TheOneRing.net readers and all Tolkien and fantasy fans and gamers who are headed to DragonCon in Atlanta and Pax in Seattle over Labor Day weekend have a chance to win free autographed copies of Ethan Gilsdorf’s award-winning travel memoir-pop culture investigation “Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms,” now out in paperback.
At DragonCon, follow the Tolkien Track schedule and head to the TORN
‘Hobbit’ panel (Friday, 10:00 am, Hyatt Regency VI – VII) for a chance
to win. Also, at the Evening in Bree party (Friday, 08:30 pm Hyatt
Centennial I), Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks will be awarded as a
prize for the costume contest.
For a chance to win at DragonCon, follow the Tolkien Track and head to these TORn events: “the Unofficial news on the Hobbit” Fri 10:00 am,
Cent. I [Hyatt]; and that same “Hobbit” panel again Sun 5:30pm, room
A601-A602 [Marriott]. Also, at the Evening in Bree party [Friday,
08:30 pm Hyatt Centennial I], Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks will be
awarded as a prize for the costume contest.
The book will also be on sale in the DragonCon vendors and dealers
areas: see Larry Smith Booksellers (booth 308-310, Exhibitors Hall 2
of Marquis Ballroom, Atlanta Marriott Marquis) and Troll and Toad
(booth D18-D22, dealers area in International Hall, Atlanta Marriott
Marquis). Stop by the TORN table, too, to meet TORN staffers!
At PAX, Gilsdorf has partnered with Wizards of the Coast (the makers
of Dungeons & Dragons) for a special Tweet giveaway. First, you’ll
need to follow Ethan’s Twitter channel: http://twitter.com/ethanfreak.
Then at the following times, pay attention for the secret code word:
1:00 PST Friday
2:00 PST Saturday
12:00 PST Sunday
If you learn the word, come over to the D&D Bus, Wizards’ awesome magical mystery vehicle parked at the corner of 9th and Pine (just around the corner from the convention center). Tell them the code word and get copy of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks–but they’re only giving away four freebies per day, so get there as soon as you can.
Additionally, two vendors inside the Pax convention hall are selling
the paperback: The Dreaming Comics and Games, at booth #1440 on the expo floor as well as at a booth on 2nd floor near the WOTC Tournament Area; and Games and Gizmos, in Room 214. Click here for the map.
Praised by TORN, wired.com, the Huffington Post, The Onion A.V. Club,
NPR, Wizards of the Coast and authors such as R.A. Salvatore and AJ
Jacobs, Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks is a funny, poignant, and
enlightening road trip through fantasy and gaming subcultures, from
Dungeons & Dragons gamers to Lord of the Rings fans, live-action
role-players to World of Warcraft players.
There’s also an account of Gilsdorf’s geeky journey to New Zealand
(Middle-earth) in search of movie locations (and an encounter with
Peter Jackson and Richard Taylor), as well as a rare peek into the
archives where Tolkien’s original LOTR and Hobbit manuscripts are
kept. More info here: http://www.fantasyfreaksbook.com