Vandalia-Con 2017

Vandalia-Con is this Friday May 26th to Sunday May 28th at The Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg.  The proceeds from the con are donated to bring cancer prevention, screening, outreach, and education services to the women of West Virginia.

Guests for this are Jade Myers, Keynote speaker on Saturday on the Enable community Foundation and 3-D printing; young adult author E.G. Gaddess, novelist and game designer Mo Moeller, professional costume designer Rebeca Baygents, multi-talented Gandersnitch the Goblin, pirate Captain Lovelock, Vaudevilian/circus sideshow troupe Karnevil, author Travis I. Sivart, and Professor Bubblemaker’s Eclectic Entertainments.  Plus music acts of Appalachian folk rockers the Dead Flowers and steampunk opera Steam ~ or ~ The Specters of the Know Mill.

Most of the con’s events are on Saturday with Vandalia’s Got Talent variety show, Ministry of Silly Walks Olympics, Talk of the Tavern Podcast, and Late Night Stories with Mr. Cat.  Panels and classes on costume design, Victorian archeology, whip demo, creating a steampunk opera or card game, gothic horror, children’s crafting and science classes, and several other topics.  There are several Special Ticket Events on Saturday as well, each of these cost either an additional $10 or free for VIP pass holds; Captain’s Tea Party, Goblin Tea Party, Steampunk Storytime, Karnevil Sideshow, Professor Bubblemaker’s Flea Circus, and Professor Phinea’s Hypnotic Adventures.

There is a Maker’s Display and Competition on Saturday.  Bring in your work, set-up between 11am to 2pm, and fill out a card.  Judging will be at 3pm.  Entries are $5 per entry, no limit of entries.  Multiple prizes will be awarded.

Friday is the Pink Block Party, which is traditionally open to the public for free.  They will have the Regional Mountains of Hope WV State Cancer Coalition Meeting from 10am to 3pm, a screening of Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic starting at 3:30pm, plus two panels on creative collaboration and graveyard archeology.  The vending room will be open.  Then there will be a concert from 9pm to midnight with Professor Bubblemaker’s Bubble Ballet and performances from both Steam ~ or~ The Specters of the Knox Mill and the Dead Flowers.  The concert is $10 for those who have not purchased a weekend or VIP pass.

Now Sunday all they have on the schedule Quickdraw Charity Tournament.

Registration is $25 for a day pass, $20 for child’s day pass, $50 for the weekend, $40 for child’s weekend, and $100 for a VIP pass.  VIP gets you into all the special ticket events and a VIP room access on Saturday night.

Fans of steampunk, alternative history, makers, and the like will have a fun time at this con.  In fact I think this might be there best year yet.  They have a nice guest line-up, plenty of events (at least for Saturday), are focusing on all events on site instead of a bunch of off site events, and their pricing is flushed out better than before.

1d4con 2017

The 5th 1d4Con is Friday May 5th starting at noon through Sunday May 7th till 6pm at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg.  1d4con is a gaming convention started by 1d4cast.

They have a wide range of gaming at the convention.  Schedules boards game sessions for Doctor Who: Game of Time & Space, Firefly: The Board Game, and Car Wars Classic, Lords of Waterdeep, Ogre 6th Edition, among others, and tournaments of FRAG Gold Edition and Munchkin.   LARPS of Vampire: The Masquerade and Werewolf: The Apocalyspe both for Minds Eye Theatre.  Miniature games of Frostgrave, demos of Malifaux, and WarMachine/Hordes tournament and free play.  Roleplaying game sessions for Call of Cthulhu, Dungeons & Dragons Adventurer’s League, Lamentations of the Flame Princess, Dungeon World, Pathfinder Society, Shadowrun, Savage Worlds, Quiet Year, and several more.  Plus there is a board game library and two Artemis Bridge Simulators.  It seems there will also be movies shown, but I can not find hard info on it.

The charity for this year is The International Rescue Committee (IRC) you can give through the Games of Charity program and as part of their raffle.  The Games of Charity allow you buy special tickets for certain games which can be used for special boons like re-rolls or bonuses to dice rolls.  The raffle runs through Saturday night.  Games of Charity tickets are $1 each; the raffle tickets are $3 each.

Vendors at the event include Aroc Gaming, Imperiums Campaign Setting, Inkwell Ideas, Rantings of a Wandering Mind, Williams Books, and Your Hobby Place.

Registration at the door will be $35 for the weekend, $15 for Saturday, $10 for Friday or Sunday, and $20 for a two-day pass of Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun.  Snacks will also be sold at the bake center table.

Looks like a fun weekend of gaming for anyone who wants to go and play with fellow fans.

Causeacon

Causeacon will be at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center in Beckley from Friday April 28th to Sunday April 30th.

Causeacon is Beckley’s first ever Pop Culture convention, which includes all fandoms from anime, gaming, cosplay and whatever else they can get. All proceeds of the convention will benefit the Women’s Resource Center in Beckley WV.

Guests are Chad Lindberg, actor in Supernatural, Fast and the Furious, October Sky, and many more, plus he is a paranormal  investigator.  Singer and actor Jennifer Cihi who was the singing voice of Sailor Moon and on Nickelodeon’s Roundhouse.  Playwright and novelist Stafanie DeLeo.  Jeremy Ambler from the Walking Dead and other horror projects.  Bob Denver’s widow, and actor in her own right, Dreama Denver.  Liberty High School’s Rock Music Ensemble Groovus Phaticus and nerdy belly dance troupe Final Form Fusion,

Events include a Friday night Formal Cosplay Ball, Saturday night Galactic Rave, cosplay masquerade on Saturday, game shows Otaku Bingo and Finish the Lyrics: Disney Edition, anime screening room, an artist alley, Ghostbusters, panels, an Instagram contest, foam combat with Sleeping Samurai.  Fright Nights at Glade Springs will have a mini haunted house set up at the con to enjoy.  The Women’s resource Center is holding a book drive raffle for children and preteen’s book, the more books you give the room tickets you will get.

A video game room will be run by Rare Drops and have tournaments for Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart 8, Mortal Kombat X, Injustice, and Goldeneye.  Lost Legion Games & Comics will be hosting a board game room with demos scheduled all weekend and a board game library.  They will also be holding tournaments for Magic and Pokémon; Dragon’s Den will be holding a Yu-Gi-Oh tournament as well.  Dragon’s Den is also doing a Warhammer 40k demo.

The Vendor Room will have dealers with video games, comics, costumes, figurines, toys, posters, wall scrolls, manga, anime, hats, t-shirts, collectibles, trading cards, energy drinks, and more.

Tickets are $30 for the weekend, $15 for Friday or Saturday, and $25 for Saturday.  You can preregister or buy at the door.

Another mixed con of various fandoms all for a good cause.  Bunch of stuff for everyone to check out.

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.

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.

Over the Border: Highlands Here Con 2016

The second Highlanders Hero Con is this Saturday September 3rd at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center in Ashland, KY from 10am to 7pm.

ComicCon logo

Special guests at the event are Batman, Batgirl, and the Batmobile of Heroes 4 Higher; comic creators Beau Smith (Wynonna Earp, Guy Gardner) and Michael Mayne (Bonnie Lass, Heroes of Newerth); cosplayers Dave Endicott, Allicia Lewis, Sam Ash, and Bunny Bombshell as Queen Elsa; fantasy author Cammie Eicher, and animal handler Dr. Des Coveries along with his Wild Bunch.

There will a costume contest with Adult and Youth categories.  First place in each will win $100 cash and family membership to the Highlands Museum.  There will be a Wild Animal Show performance by Coveries.  There will also be panels on cosplay, writing fantasy novels, comics, and Heroes 4 Higher spreading their “be a hero” message.  The Goblin Traders will be running card tournaments starting at 11am and running throughout the day.  Volunteers from local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will be there doing arts and crafts activities with the kids.  The museum will be open to tour as well.

No info on vendors, but they do say the have some.  Though they are apparently still taking more if you want to sign-up.  There will be Mary’s Kitchen Catering out front of the museum selling food.  Fat Pattys in Ashland and Ruth’s Cupcakes & Luncheonette will offer patrons a 10% discount on food purchases on September 3 when they show their HeroCon wristbands.

You can get pre-sale tickets at the Center or at the door for $9 for adults, $5 for museum members, or $6 for children ten and under.  The museum will only be open for event admission.

Another little con with that looks a fun time with fellow fans, especially for kids.