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.


Natsu no Tsubasacon and Free RPG Day

Tsubasacon’s annual picnic, Natsu no Tsubascon, at Ritter Park in Huntington is back this Saturday June 29th from 11am-4pm. It is a free chance to see fellow Tsubascon attendees in the blistering heat while having a cookout.

The year’s potluck has people bringing hot dogs with the fixins, red bean buns, deviled eggs, cucumber sandwiches, cheesy potato casserole, pigs in a blanket, fried chicken, veggie tray, pasta salad, backed beans, fruit tray, corn casserole, chips, cakes, pies, cookies, jammie dogers, cupcakes, water, cola, and plenty more.

Besides eating and hanging with friends, they will also have a swap meet, cosplay contest, suikawari (watermelon smashing), various games ending with a kickball between attendees and staff, and a group photo.

Saturday is also Free RPG Day and the only store I can find doing anything is The Industry Game Center in Parkersburg.

Free RPG day is a day where you can pick up and try some new role-playing games from many different companies.

The center will have a table set-up for people to pick up two of the free items that will be available to check out.

Starting at noon there will be a Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition game planned and at 1pm a Dungeon Crawl Classics game.  Spontaneous games may also break out or at least demos of the rules played.


Tri-Con 2019

Tri-Con is back Saturday June 8th at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington from 10am to 6pm.  The comic convention is put on every year by publisher Broken Icon Comics.

Guests for this year is a range of artists, writers, inkers, and other comic creators Darryl Banks (Green Lantern, Legion of Superheroes), Morgan Beem (Wolfsbane, Adventure Time), Tressina Bowling (Kentucky Kaiju, CASH + CARRIE), Jorge Corona (Big Trouble in Little China, Jim Henson’s Storyteller), Daxiong, Justin Birch (Action Lab, IDW), Rob Dumo (Robyn Hood, Eccentrix), Mark Kidwell (’68, BUMP), Jay Leisten (Uncanny X-Men, Death of Wolverine), Tommy Patterson (Game of Thrones, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Cory Smith (TMNT, Nova), Beau Smith (Wynonna Earp, Guy Gardner Warrior), Gavin Smith (Dead Legends, Deadly Class), Justin Stewart (Grrl Scouts, Howard the Human), Nick Wentland (Army of Darkness, GI Joe), and former WWE Superstar Ryback.

Exhibitors setting up this are comic creators Todd Beistel, Mike Belcher, Ray Coffman, Bob Corby; artists TodD Frazer, Andrew Heath; authors Seth Baker, Edward Brenwalt, and Mike Mallow; publishers ElectroMagnetic Press, Gravely Unusual Magazine, Mess Bucket Comics, Old World Comics; geek crafters Burrito Princess, PopStich, and many more others.

There will be vendor setting from shops like The Inner Geek, Atomic Comic and Collectibles, Classic Plastic Toy Store; dealers like Gem City Books and Planet Plush; others like Heroes By the Pint podcast and Kendama Institute.

Events at the con will include panels from the guests, a costume contest, new comics debuting, and a charity auction for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.  Gaming all day hosted by the Goblin Traders.  Cosplay props from the Black Mountain Guard and 501st Legion Squad Corellia plus the Mystery Machine.  Friday night before the con, there will be a Drink & Draw at Sharkey’s from 8pm to midnight.

Tickets will be just $10 at the door.  Kids under 10 get in free.  The first 1500 attendees get exclusive Tricon wristbands.

A must for comic book fans and collectors of general nerdy items.

First HerdCon

The first HerdCon is this Saturday March 16th from 9am-8pm on the Marshall University Campus in Huntington.

Panels for the con include panels from college professors (Pop Culture in the Classroom, Star Wars and Personality, Psychology of Social Exclusion) and regular fan panels (Cosplay Modeling 101, LGBT History and Representation in Video Games, Socializing in Online Gaming).  There will also be Quick Draw with JR Earls, belly dancing workshop and performance from Final Form Fusion, a cosplay contest hosted by Kiss A Frog Cosplay and Brittany Whitt, mobile escape room from Lost Escape Room, ARTEMIS: Starship Bridge Simulator, Outer Rim Praxeum Light Saber School demo, relaxation lounge, live podcasts, create your own video game workshops, screenings, slime fun station from the Ghostbusters, and more to enjoy.

Table-top gaming during the day include various RPG sessions (D&D 5E, Mystic Forces by Noble Quests, different Cthulhu games, Cypher System, Starfinder, and others) games of Werewolf by Critically Absurd, and various games from Goblin Traders (Dragon Ball Super TCG, Flames of War miniatures, Keyforge TCG, historic tabletop wargaming, Transformers TCG, Warhammer 40k), Magic: The Gathering tournaments hosted by Hometown Hobbies, game demos from Family Game Night, and game libraries from Charcon and Hunting Unplugged Gaming Society.

On the video game side of things you have a Smash Brothers tournament, various retro games, and Fallout 76 set-up.

Vendors and artists lined-up include 2nd Chance Games, Anime Palace, Ben Durfee, Burrito Princess, Frech Studios, Jason Pell, Joshua Smith, Mermaid Lagoon Boutique, Off the Hook, Two Tinkers, Third Floor Comics, Travis Tomblin, Tri-State Toys, and more.

Exhibitors include Black Mountain Guard of the Mandalorian Mercs, Cabell county Public Library, Causeplayers, Fantastic Floor Nerdcast, Knerds of the Roundtable, various Marshall clubs and departments (Comic Book Club, Japan Club, Roleplaying Club, Hackers for Charity, Game Development Guild), Rebel Legion/501st Legion, and various local conventions.

Admission is free to MU students, faculty, staff, and for anyone 18 or younger.  VIP tickets are $25 which comes with early access, a t-shirt, custom HerdCon die, and other swag.  General admission is $5.

Fallout 76 Parties

If you had not already heard, the fourth main game in the Fallout video game series Fallout 76 is set in a post-apocalyptic West Virginia.  The game will feature over fifty iconic sites from around the state: Camden Park, the State Capitol, The Greenbrier, New River Gorge Bridge, Woodburn Hall at WVU, Ric Griffith Pumpkin House, Hillbilly Hotdogs.  You can also battle the Mothman and other WV monsters.  This will also be the first multi-player Fallout game.  The game will be released on November 14th.

To celebrate this game and the state itself there are a few parties coming up this week.

Reclamation Day Celebration at Saint Albans Branch Library on Thursday November 8th at 6pm.  Activities to test your survival skills in the wasteland will be held to test your skills.  Food and drinks will be provided.

The Official Unofficial Fallout 76 Reclamation Day Celebration of West Virginia at Don Morris Room in Marshall University’s Student Center on Friday November 9th from 7pm to 11pm.  The event is for people 18 and over.

The event will include music from Heavy Hitters, The Dividends and Christopher Vincent of Qiet. There might even be a chance to play Fallout 76 early, depends on how things go.

Tickets to the event are $20 per person or $30 for a couple. The money from the event is going to Cafe Appalachia, Children’s Home Society of WV, WV Autism, and West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition.

VaultMU Reclamation Day Celebration hosted by the Marshall University Special Collections and Marshall University Libraries is Thursday November 15th from 2pm to 8pm at the Marshall University’s Special Collections at Morrow Library.  You can play Fallout 76, eat Fallout & WV themed snacks, tour the Special Collections department, and learn more about WV and Digital Humanities.

Fallout 76 Release Party at the Rambling Root in Fairmont on November 14th from 5pm to 11pm. Discounts on all WV drafts and bottles, prizes for best Fallout costume, and a chance to win a copy of Fallout 76 for every draft you buy.

4th Annual Mountain State Pop Expo

Mountain State Pop Expo is back this Saturday November 3rd and Sunday November 4th at the Holiday Inn and Suites in South Charleston.  All funds from the event will benefit the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.

The Children’s Home Society is a statewide nonprofit children and family services agency. We have 13 locations throughout the state, each of which have a variety of programs including emergency child shelters, foster care and adoption, early intervention, and family strengthening programs.

Funds from this event will go specifically to benefit the Children’s Home Society’s holiday help. Because of you, children in foster care, emergency shelters, and needy families in the community will have the holiday gifts and necessities such as winter coats that they otherwise might not receive.

There will be exhibitors selling various nerd crafts, plushies, patches, decals, art work, pearlier beads, paintings, authors Edward A. Holsclaw and Josh E.B. Smith, Mermaid Lagoon Boutique, artists Glen Brogan and JR Earls, various other local cons will be set up.  Plus cosplayers James Hamilton, Advancing Wall of Doom, Santana, Sheena Bot, Mandalorian Mercs Black Mountain Guard, Outer Rim Praxeum Lightsaber School, and WV Ghostbusters.

Ricky Henry of Electric Tapes will be showing the 5 part micro-series Space Foxes (plus they will have copies of their Space Fox Atari 2600 game), children cosplay contest on Saturday, adult cosplay contest on Sunday (winner gets a championship belt), replica Lightning McQueen from Pixar’s Cars, Final Form Fusion performances, improv comedy from No Pants Players, Q&As, gaming provided by Charcon, snacks on sale from the hotel, charity raffle (with items from Bethesda and Fallout 76),

The show is $10 per day or $15 for the weekend.

A fun show with nerd community going on and for a good cause.

Parkersburg Pop Con 2018

Parkersburg Pop Con on Saturday October 20th from 11am (10am for VIPs) to 5pm at WVU Parkersburg.

Parkersburg Pop Con is a celebration of all things popular culture at the local and national level. It’s all about authors, publishers, designers, and artists. It’s about comics, gaming, sci-fi, art, fantasy, television, radio, cyber culture, music, film and so much more.
Parkersburg Pop is about celebrating what you celebrate and discovering new inspiration.

Featured guests are comic writer James Patrick, comic illustrator Shawn Langley, and cosplayer James Hamilton.

Other creators at the con will be various freelance artists, wand makers, comic creators, nerd crafts, authors, pixel arts, plushies, jewelry, and more creations.

Vendors will be selling comic books, food, anime & manga, toys, figures, shoes, Funko Pops, Electromagnetic Press, Freestyle Komics, games, collectables, memorabilia, video games, graphic novels, and more nerd items.

The Actors Guild of Parkersburg, WV Ghostbusters, Outer Rim Praxeum, and Wilson’s House of Cosplay will also be set up at the event.

The con will have a board game library from The Industry, youth and adult cosplay contests, a raffle, trivia, and video gaming tournaments.  Plus panels on pop culture, cosplay and make-up tips, comics, light saber duels, and more.

Admission is $5.  Kids 10 and under get in free with a paid adult.  Free admission with valid military ID.

A nice small show with lots of local creators to check out.