A different kind of Ether…

It’s no secret that this blogger holds a certain affection for the pulps, in whatever form they might take. With that understanding, it is no surprise that if weird science were to be brought up, we might soon be discussing any number of devices or properties related to the Ether be they from HEX, or Leagues of Adventure, or perhaps Space 1889. This post, however, is not about that, and in fact heads in directions slightly askew of pulp and into the other zones of interest most often explored here, those of SF and less-easily defined realms of imagination.

What am I talking about?

In November, the month after BrigadeCon, Aethercon will be running for its 5th year. As part of the event, the Casting Shadows blog has the opportunity to conduct interviews with representatives of Catalyst Game Labs and Monte Cook Games. Considering all the big developments going on with both companies’ product lines, that could end up being a pair of very interesting discussions. I know that I am looking forward to it.

Are you likewise looking forward to it? Do you have some burning questions you might like answered? Let me know in the comments below or by one of the other methods of contacting me and I will do my best to include them in the interview.

If you have not heard of Aethercon yet, and you would like to know more they maintain an active website throughout the year. In a nutshell, however, the con is an online convention conducted via Roll20 or YouTube Live which attempts to replicate the convention experience not just with games, but with artist and vendors halls, panels, and special events such as interviews and the like.

AetherCon Flyer Logo.jpg

As you can note on the site itself, the 5th annual AetherCon Online Tabletop RPG Convention is a gathering of pen and paper roleplaying gamers that will take place online on the weekend of November 11th-13th, 2016.

AetherCon is free to attend and to participate in. All games will be run on the free, browser-based virtual table top Roll20 as well as Google Hangouts. These programs will allow GMs and players alike to simply click on a link and enter the playing area as opposed to needing to download and install the software to participate.

In addition to various online gaming opportunities from Independent GMs, Publisher Run Games, or Organized Gaming, con-goers can also attend  other activities:

  • Live Publisher Q&As
  • Themed Panels
  • Speed Painting Duels

All of these will take place using the free, browser based conferencing program Anymeeting.

Their goal as organizers of this undertaking is to provide Online RPGers as a whole with a common stomping ground for a weekend in the spirit of the traditional tribal moot. Historically during these gatherings, which took place in a mutually agreed upon location, trading, discussion and various contests among other things took place under a truce between all attending. It is our hope that this undertaking will also prove to be a way for gamers of all stripes and all places to meet up and celebrate our favorite hobby together.
From my perspective that seems like a laudable goal, and I look forward to the small part I will play in it~

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