Complete (Tentative) Schedule

MisCon 27

Friday Registration (Miscellaneous)
Fri Noon - 7:50 PM, (Registration)
Pros and Guests:

Registration for MisCon Begins at Noon.

Merchant Room (Miscellaneous)
Fri Noon - 6:50 PM, (Merchants Room)
Pros and Guests:

Come buy cool stuff at MisCon's vendor room.

What's Good These Days? (Geek Discussion)
Fri 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: CthulhuBob Lovely
Moderator: CthulhuBob Lovely

Gather with the early Geeks and discuss what books you're reading, shows you're watching, games you're playing, etc.

Big Bang Theory! (Geek Discussion)
Fri 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Josh Aronoff, Tim Martin, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Thomas Thompson
Moderator: Tim Martin

Is "Big Bang Theory" geek-friendly or geek-bashing?

Developing a Robust Gaming Community (Gaming)
Fri 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Paizo Publishing , John Compton, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle)

How to build a friendly and self-sustaining community of RPG enthusiasts from the ground up, and an intro to the Pathfinder Society.

Friday Art Show (Art)
Fri 1:00 - 6:50 PM, (Art Room)
Pros and Guests:

The MisCon art show is a special event; every year we bring together the work of many successful and aspiring artists. These wonderful works are displayed, sold, and auctioned just during the wondrous time of MisCon.

Being a Published Author . . . (Writing)
Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Rhiannon Held, J.A. Pitts
Moderator: J.A. Pitts

Learn about some of the things no one told the panelists about being published. What surprised them, both positive and negative about their newfound status?

Friday Hospitality (Miscellaneous)
Fri 2:00 - 1:50 AM, (Hospitality)
Pros and Guests:

Come and get it!

Inside these doors you will find all manner of food and drink to satisfy your cravings after a long session in the gaming room, during a break between panels, or whatever else you may be planning at MisCon.

Chocobos, Sephiroth, and Airships Oh My! (Geek Discussion)
Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Amber Edwards (Death Starlet), Erik Evjen

What makes Final Fantasy so awesome? Come discuss Sephiroth, black mages, giant swords, and in the theme of resistance, Shinra. Where have the developers gone wrong and what have they done right? This panel still needs panelists.

I'm Never Setting Foot in a Tavern Again. (Gaming)
Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Paizo Publishing , John Compton, Justin Farrington, Marc Johnson, Ryan Macklin
Moderator: Marc Johnson

The journey of a 1,000 miles begins with a single session.

You only get one chance at beginnings, whether for an ongoing campaign or a convention one-shot. Discussion will focus on techniques for getting a game off and running, including tips on preparation, techniques and the judicious use and avoidance of cliches.

Raising Little Geeks (Kids' Activities)
Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Breakfast Nook)
Pros and Guests: Josh Aronoff, Tim Martin

Do you have kids? Are you raising them to love our genres? How? Come talk about it with people like you. Maybe make a tin foil hat or 2.

Meet the Artists (Art)
Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: Chuck Bordell, Rob Carlos, Theresa Mather, Nikki Rossignol, Jeff Sturgeon, Tiffany Toland-Scott, Robin Walker
Moderator: Rob Carlos

Here's your first opportunity to meet and hang out with some of MisCon 27's artists. You can talk art, ask questions, have a cup of coffee, whatever you want.

Mapping Your Fantasy World (Writing, Gaming)
Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Brenda Carre, Adam Daigle, John McDonald, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)
Moderator: Brenda Carre

Do rivers flow from mountains to the sea? Oh no! I need to put in a sea! Uh, should this desert be next to the rainforest? How do you create a realistic map of your world?

Creating Fictional Societies (Writing, Gaming)
Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Paizo Publishing , Carol Berg, David Boop, Dave Gross, Christie Meierz
Moderator: Carol Berg

What ingredients does a writer or game designer need to create a believable fictional society? How about creating multiple societies that clash, compete, or work together?

Elements of Intrigue in RPGs (Gaming)
Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Ryan Goble, John Goff, Rob McDonell (Illuminati Rob)
Moderator: John Goff

Are the PCs/NPCs in your game double agents? Triple Agents? Exponential Agents? Do they secretly aid the rebellion or seek to crush it?

This panel focuses on running RPG's with elements of espionage, betrayal, intrigue and secrecy.

Topics discussed will include:
* Handling conflicting character agendas - without player conflict.
*Convincingly portraying villains, victims, and villains who look like victims.
*Misdirection and Reveals: How to tell the players they weren't the good g

Q and A With Dragon and Chad (Fight Demo or Class)
Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Dragon Dronet, CthulhuBob Lovely, Chad Volpe (The Fin)
Moderator: CthulhuBob Lovely

Meet Hollywood special effects expert Dragon Dronet and martial artist/musician Chad Volpe and learn about some of the crazy things they've worked on, from movies, to television, to martial arts, and music.

Writers' Workshop Meet and Greet (Writing)
Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, S. A. Bolich, Larry Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Brenda Carre, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Deby Fredericks, James Glass, Rhiannon Held, Andrea Howe, J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Peter Wacks (pjwacks), Parris ja Young
Moderator: Justin Barba

Participants and Critiquing Authors get together to meet and discuss how the workshop works. They'll also discuss workshops in general, and how to take criticism. Even though he's not critiquing manuscripts, Jim Butcher will add his 2 cents. Open to anyone interested in the Writers' Workshop.

Convention Gaming 101 (Gaming)
Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Justin Farrington, John Goff, Marc Johnson

Gaming at cons is a whole different animal than rolling dice in your basement. Here's what you need to know.

Geek Safety (and Fun!) (Geek Discussion)
Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: Darla Hammond
Moderator: Darla Hammond

Learn how to stay safe at geek-related events (from dances, to room parties, to panels, to walking the hallways).

Light, Shading, and Perspective (Art)
Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Rob Carlos, Theresa Mather, Jeff Sturgeon, Tiffany Toland-Scott
Moderator: Rob Carlos

A perfectly executed subject is lifeless and uninteresting without the nuances of context. Our artists will discuss how to create a visual environment that brings a picture to life.

Physics of SciFi: Attack of the 50 Foot Monster (Video and Film Festival, Geek Discussion)
Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Hotel Lobby of Doom)
Pros and Guests: Bernard Finnigan

Giant Radioactive Ants? Apes Rampaging through New York? The Attack of the 50 foot Woman? Former Science Teacher (and current Nuclear Worker) Bernard Finnigan presents a couple of his educational Physics movies. This time is about the dangers (or not) of supersized monsters. Using clips from classic sci-fi movies, we'll answer the question if such creatures even physical possible, or if there's a simple rule of physics that makes them impossible before they even start.

Against All Odds (Geek Discussion)
Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Ben Donnelly, Manny Frishberg, Richard Pirtle (Turtle)
Moderator: Ben Donnelly

How have resistance movements been depicted in science fiction and fantasy? What sort of strategies and tactics have they used and how effective have they been? What sorts of tyranny have prompted these movements?

Belegrim Combat Demo (Fight Demo or Class)
Fri 4:00 - 5:50 PM, (The Tent)
Pros and Guests: Realm of Stygia

The Realm of Stugia will host a foam weapon combat demo with swords, archery, etc.

Coloring Time! (Kids' Activities)
Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Breakfast Nook)
Pros and Guests: Sarah Fleming-Lovely

Color in our Star Wars and Batman coloring books.

Monster Design (Gaming)
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: Paizo Publishing , Adam Daigle
Moderator: Adam Daigle

Learn the ins and outs of creating RPG monsters.

Party Orientation (Party!)
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Holly Frydenlund (DJ HAuLi)

This is a required meeting for anyone who is throwing a room party at MisCon. It should only last 15 minutes and will go over the rules and regulations your party must follow.

The Incarnations of Batman (Geek Discussion)
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: Josh Aronoff, Chuck Bordell, Jay Peters

Come discuss Batman in all his versions. Which Batman is the best? What parts of the legend came when? Favorite gadgets: Batmobile, grappling gun, Bat-Shark Repellent? Is Bruce Wayne the Batman, or could Dick Grayson do it?

Samurai Armor! (Crafts, Fight Demo or Class)
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Dragon Dronet, Chad Volpe (The Fin)
Moderator: Chad Volpe (The Fin)

Check out the new set of "real" samurai armor Chad just built. He'll talk about how he built it and makes it authentic. Oh, and Dragon Dronet will be there too.

Bug Out Bags 101 (Geek Discussion)
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch), Justin Farrington, Marc Johnson
Moderator: Marc Johnson

Zombie apocalypse coming your way? World financial collapse? Maybe just a natural disaster? Or is the "man" after you? If so, you need to bug out and bug out fast. Learn how to put together an ideal bug out bag and plan how to get away.

Science Verses Sci-Fi (Geek Discussion)
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Bernard Finnigan, James Glass, Steven Howe
Moderator: James Glass

A discussion of the ways Science Fiction (Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly, Alien, etc) has dropped the science from its fiction. Where has science fiction gotten it right, and where has it missed the mark?

Tin Foil Hats! (Kids' Activities)
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Breakfast Nook)
Pros and Guests: Sarah Fleming-Lovely

Protect yourself from mind control by making a tin foil hat.

Comics and Graphic Novels 101 (Comics, Geek Discussion)
Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Chuck Bordell, Tony Gregori, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)
Moderator: Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

How do you write, draw, and color comic books and graphic novels? How are they different from other types of fiction? Where do you start?

Walking Dead: Is It Actually Any Good? (Geek Discussion)
Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Ben Donnelly, Erik Evjen, Valerie Finnigan, Manny Frishberg

Everybody loves Walking Dead. Don't they? Despite silly characters who make dumb mistakes at nearly every turn (Rick for example), we still can't stop watching. Come discuss why Walking Dead is so great (or terrible).

Tour the Art Show! (Art)
Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (Hotel Lobby of Doom)
Pros and Guests: Rob Carlos

Tour the art show with artist Rob Carlos. Look at this year's art and get his perspective on what's happening in there. He'll also talk about how the art auction will work this year and get you primed to win the art you want. People will meet here then follow Rob to the Art Room.

Guerrilla Warfare in RPGS (Gaming)
Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Paizo Publishing , Ryan Goble, Ryan Macklin, Rob McDonell (Illuminati Rob)
Moderator: Rob McDonell (Illuminati Rob)

How do you GM a resistance-based game where the PCs must fight a guerilla campaign against established, entrenched bad guys? Can they sleep safely in the woods at night, sustain themselves by hunting and gathering, and gain the assistance of local farm folk? How do they build the requisite rag tag army? What about retribution against the peasants suspected of harboring them? How do they eventually kill the evil emperor and lift the people from oppression?

Oh, It's THAT Guy! (Video and Film Festival, Geek Discussion)
Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Tim Martin, Timothy Quill
Moderator: Tim Martin

Meet Timothy Quill, an actor who has appeared in many Hollywood films. He played the blacksmith in Army of Darkness, and has appeared in the Sam Raimi Spiderman movies and the tv show Paranormal among many others. Oh, and he grew up with Bruce Campbell. Come hear his stories.

Opening Ceremonies (Geek Discussion)
Fri 7:00 - 7:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Paizo Publishing , Justin Barba, Jim Butcher, John Compton, Adam Daigle, Dragon Dronet, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Dave Gross, CthulhuBob Lovely, Ryan Macklin, Theresa Mather
Moderator: CthulhuBob Lovely

Attend our opening ceremonies and watch CthulhuBob cry. Also find out what's happening at MisCon 27.

Film Festival: Horror (Video and Film Festival)
Fri 8:00 - 8:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Jon Caro
Moderator: Jon Caro

Come watch the horror entries for MisCon 27's Film Festival.

Authors, Readers, and Social Media (Writing)
Fri 8:00 - 8:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher, J.A. Pitts, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)
Moderator: C.J. Cherryh

Let's discuss social media. What can it do for writers? Readers? What do you expect from your favorite authors on social media? How do new writers learn the best ways to take advantage of social media? Will this trend continue or do you see something new coming along?

LARP: Friday Night Theater (Gaming)
Fri 8:00 - 11:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Greg Schneider

Details to follow, but Greg Schneider will run one of his traditional "Friday Night Theater" Live Action Role Playing Games (LARPS).

Filk Away! (Performing Arts)
Fri 9:00 - 11:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Tim Martin

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.

Eric the Excellent! (Performing Arts)
Fri 9:00 - 9:50 PM, (BBQ Area)
Pros and Guests: Eric the Excellent

Ladies and gentlemen, this is your chance to see the spectacle of a lifetime! Illusions, sword swallowing, fire eating, mentalism, and more! Behold, as Eric the Excellent and Sir James of Butte Magic risk their lives for your entertainment in this death-defying, jaw dropping, and plain ol' puzzling show of mythic proportions.

Sideshow? Hardly! Ladies and gentlemen, this is the main event.

RadCon's Room Party (Party!)
Fri 10:00 - 2:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests:

RadCon's room party!

SpoCon's Room Party (Party!)
Fri 10:00 - 2:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests:

SpoCon's Room Party.

MisCon's Room Party (Party!)
Fri 10:00 - 2:50 AM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Jon Caro

MisCon's Room Party

Wildfire! (Performing Arts)
Fri 10:00 - 11:50 PM, (BBQ Area)
Pros and Guests: Brooke Swenumson

Come be entertained by a live fire dancing performance with the Missoula local fire spinning group WildFire.

Medieval Armour Through the Ages (Fight Demo or Class)
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: Eric Slyter

Join Knights of Veritas for a panel and Q&A session on armour from the early middle ages through the renaissance. Explore the "hows" and "whys," including technology and cultural influences. A display of period antiquities will be included, as will a demo on how to put on late medieval armour.

Greatest Saturday Morning Cartoons (Geek Discussion, Video and Film Festival)
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Ben Donnelly, Bernard Finnigan
Moderator: Bernard Finnigan

"Ever think about why the best Saturday morning cartoons were all sci fi/fantasy based? Thundarr the Barbarian, Space Ghost, and more. Come relive and discuss your childhood sci fi memories of the 70's and 80's and why they stand up today. Lots of video!

Origami (Kids' Activities)
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (Breakfast Nook)
Pros and Guests: Amber Edwards (Death Starlet)

Learn to make traditional or geeked-out origami. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

Jim Butcher Book Signing (Writing)
Sat 10:00 - 11:50 AM, (Hotel Lobby of Doom)
Pros and Guests: Jim Butcher
Moderator: Justin Barba

Jim will sign books. This is a controlled event, and is limited to 3 items per person per trip through the long line. Jim will only personalize one item per person.

Alternative Medicine (Geek Discussion)
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Gail Glass

This is an opportunity to learn about various options for achieving and maintaining wellness.

Companion's Support Group (Geek Discussion)
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Jon Caro
Moderator: Jon Caro

Do you know the man called "The Doctor?" Is there a strange episode involving a blue box in your past? Seen a Sontaran? Fled from the Fendahl? Fed up with insane amounts of running? Come share your memories, theories and thoughts with an understanding group of Whovians.

Saturday Registration (Miscellaneous)
Sat 10:00 - 6:50 PM, (Registration)
Pros and Guests:

Registration open all day Saturday

Saturday Hospitality (Miscellaneous)
Sat 10:00 - 1:50 AM, (Hospitality)
Pros and Guests:

Come and get it!

Inside these doors you will find all manner of food and drink to satisfy your cravings after a long session in the gaming room, during a break between panels, or whatever else you may be planning at MisCon

Saturday Art Show (Art)
Sat 10:00 - 4:50 PM, (Art Room)
Pros and Guests:

The MisCon art show is a special event; every year we bring together the work of many successful and aspiring artists. These wonderful works are displayed, sold, and auctioned just during the wondrous time of MisCon.

Merchant Room (Miscellaneous)
Sat 10:00 - 6:50 PM, (Merchants Room)
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Bringing RPG Scenarios to Life (Gaming)
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Paizo Publishing , John Compton

Part 1 of a 4 session GM’s workshop. These four sessions will allow new GMs to ease into the role and also feel more comfortable overseeing a group of four to six players. This session will teach techniques for bringing your scenario to life and immersing your players in the story.

The Art of Theresa Mather (Art)
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Theresa Mather

Artist Guest of Honor Theresa Mather will give a slideshow presentation of her artwork. Learn a little about her influences and the techniques she uses in creating her art.

Writers' Workshop Great Hall (Writing)
Sat 11:00 - 12:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba, Carol Berg, S. A. Bolich, Larry Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Patricia Briggs, Brenda Carre, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Deby Fredericks, James Glass, Rhiannon Held, Andrea Howe, J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Peter Wacks (pjwacks), Parris ja Young
Moderator: Kendra Lisum

MisCon's World Famous Writers' Workshop. Submit your writing to us a month before MisCon, show up at the hotel, and meet with our professional critiquing authors and editors. They'll help improve your writing.

Reading: C.J. Cherryh (Writing)
Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: C.J. Cherryh

C. J. Cherryh will read an excerpt from one of her recent works.

Dragon Presents! (Geek Discussion, Costuming)
Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Dragon Dronet, Chad Volpe (The Fin)

Hollywood Special Effects Master Dragon Dronet will give a presentation on his huge body of work as well as what he's working on these days.

Mucho Mustachio (Kids' Activities)
Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (Breakfast Nook)
Pros and Guests: Amy Farrington

Calling all Resistance fighters! Create your own mustache for your disguise kit. All ages are welcome.

Intro to RPGs (Gaming)
Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Ryan Goble, Rob McDonell (Illuminati Rob), Greg Schneider
Moderator: Greg Schneider

What is a role-playing game and why would I want to play one? Come find out what you've been missing all this time.

Fantasy Weapons (Fight Demo or Class)
Sat 11:00 - 12:50 PM, (Creekside Green)
Pros and Guests: Gene Mealey, The SCA

Fantasy weapons - why they don't work and your useful alternatives. A lighthearted class on some of the unusual melee weapons found in SciFi and Fantasy and examples of functional historical weapons.

The Role of Art in Sci Fi (Art)
Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Tony Gregori, Jeff Sturgeon, Tiffany Toland-Scott, Robin Walker
Moderator: Tiffany Toland-Scott

This panel takes a look at the role of art in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. How are speculative fiction artists treated? Is there a danger of making sci fi art look too easy? How do sci fi art and sci fi artists compare to artists of different genres? Are they ill-used or well-treated? What does it take and mean to be a speculative fiction artist?

Black Powder Weapons (Geek Discussion)
Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Jim Kyle

Learn all you ever wanted to know about black powder weapons.

The Magic or Chemistry! (Kids' Activities, Performing Arts)
Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, (The Tent)
Pros and Guests: Amber Edwards (Death Starlet), Amy Farrington, Crystal Jones, Garon Smith (G Wiz)

ArchWizard G Wiz will dazzle everyone with his magical skills. Hey, wait a minute . . . isn't that guy a University of Montana chemistry professor? Have fun and learn all about cool chemical reactions.

Finger Loop Braiding (Crafts)
Sat Noon - 1:50 PM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: The SCA

Need a cord or braid to lace your bodice, tie on your sleeves or close your purse? Using loops of threads, your fingers can weave these narrow textiles in a technique which reached a high point in Medieval Europe between 1200 and 1600. Today you can use these braids as hair ties, shoelaces, and drawstrings. Class limit is 10. There is a $5.00 charge for a handout and materials.

Pathfinder: Ask Me Anything (Gaming)
Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Paizo Publishing , John Compton, Adam Daigle, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Dave Gross, Ryan Macklin

Ask the Paizo guys anything you ever wanted to know about Paizo, Pathfinder, rocket science, theology, plumbing repair, Fraggles, whatever. If people aren't bold enough to ask questions, they will just talk about Paizo/RPG stuff.

Tour the Art Show! (Art)
Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, (Hotel Lobby of Doom)
Pros and Guests: Tiffany Toland-Scott

Tour the art show with artist Tiffany Toland-Scott. Look at this year's art and get her perspective on what's happening in there. She'll also talk about how the art auction will work this year and get you primed to win the art you want. People will meet here then follow Tiffany to the Art Room.

Reading: Patrick Swenson (Writing)
Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: Patrick Swenson

Patrick will read from one of his recent works.

Waraji Rope Sandals (Crafts, Costuming)
Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Chad Volpe (The Fin)

Learn all about making traditional Japanese Waraji rope sandals like the Samurai wore.

Italian Dress (Costuming, Crafts)
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: The SCA

Learn about historical Italian clothing from the SCA's Bronwen.

Nuclear Rockets, Antimatter, and Warp Drives (Geek Discussion)
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Steven Howe
Moderator: Steven Howe

Spend an hour with Dr. Stephen Howe, Director of the Center for Space Nuclear Research and learn all about space propulsion technologies.

Reading: Jane Fancher (Writing)
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: Jane Fancher

Jane will be reading from one of her recent works.

Loaded Paradise: 50 Minutes with Ian Carruthers (Video and Film Festival)
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Hotel Lobby of Doom)
Pros and Guests: Jon Caro, Ian Carruthers
Moderator: Jon Caro

A screening of the fantastic short film "Loaded Paradise", followed by a discussion of its production and Q&A session with the Filmmaker.

Armoured Dueling (Fight Demo or Class)
Sat 1:00 - 3:50 PM, (The Tent)
Pros and Guests: Matt McAdoo, Eric Slyter

Join Veritas Swordplay Academy for a hands-on exploration of late medieval armoured dueling, drawn from period sources. Discover how the spear, sword and dagger were used historically against an armoured opponent. Open to all skill levels. Training weapons and fencing masks provided.

Giant Bubbles! (Kids' Activities)
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Creekside Green)
Pros and Guests: Amber Edwards (Death Starlet), Crystal Jones

Distract the enemy with giant bubbles! Create bubbles of all sizes. Take a turn with a giant bubble wand, use a plastic bubble wand, or make your own!

The Life of a Gaming Product (Gaming)
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Paizo Publishing , John Compton, Adam Daigle

Offering a view into the game publishing industry by following the production of several types of game products—a Pathfinder Society scenario, a 32 page softcover supplement, and a 328 page hardcover book—from inception to pitch to production to publication).

How Not to Ruin the World (Writing)
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Paizo Publishing , S. A. Bolich, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Dave Gross, Rhiannon Held
Moderator: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di)

Our panelists discuss world building--what works, and what doesn't. They'll share techniques for creating everything a good world needs: realistic and interesting cultures, evil empires, mermaids, sasquatches, cat people, and well, you get the idea.

Plot, Plot, Plot (Writing)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, Jim Butcher, J.A. Pitts, Patrick Swenson
Moderator: Carol Berg

What is plot? How is it different from storyline? How do you keep your writing moving fast? Our experts will share what they know.

Experiment: Static Electricity (Kids' Activities)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Breakfast Nook)
Pros and Guests: Sarah Fleming-Lovely, Crystal Jones

Static electricity. Does it do anything besides give you a shock? Here we will do some experiments to find out.

Shoot the Knight (Fight Demo or Class)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Creekside Green)
Pros and Guests: Realms of Avalon

Come experience the joy Dark Ages peasants felt by filling a knight full of arrows. (Ours are padded, by the way -- the arrows, not the knights.)

Flow Arts with WildFire (Performing Arts, Fight Demo or Class)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (BBQ Area)
Pros and Guests: Brooke Swenumson

Flow arts integrate artistic dance with prop manipulation to create a unique form of self expression. Please join us to learn the basics of hula hoop, poi, staff and sword. Practice props will be provided.

Counter-Tracking and Ambushes (Geek Discussion, Writing)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch)
Moderator: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch)

Are you being followed by enemy operatives? Sneak in here and learn how to throw them off your trail and lay ambushes. That'll teach them not to mess with the resistance!

Fake Wounds 101 (Costuming)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Laura Briggs

Learn how to create scars and other interesting wounds using liquid latex. You will leave this panel with a new scar.

Beer, Bread and Cheese (Crafts, Geek Discussion)
Sat 2:00 - 3:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: The SCA

A discussion of making beer, bread, and cheese from both historical and modern perspectives from the SCA's Judith.

Artists' Corner (Art)
Sat 2:00 - 4:50 PM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: Rob Carlos, Tony Gregori, Theresa Mather, Tiffany Toland-Scott

Hang out with some of MisCon's artists as they draw, paint, or play around with whatever catches their interest. Want to bring your own art materials and make your own stuff? Please do. Want to ask questions about anything art-related? Now is your chance. Just want to eat a sandwich and watch Rob Carlos draw some awesome dragons? Come have a seat. This is an informal hangout session--come and go as you like, or drop in for a few minutes between panels.

Reading: Joyce Reynolds Ward (Writing)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: Joyce Reynolds-Ward

Joyce will read from one of her recent works.

Experiment: Dominant Side Testing (Kids' Activities)
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Breakfast Nook)
Pros and Guests: Sarah Fleming-Lovely, Crystal Jones

Does your body have a dominant side? Do you use your right hand more than your left hand for activities? Do you have a dominant eye? With a few experiments you can find out the answers to these questions and more. All ages are welcome.

RPG Rules: Enabling Awesomeness, Restricting Abuse (Gaming)
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Paizo Publishing , John Compton

Part 2 of a 4 session GM’s workshop. GMs learn techniques for using the RPG system’s rules to balance game play so everyone has fun without abusing the system.

The Werewolf Panel (Writing)
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Larry Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Patricia Briggs, Rhiannon Held
Moderator: Patricia Briggs

Werewolves supposedly have wolf traits, but how do popular ones actually compare to real wolf behavior? Are we still stuck on "big bad wolf" myths rather than science and biology?

Dragon and Chad Combat Demo (Fight Demo or Class)
Sat 3:00 - 4:50 PM, (Creekside Green)
Pros and Guests: Dragon Dronet, Chad Volpe (The Fin)

Dragon and Chad will dazzle you with martial arts and swordsmanship.

The Panel that Dripped Blood (Geek Discussion)
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Jon Caro, Timothy Quill
Moderator: Jon Caro

A discussion of classic 60's Horror Cinema, focused on the Gothic Horror films of Hammer, Amicus Studios and American International's Corman-Poe cycle.

Topics include major films and film cycles, (in)famous actors and directors, differences from mainstream Hollywood horror and the lasting legacy and influence of these films.

The Dresden Files: a Discussion (Geek Discussion)
Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Beth Stoops
Moderator: Beth Stoops

An affectionate discussion/hint of roast of Jim Butcher's Dresden Series.

Tin Foil Hats! (Kids' Activities)
Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Breakfast Nook)
Pros and Guests: Sarah Fleming-Lovely

Make your own "tin" foil hat (they're actually made of aluminium foil) to protect yourself from any mind control that might be left over from the last few years. This is open to kids and adults as well, although kids must be supervised.

Private Eyes in Fiction and Real Life (Writing)
Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, Jim Butcher, John Goff, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)
Moderator: Jim Butcher

How do you put a little mystery in your fantasy and science fiction? In addition to discussing the fictional side of private eyes, John Goff, a private detective for 12 years, will bring some realism to the table.

Reading: Brenda Carre (Writing)
Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: Brenda Carre

Brenda will read from one of her recent works.

Belegrim Combat Demo (Fight Demo or Class)
Sat 4:00 - 5:50 PM, (BBQ Area)
Pros and Guests: Realm of Stygia

The Realm of Stygia will host a foam weapon combat demo with foam weapons from sword to bows and more.

Beginning Pewter Casting in Cuttlefish Bone (Crafts, Art)
Sat 5:00 - 6:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Gene Mealey, The SCA

Participants will carve a simple design in cuttlefish bone, and should bring simple carving tools-think small: dental pics, flat screwdriver tips, etc. Limited tools will be available. Attendees should have an idea of what they want to carve when they arrive. Designs should be the size of a quarter or smaller. The instructor will pour pewter into the molds and attendees will get to take their carving and a pewter casting home. $5 material cost. Limited to 10 attendees, age 16+.

Photoshoot! (Art, Performing Arts)
Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Josh Kyle

Want to show off your costume? Get your picture taken by MisCon's Photographer-in-Chief, Josh Kyle. There's no green screen this year, but we'll have a backdrop and lights set up, so your costume will jump off MisCon's Facebook page.

Incognito Garb: Medieval Garb For Daily Wear (Costuming)
Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Beth Stoops

After a long weekend in comfortable tunics and gowns, do you dread the inevitable return to modern fashion Monday morning? Do you yearn to have your full range of motion, all day every day, not just on select weekends? Why not make garb that can go to the office, the store, the library and even hiking instead of fruitlessly shopping for a comfortable, yet fashionable outfit. After a year of wearing modified Garb nearly full time, Beth has great insights to share with you about how to do this.

Coloring Time! (Kids' Activities)
Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Breakfast Nook)
Pros and Guests: Amber Edwards (Death Starlet)

It's coloring time! Come find a book and some crayons and color to your heart's content.

Reading: Larry Bonham (Writing)
Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: Larry Bonham

Larry will read from one of his recent works.

Viking Knit Chain (Crafts)
Sat 5:00 - 6:50 PM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: The SCA

Learn how to weave metal into bracelets and necklaces in the traditional Viking style. A $5.00 materials fee applies to this panel, and it's limited to 10 participants.

Working With Licensed Intellectual Properties (Gaming, Writing)
Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Paizo Publishing , David Boop, Jim Butcher, John Goff, Dave Gross, Ryan Macklin
Moderator: Ryan Macklin

A discussion of the issues and pitfalls of working with someone else’s property and dealing with fan expectations of said property.

Belly Dancing: Be Assimilated, Citizen (Performing Arts)
Sat 5:00 - 6:50 PM, (The Tent)
Pros and Guests: Ann Peters (Sparky), The Sultana Dancers

Brishen of the Sultana Dancers will teach a fun, beginner level, Egyptian styled choreography. We'll have loaner hip belts for those who want to try on belly dance and see if it's a good fit! According to our evil plan, participants should become fully assimilated into the belly dance world by the end of the class. And if he's not in another panel, Sparky will pull her drummer husband into the class and play the music live for the last part of the class; dancing to live drums is a treat

One Person's Freedom Fighter . . . (Geek Discussion)
Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Manny Frishberg, Cheryl Glenn, CthulhuBob Lovely, Joyce Reynolds-Ward
Moderator: CthulhuBob Lovely

Browncoats, Chechens, the Rebellion, Al Qaeda,the Wolverines, etc: "One person's freedom fighter is another person's terrorist."

What's the difference between terrorists and freedom fighters? Is there one? is it just a matter of perspective? Needs more panelists.

Learning the Game: Query Letters/Elevator Pitches (Writing)
Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: David Boop, James Glass, Rhiannon Held, J.A. Pitts, Patrick Swenson

It's the game we all have to learn: how to sell our books. Our esteemed panelists will talk about what it takes, how to do it, and all those little details they wish new authors knew.

Exploring the Red Planet (Geek Discussion)
Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Steven Howe

Nuclear Scientist Dr. Steven Howe, Director of the Center for Space Nuclear Research at the Idaho National Lab, discusses Mars exploration. You should see if he'll talk about working at Los Alamos while you have him cornered. Maybe he's been to Area 51?

Mental and Physical Health in the Community (Gaming)
Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Ryan Macklin

A discussion about gamers dealing with depression, anxiety, and physical ailments. Using personal experiences, we explore strategies to overcome it, including tapping into our communities.

Reading: John Dalmas (Writing)
Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: John Dalmas

John will read from one of his recent works. He will be accompanied by R2O2.

Ebooks: The Other Side of Publishing (Writing)
Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: M. H. Bonham (Maggie), C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher, Christie Meierz
Moderator: C.J. Cherryh

Do traditional books have a shelf life? Do ebooks? What about the business end of things: do authors get paid the same for an ebook as a traditional book? Are rights the same? What about audiobooks?

Writer: Oppress Thyself (Writing)
Sat 7:00 - 7:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Brenda Carre, Deby Fredericks, Manny Frishberg, Andrea Howe, Parris ja Young
Moderator: Andrea Howe

Get some advice on proofreading, editing, and cleaning up your stories. Learn to crush your exposition, oppress your repetition, and make your punctuation orderly and efficient.

Reading: Patricia Briggs (Writing)
Sat 7:00 - 7:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: Patricia Briggs

Patty will read from one of her recent works.

For Your Own Good (Geek Discussion)
Sat 7:00 - 7:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher, John McDonald, J.A. Pitts

How have tyrannical governments been depicted in science fiction and fantasy? Do they tend to be monarchies? Dictatorships? Theocracies? Are they truly malevolent? Are some actually attempting to be benevolent?

Costume Contest Prep/Rehearsal (Costuming)
Sat 7:00 - 7:50 PM, (Hotel Lobby of Doom)
Pros and Guests: Josh Kyle, Naomi Parrish, Lisa Williams
Moderator: Naomi Parrish

Meet here to get ready for the Costume Contest. From this, you will proceed into the Containment Room for the contest itself.

Background Art (Art)
Sat 7:00 - 7:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Chuck Bordell, Tony Gregori, Theresa Mather, Jeff Sturgeon
Moderator: Jeff Sturgeon

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?

The Future in 2000 AD and Beyond (Geek Discussion)
Sat 7:00 - 7:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Jon Caro
Moderator: Jon Caro

A look into the parallel world of British comic books.

Includes discussion of 2000 AD, Judge Dredd, Doctor Who adaptations and spin offs, Beano, Warrior, Marvelman and more!

Secret Origins of some of the most popular creators in American comics - Alan Moore, Warren Ellis, Grant Morrison and many other agents of the British Empire!

Costume Contest (Costuming, Performing Arts)
Sat 8:00 - 8:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Dragon Dronet, Gail Glass, Naomi Parrish, Chad Volpe (The Fin), Lisa Williams
Moderator: Lisa Williams

MisCon's Costume Contest! Participants will show off their costumes to our panel of judges and the audience.

Geek Bingo! (Resistance Edition) (Geek Discussion)
Sat 8:00 - 8:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Andrea Howe

Come play Geek Bingo hosted by the Seattle Browncoats. If you win, the Evil Overlords will keep their eye on you. If you lose, well, they'll still be watching. Have fun!

Erotic Comics and Pin-up Art (Art, Comics)
Sat 8:00 - 8:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Chuck Bordell

A discussion of erotic comics and pin-up art. What else is there to say?

Film Festival: Science Fiction (Video and Film Festival)
Sat 8:00 - 8:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Jon Caro
Moderator: Jon Caro

Come see the Science Fiction Films entered in MisCon 27's Film Festival.

Eric the Excellent! (Performing Arts)
Sat 9:00 - 9:50 PM, (BBQ Area)
Pros and Guests: Eric the Excellent

Ladies and gentlemen, this is your chance to see the spectacle of a lifetime! Illusions, sword swallowing, fire eating, mentalism, and more! Behold, as Eric the Excellent and Sir James of Butte Magic risk their lives for your entertainment in this death-defying, jaw dropping, and plain ol' puzzling show of mythic proportions.

Sideshow? Hardly! Ladies and gentlemen, this is the main event.

Saturday Night Dance Party (Party!)
Sat 10:00 - 2:50 AM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests:

Come have fun at the Saturday Night Dance Party. We'll have a DJ on hand. Fun will be had by all.

RadCon's Room Party (Party!)
Sat 10:00 - 2:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests:
Wildfire! (Performing Arts)
Sat 10:00 - 11:50 PM, (BBQ Area)
Pros and Guests: Brooke Swenumson

Come be entertained by a live fire dancing performance with the Missoula local fire spinning group WildFire.

Honey Badger Comedy Revival (Party!)
Sat 10:00 - 2:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests:

Independence, Individuality, Self Esteem, and Tolerance. These are the things the Honey Badger can teach us, and the lessons we hold dear. The First Montana Orthodox Church of the Honey Badger is holding a comedy-filled "church service" room party. Come join in the craziness. *Not an actual church . . . yet.

Anime Music Videos (Comics, Video and Film Festival)
Sat 10:00 - 11:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Ben Donnelly

The resistance won't be televised--it'll be animated. Join Ben for a whole slew of new and classic AMVs for laughs and fun until midnight. And there just might be ponies.

MisCon's Room Party (Party!)
Sat 10:00 - 2:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests:

MisCon's Room Party!

Resistance Costume Kit (Kids' Activities, Crafts)
Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (Breakfast Nook)
Pros and Guests: Amber Edwards (Death Starlet), Amy Farrington

Choose a side and create a Sheriff of Nottingham badge and vest or a Robin Hood hat. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

The Role of Religion in Science Fiction/Fantasy (Writing)
Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: David Boop, Deby Fredericks, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)
Moderator: Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

This Sunday morning we'll talk about religion's role in scifi/fantasy. Is it necessary? Can you write a society and not have religion? How do you make a religion? What do you research? Where do you begin? Join us to learn the ins and outs of religion in genre writing.

Dystopia/Utopia (Writing, Gaming)
Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), J.A. Pitts
Moderator: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di)

We've heard a lot lately about post-apocalyptic dystopia, but what about utopia? Could utopia ever truly exist? Could a story exist within a utopia? If so, how do you write about conflict in a world where conflict is minimized? Or IS that the conflict?

Sunday Registration (Miscellaneous)
Sun 10:00 - 5:50 PM, (Registration)
Pros and Guests:

Registration open all day Sunday

Sunday Hospitality (Miscellaneous)
Sun 10:00 - 1:50 AM, (Hospitality)
Pros and Guests:

Come and get it!

Inside these doors you will find all manner of food and drink to satisfy your cravings after a long session in the gaming room, during a break between panels, or whatever fun stuff you may do at MisCon.

Sunday Art Show (Art)
Sun 10:00 - 1:50 PM, (Art Room)
Pros and Guests:

The MisCon art show is a special event; every year we bring together the work of many successful and aspiring artists. These wonderful works are displayed, sold, and auctioned just during the wondrous time of MisCon.

The art show closes early on Sunday to prepare for the Art Auction.

Merchant Room (Miscellaneous)
Sun 10:00 - 6:50 PM, (Merchants Room)
Pros and Guests:
Oddball Mediums in Art (Art)
Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Theresa Mather, Nikki Rossignol, Jeff Sturgeon, Tiffany Toland-Scott
Moderator: Tiffany Toland-Scott

What are some advantages, disadvantages, and tricks for painting on different mediums? How does canvas differ from wood, cement, fabric, or pixels? What about painting with ketchup, coffee or other non-traditional liquids?

Medieval Peasant Revolts (Geek Discussion)
Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Realms of Avalon , Ben Donnelly, Ruth Frey
Moderator: Ruth Frey

"Sire, sire, the peasants are revolting!" "I know they are, but what about it?" It's an old joke, but when the feudal system in Europe began to break down - thanks to a number of factors, not the least of which was the Black Death - the common people did indeed challenge the established social order. Come find out about these Old Skool resistance movements!

Paladins: Lawful Good or Awful Good? (Gaming)
Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: John Compton, Justin Farrington, Ryan Goble, Marc Johnson
Moderator: Justin Farrington

Integrating Knights in Shining armor into your grim and gritty campaign world. Can they work well with rogues or unscrupulous party members? Where does the Paladin Archetype come from, anyway--what myth, legend and history inspired this noble pain in the butt?

Using Polearms (Fight Demo or Class)
Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (The Tent)
Pros and Guests: Matt McAdoo, Eric Slyter

Knights of Veritas will demonstrate the historical use of polearms.

Barbeque with Medieval Lawn Games, Fencing, Shooting the Knight!, and Fun! (Party!, Fight Demo or Class)
Sun 11:00 - 2:50 PM, (BBQ Area)
Pros and Guests: Realm of Stygia , Realms of Avalon , Dragon Dronet, CthulhuBob Lovely, The SCA, Chad Volpe (The Fin)

Join us in the Picnic Area for some BBQ and great entertainment, featuring medieval lawn games with the Realms of Avalon folks, SCA fun, Dragon and Chad's combat show, and Belegrim combat demos.

SCA Combat Demo (Fight Demo or Class)
Sun 11:00 - 1:50 PM, (The Tent)
Pros and Guests: Gene Mealey, The SCA

The SCA will entertain you with a combat demo. They will fight with swords and other melee weapons as well as demonstrate their skill with thrown weapons.

Puzzles (Kids' Activities, Art)
Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (Breakfast Nook)
Pros and Guests: Sarah Fleming-Lovely

If you like puzzles, then this panel is for you. We have all sorts of puzzles, from word searches to mazes, and even some sudoku! How many can you complete?

Snarking Up Your Characters (Writing)
Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, Jim Butcher, C.J. Cherryh, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di)
Moderator: Jim Butcher

Who would Malcolm Reynolds, Harry Dresden, and Tyrion Lannister be without their snark? Join us to learn what it means to be snarky, how to add snark to your characters, and how to write perfect one-liners.

Doctor Who Trivia Cup 2013 (Geek Discussion)
Sun 11:00 - 12:50 PM, (Hotel Lobby of Doom)
Pros and Guests: Jon Caro
Moderator: Jon Caro

A Doctor Who Trivia Cup, you say? Step out of your Tardis and come test your skills. Do you have what it takes to match trivia wits with other Whovians?

Silver Bullets: Can You Make Them at Home? (Geek Discussion, Crafts)
Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Mike Briggs, Patricia Briggs

Can you make your own silver bullets at home? Learn what it takes to make serviceable silver bullets. It's not an easy task.

Eric the Excellent! (Performing Arts)
Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (Creekside Green)
Pros and Guests: Eric the Excellent

Ladies and gentlemen, this is your chance to see the spectacle of a lifetime! Illusions, sword swallowing, fire eating, mentalism, and more! Behold, as Eric the Excellent and Sir James of Butte Magic risk their lives for your entertainment in this death-defying, jaw dropping, and plain ol' puzzling show of mythic proportions.

Sideshow? Hardly! Ladies and gentlemen, this is the main event.

Negative Press: Current Events in Nerdspace (Geek Discussion)
Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Beth Stoops, Tiffany Toland-Scott

A discussion of what's happening in geekdom today.

Reading: Rhiannon Held (Writing)
Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: Rhiannon Held

Rhiannon will read from one of her current works.

Writers' Workshop Wrap Up (Writing)
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba, Kendra Lisum

Writers' Workshop Participants Only. This is an opportunity for the Writers' Workshop participants to meet after the workshop and discuss each other's submissions and critiques without those nasty critiquing authors.

Intelligent Dinosaurs: Were They Here First? (Geek Discussion)
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Steven Howe

Were intelligent dinosaurs here before us? Come find out what Dr. Steven Howe, Director of the Center for Space Nuclear Research has to say on the subject.

Writing the Opposite Gender (Writing)
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher, J.A. Pitts
Moderator: Carol Berg

What do you do if you’re a female writing from a male’s perspective? Or the other way around? How do you make it convincing?

Reading: M.H. Bonham (Writing)
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: M. H. Bonham (Maggie)

M.H. Bonham will read from one of her current works.

Improvisational GMing Workshop (Gaming)
Sun Noon - 1:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Paizo Publishing , Ryan Macklin

Ryan Macklin will run a 2-hour, hands-on workshop on GMing techniques, based on the problems you’re dealing with today. He’ll help you find ways to address problems with preparation and adaptation, dealing with people at the table, and executing a smooth session. Get and keep your players hooked on your game while making your GMing easier with Ryan’s help.

Sock Puppets (Kids' Activities)
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, (Breakfast Nook)
Pros and Guests: Amy Farrington, Sarah Fleming-Lovely

Googly eyes, yarn hair, silly smiles...what's not to love about a sock puppet? What kind of sock puppet can you create?

Visual Clutter in Art (Art)
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Rob Carlos, Theresa Mather, Nikki Rossignol, Jeff Sturgeon
Moderator: Rob Carlos

How much background detail is too much and distracts the viewer? How do you make the secondary details enhance the subject of the piece rather than becoming the subject?

Building Foam Weapons/Armor (Fight Demo or Class, Crafts)
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: Realm of Stygia

Learn how to build foam weapons and armor for

System Verses Story (Gaming)
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Justin Farrington, Greg Schneider, Keith Seyffarth

The age old question comes to a head: which is more important in table top gaming, the game system, or the story you're trying to tell?

Aerith's 1st Birthday Party! (Party!)
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: Tim Martin

Aerith is the reason Tim was a blubbering mess last year at MisCon on Saturday. She's also the reason why Kris and Tasia couldn't make it to MisCon last year (Go figure... “Dad, I'm in labor, can't make it this year”... we've heard it all now from our kids). Join us in celebrating three generations of Geeks at MisCon. Rumor has it, there will be cupcakes for those that Aerith's big sister deems worthy of such adoration (be prepared to be quizzed on random subjects).

Tour the Art Show! (Art)
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Hotel Lobby of Doom)
Pros and Guests: Theresa Mather

Tour the art show with artist GoH Theresa Mather. Look at this year's art and get her perspective on what's happening in there. She'll also talk about how the art auction will work this year and get you primed to win the art you want. People will meet here then follow Theresa to the Art Room.

Reading: Jim Butcher (Writing)
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Jim Butcher

Jim will read from one of his recent works. *If the weather is nice, this panel will relocate to the BBQ Area*

So You Want to Cosplay? (Costuming)
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: J.K. Hinther (GinnyJones), Fiona Jallings (dreamingfifi), Erika Noble (Eekie)

Do you enjoy costuming? Have you ever wanted to dress up like a character at a convention but
have been uneasy about how to do it? Should you keep it true to the costume or do a realistic spin? How on earth do those gravity defying costumes stay in place? We will answer those questions and more!

Smash the Darth Vader Pinata! (Kids' Activities)
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Creekside Green)
Pros and Guests: Amber Edwards (Death Starlet), Amy Farrington
Moderator: Amy Farrington

Kids! Come try your hand at hitting the Darth Vader Pinatas (we have 5 of them). You never know what prizes are hidden inside.

Make & Take Steampunk Style Crafts (Crafts, Art)
Sun 2:00 - 3:50 PM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: Diane Keast (Sister Earth)

Come see a display of Steampunk style items & learn about “Making Steampunk Style Crafts.” Then make your own pendant or broach to take home. Learn a little about the Steampunk genre & get a peek into secret techniques for making patina items look vintage. The panel is free, but if you want to make an item, there is a $6.00 materials fee.

Map Making! (Kids' Activities)
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Breakfast Nook)
Pros and Guests: Brenda Carre, Amy Farrington

Come make a map and use invisible ink to write secret messages on it. This is open to all ages.

Gender Roles and Societal Change (Writing)
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Deby Fredericks, Manny Frishberg, Christie Meierz, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Parris ja Young
Moderator: Deby Fredericks

There is no question that literature and art reflect, influence, and often lead to change in societal norms. What roles does gender play in genre fiction? How has science fiction and fantasy reflected the changes in gender roles over the years? Has it influenced these changes?

Making Independent & Low Budget Films (Video and Film Festival)
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Jon Caro, Ian Carruthers, Taryn Hough, Timothy Quill
Moderator: Jon Caro

A discussion of making independent and low budget films with MisCon's film professionals.

Urban Camouflage for Storytellers (Geek Discussion, Writing)
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch), John Goff
Moderator: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch)

How should your protagonist blend into a crowd? How should she act to attract zero attention from her evil overlords? Come and find out how to vanish right before their very eyes.

Reading: Dave Gross (Writing)
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: Paizo Publishing , Dave Gross

Dave will read from one of his recent works.

Retro-Clones and Reprints (Gaming)
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Erik Evjen, Jay Peters
Moderator: Jay Peters

Think you can't have fun with games that are older than you? Stop being so uptight and learn to sling dice like its 1979. Hasbro has begun reprinting older edition material, and other companies have brought out entirely new games that claim to have an old school feel.

A discussion of retro-clones, open source versions of classic games that've spurred the creation of new modules and other material for classic games.

Belegrim Combat Demo (Fight Demo or Class)
Sun 2:00 - 4:50 PM, (Creekside Green)
Pros and Guests: Realm of Stygia

A foam weapon combat demo with swords, archery, and other weapons, put on by the local Belegrim foam combat group.

Mastering the Revision Process (Writing)
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Patricia Briggs, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Andrea Howe, Christie Meierz, Patrick Swenson
Moderator: Patricia Briggs

Learn revision techniques for both novels and short stories.

Invasion of the Paratroops! (Kids' Activities)
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Breakfast Nook)
Pros and Guests: Justin Farrington

The Resistance relies on the element of surprise to defeat their enemy. Create a parachute for an action figure and then see how far it will fly.

All About Texture (Art)
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Chuck Bordell, Tony Gregori, Theresa Mather, Jeff Sturgeon

How do you represent texture in your art, so dragon scales look scaly, monkyman’s fur looks like fur, and or that sleek space ship looks like metal?

Dresden Files Fan Film: Grave Watcher (Video and Film Festival, Geek Discussion)
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Bernard Finnigan

"A Disciple of Kemmler comes looking for Bob the Skull, and doesnt mind if Harry is alive or dead by the time its over. Harry's not going to take outright theft by a former owner, especially a black magic one, lying down. But he'd better beware, as Bob's loyalties belong to whoever touched him last..." This is a 14 minute DVD movie, Q & A session follows.

Ancestral DNA (Geek Discussion)
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher, Sierra Holt (DrEarlie DeMise)
Moderator: C.J. Cherryh

Learn everything you wanted to know about ancestral DNA. What are haplogroups, mitochondrial DNA, and other weird scientific things that deal with where we all came from.

Gming: The Science Behind the Art (Gaming)
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Paizo Publishing , John Compton

Part 3 of a 4 session GM’s workshop. Is GMing more science than art or more art than science? Learn how to manage the science behind the art of running games.

Reading: S. A. Bolich (Writing)
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: S. A. Bolich

Sue will read from one of her recent works.

Bells and Beats: Tribal Fusion (Performing Arts, Crafts)
Sun 3:00 - 4:50 PM, (The Tent)
Pros and Guests: J.K. Hinther (GinnyJones), Erika Noble (Eekie)

Dance can be used in a variety of ways to express yourself. Resisting the oppression, rising up, or even just showing your appreciation for a particular story, art, or theme. Join Rip Redrum and Pandora Bordeaux of Dark Moon Tribal for a tribal fusion bellydance panel that will break down and teach a piece of this nature. This is open to dancers of all levels. Our only request is to bring yourself some water, comfy clothes, and be ready to move.

Medieval Crossbows! (Fight Demo or Class)
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (BBQ Area)
Pros and Guests: Realms of Avalon , Ruth Frey, Matt McAdoo

Check out some medieval crossbows in action. Yes, we're going to fire crossbows.

Fun with Playdough (Kids' Activities)
Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Breakfast Nook)
Pros and Guests: Amber Edwards (Death Starlet), Sarah Fleming-Lovely

Come play with playdough. This is a supervised event, but a parent must accompany their child.

Reading: J.A. Pitts (Writing)
Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: J.A. Pitts

John will read from one of his recent works.

World of Yarncraft Year 3 (Crafts)
Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: Amy Farrington, Andrea Howe
Moderator: Amy Farrington

Have you ever gazed longingly at Dr. Who's scarf and thought, "I bet I could make one of those"? Or created a plushie beholder to keep you company at the game table? You're not the only one! Join your fellow geeky knitters and crocheters to discuss the crafty inspiration that our favorite geek pastimes provide. Feel free to bring your latest project and work as we talk. Show-and-tell is welcome and encouraged!

Writing Yourself Into (and Out of) Corners (Writing)
Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Jim Butcher, John Goff, Dave Gross
Moderator: Jim Butcher

"Jack scoured the alley for a brick, a broken piece of glass—anything he could use as a weapon. But the alley was as bare as his backside, which he now pressed against the wall blocking his escape. He'd have to remember to thank Pallermo for that little jape. The thug behind the wheel hit the gas..." In this panel we'll talk about how to write your character into a corner (literally, figuratively, emotionally), and how to get them back out again.

(Geek Discussion)
Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Fiona Jallings (dreamingfifi)

Learn how to write your name phonetically using the alphabet devised by Tolkien for the Elves, commonly called “Tengwar”. We’ll learn the terminology associated with Tengwar, and just how many vowels there are in English! Paper and markers will be provided.

Artist's Block (Art)
Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Rob Carlos, Theresa Mather, Jeff Sturgeon, Tiffany Toland-Scott
Moderator: Rob Carlos

Do you experience artist's block? When you do, how do you motivate yourself to create cool stuff? Is it about creating the perfect environment? Drinking the perfect cup of coffee? Complete silence? Do you watch a little Tony Robbins then get to it? What do you do?

When the Unexpected Strikes (Gaming)
Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Paizo Publishing , John Compton

The workshop concludes with the Deck of Many Situations, an exercise to help GMs focus on improving their improvisational technique while applying the lessons learned in the earlier lessons. Participants draw cards with difficult GMing situations and have a brief period to resolve the situation before time is called. Our expert GMs offer advice and techniques based on observation of your GMing style tailored to help you sharpen your skills.

Coloring Cool Stuff! (Kids' Activities)
Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Breakfast Nook)
Pros and Guests: Crystal Jones

Come color for a while! We have Star Wars and Batman coloring books. This is a supervised event, but a parent still must be present.

The Writing is on the Wall: The Future of Gaming (Gaming)
Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Adam Daigle, John Goff

Our crack team of professional game writers and editors talk about the future of the tabletop role-playing industry. What does the future hold?

Jim Butcher Q and A (Writing, Geek Discussion)
Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba, Jim Butcher
Moderator: Justin Barba

A question and answer session with Jim Butcher. If time permits, he will take moderated questions from the audience.

Art Auction Prep. (Art)
Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Heidi Carstens-Bennett, Keith Seyffarth

Art Auction Preparation. The room is closed as the Art Director and volunteers prepare for the MisCon Art Auction.

Reading: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Writing)
Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di)

Diana will read from one of her recent works.

Art Auction (Art)
Sun 6:00 - 8:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Heidi Carstens-Bennett, Sarah Fleming-Lovely, CthulhuBob Lovely, Keith Seyffarth

Come bid on your favorite piece from the Art Show. The auction will run until everything has gone up for bid, which could be really late. Like midnight.

What's New In Science (Geek Discussion)
Sun 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: James Glass

Fusion reactors? Hand transplants? Adamantium-laced bones? Flying cars? What's new in science this year? Come find out.

Breaking into Game Design (Gaming)
Sun 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Paizo Publishing , Adam Daigle

What does it take to take your skills to the professional level and break into game design? Find out from an industry professional.

Reading: Elizabeth Stoops (Writing)
Sun 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: Beth Stoops

Beth will read from one of her recent works.

Curry Potluck (Party!)
Sun 6:00 - 7:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Diane Keast (Sister Earth)

Yes oh yes, it's a potluck! Diane is bringing various curries. Please feel free to bring something yourself. It doesn't have to be a curry, but it should be moderately tasty.

Film Festival: Fantasy (Video and Film Festival)
Sun 6:00 - 7:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Jon Caro
Moderator: Jon Caro

Enjoy a Sunday evening viewing of the fantastic films of MisCon 27's International Short Film Festival.

Reading: Jim Glass (Writing)
Sun 7:00 - 7:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: James Glass

Jim will read from one of his latest works.

Whedonverse Trivia! (Geek Discussion)
Sun 7:00 - 7:50 PM, (Hotel Lobby of Doom)
Pros and Guests: Andrea Howe

Join the Seattle Browncoats for their patented Whedonverse Trivia Game (all things Buffy, Firefly, etc). You might even win a prize.

Dragon Presents! (Geek Discussion, Costuming)
Sun 8:00 - 8:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Dragon Dronet, Chad Volpe (The Fin)

Hollywood Special Effects master Dragon Dronet will give a presentation of his huge body of work. This includes some clips and behind-the-scenes pictures of some of the most memorable movie props/characters.

MisCon Room Party (Party!)
Sun 9:00 - 1:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests:

MisCon's Room Party!

Filk-o-Mania! (Party!)
Sun 9:00 - 11:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests:

Sing, drum, and have fun with INfilk.

Eric the Excellent! (Performing Arts)
Sun 9:00 - 9:50 PM, (BBQ Area)
Pros and Guests: Eric the Excellent

Ladies and gentlemen, this is your chance to see the spectacle of a lifetime! Illusions, sword swallowing, fire eating, mentalism, and more! Behold, as Eric the Excellent and Sir James of Butte Magic risk their lives for your entertainment in this death-defying, jaw dropping, and plain ol' puzzling show of mythic proportions.

Sideshow? Hardly! Ladies and gentlemen, this is the main event.

Monday Registration (Miscellaneous)
Mon 10:00 - 12:50 PM, (Registration)
Pros and Guests:

Registration open until 1:00pm on Monday

Monday Hospitality (Miscellaneous)
Mon 10:00 - 1:50 PM, (Hospitality)
Pros and Guests:

Come and get it!

Inside these doors you will find all manner of food and drink to satisfy your cravings after a long session in the gaming room, during a break between panels, or whatever else you may be planning at MisCon

Monday Art Show (Art)
Mon 10:00 - 12:50 PM, (Art Room)
Pros and Guests:

The MisCon art show is a special event; every year we bring together the work of many successful and aspiring artists. These wonderful works are displayed, sold, and auctioned just during the wondrous time of MisCon.

Only art that has not sold is available for sale on Monday. Art is only sold Monday at the direct sale price, if such is provided by the artist.

Merchant Room (Miscellaneous)
Mon 10:00 - 1:50 PM, (Merchants Room)
Pros and Guests:
Publishing Options Today (Writing)
Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: S. A. Bolich, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), James Glass, Patrick Swenson
Moderator: Patrick Swenson

A discussion of the many ways you can get your writing out there in this futuristic age we live in.

Jim Butcher Book Signing (Writing)
Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Jim Butcher
Moderator: Justin Barba

Jim Butcher's signing is moderated, and we will maintain a STRICT 3 item maximum per person--zero exceptions. In order to keep the line moving, Jim can only personalize one item per person per trip through the line.

Amusements and Diversions in the Age of Steam (Art, Geek Discussion)
Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Theresa Mather

This slideshow presentation is full of fairground art, particularly with an sf/fantasy twist, old fantasy fairground attractions, carousel art and some true Steampunk tales. Learn how these types of attractions integrated sf/fantasy themes and popularized the ideas of fantasy.

Medieval and Renaissance Magic (Geek Discussion)
Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Realms of Avalon , Ruth Frey

Magic is often a feature of Medieval-oid and Renaissance-ish fantasy worlds -- but what did our ancestors really think about magic and its practitioners? This panel provides an overview of Western European magical thought and traditions.

Electro-Cute: 50 Minutes with Taryn Hough (Video and Film Festival)
Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Jon Caro, Taryn Hough
Moderator: Jon Caro

A Screening of the Amazing "Electro-Cute", followed by a discussion of independent film-making, animation and a Q&A Session with filmmaker Taryn Hough.

Clothing of the Lewis and Clark Era (Costuming, Geek Discussion)
Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Jim Kyle

Everything you ever wanted to know about the frontier clothing Lewis Clark wore.

Finding Your Home in the Art World (Art)
Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Rob Carlos, Theresa Mather, Nikki Rossignol, Tiffany Toland-Scott

Book and game illustration, concept art, comics, theatre, merchandise licensing, and Etsy. Artists can chose any number of directions (and many more), but how do you find which is right for you? Do you have to? Can you do it all? How do you make money doing it?

Author Book Signing (Writing)
Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, S. A. Bolich, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), David Boop, Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Brenda Carre, C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Deby Fredericks, James Glass, Dave Gross, Rhiannon Held, J.A. Pitts, Timothy Quill, Patrick Swenson, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

All authors are invited. Jim Butcher's signing is moderated, and we will maintain a STRICT 3 item maximum per person--zero exceptions. In order to keep the line moving, Jim can only personalize one item per person per trip through the line.

Getting The Most Out Of Working With Editors (Gaming)
Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Adam Daigle, Ryan Macklin

Learn how to find an editor, establish a good rapport with them, and how to get the most out of that relationship. Lead by editors who are Industry Insider guests!

Gypsies In Fact and Fiction (Geek Discussion)
Mon Noon - 12:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba, April Douglas, Colin Douglas, Beth Stoops
Moderator: Beth Stoops

A discussion of this "free" people in both real life and fiction.

How to Write Freelance in the Gaming Industry (Gaming)
Mon Noon - 12:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Paizo Publishing , John Compton

How to get noticed, impress your developer, and earn additional contracts.

Dragon's Costume Methodology (Costuming, Crafts)
Mon Noon - 12:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Dragon Dronet, Chad Volpe (The Fin)

Latex, fiberglas, weird chemicals, and alien tech. Dragon will discuss the methods and products he uses to create some of the most recognizable movie costumes and props around.

David Boop Re-envisions the Old West (Writing, Geek Discussion)
Mon Noon - 12:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: David Boop
Moderator: David Boop

What is the "Weird West?" Come find out.

Veterans' Round Table (Geek Discussion)
Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch), CthulhuBob Lovely
Moderator: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch)

Are you a military veteran? If so, come hang out with other vets and talk about whatever you want. You're among family. This panel is only open to military veterans.

Sentence-by-Sentence (Writing)
Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Paizo Publishing , John Goff, Andrea Howe, Christie Meierz, J.A. Pitts

It’s easy to talk about writing as a whole, but what about when you’re actually in the trenches doing it? What are some tips, sentence-by-sentence, to keep in mind? How do you create a solid sentence? How do you chose the precise word? The perfect metaphor? The correct sentence structure? And, most importantly, how do you keep from falling into passive tense?

Film Festival: Awards and Best of Show (Video and Film Festival)
Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Jon Caro
Moderator: Jon Caro

Come see the highlights of MisCon 27's International Short Film Festival.

(Writing)
Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Jim Butcher, Dave Gross, Rhiannon Held, Patrick Swenson
Moderator: Jim Butcher

How do the pros beat writer’s block? They will share tips, tricks, and the best ways to cope with a writer's worst nightmare.

Writing Fight Scenes and Arguments (Writing, Fight Demo or Class)
Mon 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Containment Room)
Pros and Guests: Larry Bonham, Jim Butcher, Dragon Dronet, J.A. Pitts, Chad Volpe (The Fin)
Moderator: J.A. Pitts

We can talk about conflict until we’re blue in the face, but how do you write the details? Better yet, how do you know the right details? What’s the best way to write a sword fight? A fist fight? An everyday argument? You may have seen the fighting all weekend, now come learn how to translate that into words.

Closing Ceremonies (Geek Discussion)
Mon 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Paizo Publishing , Justin Barba, Jim Butcher, John Compton, Adam Daigle, Dragon Dronet, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), CthulhuBob Lovely, Ryan Macklin, Theresa Mather, Chad Volpe (The Fin)

Come see CthulhuBob cry for joy and catch a sneak peek at what’s in store for you next year at MisCon 28 May 2014.

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