Nanocon November 6-8 at DSU

Dakota State University will host Nanocon on the DSU campus November 6-8. Events will take place at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse. This the 7th year the gaming tournament convention has been held at Dakota State. Entrance to the event is free and open to the public. A few of the actual gaming tournaments have small participation fees to cover equipment and prizes.

Nanocon is sponsored by the DSU Gaming Club. This year the event includes a speakers panel with three nationally known game designers: Chris Sims, Richard Dansky, and Jeff Tidball. The speakers panel begins at 4:00pm on Friday, November 6. Gaming will run throughout the evening on November 6, from 9:00am to 10:00pm on November 7, and from noon to 8:00pm on November 8.

Sims is an associate editor who works in Role-playing Games R&D at Wizards of the Coast, Inc. He works as a game designer and developer and plays or serves as Dungeon Master for Dungeons and Dragons games several times a month.

Dansky works as a game writer for both Red Storm Entertainment and its parent company, Ubisoft. A fiction author with a flair for horror, Dansky has also contributed to over 130 role-playing books from White Wolf. In addition to writing over a dozen games for Ubisoft, most notably the games in the Tom Clancy series, for which he holds the title of Central Writer, Dansky is the co-author of an instructional book on writing for games, Game Writing: Narrative Skills for Video Games.

Tidball is an Origins Award–winning game designer, whose credits include contributions to more than 50 role-playing games, card games, and board games. He worked as The Lord of the Rings Role-playing Game's line developer during the period of New Line's film releases, won both the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design's professional and gamers’ choice awards for the card game Cthulhu 500, and optioned board game Cults Across America for feature development. He has contributed to prestige game lines including Ars Magica, Vampire: the Requiem and Warhammer Fantasy role-play. Tidball also writes a column on role-playing for Games Quarterly magazine.

The speakers will be present throughout the weekend to oversee games and do various demonstrations.

Last Updated: 10/26/11