CAR-PGa NEWSLETTER, Vol. 28, No. 10, October 2019

David Millians, Editor

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

Letter from the Chair

Hello All,

Happy October! I recently added jump links to several CAR-PGA site pages. Long pages like the Frequently Asked Questions, Studies & Literature, Defending RPGs, and Membership Manual should be easier to read and navigate. I’m hoping the increased functionality makes the pages more user-friendly.

I also added a new section to our Best Practices to include Game Policies. It was prompted by Monte Cook Games’ Consent in Gaming, which was released free to the community. I also added the Same Page Tool, TTRPG Safety Toolkit, and X-Cards to the Game Policies section; are all mentioned in the Consent in Gaming document.

Consent in Gaming is an excellent overview of the basics of treating people with respect and decency. It could just as easily be used for a workplace, a convention, or a poker session. It focuses on keeping a game welcoming, inclusive, and fun. Sadly, there has been a backlash from some gamers who think that this tool is somehow an attack on their play style, with an implication that “snowflakes” can’t handle mature situations.

The reality is that our hobby is changing. More people than ever are joining, and with that comes an increase in diversity that challenges our notions of what’s acceptable at our gaming tables. Lots of folks have only ever played with their friends — may we all be blessed to have such long gaming relationships! — and so the very idea of consent concerns seems foreign, even intrusive. But as we’ve seen with the incident at the UK Games Expo, conventions are ground zero for this sort of potential misunderstanding and conflict. When expectations aren’t set up front, they can go horribly wrong. These documents can go a long way in making sure everyone has a fun shared experience.

Pausing and thinking about how players might feel about the subject matter of a game is an entirely reasonable thing to do. I think that’s why our organization is so important in spreading knowledge and awareness about how to tackle this sometimes-difficult subject. I hope our list of best practices helps raise that awareness. Please feel free to share that page with anyone whom you think would benefit.



Committee Chair


Convention Report: Gen Con 2019

By David Millians

My busy summer of travel ended with Gen Con in Indianapolis, Indiana, where I was joined by something north of 70,000 people for “The Best Four Days in Gaming.” It was huge and diverse, and I only saw a small slice of it, but it was awesome, fun, and eye-opening, as ever.

As part of Trade Day the Wednesday before the official convention began on Thursday, I presented a workshop called Game Logistics. A score or so of teachers, librarians, school administrators, writers, and others and I explored the variety of applications games can have in the classroom. It was an interesting exchange, and I learned about several new games – card, board, and digital – that I will have to try, particularly Snow White and Action Castle. I also got some fun new ideas for debriefing games.

Over the next four days, I mostly ran demo games for Chaosium in one small suite of rooms in the Marriott Hotel across the street from the main convention center. It was a blast to work alongside so many experienced gamers and con-goers and to introduce game fun to a host of new players. A slight majority of my players had little or, in most case, no gaming experience and were trying out games they had heard were good. One game was all women, and another was two dads that brought their own family’s early teen sons, as well as four more friends of their sons.

Gen Con is a huge, sprawling convention, covering the convention center, stadium, half a dozen or more downtown conference hotels, and more, so I saw only one little slice of it. I didn’t see most of it. I visited the exhibition hall twice for business, managing to stroll up and down most of the aisles, and the variety of offerings from so many manufacturers and promoters in so many media was overwhelming at times. They ranged from re-sellers of Magic cards to manga videos to small press publishers to parts makers to major company booths with beautifully-done, glass display cases and special entry lines. The production standards continue to rise but so does the ability of most anyone to produce a good-looking product. It’s so different from my first Gen Con in 1979, where stapled mimeographs and even hand-written and hand-drawn games were common.

Gen Con is still a majority white male event, but greater variety was visible everywhere. Women in large numbers and of all ages were everywhere, and people of color and people expressing their own particular identities were always in the mix of players, shoppers, and creators. Families of all kinds continue to be a growing presence, and there were many activities and products aimed at children and families. One of my favorite aspects of a good convention is the encouragement it gives everyone to be themselves, and Gen Con has this more and more.

I’ve heard there were some issues of harassment and access to help at Gen Con. This is a challenge to any gathering of humans, and we gamers are not immune. Managing this such a vast, scattered event if doubly hard, and I hope Gen Con continues to improve its policies and methods, so everyone can attend comfortably and safely.

I learned new ideas about running games, teaching games, teaching, and working with others involved in our industrious fun. I’ve enjoyed trying and testing some of these ideas over the last couple of months. I’ll be back this coming summer 2020!







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.

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; shutupandsitdown.con
  • 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;
  • 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: LA Comic Con, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA;
  • 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;
  • 18-19: 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:  Minicon III, Jack Erskin Building, University of Canterbury, Christchurch; saga.con/minicon
  • 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 International, 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 Gattmann 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: GrandCon, DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, MI;
  • 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, 2349 W Maurlton Pike, Cherry Hill, NJ;
  • 8-10: Wizard World Comic Con Austin, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX;  
  • 9: Grogmeet, FanBoy 3, 23 Hilton St, Manchester;
  • 9-10: Spellenspektakel, Beursgfebouw, Eindhoven;
  • 14-17: G-Star, EXCO, Busan, KR;
  • 14-17: Midwest GameFest, Stoney Creek Conference Center, Kansas City, MO;
  • 15-17: AetherCon Online RPG Convention, online;
  • 15-17: ComicConway, 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, AK;
  • 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: Glasgow Games Festival, Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchichall St, Glasgow;
  • 16-17: Dreieich Con, Bürgerhaus, Dreieich-Sperndingen, Fichtestr. 50, Dreieich, Germany;
  • 16-17: MIGS, Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 1001 lace Jean-Pal_Riopelle, Montréal, QC;
  • 16-18: Encuentro Nacional de Juegos de Mesa, Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires;
  • 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;
  • 23-24: 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;

December 2019

  • 1: Gengis Con Cleveland, Lake Erie Bldg, 13000 Athens, Lakewood, OH;
  • 6: Anonycon, Sheraton Hotel, 700 E. Main St, Stanford, CT;
  • 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;
  • 14-15: Sono Con, Garrett Coliseum, Montgomery, Al;
  • 21-22: Comic Fiesta; Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;

January 2020

  • 2-5: Magfest, Gaylord National Hotel, National Harbor, MD;
  • 3-5: Sac Anime Winter, Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, CA;
  • 4-5: Winter Stabcon, Britannia hotel, Dialtone Ln, S Vaughn Way, Aurora, CO;
  • 9-12: Anime Los Angeles, Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E Convention, Ontario, CA;
  • 10-12: AniMore, Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD;
  • 10-12: Evercon, Central Wisconsin Convention Center, 10101 Market St, Rothchild, WI;
  • 10-12: Midwinter Gaming Convention, Hilton City Center, 509 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI;  
  • 10-12: Ohayocon, Hyatt Regency Columbus, Columbus, OH;
  • 10-12: OrcaCon, Hilton Bellevue, Bellevue, WA;
  • 10-12: Morpheus, städtischen Sielezentrum Pluto, Wilhelmstr. 89a, Herne;
  • 11-12: Congress of Gamers, Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Dr, Rockville, MD;
  • 11-12: UniCon, Aleksandxra Caka lela 58l Latgales priekspilseta, Riga, Latvia;
  • 12: Crow Con, Crows Nest Community Centre, 2 Ernest Place, Crows Nest, NSW;  [D&D]
  • 17-19: MarsCon, MarsCon, Ft. Doubletree Hotel, 50 Kingsmill Rd, Williamsburg, VA;
  • 17-19: PAX South, Gonzolez Convention Center, 200 E. Market St, San Antonio, TX;
  • 17-19: Polar Vortex, Sheraton Lisle Naperville, 3000 Warrenville Rd, Lisle, IL;
  • 17-20: Arisia, Westin Waterfront Hotel, 428 Summer St, Boston, MA;
  • 17-20: BryceCon, Ruby’s Inn, 26 S. Main, Bryce Canyon City, UT;
  • 17-20: HexaCon, Radisson Hotel Denver, 3155 S Vaughn Way, Aurora, CO;
  • 17-20: Scarab, Medallion Convention Center, 7309 Garners Ferry Rd, Columbia, SC;
  • 18-19: Arcanacon, Melbourne Convention Centre, Melbourne, Vic;
  • 18-19: Kapcon, Wellington High School, 249 Taranaki St, Mount Cook, NZ;
  • 18-19: SnowCon, Cross Insurance Center, Bangor, ME;
  • 22-26: ConTingency, Searles Leisure Resort, Hunstanton, Norf;
  • 23-26: Bastion, YHA Conwy, Conwy, N Wales;
  • 23-26: Whose Turn is it Anyway?, Durham Convention Center, Durham, NC;
  • 24-26: Chattacon, Doubletree, 407 Chestnut St, Chattanooga, TN;
  • 24-26: Platypus con, Centennial Hall, Juneau, AK;
  • 24-26: Rocket City Gamefest, Holiday Inn, 5903 University Dr, Huntsville, AL;
  • 24-26: Winter War, IHG Champaign Suites, 101 Trade Centre Dr., Champaign, IL;
  • 25-26: GenghisCon Perth, Air Force Memorial Estate, 2 Bull Creek Dr, Bull Creek, WA;
  • 25-26: Pow! Con, Brooklyn Expo Center, Brooklyn, NY;
  • 25-27: Cancon, Exhibition Park. Flemington Rd, Mitchell, ACT;
  • 29-February 2: Spielwarenmesse, Münchener Str 33, Nüenvweeg;  [trade show]

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