Gaming at PulpFest 2016

Jun 24, 2016 by

Infinite CityPulpFest was founded on the premise that the pulps had a profound effect on American popular culture, reverberating through a wide variety of mediums — comic books, movies, paperbacks and genre fiction, television, men’s adventure magazines, radio drama, and even video and role-playing games. The summertime destination for fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction, art, and related materials, PulpFest seeks to honor the pulps by drawing attention to the many ways such magazines have inspired writers, artists, film directors, software developers, and other creators over the decades.

Science fiction has likewise played a strong role in the development of American popular culture. Introduced to pulp readers through the scientific romances found in the Munsey magazines and other general fiction pulps, science fiction became its own genre when Hugo Gernsback premiered AMAZING STORIES — the first continuing science fiction magazine — in the spring of 1926. AMAZING and the pulps that followed it — WONDER STORIES, ASTOUNDING STORIES, STARTLING STORIES, among others — served to inspire the worlds of STAR TREK, STAR WARS, BABYLON 5, Steampunk, and other expressions of contemporary popular culture including role-playing games and board games.

PulpFest introduced a gaming track to its programming schedule in 2015. Many of the themes found in the world of modern games resonate from the pulps and the stories published in those magazines. There are games based on Conan, the Cthulhu Mythos, space operas such as Doc Smith’s Lensman series, westerns, mysteries and, of course, pulp heroes.

This year, in honor of the ninetieth anniversary of the debut of AMAZING STORIES, PulpFest will have an array of role-playing games and board games set in the science fiction genre. Game players will be able to explore other worlds and adventure in outer space.

We will have two tables running Pathfinder RPG games. Although these games have a fantasy setting, the Pathfinder world that we’ll be exploring is one where the impact of science fiction is felt.  Expect aliens with blasters and dimensional gates, as well as orcs and dragons. The Columbus chapter of the Ohio Pathfinder Society will be managing our Pathfinder games.

Ohio’s Rogue Cthulhu group will be running Cthulhu Mythos adventures that are set in modern times and in the future.  Stride across alien worlds and face eldritch horrors, fly in star ships to battle alien races such as the Mi-Go, and stand against entities from other worlds using science. The mythos developed in the pulps by H. P. Lovecraft and other writers — Robert Bloch, Robert E. Howard, Henry Kuttner, and Frank Belknap Long, and so on — has inspired a wide range of both role-playing and board games. Rogue Cthulhu will be managing a variety of games to thrill and enjoy.

The Fellowship of the White Star will be running role-playing games at two tables.  The Fellowship adventures are set on the earth of the early twentieth century. Intrepid adventurers battle everything from mad scientists trying to conquer the world to invading aliens to creatures of darkness.  Join them as they strive to keep their families and countries safe from dark science.

PulpFest 2016 will also be featuring a number of board games.  One table will be running and teaching a number of games that can be played in an hour or two.  We’ll have ALIEN FRONTIERS, CHRONONAUTS, DESTINATION NEPTUNEINFINITE CITYMEGAMANIOLOGY, and others.  By popular demand, another table will be running ELDRITCH HORROR, a board game featuring a band of investigators battling entities from the Cthulhu Mythos.

Come out to PulpFest 2016 where you can explore our substantial dealers’ room and find exciting pulp fiction and books to read. Then stop by our game room where you can save Earth from aliens, explore new planets circling far-flung stars, or seek out ancient artifacts and knowledge.  You’ll learn how to play a variety of new games and “boldly go where no man has gone before.” As of June 21, the Hyatt Regency Columbus has a small number of rooms available for July 21 through July 23. Please see our post “There Are Rooms at the Hyatt!

At www.columbusconventions.com/thearea.php, you’ll find a list of area hotels courtesy of the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Alternately, you can search for a room at tripadvisor or a similar website to find a hotel near the convention. Thanks so much to everyone who has reserved a room at our host hotel. By staying at the Hyatt Regency, you’ve helped to ensure the convention’s success.

(The PulpFest 2016 gaming track will begin at 10 AM on Saturday, July 23, and last until 10 PM or thereabouts. All games will take place in the Clark Room, located on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency. Watch for the PulpFest PLAY banner outside the entrance to our game room. There will be eight tables set up where a variety of board games, card games, and role-playing games will be presented. PulpFest is also working with several gaming companies to provide prizes for our game-playing members.

The box art for INFINITE CITY — a board game designed by Brent Keith and published by Alderac Entertainment Group — is by Charles J. Urbach.)

Roll the Dice and Join PulpFest 2016

May 18, 2016 by

Fortune and Glory

PulpFest was founded on the premise that the pulps had a profound effect on American popular culture, reverberating through a wide variety of mediums — comic books, movies, paperbacks and genre fiction, television, men’s adventure magazines, radio drama, and even video and role-playing games. The summertime destination for fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction, art, and related materials, PulpFest seeks to honor the pulps by drawing attention to the many ways such magazines have inspired writers, artists, film directors, software developers, and other creators over the decades.

Last year, PulpFest introduced a gaming track. Many of the themes found in the world of modern games resonate from the pulps and the stories published in those magazines. There are games based on Conan, the Cthulhu Mythos, space operas such as Doc Smith’s Lensman series, westerns, mysteries and, of course, the pulp heroes. Role-playing games, or RPGs, are especially noted for quick action, cliff-hangers, and adventure.

It is quite appropriate that games will be returning to this summer’s pulp convention. Both TSR Hobbies — the original publisher of DUNGEONS & DRAGONS — and Wizards of the Coast — the company that popularized the collectible card game genre with MAGIC: THE GATHERING — served as the publisher of AMAZING STORIES. The first continuing science fiction magazine, its ninetieth anniversary will be feted at PulpFest 2016. The convention is working with several Columbus-based gaming groups and individuals to develop our gaming track. They will also manage our games for members who want to explore this aspect of the pulps.

The Columbus chapter of the Ohio Pathfinder Society will run RPGs dealing with weird tales, ancient ruins, and murder mysteries set in a fantasy world based on the Pathfinder RPG. Another Ohio group, Rogue Cthulhu, will be running role-playing adventures based on H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos and other weird tales set in the 1920s. This year, we’ll be adding the FELLOWSHIP OF THE WHITE STAR  game system, which utilizes a semi-historical setting of 1905 – 1914 Earth.  Join the Fellowship in their fight against the evils plots of Rasputin, Imhotep, Dracula, Baba Yaga, Emilio Aguinaldo, Arthur Evans, Jack the Ripper, and the Six-Fingered Hand.

The PulpFest gaming track will also feature board and card games that will be set up for people looking to find some new and interesting entertainment at the convention. FORTUNE AND GLORY is an exciting board game in which you are an adventurer crossing the world in search of lost artifacts, like many of the heroes of ARGOSY, another magazine that PulpFest 2016 will be saluting.  Additionally, we’ll have ELDRITCH HORROR, a board game featuring a band of investigators fighting the influence of Cthulhu around the globe, plus CTHULHU DICEELDER SIGN, and ZOMBIE DICE. Other board games loaded with cliffhangers, science fiction, aliens and mysteries will also be available at the convention. We’ll have games that can last from twenty minutes to several hours and are planning to have prizes available for our game-playing members, depending upon support from gaming companies.

The PulpFest 2016 gaming track will begin at 10 AM on Saturday, July 23, and last until 10 PM or thereabouts. All games will take place in the Clark Room, located on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency. There will be eight tables set up where a variety of board games, card games, and role-playing games will be presented. Watch for the PulpFest PLAY banner outside the entrance to our game room.

The only requirements to play games at PulpFest 2016 are a PulpFest membership, your imagination, and a desire to have a good time. So if you enjoy pulps and you enjoy games, PulpFest will be the place to be. You can join us at the beautiful Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio, beginning on Thursday evening, July 21, and running through Sunday afternoon, July 24. Click the registration button below our home page banner to learn how to register for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con,” also known as, “Summer’s FANTASTIC Pulp Gaming Con.”

(FORTUNE AND GLORY, THE CLIFFHANGER GAME — designed by Jason C. Hill and published by Flying Frog Productions — is a fast-paced game of high adventure, vile villains, edge-of-your-seat danger, and cliffhanger pulp movie action. Players travel the globe in search of ancient artifacts, fending off danger and villains at every turn in a quest for ultimate reward. So strap on your adventure boots and goggles, fire up the engines on the seaplane, and grab some extra ammo for your revolver … the Nazis already have a head start and in this race for fortune and glory, there’s no prize for second place!)