TsunamiCon 2014 Update #4

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Seeing as spring is now fully underway – complete with the smattering of snowfall that surprised basically nobody who has lived in Kansas for any period of time – I thought I should offer another quick update on the upcoming convention.

TsunamiCon 2014 is a big project, and we still need some help getting it off the ground.  Not to take anything away from our treasured Tsunami GameDay experiences, but this isn’t a one-day event at a local game store.  Like you, when we think “convention” we envision something BIG.  If you just want to get together and play some games, you can do that any time.  If you want to get together with a few hundred fellow gaming enthusiasts for three solid days of gaming, contests, cosplay, tournaments, LARPing, shopping, prizes, live entertainment, panels, podcasts, and all kinds of general geekery… well, now you’re thinking “convention.”

So that’s what’s on the table: an honest-to-goodness, authentic, high-quality gaming convention right here in the heartland.  Sure… we could cut corners.  We could make it smaller.  Try to pack a little less awesome into the whole experience.  But after we get this convention off the ground, we want to make sure that it’s as enjoyable and memorable experience as possible, and that you and your friends want to come back every year and make it bigger and bigger.  That means doing it right the first time.

The Next Step:  Right now, we’re planning the particulars.  We have plans for managing and running con activities, we have the beginnings of a marketing strategy, and we have the outline for a budget.  We have community members working up plans for scheduled activities, and we are even working on a personalized software application to manage attendance and registration from our website.  The have a Kickstarter campaign ready to launch, minus a few vital details, to help raise the bulk of the money for the event.  But everything is currently in a holding pattern until we manage to raise enough money to secure the venue.  I can’t pull the trigger for crowdfunding without important details like date and location.

Now, we currently have two V.I.G. (Very Important Gamer) contributor levels for con enthusiasts who want to help.  They are both an excellent value, and will include special VIG badges, plenty of swag (including a TsunamiCon T-shirt… by which point you’ve already made bank on the investment), and access to special events.  Please take a look at these packages and see if they appeal to you.  As a VIG contributor, your voice will be heard during the planning stage.  I don’t expect you to drop fifty bones on a special attendance package and then find out the con won’t work for you for some reason.  At this point, for example, the weekend of the con is still negotiable.  You can have a voice in that particular detail.  We’ll also plan some committee meetings online or at a local venue – whichever works better – and you’ll be invited to participate.  Perhaps most importantly, your money goes directly into an account that is used specifically for filing legal paperwork and securing the venue; if everything suddenly falls apart – which we don’t expect, but we all know it can happen – you can expect a full and timely refund.

We have a lot of practice running events.  We have knowledgeable legal and accounting personnel.  We have people who have been involved in gaming at dozens of conventions, many of them as organizers.  We have marketing people.  We have dozens of people ready to volunteer their time and effort to making TsunamiCon a success.  If we want to build a better gaming community here in Wichita, the state of Kansas, and hell – the entire midwest! we need the community to get behind it.  Buy a VIG package, let people know what’s going on, and get ready for the kind of gaming convention we can be proud to be a part of.

Let’s build a convention!

MetAnon Ep57 – What We Have Learned

In our fifty-seventh regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast commemorates two full years of RPG podcasting, community involvement, and how it has affected their experiences at the game table.  They compare notes about the sum of their experiences, discuss how it has affected them personally, and even delve into a fun bit of trivia regarding content from the first two episodes of the series.  Metagamers Anonymous is a weekly podcast dedicated to tabletop roleplaying games and (mostly) related material.  Join in the fun by posting comments or questions to our forum, or drop us a line at feedback@prismatictsunami.com.

Hosts: Erik, Jonikka, William, Jason and Richard

Links from the show:
Tsunami Quarterly Review
TsunamiCon 2014

MetAnon Live! @ Tsunami GameDay VI

On April 5th, the Prismatic Tsunami web community and the cast of Metagamers Anonymous hosted yet another live event at The Burrow: Gifts for Geeks in East Wichita. It was an all-day miasma of tabletop gaming with gamers from in and around the area. As the evening drew to a close, the cast recorded a live podcast with the participation of the numerous players, GMs, and casual game enthusiasts in residence, discussing their games, drawing prizes, and generally having a good time.  Afterwards, Erik and the ladies from Geek Chic sat down the next morning to discuss the event.  Enjoy!

Metagamers Anonymous is a weekly podcast dedicated to tabletop roleplaying games and (mostly) related material. Feel free to post any comments or questions to our forum, or drop us a line at feedback@prismatictsunami.com.

 Links from the show:
TsunamiCon 2014
TsunamiCon 2014 V-I-G packages

MetAnon Ep56 – Let the Wookie Win

In our fifty-sixth regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast discusses the challenges involved in maiming and disfiguring player characters and how it can affect the game.  They also take a stab at the question of the disadvantage of immersive play styles to the indie gamer, toss out a new round of Tsunami City Project locations, and sit down for a brief discussion with Colin from Lone Wolf regarding the latest feature to grace the Hero Lab platform, their exciting new Encounter Builder. Metagamers Anonymous is a weekly podcast dedicated to tabletop roleplaying games and (mostly) related material.  Join in the fun by posting comments or questions to our forum, or drop us a line at feedback@prismatictsunami.com.

Hosts: Erik, Jonikka, Shaun and Justin

Links from the show:
Tsunami GameDay Spring 2014
Tsunami GameDay Events on Conplanner
Tsunami Quarterly Review
Hero Lab

Tsunami GameDay Spring 2014 Custom Badges

With our upcoming local GameDay event on April 5th comes the usual expenses and up-front promotional costs.  To help mitigate some of this cost, you can pre-order your customized Tsunami GameDay badge with your name (or pseudonym) printed on the badge.  It’s a dollar more than the regular badges sold at the event, and it’s a chance to help support our local GameDay by putting more money into the hat up front.  Preorder your badge and pick it up at GameDay!

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MetAnon Ep55 – Postmortem Depression

In our fifty-fifth regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast discusses the immersive roleplaying opportunities afforded to survivors following the death of a colleague, how to remember fallen comrades and deal with their replacements, and ways that your characters can grow from the experience.  They also take some time to further unpack some of the narrative discourse from the previous episode via a handful of listener emails. Metagamers Anonymous is a weekly podcast dedicated to tabletop roleplaying games and (mostly) related material.  Join in the fun by posting comments or questions to our forum, or drop us a line at feedback@prismatictsunami.com.

Hosts: Erik, Jonikka, William and Jason

Links from the show:
Tsunami GameDay Spring 2014
Tsunami GameDay Events on Conplanner
TsunamiCon V-I-G Memberships
GNS and Other Matters of Role-Playing Theory

MetAnon Ep54 – Narrative Control

In our fifty-fourth regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast tackles the complex question of shifts in narrative control in immersive gaming, mulls over the division between roleplaying and story-driven gaming, and expounds on the traditional roles of player and GM. They also delve deep into the topic of roleplaying as a means of exorcising your inner demons.  Metagamers Anonymous is a weekly podcast dedicated to tabletop roleplaying games and (mostly) related material.  Join in the fun by posting comments or questions to our forum, or drop us a line at feedback@prismatictsunami.com.

Hosts: Erik, Jonikka, Shaun and Liz

Links from the show:
Tsunami GameDay Spring 2014
TsunamiCon V-I-G Memberships
Fate Core
Saving The Game Podcast
The Bodhana Group
The Jank Cast

MetAnon Ep53 – Coup, Coup, Cachoo!

In our fifty-third regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast investigates the immersive opportunities of political gaming, talks a little bit about NPC and scenario presentation, and discusses their recent game sessions.  They also take the time to answer some listener email.  Metagamers Anonymous is a weekly podcast dedicated to tabletop roleplaying games and (mostly) related material.  Join in the fun by posting comments or questions to our forum, or drop us a line at feedback@prismatictsunami.com.

Hosts: Erik, Jonikka, William and Jason

Links from the show:
Tsunami GameDay Spring 2014
Tsunami Quarterly Review
TsunamiCon V-I-G Memberships
Buccaneer Bass Inn Adventures

MetAnon Ep52 – How Mas-LOW Can You Go?

In our fifty-second regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast dives back into the psychological brain bin and drums up a discussion on applying Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to the art of character development.  They also banter about the applications of thematic versus generic game systems, wax philosophical about indie gaming, and delve into the high concept of catharsis through roleplaying.  It’ll mess with ya.  Metagamers Anonymous is a weekly podcast dedicated to tabletop roleplaying games and (mostly) related material.  Join in the fun by posting comments or questions to our forum, or drop us a line at feedback@prismatictsunami.com.

Hosts: Erik, Jonikka, Shaun and Liz

Links from the show:
Tsunami GameDay Spring 2014
Tsunami Quarterly Review

MetAnon Ep51 – You Will Respect My Authori-tie!

In our fifty-first regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast talks up the immersive opportunities in playing characters with civic roles and responsibilities, the challenges of procedural investigation, and how investigative games differ from standard adventure scenarios.  They also present another round of locations for the Tsunami City Project.  Metagamers Anonymous is a weekly podcast dedicated to tabletop roleplaying games and (mostly) related material. Feel free to post any comments or questions to our forum, or drop us a line at feedback@prismatictsunami.com.

Hosts: Erik, William, and Jason

Links from the show:
Tsunami Quarterly Review
Zeitgeist: The Gears of Revolution

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