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Dragon Con Hosts National Realms Open Championship

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Dragon Con Hosts National Realms Open Championship
$15,000 Tournament Purse Expected to Draw Top HeroClix Players From Across the County. Other Gaming Highlights Include the Return of National Security Decision Making Game and Richard Garriott.

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The TCGplayer.com Realms Open Championship, where the nation’s top HeroClix players can compete for share of a $15,000 purse, is returning for its second year to Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi and gaming convention.

Perhaps better known for its cosplay and the chance to interact with actors, artists, authors and other creators, Dragon Con is actually one of the largest gaming conventions in the nation. Taking up most of the Hilton Atlanta Downtown, the gaming portion at Dragon Con features voice actors, game designers and other guests from the worlds of table top and video gaming, as well as the opportunity to play tabletop and LAN gaming in casual and tournament formats.

“We’re thrilled to welcome back to Dragon Con the TCGplayer.com Realms Open Championship,” convention co-chair David Cody said. “Because of the qualifying format and the prize money, we expect some of the top players from around the country to participate in this tournament and make it a very competitive event. It will be a great part of an already rich lineup of gaming and game-related programming.”

In addition to the TCGplayer.com Realms Open Championship, other highlights for the year include the return of the National Security Decision Making Game (NSDMG) led by Mark McDonagh, a retired Navy Captain and co-designer of the game, and guest Hall of Fame video game designer and American astronaut Richard “Lord British” Garriott.

As gaming at Dragon Con has continued to increase in popularity, the convention has restructured the gaming tracks for 2014 to provide a more streamlined, focused experience. There will be just three tracks this year.
· Table Top Gaming – Formerly called Gaming, this track’s programming will continue to focus on pen and paper and table top games.
· LAN Gaming – Formerly called Digital Gaming, this title is simply a better description of the specific type of gaming in this track.
· Video Gaming – The old Video Gaming and MMORPG tracks have been combined to better align with the gaming industry and focus on the content rather than the platform.

HeroClix is a competitive, table top game using miniature super heroes and villains from throughout pop culture. The TCGplayer.com Realms Open Championship will take place over three days with constructed qualifiers on Friday, August 30th and the Championship event beginning on Saturday, August 31. The top 32 competitors will share in the $15,000 purse, with the tournament champion taking home $4,000.

The National Security Decision Making Game presents players with a range of real world issues that they must decide how to solve, with each play assuming the role of a different political leader or deliberative body. The game will be offered seven times, five using current global geopolitical issues and two relying on historical scenarios. In addition to the game scenarios, each lasting 4 hours, McDonagh and his team will offer more than a dozen lectures and interactive seminars on various geopolitical subjects, such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the current situations in Gaza, Syria and Ukraine and the current thinking on chemical & biological weapons and bioterrorism.

About Dragon Con:
Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day in Atlanta. Organized for fans, Dragon Con features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
For more information on HeroClix, please visit http://maxpoint.tcgplayer.com/heroclix/ROC-Dragon-Con-140829.
For more information about the National Security Decision Making Game, please visit http://www.nsdmg.org or look for NSDMG on Facebook.

Monsterama Con Review

This year, Riley and I attended part of Monsterama Con as press this past weekend!

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Touted as an “Atlanta convention that celebrates the fantastic in film, literature, and art,” I’d say Monsterama Con was definitely a successful, new convention that anyone interested in horror, or the fantastic would be interested in. I was especially impressed with the level of preparedness of the staff that I interacted with, the guests who came, as well as the number of panels for a convention in its first year.

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It took place at the Holiday Inn Select on Chamblee Dunwoody Road in Atlanta, August 1-3. While zombies and vampires have been the rage for a number of years now, Monsterama Con was a little different than one might expect in that while it had its share of zombies, it focused a bit more on older, classic horror from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s.

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While monsters, horror, zombies, ect. haven’t really been my thing, fans of the genre who showed up seemed to really enjoy themselves. I never saw anyone who wasn’t happy about something, or had negative things to say about panels, guests, staff, or the experience. With the convention being a smaller one, I think the atmosphere created was more intimate, and fans were able to take in more of the experience than at larger conventions I’ve been to. Waiting hours or days in line wasn’t necessary, and I think that added to the enjoyment for fan attendees.

My favorite parts of the convention were wandering around and just taking in everything, and seeing Cineprov riff an old horror film.

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The convention was also a very affordable one, with special room rates being offered at the convention hotel, parking provided for free, and passes were also a very reasonable rate.

All in all, for fans of the genre this is a must go to convention.

For more information, check out the official website and follow the convention on Twitter!

Bethany Blanton

The Essential Quinlan Vos Comics

Every fan of Star Wars novels most likely has a list of books they have always wanted to see. For me the book on the top of that list was a novel featuring my favorite Expanded Universe character, Quinlan Vos. With Del Rey’s recent announcement of a novel featuring Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos, it seems like I got my wish. In Summer of 2015 we will be getting a novel based on unused scripts from The Clone Wars animated series.

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I remember when Dave Filoni posted his sketches of scenes from the unused scripts. I was happy to see images of Vos, but extremely sad at the idea I would never get to see those stories on screen. With the recent release of the Son of Dathomir comics I knew there was a chance I would see these other stories in comic form someday, but I never expected a novel. To me a novel is an even better option because it will allow us to really get into the character’s heads.

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So you may wonder why I am so excited for a novel featuring a character who only had a significant role in one episode of The Clone Wars. That may be all he is to fans who have only seen the animated series, but to those of us who have been following the comics, he is so much more.

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Dave Filoni Willing to Helm Star Wars Spin Off

Please.

Yes.

Please.

In an interview with /Film, Dave Filoni stated he would be willing to Helm Star Wars Spin Off film. Dave is such an amazing ambassador to SW fandom. This would be fantastic news.

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/Film: For the next few years, you obviously are concentrating on Star Wars Rebels. But is a Star Wars spin-off movie something you’d want to do? Would you want to get in line to direct whether it be a Rebels movie or some random spin-off movie 10 years down the road?

Dave Filoni: Oh, of course. That’s a selfish thing to say, but of course. I mean, if I were to get an opportunity like that A, I wouldn’t turn it down. B, I would see it as a great honor to do it. And I would apply all my Jedi knowledge to doing it as best I can. When I see these spin-offs happening, I’ve got definitely more than a few ideas of things that I would love to see finished and some things that makes them, I think, personally great stories.

Via /Film

-Riley Blanton