Just Like Starting Over – GGG Pondering on the Retelling of Superhero Origins


I saw the new movie Chronicle this weekend with my husband and a couple of friends. I liked it quite a bit. On the way home, we discussed what we liked and disliked about it. All of us agreed that it was, essentially the origin story for a Superhero/Supervillain pairing. That got me thinking about Superhero origin stories, the most commonly told and retold stories in any comic book’s continuity. Why is it (I pondered) that origin stories are so lovingly told, over and over again? Can they be … [Read more...]

Origins 2011: The Bad Side of the Con #origins2011

Origins Speed Dating Room

In yesterday's post, I went over all the great things that happened at Origins. I'm very glad I wrote that post, because I don't want anyone to get the idea that nothing good happens at Origins. It's a convention in a wonderful city and the people who attend it are generally friendly, fun, and geeky. In fact, it hurts me to have to write this post.  But it's a story that needs to be told. All of my events at Origins 2011 had ZERO attendees. Compare this to GenCon, where my events were … [Read more...]

Origins 2011: The Good Side of the Con #origins2011

Apocalypse World Character - Savvyhead Adele

I spent this past weekend in Columbus, Ohio at Origins Game Fair. This is my third year attending Origins and may possibly be my last. (That sounded pretty ominous, didn't it?) But for this post, let's look at all the great things that happened at Origins 2011.  Always look on the bright side of life, right? Apocalypse World After a very tasty belated birthday dinner (in which we heard a hilarious story involving Tom Cadorette (@cadorette) and some hot peppers), Dave and I headed to Games … [Read more...]

Meet E at Origins 2011: Speed Dating, +5CHA, ThinkGeek Freebies, and More!


Happy Birthday to Me! Happy Birthday to Me! I don't need any presents, But if you're at Origins, come see me! E at Origins, June 22 - 26 I can't seem to do anything half-heartedly, so here are the hats I'll be wearing while at Origins, in no particular order: Hat 1: Member of the Press I'll be covering Origins as part of the press again this year (my 3rd year!) and am excited to share all the fun and exciting things happening in Columbus, Ohio with those of you stuck at home. Hat … [Read more...]

Dice & Deadlines: Public Relations


Part of your job as a freelancer for the RPG industry is to have a public face. This is all part of the networking you do to keep track of the pulse of the RPG world. Public relations, in the context of this article, is all about how you deal with the public who consume your work and the industry who hires you to produce that work. For this article, I am going to focus primarily on the face to face aspect of public relations management. Next month's article will focus on the internet aspect … [Read more...]

Great Dates in 50 States: Columbus, Ohio

BP Headshot

It's time for another guest post in our Great Dates in 50 States series. Please welcome to the stage Matt Wagner and his ideas for dates in the hometown of Origins Game Fair: Columbus, Ohio. When people think of Ohio, it’s generally with a dismissal of “Flyover Country,” or perhaps thoughts of the Drew Carey show. If they get past that to think of Columbus, the next image that usually comes to mind is a horde of scarlet and grey clad OSU football fans, and that’s usually where people run … [Read more...]

Dice & Deadlines: Convention Networking


I've talked a lot about how the freelancer works within the RPG industry. Contracts, word counts, professionalism, editors and co-authors. But there is more to being a freelancer than just writing. Much more. It's called networking.  And that's what I'm going to focus on for the next few articles. Now, don't let the term "networking" give you hives. Really, all it means is going out, talking to people and making contacts within the industry. This particular article is going to focus … [Read more...]

E’s Origins Game Fair 2010 Wrap-Up


There are some that call Origins the "Pepsi" of conventions; that is, if you have to choose between it and GenCon, there's an obvious winner. I would have to disagree. For me, comparing Origins to GenCon is like comparing cola to root beer: they may be similar in some aspects, but they're very different and enjoyable in others. Dungeons & Dragons I was disappointed to see that the Ultimate Dungeon Delve, which I had ADORED in 2009, had not returned to Origins this year. It was such a great … [Read more...]

Guide to Stalking E at Origins Game Fair 2010

On the road again... I'm at Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio this weekend, getting my geek on in a major way. But I'm also there on business, both of my own and for ThinkGeek (my amazing day job). ThinkGeek Stuff Finding me may yield cash and prizes! Okay, not cash. But perhaps prizes if you're a lucky duck. Each morning when I leave my hotel, I will pack my bag full of ThinkGeek items.  Should you find me while I still have some, you can have one. I will also have the new … [Read more...]

Follow This Link Friday: E’s Interview on All Games Considered


Leave my blog! ...and go here to listen to my interview with Mark and Mags of the gaming podcast All Games Considered. And hey, while you're at it, subscribe to their podcast. It's a great show that covers all types of gaming (hence the name!). TGIF, and I hope to see some of you at my geek dating events at Origins & GenCon! … [Read more...]