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“Raw Hobbit” from MerpCon V

I did my solo panel yesterday at MerpCon V and decided at the last moment to shake things up a bit. Instead of just doing another talk (I’ve done so many through the years) I decided to borrow a page from William Shatner’s book and reinvent myself as a talk show host.

So on a whim I set up two chairs in the presentation room ala Shatner’s “Raw Nerve” set and invited members of the audience to sit and talk with me. I asked them hard, pointed questions (well, as hard and pointed as I could think of on the spot with no preparation).

The people seemed to like it. Hawke Robinson, the organizer for MERPCon, recorded the session and should make it available somewhere down the road.

I enjoyed speaking with other fans and sharing the limelight. Later this morning (10:00 PM Pacific Time) I’ll be hosting a panel with young Tolkien fans. That session will be broadcast live as all MERPCon events are.

Some representatives from SpoCon 2009 dropped by to check out MERPCon. They’re interested in building a Tolkien track next year and are talking with Hawke. I’ll let you know if I hear anything.

Hawke and I will also be doing a live broadcast of Middle-earth Talk Radio tonight at 5:00 PM (Pacific Time Zone) from MERPCon. I hope you can check it out.

MERPCon moving to new venue for year five

Hawke Robinson has been paying for MERPCon out of his pocket in a five-year experiment. The 2009 MERPCon is the fifth and last of these events. Although there may be a sixth MERPCon, or something growing out of it, this will be the last year Hawke foots the bill by himself.

MERPCon is a small gaming event devoted to Middle-earth gaming. Hawke has been fortunate to be able to bring some notable Tolkien scholars and researchers to MERPCon through the years, including John Rateliff, Chris Seeman, Thomas Morwinsky, Joe Mandala, Cason Snow, and me. The presentations have been broadcast live over the Internet and Hawke keeps a chatroom going during the hour-long sessions so that people around the world can ask the speakers questions.

MERPCon V will be held July 24th, 25th, & 26th (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) at he Apple Tree Inn, 9508 N. Division, Spokane, WA, 99218, USA.

See the Web site for more information. And even if you’re not attending in person, please fill out the RSVP form if you want to check out the events. Hawke’s combined live event/webcast/chat room format is, in my opinion, fairly unique.

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