GnomeCon Slated for April 11-13 in Downtown Savannah
GnomeCon, a three-day convention created by Savannah area gamers, is slated for April 11-13, 2014 at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St, in the heart of downtown Savannah. This is the third year for the locally-organized event. Last year’s convention drew more than 500 people from all over the Southeast and helped raise more than $1,200 for Live Oak Public Libraries.
Savannah’s locally organized science fiction/fantasy and gaming convention hosts a variety of events designed to appeal to all ages, from puppet making workshops to the midnight viewing of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Board games, miniature, collectible card and role playing games will be among the highlights. Also featured will be Professor Fear’s Game Show; the improv group Odd Lot; comedian Phil Keeling, and many other geek-centric activities.
This year’s guests include:
Larry Blamire, writer/director of the cult film “The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra,” an homage to b-movies of the 1950s. He is currently developing “Steam Wars,” an original steampunk project, as a screenplay.
Jody Lynn Nye, author of more than 40 science fiction/fantasy novels, including the “Dreamland“ fantasy series. She has also collaborated with other writers such as Piers Anthony, Robert Aspirin and Anne McCaffrey.
Bill Fawcett, writer and co-founder of Mayfair Games, a board and role-playing game company. He has also created “Swordquest,” a series of books for juveniles, as well as “The Fleet,” a military science fiction series. As an anthologist, he has edited or co-edited almost 50 anthologies.
Angela Beasley’s Puppet People, a Savannah institution for more than 25 years, features puppetry, mascots and other forms of fun for young and old.
Nikki Wulf is a cosplayer, artist, competitive gamer and video game critic. She will be a featured judge of GnomeCon’s inaugural costume contest.
Current membership packages start at $30, and many feature such premiums as GnomeCon t-shirt and dice. Other packages include additional benefits such as early entry to events and priority seating. Prices vary, depending on the membership package. Please visit www.gnomecon.org/membership for full details.
GnomeCon’s art show will return again this year, where registered attendees can buy or sell original artwork. For more information on how to participate in the art show please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The convention will also feature dealers selling games and supplies, and science fiction and fantasy-related items such as t-shirts, art, collectibles. Saturday evening there will be a flea market, where registered attendees can sell or trade unwanted games and maybe find others at bargain prices.
GnomeCon is a 501(c)(3) formed for educational, literary, artistic and charitable purposes, and has earmarked a significant portion of its proceeds to be donated in support of education and literacy. The organizers have also hosted numerous charity events that have benefited several regional charitable programs such as Union Mission, Bethesda Home for Boys and Greenbriar Children’s Center.