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About Otakuthon

Otakuthon is Quebec's largest festival celebrating Japanese animation (anime), graphic novels (manga), related gaming, and pop culture.

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The first of its kind in Montreal, Otakuthon is a full-fledged, fan-run, bilingual anime convention that features a number of special guests as well as many activities and events spotlighting anime, manga, video games, artwork, and Japanese culture.

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Dream Pod 9

Dream Pod 9

Dream Pod 9 finds its early roots in Ianus Publications founded in 1987 to publish the Protoculture Addicts Anime Magazine.  In 1992, Ianus struck a deal with R. Talsorian Games to publish an Alternate Reality Universe line of products based on RTG's successful Cyberpunk

The game design team at Ianus became known as Dream Pod 9 and when on to publish Jovian Chronicles for RTG's Mekton II game system.   DP9 was then hired in 1993 by Palladium Books, publishers of the Robotech and Macross II roleplaying games, to produce three volumes of the Macross II Deck Plans books.

In 1994, DP9 began developing its first home grown game called Heavy Gear Fighter, which was the Card Fighter game that introduced gamers to the world of Heavy Gear.   In the summer of 1995, Heavy Gear the Roleplaying and Tactical Game was released and it became a success with its anime inspired artwork and realistic warfare game mechanics.   Due to phenomenal growth of the game in late 1995 Ianus was split into two new companies, Protoculture, which would continue to publish Protoculture Addicts magazine and Dream Pod 9, which became a fully fledged company publishing gaming books and miniatures.

In 2008, DP9 released the latest edition of the game entitled Heavy Gear Blitz! Locked & Loaded for the tactical game with faster game play, new rulebooks and tons of newly sculpted miniatures for all the factions.

You can get the latest DP9 news online at and check out the new releases.