Steve Jackson's Appearances
Want to meet Steve? Here's a list of conventions he's attending, as well as other events where you can find him and say hello.
Our other staff members make appearances, too – click here for a complete list.
August 17-20, 2017
I expect to be at all four days of Gen Con this year. We'll have a booth and I will be doing a panel on Saturday at noon. It's a historical panel about early Gen Cons: "In the Shadow of the Castle." See here for all the historical panels.
We will be running the Munchkin Tavern again, and I'll do a signing there on Saturday night. I'll probably be around at other times too. As usual, it is at the Tavern on South, 423 W. South Street.
I expect to be doing a podcast with Pegasus Games. There's also going to be a They Might Be Giants concert . . .
June 30-July 2, 2017
Chattanooga's a great city, and I always have a good time at LibertyCon. This one, number XXX, was no exception. I ran demos of three unpublished games and they all went well. I also played Ogre and Munchkin – I won my Ogre games but got beaten like a drum at Munchkin. So it goes.
And I had dinner with Jason "PK" Levine, who lives nearby, and we ate great sushi and schemed about upcoming GURPS releases.
But I don't pay my own way to LC just to do business and demo games. I also get to socialize, meet other pros, and generally have more "fan" experience than I normally get at a convention. I attended the Baen Books dinner, rekindled some old acquaintances, and met some new people. I got to see a lot of programming, including Dr. Stephanie Osborn's entertaining and scary report on the New Madrid fault system (midcontinent and just as ominous as San Andreas – look it up.) I toured the parties. And I got to spend some time chatting with two of my favorite authors, David Weber and John Ringo (who was Literary GoH).
The charity auction is always a highlight of LC. This year two Munchkin card appearances went for $800 each, benefiting the Hatcher Foundation, which fights childhood cancer.
If a fun Chattanooga event sounds like your cup of tea, watch their site at libertycon.org. The date and location for the 2018 event are not set, but when they are, it's likely to sell out even faster than this one did.
August 4, 2016
I was at Gen Con for Thursday only. I signed and imbibed in the Munchkin Tavern, hung out in our booth, and checked out the show floor. I got to say hi to Randy Milholland, Howard and Sandra Tayler, Rob and Linda Balder, Phil and Victor Foglio, Bill Fawcett, and a lot of others. Had breakfast with the PSI team and dinner with John Kovalic, and many good evil things were plotted.
Gen Con was huge this year. That show just continues to grow, and we'll continue to come with a big presence.
July 8-10, 2016
I'm going back to LibertyCon in 2016, because 2015 was so good, it just seemed like the thing to do. Lots of friendly people, fans and guests alike; a fine program and an excellent art show that got its fair share of my money; a traincar hotel room and a dinner train ride (let me stress that the hotel room itself did not go on the train ride); great backup from our local MIBs; and the excellent city of Chattanooga for a background.
See their site at www.libertycon.org for the very impressive guest list.
June 15-19, 2016
Just like the past few years, I'll be here with my LEGO geek hat on, exhibiting with the Texas Brick Railroad and PennLUG. Maybe I'll even finish the brick-built Castellan
February 21-28, 2016
Last year's JoCo Cruise was an amazing experience. It was my first cruise ever; I met a lot of gamers; I heard a lot of music. I also ate too much, but I am given to understand that that is traditional.
What is the JoCo Cruise? Look here. Or, for those who didn't click the link: it's a week on the Caribbean on a humongous luxurious boat, with some excellent musicians, starting with Jonathan Coulton himself and backed up by Paul and Storm and a lot of other talent. You really ought to go click that link.
While music is The Big Thing on the JoCo Cruise, gaming is The Other Big Thing. There's an active 24-hour game room with frequently-replenished munchies. SJ Games sponsored it last year and is sponsoring it again this year, because it was good. Among other things, that's where I first got to play Splendor. (While I am mentioning things that have bigness, I should point out that writing is also a Big Thing. If you are a would-be writer, please note that there IS a writing track, and that the guests on the cruise include John Scalzi, Patrick Rothfuss, and Wil Wheaton. All of whom can write, and will talk to you about writing.)
But I digress. This year we are doing three special events for the cruise's gaming track: a general "What's New at SJ Games" event at which secrets will be revealed, a status report on the Munchkin Shakespeare brainstorm that we did on last year's cruise, and a NEW brainstorm at which the attendees will get to help me and Andrew rough out a new, NON-Munchkin game.
The fourth of our third events will be a Munchkin playoff. Four aspiring munchkins will win seats at that table during the cruise's earlier gaming events. They will play against me. If I win, I keep the prize.
Last year's cruise was unlike anything I've ever done. I really had no idea what to expect. But I was committed to the 2016 event before the 2015 cruise docked. You really ought to be on board too, but at this point that means you have to have your ticket already, because they are sold out.