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PANELS, WORKSHOPS, AND EVENTS

FRIDAY

2:00pm-3:00pm/Conference Room 4 - How to Create Good Female Characters (And How Not To) by Emma Nelson: A look at what to do (and what absolutely, positively, NOT to do) when creating female characters, using examples from popular media. Spoiler Alert: "Punches Things while Having Boobs" is not good characterization.

3:00pm-4:00pm/Conference Room 2 - Level Up Your Cosplay + Props by Casey Sanders: Wondering how to take your cosplays + props to the next level? A panel of master level cosplayers Mangoloo (Casey) and JakeScribbles (Jake) explore types of flat and dimensional details that you can add onto your work to make your cosplay/prop more awesome than it already is!

4:00pm-8:00pm/Upper Atrium - The Ocean's Curse: A Monster of the Week One-Shot by Sylas Welch: Uncover the secrets of the water fae in this Monster of the Week one-shot. Some basis in Celtic mythology. No prior RPG experience necessary. Sign up at front desk.

4:45pm-5:45pm/Conference Room 4 - Medusa: Villain or Victim by Mya Mobley (18+): Medusa, from Greek mythology, is often seen as a hideous monster but are these portrayals accurate? We will be discussing the history of Medusa in Greek, Roman, and modern accounts and seeing if these warrant her treatment as a villain or if instead she is a victim of the Gods.

[18+ CW: Mention of Rape]

4:45pm-5:45pm/Conference Room 3 - Battletech: How the Kerensky Did We Get Here? by Zachary Zilinskas and Nicholas Oliveira (13+): Sffg President Nick and Battletech gremlin and local DM Zach team up to explain how in universe battletech started and ended up in the game that is known and loved today! If you enjoy history, but think real history is boring, this is for you! [13+ CW: Swearing]

6:00pm-7:00pm/Conference Room 5 - Let's Celebrate Halloween on Friday the 13th! by Lady Akumu: What is Friday the 13th but a mini-Halloween? Swing by for spooky stories and fun (as well as candy!) to help tide you over until October.

6:00pm-7:00pm/Conference Room 3 - Picard: A New Leaf or a New Waste of Time? by Zachary Zilinskas and Lucas Strigel: Local star trek expert and curmudgeon Lucas teams up with local star trek enthusiast and malcontent Zach for an in depth discussion of the new star trek show! If you wanted to see two people argue about Romulans for 45 mins to an hour, this is your chance!

6:30pm-7:30pm/Conference Room 4 - Who is JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's Most Eligible Bachelor? by Mya Mobley: JoJo has a lot of characters, some are hot and others are Pesci. Let's find out which JoJo character would make the best romantic partner!

7:00pm-8:00pm/Conference Room - Toss Your Coin: A Literary Analysis of The Witcher's Viral Theme Song by Cici Dowell: I do some research on the song "Toss A Coin To Your Witcher" from the netflix adaptation The Witcher and basically English-Major the fuck out of it, with audience participation/discussion [SPOILER WARNING]

8:00pm-10:00pm/Lower Atrium Stage - NERD AUCTION: Eligible Bachelor/Bachelorette Event as a fun and social way to raise money for this year’s line-up of Charities!

SATURDAY

10:00am-7:30pm/Lower Atrium Stage - Silverdain Larp: Demo showing off larp with participation

10:30am-11:30am/Conference Room 2 - Why Are There Snitties? by Kristen Johnson: An unnecessarily in-depth discussion of in-universe theories as to why anthropomorphic snakes and other reptiles have human secondary sex characteristics.

11:00am-12:00pm/Conference Room 4 - How I'm Bullshitting Everyone Into Thinking I'm a Talented DJ: A Brief Masterclass with DJ Tablaro by John Archibald: Spend the almost noon with the ravishing DJ Tablaro (AKA SFFG Webmaster John Archibald) as he gives an informative and hopefully entertaining presentation on his journey to becoming a commercially successful DJ in the Harrisonburg area (and beyond!).

11:00am-11:30am/Conference Room 3 - Strings & Things: Simple Braids of the Middle Ages by Michael Looney: We'll be looking at different styles of braiding from European and Asian cultures, what they were used for, and the techniques as they still appear today. There will also be selections of hands on work for each person attending. (This is a good class for children attending the Con.)

11:45pm-12:45pm/Conference Room 2 - Toxicity in Fandoms by Cici Dowell, Emma Nelson, and Sylas Welch: We talk about toxicity in different fandoms and nerd communities.

12:00pm-1:00pm/Conference Room 5 - Beginner Cosplay Armor Making/Prop Making by Bianca Rodriguez: Learn how to make cosplay armor start to finish with various materials and making props from scratch.

12:00PM-1:00PM/ALLEGHENY ROOM - MEET THE 501st

1:00pm-2:30pm/Upper Atrium - Japanese Way of the Sword & Staff by John Smitka III: Interactive Demonstration of Kendo, Iaido, & Jodo with a representative from Staunton Kendo.

1:00pm-2:00pm/Conference Room 2 - Cursed Fanfiction by Madeline Birchett, Mickey Stawarz, Rebecca Bauer, and Andrew Clark (18+): A quick glance through some of the most cursed fanfiction that can be found online, including small excerpts from some notorious fanfiction that has imprinted itself on internet and fandom culture. Featuring a reading of an abridged version of My Immortal. [18+ due to discussion of sexual themes]

1:00pm-2:00pm/Conference Room 3 - Nick plays Crusader Kings II by Nicholas Oliveira (18+): Continuing from last year, SFFG president Nick will be playing some audience driven Crusader Kings II, a grand strategy game of medieval politics, intrigue and backstabbing. Audience participation will drive the choices he makes in game (for better or worse). CK2 can be a complicated game but everything important will be explained as we play. Last year Nick back stabbed his way to become the most powerful King in Spain, this year we'll be in the role of an emerging Viking warlord. Shenanigans and Intrigue await! [18+ for references to sex and violence (and some swearing)]

2:00pm-3:00pm/LAN Room - Monster Prom Dating Challenge by Cici Dowell: We basically just play multi-player Monster Prom and see who can get a spooky date.

2:00pm-3:00pm/Conference Room 4 - About the Artist with Sarah Welsh: Panel/Q&A about the artist behind Medi's Magic Art and her work.

2:15pm-3:15pm/Conference Room 2 - They're Here and They're Queer: LGBTQ+ Video Games by Tiffany Boyd: Learn about the history and representation of LGBTQ+ characters in video games! From the early 1980s to modern games such as Dream Daddy! LGBT+ characters have a rich history in the development of more diverse and less one-dimensional characters that most people aren't even aware of. This panel will discuss the long, exciting, and controversial representation of LGBTQ+ characters in video games.

3:00PM-5:00PM/VENDOR ROOM - COSPLAY CONTEST

3:00pm-7:00pm/Upper Atrium - The Ocean's Curse: A Monster of the Week One-Shot by Sylas Welch: Uncover the secrets of the water fae in this Monster of the Week one-shot. Some basis in Celtic mythology. No prior RPG experience necessary.

3:00pm-4:00pm/Conference Room 5 - How Geeky Stuff Helped Me Embrace Myself by Lady Akuma: The geeky stuff you love can help you embrace yourself and your individuality! We'll discuss how our favorite franchises and activities have helped us embrace all aspects of our identities.

3:15pm-4:15pm/Conference Room 3 - SFFG Memes 2 by Lily Joyce: Come here to understand what on earth all these stupid memes mean and maybe even where they came from!

4:00pm-6:00pm/Conference Room 4 - NickChip Podcast Plays Edutainment by Nicholas Oliveira and George Phillips: Come see the NickChip Podcast play a variety of Edutainment games from the 90's and early 2000s. Games such as "The Magic School Bus Explores the Rainforest" or "Putt-Putt Travels Through Time" will be played to relive some of that goofy educational nostalgia. Feel free to stop on by!

4:00pm-5:00pm/Conference Room 2 - Zach Tells a Story: "Full Moon Tonight" by Zachary Zilinskas: Local vagabond and dungeon master Zachary Zilinskas has stories of his life to shock and amuse! Come to hear tales of death defying and notorious bad luck.

4:15pm-5:15pm/Conference Room 3 - Alternate Battletech History by Lily Joyce: Battletech history deviates from our timeline in the 1990s, but things stay the same for a bit. Then the wars start and things get kinda wacky, but what if they had gone differently? Come to this panel and figure out what I think could've happened!

6:00pm-7:00pm/Conference Room 2 - Musical variety hour by Zachary Zilinskas: Hear a few local singers of all talents and persuasions perform for you, the audience!

6:00pm-7:00pm/Conference Room 3 - Prove Us Wrong: A Nerd Debate Panel by Nadia Hamad: A friendly debate panel on controversial (but not offensive) opinions about games, anime, science fiction, and more! Panel participants will vote to see which opinion is the winner.

6:30pm-7:30pm/Conference Room 4 - Q&A: Cosplay as a Career by Casey Sanders: Professional Cosplayers Mangoloo (Casey) and JakeScribbles (Jake) answer questions on when to take your hobby and transform it into a career.

8:00PM-10:00PM/LOWER ATRIUM- THE MADICON RAVE (18+): Featuring DJ Tablaro and DJ TDK from the JMU EDM Club!

SUNDAY

10:30am-11:30am/Conference Room 2 - Cannons Are Great But Canon is Dumb: Why Canon Probably Isn't as Important as You Think by Kevin Sarp: Local Nerd Kevin Sarp discusses canon in fiction and whether or not it's an important idea, using Star Wars as an example.

11:00AM-2:00PM/VENDOR ROOM - ART/CHARITY AUCTION

11:00am-12:00pm/Conference Room 4 - Creating a Bigger, Better Universe: An Analysis of Culture Diversity in Mass Effect by Charlie Smith and Lucas Strigel: Local Stressed-Out Sci-fi Wunderkind Lucas and Charlie examine the world building of the Mass Effect video game series and how cultural diversity plays into the building of an interstellar allegiance. (TLDR; Space culture is neat.)

12:00pm-1:00pm/Conference Room 3 - Capes, Hoods and Bags: Simple Accessories for Costuming by Michael Looney ($3): Capes and hoods are common in both historical and fantasy costuming, and bags are a simple way to hide out of site all those simple things you need to make it through the day. We will be looking at samples, discussing the history, and creating simple drafts to help you design your own pieces. [3$ Donation for Material Cost]

1:00pm-2:00pm/Conference Room 2 - Story Time With Kevin Sarp: Kevin recounts stories from JMU, D&D, and beyond.

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