Those Warcraft fans who are planning to visit 2008 LUNACON 51, make sure to check out this schedule. Meet Aaron Rosenberg and Keith R.A. DeCandido.  Aaron is author of Starcraft: Queen of Blades, World of Warcraft: Tides of Darkness and co-writer of World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal. Keith R.A. DeCandido is author of Starcraft Ghost: Nova and World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred. You may find these books at the Blizzplanet Store.

LUNACON 51 starts on March 14-16. However, Aaron’s schedule is only Saturday, March 15th. Keith R.A. DeCandido will be there all three days. Approache the book authors for book signing or just to say hi.  Submit your screenshots or video to Blizzplanet.

This event will take place at The Rye Town Hilton is located at: 699 Westchester Avenue, Rye Brook, New York 10573


Saturday, March 15th
11 am-2 pm, Mianus River
David Honigsberg Life Jam

I am not listed as a participant and I have a panel right in the middle, but I will be there for the first hour and hopefully the last one.

noon-1 pm, Bartell Room
The World at Your Fingertips

Building your own world is a challenge for even the most experienced GM. Where do you start? What essential information do you need before you can start a game and how much can you invent off the cuff? What tools are available to assist you? Have internet wikis, name generators, and mapping software made it easier to create, or just easier to get bogged down in details?
Participants: Shaughn Bryant, Adam Nakama, Daniel Robichaud[M], Aaron Rosenberg

2-3 pm, Odelle Room
Playing in Someone Else’s Sandbox

Learn about the differences in writing work-for-hire books (such as Star Trek or Star Wars) vs. writing creator-owned original novels. How do they differ creatively and financially? What are the pros and cons of each kind of project for a writer’s career?
Participants: Ginjer Buchanan, Keith DeCandido, David Mack[M], Aaron Rosenberg, Susan Shwartz

6-7 pm, Poplar Room
Game Designers’ Roundtable

Game designers of various RPGs talk about particular challenges of design and worldbuilding. What is the relative importance of setting versus game mechanics? How do you avoid coming across as derivative?
Participants: Leigh Grossman, Georgia Horesh, Aaron Rosenberg


7-8pm: “The Year in TV,” Grand South, w/Kathleen O. David puppetmaker40 and David Mack infinitydog

9-10pm: “Comics Media Tie-ins,” Poplar, w/Hal Johnson and Alex Wittenberg sdelmonte

10-10.30pm: Reading, Port Chester

11am-2pm: David Honigsberg Life Jam, Mianus River, w/lots and lots of people

2-3pm: “Playing in Someone Else’s Sandbox,” Birch, w/David Mack and Susan Shwartz greeneyedkzin

5-6pm: “Vampires: Sooooo Five Minutes Ago,” Brundage B, w/Laura Anne Gilman suricattus, Michael Grapin, and KT Pinto ktpinto

6-7pm: Autographing, Westchester Assembly, w/David Mack and Joshua Palmatier jpsorrow

7-8pm: Steve Rosenhaus concert, Birch, w/Steve Rosenhaus rosenhaus (obviously)

12-1pm: “Spinning off the Doctor,” Grand Center, w/Kathleen O. David, Amy Goldschlager, Terri Osborne terri_osborne, and Lisa Sullivan paleologa

1-2pm: “Talk Nerdy to Me,” Bolton, w/Robert Greenberger bob_greenberger, Glenn Hauman glenn_hauman, Terri Osborne, and Karen Sullivan mercystreet

2-3pm: “Making the Leap to Film,” Brundage B, w/Jeanne Cavelos, jan howard finder, and David Weingart


Directions via Bus, Train, Airport or Car here.

$50 Adult Registration Fee at Door. (Children between the ages of 6 and 12 (as of March 14th, 2008) are half price but children under the age of 6 get in for free). Pre-registration online is closed.

When reserving a room at Hilton Rye Town mention discount code LUN.

Room rates:
$128 a night for a 1-4 person room.