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December Game Day at Peculiar Games and Hobbies. Details...

 

Tim Keltner remembers RPGKC member Sam Adams, who passed away Wedesday, August 6, 2014. Sam was a long-time Guild member and member of the Coterie of the Pale Heart, and other vampire related games. Share your memories of Sam at Tim's original post on Facebook with more photos and user commentary. Memorial information is being made available at the Sam Adams Memorial Facebook group.

Sam Adams"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances…"

Yesterday was Sam's 56th Birthday and it appears that he passed away at his computer while playing a video game. This is a fitting exit, as Sam was a prolific gamer (a horrendous understatement) and it was as a member of the RPGKC that I first met Sam - playing a Malkavian in White Wolf's LAVRPG. Sam's Character was Boris Baddinov and the accent was perfect as was his acting. Sam had an infinite capacity for joy and we hit it off immediately. Have you ever met someone who could make you laugh and who you could make laugh so hard you both cried? Sam and I traveled to conventions together and played our characters all the way there and all the way back in the car, at the gas stations, in the rest stops and restaurants - we never stopped. If anyone had been with us they would have gone insane. When Anne Rice came to KC, around 20 of us dressed up in our Vampire costumes and worked security for the event at the Manor Barn in KCMO. Anne signed 1600 copies of her book "Servant of the Bones" sitting on her throne, dressed as the Queen of the Damned. Sam and I approached the event coordinator at 1 am to see if we could just say hello to Anne. Anne told her to bring the whole group up and spent another two hours visiting with us and signing our books. (NOTE: It was widely publicized that Anne would ONLY sign "Servant of the Bones" to keep the lines down. But Sam and I are "Fans" and that means we are prepared. When they told us we could see Anne, Sam and I, never having talked about it beforehand, each went to our respective cars and pulled out the hardback copies of other Anne Rice titles we had stowed there "just in case." THAT is how I know Sam was - is - in my Karass). The pic of Anne, Sam and I is one I will always cherish. I had not talked to Sam for quite some time when we found each other on Facebook at the end of March this year. We picked up right where we left off, never missing a beat. We discovered that I worked in Riverside, where he lived. We had planned to meet next week at the Corner Cafe for biscuits and gravy. How I wish that meeting were still on. Sam, I love you. You were one of a kind, one of the great characters of my life and we will never see your like again. Rest in peace. Take a bow my friend. Curtain down.

We are pleased to announce that new Guild officers were elected at the July 12th business meeting. Your 2014-2015 Guild officers are:

New Officers

Beth PerrinBeth Perrin, Guildmaster (President)

Beth is a new face in the Kansas City gaming community, coming to us from Carbondale, Illinois with her husband, Ryan Perrin. In the past year Beth has proven a resourceful and energetic member of the Guild, helping run events at Game Days, volunteering at conventions, organizing our Free RPG Day efforts, and providing valuable input at business meetings. We look forward to her leadership in the coming year. Beth succeeds long-time Guildmaster Doug Howard, Official Weezle and Inquisitor D, who will be missed. As Guildmaster Emeritus, Doug pledges to remain active and help guide the new officers in their duties, not unlike a Jedi Master returning from the beyond to council his former Padawans. Beth can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Also, its ok if you call her Guildmistress!

Ryan PerrinRyan Perrin, Overlord (Games Coordinator)

Ryan is another new face that has helped bring new energy to the Guild. With a passion for indie RPGs, Ryan regularly exposes guildmembers to new and fresh ideas in the world of role-playing games. If you haven't heard of Lady Blackbird, Mythender, Psy Run, or Monsterhearts, then you haven't been coming to monthly Game Days in the last year. Classic and well-regarded RPGs are all well and good, and a staple, but Ryan pledges to continue pushing the Guild's envelope and expanding its comfort zone with new and exciting finds. Don't miss them at monthly Game Days! Ryan can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Returning Officers

  • Kevin Elmore, Castellan (Vice President and Convention Organizer) can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Will Vaughn, Hoardmaster (Treasurer) can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Dave Berg, Scribe (Secretary and Webmaster) can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Brad Kelley, Seneschal (Membership and Ambassador) can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

GenCon 2014

Event registration is open! Gen Con is the original, longest-running, best-attended, gaming convention in the world! Featuring hundreds of game companies, award-winning authors and artists, costumed attendees, more than 10,000 events, a Family Fun Pavilion, and the debut of exciting new games, Gen Con truly is The Best Four Days in Gaming™!

Last year, more than 49,000 attendees set an all-new attendance record for the 46-year event. Don't miss out on Gen Con 2014!

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Volunteer for KantConKantCon is rapidly approaching on July 18-20 at the Overland Park Convention Center, and they need volunteers! Earn free admission just for helping out!

Volunteering

Contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to Volunteer. Please indicate which days you are interested in volunteering.

They have a limited number of volunteer spots available so sign up to volunteer early!

  • Work 4 hours on Friday = Free Friday badge
  • Work 6 hours on Saturday = Free Saturday badge
  • Work 4 hours on Sunday = Free Sunday badge

Game CafeThis month's Game Day and biz meeting is Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Game Cafe, located in Independence MO (map). 

  • RPGs and board games available during the day
  • Doors open at 10am
  • Open gaming available all day
  • Guild business meeting at 6pm. Note: Officer elections will be held! Make sure your membership is up-to-date to vote. =) Paid members can pick up their membership cards at the meeting.

Join the Facebook Event to let us know you're coming, and to see what events are being run. And spread the word!

Looks like the beginning of another great game convention in the area. Head on over to check out the TsunamiCon 2014 Kickstarter and help fund the fun!

TsunamiCon 2014

KC Geeks and Gamers Meetup GroupToday we are pleased to announce the beginning of a six-month trial sponsorship of the KC Geeks and Gamers Meetup.com group. Founded by Doreen Mundy, the KCGG is a large Meetup group comprised of just our kind of folk... geeks and gamers in the Kansas City area. The group's nearly 900 members host a number of events each month that Guild members are sure to be interested in, and provide another great pool of potential gamers for the Guild. We encourage all Guild members to join the KCGG meetup group and see what its all about.

» Join the KCGG Meetup Group

The KCGG group recently converted to a fee-based membership, and so members would have to pay to remain in the Meetup group. However, for the next six months the Guild will sponsor their Meetup group, allowing KCGG members to remain in the group at no cost. Our two groups will share information on events and cross-post between our sites. Hopefully some KCGG folks will see the value of joining the RPGKC, and become full members of the Guild, eligible for discounts at area conventions and voting rights at Guild business meetings. Likewise, hopefully some Guild folks will see the value in joining the KCGG meetup group, with their meetup scheduling system, email list and discussion forum. We'll evaluate the effectivness of this outreach at the end of the six-month trial period.

Let's work together to support and encourage gaming in Kansas City and the surrounding area!

 

Our friends and colleagues at the Extra Life KC Guild held their kickoff meeting in June at the Microsoft Store in Oak Park Mall and had a great showing of support from the Kansas City gaming community! The ELKCG is now meeting on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:3pm (location varies). Check out the Facebook group for monthly details.

The ELKCG's core function is to help recruit more gamers to participate in the Extra Life movement. The more people helping, the more they recruit. So come on out and get involved, or just pass the word on.

Check out photos of the event at the RPGKC Facebook group, or Extra Life KC Guild Facebook group!

ELKCG Inaugural Meeting June 2014

Learn more about Extra Life and get involved at extra-life.com!

 

Summer is days away, and with it comes KantCon! This year KantCon has moved from the July 4th weekend to July 18-20 and is at the Overland Park Convention Center. Check out the site for events, dealers, and more. Don't see an event you want to play? Sign up to run it and teach others. We'll see you there!

KantCon 2014

Free RPG Day 2014It's that time of year again! Free RPG Day is coming Saturday, June 21, 2014 to game stores all around the metro. What is Free RPG Day, you ask?From their website:

Established in 2007, Free RPG Day works with participating hobby game retailers and RPG publishers to bring new and exclusive RPG quickstart rules and adventure modules into the hands of gamers.

Consumers WORLDWIDE will be able to grab brand new material for a variety of RPGs --- no overstock, retail-priced or dead product here. The goal of Free RPG Day is to inspire gamers to play a new RPG, which will in turn, create sales through local game stores. Use the retailer locator to find a participating store near you!

To support this event and our friendly local game stores, several Guild members will be running games in the KC metro area. See below for our schedule:

Have any questions? Give us a shout here.

 

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