The short version: We had an absolute blast!
The long version – Gen Con is a very special event in the gaming calandar, and whilst it's tough for us to bring a team, stacks of games, and a stand together on a different continent it's always well worth the effort.
This year GenCon attendance is reported as significantly higher than previous years and our experience is very much in line with that – the exhibit hall was busy throughout the day with hordes of gamers in attendance. It was great to meet so many of you.
This year we had something new on our stand: The Tower of Power™! We were a little nervous about how we'd get the 17 feet tall monolith built, but it all went swimmingly and you could see our stand from right across the exhibit hall.
Whilst we didn't have a "Big GenCon Release"™ - we release great games all year round! - Our flagship event for the show was a very limited supply of The One Ring Revised Edition hardcovers. These proved to be extremely popular, and all but sold out by the end of the show. It was wonderful to see the mature line into which The One Ring has grown. Support from you, the gaming public, for The One Ring was amazing and we're returning to work even more fired up to make even more great supplements for TOR!
In a similar vein seeing Doctor Who supplements lined up alongside the Limited Edition Corebook was really cool and a testament to how we've grown. Everyone was happy to hear that not only did we have the Fourth Doctor Sourcebook at the show, but that the Fifth Doctor Sourcebook won't be far behind. It's en route to our warehouse as we type.
We were very pleased to be spreading the word about our Lone Wolf Kickstarter, which funded in 18 hours, making it an easier sell! We were also pleasantly surprised to hear how many gamers in the US love Magnamund, and like us enjoyed Lone Wolf as one of their first gaming experiences.
We also had the print proofs of the new edition of The Doctor Who Card Game! Keep an eye out for news of that as we draw closer to release!
On Friday night we attended the ENnie Awards. We knew we'd been lucky enough to win one ENnie before we entered the hall – Rocket Age was the recipient of a Judge's Spotlight award thanks to ENnie judge Stacy Muth. We were over the moon to also collect a silver ENnie for Hobbit Tales in the category of Best Family Game. We won this last year for Doctor Who Adventures in Time and Space, and we're really happy to be doing well in that category, which is near to all our hearts.
Boosted by the ENnie Award, Hobbit Tales went on to sell out at the show. It was not alone in selling out though! Heroes of The Solar System, Time Traveller's Companion, The Second Doctor Sourcebook, and a range of Laundry supplements also sold out. The final batch of The Doctor Who Card Games in the US almost sold out
We finished the show with 47 empty boxes.
Behind the scenes we had a raft of very successful meetings and we can't wait to reveal some of the exciting things we have planned for the end of this year and for 2015.
Thanks to everyone who dropped by the stand, we felt truly loved and we hope we can continue to do your enthusiasm for what we do justice in the coming year. Thanks too to the organisers of Gen Con and The ENnie Awards. We can only imagine what a huge undertaking these things are to put together.
Next week the Cubicle 7 Team fly out to Indianapolis for Gen Con 2014! You can find us at booth number 337, located just behind the Mayfair stand. You can see a larger map of the Gen Con Exhibit Hall here. Amongst our new offerings at the show we will have:
The new single volume hardcover of The One Ring Roleplaying Game
(limited GenCon-exclusive stock – first come first served!)
The Darkening of Mirkwood for The One Ring
The Fourth Doctor Sourcebook
The Limited Edition Doctor Who Rulebook
Plus all your favourite C7 core games and available supplements for The One Ring, Doctor Who, Hobbit Tales, The Doctor Who Card Game (very limited stock!) Victoriana, Rocket Age, World War Cthulhu, Cthulhu Britannica, Kuro, Yggdrasill, Primeval, Qin, and The Laundry.
Team members on the stand this year are: CEO Dom McDowall, Art Director and Deputy CEO Jon Hodgson, Managing Editor Andrew Kenrick, TOR writer James Brown, Victoriana Line Developer and Doctor Who writer Walt Ciechanowski, TOR writer and the best of all of us, TS Luikart, Translations Line Developer and Doctor Who writer Andrew Peregrine, and Rocket Age Developer and World War Cthulhu writer Ken Spencer.
We'll be running demos of Hobbit Tales and The Doctor Who Card Game all weekend, so be sure to swing by, say hello and grab a game.
Industry Insider Guest of Honour
We're proud to say that our Art Director and Deputy CEO Jon Hodgson will be an Industry Insider Guest of Honour at Gen Con 2014 for the second year running. Jon's seminar schedule runs like this:
Thursday 12pm - Art Matters
Why do hobby games have so much art in them? Novels don't. Why do games need art to sell, and do they need art to be good games? With Jon Hodgson, Elisa Teague and Richard Thomas.
Thursday 3pm - Return to the Castle of Gender Representation
Last year Industry Guests spoke about gender representation in gaming art. The seminar was packed and wonderful discussion ensued. What has changed in a year? With Jon Hodgson, Steve Kenson, Nicole Lindroos and Rich Thomas.
Friday 12pm - A Career in Gaming
Something a lot of people want, few achieve, even less break even. War stories and examples from those doing it. With James Ernest, Jon Hodgson, Eric Lang and Ryan Miller.
Saturday 10 am - Cross Media Chaos: Working With Media Properties
Something a lot of people want, few achieve, even less break even. War stories and examples from those doing it. With Jon Hodgson, Steve Kenson, Nicole Lindroos, Jay Little.
The One Ring Hardcover Pre-order Update
The ship carrying the One Ring hardcovers docked last week, and the shipment is now making it's way to our Atlanta warehouse. It's due to arrive just before the Gen Con weekend, mid-month, and work will begin immediately on shipping out your pre-ordered copies.
This means two things:
1: You'll be getting your copies of The One Ring Roleplaying Game very soon!
2: It also means we'll have a strictly limited stock of copies available at Gen Con for purchase by convention attendees. Gen Con is a unique event in the gaming calendar, and just like in previous years we want to have our most prestigious releases of this year at the show. Pre-ordered copies of The One Ring Roleplaying Game will already be being processed at that time, so if you're coming to Gen Con there will be no need for you to lug that satisfyingly heavy hardcover around the show. It will be being sent to your home whilst you enjoy the convention.
Of course if you are at the show feel free to drop by the Cubicle stand and take a look at The One Ring Roleplaying Game in the flesh. Pick it up, smell it, leaf through it's delightful pages. But there'll be no need to collect one from the show. Your pre-order will be on it's way.
We provisionally anticipate the US retail release of The One Ring Roleplaying Game to be the 10th of September. UK and Europe release date to follow.
We have two exciting pieces of news for the upcoming convention season:
First up Heart of the Wild for The One Ring has received a prestigious Origins Award nomination for Best RPG Supplement. The award winners will be announced at Origins Games Fair in Columbus, Ohio in June. Competition is extremely tough this year, and we’re honoured to be in such esteemed company.
Secondly, our Art Director and Deputy CEO Jon Hodgson has been selected to be an Industry Insider Guest of Honour at GenCon 2014! Keep an eye on the GenCon website for details of his seminars and other Guest duties: http://www.gencon.com/experience/iigoh
Today is The Day of the Doctor! With the 50th Anniversary episode due to hit screens around the world this evening (UK time) Cubicle 7 are in attendance at The Doctor Who Celebration weekend at the ExCel in London. We're all very excited to see what will unfold in the anniversary episode, and we've been playing a whole lot of Doctor Who Card Game and Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space to celebrate.
The Doctor Who Card Game, designed by Martin Wallace was the recipient of this year's prestigious Origins Award for best traditional card game. The game has been hugely popular, reaching stores worldwide. Players take the role of The Doctor and his companions defending familiar territories from the show whilst simultaneously playing adversaries against their opponents' territories. It's a blast to play, and can be enjoyed at a simple "light" level, as well as offering deeper opportunities for strategic play. As your hand finishes you pass your unplayed cards to the player that precedes you in the order of play. Just the kind of timey-winey stuff you'd expect from a Doctor Who card game. You can download the rules booklet free here.
Doctor Who Adventures in Time and Space is our multi-award winning Doctor Who roleplaying game. Winner of the Best Family Game at the ENnie awards in 2013, this beautiful boxed set allows you and your friends to take the role of the Doctor and his companions or characters of your own devising as you pursue adventure through Time and Space. With everything you need to leap into roleplaying this is the perfect place to start as a new player, or explore the Whoniverse as a more established role-player.
We're also busily working our way through every incarnation of the Doctor over the last 50 years in our Doctor Sourcebooks.
Right now our friends at DrivethruRPG are offering a bundle deal on the PDF version of Doctor Who Adventures in Time and Space along with some other Who products. It's a great deal, and strictly time limited, so don't miss out!
Soon we'll be opening pre-orders on our very special Limited Edition of Doctor Who Adventures in Time and Space. For the first time in a single, hardcover volume this will be a beautiful, prestige, deluxe edition and a must-have for all fans of the game. We'll let you know as soon as pre-orders go live.
We hope you enjoy the Day of the Doctor as much as we all will, and hope if you're at the ExCel this weekend you'll swing by and say hello. We're at booth DW4. Happy Birthday Doctor Who!
Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space Roleplaying Game
What's in the Box?
Doctor Who Supplements
Aliens and Creatures
Defending the Earth: the UNIT sourcebook for DWAITAS
The Time Traveller's Companion for DWAITAS
The Doctors Sourcebooks
Doctor Who Downloads
The Doctor Who Card Game
Dragonmeet 2013 is being held on Saturday, December 7th 2013 at Kensington Town Hall, London, and we're looking for games for attendees to participate in.
Details of the event can be found at our newly-updated website: http://www.dragonmeet.co.uk.
As in previous years, the day will be split in to two slots:
Morning slot = 10:30 until 14:00
Afternoon slot = 14:30 until 18:00
To register your games before the convention, you'll need to email email@example.com and we'll see to it that you’re booked in with a table and advertised on the website.
The information we need in advance is:
Type of game (RPG, boardgame, wargame, CCG, CMG, etc.)
Title of game
Game slot (AM, PM, both or all day)
Max number of players
Short description [up to 100 words]
Any special requirements (power point, quiet space, etc)
We’re happy to run any kind of game, and we're keen to have a variety of settings and genres to cater to all tastes and gaming philosophies.
As in previous years, everyone running a game gets free entry to Dragonmeet and is also allowed in early (usually from 09:00) to get set-up.
If you have any questions or you'd like more information, please feel free to contact our organiser in chief, Cat Tobin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We were overjoyed to receive two ENnie awards last night at the ceremony in Indianapolis.
The Time Traveller's Companion for Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space took the silver ENnie for Best Supplement. Congratulations to the team that worked on this fantastic resource: Nathaniel Torson for whom this book was a true labour of love, along with Andrew Peregrine, Paul Bourne, Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, Dom McDowall, Jon Hodgson and Lee Binding.
We took the gold ENnie for Best Family Game for Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space. Congratulations to David F. Chapman, Nathaniel Torson, Andrew Peregrine, Jacqueline Rayner, Nick Huggins, Gareth-Michael Skarka, Steve Darlington, Darren Pearce, Mark Lawford, Robin Farndon, Derek Johnston, Charles Meigh, Dom McDowall, Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, Lee Binding, Jon Hodgson, Debra Chapman, Angus Abranson and Richard Ford.
A huge thank you goes out to the judges who were very kind to us this year, and a massive thank you to all the fans who took the time to vote. It truly means a great deal to us. Thank you.
If you're lucky enough to be at Gen Con this week keep your eyes peeled for our Hobbit Tales coasters!
Following on from our CEO Dom McDowall last year, this year our art director Jon Hodgson been selected as a Gen Con Industry Insider Guest of Honor. Jon will be taking part in the following panel discussions as part of the Industry Insider program:
Thursday 11am: Art on a Budget
Thursday, 3pm: Working as a Professional Gaming Artist
Friday 1pm: The Representation of Gender in Gaming Art
Saturday 2pm: Art for IP
Sunday 10am: RPG Books Aren't Textbooks
Of course he'll spending the rest of his time at the Cubicle 7 stand, number 643! Last year a number of people regretted not bringing along their copies of The One Ring for Jon to sign, so if you've got 'em, bring 'em along!
We'll be in Indianapolis for GenCon Indy from 15-18 August. We're at booth number 643, so drop by and say hi if you'll be there!
We'll also be running demos of the forthcoming One Ring card game - Hobbit Tales.
Unfortunately we won't have copies of The Heart of the Wild or The Second Doctor Sourcebook due to printer delays.