Current Schedule for Upstairs 1 (Upstairs Programming 1)
Friday Schedule for Upstairs 1 (Upstairs Programming 1)
- Good Reviews, Bad Reviews (Writing)
Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: S. A. Bolich, Manny Frishberg, C.L Norman
How to Write a Good Review: Reader reviews can make or break a book, and they help move a book's visibility up on Amazon. You can help out your favorite author by writing one, but what should you say? What's fair and what's not? What's helpful and what's not? Come discover the difference between reader rage and honest feedback, and learn why even one-star reviews can be helpful to a writer.
- Meat Without Bones (Writing)
Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: M. H. Bonham, James Glass, Christie Meierz
Stories usually have a generalized structure that runs just underneath (Star Wars Episode 4 is a prime example of the Hero’s Journey). How do you make a story work on a mechanical basis without showing the machine?
- Crafting Foam Weapons and Armor (Fight Demo or Class)
Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Realm of Stygia
Learn how to create your own foam weapons and armor from the fighters of Realm of Stygia.
- Party Orientation (Party!)
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Holly Frydenlund
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.
- Filk Away! (Performing Arts)
Fri 9:00 - 1:50 AM
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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 Upstairs 1 (Upstairs Programming 1)
- IGRE Publishing Q and A (Gaming)
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Erik Evjen
Meet IGRE Publishing - the publishers of Sword Land RPG and the Songs of Ahrea manga.
Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Justin Farrington, CthulhuBob Lovely, Greg Schneider
There are many options available to the non-dramatic. Board games cover many concepts, genres, levels of complexity and some are abstract. Card games offer the same possibilities. What if you really want to play that cool role playing game but don’t have the nerve to be dramatic and all “in charactery?”
- Finger Loop Braiding (Crafts)
Sat Noon - 1:50 PM
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.
- Multi-Genre Scenario Creation (Gaming)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Marc Johnson, Greg Schneider
If you write one-shot scenarios for home and/or convention use, creating separate stories can take a lot of time. Learn how to use the same basic story flow for several genres, thereby making multiple scenarios at the same time, while avoiding running the same players through essentially the same game more than once.
- Realistically Surviving the Fall of Society (Geek Discussion)
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Marc Johnson, Matt McAdoo, Joyce Reynolds-Ward
What skills, gear, knowledge, and mindset does it take to survive various kinds of apocalypses? Do you just need a sheriff's hat and a Colt Python? A bug out bag and some jerky? A concrete fortress, a rain barrel, and some seeds?
- Zombie Biology For Storytellers (Geek Discussion)
Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Susanne Caro, Ruth Frey, Holly Frydenlund
Our panel of lady scientists (an immunologist, a molecular biologist, a biolab technician, and a parasitology enthusiast/limerick-ologist) will present realistic explanations for possible causes of zombies.
- How do Evil Societies Function? (Geek Discussion, Gaming)
Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Josh Aronoff, Dave Bara, Marc Johnson, Christie Meierz
An evil society can’t be just blood running in the streets and constant public flayings. How would they look and function? Monsters have children too, you know.
- Manga: Creating a Modern Epic (Comics, Art)
Sat 7:00 - 7:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Erik Evjen, Erica Pocklington
The creators of the manga "Songs of Ahrea" will discuss its origins and creation process, as well as how you can produce manga of your own.
- D20 Girls Room Party (Party!)
Sat 10:00 - 1:50 AM
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Sunday Schedule for Upstairs 1 (Upstairs Programming 1)
- Alignment in RPGs (Gaming)
Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Kyle Elliott, Justin Farrington
Even in systems without specific alignments, characters more complex than the “kill the goblins and take their golds” type generally have some sort of ethical bent. Good does not mean stupid, Evil is not as two dimensional as laughing maniacally while eating babies and Neutral is not “I don’t care.”
- Dance of Death: the Black Plague (Geek Discussion)
Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Realms of Avalon , Ruth Frey
The Black Death took a terrible toll on Europe through the middle ages and Renaissance, periodically wiping out large segments of the population. The repercussions of widespread disease and death ranged from practical changes in economic and political situations to more abstract changes in cultural mindsets and artistic expression. Reading historical accounts, it's no surprise many people caught up in plague outbreaks thought the Apocalypse was approaching -- or had already arrived!
- Business of Art (Art)
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Jean Carlos, Rob Carlos, David Lewis Johnson, Jeff Sturgeon
A discussion on how to manage your affairs and make money as a professional artist.
- Costuming: Getting Started (Costuming)
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Marlesa Crawford, Amber Edwards, Faith Emens-Pearson, Beth Stoops
Are you interested in getting into costuming, but not sure how to get started? Worried about keeping to a budget? Don’t want to (or can’t) sew? This panel will help you work through all these concerns and more.
- Creating PC Groups for Convention Scenarios (Gaming)
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Erik Evjen, Marc Johnson, Greg Schneider, Keith Seyffarth
As a GM, when you’re staying up until 4:00 AM making characters for the great American scenario, how do you balance strengths and weaknesses in the PCs and ensure there will be something relevant for all of them to do?
- Oh, I Wish I Was a Spaceman... (Geek Discussion)
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Jane Campbell, James Glass, Jeff Howe
Private spaceflight is no longer in the realm of fantasy. Commercial enterprises are competing for private and public dollars to rocket to the stars. What is out there, what progress is being made, and how can you be a part of it?
- Brave New World? (Geek Discussion)
Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Larry Bonham, Manny Frishberg, Kevin Noel Olson, Joyce Reynolds-Ward
Will the current trend in education towards less creativity, conformity and the focus on teaching test subject matter drive our society towards Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World or another type of totalitarian society?
- Cosplay Make-Up (Costuming)
Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Faith Emens-Pearson, J.K. Hinther
Mizz Mayhem and Ruby Riddle of Cheeky Geeky Vaudeville will help you complete your Cosplay look with make-up.
- Choosing Older Sewing Machines (Costuming)
Sun 6:00 - 6:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Beth Stoops
How to choose an old sewing machine that will be reliable, simple to use, and easy to fix.
- Importance of Art in RPG Design (Gaming, Art)
Sun 7:00 - 7:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Erik Evjen, Erica Pocklington
How much is a picture worth, especially when you put it in an RPG book? Our panelists will discus the importance of artwork in the RPG industry, from creative output to brand identity to marketing.
- Sir Reginald's Room Party (Party!)
Sun 10:00 - 1:50 AM
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