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Where to find me at Gen Con Indy 2013

2 Aug
Wade in hat at Corina

I look like this, except I won’t be wearing a hat.

Gen Con is almost here! I’ll be there on behalf of Pelgrane Press, Kobold Press and Fire Opal Media — running games, answering questions and signing books. (I still can’t get over that last one.)

It’s going to be a busy show: Pelgrane has eight new releases not including 13th Age roleplaying game, the game for which I’ve been managing community relations over the past year and a half. Also, both Pelgrane and Kobold are up for a slew of ENnie awards. Huzzah!

Here’s a handy guide to my movements:

Thursday, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM Running Danger at Deathless Gulch, a Midgard adventure for 13th Age RPG at Marriott :: Santa Fe :: 3

Friday, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Running Deep Gnome Rising, a 13th Age RPG adventure at JW Marriott :: 204 :: 1

Saturday, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Moderating the Introducing 13th Age panel with Rob Heinsoo, Simon Rogers, Rob Watkins and Kenneth Hite. They might not know that I’m on the panel with them.

Sunday, 11: 00 AM to Noon (?) Signing Blood on the Snow, the Hillfolk RPG companion volume, at the Pelgrane Press booth (101, next to Paizo.)

In general: I plan to spend a lot of quality time at the Pelgrane Press booth answering questions and helping out. I’ll also handle requests from the media for interviews and game demos for Pelgrane Press and Kobold Press.

If you spend enough time at a Starbucks in downtown Indianapolis, I guarantee you’ll see me sooner or later. Buy me a grande soy latte and you’ll be my new best friend.

I’m really looking forward to the show, and I hope we run into each other and have a chance to talk!

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OK Go frontman explains why music labels block video embedding

21 Jan

OK Go frontman Damian Kulash clears up something I’ve wondered about for a long time: why major music labels often restrict fans from embedding artists’ YouTube videos on other sites. Don’t they want awareness of these artists to spread? Don’t they earn revenue from YouTube’s advertising?

According to Kulash, the answer to the first question is “Yes, but not as much as they want revenue from those videos,” and the answer to the second question is, “They do, but it only works if you watch it on” It turns out that video rightsholders don’t see any ad revenue from embedded videos, which is new information to me. I sincerely hope that YouTube is able to remedy that situation.

Something else Kulash says touches on something I deal with a lot at my job: the issue of whether to drive people to one site for content, or make that content available on as many sites as possible. There are pros and cons to both, and the option you choose depends on what you’re trying to accomplish. From OK Gos’ perspective, Kulash says “it is better for us to have 40 million hits on one site than one million hits on 40 sites. It makes it easier to advertise ourselves to potential sponsors, or it makes it easier for us to explain to a promoter in Albania why they actually do want us to come to their country.”

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