3rd Annual Minicon

The Jackson County Public Library in Ripley is having their 3rd Annual Minicon this Saturday April 8th from 3pm to 9pm.  Minicon is mainly a literacy outreach program to encourage a love of reading through comics, gaming, and other more out there ideas.

They will have some craft projects for everyone to try, a LEGO room, coloring contest, several board and cards games to play, Magic: The Gathering open play and trade, Star Wars cosplayers for photos, trivia contests throughout the day, door prizes, raffle items, LARPing, and classes. They will have a cosplay contest at 5pm.  A nerdy belly performance at 4pm.  The contest winners will all be announced at 8pm.  They will running both a Hero Training Camp and Complete a Quest as well.

It looks like a nice fun little event for kids (of any age), creative people, and those wanting to find new nerdy outlets.

The West Virginia Chocolate Festival will also be going in Ripley this weekend too.  So something else to do during down times.

Spring TechLAN 2017

The Spring TechLAN is this Friday March 31st and Saturday April 1st at the Tech Center Ballroom at the WVU Institute of Technology in Montgomery.  Doors will be open Friday from 6pm to midnight and Saturday 10am to 2am.   The event is run by the WVU Institute of Technology Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery

Tournaments at the LAN will include Overwatch 3v3 arcade, Dive Kick best of 3 with controllers, Hearthstone best of 5, and Rocket League best of 3.  For console games they will have Super Smash Brothers and Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U and Mario Maker.  Check the website for more on rules.

Attendees are encouraged to join in and play others games throughout the day.

Entry is $15 for Saturday; an extra $2 will get you in on Friday as well.  This lets you set up a computer and play in any of the tournaments.  A Platinum Package of $40 gets you on both days, lets you have an entire table to yourself and computer with monitor size restrictions lifted.  Limited packages available must register in advance.  It is free to just come and hand out though.

Light refreshments will be available for paying attendees.  Door prizes will also be given out to paying attendees.

You will need to register an account on the site to join in.  Check the site for full rules about what you are allowed to bring computer wise, behavior, and other information.

This is a great event for gamers to play in and meet others at.

 

2017’s Classic Plastics Toy & Comic Expo

This year’s Classic Plastics Toy & Comic Expo is this Saturday March 4th from 10am to 5pm and Sunday March 5th from 11am to 4pm at the Parkersburg Art Center.  The show is put on by Classic Plastic Toy Store, Downtown PKB, and Parkersburg Art Center.  Proceeds from the event go to the Parkersburg Art Center and Downtown PKB.

The expo will have guests Steve Cardenas the 2nd red ranger in Might Morphin Power Rangers and Tim Clarke who worked in Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and created the toy lines of Boglins and Sectaurs both days.  Others of note are Remix Pro Wrestling will have their Remix Pro Riot Champion Jack Pollock at their table on Sunday, cosplay groups 501st, Mandalorian Mercs, and the WV Ghostbusters with their 30ft Stay Puft, local film production companies casts and crew of Dirty Candy Productions and Dizzyboy Productions, comic creators James Patrick and Jason Pell.

There will be vendors with toys, comics, cosplay items, collectables, movies, anime and manga, video games and systems, Pez, games, nerdy crafts, action figures, geeky accessories, and plenty more to look through.  There will be artists at the expo selling prints and comics plus doing commissions, and caricatures.  There will be two exclusive art prints at the show, one from Glen Brogan and one from Ren Mckinzie.  DM’s Pizza Shop and Bombshell Cupcakes & Cookies will be selling food during the event as well.

There will be cosplay contest on Saturday with categories in Juniors, Original Design, Novice, Journeyman, and Master.  The Industry Game Center will be running table top gaming this year.  They will have an open game library both days, Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG events, Dicemasters Draft and Pokémon Draft tournaments on Saturday and a Hero Realms Tournament on Sunday.  Rare Drops will be set up with retro gaming and tournaments.  The Vienna Public Library will be hosting kid friendly events on Sunday like Superhero Story time, LEGO building, and Comic Book Crafting.  Plus raffles.

On Saturday there will be a special event downtown called Savor Saturday.  Several local restaurants will have samples of their food for only a $1.  If you try every one that is offer you can enter to win tickets to the Taste of Parkersburg in June.  Pokémon Go lures will be dropped at every stop along with way.

Admission is $8 for both days and $5 for one.  Children 10 and under get in free with an adult.

This is shaping up to be the best year yet for the expo.

 

Video Games Live Tour

Video Games Live is an immersive concert experience of music from video games performed with orchestras and combined with light, sounds, and audience interaction and is coming back to the mountain state.  They will be performing with the Wheeling Symphony in Wheeling and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in Charleston.  The Wheeling show will be at the Capital Theatre Friday February 10th starting at 7:30pm.  The Charleston show will be at the Clay Center Saturday February 11th starting at 8pm.

You can help create the set list be suggesting songs on the Facebook event pages.  (Wheeling, Charleston)

The show will also have a costume contest prior to the concert and a meet & greet with “game industry luminaries” after the concert.   Traditional string quartet, Triforce Quartet will be performing as special guests at both shows.

Tickets for the Wheeling performance range from $16.50 to $62.  The tickets for the Charleston show range from $35 to $69.  Get them while you can.  There is an Ultimate Gamer V.I.P. Experience Package you can add to either ticket for $100.  With it you get a laminated backstage tour pass, pre-show production tour with meet & greet, album download card, pin, sticker, front of line access to post-show meet & greet, and signed page of conductor sheet music.

Fans of video games and video game music will want to try to catch this.  The performance will not be boring.

Unpub at Bethany College

Well I am back to working on the blog.

Bethany College is hosting an Unpub Mini event on January 21st at the Bethany Memorial Church in Bethany.  It goes from 10am to 5pm.  An Upub Mini is a small board game convention where people are given the chance to play test unpublished board games and provide designers feedback.

They will have published and unpublished designers there.  There will be drawings for board games for anyone who helps play test and gives feedback.  The college radio station, WVBC, will be broadcasting live from the event.  Anyone with a game they would like to play test can sign-up at Unpub.  The event is free to players and designers.

Know games at the event are Stephenson Brother Game’s Empire and Escape from Nemo’s Island. 

Bethany College regularly has people involved in the board game industry speak on campus as part of their Board Game Creator Seminar. On January 12 Cardboard Edison will be giving a lecture on campus at 4pm and is open to the public.

So those you like to play games, make their own games, want to make their own games, or talk about any of the above, give this a event a try.

Unpub’s Story

Founded in 2010 by John Moller, The Unpublished Games Network, called Unpub, is the hub for all information regarding the Unpub Network and events. The network is a growing community of game designers, publishers, players, retailers and artists working towards the creation of new and unique table top games that will keep people entertained for generations to come!

So who is in the Unpub network?

We support the game design and development community by organizing events designed to help unpublished games and their designers receive public play-tests and feedback. These events are open to anyone who wishes to attend and play these games. Players are asked evaluate the games based on their tastes and provide constructive criticism in the form of verbal and written feedback.

 

Rising Star 25th

Rising Star is celebrating their twenty-fifth year at the Othello Harris-Jefferson Student Center of Bluefield State College in Bluefield Friday October 21st 6pm to 11pm and Saturday October 22nd 9am to 11pm.  They are also celebrating the forty anniversary of conventions in the region.

This year’s guests are “Golgotha’ series author R.S. Belcher, comic creator Dan Delby, “Cemetary Dreams” author N.R. Allen, game designers Pure Steam, “Mr. Lazarus and Other Tales” author Paul Dellinger, prop maker & make-up artist Chris DeHart, comic author Chris Ward, filker White Plectrum, “Dragon’s Dove Chronicles” author Kim Headlee, furry artist Ashley Holohan, alt movie music maker Consortium 499, Bluefield State College Robotics Team, and paranormal investigators Black Diamond Paranormal Society.

Events for this year include discussion panels, Costume Call, music concert, electronic and board gaming, Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator, art show, vendors, film festival, anime screenings, a LARP with Strange Aeons, robosumo, and collectables auction for the Jonathan D. Miller and Daniel E. Craig Memorial Scholarships.

Admission is only $5 for both days.  BSC students, faculty, and staff get in free with a campus ID.  A snack bar will be available on site.

A small convention with lots of people with stories to tell you.

CharCon 2016

The gaming convention CharCon returns this Friday October 14th at noon to Sunday October 16th at 7pm at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston.  The theme for this year is Fairy Tales.

Gaming for this include the Premier Board Game Tournament (with five new games to try), board game library from Appalachian Gamers, open gaming space, Aerodrome, Pathfinder Society, SPARKS (Star Wars), Confluence Meta RPG (FATE), Magic The Gathering tournaments, several social deduction games, Sailpower, Tech Commander, Settler’s of Catan US Championship Qualifier, Pure Steam RPG, Appalachian Cup (Warmachine), X-Wing tournament, Family Gaming on Sunday, demos and tutorials from 5th Epoch Publishing, State Championships finals for Diamonds, Nevermore, Letter Tycoon, Game of 49, Skull Kings, and Dimension, Double Exposure Envoy program with 50+ play to win games, many more other board games, war games, RPGs, and more.

For video gaming they have retro and fighting video games open play, Street Fighter V tournament, Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator, and challenge the members of the band Black Hole Zion in Street Fighter for the band’s swag.

Besides gaming the con will have panels from the 501st, on miniature modeling, and board game design, a Flea Market and Costume Contest on Saturday, a Kid’s Costume Contest on Sunday, a photo booth set-up, a kid’s area run by the Causeplayers group, and appearances from the WV Ghostbusters and their 30ft Say-Puff and Ecto-1.

The con will also have two CharCon after Dark events.  Friday a the Blue Parrot with four rock bands, $5 cover charge $3 with CharCon badge.  Saturday at the Monkey Barrel for games, prizes, music, drinks.

Weekend pass is $40 (children 12 & under $20), Friday pass $20, Saturday pass $25, Sunday $20, children 12 & under $10 per day, and visitor (non game playing) $10 per day.

Fans of gaming should be able to find something to interest, if they want to pay the con’s rates.