Dragon*Con 2010, Atlanta, GA Sep 3-6


Pathfinder Society

Liberty's Edge

My apologies for the lateness of this post, but, to be honest, I don't visit the Message Boards here (and only just started playing Pathfinder Society in the last month or so). However, here goes...

Dragon*Con 2010 will be held Sep 3-6 in sunny Atlanta, GA. We will be offering 20+ different events during this year’s show, including Living Forgotten Realms, Pathfinder Society, Witch Hunter, Campaign of Shattered Empires, and Heroes of Rokugan. Dragon*Con's main website is http://www.dragoncon.org. You can go directly to the gaming information (along with event listings) by pointing your browser to http://gaming.dragoncon.org.

Along with all this campaign gaming goodness comes the very great need of judges to provide hours of entertainment to the folks attending the show. If you would like to be one of the few, the proud, the Dragon*Con 2010 Campaign Judges, this is your lucky day. It just so happens that I have some space still available (okay, who am I kidding, I got lots of space available) for such enterprising and dedicated individuals to join the elite Dragon*Con Judging Staff. All you have to do to sign up is send an email to dragonconcampaign@gmail.com (dragonconcampaign<at>gmail<dot>com). You should receive a reply to your email within 48 hours, indicating that your request has been received and you have been added to the list (and the yahoo group).

Now, since I’m a generous sort of guy, I figure it’s at least fair for me to offer some incentives to all my hard working judges. So, for those that are interested in that sort of thing, the perks for judging at Dragon*Con 2009 will be:

Judge 3 slots and get free gaming (max 6 free gaming slots) and preferential gaming registration.

Judge 6 slots and get free admission to the show AND free gaming (no limit) and preferential gaming registration.

There is rumor of another, even bigger (though limited) incentive, but that is being worked out as we speak. More on that to follow.

All judges get the opportunity to participate in slot 0s of the campaign events (as they become available) and will be subscribed to the Dragon*Con Campaign Judges list to help facilitate scheduling of slot 0s and also to make it easier for the judges and the coordinators to communicate.

Hope to see you all at Dragon….

PS - Gaming Pre-Reg went live last week, but there are still tickets available. Also, I am still in need of judges for Pathfinder Society games at the show, so if you're interested, please don't hesitate to drop me an email. I don't, as a general rule, look at these message boards very often, so responding here is unlikely to result in my seeing your response.

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Brooks G. Banks
Director of Campaign Gaming
Dragon*Con 2010
dragonconcampaign@gmail.com
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Liberty's Edge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Alaska—Anchorage aka Dragnmoon

Brooks Banks wrote:
I don't, as a general rule, look at these message boards very often, so responding here is unlikely to result in my seeing your response.

Maybe someone who Does check these boards often and is willing to coordinate PFS at Dragon*Con Next Year would be willing take it up From you for next year.

Being that Atlanta is one of the Cities that Josh is looking for a Regional Coordinator, I am sure who ever takes up that position may be willing to take up coordinating PFS Events at Dragon*Con from you to help lighten the load from you.

The Exchange 5/5

Dragnmoon wrote:
Brooks Banks wrote:
I don't, as a general rule, look at these message boards very often, so responding here is unlikely to result in my seeing your response.

Maybe someone who Does check these boards often and is willing to coordinate PFS at Dragon*Con Next Year would be willing take it up From you for next year.

Being that Atlanta is one of the Cities that Josh is looking for a Regional Coordinator, I am sure who ever takes up that position may be willing to take up coordinating PFS Events at Dragon*Con from you to help lighten the load from you.

I did end up e-mailing Brooks directly (D*Con is an annual event for me), and I will be running a few slots of PFS this year.

Grand Lodge 5/5

I'm running 8 slots at Dragon Con this year. I would be more than happy to help out with organizing future PFS play at Dragoncon.

The Exchange 5/5

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Card Game, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber

Want to remind everyone to head over to downtown Atlanta tomorrow to play! From what I can tell we have at least 6+ tables of PFS going at a time, and possibly some Paizo support.

Grand Lodge 5/5

I'll be there. Stop by and say hi. I'm DMing 9 slots so most of my weekend will be spent in the gaming hall.

Dark Archive

Michael Brock wrote:
I'll be there. Stop by and say hi. I'm DMing 9 slots so most of my weekend will be spent in the gaming hall.

It is nice to see all the slots being run this year. I have attended Dragon con over 20 years and decided not to go this year due to not as much gaming going on last year, felt like it was dying out or that the focus of the convention was taken away from gaming.

Instead I went to Gen Con and wasn't disappointed.

Next year , maybe I can attend both.

Grand Lodge 5/5

I was disheartened at today's attendance. They barely filled 4 tables. The game I DMed had 3 and a person showed up luckily to fill out the table with 4. Doug Miles had 4 at his table once they split it up when the one person showed up I think. Jason Bulmahn had a table of 6. Some guy I didn't catch the name of from Miami had a table of 6. And Kyle Baird got the afternoon slot off because of lack of players. By my count, 20 players total for the 1-5 pm slot.

Hopefully it picks up on Sat or Sun. This is my first time at Dragon Con so maybe I am just spoiled from 17 years of Gencon. But, the gaming is in bad shape. Like you mentioned, it feels as if it is definitely dying out, at least at Dragon Con.


Most people actually feel the gaming is on the rebound at Dragon*Con. I'm interested to get a final tally from Brooks at the end to see how it compares to last year (which was a huge success).

Grand Lodge 5/5

With it being Friday, I'm hoping most of the RPGers had to work and there will be a good turnout on Sat, Sun and Mon. Got my fingers crossed as I have committed to 8 slots over those 3 days.

Dark Archive 5/5 Venture-Captain, Florida—Tampa aka Dominick

It is a pretty quiet day being Friday, for both sides.

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32

I was able to play 2-01, 2-02, and 2-03 at DragonCon. The tables were all full, and I had a great time with all three games (even if Kyle is a b@stard killer/slaver DM).

I was disappointed that my table for 2-04 didn't make, but I'll hopefully be able to pick it up at NeonCon or UCon.

Shadow Lodge

Was Saturday and Sunday full? I'm thinking the lack of posting ensures that it was full.


exile wrote:
even if Kyle is a b@stard killer/slaver DM.

ME *blink* :-)

Grand Lodge 5/5

ShadowDax wrote:
Was Saturday and Sunday full? I'm thinking the lack of posting ensures that it was full.

Saturday wasn't really full. Most of the time, it was a max of 3-4 tables of either 4 or 5 for the first two slots. The evening slot I was released as a DM as there weren't any players after sending 3-4 tables of 4 players out I think.

As for yesterday and today, I had a serious family emergency involving a car crash come up Saturday night so had to leave immediately and couldn't attend Sunday or Monday.

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32

Kyle, glad to see that you and Doug made it back safely.

The Exchange 5/5

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Card Game, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber

I had a blast running games this weekend, and as far as I can tell the gaming at Dragon*Con is getting much better. Last year there were significantly fewer tables at a single time, and it seemed much much more lively to me. Only problem was that I never got a good chance to kill a PC, too many 7 person tables!

P.S. If anyone found/walked off with an Advanced Players Guide (or knows someone who did) could you let me know on here! Was really sad that my month old book found legs and walked off with a player :(

The Exchange

Michael, I hope your family is OK.

Fortunately the staff had sufficient GMs on hand and seating players went smooth. I don't think any of us GMed as much as we expected to. I only did 5 out of 8, and Kyle Baird did 7 out of 9 (that's not what you think, despite the number of Trekkies in attendance).

I appreciated the chance to meet players and GMs from places far from my regular stomping grounds. There were some really memorable moments. One of my favorites was when Jason Bulmahn had periodically swung by the gaming room to check on the PFS scene. Kyle Baird was in the midst of running "The Rebel's Ransom" for a table, and things weren't going well for them. Ultimately all but one PC was lost forever, but that's not my story to tell. Anyway, Jason had just walked into the room oblivious of what was occurring when Chad (Exile) pointed accusingly at him and hollered "You were the one who wrote this!". Jason, without missing a beat, took off in a mock 'expeditious retreat' that left the whole room roaring with laughter. I never saw Jason the rest of the con.

It was worth going to Dragon*Con to finally see what all the hoopla was about, but the 12 hour drive back after finishing the last slot on Sunday was a beast.

Thanks to all who organized, marshaled and otherwise contributed to PFS at Dragon*Con!

Dark Archive

Michael Brock wrote:
I was disheartened at today's attendance. They barely filled 4 tables. Jason Bulmahn had a table of 6. Like you mentioned, it feels as if it is definitely dying out, at least at Dragon Con.

I was one of those sitting at Jason's table. Lots of fun and I was able to get his autograph on my scenario log :-).

It was the last adventure i could "officially" play because I hit all the others at GENCON earlier this year. So, I couldnt help the tables out all that much. If there were some scenarios offered here that wasnt at Gen con, I would have played more for sure. In fact, I didnt even attend on Sunday becuase there wasnt anything going on to bring me back. How many times can you see Lelu and Sookie running around b4 getting bored?

As for gaming at Dragon con, I agree that gaming is not supported well and never was (big joke in the Atlanta area). In fact, there were a lot of gaming barbs thrown out on the Dragon con TV.

I personally think that a publisher/vending booth at the dealers room would have helped the exposure. There were only two used vendors selling gaming material and they only had a smattering of Pathfinder stuff on the shelf with no active promotion.

Scarab Sages 4/5

Thanks to everyone who gm'd this weekend. I had a great time.

Liberty's Edge

Alizor wrote:

I had a blast running games this weekend, and as far as I can tell the gaming at Dragon*Con is getting much better. Last year there were significantly fewer tables at a single time, and it seemed much much more lively to me. Only problem was that I never got a good chance to kill a PC, too many 7 person tables!

P.S. If anyone found/walked off with an Advanced Players Guide (or knows someone who did) could you let me know on here! Was really sad that my month old book found legs and walked off with a player :(

I had a great time in your game Saturday afternoon. Thanks again!

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32

PFS 2-03 The Rebel's Ransom:
So, yeah, "The Rebel's Ransom" easily marks one of my more memorable gaming moments ever. First, Jason, great module, despite my yelling at you; and Kyle, great job running it too. While I'll never forget (and I mean that in a good way) what happened to poor Anneke Bjornsdottir, I've already "forgiven" both of you.

The adventure started well enough. Even before we got into character, our group decided to play at a tier appropriate to our levels (we were all 5 or 6, I think), rather than try to play up. We were a balanced mix of wizard, cleric, rogue, and several warrior types. We stocked up on a variety of supplies- cures, restorations, light sources, holy water, etc. We were prepared for everything...

Except the fire oracle.

That b!tch was a beast. Six fireballs. Two walls of fire. Cures. Haste?

And we fell right into her hands. I think the whole party did a great job role-playing what it would be like to be scared, confused, and on fire. We made (stupid) decisions based on character knowledge, sometimes even disregarding stuff taht we knew as players. We paid for it. After most of the party was already down, I spent my two potions of cure light wounds getting the cleric back on his feet so that he could heal me (only to have him get blasted yet again).

Finally, it came down to just me (Anneke Bjornsdottir, Ulfen Barbaian 3/Fighter 2 in service to great and noble Taldor). When I should have held back, my rage kicked in. I ran through a wall of fire, took two more point-blank fireballs, and was ultimately bested in melee.

Only that rank I took in Linguistics at first level (so I could speak Skald in addition to Common) saved me. Turns out the oracle needed me to translate for her- which I did in painstaking fashion (Take 20, take 20, take 20). Finally, I was able to get the door open to the water-filled chamber. I saw my chance. I initiated the grapple and attempted to drown my fire-loving captor. Again she bested me in hand-to-hand combat. This time, I was not so fortunate, and was sold into slavery (but ultimately recovered sans gold and equipment by my Society colleagues).

I strongly considered retiring the character (as I'll likely never have a level-appropriate selection of equipment), but how can you give up on a character that shows such fighting spirit, if not actual competence? You can't.

I've traded in my prestige for a new masterwork greatsword. I've bought my mundane chain shirt, a shortbow has replaced my masterwork compound longbow. I no longer have that cool belt that bumps my DEX, but I do have a frickin' awesome story, and that's what it's really all about.

So Jason, Kyle, watch out. Anneke Bjornsdottir has (non-magical) arrows with your names on them.

The Exchange

exile wrote:
** spoiler omitted **...

Nicely done Chad.

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32

Aww, thanks.


If only more people could write so well about their failures. :-)

That was a fantastic read. Glad to hear you had fun despite the challenge.

Sovereign Court

exile wrote:
** spoiler omitted **...

I was the Wizard.

It's fair to say: It was a blast.


I look forward to doing it again soon!

Paizo Employee Director of Game Design

exile wrote:
** spoiler omitted **...

Awesome Sir. I am guessing you were the table that cursed my name and caused me to flee.

Good times

Jason Bulmahn
Lead Designer

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32

Yeah, that was me.

Jason Bulmahn wrote:
exile wrote:
** spoiler omitted **...

Awesome Sir. I am guessing you were the table that cursed my name and caused me to flee.

Good times

Jason Bulmahn
Lead Designer

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