Fantasy Freaks and Gaming GeeksOur friend and author Ethan Gilsdorf has a pretty cool contest announcement on his site that I’d like to share with you. Take a look at ‘The Great Geek Giveaway! Contest’: What is your geekiest secret? Your freakiest fandom moment? Your most embarrassing gaming gaffe? In a brief essay, photo or video, we want you to spill the beans.

The folks behind the book Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks want to know about that time you stalked your favorite Star Trek celebrity to a coffee shop, made a pilgrimage to a fantasy movie location, watched an entire season of Battlestar Galactica in one sitting, cooked a hobbit feast for your friends, or waited in line at midnight to buy a new video game. Or perhaps you have a photo of yourself posing with your fave SF/fantasy celebrity. Or perhaps you’ll shoot a video tribute to your geek lover, or give us a video tour of your collection of Star Wars Pez dispensers. Whatever the geeky, gamer, or freakish tick or obsession, we want to see, read, and watch it.


Four-day passes to Gen Con Indy 2010 (courtesy of Gen Con)

From Turbine, Inc: Lord of the Rings Online T-shirts (celebrating the release of the Mines of Moria pack) and copies of the LOTRO Collectors Edition of the game (with 30 free days of playtime)

A free membership in the British Tolkien Society (courtesy of the Tolkien Society)

Brand-spanking new D&D product (courtesy of Wizards of the Coast), including:—Dungeon Masters Guide II; Dragon Magazine Annual, Volume 1; and Divine Power

A copy of Cinefex magazine from New Zealand’s Weta Workshop/ Weta Cave, (with articles on Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and Master and Q&A with Peter Jackson), autographed by Weta Workshop’s Richard Taylor also from Weta Workshop/ Weta Cave, a copy of Dr Grordborts Contrapulatronic Dingus Directory by Greg Broadmore, also signed by Weta’s Richard Taylor.

Rare original paperbacks from TSR’s Endless Quest series of Choose Your Own Adventure books from 1982-1983

DVDs of the award-winning gamer documentary Second Skin, now playing in theaters and available on DVD (courtesy of Liberation Entertainment) and Second Skin T-shirts and posters (courtesy of Liberation Entertainment)

Rare copies (now out of print) of Gary Gygax’s Living Fantasy and Castle Zagyg

Pound-O-Dice — yes, a pound of polyhedral dice for all your gaming needs (courtesy of Chessex)

A signed copy of fantasy author Paul Genesse’s The Dragon Hunters

Gold Account membership at gaming site

Harry and the Potters wizard rock CD sets and T shirts (and other merchandise, courtesy of Harry and the Potters)

Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks T-shirts, signed copies of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks + another copy personalized and sent to anyone of your choice and a framed, original and signed manuscript page from Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks

And more…


Entries will be judged on originality, boldness, silliness, skill (with a pen or camera lens) and if they make us laugh or our jaws drop.

First and Runner-Up prizes will be awarded in three categories:

1) ESSAY (500 words or less)
2) PHOTO (one good shot, with caption)
3) VIDEO (under 3 minutes)

submit your entries (ESSAY, PHOTO or VIDEO) between September 1 and November 30, 2009. Details on how to enter at:

Thanks and good luck. Winners will be announced in December.

Thanks to the sponsors; please support them! Wizards of the Coast; Skirmisher Game Development; Gen Con Indy 2010; Second Skin/Liberation Entertainment;; Paul Genesse; The Syndicate; Harry and the Potters; Weta Cave; Troll Lord Games; Globe Pequot Press/The Lyons Press; Turbine Inc.