First WV Game Dev Expo

The First WV Game Dev Expo is this Friday September 30th a the Mountwest Community & Technical College in Huntington.  Becoming the third thing you can do this Friday in Huntington along with Tsubasacon and the Ohio River Book Festival of Books.

This event offers game developers, players, and fans the opportunity to network with like-minded people, and see the newest in games. Guests will have access to presentations, workshops, and events designed to build opportunities to grow the Game Development industry in West Virginia and beyond.

Registration and check-in begins at 8:30am till the keynote address.  Grindstone Coffeeology will be on site from 8am to 10am.  The keynote address will be delivered by Mike Geig, Technical Evangelist from Unity, from 9:30am-10:45am. The exhibit hall will be open from 10am to 3pm. A Game Zone presented by Brawl-a-thon will be open at the same time.  Lasso Games will also be there to show off the games they are developing.  They have planned four breakout sessions throughout the day, though no word on what they will offer.  Lunch is for an hour with Southside Slider on site with a choice if you want to stay on site.  Closing remarks will be at 3:10pm – 3:30pm and then you are free to go.

Sponsors for the event include Mountwest CTC, Unity Technologies, Strictly Business Computer Services, Ignite Link and Syntech Creative.

Students seventeen years or older get in free.  General admission is $15.  No children under seventeen are allowed in.

If you have a deep love of video games or are interested in game creation, you should try to check this out.

 

Ohio River Festival of Books 2016

The Ohio River Festival of Books is a this week-long of free events around Cabell County promoting literacy and learning for all ages.

On Wednesday September 28th the MadCap Puppets will be presenting Aesop’s Fables at the Don Morris Room at the Marshall Student Center at 9:30am.

On Thursday September 29th W. Joseph Wyatt will talk about his carer working as a clinical psychologist and helping law enforcement with cases at the Putnam County Library 5:30pm.  Also Sam Wilson will talk about World War I pilot William C. Lambert of Ironton, Ohio at the West Huntington Public Library at 7pm.

Friday September 30th at the Pullman Plaza Hotel they will have the Friends of the Library book sale, the opening reception, signing authors and vendors.

Saturday October 1st will have various sessions throughout the day at the Pullman Plaza Hotel in Huntington.   Some of those include Bright Star Theatre bringing the characters of Alice in Wonderland to life; Cat Winters talking about what inspired her award-winning YA fiction; creator of the TV series Extant and writer of The Strain Mickey Fisher will speak about writing for TV, film, and theater; a writer’s workshop by Michael Knost with several session throughout the day; and more of the book sale.  The closing program will be at 7:30pm at Marshall University: School of Art and Design Visual Arts Center, where Chip Kidd the award-winning graphic designer of book covers, author, comic creator will speak.

Other authors who will be around for signings including J.D. Byrne author of his new epic fantasy trilogy, Dr. William L. Grimes author of his haunted dentist office, Eugen Johnson writer and editor of many genres, and Laberta Salamacha Lucas author of Ouija about a psychic girl who solves mysteries.

Fans of books and reading should check all this and if you are not really into reading maybe you could find something to pick up and learn to enjoy.

Tsubasacon 2016

Tsubasacon is back for another year this Friday September 30th to Sunday October 2nd at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena and Convention Center in Huntington.

Voice actor guests for this are Steve Blum well know for his work in Cowboy Beebop, Big O, Naruto, Digimon, and many other animes, he also has the Guinness Book of World Record for most voice roles in video games, plus he voiced many incarnations of Wolverine, Amon in Legend of Korra, TOM the host of Toonami, hundreds of other roles and Caitlynn French known for such roles as Shiro from No Game No Life, Miyu Edelfelt Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Lllya, Matsurika from Maria-Holic, and several others from Sentai Filmworks.

This year they have two music acts nerdcore artist and cosplayer Shadow Clone and nerd pop band the Night Sabers.  Other guests are Pachinko Fever who will be bringing a selection of pachinko machines to play, boffer combat troupe Sleeping Samurai, Tokyo Attack who bring a collection of Japanese arcade machines, panelist group Vitamin H, the Carolina Manga Library, and convention game show host Greggo.

Events include game shows by Greggo, two video rooms, formal masquerade ball on Friday night, AMV contest Saturday morning, guest Q&A and autographs, a dance party on Saturday night, two Cosplay Lip Sync contests (one all ages and one 18+), In-Character Contest, an Iron Cosplay Contest on Sunday, and the big cosplay contest on Saturday.  Fan panels on such topics as Fire Emblem, crossplay, Japanese language, several on cosplaying and cosplay culture, Final Fantasy, chainmaile workshop, traveling to Japan, Japanese Culture, Kpop and Jpop, RWBY, and plenty more to check out.

The video gaming section on the con will have a room-scale virtual reality set-up, free play consoles from Rare Drops, tournaments of Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, J Stars Victory, Halo, Pokken, and more through out the weekend and a mobile gaming area.   Hobby gaming will have tournaments provided by Dungeon Dwellers with several tournaments for Magic, Force of Will, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Dice Masters, and Heroclix; plus on a Guild Ball tournament on Saturday and on Sunday a Warmachine and Hordes tournament; the Pathfinder Society will be running scenarios throughout all three days, and a game library from Huntington Unplugged Gaming Society.

In the vendor/artist alley you will be able to find t-shirts, DVDs, manga, cosplay items, figurines, keychains, plushies, wigs, plenty of other accessories and collectibles, jewelry, weapons, Japanese snacks, games, CDs, art prints, comics, steampunk wear, nerdy crafts, and so much more.

It is $45 for the weekend, $30 for just Friday, $20 for just Sunday, and $40 for a Saturday/Sunday badge.  Wristbands that will only get you into the video and table-top gaming sections will be $35 for the weekend, $20 for Friday, $25 for Saturday, and $15 for Sunday.  Children, between ages 7-12, badges are $20 for the weekend and $10 for Sunday both with the purchase of an adult’s.  Children under seven are free.

Fans of cosplay, anime, gaming, internet culture, and the like should all be able to find something to interest them at this con.

Sicilian’s Revenge 2016: Palio di Sicily

The Shire of Port Oasis of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc of the Society of Anachronism (SCA) is hosting Sicilian’s Revenge Palio di Sicily next Friday September 9th to Sunday September 11th at Camp Mad Anthony Wayne Lodge in Huntington.

The Shire of Port Oasis is excited to host the games of the Palio di Sicily. The rival Contrade of Port Oasis are each out to prove their superiority. In order to prevent these rivalries from becoming outright warfare we have, in the fashion of the Italians, declared a Palio Event comprising of several challenges from which a winning Contrada shall be determined and be awarded the Palio prize. Come horse around with us, join in the games and delightful festivities that shall ensue. But beware! The Sicilian is still out for revenge, so keep a close eye on your horses!

Palio activities include armored combat scenarios include “mounted” combat, a modified bearpit tournament, and flotilla battles; two archery competition, fencing with  a torchlight tourney on Friday, children’s activities, card games, bardic circle, assassination games, prize for best Italian garb, and more.

Everyone is invited to display their Arts & Science projects for competition on Saturday from 10am to 2:30pm, no documentation required.  The winners will be determined by popular vote.  There will also be drawing materials for people to try and learn about renaissance drawing methods, materials, and techniques.

There will be a lunch buffet on Saturday and an evening feast for fifty.  There will also be merchants set up selling wares.

Site Troll will be open 6pm till 11pm on Friday and 8am to 4pm on Saturday.  Adult registration at site is $26 for SCA members and $21 for non-members.  Children 6-15 are $20, $15 for members.  Kids 5 and under get in free.  On-site camping is available.

Another great chance to check out the SCA and what they are all about.

Power Up 2016

Power Up the Tri-State’s Annual Retro Video Game Convention returns this Saturday August 27th at the conference area at the Big Sandy Arena in Huntington from 10am to 8pm.

The Standard Nerds will be hosting the tournaments again this year.  The tournaments have an entry fee. All entry fees will be given to the Extra Life Charity.

The tournaments will be Smash Bros 64, Smash Bros 4, Rocket League (XBox One), Pokken, and Mario Kart Double Dash.  Check the website for the times and rules for each game.

Hometown Hobbies will be hosting Magic: The Gathering tournaments throughout the day.  Plus free play board games for all to try.

There will also be a Pokémon League for the 3DS.  Sign-up for $5 and then battle the eight gym leaders around the convention floor.  The proceeds will go to Children’s Hospitals and you will also get entry into raffle drawings throughout the day.  Obtain all eight gym badges to challenge the Elite 4 at the Brawl-a-thon in November.

A few panels have been promised along with a cosplay contest.

Expect around twenty vendors and artists selling games, books, collectables, art work, crafts, and more.  There will be exhibits from the D20 Girls, cosplays Santana and Kiss A Frog Cosplay, local cons, video game creators Lasso Games, Mandalorian Mercs, Trenton Jedi, and artists Rusty Shackles and Michael Mayne.

Entry is $5, free for children twelve and under.  Door prizes will be given out through out the day for just attending.

Fans of video games are going to want to check this out for playing, collecting, and generally just hanging out with fellow fans.

 

TriCon V

Tri-State Comic Con (Tricon) celebrates its fifth year with their biggest year yet.  The con is this Saturday June 4th from 10am to 6pm at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington.

Big named guest for this year are Rikki Simons voice of GIR from Invader Zim and a writer of prose and comics of his own, WWE Hall of Famer “The Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase, Ed Brisson comic writer currently working on the Sons of Anarchy comic, Beau Smith creator and writer of the Wynonna Earp comic which has been turned into a TV series on SyFy, Dave Aikins illustrator for Nickelodeon products and zombies, Darryl Banks famed for co-creating Kyle Rayner, DC Comics inker Jonathan Glapion, two-time Harvey Award winning writer Chad Lambert, writer on Uncanny X-Men Jay Leisten, Brian Level co-creator of Image’s The Mantle, Tommy Patterson artist on Game of Thrones comic, and illustrators Andy Bennett, Eryk Donovan, Rob Dumo, Nate Lovett, Drew Moss, Mark A. Robinson, Uko Smith, Justin Stewart, Kyle Strahm, and Nicholas “Iowa” Wentland.

Indy comic creator appearing include KC Anderson of Wafflecus, Tressina Bowling of Dracullama, Todd Beistel of Yuri: The Gypsy Hunter, Coffman 20XX of Araura, Landon Franklin of Zokusho, Timothy Fuller of Zombie Marge, Travis Horseman of Amiculus, Shawn Murphy of Meachanaflux, Lauren Sparks of Cats Talking Words, Jason Pell of Zombie Highway, and the guys from Support Group.  Plus artists Edward Choi, Todd Frazer, Tristan Kelly, Jesse Marks, Michael Mayne, Amanda Scharf, and Jimbo Valentine, authors Rob E. Boley, Edward S. Brenwalt, Russ Lippitt, and E.E. Martin, small publishers Broken Icon Comics, Electromagnetic Press, Headshrinker Press, Mourning Daily Publishing, and Old World Comics.  Plus podcasters the Standard Nerds, D20 Girls Project, and Power Up will be set up along with a few charities out in the atrium.

You can expect plenty of vendors with a wide variety of goods.  Comics, graphic novels, manga, toys, board and card games, figurines, card sets, collectibles, leather works, knitting, steampunk jewelry, t-shirts, decals, posters, buttons, and so much more.

For those looking for photo opportunities, you can get them with the con’s Ambassador of cosplay Harley Heartthrob, the Mandalorian Mercs Black Mountain Guard, the WV Ghost Busters with their 30ft Staypuff Marshmallow Man, a Supernatural themed Impala with a trunk load of weapons, and the actual shed used in Evil Dead 2.

For events they will have panels on cosplay, making your own comics, inking comics, and a Q&A about working for Image.  A charity auction for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and a costume contest for cash prizes and medals.  For the first time there will be gaming going on at the con.  The Goblin Traders will be hosting Force of Will and Magic: The Gathering tournaments along with board game and Star Wars X-Wing minis demos starting at 11am.  The Friday night before the con, they are having their 2nd annual Drink and Draw at Sharkeys.  There will be live drawing from 8pm to Midnight.

Tickets are only $10 and free for kids 10 and under.  They will also have for sell limited edition exclusive comic cover of Army of Darkness for sell.

This is con is just a must to see.  Lots of good creators to meet, things to buy, people to meet, and things to do.  All for a good price.

 

Tsubasacon 2015

Tsubasacon is a three-day anime, cosplay, and gaming con at the Big Sandy Area and Riverfront Conference Center in Huntington on Friday October 8th to Sunday October 10th.

Voice actor guests for this year are  Kyle Hebert (DBZ, Bleach, Naruto), Keith Silverstein (Gundam Unicorn, Monster, Sailor Moon), and Matthew Erickson (Crest/Banner of the Stars, Zoids, Gundam SEED Destiny).  Other guests are Japanese rock band Kazha, anime anthropologist Charles Dunbar, Carolina Manga Library, panelist group Vitamin H Productions, Japanese arcade machine owners Tokyo Attack,  boffer fighters Sleeping Samurai, and game show host Greggo.

Events at the con include their usual activities plus some new ones.  The cosplay masquerade will be on Saturday.  There will also be an In-Character Contest on Friday and Cosplay Lip Sync contest on Saturday (18+ version on Friday night).  Panels from guests and attendees, Greggo’s game shows, two viewing rooms, autographs, concerts, formal ball on Friday and dance party on Saturday, martial arts demo, artist alley and vendor room to check out, manga library, photo shoots, AMV contest and more.

Video Gaming this year will be run by Rare Drops.  They will hold tournaments throughout the weekend on J Stars Victory, Mortal Kombat X, SSFighter 4 Ultra, Smash Bros Melee and 4, Injustice, Mario Kart Double Dash and 8, Naruto 2, Halo 2, Call of Duty, and Project M.  They will also have high score challenges on Donkey Kong, Super Mario Maker, and Tetris over the weekend.  You can pre-reg for the tournaments now.  Tokyo Attack will have 13 different arcade cabinets for free play and will be holding a DDR tournament on Saturday.  There is also the Tsu Region Pokémon League to play in.

Tsubasacon is holding a whole new table top gaming area as well.  The Huntington Unplugged Gaming Society will have a library of board games to check out.  Dungeon Dwellers will be teaching and holding tournaments on Magic: The Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh.  RPGs from Pathfinder Society and Sparks, Warmachine and Hordes demo, and open gaming area.

Pre-reg goes until October 8th and is $45 for the weekend.  At door prices are $45 for weekend, $30 for Friday, $40 for Saturday and Sunday, $20 for Sunday, and free for kids under 7.  On Saturday they will also have a $25 Gaming Badge that will let you into the gaming area, but only that.  The con is also collecting goods for the Ronald McDonald House.

Fans of anime, cosplay, gaming, and Japanese media, this is your event.