The 7th annual AetherCon Online Tabletop RPG Convention is a gathering of pen and paper roleplaying gamers that will take place in cyberspace on the weekend of November 9-11/2018.
AetherCon is a free to attend, free to partake, non-profit initiative. Throughout the weekend there will be a plethora of tabletop RPGs on offer for all to play in. All games will be run on the free, browser-based virtual table top Roll20 and/or Google Hangouts with those programs as well as Skype and Discord as audio options. These programs will, for the most part, allow GMs and players alike to simply click on a link and enter the playing area as opposed to needing to download and install the software to participate, Skype being the only exception.
In addition to the variety of independent, publisher run, and organized play tabletop RPG scenarios, there will also be Live Themed Panels, Live Industry Q&As and Live Speedpainting Duels using You Tube on Air. Moreover AetherCon attendees will also be able to shop at Baublebrook's Bazaar where game publishers, artists, miniature manufacturers and industry crafters alike will be offering featured products at special prices. Additionally. AetherCon will once again feature the Cleric, Fighter, Wizard, Rogue Miniature Painting Tourney. Past champions include the UK's Ral Partha Europe, DGS Games hailing from Kansas St, and our most recent king of the hill, Demented Games from Australia .
Further highlights during the run-up to our event will take place throughout the year starting in February voting in our Here Be Monsters poll series. May, June, and July bring previews of the yet to be released wallpapers by members of the Artists Enclave and voting on the Funniest Gaming Story Ever. The Summer Roundtable Series of podcasts with industry professionals and the rollout of those aforementioned wallpapers as free downloads start in July and August respectively.
Our goal as organizers of this undertaking is to provide Online RPGers as a whole with a diverse, conflict free weekend in the spirit of the traditional tribal moot. Historically during these gatherings, trading, discussion and various contests among other things took place under a truce between all attending at a mutually agreed upon neutral site. It is our hope that this undertaking will also prove to be a common stamping ground for gamers of all stripes to meet up and celebrate our favourite hobby together.