Current Schedule for Great Hall (Upstairs)
Friday Schedule for Great Hall (Upstairs)
- Connecting Emotionally with Characters (Writing)
Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Ann Gimpel, L.F. Patten, Shawn Speakman
Emotional connection to characters is paramount. The greatest plot in the world won't save your book if your readers care nothing for your characters. Creating that emotional connection can be difficult. In this panel we'll learn some tips and tricks for doing just that. In addition, we'll talk about your characters' emotions and how to best articulate those emotions in a way that will enhance your readers' connection.
- Meet the Artists (Art, Geek Discussion)
Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Durlyn Alexander, Chuck Bordell, Jean Carlos, Rob Carlos, Michael Greytak, Vandy Hall, Joe Harris, Todd Lockwood, John Picacio, Nikki Rossignol, Jeff Sturgeon, Darrell Sweet, Robin Walker
Here's your first opportunity to meet and hang out with MisCon 29's artists. You can talk art, ask questions, have a cup of coffee, whatever you want. Just come hang out.
- Writers' Workshop Meet and Greet (Writing)
Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Josie Beaudoin, Carol Berg, Larry Bonham, M. H. Bonham, Brenda Carre, Ann Gimpel, James Glass, Rhiannon Held, Andrea Howe, C.L Norman, J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Patrick Swenson
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. Open to anyone interested in the Writers' Workshop.
- Morality in RPGs (Gaming)
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Josh Aronoff, Kent Davis, John Goff, CthulhuBob Lovely
You killed an orc family camping in the woods. Who did you really kill? Scared creatures trying to provide for their families? An evil hunting party? What happens after the dead werewolf reverts to her human, 12-year-old self? Now how do you feel? Are you still so righteous and squeaky clean?
- Film Festival: Horror (Video and Film Festival)
Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM
Pros and Guests:
Thrills, Chills and Frights from faraway lands await those brave enough to attend the 1st half of MisCon 29's International Short Film Festival Horror Screening.
Film: Director Country
"Grieta En La Oscuridad" Xavi Rull Spain
"The Story of Lucky: Freedom Deal" J Rosette Cambodia
"Colera" Aritz Moreno Spain
Saturday Schedule for Great Hall (Upstairs)
- Time Travel Today: It's Not 1985 Anymore (Geek Discussion)
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Dave Bara, Manny Frishberg, Hugh S. Gregory
Looper vs. Predestination vs. 12 Monkeys. How does Science Fiction present time travel these days? Does the Delorean still need to hit 88 mph? Do you just need a cardboard box like Calvin and Hobbes? Or do you just need a little alien blood in the face like Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow?
- Telling Tall Tales (Geek Discussion)
Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Kyle Elliott, CthulhuBob Lovely, Shawn Speakman
In the Wasteland, you might not have paper and a pencil handy, but you can always tell a story. Come grab a spot around the campfire and hear a yarn or two. We'll discuss the nature of tall tales and will regale you with some whoppers.
- Building a Story With Costume (Costuming)
Sat Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Amanda Baldwin, Chris Blazer, Elizabeth Braak, Alix Shackelford
Bring your cosplay to life! How to give a sense of your character/background/history through your clothes and ornamentation and how to make the attitude match the look.
- Wasteland Society (Geek Discussion)
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: S. A. Bolich, John Dalmas, Joyce Reynolds-Ward
What types of societies might rise from the post-apocalyptic ashes? How would humanity behave? Who would survive? What type of government could emerge? How can you make yourself valuable or indispensable? Who would emerge on top? Democracy? Socialism? Autocracy?
- So You Want to Cosplay? (Costuming)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Cheeky Geeky Vaudeville , J.K. Hinther, Erika Noble
Back by popular demand, The Ladies of Cheeky Geeky Vaudeville are returning with their Beginning Cosplay panel where you will learn about getting started in Cosplay, the rules of respect, and avoiding Cosplay scammers.
- Mission to Mars (Geek Discussion)
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Mike Freed
Why is it important to visit Mars? Does Mars have water? Did life once exist on Mars and does it now? To answer these questions, NASA has sent satellites and rovers to Mars, and one day maybe people will visit! Learn what it takes for these difficult missions to succeed.
- Politics for Storytellers (Writing)
Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: S. A. Bolich, C.J. Cherryh, Peter Orullian, L.F. Patten
There's often talk of incorporating religions,magic, and history into your world, but what about politics? How do you design the politics of an entirely new world? How do you keep track of who's backstabbing whom? And, most importantly, how do you write about politics without becoming too political, at the risk of isolating readers?
- The Sun-Earth Connection (Geek Discussion)
Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Mike Freed
The Sun and the Earth are intimately linked by space weather. Discover what scientists have learned about how changes on the Sun trigger events on Earth, and how this impacts human exploration of space.
- Cosplay Encouragement 101 (Costuming)
Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Lauren En Kuldes, Joshua Parker
Come talk cosplay! This panel is a general history and motivational discussion of cosplay. Our panelists will discuss the many reasons to cosplay and what it means to them. It includes some testimonials from newer cosplayers and veterans.
- Film Festival: Science Fiction (Video and Film Festival)
Sat 8:00 - 8:50 PM
Pros and Guests:
Miscon's International Short Film Festival Sci-Fi Saturday Part 1 promises a film reel with "out of this world" content.
Film Director Country
Ghost Light PJ Germain USA
Odd One Out Christopher Rohde Canada
Hibernation Jon Mikel Caballero Spain
Sunday Schedule for Great Hall (Upstairs)
- Commercial Space Travel Challenges (Geek Discussion)
Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Hugh S. Gregory, Jeff Howe
Production problems, political interference, blow ups and new regulations, fuel costs, these are some of the problems facing commercial space travel. What does the next year look like for SpaceX, Boeing, Orbital Sciences, Sierra Nevada, Blue Origin and other entrants. Will you be able to buy a ticket to orbit, or Mars, in your lifetime?
- Tales From the Ass End of the World (Geek Discussion)
Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Ann Gimpel
I've wanted to go to Antarctica forever. When a trip fell into my lap, I had a whopping ten days to prepare. March is late in the year for Antarctica. Hideous weather, huge waves, hurricane force winds, but I adored it. Liked it so much, I spent the month of November there too. A very different trip, but I'm glad I went because I saw different things. Wildlife shifts with the seasons, and weather shifts when it wants to.
- Chernobyl 25 Years Later (Geek Discussion)
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Laurie Martin, William Self
Join William and Lulu for an informal presentation about 2 American expats’ life at Chernobyl 25 years after the disaster. Not the wasteland depicted in many programs/media outlets, the community of Slavutych, Ukraine is alive and well! They will share their experiences of living there for three years, including Lulu’s time working at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant as part of the New Safe Confinement project, as well as what they learned about the differences between American & Ukrainian culture.
- New Energy Sources (Geek Discussion)
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Clay Cooper, Josh Eamon, Hugh S. Gregory
Without basic infrastructure how do we power the emerging society? Would petroleum reserves remain our primary fuel source? Would humans finally have to invest in energy alternatives? Would we be relegated to candles, coal, and daylight?
- The Art of Veil Dancing (Performing Arts)
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Carscallen
Explore bellydance’s most classic prop, the veil! The veil is a lightweight, 2-1/2 to 3 yard piece of material which sculpts the air through the movement of the arms and body. In this workshop, you will learn a short single veil choreography after getting instruction in veil posture, carriage, technique, and movements. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing that won’t snag the practice veils provided. No experience is necessary for entrance into this oasis of fluidity in the Wasteland.
- Epilepsy 101 (Geek Discussion)
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Brooke Stanley
Sick of falling for the Falling Sickness? Unwanted neuronal depolarizations getting you down? Feed your Brain with this introduction to the anatomy, physiology and treatment of seizure activity.
- What's New In Science (Geek Discussion)
Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: C.J. Cherryh, James Glass, Hugh S. Gregory
Fusion reactors? Hand transplants? Adamantium-laced bones? Flying cars? What's new in science this year? Come find out.
- Film Festival: Fantasy (Video and Film Festival)
Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests:
MisCon 29's International Film Festival presents a Sunday Fantasia, with selection of films that present a magical view of the everyday world.
- Art Auction Prep. (Art)
Sun 6:00 - 6:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Keith Seyffarth, Bill Singletary
Art Auction Preparation. The room is closed as the Art Show Director and volunteers prepare for the Art Auction.
- Art Auction (Art)
Sun 7:00 - 9:50 PM
Pros and Guests: CthulhuBob Lovely, Keith Seyffarth, Bill Singletary
Come bid on your favorite piece from the Art Show. The auction will run for no more than 3 hours.
Monday Schedule for Great Hall (Upstairs)
- You Say "Wasteland", I Say "Grassland" (Geek Discussion)
Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Jason A. Holt, Sierra Holt
Sierra and Jason Holt live in the driest, coldest, saltiest corner of Montana. And it's beautiful!
Let's talk about why sagebrush steppe is perceived as a wasteland and take a closer look at grassland ecosystems. Through conversation and slides, we'll get a botanist's-eye-view of this treeless landscape.
- Movies as Inspiration (Gaming)
Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Kyle Elliott, Justin Farrington
What films do you get character and adventures ideas from ? Do you comb through them or find sudden inspiration? Do you “photocopy” them or extract characteristics?
- Build Better Characters (Gaming)
Mon Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: James Eckert, Justin Farrington, Marc Johnson
You’re running this scenario for the first time. Player X complains that his character had no motivation and she had a crappy experience at your table. Do you scrap/rework that PC before running the scenario again or risk keeping him/her as is and see how the next player feels? What's it take to build excellent characters?
Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: James Eckert, Kyle Elliott, CthulhuBob Lovely
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?