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.

CharCon Bonus Round 2016

CharCon’s Bonus Round of Roleplaying and SciFi weekend presented by Shentel Communications returns to the Flatwoods Days Inn and Suites Conference Center in Sutton this Saturday April 30th through Sunday May 1st.  This year includes table top gaming and science fiction and horror events.

RPGS over the weekend will include Pathfinder, SPARKS, Ponyfinder, Confluence, Dungeon & Dragons, and more.  Other games will include Kaiju Kaos, play to win board games, Looney Labs Werewolf, and others with a board game library to check out games from.  The ARTEMIS: Space Bridge Simulator will be back.  Shentel  will be holding a video gaming lounge again as well.  The event is also an official International Tabletop Day location and will be showing the official live ITD video stream all day Saturday.

Besides the gaming there will be panels, a screening room on Sunday, costuming, vendors and green screen photo booth.  The Mandalorian Mercs and WV Ghostbusters will be in attendance.  Other guests for the year are artist Michael Mayne, author Brian J. Hatcher, Mountain State Paranormal, and Frank and Jane Gabor of Fairmont State’s Folklife Center.  Panels will be on costume make-up, ghost hunting, Mountain Monsters, painting, and more.

Cost for the weekend is $25.  You can still register.

This is an event for gamers or those who want to learn about gaming.

Charcon 2015

Charcon returns for another year of gaming at the Charleston Civic Center this Friday October 16th at noon to Sunday October 18th at 7pm.  This year’s theme is Monsters vs. Aliens.

Games include the Premier Board Game Tournament with five new board games, Pathfinder Society, SPARKS Star Wars RPG, Aerodrome, Sailpower, Artemis Space Ship Simulator, Are you a Werewolf?, Catan Qualifier Tournament, Warmachine Appalachian Cup Championship, Pandemic Survival, 6 WV State Championship card games, Dagorhir demos, Mario Kart and Carcassonne drinking games, King of New York Tournament, Live Action Red Dragon Inn, Battletech, 2 Rooms and a Boom, Dice Masters draft, Warhammer 40k, a board game library from the Appalachian Gamers, open gaming space, D&D, and so much more.

They have lined up a few guests this year.  The Guest of Honor is cosplayer Raining Neion.  Artist guest Billy Tackett, cosplay guest Harley Heartthrob, authors Michael Knost and Brian Hatcher.  Plus Stephanie Erb, an actress who has appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation, True Blood, Ray Donovan, 24, and The Ring.

Non-gaming events include panels on horror gaming, cosplay, photography, art in gaming, and more.  Photo shoots with guests and cosplayers.  Adult costume contest on Saturday with the winner getting a brand new sewing machine.  A kids costume contest and kids Ghostbusters Training on Sunday.  Drink and draw Saturday night along with the Charcon After Dark.  Live robotics demonstration with P.A.R.T.s.  Vendors and artist alley.

A weekend pass is $40, Friday and Sunday pass $20, and Saturday $25. Children twelve and under can get a weekend pass for $20 or day pass for $10.  A non-gaming pass is $10 per day.

This is a big year of gaming, with lots of different games to get in on and more non-gaming activities too.  I will be running Super Dungeon Explorer on Friday night, Kittens in a Blender on Saturday, and Krosmaster Arena on Sunday.  So come by and join in a game.

 

CharCon Bonus Round – May the Fourth Roleplaying Weekend

CharCon is hosting an extra event focusing on role playing games called CharCon Bonus Round at the Days Inn Hotel in Flatwood on Saturday May 2nd to Sunday May 3rd.  There will be open gaming Friday night at the hotel too.  Things get started at 9am on Saturday and goes to 7pm on Sunday.  The theme is “May the Fourth Be With You.”

They have two guests for the con.  Christina Stiles is an award-winning RPG writer, editor, developer, and publisher.  She has worked on The Rogue Mage RPG, Midgard Tales, Daughters of Fury, and the upcoming Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Lycanthropes. She is working on Medusa’s Guide for Gamer Girls. Christina has worked for Atlas Games, Green Ronin Publishing, Kobold Press, Misfit Studios, Paizo Publishing, Troll Lord Games, and White Wolf Studios.  Also artist Michael Mayne.  He co-created the series Bonnie Lass by Red 5 Comics, has worked on Skullkickers, The Dreamer, and has worked as character designer for games Heroes of Newrth and Dragon Vita.

There will games of Star Wars Sparks RPG, Edge of the Empire, Pathfinder Society, Call of Cthulhu, Ponyfinder (My Little Pony version of Pathfinder), D&D 5th edition, Three Dragon Ante, Artems Spaceship Bridge Simulator, Dagohir LARP demos, indy RPGs, and more.  The Appalachian Gamers board game library will be available for open gaming.  A panel on Women in Gaming by Christina Stiles.  Vendors will be set up to check out as well.  There are reports of Nero demos, World of Darkness LARP, Shadowrun, more panels, and other games to come.

Registration is only $25 for the whole weekend.  Pre-reg ends on April 26th.

If you like RPGs or just want to learn come check this event out.  Also could just be a fun weekend to just hang out and party with fellow gamers.

CharCon 2014

CharCon is October 24th to 26th at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston. Times are Friday from noon to midnight, Saturday 9am to midnight, and Sunday 9am to 7pm. The theme for this year is Superheros, so get your cape and fly on over.

Guests at the con are artists Larry Elmore (TSR, MtG), Sam Flegal (Alderac Entertainment Group, Fantasy Flight), and Bill Tackett (zombies and more).

Tournaments include Warhammer 40k, Warmachine High Command, the Premier Board Game Tournament, Pandemic Survival, Settlers of Catan, and Kings of War. I am sure there will be some more collectible game tournaments, but no info yet.

Non tournament gaming available is Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator, Pathfinder Society, Sparks Force 7 Star Wars RPG, Nero LARP from Nero SWV, Sailpower, Tech Commander, the board game library from Appalachian Gamers, Aerodrome, Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons, X-Wing, Battletech, Memoir ’44, Dystopian Wars, Wits and Wagers game show, and much much more. Sign up for games at the registration table to reserve a spot.

Non gaming events are the costume contests, adult on Saturday and kids on Sunday; the CharCon Raffle, Swap Meet/Trader’s Alley, vendors, artists, paint and take miniatures, CharCon After Dark with Harrah doing an acoustic set at a local bar, a light box will be available to photograph miniatures and memorabilia for free, and general hanging out with friends new and old.

Passes at the door are $40 for a weekend pass, $20 for Friday or Sunday pass, $25 for Saturday, children 12 and under get in $20 for the weekend or $10 per day, and visitor passes (may not play games) are $5 per day and can be upgraded to a full pass if you want. Con shirts will be available for $20 at the con.

This is the big event for fans of gaming, play old favorites and learn new ones to check out.