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Wednesday, July 5
 

9:00am

11:00am

Registration
Panelists:

Wednesday July 5, 2017 11:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Veranda 2

12:00pm

Art Show
Artist setup. Panelists:

Wednesday July 5, 2017 12:00pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 6

12:00pm

The Bridge
Panelists:

Wednesday July 5, 2017 12:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Shipside

9:00pm

Registration
Panelists:

Wednesday July 5, 2017 9:00pm - Thursday July 6, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree Veranda 2

9:00pm

Volunteers & Information Table
Panelists:

Wednesday July 5, 2017 9:00pm - Thursday July 6, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree CONvergence Central Vol Table
 
Thursday, July 6
 

8:00am

The Bridge
Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:00am - Friday July 7, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree Shipside

9:00am

Registration
Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 9:00am - 10:00pm
DoubleTree Veranda 2

9:00am

10:00am

Art Show
Artist setup. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00am - 2:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 6

10:00am

AuxBridge
CONvergence Operations Auxilary Bridge Location. Convention questions answered. Comments and feedback heard. Daily Sheraton Lost & Found. Official CONvergence Safe Space. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00am - 8:00pm
Sheraton Quinn

10:00am

11:00am

Bridge Simulator Signups - Artemis / Valkyrie
Sign up to play (and maybe even play right away) on the Artemis / Valkyrie bridge simulators. Each attendee may sign up for one play per bridge per day, and signups are available each morning for that day only. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2204

11:00am

LAN - Open Gaming
Start your CONvergence right - come up to LAN Gaming and check out the new games on the computers! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2208

11:00am

Oregon Trail Card Game
You have died of Chuck Norris. Wait, wrong game. Dysentery! That’s what you died of! Try to make it to the Willamette Valley in this cooperative take on one of the most iconic games ever . You probably won’t make it, but you can try. Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

11:00am

VR Gaming Signups
Virtual Reality Gaming Room opens for signups – actual time slots for VR Gaming will start at 12:30pm. Panelists: Jennifer Bird (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2201

11:00am

Zombicide: Black Plague
Take the zombie apocalypse into a fantastical medieval setting! Necromancers have unleashed a zombie invasion in the age of swords and sorcery, and it's up to your group of straggling survivors to survive, take back the realm and punish those responsible! Panelists: Eric R. Peterson (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:00am - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table B

11:00am

PFS - Ire of the Storm (part 1)
Pridon's Hearth is Sargava's newest colony, pushing the country's borders further south than ever before and attracting treasure-hunters, fortune-seekers, and troubled souls hoping for a fresh start. (Level 1-5) (3-day event) Panelists: Pathfinder Society (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:00am - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table A

11:00am

Battle Fields of Gred'Ak'El
Explore the world of Myrr; create a living story, build your character personalities, and be somewhere else for a while. Bring your imagination and curiosity to this two-day D&D 5th ed. campaign designed for role-players. More info at www.myrr.world. Panelists: Benjamin Hawkins (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table C

11:00am

MTG - Casual Magic: the Gathering
Magic: the Gathering room open for casual play / playtesting / deckbuilding, etc. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree 2206 Table A

11:00am

MTG - Casual Magic: the Gathering
Magic: the Gathering room open for casual play / playtesting / deckbuilding, etc. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree 2206 Table B

11:30am

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:30am - 12:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

12:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:00pm - 12:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

12:00pm

Tenchi Muyo!
Tenchi is an average guy with terrible luck, and 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? Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

12:00pm

12:00pm

PFS - Quests!
A series of one hour quests allowing new and experienced players to try out Pathfinder Society play! Panelists: Pathfinder Society (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:00pm - 6:30pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table C

12:00pm

Smokers Paradise
Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:00pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree Smokers Tent

12:00pm

Volunteers Den Massage Table
Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:00pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 118

12:00pm

Programming Operations
Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:00pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Normandale

12:00pm

Sensory Break Room
Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:00pm - Friday July 7, 2017 1:00am
DoubleTree Atrium 5

12:00pm

Volunteers Den
Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:00pm - Friday July 7, 2017 2:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 117

12:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 1:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

12:30pm

Craft Smorgasbord
Come join the Sandbox staff and try a few make and take crafts, such as bookmarks, barrettes, lanyards, and more. Panelists: Angie Anderson, Sandy Darst

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

12:30pm

Based on Science
How does worldbuilding differ in worlds based on hard science (Pern) vs soft science (Star Wars)? Panelists: Anthony Eichenlaub, Aimee Kuzenski, Joseph Jay-Dixon, Sara McAtee, Peter Larsen (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

12:30pm

Beyond the Magical Girl
Is female empowerment in anime real or just a story line? Which titles have female characters that are active heroes and which just have events happen to them? Panelists: Briana Lawrence, Brian Casey, J.C. Horvath, Michael Grimm (mod), Meredith Gillies

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

12:30pm

Black Panther's Origin and History
T'Challa (Black Panther) was created by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby in 1966 and is considered to be one of the most intelligent characters in the Marvel universe. How does the history of this character and the fictional nation of Wakanda reflect world history? Panelists: Jonathan Palmer, Sam Stiles (mod), Lathan Murrell

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

12:30pm

Breaking into YouTube
How do you start your own YouTube channel? We'll talk about everything from making your own videos and starting a YouTube channel to getting subscriptions and more. Panelists: Nicholas Boden, Steve Sylvestre, Luxander Pond (mod), Kat Surth, Squall Charlson

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sheraton Whalon

12:30pm

Creating Inclusive Fan Spaces
Nerd clubs are great, but membership tends to be monochromatic. How can organizers encourage diversity and make all kinds of geeks feel welcome? Panelists: Shannan Paul (mod), Hal Bichel, Dave Stagner, Josie Browning, AlysshaRose Jordan

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

12:30pm

End of Empires
Why do we keep putting the Roman Empire into our stories? Panelists: Niles Schwartz, Elizabeth Bear, Tim Lieder (mod), Mitchell Faas, Michael Carus

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sheraton Ames

12:30pm

Geeky Careers You've Not Thought About
How does one take a geeky hobby and make it a career? Composers and the like need to start somewhere. Panelists: Harris O'Malley, Tania Richter, Dan Stiglich, Sherry Johnson (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

12:30pm

Geeky Photography
What are the best ways to photograph conventions and fandom? Lighting? Background? Posed vs. candid? Panelists: Danielle McKay, D.L. Fitzwater (mod), Norman Cates, Roger Pavelle

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

12:30pm

Invasive Species
When, if ever, is it possible to bring a species into a new environment? What are the potential consequences. Let's discuss the outcomes of historical examples. Panelists: Laura Okagaki-Vraspir, PZ Myers, Vernon McIntosh, Jen Dixon, Renate Fiora (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

12:30pm

Weaponry in Cinematic Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Weapons & warfare have played an iconic and powerful role in sci-fi/fantasy films. Explore the use of weaponry in sci-fi/fantasy in cinema from the Highlander's sword to the Klingon bat'leth. We'll watch fight scenes, view replicas, & demonstrate tech. Panelists: Amanda Day, Lee Fillingsness, Jason Hilton, Nick Krekeler (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

12:30pm

Diamond Dust Dreams Game Demos
If you’ve never had the chance to try out Kitsune: Foxes and Fools or Bad Decisions, this is for you - demos of these two games will alternate on this table TH / SA / SU. If you've already played these two, head to table C for Kitsune: Spirit Chase! Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table D

12:30pm

Dominion
Come play Dominion, the breakthrough board game that created the deck-building genre! We’ll have all expansions through Empire available with the revised Second Edition base and Intrigue cards. Setup will be adjusted based on player experience. Panelists: Carl Patten (mod), Tammy Anderson (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
DoubleTree 2205 Table B

12:30pm

Kitsune: Spirit Chase!
Those foxes are at it again! During an innocent prank, they let evil spirits loose from the shrine. Help them catch the spirits before the Elder Kitsune finds out! Panelists: Susan Price (mod), Ian Price (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table C

12:30pm

Redshirts
“I need volunteers for a mission!” “Is it a suicide mission?” “Dude, look what we’re wearing. Of course, it’s a suicide mission!” Select a mission. Select a crew. Kill them off. You really do suck as a captain, don’t you? Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

12:30pm

LAN - League of Legends Tourney
One of the most popular games in the world. Team tournament matches will be held during the morning, with finals on Saturday. Also available for team play during open gaming/late night gaming. PERSONAL ACCOUNT REQUIRED** Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2208

12:30pm

ChessWerks
Play chess with oversized pieces in the Garden Court. Panelists: Chairman deBoard

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

12:30pm

PFS - Hall of the Flesh Eaters
The Gloomspires have long remained a mystery, but a recent discovery has revealed a brief opportunity to enter and search for the treasure of the pirate Sevenfingers. (Levels 1-5) Panelists: Pathfinder Society (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table B

12:30pm

Virtual Reality Gaming
Virtual Reality Gaming was an incredibly popular addition to LAN last year. Due to its popularity, VR now has its own room this year - come check it out! Panelists: Jennifer Bird (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree 2201

1:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 1:00pm - 1:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

1:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 1:30pm - 2:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

2:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 2:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

2:00pm

Cosplay Repair Kit
Make a repair kit to have on hand for whenever you have a cosplay emergency. Panelists: Tom "Takeo" Moen

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

2:00pm

CONvergence for the Socially Anxious
CONvergence can be an intimidating experience for even the most seasoned and social geeks. Thousands of people, mostly strangers, often loud. Stimulation overload of all of the senses. How do those who struggle with social anxiety deal with it? Panelists: Aimee Kuzenski, Ben San Del (mod), George Miller, Grace Ulak, Michael Zecca

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

2:00pm

Dealing with the Aftermath
Traumatic events happen and repercussions can endure for a long time. How do comics, TV series, etc. deal with the effects? Panelists: Maggie Schultz, Nicole LaBat, Elizabeth Bear (mod), Kellee Isle

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

2:00pm

Doctor Strange Fan Panel
Marvel now has a superhero whose powers come from magic: let's discuss. Panelists: Bryon Stump, Michelle Farley (mod), Jacob Gulliver, Christopher Jones, Joseph Peterson

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

2:00pm

Geeky Small Businesses
Strategies for starting and running a geeky small business. The discussion will include funding strategies, selling online, involvement with local conventions & festivals, developing unique creations, testing the market, and working with fellow artisans. Panelists: Aric Stewart (mod), Dorianne Jarchow, Tania Richter, Mitchell Faas, Squirrel "Beth" Jankowski

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

2:00pm

How Military Experience Influences Storytelling
Do soldiers spin the best yarns? Join a panel of storytellers including filmmakers, writers, and game masters for a discussion on the ways in which their training and experiences serving in the military influence their storytelling. Panelists: Ian Truitner, Kyle Dekker (mod), Paula Merns, Bowie Sessions, Sara McAtee

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

2:00pm

LGBT+ People in Utopian Societies
"Utopia" from the Greek words for "not" and "place." While LGBT+ utopias of today usually refer to isolated places without discrimination from the straight world, where do LGBT+ people fit in utopian societies of the future? Panelists: Lee Blauersouth, Donald Kaiser (mod), John Till, Kendra Akin, Jamie Riedesel

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

2:00pm

Non-Compliant Geek's Guide to Self Care
Geeks are experts at re-imagining the world around us. So, let's question society's body shaming narrative on wellness, commit the radical act of self-acceptance, and reclaim our heroic destiny. Your non-compliant journey starts now. Panelists: Justine Mastin, Steven Rehn, Kat Gordon, Ani Janzen

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

2:00pm

Religion in the Future
How will current religions evolve as time progresses? What new variants will arise? What about completely different religions that may come from encounters with aliens? Panelists: Lana Rosario (mod), PZ Myers, Hertzey Hertz, Samantha Bitner, Lathan Murrell

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

2:00pm

Speculative Fiction Against Colonialism
Colonialism pervades much of speculative fiction. But post-colonial literary movements rejecting this worldview, including Afrofuturism and Indigenous futurism, are gaining more steam in the genre. We will examine these works and their significance. Panelists: Gabriela Santiago, Rob Callahan (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Ames

2:00pm

Storytelling Podcasts
Night Vale. Limetown. The Black Tapes. Tanis. Doorway To The Hidden World. So many podcasts now are exploring audio drama, especially in fantasy and magical realism. What do they have in common? What's different? What other podcasts are out there? Panelists: Dee Bitner, Molly Glover, Jerry Stearns (mod), Sam Stiles

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

2:00pm

Diamond Dust Dreams Game Demos
If you’ve never had the chance to try out Kitsune: Foxes and Fools or Bad Decisions, this is for you - demos of these two games will alternate on this table TH / SA / SU. If you've already played these two, head to table C for Kitsune: Spirit Chase! Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table D

2:00pm

Exploding Kittens
Mew. BOOM! What’s more fun than Russian Roulette? Russian Roulette with exploding cats! Come play the kickstarter phenomenon of cats, explosions and inappropriate humor! Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

2:00pm

Kitsune: Spirit Chase!
Those foxes are at it again! During an innocent prank, they let evil spirits loose from the shrine. Help them catch the spirits before the Elder Kitsune finds out! Panelists: Susan Price (mod), Ian Price (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table C

2:00pm

Splendor
Playing the part of a Renaissance Merchant, you attempt to buy gem mines, transportation, shops, etc. The more prestige you have, the more prestige you can acquire! Panelists: Jennifer Bergk (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table D

2:00pm

The Boy and the Beast
Nine-year-old Ren runs away to the mean streets of Shibuya, where he gets lost in a maze of alleyways and finds himself in the strange land of Shibuten, the beast realm. There, he meets Kumatetsu, a fierce warrior who is feared but not especially liked or respected. Each has much they can teach the other, but with their equally stubborn prides nothing is going to be easy. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

2:00pm

Artist's Alley
Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Sheraton Chadwick

2:00pm

Art Show
Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 6

2:00pm

Brackenwald Studios
An independent scifi, fantasy, superhero artist, video editor, and writer. Hours approximate. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 3

2:00pm

CoreCon/Anime Fargo/dCON
Three conventions in Fargo, ND. CoreCon: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Anime, Horror convention. Anime Fargo is North Dakota's only anime convention. dCON is Fargo's gaming exclusive convention. Hours approximate. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 10

2:00pm

CVG Teen Room
Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree Lobby Conference Room

2:00pm

Dealers Room
Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 7:00pm
Sheraton Bloomington Ballroom

2:00pm

Gamer's Rhapsody
Video game convention going on four years celebrating video game art, music, and development and inspiring creative works, fostering a community, and providing unique experiences for the Twin Cities. Hours approximate. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 5

2:00pm

Gamer's Rhapsody
Video game convention going on four years celebrating video game art, music, and development and inspiring creative works, fostering a community, and providing unique experiences for the Twin Cities. Hours approximate. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 6

2:00pm

Geek By Numbers
A group of nerds, actors, models, and performers who have decided to join forces for the greater good! Hours approximate. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 8

2:00pm

Hot Chocolate Media
Minnesota-made media network dedicated to bringing geeky fun to the world through serial projects. Hours approximate. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 9

2:00pm

PFLAG
Support organization for friends, families, and communities for LGBT folks. Offer weekly support groups online, monthly programs, and advocacy throughout the Twin Cities and beyond. Hours approximate Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 4

2:00pm

QueersPlay
Founded in 2014 to help create safer spaces in convention culture for the LGBTQ community. Hours approximate. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 7

2:00pm

Sony Affiliate for Spider-man Homecoming
Hours approximate. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 2

2:00pm

Twin Cities Geek
Geek culture magazine focusing on Minnesota. Sponsor of the Fan-Featured Guest for CONvergence this year. Hours approximate. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 1

2:00pm

Sword of Air
A spinoff of Sword of Barakus, starting fresh at Level 1 – bring characters generated using the 25-point buy model in the D&D 3.5 ed. DMG, *or* play a pre-generated character. All characters must be human or demi-human - no exotics, please! (D&D 3.5 ed) Panelists: Burl Zorn (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - Friday July 7, 2017 2:00am
DoubleTree 2205 Table A

2:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:30pm - 3:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

3:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:00pm - 3:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

3:00pm

Cinema Rex Movie 1
Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

3:00pm

Art of the Dress Registration
Register for Art of the Dress Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central B

3:00pm

Costume Wars Registration
Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central C

3:00pm

Masquerade Registration
Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central

3:00pm

Consuite
Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:00pm - 11:59pm
DoubleTree Consuite

3:00pm

CoF2E2
Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:00pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 114

3:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

3:30pm

Cardboard Table Top Pinball
Be a wizard! A pinball wizard! We will make our own pinball machines out of cardboard. Panelists: Renee Petersen

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

3:30pm

2016 WTF Movie Review
In the spirit of 12 Angry Men, the panel deliberates over what went wrong with genre films of 2016. Sure we had Deadpool, Star Trek Beyond, and Doctor Strange, but we also had Suicide Squad, Batman v. Superman, and Independence Day: Resurgence. WTF 2016? Panelists: Niles Schwartz (mod), Jonathan Palmer, Jacob Gulliver, Tim Lieder, Ian Truitner

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

3:30pm

AI in Science Fiction: From Evil Overlords to Companions
There is a diversity of AI in writing and film, from benevolent to malevolent. How does an AI become good or evil? Are they just programmed that way? Panelists: Naomi Kritzer, Jamie Riedesel (mod), Eric Zawadzki, Lyda Morehouse, Lathan Murrell

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

3:30pm

Alton Brown Fan Panel
If you have to ask, you don't watch the Food Network.... Panelists: Stephan Stomberg, John Seavey, Nicole LaBat, D.L. Fitzwater (mod), Adam Poetter

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sheraton Whalon

3:30pm

Can Fandom Change the World?
Have you ever wondered what would happen if we geeks/nerds/fans could combine our energy into one project? If we could change the world even in a little way, for the better? Should we be promoting other conventions, mentoring artists? Panelists: Renate Fiora, Michael Lee, Patrick Marsh, Hal Bichel (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

3:30pm

Healthy Relationships in the Geek Community
We believe geek relationships are the best ones, but they will fail without some important philosophies. Discuss friendships to romance, the spectrum of possibilities therein, and the importance of concepts like honesty, openness, and acceptance. Panelists: Briana Lawrence, Dorianne Jarchow, Michelle Farley (mod), John Heimbuch, Lara Richarson

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

3:30pm

How to Fail Gracefully
Everybody makes mistakes sometimes. Maybe you've worded something poorly or were misinformed on a topic. Maybe you didn't think a decision through and something went the wrong way. It happens. But how we react in these situations is what matters most. Panelists: Gabriela Santiago, Jennifer Manna, Marguerite Krause (mod), Sara McAtee

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

3:30pm

Quality LARP Props
How do you create quality LARPing props without breaking the bank or spending hours on Pinterest? Come get ideas from our panelists. Panelists: Norman Cates, Robb Lauer (mod), Tyler Reich

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

3:30pm

The Cosmic Perspective
Neil deGrasse Tyson refers to the "cosmic perspective" when it comes to managing anxiety about day-to-day life. Scientists share and discuss the many facts about the universe that make modern earthly problems feel insignificant. Panelists: Dan Berliner, Melanie Galloway, PZ Myers, Luxander Pond (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

3:30pm

Ready, Steady, Flash!
Four pro writers are given a phrase, around which they must each write a piece of flash fiction. Live, in front of the audience. They have 5 MINUTES in which to write it. At the end of each round the the audience votes on the best. Panelists: Lee Harris, Paul Cornell, Joseph Scrimshaw, Monica Valentinelli, C. Robert Cargill

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

3:30pm

Reading - Elise Matthesen
Panelists: Elise Matthesen

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sheraton Ames

3:30pm

Diamond Dust Dreams Game Demos
If you’ve never had the chance to try out Kitsune: Foxes and Fools or Bad Decisions, this is for you! Once you’ve played the original Kitsune game, head to the next table to play Diamond Dust’s newest game, Kitsune: Spirit Chase! Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table D

3:30pm

Fluxx / SushiGo / Roll For It
Come play (and learn) some quick, affordable, travel-sized games (Sushi-Go, Fluxx, Roll For It). Games will be started as folks arrive; no need to stay for the whole block – drop in and out as you please. Panelists: Jennifer Bergk (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table D

3:30pm

Kitsune: Spirit Chase!
Those foxes are at it again! During an innocent prank, they let evil spirits loose from the shrine. Help them catch the spirits before the Elder Kitsune finds out! Panelists: Susan Price (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table C

3:30pm

Sheriff of Nottingham
Players are merchants, who see Prince John’s visit to Nottingham as an opportunity to make quick profits by selling goods in the bustling city during the Prince's visit…IF you can get them through the Sheriff-controlled gates... (age 16+) Panelists: Eric R. Peterson (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

3:30pm

LAN - CounterStrike: Global Offensive
Updated version of the classic team-based objective-oriented first-person shooter game by Valve. Round based team gameplay. Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2208

4:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 4:00pm - 4:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

4:00pm

Mass Effect: Paragon Lost
James Vega leads an elite squad against a mysterious alien threat known as The Collectors. Stationed at a colony in a remote star system, Vega and his soldiers must protect the civilians from a ruthless invasion trying to capture them for unknown purposes. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

4:00pm

Parenting Lounge
Need a space at CONvergence to feed your infant or toddler, change diapers, or express milk? Parents and caregivers with infants, young children, or children with special needs as well as mothers and people who need to express milk. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 4:00pm - Friday July 7, 2017 2:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 222

4:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 4:30pm - 5:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

5:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 5:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

5:00pm

Sandbox Mystery
Stop by and we'll have something fun for you to see and do - maybe it'll be painting, maybe a science project... maybe we'll be playing with dirt! You won't know until you come. So come on by! Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

5:00pm

Diamond Dust Dreams Game Demos
If you’ve never had the chance to try out Kitsune: Foxes and Fools or Bad Decisions, this is for you! Once you’ve played the original Kitsune: Foxes and Fools, head to the next table to play Diamond Dust’s newest game, Kitsune: Spirit Chase! Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table D

5:00pm

LAN - Starcraft
Blizzard's Classic Starcraft is back and available to play. Bot Stomps and Versus modes encouraged. Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree 2208

5:00pm

Apocalyptic Plagues: Threat or Ghost?
Are we overdue for the next pandemic? Will we ever face the motaba virus or plagues like it? How have we overcome the plagues of the past. Panelists: Laura Okagaki-Vraspir, PZ Myers, richard hurley, Tim Lieder (mod), Kris Coulter

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

5:00pm

It's Been Written Before
Writing is hard. Many works fall back on the tropes and cliches that are common in the field. How do writers break out of those patterns, or at least freshen them up? Panelists: Emma Bull, John Seavey, Monica Valentinelli (mod), Jai Nitz, Lois McMaster Bujold

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

5:00pm

Legends of Tomorrow
Dr. Who meets DC Comics, it's the show about time-traveling superheroes. Let's discuss the newest comics-based show to come out of the CW. Panelists: Lee Harris, Mark Goldberg (mod), Elliot Besmann, Kevin Eldridge, Josie Browning

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

5:00pm

Movies and the Problem of Evil
An emboldened Us vs. Them divisive cultural discourse sets the stage for investigating evil in movies and TV, from space operas and superhero sagas to the more banal and everyday. What do these figures represent culturally & psychologically to viewers? Panelists: Michelle Farley, Justine Mastin, Niles Schwartz (mod), Melissa Olson, ERIK BLACKSTAD

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

5:00pm

Volunteering at CONvergence
Interested in getting involved at CONvergence, but unsure of how to start or where you'd like to volunteer? Come learn about how it operates, the types of available volunteer opportunities, and what it's like to be a part of the volunteering community. Panelists: Hope Christiansen, Heather Zastera, Justin Ropella, Lauren Sindt, Felix Quinn

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

5:00pm

What IS a Space Opera?
Many stories take place in space, but what makes a space opera? In this panel, we'll talk about what criteria add or exclude a story from the genre. Panelists: Garrick Dietze, Norman Cates, Jerry Stearns (mod), Edward Eastman

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

5:00pm

Late to the Party Podcast
A live recording of the popular nerd-splaining podcast Late to the Party, along with a panel discussion on how to create and maintain a podcast on a budget, even if that budget is practically zero. Panelists: Robb Hollyday (mod), Bernadette Jones, Joe Weinberg

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

5:00pm

Cassini: End of an Era
Cassini has been in orbit around Saturn for 13 years, gathering info about the planet and its environs. The mission ends shorty by plunging into the planet itself, in a firey end to an amazing mission, presented by a former member of the flight team. Panelists: Bridget Landry

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

5:00pm

GPS Writing Contest Winners
Past winners of the annual GPS Writing Contests read from their winning work. This year's winners are announced. Panelists: Ann Roubik, Stephanie Zuercher, Jody Wurl

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

5:00pm

Reading - phillip andrew bennett low
Against legal counsel and common sense, writer and internationally touring storyteller phillip andrew bennett low presents excerpts from his political humor collection, 'Indecision Now! A Libertarian Rage.' The title is not ironic, except for when it is. Panelists: phillip andrew bennett low

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sheraton Ames

5:00pm

Cat-themed Card Games
Come learn to play Exploding Kittens, Kittens in a Blender, and Here, Kitty Kitty. Panelists: Jennifer Bergk (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table D

5:00pm

Kitsune: Spirit Chase!
Those foxes are at it again! During an innocent prank, they let evil spirits loose from the shrine. Help them catch the spirits before the Elder Kitsune finds out! Panelists: Susan Price (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table C

5:00pm

Splendor
Playing the part of a Renaissance Merchant, you attempt to buy gem mines, transportation, shops, etc. The point of the game is to acquire more prestige than your opponents, including those things that only increase your prestige further! Panelists: Eric R. Peterson (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

5:00pm

Cinema Rex Movie 2
Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

5:00pm

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 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:45pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

5:00pm

GPS Charity Auction
Preview only. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 8

5:00pm

Para-thulu-zombi-noia!
Trust No One; keep your laser pistol and powder of ibn ghazi ready! Mother computer sends YOU, an elite troubleshooter, on a mission of utmost importance, to help keep at bay the things from beyond space and time. Eat eel-flesh! Guzzle Bubbly Beverage! Panelists: Robert "Ski" Cudinski (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table B

5:00pm

Deep Cover
You have been hired to investigate why Krant uses the majority of its Helium rather than shipping it off world. Your employer believes that "Apillian Base," an R&D center located in an ocean below the icy surface, lies at the depths of this mystery. Panelists: Jeremy Thigpen

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table A

5:00pm

PFS - The Twisted Circle
Investigations suggest that ancient magical power is at play in a small country town. Can you uncover the truth while braving the residents' eccentricities? (New & Experienced players welcome. Levels 1-5) Panelists: Pathfinder Society (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table A

5:00pm

The Vonumnus Pit
The only bit of civilization on Vonumnus is an abandoned ship that set down here years ago… which you feel is a good thing as you step out of your downed escape pod and onto the planet’s surface. Panelists: Jeb Worrall (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table B

5:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:30pm - 6:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

5:30pm

Morgan and Maren: SlytherPuff
Maren and Morgan: Slytherpuff perform original songs based on their favorite fandoms. Their songs range from party music to heartfelt ballads, based on fandom favorites like Harry Potter, Marvel, Star Trek, and more. Panelists: Morgan Strickland, Maren Aalgard

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

5:30pm

Iria: Zeiram the Animation
Iria is apprenticed to her older brother, a veteran bounty hunter. They head out on a rescue mission to a hijacked spaceship. The hijacker is a seemingly indestructible alien called Zeiram, who broke out of the cargo hold during transit and began to massacre the crew. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

6:00pm

Big Fun Radio Funtime
Big Fun Radio Funtime uses the premise of old time radio shows to play with modern concepts like dragons on airplanes, interstellar bureaucracy, and the naming conventions of dungeon parties. We are happy to return to CONvergence for our third year of audio silliness. Presented by Fearless Comedy Productions. Panelists: Dawn Krosnowski, Tim Wick, Windy Bowlsby, Angela Fox, Christopher Jones, Charles Hubbell, Salsa Sterling

Thursday July 6, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

6:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 6:00pm - 6:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

6:00pm

MTG - Standard Constructed
Standard Constructed Magic: the Gathering. Standard-legal decks only, please. Players are responsible for knowing current banned and restricted lists! ($8 – event tickets at Dreamer’s Vault Games Dealer booth) Panelists: Dreamer's Vault Games (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
DoubleTree 2206 Table B

6:00pm

MTG - Amonkhet Booster Draft
Booster draft with Amonkhet (newest current) set. Come test your skill against your opponents’ on Nicol Bolas' turf. The Will of the Gods may yet be your undoing! ($15 - event tickets at Dreamer’s Vault Games Dealer booth). Panelists: Dreamer's Vault Games

Thursday July 6, 2017 6:00pm - Friday July 7, 2017 1:00am
DoubleTree 2206 Table A

6:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 6:30pm - 7:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

6:30pm

Cinema Rex Movie 3
(this showing is captioned) Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 6:30pm - 9:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

6:30pm

PFS - Quests!
A series of one hour quests allowing new and experienced players to try out Pathfinder Society play! Panelists: Pathfinder Society (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 6:30pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table C

7:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 7:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

7:00pm

Computer FAQ
Computers. We all know what they are. Or do we? Come ask some experts anything you want to about these inventions. Panelists: Anthony Eichenlaub (mod), James Renken, Dave Stagner, Raychel Benson, Jason Dean

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

7:00pm

Feminist Icons in Comics
Which female characters truly inspire? Should we discount the early history of some (ex. Wonder Woman)? What makes a character feminist? Panelists: Jennifer Manna (mod), Kristina Halseth, Josie Browning

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

7:00pm

Friends of Bill W
Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

7:00pm

Gaming as a Gateway Drug
How does gaming spur your interest in other topics? Did they get you into studying history, politics, technology or were you really going to pick up the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire for fun anyways? Panelists: Kenneth Justiniano, Eric Zawadzki, Monica Valentinelli (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

7:00pm

GeekFit
Panel for geeks who like to work out, run, swim, cycle, or anything else. Discuss what works and what doesn't, gyms that are supportive of geek culture, etc. Maybe find a group of fellow geeks to both run marathons and marathon Netflix with? Panelists: Elizabeth Bear, Vernon McIntosh, Jon Durmin (mod), Adam Poetter, Lara Richarson

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

7:00pm

Geeky Spending
How do you justify your geeky spending habits? How do you limit your budget to make sure the rent still gets paid? Panelists: Patrick Marsh (mod), Greg Orange

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

7:00pm

Science Education: The Next Generation
Many states have attempted to improve their science education standards by adopting the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). What are NGSS's strengths and weaknesses? With Minnesota's science standards up for review, will NGSS be the best choice? Panelists: Renate Fiora, Michelle Krnnedy Cadieux, Peter Larsen (mod), Dan Berliner

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheraton Ames

7:00pm

Star Wars Rebels Fan Panel
Let's talk about season 3. Panelists: Jen Riehm, Keane Amdahl, Michael Carus (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

7:00pm

This Year in Board Games
What board games hit your table this year? What new titles delivered the hype or disappointed? What classics still hold dear to your play group? Whether you're new to table top board gaming or a veteran, join the annual board gaming conversation! Panelists: Kyle Dekker (mod), Hertzey Hertz, Pat Harrigan, Scott Holm

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

7:00pm

Westworld Fan Panel
Let's gather to discuss Westworld. A Wild West-themed amusement park populated by android hosts. Westworld caters to high-paying guests, who may indulge in whatever they wish within the park, without fear of retaliation. Panelists: Laura Okagaki-Vraspir, Grace Ulak (mod), Rick Ellis, Squall Charlson, Michelle Farley

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

7:00pm

Opening Ceremony
An epic adventure awaits us all and it begins here! We will introduce and welcome our Guests of Honor, recount a tale or two, and celebrate the beginning of another CONvergence. Join your Master of Ceremonies Paul Cornell and - of course- Connie as we strive for an epic tale worthy of song. (Wagner ain't got nothin' on us.) Panelists: Norman Cates, Eric Chu, Dawn Krosnowski, Ian Truitner, Seanan McGuire, Kristopher Carter, Tracee Lee Cocco, Naomi Kritzer, Jai Nitz, Lois McMaster Bujold, Paul Cornell, Saymoukda Vongsay

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

7:00pm

The Fandom Menace
Stepping out of the airlock into the void left by the Nick Atoms, The Fandom Menace brings a new twist to classic SF & fantasy themes from Rocky Horror, Buckaroo Banzai, Hitchhiker's Guide, Labyrinth, Flash Gordon, Red Dwarf, John Williams, and more. Panelists: Nick Rezmerski

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

7:00pm

Diamond Dust Dreams Game Demos
If you’ve never had the chance to try out Kitsune: Foxes and Fools or Bad Decisions, this is for you! Once you've played Kitsune: Foxes and Fools, head to table C for Diamond Dust’s newest game, Kitsune: Spirit Chase! Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table D

7:00pm

Kitsune: Spirit Chase!
Those foxes are at it again! During an innocent prank, they let evil spirits loose from the shrine. Help them catch the spirits before the Elder Kitsune finds out! Panelists: Susan Price

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table C

7:00pm

Roadkill Rally
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: the size of your gun and the speed of your ride - what's more American than that? Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

7:00pm

Misfits' Toys
When you were a child, did you play with your toys like a deranged psychopath? Did you want to? Come create new toy experiences with us. Panelists: Jim Shields

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

7:00pm

LAN - Overwatch
Overwatch ended the crisis, and helped maintain peace in the decades that followed... but, after many years, Overwatch’s influence waned, and it was disbanded. Conflict is rising across the world again... are you with us? *PERSONAL ACCOUNT REQUIRED* Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2208

7:00pm

PFS - Between the Lines
What is at first a routine shopping trip spirals out of control as the PCs uncovers the writing’s secret past—and secret messages. (Levels 1-5. New and experienced players welcome!) Panelists: Pathfinder Society (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree 2203 Table B

7:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:30pm - 8:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

7:30pm

Knights of Sidonia
After the destruction of the Earth, the remnants of humanity flee across the galaxy aboard giant seed ships. In the year 3394, Nagate Tanikaze surfaces from his lifelong seclusion deep within the seed ship Sidonia in search of food on the upper levels. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

8:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:00pm - 8:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

8:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 9:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

8:30pm

Aro/Ace Relationships
Come talk about topics related to identities that fall on the asexual or aromantic spectrums. Share your experiences and insight or ask questions if you're unsure. Discuss representation and share recommendations. Meet others like you here at Con. Panelists: Rory Ni Coileain, Charlene Holm, Ryan Alexander, Susan Willson (mod), Graham Barr

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Sheraton Ames

8:30pm

Art Show Meet Up
Join us for a meet and greet at the Art Show. Take a guided tour through the Art Show as we put faces to the art. Stick around afterwards for some refreshments and conversation. All are welcome. Panelists: Aric Stewart, Christine Mitzuk

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 6

8:30pm

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

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Sheraton Whalon

8:30pm

Don't Go There: Taboo Topics and Triggers In Art
PC critics and enthusiasts alike debate where the line should be drawn when it comes to potentially offensive topics in film, TV, literature, and live comedy. What is an artist's responsibility to those who are easily triggered? Is any topic off limits? Panelists: Emma Bull, phillip andrew bennett low (mod), Jonah Rees, Jennifer Manna, Derek "Duck" Washington

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

8:30pm

Old Man's War Series
What would it be like to be young again? How far can you modify the human form and still be human? Let's talk about the John Scalzi's series. Panelists: Dave Margosian, Adam Whitlatch, Vetnita Anderson, Jody Wurl (mod), Sarah Molasky

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

8:30pm

Rick Riordon Worlds of Young Adult Adventure and Mythology
From Percy Jackson to House of Cain, he uses mythology as a backdrop for his Young Adult stories. Talk about what makes this work compelling. Panelists: Kathryn Sullivan (mod), Samma Johnson, George Miller, Echo Martin, Raederle Sterling

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

8:30pm

Soul of Wit
Short story and flash fiction authors discuss their writing techniques and provide tips on how to make the most of a limited word count. Panelists: Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Aimee Kuzenski, Ben San Del, Elizabeth Bear (mod), Roy C. Booth

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

8:30pm

Speculative Fiction as a Guide for Resisting Fascism and Autocracy
From Star Wars to Hunger Games; from V for Vendetta to Handmaid's Tale; from Farenheight 451 to The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, speculative fiction is full of resistance to fascism and autocracy. What can we bring from these works into our everyday lives? Panelists: Jen Riehm, Gabriela Santiago, Bri Donovan, Kristin Tipping, Scott Lynch (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

8:30pm

Squirrel You Know It's True
The Squirrel Girl fan panel! Let's discuss our favorite super hero. What makes her so compelling? Will she ever get her own movie? Panelists: Sarah Barsness (mod), Michael R Underwood, Nicole LaBat, Elise Muellerleile, Squirrel "Beth" Jankowski

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

8:30pm

State of Science
It's 2017 and science is moving at a roaring pace. Let's talk about the greatest breakthroughs this year, including both corporate and academic hits that my not get as much press. From front page to popular only within that discipline, come get inspired. Panelists: Laura Okagaki-Vraspir, Dan Berliner, PZ Myers, Vernon McIntosh, Peter Larsen (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

8:30pm

The Expanse Fan Panel
Set in a future where humanity has settled our solar system but is unable to leave, life changes for everyone when an alien molecule is found. Covering six books, five short stories, and now a series on the Syfy Channel. Panelists: Rick Ellis, Maggie Schultz, Kris Coulter, Eric Zawadzki (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

8:30pm

Karl Brown
Scatological songs, Atari and toy piano. Karl Brown has been writing comedy songs over the past decade, performing them at MarsCon, FuMPFeST and other venues. Recordings have been heard on the Dr. Demento Show, The FuMP Sideshow, and Mad Music. Panelists: Karl Brown

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

8:30pm

Diamond Dust Dreams Game Demos
If you’ve never had the chance to try out Kitsune: Foxes and Fools or Bad Decisions, this is for you! Once you’ve played the original Kitsune: Foxes and Fools, head to table C to play Diamond Dust’s newest game, Kitsune: Spirit Chase! Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table D

8:30pm

Kitsune: Spirit Chase!
Those foxes are at it again! During an innocent prank, they let evil spirits loose from the shrine. Help them catch the spirits before the Elder Kitsune finds out! Panelists: Susan Price

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table C

8:30pm

Smackdown 2017: Robot Rampage
The deadliest droids duel to to destroy, as our panel of gadgetry gurus analyze each annihilator to decide which will dominate and which will disintegrate! Panelists: Tim Wick (mod), Joseph Scrimshaw, Melissa Kaercher, Tim Uren, Kelvin Hatle, Bridget Landry, Shannan Paul, Christopher Jones, Norman Cates

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

9:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 9:00pm - 9:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

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. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

9:00pm

MTG - Chaos Draft
Choose from any 15-card-pack set of Magic: the Gathering, draft, and have some fun. This is a casual limited format. ($15 - event tickets at Dreamer’s Vault Games Dealer booth). Panelists: Dreamer's Vault Games

Thursday July 6, 2017 9:00pm - Friday July 7, 2017 1:00am
DoubleTree 2206 Table B

9:00pm

Space Lounge
Enjoy a SPACE-cation in the Space Lounge. Connect with other travelers, enjoy the fantastical sights and sounds of this legendary paradise in space and visit the bar where smoothies of every color flow like Pandoran waterfalls. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 9:00pm - Friday July 7, 2017 2:00am
DoubleTree Veranda 8

9:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 9:30pm - 10:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

9:30pm

Vision of Escaflowne
Meet Hitomi, an average Japanese high-school girl who finds herself whisked away to the magical world of Gaea, where tensions are rising between the kingdom of Fanelia and the Zaibach Empire. Could it be that Hitomi has the power to save the day? If you don't know the answer to that, you probably haven't seen much anime. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 9:30pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

10:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - 10:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

10:00pm

Avoiding Tokenism in Comics & Sci Fi Characters
Creating actual diversity requires a great effort to avoid unintentionally tokenizing your characters. Tokenism, even when unintentional, is what leads adding "diversity" for the sake of diversity. How do we engender true diversity in Sci Fi/Comics? Panelists: Justin Grays, Nat Morse-Noland (mod), Aaron Frale, Kerry Peterson, Jim Soos

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

10:00pm

Becoming a Scare-Actor
Wonder who's behind the makeup when running for your life in a haunted house? How can YOU get such a killer job? What do owners look for when hiring? Local haunt owners & scare-actors will discuss how to get hired & what to expect from the job. Panelists: LauraJean Krueger, Todd Murray, Squall Charlson

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

10:00pm

Cleavage Optional: Gender, Cosplay, and Genderbending Cosplay
How is the cosplay experience different for women and men? Why is gender bent cosplay so popular? What fans aren't doing it and what characters aren't being gender bent? What does this mean for trans and non-binary characters and fans? Panelists: Dana Baird (mod), Grace Ulak, Elliot Besmann, Lara Richarson, Bess Stuvenoxend

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

10:00pm

Fantasy TV
Emerald City, The Magicians, Lucifer, Preacher, Outcast, Grimm, 11.22.63, Outlander, the Time After Time remake, and more. What is good and bad in the television landscape right now? Panelists: Kristina Halseth, Laura Bidgood (mod), Lauren Wells, Sam Stiles, Melissa Olson

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

10:00pm

Gaylaxians Book Discussion Update
North Country Gaylaxians read 10 to 12 books with positive portrayals of GLBT+ situations and characters or from GLBT+ 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: Donald Kaiser (mod), Claudia Slovacek, David Lenander, Kendra Akin

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

10:00pm

Philosophies of Dune
"Dune" is a deep work that grapples with not only sci-fi concepts, but those of philosophy and morality. There's even a book on the subject. Let's talk about eugenics, the dangers of AI, and the Fremen, among other things. Panelists: Cetius d'Raven (mod), Karl Wolff, Michael Carus, Eric Rinn

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

10:00pm

Superheroes Rated R
With the release of Watchmen and Deadpool, will Hollywood continue expanding the number of superhero movies with an R rating? What about going even further? Panelists: Aaron Coker, Jonathan Palmer, Matt Gamble, Eric Chu, Sean Casey (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

10:00pm

Trumped Art
Historians and pop culture enthusiasts look back over the last 100 years of presidential administrations and how they and their day's politics influenced entertainment. What does a Trump term mean for film, music, games, and books in the years to come? Panelists: Jordan West (mod), Tim Lieder, Allyson Cygan

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheraton Ames

10:00pm

Xenobiology 101
Given the vast diversity of life on Earth, how might life from other worlds (real and imagined) have evolved differently? Why do tauntauns smell so bad? Is Superman an invasive organism? Where do baby tribbles come from? Panelists: Vernon McIntosh, Jon Durmin (mod), Darren Abbey

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

10:00pm

SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE
MC, Poet, Producer, and Educator performing Boom Bap Xicanx (Chicano) Futurism. Exploring future wastelands and cityscapes full of watch bots, sci-fi updated chupacabras, and chainsaw-handed, fire-eyed peace droids. Panelists: SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

10:00pm

Transvestite Soup Presents: the Rocky Horror Picture Show
Though we've done it before, Rarely Have Participants Savored such a film like this. Raucous Happy People Singing songs about other worlds, a kind of music, and theaters that play two consecutive movies of the science-fiction genre. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

10:00pm

Joking Hazard (18+)
Do you like to laugh? Do you make other people wince when you tell a joke or story? Joking Hazard is the game for you! You and your sick friends use cards to try and make the most offensive comic strip possible. (ADULT 18+ ONLY, WITH ID) Panelists: Bob Wagner

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

10:00pm

Cardboard Space Station
Join forces to create and build pods and space ships to turn the Sandbox into a mini cardboard space station. We will use this space station for kids and members to cosplay, and maybe unleash their inner aliens Friday morning. Panelists: Nick Glover, Molly Glover

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 2

10:00pm

2017 MSFSFF: Other Worlds Film Festival
Back for 2017, MSFSFF present the Out-of-This-World Sci-Fi Short Film Festival featuring the best in genre short films produced by filmmakers from outside around the Pale Blue Dot. VOTE for your favorite films in the Audience Choice Awards! Panelists: Troy LaFaye

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 6

10:00pm

Cinema Rex Movie 4
Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 4

10:00pm

Innuend-oooooh!
Have a dirty mind? Like playing inappropriate games? Come playtest a new game - give clues, draw, and act out decidedly inappropriate words to try to get your teammates to guess them. Enter the drawing for the chance to win a free game! Panelists: Lydia Martin (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - Friday July 7, 2017 1:00am
DoubleTree 2202 Table C

10:00pm

LAN - Late-Night Gaming
LAN Gaming goes adult-only (18+) – come play your favorite LAN games without “little ears” in the room! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - Friday July 7, 2017 1:00am
DoubleTree 2208

10:00pm

Virtual Reality Gaming: Adult Hours
Adult only hours for Virtual Reality Gaming – come have some grown-up fun in the VR Room after the kids are put to bed! Panelists: Jennifer Bird (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - Friday July 7, 2017 1:00am
DoubleTree 2201

10:00pm

Cards Against Humanity (21+)
Anna Katherine Hagen-Heine Memorial game of CAH. Bring your ID, your memories of Anna, your twisted sense of humor, your innocent face, and your own alcohol, and prepare to have a *wonderful* time. (ADULT 21+ ONLY, WITH ID) (Tables D and E) Panelists: Joel Gruetzmacher (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - Friday July 7, 2017 2:00am
DoubleTree 2202 Table D

10:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:30pm - 11:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

11:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:00pm - 11:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

11:30pm

How to Properly Measure for Costumes
Buying a costume or altering a pattern for costume construction, only to find that it doesn't fit, can be heartbreaking. Learn how to properly take measurements. Participants are asked to wear tight clothes. Measurement sheets will be handed out. Panelists: Kath Dimmich Mahaffy, Michelle Farley (mod), Sara Spookystitch, Amy Dekker, Melissa Sowers

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:30pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:30am
Sheraton Ames

11:30pm

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

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:30pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 1

11:30pm

Nescaflowne
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. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:30pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

11:30pm

Ask a Submariner: Foul-Mouthed Sailor Edition
Approximating life in a starship crew, learn about day-to-day life on a submarine from those who have lived it! All audience questions will be answered with varying degrees of dignity. No Recording. This panel may contain mature content and mature scotch. Panelists: Kyle Dekker (mod), Doug Kirks, Dan Stiglich, Andrew McKay, Christopher Baye

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:30pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Edina

11:30pm

Current Events Affecting Comics
When they adapted Luke Cage for TV, they put him in a hoodie to reflect current events. What are other examples and do they work? Panelists: Jonathan Palmer, Luxander Pond, Patrick Marsh (mod), Sean Casey, Josie Browning

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:30pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 7

11:30pm

Fandom Through the Ages
Panelists discuss the origins of media fandom and its different phases over the years, as well how fandom has changed during panelists' fannnish lives. Panelists: Jordan West (mod), Michael Lee, Jeanne Mealy, H. Savinien

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:30pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:30am
Sheraton Whalon

11:30pm

New Anime
What are the new titles that you should know about? Panelists: J.C. Horvath, Michael Grimm, Jen Riehm, Nick Stoner, Sam Stiles (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:30pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 2

11:30pm

Pan Galactic Gargle Blasted with Douglas Adams
In our continuing "[drinks] with [author]" series, we celebrate the life and works of Douglas Adams, who created the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy while lying around drunk in a field. Who can make the best Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster? Let's find out! Panelists: Melissa Kaercher, Pat Harrigan, Jerry Belich, Matt Kessen, Dawn Krosnowski, Tim Uren

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:30pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Bloomington

11:30pm

Star Wars Holiday Special
November 11, 1978--a day that will live in fan infamy. The day that Bea Arthur, Harvey Korman, and other 70's TV staples joined the cast of Star Wars for Life Day. What motivated this abomination of schlock trash and why can't we stop watching? Panelists: Kevin Eldridge, Todd Murray, Teresa Bolwerk, Philip Glover, Amanda Fineran

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:30pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 3

11:30pm

The Post Apocalyptic Worlds of Mad Max, Oblivion & The Book of Eli
The post-apocalyptic genre has exploded of late and the worlds of these narratives are just as fascinating as the stories themselves. This panel will look at these unique post-apocalyptic worlds & the things that make them up to ignite conversation. Panelists: Niles Schwartz, Adam Whitlatch, Matt Gamble (mod), Craig Smith, Michael Carus

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:30pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 4

11:30pm

Lyritics Presents: Geek Nation
Lyritics (Leer-a-tiks) is a nerd-core hip-hop trio based out of Minneapolis. Opening for Lyritics will be Mr. Rogers & The Make Believe Friends. Hosted by Adam Quesnell. Panelists: Lyritics, Adam Quesnell

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:30pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:30am
Sheraton Gibson

11:30pm

Zombies and Life
Zombies are the main theme of the game - you are trying desperately to either find (or destroy) a cure to the Zombie Plague. Expect twists and turns in the plot. 3-day game, with opportunities for repeat players to advance, though new players are welcome. Panelists: Quinn Caerwyn (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:30pm - Friday July 7, 2017 4:00am
DoubleTree 2207 Table A

11:59pm

Time Travel for the Ages (dance)
Our collective of CONvergence DJs jump throughout time to bring you a jumpin' and jivin' night of future retro music, classics, electro swing, remixes, mash-ups, and more! Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:59pm - Friday July 7, 2017 5:00am
DoubleTree Main Stage

12:00am

CVG Teen Room
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 12:00am - 1:00am
DoubleTree Lobby Conference Room

12:00am

CoF2E2
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 12:00am - 6:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 114

12:00am

Consuite
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 12:00am - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree Consuite

12:00am

Smokers Paradise
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 12:00am - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree Smokers Tent

12:00am

The Bridge
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 12:00am - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree Shipside

12:30am

Live Riff
We can’t tell you what film this is in advance, but our crack team of Bill Stiteler, Jeremy Stomberg, and Duck Washington are here to make fun of it. Panelists: Bill Stiteler, Derek "Duck" Washington, Jeremy Stomberg

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30am - 2:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 4

12:30am

Overlord
The final hour of the popular virtual reality game Yggdrasil comes at midnight. Momonga, a powerful wizard, decides to spend the last few moments before the servers shut down in the game. When the clock strikes midnight, Momonga awakens as his character and, moreover, the non-player characters appear to have developed personalities of their own! Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30am - 2:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

2:00am

Cinema Rex Movie 5
(this showing is captioned) Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00am - 4:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 4
 
Friday, July 7
 

7:00am

Arcadia of My Youth
Two pilots pledge a bond of eternal friendship during World War II. In the 30th century, their descendants must fight for the freedom of humanity when the Earth is conquered by an alien empire. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00am - 9:00am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

7:00am

Parenting Lounge
Need a space at CONvergence to feed your infant or toddler, change diapers, or express milk? Parents and caregivers with infants, young children, or children with special needs as well as mothers and people who need to express milk. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00am - Saturday July 8, 2017 2:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 222

9:00am

Crest of the Stars
Jinto Lynn's family gave their planet to the conquering Abh in exchange for a high position in Abh society, and Jinto was raised as Abh nobility. On his way to military school to further his education, he finds himself in the middle of a war between human rebels and the Abh. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

9:00am

PFS - Ire of the Storm (part 2)
Pridon's Hearth is Sargava's newest colony, pushing the country's borders further south than ever before and attracting treasure-hunters, fortune-seekers, and troubled souls hoping for a fresh start. (Continues from TH - 3-day module) Panelists: Pathfinder Society (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table A

9:00am

Registration
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 9:00am - 10:00pm
DoubleTree Veranda 2

9:00am

9:00am

Programming Operations
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 9:00am - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Normandale

9:30am

Hull Breach
Get your kids, get your costumes on, and come cosplay in our miniature cardboard space station. We will have areas to strike a pose, and other areas to destroy the space station and save the day! Panelists: Nick Glover, Molly Glover

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 2

9:30am

Astroculture: Farming for Space Farers
It's been said that we have the capacity to feed the entire world. But will we be able to feed the next one or even the journey to get there? Join our panelists for a discussion of how we can produce enough food during extended space travel. Panelists: Vernon McIntosh, Jon Durmin (mod), Michelle Krnnedy Cadieux, Joseph Jay-Dixon, Kourt Remund

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 1

9:30am

Bridget Landry's Kids Science Corner
You're never too old to learn, and you're certainly never too young. JPL scientist Bridget Landry is on hand to answer all the burning questions of our youthful panelists about space travel, parallel universes, Mars rovers, & if Santa lives on the moon. Panelists: Bridget Landry (mod), Teddie Bowlsby, Gillian Chan, Brendan Johnson, Signe Joy Frethem

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 4

9:30am

Costuming on a Budget
Costuming has the potential to become an expensive hobby, but it doesn't have to break your budget. We will discuss where to get low-/no-cost materials and taking advantage of networking/bartering/trading. Show off your thrifty creations! Panelists: Dorianne Jarchow, Adam Poetter, Lara Richarson, Kath Dimmich Mahaffy (mod), Michelle Farley

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Edina

9:30am

Get Paid: Contracts & Copyright
Being a genius is the easy part. How do you get paid for your work? That's the challenge. Come get insight on getting paid, keeping your rights, and other cool stuff. Panelists: J. Boone Dryden, James Renken, Troy LaFaye, Dave Walbridge, Mitchell Faas (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 2

9:30am

How Real is that Magic?
Magic is a staple of fantasy and sci-fi, but what do actual pagans and those who study magic think of its portrayal? We will discuss how magic is used in media and how it stacks up to real practices. Panelists: Melissa Olson (mod), Kenneth Justiniano, Joseph Peterson, Jen Dixon, Lis Morton

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Bloomington

9:30am

Listing D&D on Your Resume
How can you include your geeky pursuits on your resume? Doing so can help you stand out from the crowd. Panelists: Norman Cates, Cetius d'Raven (mod), Bess Stuvenoxend, Kristin Daley, Nichole McIntosh

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 3

9:30am

Old Farts Of Cosplay
Cosplay isn't just a hobby for the younger generation. Some of us have been at it a long time or found cosplay later in life. Let's talk about how the hobby has changed through the years and the joys and challenges of being an old fart who cosplays. Panelists: bill Hedrick, Rae Lundquist, Dirk Ykema, LauraJean Krueger, Kristina Halseth

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Sheraton Whalon

9:30am

Podcasting 101
Our panel of experienced podcasters will give you tips on and answer questions about all areas of podcasting. Yes, you can do it, too! Panelists: Jerry Stearns (mod), Kevin Eldridge, Sharon Stiteler, Kyle Dekker, Elizabeth Ess

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 7

9:30am

Rogue One
Ever wonder how the Rebels got the Death Star plans? Now we know. Let's talk about the 2016 Star Wars film. Panelists: Michael Carus, Eric Zawadzki, Dani Indovino Cawley, Nick Krekeler (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 6

9:30am

Reading - Aimee Kuzenski
Panelists: Aimee Kuzenski

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Sheraton Ames

9:30am

Cinema Rex Movie 6
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30am - 11:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 4

10:00am

Art of the Dress Registration
Register for Art of the Dress Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00am - 1:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central B

10:00am

Costume Wars Registration
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00am - 1:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central C

10:00am

Masquerade Registration
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00am - 1:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central

10:00am

Artist's Alley
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sheraton Chadwick

10:00am

10:00am

Dealers Room
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sheraton Bloomington Ballroom

10:00am

Brackenwald Studios
An independent scifi, fantasy, superhero artist, video editor, and writer. Hours approximate. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 3

10:00am

CoreCon/Anime Fargo/dCON
Three conventions in Fargo, ND. CoreCon: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Anime, Horror convention. Anime Fargo is North Dakota's only anime convention. dCON is Fargo's gaming exclusive convention. Hours approximate. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 10

10:00am

Gamer's Rhapsody
Video game convention going on four years celebrating video game art, music, and development and inspiring creative works, fostering a community, and providing unique experiences for the Twin Cities. Hours approximate. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 6

10:00am

Gamer's Rhapsody
Video game convention going on four years celebrating video game art, music, and development and inspiring creative works, fostering a community, and providing unique experiences for the Twin Cities. Hours approximate. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 5

10:00am

Geek By Numbers
A group of nerds, actors, models, and performers who have decided to join forces for the greater good! Hours approximate. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 8

10:00am

Hot Chocolate Media
Minnesota-made media network dedicated to bringing geeky fun to the world through serial projects. Hours approximate. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 9

10:00am

QueersPlay
Founded in 2014 to help create safer spaces in convention culture for the LGBTQ community. Hours approximate. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 7

10:00am

Signum University
Concentrations include Tolkien studies, speculative literature, and languages/linguistics. Courses are online, and students can audit, or work on a graduate degree. Also offer free opportunities to engage in close readings of literary Hours approximate. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 4

10:00am

Sony Affiliate for Spider-man Homecoming
Hours approximate. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 2

10:00am

Twin Cities Geek
Geek culture magazine focusing on Minnesota. Sponsor of the Fan-Featured Guest for CONvergence this year. Hours approximate. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 1

10:00am

Art Show
Quick sale available. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00am - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 6

10:00am

AuxBridge
CONvergence Operations Auxilary Bridge Location. Convention questions answered. Comments and feedback heard. Daily Sheraton Lost & Found. Official CONvergence Safe Space. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00am - 8:00pm
Sheraton Quinn

10:00am

10:00am

CVG Teen Room
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00am - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree Lobby Conference Room

10:00am

Volunteers Den
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00am - Saturday July 8, 2017 2:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 117

10:30am

Kitsune: Spirit Chase!
Those foxes are at it again! During an innocent prank, they let evil spirits loose from the shrine. Help them catch the spirits before the Elder Kitsune finds out! Panelists: Susan Price (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table F

11:00am

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 11:55am
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

11:00am

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. Guests Louis McMaster Bujold and Seanan McGuire will also judge. Panelists: Heather Bufkin

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

11:00am

YogaQuest Presents Star Wars: The Original Trilogy Abridged
We're headed to a galaxy far, far away in this narrated yogic adventure! No previous yoga experience, special clothing, or mats necessary (lightsabers are optional). Come as you are and pose nerdy with us! May the force be with you. Panelists: Justine Mastin, Vanessa East

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

11:00am

MTG - Amonkhet Booster Draft
Booster draft with Amonkhet (newest current) set. Come test your skill against your opponents’ on Nicol Bolas' turf. The Will of the Gods may yet be your undoing! ($15 - event tickets at Dreamer’s Vault Games Dealer booth). Panelists: Dreamer's Vault Games (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree 2206 Table A

11:00am

Alternative Sports and Geek Culture
Whirlyball, roller derby, martial arts, wrestling and even quiddich leagues are thriving! Let's explore the wide range of different alternative sports that intersect with geek culture and talk about why they appeal to us. Panelists: Chris Stockton, Windy Bowlsby, Heather Dickinson, Dani Indovino Cawley (mod), Lathan Murrell

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

11:00am

Celebrating the Coen Brothers
Minnesota's own Coen Brothers have been making films for 32 years. This is a panel to talk about all things Coen and Coenesque - their techniques, influences, common themes, and everything else that makes them such an enduring force in cinema. Panelists: Skazka 9000, Niles Schwartz, Tim Lieder (mod), Nathan Anderson, Lara Richarson

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

11:00am

Fatness and Fandom
Fat bodies are everywhere in real life and fan communities, yet fat representation is sorely lacking in the media we consume & often what we ourselves create as fans. Come discuss this issue and what we can do to make our works and spaces more inclusive. Panelists: Jordan West, Briana Lawrence (mod), Nick Glover, Echo Martin, Chrysoula Tzavelas

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

11:00am

Gravity in Fact and Fiction
What books/movies/TV shows treat gravity right rather than assuming that it just works. Panelists: Craig A. Finseth, Maggie Schultz, Renate Fiora (mod), Patrick Marsh, Michael Zecca

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

11:00am

Kirby's Fourth World
Jack Kirby's space opera, "The Fourth World" was cut short and cancelled before its planned conclusion. But his work changed the comic book industry and created DC big bad, Darkseid. Panelists: Kevin Eldridge, Jon Durmin (mod), Jesse Haller, Sean Casey, Edward Eastman

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

11:00am

Plug-in Electric Vehicles
Considering a Plug-In Electric vehicle or curious to learn more? Panelists will share their experiences and enthusiasm for EV-related topics including 2nd gen. 200+ mile range vehicles, deployment of fast charging infrastructure in Minnesota, and more. Panelists: Kevin McCormick, John Fagnant, Erik Haggstrom, Birch Hansen, Michael Bearfoot

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

11:00am

The Odd-Numbered Star Trek Curse
Star Trek: The Motion Picture, III: The Search for Spock, V: The Final Frontier, Generations, Insurrection--these films are considered the red headed step children of the film canon. We're going to look into why and why they deserve to be re-evaluated. Panelists: Aaron Coker, Michael Shappe, William Leisner, Kris Coulter, Garrick Dietze (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

11:00am

This Canon is Fired: Redefining the 'Must Reads' of SF/F and Comics Canon
Lists of genre greats often include lots of white men and not much else. What works and creators are being left off of these lists? Who's on the lists that shouldn't be? What do the new canons look like? Panelists: Kath Dimmich Mahaffy, Shannan Paul (mod), Seanan McGuire, Jai Nitz, Dana Baird

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

11:00am

Weta Digital: A Look Behind the Pixel Curtain
Norman has been working at Weta Digital for the last 16 years, on films from Lord of the Rings, all the way up to the upcoming Valerian. He'll have some behind the scenes videos to show and can also answer questions (if he can). Panelists: Norman Cates

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

11:00am

Candles Enough
Female filk and parody duo. We are eclectic in our music and our styles, swinging from as filky as filky gets to straight-up pop covers. And then the parodies. We do a lot of parodies. We sing in tight harmonies and perform with a single guitar. Panelists: Sarah Ravely, Kelly Reich

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

11:00am

Reading - Lois McMaster Bujold
Guest of Honor Lois McMaster Bujold will be reading her work. Panelists: Lois McMaster Bujold

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Ames

11:00am

Signing - Harris O'Malley
Panelists: Harris O'Malley

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

11:00am

Bridge Simulator Signups - Artemis / Valkyrie
Sign up to play (and maybe even play right away) on the Artemis / Valkyrie bridge simulators. Each attendee may sign up for one play per bridge per day, and signups are available each morning for that day only. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2204

11:00am

LAN - Open Gaming
Start your day by blowing up pixels - come up to LAN Gaming and check out the new games on the computers! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2208

11:00am

MTG - Casual Magic: the Gathering
Table open for casual CCG play – playtesting, commander, casual standard games, etc. Next event on this table starts at 12:30 pm. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2206 Table B

11:00am

Oregon Trail Card Game
You have died of Chuck Norris. Wait, wrong game. Dysentery! That’s what you died of! Try to make it to the Willamette Valley in this cooperative take on one of the most iconic games ever. You probably won’t but you can try… Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

11:00am

Settlers of Catan
Come learn and play the classic board game that spawned endless wood-for-sheep jokes – you play a settler, racing through Catan to develop your settlements. Panelists: Jennifer Bergk (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table D

11:00am

VR Gaming Signups
Virtual Reality Gaming Room is open for signups – actual time slots for gaming will start at 12:30pm. Panelists: Jennifer Bird (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2201

11:00am

Chi's New Address
Chi is an adorable kitten with a loving family. Now that the Yamadas have moved to an apartment that allows pets, Chi can have all sort of new adventures! Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

11:00am

Power Grid
In this complex Eurogame, your goal is to supply the most cities with power when someone’s network gains a pre-determined size; additionally, players can mark pre-existing routes between cities, and then bid against each other to power their cities. Panelists: Eric R. Peterson (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 2:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table C

11:00am

Battle Fields of Gred'Ak'El
(Day 2) Explore the world of Myrr with its living stories and character development, and be somewhere else for a while. Bring your imagination and curiosity to this two-day D&D 5th ed. campaign designed for role-players. More info at www.myrr.world Panelists: Benjamin Hawkins (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table E

11:00am

GPS Charity Auction
Bidding open. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 8

11:30am

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30am - 12:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

11:30am

Cinema Rex Movie 7
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30am - 2:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

12:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 12:00pm - 12:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

12:00pm

Kitsune: Spirit Chase!
Those foxes are at it again! During an innocent prank, they let evil spirits loose from the shrine. Help them catch the spirits before the Elder Kitsune finds out! Panelists: Susan Price

Friday July 7, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table F

12:00pm

CoF2E2
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 12:00pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 114

12:00pm

Volunteers Den Massage Table
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 12:00pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 118

12:00pm

Sensory Break Room
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 12:00pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 1:00am
DoubleTree Atrium 5

12:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

12:30pm

Sci-Girls (and Boys)
Come and do some real science at the SciFi convention! Meet Bernouli, Newton, and other cool scientists and magic makers as you make and take some fun, easy, make and take projects! Once you do it here, you can do it anywhere! Families welcome. Panelists: Renee Petersen

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

12:30pm

Virtual Reality Gaming
Virtual Reality Game Slots begin for Friday – come find out why folks look like they’re shadow-boxing in 2201! Panelists: Jennifer Bird

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree 2201

12:30pm

American Gods
Compare and contrast the television adaptation of American Gods with the novel written in 2001. How do themes from both the show and the book resonate in today's society? Panelists: Laura Bidgood (mod), Lauren Wells, Severina Hein, Dani Indovino Cawley, Kristin Daley

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

12:30pm

Creating the Perfect Monster
What makes a visually interesting monster in story or art? What real world examples and total flights of fancy float your boat? Panelists: Ansley grams, Patrick Marsh (mod), Seanan McGuire, Elliot Besmann, Holly Chamas

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

12:30pm

Diversity, Class Systems, and Equality in Science Fiction
When writing sci-fi, the world shifts. Examples of acceptable democratic societies or functional systems in real life are sometimes reversed or broken down. Is this simply not trying hard enough? Shock value? Does diversity matter in a sci-fi setting? Panelists: Lana Rosario (mod), Emilie Peck, Justin Grays, Peregrine Johnson, Lara Richarson

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

12:30pm

Fire the Head Canons
This ain't no slash-fic! We're talking Fan theories that elevate and enhance the canonical stories, characters, and properties and why the digital age-particularly with mainstream outlets like Amazon Worlds-is the best time to be a superfan. Panelists: Taylor Cisco, Renate Fiora, Dave Stagner

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

12:30pm

I Want To Be Ms. Frizzle: Using Sci-fi and Fantasy as Teaching Tools
Everyone wanted to be in Ms. Frizzle's class as a kid (well, except Arnold). Now that we're teachers, how can we use fantastical elements in our classrooms to encourage our students and drive their learning? Panelists: Dan Berliner, PZ Myers, Michael Zecca (mod), Jen Dixon, Peter Larsen

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

12:30pm

New Technology in Media
Not just for geeks, technology has dramatically changed how we make and watch popular entertainment. Let's discuss some significant advances from recent years. Panelists: Riley Hanson, Ian Truitner, Kyle Dekker (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

12:30pm

So You Want to Build an Arcade Machine?
Dive into an informational session about building your own arcade machine, a stand-up cabinet that can play thousands of types of games. Panelists: Sean Berry, Jesse Homa, Grayson Malinowski

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sheraton Whalon

12:30pm

Soundtracks in Film
What are the best movie and TV soundtracks, from classic to current? What makes a soundtrack good? How well it fits the story? How objectively good the music is? A combination? Panelists: Dave Margosian (mod), Jonah Rees, Scott Keever, Nat Morse-Noland, Kristopher Carter

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

12:30pm

Tanya Brody
Harper-Singer-Songwriter. With the voice of an angel and the heart of a poet, Tanya Brody makes both traditional and original songs come to life and touch the soul. Panelists: Tanya Brody

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

12:30pm

Is Anyone There? Searching for Life on Mars with the 1976 Viking Landers
In 1976, two Mars landers tested for life in its red soil. The tiny gadgets aboard weren't perfect and suffered from huge design compromises. How did they work? And what did they REALLY find? Come see what promises to be an engaging and informative talk. Panelists: Jay Gallentine

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

12:30pm

Reading - Adam Whitlatch
Panelists: Adam Whitlatch

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sheraton Ames

12:30pm

Signing - Kathryn Sullivan
Panelists: Kathryn Sullivan

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

12:30pm

Signing - Lois McMaster Bujold
Guest of Honor Lois McMaster Bujold will be available to sign her work. Panelists: Lois McMaster Bujold

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

12:30pm

Exploding Kittens
Mew. BOOM! What’s more fun than Russian Roulette? Russian Roulette with exploding cats! Come play the kickstarter phenomenon of cats, explosions and inappropriate humor! Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

12:30pm

Galaxy Trucker
Welcome, Trucker! Build your ship in real-time out of whatever parts you can grab, then race the other truckers to deliver it and hope your ship survives! Those sewer pipes won’t fly themselves! Panelists: Carl Patten (mod), Tammy Anderson (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
DoubleTree 2205 Table B

12:30pm

Takenoko
Cultivate, irrigate, and grow one of 3 species of bamboo with help from the Imperial Gardener. Warning: The Sacred Panda is VERY hungry – she who best manages her plots and grows the most bamboo, while feeding the delicate appetite of the Panda, wins. Panelists: Jennifer Bergk (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table D

12:30pm

Toward the Terra
When 14-year-old Jomy begins to question the way his seemingly utopian society is run, he becomes a target for both the government and the Mu, an outcast race who have been fighting the government for generations. Now, each group is determined to hunt him down. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 2:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

12:30pm

Electric Cars Up Close
Don't just talk about electric cars, get up close and personal! Sit in one, talk to the owner,s and be part of the future! Play your cards right, maybe get a ride in an electric car! Sheraton parking lot. Panelists: Kevin McCormick, John Fagnant, Erik Haggstrom, Birch Hansen, Michael Bearfoot

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Outdoors

12:30pm

LAN - League of Legends Tourney
One of the most popular games in the world. Team tournament matches will be held during the morning, with finals on Saturday afternoon. Also available for team play during open gaming/late night gaming. PERSONAL ACCOUNT REQUIRED** Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2208

12:30pm

ChessWerks
Play chess with oversized pieces in the Garden Court. Panelists: Chairman deBoard

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

12:30pm

PFS - Quests!
A series of one hour quests allowing new and experienced players to try out Pathfinder Society play! Panelists: Pathfinder Society

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table C

12:30pm

PFS - The Consortium Compact
It's up to the PCs to navigate Diobel—a proud town run by cutthroat smugglers—earn a defector's trust, and deal a telling blow to their Aspis foes. (Levels 1-2; New and experienced players welcome!) Panelists: Pathfinder Society (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table B

12:30pm

Steam Century Mystery
An engineer in a top-secret project is murdered and plans stolen! In this interactive crime mystery, you must find evidence and talk to cast members to identify the culprit(s). Must start by 3:00, answers due by 4:45, and the finale is at 5:15. Panelists: Red Ribbon Society (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 5:30pm
DoubleTree 2207

1:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 1:00pm - 1:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

1:00pm

MTG - Standard Constructed
Standard Constructed Magic: the Gathering. Standard-legal decks only, please. Players are responsible for knowing current banned and restricted lists! ($8 – event tickets at Dreamer’s Vault Games Dealer booth) Panelists: Dreamer's Vault Games (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2206 Table B

1:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 1:30pm - 2:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

2:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 2:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

2:00pm

Just-One-Hour Intergalactic Garden Party Rave!
Pinkies up, tentacles down on the Space Lounge dance floor. One hour of high class booty shaking in our intergalactic garden-Raiders, Reavers, Cylons, Cyborgs, Unicorns, Mermaids, and Zombies all welcome. Neon bustles, sun hats, and wrist gloves optional. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Veranda 8

2:00pm

Terraforming 101: How to Form Soil
In a universe of exotic and terrifying worms, the humble red wriggler can be one of your best allies on a new planet. Learn how worms are used to decompose waste, create soil, and make compost to help your terraforming needs on earth or abroad. Panelists: Destiny Ziebol, Dylan Martin, Michelle Chmura

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

2:00pm

Best of the Midwest
Our usual festival of short films of various geeky genres and styles from Midwestern filmmakers has expanded. This year the Best of the Midwest reached out beyond the Midwest for selections from around the world. Come see some of Rex’s favorites. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

2:00pm

99 Problems But a Pitch Ain't One
So you've got a great idea, shot a video, wrote a comic/novel...now what? Join this panel of industry professionals and learn about prepping, packaging, and presenting your content to the right people, at the right outlets, in the right way. Panelists: Catherine Schaff-Stump, Lee Harris (mod), Michael R Underwood, Taylor Cisco, Madeleine Vasaly

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

2:00pm

Beginning Robotics
What is the difference between a slot car motor and a belt drive motor? Is it feasible to make a walking robot as a hobbyist, like big dog/little dog? This panel will introduce you to basic robotics for hobbyists. Panelists: Aric Stewart (mod), Michelle Krnnedy Cadieux

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

2:00pm

Firefly At 15
Joss Whedon's space western turns 15 this year. Is it shiny or would you toss it out an airlock? Come discuss the full canon: series, movie, and comics. Panelists: Cetius d'Raven (mod), Mark Goldberg, Monica Valentinelli, Tex Thompson, Sean Berry

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

2:00pm

Foresight is 2020: From Speculation to Reality
Of all the inventions, ideas, behaviors, and discoveries imagined in science fiction and satire, which have come to pass? Which stories and authors had the clearest foresight? Who comically missed the mark? What do today's speculative tales foresee next? Panelists: Anthony Eichenlaub (mod), Renate Fiora, Naomi Kritzer

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

2:00pm

Gerry Anderson's Firestorm
Tired of CGI blockbusters? Long for the days of models, miniatures, and REAL explosives? Concept Illustrator Eric Chu presents a sneak peek into a new project from the mind of Thunderbirds/Space 1999 creator Gerry Anderson. Things blow up good--REAL GOOD Panelists: Eric Chu

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

2:00pm

Introduction to Hip-Hop as Literature
Join an exploration of hip-hop's role as a modern literary movement, including recommendations for artists and works (both local and worldwide) to get started in the genre. Panelists: Bri Donovan, Rob Callahan (mod), DJ Kool Akiem, SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

2:00pm

Ladies of Star Wars
A tribute to the royal and rebellious women of the Star Wars universe. Our favorites, our frustrations, and a moment of silence for our beloved Princess. Panelists: Kris Heding, Peregrine Johnson, Alison Anderson, Dani Indovino Cawley (mod), Katarina Larsen

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

2:00pm

Return of Mystery Science Theatre 3000
It was back for Thanksgiving. Are we thankful? What did we like about the reincarnation? Panelists: Dee Bitner, Brian Watson-Jones, Kristin Daley, John Seavey

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

2:00pm

Take a Pew, Pew, Pew! Organized Religion in SciFi/Fantasy
Beyond "The Force", how do creators deal with organized religion (and disbelief) in science fiction and fantasy? What do they get right, wrong, and what do they reveal in their thinking? Panelists: Caroline Symcox, Lyda Morehouse, Tim Wick, Bill Stiteler (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

2:00pm

Sword Masters Live
Korean sword art Haidong Gumdo demonstration. See dynamic performances by trained students from White Tiger Martial Arts! Watch, be wowed, and ask questions. Discover your inner warrior today! Panelists: Sarah Wurdeman, Mark Wurdeman, Melanie Galloway, Alex Bolton, Heather Sigstad, bill Hedrick, Kayla Curtiss, George Richard, Simon Gibson, Stephen Poeschl

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

2:00pm

Kristopher Carter: Musical Storyteller
Guest of Honor Kristopher Carter will present and perform selections from some of his career highlights including Emmy-winning and Annie-nominated scores from Batman Beyond, Justice League, Teen Titans, Batman: Brave and the Bold, and others, leading the audience not just through the music itself, but how it is transformed to accompany some of the most memorable scenes from the projects. Panelists: Kristopher Carter

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

2:00pm

Reading - Briana Lawrence
Panelists: Briana Lawrence

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Ames

2:00pm

Signing - Adam Whitlatch
Panelists: Adam Whitlatch

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

2:00pm

Signing - Jai Nitz
Guest of Honor Jai Nitz will be available to sign his work. Panelists: Jai Nitz

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

2:00pm

Kitsune: Spirit Chase!
Those foxes are at it again! During an innocent prank, they let evil spirits loose from the shrine. Help them catch the spirits before the Elder Kitsune finds out! Panelists: Susan Price (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table F

2:00pm

Splendor
Playing the part of a Renaissance Merchant, you attempt to buy gem mines, transportation, shops, etc. The point of the game is to acquire more prestige than your opponents, including things that only increase your prestige further! Panelists: Jennifer Bergk

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table D

2:00pm

Marvel Legendary
Deck Building Game set in the Marvel Comics Universe. Battle other players with heroes, villains, and if you’re strong enough, take on the Mastermind! Age 16+ Panelists: Eric R. Peterson (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table C

2:00pm

Para-thulu-zombi-noia!
Trust No One; keep your laser pistol and powder of ibn ghazi ready! Mother computer sends YOU, an elite troubleshooter, on a mission of utmost importance, to help keep at bay the things from beyond space and time. Eat eel-flesh! Guzzle Bubbly Beverage! Panelists: Robert "Ski" Cudinski (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table B

2:00pm

Vampires Don't Sparkle
Something weird's going on. Your cousin Kirk suspects Mole People; you suspect his mom drank oven cleaner while pregnant. Gilmore Girls meets the best-selling Monster Hunters Int'l books! Evil looms. Cowboy Up. Kill It. Get Paid. Coffee at Luke's. Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

2:00pm

Sword of Air
A spinoff of the legendary Sword of Barakus, this episode starts at Level 1 – players bring characters generated using the 25-point buy model in the 3.5 DMG, *or* can play a pre-gen. All characters must be human or demi-human, no exotics, please. Panelists: Burl Zorn (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 2:00am
DoubleTree 2205 Table A

2:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 2:30pm - 3:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

2:30pm

TryForce
3 piece nerdy pop culture cover band from the twin cities.Through drums, bass and saxophone we cover all kinds of video game, movie, TV show, and popular theme songs. Panelists: Luis Benavides

Friday July 7, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

2:30pm

Mobile Suit Gundam
In the year 0079, humanity has colonized space. One colony declares war on the Earth Federation and uses humanoid robots to quickly gain the upper hand. Nine months into the conflict, Earth has developed its own mobile suits, and a civilian suddenly finds himself thrown into the conflict against the enemy's ace pilot. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

2:45pm

Costume Wars Orientation
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Garden Court

3:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 3:00pm - 3:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

3:00pm

Costume Wars
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Sheraton Garden Court

3:00pm

Cinema Rex Movie 8
(with English subtitles) Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

3:00pm

MTG - Chaos Draft
Choose from any 15-card-pack set of Magic: the Gathering, draft, and have some fun. This is a casual limited format. ($15 - event tickets at Dreamer’s Vault Games Dealer booth). Panelists: Dreamer's Vault Games (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 3:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree 2206 Table A

3:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 4:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

3:30pm

1000 Blank White Cards
Come join us to create an imaginative and freeform card game. Everyone makes cards and joins them together with friends for a social and funny game. Watch the gaming schedule for a time to play! Panelists: Christina Gregerson, Alicia Beck

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

3:30pm

Building a Religion
When gods get involved, adventure happens. Whether riffing off of pantheons familiar to readers, or creating new ones as they build new worlds, writers face a challenge when they incorporate religion into their stories. What works and what doesn't? Panelists: Eric Zawadzki (mod), Jon Olsen, Joseph Peterson, Lois McMaster Bujold, Michael Carus

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

3:30pm

Dark Tower Fan Panel
Steven King created it. And did you really read that last chapter, even though he told you not to? Panelists: Molly Glover, Scott Lynch, Charlene Holm, Craig Smith, Melissa Duhn (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

3:30pm

Gender Swapping in in Movies
Several recent movie remakes have changed the genders of the characters, including Ghostbusters, Ocean's 8, Roadhouse, and Splash. How has this change affected the movies and what is the greater social impact? Panelists: Jordan West (mod), Matt Gamble, Allyson Cygan, Seanan McGuire, Dani Indovino Cawley

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

3:30pm

Indie Tabletop Games
Scythe, Tak, Secret Hitler: there's been a boom in independent and crowd-funded tabletop games. Designers and fans alike talk about the best indie tabletop games on the market now, what's to come, and how indie games impact the mainstream industry. Panelists: Scott Holm, Susan Price (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

3:30pm

Siege Engines and You
Want to know how to attack a castle? Well then you're in luck. Not just siege engines but strategy, castle design, usurpers, how the use of magic changes things, and why wars used to take winters off. Panelists: Dave Walbridge (mod), H. Savinien, Geoff Wessendorf

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sheraton Whalon

3:30pm

Space Opera as Serious Literature
Particularly since the development of so-called "new space opera" (Benford, Brin, Bear in the US; Banks, McAuley, McLeod in the UK), it's clear that the sub-genre has taken on new seriousness as a place for writers with literary and intellectual ambition. Panelists: Kathryn Sullivan (mod), Dave Margosian, Aimee Kuzenski, Norman Cates

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

3:30pm

Star Trek Retrospective
Let's look back over the past 50 years... Panelists: Aaron Coker (mod), Taylor Cisco, Bridget Landry, William Leisner, Tracee Lee Cocco

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

3:30pm

Thunderbirds Are Go Fan Panel
Thunderbirds Are Go is an excellent modern reboot of the 1960s Gerry Anderson puppet series, using CGI and modelwork, but retaining all the charm (and one of the cast!) of the original. Its now into its second series and even on Netflix. Panelists: Craig A. Finseth, Paul Cornell, Joan Marie Verba, Edward Eastman (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

3:30pm

Illegal Alien Icons
A presentation of how race has shaped the world of superheroes since 1938. Panelists: Jai Nitz

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

3:30pm

Reading - Naomi Kritzer
Guest of Honor Naomi Kritzer will be reading her work. Panelists: Naomi Kritzer

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sheraton Ames

3:30pm

Signing - Briana Lawerence
Panelists: Briana Lawrence

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

3:30pm

Signing - Jay Gallentine
Panelists: Jay Gallentine

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

3:30pm

Fluxx / SushiGo / Roll For It
Come play (or learn) some quick, affordable, travel-sized games (Sushi-Go, Fluxx, Roll For It). Games will be started as folks arrive; no need to stay for the whole block – drop in and out as you please. Panelists: Jennifer Bergk (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table D

3:30pm

Kitsune: Spirit Chase!
Those foxes are at it again! During an innocent prank, they let evil spirits loose from the shrine. Help them catch the spirits before the Elder Kitsune finds out! Panelists: Susan Price (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table F

3:30pm

LAN - Counter Strike: Global Offensive
Updated version of the classic team-based objective-oriented first-person shooter game by Valve. Round based team gameplay. Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2208

3:30pm

Assassin's Guild Boffing Practice
Are you not feeling particularly competitive and just want to hit friends, loved-ones, or other con-goers with foam padded weapons? Feel free to do so in this practice event. No need to feel intimidated, relax, and have fun fighting! Panelists: D Alex Nicol

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

4:00pm

Art of the Dress Orientation
If you have registered for the Art of the Dress Show, come line up and get last-minute tips for the show. Mandatory for Art of the Dress participants. Panelists: Gregory de Danann

Friday July 7, 2017 4:00pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

4:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 4:00pm - 4:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

4:00pm

Ear Candy
Female fronted electro pop punk fun!!! Hailing from Mpls, these ladies aim to get you on the dance floor! With synthesizers and electribes, costumes, and tight-ass choreographed dance routines, each live show is unique. Panelists: Carol Cunnington, Dawn Kuehl

Friday July 7, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

4:00pm

The Big O
Roger Smith is a professional negotiator in the mysterious Paradigm City. With his loyal butler, a snarky android and a gargantuan mecha known as Big O, Roger slowly discovers the truth about a calamity that befell the city 40 years ago. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

4:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 4:30pm - 5:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

4:30pm

Cinema Rex Movie 9
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

5:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 5:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

5:00pm

How to Draw...
Mice, snowman, robots, and talking dogs...who would have thought these could make millions of dollars. Disney did it! So can you! Come to the Sandbox to learn how to draw some iconic Disney characters from an official Disney employee. Panelists: Corey Enriquez

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

5:00pm

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: Margaret Eastman, Amy Mills, Thomas Keeley, Ishmael Williams, Jonathan Palmer, Liz Hernandez, Nadim Khalidi

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

5:00pm

Props and Practical Effects in Film
What are the processes behind creating props and practical effects in Hollywood? What are the benefits of practicals over CGI? Panelists: Eric Chu, Norman Cates

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

5:00pm

Queering the Epic
Let's talk about LGBT+ representation--or possible representation--in our favorite epics: Star Wars (Poe and Finn, Chirrut and Baze), Star Trek (rebooted Sulu), Marvel Cinematic Universe (yo, Deadpool!), DC (Wonder Woman), and other favorites. Panelists: Haddayr Copley-Woods, Skazka 9000, Rory Ni Coileain, Nathan Anderson (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

5:00pm

Refugee Lifehacks
Guest of Honor Interview: Saymoukda Vongsay shares the life skills she learned growing up as a refugee and how they've informed her approach to writing and a career as an artist. Panelists: Rob Callahan (mod), Saymoukda Vongsay

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

5:00pm

Starry Room
What's in the night sky besides stars that you can see with the naked eye? (Assuming that you're not in a city.) Panelists: Dan Berliner, Michael Zecca (mod), Sean Berry

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

5:00pm

Stranger Things Fan Panel
THIS is the Stranger Things fan panel. Panelists: Courtney Azar, Adam Whitlatch, Renate Fiora, Kiah Nelson, Michael Carus (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

5:00pm

What to do When They're Watching You
Science fiction writers have long been concerned about a surveillance state, but recent technologies have made this fear more and more realistic. What technologies are watching us and what does science fiction tell us to do about it? Panelists: Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Dave Walbridge, Craig A. Finseth, Jamie Riedesel, Eric Zawadzki (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

5:00pm

Writing Near Future Sci-Fi
If you're world-building 600 years in the future, you have a lot of latitude in what sort of a world you're making. But what if you're setting a story or RP 50 years or 20 years in the future? What will tech and culture look like? Panelists: Lana Rosario, Tyler Tork (mod), Naomi Kritzer, Will Shetterly

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

5:00pm

The Not-So-Silent Planet: A Speculative Podcast
Welcome to the Twin Cities' very own podcast dedicated to original speculative fiction! Join us for a live recording, featuring special guests the Scrimshaw brothers, and have your jaded chuckles recorded for posterity. Panelists: phillip andrew bennett low, Joseph Scrimshaw, Joshua Scrimshaw, Ben San Del

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

5:00pm

Reading - Michael R. Underwood
Panelists: Michael R Underwood

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sheraton Ames

5:00pm

Signing - Anthony W Eichnlaub
Panelists: Anthony Eichenlaub

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

5:00pm

Signing - Henry Walton
Panelists: Henry Walton

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

5:00pm

Kitsune: Spirit Chase!
Those foxes are at it again! During an innocent prank, they let evil spirits loose from the shrine. Help them catch the spirits before the Elder Kitsune finds out! Panelists: Susan Price (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table F

5:00pm

Art of the Dress Costume and Couture Show / Cirque Intergalactique
Strap yourself in and prepare for lift off, this variety show will be sure to bring you to infinity and beyond! Witness gravity defying acts by aerial artists and acrobats, as well as many other shooting stars of bellydance, singing, comedy and more! Houston, it would be a problem if you missed this! Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

5:00pm

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

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:45pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

5:00pm

MTG - Modern Constructed
Modern Constructed Magic: the Gathering. Modern-legal decks only, please. Players are responsible for knowing current banned and restricted lists! ($8 – event tickets at Dreamer’s Vault Games Dealer booth) Panelists: Dreamer's Vault Games

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree 2206 Table B

5:00pm

Firefly Board Game
Start with a captain and a ship, hire and equip a crew, travel the 'Verse to complete jobs and get paid while avoiding Reavers, Alliance patrols and rival captains who may be pirates. (Also on 2202d; All experience levels welcome, age 13+) Panelists: Stan Carlson (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table C

5:00pm

LAN - Overwatch
Overwatch ended the crisis, and helped maintain peace in the decades that followed... but, after many years, Overwatch’s influence waned, and it was disbanded. Conflict is rising across the world again... are you with us? *PERSONAL ACCOUNT REQUIRED* Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree 2208

5:00pm

Terran Revenge Fleet
They came for Earth but left the job half done. Earth rebuilt, unified by a single thought: REVENGE! Come join us for one of possibly the best Con games around, Terran Revenge Fleet! An amazing system will have you playing a character within 30 seconds. Panelists: Robert "Ski" Cudinski (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table B

5:00pm

PFS - Quests!
A series of one hour quests allowing new and experienced players to try out Pathfinder Society play! Panelists: Pathfinder Society (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table C

5:00pm

PFS - The Night March of Kalkamedes
A Pathfinder is sleepwalking, traveling through the dark night alone. A team of Pathfinders must escort him to his destination and find the cause of the strange phenomenon. (Levels 1-5) Panelists: Pathfinder Society (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table A

5:00pm

PFS - Ungrounded but Unbroken
Pathfinders join the Ungrounded, a mercenary squad on the Plane of Earth, knowing that a few months’ service could enhance the Society’s reputation in this distant realm. (Levels 1-5) Panelists: Pathfinder Society

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table B

5:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod), The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod), The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 5:30pm - 6:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

5:30pm

CONvergence Poetry Slam Sign Up
Sign up at Harmonic CONvergence for the Poetry Slam

Friday July 7, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Sheraton Gibson Hall Sheraton Gibson Hall

5:30pm

Ionosphere Casting Shadows
High-tech guitar ambience and dream-like interludes. When does a guitar not sound like a guitar? Todd Madson's super relaxing ambient guitar soundscapes appears once more to provide a soothing alternative to the sometimes frenetic con atmosphere. Panelists: Todd Madson

Friday July 7, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

6:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 6:00pm - 6:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

6:00pm

Cinema Rex Movie 10
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

6:00pm

Outlaw Star
Gene Starwind always dreamed of piloting his own ship, and he finally gets his chance when he takes a job from a treasure-hunting outlaw. Tasked with protecting the mysterious girl Melfina, Gene and his ragtag crew encounter bounty hunters, Taoist mages and catgirls in search of answers about her past. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

6:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 6:30pm - 7:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

6:30pm

Kitsune: Spirit Chase!
Those foxes are at it again! During an innocent prank, they let evil spirits loose from the shrine. Help them catch the spirits before the Elder Kitsune finds out! Panelists: Susan Price

Friday July 7, 2017 6:30pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table F

7:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator with Tracee Cocco
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: Tracee Lee Cocco, The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 7:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

7:00pm

Mysterium
A group of psychics are conducting a séance to solve a mysterious murder. The ghost (one of the players) can only give clues in the form of images. Run out of time and the ghost vanishes for a year (try again at CONvergence 2018!) Panelists: Carl Patten (mod), Tammy Anderson (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree 2205 Table B

7:00pm

Best Indie Comics
It's a large comics universe out there, and there are many great comics published outside the Marvel and DC Universes. Hear what other titles our panelists would recommend and feel free to offer your own suggestions. Panelists: Garrick Dietze, Seanan McGuire, Jai Nitz, Sean Casey (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

7:00pm

Friends of Bill W
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

7:00pm

Marvel on Netflix
We'll be talking about Marvel's shows on Netflix. What do you think of the direction the shows have taken? Do you like the darker tone or would you prefer the lighter tones of the MCU? What shows have been your favorite? How is the future looking? Panelists: Catherine Schaff-Stump, Lee Harris (mod), Tim Lieder, Keane Amdahl, Severina Hein

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

7:00pm

Opera in Space: Music and Art of Alien Races
From infamous Klingon Opera to the Star Wars Cantina band, music and art of alien races adds tapestry to a developed fictional universe. Let's talk about what works in these imagined intergalactic cultures and what just doesn't. Panelists: Lana Rosario, Dave Stagner, Scott Keever, Jonathan Killstring (mod), Kristopher Carter

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

7:00pm

Pixar's Story Writing Rules
Pixar has published 22 rules to aid in writing stories. Which ones work? Do any NOT work? Panelists: Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Melissa Olson (mod), John Heimbuch, Dave Walbridge, Tex Thompson

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

7:00pm

Romance and Adventure
Science fiction and fantasy focus on adventure but the best make you care about the characters. How do writers create characters that readers invest in? When love, particularly romantic love, is a motivation, how do they make that believable? Panelists: Lois McMaster Bujold, Jody Wurl (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

7:00pm

Skylarks and Lensmen, The Classic Space Opera of E.E. 'Doc' Smith
E.E. "Doc" Smith created many of the basic themes of what would become "space opera" in his Skylark and Lensman series of novels--both for good and for bad. Learn about the founder of space opera in this panel. Panelists: Scott Lynch, Edward Eastman (mod), Scott Jamison

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

7:00pm

Tactics in Space
How would a military spaceship "hide" in space? How would a spaceship appear to sensor systems in various wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum (e.g. infrared, ultraviolet)? What gravitational methods can be used to search for spacecraft? Panelists: Dan Berliner, Christopher Baye (mod), Geoff Wessendorf, Kyle Dekker

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheraton Ames

7:00pm

Joseph Scrimshaw's ATTACK of the HEADCANON!
Join comedian Joseph Scrimshaw (Screen Junkies, ForceCenter, RiffTrax) for an hour of geek-flavored comedy about trying to live up to your pop culture heroes. Thrill to tales of action figures purchases gone wrong, bad dating advice from Twin Peaks, and drinking The Doctor's beer. Panelists: Joseph Scrimshaw

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

7:00pm

Judging a Book by Its Cover
Two competing teams of "literary experts" explain the plot of a book, based only upon the cover art they see on the screen. Panelists: Melissa Kaercher, Jerry Belich, Tim Wick (mod), Dawn Krosnowski, Molly Glover, Nick Glover

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

7:00pm

Space Lounge: Teens Only
Ages 13-20. Make smoothies, DJ, or just have all the awesomeness of Space Lounge for your teen-self and friends during this Teen/Space-Lounge cooperative event! No alcohol will be allowed into the room. No non-teens other than staff allowed into the room. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
DoubleTree Veranda 8

7:00pm

CONvergence Poetry Slam
Nerds have words and we want to hear them! Sign up from 5:30-6:30pm at HarmCON - you may be drawn to read two three-minute poems to an audience of strangers, and watch your heart and soul assigned numeric value by our celebrity judges. Panelists: Allison Broeren, Rob Callahan, Tim Uren, phillip andrew bennett low, Saymoukda Vongsay, Laura Bidgood, Brianne Bilyeu, Fox Barrett, Dan Marlow

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

7:00pm

Lasers
Lasers! Sharks with laser beams! Wait, no, there will be no sharks. Just lasers. Come learn about using lasers to cut and engrave cool stuff. Panelists: Sean Berry

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

7:00pm

2017 Midwest Sci-Fi Short Film Festival
Since 2008, the Midwest Sci-Fi Short Film Festival has been bringing you the best in genre short films produced by filmmakers around the midwestern USA and Canada. VOTE for your favorite films in the Audience Choice Awards! Panelists: Troy LaFaye (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

7:00pm

MTG - Amonkhet Booster Draft
Booster draft with Amonkhet (newest current) set. Come test your skill against your opponents’ in a world very much like Ancient Egypt. The Will of the Gods may yet be your undoing! ($15 - event tickets at Dreamer’s Vault Games Dealer booth). Panelists: Dreamer's Vault Games (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree 2206 Table A

7:00pm

MTG - Commander / EDH Group Games
Bring your EDH / Commander deck and come play! Commander-legal decks only, please. Players are responsible for knowing banned / restricted lists for the format. ($10 - event tickets at Dreamer's Vault Games Dealer Booth) Panelists: Dreamer's Vault Games (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree 2206 Table B

7:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy

Friday July 7, 2017 7:30pm - 8:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

8:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator with Tracee Cocco
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: Tracee Lee Cocco, The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 8:00pm - 8:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

8:00pm

Kitsune: Spirit Chase!
Those foxes are at it again! During an innocent prank, they let evil spirits loose from the shrine. Help them catch the spirits before the Elder Kitsune finds out! Panelists: Susan Price (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 8:00pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table F

8:00pm

Gunbuster 2: Diebuster
As intergalactic war with the space monsters continues, Earth's only hope lies in the hands of an elite group of young pilots in possession of giant robots called Buster Machines. Rookie pilot Nono wants to become the best pilot and win the approval of ace Lal'C. Nono looks up to Lal'C as a "big sister," but Lal'C wants nothing to do with her. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 8:00pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

8:00pm

Cinema Rex Movie 11
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 8:00pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

8:00pm

Steam Century Scavenger Hunt
Have fun at participating party rooms Friday and Saturday evenings AND be rewarded for it. Ballots and instructions available on the 22nd floor. Return ballots to the Gaming Badging Station to claim your prize. Panelists: Red Ribbon Society (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 8:00pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree 2200 Lobby

8:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 8:30pm - 9:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

8:30pm

50 Shades of Blackface
The desire for realism is high in the cosplay community, but when does it go to far? Is it okay to change skin tone to emulate a character of a different race? Is it necessary? What is the difference between looking like another race and another species? Panelists: Justin Grays, Charlene Holm, Stephanie Stensland (mod), Sarah Molasky, Morgan Strickland

Friday July 7, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

8:30pm

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 20th Anniversary Panel
Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered 20 years ago. In this panel we'll revisit Sunnydale, our favorite slayer and all of her friends and discuss what we loved (and hated), what holds up (and what doesn't) and how the show influenced TV and fandom. Panelists: David Brennan, Keane Amdahl (mod), Lauren Wells, Jenn Jensen, Severina Hein

Friday July 7, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

8:30pm

Enterprising Individuals Live!: The Wrath of CON!
Revenge is a dish best served cold, but nostalgia is best consumed immediately! Join us as a panel of Star Trek authors and fans discuss Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan for a live taping of the Enterprising Individuals podcast! Panelists: William Leisner, Patrick Tomlinson, Christopher Jones, Aaron Coker, Naomi Kritzer

Friday July 7, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

8:30pm

Fantastic Beasts Moive Fan Panel
The first movie in the proposed five part series came out last year. What did we think? How did it expand the canon of the Harry Potter universe? What are you hoping for in the rest of the series? Panelists: Bryon Stump, Catherine Schaff-Stump, Allyson Cygan, Meghan McManus, Windy Bowlsby

Friday July 7, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

8:30pm

Slash Panel
Buckle your seatbelts, it's time for the annual panel about same-sex shipping! From Yuri on Ice!!! to married space monks, let's talk State of the Slash Union 2017. (This is an 18+ panel; talkin' about the porn is definitely on the table.) Panelists: Bess Stuvenoxend, Skazka 9000, Jo Thrace, Lyda Morehouse (mod), Kes S

Friday July 7, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

8:30pm

Story-Driven Spacecraft Design
How do the needs of the story drive spacecraft design? From the ark ships of "When Worlds Collide" to the X-wings of Star Wars, what parts of the design are needed for the story and what parts are open to interpretation? Panelists: Alex Musial, Kyle Dekker (mod), Eric Chu, Michael Carus

Friday July 7, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

8:30pm

The Magic and Mythology of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
An examination of the interesting implications about the world of Equestria and the magic therein based on the TV show, including cutie marks, destiny, history, the pony life cycle, and princesses. Panelists: Samantha Bitner, Destiny Ziebol, George Miller (mod), Willson Borchert, Chrysoula Tzavelas

Friday July 7, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

8:30pm

To Infinity
Mathematicians, physicists and philosophers help you wrap your head around the concepts of eternal time and infinite space, of calculus conundrums and unfathomable quantities, of the science behind the things that have no beginning and no end. Panelists: Dan Berliner (mod), Renate Fiora, Jon Olsen

Friday July 7, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Sheraton Ames

8:30pm

Writing about Time Travel
I know, "been there, done that." Are you tense about creating fiction that flirts across the boundaries of the space/time continuum? Come and hear how solve plot problems like Jimmy’s clock paradox? Panelists: John Heimbuch, Dave Walbridge, Rory Ni Coileain, Tyler Tork (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Sheraton Whalon

8:30pm

Powerpoint Karaoke
Four "experts" must each give a PowerPoint presentation with slides they have never seen before, and the slides make no sense! Panelists: Joseph Scrimshaw, Bill Stiteler, Melissa Kaercher, Molly Glover, Sharon Stiteler, Paul Cornell, Tim Wick, Derek "Duck" Washington, Andrea Wilkins

Friday July 7, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

8:30pm

LAN - Open Gaming
Play any of our games, but be warned – those under 18 will be asked to move on at 10:00 PM so that grownups can play grown-up games! Panelists: LAN Gaming

Friday July 7, 2017 8:30pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2208

8:30pm

Trivia: To Infinity and Beyond!
We’re back again with trivia and this time it is space opera flavored! Bring a good friend (or someone who knows more than any human should about space operas) to be your partner. Put your knowledge to the test! Eat candy! Win prizes*! Panelists: Alicia Beck (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 8:30pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree 2207

9:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 9:00pm - 9:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

9:00pm

Kristopher Carter
Kristopher Carter performs his new EDM tracks live! Panelists: Kristopher Carter

Friday July 7, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Crowne Plaza A-E-I-O

9:00pm

Space Lounge
Enjoy a SPACE-cation in the Space Lounge. Connect with other travelers, enjoy the fantastical sights and sounds of this legendary paradise in space and visit the bar where smoothies of every color flow like Pandoran waterfalls. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 9:00pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 2:00am
DoubleTree Veranda 8

9:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30pm - 10:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

9:30pm

Cowboy Bebop
In the year 2071, humanity has colonized several planets after fleeing the uninhabitable surface of Earth. Bounty hunters called Cowboys fill in the gaps where the law can't reach, but there is a very fine line between Cowboy and criminal. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

10:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 10:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

10:00pm

Epic Rap Battles of History Festival
It seems pretty much all super late-night, super inebriated, super nerdy conversations eventually drain down into the pit of pseudo-philosophy--the dissection of the meaning of life (we hear it’s 42), the seat of human consciousness (the butt seems reasonable), and whether Boba Fett or Deadpool would win in a fight. Epic Rap Battles of History is a popular YouTube series pitting pop culture icons against each other. Who won? You decide! (this showing is captioned) Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

10:00pm

A Play in Klingon? How Do You Do That?
Panel discussion of how a show like A Klingon Christmas Carol is brought to life. This includes pronunciation and language lessons, stage combat, Klingon culture, blocking and costuming. May also include short character exchanges in Klingon. Panelists: Lana Rosario (mod), Tim Uren, Meredith Gillies, Angela Fox, Ethan Jensen

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

10:00pm

Doctor Who This Season and Beyond
What do we think of the new series so far? What do we hope of a new Doctor? Panelists: Michael Lee, Tim Lieder, David Brennan (mod), Alison Anderson

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

10:00pm

Shipping and Anti-Shipping
The idea that a fictional relationship is too controversial to be accepted isn't new to fandom, but the rise of organized anti-shippers exploded in 2016. Can we set community standards for anti-shipping so that it doesn't ruin fandom for everyone? Panelists: Josh Sadoff, Susan Willson, Scott Jamison (mod), Graham Barr, Bess Stuvenoxend

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

10:00pm

The Dick Grayson's Butt Fan Panel
Seriously, why is Dick Grayson's butt such a big deal? These panelists are happy to tell you. Panelists: Jen Riehm, Christopher Jones, Jimmy LeDuc (mod), Sam Stiles, ERIK BLACKSTAD

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

10:00pm

Walking Dead Fan Panel
Is the show languishing in recycled drama or will it invent enough new plot lines and ethical quandaries to retain viewers? What's working and what isn't? And...what's going on south of the border? Let's talk The Walking Dead! Panelists: Laura Okagaki-Vraspir, Kris Coulter, Cat Choy (mod), Kristina Halseth

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

10:00pm

Women of Color in Comics: Race, Gender and the Comic Book Medium
Even though mainstream comics has finally admitted women are definitely reading as many (if not more) comics then men, there still are not that many female writers and editors. This panel explores the changing face of comics and how far we have to go. Panelists: Bri Donovan (mod), Morgan Strickland, AlysshaRose Jordan

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

10:00pm

Drinking with Geeks
Geeks discuss and imbibe alcohol. 21+. Panelists: Joseph Scrimshaw (mod), Melissa Kaercher, Jerry Belich, Bill Stiteler, C. Robert Cargill, Laurie Richardson Sweep, Alee Baker

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

10:00pm

Genius Pi
A masterful music manipulation of epic proportions! Genius Pi, led by Zummy, is a St. Louis based nerdcore band who is always ready to rock your socks while you gawk and squawk! The agenda? Hit every genre of music known to man and beast. Panelists: Master K, Mike Zummy Zumwalt

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

10:00pm

Vilification Tennis
Vilification Tennis is exactly the kind of show your parents warned you about. Crude, clever, and crass, it is the ultimate comedy trigger warning. If there is a topic you don't think is funny, you’re probably right. And we’ll probably make a joke about it anyway. Because we’re horrible people. If you would like to be horrible with us, come watch! Panelists: Tim Wick, Derek "Duck" Washington, Kelvin Hatle, Chrys VanDerKamp, Molly Glover, Nick Glover, James Fairbairn, Jessabelle Olmstead, Bob Alberti, Nathan Gerber, Eric Thompson, Jena Young, Gregory Parks

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

10:00pm

In Conversation with Seanan McGuire
Join McGuire for a Q&A session with a twist. She'll answer any question you ask her--anything--but the answer you get may not be the one you expect. Strong language and adult concepts are virtually guaranteed. Panelists: Seanan McGuire

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

10:00pm

Medicine and Star Wars
The objective of this panel presentation is to elucidate and discuss the multifaceted components of the Star Wars films that have relevance to medical care in a galaxy far, far away and how it correlates to modern medicine and biomedical science on earth. Panelists: Caleb Schultz

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

10:00pm

Transgender 101
Trans and gender nonconforming people have become far more visible, in society and in the geek community. What's the deal with pronouns? What is gender identity & how is it different from sexual orientation? What is and isn't appropriate to ask? Panelists: Kyle Andrew, Samantha Bitner, Nathalie Crowley, Adam Hochberg

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheraton Ames

10:00pm

Joking Hazard (18+)
Do you like to laugh? Do you make other people wince when you tell a joke or story? Joking Hazard is the game for you! You and your sick friends use cards to try and make the most offensive comic strip possible. (ADULT 18+ ONLY, WITH ID) Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

10:00pm

Sandbox After Dark: Art is Skin Deep
Are you pretty? Pretty like a pony? We can paint you like a pony, and you'll be really really pretty like a pony! Come and see! Be a pretty Pony! Or a Kitty! Or.. a Zombie! We paint anything! 18+ Bring ID. Panelists: Jim Shields

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 2

10:00pm

FIASCO!
Inspired by cinematic tropes, Fiasco is a group storytelling game in which character ambitions run high, impulse control is low, and chaos reigns supreme. Co-hosts Lauren Sindt and Robert "Ski" Cudinski keep the game going and the laughs rolling! Panelists: Lauren Sindt (mod), Robert "Ski" Cudinski (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 1:00am
DoubleTree 2203

10:00pm

Innuend-oooooh!
Have a dirty mind? Like playing inappropriate games? Come playtest a new game - give clues, draw, and act out decidedly inappropriate words to try to get your teammates to guess them. Enter the drawing for the chance to win a free game! Panelists: Lydia Martin (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 1:00am
DoubleTree 2202 Table C

10:00pm

Virtual Reality Gaming: Adult Hours
Adult only hours for Virtual Reality Gaming – come have some grown-up fun in the VR Room after the kids are put to bed! Panelists: Jennifer Bird

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 1:00am
DoubleTree 2201

10:00pm

LAN - Late-Night Gaming
LAN goes adult-only for late-night gaming, so grown-ups can play grown-up games (and sometimes use grown-up language) without worrying about “little ears” in the room! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 2:00am
DoubleTree 2208

10:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 10:30pm - 11:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

11:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00pm - 11:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

11:00pm

Horror Show Hot Dog Shorts Festival
The crew of the locally produced podcast Horror Show Hot Dog (http://hshd.podbean.com) has curated shorts to be shown at the Twin Cities Horror Festival. They’ve chosen their favorites from the last two years to be shown in Cinema Rex. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 4

11:30pm

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

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 1

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. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

11:30pm

BDSM: So You Want to Enter the Kink Community?
In recent years, kink and BDSM have become a bigger part of society. But how do you go about breaking in? Come learn about the Twin Cities Kink Community, rules and guidelines about behavior, and how consent plays a major role in what we do. Panelists: Samantha Bitner, Susan Willson, Kendra Akin, Rakhi R (mod), Magpie

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 7

11:30pm

Living the Gimmick Life
Local Minnesota wrestlers talk about their life in wrestling, being on the road, training, their inspirations and goals. Panelists: Arik Cannon, Terry Fox

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30am
Sheraton Whalon

11:30pm

Menstruation Representation in Post Apocolyptic, Dystopian, and Futuristic Media
Discussion on the lack of representation of menstruation in post-apocalyptic, dystopian, and futuristic media including fiction, television, and film productions. Panelists: Alee Baker, Jessica Silk, Heather Rand-McKay (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 3

11:30pm

Relaxing in the Future
How do people relax in the future? Synthehol? Death Chips? BTL chips? Holodecks? New drugs? Panelists: Hertzey Hertz, Chrysoula Tzavelas (mod), Marina Challeen

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30am
Sheraton Ames

11:30pm

Robert Heinlein's Works
Heinlein was a very successful and very prolific writer from science fiction's golden age. He wrote books, short stories, and even a fantasy novel. Come discuss his works and methods. Panelists: Bridget Landry, Paul Weimer, Dave Walbridge (mod), Tim Lieder, Sean Berry

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 2

11:30pm

The Arrowverse
DCCW has a TV universe that rivals Marvel in the form of what's commonly referred to as the 'Arrowverse' (Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl). What makes these shows work and where do they need improvement? Is there room for more growth? Panelists: Jon Olsen, Keane Amdahl (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 4

11:30pm

The Pun-el
The Tradition Returns (or is that regurgitates...)! People sitting in a big room throwing puns at each other without fear of flying fruit! (Named for the great Kryptonian comedian...) Panelists: Edward Eastman, Brian LaBounty, Margaret Eastman

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Bloomington

11:30pm

Twin Peaks
As the TV sensation returns 25 years later, we discuss its current status in a long-form TV landscape it pioneered, old & new cast members, the place of Mark Frost's book, and the unprecedented creative control Showtime is giving director David Lynch. Panelists: Niles Schwartz, Garrick Dietze (mod), Adam Lueck, Pat Harrigan

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Edina

11:30pm

Killer B's Improv Movie Show
As clips of strange movies play onscreen, a team of voice actors and musicians create a whole new soundtrack... without ever seeing the movies before! It's film, improv comedy, and live music all in one, plus a 75% chance of rubber-suit monsters! Panelists: Joseph Scrimshaw, Melissa Kaercher (mod), Jerry Belich, Salsa Sterling, Kelvin Hatle, Molly Glover, Tim Uren, Scott Keever, Kristopher Carter

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 6

11:30pm

Revenge of the Nerdlesque (18+)
The nerdiest burlesque artists of the Twin Cities return to the HarmCon stage with a vengeance for another round of geek-infused burlesque and cabaret performance art! See characters from con loved movies, tv, books and comics in a whole new light. 18+ Panelists: Mona Montague, Holliedazzle, Sinasaurus Vex, Killjoy Rider, Opiumm Hayze, Anjela

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30am
Sheraton Gibson

11:30pm

Zombies and Life
Zombies are the main theme of the game - you are trying desperately to either find (or destroy) a cure to the Zombie Plague. Expect twists and turns in the plot. 3-day game, with opportunities for repeat players to advance, though new players are welcome. Panelists: Quinn Caerwyn (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 4:00am
DoubleTree 2207 Table A

11:30pm

Exploring the Multiverse (dance)
Tonight we offer musical stylings from several dimensions to get your dance, funk, and groove on. 11:30p - DJ Curium's Dance for Peculiar Con-goers WANTED: Witches, Wizards, Muggles, Tributes, Vampires, Aliens, Monsters and all other Beautiful Creatures. Be our guest as we step through the looking glass to transverse the fantastical world of soundtracks from shows and movies of all our favorite Young Adult books. Music for the young and the young at heart. 12:30a - DJ Kool AkiEM From underground mixtapes in the early nineties and the various Micranots releases, to 2006's Mixtape Deluxe, DJ Kool Akiem formerly of the Micranots and DJ for MF DOOM has been providing a steady diet of funk to the public for years now. 1:30a - Symone Smash-It Symone Smash It, the simulated space siren, is a vocalist, producer, and performer with 15+ years of experience in music and stage presence. Along with her producer, Eye Dyed, she's created the electronic space pop album "Symulation," and is set to claim the universe as her stage. 2:30a - DJ Nitrogen DJ Nitrogen has been a mainstay on the CONvergence main stage for years and has also opened for dozens of national touring acts. Nitrogen is a seven time winner at TwinCitiesNightclubs.com annual Twin Cities Best Club DJ contest and has been a resident at many of the top Twin Cities night clubs for well over a decade and will be playing a mix of many different electronic genres with the sole purpose of getting the room moving. 3:30a - Matt MacInnes Matt MacInnes (aka Machinnes) hails from Sweden and has been a DJ and producer for 20 years. A restrained playing style reveals deep and melodic tunes that often flow between electro, techno, and house; perfect for getting lost on the dance floor. Previous audiences include North Star Roller Girls, First Avenue, and Soundscene warehouse. 4:30a - Still awake? We probably are. Come ask for some songs and see what we'll play. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 5:30am
DoubleTree Main Stage

12:00am

CVG Teen Room
Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:00am - 1:00am
DoubleTree Lobby Conference Room

12:00am

Cinema Rex Movie 12
Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:00am - 1:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 4

12:00am

CoF2E2
Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:00am - 6:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 114

12:00am

Consuite
Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:00am - Sunday July 9, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree Consuite

12:00am

Smokers Paradise
Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:00am - Sunday July 9, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree Smokers Tent

12:00am

The Bridge
Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:00am - Sunday July 9, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree Shipside

12:30am

Excel Saga
Excel wants nothing more than to please her lord Il Palazzo, and Il Palazzo wants to take over the planet, so that's what Excel does. At least, she tries very hard. Excel's partner Hyatt does her best to contribute, but usually only succeeds in dying a lot. Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30am - 2:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

1:30am

Cinema Rex Movie 13
Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 1:30am - 4:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 4
 
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7:00am

Galaxy Express 999
At the last stop of the Galaxy Express 999, you can get an immortal mechanical body for free. Tetsurou Hoshino wants one to take revenge against his mother's murderer, and a mysterious woman offers him a free boarding pass if he agrees to travel with her. Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 7:00am - 9:00am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

7:00am

Parenting Lounge
Need a space at CONvergence to feed your infant or toddler, change diapers, or express milk? Parents and caregivers with infants, young children, or children with special needs as well as mothers and people who need to express milk. Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 7:00am - Sunday July 9, 2017 2:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 222

8:00am

Masquerade Performer Orientation
Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
DoubleTree Main Stage

9:00am

Angelic Layer
12-year-old Misaki Suzuhara just discovered Angelic Layer, a battling game using electronic dolls called angels. Even as a newbie, Misaki shows advanced skills as she meets new friends and enters tournaments to fight the greatest Angelic Layer champions in Japan. Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

9:00am

Masquerade Technical Rehearsal
Performers will be assigned a 15 minutes slot during this time. Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:00am - 4:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

9:00am

Registration
Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:00am - 10:00pm
DoubleTree Veranda 2

9:00am

9:00am

Programming Operations
Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:00am - Sunday July 9, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Normandale

9:30am

Table-top Catapults
You can't assault your neighbours with large projectiles, but what about marshmallows? Build an assortment of craft stick catapults ranging from a trebuchet to mangonel to a ballista. Panelists: Renee Petersen

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 2

9:30am

Giant Lizard Theater: Infinity Edition
From ancient dragons and dinosaurs to roaring atomic kaiju, anything goes in this open space panel on speculative poetry with the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association, exploring the themes of infinity and more! Bring your creativity! Panelists: Bryan Thao Worra, Lathan Murrell, Sandra Lindow (mod)

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Sheraton Whalon

9:30am

How to Attract an Audience
Marketing professionals and artists with a proven track record for generating buzz share their dos and don'ts when it comes to marketing art and convincing potential audiences to pick up your book, attend your show, or follow your podcast. Panelists: Anj Olsen, Harris O'Malley, Michael R Underwood, Tania Richter, Echo Martin

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 7

9:30am

Latinx Empowerment Through Latinx Heroes
Latinx characters like Suicide Squad's El Diablo, Rogue One's Cassian Andor, Young Avengers' America Chavez, & MCU's Claire Temple provide a heroic mirror for the Latinx community to see ourselves and our culture. Let's talk about why that's so important. Panelists: Bri Donovan (mod), SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE, Jai Nitz, Andrea Peraza, Clarissa Goldsmith

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 1

9:30am

Law in Sciece Fiction
Panelists discuss the role of law and government in various sci-fi properties. Possible topics could include anything from Robocop, Judge Dredd, and Minority Report to Star Wars, District 9, and V for Vendetta. Panelists: J. Boone Dryden (mod), J.C. Horvath, Derek "Duck" Washington, Jamie Riedesel, David Stegora

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Bloomington

9:30am

Logan Movie Fan Panel
Logan was the Wolverine movie we have been waiting for since Hugh Jackman first popped his claws in 1999. We'll discuss and celebrate the character's complete run, with emphasis on how Logan delivered on a promise 17 years in the making. Panelists: Aaron Coker, Severina Hein (mod)

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 6

9:30am

Modern Treknology
Which century is this? We have communicators, we can 3D print objects, we have practical applications for antimatter, and our computers talk back to us! Join us to discuss the ways that Star Trek has influenced the development of tech in our world. Panelists: Jen Riehm, Madeleine Vasaly, William Leisner, Ib Jensen, Heather Dickinson

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Edina

9:30am

Pokemon Go Fan Panel
Let's discuss the whole impact of this game. Panelists: Dirk Ykema, Rachel Pollack (mod), ERIK BLACKSTAD

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 3

9:30am

The Life of a Mermaid
Some Mermaids at CON will bring their tails for all to see in person. We will discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly about being a mermaid; discuss different tail types and artists; answer any questions our guests may have; and more! Panelists: Alyssa Adair, Tanja Page, Ashley Falenschek

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 2

9:30am

Reading - Anthony W. Eichenlaub
Panelists: Anthony Eichenlaub

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Sheraton Ames

9:30am

Cinema Rex Movie 14
Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:30am - 11:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 4

9:30am

U of M Raptor Center
See live raptors such as owls, hawks, and falcons and learn about them through a variety of hands-on props and activities. Panelists: Jody Wurl

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:30am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

9:30am

PFS - Ire of the Storm (part 3)
Pridon's Hearth is Sargava's newest colony, pushing the country's borders further south than ever before and attracting treasure-hunters, fortune-seekers, and troubled souls hoping for a fresh start. (Continues from TH / F) (Levels 1-5) Panelists: Pathfinder Society (mod)

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:30am - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table A

10:00am

Art Show
Quick sale available. Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 6

10:00am

Artist's Alley
Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sheraton Chadwick

10:00am

Brackenwald Studios
An independent scifi, fantasy, superhero artist, video editor, and writer. Hours approximate. Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 3

10:00am

10:00am

CoreCon/Anime Fargo/dCON
Three conventions in Fargo, ND. CoreCon: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Anime, Horror convention. Anime Fargo is North Dakota's only anime convention. dCON is Fargo's gaming exclusive convention. Hours approximate. Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 10

10:00am

Dealers Room
Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sheraton Bloomington Ballroom

10:00am

Gamer's Rhapsody
Video game convention going on four years celebrating video game art, music, and development and inspiring creative works, fostering a community, and providing unique experiences for the Twin Cities. Hours approximate. Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 6

10:00am

Gamer's Rhapsody
Video game convention going on four years celebrating video game art, music, and development and inspiring creative works, fostering a community, and providing unique experiences for the Twin Cities. Hours approximate. Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 5

10:00am

Geek By Numbers
A group of nerds, actors, models, and performers who have decided to join forces for the greater good! Hours approximate. Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 8

10:00am

Hot Chocolate Media
Minnesota-made media network dedicated to bringing geeky fun to the world through serial projects. Hours approximate. Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 9

10:00am

Just Enough Trope Media
Podcast network that hosts two geeky shows: The Just Enough Trope Podcast, a news/review and interview show about geek culture. Enterprising Individuals, a Star Trek news and discussion/interview show. Hours approximate. Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 4

10:00am

QueersPlay
Founded in 2014 to help create safer spaces in convention culture for the LGBTQ community. Hours approximate. Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 7

10:00am

Sony Affiliate for Spider-man Homecoming
Hours approximate. Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 2

10:00am

10:00am

AuxBridge
CONvergence Operations Auxilary Bridge Location. Convention questions answered. Comments and feedback heard. Daily Sheraton Lost & Found. Official CONvergence Safe Space. Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 10:00am - 8:00pm
Sheraton Quinn

10:00am

CVG Teen Room
Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 10:00am - Sunday July 9, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree Lobby Conference Room

10:00am

Volunteers Den
Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 10:00am - Sunday July 9, 2017 2:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 117

11:00am

Harisen Daiko Preview
A quick preview of the thundering taiko drums that await in Harisen Daiko's Sunday performance on Mainstage (home of the Taiko Sci Fi medley!). Stop by the garden court to get a taste of Harisen BRINGING THE BOOM! Panelists: Steve Sylvestre

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 11:30am
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

11:00am

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 11:55am
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

11:00am

Nalbinding
Knit like a viking! Come learn the needlework used by the Egyptians and the Vikings, and which predates knitting and crocheting by 2000 years. All it takes is a piece of yarn and a blunt needle. Panelists: Lori Baerg

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

11:00am

Avoiding Cultural Appropriation in World Building
Whether designing a game or writing a story, it's important to avoid appropriating cultures and perpetuating stereotypes of real-world peoples. We will examine common pitfalls, and discuss how to create truly original and authentic fictional worlds. Panelists: Joseph Jay-Dixon, Kenneth Justiniano, Morgan Strickland, Jen Riehm, Cam Banks (mod)

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

11:00am

Honorverse
David Weber's series is a well-regarded space opera. Come talk about what makes it a great story. Panelists: Michael Shappe, Kevin Horner (mod), Scott Lynch, Michael Carus, Garret Bitker

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

11:00am

How to Storyboard
A how-to session on the art of storyboarding for visual media. Panelists: Ian Truitner, Sean Berry, Kyle Dekker (mod), Vanessa Horrocks

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

11:00am

LEGO Batman
Did they get the LEGO world right? Did they get Batman right? How are things in the brick world going? Panelists: Samantha Bitner, Michael Zecca (mod), Courtney Azar, Christopher Jones, Meghan McManus

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

11:00am

Of a Certain Age
What stories feature older characters as the hero? How do these stories hook readers? What can you learn from them when the storyteller does the job well? Panelists: Lois McMaster Bujold, Lyda Morehouse (mod)

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

11:00am

Alabaster Stratocaster
with collaborator of 20 years Bless the Machines. Enjoy some awesome sci-fi music and a mesmerizingly weird alien dancer. Blend of live acoustic guitar singer-songwriter songs with prerecorded highly produced space operas. Panelists: Niles Randolph, Kevin Campbell

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

11:00am

I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Clue
This is a British radio game show: basically an excuse for four panelists and the host to play childish games for an hour. Come watch our panelists play Mornington Crescent and One Song to the Tune of Another! Panelists: Lee Harris, Paul Cornell, Tim Wick, Seanan McGuire, Caroline Symcox

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

11:00am

Superman: The Golden Age
Award-winning playwright phillip low has created an adaptation of Superman's earliest appearances! Come listen to a full-cast reading of Jerry Siegel's eccentric two-fisted street justice, dispensed by the ultimate interstellar immigrant. Panelists: Kelvin Hatle, Dawn Krosnowski, phillip andrew bennett low, Joshua Scrimshaw, Tim Uren

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

11:00am

Meet Geek Partnership Society
The local nonprofit GPS exists to support our local fan community. Find out how they can connect you to your fandoms and grow partnerships. Learn about their events and activities. Panelists: Ann Roubik

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

11:00am

Reading - Roy C Booth
Panelists: Roy C. Booth

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Ames

11:00am

Signing - Jessica Walsh
Panelists: Jessica Walsh

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

11:00am

Bridge Simulator Signups - Artemis / Valkyrie
Artemis room opens for signups. Players may sign up for one play per bridge per day. Signups open each morning for that day’s play. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2204

11:00am

Diamond Dust Dreams Game Demos
If you’ve never had the chance to try out Kitsune: Foxes and Fools or Bad Decisions, this is for you! Once you’ve played the original Kitsune game, head to the next table to play Diamond Dust’s newest game, Kitsune: Spirit Chase! Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table D

11:00am

Kitsune: Spirit Chase!
Those foxes are at it again! During an innocent prank, they let evil spirits loose from the shrine. Help them catch the spirits before the Elder Kitsune finds out! Panelists: Susan Price (mod)

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table C

11:00am

Oregon Trail Card Game
You have died of Chuck Norris. Wait, wrong game. Dysentery! That’s what you died of! Try to make it to the Willamette Valley in this cooperative take on one of the most iconic games ever. You probably won’t but you can try… Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

11:00am

VR Gaming Signups
Virtual Reality Gaming Room is open for signups – actual time slots will start at 12:30pm Panelists: Jennifer Bird (mod)

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2201

11:00am

Bodacious Space Pirates
Marika is a first year high school student. One day she finds out that her recently deceased father was once the captain of a space pirate ship. More importantly, only a direct descendent can inherit the captain's title - meaning that Marika is next in line to become a pirate captain. Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 1:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

11:00am

Marvel Legendary (+Expansions)
Deck Building Game set in the Marvel Comics Universe. Battle other players with heroes, villains, and if you’re strong enough, take on the Mastermind! Age 16+ Panelists: Eric R. Peterson

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 2:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table C

11:00am

LAN - League of Legends Tourney
One of the most popular games in the world. Team tournament matches will be held during the morning, with finals on Saturday afternoon. Also available for team play during open gaming/late night gaming. PERSONAL ACCOUNT REQUIRED** Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2208

11:00am

Masquerade Workmanship Judging
Performer judging times will be assigned. Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 4:00pm
DoubleTree MainStage Green Room

11:00am

MTG - Pre-Release - Hour of Devastation
The Hour of Devastation is at hand – Unleash your Endgame! Come play in a sealed-deck pre-release event for the second set in the Amonkhet block. 24 player maximum for this event. ($30 - event tickets at Dreamer’s Vault Games Dealer booth). Panelists: Dreamer's Vault Games (mod)

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 4:00pm
DoubleTree 2206

11:00am

PFS - Quests!
A series of one hour quests allowing new and experienced players to try out Pathfinder Society play! Panelists: Pathfinder Society

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table C

11:00am

PFS - The Godsmouth Heresy
Deep below the anarchic city of Kaer Maga, someone—or some thing—has begun stealing corpses from the city’s most prestigious tomb, the Godsmouth Ossuary. (Levels 1-2) Panelists: Pathfinder Society (mod)

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table B

11:00am

GPS Charity Auction
Bidding closes at 8:00 PM. Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 8

11:30am

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:30am - 12:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

11:30am

Cinema Rex Movie 15
(this showing is captioned) Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:30am - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

12:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:00pm - 12:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

12:00pm

CoF2E2
Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:00pm - Sunday July 9, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 114

12:00pm

Volunteers Den Massage Table
Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:00pm - Sunday July 9, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 118

12:00pm

Sensory Break Room
Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:00pm - Sunday July 9, 2017 1:00am
DoubleTree Atrium 5

12:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 1:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

12:30pm

Mini Nebula Jars
Have you ever wanted your own personal nebula? Now you can make one to wear everywhere! Panelists: Nikita Woltersen

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2