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#17140
Dwarven Forge Con 7 Years, 12 Months ago  
You know, we should all decide on a location, bring our DF, use the mapmaker to make a monster level and have several D&D games running at once.

I need and like to go to Tucson, so I vote for Tucson next summer (cheap rates - we'll be in AC anyway).

Who's up for it?
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#17141
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I'm saving for GenCon next year (it's my "on" year to go... off one year, on the next, etc.) so though the idea rocks, sadly I don't think I could spare the extra $$$.
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#17142
Dwarven Forge Con 7 Years, 12 Months ago  
I'd LOVE to see an East Coast DwarvenCon, but NOT next year (2007); I have MarauderCon to work on, and that's going to be a LOT of work. It's the first IPMS/Baltimore Model Con - or at least, the first in a LONG time - and we need to organize it properly, or it'll be the last for a lo-o-o-o-ng time. We're still looking for a venue, so we can release date, prices/fees, etc.
So, no DF/East before 2008, please, and once I have data on MarauderCon, I'll post it here and everywhere else I can!

See ya!

Jim
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#17143
Dwarven Forge Con 7 Years, 12 Months ago  
I would love to see a DF Con! I help run a small Con out of Adrian Michigan every year but I really think with all the fans DF has we could get a great turn out and it would allow all of us to ask the DF staff any questons we have and get a chance to meet them. I also agree that 2008 would give us all a little more time to save some money...

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So I'm a broke History Major at a small college in Michigan but I cant stop buying DF! I dont have a ton of DF but I'm working on geting more as the money comes to me. So far I have 2x DOE 1x Fantasy Starter Set 1x Room and Passage
 
#17144
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Where's Adrian? I live in Byron Center, just south of Grand Rapids.
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#17145
Dwarven Forge Con 7 Years, 12 Months ago  
I think this would be a lot of fun, but allow me to point out what I consider to be a tiny flaw in the logic.

The money I spend getting to the convention, paying for a hotel room, and buying meals in restaurants is money I could be spending on more DF products.

Rather than make a special trip, maybe we could plan a special event at an upcoming con that Jeff and Stefan and we would be going to anyway...
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#17146
Dwarven Forge Con 7 Years, 12 Months ago  
I agree with jackattack -

I used to go to GWs Games Day in Baltimore and get my Forge World goodies there but then it dawned on me that, as the annual trips became the "same old-same old" and I had the "been there, done that" mentality it just became an expensive shopping trip. So, now, I get more bang for my buck shopping on-line (even if I do have to pay to ship from the UK).

Now, that's not to say I wouldn't go to a different CON to enjoy a new experience. I like Dante's "Year ON / year OFF" cycle (to avoid burn-out and bankruptcy in my case). I was hoping to get to my first GenCon this year but that's not in the dice. Hopefully next year. Besides, it would be great to meet Stefan, Jeff and any of you who go.

- Mike
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#17147
Dwarven Forge Con 7 Years, 12 Months ago  
I'm not trying to overschedule anybody, but if we were to coordinate something before an upcoming convention, that would be another incentive for some of us to go to the convention.

It might be something as simple as a "room party" that might (if they have time) have Stefan and Jeff as the guests of honor. We might all meet at a restaurant (or bar) in/near the hotel, get a big table, talk about interesting things, and buy dinner (or drinks) for any DF employees who come with us. Or someone might offer to run a quick (four to six hours?) dungeon adventure (with pre-generated characters, to make things simple) at which we would actually get to sit down and game with Stefan and Jeff.

Again, I don't know how much "spare" time people who are actually WORKING at a convention have, but it might be easier on them (and us) to add one or two activities to a convention that they (and we) are ALREADY going to, than to create a new event. And since we/they would have gone anyway, almost all of the costs are absorbed.
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#17148
Dwarven Forge Con 7 Years, 12 Months ago  
Well then...

Next year, memorial day I'll be hosting a large (1000+) piece DF event for 30+ people. This takes place at KublaCon in the SF Bay area. You are all invited. 8-)
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#17149
Dwarven Forge Con 7 Years, 12 Months ago  
pf -

Well, I think you just got the West Coast Crowd!

NOW -

I'm SUPPOSED to run a BIG D&D game at Shore Leave 29(?), July 2007, at Hunt Valley Inn, here in Baltimore. If that goes through, many of you will already know what's going on from having seen the setup in Cool Photos. But that won't stop any of you from visiting the convention, stopping by the Game Room, and saying "HEY MAD YANK!"
AND, Shore Leave has lots of OTHER KEWL stuff to see; hey, this year, we had Amanda Tapping from Stargate SG-1, GiGi Edgely from Farscape, and for the girls, Connor Trineer from ST:Enterprise, and Jamie Bamber from Battlestar Galactica (last year, we got Tricia Helfer because Mary McDonnell was suddenly called away!).
Plus LOTS of other stuff. It's actually a pretty good convention.

Gotta go; boss's Access 2000 just blew up in her face.

See ya!

Jim
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#17150
Dwarven Forge Con 7 Years, 12 Months ago  
Actually, for the newbies, two years ago we the Forum members decided the con's name was ForgeCon.
I remember someone saying they were interested in hosting it down south in Florida somewhere, but I guess that fell through.
There are actually a lot of members of the DF forums that live in the South-East so that is why it was going to be down there.
It never happened, but the idea was cool.

The problem with doing our con at an existing con is still the same thing - money.
Our terrain is still not something that can be just up and moved easily, no?
That would mean we all would still have to invest a great deal of money in keeping our large space reserved through all of the days of the other con.
That large space in and of itself would also present a problem when an existing con is in town because space is at a premium when a con is already in town.

If we do our own con, all of the easily used space will be all ours and we will not have to worry about the active bashers so much as well.

The real problem is figuring out where would be the least expensive place to hold the con that would also be the least expensive for everyone to attend.
That would be in mid-America somewhere (St. Louis?, Omaha?) and would take a bit of research to figure out.
Anyone know a really out-of-this-world travel agent as far as skills?

I am sure I left out other required details, but I am off to the medicos.
Still trying to repair old damage.
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#17151
Dwarven Forge Con 7 Years, 12 Months ago  
Well, if the con and/or hotel doesn't have some space they can set aside, there is a cobbled-together alternative.

Ask for a cot for your room (or bring an air mattress) to sleep on. Lay a couple of folded-up tables across the bed(s), bring in some folding chairs, and play away. It's a room you can lock, there's no time limit except check-out at the end of the con, you don't have to worry about noise from other tables, you've got a bathroom right there, and people can drink beer (if the GM allows) and smoke (if no one else objects, and the room is designated for it). Just keep things quiet before nine in the morning and after nine at night, and the hotel management shouldn't mind.

It might be a bit like the stunts we pulled at cons in our late teens and early twenties (who has actually played a game in a hotel hallway, raise your hands), but if the person renting the room and the GM (same person?) are amenable, it could work.
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