The con starts out with a bang on Day 1. Events run from 2:00 pm to 2:00 am. Take a look at what’s in store!
This page last updated 09/23/16.
2D6 in Concert – 2D6 is a Midwestern Nerdcore band that performs songs catered specifically to geeks. Heavily interactive with a video track, this will be a show you won’t want to miss!
50 Years of Star Trek -Take a look back at some of the influences a funny little science fiction show had on our culture and continues to inspire us all today.
Adult Anime Party & Midnight Tea – Ready to party with the Undertaker and William T. Spears? Come take the Shinigami Oath with us. There will be mad libs, games, contests, and skits to participate in and prizes to be had! Expect cute fun for fans late at night.
American Animation – In recent years, the animation studios in the United States have been pushing the envelope of what is possible, all while holding a mirror to our culture. Come and discuss your favorite show and what it says about us.
An Intimate Evening with Jacqueline Carey – Our Guest of Honor favors us with readings from her favorite books and answers your questions. This event deals with mature subject matter.
Astronomy for Writers – 3*10^33 cubic light years. 13.8 billion years. In one hour? We’re going to have to skim a little here as we discuss the scope of the universe, from our little neighborhood to the farthest reaches we can see.
BBC, WHY?!! – The network that rips out our hearts and makes us cry has given us some amazing television shows. Come and discuss your favorites: Doctor Who, Sherlock, Orphan Black, Being Human, or something that hasn’t come up on our radar… yet.
Beer Tasting & History of Beer – Come sample and learn about the variety and history of beers with the crew of Witches Hat Brewing. You must be 21 or over to participate in this event. You will be carded at the door, so be sure to bring your ID.
Bubble Mania – Who doesn’t like bubbles? Come have some fun with our favorite spheres!
Doctor Who Match Game – Join the DOCTOR to try your luck and see if you know your WHO
Essential Filk – Filk music is a musical culture, genre, and community tied to science fiction/fantasy fandom. Come learn more about its long and storied history, and see where it’s headed!
Filking – Stay up and watch the bards come out! Join the circle… as a listener or a participant. This late-night event will last as long as there are people still singing.
First Contact Scenarios – From Victorian speculative fiction, to Star Trek’s optimistic vision, to this week’s blockbuster, there are many ways this could play out.
Game: 3T Phone Home – Dechenno the Hutt has an informant in his vile clutches. A team of elite heroes is dispatched to retrieve this unknown individual and the critical information they possess. Can they save the mysterious VIP? And what of the Hutt’s shadowy Sith connections? GM Matthew Stahl runs this game using a Star Wars D20 system adapted to Pathfinder.
Game: Battle of the Clichetian Plain – GM Luke Zondervan will run this RPG based on D&D 5E. This is a two-part session, each part lasts 4 hours. This game will be podcast by We Hate Bards.
Game: The Bear Essentials Realms of Fantasy – GM Matthew Neymeiyer runs a 4 hour RPG based on the Realms of Fantasy system. This game will be podcast by We Hate Bards.
Game: Dork Matters – GM Daniel Jones of Thunderhead Games. Blurry-eyed and disoriented as the cryotube opens, you immediately sense something’s wrong. Who are you? Where are you? What are you doing here? Will you, and the others emerging from the tubes, be able to answer these questions before anything (else) goes wrong? Using Thunderhead Gaming’s 1-Off System, this game is inspired by the hit show “Dark Matter”.
Game: Ghostbusters: Strangers With Candy – GM Wyle Majure brings you an RPG based in the Savage Worlds realm. This game will be podcast by We Hate Bards.
Game: Raiders of Pertalo – Join GM Ben Curtis in this RPG based on D&D 5E. This game will be podcast by We Hate Bards.
Game: The Ruins of Castle Churo – Join GM Ryan Venklase for ye olde dungeon crawl using the D&D 3.5 system. This game will be podcast by We Hate Bards.
Game: Swords of Kos – Battle subterranean horrors in a quest for wealth and glory in this gritty swords-and-sorcery scenario for Skirmisher Publishing LLC’s Swords of Kos Fantasy Campaign Setting run by Gaming Guest of Honor Michael O. Varhola! Pre-generated archetypal characters from the Kos setting will be provided. Some familiarity with 5th Edition D&D helpful! Want to see the prequel for this game? Click here for Michael’s short story, The Dinner Party.
Game: A Town Called Icarus – GM Ben Curtis takes you on an adventure with Doctor Who. This game will be podcast by We Hate Bards.
GenCon Game Library – The moderators of this smorgasbord will be running Play to Win games (prize games provided by ConClave and our sponsors.) Come play a tried and true favorite, or play a game you’ve never heard of. We’ll have 600 titles to choose from!
Great Women of Science – Many of the great advances in science have been made by women, but you seldom hear of them. Come discover some of the great female scientists you’ve never heard of, and discuss ways to encourage/support women in the sciences.
How NOT to Hold An Open Mic – Hostess Rachel Weisserman shares stories from events that should not be replicated and shares her lessons learned to help you hold the best jam session, open mic, or musical get together you can!
Intro to Black Butler – Come have a look at Black Butler from the perspective of the mysterious Grim Reapers. Don’t expect the usual look at Ciel and Sebastian, we’ll give you an intro with a twist! Come find out why we are called the Shinigami Kami: a group who know far too much about Grim Reapers.
Introduction to Ghost Hunting – Join Michael O. Varhola, editor of the America’s Haunted Road Trip series of travel guides to haunted places people can visit, for an introduction to the subjects of ghost hunting and paranormal investigation. A question and answer session will be included in this event.
Karaoke Dance Party – Doctor Midnight will be your DJ for a rockin’ evening!
Knife Throwing Poker – Learn the basics of throwing knives and other small weapons! This is an active class – come ready to throw! Then, with your new skills, join us for a game of poker – Aegis Style.
Lazer Maze -You’ve infiltrated the ultra-secure building, sneaked past guards, and the only obstacle between you and your target is a hallway full of laser alarms! Can you make it to your goal without dooming your mission?! Probably,because we will teach you how…
Magic: The Gathering Tournament – Warriors 3 will be here running Magic The Gathering tourneys (8 player pod drafts, $15.00 for the draft).
Making Connections from Behind Your Computer Screen – The more people you can connect with, the wider audience your message will receive. This panel will help you grow your audience without leaving home.
NaNo Nite Owls – Join other aspiring writers to meet and write into the night.
New Voices in SF & Fantasy – Who are you excited about? Our first panel on the topic of Diversity, come and learn about new and exciting authors and stories from authors of all backgrounds, races, genders, and abilities.
Open Mic Session – The Music room is open for jam sessions, spoken word, poetry readings, and all manner of sharing your creativity with your fellow fans.
Opening Ceremonies – Come and say hello to our Guests of Honor and get a preview of events to come!
Paint & Take – Need a figure to represent your new character? Pick one out, paint it up, take your new miniature home. There is a $7 materials fee.
Pi Ala Mode – Raspberry Pi is a small, low-cost computer that can be used to learn programming or perform a variety of functions in digital maker projects. If you want to learn more about it, share what you know about it, or get ideas for using it, this panel and workshop is for you!
Penny Dreadfuls, Dime Novels and the Pulps – They brought around the birth of horror, western, science fiction, fantasy and superhero genres. What do we owe them? Who’s still writing them?
Port Party – Join the Aegis crew on Friday night for an evening of camaraderie and learn the fine art of drinking port in the military tradition. You must be 21 or over to participate in this event. You will be carded at the door, so be sure to bring your ID. Due to limited seating, you must RSVP in the Aegis room prior to the party.
Science Fiction Plot Hooks – Listen to our science experts talk about a variety of exciting (and frightening) topics in science today, and ask the experts!
Short Fiction Workshop – Bring a flash fiction (1000 words or less) and/or first three pages of a short story and we’ll breakdown the strengths and weaknesses. Do not come to this workshop if you’re not ready to be critiqued. This is for writers who wish to become authors, not for writers who wish the be told their work is “precious.” We won’t be cruel, but we will be honest.
Songwriting Seminar – Ever think about writing songs? Come and get a look into the process and learn the basics of songwriting from our seasoned performers.
Star Tech – Star Trek was visionary in ways we’re still realizing. Meet with our panelists to talk about the show’s precience and influence on real world technology.
Tea Tasting: White & Green – Come sample, discuss, and compare some of the best teas from around the world! This session focuses on white and green teas.
Tom Smith in Concert – Tom does “music in every style… except the dull.” The only musician to be featured on both NPR’s Sound & Spirit and the Dr. Demento Show, come and hear what he’s all about.
What is NaNoWriMo? – Do you know about NaNoWriMo, also known as National Novel Writing Month? Come and learn about the annual, Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November.
Women of Arthurian Legend – Much is known about King Arthur’s noble knights, but what of the women of the court? The wise, the wicked, and the complicated.
Writing Alternative History – If you want to write alternative history then you need to know real history! Join Michael O. Varhola, author of numerous history books, for tips on researching your subject matter and presenting it in your stories in an effective and compelling way.
Writing for Low-Budget Films: The Cost of Being a One-Man Band – If you’re going to make a film, you need some sort of script. What do you do if your budget doesn’t equal your vision? Let the TK2 Films crew help guide you.