Wednesday, August 15, 2012

My Gen Con Schedule

I'm heading to Indianapolis for Gen Con today, and my full schedule is below. This con runs quite a bit differently from other conventions I've been to. For one thing, each event or panel is individually ticketed (though the book signings are not ticketed). And since the panels I am on are popular ones, tickets for most of them have been sold out for weeks (not that those tickets actually cost anything). Right now, there are 29 ($0—free) tickets still available for the Passing the Torch panel, but I expect they'll sell out before the panel starts. I'm not sure if they turn people away at the doors if they don't have a ticket, or if there are a few extra seats in the room, or what.

You don't need an individual ticket (you just need to buy your registration to the con as a whole) if you want to go to one of my signings, of which there are three. See below. There is also a special "Play the Mistborn Adventure Game with Brandon" session on Sunday that five lucky people will have their names drawn to get into. To enter the drawing, pick up specific items at the Crafty Games booth (419 in the Exhibit Hall, with Studio 2).

  • Mistborn Premium Dice Set ($16.99, limited to 200 sets): Cast in a custom steel color, these beautiful 10-die sets replace each 6 face with a unique Allomantic symbol (Tin, Pewter, Iron, Steel, Copper, Bronze, Zinc, Brass, Gold, and Atium)
  • Mistborn Elite Dice Set ($29.99, limited to 50 sets): All 10 Premium dice plus a handsome dice bag large enough to hold all but the biggest gaming hoard
  • The Crafty Work of Ben McSweeney ($14.99, limited to 100 copies): This beautiful 64-page art book features the work of Mistborn Adventure Game and Fantasy Craft cover and interior illustrator Ben McSweeney, and includes development and behind-the-scenes pieces from many of Crafty Games' books, including the forthcoming Spellbound

Ben (who also did the illustrations for the Shallan's Sketchbook pages in THE WAY OF KINGS and the broadsheet in THE ALLOY OF LAW) will be there signing as well, Friday at noon (but I'll try to get him to come to my booth signing too).

For more details on how the drawing works, see Crafty's site.

Gen Con Indy 2012

Dates: August 16–19, 2012
Place: Gen Con Indy 2012
Address: Indiana Convention Center
100 S Capitol Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46225
Phone: (800) 529-EXPO
Schedule:

THURSDAY

3:00–4:00 p.m., Exhibit Hall : Authors' Avenue
Brandon Sanderson Signing
Brandon will sign any book you bring that he wrote. If there's a very long line, personalizations may be limited to three books per time through the line.

FRIDAY

11:00 a.m.–noon, Exhibit Hall : Authors' Avenue
Brandon Sanderson Signing

1:00–2:00 p.m., SEM1233549, ICC : 244 (SOLD OUT)
Reading: Brandon Sanderson and Michael A. Stackpole
Join us as New York Times Bestselling authors Brandon Sanderson and Michael A. Stackpole offer an unprecedented hour of entertainment as they read from their latest works.

2:00–3:00 p.m., SEM1233555, ICC : 244 (SOLD OUT)
Worldbuilding 101
Elizabeth Vaughan, Brandon Sanderson, James Sutter
When you create a world to set your story in, you have to do more than draw a map. Crafting a world that feels real is a tricky task. In this panel, we give you a crash course in world building.

9:00 p.m.–3:00 a.m., TCG1237843, ICC : VIG Lounge (SOLD OUT)
Magic the Gathering Draft with Author Guest of Honor Brandon Sanderson—VIG only
Come play MTG Avacyn Restored with the Gen Con Author of Honor Brandon Sanderson! This event is for VIGs and VIG Companions only.

SATURDAY

1:00–2:00 p.m., SEM1233609, ICC : 244 (29 tickets available as of this posting)
Passing the Torch
Matt Forbeck, Dave Gross, John Helfers, Brandon Sanderson
Every author has her own voice, but what happens when you need to write in someone else's? From ghost writing to co-authoring to inheriting an series, learn how to write with another writer's voice.

2:00–4:00 p.m., SEM1233612, ICC : 244 (SOLD OUT)
Writing Excuses Recorded Live
Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, Jordan Sanderson & Guests
Join us for a live recording of Writing Excuses, the Hugo-nominated, Parsec-award-winning podcast. The hosts will take your questions and cover everything from world-building to character conflicts.

4:30–6:00 p.m., Exhibit Hall : Crafty Games booth 419 with Studio 2
Brandon Sanderson Signing

9:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m., TCG1238412, ICC : Hall F : Green : 31–36 (SOLD OUT)
Multiplayer Magic: The Gathering with Brandon Sanderson
Bring your own deck. Brandon will organize the format of the games at the time the event starts, based on the number of participants. Game possibilities include Commander, Archenemy, or anything else.

SUNDAY

11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., RPG1233547, JW Marriott : 304 : 1
Celebrity Session of the Mistborn Adventure Game
Play the game with the author himself! Stop by our booth in the Exhibit Hall (419, with Studio 2) to learn how you could win a seat at this exclusive event.

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