First Convention in Logan

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is hosting S-Con Pop Culture & Gaming Convention Saturday July 28th from 1pm to 6pm at the Logan Campus.  Admission is free.

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They will have gaming competitions, a console gaming area with new and retro games.  Southern’s IT Program will be demonstrating their UAS Drone program with drone races and demos,a Fortnite Tournament, and more activities.

Vendors at the event include the Southern Coalition for the Arts will be running two “Escape Rooms”, author Steven Paul Watson, Marshall University, Old World Comics, All-Star Wrestling, Wide Men Can’t Jump (collectibles and jerseys) who ill be doing a live podcast at 3pm, and Atomic Comics & Collectibles with a collection of Marvel and DC figures, and more.

A little event that could be fun for all.  A little mix of different fandoms, medias, and genres.  Also a great place to look at colleges for the kids out there.

 

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CharCon 2018

CharCon is back for another year.  The table-top gaming convention is from Friday July 13th to the Sunday July 15th at the Clay Center in Charleston.  This year’s theme is Star Wars vs. Star Trek.

There will be 80 plus Play to Win games available, a board game library to check out games from, a Catan National Championship Qualifier tournament, world premier of Warren Lords a high fantasy skirmish game of anthropomorphic rabbit warriors, Pokémon TCG tournament, early testing of Blood on the Clocktower, overnight gaming space at Quality Inn, Aerodrome, Confluence RPG, Star Trek Adventures, Star Wars Legions, Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator, Pathfinder, Sparks, Star Trek Murder Mystery, D&D, Starfinder, Warhammer 40k tournament, Werewolf, and plenty of other planned games.

On the non gaming side of things to do include J.R. and Friends Quick Draw on Friday night, food trucks on Saturday, a two hour seminar on 3D printing, watch Rogue One on the planetarium screen, adult and kids costume contests, cosplay panel, the 501st Legion, cosplay video shoot, and plenty of space just to hang out with fellow gamers.

For late night fun there will be CharCon Out Loud Friday at the Bakery with DJ Charlie Brown Superstar, CharCon attendees get in for only $3 others for $5.  CharCon After Dark will be at the Quality Inn and feature drinking and karaoke.

The Clay Center will be open during the convention for you to check out as well.

Vendors and artisans for the con include Dragon’s Den, Sea Dog Game Studios, White Tide Publishing, Dads Armies, Billy Tackett, Jeff Carlisle, Michael Mayne, CJS Games, and others.  There will also be a flea market open up to everyone on Sunday for $10 a table.

Weekend Passes are $45, children twelve and under are $20, and visitor passes are $10 per day.  Visitor passes do not allow for playing games.  Single day gaming passes will be available too.

You can book rooms at the Quality Inn & Suites till the start of CharCon for $58 a night and be within walking distance of the con.  This is where the con’s nightly gaming room will be as well as After Dark on Saturday.

This is a big event for fans of gaming, whether you have a game you love playing already or want to learn a new one.  Also good for parting and for cosplayers.

JediCon WV and Marx Toy & Train Show

This Father’s Day weekend includes a few shows for collectors.

Jedi Con WV is June 16th from 10am to 4pm at the New Martinsville United Methodist Church in New Martinsville.  Admission is $1 and all proceeds go to the Children’s Miracle Network.

The event will have a lightsaber demonstration and training by Outer Rim Praxeum Lightsaber School, guests speakers Kim Simmons (Kenner Star Wars toys photographer), and Jason West who will be talking about Jawa focus collecting, a silent auction, and guest apperances by the Garrison Corellia of the 501st Legion and Mandalorian Mercs Black Mountain Guard.

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The 20th Annual National Marx Toy & Train Show is at the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum in Wheeling.  The show is June 15th 8am to 7pm and June 16th 8am to 5pm.  Admission is $10, for student 3-17 admission is $5.

Events include guest speakers, group photo, Custom’s Contest, pizza social, and a chance to show off your unusual or rare Marx items.

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A Sports Cards and Collectables Show at the Charleston Town Center from June 15 through June 17th.  The show is open during mall hours and is hosted by Select Cards & Collectables.  Tickets are $10.

On Saturday from noon to 2pm they will have College Football Hall of Famer and Mountaineer great Major Harris signing autographs.  They will also have an expert comic book grader, David “Speed” Jones, there, he will grade your first comic for free and varying charge after that.

All of these events are great for collectors.  Just depends on what your focus is.

2018 Classic Plastic Toy & Comic Expo

The fifth annual Classic Plastic Toy & Comic Expo is at the Parkersburg Arts Center in Parkersburg this Saturday March 3rd (10am-6pm) and Sunday March 4th (11am-5pm). The event is run by the Classic Plastic Toy

The guests of honor for this year are Jim Henson puppeteer and toy designer Timothy Clarke and body capture for Mortal Kombat I & II Daniel Pesina. Others guests Jordan Patton from Face Off and Dead Necks and comic creator James Patrick.

The main part of the expo of course is the vendors.  This year’s dealer will be selling vintage and new toys, comics, graphic novels, Funkos, cross stitch, tarot readings, books, board games, video games, consoles, artists, authors, comic creators, anime and manga, plush, geeky crafts, pez, and much more for all.  Several premiers items and prints will be available

Events for this year include a cosplay contest on Saturday, Rope Dart Demo by Daniel Pesina on both days, a Mortal Kombat 2 tournament on Saturday, food by DM’s Pizza Shop, and open gaming for both video and table-top from Rare Drops and The Industry. There will also be a special showing of the Dark Crystal at the nearby Smoot Theatre.  Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm, and a Q&A with Timothy Clarke who worked on the film afterwards.  Parkersburg’s Savor Saturday will be going on at the same time to go and check out.

Admission is $5 and free for children ten and under.  All the proceeds go to the art center and Downtown Parkersburg.

A very nice event for collectors, gamers, cosplayers, and those who want to hang out with fellow nerds and geeks.

Hack3rCon 8 The “Ocho”

The 8th Hack3rCon and 3rd SecureWV cyber security conference is this Friday November 17th through Sunday November 19th at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in South Charleston.  The event is run by 304 Geek.

The event will have three rooms of speakers and classes: Speakers track for “normal” talks and presentations, Teachers track for those new to InfoSec, Forensics track partnering with Marshall University Digital Forensics department.  Plus a room of Villages this year: Hardware Hacking Village sponsored by SME Inc., Voting Machine Hacking Village, Lockpick Village.  There will also be a Capture The Flag area and Amateur Radio Technician Test given on Sunday.  Panels include such topics as ransomware, Python scripting, WireShark, BASH scripting, network forensics, and more general IT and technical discussions.  During the evening they will have a PGP Key Signing Party and karaoke to take part in.

This year’s Keynote Speaker is Information Systems Security Association Hall of Fame award winner Ira Winkler.  Ira is the President of Secure Mentem, author of Advanced Persistent Security, and co-host of The Irai Report.  He is one of the world’s most influential security professionals and engages in espionage simulations for companies all over the world.  He will give different talks on Friday and Saturday about fighting Advanced Persistent Threats and Learning From Failure.

There are also plans to stream Speakers talks on the Internet via IronGeek.

Registration to attend is $50 or $35 for students with valid IDs, both high school and college level attendees.  You can also pre-order t-shirts.

If you have an interest or job in computers, hacking, and security; this is something you should try to make it too.  A much more formal event than what I usually post about, but a great chance to learn and connect with others.

Two Cons For Good Causes

This Saturday November 4th two different cons will both be running in Charleston to raise money for charity.

At the Capital City Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police in Charleston will hold this year’s Extra Life Con, a board game convention to raise money for WVU Children Hospital.  The event goes from 11am to 11pm and is part of the Extra Life charity Game Day.

From 2pm to 8pm there will be raffles for over a dozen donated prizes; such as board games and two passes to the Lock & Coded Escape Rooms.  Entry to the event comes with five free tickets and you can buy more for $1 each.

There will be pods of Magic Commander, with free booster packs given out, through out the day as they get enough people.  No extra fee to play.  A tournament table will be set up with different games you can join for $2.  Winners will receive an extra ten raffle tickets.  Games will be played as they fill up.

The board game library from CharCon will have around fifty games for anyone to try and play.  Donate old games and buy news ones, with the money going to the WVU Children’s Hospital.

Entry to the event is $25.

Mountain State Pop Expo will be at the South Charleston Holiday Inn and Suites both Saturday and Sunday.  It is a celebration of fandom and a benefit for the Children’s Home Society of WV.  The vendor room is open from 10am to 6pm with events in the panel rooms going even later.

Set up will be artists, writers, cosplayers, comic and toy dealers, the 501st, nerdy craft makers, video games, video production companies, Ghostbusters, table-top games, and more fun stuff to buy.

There will be a performance from Final Form Fusion belly-dancing, a cosplay contest, raffle prizes, and panels (including one on Nerd Music from myself).

Tickets are $10 for one day or $15 for both.

Either event looks like fun and helps out a good cause.  In fact you could do both if you really wanted.

 

WV Game Developers Expo 2017

The 2017 West Virginia Game Developers Expo will be this Friday October 27th from 9am to 5pm at the Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington.

The event brings companies, speakers, programmers, artists, players together from around West Virginia and surrounding states to learn about the filed of video gaming development in professional and passionate environment.

The keynote speaker for this year is Justin McElroy, the host or co-host of several podcasts such as “My Brother, My Brother and Me” (now a TV show), Sawbones, and The Adventure Zone; and on YouTube series “Monster Factory” and “Things I Bought at Sheetz” .  He co-founded the gaming site Polygon where he writes and makes videos for.

There several sessions on different topics to help guide people in video game creation. There will also be workshops on Unity Fundamentals and Advanced Creation Tools in Unity sponsored by 28:12 Studios, and an advanced level workshop using SOLID sponsored by Lasso Games.

Exhibitors at the event include 28:12 Studios, Lasso Games, Multithreaded Games, Isotower, Wraith Games, Vandalia Softworks, Sleepy Owl Software, Stonicorn, Marshall University, Mountwest College, Collins Technical Center, and others showing off their works and games.  There is also an artist alley and an e-sports area sponsored by eSports @ Mountwest.  Mountwest Cafe will be open for breakfast and lunch purchases.

Junior and Senior high school and college students get in free.  All others are $15.  Since this is a professional event so those under seventeen are asked not to come.

If you have an interest in video game creation or the people behind it, I would suggest making a trip to check this out.