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Happy 2015!

Hello all,

We have a Literary Guest of Honor: Robert J. Sawyer.

From his website: http://sfwriter.com/bio.htm

Robert J. Sawyer — called “the dean of Canadian science fiction” by The Ottawa Citizen and “just about the best science-fiction writer out there these days” by The Denver Rocky Mountain News — is one of only eight writers in history (and the only Canadian) to win all three of the science-fiction field’s top honors for best novel of the year:

According to the US trade journal Locus, Rob is the #1 all-time worldwide leader in number of award wins as a science fiction or fantasy novelist.

Rob is also a big Star Trek fan and collector of Sci-fi toys mainly from the 1960’s era shows and movies.

In other news, Gail Z Martin is returning to have a book launch of her second book in the Deadly Curiosities series which takes place here in Charleston.   Please visit our website http://atomacon.org    to see all of our guests so far.

This year in addition to our Literary, Fringe Sciences,Science and Technology, Fandom, and Costuming Tracks, we are adding an Art and Music Track.  We’ll have workshops and demos,fan ink , film making, special effects, etc.  This track will have all the hands on interactive events like puppet making and make and takes.   We may also add a Steampunk track if we have enough interest and someone willing to run it.   Hopefully the folks at SCARAB will return and we will have table top gaming.

Please remember our convention is for fans by fans.   We accept all ideas.  Just a few things to keep in mind when making a suggestion: Be specific on what you want to see or do, time and resources needed to do it, contact information on experts willing to help.  Can we get a sponsor to make it happen?   For example: Suggesting an Anime voice actor would be cool does not help us.  I’m not into Anime and wouldn’t have a clue where to start.  However, if you said: A group of us would really like to see_________________ you can contact them here___________.  You may be able to get this business or Anime Club to help with X amount of the expenses.     This gives us something to work with.   Another example: We want an art show.  Ok, how much room do we need? How are we going to hang the art? Do we have X amount of volunteers willing to stay in the room to guard the art? Who will receive the art from the artists and take care of sales, returning unsold art back to the artists?  I did this one year for ConCarolinas.  It’s a bunch of work!  But if you are passionate about having one and have a plan, we certainly are game to help make it work. Please email at info@atomacon.org with suggestions.


The Scoop on RPG Gaming at AtomaCon

Today we have another guest blogger: Jon Maness from SCARAB.

Hello, I am Jon Maness, Scarab Swarm member, the first Scarab Iron GM, and host of the Scarab Swarmcast Podcast.  Del Collins asked me to write up something about tabletop RPG gaming and some of the games SCARAB will be bringing to AtomaCon.  These tabletop RPGs are different from the Organized Play RPGs, such as Pathfinder Society, in that they are usually a one-shot game, come in a wide variety of game mechanics and styles and deal with a very singular experience.  Tabletop RPGs at conventions can be a good way for players to learn about new games or try out games they’ve heard about but not had a chance to play before.

We’ve got some great offerings for new and more experienced RPG gamers this year.  They run the gamut of traditional pen, paper and dice games to more abstract, story-telling games.   We’ve got some classics, some new, and some more esoteric offerings.  If you are new to the whole shebang, as it were, do not worry.  Our experienced GMs have got you covered.  We’re here to make sure you have fun.

Some of more tradition gaming offering are Arcanis the World of Shattered Empires, a fantasy game setting of high adventure, and Dragon Age the RPG, based on the popular video game by BioWare.  If you are looking for something fast and light hearted, we have Maid the RPG (based on the anime trope) and Kobolds Ate My Baby, where you get to take on the role of pesky and mischievous kobolds.  Do you want to play a dragon, and fight other dragons and monsters?  Give BattleDragons by Spartacus Publishing a try!

We are offering up some of the more talked about indie gaming hotness as well.  Using the FATE system, Keberos Club offers a Victorian-themed super-powered theme.  Better Angels offers a chance to play as super villains, using a game mechanic that helps explain why the bad guys always seem to lose to those pesky super heroes.  Also being offered is Fiasco by Jason Morningstar, a game that indie gamers have enjoyed for years now and was featured prominently on Wil Wheaton’s Tabletop web series.  Other much talked about indie games being offered are Apocalypse World and the Drama System game Hill Folk.  Give these last two in particular a try for a very different roleplaying experience, as they both deal heavily with character development and world building.

These are but some of the tabletop RPGs being offered by SCARAB.  Check the Warhorn site (https://warhorn.net/events/atomacon) for a more complete listing.  If you want to learn more about some of these games or others, please feel free to talk to any of the SCARAB Swarm, we may be able to suggest some other games to check out, and may even be able to break out a Quick Start from any of the Free RPG Day materials we have on hand.  Feel free to also ask about the Swarmcast Podcast and the SCARAB Iron GM contest as well.

Jon Maness
SCARAB Iron GM 2012

Gaming Comes to AtomaCon!

Dell Collins from SCARAB is our guest blogger for today:

Gaming for AtomaCon is being run by the South Carolina Area Roleplayers And Boardgamers (SCARAB). SCARAB travels all over the United Stated bringing our sponsors great games to events, retailers and gamers of all types.
For AtomaCon we are bringing a slightly different gaming experience than other conventions typically run. We are designing our schedule around entertaining, short play games so people who may have never gamed before can jump into and play without having to have any experience playing games before. This type of schedule was tried at XCon World by SCARAB and PAX Prime by Paizo this year to great success and we think it is a great fit for AtomaCon as well.
We will be bringing lots of board games from our library with us and one game in particular that we are bringing to run as a tourney is King of Tokyo from the awesome sponsor Iello. Winner will get a copy of the game! In addition we will be running a variety of roleplaying games and of course we will have the vastly popular Pathfinder Society.
We would be thrilled to have you attend and demo your favorite games, for those more experienced gamers please feel free to bring your own games and if you are an experienced roleplaying game master feel free to contact us if you would like to run your game at AtomaCon and we will get it on the schedule so players can begin signing up asap.
Are you a gaming newbie or just haven’t gamed in what seems like forever? That’s is awesome, come on out and let us introduce you to this wonderful hobby or for those who have been away from the hobby a while let us show you some of the hottest games being played today. We believe there is a game for everyone and we are happy to help you find the kind of game you like to play and get you started having fun.
Hours of the gaming room will mirror those of the convention: Friday 4pm-midnightSaturday 10am-Midnight and Sunday 10am-4pm.
To see the full schedule as it develops and to reserve your seat at a scheduled game tune into the warhorn site at https://warhorn.net/events/atomacon
Don’t see a game you want to play on the schedule then please contact us and we will do our best to get that game on the schedule and remember we are going to have a chunk of our board game library with us that will allow you to check out a game and play ad hoc as much as you like.

Del Collins
Director of SCARAB