UPDATE: Due to changes to URLs, the most current versions of links to Middle-earth Talk Radio episodes will be found at Xenite.Org’s Middle-earth Talk Radio category.
MERPCon/Tolkien Moot V, to be held in Spokane, WA the weekend of July 24 -26, is the last of the series of five free gaming conventions that Hawke Robinson is hosting in Spokane, WA. This little gaming convention focuses on Tolkien-related gaming and provides guest lectures.
Each MERPCon has been broadcast live (in part or completely) over the Internet. This year you’ll be able to monitor the gaming via chat room, live Webcam, and with audio feeds. As this year’s guest speaker I will have a special presentation on Saturday, July 25. You’ll be able to watch it live and submit questions via the chat room. You can check the Web site for the schedule.
Next year Hawke be launching a convention called Tolkien Moot (not to be confused with any previous gatherings of that name). This convention will be membership-supported and should have expanded offerings, although gaming will still be an important part of the convention.
Hawke and I will do our first live broadcast for Middle-earth Talk Radio on Saturday. We may try to set up a phone-in guest. We’ll also host a Young Tolkien Fans panel on Sunday morning. Be sure to tune in.
Hawke and I just wrapped another episode of Middle-earth Talk Radio which he plans to make available for download before MERPCon. We’ve both been busy but we wanted to make an effort to do at least one more pre-recorded show before the convention.
In addition to MERPCon and Middle-earth Talk Radio, I’ve also been working on the Hobbit News Newsletter this year. I haven’t found much interesting news recently so there haven’t been any updates for a while. Nonetheless, I’ll try to do a special edition before I go on vacation next week.
And you may have heard about Xenite’s Lord of the Rings movie news site. The site has recently been redesigned and expanded. Now it will cover Hobbit Movie News, Guillermo del Toro News, and Tolkien News. Each section has its own archive of news reports.