Day 2 of the con continues the fun from Friday. Events run from 9:00 am to 2:00 am. Take a look at what’s in store!
This page last updated 09/29/16.
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!
Aegis Party – Aegis hosts the best party you’ve seen!
Art Workshop – Science and art come together in this hands-on panel.
The Beat, Dropped: Video Game Soundtracks – Come and hear us pontificate about video game soundtracks you haven’t been thinking about this year, and some that stay with us.
The Best Paranormal on TV – Local TV news programs in the UK and USA have featured ghost stories since the 1960s. Paranormal television programs are still popular with viewers today. Come discuss the best of the best with our panelists.
Beyond Supercrip – When you start counting, you’ll notice pretty quickly that characters with disabilities appear more regularly in SF than in any other genre. Join us to discuss why and how disabled characters matter in SF.
Bill & Barry Show – A long ConClave tradition! Enjoy a peculiar mix of storytelling, science, and humor as Bill Higgins and our “guest Barry” once again host an hour of erudite, if eccentric, conversation.
Care & Feeding of Your Writer – Join our Guests of Honor and other experienced writers about good habits and good habitat, as well as whatever insights we can find about helping support our Writer spouses, friends, or family.
Comics Beer & Sci Fi Podcast – Come be part of the CBSF crew’s live podcast!
Comic Books, Shows, and Movies – Join this panel to discuss the development and influence of your favorite titles.
Consent: Be Safe, Be Smart – Our friends from the Detroit House of Pain come and talk about some very important topics.
Costume Contest – Brought to you by our friends at Able Ideaz. Dress to impress and strut your stuff for our judges! First prize wins $200 cash! All ages and genres are welcome.
Creating Comic Books – The Able Ideaz crew share the ins and outs of creating stories told in pictures
Defeating Writer’s Block – Join GoH Michael O. Varhola for an examination of the syndrome known as “writer’s block.” Find out why it doesn’t really exist, and learn what you can do to keep it from affecting you!
Destroy the Universe – What are some of the possible ways the universe could end? Come discuss them with our panelsits.
Doctor Who Match Game – Join the DOCTOR to try your luck and see if you know your WHO.
Editing Workshop – There are two schools of thought about editing; The hard way and the eas—Who are we kidding? Editing is hard, but it doesn’t have to be excruciating. There are a lot of tricks to editing you work (or others) effectively. Come hear a few!
Filk for Techies – From “The Green Hills of Earth” by Robert Heinlein to Randall Munroe’s xkcd, techies have written jokes, poems, songs, and cartoons. Sing along with the “Open-PGP Polka”. If thirsty, learn pi to 15 digits. Bring us your favorite OLD funny, or just bring your NEUtrons, no extra charge.
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.
The Game! – The Lee Carroll and Anne Brett Memorial Version of THE GAME returns to ConClave! Part 1 is a 2 hour session. Part 2 is 4 hours. Susan Becker and Jim Cross will be your GMs.
Game: The Bear Essentials Netherstorm – GM Matthew Neymeiyer runs a 4 hour RPG based on the Netherstorm system. This game will be podcast by We Hate Bards.
Game: The Columbia Job – GM Ben Curtis runs this RPG based on the Leverage system. This game will be podcast by We Hate Bards.
Game: A Dark and Stormy Night – Join GM Cris Frank’s RPG based on the Netherstorm system. This game will be podcast by We Hate Bards.
Game: Dark Temptations – Answer the Call of Cthulhu with GM Ben Curtis. This game will be podcast by We Hate Bards.
Game: The Derelict – GM Mike Caldwell will guide you in this RPG using Call of Cthulhu, 7E. This game will be podcast by We Hate Bards.
Game: Dresden Files – Tet a Tet – GM Luke Zondervan takes you on an adventure based on the Fate system. You will be creating your character at the table. This game will be podcast by We Hate Bards.
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: A Rescue in Oz – Your off to see the Wizard with GM Daniel Jones of Thunderhead Games using their 1-Off system.
Game: Rim Riders of Uranus – Venture out to the far frontier with the crew of the deep-space freighter Conestoga as they mine the rings of the outer planets for ice that can be melted into water used to sustain life on space stations and planetary colonies. They are … the rim riders of Uranus. Gaming Guest of Honor Michael O. Varhola will run this scenario for his “Chaps & Apps” Space Western role-playing game. Pre-generated characters provided. Familiarity with d20 mechanics helpful!
Game: Save the Princess, Save the Kingdom – Using the Netherstorm system, GM Cris Frank guides you on a classic quest! This game will be podcast by We Hate Bards.
Game: Witches Dance – Join GM Ryan Venklase for a magical session using The Dark Eye system. 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!
Gender & Sexuality – Join our GoH Jacqueline Carey to discuss the importance of representation of the spectrum of genders and sexuality in media and literature.
HARD Science Fiction & Why You Should Care – George Santayana said “Those who fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.” Nasa’s Spacewatch potentially hazardous objects survey couldn’t begin until 2001, after the 1998 movie Armageddon raised awareness in congress. Hard SF like Gattaca is future history, from which society can learn.
How to Do a Successful Kickstarter – Crowd funding is an increasingly popular method of raising capital for a project. Come learn what makes the difference between a successful campaign and one that fails.
Howard Scrimgeour in Concert – Join Filk Hall of Famer and master of the bodharan, Howard Scrimgeour, for an hour of song, story, and drumming.
Jacqueline Carey: Book Signing and Q&A – Bring your favorite book and most pressing questions, our Guest of Honor has a pen and answers.
Magic: The Gathering Tournament – brought to you by Pandemonium Games.
Makeup Demo – TK2 Films’ master makeup artist Brittney Reed (Brokegrrrl) will be creating a detailed character makeup using mostly the paint only method. The artist will be demonstrating her interpretation of a creature, similar to a Windigo (cannibal humanoid or spirit, often pale/sickly looking with large veins, long limbs, and a few other inhumane characteristics) and how to create this look when you have a low budget for prosthetics and otherwise expensive sfx processes.
Michael Varhola: Book Signing and Q&A – Bring your favorite book and most pressing questions, our Guest of Honor has a pen and answers.
More Stories of the Open Mic – Hostess Rachel Weisserman shares stories, good and bad, from past open mic events.
NaNo Breakfast – Meet up with other NaNo participants to have breakfast before the convention and chat about your November plans.
NaNo Nite Owls – Join other aspiring writers to meet and write into the night.
Naughty Knots – If you don’t have an idea of what this panel is about, it’s not for you. Grown ups only.
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.
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.
Performing for Introverts – You don’t have to be an raging extrovert to have fun performing in front of an audience. If you’re naturally a reserved person, this panel will help you find your inner ham… and help you enjoy it!
Particle Mysteries: Dark Energy, Supercolliders – Early results from the Fermilab’s Dark Energy survey have mapped invisible dark matter across a portion of the sky. What is it? We don’t know. Isn’t that exciting? Fermilab plans to build an even longer and more intense neutrino beam, so how long will these mysteries remain?
Podcasting Basics – The geeks at Comics Beer & Sci Fi do some amazing podcasts. Come and learn the nuts and bolts of how they do it!
Rappelling – Victims don’t look up – don’t let us land on you! Learn how to tie a Swiss seat, then jump (or get thrown!) from a rather high place.
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!
Realistic Fight Scenes: Combat for Writers – Question, answer, and demonstration: we invite writers to ask us pretty much anything they want about fighting and Western European martial arts. We’ll do our best to answer thoroughly and factually!
Recreating the Star Trek Universe with Virtual Sets – The setting of Star Trek can be strange and varied. With the tools available to fannish movie makers these days, this challenge can be surmountable. TK2 Films will show you how!
Return to Jupiter: NASA’s Juno Mission – This summer, a new spacecraft arrived at Jupiter. Juno’s mission is to orbit the giant planet, studying its powerful magnetic fiend, intense radiation belts, and the intricate interplay of particles and energies surging through nearby space. Bill Higgins reviews Juno’s role in gathering more clues to the formation and evolution of Jupiter.
Science and Magical Realism in Historical and Modern Fiction – Come find out where authors and enthusiasts decide where to blur the lines. Steampunk authors Phil Chase and the brilliant Jessica Roland will talk about who did it well. They will talk about how they find sources and answer questions on a multitude of topics.
Screening of Star Trek Horizon – ConClave 40 is proud to present this Michigan-made fan film with over 3 million views on YouTube! The Coalition of Planets, a young alliance of worlds led by Earth, is at war with the Romulan Empire. Desperate for a chance to gain the upper hand in the war, the Coalition forms an alliance with T’mar, a Romulan deserter, in the hopes that she can provide valuable intelligence on her former masters. There will be a Q&A session with the producer/director following the screening.
Swordfights in the Movies – MST3K with swords! Come see and discuss some of the best, worst, and most interesting swordfights in the movies with some Aegis Sword Academy staff.
Teas of Colonial & Victorian America – The teas popular in the Victorian era were similar, and yet very different from what we drink today. Early Americans were familiar with such teas as Bohea, Congou, and Hyson… teas that most 21st Century tea drinkers have never encountered. Come and sample brews that our ancestors of 150+ years ago would recognize.
Victorian Life & Times – Want to know how people lived in the past before cell phones, or electricity? Trying to get a feel for the daily routines of the time period? Let us take a stroll together down the streets of London of yore and discover the mindsets of those within.
What’s New at NASA – From lassoing a star (Asteroid Redirect Mission), and photographing dark matter (James Webb Space Telescope), to building sky-high towers (Liftport Lunar Space Elevator), come find out what else is ongoing, new, and coming soon at NASA!
Working in Alternative Media – Science Fiction and Fantasy doesn’t only come in books. Come talk to our panelists about the wide variety of media out there!
World Building with Jacqueline Carey – Learn the intricacies of building a believable setting from master worldsmith Jacqueline Carey.
Writing Collections & Contests – Learn how to create a strategy to win a contest or place in a collection, and how this will and will not help you as a writer.