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Off to Dragonmeet 2012!

November 27, 2012

I’m heading off to the UK tomorrow for the Dragonmeet convention in Kensington Town Hall, London, this Saturday 1st December. This one day roleplaying game convention is perhaps the cosiest and most Christmassy of conventions – it’s a single day, with seminars, lots of games and demos, and an excellently well-stocked trade hall. For me, it’s my last industry foray before Christmas, a chance to meet up with friends and fellow gamers in very convivial surroundings, and also to check out what goodies are on sale for my Christmas list!

This year’s a bit special – it’s the first Dragonmeet where I’m going to be representing our new small press imprint Mindjammer Press. We founded this last summer to manage and produce RPG and fiction lines associated with the Mindjammer transhuman space opera setting. This Dragonmeet we’ll be on the Chronicle City stall, and will have copies of the Mindjammer novel, and will be handing out leaflets and talking about our upcoming Mindjammer 2nd edition RPG, the bumper complete RPG book of transhuman space opera adventure using the new Fate Core rules, which is due out Spring 2013 (and currently deep in playtest and pre-production), and my new science-fantasy novel The Worm Within, also due next year. We have some big plans this year, including and exciting second Mindjammer Press project, which should give us two (and perhaps three) linked product lines, providing cool cutting edge RPG and fiction products.

We’re also sharing booth-space with Modiphius Entertainment this year, where Chris Birch will be stocking products from his Achtung! Cthulhu line of Cthulhoid gaming products, including hard-copies of my two Zero Point campaign scenarios, Three Kings and Heroes of the Sea. These are gorgeous books, and I’m really looking forwards to seeing them in dead-tree version at last. Stocks will be limited, so be sure to drop by and bag one!

Dragonmeet is also featuring a host of guests, including Kenneth Hite, Robin D Laws, Graham Walmsley, Ralph Horsley, Steve Jackson, and Ian Livingstone, plus a host of artists and games writers from all across the industry. In particular I’m looking forwards to seeing the physical copy of The Lion and the Aardvark, the anthology of modern-day fables from Stone Skin Press (edited by Robin D Laws). I have a story in it – Death and the Dragon – and by all accounts the physical object is a lovely-looking book.

If you’re in the neighbourhood, Dragonmeet is well worth a look – friendly, interesting, and lots of fun. If you’re planning on going, stop by and say hi!

I also just found out this morning I may have the chance to drop in at the launch of A Town Called Pandemonium by Pandemonium Books / Pornokitsch, at the Royal George on Charing Cross Road this Thursday, 29th November. Pandemonium have been publishing consistently excellent fiction anthologies over the past year and a half, and this one is a Weird West / Deadlands-style collection which tickles my spaghetti western fancy just right.

That’s it – I’ll post again after Dragonmeet with pics and a convention report. Hope to see y’all there!

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