Roll20CON celebrates Roll20.net, the free online resource that allows gaming groups to come together online. It supports dice rolls, visual aids, tactical grids, and pretty much every tabletop game system you’ve ever heard of.
During Roll20CON this weekend, any users who schedule and tag their games with “Roll20CON” can enjoy the free use of Dynamic Lighting (normally restricted to paid subscribers).
Roll20CON isn’t a physical convention. Instead it will host day-long marathon live streams on their twitch channel. The streams begin at 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern on Saturday, and 11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern on Sunday. The scheduled shows will feature many popular streamers and Game Masters, including Roll20CON host Nadja “Tristarae” Otikor (Misscliks) and Roll20’s GM-in-Residence Adam “SkinnyGhost” Koebel (Burning Wheel).
Once again Roll20 has partnered with non-profit charity Cybersmile to support victims of cyber bullying. To support the charity, GMs and players across Roll20 are encouraged to use these techniques this weekend:
- Rose Colored Glasses – Wear a flashy visual aid to note that you’re watching for bullying.
- Confuse them with Kindness – Thank your fellow PCs and NPCs for saving people.
- Friends All Around – Help and support your friends.
You can donate to Cybersmile by going to the Roll20CON page and clicking on the big DONATE button. As a reward for donating during Roll20CON, you’ll receive an exclusive art pack featuring tokens and tiles from the Marketplace that you can use in your Roll20 games.
A Roll20CON t-shirt is also available to purchase, with proceeds going to Cybersmile.
Roll20CON kicks off on Saturday, June 24, at 10 am Pacific. It ends at 10 pm Pacific on Sunday, June 25.
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A new PAX convention was announced earlier this year during PAX South. PAX Unplugged will focus on tabletop gaming. It takes place November 17-19 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Tickets have gone on sale starting this week.
Single day badges for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday cost $25 each. You can buy a 3-day badge for the whole weekend for $60. Special Sunday Kids badges are available for the 12 and under crowd for a discounted $10. Children age five and under are free with a paid adult. Badge limits are in place, limiting each household to six badges. Tickets are non-refundable.
“Tabletop gaming can mean a lot of different things, but whatever it means to you, I wan PAX Unplugged to a home for it,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder of Penny Arcade. “There’s a renaissance right now in the space, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.”
The Penny Arcade Expos now consist of six different conventions spread throughout the year. Previous PAX shows focus on video gaming, with some degree of tabletop gaming included. PAX South has an especially large tabletop gaming presence.
PAX Unplugged will be the first PAX to focus specifically on tabletop gaming. Though video games that feature tabletop game elements will also be found there.
Developers and publishers who wish to exhibit at PAX Unplugged 2017 can apply here. If you’re interested in hosting a panel about tabletop gaming, panel submissions are open now. Media personnel can apply for a media badge.
Directly in the midst of the third annual Penny Arcade Expo in San Antonio, Texas (PAX South), Penny Arcade announced an all-new PAX show. Together with ReedPOP, the PAX producer, they announced PAX Unplugged, a new annual event that focuses entirely on tabletop gaming.
“With the rise of popularity of board games, we wanted to provide a dedicated space where fans can come together,” said Jerry Holkins, one half of the of the Penny Arcade duo. “We will continue to have tabletop games at every PAX. Unplugged will focus on stepping away from the TV, monitor and phone to foster face-face-face multiplayer experiences.”
PAX Unplugged will include all the features and events of previous PAX conventions – an expo hall fall of new and upcoming games, gaming-inspired concerts, tournaments, and panels with professionals from the board gaming industry.
“PAX Unplugged will be a destination for attendees to share their common passions and socialize over board, card and other tabletop games, which have experienced a renaissance in recent years,” states the press release. “Penny Arcade and ReedPOP are happy to embrace the thriving tabletop scene and provide those around it with a welcoming atmosphere to take this resurgence to even greater heights.”
PAX Unplugged will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia from November 17-19, 2017. PAX Unplugged will be the sixth annual PAX show, following PAX Prime, PAX East, PAX AUS, PAX DEV, and PAX South.
Badges for PAX Unplugged will go on sale this Spring. Media and exhibitors can register for a media pass at that time.