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Here Be Monsters 12!
This announcement was posted on 6/26/2017 10:30:00 AM.
And we have landed on our final week of this year's Here Be Monsters! It's been a fun ride but the festivities with AetherCon are only getting started. Be sure to stay tuned for all sorts of great news! But for now: we had you last voting on the lair of Bruxkah, the Giant Crab... who just so happens to now reside in Copenhagen! If you're in the neighborhood, be sure to say hi.
Hold on though, because one last darkness has risen over the map of these amazing countries... and it's in the form of Harbacles, the Vampire. Where does Harbacles live? Well, you have one week of Here Be Monsters to find out. You get to choose between Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Bucharest, Romania; and Chisnau, Moldova respectively. Choose wisely!
Wallpaper WiP: Chris Malidore
This announcement was posted on 6/22/2017 10:45:00 AM.
Today we would like to welcome our own Enclave Coodinator, Chris Malidore, to the list of Wallpaper artists! Chris is illustrating "Utagaar Grolagzd" for us this year.
Check out his stuff here: http://www.artisticways.com/
Chris's work has graced many gaming products in his 14 years of illustrating, from fantasy to science fiction and even horror... not to mention the odd world of penguin based satire... there's always something odd lurking in his gallery.
Here Be Monsters 11!
This announcement was posted on 6/19/2017 11:00:00 AM.
We're almost to the end of this summer's Here Be Monsters! Oh no! Fear not though, because we have a lot of goodies coming shortly! Until then, lets tally up last week's votes and see where our Bugbear ended up. Madrid? Looks like you've got yourself a new monster!
This week, rising from the dark watery depths, we have Bruxkah, the Giant Crab - and you guys get to pick his new coastal home! This week's voting is between Athens, Greece; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Naples, Italy.
Take a look below to cast your vote now!
Wallpaper WiP: Adam Schmidt
This announcement was posted on 6/16/2017 10:00:00 AM.
Please join us in welcoming back Adam Schmidt! We've had the pleasure of watching Adam grow as an illustrator over the last few years and it's a pleasure to have him with us once again in the Artist Enclave and with various other graphics. This year he's going to test his skills on "Tuulkata Zurkarxa ". Once again, he gave us these two options to review.... find out which way it went in a few weeks!
Adam's one of those artists that you can always tell is trying to push the boundaries on storytelling. His work is very intriguing and well crafted. We highly recommend checking out more of his work.
Wallpaper WiP: Marisa Erven
This announcement was posted on 6/14/2017 10:00:00 AM.
Today we'd like to welcome back the artistic talent of Marisa Erven. Not only has she been helping us behind the scenes here at AetherCon, she's opted to illustrate "Saorise Scian" for us. Of note, it was fun to see two very different ways this image could go. Which did we all decide on? Well, in a few weeks you'll get to see!
Marisa's work spans many directions, but all from a unique point. Her conceptual work is very explorative and her illustration work captivates the eye. Be sure to check out her website for a whole lot of interesting work!
Here Be Monsters 10!
This announcement was posted on 6/12/2017 11:00:00 AM.
After a thrilling week of votes and things that cackle in the night, we've discovered that the lair of the Dark Orb Witches Coven is located in Budapest, Hungary!
This week we are all digging into some classic RPG monster vibes in the form of the Bloodfang Bugbears. Where is their lair? Well... lets find out. You get to vote between Madrid, Spain; Limoges, France, and Skopje, Macedonia.
You'll want to put your vote in: below!
Wallpaper WiP: Colin Chan
This announcement was posted on 6/8/2017 4:00:00 PM.
"Today we wish to thank Colin Chan for returning to the Artist Enclave. He picked "Graalek Kraguuthugaar " as his wallpaper piece! We can't wait to see it all done!
Colin has an immense control over his work that have not only made him a highly valued illustrator, but graphic designer as well. Beyond this illustration in progress today, he has provided work behind the scenes here with AetherCon that have been a driving force in many of our own announcement graphics. Be sure to visit his website! You won't be disappointed."
Give us your Funniest Gaming Story Ever and Win!
This announcement was posted on 6/8/2017 3:00:00 PM.
We are Gaming People. We have epic adventures in the space of a table top. And sometimes those adventures take an epic turn in an unexpected direction. Tell us yours in 800 to 1,000 words, and see if it really is the Funniest Gaming Story Ever!
This year make your misadventures a part of the Dice Rolls Heard 'Round the World!
Wallpaper WiP: Bruno Balixa
This announcement was posted on 6/6/2017 11:00:00 AM.
Happy WIP day, folks! Today we'd like to introduce Bruno Balixa as a returning artist to the Artist Enclave! This year he's opted to illustrate "Raglera 'Rags' Scuttlebrook " for us.
Bruno has a masterful ability in telling really fun fantasy tales as an illustrator - it has made him indespensible to many publishers. We highly urge you to view more of his work!
Here Be Monsters 9!
This announcement was posted on 6/5/2017 11:15:00 AM.
"As we count down through the final weeks of Here Be Monsters we asked you to find the lair of Kulkazyk, the Frost Worm! Where did such a marvelous beast end up? Reykjavik, Iceland! Congratulations to Iceland on your new denizen.... I'm sure it's friendly...
This week we've got you voting on the Dark Orb Witches Coven - mysterious and spooky gals need a home too. You get to pick between Budapest, Hungary; London, England; and Tallinn, Estonia. Choose carefully!
You'll want to put your vote in over at: www.aethercon.com"
Wallpaper WiP: Preston Stone
This announcement was posted on 6/1/2017 11:00:00 AM.
Today we welcome back the incredibly skilled Preston Stone
to the Artist Enclave! He's elected to take on the image of "Luduku Oloko Adwanon Wadoka Tulombo " for us.
Preston's captivating illustrations have graced many popular
games in today's market. He has a way of telling a story with his images that
it's hard not to be sucked in to the tale at hand. It's our hope that you all
will enjoy his work as much as we do. Be sure to check out his portfolio!
31 Days until GM Registration
This announcement was posted on 5/31/2017 12:15:00 AM.
Get your dicerollers ready folks! That time of year is almost upon us. Only 31 days until AetherCon GM Registration opens. Be one of the first 25 games registered and qualify for the Earlybird GM Prize Bundle.
On July 1st check out www.aethercon.com for the GM Registration Form.
Come on out and be a part of the Dice Rolls Heard 'Round the World!
Wallpaper WiP: David Michael Wright
This announcement was posted on 5/30/2017 11:00:00 AM.
Perfect day for another artist announcement! Today we'd like
to welcome David Michael Wright back to the Artist Enclave for his fifth
wallpaper. This year he's working up the sinister "Glestergaar Thax
David's outstanding body of work taps into the imagination
in beautifully horrific ways that have flavored games for many years now. He's
primarily a traditional artist, and we are lucky to have him back. We highly
urge you to view more of his work at his portfolio.
Here Be Monsters 8!
This announcement was posted on 5/29/2017.
Happy Here Be Monsters day, everyone! We have tallied up
the votes from last week's session and Sssklyth, the Great Naga is apparently
now a resident of Venice, Italy! With her now on the map, it's time to consider
this week's monster....
Who is this fearsome beast? None other than Kulkazyk, The
Frost Worm. This week you get to pick between Oulu, Finland; Reykjavik,
Iceland; and Tromso, Norway! Vote carefully!
You'll want to put your tally below.
Wallpaper WiP: Eric Messinger
This announcement was posted on 5/27/2017.
You guys all get an extra wallpaper work in progress picture
this week! Score! Today we'd like to announce Eric Messinger's mighty return to
the Artist Enclave. He'll be working up the very intriguing "Tombobbin
Purplefoot" for us all.
To see more of Eric's work, you'll want to go to: http://www.elmstreetart.com/
Eric's distinctive work lends itself to storytelling in many
compelling ways, from punchy colors all the way to exciting compositions. We
couldn't be more thrilled to have him onboard with AetherCon once again and we
hope you'll agree!
Wallpaper WiP: Francesca Baerald
This announcement was posted on 5/25/2017.
Hello all! Time to meet another artist! Joining the Artist
Enclave for her very first time (but hopefully not last!) is Franscesca Baerald
- she's currently illustrating "Anastasia La Mort" for us.
Franscesca's illustration and cartography skills display a
cultivated and refined ability that will surely be in demand for some time. We
are thrilled to have her onboard and we hope you all are too.
We highly urge you to check out more of her work here: http://www.francescabaerald.com/
Wallpaper WiP: Dion Harris
This announcement was posted on 5/23/2017 11:00:00 AM.
It's always a pleasure to have Dion back to join us here in
the Artist Enclave. Dion's been hard at work illustrating "Kletikus Mak
Melikyn" for us lately. Dion's work has grown into a style of its own in
recent years, yielding great shapes, perspectives, edge control that many of us
struggle to get comfortable with.
In this illustration, we get to see these aspects already
taking shape, giving a lovely view of a chaotic and stormy sea for Kletikus.
Stay tuned for how this picture finalizes, later this summer. We can't wait to
show you! In the meantime, be sure to check out more of Dion's exceptional work
Here Be Monsters 7!
This announcement was posted on 5/22/2017 11:00:00 AM.
And so, another week of Here Be Monsters is here! Where
in the world did our Wildhoof Centarus end up? Looks like you all decided on
Kiev, Ukraine... be sure to plan your vacations accordingly!
But hey it's a new week and that means it's time to vote
on something new.... this week we introduce Sssklyth, the Great Naga - where
will she end up? Well, that's up to you all.
Your choices are: Lisbon, Portugal; Bruges, Belgium; and
Place your vote below!
Wallpaper WiP: Anton Kagounkin Magdalina
This announcement was posted on 5/17/2017 2:00:00 PM.
As we roll closer to summer it's time to meet the artists of this year's Artist Enclave wallpapers. They're all still hard at work, but that doesn't mean we can't show off where they're taking their artwork. Today we'd like to welcome back Anton Kagounkin Magdalina. Anton's expansive body of work shows a diverse range of skills that we were more than thrilled to have onboard this year. He certainly took the Speed Painting Duels by storm last November, and hope to see him back this year for that event as well. Anton originally joined us for our very first AetherCon, and it's a pleasure to have him back with us!
So far with his work on "Corlis Shadwell" we see a moody atmosphere taking shape in which our wallpaper figure will fight the denizens of the night with. We sure can't wait to see more. Be sure to check out more of Anton's work here: https://antonmagdalina.carbonmade.com/
Here Be Monsters 6!
This announcement was posted on 5/15/2017 11:00:00 AM.
Hello everyone! It's time for Here Be Monsters. This last
week we voted on where to place Surkaiya the Mummy and you all chose Istanbul,
This week you get to vote on the Wildhoof
Centaurs: is their lair in Kiev, Ukraine; Karlsruhe, Germany; or Warsaw,
Place your vote below.
Happy Mother's Day!
This announcement was posted on 5/14/2017 4:00:00 PM.
All of us at AetherCon would like to wish all the Mom's out there a Happy Mother's Day! :)
Here Be Monsters 5!
This announcement was posted on 5/8/2017 11:00:00 AM.
Hello and welcome back all to Here Be Monsters! Last week
you voted on the lair of Everleaf, the Dryad - where did she end up? You all
decided on Galway, Ireland!
This week we're moving on to something much spookier:
Surkaiya the Mummy. You all get to vote between Prague, Czech Republic;
Istanbul, Turkey; and Sofia, Bulgaria. Choose carefully!
Cast your vote below!
We would also like to take a moment to thank Adam Schmidt
for his monster graphics. Adam provided our first four monsters of this event
(The Green Dragon, Mercenaries, Troll, and Dryad respectively) and we are
extremely thankful for his help and the chance to show off his really great
artwork. Thank you again, Adam! If you'd like to see some more of Adam's work,
we urge you to visit here: https://www.artstation.com/artist/misteradam
Here Be Monsters 4!
This announcement was posted on 5/2/2017 11:00:00 AM.
The results are in, and this week on Here Be Monsters we
introduce you to Trondheim's brand new addition.... Krulg, the Mountain Troll!
This week we have you all voting on the lair for
Everleaf, the Dryad! You get to pick between Carmarthen, Wales; Galway,
Ireland; and Huelgoat, France. Next week we'll announce the winner and move on
to something else rather monstrous.
You'll want to vote below.
Here Be Monsters 3!
This announcement was posted on 4/24/2017 11:00:00 AM.
It's Monday, and that means it's time for Here Be
Monsters! Last week you all got to help us find the lair for the Black Blade
Mercenaries - your votes are tallied and accounted for: Congratulations
Hannover, Germany on your own Black Blade Mercenaries!
That said we have a brand new week and a chance to find
the lair of something else just as wicked and fun. This week we're asking you
all to vote on where Krulg, the Mountain Troll should dwell - you get to pick
between Trondheim, Norway; Oviedo, Spain; and Zurich, Switzerland.
Place your vote below!
Here Be Monsters!
This announcement was posted on 4/17/2017 11:00:00 AM.
Welcome back to AetherCon VI's Here Be Monsters! Last
week you all got to vote on the lair of Gerstovaex, The Green Dragon and the
results are now in: Novogorod, Russia... you've got yourselves a dragon!
This week you get to find the lair of the Black Blade
Mercenaries. Just like before, you have three locations and until the weekend
to put in your vote.... on the following Monday we'll see where they end up. Be
it Birmingham, England; Hannover, Germany; or Minsk, Belarus.
Be sure to vote below!
# aethercon #herebemonsters
Happy Egg Day!
This announcement was posted on 4/15/2017 9:00:00 AM.
All of us at AetherCon would like to wish all of you a Happy Egg Day!
Introcaso likes us, he really likes us!
This announcement was posted on 4/12/2017 11:00:00 AM.
AetherCon staffers Stephen J. Holodinsky, Chris Malidore, and Justin Andrew Mason sit down (well, one of us may have been standing) and talk with James Introcaso of Table Top Babble about the Artists Enclave, The Wandering Toad, the website improvements, the numbers and AetherCon in general.
Want to know what we said? Put your ears here
Happy O'Dice Day :)
This announcement was posted on 3/17/2017 1:00:00 PM.
All of us at AetherCon would like to wish all of you a Happy O'Dice Day! :)
KoboldCon is this weekend!
This announcement was posted on 3/13/2017 1:30:00 AM.
Our good friends over in
Colorado Springs would like to make sure you know about their event KoboldCon taking
place this coming weekend March/18-19/2017. There's a bunch of really great
stuff happening and you can find out more about it here. So if you're in the area drop on in and have a blast!
We're now on Pinterest!
This announcement was posted on 2/14/2017 10:30:00 AM.
Do you like Pinterest? So do we! This year
we introduce two new boards AetherArt and AetherLoot. The first will feature
great stuff by our wallpaper artists, speedpainting duelists, and Cleric,
Fighter, Wizard, Rogue Miniature Painting tourney entrants. The second will give you visuals on the cool
prizes in the various prize bundles you can win this year! You can find both by
clicking on the Pinterest logo in the top left corner of every page on our site
or by going here.
So drop on in, give us a follow or two, pin
your favourites on your board and be a part of the dice rolls heard' round the