June 22-24th, 2001, RPGHost.com launches CyberCon I, a premiere online role playing games convention featuring and sponsored by such industry giants as S. John Ross, Gold Rush Games and E. Gary Gygax, co-author of Dungeons and Dragons.
21 May 2001 — The RPG Host network, a network of 14 RPG sites representing over 2.5 million page views and 150,000 unique visitors per month, announces its latest creation – CyberCon. CyberCon is a premiere RPG (role playing games) Convention held live on the Internet using powerful virtual table top tools and techniques to enhance the visitor’s playing experience. Following in the footsteps of traditional conventions, CyberCon will also feature industry guest speakers, presentations, vendor booths, special pricing on RPG items, a live auction, contests, prizes and open chat. The Con will be held June 22nd through 24th, 2001 at http://cybercon.rpghost.com
RPG Speakers include Gary Gygax, co-creator of the original “Dungeons and Dragons” game and creator of the new “Lejendary Adventures”; S. John Ross of Cumberland games, makers of PDF and print supplements for games by White Wolf, Flying Buffalo, Last Unicorn and others; and Rich ป๊อกเด้ง ไฮโล Garner from Eternal Tempest Productions, producers of “Metalface” and “Legendary Kingdom.”
Mr. Gygax noted “As the founder of the GenCon convention it must be obvious that I love such events. For some time, though, work considerations have made it impossible to attend all the cons I would like to go to. Then along comes Cybercon…hooray! I can be at a virtual event without leaving the house. No big expense, no downtime, and lots of fun. Okay, not quite like being at a physical event, but the next best thing. Being able to add Cybercon to my list of conventions is great, and I urge all to attend and share the fun.”
RPG Vendors already promised to the event include White Wolf, makers of the poular “World of Darkness” games including “Vampire, the Masquerade,” “Werewolf, the Apocalypse,” and “Changeling, the Dreaming;” Gold Rush Games, whose ‘Shiki’ has been nominated for a 2000 Origins award; and Flying Buffalo, makers of “Tunnels and Trolls,” the “Nuclear War” card game and founders of the Play by Mail industry among others. A complete vendor and speaker list is available on the web site.
“Eternal Tempest Productions is very excited to be a part of this convention. As a web based design group, our artists and writers are scattered across the globe. Indeed even our loyal fans are separated by miles and miles of Earth.” said Rich Garner, CEO of Eternal Tempest, adding that “a web based convention allows game makers and players from across the entire planet to come together [to] expand their horizons and discover new games, tactics and strategies as well as build new relationships.”
RPG Seminar topics range from Sandy Antunes’ “Is The Industry Doomed?” to Ed Diana’s “Using Fractal Mapper” to Aaron Williams’ “Nodwick & self publishing” to “RPGs and Me” — a round-table panel discussion. Game Masters (AKA referees or GMs) and players of all levels will find a seminar to their taste in game genre and skill set.
“I’ve always wanted to go to a Con,” says Games Coordinator Loy Ellen Gross (aka Effie Rover), “but I could never get there for various reasons. This, being online, means anyone can go and enjoy themselves. We’re billing it ‘No babysitters needed.'” she jests.
Over 50 RPG Games are being scheduled, including sessions of World of Darkness, Battletech, Shadowrun, Rifts, Star Wars, Warhammer, and even an online version of the board game Axis and Allies as well as a weekend long RPGA D&D; Tournament. 45 GMs are being selected from over twice as many who have applied based on experience, technique and enthusiasm.
Prizes will be awarded to the best roleplayer in any game of 8 or more players and door prizes will be awarded throughout the Con. The prize pool currently includes rulebooks for: Valence by Valent Games, Obisidian by Apophis Consortium, Flatware by Green Goblin Games, Shattered Galaxy by nexon USA, Metalface by Eternal Tempest Productions; miniatures including DragonElves sets from “Saga of Logatroth;” and software from Design-A-Dungeon and Broken Earth.
An admission fee of $4.95 admits one player to any and all events scheduled for the weekend, including all presentations, forums, chats, and online games.
Feedback from the pre-release of the site includes:
“An online convention is a brilliant, inspired idea.” — firstname.lastname@example.org
“At last a convention over the Net. Nice.” — email@example.com
“THIS IS AWESOME; Thanks for starting something that I don’t have to drive 10 hours to attend” — firstname.lastname@example.org
Based on the feedback thus far, CyberCon II is scheduled to be held in January 2002. Press Passes for this and future CyberCons will be made available for most media outlets. For more information about CyberCon, visit the web site at http://cybercon.rpghost.com, email email@example.com, or phone 716-343-0424.