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Paizocon 2019 Celebrates Tabletop Gaming in Seattle and on Twitch!

Paizocon 2019

PaizoCon 2019, the 11th annual 4-day hobby game convention with gaming, workshops, panels, and more, runs this Memorial Day weekend (Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27) at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels, at the SeaTac Airport. Many events will also be live-streamed on Twitch. Badges will be available onsite.

This year’s PaizoCon lets gamers play the Pathfinder Second Edition roleplaying game for the first time, plus adventure through the all-new Pathfinder Adventure Card Game! Quick games of both Pathfinder and the Starfinder Beginner Box will be available through the demos near registration, and Pathfinder Society and Starfinder Society organized play events will be occurring throughout the weekend. Stop by, roll up a character, and have some fun!

PaizoCon also welcomes author Liane Merciel, artist Wayne Reynolds, and the Glass Cannon Network! Stop by and get an autograph, a signed print, or shop at the Paizo store onsite.

Paizo and Know Direction Network will be partnering to stream select PaizoCon seminars live on the OfficialPaizo Twitch channel. The scheduled topics include Ask the Paizo GMs, Secrets of Golarion, Worldbuilding with Liane Merciel, Secrets of the Pact Worlds, Oblivion Oath, and more.

The PaizoCon Banquet will be held on Saturday, May 25 at 7:00 PM Pacific time and emceed by Paizo Publisher, Erik Mona. It will preview future 2019 product releases across the Pathfinder Second Edition and Starfinder product lines, along with Pathfinder and Starfinder society revelations.

Single Day Badges will be available at the PaizoCon Convention store. Regular Single Day Badges will be $25 each, and Single Day Kid’s Badges will be $15 each.

CMON’s Arcadia Quest Comes to Comics and IDW Publishing

Starcadia Quest

Game developer CMON’s highly-anticipated tabletop game (and Kickstarter darling) Starcadia Quest will come to comics beginning in August, courtesy of IDW Publishing. The first-ever expansion of the Starcadia universe, this three-issue miniseries welcomes James Roberts – the fan-favorite and critically acclaimed writer of Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye and Lost Light – to craft a wild new adventure for Starkid and his Freelance Adventuring Crew.

The comic is old-school science fiction with a modern twist mashing up classic space opera tropes with weird twists and turns. As it’s a game, the comic helps the world-building aspects of this world and setting.

Illustrated by Aurelio Mazzara and colored by David García CruzStarcadia Questtakes comic readers and game fans deep into the Frontier, where the toughest jobs in the galaxy are handled by Freelance Adventuring Crews. On his sixteenth birthday, the delivery boy known as Starkid sends out a call for the best recruits he can get… at his local Stardollars coffee shop. An action-packed and hilarious QWST begins!

The game and comic features solid character design, homages to science fiction movies and enemies, and acknowledges the stories and tropes that have come before. All of that and some laugh out-loud humor.

As a special bonus, each issue of Starcadia Quest will be jam-packed with additional pages’ worth of exclusive playable content, allowing readers to incorporate the issue’s story elements into their tabletop gameplay!

Preview: CLUE: Candlestick #1

CLUE: Candlestick #1

Dash Shaw (w & a & c)

All of your favorite suspicious characters are back in this new brain twister based on the timeless detective game. Ripe with puzzles, secrets, and lies, in CLUE: CANDLESTICK everyone’s a suspect! Cartoonist auteur Dash Shaw unleashes his murderous imagination on the quirky, thrilling and mysterious world of Clue!

FC • 36 pages • $4.99

CLUE: Candlestick #1

Jim Zub and Max Dunbar Reunite for Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides this November

Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides

IDW Publishing reunites the Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate creative team of writer Jim Zub and artist Max Dunbar for an all-new adventure: Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides! Debuting in November 2019, the five-issue miniseries delves into the mythology established in the highly-anticipated D&D adventure Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus arriving on September 17.

In Infernal Tides, fan-favorite Minsc and his friends are caught in the middle of devil-tainted corruption that has taken hold of Baldur’s Gate. Unravelling the secret of its source will take the heroes to unexpected places and threaten the sanctity of their very souls. Even if they survive this perilous journey, there will be Hell to pay!

Infernal Tides, while an accommodating entry point for intrepid new readers, rewards longtime fans as the continuation of Jim Zub’s epic comic book storyline which began with Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate and continued into Shadows of the VampireFrost Giant’s Fury, and Evil at Baldur’s Gate.

Geppi Family Enterprises, Alliance Games’ Parent Company, Adds to its Leadership Team and Opens Up Credit with JP Morgan Chase

Steve Geppi, Chairman and CEO of Geppi Family Enterprises

Geppi Family Enterprises (GFE), the parent entity of Diamond Comic Distributors, Alliance Games Distributors, and other Stephen A. Geppi-owned companies, has expanded its leadership team. In addition, it has announced changes to help expand into new product lines and markets to raise sales and profitability.

Formed in 2015, GFE was created to encompass all the companies owned by Diamond Comic Distributors’ Founder and President & CEO, Stephen A. Geppi. The holding entity is comprised of a dozen companies, among them Diamond Comic Distributors, Alliance Game Distributors, Diamond Select Toys, Baltimore Magazine, Hake’s Auctions, Diamond International Galleries, and Gemstone Publishing.

Stan Heidmann, President of Geppi Family Enterprises

GFE has updated its current leadership structure to add an Office of The Chairman, comprised of Geppi as Chairman and CEO; current GFE Executive Representative, Joe Foss, who will serve as Vice Chairman; and Stan Heidmann, who will join the team as President.

Prior to joining GFE, Heidmann was Finance Division Executive – Revenue Management at PepsiCo, where he led their distribution, revenues and finance teams for the Mid-Atlantic region. 

In addition to the hiring of Heidmann, Geppi also announced that he will be establishing an Advisory Board for the Geppi Family Enterprises levelThe board will be comprised of accomplished executives from a variety of different industries, including the comic book industry.

Geppi also announced that both Diamond and Alliance Game Distributors are entering a new banking relationship with JP Morgan Chase. The new credit facility will support Diamond and Alliance’s efforts to expand, create new products, and raise profitability.

Fantasy Flight Co-Sponsors Gen Con Through 2021

Gen Con and Fantasy Flight Games have signed a multiyear co-sponsorship agreement for the upcoming 2019, 2020, and 2021 conventions.

Fantasy Flight will get dedicated event space and physical and digital marketing at each convention as part of the agreement as well as promotion and logistical support during the convention.

Fantasy Flight first became a co-sponsor, the highest level of sponsorship, in 2018.

Gen Con returns to Indianapolis August 1-4, 2019.

Gen Con Badge Registration Opens Sunday

Get ready for the first step in attending the best four days of gaming of the year! Can you hear the dice rolling? The Gen Con 2019 adventure starts this weekend, when Badge Registration opens!

Badges for Gen Con 2019 go on sale this Sunday, January 13 at noon (EST)! Head over to gencon.com to create your account if you plan on going for the first time, or to update your information if you’re a Gen Con veteran.

Information about badge pricing and other details can be found here. Badges cost the following:

  • 4-Day $110
  • Thursday $60
  • Friday $60
  • Saturday $75
  • Sunday $15
  • Trade Day $200
  • VIG $600/Returning VIG’s – $650/New VIG’s

If you have any questions or run into any trouble,  first check out the Account Information page, and if you still have questions, you can send an email to customerservice@gencon.com and they’ll help you out!

We’ll be seeing you at the convention!

CMON Promotes Adam Lovell to VP of Sales and Operations

CMON has announced that Adam Lovell has been promoted to VP of Sales and Operations, now answering directly to the COO. Along with Adam’s promotion, CMON is also happy to announce they have hired Luiz Coelho as the new International Sales Manager. Luiz has extensive experience in sales and was Sales Director at Galapagos Jogos (now Asmodee Brazil). With these changes, CMON looks to create more unity within the Sales department and make ordering from CMON easier for both retailers and distributors worldwide.

In a statement, Lovell said the reorganization will bring the international sales team back under one umbrella to coordinate releases and sales efforts globally.

Learn Your 1, 2, 3s and A, B, Cs with D&D

In the new ABCs of D&D and 123s of D&D books, kids can learn their letters, numbers and love of D&D with read-aloud-friendly rhyming couplets.

Teach the alphabet and numbers to any early reader as told imaginatively within the world of Dungeons & Dragons. Each book features read-aloud friendly rhyming couplets from Ivan Van Norman and adorable illustrations from Caleb Cleveland.

For ages 3-7 each book retails for $14.99 and are out now.

 

Go Head-to-Head w/Friends as Magic: The Gathering Arena adds Direct Challenge Play!

Magic: The Gathering Arena game director Chris Clay literally shouted it from the rooftops via Twitter last Wednesday. Now, Direct Challenge play is LIVE in the game’s Open Beta build! With this update, casual and serious Magic players can challenge their friends (and enemies) to settle longtime feuds, test deck strategies, or have friendly deckbuilding challenges through Magic: The Gathering Arena.

Here’s how Direct Challenge works:

  1. You and your friend open the Direct Challenge option
  2. Type in one another’s username and five-digit code
  3. Hit “Battle”
  4. Play!

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