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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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.

 

 

 

 

Shockacon 2017

Horror/Sci-Fi convention, ShockaCon rises again this Friday September 8th to Sunday September 10th at the Beni Kedem Shrine Center in Charleston.

Guests for this year include Naomi Grossman (Pepper from American Horror Story), Daeg Faerch (young Michael Myers in Rob Zombie’s Halloween), Ari Lehman and his band First Jason, Lew Temple (Axel in Walking Dead), Geretta Geretta (Rats: Night of Terror, Demons), Monique Dupree (Tha True Original Gata), Chalet Lizette Brannam (Crepitus), Josh Turner and Scott Lane ( Negan’s saviors on Walking Dead), artists Matthew Atchley,  Chris Woodall, JR Earls, John Johnson (film company Darkstone Entertainment), Cemetery Knights, Naughty Samadhi belly dance troupe, Po’Folks Cabaret, Professor Sinister Savage Sideshow, Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Blue Box Alliance, Last Ride Motion Simulated Coffin Ride, Dead Zone Productions, KCHA Black Cat Adoption, Terminus Grilling, prop maker Tiffany Steele, WV Ghostbusters, and more.

Music acts for this year are the Renfields, the Jasons, Black Hole Zion, Captain Catfeesh, and Ghost Road.

Events over the will include CharCon Gaming, a Scavenger Hunt, game shows, crafting workshops on crafting and creating, Drink and Paint, panels on cosplay, film making, cryptozoology plus more, guests Q&As, performances on stage from 8pm to midnight on Friday and Saturday, scream contest, Kid’s Day on Sunday, costume contest on Saturday with $10 entry fee (half goes to the winner, half to charity), and plenty more to keep you entertained.  The after party, Aftershock, will be at the Blue Parrot on Friday and Saturday starting at midnight.

Not much is known on vendors except some horror related hand-made creations for sale.

Ticket pre-orders are closed but can still be bought at the door.  $45 for weekend pass, $15 for Friday or Sunday only, and $25 for Saturday only.  Children six and under get in free.

Another year for horror and costuming fans to enjoy.

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.

Video Games Live Tour

Video Games Live is an immersive concert experience of music from video games performed with orchestras and combined with light, sounds, and audience interaction and is coming back to the mountain state.  They will be performing with the Wheeling Symphony in Wheeling and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in Charleston.  The Wheeling show will be at the Capital Theatre Friday February 10th starting at 7:30pm.  The Charleston show will be at the Clay Center Saturday February 11th starting at 8pm.

You can help create the set list be suggesting songs on the Facebook event pages.  (Wheeling, Charleston)

The show will also have a costume contest prior to the concert and a meet & greet with “game industry luminaries” after the concert.   Traditional string quartet, Triforce Quartet will be performing as special guests at both shows.

Tickets for the Wheeling performance range from $16.50 to $62.  The tickets for the Charleston show range from $35 to $69.  Get them while you can.  There is an Ultimate Gamer V.I.P. Experience Package you can add to either ticket for $100.  With it you get a laminated backstage tour pass, pre-show production tour with meet & greet, album download card, pin, sticker, front of line access to post-show meet & greet, and signed page of conductor sheet music.

Fans of video games and video game music will want to try to catch this.  The performance will not be boring.

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.