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Coming Soon ... 40 Years of Gen Con

We brought home some very exciting news from Gen Con, about a project we're putting on the schedule for 2007. At Peter Adkison's invitation, Atlas Games will be publishing a "40 Years of Gen Con" coffee table-style book to celebrate the convention's big anniversary next year. (It's older than I am!) Robin Laws will be writing the book; Randy "Keeper of Ancient Gen Con Lore" Porter will be the chief researcher/archivist; and Michelle Nephew will be editing, coordinating, and managing the production. All of us have been attending Gen Con for more than a dozen years. I don't know if there are enough superlatives in the English language to describe how we feel about this project, personally and professionally.

We'll have a lot more to say about the book in the near future, as we will be reaching out to four decades of attendees to put together a vast collage of the Gen Con experience from every point of view that we can cram in the book. This web page is in the process of being designed specifically for people to share tips, leads, personal stories, photos, etc., to help us make the best book possible. If you feel inspired by a rush of memories to share with posterity, or a discover of a box of old snapshots, we will want to hear from you!

-John Nephew


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The Book: 40 Years of Gen Con

In 40 Years of Gen Con, gaming guru Robin D. Laws chronicles the story of every gamer's lifetime. It's a documentary history that reaches out to four decades of gamers to form a vast collage of the Gen Con experience from every point of view -- from the gamers playing in the halls, to the staffers behind the scenes, to the exhibitors on the sales floor. 40 Years of Gen Con is a treasure trove of personal interviews with game industry insiders and luminaries, including ...

Peter Adkison * Dave Arneson * Ron Edwards
Larry Elmore * Kaja Foglio * Phil Foglio * Matt Forbeck
Ed Greenwood * E. Gary Gygax * Tracy Hickman
Kenneth Hite * Steve Jackson * Harold Johnson * Tim Kask
Ian Livingstone * Douglas Niles * Mike Pondsmith
Mark Rosewater * R. A. Salvatore * Duke Seifried
Greg Stafford * Lisa Stevens * John Tynes * Jim Ward
Margaret Weis * Jordan Weisman
John Wick * Steve Wieck * Skip Williams

... and many, many more. This epic collection of oral histories, photographs, reminiscences, and more tells the inside story of the best four decades in gaming!


The Website:

This web site was designed specifically for Gen Con attendees to share their personal stories and photos, and to vote for their favorite submissions ... the contributors of the 50 top-ranked submissions each received a FREE 4-day pass to Gen Con Indy 2007! We also selected some of the submissions to use in the book, and those contributors recieved a complimentary copy of it and their name in the credtis. To see all of the submissions, visit the photo gallery and the story forums ... they're closed to new submissions, but they're still a great piece of Gen Con history!

This website is copyright 2007 Trident, Inc. d/b/a Atlas Games. All rights reserved. GEN CON, the Gen Con logo, and The Best Four Days in Gaming! Are trademarks of Gen Con LLC. All rights reserved. Used under license. Submission of a story constitutes agreement with our Terms of Publication -- Stories. Submission of a photo constitutes agreement with our Terms of Publication -- Photos.