Current Schedule for Upstairs 4 (Upstairs Programming 4)
Friday Schedule for Upstairs 4 (Upstairs Programming 4)
- In a Hole in the Ground, There Lived a . . . (Geek Discussion, Writing)
Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Josh Aronoff, Ben Donnelly
How do the Hobbit and LotR hold up against modern epic fantasies? And in what ways did LotR pave the way for the fantasy genre to grow and thrive? Were the Hobbit movies any good? Why or why not? Did you also hate that white orc?
- The Place for Modules (Gaming)
Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Justin Farrington, Marc Johnson, Keith Seyffarth
Should a GM run published modules? Should they modify modules for their own campaigns? Are they a good starting place for new GMs? What do you need to do to run a module well and provide a good playing experience for your players?
- Better Lairs and Abattoirs (Gaming)
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Kyle Elliott, Ryan Goble, John Goff
How do villains find their secret lairs? Do they decorate? What makes a good or bad location for the “Fortress of Doom, Villainy and Generally Despicable Activity?”
- SpoCon's Room Party (Party!)
Fri 10:00 - 1:50 AM
Pros and Guests:
SpoCon's Room Party.
Saturday Schedule for Upstairs 4 (Upstairs Programming 4)
- The Glass Is Half Full...Or Is It? (Geek Discussion)
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Dave Bara, Rob Carlos, Manny Frishberg, John Goff
A discussion of optimism, pessimism, and realism. What are the pros and cons? Can Pessimistic heroes win the day? Our panelists will look at fictional examples such as the Lannisters, Luke Skywalker, Eddard Stark, and Captain Mal Reynolds.
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- Thinking During the Apocalypse (Geek Discussion)
Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Josh Aronoff, Ruth Frey, Ann Gimpel
How do people/societies handle losing everything when disasters happen? To what length will they go in order to reclaim their lives? Are stories like Walking Dead accurate?
Sat Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Jean Carlos, Marlesa Crawford, Faith Emens-Pearson, Erica Pocklington, Beth Stoops
How do you find and organize (create?) space for your creative obsession in your home (or garage, back yard, bat cave, whatever)? Our panelists will share how they do it, and time permitting, you can too.
- An Insider's Take on Video Games (Geek Discussion)
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Douglas Herring
Listen to veteran video game designer and Microsoft Art Director Doug Herring talk about the good old days of Sierra adventure games (through things like Close Combat and Age of Empires to the first X-Box launch and Fable). And get his opinions on game development in general.
- Cross-Play (Costuming)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: J.K. Hinther, Erika Noble
In this panel the Ladies (or is that Gentlemen?) of Cheeky Geeky Vaudeville will talk about gender bending and Cosplaying as the opposite gender.
- Making Mead (Crafts)
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Judy Chapman, The SCA
Learn everything you ever wanted to know about making mead.
- So You Want to Cosplay? (Costuming)
Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Faith Emens-Pearson, J.K. Hinther, Erika Noble
The Ladies of Cheeky Geeky Vaudeville will teach getting started in Cosplay, rules of respect, and avoiding Cosplay scammers.
- Viking Knit (Crafts)
Sat 5:00 - 6:50 PM
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. Unlimited observers.
- Stone and Crystal Healing (Geek Discussion)
Sat 7:00 - 7:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Gail Glass
A group discussion of stone and crystal healing. All healers and interested persons welcome.
- SpoCon's Room Party (Party!)
Sat 10:00 - 1:50 AM
Pros and Guests:
Sunday Schedule for Upstairs 4 (Upstairs Programming 4)
- GMing Outside the Box (Gaming)
Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Josh Aronoff, Keith Seyffarth
An introduction to alternate GMing techniques and improvisational skills.
- Writers' Workshop Wrap Up (Writing)
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: 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.
- Master of the Comic Universe? (Geek Discussion)
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Chuck Bordell, Leila Del Duca, Douglas Herring
Who is the master of the comic universe? Marvel? DC? Image? Does it even matter? A discussion that aims to discover which one (if either) is the best. Or the worst. Or whatever. Let's just talk about comics.
- Corsets in Cosplay (Costuming)
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: J.K. Hinther
Ruby Riddle of Cheeky Geeky Vaudeville will talk about using corsetry in Cosplay as well as how to adapt costume designs to fit your needs.
- Comic Production 101 (Comics, Art)
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Chuck Bordell, Leila Del Duca, Theo Ellsworth, Tony Gregori, David Lewis Johnson
Our team of comic industry professionals will discuss comics, covering everything from breaking in to production, to checking out the local scene.
- What's New In Science (Geek Discussion)
Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Jane Campbell, C.J. Cherryh, James Glass
Fusion reactors? Hand transplants? Adamantium-laced bones? Flying cars? What's new in science this year? Come find out.
- The Math of RPG-ing (Gaming)
Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Josh Aronoff, Ryan Goble, John Goff
How or should you contemplate statistical analysis of the “numbers game” behind the role playing game? Should encounters be gauged to be “winnable?” Do you need to concern yourself with capacities for damage dealing versus damage endurance?
- Beating Writer's/Artist's/Creator's Block (Geek Discussion)
Sun 6:00 - 6:50 PM
Pros and Guests: M. H. Bonham, Douglas Herring, Vicki Mitchell, C.L Norman, Robin Walker
Do you experience writer's block? Or 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?
- Filk-o-Mania! (Party!)
Sun 9:00 - 1:50 AM
Pros and Guests:
Sing, drum, and have fun with INfilk.
Monday Schedule for Upstairs 4 (Upstairs Programming 4)
- What Motivates Cultists? (Gaming)
Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Justin Farrington, Ryan Goble, CthulhuBob Lovely
You’ve spent the better part of your life deciphering encoded Latin and sacrificing hobos to gather the energies to summon your god Ygthakthaksoo. The time is nigh! The stars are right! Soon you will call forth Ygthakthaksoo, He/She/It of a thousand eyes and randomly forming mouths for the devouring of human flesh! Uh, why? Don’t you think maybe you and the Ygthakthaksoo club might make a target rich environment?
- Encouraging Role-playing in Games (Gaming)
Mon Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Justin Farrington, John Goff, Rob McDonell
How to get your players to embrace role-playing and avoid meta game thinking.
Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Ryan Goble, CthulhuBob Lovely, Rob McDonell
What expectations and agreements are there at the game table? Should the GM poll the players before a campaign regarding what sort of game they want? How realistic should combat be? How hard should it be to leap a chasm? What about character death?