Current Schedule for Madison
Friday Schedule for Madison
- Amoral Magic (Gaming)
Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Kyle Elliott, John Goff
In most setting, magic is a given. Magic is good, or evil. But in Noir, magic can be a whole new animal for everyone at the gaming table (even the cat.) Experts on the topic will talk about introducing magic to a mundane setting, and using it to the best effect.
- Noir and the New Player (Gaming)
Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Josh Aronoff, Justin Farrington, John Goff
Players new to tabletop RPGs have their choice of about 3,700 settings. Coaxing them to the noir setting might prove a challenge when they are being enticed with magic, mechs, and starships. This is the definitive guide to bringing a new player into the best genre before they, oops, get addicted to DnD.
- Mythmakers in SciFi (Geek Discussion, Gaming)
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: David Boop, Guy Pace, Peter Wacks
Rayguns in the fifties, flying cars in the sixties, and aliens in the White House? How is retro science fiction reclaiming our “lost” past in order to make it more interesting? Are retro science fiction and steampunk parallel genres or has one developed as a result of the others’ increasing popularity?
Saturday Schedule for Madison
- Gods, Avatars, and Puny Mortals (Gaming)
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Josh Aronoff, Kyle Elliott, Chris Organ
Bringing religion to bear can add a new dimension to an old game or simply be an unexpected focus for the next campaign. But gods are nothing like mortal villains and heroes, and it pays to understand how to use deities to further action, plot and character development in roleplaying settings without losing their cosmic nature along the way.
- Archery Class: Historical Bows (Fight Demo or Class, Geek Discussion)
Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Realms of Avalon , Robert Chenoweth
A presentation on historical bows, including Viking and English longbows and the Japanese Yumi, as well as recurves including Mongolian and other horsebows. This is part 1 of 2. Part 2, on Sunday will be a live fire demonstration of these bows.
- The Joy of Noir RPGs (Gaming)
Sat Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Josh Aronoff, Kyle Elliott, Justin Farrington, John Goff
It's gritty, it's modern (with a twist), it borrows from all our favorite genres but yet stands apart with unique game play. Playing it like another game isn't going to work. Those who know it best will discuss how to get the most out of a noir setting.
- Dialect In Fiction (Writing)
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Fiona Jallings
A discussion of dialects, phrases, and stylizations that can lend credibility to characterizations in fiction, RPGs, LARPing, or impersonations.
- GMing for Different Player Styles (Gaming)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Kyle Elliott, Justin Farrington, Rob McDonell
Powergamer. Dungeoneer. Tactician. Thespian. Slayer. Bully. Despot. There are many different player types, and working them into a cohesive group can be tricky, especially if you want everyone to have fun. We’ll discuss how to manage different players types and make sure everyone gets their day in the sun and has fun.
- Ancient Burial Practices (Geek Discussion)
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Corey Ragsdale
A presentation on how our interpretations of burial practices from historic and prehistoric populations are influenced by cultural factors such as folklore as well as how, in some cases, folklore and mortuary archaeology overlap.
- Designing Comic Characters (Art, Comics)
Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Chuck Bordell, Tony Gregori, David Lewis Johnson, Jason Williams, John Wright
Learn how to design your own comic characters.
- Crystal Radios in Action (Geek Discussion, Crafts)
Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Pete Berg, Clay Cooper
Crystal radios, the earliest radio receivers, are a throwback to a bygone era. We'll demonstrate how they work and the principles behind them so you can make your own.
- The Hardboiled Knight . . . in Shining Armor? (Gaming)
Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Erik Evjen, John Goff, Brooke Stanley
In a pack of morally off-white good guys, there's always that one player who strides unerringly to the light and can't help themselves from playing the classic hero in even the grittiest setting. The GMs who can juggle everything talk about how to play off (and play with) this unexpected character in the noir setting.
Sunday Schedule for Madison
- Pistols For Two, Coffee For One (Geek Discussion)
Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Tod Glenn
A history of the practice of dueling in the western world as well as in literature and media. Some famous duels include the Mohun-Hamilton and Fournier-Sarloveze duels. This will cover the origins of dueling from early judicial combat to modern practice as well as conduct of the duel.
- Hurry up, the Weight is Killing Me (Gaming, Geek Discussion)
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Erik Evjen, Justin Farrington, Rob McDonell
Do we need to know how much weight a large sack can hold? Does it matter? When do rules hamper play? How much detail is required, and when does it inhibit the game for the players?
- Editing! (Writing)
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Andrea Howe, Tod McCoy, Brian Rathbone, Peter Wacks
When is something edited enough to be published? What edits are important, which can be disregarded, and how do you tell the difference? Learn about how to edit your book in order to make it publisher ready. We�ll also touch on the different types of editors and when to engage them.
- Metagaming: Is It Always Bad? (Gaming)
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Kyle Elliott, Justin Farrington, Frank Pruett
What is metagaming? Your lowly fighter doesn’t know trolls can’t regenerate fire damage, but you do. Do you have her hit it with greek fire instead of her sword? If so, that’s metagaming. Is that always bad? Can metagaming enhance your gaming experience?
- Clash of Titans: Horror Monsters and Science (Geek Discussion)
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: James Glass, Guy Pace, Corey Ragsdale, Brooke Stanley
Godzilla couldn’t have stood up on his own due to the effects of gravity. It’s doubtful that he could have even breathed. Scientists agree that there’s no way that a massive Decepticon can transform into something so tiny! At what point do fans finally balk at a blatant flaunting of nature’s laws? How can we avoid this in our own work?
- Horror Vs Urban Fantasy (Writing)
Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Steve Diamond, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Peter Orullian, J.A. Pitts
There’s a lot of shared blood between the two genres, especially as urban fantasy grows darker and darker. What are the major differences? Similarities? How do you know which you’re writing? What are some of the points you must hit to designate one versus the other?
- Drafting Your Own Ideas 201 (Costuming)
Sun 6:00 - 6:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Beth Stoops
Get some insights into drafting your own sewing patterns for props, toys, bags, and basic costuming pieces.
Monday Schedule for Madison
- Whirlygigs and Whatchamacallits (Writing)
Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Larry Bonham, David Boop, Andrea Howe, Bob Patten
How is technology used in stories? How can you, without a mechanical engineering degree, sound like you know what you're talking about? Are technological systems something you need to develop like you would a magic system? In this panel let's talk about all kinds of technology (contemporary, ancient, and steampunk, to name a few).
- Alternative Comics -- The 70s until Now (Geek Discussion)
Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Jason Benner, John Logan, Joyce Reynolds-Ward
Ever since the 70s there's been a strong alternative comic world populated with inclusive, varied characters such as The Checkered Demon, The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, and Honkytonk Sue. Find out about this fascinating industry, its colorful past and how to jump into exploring everything it has to offer.