Scott Westerfeld, Author of the Uglies Series, to Host Symposium at Gen Con

In this all new update from the Gen Con news staff, we discover that Scott Westerfelf will be hosting several writing symposiums at the show and a bunch of other news:

Best-Selling Author Named Special Guest

Surprise! New York Times Best-Selling AuthorScott Westerfeld will appear as a Special Guest at this year’s Writer’s Symposium!

Author of the wildly popular Uglies series, Westerfeld will take part in several Writer’s Symposium events in a rare convention appearance. The author of eighteen novels, Westerfeld brings a wealth of industry experience to Gen Con. Don’t miss out on his unique perspectives on writing and publishing.

Gen Con’s Writer’s Symposium is the place for aspiring and working writers. Celebrating its 20th Anniversary this fall, the symposium includes more than 160 events with contributions from more than 60 writing professionals. Industry workshops, targeted event tracks, and communal creation sessions are just a small fraction of the activities available through the rapidly growing Writer’s Symposium.

Stay tuned for specific event information in early May.

Film Festival Submissions Now Open

There’s still time to submit your film to the Gen Con Film Festival!

The Gen Con Film Festival focuses on genres that appeal to gaming attendees. These include: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Gaming, Thriller, or anything geek friendly! The festival panel welcomes comedies, dramas, live action, animated, and documentaries. The Late Submission Deadline is coming up on April 9 and the final Extended Deadline is April 30.

There are three categories for your submissions: Feature Films, Short Films, and Series. Accepted submissions will receive up to 5 4-Day passes to Gen Con and will be invited to participate in panel discussions! This is a great way to get exposure for your film and get featured in the 2014 Program Book.

To begin the submission process, click here.

Final Marketing Fellowship Winners Selected
Each year, Gen Con awards merit-based Marketing Fellowships to six new exhibitors that will participate in Gen Con’s popular Entrepreneur’s Avenue. As part of these fellowships, the companies receive a complimentary booth upgrade, as well as a special mention in the 2014 Program Book. Make sure to check out the Marketing Fellowship winners and residents of Entrepreneur’s Avenue in the Exhibit Hall! Discovering this year’s gaming start-ups may turn out to be the highlight of your convention.

Last week, the first three winners of the fellowships were announced: Devious Weasel Games, Griggling Games, and Wyrmwood Gaming. This week, you can check out the final three selections.

Described as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea meets At the Mountains of Madness in a steampunk environment, Incredible Expeditions: Quest for Atlantis tests the heroism and skullduggery of expedition leaders  against the bizarre perils of strange and treacherous seas. Race to find the Drowned City of Atlantis, or challenge your ability to endure a more dangerous journey with solo or co-operative play.

Come see their team at Entrepreneur’s Avenue and experience the airship of the notorious pirate Mei Ji Lao!  Gaze through portholes at locations illustrated by over a dozen artists from around the world, play a demo, or simply get a tip of the hat from the game designer, Liz Spain.

You can even pick up one of the limited Grand Tour Editions of the game in a vegan leather-bound campaign case, with daguerreotype-inspired foil cards and positively luxurious components. For the latest news and previews of the game, visit www.IncredibleExpeditionsGame.com.

Ready for something a little different? If so, make plans now to stop by and visit the V3G booth this year!

Who is V3G? Well, their name stands for Vision3Games and they have a brand new game studio located right in the center of Indianapolis. They successfully launched their first game, IncrediBrawl, on Kickstarter last summer. From silly and chaotic to deep and strategic, their goal is to develop unique and memorable gaming experiences with a focus on fun.

What makes them different? V3G, by day, is also known as Vision3 – an interactive creative agency. They spend their days making high-quality apps for large touch screens and mobile devices. That means they create mobile versions of their games in-house… with a twist. Check out their About Page to better understand what they mean!

Not only will V3G demo IncrediBrawl at this year’s Gen Con, but they also will premier the Beta version of their digital IncrediBrawl game and showcase the next two games in their lineup!

The final selection for 2014, Table Forged LLC is dedicated to making games that help friends create epic tabletop memories!

Grab yer dwarven Ales and grow yer beards! Their first game, Iron & Ale, is a dwarven-themed Card Game that blends tabletop gaming with real life challenges. It is a game of mining, fighting monsters, and Meadhall Challenges. It is 100% dwarven and is a completely unique gaming experience! Stop by their booth, play Iron & Ale, challenge them to dwarven feats of strength or just say hello!

They are also working hard to forge new ideas into epic tabletop games. Come see their newest concepts and share their table.

*New* Canvas Messenger Bags
Based on the popularity of the Deluxe Messenger Bags, Gen Con’s official merchandise partner has released an all-new item today, the Canvas Messenger. At just $40, the Canvas Messenger has outside pockets, brass hardware, and an adjustable shoulder strap. It’s perfect for carrying RPG books, gaming accessories, or that stack of Program Books that you’re “holding on to for a friend.”
Family Fun Day Badges On-Sale Now
Thank you to everyone that purchased Family Day badges so far! These badges will remain on-sale up through the convention, so there is still plenty of time to get this awesome, discounted badge package. Available at gencon.com, Family Fun Day badges are an incredible value at just $30 for a family of four. This year, Family Fun Day will take place on Sunday, August 17. If you’ve never attended Gen Con, Family Fun Day is the perfect way to introduce yourself and your family to the show. In addition to the significant value (typically $200 for four single-day passes to the show), the $30 Family Fun day promotion will feature special events, prizes, and more!

Attendees will be able to select the option through the standard badge selection process on gencon.com.

For more information on Family Fun Day, go here. Still have questions? Email [email protected].

SPA Guest of Honor Re-Cap
One of the fastest growing event families at Gen Con is the wildly popular SPA (Spouse Activities) Program. With crafting, dance, exercise, and self-improvement events, SPA has something for everyone. Looking for a break from gaming? How about yoga? Craft brewery tours? Perhaps multi-year favorite Knit your Own Wizard Beard? This program is awesome!

Today, joining previously announced 2014 Guests of Honor Jim Butcher and Terese Nielsen, is SPA Program Guest of Honor Sue Pickering Rothamel. With five books, and appearances on HGTV and HSN, Rothamel has been a key contributor and entrepreneur in the crafting community for more than 20 years. She currently teaches crafting, including all forms of collage, the paper arts, metalwork, enameling, watercolor, and surface design. At Gen Con 2014, Rothamel will lead several SPA events, whose listings will be made available to the public in May.

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