Ben Donnelly

MisCon 29 Panel Volunteer

My name is Benjamin Donnelly, and this will be my 22nd time at Miscon.  I am currently an assistant professor of history at the University of Great Falls and Great Falls College-MSU, where I teach all kinds of historical subjects, mainly military history and including a course on anime and Japan.  I was born in Georgia, but I've lived in Montana most of my life, and it's home.  For the past decade or so, I've hosted the AMV Party at Miscon, as well as run the famous (or infamous) Destroy UM Battletech game.  I'm also a longtime member of the Sandbaggers Game Club in Great Falls, and part of the ConCom for the Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous, as well as an avid--though amateur--cosplayer.

My name is Benjamin Donnelly, and this will be my 22nd time at Miscon. I am currently an assistant professor of history at the University of Great Falls and Great Falls College-MSU, where I teach all kinds of historical subjects, mainly military history and including a course on anime and Japan. I was born in Georgia, but I've lived in Montana most of my life, and it's home. For the past decade or so, I've hosted the AMV Party at Miscon, as well as run the famous (or infamous) Destroy UM Battletech game. I'm also a longtime member of the Sandbaggers Game Club in Great Falls, and part of the ConCom for the Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous, as well as an avid--though amateur--cosplayer.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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(Tentative)

  • panel Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Pop Culture Perversion: Superheroes, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Panelists: Ben Donnelly, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), John Logan, Joyce Reynolds-Ward

    How have superheroes been perverted by pop culture? Or are they just the same as they always were? Come fight the good fight and talk superheroes.

  • Break Fri 4:50 - Sat Noon
  • game Sat Noon - 3:50 PM, Steal This 'Mech, Table: 4 Room: Ruby's 160 (160)
    GM(s): Ben Donnelly

    It weighs 100 tons. It is armed with more firepower than a World War II armored division. It is covered with nineteen tons of diamond-
    impregnated steel. It is the culmination of 3000 years of warfare. Your job: steal it.

  • game Sat 4:00 - 7:50 PM, Destroy Everything, Table: 4 Room: Ruby's 160 (160)
    GM(s): Ben Donnelly

    What do Alucard, Harley Quinn, Tyrion Lannister, and Twilight Sparkle have in common? They're all in this game, they all pilot BattleMechs
    in this game...and you get to kill them! This time, Alpha Strike rules are in effect, meaning that the Destroy scenario is the biggest and baddest it's ever been!

  • Break Sat 7:50 - Sun 1:00
  • panel Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, The Pony Show, Upstairs Programming 2 (260)
    Panelists: Ben Donnelly, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle)

    So what is this My Little Pony everyone's talking about? Why do grown adults like a show aimed at tween girls? And why has it become a cultural phenomenon? Come here to discuss the show, the bronies, and anything related to it. Fans and non-fans encouraged!

  • Break Sun 1:50 - Sun 4:00
  • panel Sun 4:00 - 6:50 PM, Gaming Trivial Pursuit, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Panelists: Ben Donnelly

    Do you remember THAC0? Do you know who Naga the White Serpent is? Prove it. We'll put together 5 teams and compete to see who knows their gaming trivia.

  • Break Sun 6:50 - Sun 10:00
  • panel Sun 10:00 - 11:50 PM, Anime Music Videos, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Panelists: Ben Donnelly

    By the old anime and the new, it's the 11th anniversary of MisCon's Anime Music Video Party! Come up and see what wild and weird stuff Ben has on tap for this year. Laugh at Gendo's audition, cry at the Miyazaki tribute, hurl at the Trotting Dead.


Note: Guest and pro biographical information may have been updated since MisCon 29.


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