Rising Star 25th

Rising Star is celebrating their twenty-fifth year at the Othello Harris-Jefferson Student Center of Bluefield State College in Bluefield Friday October 21st 6pm to 11pm and Saturday October 22nd 9am to 11pm.  They are also celebrating the forty anniversary of conventions in the region.

This year’s guests are “Golgotha’ series author R.S. Belcher, comic creator Dan Delby, “Cemetary Dreams” author N.R. Allen, game designers Pure Steam, “Mr. Lazarus and Other Tales” author Paul Dellinger, prop maker & make-up artist Chris DeHart, comic author Chris Ward, filker White Plectrum, “Dragon’s Dove Chronicles” author Kim Headlee, furry artist Ashley Holohan, alt movie music maker Consortium 499, Bluefield State College Robotics Team, and paranormal investigators Black Diamond Paranormal Society.

Events for this year include discussion panels, Costume Call, music concert, electronic and board gaming, Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator, art show, vendors, film festival, anime screenings, a LARP with Strange Aeons, robosumo, and collectables auction for the Jonathan D. Miller and Daniel E. Craig Memorial Scholarships.

Admission is only $5 for both days.  BSC students, faculty, and staff get in free with a campus ID.  A snack bar will be available on site.

A small convention with lots of people with stories to tell you.

1d4Con 2016

1d4Con, the convention from the 1d4cast, is back this year from Friday April 15th at to Sunday April 17 at the Comfort Inn Aikens Center in Martinsburg.  Doors and registration start at noon on Friday and gaming starts at 2pm.

Games scheduled for this year include Car Wars, Firefly Board Game, Frostgrave, Malifaux, The Quiet Year, Mind’s Eye Theater LARPs, X-Files Board Game along with their game library.  RPGs for this are 13th Age, Call of Cthulhu, Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space, Dread, Dungeons & Dragons (Advanced 1st edition and 5th edition with D&D Adventure League and Greyhawk Reborn), Fate Core, Fantasy Age, GURPS, Lady Blackbird, Marvel Superheroes (Project: Crusaders rules), Gumshoe, Robotech: Shadow Chronicles, Savage Worlds, Shadowrun, Stars Wars (Age of Rebellion, Edge of Empire, and Saga Edition), and Werewolf: The Apocalypse.  Plus they have Play to Win board games of Between Two Cities and Viticulture.  They have special tournaments as well: 1d4Con Frag Championship, 1d4Con Munchkin Madness, and Warmachines Appalachian Cup Qualifier.

They will have panels for the first time.  They are Evil GMing, Designing Adventures for Fantasy RPGs, Costuming for LARPs, Diceless Tabletop Roleplaying, and Heroic Gaming 101.  They have a vendors room, open space for open gaming, movie screenings, and more.

Games of Charity Drive is 1d4Con’s special fundraiser for The Red Wagon Ministry.  Players, and GMs, can purchase tickets for $1 that they can use in certain games to gain special boons, such as re-rolls or bonuses to rolls.  They will also be holding a raffle (which they are calling an auction) with the winners being pulled on Saturday night.  Raffle tickets are $2 each.

Pre-registration is already closed, but at door registration is $35 for the weekend, $25 for two days, $15 for Saturday, and $10 for Friday or Sunday.  Children 10 and under get in free with an adult.

Looks like a nice fun con for gamers to play at.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CharCon Bonus Round – May the Fourth Roleplaying Weekend

CharCon is hosting an extra event focusing on role playing games called CharCon Bonus Round at the Days Inn Hotel in Flatwood on Saturday May 2nd to Sunday May 3rd.  There will be open gaming Friday night at the hotel too.  Things get started at 9am on Saturday and goes to 7pm on Sunday.  The theme is “May the Fourth Be With You.”

They have two guests for the con.  Christina Stiles is an award-winning RPG writer, editor, developer, and publisher.  She has worked on The Rogue Mage RPG, Midgard Tales, Daughters of Fury, and the upcoming Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Lycanthropes. She is working on Medusa’s Guide for Gamer Girls. Christina has worked for Atlas Games, Green Ronin Publishing, Kobold Press, Misfit Studios, Paizo Publishing, Troll Lord Games, and White Wolf Studios.  Also artist Michael Mayne.  He co-created the series Bonnie Lass by Red 5 Comics, has worked on Skullkickers, The Dreamer, and has worked as character designer for games Heroes of Newrth and Dragon Vita.

There will games of Star Wars Sparks RPG, Edge of the Empire, Pathfinder Society, Call of Cthulhu, Ponyfinder (My Little Pony version of Pathfinder), D&D 5th edition, Three Dragon Ante, Artems Spaceship Bridge Simulator, Dagohir LARP demos, indy RPGs, and more.  The Appalachian Gamers board game library will be available for open gaming.  A panel on Women in Gaming by Christina Stiles.  Vendors will be set up to check out as well.  There are reports of Nero demos, World of Darkness LARP, Shadowrun, more panels, and other games to come.

Registration is only $25 for the whole weekend.  Pre-reg ends on April 26th.

If you like RPGs or just want to learn come check this event out.  Also could just be a fun weekend to just hang out and party with fellow gamers.

1d4Con Rolls for Initiative

1d4Con was started by the 1d4cast in 2014 in Northern Virginia.  For their second year they needed more space and find it by moving the con into WV.  1d4Con from Friday April 17th to Sunday April 19th at the Comfort Inn Aikens Center in Martinsburg.  Registration starts at noon, Opening Ceremonies at 1pm, and games start at 2pm .

Scheduled RPGs include 13th Age, Advanced D&D, Call of Cthulhu, Double Cross, Dragon Age, Dread, Dungeon Crawl Classics, Fate, Feng Shui, GURPS, Whispering Road, Savage Worlds, Star Wars SAGA, Shadowrun, Marvel Heroic RPG, and Doctor Who RPG.  Other games include V:TM and W:TA LARPs; Buffy the Vampire Slayer board game, D&D Attack Wing, Heroclix, Star Wars Attack Wing, Bolt Action wargame, and tournaments for Steve Jackson’s Frag and Munchkin.  They will also have a game library with games to check out.

The con is running a Charity Drive called Games of Charity.  It works by buying tickets that give special boons to certain games you can play over the weekend (re-rolls, bonuses to rolls).  All proceeds will be given to The Red Wagon Ministry, a charity that helps low-income families with infant needs.  There will also be a charity raffle Saturday night.  Games of Charity tickets are $1 and the raffle tickets are $2.

Groups running games are Pathfinder Society, D&D Adventurers League, Greyhawk Reborn, Men in Black, and Martinsburg by Night,

Musician and podcaster Jonah Knight will be giving musical performances on each day.  Jonah performs paranormal folk, supernatural steampunk, and creepy Christmas songs.  The ghost hunting team Ghosts in SIGHT will be present for Q&A and autographs.  Blackstone Entertainment are premiering their newest RPG Mystos at the con.

Several vendors will be at the con selling games, books, gaming accessories, handmade items, and more.

Pre-registration is $30 for a weekend pass, $25 for a two pass, $15 for Saturday, and $10 for Friday or Sunday.  Pre-reg closes April 8th.  At door prices are $35 for weekend.

CharCon 2014

CharCon is October 24th to 26th at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston. Times are Friday from noon to midnight, Saturday 9am to midnight, and Sunday 9am to 7pm. The theme for this year is Superheros, so get your cape and fly on over.

Guests at the con are artists Larry Elmore (TSR, MtG), Sam Flegal (Alderac Entertainment Group, Fantasy Flight), and Bill Tackett (zombies and more).

Tournaments include Warhammer 40k, Warmachine High Command, the Premier Board Game Tournament, Pandemic Survival, Settlers of Catan, and Kings of War. I am sure there will be some more collectible game tournaments, but no info yet.

Non tournament gaming available is Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator, Pathfinder Society, Sparks Force 7 Star Wars RPG, Nero LARP from Nero SWV, Sailpower, Tech Commander, the board game library from Appalachian Gamers, Aerodrome, Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons, X-Wing, Battletech, Memoir ’44, Dystopian Wars, Wits and Wagers game show, and much much more. Sign up for games at the registration table to reserve a spot.

Non gaming events are the costume contests, adult on Saturday and kids on Sunday; the CharCon Raffle, Swap Meet/Trader’s Alley, vendors, artists, paint and take miniatures, CharCon After Dark with Harrah doing an acoustic set at a local bar, a light box will be available to photograph miniatures and memorabilia for free, and general hanging out with friends new and old.

Passes at the door are $40 for a weekend pass, $20 for Friday or Sunday pass, $25 for Saturday, children 12 and under get in $20 for the weekend or $10 per day, and visitor passes (may not play games) are $5 per day and can be upgraded to a full pass if you want. Con shirts will be available for $20 at the con.

This is the big event for fans of gaming, play old favorites and learn new ones to check out.

 

The Donnan Party: A Day of Beatings

The Donnan Party is an event held by The Shire of Ballachlagan of The Kingdom of the AEthelearc of The Society for Creative Anachronism.  The event will be on March 29 at the Warwood School in Wheeling going from 10am until site closing at 6pm.

For the first time a royal progress will be at the event with Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle, the prince and princess of AEthelearc attending.  The autocrats for the event are Ælric Ravenshaw and Lord Garreth Whytbull.

Events for the day include fencing, heavy weapon tournament, novelty archery shoots, thrown weapons range, Arts and Science display for trophies, Troll runs from 10am till noon.  Several merchants will be at the event selling different things, mostly looks like different types of outfits and accessories.  The main event looks like a hunting/fencing event called Wudewasa Crossing Tourney.  If I knew more about the SCA I might be able to describe it better.

Event cost is $18 for thos 18 and over, $4 for those between 6 to 17, and kids under 5 get in free.  A surcharge of $5 will be added to non-members. Lunch will be an extra $2.  Reservations can be made by e-mailing Lord Ælric. Those interesting selling merch should e-mail Merchant Liaison Lady Laroslava Ivanova.  If anyone has an idea for the after party, their usual place has closed down, let them know.

 

Rising Star 22

Rising Star is a sci-fi convention held on the campus of Bluefield State College in Bluefield.  It is a small and very relaxed style convention that covers many different fandoms.  This year’s event is on October 25th through the 26th.

Guests at this year’s con are Kim Headlee (Arthurian author), Ashley Holohan (furry artist), Mark and Amanda Davis (artists), Seth Banner (artist), Chris Impink and Barb Fischer (webcomic), Laura Lin (paranormal author), Dan Delby (comics), Paul Dellinger (UFO writer), Consortium 499 (musician), Pure Steam (steampunk gaming), the Bluefield State College Robotics Team, Strange AEON LARP, Black Diamond Paranormal Society, Sisters of Salem (paranormal group), Chris Dehart (make up artist), White Plectrum (filker), Abingdom Historical Combat, and the biggest start of all (read: full of flaming gas) myself.

Things to do and see at the con include an art show and auction, makeup demos, table top gaming, tournaments by Rare Hunters, dealers, art demos, video game tourneys by Game Stop, charity auction, dance party, fighting demos, LARPing, My Little Pony meetup, film fest, anime room, costume call, photo ops, music concerts, and various panels.  I will be holding a panel on “Nerd Music” and joining the panel on Doctor Who.    Food will be available on site for purchase.

Passes to the con are only $5. Students and staff of Bluefield State College get in free with a BSC ID.  This is something for fans who like small events and are more into events with substance instead of flashing events.