The AetherCon will be featuring tabletop RPGs of all types throughout the weekend highlighted by four three day tournaments of Pathfinder, Call of Cthuhlu, Savage Worlds, and Shadowrun.
Additionally vendors, industry guests, and artists are also in their plans. They will be releasing free downloadable wallpapers throughout the months leading up to the con. You can find the first two, Gormic ‘Pretty’ Nangalmaar as done by White Wolf featured artist Brian LeBlanc and Klandeggin Moltenfist illustrated by Andre Freitas Cardozo here.
AetherCon will feature several artists in their Artists Enclave during the convention. For further information about the participating artists you may visit the AetherCon facebook page.
All of the events will be run using the Traipse next generation virtual tabletop and its companion browser-based web-client. Both are currently under development with the Beta version of Pious Paladin having been already released. These programs will make it possible for a player to simply click on a link on the event website and ‘sit down at the table’ as it were as opposed to having to download, install, and boot up a separate program as was the case in the past. They are also planning for voice chat games using Skype technology for some events.
Pre-registration is already open for players and Game Masters, and they recently added the first several events into the schedule pages, including the Pathfinder tournament, Dark Heresy, Serenity and other playing events.
We at Rpg.Org will definitely keep an eye on this project, and we believe that an online convention has a lots of potential.