We’ll be back at the D&D XP convention this year, from January 27th to the 30th. There’s still time to attend- badges as well as tickets to the many events will be available at the door. Shawn Merwin told you why he enjoys the convention so much, and I’m going to be there running special Gamma World adventures, so there’s plenty of reasons you might want to attend right there.
However, the other reason you might be interested in the convention is for all the news and previews, whether you’re going to attend or not. In 2008, we were there to bring you the first major seminar that revealed many of the first details about 4e as well as interviews and other coverage that filled in more details. Last year, we brought you early word of D&D Essentials, the D&D Encounters program, glimpsed some Dark Sun characters, and were given an early taste of Gamma World.
This year we’re hoping to get a more clear vision of where D&D is going forward, especially in light of recent announcements and, of course, the resultant rampant speculation. Some books announced at Gen Con are now off the schedule, including at least one that filled some gaps in the post-Essentials rules era. Dragon and Dungeon magazines have been shifting around dramatically. We have a Virtual Tabletop coming. There are collectible cards being presented as an optional add-on to D&D to decidedly mixed reaction (including from yours truly.) And then there’s Ravenloft and hints that it will contain some kind of interesting additional component. Hopefully after this year’s seminar, we’ll all have a better idea of where things are headed for the year to come, and that path is filled with cool stuff for D&D players.
As before, we’ll be reporting on what we discover- in the seminars, at the tables, and by talking to the special guests. Shawn Merwin, Vanir, Chris Sims, and myself will all be there in different capacities, and I’m sure we’ll be sharing our experiences with you.
One important question I have for all the readers out there is about live-blogging, especially in regards to the big product announcement seminar that will be happening Thursday at 1. Traditionally, I have tweeted the announcements as they happen, which leads to a high number of tweets sent in a short period of time. This leads to a lot of ReTweets and some new followers… and also a few angry messages from people who can’t quietly unfollow, they have to register their dislike of what I’m doing.
While I’m not a fan of being blocked and reported for spam, I understand that there are some people who don’t want to see a bunch of tweets about a D&D seminar. Then again, we always get good reactions, including folks thanking us for providing the information where they can access it.
Thus, I’d really appreciate it if you to weigh in on the following question:
If there’s anything else you’d like us to find out, specifically cover, etc. please do tell us in the comments.
Regardless of how we handle it, I expect to have a good time running games, playing games, discovering surprises, and heck, I might even try a game with Fortune Cards…