Ropecon has announced its guests of honour for the year 2011, and they are mighty indeed.
First up, we have Frank Mentzer, who’s known for the famous D&D red box – the original, not the WotC knockoff – that was translated into eleven languages and is easily one of the most, if not the most sold roleplaying game product of all time. Half the Finnish gaming scene started the hobby with it, and the Finnish translation is the stuff of legends (not entirely positive ones, but it is a funny read and translating lists of made-up fantasy creatures is a tough job, and it’s still a damn fine game). He also collaborated with Gary Gygax to create the classic dungeon crawl, Temple of Elemental Evil. He has spent a long time away from the industry, but he’s making a comeback.
Second, we have Erik Mona. Erik Mona is Paizo’s publisher, and one of the masterminds behind Pathfinder RPG. And the Planet Stories line. And back in the days of RPGA (which was founded by Mentzer, incidentally), of Living Greyhawk. For the past six and a half years, he’s been indirectly responsible for most of my gaming, really, between the hundreds of Living Greyhawk sessions, two (and soon to be three) Pathfinder adventure paths and couple of dozen Pathfinder Society games. While it’s not all I’ve played, these form the vast majority.
I don’t think I’ve been this excited about the con’s guests of honour, well, ever. And I’ve been pretty damn excited about quite a few of them.