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.

 

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Power Up 2017

The Tri-State retro video game convention Power Up returns this Saturday September 2nd from 11am to 7pm at the Conference Center of the Big Sandy Arena in Huntington.

Plenty of vendors selling old and new video games, consoles, ROM Hacks, peripherals, homebrew games to buy or test, and more.  Extra Life Game Repair will be on hand to repair anything you need help with; part of the proceeds from repairs will go the Children’s Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Plus vendors and exhibitors selling comics, figures, art, buttons, patches, card games, cosplay prints, plush, and other creations and items to buy.  Joe’s Magical Foundation will have a photo booth with special background images to create custom pictures.  They will be donating their money to charity as well.  And look out for tables doing give aways.

For guests they have Kiss A Frog and Santana Cosplay, 8 Bit Brody, Game Chasers Grimsie42,

Besides just a room full of video games to play, there will be a Super Smash Bro tournament for a $50 gift card at noon.  Various other mini tournaments in different genres will pop up through out the day to get in on.  They also have Pokémon Gym Leaders for 3v3 battles to win badges.

There will be a Power Down room to get away from all the action.  The Huntington Unplugged Gaming Society will have board games to try, Hometown Hobbies will be running a Magic: The Gathering modern format tournament for a $100 gift card, Pokémon TCG  tournaments, video game trivia with Electric Tapes, and Final Form Fusion will be doing some belly dancing at noon,

Admission is $5 and free for kids twelve and under.  This year’s t-shirts will be available for $20.  Leftovers from previous year’s will be $15.

Fans for video gaming will want to go to this.  Great shopping and people to meet.

Natsu no Tsubasacon 2017

Tsubasacon’s annual summer picnic Natsu no Tsubasacon is this Sunday June 25th at Ritter Park in Huntington from noon to 4pm.  At the older shelter.

The food is being brought potluck style, if you wish to bring something sign-up at Perfect Potluck to let everyone know.

Activities will include lawn games like kubb and bocce, an anime and manga swap, Summer Themed Cosplay Contest, suikawari (watermelon splitting), a Staff vs Attendee Kickball game, and combat demos from  Black Fire Valley (Amtgard), the local SCA chapter showing off heavy weapons, Tri-State Jen’Saarai, and Imperial Legion.  The cosplay contest three categories are Best Summer Design, Original Design, and Best Overall.

You can start your own thing at the picnic as well.  Some other activities that might happen are a Pokémon Go Walk, dance music, card and board gaming, photo shoots or what ever you would like to do.

The event is free but they will be taking donations for the Ronald McDonald House.  They will take non-perishable food, kitchen and cleaning items, gift cards, and more.  You will be able to buy passes for Tsubasacon this October there too.

A fun little friendly community gathering if anyone who might interested.

Jedicon WV XV

JediCon WV XV will be on Saturday June 17th at the New Martinsville United Methodist Church in New Martinsville from 10am to 4pm.  They are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Star Wars this year.

Guests for the event are Kim Simmons, know as the Man Who Shot Luke Skywalker, the principle photographer for the Kenner Star Wars toy line.  His son, artist and comic book writer Scott Simmons.  Bill McBride the Guinness Book of World Records for largest Darth Vader memorabilia.  The Outer Rim Praxeum Lightsaber School, performance swordplay using the Seven Traditional Lightsaber Forms of the Star Wars Universe.  Plus the 501st, the Mandolorian Mercs and the Rebel Legion.

The will have door prizes, a silent charity auction,and  a video game booth set up.

There will be several vendors selling Star Wars collectibles.  From vintage to modern and everything in between.

Admission is just a dollar for everyone six and up.  Free for those five and under.

Jedicon WV is the ‘Mountain States’ first and ONLY Star Wars convention.We started out as a group of collectors who met once a year and bought / sold / traded SW merchandise.Nothing has changed in that time except now we do it with another purpose,Children’s Miracle Network ( CMN ) in which ALL money made from ticket,food & silent auction sales all go to CMN through the WV Children’s Hospital in Morgantown! The show continues to grow each and every year and this year is no different.This years show has the makings of being our best yet!

 

Tri-con 2017

Tricon returns once again at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington on Saturday June 3rd from 10am to 6pm.

Featured guests for this year are Paul Allor (TMNT, Secret Empire), Darryl Banks (Green Lanter, Legion of Superheroes), Eryk Donovan (Memetic, Constantine), Rob Dumo (Robyn Hood, The Gutters), Samantha Glow (Welcome to Showside), Jason Lewis (Star Trek, Mars Attack), Drew Moss (Outlaw Territory, Creepy), Ian McGinty (Rick & Morty, Bravest Warriors), Rico Renzi (Spider-Gwen, Squirrel Girl), Rusty Shackles (Hardcore Gaming 101, Insert-Quarter Bin), Tim Shinn (Batman Rebirth, Grumpy Cat), Matt Slay (TMNT, CBLDF), Beau Smith (Wynonna Earp, Guy Gardner Warrior), Chris Yambar (Simpsons, Suicide Blonde), and there will be even more at the con.  Non comic guests this year are former WWE wrestler the Boogeyman (in full makeup) and voice actor Neil Kaplan (Netflix Voltron, League of Legends, Digimon, Power Rangers).

Exhibitors include Planet Plush, Mike Belcher, Edward Brenwalt, Bubble and Geek, Bob Corby, Disposable Fiction Comics, Mason Easley, Andrew Eschenbach, ElectroMagnetic Press, Jeremy Frech, Rodney Fyke, Andrew Horton, Ken Kirk, Brett Pinson, Lauren Sparks, and so many more creators of various products.

There will be local and distant vendors selling comics (modern and key issues), graphic novels, manga, toys, sport cards, figures, collectibles, video games, buttons, perler beads, decals, custom boxes and plaques, board and card games, t-shirts, Gunpla, and so many other things for all nerds to look over.  DZNuts and Cards will have a Professional Comic Grader on hand.

They will have panels on marketing comics and creating comics, a Q&A with Neil Kaplan, and Chris Yambar.  There will also be a charity auction at 4:30pm to raise money for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and a cosplay contest at 5pm.  They also have a coloring station for kids.

There will be a Drink & Draw Friday June 2nd at Sharkeys from 8pm to midnight with some of the con’s guests.

Tickets are only $10 and children ten and under get in free.

Looks like another good year for fans of comics, collectables, and those who just want to hang out.

1d4con 2017

The 5th 1d4Con is Friday May 5th starting at noon through Sunday May 7th till 6pm at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg.  1d4con is a gaming convention started by 1d4cast.

They have a wide range of gaming at the convention.  Schedules boards game sessions for Doctor Who: Game of Time & Space, Firefly: The Board Game, and Car Wars Classic, Lords of Waterdeep, Ogre 6th Edition, among others, and tournaments of FRAG Gold Edition and Munchkin.   LARPS of Vampire: The Masquerade and Werewolf: The Apocalyspe both for Minds Eye Theatre.  Miniature games of Frostgrave, demos of Malifaux, and WarMachine/Hordes tournament and free play.  Roleplaying game sessions for Call of Cthulhu, Dungeons & Dragons Adventurer’s League, Lamentations of the Flame Princess, Dungeon World, Pathfinder Society, Shadowrun, Savage Worlds, Quiet Year, and several more.  Plus there is a board game library and two Artemis Bridge Simulators.  It seems there will also be movies shown, but I can not find hard info on it.

The charity for this year is The International Rescue Committee (IRC) you can give through the Games of Charity program and as part of their raffle.  The Games of Charity allow you buy special tickets for certain games which can be used for special boons like re-rolls or bonuses to dice rolls.  The raffle runs through Saturday night.  Games of Charity tickets are $1 each; the raffle tickets are $3 each.

Vendors at the event include Aroc Gaming, Imperiums Campaign Setting, Inkwell Ideas, Rantings of a Wandering Mind, Williams Books, and Your Hobby Place.

Registration at the door will be $35 for the weekend, $15 for Saturday, $10 for Friday or Sunday, and $20 for a two-day pass of Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun.  Snacks will also be sold at the bake center table.

Looks like a fun weekend of gaming for anyone who wants to go and play with fellow fans.

Blackstone Raid XXVI

Blackstone Raid 26 will be hosted at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley hosted by the Barony of Blackstone Mountain from Thursday April 27th starting at 5pm to Sunday April 30th till noon.  It is a the largest Society for Creative Anachronisms (SCA) event in WV.  They will have marshal activities (combat), Arts & Sciences, a Merchants Row, bards, and just general hanging out with people and sharing interests.

For combat they will have open field on Thursday.  Friday night will be AE500 and Torch Light Tourney.  Saturday’s Battlefield schedule includes a Gage Meet-n-Beat, Field Battles with Combat Archery, Bridge Battles, Bannered Gates, and a Scholars tournament for fencing.

Arts & Sciences will be held in the Crafthouse beside the Merchant’s Area.  The annual A&S competition will be on Saturday 10am to 4pm.  All entries are welcome. Judging will be done by populous vote.  They will have classes on Saturday about various ways people were punished, poisoners, and calligraphy.

Merchants will have various items for sell; wood stuffs, leather works, food, armory, jewelry, clothes, pottery, and more items. 

Paladin’s Pantry Food Drive will be collecting unopened foodstuffs or non-alcoholic beverages you bring to drop off or have left over from the event at the Main Lodge and taking them to local food banks.  They will also be collecting tents, sleeping bags, cots, rain gear, and the like for the homeless and victims of disasters.

Registration on site is $25 for SCA members and $30 for non-members.  Children 7 to 17 are $10 and those younger are free.  There is still bunk space available.  Camping is free.  A hotel is also on site.

If you are interested in the SCA or activities of a Renaissance Faire with a more hands on approach, you should try to come down to hang out and enjoy.