Current Schedule for Madison
Friday Schedule for Madison
- Convention Gaming 101 (Gaming)
Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: 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.
- 3D Printing Demo (Geek Discussion)
Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Ira Sather-Olsen
Ira Sather-Olson works as the Senior MakerSpace Associate for the Missoula Public Library's MakerSpace, where he's learned the ins and outs of 3D printing using the library's trusty MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer. He's excited to share his knowledge with MisCon attendees about how they can use this public service to their benefit. (includes demonstration)
- Rest of the World In Space (Geek Discussion, Gaming)
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: James Glass, Hugh S. Gregory
A report on the activities and accomplishments of foreign space programs over the past 12 months.
- Family Drama in Stories (Writing)
Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM
Pros and Guests: M. H. Bonham, Esther Jones, Dean Wells, Danica Winters
We're one big happy family here at MisCon, but happy families don't make for good stories. Join us as we discuss family dynamics and how you can harness them for the benefit of your stories.
- The Pirate Life (Gaming)
Fri 8:00 - 11:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Black Shield Productions
It's time to elect a new leader for the Pirates, and that means getting everyone together, have party and decide who should be in charge. But seems like this time that there are a bunch of other people interested in who will lead the pirates... The Pirate Life is a live role-playing game of intrigue set in the 7th Sea world.
Saturday Schedule for Madison
- Retro versus Future Noir (Writing, Geek Discussion)
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: M. H. Bonham, David Boop, Jill Bowers, Joyce Reynolds-Ward
Dark mysteries set in the past, or in the future, have very specific tropes. What do these two genres have in common, and where do they diverge?
- Cordials , Liqueurs and Potions III (Geek Discussion)
Sat Noon - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: James Hayes
This panel will be a continuation of the last two years’ classes on how to take cheap alcohol and make it into a delightful beverage for serving at parties or given as gifts. This year we will focus on Lime Vodka, Kummel (An Arabian spice liqueur), and a Pear liqueur. I will provide you with a list of references and will demonstrate how to make these Liqueurs . Recipes will be provided and samples may be available to those who are at least 21 years old.
- Author Readings: Berg, Hodges, Wells (Writing)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, Michael Hodges, Dean Wells
Join our authors as they read from their latest works! (15 minutes a piece)
- Cross-Media Storytelling (Geek Discussion)
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: David Boop, Todd Lockwood, Charles D. Moisant, Peter Wacks
Video, music, art, and writing all essentially tell the same story. Emotion is conveyed, a theme expressed, and pleasure sensors triggered yet each medium of art has certain strengths and weaknesses. This panel will discuss these as well as how to pull elements from each medium into the other.
- Comic Book Design 101 (Art, Comics)
Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Chuck Bordell, Tony Gregori, Charles D. Moisant, John Wright
Learn how the pros create comic books from the beginning to the end.
- Anthrozoology (Geek Discussion)
Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: David Yake
Meaning "Study of the Human Animal Interaction and Bond", Anthrozoology is one of the fastest growing new fields in Science. As it affects each of us in some way, and throughout much of our
development, what can we, and have we learned from ANZ. Furthermore, animals persist throughout our myths, social media, and entertainment, what can we do to learn from them, and improve their portrayals.
- All In The Same Boat (Gaming)
Sat 8:00 - 11:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Greg Schneider
It's time to elect a new leader for the Pirates, and that means getting everyone together, have party and decide who should be in charge. But seems like this time that there are a bunch of other people interested in who will lead the pirates... The Pirate Life is a live role-playing game of intrigue set in the 7th Sea world.(This in a continuation of Friday night's game. You should be prepared to play both sessions.)
Sunday Schedule for Madison
- Collegiate Gaming Clubs And You (Gaming)
Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Montana Melee
Ever thought about starting your own gaming community on campus? Interested in college esports but aren't sure where to go? Our Panelists have asked the very same questions when they started out and have now either been running gaming clubs or participating in esports for 4 or more years. We will talk about everything from general organization (reaching out to sponsors, holding tournaments, etc) to some of the obstacle you may encounter or things to be aware of as an organizer.
- SciFi Jeopardy (Geek Discussion)
Sun 11:00 - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Summit Gaming
Come try your hand at SciFi Jeopardy. It will include video clips from various genre works. More details to follow.
- When Good Games Go Bad (Gaming)
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Erik Evjen, Justin Farrington, John Goff
Knowing when to stop a game is just as important as knowing how to run it, week after week, month after month, until you can no longer stand the sight of your players. Sorry, what were we talking about again?
- Game Design 101 (Gaming)
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Brian Campbell, John Goff
Our professional game designers will discuss RPG game design. How do you break into the business? How do you stay there? How does the business work? Can any good GM just become a designer? What's your forecast for the future of RPG Design?
- Writing the Future (Writing)
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Deby Fredericks, Manny Frishberg, James Glass, Meradeth Houston
The radioactive slag has been cleaned, the viro-mutants have been killed or restored to human status, and the re-building of New Hong Kong Orbital University has begun (by zombies, rumor has it). How do you write this? Do we live in beautiful outdoor gardens or in the protection of the white ceramic walls of New Safe City? What are the sights, sounds, scents and textures of Utopia?
- Elite Dangerous (Gaming)
Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Justin Farrington, Jason Rocheleau
Take to the stars with our panelists as we discuss Elite Dangerous, an MMO space simulation video game. Elite Dangerous combines space and planetary exploration, space combat, trading and resource harvesting in a massive open galaxy modelled on the real Milky Way galaxy. Our panelists will likely nerd out about the capabilities of various hyperspace Frame Shift Drives, gimballed weapon arrays, and generally how cool their ships are. Join in!
- Gaming For Social Causes (Gaming)
Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Montana Melee , Rob McDonell
How video game events can partner with social causes and insights from video game community leaders who have been a part of such partnerships.
- Room Change Spacer (Miscellaneous)
Sun 6:00 - 6:50 PM
Pros and Guests:
This room will be unavailable from 6pm-7pm as we change up the room setup from programming to evening gaming.
- Evening Gaming, 7pm - 2pm (Gaming)
Sun 7:00 - 1:50 AM
Pros and Guests:
This room is used for panels during thee day then after a room-re-arrange between 6 and 7pm, it is open for gaming into the night. Check out the gaming schedule at the Gaming HQ in Ballroom A.
Monday Schedule for Madison
- Intrigue! (Writing)
Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, James Glass, Sanan Kolva, D.L Solum
Intrigue keeps a reader reading. Whether it's a big intrigue of who murdered Betsy or a small intrigue of how your best friend found out you were cheating on your boyfriend. Let's discuss some types and levels of intrigue and how you can incorporate them into your writing.
- HIstory of Magic (Geek Discussion)
Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Eric the Excellent
Join Erik the Excellent as he guides you on a tour through the History of Magic!
- Writing Big Battles and Single Combat (Writing)
Mon Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Larry Bonham, L.F. Patten, Alyson Peterson, D.L Solum
Let's talk about writing battles battles versus personal combat, the differences and similarities. How do you learn all this stuff?
- Current Trends in Sci/Fi, Fantasy, and Horror (Writing)
Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: David Boop, Andrea Howe, Dean Wells
Let's discuss the current trends in genre. This will be an audience-participation panel where we talk about what people really want to see/read, as opposed to what the media and the big houses are focused on.