CAR-PGa NEWSLETTER Vol. 28, No. 9, September 2019

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

David Millians, Editor

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


Hello All,

It’s been a tumultuous month for tabletop role-playing games. We recently lost Rick Loomis, who founded Flying Buffalo. I outlined Flying Buffalo’s enormous impact on the role-playing game industry in a three-part series that covered everything from play-by-mail to Tunnels & Trolls to solo gamebooks. Rick was one of the rare creators who was a constant presence in his company and the industry — he was one of the founding members of the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA).

Also debuting this month is a documentary that provides a controversial perspective on Dungeons & Dragons’ legacy, Secrets of Blackmoor. It details how Dave Arneson was responsible for what some consider the “heart” of D&D, attempting to balance the credit for the game’s development that is often attributed to Gary Gygax. Much of what is included isn’t a surprise to anyone who knows their tabletop RPG history, but the documentary is particularly noteworthy for Rob Kuntz’ involvement. Cecilia D’Anastasio covers the documentary in detail at Kotaku. She glosses over quite a bit — for a detailed summary of what she missed, Alzrius on EN World provides an excellent series of footnotes

But it wasn’t all bad news: convention attendance keeps expanding, D&D revenues are up, and the RPG industry overall continues to grow.

As the hobby continues to mature (and become more lucrative) we will surely see more arguments over who should take credit for it all. But I believe the strength of the RPG community lies in our ability to band together to help someone in need.

While nothing can fill the hole left by Rick’s passing, there is one way we can help. Before his death, Rick racked up significant medical bills. There is a GoFundMe page and a Bundle of Holding to help his family with the medical costs. I hope you’ll consider helping.




Convention Report: Southern-Fried Gaming Expo 2019

By Ted Skirvin

SFGE took place July 12th through July 14th in the suburbs North of Atlanta. The event was originally focused on pinball machines and old style arcade games. In the last few years they have branched out into table top gaming.

The event always has a large room with pinball games and old electronic arcade games set on free play. They have a decent selection of discussion panels and special events. They have a large open area for board games and card games. They had a smaller, separate room for role-playing games. They had a “film festival,” which was really just a video room. There were pinball and arcade tournaments. They had a room for crafting workshops, and they had a room for modern console gaming.

The RPG room only had D&D 5th edition scheduled. I did talk to the guy running the room, and he said he planned to have some other games available next year.

As for demographics, I estimate the male/female ratio was about 60/40. The racial makeup of attendees was about 75% white, 20% black, with the remainder being a mix of others.   



Bentley, Nick (2019 Jan 8) Why I love abstract games. Games as meditation, support, and clarity.

Brownfield, Troy (2019 Aug 8) What We Can Learn from Gen Con. Pleasant people playing games and being themselves.

Bullock, Kate (2019 Aug 26) The TTRPG Industry: The Sexist Price of Entry: Part One. These issues are important.

Carless, Simon (2019 Aug 30) Why you may be underpricing your video game. Issues of creators and business, applicable to table top.

Chang, Alvin (2019 Aug 5) Why video games aren’t causing America’s gun problem, in one chart. Video game revenue versus violent gun deaths.

D’Anastasio, Cecilia (2019) Deceptions and Dragons: The First D&D Players Push Back on the Legend of Gary Gygax. Review of information from many sources, based on recently-released documentary, Secrets of Blackmoor.

Fandom Entertainment (2019 Aug 6) Defeat Your Demons with Dungeons & Dragons. The new age of D&D, live streaming, celebrity, and gaming for good.

Greenwood, Ed (2019 August 4) How The Realms Began. Greenwood’s account of his early life and imagining one of gaming’s most famous settings.

ICv2 (2019 July 31) Top 5 Roleplaying Games—Spring 2019. Sales data from ICv2.

Moosa, Tauriq (2019 Aug 13) Call of Duty and separating art from politics. Don’t dance around manifestations of politics in games.

Morrus (2019 ) Gen Con 2019 Reports 12% Growth; Maintains #1 Spot. Initial data from the world’s largest tabletop game convention.

Nephew, Michelle (2019 2013) Once Upon the Time in the Classroom. Curriculum resource for storytelling card game with depth.

O’Brien, Michael (2019 Aug 22) Students at Taylor University to publish a Call of Cthulhu Adventure in new Professional Writing sourse. Taylor University professor T. R. Knight collaborates with Chaosium to publish a new scenario for classic game as part of writing course.

Peters, Jayson (2019 Aug 24) Rick Loomis, influential game designer and publisher, dies. Obituary and tributes.

Thorne, Rick (2019 Aug 25) R.I.P. Rick Loomis. Obituary of industry leader.


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.  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.

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: Adirondacon, Charles R. Wood Theater, Glen Falls, NY
  • 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: Retro Con, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Philadelphia, PA;
  • 14-15: World RPG Fest, Clube da Bola, Rua Francisco Nunes, 110, Curitiba, PR, Brasil; 
  • 18: Ducosim, Deflint, Amersoorth, NL;
  • 20-22: Council, Proctors Conference Center, Schenectady, NY;
  • 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: Tabletop Central, Orpheum Theatre, 346 N Neil St, Champaign, IL; 
  • 21: TolkienMoot, Lawrence House, 1432 W. Lawrence Dr, Spokane, WA; 
  • 21-22: TopCon, Agriculture Hall, Kansas Expocentre, Topeka, KS;
  • 27-29: Falcon, Sheraton Stamford, 700 Main, Stamford, CT;
  • 27-29: Fallcon, SAIT – Campus Center, 1301 126 Ave NW, Calgary, AB;
  • 27-29: Monsterama, Marriott Alpharetta, GA 400 & Windward Pkwy, Atlanta GA;
  • 28: Hall of Fame City Comic Con, Canton Civic Center,  1101 N. Market Ave, Canton OH;
  • 28: Raiders of the Game Cupboard, Waterside Community Centre, Heath Rd, Stapenhill, Burton on Trent;
  • 28-29: 24 Hour RPG Challenge Prince of Wales Hotel, Southport; dev.24hr-rpgx.tyi
  • 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: ReCon, 1474 Kerner Rd, Kernersville, NC;
  • 28-29: Schweinfurter Fantasy-Festival, Jugendhaus, Franz-Schubert-Str, Schweinfurt; 
  • 28-29: Tabletop Gaming Live, Alexandra Palace, London;
  • 28-29: WynterCon, Princes Park, Eastbourne, E Sussex, UK; 

October 2019

  • 3-6: Con on the Cob, Days Inn, 4742 Wrecksville Rd, Richfield, OH;
  • 3-6: New York Comic Con, Jacob Javetts Center, New York City, NY; 
  • 4-6: Archon, Gateway Center, Collinsville, MO;
  • 4-6: NEWGamepalooza, Alumni Center, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI;
  • 4-6: Nuke-Con, Ramada Plaza, 3321 S 72nd St, Omaha, NE; 
  • 4-6: OctoGones, l’Espace Double Mixte, Lyon/Villeurbanne. France;
  • 4-6: Realms Con, Emerald Beach Hotel, 11092 S Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX; 
  • 4-6: RinCon, Sheraton, 5151 E Grant Rd, Tucson, AZ; 
  • 4-6: SHUX, Vancouver Convention Centre Vancouver, BC;
  • 4-6: SparrenCon, Kinder- und Jugendhaus Brake, Glückstädter Str 25, Bielefeld;
  • 4-6: TokenCon, Wyndham Garden Oklahoma City Airport, 2101 S Meridian Ave, Oklahoma City, OK
  • 4-7: Phenomenom, Daramalan College, 121 Cowper St, Dickson, ACT, Australia; 
  • 5: Dragondaze, Newport Centre, 1 Kingsway, Newport, S Wales:
  • 5-7: MOAB, Sylvania Heights Community Club, Box Rd, Sylvania, NSW; [mostly wargame including fantasy]
  • 5-7: Sydcon, St. Scholastica’s College, Glebe, NSW;
  • 10-13: Big Bad Con, Walnut Creek Marriott, 2355 N Main St, Walnut Creek, CA;  [18+] 
  • 10-13: Brasil Game Show, Expo Center Norte, São Paulo, SP;
  • 10-13: Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous, Holiday Inn, 1100 5th St S, Great Falls, MT;
  • 11-12: Fear the Con, Riverbend Event Center, 1085 Winding River Cove W, Salt Lake City, UT; fear 
  • 11-13 Conapalooza, Meadowview Convention Center, Kingsport, TN;
  • 11-13: CinCityCon, Sharonville Convention Center 11355 Chester Rd, Sharonville, OIH;
  • 11-13: Con Plus, 35 Duncan Close, Moulton Park, Northampton, UK;
  • 11-13:, Palacio de los Merced, Cordoba;
  • 11-13: FlatCon, Interstate Center, 1106 Interstate Dr, Bloomington, IL; 
  • 11-13: G.A.M.E., Springfield Expo Center, Springfield, MO;
  • 11-13: OddConUK, Park Inn, Forge Gate, Telford;
  • 11-13: PAX Aus, Melbourne Convention Centre, 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf, Vic;
  • 11-13: Save Against Fear. Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton, Harrisburg, PA;
  • 11-13: Travellercon, Lancaster Host Resort, Lancaster, PA;  [primarily Traveller] 
  • 11-13: Tsubasacon, Charleston Coliseum, Charleston, WV; 
  • 11-13: VCon, Sheraton Vancouver Airport, Richmond, BC; 
  • 11-13: Viking-Con, Tårnby Gymnasiuum, Tejin Allé 5, Kastrup, Denmark;
  • 12-13: Furnace, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Rd, Sheffield, SYorks;
  • 16-20: NordlichtCon, Seminarhof Proitzer Mühle, Proitze 3, Schnega; 
  • 17-20: EGX, ExCeL Center,, London; 
  • 17-20: FOR Games, PVA Expo, Prague; -19: Timp Con, Utah Valley Convention Center, 220 W. Center St., Provo, UT;
  • 18-20: CastleCon, Best Western Plus, 559 Bloor St W, Oshawa, ON;
  • 18-20: Mile Hi Con, Hyatt Regency, 7800 E. Tufts Ave, Denver, CO;
  • 18-20: NEA Game Fest, Hilton Garden Inn, Jonesboro, AR;
  • 18-20: Necronomicon, Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore, 700 N Westshore Blvd, Tampa, FL;
  • 18-20: Texas Broadside, USS Texas, La Porte, TX;  [primarily historical wargaming]
  • 18-20: ValleyCon, Ramada Fargo, Fargo, ND; 
  • 18-20: Wizard World Comic Con, Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N High St, Columbus, OH; 
  • 18-21: Kraken, Schloss Neuhausen, Bradenburg, Germany;
  • 19: Kogata Daycon, Davison 4H, 3200 W Havens Ave, Mitchel, SD; 
  • 19-20: Memphis Comic Expo, Agricenter Internationall, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis, TN;
  • 19-20: MiniCon III, University of Canterbury, Christchurch;
  • 19-20: Oddmall: Hallowondrous, Lakewood Masonic Temple, 15300 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH;  [Free admission] 
  • 19-20: WasabiCon, Lexington Hotel Riverwalk, Jacksonville, FL; 
  • 24-26: Spiel, Messe Essen, Essen;
  • 24-27: Atlanta Game Fest, Marriott Alpharetta, Atlanta, GA; 
  • 25-27: Central Canada Comic Con, Winnipeg Convention Centre, Winnipeg, MB;
  • 25-27: Gamealot, Kinsmen Banquet Center, 47 Reil Dr, St. Albert, AB;
  • 25-27: Hal-Con, Halifax World Convention Centre, Halifax, NS; 
  • 25-27: Hallowcon, Econolodge, 1507 N Tibb Rd, Dalton, GA;  [horror]
  • 25-27: Rock-Con, Tebala Event Center, 7910 Newburg Rd, Rockford, IL,
  • 25-28: Gaelcon, Ballbridge Hotel, Pembroke Rd, Dublin:
  • 30-November 3: Lucca Comics and Games, Palazzo Ducale, Lucca;
  • 30-November 3: Lucca Comics & Games, Lucca Fiere, via della Chiesa, Trav.1, 237, Lucca, Italy; 
  • 31-November 3: AmberCon NW, McMehamins Edgefield Bed & Breakfast Resort, Troutsdale, OR;  [Amber diceless and indie games]
  • 31-November 3: Anime Weekend Atlanta, Renaissance Waverley, Atlanta, GA; 
  • 31-November 3: Gamehole Con, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Mr, Detroit, MI;

November 2019

  • 1-2: Carnage, Killington Grand Resort, Killington, VT;
  • 1-3: ICON, Cedar Rapids Marriott Cedar Rapids, IA; 
  • 2-3: Confuzion, 1000 Gattman Park Dr, Mussel Shoals, AL;
  • 6-10: Euroquest, Doubletree Pikesville, 1726 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville, MD;
  • 7-10: Metatopia, Morristown Hyatt, Morristown, NJ; [game design] 
  • 8-10: ArcadeCon, Dayton Convention Center, 22 E 5th St, Dayton, OH;
  • 8-10: Cork RPG Con, Imperial Hotel, Cork;
  • 8-10: Gamer Comic Expo, Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL;
  • 8-10: Mace, Hilton Charlotte University Place, Charlotte, NC;
  • 8-10: Mepacon, Mount Laurel Resort, 81 Treetops Cir, White Haven, PA;
  • 8-10: Orycon, Red Lion, Jantzen Beach, Portland, OR: 
  • 8-10: Philcon, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2349 W. Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill, NJ;
  • 8-10: Wizard World Comic Con Austin, Austin Convention Center, Austin TX;
  • 9: Grogmeet, FanBoy 3, 25 Hilton St Manchester; 
  • 9-10: Spellenspektakel, Beursgebouw, Eindhoven;
  • 14-17: Midwest GameFest, Stoney Creek Conference Center, Kansas City, MO;
  • 15-17: AetherCon Online RPG Convention, online;
  • 15-17: ComiConway, Faulkner County Library, 900 Tyler St, Conway, AR;
  • 15-17: Conjuration, Hilton Atlanta Airport, Atlanta, GA;
  • 15-17: Contraflow, New Orleans Airport Hilton, Kenner, LA; 
  • 15-17: Karlsruher SpieleTage, NCO-Club, Delawarestraße 21, Karlsruher;
  • 15-17: Konsplosion, Fort Smith Convention Center, 55 S. 7th, Fort Smith, AR;
  • 15-17: Kumoricon, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR; 
  • 15-17: Memphis Comic & Fantasy Convention, Memphis Marriott East, 5795 Poplar Ave, East Memphis, TN;
  • 15-17: SNAFUCon, Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 2nd St, Reno, NV;
  • 15-19: Windy Con, Westin Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL;
  • 16-17: Dreieich Con, Bürgerhaus, Dreieich-Sperndingen, Fichtestr. 50, Dreieich, Germany;
  • 16-17: Geek Girl Con, Washington State Conference Center, 800 Pike, Seattle, WA; 
  • 16-17: MIGS, Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 159 rue Saint-Antoine Ouest, Montréal, QC; 
  • 21-24: Chicago Toy and Game Fair, Navy Pier, Hall A, Chicago, IL; 
  • 21-24: Mythic Consequences, Naish Holiday Village, Christchurch, Dorset;
  • 22-24: ConQuest Avalon, McClellan Conference Center, Sacramento, CA; 
  • 22-24: Daisho Con, Kalahari Resorts, Wisconsin Dells, WI;
  • 22-24: Stuffed COWS, College of Du Page Student Resource Center, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL;
  • 22-24: U-Con, Marriott Ann Arbor at Eagle Crest, 1275 S Huron St, Ypsilanti, MI; 
  • 23: SW-FloridaCon, Crowne Plaza, Fort Myers, FL;
  • 23-24: Darmstadt Spielt, Wissenschafts-und Kongresszentrum darmstadtium, Darmstadt;
  • 29-December 1: LosCon, LAX Marriott, 3855 W. Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA;
  • 29-December 1: Northeast Comic Con, Regency Hotel, Boxboro, MA;
  • 30: Dragonmeet, Novotel London West, Hammersmith, London;

December 2019

  • 1: Genghis Con Cleveland, Lake Erie Bldg, 13000 Athens, Lakewood, OH;
  • 6-8: PAX Unplugged, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA;
  • 6-8: Yamacon, LeConte Center, Pigeon Forge, TN; 
  • 7-8: HobbyCon, ITCC Penampang, Malasia;
  • 7-8: Merrycon, University of Canterbury, Christchurch; 
  • 7-8: Oddmall Chrishanukwanzmadan, Cultural Center for the Arts, Canton, OH;  [free admission]
  • 7-9: MacquarieCon, Macquarie University, North Ryde campus, Sydney, NSW; 
  • 13-15: Holiday Matsuri, Marriott World Center, Orlando, FL; 
  • 21-22: Comic Fiesta; Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 

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