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.

ShockaCon 2016

Shockacon returns Friday September 30th 4pm to Sunday October 2nd 5pm at the Beni Kedem Shrine Center in Charleston for its fifth year.

 

Actor guests for this year are Zach Galligan (Gremlins 1 & 2), Camille Keaton (I Spit On Your Grave), Oliver Robins (Poltergeist 1 & 2) ,Brandy Mason, and Geretta Geretta.  John Tice, Willy Mcquillan, and Will Bill from Mountain Monsters.  Plus Scott Gregg of Razor Sharp Studios, Hollywood make-effects artist Steve Johnson, bands Renfields, Orvill Rex, Miniature Giant, Hurl Brickbat, Charlie Ant Eater; belly dancers Bint il nahar and Naughty Samadhi, DJ Thunder, authors Dustin Coffman, Josh Kent, Daniel Boyd, artists Jason Pell, Chris Woodall, Two Tinkers, JR Earls; prop builder Tiffany Steele, Cult Classic Creatures, WV Ghostbusters, cosplayer Santana, Cemetery Knights Hearse Club, and Weird Paul Petroskey “the Original Vlogger”.

Events during the day include costume parade, adult costume contest for $10, kids costume contest on Sunday, R2D2 robotics demo, origami workshop, wand and building-a-torso workshops, guest Q&As, game shows, embalming demo by James Lowry, scream contest, mummy wrapping contest, learn the Thriller dance, and more panels.  On Friday and Saturday night starting at 8pm to midnight they will be holding their Shock & Roll Party with musical performances, belly dancing, gaming from CharCon with Werewolf and Cards Against Humanity, drink and draw game.  Then an after party at the Blue Parrot.

Not much info on vendors put out, though if you have been before I would expect the same.

Weekend badges are $50, Friday and Sunday  badges $20, Saturday $25, youth badges are each just $5 less.  VIP tickets are $100, with it you get preferred seating at all events, one celebrity autograph ticket, line skip, and a bag of goodies.  Come after 8pm for only $10.  T-shirts are available for $15.

 

Fans of horror movies, art, books plus prop making, punk style music, and the like will enjoy the con.  If you have the money for it.

 

Flood Relief from Tricon and CharCon

With the recent storms devastating whole communities, members in the fandom communities have stepped up to help each other and others.  I have two examples here.

Tricon is having a raffle.  You can donate money through PayPal to WVFloodRelief@triconwv.com and for your donation you will entered to will some great prizes.  You can win multiple prizes so the more you give the more you can win.  The more you give the more tickets you get: $1 for one ticket, $5 for six tickets, $10 for fifteen tickets, and $20 for thirty tickets.  Tricon will match each dollar raised through this.

Prizes up to win include various print from Todd Frazer, a copy of Goon Chinatown signed by Eric Powell, an original art page from She Hulk issue 38 page 14 signed by Steve Scott, DC Designer Series Catwoman Toy signed by Jae Lee and sculptor Jordan Matthews, two VIP passes to Tricon 2017, your choice of a single character commission from Rob Dumo, Todd Beistel, Tristan Kelly, or Nicholas Wentland; and you, someone of your choice, will be drawn into an upcoming Broken Icon Comic.  You will receive ten copies of the comic.

The Grand Prize of the raffle is two VIP passes to Tricon 2017, an exclusive shirt and badge, plus cash to spend at the show and a set of books to get signed at the show.

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On Saturday July 9th from 10am to midnight at the South Charleston First Church of Nazarene CharCon is running a Flood Relief Game Day.

It will be a day of lots of games and raising money funds for those who have been effected by the recent flooding.

They will be accepting donations, have concessions available, prizes to be given out, an auction, and possible other events.  Billy Tackett is sending prints and original art as prizes.  Stacey Parker is donating several prints as well.

If you know of anyone in the gamer community that was hurt by the flooding contact CharCon with the details.

 

Extra Life Con

Extra Life Con is an event to raise money for the WVU Children’s Hospital through the Extra Life Charity starting at 10am on Saturday November 7th and going at least until 1am on Sunday morning at the Capital City Lodge Fraternal Order of Police in Dunbar.

Admission is a minimum donation of $25.  There you can buy tickets for $1 which can be spent to enter tournaments or for the raffle that they will draw at 10pm.  All proceeds will be going to charity.  They have prizes and raffle items donated by local business and supporters of Extra Life to give away.

Pathfinder Society and SPARKS will both be running RPG sessions throughout the day.  There will be a board game library donated by CharCon, a pool table, dart board, poker table, arcade and pinball machines to play.  Chick-fill-A at the Town Center will be providing free lunch.

There will be Ms Pac Man and Galaga High Score tournaments at different times throughout the day.  Other tournaments include Martian Dice, pool, Settlers of Catan, darts, poker, and King of Tokyo.  All tournaments have prizes and you can sign up any time up to 10 minutes of start time.    They will do a Wits & Wagers Game Show at 7pm.  At around 10pm they will start-up large group gaming like Werewolf, Resistance, and others.

They have already raised nearly half of their target goal for this event.  You can sign up ahead of time or if you can not make it yourself still donate to help out some sick kids.

Gamers of all type should be able to find something fun to here.  Of course if you can not make, please consider making a donation to help out a sick kid.

 

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.

Game Day to Benefit the Riddells

On December 22, 2014 the house of Tom and Marnie Riddell caught fire and burned down.  They lost their home, belongs, and Tom suffered serious burns as a result of this blaze.  The two are active members of the local gaming community, cosplayers, con goers, and more.  Marnie has also been named the first Ambassador of Cosplay at Tri-Con this year.

To help them out CharCon and friends are holding a game day to benefit them on Saturday February 7th at the Elk River church of Nazarene in Charleston.  Things will start around 10am and go all day along.

They will have a variety of board games to play, Pathfinder sessions, Sparks Star Wars RPG, and more.  Plus a game auction, door prizes, and concessions will be available.

There is no admission fee but they are taking donations.  They are also taking games or game related items for use in the auction or as door prizes and donations for concessions, anything but baked goods. There is also a gofundme page for them to donate at as well.  All the money goes to help the Riddell family.

Let the organizers know if you are going on the Facebook Event page, so they can figure out how much they need for concessions.