If you'll be at the Con, can run a fast and furious game, and want the cost of your badge covered, follow the link and give the big man in Chicago a heads up.

Maybe you'll end up running one of my modules! Hah!

Let the Frenzy Begin
…please excuse the exclamation points

Though it might not be apparent, I’ve worked hard to keep my enthusiasm for this year’s GenCon Indy to a mild roar. With Goodman Games' open call for GMs, my convention season officially begins. The kid gloves come off, I start filing the corners of my dice, packing my rule books, and counting down to the big Con.

This year my dear friend and longtime mentor, Alex Anderegg will be running a few games. With his encouragement, I’ve agreed to run an adventure for 0-level characters (the same adventure that will also be released at GenCon).

“But Harley,” you might note, “there aren’t rules for 0-level characters in 3.5 ed.”

To this protest I need only remind you that any game is your game, and if there aren’t rules, then damn well make them up . . . or at least fudge it.

Baring that, you could always shell out some hard earned dollars and buy something I wrote. But why not come up with the rules yourself?

I’ll also be doing some signings, witnessing the release of one huge project and a few small but sweet ones (perhaps including a hardback release), doing some skating at the local skatepark, and generally smiling until my face hurts.

To refresh your memory, here are some highlights of the 2005 Con. In keeping with Harley’s working view of the world, some are bad, some are ugly, but all are fun.

-Meeting the Young Dragons of WoTC fame! Ed Gentry, Lara Gose, and Jaleigh “Jolly” Johnson all took pains to put up with me last year. Can’t wait to see them again!

-Hanging out with Dave “Blackmoor” Arneson. The look on Jaleigh’s face was priceless.

-My run in with the mysterious El Presidente. Will he return again? We can only hope not.

-I discovered that a bandanna was a viable (or not) option as a woman’s primary article of clothing.

-Riding in the back of Alex’s pickup truck through downtown Indy, as Alex gallantly escorted the ladies from the 5 Wits back to their hotel.

Highlights from this coming year:
-Game designers Jeff LaSala and Mike Ferguson will be releasing the largest Goodman Games product to date. Be there!

-Elaine Cunningham and Paul S. Kemp will be in attendance! Smile nicely and keep the fanboy hysteria to a minimum!

-Reunion and signing with the Young Dragons, including celebrity drake Eric Scott deBie! Also, Ed Gentry and Jaleigh Johnson both have Realms books in the coming lineup, so make friends with them now and they’ll sign books for your children down the road.

-The return of the Five Wits! Look for them at a gaming table near you. Oh, and there are three of them. I think.


If you’re a gamer, and if you’ve ever dreamed of attending, I can’t recommend it highly enough. Bring some dice, a tablet of paper, some pencils. Leave with ten thousand new friends and renewed appreciation for the power of the imagination.


At 11:16 AM, Blogger SnakeOil Sage said...

High Mage Sam?

At 11:35 AM, Blogger Jeff LaSala said...

He actually asked me to run one of my own (mini ones) at GenCon. Sadly, I could not commit, but heck, I need to actually SEE a session at GenCon before I even contemplate running one.

I'd get more of a kick watching another DM run my adventure anyway.

At 12:35 PM, Anonymous Erik Scott de Bie said...

Looking forward to it!

You pose an interesting proposition, Mr. Stroh, about running modules. I may have to take you up on it. ;)

On a not-unrelated note, I saw one of your modules in a game store the other day, and I was like, "Harley!"

Carry on.


At 12:45 PM, Blogger Grimbones said...


*laugh* That's a great story. I do the same thing when I see all the books in the store. Great little family we have.

As for GenCon, I can't encourage you enough. Goodman Games is _always_ in need of quality GMs, and I think it might cover invitation to BeerCon as well (don't quote me on that).

If you have any concerns or questions feel free to send me an email.


At 2:15 PM, Blogger Marcy said...

Alas, Indy is much too far away, but if you'll all commit to Gen Con Anaheim, I will gladly make the trip! ;)

At 3:53 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Still up in the air whether or not I can make it this year ... still annoyed that I didn't make it last year, so I hope to make up for lost time!

Either way, I owe you a beer. Or three ...


At 4:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Whatever. You were the one that let me into your setting. I'm the one that owes you beer.


At 11:04 AM, Blogger Lara said...

Indianapolis is the Crossroads of America. No such thing as too far away, especially with a big airport in Indy and/or those in Chicago just a hop away.

At 12:08 PM, Blogger Marcy said...

Yes, but a) Anaheim is within driving distance, so no paying $1000+ for the whole family to fly out and for a rental car once we're there, b) we have relatives in SoCal, so no paying for a hotel, c) we have relatives in SoCal, so we have babysitters as needed, and d) we're from SoCal, so we know our way around. "Too far away" = "costs too much to go there."

At 3:23 PM, Blogger Jw said...

Yes, that's the real issue- money. Because in my opinion, nothing is too far away from anything anymore. Flights are cheap, fast, and constant, and time-distotion due to globalization has lessened the psychological gaps between "A" and "B" considerably.

But cash is ALWAYS the same- sparse.

The primary benefit of a lack of dependents is, well, way less dependence to think about. I'm so grateful for that.

At 8:49 PM, Blogger SnakeOil Sage said...

Mike said...
Still up in the air whether or not I can make it this year ... still annoyed that I didn't make it last year, so I hope to make up for lost time!

Either way, I owe you a beer. Or three ...


* * * * *


Whatever. You were the one that let me into your setting. I'm the one that owes you beer.

* * * * *

Is this a case of mistaken identity? *Grins*

At 12:56 PM, Blogger Mike said...

No mistaken identity - just a mutual respect-fest going on. :)

That, or we're creating excuses to obtain a veritable calvacade of drinks at GenCon ...

At 1:30 PM, Anonymous esdb said...

It's not in my nature to turn down beer.

Hmm. I'll give it some thought.


At 6:31 PM, Blogger SnakeOil Sage said...

H said, "You were the one that let me into your setting."

My name's actually Mike, and I have a setting. Heh. Just confirmuing identities. :D

At 11:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heh. I got my Mikes confused ... but:

-Both let me write for their setting.

-I owe both of them adult beverages.




At 12:27 PM, Blogger SnakeOil Sage said...

I'll have some mudder's milk. :D


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