PANELS, WORKSHOPS, AND EVENTS
2:00pm-2:30pm/Conference Room 4 - Studio Ghibli Movie Tierlist: Rating the Studio Ghibli movies I've seen and having people yell at me for the teirlist
3:00pm-4:00pm/Conference Room 2 - Virginia Wildlife Center Program:
4:15pm-5:00pm/Conference Room 4 - Yu-Gi-Oh! Games: which to play and why: The Yu-Gi-Oh series has a large amount of games. Some stay very true to the card game, while others... not even close. I played through a bunch of games and rated/ranked them. Now, you can know which are actually really good to play and which to avoid!
5:00pm-6:00pm/Conference Room 2 - The Gummies of Kovomaka: A dive into the various types of gummies in the baklava solar system and how they effect and change the galaxy (Spoilers for magical starsign)
5:00pm-6:00pm/Conference Room 3 - What Year is It? Historical Re-enacting Explained and a Demonstration: Local re-enactor Kevin Sarp explains what historical re-enactment is, what it is for, and demonstrates a 15th century costume and canvas tent of his own creation.
6:00pm-7:00pm/Conference Room 4 - Hot Guess! A GeoGuessr Live Charity Panel: Dat1Daywalker will be playing GeoGuessr with the room over Country Streaks! Whatever my highest streak is - she will donate TO THE BIRDS! Whenever there's a wrong guess, she will eat a horrible hot sauce. This is intended to be a live version of last year's GeoGuessr stream during Madicon.
6:00pm-10:00pm/Upper Atrium - AD&D 1979: Get ready to do the impossible! In this session you will play AD&D precisely as directed by Gary Gygax's notoriously dense prose from his first edition AD&D manuals. No matter what happens, you will have something to brag about. After all, I am reliably informed that NOT EVEN GYGAX HIMSELF could play this infamously complex game!
Select weapons based on the bonuses yielded up by the exceedingly baroque Armor Class Adjustment table. Leverage weapon length stats to trump initiative order during a charge. Lead a small army at first level using the hireling rules and balance their use with the highly esoteric XP adjustment rules. You will even tackle a troll and put a goblin in a headlock with the Non-lethal and Weaponless Combat Procedures!
Back in 1979, very few people explored how these rules function and how they impact the way the game plays. Now is your chance to delve deep where even the legendary grognards of old feared to tread! This won't just change the way you think about D&D. IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!!
7:00pm-8:00pm/Conference Room 2 - Cosplay Confections: We all love a good maid café episode but carrying around real food at a convention can be really messy. That is where cosplay food props come in! Join Naychan for a discussion of different techniques for making props such as cupcakes, pancakes, and cozy drinks that will be durable con after con and always look pristine in your photos!
8:00pm-9:00pm/Conference Room 4 - The Gargoyle Club Dramatic Reading (18+): 18+ panel due to swearing. Avery Hare and I will be doing a dramatic reading of The Gargoyle Club (Book 1) by Heather Fleming and ponder how there are even 8 of these things to begin with.
9:00pm-10:00pm/Conference Room 3 - Salty Bet the Survival Game!: Dat1Daywalker presents a survival game of whimsy. Choose your fighter and cheer them to victory! Bet correctly to remain in the round. 'Prizes' will be given to the last person standing - everyone else gets salt! Matches will be whatever is live on www.saltybet.com. Come on out! Remember - always vote DBZ.
10:00am-11:30am/Conference Room 4 - Bones and Vulture Culture with Fenix: Sharing my passion for bones and natural history! Will cover some of my adventures collecting specimens, highlights of my collection, and how you can get started as a responsible collector.
10:30am-11:00am/Conference Room 2 - Pigeon Primer: Long ago, the Rock Dove was domesticated by ancient humans. These domesticated birds served humanity as food, messengers, and pets for thousands of years. In the 20th century however, humanity decided they were no longer interested in these creatures. After spending thousands of years adapting to human hospitality, the domestic pigeon was now forced to adapt to human hostility.
The history of the feral pigeon is fascinating, but these birds have a lot more to offer than just a tragic backstory. Join SFFG alumn Lucas Strigel as he describes how learning about the feral pigeon can inform you on topics such as biology, genetics, and even human classism.
(Most of the information in this panel comes from the book "A Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching: Getting to Know the World's Most Misunderstood Bird" by Rosemary Mosco)
11:00am-11:30am/Conference Room 5 - Hand Stitching & You!: Join Naychan in learning some basic hand stitches that can tack things seemingly invisibly for your next project! No experience is necessary, you will learn exactly how and why to use several different different types hems and get to take home your very own sample of these stitches!
11:00am-11:30am/Upper Atrium - Staunton/Harrisonburg Kendo, Iaido, & Jodo: Japanese weapons demonstration and mini-class:
Demonstration of Japanese weapon arts of Kendo, Iaido, & Jodo as well as mini-class of kendo and iaido.
11:30am-12:30am/Conference Room 4 - Learn to Play Pokemon TCG: Have you ever wanted to play Pokémon the card game, but didn't know how? or maybe you need a refresher on the rules. Then come join me as I teach you how to play Pokémon TCG! This panel is also helpful if you'd like to compete in the Pokémon TCG tournament later!
12:30pm-1:30pm/Conference Room 2 - Kumihimo Braiding and It's Uses: This class will teach some of the basic styles of Japanese braiding, and present attendants with basic materials for beginning their own projects.
12:30pm-1:30pm/Conference Room 3 - Markiplier in Space: An audience-led playthrough of the latest project from Markiplier, "Markiplier: In Space." I will act as moderator of this Choose Your Own Adventure interactive cinematic experience. Choice for the storyline will be made through majority vote of the audience.
1:00pm-2:00pm/Conference Room 2 - Virginia Wildlife Center Program:
1:00pm-2:00pm/Conference Room 4 - Beneath the Layers: A Chat with Medi's Magic Art: Madicon's guest artist, Medi/Sarah Grace Welsh, shares their history as an artist, how they began selling their art at a young age, their creative process and advice, and the impact their identity has on their signature digital watercolor style.
1:00pm-2:00pm/Conference Room 5 - Pokemon TCG Tournament: Come play Pokémon the card game at Madicon. Meet new opponents or battle with your friends. Bringing your own deck (60 cards) is recommended, but there will be 5 loaner decks offered as well. Players of all experience levels welcomed. Single elimination bracket style tournament. ***New players can attend a how to play Pokémon TCG panel before the tournament***
1:00pm-2:00pm/Upper Atrium - Iaido: Quick Drawing with a Katana: Demonstration of ZNKR Seiteigata Iaido: quick drawing with a katana
1:00pm-2:00pm/ALLEGHENY ROOM - MEET THE 501st
2:00pm-3:00pm/ALLEGHENY ROOM - 501st ARMOR PANEL
2:00pm-3:00pm/Conference Room 5 - How to play the Call of Cthulhu RPG: An in-depth tutorial of basic game mechanics and character creation in the Call of Cthulhu RPG.
2:00pm-3:00pm/Conference Room 2 - So... You Want to be a Twitch Streamer?: Dat1Daywalker gives some advice for Twitch streamers everywhere. There should be something in this panel to help all forms experience and commitment levels. Q&As and funny stories will be had.
2:00pm-2:30pm/Conference Room 4 - How to Teach Board Games: Playing board games is great! Teaching board games is.... eh..... Teaching board games doesn't have to be a dull and dry experience. Join SFFG alum Lucas Strigel as he explains how being a good learner, host, and teacher can help you harness the most power out of the "magic circle" that is the board game hobby!
2:30pm-3:00pm/Conference Room 4 - Can you pet the puppy?: Why petting the puppy improves a game
3:00pm-4:00pm/Conference Room 2 - Creating Memorable Campaigns and Characters: Tips, strategies, and writing principles to make your Tabletop RPG experience memorable and enjoyable, whether you're a player or the Game Master.
3:00pm-4:00pm/Conference Room 4 - Irradiated BIO 101: Fallout creatures and their real-life counterparts: Someone with a biology degree and a fallout obsession (me) teaches you about the creatures of the wasteland and the animals they’re based on.
3:00PM-5:00PM/VENDOR ROOM - COSPLAY CONTEST
4:00pm-7:00pm/Upper Atrium - Spirit Island 6 Player Game!: We're playing Spirit Island! Only one copy though, so first six get spots! No experience necessary. Come play!
4:00pm-5:00pm/Conference Room 3 - Delris: a Brief History: A exploration of the continent of Solenkor, a rich northern continent that in its frozen peak holds the Delris Academy, a prodigiousmagic academy that is teaching the next generation of mages (Campaign intro)
5:00pm-6:00pm/Conference Room 4 - How to Look Like You Know What You're Doing: An Intimate Masterclass with DJ Tablaro:
Join SFFG Feast 2019-2021 Plank Wrestling Champion, county-wide musical sensation, and part-half-quarter time streamer Tablaro as he discusses his very, VERY impressive DJing career (so far). Learn what it takes to start DJing and pick his silly little brain on the music industry, personal branding, and more! Despite the funnies along the way, this is the perfect panel for those looking to learn more about DJing, streaming, or anything Tablaro!
6:00pm-7:00pm/Conference Room 2 - My Immortal Dramatic Reading(18+): 18+ panel due to swearing and adult content.
A dramatic reading of the infamous fanfiction My Immortal, with audience participation! I will be the main character/narrator and pull willing participants from the audience to play the lines of other characters throughout the reading.
6:45pm-7:45pm/Conference Room 4 - Surviving Con Crunch: A Q&A with cosplay guest Naychan who has survived many a difficult con crunches. Even the best of plans sometimes go out the window when the event is in a week, come with your best con crunch stories to share as well!
7:30pm-8:00pm/Conference Room 5 - Citation Needed: The Wikipedia Quiz Show: This is a good humored and silly game show where contestants compete to correctly guess the most facts from an undisclosed obscure wikipedia article. Thank you to Tom Scott for the idea :)
8:00pm-10:00pm/Lower Atrium Stage - GEEK CHARITY AUCTION: Eligible Bachelor/Bachelorette Event as a fun and social way to raise money for this year’s line-up of Charities!
9:30am-10:30am/Conference Room 4 - Stardew Valley's Forbidden NPC's (18+): 18+ panel for swearing. I run a power point presentation on all of the adult age NPCs of Stardew Valley, my personal rating of each, and whether I should be allowed to marry them.
10am-10:30am/Conference Room 5 - Hoods & Bags: Medieval Accessories for Your Cosplay: The class will drafting simple hood and bag patterns, and discuss historical as well as modern uses for them. *Drafting material will be provided!*
11:00AM-2:00PM/VENDOR ROOM - ART/CHARITY AUCTION
12:15pm-1:00pm/Conference Room 2 - Terrible Taxidermy: A compilation of the worst works of taxidermy I have ever seen, along with facts and commentary.
1:00pm-2:00pm/Conference Room 3 - Soul Weaving and the Continent of Dragons: A look at the art of soulweaving, an artisan craft involving the manipulation of the threads that make up life