Steve Jackson's Appearances
Want to meet Steve? Here's a list of conventions he's attending, as well as other events where you can find him and say hello.
Our other staff members make appearances, too – click here for a complete list.
March 7-9, 2014
The South by Southwest Gaming Expo is a three-day event at the Palmer Events Center across the river from downtown Austin. We'll be at stands 231-233, showing off unreleased games – yes, you can playtest! – and probably selling a couple of copies of Munchkin. And we just MIGHT (no promises!) have small supplies of two upcoming releases, Munchkin Apocalypse 2
And we will deface your games for you! I'll do a signing on Friday night (March 7) from 8 to 9pm. Andrew will sign from 12 to 1:30 on Saturday, March 8.
March 29-30, 2014
Coppell, TX (near Dallas)
The T.A.B.L.E. Kickstarter project succeeded, with more than 120% support. So I'll be a guest there. They even hit stretch goals that will give the supporters a neat mini of a lady zombie-hunter, and a free SJ Games game from a wide selection. This is a special-format event, put on by Tiffany Franzoni and her Roll2Play troupe. Their objective . . . to get gamers and non-gamers sitting down together and talking and playing games. I'm for that.
February 22, 2014
OwlCon will take place February 21-23 at Rice University. I'll be there on Saturday the 22nd. I'll show off some new releases, talk about what's upcoming, and bring a few things to playtest. The Men In Black will be running a lot of events. And we'll be using the new tuned arrhenium laser to bring Napoleon back from the dead and teach him to play Werewolf. Wait, wait, that's supposed to be a secret.
OwlCon is always a lot of fun. I can't call it "low-key" because there's great weirdness and the wits flash and crackle, but it's always a great time. Do not miss the dealer room; much of the best weirdness accumulates there. Some of it can be purchased. Some you just have to admire and back away from carefully, keeping eye contact so as not to show weakness. "Offer food" was a standard monster-negotiation tactic in the early days, and while it may be seen as outdated in some circles, it still works on ME. Try Reese's peanut butter cups.
November 20-24, 2013
This was only my second BGGcon. It was better than the first, and the first was pretty amazing. Lots of talk with old friends, lots of playing new games, lots and lots and LOTS of kibitzing on new games, Toward the end I followed the example of the late lamented Bob Asprin and just declared a table in the bar to be my office. Some good meetings were held and at least one deal was done. And they make an excellent brandy Alexander!
One day of the event was mostly taken up by Andrew, Ross, Phil, and me just hiding out in one of the nice hotel meeting rooms and having a no-kidding Munchkin summit meeting. That was probably the most important thing we did. But the most FUN thing we did was go downstairs and play games. OMG, do they ever have a game library. I intend to go back this year.
October 19-20, 2013
Ogre Launch Party
Soooo much fun. Plans for this started as a one-day event, but it soon grew into two days. Big thanks go to everyone who helped turn our temporary Ogre Logistics Facility (which used to be a furniture store) into an events venue. Especially Eric Dow, who spearheaded the project, and Jimmie and Brandon, who provided the necessary tech support, and the graphics team that made the giant Ogre blueprint and the cool signs. And I have to say that we got the classiest sets of convention attendees EVAR.
After all the time the game was in development, it was huge fun to watch so many sets of Ogre getting punched, and assembled, and played. Scenarios got tried, too. In some cases, they got broken. Oh, well, take them back and fix them. Other things got tested, as well: Zombie Dice 3 got its final playtest there. (Thanks, Al Griego, for useful comments!)
Of note: Mike Hall bid $300 for charity (The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund) to win a copy of the game . . . and then donated his new game to Wonko's Comics as a store copy.
Putting on our own convention was a whole lot of work, but looking back afterward . . . it was SO worth it, and one day we will do it again.
October 4-6, 2013
With my other geek hat on, I went to play with LEGO trains at the Galveston Railroad Museum. I did give out a few "Adventure Time" bookmarks to the lucky people who knew what they were.
Full report here: www.texasbrickrr.com/past_events.html