Category: Comic Cons

Gen Con Indy 2011 showcases Neverwinter

Return to one of role-playing most iconic and legendary cities, Neverwinter, at Gen Con this weekend. The city-state of Neverwinter, home of the first graphical MMORPG and countless Dungeons and Dragons: Forgotten Realms campaigns will be arriving in Indianapolis in force with many new and exciting offerings including sneak peeks at the 4th Edition of Neverwinter Campaign Setting, the new comic mini series and more as part of the Neverwinter Mass Adventure at Gen Con 2011.

Wizards of the Coast just announced that those attending Gen Con Indy 2011 will have the opportunity to participate in a unique Neverwinter adventure aptly named the Neverwinter Mass Adventure at Gen Con 2011. A series of QR codes will guide attendees to a variety of Wizards of the Coast sponsored special events and locations throughout the Con. Along the way, attendees will face challenges and choices on their quest for glory, power or riches. Helping them along their journey will be hints and tips provided through D&D on Facebook and Twitter.

Neverwinter fans will also be glad to discover that a new Facebook games, D&D Heroes of Neverwinter is scheduled to be released soon. This turn-based strategy game offer lighter digital fare with prefabricated and user generated dungeons, gifting and more.

Along with the Neverwinter Mass Adventure, Gen Con 2011 attendees and D&D players around the globe come together to enjoy Neverwinter Game Day on 6 August, 2011. This year’s D&D Neverwinter Game Day spotlights Gates of Neverdeath, an exclusive adventure in which characters are introduced to some of the intrigues and dangers awaiting them in Neverwinter. For the first time, players will create their own D&D at Gen Con or any of the myriad events planned across North America and around the world and play in a prelude adventure to the upcoming Dungeons and Dragons Encounters season!

D&D Organized Play

Never Winter Wizards of the Coast
Dungeons & Dragons Returns to the Legendary City of Neverwinter; Exciting, New Suite of D&D Offerings Unveiled at Gen Con Indy 2011.

Speaking of D&D Encounters, beginning 10 August, 2011 (so after Gen Con 2011), players are invited to gather at their local game stores every Wednesday night to experience The Lost Crown of Neverwinter season. D&D Encounters is the first Dungeons and Dragons Organized Play program designed specifically and exclusively for weekly play at retail locations worldwide. The new D&D Neverwinter Fortune Cards, which hit shelves earlier this summer, enhances the D&D Encounters experience by adding an element of unpredictability. Each Fortune Card affects gameplay by enhancing attacks or defenses as well as offer other player benefits.

True Blood takes a bite out of Comic Con ’11

(photo credit: Screenrant)

“There are a lot of Vampire sagas in pop culture right now. There are a lot at Comic Con. Some of those actually involve vamps, weres and witches. But there’s something different about True Blood. These vamps, and these demons, and these werewolves have sex. They have lots of hot sex. Tons of hot sex. They’re really eccentric.”

Tim Stack (Entertainment Weekly)

Fans flocked from all over to San Deigo, CA for the 2011 Comic Con True Blood panel. Hosted by Entertainment Weekly‘s Tim Stack, the panel took place on Friday evening. In attendance for the big event was:

  • True Blood creator, Alan Ball
  • Sookie Stackhouse, Anna Paquin
  • Bill Compton, Stephen Moyer
  • Eric Northman, Alexander Skarsgard
  • Jason Stackhouse, Ryan Kwanten
  • Tara Thornton, Rutina Wesley
  • Lafayette Reynolds, Nelson Ellis
  • Pam Swynford de Beaufort, Kristin Bauer
  • Jesus Velasquez, Kevin Alejandro

Missing from the lineup is Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), whose girlfriend, Missy Yager, is due to give birth to twins any day now. He posted his apologies to his fans on his personal twitter:

“Sorry to say I won’t be at Comic-Con. The babies are due any time and I need to be close to home.”

Sam Trammell aka Sam Merlotte

Also missing was Joe Manganiello, who plays the furry potential future love interest of Sookie’s, Alcide Herveaux. Filming his latest project in Atlanta, he was unable to get away from shooting long enough to attend the event.

(Photo credit: SkarsgardNews.com)

“If you could live in Bon Temps, wouldn’t you?”

Alan Ball, Creator of True Blood

The crowd was highly enthusiastic as was the cast itself. From sharing audition stories to tiptoeing around fan questions for what’s to come, the panel is an enjoyment to watch and we’ve included the footage for all to view. Alan teases fans of the book, Dead to the World, by saying:

“There will be a moment where Sookie and Eric are together in the shower. It may not be exactly what happens in the books. It may be weirder. And dirtier.”

The biggest tease of all was released prior to the cast appearing on stage. The sneak peek for the rest of the season shows that things are just heating up and only will become hotter as the season progresses.

A few key details about Season 5 were revealed, including a hint about a Hooligan’s-like club appearing and having a supernatural undertone. Perhaps this will be where the lovely, Natasha Alam’s “Yvetta”, will be working in her return to the show? If so, will Alan follow the course of the books and allow Claudine’s brother, Claude Crane to run the establishment?

Is Arlene’s baby truly evil?

Will Eric and Sookie ever get together?

Has the time for Bill and Sookie passed for good?

Teases and hints galore and yet, nothing set in stone was revealed. Nonetheless, all will be revealed throughout the rest of season.

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