What are YOU doing at Gen Con? – Part 2

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Last week I covered the events I had planned out for my first day of Gen Con.  Seeing as Thursday alone was enough to fill a post, I decided to split my itinerary into two separate articles.  This week, we’ll look at what’s on the docket for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

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What are YOU doing at Gen Con? – Part 1

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Gen Con 2013 is just around the corner, and I’m already losing sleep from the building excitement.  Making it to Gen Con has been high on my gamer bucket list for close to two decades and in only a few short months, I’ll finally get to experience the geektastic event that is “the best four days in gaming.”  Event registration was a little over a week ago, and while I didn’t get into every event I had hoped for, I was actually surprised I made it into the majority.  Here’s a quick run-down of my Gen Con schedule for Thursday August 15th, which includes the event description and my first impressions of what lies in store.

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Episode 84 – Bringing a Game to Life

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Gamers want to feel immersed and invested in the games they play and run.  Now, while this responsibility can be shared by Players and GMs alike, it will almost certainly falls on the shoulders of the overburdened GM.  Bringing something unique and memorable to the gaming table – be it a prop, ambiance, or even food – will definitely stay in the forefront of the Players minds, unlike useless details such as “Where are we?” or “What are we supposed to be doing?” or “What was the name of the guy that hired us?”  Join us this week as we welcome our special guest, MITC listener and fellow podcaster JiB of the Happy Jacks RPG community to talk about techniques to help bring a game to life.  Strap on a HazMat suit, clean out your test tubes, and be sure to have a plan as you get ready for an all new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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Episode 61 – Gaming With Friends vs. Strangers

Gaming as a hobby and the experiences it brings can swing from one end of the spectrum to the other.  Be it tabletop RPGs, online gaming, or a good old-fashioned roundabout with a board game, there are always inherent pros and cons when it comes to living the gamer lifestyle (or life in general).  We here at To-Ag Studios have been fortunate to have maintained a core gaming group, but what’s a solitary gamer to do when a local group isn’t available?  Join us this week as we discuss the process of gaming with strangers and offer our insights on how both enjoy the positive experiences as well as survive the not so positive ones.  So, pop those social anxiety pills, make sure your PING is decent, and definitely DON’T smell like cold-cuts and prepare yourself for a new episode of Monkey in the Cage.

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Episode 35 – Geek Sub-Cultures

Geeks, Nerds, Dorks, and Dweebs of the world, unite!  Too long have we stood in the shadows of the Jocks and Norm-ies!  Too often have the “Popular” cast us aside!  Now is our time to look beyond our differences and show the world what we’re made of!  Join us this week as we discuss the many layers of Geek subculture.  We peel back the skin of the Funyun and look at the subcultures within the subculture, from Gamers and Cosplayers to Trekkies and Furries.  So, make sure your Battlebot is charged up, strap on your foam sword, and get your character sheets in order because it’s about to get meta up in here on a whole new episode of Monkey in the Cage… Oh, and roll initiative!

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The Intern Comes Clean

Jared’s the Intern, which means he’s really good at coming up with unnecessarily complicated solutions to easy problems. He idolizes Ramses, worships Karen, owes a life debt to Matt, and is in a perpetual blood feud with Robert. To assault him with words, you can reach him at jaredlightle@gmail.com or Tweet him @HealthyLumbrjck.

I have a confession to make. I’ve hidden a part of my past for too long.

I used to fight in the park with foam swords.

While I'm not actually in this picture, rest assured I would have whipped all their asses

Yes, friends, it’s true. And I’m ashamed for having kept this from you. If it were not for the recent Podcast regarding Geek Shame, I fear I wouldn’t have had the courage to step forward.

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