CategoryConventions

A Pledge for SF/F Convention Accessibility

I don’t often post my “work” work on this blog, but recently I had the opportunity to conduct an interview on a topic that crosses my personal and professional interests: fan convention accessibility. A group of writers, creators, and fans are putting pressure on conventions that don’t take accessibility seriously. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention Accessibility Pledge...

Gryphcon Approaches!

Building upon my last post’s focus on extremely regional content, I’d like to alert all the Ontario folks out there that Gryphcon is around the corner. Gryphcon is about a venerable a gaming convention as you’ll find in Southern Ontario, with a 25+ year history at Guelph University. Originally a small convention put on by the, ahem, Guelph Adult Gaming Association, it is now run...

New Game Store Alert: Face to Face Games

Just a quick update for all you Toronto area gamers. A new game store has recently opened up in Toronto’s east end called Face to Face Games. Boasting a large gaming space, and a soon-to-be-completed cafe, it is a welcome addition to the Ontario nerd scene. Although primarily known for its Magic: The Gathering stock, Face to Face is expanding its business into RPGs and board games. If...

ConBravo 2014: Vendor Profiles

This is part three of a three part series where Michael reviews his experiences as ConBravo. As has been evident in my Nerd Tour Of Toronto series, I am a big fan of gaming stores. They occupy an special place in nerd culture, where members of the community can gather to play games and share ideas. When I’m at conventions, I like to take some time  to talk to the vendors there to learn more...

ConBravo 2014: D&D Next First Impressions

This is part two of a three part series where Michael reviews his experiences as ConBravo.  I actually didn’t get a chance to play any of the multitude of table-top games available at ConBravo. Sad but true! However, former Spellstorm organizer Dominic Amann was running a newbie table of D&D Next and let me sit in for the first hour to learn the rules and get a feel for the system...