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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.

The 14 Reasons I am Excited to be a Star Wars Fangirl in 2014

Instead of doing a retrospective piece looking back at 2013 and all the fun things that happened, I decided I would write a piece about the things that I am excited for in 2014. While we do not know a lot of things that will happen in the world of Star Wars in 2014 I can speculate. It will be fun to look back on this piece at the end of the year and see if the things I was excited for happening actually happened.

1. Star Wars Cardigans, Skirts and Scarves?

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I am very excited for the new items that will come from Her Universe this year. After speaking to Ashley and hearing what she has in the pipeline that is not Star Wars related I can’t help but be excited for the new Star Wars gear. I really can not wait for the A line skirts and the Cardigans but my biggest anticipation has me crossing my fingers that there will be a scarf.

2. Star Wars Rebels

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Cartoons and I get along so well. Losing the Clone Wars was a big blow to take last year. I am so glad that there will be a new Star Wars show for me to watch. The timeframe for this show really excites me because I am anxious to see the development of the rebellion.

3. Star Wars Rebels Toys

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The best part of any new TV Show or Film is the merchandise. I love toys and I can not wait to see what things come out for Rebels. We have already gotten word about one of the action figures that will be out as well as possible rumors of LEGO Star Wars Rebel Sets for this year. We won’t know much until announcements are made and of course Toy Fair is in a month or so. I can’t wait for the new things I get to collect, but I am sure my wallet can….

4. Star Wars Episode 7 Casting Announcements

I would suspect that we will get some news on Star Wars episode 7 and if I had to guess we will at least get some casting information. Along with casting information comes my next most exciting thing

5. Star Wars Episode 7 Characters

Hopefully we will learn the identities of the characters that will be in the next Star Wars Film. I doubt we will get a lot of detailed information but at least we will know their names. Once we get the names we may be able to tell where in the EU the story is coming from or…where it is not. This could really cause an uproar amongst Star Wars EU fans.

6. Star Wars Books…or possible lack thereof

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I am NOT excited that there is not much in the lineup to be released on the book front for 2014. However, there are some that I am excited for. I am very much anticipating Joe Schrieber’s Darth Maul: Lockdown and I am also eagerly awaiting the Star Wars Storyboards: Original Trilogy book by JW Rinzler. I am also hoping that we will get some book announcements this year.

7. Star Wars Disney Infinity Characters

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This particular thing is not even something that has been announced. This is just something that I am really hoping for this year. From what we have heard that will be released for the game much of it has already been released. There are going to be plenty of figures and power discs still to come this year and I am very hopeful that there will be Star Wars characters in the lineup.

8. Star Wars Weekends

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We already have the dates for Star Wars Weekends 2014. If you have not heard they will be each weekend Friday- Sunday beginning May 16th and ending June 8th. I have a feeling that they will be different this year. The past several years they have been themed to the Clone Wars which has been really fun. Now that the Clone Wars has ended there is a new show on the horizon and I see Disney using the weekends as an opportunity to launch Star Wars Rebels. There are all kinds of opportunities for exclusive merchandise, previews, and reveals at Star Wars Weekends. As far as the hosts or the guests are concerned I have no idea what they will do.

9. Convention Season 2014

I have vowed that this year I would be attending as many conventions as I can. That was part of the reason that I did not get a real job when we moved. I wanted to be able to focus more on blogging, podcasting and doing anything that I can to further myself in that area. To me this means going to conventions, so come on convention season I am ready for you!

10. LEGOs

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I know I talked about toys already but I love LEGOs the most and I can’t wait for all the new sets for this year. Plus there are the ones that I have not gotten over the past few years that will be all new to me this year when I buy them. So hooray for new Star Wars LEGOs (even though I don’t have them yet).

11. Star Wars Theme Park?

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This is a long shot but one I am really hoping for. I really want to hear some theme park news in regards to Star Wars. I know we got news that Disney was going to put it on the back burner for now but there is a piece of me that just does not believe it. We have to get some news this year as to what they are thinking and hopefully an announcement for a possible plan.

12. The Lost Missions i.e. Clone Wars bonus content

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This is a Fan made trailer for the Lost Missions bonus content. This video was originally seen on Jedi News UK.

There is still so much to be seen from the Clone Wars and I can not wait for these lost missions to air. I don’t really care how they come out whether it is digital or on Disney XD just release them already!

13. Fangirls Going Rogue and Star Wars Bookworms

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I love the podcasts that I do and I can not wait to bring you guys more. Fangirls Going Rogue has just started but we are having so much fun. I really can’t wait for what we come up with in future episodes. Aaron and I have been having fun with bookworms but the end of the year proved difficult as we both got really busy. I can’t wait to get back to a regular schedule for all of you as well as providing some awesome interviews.

14. Star Wars Blogging

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My final thing that I am excited for is being a Star Wars blogger again this year. I have a lot of work to do and I need to get more consistent. It is actually one of my goals for this year, to bring lots of new content from me on a daily basis at Fangirl Next Door and weekly basis on the Star Wars Report and Jedi News UK. I love my blogging community and I can not wait for all the fun things I get to write about. That might be the best part about being a fan, getting to hear all the news and then write about it.

Some of these exciting things are not groundbreaking but they are all very special in their own special ways. Now is a great time to be a Star Wars fan and I am sure 2014 will have some fun things in store. Why are you excited to be a fan in 2014?

Teresa Delgado

Dragon Con 2013 – BSG interviews – SWR #104

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We present our continuing coverage of Dragon Con 2013! This episode features our interviews with Richard Hatch, and Kandyse Mcclure, as well a some audio highlights from one of the ever-popular BSG panels at Dragon Con 2013

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Intro to the EU Dragon Con Panel – SWBW #11

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We have an extra special episode of Star Wars Bookworms for you today. This past weekend was Dragon Con 2013 in Atlanta. One of our hosts, Aaron, was on location at this major pop culture convention and he had the chance to be on a few Star Wars panels. One of the panels he was on was the Intro to the Star Wars Expanded Universe panel. He was joined by a number of other panelists including Brian and Nanci from the Tosche Station podcast.

Lucky for us Riley from the Star Wars Report recorded the entire panel. What we have done for our listeners is take the recording and edit it a bit. The majority of the panel is here but we did edit out sections that were hard to hear or parts that were more filler. If you are interested in listening to the entire unedited panel you can find that over at Tosche Station Radio.

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