Programing 2017

Programing for the year of the Dragon

 

FRIDAY

3:00pm

Small Auditorium – Videos: Take a break and watch a movie!

Room 2 – Video Gaming: All ages video gaming, with systems ranging all over, from Atari and Nintendo to XBox and PS4! Ages 11 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times, with no exceptions. Please no food or drink. Note: some games may be inappropriate for young children – use your discretion regarding your child’s access.

4:00pm

Large Auditorium – White Plectrums

Small Auditorium – Videos: Take a break and watch a movie!

Room 2 – Video Gaming: All ages video gaming, with systems ranging all over, from Atari and Nintendo to XBox and PS4! Ages 11 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times, with no exceptions. Please no food or drink. Note: some games may be inappropriate for young children – use your discretion regarding your child’s access.

Room 8 – A Brighter Tomorrow: Science fiction was once the language of optimism and futurism, but often now we are given apocalyptic worlds and dystopian lives. Our panelists discuss whether we can go back to that era. – D.J. McGuire (M), Margaret S. McGraw, Nicole Jamison, Todd McCaffrey

5:00pm

Large Auditorium – Danny Birt

Small Auditorium – Videos: Take a break and watch a movie!

Room 2 – Video Gaming: All ages video gaming, with systems ranging all over, from Atari and Nintendo to XBox and PS4! Ages 11 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times, with no exceptions. Please no food or drink. Note: some games may be inappropriate for young children – use your discretion regarding your child’s access.

Room 6 – History of Dragons in Film: This Presentation looks at Dragons in films, starting from the early days of cinema in the early 1900’s up to today. We’ll take a look at images and clips from movies that feature the most famous of all fantasy beasts, as well as some Dragon-adjacent creatures, such as the Hydra and king Ghidorah. – Sean Gleeson

Room 7 – Alien Worlds and Races: An author’s world building skills play a large part in making the setting for a story believable (or, as is often the case, not). How do you create a realistic planet? What goes into making a race convincing? Come let our authors show you how to build a world that captivates your audience. – Chris Kennedy (M), H.J. Harding, Jim Beall, Melissa Scott, Mark Wandrey

Room L – What Makes a Good Narrator or DM? Panelists will discuss how to be a good Narrator in gaming. – Charlie Stayton, Jason Ray Carney, Travis Sivart

6:00pm

Large Auditorium – Opening Ceremonies – Join the Toastmaster and MarsCon staff in beginning this year’s con: The Year of the Dragon

Small Auditorium – Videos: Take a break and watch a movie!

Room 2 – Video Gaming : All ages video gaming, with systems ranging all over, from Atari and Nintendo to XBox and PS4! Ages 11 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times, with no exceptions. Please no food or drink. Note: some games may be inappropriate for young children – use your discretion regarding your child’s access.

7:00pm

Large Auditorium – Rhiannon’s Lark

Small Auditorium – Videos: Take a break and watch a movie!

Room 2 – Video Gaming: All ages video gaming, with systems ranging all over, from Atari and Nintendo to XBox and PS4! Ages 11 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times, with no exceptions. Please no food or drink. Note: some games may be inappropriate for young children – use your discretion regarding your child’s access.

Room 5 – 3-D Printing Demo – Bryan Haven

Room 6 – The Birth of the Dragon: Join Dave Lee as he describes the creation of his Dragon that will be in this years charity auction.

Room 7 – A Contemporary Yankee in King Arthur’s Court: The Arthurian legends are some of the most reinvented sories ever told, speaking to almost every generation in different media. This panel explores the evolution of Arthurian legend, especially the modern-day representations (Merlin, Marval Comics, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Mists of Avalon, and many more). – Kim Headlee (M), Mari Mancusi, Melissa Scott, Emily Lavin Leverett

Room 8 – Not just a Sidekick – Diversity in Pop Culture: The pop culture explosion through comics, and TV and film has opened up new opportunities for cultural diversity; however, many obstacles still exist. In this humorous but poignant discussion, divers geek experts discuss breaking ethnic stereotypes, current casting decisions and what changes need to happen for us to boldly go into the future. – D.J. McGuire, Monica Marier

Room L – Meet the 501st – Meet the members of the 501st Legion and learn what it takes to become a member!

Room M – From Concept to Cosplay: Finding a charcter you love and turning it into a full blown costume can be tricky! What resources and materials are available to you? What to do when everything is going wrong? Learn our tips and ideas, and bring your own stories to share. – Wade Cutrell (M), Birdy, Erica Bortnick, Intraventus

Harrison 2 – SCA Presentations

8:00pm 

Large Auditorium – Valentine Wolfe

Small Auditorium – Videos: Take a break and watch a movie!

Room 2 – Video Gaming: All ages video gaming, with systems ranging all over, from Atari and Nintendo to XBox and PS4! Ages 11 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times, with no exceptions. Please no food or drink. Note: some games may be inappropriate for young children – use your discretion regarding your child’s access.

Room 5 – Dragon Armor Workshop: Hear ye! Hear ye! Come join Valkyrie in the marscon armory as she demonstrates how to piece together a piece of dragon armor. $3 cover for participants with a limit of 20. The cover charge gives you access to the class plus a packet of materials for you to take home and put together your own armor. – Cailin Hammer

Room 6 – TRMN 101: Getting Started in the Royal Manticoran Navy: This panel gives you the basics of what membership in TRMN entails: what we’re about, how our fan organization is organized, and how you can join in and take part. If you’ve seen our display at local conventions or have heard of us before and want to know a little more before you join, this panel is for you.

Room 7 – Longer isn’t always Better – A Short Fiction Panel: Fantasy has made an art of the “door stopper” but is bigger truly better? Our authors discuss the new found popularity of short fiction and the challenges that lie within. – Margaret S. McGraw, Nicole Jamison, Michael D. Pederson

Room 8 – Sandy Peterson Interview – Interviewer: Sholom West

Room L – I Said What? – The audience provides person, place, and thing. The moderator will then construct a story based on those things then dump the next panelist into it who will then continue until dumping the next panelist into the story. – Todd McCaffrey (M), Jamie Marchant. Mark Wandrey, Monica Marier, Kim Headlee, Author Charity Ayres

Room M – Exploration and Development of Space – Ever wonder what it would be like to live in Mars? Do you have what it takes to land a Martian rover? Are you an interstellar entrepreneur? – D.J. McGuire, Jim Beall, Emily Lavin Leverett

Harrison 2 – SCA Presentations

9:00pm 

Large Auditorium – Mikey Mason

Small Auditorium – Videos: Take a break and watch a movie!

Room 2 – Video Gaming: All ages video gaming, with systems ranging all over, from Atari and Nintendo to XBox and PS4! Ages 11 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times, with no exceptions. Please no food or drink. Note: some games may be inappropriate for young children – use your discretion regarding your child’s access.

Room 5 – RVA Game Design Presents the 15 Minute Game Design Challenge: Just as artists have to practice drawing to hone their skills, game designers have to practice designing games. Join Jeff Foxwell and Tim Armstrong, the co-founders of RVA Game Design. as they describe their methods for brainstorming new games. Then they’ll lead the group in a 154 minute game design challenge – come see what you might be able to think up!

Room 6 – Tarot for Everybody: Enjoy an all levels overview of this useful and romanticized tool throughout history. We will explore the origins and modern uses of tarot, with a special eye on its modern role in both film and print media. We will also do a demonstration reading!

Room 7 – Evil as Heck: Our authors discuss whether “villainy” can be a sympathetic motivation in literature. – James Minz (M), D.C. McLaughlin, Melissa Scott, Andrew Hiller, Mark Wandrey

Room 8 – What is Splendid Teapot Racing? Panelists discuss the history of Splendid Teapot Racing, display their creations, and explain the rules!

Room L – I’d Ship It: Have you ever looked at two characters and thought they should be together? Then you are part of a phenomenon called shipping! Panelists explore why we ship, how we ship, shipping etiquette, and even how shipping has developed and evolved over time! – Author Charity Ayres, Tabitha Grace Challis, Nicole Jamison

Room M – Electronic Solutions for the Over-Ambitious Non-Engineer: Just as the title suggests, this panel is for those looking to bridge the gap between store bought electronics and wiring up your next masterpiece. We will focus on easy and affordable ways to add the bling to your project and being able to sustain it. We’ll focus on battery solutions, how to wire in items such as plasm globes and discs, safety. not catching your workshop on fire, and having fun achieving “shinny”. After all, why get dressed up if not to get the attention of your peers, family and friends? – Dave Lee

Main Lobby – Ghost hunt: Join author and paranormal investigator Pamela K. Kinney for an investigation/ghost tour of the hotel and outside to discover what might be haunting there. Do bring your own cameras, recorder or any investigating equipment to see what you capture too. Meet in the main hotel lobby.

10:00pm

Small Auditorium – Videos: Take a break and watch a movie!

Room 2 – Video Gaming: All ages video gaming, with systems ranging all over, from Atari and Nintendo to XBox and PS4! Ages 11 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times, with no exceptions. Please no food or drink. Note: some games may be inappropriate for young children – use your discretion regarding your child’s access.

Room 7 – That Was Cool, But…: Longtime fans have often encountered storylines where the payoff didn’t match the buildup. Panelists discuss their most memorable experiences. – D.J. McGuire, Michael D. Pederson, Jenny Hendricks

Room 8 – I’m a Steampunker! You’re a Steampunker! Wouldm’t you like to be a Steampunker Too? – Join in as our Steampunk contingency discusses the world of Steampunk and what drew them to this genre. – Travis Sivart (M), John Winsley, Marilyn Romero, Dave Lee, Charlie Stayton

Room L – Is This a Kissing Book? Are romantic relations really important to fantasy? IS the pursuit of love just as important as the hero’s journey? Our panel of authors discuss where romance fits in the crafting of fantasy. – Jamie Marchant (M), Kim Headlee, Mari Mancusi, Author Charity Ayres, Nicole Jamison, D.C. McLaughlin

10:30pm

Large Auditorium – Monty Python and the Holy Grail Pre-Show: Get your coconuts and get ready for Monty Python and the Holy Grail, presented by Luna-C.

11:00pm 

Large Auditorium – Monty Python and the HolyGrail (2-3 Hours): Presented by Luna-C.

Small Auditorium – Videos: Take a break and watch a movie!

Room 2 – Video Gaming: All ages video gaming, with systems ranging all over, from Atari and Nintendo to XBox and PS4! Ages 11 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times, with no exceptions. Please no food or drink. Note: some games may be inappropriate for young children – use your discretion regarding your child’s access.

Room 7 – Slasher Films and Why We Root For The Bad Guy – Whether it’s a camp full of counselors or a group of Dream Warriors, horror and slasher fans love to cheer for hockey masked bad guy or razor fingered dream demon instead of the final girl left standing in a slasher film. – Rob Floyd (M), Mari Mancusi, Phyllis Floyd, Nicole Jamison, Monica Marier

Room 8 – Win, Lose, or Draw: Come Join a team for our annual Win, Lose, or Draw contest!

Con Suite – Harper Hall Gather (2 hours): Our annual Filk & Cookies with Pernese twist!

 

 

SATURDAY