Gen Con Sunday

Here at last, it’s the day you finally go around to buy all those wonderful games and books you said you’d come back to buy. Fortunately, there’s still a chance to have some of them signed.

09:00-10:00 WS VIP Panel: Plot Mastery (Room 243)

  • This one is limited to eight people who’ll get a lot of attention from me and my mystery co-panelists about matters of plot. I might do my outlining rant. It’s hilarious if I’ve had enough cappuccino.

10:00-11:00 WS VIP Panel: Selling Your Novel (Room 243)

  • Same as above, only it’s about selling a novel.

11:00-12:00 Signing @ Paizo (Booth 203)

  • By this time, I expect most who’ve come to buy books have already done so. Come hang out! Ask me anything about Radovan and the count. I’ll give you an answer.

13:00-15:00 Signing @ Paizo (Booth 203)

  • Seriously, it gets lonely at the booth around this time. Won’t someone bring me a tasty beverage?

15:00-16:00 Pathfinder Tales Panel (TBA)

  • All the Pathfinder Tales people who’ve survived the weekend will be here. I’m sure that’ll include editor James Sutter and probably two or three of the other authors. 

 Where’s Dave? I have a gift for the first person to wave and say, “Be seeing you.”

Gen Con Saturday

The big day! In addition to several cool panels, I hope everyone can spare at least a few minutes to visit me at both the Privateer Press and Paizo Publishing booths. It’s a short walk between them.

08:00-09:00 WS: Sharing Worlds (M) (Room 245)

  • Larry Correia, Richard Lee Byers, Ari Marmell, and Dave Gross. Three of these men have written in the Forgotten Realms setting. Three of them have written in the Iron Kingdoms. Three of them have written for the Pathfinder setting. Only I have written for all three. It’s like I have the one ring. Wait, no. That makes me Gollum, doesn’t it? Never mind, then. We’re going to talk shared worlds, and we’ve some experience in that arena.

10:00-12:00 Signing @ Privateer Press (Booth 609)

  • Just like the same event on Friday, only better because now it’s Saturday.

12:00-13:00 WS: Reading (Room 243)

  • I get to read alongside a promising up-and-comer named Pat Rothfuss. I think tickets are already sold out. Do you think the audience will let me read for more than 10 minutes? Somebody start a pool. I want $10 on 3 minutes.

13:00-15:00 Signing @ Paizo (Booth 203)

Here’s where the 200 people who showed up to my reading with Pat Rothfuss come down to buy all four and a half of my Pathfinder Tales novels. Right?

Where’s Dave? The first person to find me in the convention center and call me “Boss” wins a prize.


Gen Con Friday

10:00-12:00 Signing @ Privateer Press (Booth 609)

  • I’ll join fellow Skull Islanders Larry Correia, Miles Holmes, and Howard Tayler for a meet & greet with all you fantastic readers and readers-to-be. I’ll be signing  the Devil Dogs novella The Devil’s Buy and the Cygnar vs. Convergence novel, Dark Convergence. How does one sign an electronic book? Privateer has that covered. Even if you’ve already bought the books, it’ll be worth visiting to learn the secret.

11:00-12:00 WS: Magic and Mysticism (Room 244)

  • Lou Anders, Brandon Sanderson, Elizabeth Vaughn, and yours truly will discuss how magic works in a fantasy setting, because it sure as heck doesn’t work in an SF setting. 

12:00-13:00 WS: Government & the Rule of Law (Room 244)

  • Whether you’re a reader, writer, or gamer, here’s a subject that’ll help you understand or flesh-out your fantasy theocracies, oligarchies, plutocracies, or whatever. Richard Lee Byers, Jim C. Hines, and Howard Andrew Jones will wax eloquent on the subject, while I interject about watery tarts and the violence inherent in the system.

14:00-15:00 WS: Pitches, Proposals, and Promises (Room 245)

  • Jennifer Brozek, Jaym Gates, Monica Valentinelli, and my token Y chromosome will share our experiences as editors and writers in how best to pitch stories and novels, and why it’s important to deliver what you promise.

16:00-17:00 Signing @ Paizo (Booth 203)

  • The signings today and tomorrow will include some or all of this lot: Richard Lee Byers, Ed Greenwood, Howard Andrew Jones, Chris A. Jackson, James Sutter, Jim Zub, and Yours Truly. Don’t tell any of us that you like our books best while the others are sitting right there! Unless it’s me. The others have thick skins. They’ll be all right.


 Where’s Dave Friday? The first person to shoot me the tines at the convention center today receives a gift.


Gen Con Thursday

Here’s where you can find me today, and why you should.

08:00-09:00 WS: Writing 101 (Room 245)

  • Here’s where my Master’s in English, my teaching experience, and my tenure as a magazine editor finally pays off. Not in money, of course, but maybe I can contribute something to the conversation with Jerry Gordon, Kerrie L. Hughes, and Gregory A. Wilson.

09:00-13:00 Signing @ Paizo (Booth 203)

  • King of Chaos is here! Come pick up the fourth book featuring Radovan and Count Jeggare. This time they get into trouble up north, where all Hell Abyss is breaking out in the Worldwound. This novel is closely connected to the events featured in the Wrath of the Righteous Adventure Path. More than the previous three novels, this one is for those who play in the Pathfinder setting, but it should also be a good introduction to those who haven’t experienced the world before. Of course, completists can also pick up Prince of Wolves, Master of Devils, and Queen of Thorns.

13:00-14:00 WS: Ancient & Medieval Combat (Room 244)

  • Dylan Birtolo, Wesley Chu, and Susan J. Morris will share their martial experience, while I boil it down to: “Don’t be above the throat punch.”

15:00-16:00 Signing @ Pelgrane Press (Booth 101)

  • This year’s big event is Robin D. Laws’ Hillfolk game, to which I and about sixty others contributed “Series Pitches,” brief sketches of a campaign presented in the fashion of a TV show’s basic design document. Of course, it’s also a great time to pick up signed copies of Shotguns v. Cthulhu or The Lion and the Aardvark, to which I also contributed.

16:00-18:00 Signing @ Paizo (Booth 203)

  • More signing, more mayhem. Maybe even a prize winner.

Where’s Dave Contest: Be the first to greet me in the convention center with a jaunty “Howdy, Marshall” and win a prize.

What cool things did you do or see at Gen Con today? Let me know in comments.

Gen Con 2013 Overview

This year’s Gen Con is even busier than this list suggests, but here are my public appearances. I hope to see you at some of them.

WS indicates a Writers’ Symposium event, about which I’ll post more later. The WS rooms are just across the hall and upstairs from the exhibit hall. You can download the complete schedule here. If you have never been to a WS event, make it a priority. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find out there’s a whole fantasy, SF, and horror literary convention going on at the same time as the game convention. And it’s huge.


08:00-09:00                             WS: Writing 101 (Room 245)

13:00-14:00                             WS: Ancient & Medieval Combat (Room 244)

15:00-16:00                             Signing @ Pelgrane Press (Booth 101)

16:00-18:00                             Signing @ Paizo (Booth 203)


10:00-12:00                             Signing @ Privateer Press (Booth 609)

11:00-12:00                             WS: Magic & Mysticism (Room 244)

12:00-13:00                             WS: Government & the Rule of Law (Room 244)

14:00-15:00                             WS: Pitches, Proposals, and Promises (Room 245)

16:00-17:00                             Signing @ Paizo (Booth 203)


08:00-09:00                             WS: Sharing Worlds (M) (Room 245)

10:00-12:00                             Signing @ Privateer Press (Booth 609)

12:00-13:00                             WS: Reading (Room 243)

13:00-15:00                             Signing @ Paizo (Booth 203)


09:00-10:00                             WS VIP Panel: Plot Mastery (Room 243)

10:00-11:00                             WS VIP Panel: Selling Your Novel (Room 243)

11:00-12:00                             Signing @ Paizo (Booth 203)

13:00-15:00                             Signing @ Paizo (Booth 203)

15:00-16:00                             Pathfinder Tales Panel (TBA)