I am a special guest for AthensCon, December 2 & 3, a convention which last year had 15,000 attendees. My duties/events include (besides having fun and eating gyros):
Running a two-hour RPG workshop: The Genius of Original Dungeons & Dragons:Leaping Outside the Box of Design History.
Participating in a large panel discussion on board game design.
DMing two sessions of my redesigned Lake Level from Castle El Raja Key, a level Gary Gygax cut his teeth on during the play-tests of D&D in 1973 and which was later incorporated into Castle Greyhawk as the "Black Reservoir." I have greatly expanded it to two maps with the commensurate encounters and added a back history and living depth to it. Should be a riot!
Today archeologists from the Smithownisan Institute of Japan unearthed what is thought to be the last vestiges of a long defunct U.S. political party once called the Democrats.
Dr. Kumwatmae expounded upon the find: "It's an exciting artifact that we are studying around the clock. We believe these Democrats, in their dying days, resorted to baby worship by sacrificing millions of them upon the altar of a mysterious pseudo-religion that we can only now identify as something having to do with 'Planning'. We strongly believe that this symbol may very well be a link to that religion, although my colleague at the dig, Dr. Cumwatmyte, still insists that the representative image is more likely an expression of some hidden angst that was on the rise among their kind and that lead to their untimely demise about 250 years ago."
This is a highly reduced resolution JPEG of the cover for Dave Arneson's True Genius that my wife, Nathalie (with some specific help from myself on the graphics end, i.e., the concept lettering for the blackboard), finished today. Nathalie is very excellent at layout (and many other things, she always surprises)! Nat has proceeded to laying out the text. Meanwhile I am plugging away on 2 maps for 2 separate adventures as well as laying out TLS's first PDF product! We are getting excited here! I hope you are too! Enjoy! Rob & Nat