Get Gutshot at OwlCon 2010
"This is really exciting for us," said Hawgleg co-owner Mike Mitchell. "This is my eleventh appearance at OwlCon and one of our busiest. We've got more going on at this con than ever before and we couldn't be happier."
Rice University's Fast Warp club will host its 29th convention Feb. 19-21, 2010 in Houston, Texas. Mitchell first attended the con back in 2000, just months after he and Murphy formed a partnership to develop and publish Gutshot.
"OwlCon has been instrumental in the continued growth and success of Hawgleg Publishing," Mitchell said. "We consider it to be our 'home convention,' where we playtest our new games and roll out our new products."
This year, the playtest will include the company's upcoming Role Playing Game, Draw!, as well as the first convention release of the Arnica Real Estate line of 25mm-30mm resin buildings. Mitchell will also run the convention favorite, "Gutshot: Last Man Standing," on Saturday evening. As usual, prizes will be provided.
Arnica comes to OwlCon
"We won't have the full product line available at OwlCon," said Hawgleg production manager Paul Mauer. "But we will have the most popular buildings. Including the Five-Sided Saloon, General Store, Bank, and Sheriff's Office."
Paul also revealed that the convention will include another first: Hawgleg plans to accept PayPal.
"We can't promise that it will work," he said. "But Mike is going to bring his laptop and try to use the campus' Wi-Fi system. If it works we will be able to accept payments through PayPal."
If it does work, Hawgleg will expand its payment options next year to include Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
"We're optimistic," Paul said with a smile.
The Quick & the Dead
Hawgleg's upcoming zombiefest, Gutshot: Night of the Living Deadwood, will also be represented with some miniatures and terrain pieces.
"We thought long and hard about whether to release the minis before the game was ready," said Gutshot co-creator Mike Murphy. "But those miniatures are just too danged nice to keep buried until the game is ready."
In addition to the set of undead cowboy miniatures, Hawgleg should have dead cowboy tokens and some of their "Six Packs of Graves" available. Promising to move quicker than the dead, the "Lethal Ladies" miniatures will also be available.
"Honest, Pilgrim, between the miniatures and the resin buildings, we've got danged near everything you need to get your game on," Murphy said.
Hitting the Trail on Friday
Mitchell will be at Rice University to set up on Friday in the Dealers Room. He'll also be manning the table until 8 p.m. on Saturday when he shuts down to run the "Last Man Standing" game. Mitchell's ever-helpful wife will be on hand to manage things Sunday while he is in a separate room running the Draw! RPG playtest.
"I'm gonna be super busy this weekend," Mitchell said. "But I'm really looking forward to seeing my saddle pals at the con. And if my games are full up, come on by the game anyway—I can usually squeeze in one more enthusiastic player."
OwlCon is held at the Rice University campus in Houston, Texas. There is both free and paid parking available, as well as food available in the convention area. The con will be held from Feb. 19-21, 2010. For more details, visit the convention Website at www.owlcon.com
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