Dragonflight 2013 convention program

coverI’ve finished preparing the program for the 2013 edition of Seattle’s Dragonflight game convention. It will be the 34th edition of the convention, and you can expect lots of board gaming, wargames, role-playing, miniatures games, etc.

In addition to the print version which will of course be available at the door that weekend (August 9-11, 2013), you can download it as an e-book in three different formats: .PDF (good for viewing onscreen on PC, iPad, etc.), .ePub (for Nook, Kobo, Sony Reader, etc.) and .mobi (for Kindle, etc.)

The files should be posted shortly to the official convention site, but you can also get them from:

  • ISSUU: Viewable online in magazine format; to download as PDF, click on “Share” in the bottom left area, then on “Download.
  • Google Drive: Here is the PDF version; and here are the .ePub and .mobi versions, zipped together including cover and metadata.

Game Convention Blurbs

On his blog, Ryan Macklin — game writer, podcaster, and producer — has some very good thoughts about how to write a good game “blurb”  for advertising at a convention and, I would add, for weekly games too.

I’m not going to repeat his ideas here, I’d rather you read it from him, but I also want to point quickly to some thoughts I jotted down here some time ago on running a con game, including writing game blurbs.

Having recently prepared the convention for Dragonflight for the fourth year in a row, I can tell you that most GMs don’t put enough effort into their game pitch.  It’s often unclear, too long and verbose, or merely grabbed from an online review (like those from RPG Geek and Board Game Geek).  When you scroll through the list of games, it doesn’t make your eye and brain stop on the description.

Despite what Ryan describes, I get most of my convention players from people who liked the game description (and friends, of course.)  I always make sure my game blurb doesn’t look like “second verse, same as the first!”

VCON 34 – Oct 2-4, 2009

The following post is an announcement received from Jenni Merrifield at VCON in Vancouver, BC. The convention sounds like a lot of fun!


My name is Jenni Merrifield and I have recently taken over the role of Games Coordinator for VCON 34. I am sending out this message to gamers and gaming groups primarily in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest as a call to action – by promoting the VCON games room and filling you in on some of the incentives available for gamers in general and anyone interested in hosting game events during the convention I hope to encourage you and all your friends to come out to our event!

Quick Summary for the “TLDR” crowd

  • VCON is Western Canada’s longest running science fiction, fantasy and gaming fan convention, held in the Vancouver, BC, Canada metropolitan area every October. VCON 34 is Oct 2-4, 2009. Details at www.vcon.ca
  • VCON 34’s games room is open 24 hours and has scheduled game events, drop in games, and free-play tables available.
  • There is a reduced price pass for those who are primarily interested in gaming scene and do not intend to attend other scheduled programming.
  • More hosts are needed to run scheduled game events during core programming hours – any host who commits to at least 4 hours of game events is eligible for a discounted membership rate.
  • The VCON 34 Games Coordinator is looking to connect with individuals with almost any significant connection to the table top or video gaming industries who would be interested in attending the con as a programming guest and participating in game related programming.

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Dragonflight overview on Seattle Geekly

Episode 25 of the Seattle Geekly podcast talk about Dragonflight and interview Ken Cassady (Convention Director) and Wilhelm Fitzpatrick (Events Manager). The interview starts about 15 minutes into the podcast.

Also features an overview and interview about the costuming convention Innocente Seraphim (InnoSera).

Hosts Shannon Flowers and Matt Hammond will be at Dragonflight on Saturday, participating in the 2PM panel on Podcasting & Gaming, along with Ogre Whiteside of Stabbing Contest and Mickey Schulz of Geek Girls Rule!

Dragonflight coming to you in August!

Have you seen the new ads for Dragonflight on Metro Seattle buses? I think they look pretty darn cool. They’re reminding you that the oldest game convention in the Northwest — celebrating its 30th edition this year! — is coming in just four weeks. You can pre-register for $40 for the entire weekend until July 31; it will be $50 at the door. Day passes and children discounts available.

LAN Game coordinator needed

Dragonflight is looking for someone to oversee the LAN and computer gaming at this year’s Dragonflight.  Perks include free admission and lodging for the convention, plus unending fame and the gratitude of many convention-goers.

Anyone interested should contact Ken Cassady

Cross-posted from Alan Barclay

Hello Story Gamers,

The Seattle roleplaying community is having it’s third annual story games convention. We have 70+ attendees so far. The schedule is nothing but games. Some are pre scheduled, but Go Play also has lots of unscheduled and pick up events — and this is where I’ve often had the most fun.

Attendees include the authors of Agon, Primetime Adventures, Grey Ranks, and Universalis.

If you’d like to try cool new (or cool classic) Story Games, check out Go Play NW at the end of this month.


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