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Top Gaming Talent Comes to Atlanta for Dragon Con

Designers and Voice Actors for Best Known, Top Selling and Fan Favorite
Video and Table Top Games Make Plans To Share Their Thoughts at Dragon Con 2015

Gamer and actress Felicia Day, voice actor Mark Meer, top video game designers Jonathan LeCraft and Ian Frazier, and a Murderer’s Row of table top game designers will be part of the fun at Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi and gaming convention.

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“While the cosplay and our celebrity guests get a lot of attention, Dragon Con is actually one of the largest gaming conventions in the nation. Our panel discussions and presentations are as good as you will see anywhere,” convention co-chair Dave Cody said. “Our overall games programming 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.”

Video game pioneer and American astronaut Richard “Lord British” Garriott, who created the Ultima and Tabla Rasa games, will be on hand to talk about his latest project, Shroud of the Avatar, which is expected to be released this year.

The TCGplayer.com returns this year with an exhaustive schedule of HeroClix competitive play including the Realms Open Championship and 2015 ROC World Cup Super Qualifier Event.
And the National Security Decision Making Game (NSDMG) led by Mark McDonagh, a retired Navy Captain and co-designer of the game, returns to Dragon Con 2015.

More than 65,000 people are expected to attend Dragon Con 2015, filling downtown Atlanta over the four-day Labor Day weekend, September 4 to September 7, with events and activities across AmericasMart Building #2 and five host hotels – Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Westin Peachtree and Sheraton Atlanta.

Mark Meer is the voice of Commander Shepard in BioWare’s acclaimed Mass Effect trilogy. Actress Felicia Day became an internet sensation after launching her web series The Guild, loosely based on her life as a gamer and continues to appear in gaming-related Internet media.
Designers from the top game studios including Blizzard (World of Warcraft), Bioware (Mass Effect, Star Wars: The Old Republic), Cloud Imperium (Star Citizens), HiRez Studios (Smite) will be on hand, as well as designers from Artix Entertainment and several other independent developers and studios.

“We are very excited to welcome Jonathan LeCraft, sr. designer from World of Warcraft and Ian Frazier, lead designer for Mass Effect: Andromeda, to Dragon Con 2015,” said Kevin Stallard, director of the Video Gaming track.

“We also have the talent behind the three bestselling table top games on the market, including Monte Cook (Dungeons & Dragons), Rob Schwalb, (Dungeons & Dragons), Jason Buhlman (Pathfinder), Kenneth Hite (GURPS), and Erik Mona (Dungeons & Dragons),” Cody said. “Add to this Jay Little, who designed both the hit miniatures game X-Wing as well as the leading table top RPG Edge of the Empire, and we have a dynamite line-up of table top game designers this year.”

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 to 6 hours, McDonagh and his team will offer more than a dozen lectures on various geopolitical subjects, such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the evolution of submarine warfare or apocalyptic scenarios.

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.

The Force Friday Awakens! – CCC Ep. 012

We are back and joining Michael Morris and Bruce Gibson in the C3 VIP lounge is the host of The Idiot’s Array Podcast, Ryder Waldron.

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New Force Friday merchandise is being leaked worse than a set of Death Star plan and like General Dodanna we analyze these leaks and talk about what we look forward to the most and what we aren’t so thrilled about.  Find Waldron on his own Podcast Idiots Array!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/idiots-array-star-wars-podcast/id997598931?mt=2

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Star Wars Gifts for Gamers

So many Star Wars games and yet not enough time to play them all. Just as there is no shortage of Star Wars fans there is no shortage of Star Wars games ranging from a variety of video games to a number of Star Wars themed card and strategy games. The range of games is so vast there is surely something for the avid video gamer to enjoy as well as the fan of more traditional games like poker and chess. The following is a list specifically designed for gamers of all sorts. 

Top Two Star Wars Video Games 

Gamers who fantasize about driving their own pod through Beggar’s Canyon, meeting other Jedi in the forests of old Alderaan, or even facing down the Sith can experience all this and much more with the Star Wars video games currently on the market.

The Kinect Star Wars game is one of the absolute favorites of Star Wars gamers who want an interactive experience, jumping around and pretending to be a Jedi Knight. The game is absolutely huge in scope and players can enjoy the entire experience with no controller. Players do all of the movements themselves, including the lightsaber action. Players also experience controlling a podracer as well as the Speeder Bike, avoiding obstacles and putting down their foot when appropriate. This is the ultimate in Star Wars fan gaming with the only downside being the need for a relatively large gaming space. 

The biggest and best game in the genre is Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, which is available on various platforms, including PlayStation, Wii, Xbox, DS and PSP. This game has been the classic movie tie-in ever since it first came on the market for the original Xbox. The Force Unleashed has a fan base of legions that increases each year, and/or when the game experience is enhanced by add-ons or a new version is released. The Force Unleashed genre has stood the test of time partly due to being beautifully rendered and its stunning graphics. It may also be due to the immense game play and the fact it has an actual story, making it challenging enough to keep the attention of the average gamer as well as fun. Truthfully it is everything a fan would want from a Star Wars video game. 

Star Wars Themed Strategy Games

Surely, of all the Star Wars fans out there in the world some of them must also be fans of poker. It is easy to imagine someone like Han Solo being a card shark, while Chewie watches his back in one of the dimly lit back rooms of the Chalmun’s Cantina. Remember that fictional bar (cantina) in the pirate city of Mos Eisley on planet Tatooine? It’s the one with all the various alien races and dangerous characters. This makes it easy to picture fans of the movie genre also being fans of playing poker.

Fortunately, there is a Star Wars Poker Set to link the two together. There are a wide range of poker games that can be played with this poker set. While many people know how to play some of the basic poker games like Omaha, Stud and Texas Hold’em, you can always learn more online, sharpen your poker knowledge and strategy.   which have become popular in recent years. If you are unsure, check out the rules of these games online; they are fun and exciting variations. Star Wars fans will love the case of this poker set with its 72 LED lights that illuminate the chips in lightsaber colors of red, green, and blue. Licensed by Star Wars, the product is a limited edition and will surely be a collector’s item. Inside the case there are two hundred chips, two casino-quality Star Wars decks exclusive to this particular set, and much more. 

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The other strategy game that is quite popular is the Star Wars Chess Set. Just as there are Star Wars fans who are also poker players, there are fans who love to play chess as well. This is truly a collectible chess set if there ever was one. Even Star Wars fans that have never played chess would surely delight in owning this set and it is pretty simple to learn the rules of chess, and there are even Star Wars Chess groups.

The set has pieces fashioned in all the classic figures and ships, including Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Han Solo, C3-PO, and R2-D2 to name a few. The design of the chess set is like no other set out there with pieces made from pewter with a luxurious silver and gold finish. The board itself is a marvel with a glass etched top with Death Star imagery. The chess board also has a slide out drawer to protect all 32 pieces when the game is not being played. Then again, a true Star Wars fan would probably leave the pieces out on the board to show them off. 

Just For Fun

Star Wars fans looking for a game just for fun might want to check out the Angry Birds Star Wars Jenga Death Star game. It is exactly as it sounds; it is an Angry Birds game come-to-life, but for Star Wars aficionados.

The first stage of the game involves building a piggy Death Star out of Jenga blocks. Then comes the fun; launching birds to destroy it. The birds included in the game are that of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca, with the latter bird being exclusive to the set. The game also comes with five pigs (a Darth Vader pig and four Storm trooper pigs). This is truly a fun game and an intergalactic battle to send the Death Star crashing down.