Free RPG Day 2017

Free RPG Day was established in 2007 to bring new and exclusive Role Playing Game quickstart rules and adventures to retailers around the world.  It allows players to try out a variety of games to get interested in.  This year two stores in West Virginia are taking part.

This year’s Sponsors are Paizo, Q-Workshop, Syrinscape, Chaosium, Goodman Games, Modiphius Entertainment, Monte Cook Games, Chessex, Pelgrane Press, Ulisse Spiele, Lamentation of the Flame Princess, Troll Lord Games, Wyrd Miniatures, Angry Hamster, Blue Panther, Gaming Paper, Impressions, Off World Designs, and Third Eye Games.

Crit Hit Comics & Games in Princeton will have four GMS running seven different games.  Starting at 1pm and a new game starting each hour after that.  They are in order Kobolds Ate My Baby, Pathfinder, Star Wars: Edge of Empire, Lasers & Feelings, Dungeon Crawl Classic, another Pathfinder game, and All Outta Bubblegum.

At the Industry Game Center in Parkersburg, will be running some lesser know RPGs starting at 11am with Dungeon Crawl Classics, and then games of Dread and Fiasco later in the day. They also have a board game library to try.

So if you like RPGs or want to learn about RPGs this is the time to learn, play, and connect with fellow gamers.  You can also get some free stuff too.

If you live close to the borders check the Retailer Locator to find a store in a surrounding state to hit up.

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Once Again Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is an annual event  on the first Saturday of May where participating comic book shops around the world give away special free comic books to those who come to their shop.

You can get comics from such companies as Archie, Bongo, Boom Studios, Dark Horse, DC, IDW, Image, Marvel, Viz Media, Action Lab, Antarctic Press, Aspen, Avatar, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphics, Gemstone Books, Scholastic, Kodansha, Liquid Comics, New England Comics, Oni Press, 2000AD, Red 5, Top Shelf Udon, Valiant, and many more.

In state shops participating are Books-A-Million in Charleston, Your Hobby Place in Martinsburg, Comic Paradise in Fairmont and Morgantown, Gary’s Comics in Morgantown, Lost Legion The Rifleman in South Charleston, and The Castle in Beckley.

Beyond Comics in Shepherdstown is have a creator meet and greet during FCBD.  Danielle Corsetto of Girls with Slingshots, Monica Gallagher of Gods & Undergrads, Rafer Roberts of X-O Manowar, Steven Younkins of Q2Q, and Lee Garvin creator of the card game Bad Ass Zombie Killers.  If you bring a non-perishable food item you can get more free comics
Four Horsemen Comics in Morgantown will be giving away gift certificates, free comic subscriptions, and more.  They will also have the 501st and Rebel Legion will be running a Toy Drive for WVU Children’s hospital, local comic creator Dustin Smith, Sigler Photography will be taking photos, a costume contest at 12:30, and cake at 10am.
Crit Hit Comics & Games in Princeton will have 10% off store-wide.  Star 95 Radio Station will be at the store from noon to 2pm and there will be a costume contest at 1pm.
Lost Legion The Vault in Vienna will have a costume contest and a Pokémon Roaring Skies pre-release event.
Go check out a store, buy something, get a free comic or two, meet and chat with fellow fans.  Check the FCBD website for more info on the comics and to find a shop near you.

Celebration of Batman’s 75th Anniversary in Princeton

Jump Start of Princeton is holding a Celebration of 75 Years of Batman on Saturday August 23 at the Dick Copeland Town Square.  This family friendly event will focus on the history of the popular character in comic books, tv, novels, cartoons, serials, newspaper comic strips, film, and more.

The Dayfly Books and Collectibles will be having a Batman themed art show.  There will be vendors selling Batman related merchandise, like from PixelNation Retro Game Store and Is Half Enuff with action figures.  Bowles BBQ and Sweet Frog will be there selling food.  More vendors are likely to show up as well.  Sweet Frog will have its Frog Pickin’ game at the event.  Sweet Frog is also sponsoring the costume contest.  It will be at 3pm.  The categories are ages 12 and under, ages 13-20, and ages 21 and up.

Dynasty Athletics & All-Star Cheerleading will be doing demonstrations at 7pm.  The school teaches cheerleading, team dance, and gymnastics.  The demo will display teamwork and acrobatic skills that Batman and Robin would find useful. 

The Princeton Public Library will be having their annual “Super Hero Day” at the same time.  They are at the same location.

The library will be showing the 1989 Batman movie celebrating its 25th anniversary and The Dark Knight after dark in the square.  The Princeton Renaissance Projects will be selling concessions during the movies.  You need to bring your own chair though.

Random prizes will be given out during the event but before the movies start. You must be present to win one.  There will be spontaneous ways to win.  Trivia will likely be the most common way but not the only way.

Also if you go to Sweet Frogs store and mention the event you will be 10% off your purchase.  Also Lost Legion Games and Comics will be having a 25% off comic books and trade paper backs.

So if you are in the area and like Batman, or just want to hang out with people, stop on by.