Beckley Gamin Expo Saturday July 20th and Sunday July 21st at the Beckley Raleigh County Convention Center in Beckley.  BGX is brought to you by the same people who do Causesacon.  All proceeds will be donated to charity as well.

Video game tournaments over the weekend start with Just Dance 3, Mario Kart Double Dash, Street Fighter II Turbo, Call of Duty: WWII, Splatoon, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and Time Crisis 3 on Saturday.  On Sunday they tournaments for Rocket League, Link’s Crossbow Training, Super Smash Bros Wii, Halo Reach, Mortal Kombat 11, Mario Kart 8, and Call of Duty: Black Ops II.  Arcade tournaments scheduled are Ms. Pacman and Galaga on Saturday; Dig Dug and Donkey Kong on Sunday.  Mobile gaming tournaments Saturday has Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon and on Sunday a Pokemon Go tournament.  For table-top games, on Saturday they have a Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon TCG tournament and on Sunday tournaments for Yu-Gi-Oh and Warhammer 40k.  There will be medals and prizes for the first three places for each tournament.

There will also be a number of different consoles set-up for free play.  Dragon’s Den and Fama’s Comics will have variety of game demos to check out.  Big Fun Amusements will have free play arcade machines and 1/6th scaled cabinets for sell.

Two day tickets are $25 while one day tickets are $20.  Children under five get in free.

​If you are a big gamer this is an event for you.  



S-Con 2019

The Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will hosts its second S-Con Gaming and Pop Culture Convention this Saturday July 20th from noon to 7pm on its Logan campus in Mount Gay.

There will be video game tournaments for Fortnite, Apex Legends, and Counter-Strike, special performances of Alice in Wonderland by the Southern Coalition of the Arts, Drone racing and demos, vendors set-up, table top gaming, an escape room, college staff on site to talk to about enrolling, and I’m sure other things.

Admission is free to everyone.

If you are local, should be a fun time to stop by and hang out with fellow nerds.


West Virginia Penitentiary Para-Con

The West Virginia Penitentiary Para-Con is this Saturday July 20th at the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville from 11am to 8pm.

Celebrate the supernatural in one of America’s most haunted prison’s. Built in 1866 this gothic fortress was intended to lock away some of West Virginia’s most dangerous criminals. In its 129 years of operational history, this maximum security correctional facility saw 998 documented deaths including 94 executions at the hands of the state’s capital punishment laws. This left behind a powerful energy that many believe remains behind these bars, and many say that the lost souls of these inmates can still be heard from to this day!

Special guests, speakers, vendors, raffles, foot trucks, and ghost tours through the penitentiary.  An overnight paranormal investigation will offered after the convention ends for VIP guests.  Speakers include paranormal investigators and groups, psychic mediums, the owner of the Bellaire House, former penitentiary guards, and more.  One of the tours offered will be an “off limits” tour taking you to areas that have been off limits to the public for decades.

Some of the guests are Mike Goncalves and Doogie McDougal of the Tennessee Wraith Chasers from Haunted Towns on the Travel Channel, world famous psychic Rick Hayes, Paranormal Quest, Kristen Lee, Hidden Marietta Tour, and Adam “Glider” Bonnett.

Standard passes are $15.  VIP passes are sold out.  A special gallery event with medium Rick Hayes from 6pm-8pm at the at the site is available for $40 to get a psychic reading.

Interesting event for anyone interested in ghosts and the paranormal.


CharCon 2019

The gaming convention CharCon is this Friday July 12th to Sunday July 14th at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences in Charleston.  This year’s theme is post-apocalypse.

Guest for this year are board game designer Jason Matthews (Twilight Struggle), artist Charles Urbach (Magic: The Gathering, Legend of the Five Rings, Heroclix), and GenCon Costume Contest Champion/con chair of WyvaCon Chris DeHart.

There’s plenty of gaming.  RPG sessions of Pathfinder Society, D&D Adventure League, Sparks, Cypher System, Confluence, Pure Steam, and many other systems.  There will be miniature gaming with Warren Lords, Frostgrave, Gaslands, and Star Trek Attack Wing demo.  For board games they have 2019 Southeast Regional Championships for several different board and card games from Envoy, demos from Gaming Nomads and Stooge Gamers, a social deduction gaming lounge, Catan National Qualifier Tournament, various Play to Win games (from companies like AEG, Queen Games, USAopoly), and other people running games. Plus they will have an Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator set up for play all weekend long.

For now gaming events they have panels on cosplay, game design and history of gaming, casting workshops; Cosplay Lip Sync, Quick Draw, a screening of Avengers: Infinite Wars at the Planetarium, adult costume contest on Saturday and kids contest on Sunday, swap meet on Sunday, a series of live stream will take place on Saturday from Max Pew Podcast, CharCast, Blue Peg Pink Peg, and Pure Stream Live Stream; appearances by the WV Ghostbusters and Ladies of Borderlands Cosplay Crew; the CharCon Raffle, a green screen for photo ops.  Food trucks on Friday and Saturday.

Out Loud, the official after party, will be at the Boulevard Tavern on Friday night with music from Houston Reggae InDaSkies, free to play arcade machines, and a social gaming a space.  No cover for CharCon attendees.

Vendors Aether Studios, Antagonist Games, Bear 3D Graphics, Billy Tackett, CJSGAmes, Crown Digital Art, Flying Lemur Game Studio, Four Horseman Comics & GamingGamescience, Heroes of the Guild, Maddy’s Marvels, Mermaid Lagoon Boutique, O.R. Frazier, Screech Dragon Studios, Sweets Kendamas, ToyBurg, and others will be set up to sell.

Passes for adult are $45 for weekend, $20 for a Friday or Sunday pass, and $30 for a Saturday one.  Children six to twelve is $20 for a weekend pass, $10 for a day pass, and free for kids under six.

I think CharCon has done a better job this year in getting events and programming, but the price tag is a bit much.  Ofcourse  if you go I’m sure you will have fun and that’s what is important.

Natsu no Tsubasacon and Free RPG Day

Tsubasacon’s annual picnic, Natsu no Tsubascon, at Ritter Park in Huntington is back this Saturday June 29th from 11am-4pm. It is a free chance to see fellow Tsubascon attendees in the blistering heat while having a cookout.

The year’s potluck has people bringing hot dogs with the fixins, red bean buns, deviled eggs, cucumber sandwiches, cheesy potato casserole, pigs in a blanket, fried chicken, veggie tray, pasta salad, backed beans, fruit tray, corn casserole, chips, cakes, pies, cookies, jammie dogers, cupcakes, water, cola, and plenty more.

Besides eating and hanging with friends, they will also have a swap meet, cosplay contest, suikawari (watermelon smashing), various games ending with a kickball between attendees and staff, and a group photo.

Saturday is also Free RPG Day and the only store I can find doing anything is The Industry Game Center in Parkersburg.

Free RPG day is a day where you can pick up and try some new role-playing games from many different companies.

The center will have a table set-up for people to pick up two of the free items that will be available to check out.

Starting at noon there will be a Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition game planned and at 1pm a Dungeon Crawl Classics game.  Spontaneous games may also break out or at least demos of the rules played.


WV Renaissance Festival

The 2nd Annual West Virginia Renaissance Festival presented by the Hanlon-Lees Action Theater and Hollow Hills Farm will be Saturday and Sunday June 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, and 29-30 from 11am-8pm near Lewisburg.

Acts to check out include Jousting Knights and Steeds three times a day, comedy acts Washing Well Wenches and Hey Nunnie Nunnie, stage productions Dragon Scales & Faerie Tales and Theatre of Fools, wooden Wheel of Death, swordfighting duelists, a giant walking tree with a face, fire whips and knife juggling, Mermaid Montara, rope-walking Spaghetti Juggler, magician Isaac Fawlkes, jugglers Gravity Check, birds of prey presentation Knightwings, and others.

There will be music provided by Patrick O’Flaherty (Gaelic music), Sybling Ryvalrie (fiddlers), Celtic Mayhem, Gypsy Guerilla Band (international music), and the Reelin’ Rogues (Celtic music).

Food to eat and snack on includes kettle corn, turkey legs, scotch eggs, chocolate dipped bananas, crepes, grilled meats, cider, mead, bear, wine, cotton candy, and plenty else to try.



Artisans and crafters from local and a far will be on sight selling their wares and creations.  Examples include iron work, gold and silver jewelry, sculpted dragons, teas, soaps, tapestries, walking sticks, etched glass, scrolls, costumes, swords, bows, bird call flutes, wands, flowers, henna, caricatures, face painting, and other hand made creations.  Plus there will be live glass blowing and archery demonstrations.

Games and activities will be set up to play including elephant, camel, and unicorn rides; archery, ax and knife throwing, catapulting frogs, castle escape room, maze, tests of strength, tomato torment, Jacob’s ladder, mug slide, dueling buckets, and more.

The festival has themed weekends.  The first weekend is (June 8-9) Warriors Weekend with free admission for active and retired military and first responders with a contest for warrior costumes.  June 15-16 is Pirates Landing and June 22-23 Celtic Midsummer with a kilt contest.

Tickets are available on site for $16 for adults, $6 for kids 6-12, and free for those under 6.  Save two dollars by ordering in advance.

Tri-Con 2019

Tri-Con is back Saturday June 8th at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington from 10am to 6pm.  The comic convention is put on every year by publisher Broken Icon Comics.

Guests for this year is a range of artists, writers, inkers, and other comic creators Darryl Banks (Green Lantern, Legion of Superheroes), Morgan Beem (Wolfsbane, Adventure Time), Tressina Bowling (Kentucky Kaiju, CASH + CARRIE), Jorge Corona (Big Trouble in Little China, Jim Henson’s Storyteller), Daxiong, Justin Birch (Action Lab, IDW), Rob Dumo (Robyn Hood, Eccentrix), Mark Kidwell (’68, BUMP), Jay Leisten (Uncanny X-Men, Death of Wolverine), Tommy Patterson (Game of Thrones, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Cory Smith (TMNT, Nova), Beau Smith (Wynonna Earp, Guy Gardner Warrior), Gavin Smith (Dead Legends, Deadly Class), Justin Stewart (Grrl Scouts, Howard the Human), Nick Wentland (Army of Darkness, GI Joe), and former WWE Superstar Ryback.

Exhibitors setting up this are comic creators Todd Beistel, Mike Belcher, Ray Coffman, Bob Corby; artists TodD Frazer, Andrew Heath; authors Seth Baker, Edward Brenwalt, and Mike Mallow; publishers ElectroMagnetic Press, Gravely Unusual Magazine, Mess Bucket Comics, Old World Comics; geek crafters Burrito Princess, PopStich, and many more others.

There will be vendor setting from shops like The Inner Geek, Atomic Comic and Collectibles, Classic Plastic Toy Store; dealers like Gem City Books and Planet Plush; others like Heroes By the Pint podcast and Kendama Institute.

Events at the con will include panels from the guests, a costume contest, new comics debuting, and a charity auction for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.  Gaming all day hosted by the Goblin Traders.  Cosplay props from the Black Mountain Guard and 501st Legion Squad Corellia plus the Mystery Machine.  Friday night before the con, there will be a Drink & Draw at Sharkey’s from 8pm to midnight.

Tickets will be just $10 at the door.  Kids under 10 get in free.  The first 1500 attendees get exclusive Tricon wristbands.

A must for comic book fans and collectors of general nerdy items.