Tuesday, March 15, 2011

North Texas RPG Con

This post is actually the first in a series of posts about conventions, and there’s kind of a twist to where I’m going with it. However, this one’s the intro post, and it’s just the lead-in to the twist. For those who are wondering, no, North Texas RPG Con is NOT run by drow. It’s run by Doug Rhea and Mike Badolato, who are both more insidious than drow (Mike) and more dangerous than drow (Doug packs “heat,” as they say).

North Texas RPG Con is home. Collectible card games aren’t allowed, and neither are 3e or 4e D&D. Okay, that last was waived one year for the kids of older attendees, but it basically still stands. What you get when you walk into this convention is pure, unadulterated old school awesomeness. Rob Kuntz lingers outside chain smoking, Frank Mentzer is listening patiently and intently to someone as he actually thinks about beer, Tim Kask is acting out the way he talked on the CB radio to get the TSR van across the ribbon of distant highway on the way to a convention. Erol Otus will be there. Dennis Sustare will be there running a Swords & Wizardry adventure. A bottle of Jack Daniels sits in front of the DM screen at Bill Barsh’s table. Want a copy of the original Tegel Manor, or Caverns of Thracia? It’s for sale here. It rocks.

Dates of the Convention: Thursday June 2, 2011 @ 1500 until Sunday June 5, 2011 @ 1800

Next post, unless I get derailed, is going to be about the various events and games on the convention schedule. We probably still won't get to the twist.


  1. I'll be there! I'm running an OD&D/Spelljammer session Sunday morning. The VIP list is pretty overwhelmingly awesome!

  2. You are a better man than I am - Sunday mornings at a convention leave me basically dead.

    OD&D Spelljammer sounds awesome! (I'm not a big Spelljammer fan, but in the OD&D context it gets kind of interesting).

  3. Also, Doug and I are both prettier than Drow (ok, not that Eclavdra babe, she's smokin....!)

    Mythmere hits the point exactly: this is one of the few cons where you can schmooze with the old-timers without feeling you are a stalker type. Besides Garycon, there is no better collection on the planet of old school types who were "there" when it all went down way back in the old days. And these guys are happy to share, making them an invaluable connection to the days of yore. Let's face it, the new kids in the hobby may be cool, but they haven't gamed with EGG, they never went to the first Gencon, and they have no idea what it was like to stand in line for the AD&D 1E Players Handbook the day it went on sale.

  4. I'll be there too. I am moving mountain and earth to be there, but I am.

  5. I'll be there. Running a game using S&W: White Box on Saturday morning.

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