CAR-PGa NEWSLETTER Vol. 28, No. 6, June 2019

An international network of researchers into all aspects of role-playing games

June 2019

David Millians, Editor

Paideia School, 1509 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30307 USA


I will soon leave for East Asia until mid-July. I will not have reliable access to this CAR-PGa material until I get back on July 17, so I will send the July newsletter in mid to later July. My apologies for the delay.

Look at it as time to send in even more material for the newsletter!


Letter from the Chair

Hello All,

This month, role-playing has accelerated in a few surprising ways as a result of the hobby’s increasing popularity:

  • Role-playing games are regularly published in China. This is a side-effect of the increase of gaming on Kickstarter and the need for global fulfillment. The reliance on China means all types of geek-related media are affected by the latest round of U.S. tariffs, up to 25% on imports from China. This will certainly affect role-playing game publication costs, but how much it will be felt by the consumer is likely determined by each business. More worrying, fully-funded crowdfunding efforts may find they have a 25% shortfall they need to cover for shipping, potentially impacting many tabletop role-playing games now in process.
  • Prisons are banning used books and therefore RPGs. Non-profits have been banned from shipping used books to Washington and Ohio. This will absolutely impact the ability for prisoners to play role-playing games in prison. CAR-PGA member M. Alan Thomas II explained in an interview and in our FAQs why this matters.  CAR-PGA member Hawke Robinson has a list of resources about the beneficial effects of RPGs for prisoners and an overview of the bans here. In Washington, the excuse was “the lack of staff in mail rooms to determine whether or not materials sent are appropriate or whether they’re hiding contraband.” Books to Prisoners argues there’s never been such special search procedures. In Ohio, Annette M. Chambers-Smith, the newly appointed director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC), was the general manager of JPay Payment Services, a technology company which contracts with the ODRC for tablet services and e-books. The sudden push to move away from used print books to digital may well be linked to the JPay contract to use only tables and e-books.

To Annette Chambers-Smith, ODRC Director,

I am a member of the Committee for the Advancement of Role-Playing Games (CAR-PGA). You can learn more about us at

I am writing to you because the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections is considering revisions to its mail policy (5120-9-19) which would restrict prisoners from receiving used books. This ban will most certainly affect tabletop role-playing games (RPGs), which are published in book format.

Prison book programs have reliably provided free, used books for prisoners for decades. We help families who cannot afford to purchase expensive new books. RPGs provide tools for literacy, empowerment, and connection. Provide language in your policy for free prison book programs statewide.

Thank you for your consideration.


  • In happier news, role-playing games are everywhere. The latest evidence is in cartoons. I detail a sampling of the latest in my article at EN World, from Futurama to My Little Pony, Voltron to Teen Titans Go, She-Ra to American Dad and a lot more.

Role-playing games are more popular than ever, and with that popularity comes the burden of global reach (or lack thereof). I’m hopeful the CAR-PGA can do its part to keep gaming top-of-mind in a positive way –cartoons are already laying the framework for future generations.

Keep up the good fight and thank you for reading!


Mike Tresca

Committee Chair

Response from Melissa Adkins, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Thank you for your inquiry related to the handling of used books in Ohio’s prisons. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) encourages the donation of used books to our institutions for general inmate use (via libraries) and has no plans to implement any state-wide agency policy banning such donations.   Since 2013, DRC policy has permitted distributors, including third-party distributors, to send new and used books directly to inmates.  This policy has not changed.     Our agency is reviewing its screening process agency-wide to ensure that books sent from distributors are permitted pursuant to policy, unless the distributor has violated agency security protocols.   The current policy also permits inmates to receive books from family and friends with prior approval of the prison warden.

[Mike and I both received this reply, so it seems to be the ODRC’s standard response. Let’s keep questioning their activity. – Editor]

Convention Report: Blacktasticon

by Ted Skirvin

This event took place on the 16th and 17th of June, 2018. The focus of the con was African-American genre creators and fans. There was a fairly wide selection of discussion panels. They had some electronic gaming but no tabletop gaming. They had a cosplay contest. The con was held on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology. All events took place in the Student Center.

Although they had no tabletop gaming at the con, they did have a couple of panels about tabletop games. One of them was about an RPG called Ki Khanga. It’s a fantasy game based on Africa. Do a search for their facebook page to get some more info about it.

As for demographics, it was about 98% black and about 2% white attendance. I saw no other folks of other ethnic/racial backgrounds. The male/female ratio was about 60/40.

Convention Report: Library Mini-Con

by Ted Skirvin

This event took place on the 21st of July in 2018. It ran from 1 pm to 6 pm. It was at a new local facility that is partly controlled by the county’s Arts and Recreation agency and partly by the county’s Library System. They had a variety of panel discussions, a costume contest, an area set aside for board games, and a room for tabletop RPGs. They also had food trucks in the parking lot. Additionally, they had a few artist/vendor tables in the building.

The facility is located in Marietta, Georgia, USA. Marietta is in Cobb County. 

This was a free event that attracted a fair number of people. Maybe we should encourage gamers to use local government resources to stage events like this. It could help to promote RPGs and introduce new players to the concept.





Orland, Kyle (2019 May 8) Bethesda’s latest Elder Scrolls adventure taken down amid cries of plagiarism. Textual similarities to Wizard of the Coast’s “The Black Road” are clear.



New listings this month were provided by Paul Cardwell and Lou Zocchi. Others are urged to submit information. If you attend a convention, be sure and check the conventions table and let us have a copy of the fliers (or at very least the when, what, where, and contact information) for upcoming conventions available there. CAR-PGa is international, so this includes anywhere in the world.  

Dates, precise venue, contacts’ URLs or phone numbers, and other information, where missing from this list, would be particularly appreciated.  If we have missed any, send the information to  Convention reviews should be sent to

“[LARP]” means only LARP events as many RPG cons include at least some LARP, as likewise applies to the mention of specific game systems. The same bracketed information applies as well to game systems when the con will have only those games present.

In an attempt to get more face-to-face meetings of the membership, we list who will be going to what convention, if they will tell us.  Get this type of information in at least two months before the convention itself, so we can run it at least once. David Millians will be attending GenCon, August 1-4.  Support your local cons by helping in the staff. It is a good way to promote RPG and you generally get in free for the brief time spent helping.  

A review of any attended convention afterwards for the Newsletter would be appreciated too. These reviews should include demographic data such as attendance, percentage male/female, white/ethnic minorities (or whatever is the majority/white/others), games in addition to tabletop RPG, and more subjective matters such as unusual events, quality of games and dealers’ room, encouragement of new gamers, and whatever seems worth reporting. We need to work to restore CAR-PGa’s reputation as the media’s go-to on gamer demographics, especially since the media are still citing a study that cut off all those over 35 – at a time when that was the median age of gamers – it is closer to 40 now – which indicates we also need to work on recruiting younger players, although some increase in college age players at conventions has been noted.

June 2019

  • 1: Forest City Comicon, London Convention Centre, 300 York St, London, ON;
  • 1-2: Die Con, Gateway Convention Center, Edwardsville, IL; 
  • 1-2: Marble City Comiccon, Knoxville Convention Center, Knoxville, TN;
  • Falls, ON; 
  • 1: HickoryCon, Hickory Metro Convention Center, 1960 13th Ave. SE; Hickory, NC; 
  • 1-2: Evergreen Tabletop Expo, Seattle Center, Seattle, WA;
  • 1-2: Wellycon, Wellington Girls College, Thoerndon, Wellington, New Zealand; 
  • 5-7: In Con Junction, Indianapolis Marriott East, Indianapolis, IN; 
  • 6-9: North Texas RPG Con, Westin DFW Airport, 4545 W Carpenter Fwy, Irving, TX; 
  • 7-9: OMGcon, Owensboro Convention Center, Owensboro, KY; 
  • 7-9: Niagara Falls Comic Con, Scotia Bank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave, Niagara Falls, ON; 
  • 7-9: Soonercon, Embassy Suites, Norman, OK; 
  • 7-10: Continuum, Ether Conference Center, 265 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Vic; 
  • 7-10: Eternal Convention, Castle Stahleck, Bacharach; 
  • 8: SWFL SpaceCon, Lee Civic Center Arena, 1831 Bayshore Rd, North Ft. Myers, FL; 
  • 12-16: Origins, Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH; 
  • 13-16: Anime Matsui, George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX; 
  • 13-16: Philadelphia Comic Con, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA; 
  • 14-16: ConDamned, Cafe 2 Klavern, De Clercq Str 136, Amsterdam; 
  • 14-16: NordCon, Schule beim Pachthof, beim Pachthof 15, Hamburg-Horn; 
  • 14-16: PrairieCon, Assiniboin Community College, 1430 Victoria Ave. E, Brandon, MB; 
  • 14-16: SaltCon Summer, Davis Conference Center, Layton, UT;
  • 21-22: Augusta Toy and Comic Show, Doubletree, 2651 Perimeter Pkwy, Augusta, GA;
  • 21-22: Pure Speculation, Alberta Ave Community Hall, 9210 118 Ave, Edmonton, AB; 
  • 21-23: Magic City Con, Hyatt Regency, Birmingham, AL;
  • 21-23: PolyCon, University Union, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, CA; 
  • 21-23: Too Many Games, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, PA; 
  • 26-28: iGBL, Clayton Hotel, Cork City, Co. Cork, Ireland; [game-based learning]
  • 27-29: Salt Lake Gaming Con, Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT: 
  • 27-30: A-Kon, TBA, Dallas, TX; 
  • 27-30: PortConMaine, Doubletree Hotel, Maine Mall Rd, South Portland, ME; 
  • 27-30: RPC: Köln Messe, Messerplatz 1, Köln;
  • 28-30: Animaritime, Fredericton Convention Centre, Fredericton, NB; 
  • 28-30: GEXCon, Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA;
  • 28-30: Ragecon, Circus Circus, Reno, NV; 
  • 29-30: Rob-Con, Meadowview Convention Center, 19001 Meadowview Pkwy, Kingsport, TN;

July 2019 

  • 3-7: Dexcon, Morristown Hyatt, Morristown, NJ; 
  • 3-7: Dice Tower Con, Caribe Royale, 8101 World Center Dr, Orlando, FL;  
  • 4-7: Florida Supercon, Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr, Miami, FL; 
  • 4-7: Play On Con, Alabama 4-Hd Center, AL;  
  • 4-7: Western, Davis Conference Center, Layton, UT;
  • 5-7: Go Play NW, Campion Hall, Seattle University, Seattle, WA; 
  • 5-7: Hypericon, Clarion Inn, 2227 Old Fort Pkwy, Murfreesboro, TN;
  • 5-7: Milwaukee Summer Revel, Sheraton Brookfield, 375 S. Moorland Rd, Brookfield, WI; 
  • 5-7: RTX, Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX;
  • 5-7: Summer Stabcon, Britannia Hotel, Stockport; 
  • 6-7: LongCon: Garrison Hotel, Sheffield; 
  • 6-7: MiniCon II, University of Canterbury, Christchurch; 
  • 10-14: Historicon, Lancaster Convention Center, 2300 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA; [wargaming] 
  • 10-21: Festival Ludique International de Parthenay, all over Parthenay; 
  • 11-14: Connecticon, Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT; 
  • 12-13: Con in the Castle, 65666 Bethel Rd, New Plymouth, OH;
  • 12-14: Ad Astra, Sheraton Parkway North, 600 Hwy 7, Richmond Hill, ON; 
  • 12-14: AnimeIowa, Iowa Event Center, Des Moines, IA;
  • 12-14: CharCon, Clay Center, Charleston, WV; 
  • 12-14: Con-gregate, Red Lion, High Point, NC; 
  • 12-14: Dokidokon, Radisson Plaza, 100 W Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI; 
  • 12-14: Kitsunecon, Ki Convention Center, 333 Main St, Green Bay, WI; 
  • 12-14: Queen City Conquest, Daemen College, Buffalo, NY;
  • 12-14: Southern-Fried Gaming Expo, Marriott Renaissance Waverly, Atlanta GA;
  • 12-14: Tokyo in Tulsa, Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa, OK; 
  • 13-19: GACUCon Game Cruise. Hialeah Gardens Holiday Inn and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
  • 15-19: GaCuCon The Gamer Cruise, Carnival, Miami, FL; 
  • 18-21: Comic-Con International, San Diego Convention Center, 111 Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA; 
  • 19-20: True Gamerz Expo, Schultz Center, Jacksonville, FL; 
  • 19-21: Berlin Brettspiel Con, Station Berlin, Luckenwalder Str 4-6, Berlin; 
  • 19-21: KantCon, Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Bvd, Overland Park, KS; 
  • 19-21: Open Gaming Convention, Holiday Inn, Northeastern Blvd, Nashua, NH; 
  • 19-21: TwisteeLordsCon, Reed Conference Center, 5750 Will Rogers Rd, MidWest City, OK; 
  • 20-21: Feencon, Stadthalle Bonn, Bad Godesberg, Bonn; 
  • 20-21: Wintercon, Fitzroy Pavilion, Canberra, ACT; 
  • 20-24: GaCuCon The Gamer Cruise, Carnival, Miami, FL; 
  • 23-28: DrachenFest, Auf dem Quast, Diemelstadt; [boffer LARP]
  • 26-27: WyvaCon, Wythevile Community College, 1000 E Main St, Wytheville, VA; 
  • 20-28: World Boardgaming Championships, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Campion, PA; 
  • 26-28: Conbravo!, Hamilton Convention Centre, 1 Summers Ln, Hamilton. ON; 
  • 26-28: Flying Buffalo’s T&T Con, Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale, AZ; 
  • 26-28: Mechacon, Hyatt Regency Downtown, 601 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA; 
  • 26-28: NJ Gamer Con, Crowne  Plaza, 2349 Mariton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ; 
  • 26-28: Ropecon, Helsingin Messukeskuksessa, Helsinki, Finland; 
  • 27-28; Galacon, Forum am Schlosspark, Stuttgarter Str. 33, Ludwigsburg; galacon.e

August 2019 

  • 1-4: Gen Con, Indiana Convention Center, 100 S Capitol Ave, Indianapolis, IN; 
  • 1-4: Quad Cities Anime-zing!, River Center, Davenport, IA; 
  • 2-4: Comic Con Honolulu, Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, HI; 
  • 2-4: Glitch Con, Springdale Holiday Inn, 1500 S 48th, Springdale, AR; glitch
  • 2-4: PaizoCon, Asto Conference Centre, Bourneville College, Birmingham, W.Mid; 
  • 2-4: Starfleet International Conference, Marriott St. Louis Airport, St. Louis, MO;
  • 3-4: Gamma.Com, Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd & Northbourne Ave, Canberra, ACT;
  • 3-4: UniCon Latvia, Riga, Latvia; 
  • 8-11: PolCon, Bialymstoku; 
  • 9-11: Anime Festival Orlando, Wyndham Orlando Resort, Orlando, FL; 
  • 9-11: Dragonfire, Kramer Law Bldg, University of Capetown, Capetown, SA; 
  • 9-11: Game On Expo, Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • 9-11: Löwenherz Con und Spiele, Landheim der Sophienschule, Nienburger Str 15, Hamburg; 
  • 9-11: Malcon, Ramada Plaza Denver North, 10 E 120th Ave, Denver, CO;
  • 9-11: SpoCon, Davenport Hotel, 10 Post St, Spokane, WA; 
  • 10: Ettin Con, Blackheath Community Centre, Katoomba, NSW; 
  • 13: Akua Con, Universal Lazer Family Fun Center, 15 1st St NW, Watertown, SD; 
  • 12-14: Con Gregate, Red Lion High Point NC; 
  • 15-17: Icon, Eshkol Pais, 4 Shprintzak St, Tel Aviv; 
  • 15-17: Mycon, Cache County Fairgrounds, Logan, UT;
  • 15-19: Worldcon, Convention Centre, Dublin; 
  • 16-18: Coulee Con, La Crosse Center, La Crosse, WI;  
  • 16-18: Dragonflight,  Bellevue Hilton, 300 112th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA; 
  • 16-18: Matsuricon, Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH; 
  • 17-18: NewCon, Cardiff RSL, 45 Macquarie Rd, Cardiff, NSW;
  • 22-25: Fan Expo Canada, Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON; 
  • 22-25: NecronomiCon, Providence Biltmore, Providence, RI;  [Lovecraft] 
  • 22-25: Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, Stevens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd, Chicago, IL; 
  • 23-25: Bubonicon, Albuquerque Marriott Uptown, 2101 Louisiana Blvd NE (at I-40), Albuquerque, NM; 
  • 23-25: 2D Con, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN; 
  • 22-25: Fan Expo Canada, Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON; 
  • 23-25: Hub Con, Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, Lubbock, TX;
  • 23-25: Nashcon, Franklin Marriott at Cool Springs, Franklin, TN;  [miniature wargame] 
  • 24: AlderCon, Hale Institute, Wings Rd, Farnham, Surrey; 
  • 24: Megacon, Commonwealth Commerce Center, Jackson, MI; 
  • 24-25: Animaga, Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton, NSW: 
  • 24-25: HoGS Winter Gamefest, Lenah Valley Community Hall, 22 Creek Rd, Hobart, Tas;
  • 24-25: Shadow Con, Northfields Community Centre, Northfields, West London;
  • 24-25: Tabletop Scotland, Dewars Centre, Perth; 
  • 28-29: PA Dev, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA; 
  • 29-September 1: ReaperCon, Denton Convention Center, Denton, TX; [trade show, art exhibit]
  • 29-September 1: Tacticon, Denver Marriott South, Park Meadows Dr, Denver, CO; 
  • 29-September 2: Dragoncon, Hyatt Regency, 265 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA; 
  • 30-31: Polcon, Bialystok; 
  • 30-31: SaltCon End of Summer,  Davis Conference Center, Layton, UT;
  • 30-September 1 GrandCon, DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI; 
  • 30-September 1: Meta Con, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN:
  • 30-September 1: Q-Con, Queen’s University Belfast, Elmwood Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland; 
  • 30-September 2: B-Con, Ramada Plaza Northglenn/Denver North, 120 E 120th Ave, Northglenn, CO; b-con 
  • 30-September 2: Pacificon, Santa Clara Marriott, 2700 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA; 
  • 30-September 2: PAX West, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA; 
  • 30-September 2: Strategicon Gateway, Hilton LAX, 5711 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA; 
  • 31: Games Con, Emsworth Community Centre, Emsworth, Hamps; 
  • 31-September 2: Gamers of Summer, Paxtonia Fire Hall, 125 S Johnson St, Harrisburg, PA;

September 2019 

  • 1-2: ISU-Con, Hulman Student Union, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN; 
  • 5-8: Buckeye Game Fest, Hyatt Regency downtown, Columbus, OH;
  • 6-8: Alcon, DeMonfort University, Leicester, Leicestershire, UK; 
  • 6-8: Furry Migration, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, 1300 Nicolet Mall, Minneapolis, MN;
  • 6-8: Rustycon, Bellevue Hilton, 300 1122th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA; 
  • 6-9: Tracon, Tampere Hall, Tampere, Finland; 
  • 7-8: Retro World Expo, Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT;
  • 7-8: Space Coast Comic Con, Space Coast Convention Center, 301 Tucker Ln, Cocoa, FL; spacecoastcomiccon
  • 7-8: Washingcon, Georgetown University Conference Center, 3800 Reservoir Rd. NW, Washington, DC;
  • 9: Impossible Realities, InterAction School of Performing Arts, 228 Germain Street, Saint John, NB;  
  • 12-14: HawaiiCon, Sheraton Kona, Kona, HI; 
  • 12-15: Scarefest, Lexington Convention Center, Lexington, KY; 
  • 13-15: Albacon, Ramada Plaza, Albany, NY; 
  • 14: Concrete Cow, Old Bath House, 205 Stratford Rd, Wolverton, Milton Keynes; 
  • 14-15: ConCentric Games, Fullarton Park Community Centre, Adelaide, SA, Australia; 
  • 14-15: ConCentric Games, Fullarton Park Community Centre, Adelaide, SA, Australia; 
  • 14-15: ConCentric Games, Fullarton Park Community Centre, Adelaide, SA, Australia; 
  • 18: Ducosim, Deflint, Amersoorth, NL;
  • 20-22: Edmonton Expo, Edmonton Centre, 7515 118 Ave, Edmonton, AB;
  • 20-22: SIBCon, Vagabonds Hall, Butler, PA; 
  • 20-22: Southern Front, Four Points, Raleigh-Durham Airport, NC; [miniature wargames] 
  • 20-23: Tokyo Game Show, Makuhari Messe, Tokyo; 
  • 21: Owlbear and Wizard’s Staff, Bond Factory unit 13, Althorpe St, Leanington Spa, Warwicks;
  • 21: TolkienMoot, Lawrence House, 1432 W. Lawrence Dr, Spokane, WA; 
  • 21-22: TopCon, Agriculture Hall, Kansas Expocentre, Topeka, KS;
  • 27-29: Fallcon, SAIT – Campus Center, 1301 126 Ave NW, Calgary, AB;
  • 28: Hall of Fame City Comic Con, Canton Civic Center,  1101 N. Market Ave, Canton OH;
  • 28-29: Lil-Con, American Legion Stephen Sikora Post, North Tonawanda, NY; 
  • 28-29: Monster-Con, Wonderland of the Americas Mall, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX; 
  • 28-29: Schweinfurter Fantasy-Festival, Jugendhaus, Franz-Schubert-Str, Schweinfurt; 
  • 28-29: Tabloetop Gaming Live, Alexandra Palace, London;
  • 28-29: WynterCon, Princes Park, Eastbourne, E Sussex, UK;     

© Copyright 2019 by the Committee for the Advancement of Role-Playing Games (CAR-PGa), ISSN 1071 7129. The CAR-PGa Newsletter is a monthly publication. For more information contact David Millians, Editor, Paideia School, 1509 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30307 USA, phone (404) 808-1070, fax (404) 377-3491, e-mail Back issues are available. Contributions of material from the membership are urged, and the byline is responsible for content. Deadline is the last weekday of the month, email preferred. Permission is granted to copy anything in the Newsletter, provided we get a credit line in the publication copying it, and it doesn’t have someone else’s copyright on it. Information, including details on joining CAR-PGa, can be obtained on the Internet at

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