Okay. Let's get this out in the open, and spearhead this, and get the ball rolling here. I know almost nothing about the Tuscon gaming scene, but there's at least one indie guy down there (JDCorley) and I'm sure he's not the only one. Then there's the team up here in Phoenix - me, Eric J. Boyd and Rayston form the core, and we might be able to get in a few satellites as well. Let's get the ball rolling on this one. Tuscon and Phoenix aren't exactly close, but they're not exactly far, either.
Let's talk possible conventions:
October 13-15: HexaCon 16
, the longest-running RPG convention in Phoenix, is really going downhill - pushed aside by the new Juggernaut "Phoenix ConGames" that I'll describe below. If you go to Hexacon's website right now, the registration categories for games are "Board Games, Card Games, Chess, Computers, Miniatures, LARPs, RPGA, Steve Jackson, White Wolf". Note that, as of right now, there's not even the hint
of playing other games, though I'm sure if we bring them an organized plan, they might let us play there. I'm not all that enthused about this particular convention, but I'll mention it for completeness sake and who knows - an Indie Explosion here might be staggering.
November 10-12: Tus-Con 33
in Tucson. I know nothing about this convention besides what's said on the website, though I'm told it's the only gaming convention in that area all year. From the website it looks more general - it's a SF/Fantasy convention with a gaming area, which might work to our advantage. Getting the Phoenix Chapter down there shouldn't be too difficult, though since more than half of us are poor students, I'm not sure how or if we'll be able to afford a room.
July Next Year (dates TBA): Phoenix ConGames
in Phoenix. At this point the best gaming convention in the Valley and probably the state, thanks in part to the guidance of Peter Adkison. I might be in Spain for this next one, but hopefully by then we'll have the core of a plan ready, and even with my absence the show will go on.
I have to catch the bus now, so I'm hitting 'start your discussion' now. Let's see where this takes us.