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Thursday, July 3
 

11:00am

Grave Business
Limited Capacity full

You're a necromancer..with a business plan...whose zombies dig up and loot valuables form graves.  While they're there, they can also grab fresh body parts so you can make MORE zombies to dig up MORE graves. Definitely a growth industry...until other Necromancers start competing with you for the choice cemeteries! She who finishes with the most treasure (gold, unused body parts) wins, so let's get down to Grave Business!

Moderators
FO

Ferrous Oxide

QuizMistress, Geeks Who Drink
Just here to list the things i probably won't get to because i'll be running about working like mad, so getting to things in the daytime will likely be spotty!

Thursday July 3, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
2202b
  • Suggested Age/Rating 8+

11:00am

Pathfinder Society: Perils of the Pirate Pact
Limited Capacity full

When the Black Marquis lost all of the men he could trust on a failed treasure hunt, he did the only thing he could: turned to the Pathfinder Society for help. Offering an ancient lost text in return for assistance, the Black Marquis of Deadbridge sends you deep into the spider-haunted Echo Wood of the River Kingdoms to track down his missing pirates and recover an ancient treasure for the Society. You'll face brigands, pirates, spiders and more—but will you survive the perils of the Pirate Pact? (Levels 1-7)



Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 11:00am - 3:30pm
2204a
  • Game System Pathfinder
  • Tags Age 13+

12:30pm

Making Lanyards
Need something to dangle your badge from? Come investigate different techniques for lanyard-making. Panelists: Sarah Vandenberg, Carol Strand, Rain Patterson

Thursday July 3, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Plaza 3

12:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity full

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

12:30pm

CONvergence for the Extreme Introvert
Suggestions on how to survive and thrive (room parties, anyone?) CONvergence when you're not a fan of huge crowds. Panelists: Olivia James, Ben Ellis, Jenn Baye

Thursday July 3, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Plaza 1

12:30pm

Food Allergies at CONvergence: How to Cope
You have a food allergy, yet are trying to survive from the limited opportunities at CONvergence: how do you cope? What can you safely bring, keep, and prepare in a hotel room? Panelists: Brianne Bilyeu, Richard Wielgosz, Karl Tingelstad, Marie Porter, Renee Petersen

Thursday July 3, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Atrium 3

12:30pm

Godzilla vs. Kaiju
Is the new Godzilla movie a true Godzilla movie? How does it relate to the past movies and to the genre as a whole? Panelists: David Annandale, Dave Margosian, Shaun Duke, Melissa Kaercher

Thursday July 3, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Edina

12:30pm

Harry Potter is Alive and Well in Our Hearts
There have been several new developments in the world of Harry Potter lately. What's happening with the Fantastic Beasts movie? What about fan-made creations? Panelists: Kat Brown, Linda White, Madeleine Rowe

Thursday July 3, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Plaza 2

12:30pm

Magic Realism a la China Mieville
A discussion of contemporary storytelling using elements of magic realism. How do you write everyday magic and still keep it magical? Panelists: J Boone Dryden, Dana Baird, EP Beaumont

Thursday July 3, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Atrium 7

12:30pm

Mainstreaming of Geekdom
Lots of popular movies are based on geek stuff. How do you handle being a geek hipster - or feeling like you don't fit in? Many people were geeks before it was cool. Let's stop feeling bad. Let's celebrate that geeks are cool! Panelists: Jaqueline Stoner, Hal Bichel, Kara Redding, Michael R. Underwood, Holley McLellan

Thursday July 3, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Atrium 6

12:30pm

Rise of 3D Printing
How is 3D printing shaping up for everyday and even fantastical uses? We'll discuss the present tech, such as museums creating 3-D masterpieces for the visually impaired to experience the art, as well as what the future may hold for 3D printing. Panelists: Kenneth Konkol, Tish Cassidy, Regan Wolfrom

Thursday July 3, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Atrium 2

12:30pm

Warehouse 13 Fan Panel
The fifth and final season is upon us. Come relive your favorite moments. Panelists: Kelly Pesola, Kris Halseth, Neil Anderson

Thursday July 3, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Bloomington

12:30pm

Star Trek: Catan
Limited Capacity full

A cross-over that’s about 90% Settlers of Catan and about 10% Trek, you start with two small outposts at the intersection of 3 planets, with each planet supplying certain resources (dilithium, titanium, food, oxygen, water). You build starships, connect Galactic regions, and establish more Outposts and Starbases (upgraded Outposts) and so on, and so on… Be careful, though, the Klingons are watching!

Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 12:30pm - 2:00pm
2202c

12:30pm

Otherworld Game Demo
Limited Capacity full

Otherworld is a fast-paced, tabletop, fantasy, roleplaying game with a focus on being strategic, intuitive, and fun!  You create a Hero with the ability to call forth great powers and talents from the Otherworld. How you use your gifts is up to you.  RPG experience helps, but is not required.  Please note:  this is a 1-hour “Fastplay” session – if you want a deeper look at the game and the world, join us Thursday or Saturday nights at 10 pm for a 2-3 hour adventure.

 


Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 12:30pm - 2:00pm
2202d
  • Game System Otherworld

12:30pm

Open LAN Gaming

Come check out our LAN gaming space – all are welcome, but we only have so many computers, so please play well with others and share!



Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 12:30pm - 2:00pm
2208

12:30pm

Open Steve Jackson Games 

f you’ve seen people playing Munchkin, Chez Geek (or any of the other Steve Jackson Games) and haven’t had a chance to try it, this is just for you!  Andy Mullin, one of SJG’s own Men in Black, will be here to demo and teach new games from Steve Jackson Games!



Moderators
AM

Andy Mullin, MIB

SJ Games Man In Black

Thursday July 3, 2014 12:30pm - 3:30pm
2205a

12:30pm

Modern Midwest Monster Hunt
Limited Capacity full

You’re a monster hunter - anything thing that moans, bumps, or roars in the night is fair game for you and your team. This game uses a modified version of the Castles and Crusades rule set. Characters, painted minis, and full terrain provided, no prior experience necessary – just bring yourself and your dice!

Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 12:30pm - 5:00pm
2202a
  • Game System Castles and Crusades RPG
  • Tags Age 15+

12:30pm

Pathfinder Society: Glass River Rescue
Limited Capacity full

A Pathfinder leading a diplomatic envoy from the Dwarven holds of the Five Kings Mountains has gone missing, and the balance of power in a time of war hangs on her rescue. The Pathfinder Society's divinations indicate the agent was waylaid in the theocratic nation of Razmiran, when one of her escorted diplomats failed to pay a requested tithe. Now it falls to the party to enter Razmiran, locate the missing Pathfinder and the Dwarven diplomats, and escape with their lives. (Levels 1-5)



Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 12:30pm - 5:00pm
2204b
  • Suggested Age/Rating 13+
  • Game System Pathfinder
  • Tags Age 13+

12:30pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Limited Capacity full

**NOTE: Due to demand, this event is in the process of being split into individual crews and slots - once all those slots are set up, the overall event will be deleted - please sign up for the individual crew slot that suits your schedule

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship.  Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

 


Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 12:30pm - Friday July 4, 2014 12:30am
2203

12:30pm

Lost City of Barakus

The party is searching for 2 gem keys that they believe will unlock the Vault of Larin Karr.  They are also en route to a tower to stop a diabolical telescope from being built which will summon a host of devils to raze the land.  And some day they will find the Vale of Serpents and defeat the Avatar of Set that their past actions have set free.  A lot to keep them busy and some will be addressed at the next Convergence!  An ongoing 3.5 D&D Adventure that starts with 5th level characters, but may end up anywhere!

 


Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 12:30pm - Friday July 4, 2014 2:00am
2206
  • Game System Dungeons & Dragons 3.5

1:00pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity filling up

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

1:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

2:00pm

Bones
Discover what an owl had for dinner! Dissect an owl pellet to solve the mystery and reveal clues about the owl's diet and predator/prey relationships. What types of bones will you find in your pellet? Panelists: Mary Myers, Skatje Myers, PZ Myers

Thursday July 3, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza 3

2:00pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

2:00pm

All-Ages Comics
There are comics just for kids and comics just for adults. Are there any comics out there that are genuinely "all-ages"? Panelists: Roy T Cook, Cynthia Booth, Ty Blauersouth

Thursday July 3, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza 1

2:00pm

Archery in Fact and Fiction
What do Green Arrow, Merida, Hawkeye, Katniss, Legolas, and Robin Hood all have in common (other than tights)? Panelists: Elizabeth Bear, Edward Eastman, Regan Wolfrom

Thursday July 3, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Bloomington

2:00pm

Fan Art and Social Media
Discuss how the latest social media platforms and visual blogging sites (such as Tumblr and Pinterest) are enabling more exposure for artists--fan and otherwise. Panelists: Shawn van Briesen, Jennifer Lundstrom, Hal Bichel, Fes Works, Christopher Jones

Thursday July 3, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Atrium 2

2:00pm

Gargoyles Radio Play Auditions - Th
Ever wanted to be in a radio play? Now is your chance! We are holding auditions for a live performance at CONvergence! You don't even have to be a fan of Gargoyles to enter. You just have to know how to read! Panelists: Greg Weisman, Jennifer Anderson

Thursday July 3, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Atrium 7

2:00pm

Kickstarter Evolution
It has rocketed from obscurity to being everywhere and is used for funding great ideas to the mundane. What is it? Where is it taking us? Panelists: Tish Cassidy, Blake Hausladen, Michael Damian Thomas, Joan Marie Verba, Tania Richter

Thursday July 3, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Atrium 3

2:00pm

Walking Dead: Comics or TV?
Which do you like better? What elements from the comics do you miss or think they should have left out of the TV adaptation? Panelists: Walter Sullivan, Neil Anderson, Scott Pearson, Stephan Stomberg, Kris Halseth

Thursday July 3, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Atrium 6

2:00pm

You're a Detective, Harry!
Dresden, then Bob Howard, now Peter Grant--what makes the two genres of fantasy and cop drama taste so great together? Panelists: Cetius d'Raven, Ryan Alexander, Samma Johnson, Emma Bull, Melissa Olson

Thursday July 3, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza 2

2:00pm

Skiffy & Fanty Show - Live at CONvergence!
A live episode of the Skiffy & Fanty Show (skiffyandfanty.com) with guest authors CL Patel and Martha Wells. We'll discuss influences on SF/F lit from gaming, comics, etc. with authors who write SF/F fiction but have experience writing for other formats. Panelists: Michael R. Underwood (mod), Carrie Patel, Martha Wells, David Annandale, Shaun Duke, Paul Weimer

Thursday July 3, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Edina

2:00pm

Reading - MP Johnson
Panelists: MP Johnson

Thursday July 3, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
2201

2:00pm

Castle Panic!
Limited Capacity full

The forest is filled with all kinds of monsters ... who waited patiently for you to build your castle and train your soldiers. Now they want a piece of the action! Can you work with your friends to defend your castle against the roaring, angry hordes, or will the monsters tear down your walls and destroy your precious castle towers? You all win or lose together, but in the end, only one player will win the coveted title of “Master Slayer”.

Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
2202c

2:00pm

Team Fortress 2 (TF2)

Come play something we all thought was vaporware… until it finally materialized and Valve blew us all away!


Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
2208

2:00pm

Firefly: the Game
Limited Capacity full

The goals of a captain are simple: Find a crew, find a job, keep flying. Travel the Verse fending off reapers and dodging the alliance (and your fellow players) in your quest for glory and credits, or just the shinies. Competitive, 1 to 6 players. Includes Breakin' Atmo and Pirates & Bounty Hunters expansions.



Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 2:00pm - 5:00pm
2202b
  • Suggested Age/Rating 13+
  • Tags Age 13+

2:00pm

Pathfinder Society: Emerald Spire Part I (Super Dungeon)
Limited Capacity full

Discover the ancient secrets of the Emerald Spire, a gigantic dungeon brimming with incredible danger and phenomenal mysteries! The Emerald Spire takes players on a deadly delve into the depths of this mysterious dungeon, its ancient levels each impaled by a mysterious green crystal. The nearby settlement of Fort Inevitable and the history of the Spire and the surrounding territory feature prominently in the upcoming Pathfinder Online MMO. (Levels 1-2)

 

 


Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 2:00pm - 7:00pm
2204c
  • Suggested Age/Rating 13+
  • Game System Pathfinder
  • Tags Age 13+

2:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity full

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

3:00pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

3:00pm

ParaNorman
dir. Chris Butler, Sam Fell w/Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck Fables about mob mentality and misunderstanding are in no way a new concept... But this film offers a fresh, fun and clever take on a classic subject and applies it seamlessly to a new generation. With zombies.

Thursday July 3, 2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Plaza 4
  • Suggested Age/Rating PG

3:00pm

ConSuite Gaming Space Opens


Gaming space on 2nd floor in the ConSuite area is now open for impromptu card and board games – check back often for special events throughout the weekend!

 


Thursday July 3, 2014 3:00pm - 6:00pm
ConSuite Gaming 216-217

3:00pm

Tenchi Muyo!
Tenchi is an average guy with terrible luck, but he's accidently freed a ravishing space pirate after 700 years of captivity. Now, attractive aliens from across the galaxy are about to make his life more outrageous than he ever imagined. Can he survive the romantic entanglements and unlock the secrets of his mysterious ancestry?

Thursday July 3, 2014 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 1
  • Format Dubbed
  • Suggested Age/Rating 13+

3:30pm

Art-Go-Round
Collaborate with artists to create masterpieces. Even if you can only create a stick figure, you can join the fun with professional artists in seeing the art come to life. Panelists: Ruth Thompson, John Garner

Thursday July 3, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Plaza 3

3:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

3:30pm

ASL 101
Come learn about ASL. Bring your questions. Panelists:

Thursday July 3, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 7

3:30pm

Buffyverse 10 Year Anniversary
The Buffy/Angel universe has been off the air for ten years. Let's reminisce and talk about the impact these shows have had on TV fantasy since their cancellation. Panelists: Tim Lieder, Cetius d'Raven, Greg Weisman, Madeleine Rowe, Mark Goldberg

Thursday July 3, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Edina

3:30pm

CONvergence 101
For first timers or veterans who are pretty sure they don't know everything, this panel will try to teach you everything you need to know! Panelists: Charmaine Parnell, Jen Manna, Brian Etchieson, Tabitha Anderson, Tish Cassidy, Briana Falb-Joslin

Thursday July 3, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 3

3:30pm

Fritz Leiber's Urban Fantasy
During the 1940s, Fritz Leiber was one of authors who took the supernatural story out of its traditional settings of Gothic mansions and castles and placed it in subway stations, colleges, and other urban settings. A discussion of his urban dark fantasy. Panelists: David Schwartz, Scott Lynch

Thursday July 3, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Plaza 2

3:30pm

Good, Fast, or Cheap
When does it make sense to work for exposure and when does that become exploitative? At what point do you need to insist on charging? What are the trade-offs when choosing between free and paid art? Panelists: Elizabeth Bear, Sharon Stiteler, Kameron Hurley, Michael Damian Thomas

Thursday July 3, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 6

3:30pm

GPS Writing Contest Winners
Past winners of the annual GPS Writing Contests read from their winning work. This year's winners are announced. Panelists: George Richard

Thursday July 3, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 2

3:30pm

It's Okay to Not Like Things
You love Firefly, but your friend hates it. You think the Renfest is stupid, but they dress up and go every weekend. How do you go about relationships with people whose likes are diametrically opposed to your own? Panelists: Jeremy Stomberg, Bill Stiteler, Molly Glover, Nick Glover

Thursday July 3, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 4

3:30pm

Parallel Man
Take a look at the new sci-fi adventure coming to you later this year as a comic, a computer game, and in development as an animated TV series, feature film, and toy line. With local creators Jeffrey Morris, Rob Callahan, and Christopher Jones. Panelists: Christopher Jones, Rob Callahan, Jeffrey Morris

Thursday July 3, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Plaza 1

3:30pm

Star Wars Episode VII: Hopes, Fears, Predictions
We'll talk about the upcoming film. Panelists: Neil Monson, Zach Nyhus, Neil Anderson, Dave Margosian, Kenneth Konkol

Thursday July 3, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Bloomington

3:30pm

Reading - Emmy Jackson
Emmy Jackson will read from his work. Panelists: Emmy Jackson

Thursday July 3, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
2201

3:30pm

The Agents
Limited Capacity full

As the Agency shuts down, dismissed and disbanded Agents all around the world are trying to figure out what's next. Left without a cause, they team up and turn against each other.  You must enlist and lead your own faction of highly skilled professionals into an uncertain territory of betrayal and deception. Show no mercy, reveal no secrets.



Moderators
avatar for Derek Hanisch

Derek Hanisch

Spectrum Community Mental Health

Thursday July 3, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
2205a
  • Suggested Age/Rating 12+
  • Tags Age 12+

3:30pm

Otherworld Game Demo
Limited Capacity full

Otherworld is a fast-paced, tabletop, fantasy, roleplaying game with a focus on being strategic, intuitive, and fun!  You create a Hero with the ability to call forth great powers and talents from the Otherworld. How you use your gifts is up to you.  RPG experience helps, but is not required.  Please note:  this is a 1-hour “Fastplay” session – if you want a deeper look at the game and the world, join us Thursday or Saturday nights at 10 pm for a 2-3 hour adventure.



Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
2202d
  • Game System InfiniteMotion's Otherworld RPG

3:30pm

LAN Gaming: Natural Selection 2

Come check out a hybrid FPS / RTS game – in fact, Natural Selection was the first FPS game to incorporate the use of the “Commander” role, which actually sees the battlefield from the top down.  Play as Space Marines or Kharaa (Aliens), and get ready to kick some assets in this crazy Half-Life mod that became its own game!



Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 3:30pm - 6:30pm
2208

3:30pm

Pathfinder Society: You Have What You Hold
Limited Capacity full

As an act of retribution, an enemy of the society begins hiring river pirates to waylay Pathfinder boats bound for the crusader nation of Mendev. Unless the Pathfinders can track down the party responsible and put an end to their piracy, the raids may spell the doom of the society’s ambitions to the north. (Levels 3-7)



Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 3:30pm - 8:00pm
2204a
  • Suggested Age/Rating 13+
  • Game System Pathfinder
  • Tags Age 13+

4:00pm

Signing - Greg Guler
Panelists: Greg Guler

Thursday July 3, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
CONvergence Central

4:00pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

4:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

4:30pm

The Picture of Dorian Gray
NR - 1945 - 110 min. (Captioned) dir. Albert Lewin w/George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed, Angela Lansbury, Peter Lawford A wish made in the presence of an Egyptian idol changes a young man’s life forever in Oscar Wilde’s classic tale about the corruption of innocence and the affects of cruelty on the human soul. (this showing is captioned)

Thursday July 3, 2014 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Plaza 4
  • Suggested Age/Rating NR

5:00pm

Kitty Blankets for Shelter Cats
Learn to make no-sew fleece blankets! The products will go to kitties in need. Panelists: Sarah Vandenberg, Carmen Renner, Leah Weaver, Jana Worrall, Rain Patterson

Thursday July 3, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza 3

5:00pm

N00b Gala: A Chance to Meet and Geek
Panelists:

Thursday July 3, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Garden Court - Southwest

5:00pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity full

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

5:00pm

Art as Therapy
Many people find creating and performing art and music to be therapeutic in personal ways. Art and Music Therapy are also formal programs with multiple uses. What is the basis for these various kinds of therapy and how useful are they? Panelists: Ashley Hamer, Olivia James, Kris Halseth, Shawn van Briesen

Thursday July 3, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 3

5:00pm

Dystopian Young Adult Literature
The huge new thing - and they're all becoming movies now! Discuss the Hunger Games, Divergent, Matched, Legend, Mazerunner, and more. Panelists: Lyda Morehouse, Hilary Moon Murphy, Kethry Burke-Scovill, Christine Norris

Thursday July 3, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Edina

5:00pm

Geek Etiquette
Don't harsh the squee. Just because you don't like something, doesn't mean other people don't. What to do to avoid being a jerk at cons and beyond, as well as how to handle jerkdom you encounter. Panelists: Rob Callahan, Michelle Farley, Hal Bichel, Holley McLellan, Dorianne McCreary

Thursday July 3, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza 1

5:00pm

Many Faces of Dracula
From Bela Lugosi to Christopher Lee, Gary Oldman to Thomas Kretschmann, many have portrayed Dracula on the silver screen. Join us to discuss the movie depictions of Dracula over the years. Panelists: David Annandale, Brian Salisbury, John Heimbuch, Jenny Milos, Joel Arnold

Thursday July 3, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 6

5:00pm

Sci-Fi Mirror
How does the sci-fi of an era reflect society's concerns, hopes, dreams, and politics? Panelists: Elizabeth Bear, Naomi Kritzer, Haddayr Copley-Woods, Ozgur K. Sahin, Kenneth Konkol

Thursday July 3, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 4

5:00pm

Shakespeare and Fantasy
From mythical kings like Lear and Cymbeline to the mage Prospero and his monsters in The Tempest to the fairies of Midsummer Night's Dream, and ghosts all over the place. Why are these plays still speaking to us 400+ years later? Panelists: Tim Lieder, Catherine Lundoff, Paul Weimer, Ruth Berman, Mark Goldberg

Thursday July 3, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 7

5:00pm

The Importance of the Storyboard
Storyboarding is an essential step in production. Our panel will talk about effective storyboarding techniques and why it is so important to success. Panelists: Karine Charlebois

Thursday July 3, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Bloomington

5:00pm

Thriving With Asperger Syndrome
Autism and Asperger Syndrome appear to be more common among males than females, but some experts suggest that women adapt better. We'll discuss this, other theories about the differences, and ways to live your life to the fullest. Panelists: Robert Wagner, Marie Porter, Meghan Williams MA LMFT, Richard Wielgosz

Thursday July 3, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza 2

5:00pm

Victorian is Not Steampunk
These two fashion styles are similar in many ways, but they are not the same. What the similarities and - more important - their differences? Panelists: Kath Dimmich, Ty Blauersouth, Sarah Barsness

Thursday July 3, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 2

5:00pm

Reading - Martha Wells
Martha Wells will be reading from her work. Panelists: Martha Wells

Thursday July 3, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
2201

5:00pm

Otherworld Game Demo
Limited Capacity full

Otherworld is a fast-paced, tabletop, fantasy, roleplaying game with a focus on being strategic, intuitive, and fun!  You create a Hero with the ability to call forth great powers and talents from the Otherworld. How you use your gifts is up to you.  RPG experience helps, but is not required.  Please note:  this is a 1-hour “Fastplay” session – if you want a deeper look at the game and the world, join us Thursday or Saturday nights at 10 pm for a 2-3 hour adventure.



Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 5:00pm - 6:30pm
2202d
  • Game System Otherworld

5:00pm

Magic: The Gathering - Standard Constructed Tournament
Limited Capacity full

Standard Constructed (Type 2) Tournament.  Bring your standard-legal deck and get matched up against other players for a few hours of Magic fun to kick off the Convention!



Moderators
MM

Matt McMillan

CONvergence Card Gaming Subhead

Thursday July 3, 2014 5:00pm - 9:30pm
2207a

5:00pm

Magic: The Gathering – Limited: Theros Block Draft
Limited Capacity full

n order to have a chance to play in the draft, each player must bring one (UNOPENED) pack from each of the following sets:  Theros, Born of the Gods, and Journey Into Nyx.  Players arriving without their packs will not be allowed to play.  Please purchase your packs in the dealer’s room at any of the game store merchants selling Magic.

 


Moderators
MM

Matt McMillan

CONvergence Card Gaming Subhead

Thursday July 3, 2014 5:00pm - 9:30pm
2207b

5:00pm

Pathfinder Society: Thornkeep, the Accursed Halls
Limited Capacity full

Buried beneath the castle of Thornkeep lie strange passages and chambers that once belonged to a cruel Azlanti wizard of eons past. Goblins have begun excavating the so-called Accursed Halls in hopes of finding a lost goblin artifact, though their constant battles with the undead that haunt these corridors has left them blind to the dungeon’s other myriad wonders. (Levels 1-2)



Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 5:00pm - 9:30pm
2204b
  • Game System Pathfinder
  • Tags Age 13+

5:00pm

Raising the Torch
Limited Capacity seats available

June, 1922 PD is a dark time for the Star Empire of Manticore. For the crew of the Avalon-class light cruiser HMS Casey, 12 June 1922 PD was just another day in the Talbott Cluster, chasing pirates ... until the Kingdom of Torch freedom ship Harriet Tubman, carrying hundreds of escaped genetic slaves, came crashing over the Alpha Wall, two pirate destroyers in hot pursuit. Then it would become a day unlike any Casey had ever experienced.

Moderators
avatar for Katie Tremaine

Katie Tremaine

Author, Artemis Flight Books
RPG fan, author of the short stories "Church of the Car," "Donuts and Disasters" and the novella Independent Flight.

Thursday July 3, 2014 5:00pm - 9:30pm
2202c
  • Suggested Age/Rating 16+
  • Game System Fate Accelerated RPG, set in the Honorverse
  • Tags Age 16+

5:00pm

Numenara
Limited Capacity full

Located on Earth a billion years in the future, humanity appears to be crawling out of the dark ages largely due to advanced objects buried in the ruins of ancient civilizations. These items are known as Numenera. In the midst of this renaissance an ancient beast has begun to walk the land, sowing the seeds of war. The only one who seems to have a clue is a Windrider’s Daughter. Protect her, return her to her father, and travel through time and from one bar to the next to find out who is really behind the resurrection of a technological cataclysm known as a Dread Destroyer. Familiarity with any D20 RPG system a plus, but not truly necessary; rules will be taught, pre-generated characters provided.

Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 5:00pm - 11:30pm
2205c

5:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

6:00pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity full

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

6:00pm

Mark Time Show
"Cyber Bob and the Digital Nymph" - Original comic radio. Bob, the old-school punchcard hacker, is hired to go on a quest in the digital realm, and there is whirring and buzzing, double-crosses and hanging chads, inflatables notwithstanding. Panelists: Windy Bowlsby, Tim Wick, Dawn Krosnowski, Megan Petersen, David Ossman, Judith Walcutt, Jerry Stearns, Gordon Smuder

Thursday July 3, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Main Stage

6:00pm

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
14-year-old Madoka Kaname is offered the opportunity to gain magical powers if she agrees to make a contract with a strange creature called Kyube, but in exchange she must risk her life to fight witches. For some reason, another magical girl named Homura Akemi is determined to prevent Madoka from accepting the deal.

Thursday July 3, 2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Atrium 1
  • Format Subtitled
  • Suggested Age/Rating 13+

6:00pm

Open Card and Board Gaming

Stop into CONSuite Gaming to get in on any of many casual board or card games from CONvergence’s game library – grab some friends, grab a game, and grab a table, or see if there’s a spot available in a game already in progress.



Thursday July 3, 2014 6:00pm - Friday July 4, 2014 1:00am
ConSuite Gaming 216-217

6:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

6:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Thursday July 3, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

6:30pm

LAN Gaming: Left4Dead 2

All the PC’s in LAN gaming go Left4Dead 2 at 6:30 in preparation for the tournament starting at 8 pm!



Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 6:30pm - 8:00pm
2208

6:30pm

Vanilla Sky
Vanilla Sky - R -2001 - 136 min. (Captioned) dir. Cameron Crowe w/Kurt Russell and some other people A rich playboy who takes life for granted. Pizza. A mysterious, beautiful girl. Pizza. An angry, jilted ex-lover. Pizza. An accident. Death. Reality. ...Open your... Pizza. (this showing is captioned)

Thursday July 3, 2014 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Plaza 4
  • Suggested Age/Rating R

7:00pm

The Science and Art of Bioluminescence
Draw your masterpiece in glowing bacteria! Participants will have the opportunity to create artwork using glowing bacteria on a petri dish. We will then take a photograph of the resulting artwork for participants to download from Flickr. Panelists: Siouxsie Wiles

Thursday July 3, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Plaza 3

7:00pm

Opening Ceremony
If it's not exactly a magical invocation, it is nonetheless our official kick-off for the convention! Join Connie as we welcome our Guests of Honor, give out some awards (including the Mark Time and Ogle winners), and get this party started. Panelists: Amy Berg, Emma Bull, C. Robert Cargill, Sarah Clemens, Scott Lynch, Marina Sirtis, Greg Weisman, Frank Paur, Matthew Ebel, Dawn Krosnowski, Greg Guler, Rob Callahan, Windy Bowlsby, Michael Lee

Thursday July 3, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Main Stage

7:00pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Thursday July 3, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

7:00pm

Female Superhero Movies - Why Can't We Have One?
Where are the Black Widow / Wonder Woman / etc. movies? Panelists: Shawn van Briesen, Joan Sullivan, Kelly Pesola, Jonathan Palmer

Thursday July 3, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Edina

7:00pm

Friends of Bill W - Th
Panelists:

Thursday July 3, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Atrium 2

7:00pm

Gaylaxians Book Discussion Update
North Country Gaylaxians read 10 to 12 books with positive portrayals of GLBTQ situations and characters or from GLBTQ authors in a year. This panel will give an update on the books we've read, which we thought were good, which we disliked and why. Panelists: Don Kaiser, Claudia Slovacek, Landon Thomas, David Lenander

Thursday July 3, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Atrium 3

7:00pm

Iron Druid Chronicles
Kevin Hearne is the author of these urban fantasy novels set in present day Tempe, Arizona. The series follows Atticus O'Sullivan, the last of the Druids, as he deals with angry gods from multiple pantheons, vengeful witches, werewolves, and vampires. Panelists: Robert Wagner, Meghan Williams MA LMFT

Thursday July 3, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Plaza 2

7:00pm

Neil Gaiman's Blurred Lines
Gaiman deftly blends reality and fantasy, mythical and everyday. We'll discuss the urban fantasy in his works and how it gives us new perspectives on religion, culture, and our own willingness to blur the lines between fact and fiction. Panelists: Roy T Cook, Jaqueline Stoner, Mark Goldberg, Garrick Dietze

Thursday July 3, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Atrium 4

7:00pm

Not Men or Women: Everyone Else in Fiction
Not all characters need to be male or female! Explore the gender binary and how it can be, and has been, subverted in fictional universes and in reality. We will discuss common tropes and ways gender could be explored better in all fictional media. Panelists: Elizabeth Bear, Haddayr Copley-Woods, Kimberley Long-Ewing, Benny S, Kameron Hurley

Thursday July 3, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Atrium 7

7:00pm

Sherlock Fan Panel
Join us to discuss the latest season of Sherlock. Were you satisfied with the resolution of Season 2's cliffhanger? What does the future hold? Panelists: Melissa McConnell, Scott Pearson, Jenny Milos, William Dewey, Thomas Mahle

Thursday July 3, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Atrium 6

7:00pm

Main Stage Overflow - Th
Can't get in to main stage performances? Come watch them on our giant projection screen! Panelists:

Thursday July 3, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bloomington

7:00pm

Worst Pseudoscience of All-Time: A Skepchick Debate
Homeopathy or Reiki? ESP or Intelligent Design? Each Skepchick will choose a different pseudoscience to argue as the stupidest of all time, and the audience will choose the winner by applause. Panelists: Rebecca Watson (mod), Amy Roth, Nicole Gugliucci, Dr Rubidium, Jamie Bernstein

Thursday July 3, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Plaza 1

7:00pm

Munchkin Tournament - MANDATORY Player Meeting

If you want to play in this weekend’s Munchkin Tournament, you MUST be at this meeting.  Rules, format, etc. will be discussed.  Please remember to leave yourself sufficient time to walk (15-20 min) or shuttle to the Crowne Plaza, as latecomers may not hear all the info they need to play in the tournament!!



Moderators
AM

Andy Mullin, MIB

SJ Games Man In Black

Thursday July 3, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
CROWNE PLAZA, Salon U
  • Game System Munchkin!

7:00pm

Samurai Sword
Limited Capacity filling up

In the land of the Rising Sun, faithful Samurai protect the Shogun. Now, a lone Ronin is plotting his revenge. Will you honor the way of the warrior, or use your sword to take out all of your opponents?  Secret plots abound in this fun card game from the creators of Bang.



Moderators
avatar for Derek Hanisch

Derek Hanisch

Spectrum Community Mental Health

Thursday July 3, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
2202b
  • Suggested Age/Rating 12+
  • Tags Age 12+

7:00pm

ConSuite Gaming: Family Game Night

Join our ConSuite Gaming staff for family-friendly games!  Thursday night’s offerings include Family Fluxx (5 players) and Dungeon! (8 players)


Thursday July 3, 2014 7:00pm - 9:30pm
ConSuite Gaming 216-217

7:00pm

Simplicity 2.0
Limited Capacity full

Have you ever wanted to play a magic wielding, two headed, zombie with an inferiority complex in a steam-punk world and was told by the GM "NO, you can't play that!!"?  Then this is the game for you.  Returning for its second year, Simplicity is a bridge system from dice based RPG games to storytelling game where the participants have more control over the outcomes in the game through interaction rather than dice rolls. Come join us and discover what make Simplicity different.  Rules taught, imagination required!



Speakers

Thursday July 3, 2014 7:00pm - 10:00pm
2205a
  • Game System Simplicity 2.0 (New d10 RPG)

7:00pm

Pathfinder Society: Emerald Spire (Super Dungeon) Part II
Limited Capacity seats available

Discover the ancient secrets of the Emerald Spire, a gigantic dungeon brimming with incredible danger and phenomenal mysteries! The Emerald Spire takes players on a deadly delve into the depths of this mysterious dungeon, its ancient levels each impaled by a mysterious green crystal. The nearby settlement of Fort Inevitable, and the history of the Spire and the surrounding territory, feature prominently in the upcoming Pathfinder Online MMO. (Levels 3-4)



Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 7:00pm - 11:30pm
2204c
  • Suggested Age/Rating 13+
  • Game System Pathfinder
  • Tags Age 13+

7:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

8:00pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

8:00pm

LAN Gaming: Left4Dead 2 Tournament
Left4Dead 2 comes to CONvergence! Do YOU know how to survive Valve’s Zombie Apocalypse FPS sequel? Always, always Double-tap – it’s your only life, so don’t be stingy with the bullets!! Registration for this event begins Thursday at 12:30pm in LAN Gaming (2208).

Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 8:00pm - 9:30pm
2208

8:00pm

Project A-Ko
In a city once leveled by a mysterious crashed space ship, superhuman high school student named A-Ko Magami dukes it out with the diabolical genius B-Ko Daitokuji, who will stop at nothing to win the friendship of A-Ko's buddy C-Ko Kotobuki. Meanwhile, another alien ship is on course towards Earth to find its planet's lost princess.

Thursday July 3, 2014 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Atrium 1
  • Format Subtitled
  • Suggested Age/Rating 13+

8:30pm

Fairy Garden
Make a tiny garden in a drinking receptacle. Panelists: Sue Bloyer, Danielle Swartz, Dierdre Schultz, Renee Petersen, Jana Worrall

Thursday July 3, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Plaza 3

8:30pm

Art Show Meetup
Join us for a meet and greet at the Art Show. Tour the Art Show as we put faces to the art. Stick around afterwards for some refreshments and conversation. All are welcome. Meet in front of Plaza 6. Panelists: Shawn van Briesen, Karine Charlebois, Christine Mitzuk, Cynn Anthony

Thursday July 3, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Plaza 6

8:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

8:30pm

Can You Do That Anymore?
Many of the great geeky works from before the '70s have social attitudes that just don't fly anymore (e.g., Lone Ranger). If you rewrite them, the fans get upset. If you don't, they’ll bomb. Are these remakes doomed to fail? Panelists: Mark McPherson, Sarah Prentice, Jen Manna, Derek Mahr, Gordon Smuder

Thursday July 3, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Atrium 7

8:30pm

DC vs. Marvel
Marvel is putting out 3-5 awesome movies a year. Will DC ever catch up? Or will it just stick with developing good animated TV series. Panelists: Kevin Eldridge, Bryon Stump, Michael Lee, Stephan Stomberg, Adam Lueck

Thursday July 3, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Bloomington

8:30pm

Fractured Fairy Tales
Let's put fairy tales and dystopia in a blender and see what we get. When do things get too fractured - when do you jump the mermaid? Panelists: Adam Stemple, Holly Day, Sean M. Murphy, Amanda Lonsdorf, Joan Sullivan

Thursday July 3, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Atrium 4

8:30pm

Game of Thrones Fan Panel
What's new in Westeros? Attended any weddings lately? Maybe a funeral or two? Come discuss the latest developments on the TV show and how they relate to the books. Panelists: Daren Johnson, Kirsten Wade, Caroline Symcox

Thursday July 3, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Atrium 6

8:30pm

Green Is Not Diversity
Why is it always aliens vs. white guys? Diversity is coming, but why is it taking so long? Why do some characters get rewritten to be Caucasian? Panelists: Dr Rubidium, Shaun Duke, Benny S, Aimee Kuzenski, Laura Zats

Thursday July 3, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Edina

8:30pm

Hobby Electronics: From Prototype to Product
Makers and others interested in Arduino, low-cost electronics, and turning an idea into reality: Whether you're new to the hobby, want to polish or multiply your costume or electronics, bring your questions and ideas and let's flip Frankenstein's switch. Panelists: Doug Thorpe, Christopher Baye, Todd Murray, Michelle Cadieux, Jerry Belich

Thursday July 3, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Atrium 2

8:30pm

Introduction to Anime
Intrigued by anime, but don't know where to start? This is the panel for you. Come learn the lingo, the classics for a strong anime foundation, and how to avoid accidentally showing your children hentai. Panelists: Jessi Silver, Lyda Morehouse, Heather Deakman, Damarra Atkins

Thursday July 3, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Plaza 2

8:30pm

Script to Stage: How to Produce a Theater Show
Lots of people want to do a show; very few know how. Where do you go? Finding talent? What about marketing? How do you pay for it? Here is a chance to hear from some local pros on how to make a show happen - and what pitfalls to avoid. Panelists: Jeffrey Gardner, Betsey Palmer, Phillip Andrew Bennett Low, John Heimbuch, Roy C. Booth

Thursday July 3, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Atrium 3

8:30pm

When Science Isn't Your Friend
When has science hurt people in reality and what has that taught us about how science should be practiced? We'll discuss everything from the Tuskegee experiments and Henrietta Lacks to continuing issues like surgery on intersex babies. Panelists: Stephanie Zvan (mod), Caleph Wilson, PZ Myers, Mary Brock, Debbie Goddard

Thursday July 3, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Plaza 1

8:30pm

Warp Factor 9 Speed Dating (GLBTQ) Th
Warp Factor 9 Speed Dating: Fire up the warp engines and set a course for love! Limited space available. Line opens at 8:15p, Participants must be 18 or over. 90 minutes. Panelists: Andrew Davies, Kari Keene, Erin Frandrup, Beth Rogers

Thursday July 3, 2014 8:30pm - 10:00pm
A-E-I-O Crowne Plaza Bloomington West, 5401 Green Valley Dr Bloomington, MN 55437

8:30pm

Munchkin Tournament, Round 1
Limited Capacity filling up

Munchkin 4-round tournament (Rounds 2, 3, and 4 will take place Friday and Saturday); In order to be eligible to play in the tournament, you must have attended the player meeting immediately before this event in this room!   Winners from Preliminary rounds will go on to Saturday Night’s FINAL!

 


Moderators
AM

Andy Mullin, MIB

SJ Games Man In Black

Thursday July 3, 2014 8:30pm - 10:00pm
CROWNE PLAZA, Salon U
  • Game System Munchkin!

8:30pm

Smackdown
Bring your wand and cloak to this year’s Smackdown for some Magical Mayhem! Wizards, witches, warlocks, and sorceresses will be judged as our panel of “experts” decides who lives and who dies in our mystical iron cage match! Panelists: Amy Berg, Tim Wick, C. Robert Cargill, Melissa Kaercher, Tim Uren, Molly Glover, Joseph Scrimshaw, Kelvin Hatle, Christopher Jones

Thursday July 3, 2014 8:30pm - 10:30pm
Main Stage

8:30pm

Matrix Tag
Players choose the roles of Agent Smith, Neo, Morpheus, Trinity, or play an Agent or Zionist. Any number of people can play, joining in and leaving at any time. Panelists: Shannon Green

Thursday July 3, 2014 8:30pm - 10:59pm
Garden Court - Northwest

8:30pm

The Death Star Run
Limited Capacity full

You're in deep with the Hutts when they offer you a deal: they'll clear your debt if you extract a scientist from an Imperial military installation.  The only problem is the installation...

 


Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 8:30pm - Friday July 4, 2014 1:00am
2205b
  • Suggested Age/Rating 16+
  • Game System Star Wars Edge of Empire / Age of Rebellion
  • Tags Age 16+

8:30pm

Pathfinder Society: We Be Goblins!
Limited Capacity full

The Licktoad goblins of Brinestump Marsh have stumbled upon a great treasure—fireworks! Yet unfortunately for them, the tribe member responsible for the discovery has already been exiled for the abhorrent crime of writing (which every goblin knows steals words from your head). To remedy this situation, the Licktoads’ leader, His Mighty Girthness Chief Rendwattle Gutwad, has declared that the greatest heroes of the tribe must venture forth to retrieve the rest of the fireworks from a derelict ship stranded in the marsh. In order to prove themselves as the Licktoads’ bravest goblins, the PCs must complete a series of dangerous dares, from swallowing bull slugs and braving the dreaded Earbiter to dancing with Squealy Nord himself. Yet even once they’ve proven their mettle, the adventure is just beginning. For the ship in question is far from uninhabited, and Vorka the cannibal goblin would like nothing better than a few tasty visitors....



Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 8:30pm - Friday July 4, 2014 1:00am
2204a
  • Game System Pathfinder
  • Tags Age 13+

9:00pm

Trailer Park
See what the future holds as Rex dishes out trailers for hot upcoming releases, as well as some independent shorts and other fun stuff.

Thursday July 3, 2014 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Plaza 4

9:00pm

Greg Weisman's Fancy Bastard Pie Competition
Geek Partnership Society is excited to host the Greg Weisman Fancy Bastard Pie Competition at CONvergence 2014! It is open to all CONvergence members who wish to participate.

The goal is to make a pie that Greg Weisman, herein to be known as "Fancy Bastard", likes best.

The winner will be told super-secret Young Justice spoilers*. Find out what would have happened in Season 3!

In the interest of Full Disclosure, Fancy Bastard would like all to know that he especially likes the following pies:
  • APPLE
  • BERRY (pretty much any kind of berry or a mix of same)
  • PEACH
  • APRICOT
  • PUMPKIN
  • BANANA CREAM (herein to be known as the funniest pie)
Combinations of some of the fruit pies can be great. Contestants are welcome to try other pies at their own risk.

Fancy Bastard does NOT especially like the following pies:

  • PECAN
  • Anything with Chocolate
  • Raisins in Apple Pie
  • Almost never Cherry, though he has tasted the rare exception...

*Winner must swear to secrecy to claim prize. 

Speakers

Thursday July 3, 2014 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Cabana 110

9:00pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 9:00pm - 10:00pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

9:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 9:30pm - 10:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

9:30pm

Psycho-Pass
In the future, even just thinking about a crime is enough to make you guilty, and justice is dispensed from the barrel of a gun. Now one deranged genius has mastered the art of justifying his own heinous deeds, and the system is powerless to stop him.

Thursday July 3, 2014 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Atrium 1
  • Format Subtitled
  • Suggested Age/Rating 17+

9:30pm

Magic: The Gathering – Legacy Constructed: Emperor
Limited Capacity full

Bring your Legacy deck and play in an unusual 3v3 format.  Please note that only legal Legacy Constructed decks will be allowed.



Moderators
MM

Matt McMillan

CONvergence Card Gaming Subhead

Thursday July 3, 2014 9:30pm - Friday July 4, 2014 12:30am
2207a

9:30pm

Magic: The Gathering – Legacy Constructed: Quantum Leap
Limited Capacity seats available

Quantum Leap is a Legacy format created by Matt McMillan that uses primarily Planechase and Vanguard cards – bring your Legacy-legal deck and come play!

 


Moderators
MM

Matt McMillan

CONvergence Card Gaming Subhead

Thursday July 3, 2014 9:30pm - Friday July 4, 2014 12:30am
2207b

9:30pm

Open LAN Gaming: ADULT ONLY

Open LAN gaming … for Grownups.  Anyone in the LAN Gaming area after 9:30 PM must be 18+ and have an ADULT CONvergence badge.



Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 9:30pm - Friday July 4, 2014 12:30am
2208

9:30pm

Big Daddy’s Revenge
Limited Capacity full

"Ladies and gentlemen, I want you to find my little girl, bring her home and, if she's been hurt, cut the balls off those responsible. Am I understood?"  Suzette Mathers, daughter of porn king Edgar Mathers has gone missing. Evidence points to a human trafficking cartel. The meta-human mercenaries of Creative Security Innovations have been hired to do the job. The bad guys are screwed . Play as a Ranger sniper with super strength and and Ivy League law degree, a drug-addicted were-jaguar or a pyro-kinetic former(ish) street thug among others in CONvergence's  first ever adults-only RPG event. 6 players ages 18+ with ID only. Strong adult themes.  Materials provided; pencils and dice recommended. 



Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 9:30pm - Friday July 4, 2014 2:00am
2202a

10:00pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

10:00pm

Are Zombies Dead (Yet)?
No, really, haven't we done it all? Let's wrack our brains (heh...) and see if there's a single original Zombie concept left. Panelists: David Annandale, Ryan Alexander, Regan Wolfrom, Rae Anderson (mod)

Thursday July 3, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Atrium 7

10:00pm

Fables Fan Panel
What happens when fairy-tale creatures are exiled to real-world New York? Come discuss your favorite moments from the comic series, slated to end next year. Panelists: Kevin Eldridge, Garrick Dietze, Alexa Wilson

Thursday July 3, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Plaza 2

10:00pm

Geek Flirt 101
There's a cute other person, and he or she seems to be checking you out. Conventions can encourage people to lose their inhibitions, which can create some awkward moments. Learn how to figure out true interest, or just likes your costume. Panelists: Jenn Baye, Sigrid Ellis, Cat Wagner, Sean Eberle, Holley McLellan

Thursday July 3, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Plaza 1

10:00pm

Masquerade 101
Whether you are an old pro or a newcomer, this panel will help you learn the basics of participation in the CONvergence masquerade. Panelists: Deborah Mullen

Thursday July 3, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Atrium 2

10:00pm

Saberhagen's Dracula
Fred Saberhagen wrote a series of books from Dracula's point of view, including The Dracula Tape, Old Friend of the Family, and more. We'll discuss his work, particularly the more complicated moral portrayal of vampires. Panelists: Paul Weimer, Stephanie Zvan

Thursday July 3, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Atrium 3

10:00pm

Sci-Fail: The Skepchick Movie Review
A panel of experts reviews some of the best but mostly the worst moments in science found in recent cinematic offerings. Panelists: Rebecca Watson, Ryan Consell (mod), Nicole Gugliucci, Siouxsie Wiles, Dr Rubidium

Thursday July 3, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Edina

10:00pm

Ultimate Evil Overlord 101
An interactive guide to becoming the ultimate evil overlord - with audience participation. Panelists: Naomi Kritzer, Brian Salisbury, Craig Cormick, Laura Thurston, Christoforo Pasquarette

Thursday July 3, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Atrium 6

10:00pm

Bad September Performance
Minnesota's premiere steampunk band will be performing songs of a neo-Victorian character in a casual parlor-like atmosphere! Panelists:

Thursday July 3, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Atrium 4

10:00pm

Just a Minute
Paul Cornell will once again host his favorite game of talking and thinking at the same time. The combination is something most of us aren't particularly used to. Panelists: Paul Cornell, Eryn Hildebrand, Dawn Krosnowski, Scott Lynch, C. Robert Cargill

Thursday July 3, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Bloomington

10:00pm

Limitless
PG-13 - 2011 - 105 min. dir. Neil Burger w/Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish Sleek and fast paced, this film mirrors in its cinematography and direction the effects a drug is having on the perception and abilities of the protagonist. Science Fiction? Or is it fantasy? What if you could do anything? Don’t worry, this shouldn’t trigger any flashbacks.

Thursday July 3, 2014 10:00pm - Friday July 4, 2014 12:00am
Plaza 4
  • Suggested Age/Rating PG-13

10:00pm

Shoulder Dragon - Make a Pet
Advanced practice crafting! For those who want a more in-depth activity; come early, no new dragons will be started after 11:30. Panelists: Ruth Thompson

Thursday July 3, 2014 10:00pm - Friday July 4, 2014 12:29am
Plaza 3

10:00pm

A Terrible Time

Fresh from its Kickstarter!!  Teams of at least two join forces to complete a challenge in one of three categories: Art, Facts, or Performance. If you successfully identify the TERRIBLE THING in under 60 seconds, you advance. Should you be unable to identify a TERRIBLE THING, you must do a TERRIBLE THING by drawing from the Humiliation deck. The first team to make it to HELL wins!



Moderators
avatar for Derek Hanisch

Derek Hanisch

Spectrum Community Mental Health

Thursday July 3, 2014 10:00pm - Friday July 4, 2014 1:00am
2201

10:00pm

Fiasco!
Limited Capacity full

Fiasco is an awesome game of people with strong desires and poor impulse control!  HINT:  If you love Quentin Tarantino movies, this may be the game for you!  Once we have enough people we will break up into an appropriate number of groups and play through one of the many published scenarios. No experience needed, the rules are quick and easy. A good game for casual gamers who want to have a fun and dramatic game while at the Con. NOTE: This game is for ADULTS (18+) ONLY, with ADULT CONvergence BADGE!



Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 10:00pm - Friday July 4, 2014 1:00am
2202b
  • Suggested Age/Rating 18+ WITH ID & CON BADGE
  • Game System Fiasco!
  • Tags Age 18+ WITH ID

10:00pm

Otherworld Game Demo
Limited Capacity full

Otherworld is a fast-paced, tabletop, fantasy, roleplaying game with a focus on being strategic, intuitive, and fun!  You create a Hero with the ability to call forth great powers and talents from the Otherworld. How you use your gifts is up to you.  RPG experience helps, but is not required.  Please note:  this is a 2-3 hour immersive adventure designed for an adult audience.



Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 10:00pm - Friday July 4, 2014 2:00am
2202d
  • Suggested Age/Rating Adult
  • Game System InfiniteMotion's Otherworld RPG

10:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 10:30pm - 11:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

10:30pm

Warp Factor 9 Speed Dating Th
Warp Factor 9 Speed Dating: Fire up the warp engines and set a course for love! Limited space available. Line opens at 10:15p. Participants must be 18 or over. 90 minutes. Panelists: Andrew Davies, Kari Keene, Erin Frandrup, Beth Rogers

Thursday July 3, 2014 10:30pm - Friday July 4, 2014 12:00am
A-E-I-O Crowne Plaza Bloomington West, 5401 Green Valley Dr Bloomington, MN 55437

11:00pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 11:00pm - Friday July 4, 2014 12:00am
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

11:00pm

Faerie Bandit's Ball
An evening of retro dance music, brit-pop, electro swing, mashups, and more! Panelists:

Thursday July 3, 2014 11:00pm - Friday July 4, 2014 4:00am
Main Stage

11:30pm

Late Night Music Circle - Th
A late night gathering of musicians where you can sing, play or just listen. Panelists:

Thursday July 3, 2014 11:30pm - Friday July 4, 2014 12:30am
Edina

11:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Thursday July 3, 2014 11:30pm - Friday July 4, 2014 12:30am
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

11:30pm

Art of Burlesque
Let's talk about how geek culture has infused burlesque, and applying your geek passion to learning the art of burlesque. What are the different styles and how can we blend them with our geekdom? Panelists: Opiumm Hayze, Mona Montague, Michelle Farley, Pepper Sunshine, Holly Spilker

Thursday July 3, 2014 11:30pm - Friday July 4, 2014 12:30am
Atrium 3

11:30pm

Kink IRL - Turning fantasy into reality
Ever wonder if people really engage in the kink lifestyle? Curious about bondage, dominance/submission, or even whips and chains? Meet organizers of the local BDSM community to learn about the real world of kink & get answers to your burning questions. Panelists: Katie Sueker (mod), Joshua Hawkins, James Douthitt, Betsy Brown, Erin McCauley

Thursday July 3, 2014 11:30pm - Friday July 4, 2014 12:30am
Bloomington

11:30pm

Minnesota Fringe Fandom
The MN Fringe Festival is an annual unjuried theater festival with every conceivable genre and style. Let's talk about why it's awesome, why people should go, and the many things it has in common with fandom and an enormous spread-out con. Panelists: Rob Callahan, Phillip Andrew Bennett Low, Claire Alexander, Windy Bowlsby

Thursday July 3, 2014 11:30pm - Friday July 4, 2014 12:30am
Plaza 2

11:30pm

Non-monogamous Relationship Structures
Polyamorous relationships are portrayed in multiple ways, from Sister Wives to the works of Robert Heinlein. We'll discuss the similarities and differences between fictional depictions and real life non-monogamy. Panelists: Lyndzi Miller, Benny S, Heina Dadabhoy, Daisy F, Samantha Bitner

Thursday July 3, 2014 11:30pm - Friday July 4, 2014 12:30am
Plaza 1

11:30pm

Physics of Impossible Costumes
We'll discuss the physics of our favorite highly unlikely costumes, from unreal women's shapes and male upper bodies to unrealistic body armor. Panelists: Ryan Consell, Sarah Barsness, Marie Porter, Karine Charlebois, Christopher Jones

Thursday July 3, 2014 11:30pm - Friday July 4, 2014 12:30am
Atrium 7

11:30pm

Retconning Magic Into Technology
As our technology advances, what used to be considered magic in real life is now (or will soon be) technology. We will look at magic in fiction and see how it could be done with technology. Panelists: Craig A. Finseth, Lathan Murrell, Renate Fiora

Thursday July 3, 2014 11:30pm - Friday July 4, 2014 12:30am
Atrium 2

11:30pm

Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog
Joss Whedon's "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" is a delightfully hilarious exploration of love and evil featuring Nathan Fillion, Neil Patrick Harris and Felicia Day. Panelists: Barbara Jungbauer (mod)

Thursday July 3, 2014 11:30pm - Friday July 4, 2014 12:30am
Atrium 6

11:30pm

Panel 237
Inspired by the documentary Room 237, four panelist give their craziest explanations of what their favorite films are *actually* about. Panelists: Bill Stiteler, C. Robert Cargill, Melissa Kaercher, Tim Wick

Thursday July 3, 2014 11:30pm - Friday July 4, 2014 12:30am
Atrium 4

11:30pm

Nescaflowné
Meet Hitmi, an average Japanese high-school girl who finds herself whisked away to the magical world of Java, where conflict is brewing between the kingdom of Folgeria and the Starbach Empire. Could it be that Hitmi has the power to save the day? If you don’t know the answer to that, you probably haven’t seen much anime.

Thursday July 3, 2014 11:30pm - Friday July 4, 2014 12:30am
Atrium 1
  • Format Parody
  • Suggested Age/Rating 17+

12:00am

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
R - 2010- 99 min. dir. Troy Nixey w/Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, Bailey Madison So what if Del Toro has a thing for little girls in creepy, twisted fairy tale settings? He's been criticized as a one trick pony... But when that "trick" produces fantastic, beautiful and thoughtful results, we had better go along for the ride. If you missed this one, it's worth checking out. Big spooky house, whispers from the vents. Hope you have good dental coverage.

Friday July 4, 2014 12:00am - 2:00am
Plaza 4
  • Suggested Age/Rating R

12:00am

Resident Evil
Limited Capacity seats available

In the world of Resident Evil, nothing seems to be going correctly.  Can you find the cure to the plague… and survive?  Based on the world from the video games and movies for Resident Evil, this tabletop RPG uses a modified D&D ruleset.  Some rules will be taught specific to variations in the game, but the game will continue to move at a fast pace – intermediate / advanced RPG players welcome.


Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 12:00am - 4:00am
2205a
  • Suggested Age/Rating 13+
  • Game System Resident Evil
  • Tags Age 13+

12:30am

Berserk: The Golden Age: The Egg of the King
Guts is a young and highly skilled mercenary living in a medieval era of the Midland monarchy. During the siege of a castle, he catches the attention of Griffith, leader of a mercenary army called Band of the Hawk. As the two meet again, Guts ends up joining the notorious group.

Friday July 4, 2014 12:30am - 2:30am
Atrium 1
  • Format Subtitled
  • Suggested Age/Rating 17+

2:00am

Sinister
R - 2012 - 110 min. - with Guest of Honor C. Robert Cargill dir. Scott Derrickson w/Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance When you find a box of film reels in the creepy, dusty attic of your new house, you watch them, right? Wrong. Do not watch them. Your family will thank you. Ethan Hawke suffers a dark fate in this deeply disturbing, delightfully horrifying movie written by GoH C. Robert Cargill who will be in Rex to discuss the film. Once you've seen it, it's too late.

Friday July 4, 2014 2:00am - 4:00am
Plaza 4
  • Suggested Age/Rating R
 
Friday, July 4
 

7:00am

Saint Seiya: Evil Goddess Eris
Eris, the goddess of chaos, attempts to resurrect herself into the body of a young girl by draining Athena's life energy with the golden apple. But to be able to stop Eris, Seiya and his friends must first defeat the Ghost Knights.

Friday July 4, 2014 7:00am - 8:00am
Atrium 1
  • Format Subtitled
  • Suggested Age/Rating 13+

8:00am

Space Pirate Captain Harlock
In the year 2977, humanity has become complacent and stagnant, and all work is done by machines. When a mysterious invader from the stars catches Earth unawares, only the legendary space pirate Captain Harlock and the crew of the Arcadia have the will to stand against them.

Friday July 4, 2014 8:00am - 10:00am
Atrium 1
  • Format Subtitled
  • Suggested Age/Rating 13+

9:30am

Kids' Science Play
Make a mess, have some fun, and learn about the world around you. Panelists: Angie Anderson, Dierdre Schultz, Amy Murphy, Jana Worrall

Friday July 4, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Plaza 3

9:30am

Adventure Time Fan Panel
This Cartoon Network show continues to grow in popularity. What about Finn and Jake's adventures in the Land of Ooo make it so appealing? Panelists: Boris Smelov, Lori Fischer

Friday July 4, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Atrium 6

9:30am

Artist Egos
Artists tie their identity to art in ways those in many other fields do not. We'll discuss imposter syndrome, dealing with thinking we're the best until someone better comes along, and how to overcome psychological obstacles to flourish as artists. Panelists: Amy Roth, Mona Montague, Ashley Hamer, Beth Voigt

Friday July 4, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Atrium 4

9:30am

Can Sci-Fi Keep Up?
Is sci-fi able to keep up with technology? Snow Crash and Necromancer are already outdated, to give just a few examples. Does technology move faster than our imaginations? Panelists: Lee Harris, Craig Cormick, Pete Hautman, Tyler Tork

Friday July 4, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Atrium 3

9:30am

Disabled Persons in Fiction
Professor X and Daredevil are possibly twice as heroic as any other superhero. Is their disability written well? Panelists: Haddayr Copley-Woods, Vetnita Anderson

Friday July 4, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Atrium 2

9:30am

Doctor Who for Kids
How many of us grew up watching the Doctor explore the universe with his companions? Have you shown any of the new series (or old series) to your kids? Panelists: Shawn van Briesen, Karine Charlebois, Holley McLellan (mod), Michael Damian Thomas, Jules Mohr

Friday July 4, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Bloomington

9:30am

Hard SF Movies are Back!
With the recent releases of "Gravity" and "Ender's Game," hard SF movies are back. Will this trend last? Panelists: Romeo Azar, Mark McPherson, Dave Margosian, Carrie Patel

Friday July 4, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Plaza 2

9:30am

Historical Costuming
Come learn about and discuss historical and semi-historical costuming. We'll discuss tips and resources, timelines, silhouettes, structuring, and more. Panelists: Kath Dimmich, Brandy Danaki, Sarah Barsness, Mary McKinley, Rae DreamStitcher

Friday July 4, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Atrium 7

9:30am

Real Monsters
Reality is stranger than fiction. The deep seas and uncharted lands hold unimaginably bizarre creatures. This panel explores some of the strangest, ugliest, and most unlikely creatures known to live. Panelists: Brianne Bilyeu, Ryan Consell, Matt Kuchta, Siouxsie Wiles, PZ Myers

Friday July 4, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Edina

9:30am

Where's the Creature from the Black Lagoon?
By now every other Universal Monster is basically a genre unto itself, with movies in the dozens. When's the Creature from the Black Lagoon gonna get some love? Panelists: David Annandale, Joel Arnold, Lathan Murrell

Friday July 4, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Plaza 1

9:30am

14th Annual IKV WarHammer Invitational Bat'leth Tournament
Worthy warriors are invited to join the Klingons Friday morning 9:30 poolside as they fight for a cure against diabetes. Certifications are at 9:30 with the tourny begining at 10:00. Entry fee is $10.00 and all proceeds go to the American Diabetes Assoc. Panelists: George Richard

Friday July 4, 2014 9:30am - 11:59am
Garden Court - Southwest

9:30am

Pathfinder Society: The Brinewall Legacy (part 1)
Limited Capacity full

When a trove of fireworks falls into the hands of the goblins of Brinestump Marsh, the people of Sandpoint fear an explosive invasion. But there’s more afoot in the soggy wilderness than goblin hijinks and dangerous pyrotechnics. An investigation reveals mysteries and menaces aplenty, but also a treasure holding the answer to not just one of Varisia’s greatest mysteries, but a conspiracy spanning continents and empires. Can the adventurers piece together a puzzle that links the owner of a sleepy village tavern to the unsolved destruction of a fortress-settlement? And can they withstand the ancient forces and secret destiny that have waited for them for decades?

 

The adventure is divided into three parts (Level 1 – Morning(09:30-12:30); Level 2 – Afternoon(14:00-17:00); Level 3 – Evening(1700-21.:30)), and players may enter / leave the adventure as they wish.

 


Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 9:30am - 12:30pm
2204
  • Suggested Age/Rating 13+
  • Game System Pathfinder
  • Tags Age 13+

10:00am

The Neverending Story
PG - 1984 - 102 min. dir. Wolfgang Peterson w/Barret Oliver, Noah Hathaway As we geeks know, the best way to escape the realities of the mundane world is to shut ourselves away with a great book... Unless that book happens to suck us in to another dimension to face off in a high stakes adventure against "The Nothing" and risk just giving up and dying of SADNESS. Maybe you should have checked out the "Twilight" series instead.

Friday July 4, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza 4
  • Suggested Age/Rating PG

10:00am

Inuyasha
After falling down a well into feudal Japan, Kagome Higurashi is attacked by a demon and a powerful jewel hidden inside her body shatters. Kagome must join forces with the half-demon Inu Yasha, who also wants the jewel, to stop the shards from falling into the wrong hands.

Friday July 4, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 1
  • Format Dubbed
  • Suggested Age/Rating 13+

11:00am

Tea Dueling
See description under CoF2E2. Panelists: Paul Cornell, Caroline Symcox

Friday July 4, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Garden Court - Northwest

11:00am

Zombify Your Plushie
The Zombie Apocalypse is upon us!! However, they are so cute that no one really minds. Julie Bowman will show you how to turn a cute and adorable Plush Creature into an even cuter and more adorable Plush Zombie. Panelists: Julie Bowman

Friday July 4, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza 3

11:00am

Signing - Wesley Chu/Scott Pearson
Panelists: Wesley Chu, Scott Pearson

Friday July 4, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Autograph Table

11:00am

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity full

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

11:00am

Ask a Librarian
Are you interested in the profession? Do you want to know how to organize your library? How should you take care of your old photos? What does it take and mean to be a professional in the digital era? Panelists: Kathryn Sullivan, Sarah Barsness, Jenni Klumpp, Lynne M. Thomas, Hilary Moon Murphy

Friday July 4, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza 1

11:00am

Gargoyles Radio Play Auditions - Fr
Ever wanted to be in a radio play? Now is your chance! We are holding auditions for a live performance at CONvergence! You don't even have to be a fan of Gargoyles to enter. You just have to know how to read! Panelists: Greg Weisman, Jennifer Anderson

Friday July 4, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 7

11:00am

Geek Fitness - How to Outrun the Zombies
Rule 1 - cardio. Then what? Panelists: Elizabeth Bear, Emma Bull, Caitlin Ericson, Erica Schaub

Friday July 4, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 4

11:00am

Good Tech, Evil Tech
When in our stories did technology shift from being the answer to being the problem? Is it cyclical? We'll discuss examples and trends in books, TV, and movies. Panelists: Emmy Jackson, Craig Cormick, Regan Wolfrom, Ozgur K. Sahin, Christoforo Pasquarette

Friday July 4, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 2

11:00am

Mark Time Show Retrospective and Playback
Jerry Stearns and Brian Price will play and discuss highlights of a 16 year run of live main stage shows that included Mark Time (David Ossman, Phil Proctor), Wally Wingert, Michael Sheard, and the usual cast of nuts like Tim and Windy. Panelists: Jerry Stearns, Brian Price

Friday July 4, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 3

11:00am

Rise of the Web Series
The way in which we get our media is constantly changing and the web series represents one of the most dramatic shifts in content distribution. Let's talk about this rapidly growing platform. Panelists: Amy Berg, Gordon Smuder, Kyle Dekker

Friday July 4, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza 2

11:00am

Suspension of Disbelief in Urban Fantasy
Are there specific challenges to getting readers to accept fantastical elements in a real-world setting? Is it a harder sell to get people to accept vampires in NY and fairies running around Minnehaha than similar elements within a purely fantastic world? Panelists: JD Horn, Haddayr Copley-Woods, Laura Zats, Roy C. Booth

Friday July 4, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Edina

11:00am

What's Opera, Doc?
Opera and other musical theater often contain fantastical elements, from Valkyries to phantoms to magic flutes. Let's dig into these musical tales of wonder. Panelists: Melissa Kaercher (mod), Tim Lieder, Holly Day, Ruth Berman

Friday July 4, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Bloomington

11:00am

Women in STEM
Women in STEM discuss women's current work and achievements in these fields as well as the future. How do we get more women in STEM and why does it matter? What are the challenges and opportunities girls and women face and how is this changing? Panelists: Skatje Myers, Siouxsie Wiles, Nicole Gugliucci, Michelle Cadieux

Friday July 4, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 6

11:00am

Reading - Lee Harris
Lee Harris will be reading from his work. Panelists: Lee Harris

Friday July 4, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
2201

11:00am

Roadkill Rally
Limited Capacity full

Gentlemen, start your engines! Pedestrians, watch your @$$es! If you've ever seen either Death Race movie you've got the idea of what Roadkill Rally is about:  race across the country in your weaponized roadster, lighting up your opponents and scoring points by killing pedestrians.  It’s all about the size of your gun and the speed of your ride - what's more American than that?   3-6 players, all materials provided, prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place



Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
2202a

11:00am

ConSuite Gaming: Family Game Time

Join our ConSuite Gaming Staff for family-friendly games!  Friday Afternoon’s games include Feed the Kitty (5 players, ages 3+), Left-Right-Center (5 players, ages 3+), Flash Point: Fire Rescue – Basic Rules (5 players, ages 8+)



Friday July 4, 2014 11:00am - 3:00pm
ConSuite Gaming 216-217

11:00am

Magic: The Gathering – Legacy Constructed
Limited Capacity filling up

Bring your Legacy (legal, of course) deck up to 22nd floor and get in some of that Good Ol’ Time Magic Game!



Moderators
MM

Matt McMillan

CONvergence Card Gaming Subhead

Friday July 4, 2014 11:00am - 3:00pm
2207b

11:00am

Magic: The Gathering – Limited: Chaos Draft
Limited Capacity full

Magic: The Gathering has a long and varied history… and in a Chaos Draft, you’re going to be able to play with a lot of it!  Players should bring 3 UNOPENED 15-card booster packs from ANY set of Magic that was released in 15-card booster-pack format.  This could mean 3 of the same set, or three completely different sets, so bring it to the 22nd floor and get ready to rumble!  Packs may be purchased at any of the Dealers’ Room game store merchants selling Magic: the Gathering product.

 


Moderators
MM

Matt McMillan

CONvergence Card Gaming Subhead

Friday July 4, 2014 11:00am - 3:00pm
2207a

11:00am

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Limited Capacity full

**NOTE: Due to demand, this event is in the process of being split into individual crews and slots - once all those slots are set up, the overall event will be deleted - please sign up for the individual crew slot that suits your schedule

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship.  Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.



Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 11:00am - 9:30pm
2203

11:30am

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

12:00pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

12:00pm

Bleach
Ichigo Kurosaki has always been able to see ghosts, but his life changes when he meets a soul reaper. After he accidently steals her powers while being attacked by a soul-eating spirit called a hollow, Ichigo must defend the living from monsters as a substitute soul reaper.

Friday July 4, 2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Atrium 1
  • Format Subtitled
  • Suggested Age/Rating 13+

12:00pm

Ghostbusters
PG - 1984 - 105 min. dir. Ivan Reitman w/Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson Who you gonna call? No, not 867-5309. Try again. Um, no. Not 1-800-JENNY. ...Really? REALLY? Clearly, you need to re-watch this genre classic about a group of paranormal urban exterminators. There is no Rex-- only Zhuul.

Friday July 4, 2014 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Plaza 4
  • Suggested Age/Rating PG

12:00pm

Hack Factory Episode VII: The Makening
A mini maker workshop where you can learn the basics of soldering, play with LEDs, and more - presented by Twin Cities Maker and the Hack Factory maker space in Minneapolis. (Space Limited)

Friday July 4, 2014 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Veranda 6

12:00pm

Ballot Pickup: Steam Century Scavenger Hunt
Present yourself at the desk on 22nd floor after luncheon to claim your ballots for the Steam Century Scavenger Hunt, then fill them with indicators of approbation during the evening hours at participating festivities (room parties) throughout our fair venue! There are awards to be had for competitors, and participation in both nights is certainly encouraged! Ballots and instructions will be available on the 22nd floor, and can be returned there when completed to claim your prize!

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 12:00pm - 11:30pm
22nd Floor Gaming Desk

12:30pm

Edible Astronomy
Astronomy is the study of things far away, but you can explore moons, planets, and spaceships with materials you have in your own kitchen! Panelists: Nicole Gugliucci

Friday July 4, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Plaza 3

12:30pm

Northstar Rollergirls Training Camp
Come watch, learn, and even assist the North Star Roller Girls in some usual training drills and some very unusual ones as well! We'll be looking for volunteers to help the girls out and even win prizes! We promise that we only hurt the ones we love. Panelists: Windy Bowlsby

Friday July 4, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Outdoors

12:30pm

Yoga Quest
YogaQuest is back for its third year! Join Justini Yogini and the YoGeeks for A Very Supernatural narrated yoga adventure with Sam, Dean, and Castiel. Never done yoga? No problem! Come prepared to move! Panelists: Kris Regeth, Justine Mastin, Jenny Milos

Friday July 4, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Garden Court - Southwest

12:30pm

Signing - Adam Whitlatch / Tim Lieder
Panelists: Tim Lieder, Adam Whitlatch

Friday July 4, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Autograph Table

12:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

12:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

12:30pm

Ask a Scientist
A general Q & A with expert scientists from a variety of fields. Panelists: Bug Girl, Dr Rubidium, Matt Kuchta, PZ Myers, Lathan Murrell

Friday July 4, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Edina

12:30pm

Dresden Files
Skin Game has been out for a month and tells the tale of Harry's team-up with Nicodemus to steal the Holy Grail from Hades. How has Book 15 expanded the Dresden universe we knew? Spoilers will abound--you have been warned. Panelists: Cetius d'Raven, Samma Johnson, Robert Wagner

Friday July 4, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Atrium 3

12:30pm

From TV to Comics
We'll discuss the TV shows that expanded into the comicverse, such as Buffy, Smallville, and Gargoyles. Did they succeed? Were any of the comics improvements on the shows? How did canon change during the transition? Panelists: Shawn van Briesen, Jonathan Palmer, Greg Weisman, Greg Guler, Karine Charlebois, Christopher Jones

Friday July 4, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Plaza 2

12:30pm

Marvel Film Roundup
Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier have been out, and Agents of SHIELD, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Defenders, and Ant Man are on the horizon. How do they all compare? What do you want to see next? Panelists: Lyda Morehouse, Allyson Cygan, Shaun Duke, John Seavey, Neil Anderson

Friday July 4, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Atrium 6

12:30pm

Show Us Your Ugly Things
Do you make art that nobody's ever seen? Do you play music only in the safety of your bedroom? A team of artists from Mad Art Lab will discuss ways to get over your fear of failure and show you why you should be proud of even your ugliest creations. Panelists: Amy Roth, Ashley Hamer, Ryan Consell, Anne Sauer, Emily Finke

Friday July 4, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Plaza 1

12:30pm

So You Want to Be a Panelist?
Veteran panelists and moderators will share what works and what doesn't. It will also cover the CONvergence panel process. Panelists: Craig A. Finseth, Michael Lee, Rachel Kronick, Melissa Kaercher, Elise Matthesen

Friday July 4, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Atrium 2

12:30pm

Steampunk in the Details
Join Steam Century in a venue showcasing the technical skills that we don't have the time or space to appreciate in the hallways! Show off your favorite steampunk gear and speak about the details of your costume. Vote for you favorites! Panelists: Cassandra Fabian

Friday July 4, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Atrium 4

12:30pm

Storytelling 101
Three powerhouses of writing come together to hash out, once and for all, the best way to write a story. (Panel preview: just do what works!) Panelists: Scott Lynch, Elizabeth Bear, C. Robert Cargill

Friday July 4, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Atrium 7

12:30pm

Fear and Trembling
A one-man storytelling show showcasing urban fantasy. Panelists: Phillip Andrew Bennett Low

Friday July 4, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Bloomington

12:30pm

Reading - David Annandale
David Annandale reads from his new work. Panelists: David Annandale

Friday July 4, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
2201

12:30pm

Bang!
Limited Capacity full

When a man with a pistol meets a man with a Winchester, you might say that the one with the pistol is a dead man. In the Wild West, the Outlaws hunt the Sheriff, the Sheriff hunts the Outlaws, and the Renegade plots in secret, ready to join one side or the other. Before long, bullets start to fly. Which gunmen are Deputies, ready to sacrifice themselves for the Sheriff? And which are the merciless Outlaws, looking to gun him down?

Moderators
avatar for Derek Hanisch

Derek Hanisch

Spectrum Community Mental Health

Friday July 4, 2014 12:30pm - 2:00pm
2202a

12:30pm

Munchkin Tournament: Round 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Munchkin 4-round tournament (Rounds 3 and 4 will take place later today and Saturday); In order to be eligible to play in the tournament, you must have attended the player meeting at the Crown Plaza on TH night! Winners from Preliminary rounds will go on to Saturday Night’s FINAL!

Moderators
AM

Andy Mullin, MIB

SJ Games Man In Black

Friday July 4, 2014 12:30pm - 2:00pm
CROWNE PLAZA, Salon U
  • Game System Steve Jackson Games MUNCHKIN! Card Game

12:30pm

Otherworld Game Demo
Limited Capacity full

Otherworld is a fast-paced, tabletop, fantasy, roleplaying game with a focus on being strategic, intuitive, and fun! You create a Hero with the ability to call forth great powers and talents from the Otherworld. How you use your gifts is up to you. RPG experience helps, but is not required. Please note: this is a 1-hour “Fastplay” session – if you want a deeper look at the game and the world, join us Thursday or Saturday nights at 10 pm for a 2-3 hour adventure.

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 12:30pm - 2:00pm
2202d
  • Game System InfiniteMotion Otherworld RPG

12:30pm

Open LAN Gaming
Come check out our LAN gaming space – all are welcome, but we only have so many computers, so please play well with others and share!

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 12:30pm - 2:00pm
2208

12:30pm

Pathfinder Society: The Brinewall Legacy (part 2)
Limited Capacity seats available

When a trove of fireworks falls into the hands of the goblins of Brinestump Marsh, the people of Sandpoint fear an explosive invasion. But there’s more afoot in the soggy wilderness than goblin hijinks and dangerous pyrotechnics. An investigation reveals mysteries and menaces aplenty, but also a treasure holding the answer to not just one of Varisia’s greatest mysteries, but a conspiracy spanning continents and empires. Can the adventurers piece together a puzzle that links the owner of a sleepy village tavern to the unsolved destruction of a fortress-settlement? And can they withstand the ancient forces and secret destiny that have waited for them for decades?

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 12:30pm - 5:00pm
2204
  • Game System Pathfinder RPG
  • Tags Age 13+

12:30pm

We Be Goblins!
Limited Capacity full

The Licktoad goblins of Brinestump Marsh have stumbled upon a great treasure—fireworks! Unfortunately for them, the tribe member responsible for the discovery has already been exiled for the abhorrent crime of writing (which every goblin knows steals words from your head). In order to prove themselves as the Licktoads’ bravest goblins, the PCs must complete a series of dangerous dares. Even once they’ve proven their mettle, the adventure is just beginning. For the ship in question is far from uninhabited, and Vorka the cannibal goblin would like nothing better than a few tasty visitors....

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 12:30pm - 6:00pm
2205a
  • Game System Pathfinder RPG

1:00pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity filling up

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

1:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

1:30pm

xxxHolic
Kimihiro Watanuki is unusually appealing to malevolent spirits. He meets the mysterious Yuuko who claims to have the means to stop the spirits, but her help always comes at a price. Working in her shop, Kimihiro soon learns that nothing is as it seems.

Friday July 4, 2014 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Atrium 1
  • Format Subtitled
  • Suggested Age/Rating 16+

2:00pm

Iron Pen
Stretch your creative muscles by writing a 100-word story based on a surprise prompt item. Entries will be judged during the weekend and the winners announced at the end of the convention. Panelists: Heather Bufkin

Friday July 4, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza 3

2:00pm

Best of the Midwest
Best of 2013 Midwest Sci-Fi Short Film Festival Filmmakers from around Minnesota and the upper Midwest submitted short films of various geeky genres and styles. Come see some of Rex’s favorites.

Friday July 4, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza 4

2:00pm

Signing - Christopher Jones / Greg Weisman / Greg Guler
Panelists: Christopher Jones, Greg Weisman, Greg Guler

Friday July 4, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
CONvergence Central

2:00pm

Signing - Emma Bull / Will Shetterly / Amy Berg
Panelists: Emma Bull, Will Shetterly, Amy Berg

Friday July 4, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Autograph Table

2:00pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

2:00pm

10 Must-See Anime Movies
Panelists will talk about their top-ten anime movies. Bring your favorites and join the discussion. Panelists: Mark McPherson, Samma Johnson, Heather Deakman, Anna Waltz, Frank Paur

Friday July 4, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Atrium 4

2:00pm

Creating Convincing Magic Systems in Urban Fantasy
How do you incorporate technology into your magic, and vice-versa. Panelists: Adam Stemple, Ryan Consell, Tyler Tork, Roy C. Booth, Ozgur K. Sahin

Friday July 4, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Edina

2:00pm

Grounded Parenting
How do busy parents sort through the mounds of parenting information and advice available today? We'll debunk myths and discuss how we cope with the realities and societal expectations parents and children face every day. Panelists: Tammy Anderson, Daisy F, Melanie Mallon, Katie Anderson, Mary Brock

Friday July 4, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza 1

2:00pm

Home Audio Recording Studio
How to set up a high-quality home recording studio...on a budget. Panelists: Bruce Miller, Richard Wielgosz, Matthew Ebel

Friday July 4, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Atrium 7

2:00pm

Meet Sarah Clemens and Her Work
Guest of Honor Sarah Clemens will present a multi-media overview of her work. Panelists: Sarah Clemens

Friday July 4, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza 2

2:00pm

One on One with Marina Sirtis
A moderated interview with guest of honor Marina Sirtis. There will be time for audience questions. Panelists: Marina Sirtis, Tanya Brody (mod)

Friday July 4, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Main Stage

2:00pm

War for the Oaks' Influence on Urban Fantasy
How has Emma Bull's War for the Oaks influenced the Urban Fantasy genre? Panelists: Elizabeth Bear, David Lenander, Scott Lynch, Dana Baird

Friday July 4, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Bloomington

2:00pm

X-Files Retrospective
Mulder and Scully continue to be pop-culture touchstones, and X-Files remains one of the best examples of Urban Sci-Fi ever televised. What made this show so successful? Panelists: Cetius d'Raven (mod), Allyson Cygan, Nicole Gugliucci, Danielle Indovino, Daren Johnson

Friday July 4, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Atrium 3

2:00pm

You Against the Game
Not all of us like competing against each other. What are good games that have the players work against the game? Lord of the Rings and Pandemic are two examples: there must be more. Panelists: Craig A. Finseth, Walter Sullivan, Michael Black, Dave Benhart, Carrie Patel

Friday July 4, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Atrium 2

2:00pm

Human Combat Chess
Two teams assume the positions of pieces on a life-sized chess board and play a game of chess. When a square is contested, the board is cleared, and the two pieces fight a duel with a variety of weapons from throughout history. Panelists: Skot Rieffer

Friday July 4, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Garden Court - Southwest

2:00pm

Powerpoint Karaoke
Four people take on a PowerPoint presentation they've never seen before, and which makes no sense! Panelists: C. Robert Cargill, Paul Cornell, Sharon Stiteler, Tim Wick, Bill Stiteler, Barb Abney, Derek 'Duck' Washington, Molly Glover, Melissa Kaercher, Joseph Scrimshaw

Friday July 4, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Atrium 6

2:00pm

Reading - Kelly McCullough
Kelly McCullough will read from his works. Panelists: Kelly McCullough

Friday July 4, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
2201

2:00pm

High Noon Saloon
Limited Capacity full

Reach for the sky, varmint! What better way to celebrate America's birthday than a good old-fashioned Wild-west gunfight? High Noon Saloon is the fast-paced card game of quick draws and hot lead.

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
2202a
  • Suggested Age/Rating 13+
  • Tags Age 13+

2:00pm

LAN Gaming: Natural Selection 2
Come check out a hybrid FPS / RTS game – in fact, Natural Selection was the first FPS game to incorporate the use of the “Commander” role, which actually sees the battlefield from the top down. Play as Space Marines or Kharaa (Aliens), and get ready to kick some assets in this crazy Half-Life mod that became its own game!

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
2208

2:00pm

Red Dragon Inn
Limited Capacity full

Hey you, let's fight! Them's drinkin' words! Return to Red Dragon Inn where adventurers gather to drink, gamble and brawl when they get back from killing the monsters. Last one sober(ish) with money to spend at the end of the game wins!

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 2:00pm - 5:00pm
2202c

2:00pm

Lost City of Barakus
The party is searching for 2 gem keys that they believe will unlock the Vault of Larin Karr. They are also en route to a tower to stop a diabolical telescope from being built which will (if completed) summon a host of devils to raze the land. And some day they will find the Vale of Serpents and defeat the Avatar of Set that their past actions have set free. A lot to keep them busy and some will be addressed at the next Convergence! An ongoing 3.5 D&D Adventure that starts with 5th level characters, but may end up anywhere!

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 2:00pm - Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00am
2206
  • Game System Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 ed. RPG

2:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Friday July 4, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

3:00pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

3:00pm

Trollhunter
PG-13 - 2010 - 103 min. (Subtitled) dir. Andre Ovredal w/Otto Jesperson and more Norwegian people you don’t know Rex isn’t a huge fan of found footage films, but this is one of the best. We all know trolls aren’t real, of course... but in truth, have you ever been to Norway? (with English subtitles)

Friday July 4, 2014 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Plaza 4
  • Suggested Age/Rating PG-13

3:00pm

Magic: The Gathering - Casual: Commander
Limited Capacity full

Commander ban list in effect (check with Wizards of the Coast website or your local judge onsite to confirm legal cards). Pack prizes supplied by Level Up Games.

Moderators
MM

Matt McMillan

CONvergence Card Gaming Subhead

Friday July 4, 2014 3:00pm - 7:00pm
2207b
  • Game System Magic: The Gathering Collectible Card Game

3:00pm

Magic: The Gathering - Modern Constructed Tournament
Limited Capacity full

If you picked up any of the new cards from the Modern Deck released late-May, this is a great chance to get some use from it! Bring your Modern Constructed (legal, of course) deck up to the Magic: The Gathering room on 22 and get your game on! Pack prizes supplied by Level Up Games.

Moderators
MM

Matt McMillan

CONvergence Card Gaming Subhead

Friday July 4, 2014 3:00pm - 7:00pm
2207a
  • Game System Magic: The Gathering

3:30pm

Costume Sketching
A chance to draw your favorite characters in real life. Drawing ability optional. Panelists: Christine Mitzuk, Sarah Clemens

Friday July 4, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Plaza 3

3:30pm

Paul Cornell's Advanced Cricket for Americans
Paul Cornell continues to educate Americans on the intricacies of a game that none of us really understand. There will be actual cricket involved. Panelists: Paul Cornell

Friday July 4, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Outdoors

3:30pm

Signing - Rob Callahan / Kathy Sullivan
Panelists: Rob Callahan, Kathryn Sullivan

Friday July 4, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Autograph Table

3:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

3:30pm

Convergence Events Open Meeting
Get an update on the latest with the organization that runs CONvergence with members of the Convergence Events Board of Directors. Panelists: Michael Lee, Christin 'LeXi' Davies

Friday July 4, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 2

3:30pm

Creating Gargoyles
The creators of Gargoyles show clips and tell stories of how the show came to be. Panelists: Greg Weisman, Frank Paur, Greg Guler

Friday July 4, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 6

3:30pm

Making Space Sound Interesting
How to write and produce science fiction audio theater that doesn't sound like it is stuck inside a tin can. Panelists: Jeffrey Gardner, Brian Price, Jerry Stearns, Clayton Faits

Friday July 4, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 7

3:30pm

Making Urban Fantasy More Urban
Large cities around the world have diverse populations and urban-specific problems: transportation, economic inequity, getting food, etc. Let' s talk about urban fantasy that reflects cities as we know and love/loathe them. Panelists: Catherine Lundoff, Christoforo Pasquarette, Kara Redding, Aimee Kuzenski

Friday July 4, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 3

3:30pm

One on One with Amy Berg
Panelists: Joseph Scrimshaw (mod), Amy Berg

Friday July 4, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 4

3:30pm

Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Started Writing
There are easy ways to write and there are mind-bogglingly difficult ways to write. Wouldn't it be nice if someone told you which is which? Panelists: Adam Stemple, Will Shetterly, Lynne M. Thomas, Kelly McCullough, Scott Lynch

Friday July 4, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Edina

3:30pm

Wolfram & Hart: A Legal Firm (Not an Ethical Firm)
In the TV series Angel, the law firm of Wolfram & Hart defended clients with moral turpitude and used every force at its disposal to win. What is real in how the firm conducted its business? And do the Senior Partners really need to have passed the Bar? Panelists: Tim Lieder, Ann Laabs, Cetius d'Raven

Friday July 4, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Plaza 1

3:30pm

You Can't Cosplay That!
Want to cosplay a certain character but you differ from the original in body-type, race, gender or age? Do these matter? Should they? Come and discuss these issues with others who have been there, or wish to be. Panelists: Camille McAloney, Cynn Anthony, Samantha Bitner, Kat Brown, Hal Bichel

Friday July 4, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Plaza 2

3:30pm

Junkfood Cinema Live!
C. Robert Cargill and Brian Salisbury present a live recording of their world famous podcast - Junkfood Cinema! Panelists: Brian Salisbury, C. Robert Cargill

Friday July 4, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Bloomington

3:30pm

Reading - Dana Baird
Dana Baird will read from her own work. Panelists: Dana Baird

Friday July 4, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
2201

3:30pm

Firefly: the Game
Limited Capacity full

The goals of a captain are simple: Find a crew, find a job, keep flying. Travel the Verse fending off reapers and dodging the alliance (and your fellow players) in your quest for glory and credits, or just the shinies. Competitive, 1 to 6 players. Includes Breakin' Atmo and Pirates & Bounty Hunters expansions.

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
ConSuite Gaming 216-217

3:30pm

Introduction to Nightfall
Limited Capacity full

Come learn to play a competitive deck-building game featuring werewolves, vampires, zombies, and human hunters in a supernatural, post-apocalyptic setting.

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
2202b
  • Suggested Age/Rating Age 12+
  • Tags Age 12+

3:30pm

Otherworld Game Demo
Limited Capacity full

Otherworld is a fast-paced, tabletop, fantasy, roleplaying game with a focus on being strategic, intuitive, and fun! You create a Hero with the ability to call forth great powers and talents from the Otherworld. How you use your gifts is up to you. RPG experience helps, but is not required. Please note: this is a 1-hour “Fastplay” session – if you want a deeper look at the game and the world, join us Thursday or Saturday night at 10 pm for a 2-3 hour adventure.

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
2202d
  • Game System InfiniteMotion's Otherworld RPG

3:30pm

LAN Gaming: Counter-Strike
All the machines in LAN gaming go CS so folks can warm up for the Counter-Strike Tournament at 5 pm!

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
2208

3:30pm

Mushi-Shi
Mushi are a primeval form of life unknown to most humans. Ginko is a mushi-shi who travels broadly in order to study them. In the process, he helps people with supernatural problems that may be related to the mushi.

Friday July 4, 2014 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Atrium 1
  • Format Subtitled
  • Suggested Age/Rating 14+

3:30pm

Assassins Guild Boffing
Join the Assassins Guild for boffer weapon training and practice in preparation for Saturday's big event, The Assassins Guild Grand Boffing Tournament. To participate you must be 18 yrs or older, 14 yrs old with parental consent. Panelists:

Friday July 4, 2014 3:30pm - 5:59pm
Garden Court - Southwest

3:30pm

Signing - Marina Sirtis 1
Panelists: Marina Sirtis

Friday July 4, 2014 3:30pm - 7:59pm
CONvergence Central

4:00pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity filling up

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

4:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

5:00pm

Make Your Own Spellbook
Come learn a binding spell... wait, no, learn how to bind your spells! Panelists: Jana Worrall

Friday July 4, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza 3

5:00pm

Signing - Dana Baird / Kelly McCullough
Panelists: Dana Baird, Kelly McCullough

Friday July 4, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Autograph Table

5:00pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

5:00pm

Alien Conspiracy Theories
The truth is out there, and we'll help you find it! We'll cover a wide range of alien-centric conspiracy theories and discuss the implications these have on individuals and society at large. Panelists: JD Horn, Jason Thibeault, Nicole Gugliucci, PZ Myers, Scott Lynch

Friday July 4, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 6

5:00pm

Best Urban Fantasy Books
The genre is broad and contains a lot of different storytelling styles. What are some of your favorites? Panelists: Lee Harris, David Lenander, Robert Wagner, Renate Fiora (mod)

Friday July 4, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 4

5:00pm

Crafting While You're Fanning
Using crafts to explore your fandom. How do you express your fannish nature through your crafts? Panelists: Ryan Consell, Brandy Danaki, Julie Bowman, Michael Zecca, Lyndzi Miller

Friday July 4, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 2

5:00pm

Cyberpunk 101
Discuss the cyberpunk genre in books, film, and games; from Neuromancer and Snow Crash to Deus Ex and The Matrix. Panelists: Elizabeth Bear, Lyda Morehouse, Spencer Kennedy, Christoforo Pasquarette

Friday July 4, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 7

5:00pm

Doctor Who at 50
We only got two episodes of Doctor Who this year, but they were some big ones. Come discuss the anniversary celebration, the first multi-Doctor special of the new era, and the departure of Matt Smith! Panelists: Tim Lieder, Shawn van Briesen, Lynne M. Thomas, Kathryn Sullivan, Rob Callahan

Friday July 4, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Edina

5:00pm

Gaming When You Have a Life
Mods and DMs, how do you handle being adequately prepared to give your players the best possible experience when you're balancing family, a full-time job, etc. We'll discuss Pathfinder Adventure Paths and other timesaving options. Panelists: Mark DiPasquale, Paul Weimer, Laura Thurston, Rachel Kronick, Beth Kinderman

Friday July 4, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 3

5:00pm

Paranormal Romance vs. Urban Fantasy
With the popularity of paranormal romance, has romance become a fixture in most urban fantasy to a degree? What about the combo of romance, action, and magic keeps drawing readers? What's out there for readers who want less kissing and more butt-kicking? Panelists: Ashley F. Miller, Cetius d'Raven (mod), Emma Bull, Melissa Olson, Rory Ni Coileain

Friday July 4, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Bloomington

5:00pm

Art of the Dress Costume and Couture Show
Looking for an opportunity to prance for a crowd in your amazing recreation or cosplay but don’t want to compete in Masquerade? Here’s a chance to show your stuff on our stage for all to see and admire. Panelists:

Friday July 4, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Main Stage

5:00pm

Campaign CONvergence
THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE IS BACK! Come listen, laugh, and heckle this year's candidates: Cookie Monster, Dr. Sheldon Cooper, and Harley Quinn as they debate each other and attempt to woo you for your vote which can be cast in party room 123. Panelists: Cookie Monster, Sheldon Cooper, Harley Quinn, The Moderator

Friday July 4, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza 2

5:00pm

Judging a Book by Its Cover
Our team of experts will determine the plot of a book based entirely upon what they see in its cover art. Panelists: Melissa Kaercher, Jerry Belich, Nick Glover, Dawn Krosnowski, Molly Glover, Tim Wick (mod)

Friday July 4, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza 1

5:00pm

Reading - Doug Hulick
Doug Hulick will read from his work Panelists: Doug Hulick

Friday July 4, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
2201

5:00pm

Pathfinder MUNCHKIN!
Limited Capacity full

Paizo’s Pathfinder RPG meets Steve Jackson Games' Munchkin! card game, and the Munchkins turn the Golem and the rest of Golarion upside-down!! Come get your Munchkin on as an Alchemist, a Witch, an Eagle Knight, or even a Red Mantis Assassin… if you can last through the endless Goblin Hordes at the beginning!

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 5:00pm - 6:30pm
2202c

5:00pm

Otherworld Game Demo
Limited Capacity seats available

Otherworld is a fast-paced, tabletop, fantasy, roleplaying game with a focus on being strategic, intuitive, and fun! You create a Hero with the ability to call forth great powers and talents from the Otherworld. How you use your gifts is up to you. RPG experience helps, but is not required. Please note: this is a 1-hour “Fastplay” session – if you want a deeper look at the game and the world, join us Thursday or Saturday nights at 10 pm for a 2-3 hour adventure.

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 5:00pm - 6:30pm
2202d
  • Game System InfiniteMotion's Otherworld RPG
  • Tags Age 13+

5:00pm

LAN Gaming: Counter-Strike Tournament
This is a Team Tournament with 4-person squads taking the roles of Terrorist and Counter-Terrorist. Registration for this event begins Friday at 11:00 AM in LAN Gaming (2208). “Are you scared of me NOW?” (Jeff Dunham)

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 5:00pm - 6:30pm
2208
  • Game System Valve Software's Counter-Strike

5:00pm

Signing - Greg Guler 2
Panelists: Greg Guler

Friday July 4, 2014 5:00pm - 6:59pm
CONvergence Central

5:00pm

Big Fish
PG-13 - 2003 - 125 min. dir. Tim Burton w/Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter The least Burton-y of Tim Burton's films, and ironically, hailed as his best. Based on a novella of the same name, this un/believable story explores the idea of perception, the dimensions of truth and accepting that life is what you make of it. Bring tissues.

Friday July 4, 2014 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Plaza 4
  • Suggested Age/Rating PG-13

5:00pm

Simplicity 2.0
Limited Capacity full

Have you ever wanted to play a magic wielding, two headed, zombie with an inferiority complex in a steam-punk world and been told by the GM, "NO, you can't play that!!"? Then this is the game for you. Returning for its second year, Simplicity is a bridge system form dice based RPG games to storytelling game where the participants have more control over the outcomes in the game through interaction rather than dice rolls. Come join us and discover what make Simplicity different. Rules taught, imagination required!

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 5:00pm - 8:30pm
2202b
  • Game System Simplicty 2.0 d10 RPG system

5:00pm

Pathfinder Society: The Brinewall Legacy (part 3)
Limited Capacity seats available

When a trove of fireworks falls into the hands of the goblins of Brinestump Marsh, the people of Sandpoint fear an explosive invasion. But there’s more afoot in the soggy wilderness than goblin hijinks and dangerous pyrotechnics. An investigation reveals mysteries and menaces aplenty, but also a treasure holding the answer to not just one of Varisia’s greatest mysteries, but a conspiracy spanning continents and empires. Can the adventurers piece together a puzzle that links the owner of a sleepy village tavern to the unsolved destruction of a fortress-settlement? And can they withstand the ancient forces and secret destiny that have waited for them for decades?

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 5:00pm - 9:30pm
2204
  • Game System Pathfinder RPG
  • Tags Age 13+

5:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

5:30pm

Steins;Gate
Self-proclaimed mad scientist Rintaro Okabe runs the Future Gadgets Lab with his childhood friend Mayuri and computer genius Daru. Although Okabe fears pursuit by the Organization, everything is fine until he stumbles onto a case of apparently divergent timelines. There might be more to this time travel business than transporting a few bananas.

Friday July 4, 2014 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Atrium 1
  • Format Dubbed
  • Suggested Age/Rating 17+

6:00pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Friday July 4, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

6:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

6:30pm

LAN Gaming: League of Legends
NEW THIS YEAR!! Come get your Legend on in this PVP classic from Riot Games. A MOBA much like our other new game this year (DOTA 2), League of Legends is contemporary with the original DOTA, and is one of the most-played games in North America and Europe. Choose your Champion and level them up by collecting gold and buffs, killing the other team’s champions, minions, and towers, and generally creating massive havoc in your part of the map!

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 6:30pm - 8:00pm
2208

7:00pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Friday July 4, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

7:00pm

Being a Supernatural in Today's World
Discussing the trials and tribulations of being a vampire, werewolf, or other supernatural in today's world of cameras, biometrics, passports, and identity verification. Panelists: Craig A. Finseth, Melissa Olson, Kris Halseth, Kenneth Konkol, Emma Bull

Friday July 4, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Atrium 7

7:00pm

Coming Out Atheist
Join us to discuss what it's like to come out as an atheist in various parts of the country, with different religious backgrounds, and the intersection for many of us with coming out in other ways, such as in sexual orientation and gender identity. Panelists: Ashley F. Miller, Heina Dadabhoy, PZ Myers, Debbie Goddard, Brianne Bilyeu

Friday July 4, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bloomington

7:00pm

Friends of Bill W - Fr
Panelists:

Friday July 4, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Atrium 2

7:00pm

Movie Costuming
How to make movie quality costumes and do it on a budget. Panelists: Marie Porter, Mary McKinley, Erin Schneider, Maggie Schultz

Friday July 4, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Atrium 3

7:00pm

Movie Year in Review
12 months later, it is time to take another look at the year in Film. What are the undiscovered gems? What is the over discovered crap? What movies do you talk to your friends about all the time? Panelists: Brian Salisbury, Mark McPherson, Melissa Kaercher, C. Robert Cargill, Ben Ellis

Friday July 4, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Edina

7:00pm

Superheroes in Our Modern-Day Pantheons
Nobody really worships Hercules or Thor as Greek and Norse gods anymore, but don't despair, because now they're both members of The Avengers. This panel will explore the commonalities and differences between our ancient and modern pantheons. Panelists: David Schwartz, Jason Thibeault, Roy T Cook, Jonathan Palmer, Ryan Consell

Friday July 4, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Plaza 2

7:00pm

Teens Ask a Scientist
Our panel of scientists will answer questions, with the answers geared for the teen crowd. Panelists: Matt Lowry, Steven Theiss, Jenn Baye, Dan Berliner, Caleph Wilson

Friday July 4, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Plaza 1

7:00pm

Time Travel Theory
Let's assume for a moment that Time Travel is possible. This panel will explore the theories behind such technology. We'll explore quantum realities, temporal anomalies and all other challenges our theoretical time travelers will be face! Panelists: Greg Weisman, Nicole Gugliucci, Jim Kakalios, G. David Nordley, Amy Berg

Friday July 4, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Atrium 4

7:00pm

Where's the Magic?
Increasingly, writers feel the need to include a scientific (or pseudoscientific) explanation for strange events and objects, rather than simply having a fantastical or magical explanation. Why is this the case? Does it work? Panelists: Kameron Hurley, Kelly McCullough, Sean M. Murphy, Doug Hulick, Martha Wells

Friday July 4, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Atrium 6

7:00pm

Future Hole
Comedian Joseph Scrimshaw’s stand-up comedy show about the current state of the geek world and wild, inaccurate predictions of the future! Topics include but are not limited to auto correct, gender equality, time travel, and probably Batman. Panelists:

Friday July 4, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Main Stage

7:00pm

Munchkin Tournament: Round 3
Limited Capacity seats available

Munchkin 4-round tournament (Round 4 will take place Saturday). In order to be eligible to play in the tournament, you must have attended the player meeting at the Crown Plaza on TH night! Winners from Preliminary rounds will go on to Saturday Night’s FINAL!

Moderators
AM

Andy Mullin, MIB

SJ Games Man In Black

Friday July 4, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
CROWNE PLAZA, Salon U
  • Game System Steve Jackson Games' MUNCHKIN! Card Game

7:00pm

Zombie Mob
Come join our zombie assembly line! Makeup and open wounds supplied; wear clothes you don't mind staining. (You may also want to take a look at this video, in case you want to join the post-panel dancing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3LTEjy3U7Q) Panelists: Nikita Dragonrose, Jim Shields, Carla Mantel, John Garner, Jana Worrall

Friday July 4, 2014 7:00pm - 9:29pm
Plaza 3

7:00pm

Magic: The Gathering - Casual: Archenemy - BEAT MATT!
Limited Capacity seats available

Bring your Legacy-format legal deck and come beat Matt (our CCG Subhead) at one of his all-time favorite formats! Pack prizes supplied by Level Up Games.

Moderators
MM

Matt McMillan

CONvergence Card Gaming Subhead

Friday July 4, 2014 7:00pm - 11:00pm
2207b
  • Game System Magic:The Gathering Collectible Card Game

7:00pm

Magic: The Gathering - Limited: Theros Block Draft
Limited Capacity full

In order to have a chance to play in the draft, each player must purchase and bring one (UNOPENED) pack from each of the following sets: Theros, Born of the Gods, and Journey into Nyx. Players arriving without their packs will not be allowed to play. Please purchase packs in the dealer’s room at any of the game store merchants selling Magic. Pack prizes supplied by Level Up Games.

Moderators
MM

Matt McMillan

CONvergence Card Gaming Subhead

Friday July 4, 2014 7:00pm - 11:00pm
2207a
  • Game System Magic: The Gathering Collectible Card Game

7:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Friday July 4, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

7:30pm

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
R - 2004 - 108 min. dir. Michel Gondry w/Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Elijah Wood, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst Based on his movie scripts, we can theorize that Charlie Kaufman may be a sad, strange, little man but his films are creative as all get out. When you add director Michel Gondry’s artistic bent and affinity for practical effects, this story about a crumbling relationship becomes magical.

Friday July 4, 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Plaza 4
  • Suggested Age/Rating R

7:30pm

Darker Than Black
Ten years ago, an impenetrable field known as Hell's Gate appeared in Tokyo. At the same time, conscienceless psychics emerged wielding dangerous power. Psychic Hei and his blind associate Yin work for one of the many rival agencies vying to unlock the mystery of Hell's Gate.

Friday July 4, 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Atrium 1
  • Format Dubbed
  • Suggested Age/Rating 17+

8:00pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

8:00pm

LAN Gaming: Open LAN Gaming
Come check out our LAN gaming space – all are welcome, but we only have so many computers, so please play well with others and share!

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 8:00pm - 9:30pm
2208

8:00pm

Steam Century Scavenger Hunt
Have fun at the festivities Friday and Saturday evenings, AND be rewarded for it!! Yes, the scavenger hunt returns for BOTH nights (for participating parties, of course). Awards for each night, so double up! Blank ballots and instructions available on the 22nd floor beginning Friday after luncheon, and can be returned when completed to the 22nd floor (Gaming) Badging Station to claim your prize!

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 8:00pm - Saturday July 5, 2014 1:00am
22nd Floor Gaming Desk

8:30pm

Signing - Martha Wells / David Annandale
Panelists: Martha Wells, David Annandale

Friday July 4, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Autograph Table

8:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

8:30pm

Author Websites
Creating and maintaining an interesting and useful author website is no easy task. What are some handy hints? Panelists: Haddayr Copley-Woods, Tyler Tork, Tania Richter, Regan Wolfrom

Friday July 4, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Atrium 3

8:30pm

Breaking Bad Science
We'll discuss the science behind the murder, meth, and mayhem of the show, from chemistry to forensics, as well as the social science of the anti-hero--how "normal" people can end up doing terrible things, yet the audience still roots for them. Panelists: Amanda Leinbaugh, Rebecca Watson (mod), Dr Rubidium, Amanda Marcotte

Friday July 4, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Edina

8:30pm

Cartoons - Why Can't We Make Them in the US?
Exploring the wide variety of Japanese Anime vs. limited number of American cartoons. How are the audiences different, and what is it about Japanese culture that makes it so voluminous? Do we just like our films better than our TV? Panelists: Mark McPherson, Dave Margosian

Friday July 4, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Atrium 4

8:30pm

Gargoyles Q & A
Join the cast and creators of "Gargoyles" to talk about the show. Panelists: Greg Weisman, Christopher Jones, Marina Sirtis, Frank Paur, Karine Charlebois, Greg Guler

Friday July 4, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Main Stage

8:30pm

Good Food, Bad Food
What are the ethical dimensions of our food choices? Is buying local really better than buying imported? What's up with veganism? How do things like socioeconomic status, mental health, and disability intersect with the ethics of food consumption? Panelists: Julia Burke, Chrissy Komjathy, Sari Hagen, Will Robertson, Courtney Caldwell

Friday July 4, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Atrium 2

8:30pm

iOS vs. Android
Can't we all just get along? Users share their favorite traits of the system they *DON'T* use. (Where do we put the Windows user?) Panelists: Michele Webber, Dave Benhart, Doug Yoder (mod), Jerry Belich, Michael Zecca

Friday July 4, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Plaza 2

8:30pm

Tell Me That Again! Classic Stories Retold
Most stories have been told before! What folktales, myths, and legends did Shakespeare tell in his plays? What classic stories are being retold in episodes of Star Trek, the Avengers, or the Big Bang Theory? Panelists: Naomi Kritzer, Sarah Prentice, Joseph Erickson, Tex Thompson, Aimee Kuzenski

Friday July 4, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Atrium 7

8:30pm

Welcome to Night Vale Fan Panel
Earth is a hallucination, podcasts are dreams. Let's talk about the eerie, spooky elements of "Welcome to Night Vale." What happens when you cross Prairie Home Companion and HP Lovecraft? Panelists: David Schwartz, Ryan Alexander, Jo Thrace, Molly Glover, Beth Kinderman

Friday July 4, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Plaza 1

8:30pm

Warp Factor 9 Speed Dating (GLBTQ) Fr
Warp Factor 9 Speed Dating: Fire up the warp engines and set a course for love! Limited space available. Line opens at 8:15p, Participants must be 18 or over. 90 minutes. Panelists: Andrew Davies, Kari Keene, Erin Frandrup, Beth Rogers

Friday July 4, 2014 8:30pm - 10:00pm
A-E-I-O Crowne Plaza Bloomington West, 5401 Green Valley Dr Bloomington, MN 55437

8:30pm

2014 Midwest Sci-Fi Short Film Festival
Once again we present a showcase of local filmmaking talent. Come enjoy our sixth year of fantastic locally produced short films. Panelists: Troy LaFaye (mod)

Friday July 4, 2014 8:30pm - 10:59pm
Atrium 6

8:30pm

Main Stage Overflow - Fr
Can't get in to main stage performances? Come watch them on our giant projection screen! Panelists:

Friday July 4, 2014 8:30pm - 10:59pm
Bloomington

9:30pm

Fireworks Viewing - 2201
Come up to 22 to ooh and aaah at pretty explosions with your friends - space is limited by posted room capacity!

Friday July 4, 2014 9:30pm - 11:00pm
2201

9:30pm

Fireworks Viewing - 2203
Come up to 22 to oooh and aaah at pretty explosions with your friends – space is limited to posted room capacity!

Friday July 4, 2014 9:30pm - 11:00pm
2203

9:30pm

Fireworks Viewing - 2204
Come up to 22 to oooh and aaah at pretty explosions with your friends – space is limited to posted room capacity!

Friday July 4, 2014 9:30pm - 11:00pm
2204

9:30pm

Fireworks Viewing - 2205
Come up to 22 to oooh and aaah at pretty explosions with your friends – space is limited to posted room capacity!

Friday July 4, 2014 9:30pm - 11:30pm
2205

9:30pm

Summer Wars
While acting as secret crush Natsuki's fake date for her clan matriarch's 90th birthday party, math genius Kenji Koiso receives a strange math problem on his cell phone. The solution hijacks the social networking site that manages most of the world's social and business traffic.

Friday July 4, 2014 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Atrium 1
  • Format Subtitled
  • Suggested Age/Rating 13+

9:30pm

The Game
R - 1997 - 129 min. dir. David Fincher w/Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, Deborah Kara Unger Consumer Recreation Services will bring your fantasies to life and make your dreams come true, whether you want them to or not! David Fincher brings us a dose of urban fantasy, not with spells and dragons, but with creepy manipulation, smoke and mirrors, and a whole lot of money.

Friday July 4, 2014 9:30pm - Saturday July 5, 2014 12:00am
Plaza 4
  • Suggested Age/Rating R

9:30pm

Open LAN Gaming - Adults Only!
Open LAN gaming … for Grownups. Anyone in the LAN Gaming area after 9:30 PM must be 18+ and have an ADULT CONvergence badge.

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 9:30pm - Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30am
2208

9:30pm

Cartel's Comeback
Limited Capacity seats available

Revenge is a dish best served by setting people on fire with your brain! One year ago the experts at Creative Security Innovations (CSI) rescued Suzette Mathers , daughter of porn king Edgar Mathers from a human trafficking ring and broke the organizations back. Unfortunately even a broke-back viper can still bite. The cartel has spent the past year licking their wounds, marshaling their resources and planning their revenge against the do-gooder scum who interfered in their business. Come and play as a super genius with a Dr. Who obsession, a pyrokinetic self-described semi-reformed street thug, a former Ranger who looks like a librarian but can bench press a tank or one of the other characters from 2013's Big Daddy's Revenge!


This is the first ever sequel RPG event hosted by CONvergence institution Bob "Munchkin Guy" Wagner. Players need not have played in the original event last year or this year's encore presentation to play. ADULTS ONLY. ADULT THEMES AND EXTREME VIOLENCE. GM RESERVES THE RIGHT TO TURN AWAY ANYONE HE DEEMS TOO YOUNG FOR THE GAME


Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 9:30pm - Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00am
2202a

10:00pm

Evolution of Fan Fiction
Fan fiction is not just for 13-year-olds. How has fan fiction evolved, who reads and writes it, and where is it going? Come discuss your favorite fan-made creations. Panelists: Michelle Farley, Jo Thrace, Katie Tremaine, Lee Blauersouth

Friday July 4, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Atrium 7

10:00pm

Jane Austen Mashups
It's the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's works. Let's discuss the various takeoffs, mashups, and homages, from vampire and zombies to Twitter accounts. Panelists: Catherine Lundoff, Joan Sullivan, Sarah Barsness, Hilary Moon Murphy, Samma Johnson (mod)

Friday July 4, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Atrium 3

10:00pm

Screw It! Nerds Tasting Nerdy Wines
Not-wine/nerd-experts sample the following geeky imbibements: Downton Abbey Bordeaux Claret 2012, Middle-Earth Pinot Noir, and Fangria "all Spanish...all vampire." This will be recorded for wine.xtlpodcast.com. Panelists: Dawn Krosnowski, Bill Stiteler, Sharon Stiteler, Lana Rosario

Friday July 4, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Plaza 2

10:00pm

Sexual Quandaries
Come discuss and learn about fetishes, sexual alternatives, and interests in an open, Geek-friendly forum where you are more than welcome to ask questions, define limitations, and find out just what the heck that even means. Panelists: Damarra A, Kethry Burke-Scovill, Sean Eberle, Samantha Bitner, Ken Akin

Friday July 4, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Atrium 4

10:00pm

Shadowrun: 25 years of Urban Fantasy Gaming
Shadowrun, our favorite cyberpunk urban fantasy RPG, is now in its 5th edition and boasts a book series, CCG, computer games and even an upcoming MMO. Let's discuss what we love about this setting and what keeps us running the shadows! Panelists: Kevin Horner (mod), Pedro Rodriguez, Hertzey Hertz, Michael Carus, Matt Midwinter

Friday July 4, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Atrium 2

10:00pm

Things I Licked for Science
Bugs, rocks, bones, and more--licking is a common methodology in more scientific fields than you've ever imagined. Come hear the stories and get a taste (literally and figuratively) of the what and the why from scientists across multiple disciplines. Panelists: Bug Girl, Emily Finke, Matt Kuchta, Desiree Schell (mod), Anne Sauer

Friday July 4, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Edina

10:00pm

Vilification Tennis
Performers will be lobbing insults at each other in an attempt to curry favor with the audience. Beware, this show is not for Beware, this show is not for those with delicate sensibilities. These performers work pretty blue! You have been warned. Panelists: Tim Wick, Nick Glover, Molly Glover, Derek 'Duck' Washington, Matt Allex, Eric Knight, Bob Alberti, Geoffrey Hofman-Frethem, Susanne Becker, Kelvin Hatle, Laurie Richardson, Chrys Buckholtz

Friday July 4, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Main Stage

10:00pm

Xanadu Cinema Pleasure Dome Live Podcast
The ladies of the XCPD podcast will be recording live, geeking out about geeky movies. Panelists: Melissa Kaercher, C. Robert Cargill, Windy Bowlsby

Friday July 4, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Plaza 1

10:00pm

Mafia!
Limited Capacity filling up

The Mafia is trying to take over your neighborhood!! Who will win? A game of acting and deceit with board and cards, and including mechanics for “day” and “night”, this is a fun party game for 7 to 25 people. It’s not how well you know the game that matters – it’s how well you act, lie, and bluff ... or make someone an offer they can’t refuse!

Moderators
AM

Andy Mullin, MIB

SJ Games Man In Black

Friday July 4, 2014 10:00pm - 11:30pm
2202b

10:00pm

Sandbox After Dark: Art is Skin Deep
You're beautiful. You know it. We all know it. Just imagine how beautiful you'd be with neon tiger stripes! Sandbox After Dark presents: Body Painting! You paint, we paint, it's fun for everybody. 18+ Bring ID. Panelists: Jim Shields, John Garner

Friday July 4, 2014 10:00pm - Saturday July 5, 2014 12:29am
Plaza 3

10:30pm

Warp Factor 9 Speed Dating Fr
Warp Factor 9 Speed Dating: Fire up the warp engines and set a course for love! Limited space available. Line opens at 10:15p. Participants must be 18 or over. 90 minutes. Panelists: Andrew Davies, Kari Keene, Erin Frandrup, Beth Rogers

Friday July 4, 2014 10:30pm - Saturday July 5, 2014 12:00am
A-E-I-O Crowne Plaza Bloomington West, 5401 Green Valley Dr Bloomington, MN 55437

11:30pm

Young Justice Meetup
Writer Greg Weisman and artist Christopher Jones host an informal gathering for fans of Young Justice! Come hang out, chat, get autographs and take photos. Cosplay is encouraged but not mandatory! Panelists: Hal Bichel, Christopher Jones, Greg Weisman

Friday July 4, 2014 11:30pm - Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30am
Garden Court - Southeast

11:30pm

Late Night Music Circle - Fr
A late night gathering of musicians where you can sing, play or just listen. Panelists:

Friday July 4, 2014 11:30pm - Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30am
Edina

11:30pm

It's (Not) Written in the Stars
We'll explore the myths and beliefs of astrology and why some people still find it convincing in the modern age of science. Panelists: Jason Thibeault, Brianne Bilyeu, Dan Berliner, Matt Lowry, Nicole Gugliucci

Friday July 4, 2014 11:30pm - Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30am
Plaza 1

11:30pm

Pun-el
Lowest form of humor? We don't know about that. What we do know is that if you hate puns and you come to this panel anyway, it's a form of self-punishment. Panelists: Bob Alberti, Edward Eastman, Maggie Schultz, Brian Salisbury

Friday July 4, 2014 11:30pm - Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30am
Plaza 2

11:30pm

Slash Fanfic Review
Tropes, shifts, and recs from the last year in slash fandom Panelists: Kamuran Paradis, Lee Blauersouth, Jo Thrace, Mara Kapp

Friday July 4, 2014 11:30pm - Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30am
Atrium 7

11:30pm

Superstimuli: My, What a Big _____ You Have!
Doing stupid things to attract mates isn't limited only to humans. From the peacock's tail to the bird of paradise mating game, evolution itself makes animals go to ridiculous lengths for the sake of reproduction. Panelists: Emily Finke, Bug Girl, Sharon Stiteler, Matt Kuchta, PZ Myers

Friday July 4, 2014 11:30pm - Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30am
Bloomington

11:30pm

Tech Sex
New technology is often used to explore sexuality and sexual identity; its more sexually charged uses often determine the course for technological innovations. We will explore the complex intersections of sexuality, gender, identity, and technology. Panelists: Miri Mogilevsky, Lyndzi Miller, Heina Dadabhoy, Samantha Bitner, Catherine Lundoff

Friday July 4, 2014 11:30pm - Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30am
Atrium 2

11:30pm

The Zombie Environment
Since Romero, zombies have become a universal archetype for the decay of society. However, they're usually just an environment for your characters to exist in. Panelists: Adam Stemple, Adam Whitlatch, Regan Wolfrom, Dr Rubidium

Friday July 4, 2014 11:30pm - Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30am
Atrium 4

11:30pm

Why Do All My Heroes Have Diagnoses?
From high-functioning sociopaths to physicists with strong Asperger's tendencies, it seems all our heroes have something going on these days. This panel will explore examples of modern fandoms with heroes who are living with disabilities. Panelists: Justine Mastin, Vetnita Anderson, Anna Waltz, Lathan Murrell, Derek Hanisch

Friday July 4, 2014 11:30pm - Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30am
Atrium 3

11:30pm

Killer B's Improv Movie Show
Our team of expert improvisers will create brand new dialogue, commentary, and Theremin score to some of the most deliciously odd film clips you will ever see... and they will do it without ever having seen the films before! Panelists: Jerry Belich, Melissa Kaercher, Chad Dutton, Molly Glover, Aric McKeown, Joseph Scrimshaw, Tim Uren, Kelvin Hatle, Tony Brewer

Friday July 4, 2014 11:30pm - Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30am
Atrium 6

11:30pm

Fanboy Bebop
All Keanu and Ash wanted was to have a good time at ASUX (the largest anime convention in the known universe). If they knew the fate of the con would end up in their hands, they probably would’ve stayed home.

Friday July 4, 2014 11:30pm - Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30am
Atrium 1
  • Format Parody
  • Suggested Age/Rating 17+

11:30pm

Firefly: the Game
Limited Capacity full

The goals of a captain are simple: Find a crew, find a job, keep flying. Travel the Verse fending off reapers and dodging the alliance (and your fellow players) in your quest for glory and credits, or just the shinies. Competitive, 1 to 6 players. Includes Breakin' Atmo and Pirates & Bounty Hunters expansions.

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 11:30pm - Saturday July 5, 2014 2:30am
2205a

11:30pm

Simplicity 2.0
Limited Capacity full

Have you ever wanted to play a magic wielding, two headed, zombie with an inferiority complex in a Steampunk world and was told by the GM, "NO, you can't play that!!"? Then this is the game for you. Returning for its second year, Simplicity is a bridge system form dice based RPG games to storytelling game where the participants have more control over the outcomes in the game through interaction rather than dice rolls. Come join us and discover what make Simplicity different. Rules taught, imagination required!

Moderators
Friday July 4, 2014 11:30pm - Saturday July 5, 2014 2:30am
2202b

11:30pm

Lair of the Goblin King
Bring your most comfortable dancing shoes as we assault you with some high-energy tunes to get you through the night. You’ll be hit with an audio barrage of hardstyle, aggrotech, and drum-and-bass. Panelists: Fenris, Spleen, Rype, Mad WITH Science, and other nefarious musical rogues.

Friday July 4, 2014 11:30pm - Saturday July 5, 2014 5:00am
Main Stage

12:00am

Q
R - 1982 - 93 min. dir. Larry Cohen w/David Carradine, Michael Moriarty, Candy Clark, Richard Roundtree A flying serpent terrorizes New York City from a hidden nest in the top of a skyscraper. and it’s up to Kwai Chang Caine and Shaft, John Shaft to figure it out! Could it really be the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl come to life or just a plain ole monster?

Saturday July 5, 2014 12:00am - 2:00am
Plaza 4
  • Suggested Age/Rating R

12:00am

Resident Evil
Limited Capacity seats available

In the world of Resident Evil, nothing seems to be going correctly. Can you find the cure to the plague… and survive? Based on the world from the video games and movies for Resident Evil, this tabletop RPG uses a modified D&D ruleset. Some rules will be taught specific to variations in the game, but the game will continue to move at a fast pace – intermediate / advanced RPG players welcome.

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 12:00am - 4:00am
2205b
  • Game System Resident Evil Tabletop RPG
  • Tags Age 13+

12:30am

Ninja Scroll
Jubei Kibagami is embroiled in the bloody affairs of the Devils of Kimon after assisting ninja Kagero when she is molested by an overwhelmingly powerful foe. Jubei eventually discovers that the Devils' plot involves a nasty incident from his past and a person he killed five years ago.

Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30am - 2:30am
Atrium 1
  • Format Dubbed
  • Suggested Age/Rating 17+

2:00am

Underworld
R - 2003 - 121 min. dir. Len Wiseman w/Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy Vampires, werewolves and tight black leather -- oh my! It doesn't get more urban fantasy than the two master species of the night duking it out against the backdrop of a sprawling metropolis with a fantastic soundtrack.

Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00am - 4:00am
Plaza 4
  • Suggested Age/Rating R
 
Saturday, July 5
 

7:00am

Princess Knight
Princess Sapphire was born with both a boy and a girl's heart, but a girl cannot take the throne, so she was raised as a boy. Now she must fight as a Knight of Ribbon to keep her true identity from being revealed.

Saturday July 5, 2014 7:00am - 9:00am
Atrium 1
  • Format Dubbed
  • Suggested Age/Rating 7+

9:00am

Monster Ranchers
Genki loves to play video games, and one day he is zapped into one. In the world of Monster Rancher, he and his new friends must search for a way to revive the Phoenix, the only monster capable of stopping the evil Moo's reign of tyranny.

Saturday July 5, 2014 9:00am - 11:00am
Atrium 1
  • Format Dubbed
  • Suggested Age/Rating 13+

9:30am

Fairy Wings and Rocket Packs
Come fly with us! Bring your imagination and your sleepy parents. Panelists: Angie Anderson, Carla Mantel, Renee Petersen

Saturday July 5, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Plaza 3

9:30am

Northstar Rollergirls Trivia or Dare
The North Star Roller Girls are more than just bruises on a pair of skates; they're also some of the nerdiest, geekiest - and yeah, toughest - girls around. Team up with the derby girls to test your knowledge and/or their strength! Panelists: Windy Bowlsby

Saturday July 5, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Plaza 1

9:30am

Signing - Gargoyles
Panelists: Greg Weisman, Frank Paur, Marina Sirtis

Saturday July 5, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
CONvergence Central

9:30am

Cartoons You Can Watch With Your Kids
Phineas and Ferb and the Pixar movies have great stories that adults can get into as well. What are some others and why do you like them? Panelists: Samma Johnson, Scott Pearson, Karine Charlebois, Mark McPherson, Greg Guler

Saturday July 5, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Atrium 6

9:30am

Female Moral Development in Young Adult Fiction
Exploring the empire of girl's moral development, what is of value to a growing girl, a look at authors such as Nnedi Okorofor. Panelists: David Lenander, Joan Sullivan, Katie Tremaine

Saturday July 5, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Plaza 2

9:30am

FitMyths
Does kinesio tape work? Should you run during pregnancy? How many beers can you drink while running? We'll discuss fitness science and myths as well as the fitness community, from Fitspiration, bro science, and paleo to fat shaming and support groups. Panelists: Julia Burke, Ashley Hamer, Heina Dadabhoy, Jamie Bernstein, Olivia James

Saturday July 5, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Atrium 4

9:30am

Kids Ask a Scientist
Our panel of scientists will answer questions, with the answers geared for the 12-and-under set. Panelists: Brianne Bilyeu, Camille McAloney, Nicole Gugliucci, Siouxsie Wiles, Lori Fischer

Saturday July 5, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Edina

9:30am

Super Academy
Super Academy is an upcoming Minneapolis-based superhero webseries about a college for superheroes. We will discuss the series and what goes into independent film. Panelists: Alex Jeffrey, Kyle Dekker, Jacob Gulliver, Ted Femrite, Ben Lifson

Saturday July 5, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Atrium 7

9:30am

Your Grampa's Gods - Why Should You Care?
Revisiting fantasy ideas in Young Adult urban fantasy. How are Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson) and Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl) shaping the field? Panelists: Jody Wurl, Christine Norris

Saturday July 5, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Bloomington

9:30am

Haidong Gumdo Real Sword Training Demo
Haidong Gumdo, The Way of the Sword, is an ancient and noble martial art from Korea. This demo will include cutting drills and forms and give you an insight and info on this ancient martial art. Panelists: George Richard

Saturday July 5, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Garden Court - Southwest

9:30am

Masquerade Orientation
All entries in the masquerade need to attend in preparation for the show and rehearsals on Saturday. Panelists: Deborah Mullen

Saturday July 5, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Atrium 2

9:30am

We Didn't Playtest This At All!
Limited Capacity full

In this exceptionally silly and awesome game, your objective is to WIN!! Simple enough, right? Sadly, all of your opponents have the same goal, and for *them* to win, you must NOT win. Between rock-paper-scissors battles, being eaten by a random dragon, or saved by a Kitten Ambush, there are many hazards to avoid!

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 9:30am - 12:30pm
2202c

10:00am

Hocus Pocus
PG - 1993 - 96 min. dir. Kenny Ortega w/Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy What's the matter...? It's just a bunch of Hocus Pocus! When the new kid in town lights the black flame candle and accidentally brings back three witch sisters from beyond the grave, he finds himself scrambling to send them back... as they try to navigate modern Massachusetts. This cult classic has survived the test of time for obvious reasons. Aside from an absolutely phenomenal cast (in what many of them claim to be their favorite roles) nothing about this film feels dated. The laughs come fast and sharp and is absolutely sure to "put a spell on you."

Saturday July 5, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza 4
  • Suggested Age/Rating PG

11:00am

Pipecleaner Creatures
Amazing Soft Sculpture Artist Julie Bowman will be teaching all ages how to make wonderful creatures from the Flexible Master of Craft Materials...the Pipecleaner. Mosifications are also shown and it can get crazy from there. Panelists: Julie Bowman

Saturday July 5, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza 3

11:00am

Signing - Emmy Jackson / Joel Arnold
Panelists: Emmy Jackson, Joel Arnold

Saturday July 5, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Autograph Table

11:00am

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

11:00am

Business of Art
Join successful artists to discuss the business of art. How do you make a living with your art? What business skills do artists need to develop? Panelists: Shawn van Briesen, Amy Roth, Bob Alberti, Marie Porter, Matthew Ebel

Saturday July 5, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 4

11:00am

Evolution of Disney Princesses
They started out helpless (Snow White), and now they're shooting arrows. What changed, and why? Panelists: Ashley F. Miller, Kathryn Sullivan, Michelle Farley, Windy Bowlsby, Madeleine Rowe, Greg Guler

Saturday July 5, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Edina

11:00am

How Star Trek's Space Travel Relates to World Peace
Zefram Cochrane breaks the warp barrier in 2063 per Star Trek's timeline. Hunger, war, disease and poverty are eradicated by the 24th century. How do humans accomplish such a feat in less than 200 years? Do our actions today help or hinder such a future? Panelists: Richard Wielgosz, Michael Shappe, Kenneth Konkol, Kelly Cole

Saturday July 5, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Bloomington

11:00am

Meet GPS
Learn about the latest workings of the Geek Partnership Society. News and updates about our clubs, events and work in the Geek community. Panelists: Ann Roubik, Charles Piehl, George Richard, Ty Blauersouth, Danielle McKay, Seth Chmelik

Saturday July 5, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 2

11:00am

Once Upon a Story: Exploring Fairy Tales in Popular Culture
What do NBC's Grimm, Willingham's "Fables" and Disney have in common? They all propel fantastical stories of antiquity into modern times. Explore where we've come from and where we're going in myth, fairytale, and folklore. Panelists: Dana Baird, Christine Norris, Emma Bull, Roy T Cook, Martha Wells

Saturday July 5, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 7

11:00am

Science of Irrationality
Your brain has been deceiving you all your life! Our brains often trick us into making irrational decisions and it does so in ways that are generally predictable. No one is immune, not even you. Come learn how your own brain has been misleading you. Panelists: Mary Brock, Bug Girl, Megan Press, Jamie Bernstein, Miri Mogilevsky

Saturday July 5, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza 1

11:00am

Writing by Ear
With the popularity of podcasts, audio drama is in the midst of a renaissance. Learn how writing for this medium differs from film or the stage, and discuss how to craft a compelling story using nothing but sound. We'll also cover equipment & marketing. Panelists: Clayton Faits, Aimee Kuzenski, David Rheinstrom, Brian Price, Dave Walbridge

Saturday July 5, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 3

11:00am

Do You Want to Play the Theremin?
Guest Sarah Clemens will demonstrate the Theremin and present a history of the instrument. At the end of the panel, audience members will have their own chance to try it! Panelists: Sarah Clemens, Jerry Belich

Saturday July 5, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza 2

11:00am

Reading - Wesley Chu
Wesley Chu will read from his work. Panelists: Wesley Chu

Saturday July 5, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
2201

11:00am

Illuminati: Deluxe Edition
Limited Capacity full

Control a secret society as you attempt to take control of the world by exercising hidden and obscure power!!

Moderators
avatar for Jason Dean

Jason Dean

Web Application Developer, Dakota County Technical College

Saturday July 5, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
ConSuite Gaming 216-217

11:00am

Introduction to Nightfall
Limited Capacity full

Come learn to play a competitive deck-building game featuring werewolves, vampires, zombies, and human hunters in a supernatural, post-apocalyptic setting.

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
2202b

11:00am

Kung Fu Fighting
Limited Capacity full

The geeks of the East and the West must unite and fight, to see whose Kung Fu is better! Come play Kung Fu Fighting, the game of cinematic martial arts mayhem. Six will do battle! One will prevail!

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
2202a

11:00am

Munchkin Tournament: Round 4
Limited Capacity seats available

Munchkin 4-round tournament (this is your last chance at a preliminary round before tonight's final!). In order to be eligible to play in the tournament, you must have attended the player meeting at the Crown Plaza on TH night! Winners from Preliminary rounds will go on to tonight's FINAL!

Moderators
AM

Andy Mullin, MIB

SJ Games Man In Black

Saturday July 5, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
CROWNE PLAZA, Salon U
  • Game System Steve Jackson Games' MUNCHKIN card game

11:00am

DNAngel
Otherwise average teenager Niwa Daisuke turns into the phantom thief Dark Mousy whenever he thinks about the girl of his dreams, ever since he failed to declare his love to her. Now his mother makes him turn into Dark to steal valuable art pieces for an unknown purpose.

Saturday July 5, 2014 11:00am - 1:00pm
Atrium 1
  • Format Subtitled
  • Suggested Age/Rating 10+

11:00am

Magic: The Gathering - Commander
Limited Capacity full

Commander ban list in effect (check with Wizards of the Coast website or your local judge onsite to confirm legal cards). Pack prizes supplied by Level Up Games.

Moderators
MM

Matt McMillan

CONvergence Card Gaming Subhead

Saturday July 5, 2014 11:00am - 3:00pm
2207b
  • Game System Magic: The Gathering Collectible Card Game

11:00am

Magic: The Gathering - Legacy Constructed Tournament
Limited Capacity seats available

Bring your Legacy (legal, of course) deck up to 22nd floor and get in some of that Good Ol’ Time Magic! Pack prizes supplied by Level Up Games.

Moderators
MM

Matt McMillan

CONvergence Card Gaming Subhead

Saturday July 5, 2014 11:00am - 3:00pm
2207a
  • Game System Magic: The Gathering Collectible Card Game

11:00am

Pathfinder Society: Day of the Demon
Limited Capacity seats available

The Blakros family, long an ally of the Pathfinder Society, has come into possession of a manor house in the imperial nation of Cheliax, where a once prominent noble family was known to practice diabolism before the Age of Lost Omens. The Pathfinders' task is simple: clear the abandoned manor of any remaining threats before the Blakroses move in. Unfortunately, the estate hasn't sat empty as long as the Blakroses think it has, and its recent inhabitants were anything but the devil-worshipers who originally built the manor. (Levels 3-7)

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 11:00am - 3:30pm
2204a
  • Game System Pathfinder RPG
  • Tags Age 13+

11:00am

ExploraDome
Panelists:

Saturday July 5, 2014 11:00am - 5:59pm
Garden Court - Southeast

11:00am

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Limited Capacity full

**NOTE: Due to demand, this event is in the process of being split into individual crews and slots - once all those slots are set up, the overall event will be deleted - please sign up for the individual crew slot that suits your schedule

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.


Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 11:00am - Sunday July 6, 2014 12:30am
2203

11:30am

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

12:00pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

12:00pm

Xanadu (with live riffing commentary)
PG - 1980 - 93 min. - with live commentary by Bill Stiteler, Jeremy Stomberg, and Duck Washington dir. Robert Greenwald w/Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, and amazing cast of wood blocks What IS this? We can't quite figure it out. All of the 1980's couldn't figure it out. But it produced a hugely successful soundtrack (the 5th most popular album in 1981!?) Is it Gene Kelly having a bad acid trip? Is it a sales scheme for leg warmers? Nobody knows. Maybe our guest commentators can figure it out.

Saturday July 5, 2014 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Plaza 4
  • Suggested Age/Rating PG

12:30pm

Fluffball Puppets
Good enough to accompany any Gelfling on their adventure. Panelists: Kimberly Baerg, Brad Baerg

Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Plaza 3

12:30pm

Giant Chess
See what it's like to play with three foot wood. Appropriate for all ages, and any number of players per team is permitted. We'll coach on all levels of skill, so come wrestle some pieces against your friends. Panelists: Lina DiGioia

Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Garden Court - Southwest

12:30pm

Signing - Christopher Jones 2
Panelists: Christopher Jones

Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
CONvergence Central

12:30pm

Signing - Joan Marie Verba and Doug Hulick
Panelists: Joan Marie Verba, Doug Hulick

Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Autograph Table

12:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

12:30pm

City Building
From cloud citadels to urban wastelands, any city has infrastructure needs: water, sewage, transportation. How will those be met? A discussion of good and bad city design in urban fantasy. Panelists: Kathryn Sullivan, Emma Bull, Tania Richter, Shaun Duke, Christoforo Pasquarette

Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Atrium 7

12:30pm

Computer Games: Review and Preview
We'll discuss what's new and what's in development in the world of computer games. Panelists: Michele Webber, Michael Black, Katie Tremaine, Karl Tingelstad, Ross Conklin

Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Atrium 3

12:30pm

Criticism and Empathy Online
When people abuse anonymity to give hurtful, damaging criticism, is this merely a failure of empathy, or is there something more there? How do you criticize people without triggering a flame war? Should you even TRY to avoid flame wars? Panelists: Miri Mogilevsky, Jason Thibeault, Wesley Chu, Kameron Hurley, Ted Meissner

Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Bloomington

12:30pm

Grimm Fan Panel
Zombie-Nick, Krampus, and a royal assassination--things were busy in the NBC series' third season. How is Grimm's world shaping up and where to do you think it's heading? Panelists: Cetius d'Raven, Linda White, Ann Laabs, Alice Leber Cook, Kris Halseth

Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Atrium 2

12:30pm

One on One with Sarah Clemens
Panelists: Sarah Clemens, Ruth Thompson (mod)

Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Plaza 2

12:30pm

Production Design with Frank Paur
Guest of Honor Frank Paur talks about the intricacies of Production design. He will provide insight into what it takes to define a series and why they do what they do in production. Panelists: Frank Paur

Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Atrium 4

12:30pm

Strong Female Characters - It's a Trap!
Different people have different ideas for what a strong female character should be. As a writer, how do you navigate those expectations? How do you create a strong female character without pointing out that she's "strong" and "female" - she just is? Panelists: Elizabeth Bear, Dana Baird, Will Shetterly, Scott Lynch, Lynne M. Thomas, Amy Berg

Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Edina

12:30pm

Would Shakespeare Write Sci-Fi?
If Shakespeare lived today, would he write sci-fi? We see the influence of Shakespeare on creators like Joss Whedon. Would the Bard love sci-fi as a vehicle for his works? Panelists: Hilary Moon Murphy, Mark Goldberg

Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Plaza 1

12:30pm

Gargoyles Radio Play
Fans and professionals perform a live Gargoyles radio play! Panelists: Greg Weisman, Jennifer Anderson, Marina Sirtis

Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Atrium 6

12:30pm

Reading - C Robert Cargill
Guest of honor C. Robert Cargill will read from his novel "Dreams and Shadows" and the sequel "Queen of the Dark Things." Panelists: C. Robert Cargill

Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
2201

12:30pm

Firefly: the Game
Limited Capacity full

The goals of a captain are simple: Find a crew, find a job, keep flying. Travel the Verse fending off reapers and dodging the alliance (and your fellow players) in your quest for glory and credits, or just the shinies. Includes Breakin' Atmo and Pirates & Bounty Hunters expansions.

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30pm - 2:00pm
2202b

12:30pm

Otherworld Game Demo
Limited Capacity filling up

Otherworld is a fast-paced, tabletop, fantasy, roleplaying game with a focus on being strategic, intuitive, and fun! You create a Hero with the ability to call forth great powers and talents from the Otherworld. How you use your gifts is up to you. RPG experience helps, but is not required. Please note: this is a 1-hour “Fastplay” session – if you want a deeper look at the game and the world, join us Thursday or Saturday nights at 10 pm for a 2-3 hour adventure.

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30pm - 2:00pm
2202d
  • Game System InfiniteMotion Otherworld RPG
  • Tags Age 13+

12:30pm

Open LAN Gaming
Come check out our LAN gaming space – all are welcome, but we only have so many computers, so please play well with others and share!

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30pm - 2:00pm
2208

12:30pm

Pathfinder Society: Prince of Augustana
Limited Capacity seats available

When an old beggar shows up filthy and injured on the doorstep of the Augustana Pathfinder Lodge in Andoran and demands to be recognized as Andoran's one true Emperor, Venture-Captain Wallace is inclined to chase him off. But when the old beggar reveals a wayfinder and tells a tale of demons and portals to another world beneath the streets of Augustana, Wallace summons you from Absalom to investigate. Will you make it through sewers, swarms, and sanctuaries to uncover the truth or will the dangers of the Augustana underworld consume you forever? (Levels 1-5)

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30pm - 5:00pm
2204b
  • Game System Pathfinder RPG
  • Tags Age 13+

1:00pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

1:00pm

Fairy Tail
In the Fiore kingdom, magic is a fact of life, and nowhere is that magic more powerful than among the wizards of the Fairy Tail guild. So powerful, in fact, that they are also notorious for the collateral damage they cause.

Saturday July 5, 2014 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Atrium 1
  • Format Dubbed
  • Suggested Age/Rating 13+

1:00pm

Classic Video Game Tournament
1:00 PM Signup, 2:00pm Start

Elimination-style competition on a 2-player glass table-top arcade machine featuring games ranging from the classic to the bizzare. (Space Limited)

Saturday July 5, 2014 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Veranda 6

1:00pm

Steam Century Mystery
Can you unravel a mystery when the people around you might be insane? The Red Ribbon Society presents a NEW Steam Century mystery, set in an Asylum where things are not entirely what they seem. This is a multifaceted game that combines elements of live action role-playing and crime dramas. Players must start by 3:30, answers are due by 5:00, and the finale is at 5:45.

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 1:00pm - 6:30pm
2205

1:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

2:00pm

Craft Snackbar
Partake of several self-directed craft stations, including Fuse Beads, t-shirt bags and more. Notice: Please do not eat the crafts. Panelists:

Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza 3

2:00pm

Tea Geek Science Fiction Tea Tasting
Captain Picard had his Earl Grey, Sherlock loved his Lapsang Souchong. The Doctor never turned down a cup of English Breakfast unless the Cybermen were in hot pursuit. Learn the history of these unique tea blends from a certified Tea Geek. Panelists:

Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Atrium 3

2:00pm

Signing - Sarah Clemens
Speakers

Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Autograph Table

2:00pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

2:00pm

Gargoyles Biology and Culture
A "what if" panel about the biology and culture of the Gargoyles universe? Creators and performers speculate about anything and everything going on outside the frames of the TV series. Panelists: Greg Weisman, Craig A. Finseth (mod), Greg Guler

Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Atrium 7

2:00pm

Gender in Urban Fantasy
This genre tends to have more female protagonists and writers. Is it marketing, or something else? Panelists: Melissa Olson, Emma Bull, Paul Cornell, Laura Zats, Michael R. Underwood

Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Edina

2:00pm

Intellectual Property Rights
We'll discuss the basics of intellectual property rights, such as Creative Commons, getting and requiring permission, and being a creator in a complicated rights world. Panelists: J Boone Dryden, Bob Alberti, James Zak, Sarah Barsness

Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza 2

2:00pm

One on One with C. Robert Cargill
Panelists: Tim Wick (mod), C. Robert Cargill

Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza 1

2:00pm

signing - Sarah Clemens / David Annandale / Martha Wells
Panelists: Sarah Clemens, David Annandale, Martha Wells

Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Autograph Table

2:00pm

Song of Ice and Fire and SCIENCE
How do you get a planet with such bizarre seasons? What's the biological explanation for giant wolves, mammoths, and dragons? How does genetics work on Westerosi? We'll discuss all this and more. (Some spoilers possible.) Panelists: Nicole Gugliucci, Rebecca Watson, Emily Finke, Dr Rubidium

Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Atrium 6

2:00pm

The Hobbit: That Wasn't in the Book!
Join us to discuss the latest in The Hobbit series, The Desolation of Smaug. How does it compare to past Tolkien screen adaptations? Where does it stray from the book, for better or worse? What do we expect from the upcoming third movie in the series? Panelists: Zach Nyhus, David Lenander, Scott Pearson, Alexander Maki, William Dewey

Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Bloomington

2:00pm

The Writing of Science
Exploring ways a writer can make science come to life on the page. It isn't just about making science correct, it is about making science interesting. Panelists: Amy Berg, Katie Tremaine, G. David Nordley, Kelly McCullough (mod)

Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Atrium 2

2:00pm

Reading - Philip Andrew Bennett Low
Panelists: Phillip Andrew Bennett Low

Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
2201

2:00pm

Titan Arena
Limited Capacity full

Monstrous creatures battle to the death as the bidding war for their services wages in the arena halls – the player who leaves with the most profit wins!

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
2202c

2:00pm

Sentinels of the Multiverse
Limited Capacity full

Megalopolis is in trouble! Tachyon, Bunker and The Mighty Ra must team up to defend the city against the evil Baron Blade! Sentinels is a cooperative card game where superheroes come together to save the day. The game is your opponent and your fellow players your trusted allies in justice.

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
2202a

2:00pm

Portrait of Jennie
NR - 1948 - 86 min. dir. William Dieterle w/Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Ethel Barrymore, Lillian Gish Stylish and haunting, this rare and classic film tells a tale of an obscure real life down-and-out painter Eben Adams, who’s inspiration for his Portrait of Jennie might have been brought about from a brush with the supernatural. A film like no other, it is a must see!

Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Plaza 4
  • Suggested Age/Rating NR

2:00pm

LAN Gaming: Natural Selection 2
Come check out a hybrid FPS / RTS game – in fact, NS was the first FPS game to incorporate the use of the “Commander” role, which actually sees the battlefield from the top down. Play as Space Marines or Kharaa (Aliens), and get ready to kick some assets in this crazy Half-Life mod that became its own game!

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
2208

2:00pm

Assassins Guild Tournament
Join us in the Garden Court for a Tournament of Champions! Prove your skill, test your might and Rise to the Top! Ladder style double elimination, space is limited; sign up early! Ages 14 & Up. Panelists:

Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00pm - 4:29pm
Garden Court - Southwest

2:00pm

Raptor Center
Panelists: Danielle McKay

Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00pm - 4:29pm
Atrium 4

2:00pm

Pathfinder Society: Decline of Glory
Limited Capacity seats available

When the son of a famous Pathfinder gains control of his father's holdings in Taldor, the Pathfinder Society decides to build a new lodge there as a base to explore the many ruins of that crumbling empire. Unfortunately, the Taldan Phalanx has its eye on the holdings and an ancient curse has turned many of the residents into the walking dead. Can you survive the tangled web of Taldor's politics and fight off the echoes of the past or will you, too, see your glory decline? (Levels 5-9)

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00pm - 6:30pm
2204c
  • Game System Pathfinder RPG
  • Tags Age 13+

2:00pm

Redacted for National Security
Limited Capacity filling up

An unspecified incident near Fort Knox (KY) has seemingly been written off by everyone but the FBI. Your team has been sent to investigate “signs of cult activity”. This could either make your career… or end it.

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00pm - 7:00pm
2202b

2:00pm

Signing - Marina Sirtis 3
Panelists: Marina Sirtis

Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00pm - 7:59pm
CONvergence Central

2:00pm

Lost City of Barakus
The party is searching for 2 gem keys that they believe will unlock the Vault of Larin Karr. They are also en route to a tower to stop a diabolical telescope from being built which (if completed) will summon a host of devils to raze the land. And some day they will find the Vale of Serpents and defeat the Avatar of Set that their past actions have set free. A lot to keep them busy and some will be addressed at the next Convergence! An ongoing 3.5 D&D Adventure that starts with 5th level characters, but may end up anywhere

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 2:00pm - Sunday July 6, 2014 2:00am
2206
  • Game System Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 ed

2:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

3:00pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

3:00pm

Tiger & Bunny
In Sternbild City, mutants called Next act as superheroes for the glory of their sponsors, and points on Hero TV. Veteran hero Wild Tiger has always worked alone, but now he's been partnered with rookie Barnaby Brooks Jr., who has a different perspective on being a superhero.

Saturday July 5, 2014 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Atrium 1
  • Format Dubbed
  • Suggested Age/Rating 13+

3:00pm

Magic: The Gathering - Casual Multiplayer: Quantum Leap
Limited Capacity seats available

Quantum Leap is a Legacy format created by Matt McMillan that uses primarily Planechase and Vanguard cards – bring your Legacy-legal deck and come play! Pack prizes supplied by Level Up Games.

Moderators
MM

Matt McMillan

CONvergence Card Gaming Subhead

Saturday July 5, 2014 3:00pm - 7:00pm
2207b
  • Game System Magic: The Gathering Collectible Card Game

3:00pm

Magic: The Gathering - Modern Constructed Tournament
Limited Capacity full

If you picked up any of the new cards from the new Modern Deck released late-May, this is a great chance to get some use from them! Bring your Modern Constructed (legal, of course) deck up to the Magic: The Gathering room on 22 and get your game on! Pack prizes supplied by Level Up Games.

Moderators
MM

Matt McMillan

CONvergence Card Gaming Subhead

Saturday July 5, 2014 3:00pm - 7:00pm
2207a
  • Game System Magic: The Gathering Collectible Card Game

3:30pm

Create a Real DNA Necklace
How do you extract DNA out of living things? What does your DNA look like? Find out and make a special necklace using your unique DNA! Panelists: Mary Myers, PZ Myers, Skatje Myers

Saturday July 5, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Plaza 3

3:30pm

MasterArtist
Amateur Artists will be given a subject to create a piece of art within a specific time using a defined meeting. When time is up, the judges will confer, select the best offerings, and determine the MasterArtist Panelists: Ruth Thompson, Sarah Clemens, Daniel Mohr

Saturday July 5, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
A-E-I-O Crowne Plaza Bloomington West, 5401 Green Valley Dr Bloomington, MN 55437

3:30pm

Signing - Scott Lynch
Panelists: Scott Lynch

Saturday July 5, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Autograph Table

3:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

3:30pm

Agents of SHIELD Fan Panel
Agent Coulson is alive - or is he? What are your hopes for season 2? How did season 1 stack up to the stable of Marvel movies currently overseen by Joss Whedon? Panelists: David Schwartz, Lee Harris, Scott Pearson, Daren Johnson

Saturday July 5, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 6

3:30pm

Anime Series: Year in Review
A yearly showcase of the past year's best anime series, presented by a group of anime fans who've watched and enjoyed them. Those looking to enter the anime fandom as well as those who've been otaku for years are welcome to attend. Panelists: Lyda Morehouse, Jessi Silver, Boris Smelov, Jo Thrace

Saturday July 5, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Plaza 2

3:30pm

Build a Better Iron Man
The Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe described *everything* you need to build your own Iron Man armor and Mjolnir. How scientific were they? Panelists: Bill Stiteler (mod), Jim Kakalios, Michelle Cadieux, Matt Lowry, Ryan Consell

Saturday July 5, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Bloomington

3:30pm

Fear Mythos: The Effects of Internet Horror Stories on Popular Culture
Panelists will discuss different media in which popular internet icons such as Slenderman and The Rake manifest themselves to terrify audiences! Panelists: Shawn van Briesen, Kirsten Wade, Mara Kapp

Saturday July 5, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 2

3:30pm

Mythology in Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Urban Fantasy
We have all heard of Zeus and Thor, this panel is about mythology in the modern world or the past, from Marvel's Thor movie to Percy Jackson and the Olympians, to other less known areas of the mythological world. Panelists: Tim Lieder, JD Horn, Sean M. Murphy, Paul Weimer, Christine Norris

Saturday July 5, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 7

3:30pm

One on One with Emma Bull
Panelists: Emma Bull, Jody Wurl (mod)

Saturday July 5, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Edina

3:30pm

Rain of the Ghosts
Guest of Honor Greg Wiseman will do some short readings and talk about his novel "Rain of the Ghosts" and the sequel, "Spirits of Ash and Foam," which comes out one week after the convention! Panelists: Greg Weisman

Saturday July 5, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 3

3:30pm

Our Fair City
Join the cast of award-winning Chicago-based audio drama Our Fair City for a unique live performance! Live music and Foley sound effects accompany this subversive, dynamic, and exciting original production. Panelists: Clayton Faits, David Rheinstrom, Betsey Palmer, Jeffrey Gardner

Saturday July 5, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Plaza 1

3:30pm

Reading - Joseph Scrimshaw
Comedian and writer Joseph Scrimshaw reads excerpts from his 2012 geek memoir Comedy of Doom, his blog, and other things that have recently fallen out of his head. Panelists: Joseph Scrimshaw

Saturday July 5, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
2201

3:30pm

Signing - Greg Guler / Frank Paur
Panelists: Greg Guler, Frank Paur

Saturday July 5, 2014 3:30pm - 4:59pm
CONvergence Central

3:30pm

Firefly: The Game
Limited Capacity full

The goals of a captain are simple: Find a crew, find a job, keep flying. Travel the 'Verse fending off reapers and dodging the Alliance (and your fellow players) in your quest for glory and credits, or just the shinies. Competitive, 1 to 6 players. Includes Breakin' Atmo and Pirates & Bounty Hunters expansions.

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
ConSuite Gaming 216-217

3:30pm

Marvel's Legendary Heroes
Limited Capacity full

Legendary is a Marvel Superheroes Deck Building Game. Players can recruit their heroes to defeat the villains and their schemes. Play cooperatively or competitively to determine the ultimate victor.

Moderators
avatar for Derek Hanisch

Derek Hanisch

Spectrum Community Mental Health

Saturday July 5, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
2202a

3:30pm

Otherworld Game Demo
Limited Capacity seats available

Otherworld is a fast-paced, tabletop, fantasy, roleplaying game with a focus on being strategic, intuitive, and fun! You create a Hero with the ability to call forth great powers and talents from the Otherworld. How you use your gifts is up to you. RPG experience helps, but is not required.

Please note: this is a 1-hour “Fastplay” session – if you want a deeper look at the game and the world, join us Thursday or Saturday nights at 10 pm for a 2-3 hour adventure.

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
2202d
  • Game System InfiniteMotion's Otherworld RPG
  • Tags Age 13+

3:30pm

LAN Gaming: Defense of the Ancients 2 (DOTA2)
NEW THIS YEAR!! Welcome to the MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena)! Choose your team (Radiant or Dire) and get ready to knock down the enemy team’s Ancient while your Hero levels, collects gold, gets items, and kills enemies to achieve victory! There’s a bit of a learning curve, so be prepared for a little frustration if you’re new to the second generation of this Valve offering.

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
2208
  • Game System Valve Software's Defense of the Ancients 2

3:30pm

Stranger than Fiction
PG-13 - 2006 - 113 min. (Captioned) dir. Marc Forster w/Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Queen Latifah, Dustin Hoffman A man wakes up one morning to find a voice in his head that’s narrating everything he does. Could it exist in the real world and be a fictional character at the same time? This one flew largely under the radar when it came out almost a decade ago, which is why Rex is making sure you have a chance to see it now. And unlike most of his movies, this film won’t make you want to punch Will Ferrell in the face. (this showing is captioned)

Saturday July 5, 2014 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Plaza 4
  • Suggested Age/Rating PG-13

3:30pm

Pathfinder Society: Hellknight's Feast
Limited Capacity seats available

War has broken out in the Worldwound far to the north of Absalom, but despite the regional implications of an Abyssal victory, many nations are ambivalent toward the cause. The Pathfinder Society, arranges a formal banquet to be hosted by newlyweds Michellia and Damian Blakros, at which the Society's agents can attempt to sway the political opinions of Absalom's movers and shakers. Will the Pathfinders succeed in securing the much-needed military support of Absalom and other nations bordering the Inner Sea, or will the crusaders and Pathfinders fighting on the front lines in Mendev find themselves standing alone before the demonic hordes? (Levels 5-9)

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 3:30pm - 8:00pm
2204a
  • Game System Pathfinder RPG
  • Tags Age 13+

4:00pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

4:30pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 2
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

5:00pm

Molecular Gastronomy: Play with your Food!
Foams, spheres, airs, and powders--molecular gastronomy is all the rage in fancy restaurants these days. Come learn the science behind these preparations, try your hand at a few of them, and delight your tastebuds with familiar foods in unfamiliar form Panelists: Anne Sauer

Saturday July 5, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza 3

5:00pm

Signing - C. Robert Cargill
Panelists: C. Robert Cargill

Saturday July 5, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Autograph Table

5:00pm

HMS Artemis Crew
Limited Capacity seats available

The Artemis Bridge Simulator is cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members (or “Spacers”) on the bridge of a star ship. Positions available in the simulator are: Engineering, Gunner, Helmsman, Sensor Tech, and Communications Tech each have their specialized station to go along with their role. The Captain directs the crew to succeed in their missions.

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
2203 - Artemis Bridge 1
  • Game System HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator

5:00pm

How to Structure a Novel
What are the required elements? How do you use your geeky experiences to fashion your characters, plot, and themes? Panelists: Elizabeth Bear, Will Shetterly, Kelly McCullough, David Annandale, Lee Harris

Saturday July 5, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 6

5:00pm

Is There Life After 'Dark and Gritty'?
How did we get from Adam West to the Dark Knight? Can we reboot a series and make it more optimistic? Panelists: Scott Lynch, Sarah Prentice, Michael R. Underwood, Tabitha Anderson, Michael Damian Thomas

Saturday July 5, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Edina

5:00pm

Mental Illness Myths
Myths about mental illness pervade our society, including our health care system. We'll examine research, clinical practice, and experiences on everything from psychiatric drugs and the "dangerous" mentally ill to how these myths dehumanize and harm. Panelists: Megan Press, Miri Mogilevsky, Julia Burke, Olivia James, Desiree Schell (mod)

Saturday July 5, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 4

5:00pm

Mission to the Unknown: Doctor Who's Missing Episodes
The last year has had the biggest recovery of missing Doctor Who episodes from the 1960s in decades. Discuss what has been found, and what might still be out there. Panelists: Shawn van Briesen, Rob Callahan, Ben Ellis, Steven Manfred, Michael Shappe

Saturday July 5, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza 1

5:00pm

One on One with Frank Paur
Panelists: Tim Uren (mod), Frank Paur

Saturday July 5, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza 2

5:00pm

SF Writing Groups: The 2014 Scene
This annual (since 1986) get together of the Minnesota Imaginative Fiction Writers' Alliance helps science fiction/fantasy writing groups link with writers who are looking for a critique group. Panelists: Eric M. Heideman (mod), Lyda Morehouse, Tyler Tork

Saturday July 5, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 2

5:00pm

Sleepy Hollow Fan Panel
Headless horsemen, apocalypses, witches, and prophecies, all in the little town of Sleepy Hollow! Fox TV's new show is the latest incarnation of the Sleepy Hollow story; let's talk about the good, the bad and all the in between. Panelists: David Schwartz, Cetius d'Raven, Linda White, Sigrid Ellis, Kiah Nelson

Saturday July 5, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 7

5:00pm

Our Fair City Recording
Join members of the audio drama Our Fair City to record crowd scenes and dialogue for the next season of the show. Shriek in terror! Start a riot! Applaud wildly! Die, in a variety of horrible ways! Panelists: David Rheinstrom, Jeffrey Gardner, Betsey Palmer, Clayton Faits

Saturday July 5, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 3

5:00pm

Worst of Harry Potter
Following last year's "Worst of Bond" panel, we return with an all-out assault on another beloved franchise: Harry Potter, both the books and the films! Panelists: Bill Stiteler, Joseph Scrimshaw, Jeremy Stomberg, Sharon Stiteler (mod)

Saturday July 5, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Bloomington

5:00pm

Reading - Aimee Kuzenski
Aimee Kuzenski will read from her work. Panelists: Aimee Kuzenski

Saturday July 5, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
2201

5:00pm

Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Duel on Mount Skullzfyre
Take part in an epic magical battle to be the last wizard standing and become the Ultimate Battle Wizard!!

Saturday July 5, 2014 5:00pm - 6:30pm
ConSuite Gaming 216-217

5:00pm

Otherworld Game Demo
Otherworld is a fast-paced, tabletop, fantasy, roleplaying game with a focus on being strategic, intuitive, and fun! You create a Hero with the ability to call forth great powers and talents from the Otherworld. How you use your gifts is up to you. RPG experience helps, but is not required. Please note: this is a 1-hour “Fastplay” session – if you want a deeper look at the game and the world, join us Thursday or Saturday nights at 10 pm for a 2-3 hour adventure.

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 5:00pm - 6:30pm
2202d
  • Game System InfiniteMotion's Otherworld RPG

5:00pm

LAN Gaming: Team Fortress 2 (TF2)
All the machines in LAN Gaming go TF2 to prepare for tonight’s main event!! The TF2 tourney is coming, so loosen up your mouse hand, grab your config, and come warm up before the event!

Moderators
Saturday July 5, 2014 5:00pm - 6:30pm
2208

5:00pm

Sword Art Online
In 2022, the fully-immersive MMORPG Sword Art Online debuts, and Kirito is one of the first players. The trouble is, there is no option to log out. Kirito and the other players will have to defeat all 100 floors to leave, but death in the game has serious consequences.

Saturday July 5, 2014 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Atrium 1
  • Format Subtitled
  • Suggested Age/Rating 13+

5:00pm

Munchkin Tournament: FINALS
The winners from rounds 1-4 of the Munchkin Tournament gather to answer the age-old question, “Who is the biggest Munchkin of them all?”.

Please note: Play in this particular round of the event is invitation-only (as determined by tournament officials and results of preliminary rounds), however, spectators are welcome up to the capacity of the room!

Moderators
AM

Andy Mullin, MIB

SJ Games Man In Black

Saturday July 5, 2014 5:00pm - 7:00pm
CROWNE PLAZA, Salon U

5:00pm

Simplicity 2.0
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever wanted to play a magic wielding, two headed, zombie with an inferiority complex in a Steampunk world and was told by the GM, "NO, you can't play that!!"? Then this is the game for you. Returning for its second year, Simplicity is a bridge system from dice based RPG games to storytelling games where the participants have more control over the outcomes in the game through interaction rather than dice rolls. Come join us and discover what make Simplicity different. Rules taught, imagination required!

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