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One of Raine's biggest hobbies has always been gaming. It all started with an Atari and spread out to Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic: the Gathering, and Dungeons & Dragons. As an artist, Raine takes pride in painting models for games as well as making his own terrain. He's also been a writer for many years, working both in the journalism industry and writing pieces of fiction. He decided to create Initiative : Tabletop as a platform to talk about all things gaming that he simply thought were cool, and reviewing games became a part of it!

Indy Pop Con 2014

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This past weekend we had the pleasure of attending a brand new convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Just over an hour away the inaugural Indy Pop Con took place for the first – but not the last – time. Indy Pop Con is a pop culture convention catering to all sorts of nerdy greatness, such as TV/movies, comic books, gaming, sci-fi, cosplay, and more. The convention was a meeting place for some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, and there was plenty to see.

Registration went pretty smooth, though in the beginning there were a few hiccups. Luckily the staff of the con hopped on it and got things smoothed out by late Friday evening. One thing that seems to be a big positive among both attendees and those who ran booths at the con was that the staff remained very helpful throughout the entire event. The staff of Indy Pop Con did their research and greatly executed what it takes to run a smooth, intimate, yet entirely fun event at one of the biggest and best placed to hold it.

There was a large exhibit hall featuring artists, merchandise, and much more. No matter what you’re looking for, from cosplay attire to board games, you could find it in this hall. The booth runners were all friendly and extremely talented. We got the chance to meet some amazing artists and learn a bit more about what it’s like to work in the art industry. Cosplayers adorned the convention’s many halls, and costumes were in full effect. You could see many characters from comics, games, TV, and more. It was a great place to let your talent shine.

There was a large open gaming area where, with the help of Who’s Yer Gamers, you could check out a game and put it straight to the table. The game library was of nice size, and there were many different games to choose from. In this same area there were many tables filled with Pathfinder players, and they were very welcoming. Some of the GMs were veterans in the area that ran PFS on a regular basis, so you could expect a great time while taking part in an encounter. On the other side of the gaming hall were many different video gaming stations running all sorts of games, and you were free to walk up and get your game on. It was particularly entertaining watching a ninja playing Mortal Kombat!

Along with all the sights to see there were a ton of seminars and events taking place elsewhere in the con. You could learn more about and watch episodes of Doctor Who, get advice on creating your own board game, and much more. The event schedule was quite extensive, and if you purchased a badge you were free to attend these events at your leisure! There was so much to see that we didn’t get to soak everything in!

Reviews across the board for Indy Pop Con are raving. Shawn Smith, Communications Director for the convention, certainly delivered on his promise. Since the con’s inception he promised attendees a fun, entertaining, and user-friendly experience, and he delivered on all fronts. From getting to meet Shepherd Book and Radaghast to meeting new gamers and artists, Indy Pop Con was easily one of the best conventions I’ve ever been to. I think the convention has a long life here in Indianapolis, and it can only get better from here! Check out our photos below, and for more information on the con keep your eyes tuned to its official website!



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