CharCon 2019

The gaming convention CharCon is this Friday July 12th to Sunday July 14th at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences in Charleston.  This year’s theme is post-apocalypse.

Guest for this year are board game designer Jason Matthews (Twilight Struggle), artist Charles Urbach (Magic: The Gathering, Legend of the Five Rings, Heroclix), and GenCon Costume Contest Champion/con chair of WyvaCon Chris DeHart.

There’s plenty of gaming.  RPG sessions of Pathfinder Society, D&D Adventure League, Sparks, Cypher System, Confluence, Pure Steam, and many other systems.  There will be miniature gaming with Warren Lords, Frostgrave, Gaslands, and Star Trek Attack Wing demo.  For board games they have 2019 Southeast Regional Championships for several different board and card games from Envoy, demos from Gaming Nomads and Stooge Gamers, a social deduction gaming lounge, Catan National Qualifier Tournament, various Play to Win games (from companies like AEG, Queen Games, USAopoly), and other people running games. Plus they will have an Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator set up for play all weekend long.

For now gaming events they have panels on cosplay, game design and history of gaming, casting workshops; Cosplay Lip Sync, Quick Draw, a screening of Avengers: Infinite Wars at the Planetarium, adult costume contest on Saturday and kids contest on Sunday, swap meet on Sunday, a series of live stream will take place on Saturday from Max Pew Podcast, CharCast, Blue Peg Pink Peg, and Pure Stream Live Stream; appearances by the WV Ghostbusters and Ladies of Borderlands Cosplay Crew; the CharCon Raffle, a green screen for photo ops.  Food trucks on Friday and Saturday.

Out Loud, the official after party, will be at the Boulevard Tavern on Friday night with music from Houston Reggae InDaSkies, free to play arcade machines, and a social gaming a space.  No cover for CharCon attendees.

Vendors Aether Studios, Antagonist Games, Bear 3D Graphics, Billy Tackett, CJSGAmes, Crown Digital Art, Flying Lemur Game Studio, Four Horseman Comics & GamingGamescience, Heroes of the Guild, Maddy’s Marvels, Mermaid Lagoon Boutique, O.R. Frazier, Screech Dragon Studios, Sweets Kendamas, ToyBurg, and others will be set up to sell.

Passes for adult are $45 for weekend, $20 for a Friday or Sunday pass, and $30 for a Saturday one.  Children six to twelve is $20 for a weekend pass, $10 for a day pass, and free for kids under six.

I think CharCon has done a better job this year in getting events and programming, but the price tag is a bit much.  Ofcourse  if you go I’m sure you will have fun and that’s what is important.

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ShockaCon 7

ShockaCon 7 is this Friday September 21st through Sunday September 23rd at the Beni Kedem Temple in Charleston.  The con is a horror sci-fi convention for all put on by Mike Winland Studios.

This year’s listed guests are Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Jyoti Amge (American Horror Story Freak Show, Guinness’ smallest living woman), Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints), Linnea Quigley (Return of the Living Dead), artists Chris Woodall and JR Earls, the band the Renfields, Po’Folks cabaret, Third Eye Cabaret, WV Ghostbusters, Terminus Grilling Co, Cemetery Knights, DJ Thunder, Professor Bubblemaker, and Naughty Samadhi belly-dancers.

There is a lot to see and do at the con.  Gaming from Charcon in the lobby, live podcasts, #Hashtag Gameshow, various make-up and prop workshops, hypnosis demo, juggling class, drinking art sessions, horror trivia, cosplay panel, skull cleaning demo, blood splatter workshop, vampire in cinema panel, quick draw, Ghostbuster workshops for kids, open mic lounge, life size game of Shock-a-land, movie screenings, cabaret, vendors, scream contest, a kids costume contest,  costume walk and photo in the Town Center, and more.  The adult costume contest is on Saturday and costs $10 to enter, half the money goes to first place.  There is an after party, Aftershock, at the Blue Parrot on Friday and Saturday nights with music acts, $5 with Shockacon badge, $7 for everyone else.

Tickets are only available at the door.  Weekend pass is $45, Saturday pass is $25, and Friday or Sunday are $15.

If you like horror and general creepiness, I would recommend checking this out.  Best pricing for the con in awhile.

 

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.

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 Book Festival 2017

The West Virginia Book Festival returns this Friday October 27th and Saturday 28th at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston. There are a few authors and features fans of the blog might find interesting.

Featured authors for this year include R.L. Stine writer of the Goosebumps series and other children horror books, Joe Hill writer of the comic series Locke & Key and various horror books, Henry Winkler writer of a series of children’s novels and collection of anecdotes and observations.  Winkler was also in some TV show or two.  Several WV authors of more mainstream writings will be there as well.

They will each be giving a presentation followed by a book signing.  Stine on Friday, Hill and Winkler on Saturday.

There is a Festival Marketplace of book sellers, publishers, individual authors, and other literary vendors on Friday and Saturday.  A Word Play area for kids will be open on both days.  There will be craft tables, a Storybook Costume Parade on Saturday, Turtle Lady Nancy Lockard, story readings, and more for the kids to learn and play with.

The big library used book sale will go on Saturday.  There will be thousands of books, movies, CDs, and other items will be on sale including some rare and old selections.  Regular prices for books will be from 8am to 3pm, they close down then for half an hour, and then open at 3:30pm for the reduced price sale.

There will be two writing workshops on Friday: Starts and Stops: Building a Story from Beginning to End and Romance Writing in West Virginia.  Register for the workshops to guarantee your spot.

Fans of all literature genres should give a look at this event for new reads or learn about getting into writing.  By the way, the event and all sessions are free.

Scares for This October

Plenty of haunted houses and attractions, zombie events, ghost tours, and more around the state to enjoy this Halloween season.  Instead of doing a post for each one here is a few words about a few different ones to check out.

Scareview Ghoul School: Saint Albans, based out of the old Fairview Grade School, is a fund-raiser for local volunteer fire department.  Open mid September through the end of October.

Fright Nights WV: Daniels, award winning outdoor haunted attraction, features Appalachian Anarchy Haunted Trail, 3D Nightmare, Biohazard Lazer Tag, Spooky Gold, and Escape Rooms.  Every Friday and Saturday through October 28th.

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum: Weston, formerly the Weston State Hospital serving as a sanctuary for the mentally ill in the 1800’s.  Ghost Hunts, Paranormal tours, normal Heritage Tours, Haunted House, Zombie Paint Ball, and the Asylum Ball on October 21st.

Moundsville Prison/West Virginia Penitentiary: Moundsville, former Gothic style prison, Ghost Tours, Paranormal Investigations, Escape Room, Dungeon of Horrors, North Walk, Zombie Paintball, Kid’s Night October 23rd, and Family Night October 30th.

Dead Zone Haunted House: Charleston, successor to the Haunted Barn.  Attratcion with physical interaction.  Every Friday and Saturdays will have The Haunted Barn, The Asylum, and Sinister Sideshow, every Thursday night they will have The Darkness, live music, pro wrestling, and vendors.

Festival of Fright: Nitro, one night event on Saturday October 14th at Ridenour Lake from 4pm to midnight.  Will have an outdoor showing of Danny Boyd’s Chillers and Invasion of the Space Preachers.  Pumpkin carving, local artists, vendors, paranormal investigators, psychics, pumpkin races, haunted trail, zombie shoot, coffin ride, inflatables, and food.

Morgantown Zombie Walk: Morgantown, put on the by The Illusive Skull.  On Saturday October 21st, zombies gather at 7pm, walk starts at 8pm.  Will start at the Morgantown Farmers Market pavilion and go to the Morgantown Public Library.  After-walk part after that.  Raises money for charity.

Pecks Mill Haunted Trail: Chapmanville, four attractions for one price, Haunted Ride, Haunted Trail, Haunted Barn, and Haunted House and Basement. Every Friday and Saturday night from 8pm to midnight.  Has clowns.