Current Schedule for The Cave (Downstairs)
Friday Schedule for The Cave (Downstairs)
- Gaming Mishmash (Gaming)
Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Bob Davis, Justin Farrington, Ryan Goble, Kenneth Hite
You got Science Fiction in my Mythos! You got Humor in my Grimdark! Gamers love mashing up their favorite genres and games. Are there some that work better than others?
- Convention Gaming 101 (Gaming)
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Justin Farrington, CJ Ruby, Keith Seyffarth
Gaming at cons is a whole different animal than rolling dice in your basement. Here's what you need to know.
- Setting the Mood (Gaming)
Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Amy Farrington, John Goff, Sean O'Connor, Robert Thomson
Discuss techniques for creating atmosphere and setting the mood for your RPG.
- Filk Away! (Performing Arts)
Fri 9:00 - 11:50 PM
Pros and Guests:
Come try your hand at Filking! You don't have to participate, but you'll probably want to. What? What's filking? Its a sort of impromptu mishmash of folk or popular music with a science fiction/fantasy twist. Come see for yourself--it'll be fun.
Saturday Schedule for The Cave (Downstairs)
- Getting Back into Board Games (Gaming)
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Jonathan Crummett, Greg Schneider
You've gone past Monopoly, solved Clue, and blown past Candy Land. There are hundreds of great boardgames out there, but where should you start?
- GMing: Prep vs. Ad Libbing (Gaming)
Sat Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Ryan Goble, CthulhuBob Lovely, Greg Schneider, Lee Shinabery
Do you need to spend hours making maps, writing backstory, and fleshing out NPCs? Or can you just waltz in and "wing it" without a care in the world? Our panelists will discuss the pros and cons of each wildly different style, and give you tips on how to use both methods.
- What Makes a Fan? (Geek Discussion)
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Redeye Knight , John Dalmas, J.K. Hinther, William R. Warren
Everybody loves something. It might be a book, a tv show, a sports team, or any number of other things. Are geeks hardwired to like certain things?
- Background Art (Art)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Chuck Bordell, Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk, William R. Warren
How important are backgrounds in your art? How do you decide what the background is going to be?Colors or buildings or...? How do backgrounds enhance your art?
- D20 in A-Minor (Gaming)
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Amy Farrington, Marc Johnson, Rob McDonell, Connie Thomson
Can mood music really improve the effect of your game? Or is listening to Bela Lugosi's Dead for the thousandth time just a distraction? Our legion of doom discusses the finer points of music at the gametable with suggestions, and personal favorites.
- Presenting Your Art (Art)
Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Rob Carlos, Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk, Robin Walker
How you present your art can sometimes be just as important as the art itself. Join us for a discussion on how to cut basic to advanced mats, an overview of various packaging options, and how to make a portfolio so your art will be shown in the best light possible. (
- I Have Dice Older Than You. (Gaming)
Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Justin Farrington, John Goff, Keith Seyffarth, Lee Shinabery
Listen up, whippersnappers. I used to roll my dice up hill, barefoot and in the snow. For the older gamer, one who's been gaming for over twenty years, what is it like to game with the next generation. For the new guard, how intimidating is it when there are dice on the table older than you. What do we have in common, and what makes us grind our teeth?
- Burlesque; a detailed Herstory (Costuming)
Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Brandi Christiaens, Lacy Zee
From Lydia and her British Blonds to Dita Von Teese and everything in between, Vox Moxxi and Mamma Ry of the Cigarette Girls Burlesque will be your tour guides down the sequined halls of Burlesque history.
- Vampire Mythology (Writing)
Sat 7:00 - 7:50 PM
Pros and Guests: J.K. Hinther
For those who want to write a vampire story, but are tired of the current trends (sparkly vampires anyone? XD) and want to branch out. This panel will help you draw inspiration from various other cultural mythologies of the bloodsuckers.
Sunday Schedule for The Cave (Downstairs)
- Jumpin' the Tracks (Gaming)
Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Justin Farrington, John Goff, Kenneth Hite, Lee Shinabery
Everyone's had a game that went off the rails in wildly entertaining ways. Our panel of experts recount the worst trainwrecks in their gaming careers.
- Writers' Workshop Wrap Up (Writing)
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba
Writers' Workshop Participants Only. This is an opportunity for the submitters to the Writer's Workshop to meet after the workshop and discuss one another's submissions and critiques without those nasty critiquing authors.
- System vs. Story (Gaming)
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Bob Davis, Justin Farrington, Greg Schneider, Keith Seyffarth
The age old question comes to a head. Which is more important in table top gaming, the game's system, or the story you're trying to tell together?
- Alternative Costuming Materials (Costuming)
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Redeye Knight
Garbage, bit of this and that, stuff from Goodwill. Learn about the cool costumes you can create out of everyday stuff.
- Nature vs. Nurture: Alignments in RPGs (Gaming)
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Josh Aronoff, Justin Farrington, Rob McDonell
Do all Orc children grow up to be murderous barbarians? If you found a helpless pre-teen mindflayer in your dungeon, would you kill him on sight? Alignment, even the very idea of alignment, can be a game breaker. Does it still have a purpose in today's gaming climate?
- The Writing is on the Wall: The Future of Gaming (Gaming)
Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: John Goff, Kenneth Hite, Robert Thomson
Our crack team of professional game writers and editors talk about the future of the tabletop role-playing industry. What does the future hold?
- What's New In Science (Geek Discussion)
Sun 6:00 - 6:50 PM
Pros and Guests: James Glass
Fusion reactors? Brain implants? Adamantium-laced bones? Bionic cats? What's new in science this year? Come find out.
Sun 7:00 - 7:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Eldon Thompson
Has your story fizzled out or hit a wall before completion? There are common reasons for this, and they are easier to overcome than you might think. Come hear a few basic tips for getting your story back on track.
- Filk Away! (Performing Arts)
Sun 9:00 - 10:50 PM
Pros and Guests:
Come do a little filking. Most of the filking Sunday night will probably happen upstairs at Tim and Cheryl Martin's party since they are filking maniacs.