BGX

Beckley Gamin Expo Saturday July 20th and Sunday July 21st at the Beckley Raleigh County Convention Center in Beckley.  BGX is brought to you by the same people who do Causesacon.  All proceeds will be donated to charity as well.

Video game tournaments over the weekend start with Just Dance 3, Mario Kart Double Dash, Street Fighter II Turbo, Call of Duty: WWII, Splatoon, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and Time Crisis 3 on Saturday.  On Sunday they tournaments for Rocket League, Link’s Crossbow Training, Super Smash Bros Wii, Halo Reach, Mortal Kombat 11, Mario Kart 8, and Call of Duty: Black Ops II.  Arcade tournaments scheduled are Ms. Pacman and Galaga on Saturday; Dig Dug and Donkey Kong on Sunday.  Mobile gaming tournaments Saturday has Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon and on Sunday a Pokemon Go tournament.  For table-top games, on Saturday they have a Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon TCG tournament and on Sunday tournaments for Yu-Gi-Oh and Warhammer 40k.  There will be medals and prizes for the first three places for each tournament.

There will also be a number of different consoles set-up for free play.  Dragon’s Den and Fama’s Comics will have variety of game demos to check out.  Big Fun Amusements will have free play arcade machines and 1/6th scaled cabinets for sell.

Two day tickets are $25 while one day tickets are $20.  Children under five get in free.

​If you are a big gamer this is an event for you.  

 

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Free Comic Book Day 2019

Once again Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is upon us.  It will be this Saturday May 4th in comic shops all over the world.  I think.  I know at least in the US. A day to get some free comics, meet fellow fans, and check out local comic shops.

This year there are there 51 comics being offered, from various companies, various genres, and for various audiences.  The big two each have two comics they are offering. For Marvel they have an Avengers one and a Spider-Man one, DC has a mature one featuring Catwoman and one for the kids called Dear Justice League.  Other big companies have their offerings, pick up a comic from Valiant, Dark Horse (Stranger Things), Image (Deadly Class), or Boom Studios (Lumberjanes).  There are plenty of other comics from well know properties like Doctor Who, Disney Descendants, Pokemon, Riverdale, TMNT, Whedonverse, Bob’s Burgers, Captain Canuck, Casper, Cristiano Ronaldo Striker Force 7, Mechanika, Little Lulu, Minecraft, Incredibles 2, Robotech, Spawn, Star Wars, The Tick, and Vampirella.  Then there are comics from lesser know series to find.

Personally I am in for the samples for the manga.  This year’s selection includes comics about Kino’s Journey, Kodansha all ages sampler, My Hero Academia & Promised Neverland, and Street Fighter.

Get something you know and maybe something you don’t

Quick list of shops I have found that are participating this year are: Multiverse Comics in Parkersburg, Lost Legion Comics & Games The Vault in Vienna, Comic Paradise Plus in Morgantown and Fairmont, Four Horseman Comics and Gaming in Morgantown and Bridgeport, Jade Tiger Comics in Oak Hill, Lost Legion Comics & Games The Rifleman in South Charleston, and Comic World, Purple Earth Comics, and the Inner Geek all in Huntington.  Others maybe part of the event, so check with your local shop. Each might also be running special deals to take advantage of.

This is a day for everyone to get out and get some comics.

Oh and the 1989 Batman movie will be back in select theaters that day.

Old School Convention and AFSP Charity Game Day

Old School Convention this Saturday April 6th at the Pleasants County Middle School in Belmont starting from 10am to 5pm.  All proceeds from the con got to PCMS and other Pleasants County schools.

Vendors include stores like Multiverse Comics, C & K Comics, the N’Oasis, Classic Plastic Toy Store, Third Floor Comics, plus individual sellers selling new and vintage toys like Transformers, Funko Pops, action figures, horror items, video games, and art from JR Earls.

I have not seen anything about events at the event except a raffle.  There could a cosplay contest, panels, and gaming, but does not look like it.

A small a toy and collectibles show that if you are local and are not saving up to a bigger should might want to check out.

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The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is having a Charity Game Day at the Four Horsemen Comics and Gaming store in Bridgeport Saturday April 6th from noon to 9pm.

There will RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons, Savage Worlds, TORG, and more.  Several Magic: The Gathering tournaments, a Pokémon TCG tournament, and various board games to play all day.  Plus there will be raffle with plenty of prizes to win, drawing at around 8:30pm.

Seems like a fun day of gaming and helping out a great organization.

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.

Tsubasacon 2017

Tsubasacon is back this Friday October 13th through Sunday October 15th at the Big Sandy Superstore Area and Conference Center in Huntington.  This year’s theme is “Feudal Japan.”

Voice actor guests for this year are Leah Clark (Deadman Wonderland, Soul Eater), Kristen McGuire (Assassination Classroom, comic artist), Robert Axelrod (Power Rangers, Digimon), and Austin Tindle (Tokyo Ghoul, Attack on Titan).

Other guests are cosplay band Eien Strife, professional panelists Vitamin H Productions, The Carolina Manga Library, Japanese arcade machines from Tokyo Attack, foam weapon combat group Sleeping Samurai, game show host Greg Wicker, and pachinko machines from Pachinko Fever.

They will have all the standard anime con events: panels for learn and/or fun, cosplay contests, rave, artist alley, vendor room with a kinds of goods, cosplayers, autographs, game shows, masquerade ball, concerts, viewing rooms, guests Q&A, AMV League, maid café, and plenty of chances to meet fellow fans.  There will also be areas, tournaments, meet-ups, and more for video gaming, pachinko machines, mobile video and phone gaming, collectible card gaming, Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, Warhammer and other war miniature games, and a board game library from the Huntington Unplugged Gaming Society.

Convention Registration is $45 for a weekend badge, $30 for Friday only, $40 Saturday only, and $20 for Sunday only.  Children between 8-12 badges are $20 for the weekend.  Children under seven get in free.  They also have a gaming wristband that only that only allows you into the gaming area of the con for $35 for the weekend.  Single day gaming wristbands available too.

The con is great for fans of anime, cosplay, table-top and video gaming, and a bit of general nerdery.  It is I think the most varied and diverse cons in the state.  Though sometime loud, crowded, and full of young people having fun.  I am not a big fan of “fun.”

First Willcon

The first Williamson Pop Culture and Entertainment Convention, Willcon, takes place this Saturday August 26th at the Williamson Field House in Williamson from 10am to 6pm.  The event is put on by the Williamson Convention Visitor Bureau and meant to give the Tug Valley area an event to attract fans of all kind.

Their line-up of guests are Bram Stoker Award winning editor Michael Knost, writers Steven Paul Watson, Chris Estep; Old World Comics & Killers Serials; film makers Sal Lizard, Funtime Productions, the Green Goblin head from the movie Maximum Overdrive; cosplayers Noble Armory, Xehnis Cosplay; Jeremy Ambler, effects studio Hainted FX, band Black Coal Brass Quintet, Transformers Bumblebee replica, light saber combat Odd Todd’s Tournament of Champions, and comic creator Travis Tomblin.

They will have a special exhibit from the art departments from local high schools and others.  Plus several artists in attendance.  Their line up of vendors will be selling video games and consoles, gaming supplies, comic books, graphic novels, board and card games, RPGs, toys, action figures, POPS, art, plush, jewelry, crochet items and other nerdy crafts, steampunk apparel, totes, and more.

The will have laser tag from Autannaco Family Fun Center, two escape rooms from Adventure Games, face painting, panels on anime and Game of Thrones, Pokémon Scavenger Hunt, cosplay contest, light saber battle demo, photo studio, music performances, writer’s workshop, and more.  Table top gaming will be hosted by Play and Paint and include table game demos, gaming library, tournaments for Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Pokémon TCG.  Mario Kart 8 and Smash Bros tournaments by Rare Drops.

Admission is just $5 and free for kids under 10.

Another small event with a little bit of all kinds of fandoms for everyone to enjoy.

 

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.