Dungeons & Dragons fans should dust off their dice this weekend and head over to the first annual Trinoc*coN conference
, a celebration that's bringing together sci-fi authors, comic book artists, master gamers and all kinds of enthusiasts to the Durham Marriott at the Civic Center. Conference guests include Michael Stanwick, author of Stations of the Tide
, The Iron Dragon's Daughter
and most recently Jack Faust
; Charles Vess, who's worked as a freelance artist for Heavy Metal, Klutz press and National Lampoon (his artwork is pictured); and Skip Williams, one of the designers for the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons' third edition. A costume contest, a masquerade ball and demonstrations of gladiatorial and medieval combat will balance the weekend's headier activities. Registration is $35 for the Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 event. For more information, check out the Web site at www.trinoc-con.org
or call 319-1672.