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Ana Paulin: The Cardboard Kid

To our minds, there’s no better way to celebrate International Women’s Day yesterday than to celebrate the youngest creative woman in our circle of authors! The wonderfully energetic and talented Ana Paulin, daughter of Ink’d Well Comics founder and Engen Books contributor Jay Paulin, has started a YouTube channel The Cardboard Kid to review board games: from a kid’s point-of-view!

Great work Ana! We can’t wait to see what you do! 🙂

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NGX 2016 – Day 2

The second day of the 2016 Newfoundland Gaming Expo — NGX — held on July 25 2016, was just as eventful as the first: with astonishing cosplayers, great deals or retro games and systems (as well as a favorite of mine, the all-in-one style Retron 5) and lots of gaming events revolving around the registered non-profit Sandbox Gaming.

In addition to returning favorites like Erin Vance, Scott Bartlett,  Melanie Collins and Christopher P Walsh, all of whom appeared in the 2016 anthology collection Sci-Fi from the Rock, NGX afforded me the chance to get to know several of my surrounding vendors, including Sarah McCausland of Whimsy Witch Studios, who does amazing art that adapts characters from traditional geek lore into feline representations,  and Baddy Creative, a high-quality arts and crafts like vinyl images, knitting, and cosplay. We hope to be working with them soon.

For any who noted her absence, Ellen Curtis had a scheduling conflict with a family vacation and could not attend NGX on Sunday, July 24.

We hope to work closely with NGX and Sanbox Gaming in the future and can’t wait until next year!


Sandbox Gaming is a registered non-profit organization located in Newfoundland and Labrador. Sandbox Gaming has three objectives: 1) To raise money for children’s charities which promote play and development. 2) To build and sustain a gaming community in Newfoundland. 3) To dispel negative stereotypes about gamers.
The group was founded in November of 2010 by John Michael Bennett, Donald Reid, Scott Whelan and Jeff Smyth. They took their love of video games, and decided to do something great with it! Since then, the group has seen over 80 members come and go–some are still around since the very beginning. SBG has raised over $50,000 for charity. They raised over $5,000 for the Child’s Play Charity Organization, over $1,600 for the Janeway Children’s Hospital Playrooms, close to $21,000 for Easter Seals Newfoundland and Labrador, $8,800 for the St. John’s R.E.A.L. Program, $5200 for the St. John’s Boys and Girls Club and over $7,500 for Rainbow Riders.
Sandbox Gaming was known as Goodwill Gaming until September 2013.

NGX 2016 – Day 1

Day One of the 2016 NGX (Newfoundland Gaming Expo is complete, and despite not being a gaming-based entertainment platform, Engen Books was there in style around with several other prominent authors, including award-winning talents like Scott Bartlett and author of the Gold and Steel fantasy saga Christopher P. Walsh.

“The gaming community and the community that enjoys and understands our fiction has a lot in common,” said Matthew LeDrew. “NGX is a great and welcoming convention. It’s leans towards gaming but is very all-inclusive, and we’ve seen a lot of our old friends and Engeneers from other conventions today. It’s a wonderful convention and I’m very grateful to Sandbox Gaming for arranging it.”

Engen shares some of its writing staff with the Sanbox Gaming team, including Melanie Collins (author of Woven by the Thief) and Matthew Daniels (author of Healer’s Hoards), both of which were featured in the April 2016 anthology collection Sci-Fi from the Rock.

Also in attendance were Ellen Curtis (author of the Infinity series) and freelance editor Erin Vance, who in addition to helming the aforementioned Sci-Fi from the Rock anthology has also done work on Cinders, As Fierce as Steel, and Exodus of Angels.

We’re hoping for an even bigger turnout tomorrow! If you haven’t stopped by yet, come by the vendor’s room and check us out! Matthew LeDrew and Erin Vance will be there from 9am – 6pm tomorrow selling books, talking about writing, and giving advice on how to get published and entry into the 2017 Fantasy from the Rock collection!


Sandbox Gaming is a registered non-profit organization located in Newfoundland and Labrador. Sandbox Gaming has three objectives: 1) To raise money for children’s charities which promote play and development. 2) To build and sustain a gaming community in Newfoundland. 3) To dispel negative stereotypes about gamers.
The group was founded in November of 2010 by John Michael Bennett, Donald Reid, Scott Whelan and Jeff Smyth. They took their love of video games, and decided to do something great with it! Since then, the group has seen over 80 members come and go–some are still around since the very beginning. SBG has raised over $50,000 for charity. They raised over $5,000 for the Child’s Play Charity Organization, over $1,600 for the Janeway Children’s Hospital Playrooms, close to $21,000 for Easter Seals Newfoundland and Labrador, $8,800 for the St. John’s R.E.A.L. Program, $5200 for the St. John’s Boys and Girls Club and over $7,500 for Rainbow Riders.
Sandbox Gaming was known as Goodwill Gaming until September 2013.