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Dreamation 2014 is being held in Morristown, NJ from February 20-February 23, 2014. The convention page is: http://www.dexposure.com/d2014.html

This will be the tenth annual Indie Games Explosion. We have grown from hosting fewer than two dozen events in 2005 to nearly a hundred in recent years.

Here's the link to the current schedule of events, which includes details on how to register to run games: http://ipressgames.com/igx/pmwiki.php?n=Dream14.Schedule

We are still accepting new events until January 10, 2014. GMs who run at least two events get a free badge to the convention. Hope to see lots of faces both new and old!

Thanks for your help.
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Oh yea, I'm there for sure, hotel booked and everything. Only question is if I'll be together enough to run something. 
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Updated the DEXCON Indie Games Explosion Event Chart. 36 events so far, with more on the way! There's still a two more days to get your  events in. Please reshare. Thanks!
http://igewiki.ipressgames.com/pmwiki.php?n=Dexcon16.Dexcon16
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A few more weeks until THE AWESOME!
 
The Complete Schedule of Events for DEXCON 15 is NOW POSTED!

http://www.dexposure.com/d15sched.html
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Who wants in?

-- #superherodraft - Marvel Team-Up Edition--

Face-front, True Believers! We’re back in the Mighty Marvel Multiverse this time around. And we’re shaking things up a bit in our own version of “Fantasy football for superhero nerds.” Back in the day, Marvel Team-Up starred Spider-man and Marvel Two-in-One starred The Thing. Each month they would team up with a different character to face a foul villain. The next month was a new guest star and a new villain. That’s what we’re going to do this time. Here’s the outline of the contest:

1) Tap in. Post a reply in this thread if you want to play. I’m limiting it to 12 participants this time. I already have one spot secured, as does +Isaac Sher for commentary above and beyond the call of duty. First 10 people who want in have it.

2) Hero Draft. I’ll place our twelve players into a random order and start a new thread for drafting. On the first round, you pick one superhero from the Marvel universe who will be the “star” of your version of Marvel Team-Up. That character will feature in each of the stories you pitch. Each star will pair up with three guest stars.

The order of the draft is just like placing villages in Settlers of Catan. The first person picks, then the second, then the third, all the way down to the twelfth. The twelfth picks her star, and then her first guest star, then the eleventh picks his first guest star, then the tenth, all the way back to the first player. We go until everyone has one star and three guest stars.

One note: You’ll be drafting a character, not a costume. For example, if you draft Captain Marvel, you need to declare immediately if you’re taking Mar-Vell, or Monica Rambeau, or Carol Danvers, or any single one of the many others. You don’t get them all, and you don’t block the other players from drafting a different character who wore the same costume and bore the same name.

3) Villain Draft. Next, in a new thread, we’ll reverse the order and draft three villains. So, the twelfth player will get first crack at the villains. Your first villain draft does not need to face down your first guest star. Order does not matter. We continue Catan-style until everyone has three villains.

During both rounds of the draft, both commentary and good-natured trash talk is welcomed and encouraged. If you can’t stand to be teased about your love of superheroes, this isn’t the game for you.

4) Pitch. We’ll take 5-7 days, including one weekend, to write our pitches. You’ll be pitching four single-issue stories. The first three will be the individual team-ups. The fourth will be Marvel Team-Up Annual where you show us how what looked like three random team-ups actually form a part of single story, and how that story comes to its shocking double-sized conclusion!

All pitches will need to be posted to a private thread that can only be seen by other players, just to keep everyone on the same deadline. It will be easier if you keep a copy of your pitch in a separate text file for future reference.

5) Voting. To try to cut down on “pitch fatigue” I will randomly generate three “heats” of four players apiece. I will post a thread for the first heat, and ask those four players to repost their pitch. Then, we’ll have three days where anyone can +1 the pitches to vote for which one they like best. The winner of each heat will proceed to the final round of three pitches. Winner takes all the glory, and will hold the multiverse in the palm of their hand!

So, who’s in?
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That sounds great! Plug me in!
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My far too extensive #campnerdly write-up, focused on the great games I played: Burning Wheel, In My Clutches, The Mountain Witch, Serial Homicide Unit (Hunger Games variant), and Puppetland.

Thanks to all who made the games so enjoyable, and particularly those that kept the camp running so very smoothly.
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#superherodraft - DC Heroes Edition is complete! Our winners, with 14 votes each, are:

Batwoman and the Outsiders
by +Judd Karlman

Knights Errant
by +Alex Mayo

Bravo! Your contract from DC will be arriving in the mail any day now.

Thanks to +Jared Sorensen +Paul Czege +Robert Bohl +Richard Rogers and +Michael McDowell for their great pitches. I think I'd read any of those books. Many thanks also to +Rowan Cota and +Isaac Sher for commentary above and beyond the call of duty. And thanks to everyone who voted.

It was a great contest and I've got some cool ideas for the next one!
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Hi, I've been lurking and really enjoyed the draft and the quality of all the pitches was fantastic. I would like to join in if you run this again, if you don't mind? Thanks, Brian.
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Updated DEXCON Indie Games Explosion event chart. More than EIGHTY events! Including THREE LongCon / KristaCon -style events: MonsterHearts, Apocalypse World, and Tenra Bansho Zero. It's going to be a great weekend!

http://igewiki.ipressgames.com/pmwiki.php?n=Dexcon16.Dexcon16
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PLEASE RESHARE

DEXCON 16 is an amazing game convention being held from Wednesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 7, 2013 at the Morristown Hyatt & Conference Center in Morristown, New Jersey. From the same great people who organize Dreamation and METATOPIA, DEXCON is always loads of fun and packed with gaming of all types. Here's the direct link: <a href="http://www.dexposure.com/dexcon16.html">http://www.dexposure.com/dexcon16.html</a>

Kat and I are putting together an Indie Games Explosion and want YOU to be a part of the fun! If you run two sessions of games, you'll earn a free badge to the convention, as well as free meals in the staff suite.

If you're interested in making the convention as fun as possible by running games, please send an e-mail to Kat Miller at her Gmail account: katswhim at gmail dot com  Kat will then share a Google Doc with you, where you can describe your game, choose your timeslot, and the like.

Deadline for submission is Friday, May 31, so get your games in early! Hope to see you at the con.
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The East Coast would be glad if you did, Jay!
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. #superherodraft Marvel Team Up edition
HEAT ONE: Voting

Participants in this heat, please post your pitches as comments to this thread as soon as possible. Once all four pitches are posted, voting can start.

Vote with your +1. Please vote for exactly TWO pitches below.

Our participants have drafted one star, three guest stars, and three villains. They have shaped the conflict into a "pitch" for a fantasy comic book series. Please read all four pitches below, then vote for your two favorites. If you only had the cash to buy two of the books below, which ones would you want to read?

Please share this post in your own stream to bring in as many votes as possible.

Voting will end Sunday, June 3. The winner of this heat will be declared on Monday, June 4, and will move on to the finals. Voting for the second heat will also begin on Monday, June 4.

May the best pitch win.
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Yes. The final votes for Heat One will be tallied when I get up tomorrow. Reminder for Heat Two that they will need to post their pitches tomorrow. I will start a new thread in the morning.
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Because the internet did not have enough pictures of #campnerdly I add my blurry, ill-lit, unrepresentative snapshots to the fray!
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Arnold, cool, those comments look useful to me. Ron's too. I was unaware of that FAQ. Must explore.

Separately, Lisa's got some amazing photos in there!
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