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The year is near an end, which means it's a perfect opportunity to look forward to next year and the various shows that'll happen throughout the year. If you'll be in or around Seattle at the end of May, you might just want to check out PaizoCon. Tickets are on sale now.

I was born and raised in Chicago. But back when I was a little kid, Lake Geneva was just "that resort town that family would always vacation at during the summer." If only I knew then that it was the home of the great Gary Gygax. Well, now that I'm a gamer, I'm much more interested in visiting, and if I wanted to go in real style, I'd join up with the Classic RPG Retreat: Lake Geneva 2019 from Geek Nation Tours.

Gaming is good and fun. Helping others is good and fun. Put the two together and you get awesome and amazing. That's just what Nerdsmith is doing with their Nerds Giving event. Want to help out LGBTQ+ Youth? Then you'll want to check out what Nerdsmith is up to.

If you're going to go an event, you should go in style. And style is just what they do over at Geek Nation Tours. They've started booking for their Salute 2019 tour. It's the biggest show in Britain, and GNT has more than just taking you to the show. They're going to show you all over the Mecca of gaming: Nottingham.

We're halfway through October. The temperatures are dropping along with the leaves from the trees. It's the season of scares, and Fantasy Flight is celebrating with an event entirely dedicated to their spooky games like Eldritch Horror, Mansions of Madness, End of the World, and more during Arkham Nights, coming next weekend.

Someday, I hope to make it out to Essen. I would really love that. I've been to Gen Con, but from what I hear Essen is all that and then some. But the drive from Atlanta is kinda rough. But if you are headed to Essen, and you're a retailer, you'll want to check out the ESSENtial Retailer Summit while you're there. If you really want to know what companies will be coming out with that you will want to stock in your store, it's the place to be.

And we have another for you. CMON's really grown over the years I've been with the company. From one booth of moderate size to a really big booth filled with all sorts of stuff, with games seemingly bursting at the seams. What sort of things can you expect to see there this year? Thankfully, they've got a primer for you all set to go.
It's Gen Con Eve. Yeah, the show officially starts tomorrow. Hard to imagine, really. You spend all year waiting for it, and then it's here and it's almost like, "... whoah, already?" Catalyst Game Labs will be in attendance, and while it's been a while since we've heard much from them, that doesn't mean that they haven't been busy little bees. Check out what they'll have in store for the show.
Oh, hello Gen Con. You're, like, right here... Not that it's really "sneaking up" on us. It's been on the radar since January. But still, the show's right around the corner. And Z-Man Games will be there, and they're giving us a little peek at what they'll have at the show.
Ok, one last one for the day. Cryptozoic has posted up their Gen Con preview. If you missed out on getting the Pickle Rick game at SDCC, you'll get another chance at Gen Con. They'll also have Pantone, more DC Deck Building Game expansions and lots of surprises in store.
As I'm sure you know by now, Gen Con is right around the corner. Every company out there is putting up a preview of what they'll be showing off at their booths, and Pandasaurus is no different. Want to check out The Mind that everyone's talking about? How about Dinosaur Island? They'll have those and a whole ton more.
Less than a week away. Gen Con is less than a week away. This weekend's the last one before the show. Still tons of planning and prep to do. For you, that includes figuring out what booths you want to visit. Well, to help out, IDW Games has posted up what sort of things they plan on having at the show.
You know, I see a lot of "Gen Con Preview" posts, but I think this one has taken the prize so far for most items in it. Plaid Hat Games is not going to be messing around when they hit Indy next week. They've got all sorts of new games ready to show off to you, the eager and excited public. I suggest you take a look-see here, and then again when you make it to the show.
A week from now, Gen Con will have started (well, even really, before then, since there's Wednesday night stuff nowadays). How horrifying is that (for all of you that have tons yet to do before the show)? For those that are excited to see what'll be there, Privateer Press is giving you a sneak peek of what you can find at their booth.
Gen Con is ridiculously close. Much of the show is already on its way to Indianapolis (or, at least, I hope it is for all the shipping managers out there). Ares Games will be in attendance and they've got plenty they want to show off, including their new Battlestar Galactica Starship Battles game. But that's hardly all. Check out the preview they posted so you can know what to be excited for.
Ok, I have to admit, this sounds pretty cool. Renegade Game Studio, to celebrate their upcoming Outbreak Undead Survival Guide, is running a special Outbreak Undead Survival Scavenger Hunt at Gen Con. It's part Assassin, it's part Scavenger Hunt, it's part Augmented Reality.
Every year, John Kovalic, artist extraordinaire who has done work for projects like Cash 'n' Guns, Munchkin, and his Dork Tower series of comics (along with many, many, many others) does a charity bikeride event. The event raises money to bring healthy food to underprivileged people around Kovalic's hometown. It's a good cause, you can get some cool Munchkin swag, and you get a world-famous artist tooling around on a bike with a duck on his head. It's a win for everyone.
Good lord, it's so close that Gen Con might as well be here. Thankfully, there is still some prep time, but not a lot. So, as you're getting your last details in order, you might want to spend some time perusing Wyrd's Gen Con Newsletter. If you've been looking for what they'll have in terms of new releases, alternate sculpts, or other special things going on, this is your one-stop shop.
Gen Con is, like, right friggin' around the corner. Geeze... Anyway, that realization (that I'm having at least a couple times each day) aside, another thing that's near is the release of X-Wing 2nd Edition. And if you'll be at Gen Con, it'll be your first chance to officially play the new set, as some will be available for purchase. Also, you can participate in a 2nd Edition tourney.
Battlefront has a whooooooole ton of stuff going on this weekend. It's their UK Open Day and they're making sure to jam-pack it full of everything. Check out their Facebook page all weekend for live updates on events, previews, and more. They've also got new releases going up, so be sure to check out those, too.
The week's half-over (or, at lest it is when you're reading this. It's still pretty early in the morning when I'm typing it). Mine has been going well. Yesterday, I got some new dice from Kraken Dice. ... Today, I see that they have some new releases and so I just made another order... Because that's just my life these days. Not that that's really a complaint. But, besides new dice, what other sorts of bite-sized gaming stories do we have for you?

Today on the platter there's: New Releases Available From Kraken Dice, Steamforged Running Critical Roll RPG Minis Kickstarter, Through Gamer Goggles Origins Coverage, and Brigade Models Releases New 6mm American Republic Models.

Alzheimer's is a horrific disease. One I know about all too well. But there's breakthroughs all the time in research looking to fight it. Saving Throw is looking to do their part to help out by holding The Longest Day, their 24-hour RPG marathon that will be streamed out on Twitch, as well as their funding drive. Go and check it out and toss a couple bucks their way in order to help save people's lives and memories.
The folks over at Battlefront have a lot going on in this update. First off, with Free Nations coming out next weekend, they've got various previews up for that. Then, they also have a look at an updated version of the Bishop, with new cards so you can add them to your Flames of War games. Finally, they'll be at the UK Games Expo this weekend, where you can pick up some Team Yankee stuff before anyone else.
Battlefront's UK Open Day is coming up next month. It's a chance to go out and hang out with the game designers, ask them questions, learn all about what they've got planned for their different games, and pick up a sweet exclusive figure. Everyone loves exclusive figures, and this one rocks! Have a peek for yourself.
You all know how much I look forward to the weekend. It's my favorite. And, I mean, conventions are awesome, too. So, you team up a convention with a weekend (ok, so most conventions are on the weekend, but you know what I mean), and it's just a super weekend. That's what we've got this upcoming weekend with PaizoCon. If you're in or around Seattle, you should stop by.