Ben Donnelly

MisCon 31 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:

Key: panel=On a Panel moderator=Moderating game=GMing

(Tentative)

  • panel Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Convention Gaming 101, Madison
    Panelists: Josh Aronoff, Brian Campbell, Ben Donnelly

    For players and GMs both, gaming at cons is a whole different animal than rolling dice in your basement. Here's what you need to know.

  • Break Fri 3:50 - Sat Noon
  • game Sat Noon - 5:50 PM, Battletech Royal Rumble, Tables: 6, 7, 8 Room: Ballroom A
    GM(s): Ben Donnelly

    The Solaris Belt is up for grabs, and 30 MechWarriors will compete to get it! There’s only two problems: only one can win, and everyone’s in light ‘Mechs. Prepare for the return of the legendary Light ‘Mech Melee!
    This scenario uses Classic Battletech rules--with a twist. Let’s just say that, in the year 3072, the Undertaker…isn’t retired.

  • Break Sat 5:50 - Sat 7:00
  • panel Sat 7:00 - 8:50 PM, Anime Music Videos, Ballroom B
    Panelists: Ben Donnelly

    13 is unlucky, but luckily, it's also the 13th year of Miscon's Anime Music Video Party. Come and see what horrors and comedy (and horrible comedy) Ben will inflict on his audience this year. May not be suitable for some minors (or seniors, for that matter). Warning: Evangelion, Naruto, and Ponies.

  • Break Sat 8:50 - Sun Noon
  • game Sun Noon - 5:50 PM, Battletech: Into The Breach, Tables: 6, 7, 8 Room: Ballroom A
    GM(s): Ben Donnelly

    City fighting is always a tough job. It’s tougher when the city is well defended. It’s almost impossible when the enemy’s a fanatic. But for the 8th Crucis Lancers on Demeter, taking the city from the Word of Blake is just another day at the office.
    This scenario uses Battletech Alpha Strike rules.

  • Break Sun 5:50 - Mon Noon
  • panel Mon Noon - 12:50 PM, Best RPG System Today?, Ballroom C
    Panelists: Josh Aronoff, Brian Campbell, Ben Donnelly, Justin Farrington

    5th Edition DnD? Savage Worlds? Pathfinder? Call of Cthulhu? Shadowrun 5th Edition? Our panelists will discuss the pros and cons of some of the big systems right now. You can also weigh in and give your two cents.


Note: Guest and pro biographical information may have been updated since MisCon 31.


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