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71. Why Do Christian Fans and Authors Assemble at Realm Makers? | at Realm Makers 2021

At Realm Makers, we shared story joys with executive director Scott Minor, The Seventh Sun author Lani Forbes, and other fantastic creators.
Fantastical Truth on Jul 22, 2021 · 1 comment

We’re back from the Realm Makers conference in July 2021! Over 400 people arrived in St. Louis or watched the streaming video at this premier Christian-led conference for faith-based creators of fantasy, science fiction, and beyond. What keeps Christian fans and authors assembling at this annual event?

Fanside chats at the Lorehaven booth

1. Realm Makers executive director Scott Minor

2. Realm Makers attender David Umstattd

3. Fantastic and prolific author H. L. Burke

4. Award-winning The Seventh Sun author Lani Forbes

5. Lightraiders game designer James R. Brown

6. The PRISM Conspiracy author Mary Schlegel

7. Realm Makers attender Philip Wilder

Lorehaven booth recording

Lorehaven publisher E. Stephen Burnett interviews conference director Scott Minor at the Lorehaven booth during Realm Makers 2021.

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Caleb wrote about episode 70 with James R. Hannibal and DragonRaid:

I was a 12 year old Lightraider for the OLMN in 1985 and later purchased the boxed set. I did try to get some of my friends in high school but it never really took off. I spent hours creating characters and reading the handbooks of dark and light characters. I lost the game, I thought forever, in the 90s. It got thrown out because my wife thought it evil. Imagine my excitement to hear it is reborn!

On a side note, you might remember I book in the ’80s called Playing with Fire. It was a warning to Christians of the evils of playing fantasy RPGs.

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    1. notleia says:

      Hmm, such a mystery. Why would the target audience of an event be interested in an event specifically catered to them? 😛

    What say you?