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Nerd it up at GnomeCon


March 04, 2015

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    GnomeCon, a three-day convention created by Savannah area board gamers, is slated for the weekend of March 6–8 at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street in the heart of downtown Savannah. This is the fourth year for the locally-organized event. Last year’s convention drew more than 850 people from all over the Southeast and helped raise more than $1,500 on behalf of Live Oak Public Libraries.
    “This year’s event is shaping up to be the best GnomeCon ever,” said GnomeCon President Heidi Schweier. “Each year, we keep adding more and more, and our attendance continues to grow. We’re very proud of what we’ve created.”
    New this year will be comic books. Guests include Dean Motter, creator of Mister X, as well as local artists Mad Rupert (Adventure Time) and Tracy Yardley (Sonic the Hedgehog).
    In addition to the numerous types of table-top, miniature, collectible card and role-playing games being offered at GnomeCon, there will also be a number of panels and events. Featured guests include game designer Richard Borg; horror filmmaker James O’Rear; and fantasy authors Katherine Kurtz and Scott MacMillan.
    Guests will also participate in panels, where attendees will have the opportunity to discuss a variety of topics such as game design and marketing, writing for fun and profit, breaking in to the comic book industry, and other science fiction/fantasy and gaming-related subject matter.
    Laughter is also on tap, as the convention welcomes local comedian Phil Keeling, who will be recording his next comedy album at GnomeCon. Local improv group “The Odd Lot” will also perform, as well as horror-meister Professor Fear. His twisted game show delving into the wonderful world of geek trivia has been a highlight of previous GnomeCons. Audience participation is encouraged and everyone who attends will have a chance to win prizes.
    Statesboro’s own Galactic Comics will be in attendance to let people at the con know where they are. Keith Brown, the owner at Galactic Comics, says that people from around the southeast corner of Georgia will drive quite a ways to join gaming communities and that Savannah-based gamers are still part of Galactic’s customer base. Not only does attending the con give Galactic a chance to draw in some new business, but it also offers a great chance to network with like-minded gaming enthusiasts.
    The convention will also feature dealers selling games and supplies, and science fiction and fantasy-related items such as comic books, t-shirts, art and collectibles. Saturday there will be a flea market, where registered attendees can sell or trade unwanted games, comics and other memorabilia, or pick up more at bargain prices.
    For more information, visit www.gnomecon.org or e-mail publicity@gnomecon.org.

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