CharCon 2017

CharCon returns this year earlier than in the past.  Leaving its date in October it this Friday July 21st to Sunday July 23rd.  It has also moved from the Civic Center to the Clay Center in Charleston.  Still the same old CharCon though.

This year’s games will include miniatures games of Aerodrome, Kings of War tournament, Tech Commander, Battletech, Warmachine/Hordes, Sailpower; a series of social deduction games like Werewolf and Resistant; board games Agricola, Pandemic Survival, Mystic Vale tournament, live action Red Dragon Inn, a Catan National Qualifier, a bunch of Play to Win games, and more; a series of Family Games on Sunday; RPGs from Pathfinder Society, SPARKS, Star Trek Adventures, Dungeon Dragons Adventures, Call of Cthulhu, Ponyfinder, and Metal, Magic, and Lore.

Non gaming events scheduled are a Quick Draw with JR Earls, a Sci-Fi Sing Along, the Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator, a murder mystery game, a game show, Junior Ghostbuster Training, panels, attendee swap meet on Sunday, a Paint and Take, and the CharCon Raffle.  The con is trying to do a lot with cosplay this year as well.  Besides their Cosplay Contests for adults on Saturday and kids on Sunday, they will be filming a cosplay video, holding photo shoots, a cosplay panel by Bunny Bombshell, a mermaid swim, the Mandolorian Mercs and Ghostbusters will be set up, and their only announced guest is cosplayer John Clark from Galaxy Productions.

Charcon After Dark will be going are at near by bars both Friday and Saturday night.

There will be reps from Portal Games, Mr. B Games.  Vendors and exhibitors at the con will be selling all kinds of board, card, collectible, miniature games and gaming accessories, plus comics, art, dice, t-shirts, and more.

Admission for the weekend is $40, $30 for Friday or Sunday, and $25 for Saturday only passes.  Children twelve and under can get in for $20 for the weekend or $10 for a single day.  Non-gaming passes are available for $10 per day.

The con has a nice line up of gaming for all.  I say any gamers out there can find something to do.  There is also plenty for cosplayers.


TechLAN Spring 2016

WVU Institute of Technology maybe moving next year but some students are continuing with a tradition.  The Association for Computing Machinery is hosting TechLAN Spring 2016 this Friday March 5th and Saturday the 6th at the Tech Center Ballroom in Montogmery from 6pm-midnight on Friday and 9am-2am on Saturday.

Formal tournaments will include Counter Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, Drive Kick (with controllers), and Hearthstone on PCs plus Super Smash Brothers, Mario Kart 8, and Super Mario Maker on Wii U.  Players are encouraged to join in any game throughout the days to have fun and meet new people.

They will be playing some trading card games on Friday as well.  Food and drink  will be available to all paying guests on Saturday.  Prizes will be given out at 8:30pm on Saturday.  There will be plenty of prizes to be given out so you might just win something for showing up.

Prices for the event are $2 for Friday, $15 for Saturday, and $40 for Platinum.  The limited platinum admission is for both days, entire table to yourself, and use of a dual monitor setup or one screen 28 inches or larger.  Order your tickets early.  All proceeds from ticket sales will go to St. Judes Children’s Hospital.  TechLAN t-shirts in three different colors starting at $20 will be available for order.

Anyone into gaming and computers is going to want to check out this event and keep an eye out for any and all future ones.


Casting Call on Kickstarter

Casting Call is a card game designed by to Charleston natives and theater performers, Stephen Hawyard and Erin Murphy.  One day Stephen got the idea to mix his two passions of gaming and theater together, so he got Erin to help with the design work.  And now they are looking for help to fund their idea on Kickstarter.

The game is simple. You play as a Broadway producer trying to get your cast together by playing cards before your rivals can.  Complete three Cast Sets which include Diva, Leading Man, Chrous members, and more.  Other cards include Scottish Play, Understudy, and Break A Leg.  The game plays from two to five and takes between half an hour to a full hour.

Rewards offered include getting your name on their Thank You page of their website, copies of the game, prints of the characters, illustrated poster of yourself as your favorite Broadway character, a deck of the game with you as a one of the character types, and a pizza party with one of the creators of the game.

They are currently at $1,730 of their $2,500 goal with 24 days left to go.  You can help out some fellow West Virginians and get a nice simple quick game to play with friends.