think! :p

After a quick shopping trip (yay for cheap Jeans :p) we headed back to the hotel to do some preparations for tomorrow and then headed to the cinema to see Stardust. The film is really, REALLY good. Certainly in the running for my film of the year. It is a childrens story  but has plenty of adult moments. It's very funny in places and the acting is brilliant. I really liked Robert de niro in it :) When it finally comes out in the UK (October I believe) another screening is defiitely in order. They also showed a trailor/interview for the TV series of Bionic Women before the film. I forgot it had a British lead actress in the show - and forgot even more that she is the same actress who played Zoe Slater in Eastenders!!!! Looks very good in this though!

The evening has been spent in the company of more people than I could list here. Spent quite a bit of time chatting to Brennan and Fred (IPR; Evil Hat), gmskarka, Darren (Hero), Mal and Mike (Black Industries), Trey (GTS), rpgactionfigure, boxninja, natural20, the Esdevium crew, iamnikchick (Green Ronin - whom I seem to have been hounding all day! :p) and a host of others. Thew eve ning was interrupted by having to evacuate the building due to a fire alarm - which resulted in many people wandering away before we all returned inside to further drinking in a much less crowded bar.

Anyway, today has been a good start. I've been accused of flirting quite a bit but I think it's more me being friendly and chatty at the moment and Dom, Andy and co just trying to wind me up.  Tomorrow is start of the convention proper and I'm really looking forward to it!

Also, rumour and news of WotC announcing Dungeons & Dragons 4th Ed have pretty much hit fever pitch. It's pretty likely something is in the works to be announced this week and the current D&D website seems to leave little doubt! Guess we'll probably find out later!

So, end of Day 0 and time for me to catch 5 1/2 hours sleep before we get up and get ready for the mad rush of Day 1!
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My Dream Come True! - The Mission


I have long said I'd love this to happen and now it is! MUST GET TICKETS!!!!

(From The Mission Bulletin)

As previously announced, The Mission are playing an exclusive four-show event at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London UK between 27th February and 1st March. Each show sees the band dedicate an entire album (covering the band's first four albums 'First Chapter', God's Own Medicine', 'Children' and 'Carved in Sand') plus favourite tracks from that era for that show.

This is a once in a lifetime, never to be repeated event and we at MWIS are working on plans to make this an even more special event for regular MWIS visitors including exclusive t-shirts and CDs. More details to follow shortly.

YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!
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D&D 4th Edition Announced

The announcement has been made:

Today, Wizards of the Coast confirms that the new edition will launch in May 2008 with the release of the D&D Player's Handbook.

The 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons game includes elements familiar to current D&D players, including illustrated rulebooks and pre-painted plastic miniatures. Also releasing next year will be new web-based tools and online community forums through the brand-new Dungeons & Dragons Insider (D&D Insider) digital offering. D&D Insider lowers the barriers of entry for new players while simultaneously offering the depth of play that appeal to veteran players.

The 4th Edition rules emphasize faster game play, offer exciting new character options, and reduce the amount of "prep time" needed to run the game. D&D Insider includes a character creator that lets players design and equip their D&D characters, dungeon- and adventure-building tools for Dungeon Masters, online magazine content, and a digital game table that lets you play 24/7 on the internet — the perfect option for anyone who can't find time to get together.

"We've been gathering player feedback for eight years," said Bill Slavicsek, R&D Director of Roleplaying and Miniatures Games at Wizards of the Coast. "Fourth Edition streamlines parts of the D&D game that are too complex, while enhancing the overall play experience. At its heart, it's still a tabletop game experience. However, D&D Insider makes it easier for players to create characters, run their games, and interact with the rest of the D&D community."

Wizards of the Coast will release two 4th Edition preview books in December and January — Wizards Presents: Classes and Races and Wizards Presents: Worlds and Monsters. The full scope of 4th Edition books, miniatures, and adventures will be available in the spring and summer of 2008.