Richard Launius is the excellent game designer of well-known games such as Elder Sign, Defenders of the Realm and Arkham Horror, which won the Origins HG Wells Best Science Fiction Board Game Award in 1987. Redesigned by Launius and Kevin Wilson, it was re-released in 2005 by Fantasy Flight Games.
In addition, Launius created the fantasy game Defenders of the Realm, published by Eagle Games, and its expansion Dragons. Other titles soon be released include Pirates vs. Dinosaurs and Run, Fight, or Die.
Launius will be sharing many of his games with attendees, and is happy to teach new players.
Professor Fear hails from Atlanta. He runs a fun and furious geek trivia show that involves lots of audience participation. Last year’s event was very successful, and he promises an even better time for everyone this year.
Phil Keeling is a southern comedian who speaks geek. His stand up often touches on dork-related matters, fast food and real life.
SCARAB is the South Carolina role players and board gamers group. They travel around to cons and run roleplayers.
Robert Adams, a genius game designer of such games as, It Came From Behind the Still and When the Navy Walked. He will keep busy at GnomeCon, showing off his creations, talking about the how-tos of game design and being dastardly.
Winfield Strock III is a former military gentleman who retired and embarked on his second life as an author. Under the waves, in the twilight of the Cold War, books and my imagination kept me saner than some and happier than many. Only after a brush with death did I turn my imagination into creation. He brings his first acclaimed creation to us and offers to chat about his writing.
The Odd Lot Improv Group, Savannah’s premiere comedy troupe, will be performing its hilarious improvisational show, fueled by audience suggestions. The Odd Lot troupe will be performing (1 hour each) on Friday, April 19, from 8-9 p.m. and Saturday, April 20 from 6-7 p.m.
The group has recently moved into production of stage plays with great success, and has added the Dead In The Water Murder Mystery Cruise to its repertoire. March 2013 will mark its third anniversary, with the future full of dreams and possibilities. For more information, visit www.oddlot.org.
Robert Burke is an independent game designer from Charlotte, NC. His published games include Cartoona and Gnomes: the Great Sweeping of Ammowan, two well-received family games which he will be demoing at Gnomecon 2013.
Cartoona is a wacky, tile-laying, creature-building game perfect for families with children of all ages. The game encourages creativity, strategic thinking and social interaction. Players compete by building colorful, and sometimes hilarious, cartoon creatures from different cartoon creature part tiles.
“Cartoona is an excellent game for families.” according to Wired.com, and Tom Vasel of the Dice Tower, said “This is a fantastic family game, people are going to love putting the tiles together.”
Gnomes: the Great Sweeping of Ammowan may best be described as a family-friendly, scavenger hunt/storytelling game. It has been built from the ground up with the sole purpose of igniting the imagination of children. It can be run as a simple adventure for small children like an Easter egg hunt, as an immersive adventure with clues and riddles, as a scavenger hunt, as a map reading adventure or as a GPS adventure. Create shared memories of the time when your family “saved the gnomes of Ammowan.”
“Gnomes provided what few other games can: an immersive experience for the entire family. It was like having a mini-Disney in my backyard: the children were enraptured by the magic, and we as parents lived through their excitement.” – Dice Hate Me
“Your reward will be the look of excitement and amazement on the faces of the little geeks as they suddenly ‘see’ a new and magical world where yesterday there was none. And for a brief time, you’ll be a child again, too. The world will seem bigger, brighter and more marvelous than before.” – Father Geek
“The kids had a blast. For anyone who has ever had The Elf on the Shelf this is a perfect step up w/ limitless possibilities” – The Cardboard Jungle
Horror novelist James A. Moore was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award in 2003 for “Best Novel” for his book Serenity Falls. Many of his books have been released by small press publishers like Earthling, Cemetery Dance as signed hardcover limited editions.
His work has also been featured in collectible card game and role-playing game related work set in White Wolf’s World of Darkness universe. Other novels include the series Bloodstained, Chris Corin and Harvest.
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