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Wednesday, July 4
 

9:00am

11:00am

Registration
Panelists:

Wednesday July 4, 2018 11:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Veranda 2

12:00pm

Art Show
Artist setup. Panelists:

Wednesday July 4, 2018 12:00pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 6

12:00pm

The Bridge
Panelists:

Wednesday July 4, 2018 12:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Shipside

6:00pm

Parties Primer
Panelists:

Wednesday July 4, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

9:00pm

Registration
Panelists:

Wednesday July 4, 2018 9:00pm - Thursday July 5, 2018 12:00am
DoubleTree Veranda 2

9:00pm

Volunteers & Information Table
Panelists:

Wednesday July 4, 2018 9:00pm - Thursday July 5, 2018 12:00am
DoubleTree CONvergence Central Vol Table
 
Thursday, July 5
 

8:00am

The Bridge
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 8:00am - Friday July 6, 2018 12:00am
DoubleTree Shipside

9:00am

Registration
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 9:00am - 10:00pm
DoubleTree Veranda 2

9:00am

10:00am

Art Show
Artist setup. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 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 5, 2018 10:00am - 8:00pm
Sheraton Quinn

10:00am

11:00am

Parties Primer
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

11:00am

LAN - Open Gaming
Open LAN gaming on the PCS in 2208 - come see what's new this year! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2208

11:00am

Dungeons and the Binding of Dragons (L1)
Rapid-fire dungeon crawl featuring D&D 3.5 ed. + added chaotic rules elements inspired by the Binding of Isaac game. Rebel against the demon overlords and free your enslaved people! This session starts at Level 1. Panelists: Andy Mullin (mod), Darin Vincent (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 11:00am - 2:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table E

11:00am

Zombicide Fantasy Era
Necromancers have unleashed a zombie invasion in the age of swords and sorcery! The plague has spread rapidly through the Orc ranks, and it’s up to your group of straggling adventurers to survive, take back the realm, and punish those responsible!! Panelists: Eric Peterson (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 11:00am - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table C

11:00am

PFS - Gallows of Madness (part 1)
Part One of a three-day module. The Abyss Approaches! Something wicked—and monstrous—stirs around the rugged Isgeri town of Saringallow, where the hated legacy of noble Chelish diabolists runs deep. Panelists: Pathfinder Society (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 11:00am - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table A

11:00am

MTG - Casual Play
Magic: the Gathering room open for casual play / playtesting / deckbuilding / etc. The room will not be staffed, but there will be tables and chairs available for Magic players looking to get decks built and/or tested prior to the weekend's events! Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 11:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree 2206

12:00pm

Gokudo
It all starts when Gokudo steals a pouch from a fortune teller, thinking it contains a gem. Instead, in contains a genie that grants Gokudo three wishes, but he doesn't think very hard about them. He does get his wishes, but not exactly in the way he expected. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

12:00pm

Open Use
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:00pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

12:00pm

12:00pm

Open
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Sheraton Garden Court

12:00pm

Sensory Break Room
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 5

12:00pm

CVG Teen Room
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:00pm - Friday July 6, 2018 12:00am
DoubleTree Atrium 3

12:00pm

Smokers Paradise
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:00pm - Friday July 6, 2018 12:00am
DoubleTree Smokers Tent

12:00pm

Volunteers Den Massage Table
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:00pm - Friday July 6, 2018 12:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 118

12:00pm

Open Use
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:00pm - Friday July 6, 2018 12:00am
DoubleTree Garden Court - Northwest

12:00pm

Programming Operations
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:00pm - Friday July 6, 2018 12:30am
DoubleTree Lobby Conference Room

12:00pm

Volunteers Den
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:00pm - Friday July 6, 2018 2:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 117

12:30pm

Advances in Agricultural Technology
Let's discuss the last year in agricultural science and legislation. Panelists: Richard Hurley, Jessica Miller, Laura Okagaki-Vraspir, Vernon McIntosh (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

12:30pm

Adventure in Short Stories
Recent years have seen a fantastic revival in short stories in both fantasy and science fiction. We'll discuss what makes a short story great and talk about some of the best and most experimental stories of recent years. Panelists: Kathryn Sullivan (mod), Tim Lieder, Meredith Gillies, Anthony W. Eichenlaub, Jei Herald-Zamora

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

12:30pm

Beyond John Williams
John Williams is the man, but he isn't the only one. Who are some other great composers of film scores? Panelists: Duck Washington, Dave Margosian, Kayla McGrady (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

12:30pm

I Volunteer as Tribute!
Volunteers. We love them. We need them. We couldn't succeed without them. And yet there's a special set of challenges when you depend on people who work for free. How do we get the job done without hurt feelings, missed memos, or dropped balls? Panelists: Sarah Barsness (mod), Mary McKinley, Chase Peterson, Echo Martin, Christopher Baye

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

12:30pm

Indie Superheroes
It's not just the Big 2 in the superhero game anymore. Independent and small-press comics, prose books, even dance companies are developing compelling new superhero narratives. Come talk about the superheros rising up outside DC and Marvel. Panelists: Gordon Purcell, Terry O'Brien, Sean Casey, Lee Blauersouth (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

12:30pm

Of Mindfulness and Madness
How can we be mindful in our current environment? How can we find peace when the world seems to be crumbling around us? Panelists discuss Zen, spirituality, and mindfulness in a time of neo-Nazis, Harvey Weinstein, and Trump. Panelists: Stef Bentley, Amanda Larsen, Justine Mastin, Renate Fiora (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

12:30pm

Sense8 Fan Panel
Cancelled but still popular. Talking about the series and our hopes for the final movie. Panelists: Amy Dekker, Sarah Molasky (mod), Ashley Myhre

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sheraton Whalon

12:30pm

Star Trek: The Next Generation Retrospective
A look back at the series that resurrected Trek for good. Panelists: Rich Wielgosz, Dana Baird, Gabriela Santiago, Steven Baumgartner

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

12:30pm

X-Files Season 11
Mulder and Scully are back for another season of The X-Files. How does it hold up to the rest of the series? In this panel we discuss what are the best and worst moments of the show's newest season and what lies in store for The X-Files in the future. Panelists: Danielle Indovino cawley (mod), Kristina Winn, Allyson Cygan, Stephan Stomberg, Brittany Kerschner

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

12:30pm

Reading - Aimee Kuzenski
Panelists: Aimee Kuzenski

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sheraton Ames

12:30pm

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

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm
DoubleTree 2205 Table B

12:30pm

Facepainting
If you've always wanted to be a cat, a dragon, or a superhero, we can make that happen! All ages. Panelists: Jim Shields, John Garner

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

12:30pm

LAN - League of Legends
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)

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2208

12:30pm

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 Terran Revenge Fleet! An amazing system will have you playing a character within 30 seconds! Panelists: Robert Cudinski (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table B

12:30pm

ChessWerks
See what it's like to play with three foot wood. Panelists: Eric Lamansky, Lydia Martin

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

12:30pm

Game Demos - Bad Decisions!
Come play Bad Decisions with the Diamond Dust Dreams game crew. They will also have Kitsune and Kitsune: Spirit Chase, but Bad Decisions is the focal point this year! How many days has it been since YOU made Bad Decisions? Panelists: Susan Price (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2201c

12:30pm

PFS - Heroes for Highdelve!
Highdelve is in danger, and only true heroes can save the day! Panelists: Pathfinder Society (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table B

12:30pm

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

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table C

12:30pm

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

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2203

12:30pm

Arkham Horror
In the midst of the Jazz age, during the celebration to end all celebrations after the war to end all wars, a dark shadow grows in the city of Arkham. The Ancient Ones lurk beyond space and time, at the gates between worlds. Those gates are opening... Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

12:30pm

My Little Pony: Festival of Lights
The ancient city of Umberfoal, beneath the Badlands in the Southern reaches of Equestria, needs your help! Will you have what it takes to restore Umberfoal and ignite the Festival of Lights after more than a thousand years? Panelists: Jeremy Thigpen (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table D

1:00pm

Artemis and Valkyrie Bridge Simulators
Come play in our Artemis Bridge Simulator! This is a cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members on a starship bridge.. Two bridge simulators are running, offset by a 30 min. In-person sign-ups are required. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 1:00pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2204

1:30pm

Project A-Ko 2: Plot of the Daitokuji Financial Group
Three weeks after the incident that left an alien ship balancing on top of Graviton City, A-Ko and the gang go on summer vacation. Meanwhile, the CEO of the Daitokuji Financial Group arms the local military with new mecha to attack the ship and obtain its advanced technology. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

2:00pm

Appeasing the Fans
How do you write in an established world without alienating the fan base? Panelists: Craig Smith, Mark Redacted (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

2:00pm

Assistive Technology and Speculative Fiction
How do devices which people today use to help them overcome disabilities overlap with the speculative fiction world? Panelists: Katarina Larsen, David Perry, Lee Blauersouth, Vetnita Anderson (mod), Renate Fiora

Thursday July 5, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

2:00pm

Build Your YouTube Following
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: Kat Surth, Lindsay Ellis, Steve Sylvestre (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

2:00pm

Deep Space Nine Fan Panel
Arguably the best Trek series of all time, it is 25 years old this year! How has it aged? Panelists: Jenny Stohl Powell, Cetius d'Raven (mod), Stef Bentley, Taylor Cisco, Brittany Kerschner

Thursday July 5, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

2:00pm

Going Into the Arts Against Advice
How do you pursue your dreams when everyone around you is discouraging you? Come get advice on pursuing your artistic career. Panelists: John Heimbuch, Curt Lund (mod), Satish Jayaraj

Thursday July 5, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

2:00pm

How to Say No to Your Editor
So you got a contract: congratulations! Now you need to defend your ideas against those without your vision. How do you do this and keep a positive relationship? Panelists: Madeleine Vasaly (mod), Lee Harris, Laura Anne Gilman, Kelly McCullough, Elizabeth Bear

Thursday July 5, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

2:00pm

Spider-Man: Homecoming Fan Panel
Let's talk about what might be the best Spider-Man movie ever. Panelists: Vincent Truitner, John Seavey, Keane Amdahl, Nathan Anderson (mod), Nolan Montcalm

Thursday July 5, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

2:00pm

Starving Artist (With Child)
Artists with children talk about how they’ve managed to follow their dream of pursuing the unforgiving artistic life while tackling the financial and scheduling challenges of raising a family. Panelists: Carl Zachmann, Amy Dekker, Lisa Snellings

Thursday July 5, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

2:00pm

Reading - Anne Lyle
Panelists: Anne Lyle

Thursday July 5, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Ames

2:00pm

The Chameleon
Bluff your way to a win in this game of deducton! If you’re “the Chameleon”, your job is to blend in,and deduce the secret word. If you’re NOT the Chameleon, your job is to expose the Chameleon - *without* giving away the secret word! Good Luck!! Panelists: Anna Peabody (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2201b

2:00pm

Dungeons and the Binding of Dragons (L2)
Rapid-fire dungeon crawl featuring D&D 3.5 ed + added chaotic rules elements inspired by The Binding of Isaac game. Come rebel against the demon overlords and free your enslaved people! Play in one session or all - this session starts at Level 2. Panelists: Andy Mullin, Darin Vincent (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table E

2:00pm

2D Con
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 2:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 3

2:00pm

Art Show
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 2:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 6

2:00pm

Artist's Alley
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 2:00pm - 7:00pm
Sheraton Chadwick

2:00pm

Artists Alley
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 2:00pm - 7:00pm
Sheraton Bloomington Ballroom Hall

2:00pm

Community Safety Programs
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 2:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 1

2:00pm

Dealers Room
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 2:00pm - 7:00pm
Sheraton Bloomington Ballroom

2:00pm

Fearless Comedy
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 2:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 6

2:00pm

NiCoral
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 2:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 4

2:00pm

Twin Cities Geek
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 2:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 2

2:00pm

Open Board Gaming
Boardgame library provided by our friends at the Source, with a couple of tables open for those who's like to play! Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 2:00pm - Friday July 6, 2018 2:00am
DoubleTree 2205 Table C

2:00pm

Sword of Air
Spinoff of the legendary Sword of Barakus CONvergence campaign, we start fresh at Level 1 – players may bring characters generated using the 25-point buy model (3.5 DMG) *or* can play a pre-generated character. Human or Demi-Human only, please. Panelists: Burl Zorn (mod), Jenna Touchette (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 2:00pm - Friday July 6, 2018 2:00am
DoubleTree 2205 Table A

2:30pm

Persona 4: The Animation
Shortly after Yuu Narukami's arrival in a small town, mysterious killings begin to occur on foggy days. At the same time, rumors about a strange television channel spread like wildfire; when staring into their TV screen at midnight, a person may see their soul mate. Yuu and his friends attempt to stop the murders by exploring the diabolical secret world of the Midnight Channel. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

2:30pm

Open Use
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 2:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

3:00pm

Cinema Rex Movie #1
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 3:00pm - 5:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

3:00pm

Costume Wars Registration
Registration Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 3:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central C

3:00pm

Masquerade Registration
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 3:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central

3:00pm

CoF2E2
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 3:00pm - Friday July 6, 2018 12:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 114

3:00pm

Consuite
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 3:00pm - Friday July 6, 2018 12:00am
DoubleTree Consuite

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! All ages. Panelists: Alicia Beck, Christina Gregerson

Thursday July 5, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

3:30pm

Radio Auditions
Auditions for Greg Weisman run radio play. 4-5 solo vocalists needed, in addition to speaking-only parts. Link to the music: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pk1no1u08yt2q71/AAC4VjUMtZj_laezMQZIcbhua?dl=0 Panelists: Christopher Jones, Greg Weisman, Kristopher Carter

Thursday July 5, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

3:30pm

AI in Fiction and Reality
In this panel we will discuss the differences between fictional artificial intelligence and the real thing. How are they different and which of the dangers that fiction warns us about are real? Panelists: Stephanie Zvan, Anthony W. Eichenlaub (mod), Vernon McIntosh, Lee Blauersouth, Walter Parker

Thursday July 5, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

3:30pm

Asian Dramas (Asian TV Shows)
Come learn about and geek out over Asian dramas. Learn where to find them and how they differ from Western dramas. Panelists: Electra Vincent (mod), Christina Early, Niklas Gamble, Krystal Kubiszewski, Amy Dekker

Thursday July 5, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sheraton Ames

3:30pm

Death Note Fan Panel
Are you a fan of Death Note? With the release of the American Netflix version released last year, let's talk about what we loved and didn't care for in Death Note manga, anime, & movies. Panelists: Lyda Morehouse (mod), Kristopher Pflipsen, Susie Kline, Jei Herald-Zamora

Thursday July 5, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sheraton Whalon

3:30pm

Globalization of Hollywood
As countries outside North America, particularly China, continue to grow their box office muscle, how has globalization changed Hollywood's approach to making movies and what does it mean for the future of film? Panelists: Adam Lueck, Vincent Truitner, Matt Gamble (mod), Rakhi Rajpal

Thursday July 5, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

3:30pm

History of the North Country Gaylaxians
North Country Gaylaxians does book discussions, party rooms, and has brought Gaylaxicon (and ConFABulous) conventions to Minnesota. This panel discusses the history of the organization, how it has affected LGBTQ fandom in Minnesota and how it has evolved. Panelists: Claudia Slovacek, Donald Kaiser (mod), Victor Raymond

Thursday July 5, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

3:30pm

Kill It If You Have To
Are we holding onto our pop culture past too tightly? By not letting go of our childhood ideals of Star Wars, Spielberg, and everything 80's, are we forcing the current generation to grow up in the nostalgic fever dream of Generation X? Panelists: Kevin Eldridge, Charlene Holm, Adam Momsen, Caleb Schultz, Gregory Parks

Thursday July 5, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

3:30pm

Ready, Steady, Flash!
Four 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. The audience votes on the best. New for 2018: A special bonus round, and it's scary! Panelists: Paul Cornell, Melinda Snodgrass, Wesley Chu, Amal El-Mohtar, Lee Harris

Thursday July 5, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

3:30pm

Science Education Watershed Moments
It's been a great 20 years for science education. What were the moments which helped students go from "Huh?" to "Eureka!" Panelists: Renate Fiora (mod), PZ Myers, Jessica Miller, Melanie Reap, michelle cadieux

Thursday July 5, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

3:30pm

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, Gabriel Olson-Musel, Melanie Galloway, Simon Gibson, Heather Sigstad, Laura Kreft, Kyle Anderson, George Richard, Chris Kickhafer, Aaron VanderGiessen, Kevin Ehrler, Bill Hedrick

Thursday July 5, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

3:30pm

Physics of Infinity Stones
Power, Space, Time, Mind, Soul, and Reality - Jim Kakalios describes the real physics behind the stones that empower Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet. Panelists: James Kakalios

Thursday July 5, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

3:30pm

Codenames
Rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents, but teammates ONLY know their Codenames. Spymasters give one-word clues, Teammates guess words of the right color ... avoiding both words of the wrong color *and* the assassin! Panelists: Anna Peabody (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2201b

3:30pm

LAN - Open Gaming
Open LAN gaming on the PCS in 2208 - come see what's new this year! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2208

3:30pm

Roll Player (Minions & Monsters)
Compete to create the greatest fantasy adventurer – roll and draft dice to assemble character attribute scores. Purchase weapons and armor to outfit your hero. Train to gain skills and discover your hero’s traits to prepare them for their journey. Panelists: Eric Peterson (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table C

4:00pm

The Asterisk War
Ayato Amagiri just transferred into one of the most elite schools for Genestella in the world, where students learn to control their powers and duel in entertainment battles. Ayato, however, has no real interest in dueling - he has a secret motive for joining this prestigious school. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

4:00pm

Parenting Lounge
Need a quiet space at CONvergence to feed your child, change their diapers, express milk, get them a nap, or simply gather your wits? The Parenting Lounge is available all day to parents and caregivers with infants, young children, and children with special needs.

The Parenting Room contains a changing table, bassinet, baby swing, infant support pillows, and quiet forms of entertainment such as coloring books and childrens’ toys. Children must be attended at all times.


Thursday July 5, 2018 4:00pm - Friday July 6, 2018 2:00am
Cabana 222

4:30pm

Mythica Games
Come play Legends of Draxia and Feats of Madness with Mythica Games folks! Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 4:30pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table B

4:30pm

Open Use
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 4:30pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

5:00pm

Pipecleaner Dragons and Critters
Amazing Soft Sculpture Artist Julie Bowman will be teaching all ages how to make wonderful creatures from the Flexible Master of Craft Materials...the Pipecleaner. Modifications are also shown and it can get crazy from there. All ages. Panelists: MythJulie

Thursday July 5, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

5:00pm

Aging in Pop Culture
Fresh off the heels of Logan and before Indiana Jones 5, panelists discuss pop culture’s handling of aging. As CONvergence turns 20, it’s a good time to remember we’re all getting older. What does that mean for us in the pop culture world? Panelists: Tim Lieder, Mary Jo Pehl, Gregory Parks

Thursday July 5, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

5:00pm

Breaking the Holographic Ceiling: Female Leadership in Star Trek
Ever since Number One in "The Cage", there have been many great female leaders in the Star Trek universe. Let's talk about their evolution. Panelists: Taylor Cisco, Laura Okagaki-Vraspir (mod), Aaron Coker, Brittany Kerschner, Jennifer Manna

Thursday July 5, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

5:00pm

Evolution of the Vampire
How has the western concept of vampires changed over the past two hundred years? How did the demands of fiction and drama alter a much older tradition to make it more marketable, and why are we still fascinated? Panelists: John Heimbuch, Brian Forrest (mod), bricklyn holtgrave, Amanda Alexander, Dana Baird

Thursday July 5, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

5:00pm

Fandom First
Geekdom and speculative fiction are often at the forefront of progressive movements. How does pop culture influence the real world? Panelists: David Perry, Josiah Mannion (mod), Vetnita Anderson, Justine Mastin, Renate Fiora

Thursday July 5, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

5:00pm

Handmaid's Tale
Atwood's 1985 dystopian novel, now a Hulu series, about a US overthrown by a totalitarian Christian theocracy continues to ring true amid the events of this decade. Panelists: Danielle Indovino cawley, Miriam Krause, Kris Coulter, Laura Bidgood (mod), Sarah Molasky

Thursday July 5, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

5:00pm

In Terry Gilliam's Wildest Dreams
Let's talk about the demented (in a good way) mind of Terry Gilliam. Starting with his trilogy of imagination ("Time Bandits", "Brazil", and "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen") and going up through his latest picture, "The Zero Theorem". Panelists: Alexis Nordling, Niles Schwartz, Garrick Dietze, Michael Carus (mod), Kt Schaefer

Thursday July 5, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

5:00pm

Putting the CON in Consent
Let's talk about enthusiastic consent, particularly in fandom spaces. We'll be looking at how to ask for consent from partners, ranging from photos to romance. Panelists: Harris O'Malley, Michelle Farley, Antoinette Pajak, Rakhi Rajpal (mod), Kerry Peterson

Thursday July 5, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

5:00pm

Keeping Up with the Cardassians
A makeup demo! Using new and interesting materials, Special Effects Makeup Artist Bill Hedrick will transform his volunteer into one of the Cardassians (from Star Trek, not reality TV), showing techniques and products you can use for your cosplay. Panelists: Bill Hedrick, Hal Bichel

Thursday July 5, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

5:00pm

Mars Rovers Past and Present
Actual Rocket Scientist and Alumni Guest of Honor Bridget Landry reviews what we've learned from past Mars rover missions and looks at what's to come! Panelists: Bridget Landry

Thursday July 5, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

5:00pm

Reading - Cath Schaff-Stump
Panelists: Cath Schaff-Stump

Thursday July 5, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sheraton Ames

5:00pm

Matrix Tag
Will you help Neo win the war for Zion or Agent Smith to subjugate humans? Red pill or blue pill? Do both! Matrix Tag is played in the hallways of the con and is designed for adults and teens. But what is it? You must experience it for yourself. Panelists: Shannon Green

Thursday July 5, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

5:00pm

GPS Charity Auction
Preview only. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 8

5:00pm

Dungeons and the Binding of Dragons (L3)
Rapid-fire dungeon crawl featuring D&D 3.5 ed + chaotic rules elements inspired by the Binding of Isaac game. Come rebel against the demon overlords and free your enslaved people! Play in one session or ALL sessions - this is the Level 3 session. Panelists: Andy Mullin (mod), Darin Vincent (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 5:00pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table E

5:00pm

LAN - Starcraft and SC2
Starcraft and SC2 in LAN gaming – Bot stomps, Versus modes, and the new co-op mode in Starcraft 2. **PERSONAL ACCOUNT REQUIRED** Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 5:00pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree 2208

5:00pm

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

Thursday July 5, 2018 5:00pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table C

5:00pm

SFS - Starfinder Society - Adventure
A five-hour adventure for Starfinder Society play! Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 5:00pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2203

5:00pm

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

Thursday July 5, 2018 5:00pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table B

5:30pm

Not-So-Silent-Planet Open Mic Sign-Up
Sign up to participate in the Not-So-Silent-Planet Open Mic Panelists: Ben San Del

Thursday July 5, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Sheraton Gibson Hall

5:30pm

The Fandom Menace
Lost your saucer? Your space nuts gone far-out? Went where no man has gone before? The Fandom Menace will help you navigate with a Spocktacular video and music show featuring classic themes from your (parents'?) favorite SF & fantasy movies and TV shows. Panelists: Nick Rezmerski

Thursday July 5, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

5:30pm

Cinema Rex Movie #2
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

5:30pm

Basilisk
The centuries-long war between the Iga and Kouga ninja clans is stopped by order of the powerful warlord Ieyasu Tokugawa. Years later, the heirs of the two clans have fallen in love. They aim to bring real peace through their marriage, but their hopes are dashed when flames of rivalry between their clans are reignited, and they are dragged into another war. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

6:00pm

Big Fun Radio Funtime
Big Fun Radio Funtime presents old time radio plays for a new time audience. Sit back, close your eyes, and let the funny sounds transport you to different places and times. There might be aliens, vampires, monster trucks, or even shoe salesmen but it will all be fun. Maybe even Big Fun! Presented by Fearless Comedy Productions. Panelists: Tim Wick

Thursday July 5, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

6:00pm

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. (Event tickets $15 at Dreamer’s Vault Games Dealer booth). Panelists: - Dreamer's Vault Games (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 6:00pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2206

7:00pm

Animated Paper Circuits
Come enjoy some electrical theory while building animated LED circuits using paper! Presented by Spark Y. All ages, under 10 may need assistance. Panelists: Destiny Ziebol

Thursday July 5, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

7:00pm

The Not-So-Silent Planet: A Speculative Open-Mic
Have you ever imagined a world whose laws of physics differ from our own? Welcome to the Twin Cities’ first open-mic dedicated to speculative fiction! Sign up for 5-7 minutes and tell us about a place of which we’ve never dreamt. Panelists: phillip low, Ben San Del

Thursday July 5, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

7:00pm

American Gods Fan Panel
Taking a look at the first and next season of American Gods. Panelists: Laura Bidgood, Lauren Wells, Anthony Pecoraro, Christina Myers (mod), Jim Tincher

Thursday July 5, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

7:00pm

Ash vs.the Evil Dead Fan Panel
Panelists: Jennifer Manna (mod), Matt Allex, Megan Slawson

Thursday July 5, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

7:00pm

Avengers: Infinity War Fan Panel
Thanos is on the war path and the Avengers and their allies are the only ones who stand (and may fall?) in his path. Join us for a discussion of the film that's the beginning of the end of Marvel Studios's Phase Three! Panelists: Aaron Coker (mod), Keely Cooper, nick jaworski, Eric Zawadzki, Satish Jayaraj

Thursday July 5, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

7:00pm

Climate of Westeros and Essos
Climate models use real physical processes and can be used to simulate the climate of the world portrayed in Game of Thrones. What parts of that world are similar to Earth? Discuss the effects of global warming on such cities as Braavos or King's Landing. Panelists: Craig Smith, Jessica Miller, Michael Zecca (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

7:00pm

Cute Animals in Science Fiction
What are the most adorable alien species? From tribbles to whatever those things in Episode VIII are. Panelists: Nicole LaBat, Brittany Kerschner (mod), Kris Coulter, Amy Stomberg, Tim Liebe

Thursday July 5, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

7:00pm

Friends of Bill W
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

7:00pm

Mapping the Landscape
Fantasy writers and fans discuss the importance of maps in fantasy fiction. Panelists: Kathryn Sullivan, Ruth Berman, Jamie Riedesel (mod), Anne Lyle

Thursday July 5, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

7:00pm

Masculinity Detox
Let's talk about deconstructing, dismantling, and destroying the detrimental, malicious impact of hegemonic masculinity (and other forms of negative masculine expression) within the geek community. Panelists: Lee Cygan, Elliott Dean, Harris O'Malley (mod), Stef Bentley, Antoinette Pajak

Thursday July 5, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

7:00pm

Speculative Biology 101
Biologists explain the "real science" behind sci-fi and fantasy universes' various life forms. Panelists: PZ Myers, Laura Okagaki-Vraspir, Vernon McIntosh (mod), Renate Fiora (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

7:00pm

Opening Ceremony
It's a glamorous red-carpet extravaganza as we welcome our many Guests of Honor to the Doubletree for four days of fabulous fandom! This star-studded affair will get you pumped up to celebrate the 20th anniversary of CONvergence like nothing else. Master of Ceremonies Tim Wick is joined by Connie for an award show like no other. Panelists: Kurt Larson, Eleanor Arnason, Elizabeth Bear, Wesley Chu, Paul Cornell, Amal El-Mohtar, Lee Harris, Kelly McCullough, Mary Jo Pehl, Victor Raymond, Lisa Snellings, Melinda Snodgrass, Greg Weisman, Michael Wilson, Dawn Krosnowski, Vincent Truitner, Tamora

Thursday July 5, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

7:00pm

Reading - Mark McPherson
Panelists: Mark McPherson

Thursday July 5, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheraton Ames

7:00pm

Munchkin Tournament - Round 1
Tournament-flavor Munchkin - get your card game on with CONvergence’s annual Munchkin Tourney, run by our Steve Jackson Games rep, Man in Black Andy Mullin. Rules explained at each session. This event will take place on tables 2202c and 2202d. Panelists: Andy Mullin

Thursday July 5, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table C

7:00pm

Cinema Rex Movie #3
This showing is captioned Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 7:00pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

7:30pm

Klingon Wedding
Experience the great Klingon bonding of the souls of two warriors! Rarely seen and never forgotten! The gods will fear, howl, and tremble! The union of Alex and Ra will be sealed by the elders of the Klingon Empire. Panelists: Bill Hedrick

Thursday July 5, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

7:30pm

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
Lelouch Lamperouge, exiled prince of Britannia, finds himself caught in the crossfire when Japanese resistance forces attempt to regain independence. A mysterious girl gives him Geass, the "Power of Kings," which allows him to escape and seek revenge against Britannia. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

8:30pm

13 Reasons Why
A panel of experts in Sexual Assault, Suicide, and Teenage Mental Health will gather to discuss the issues presented on the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why. Panelists: Taiana Hayes, Elizabeth Reynolds (mod), Justine Mastin, Lydia Ricard

Thursday July 5, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

8:30pm

Babylon Five Fan Panel
Babylon 5: the series that pioneered the idea of the arc and the long-term plan, as well as breaking ground in many other ways. Let's talk about it on the 20th anniversary of it's finale. Panelists: Alexandra Howes (mod), Craig Finseth (mod), Jon Olsen, Mark Goldberg, Kirsten Roepke-Karsen

Thursday July 5, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

8:30pm

Dealing with Social Anxiety at Convergence
We love Con, but many struggle. Social anxiety affects many CONvergence attendees and it can greatly affect the CON experience. Let's talk about ways to get through the con and have the best possible experience while dealing with social anxiety. Panelists: Jason Dean, Stephanie Zvan (mod), Justin Lewis, Rob Callahan, Kelso Rowland

Thursday July 5, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

8:30pm

Every Country has a Monster
We'll look at monsters from other countries and how other cultures portray ghosts, vampires, and other classic creatures. Panelists: Ty Blauersouth (mod), Melissa Olson, Amanda Alexander, Jay Seevers

Thursday July 5, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

8:30pm

Justice League & the DC Cinematic Universe
Following up on the success of Wonder Woman, did the DC universe continue to right the ship with the Justice League film? Panelists: Mariah Kaercher, Craig Smith, Dave Margosian (mod), Taylor Cisco, Tim Liebe

Thursday July 5, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

8:30pm

Religion in TV Fiction
Shows like "American Gods", "Last Kingdom", "Game of Thrones" and many more address the issues of religion and the gods we've believed in. Share your beliefs of how religion is used in televised fiction. Panelists: Eowyn Ward, Josiah Mannion, Brandy Danaki, Elliot Besmann, Michael Carus (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

8:30pm

Representation Matters
Why is seeing someone who looks like us is important in media? Panelists: Rory Ni Coileain, Jonathan Palmer, Cat Choy (mod), Rakhi Rajpal, Morgan Strickland

Thursday July 5, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

8:30pm

Swamp Thing: Roots to Branches
Created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson in 1971, Swamp Thing is a character that has been touched by many creators: Alan Moore, Brian K. Vaughan, Grant Morrison, and recently, Scott Snyder. Hear how the character has changed. Panelists: Dani Torrents, Kevin Eldridge, Lathan Murrell, Sean Casey (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Sheraton Ames

8:30pm

Virtual Gender in Video Gaming
Are avatars representing real or idealized body types or ideas? Does diversity exist during character creation? What companies are doing a good job? Panelists: Elliott Dean, Erik Blackstad, Lee Cygan, Lara Richardson (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Sheraton Whalon

8:30pm

Women in STEM - The Road Not Taken
Women in STEM fields who got to where they are by taking the long way around. What advantages and hardships did they run into along the way? What advice can they give people who are on a similar path? What struggles do they face as women in their field? Panelists: Sarah Molasky, Heather Dickinson, Kris Coulter, Melanie Galloway, Sarah O'Connor (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

8:30pm

David Perry
David Perry plays folk, rock, country, and Celtic from a weird mix of originals and covers. Be ready to shout, "Hit Somebody!" Panelists: David Perry

Thursday July 5, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

8:30pm

Smackdown 2018: Beverage Mascot Blitzkrieg
Drink delegates turn deadly, as our board of beverage buffs determine which will kill and which will be spilled! Panelists: Tim Wick (mod), Tim Uren, Melissa Kaercher, Christopher Jones, Duck Washington, Joseph Scrimshaw, Kelvin Hatle, Paul Cornell, Lindsay Ellis

Thursday July 5, 2018 8:30pm - 9:45pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

8:30pm

LAN - Open Gaming
Open LAN gaming on the PCS in 2208 - come see what's new this year! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 8:30pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2208

8:30pm

Ticket to Ride
Come build the North American Railroad! Balance greed (for more types of rail cars) with fear (of losing a coveted route to a competitor). Do you have what it takes to be the next Rail Baron with the most coveted Ticket to Ride? Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 8:30pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

8:30pm

Modify Your T-Shirt
Bring an old t-shirt, and turn it into a new style of top, or into a bag or a scarf. Or use one from our stash. All ages, under 10 may need assistance. Panelists: Electra Vincent, Katie Nave, Angie Anderson

Thursday July 5, 2018 8:30pm - Friday July 6, 2018 12:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 2

9:00pm

Space Lounge
Is your party in need of rest, refreshment, entertainment, or enhancement? Space Lounge is the intergalactic way station of the future you've been questing for. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 9:00pm - Friday July 6, 2018 2:00am
DoubleTree Veranda 8

9:30pm

Doomkitten and Dogbone (18+)
Doomkitten & Dogbone are the comedy music duo you never knew you needed in your life. For mature listeners with childlike humor who enjoy big words. You can find them at www.facebook.com/Doomandbone and https://doomkittendogbone.bandcamp.com/releases. Panelists: Doomkitten, Dogbone

Thursday July 5, 2018 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

9:30pm

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans
A representative of the Martian independence movement is targeted for assassination by Earth's military peacekeeping organization. The attack might turn out to be the catalyst that leads Mars' army of child soldiers to forge their own destiny. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 9:30pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

10:00pm

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 5, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

10:00pm

Attack the Block Fan Panel
Have you seen this movie featuring some actors you would recognize from Doctor Who? Panelists: Alexis Nordling, Tim Lieder, Charlene Holm, Damarra Atkins (mod), Tim Liebe

Thursday July 5, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

10:00pm

Community Fan Panel
NBC's Community was a bastion of pop culture references, incredible humor, and meta-fun. This panel will explore the nerdiest parts of the show's six seasons (and a movie?) and attempt to discover all the tiny Easter eggs we missed the first time around. Panelists: AlysshaRose Jordan, Jacob Gulliver (mod), David Brennan

Thursday July 5, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

10:00pm

Flirting 101
Flirtation is just one part of human interaction, but so many of us don't understand it. We interact so much more than just vocally. Recognizing body language and facial expressions can not only help with romance but also in the rest of your life. Panelists: Michelle Farley, Catherine Buechner, Sonni de Soto, Harris O'Malley, Rakhi Rajpal

Thursday July 5, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

10:00pm

Guests Uncensored
Put the kids to bed and come to this panel where our Guests of Honor talk about anything they want to talk about....anything. Panelists: Melinda Snodgrass, Lee Harris, Greg Weisman, Paul Cornell, Victor Raymond

Thursday July 5, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

10:00pm

IT Fan Panel
Let's discuss and compare the Stephen King book, "IT", with the 90s mini-series and the recent film. How and why things were changed and updated. Panelists: Matt Allex, Molly Glover, Megan Slawson, Ian Bryan (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

10:00pm

Painting Miniatures
Want to know where can you get the best miniatures, what paints should you use, and an explanation of dry brushing? This panel is for you. Panelists: Laura Thurston, Deborah Spiesz, Michael Carus (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheraton Ames

10:00pm

Supernatural Fan Panel
Still going after all these years! What's keep the series alive in the hearts of its fans? Will it ever jump the shark (or has it already done so)? Panelists: Nicole LaBat (mod), Jennifer Lundstrom, Jennifer Manna, Brittany Kerschner, Justine Mastin

Thursday July 5, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

10:00pm

Video Games That Need to Die
What video game franchises just need to go away? Panelists: Kieran Stomberg, Ryan Placzkowski (mod), Stephan Stomberg, Michael Spaulding

Thursday July 5, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

10:00pm

Why Do We Ship?
Geeks love to ship characters. Why do we do it and what are some of our favorite characters to ship? Panelists: Donavon Indovino Cawley, Susan Willson, Teresa Kramer, Christina Myers, Katherine Berger Tremaine

Thursday July 5, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

10:00pm

Not-So-Silent Planet: A Speculative Podcast (Season Finale!)
Welcome to the Twin Cities' very own podcast dedicated to original speculative fiction! Join us for our FINAL show, and have your jaded chuckles recorded for posterity. Panelists: phillip low, Ben San Del, Pat Harrigan, Joshua Scrimshaw

Thursday July 5, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

10:00pm

Sci-Fi Erotica Read-Aloud
Grab your friends and join us as we dive into another carefully curated selection of the "best" in scifi erotica. Panelists: Kristina Winn, Katie Rodriguez MacInnes, Kate Cornish, Katherine Affeldt, Scott Raleigh, Molly Hair, Windy Bowlsby

Thursday July 5, 2018 10:00pm - 11:15pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

10:00pm

Everyone is John
A game about a man with voices in his head – this competitive tabletop game has players bidding for control of John in order to complete their “voice”’s obsessions as many times as possible. The voice with the most completed obsessions wins. Panelists: Tim Koon (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 10:00pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table D

10:00pm

LAN - 18+ Open Gaming
Grown-up open gaming time on the LAN PCs – put the kids to bed and come join the geeky fun! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 10:00pm - Friday July 6, 2018 2:00am
DoubleTree 2208

11:00pm

Horror Show Hotdog Horror Shorts Festival
The crew of the locally produced podcast Horror Show Hotdog has curated shorts to be shown at the Twin Cities Horror Festival. They’ve chosen their favorites from past festivals to be shown in Cinema Rex. Panelists: Matt Allex, Megan Slawson

Thursday July 5, 2018 11:00pm - Friday July 6, 2018 12:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 4

11:00pm

A Roundabout with Zombies
Ever want to not just kill the zombies, but work with a team? If so, this is the late-night game for you! Panelists: Quinn Caerwyn (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 11:00pm - Friday July 6, 2018 3:00am
DoubleTree 2201a

11:30pm

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

Thursday July 5, 2018 11:30pm - Friday July 6, 2018 12:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 1

11:30pm

Blade's 20th Anniversary
1998 marked the unlikely beginnings of the superhero boom with the release of "Blade", starring Wesley Snipes. Let's spend an hour talking about the movie, the franchise, and the world it created. Panelists: Craig Smith, John Seavey, Jonathan Palmer, Matt Gamble (mod), Lathan Murrell

Thursday July 5, 2018 11:30pm - Friday July 6, 2018 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 7

11:30pm

Bug-Out Bag
How to make your own bug-out bag to prepare for the zombie apocalypse. Panelists: Kristina George, Nick Krekeler (mod), Holly Chamas, Tanya -, nick jaworski

Thursday July 5, 2018 11:30pm - Friday July 6, 2018 12:30am
Sheraton Ames

11:30pm

Geeky Stuff in Therapy
Come hear about how therapists have incorporated nerdy interests into their therapy practices, and how therapy clients have used their geeky interests in their pursuit of better mental health! Panelists: Maddie Coulter (mod), Jasmine Marshall, Justine Mastin, Taiana Hayes, Lee Blauersouth

Thursday July 5, 2018 11:30pm - Friday July 6, 2018 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 2

11:30pm

Gothic Fiction
The science fiction/fantasy genre was born on a dark and stormy night with Frankenstein. What other dark and lovely fiction is out there today? Panelists: Melissa Olson, Tim Lieder, Amanda Alexander, Brittany Kerschner (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 11:30pm - Friday July 6, 2018 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 4

11:30pm

It's a CONvergence CONspiracy!
Your favorite conspiracy theorists are back, and this time, we're exposing the truth behind CONvergence itself. 20 years of fandom and fun? More like 20 years of dark, hidden conspiracies! Don't attend this panel unless you can handle The Truth! Panelists: Molly Glover, Nick Glover, Tim Wick, Jeremy Stomberg

Thursday July 5, 2018 11:30pm - Friday July 6, 2018 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 6

11:30pm

Kink Talk
A discussion on the social mechanics of engaging in fetish play and relationships. How you mentally plan out goals. How to initiate discussions on play. Talking about various kinds of play practice and safety and fun. Panelists: Anj Olsen, Lauren Wells, Sonni de Soto, Christopher Baye, Michael Carus (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 11:30pm - Friday July 6, 2018 12:30am
DoubleTree Edina

11:30pm

Misogyny in the Geek Community
Casual misogyny is a huge problem in our nerd/geek world. This panel will be about how our culture has become more mainstream, how the sexism in our communities has become more noticeable, and what we can do to fight back. Mansplanning denied! Panelists: Lara Richardson, Harris O'Malley, AlysshaRose Jordan, Michelle Farley, Cat Choy (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 11:30pm - Friday July 6, 2018 12:30am
DoubleTree Bloomington

11:30pm

The Gifted Fan Panel
"The Gifted" is a live-action show set in the X-Men universe. Is it a success and is it a sign of where the X-Men property can evolve away from comics canon? Panelists: Jim Radloff (mod), Dirk Ykema, Julia Celley

Thursday July 5, 2018 11:30pm - Friday July 6, 2018 12:30am
Sheraton Whalon

11:30pm

Cinema Surgery
Junkfood Cinema host Brian Salisbury and programmer Adam Lueck take a scalpel to three of their favorite cult films suffering from a bad case of schlockitis. In the course of the show, the guys will see if they can stitch together a healthier Hollywood. Panelists: Brian Salisbury, Adam Lueck

Thursday July 5, 2018 11:30pm - Friday July 6, 2018 12:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 3

11:30pm

Zwaremachine
Live electronic band performance combining visuals with custom lighting and stage design for a unique venue experience. Zwaremachine are known for various stunts including walking through walls, time-shifting, and designing futuristic sonic weaponry. Panelists: Ryan Ruckus, Mach Fox, Adam01

Thursday July 5, 2018 11:30pm - Friday July 6, 2018 12:30am
Sheraton Gibson

11:30pm

Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings
Two best friends encounter a creature that claims he can grant wishes if they agree to become magical girls and fight witches. Fighting is dangerous, but the appeal of a wish is too strong to ignore. Soon, they are confronted with the harsh truth behind their powers and the ultimate price of their wishes. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 11:30pm - Friday July 6, 2018 1:00am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

12:00am

CVG Teen Room
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 12:00am - 1:00am
DoubleTree Atrium 3

12:00am

Cinema Rex Movie #4
This showing is captioned Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 12:00am - 2:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 4

12:00am

Icosahedron Wonderland (dance)
Our Thursday night dance features a scramble of our DJs serving up tasty portions of retro dance, mashups, classic club songs, and featuring a block of electro-swing music to spin around our dance floor to. See the video signage outside our room for additional information and schedule updates. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 12:00am - 5:00am
DoubleTree Main Stage

12:00am

CoF2E2
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 12:00am - 6:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 114

12:00am

Consuite
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 12:00am - Saturday July 7, 2018 12:00am
DoubleTree Consuite

12:00am

Smokers Paradise
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 12:00am - Saturday July 7, 2018 12:00am
DoubleTree Smokers Tent

12:00am

The Bridge
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 12:00am - Saturday July 7, 2018 12:00am
DoubleTree Shipside

1:00am

Penguindrum
For the Takakura family, destiny is an ever-spinning wheel. When their little sister is miraculously saved from death by a souvenir penguin hat, twins Kanba and Shouma are sent on a wild goose chase for the Penguin Drum by the entity residing in the hat. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 1:00am - 2:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

2:00am

Cinema Rex Movie #5
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 2:00am - 4:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 4
 
Friday, July 6
 

7:00am

The Wonderful World of Puss 'n Boots
Pero, a sword-wielding musketeer cat, is guilty of the ultimate crime: rescuing mice from certain doom. On the run, he befriends a boy who is mistreated by his family. While seeking their fortune, they encounter a beautiful princess and must save her when she is kidnapped. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 7:00am - 8:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

8:30am

A Journey Through Fairyland
Michael loves to garden, but it constantly makes him late for orchestra practice and he gets kicked out of music school. Asleep that night, he meets a fairy who takes him to fairyland, where both flowers and music come alive. His interests might not be mutually exclusive, after all. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

9:00am

Open
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
Sheraton Garden Court

9:00am

Open Use
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

9:00am

Open Use
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 9:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

9:00am

Registration
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 9:00am - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Veranda 2

9:00am

9:00am

Open Use
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 9:00am - Saturday July 7, 2018 12:00am
DoubleTree Garden Court - Northwest

9:00am

Programming Operations
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 9:00am - Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30am
DoubleTree Lobby Conference Room

9:00am

Parenting Lounge
Need a quiet space at CONvergence to feed your child, change their diapers, express milk, get them a nap, or simply gather your wits? The Parenting Lounge is available all day to parents and caregivers with infants, young children, and children with special needs.

The Parenting Room contains a changing table, bassinet, baby swing, infant support pillows, and quiet forms of entertainment such as coloring books and childrens’ toys. Children must be attended at all times.


Friday July 6, 2018 9:00am - Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00am
Cabana 222

9:30am

Geek Craft: Ornaments and Lights
It is never too early to decorate your favorite spaces. Make pretty, decorative spheres slathered in glue and comics. Make pretty, decorative "Guiding Lights" or Night Lights that look like your favorite animal, plant, or superhero. Or do both! All ages. Panelists: Angie Anderson, Dierdre Schultz

Friday July 6, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 2

9:30am

Anime for Kids
Panelists: James Horvath (mod), Jessica Silver

Friday July 6, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 2

9:30am

Cooking for Geeks
We'll discuss making meals at home that will feed your inner nerd. Panelists: Brian Hinshaw, Stef Bentley, Ryn Yee, Hertzey Hertz, Adam Poetter (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Edina

9:30am

Cosplay Tips
Come get ideas for how to make your hall costume stand out. Panelists: Laura Oliver, Sara Huebschen, Amy Dekker, Rae Lundquist, Michael Wilson

Friday July 6, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 1

9:30am

Geeks at School
How to fly your geek flag at school. Panelists: Raederle Sterling (mod), Renate Fiora, Taiana Hayes, Jei Herald-Zamora

Friday July 6, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 7

9:30am

George Lucas Retrospective
Has George Lucas gotten a bad rap? Panelists look back on his complete works and discuss whether all the hatred over the last 20 years has been justified or overblown. Panelists: Vincent Truitner, Matt Gamble, bricklyn holtgrave, Kyle Dekker

Friday July 6, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 6

9:30am

In Defense of: Timothy Dalton as James Bond
Was Timothy Dalton all that bad? Come and argue with us. It will be fun. Panelists: John White, Ty Blauersouth, Lyda Morehouse (mod), Nathan Anderson, Jeremy Stomberg

Friday July 6, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Bloomington

9:30am

Local Businesses
If you want to buy local, here are some businesses you should support. Panelists: Elise Matthesen, Elizabeth Jankowski, Anj Olsen, Art Allen (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 3

9:30am

Not My Fandom
This panel of "experts" will discuss Supernatural, Doctor Who, Twin Peaks, & Game of Thrones. Come ask questions but expect frustrating answers, as the only knowledge they have about the subject matter comes from memes, T-shirt sayings, & fanfic. Panelists: Autumn Patterson, Elisabeth Doree, Stephanie Doree, Kate Schmidt, Curt Lund (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 4

9:30am

Reading - Abra Staffin-Wiebe
Panelists: Abra Staffin-Wiebe

Friday July 6, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Sheraton Ames

9:30am

Reading - Naomi Kritzer
Panelists: Naomi Kritzer

Friday July 6, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Sheraton Whalon

10:00am

Azumanga Daioh
There certainly isn't a shortage of peculiar girls in Yukari-sensei's homeroom class. Their many adventures are filled with constant laughter, surreal absurdity, and occasionally even touching commentary on the bittersweet, temporal nature of high school. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

10:00am

Cinema Rex Movie #6
This showing is captioned Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

10:00am

Costume Wars Registration
Registration Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central C

10:00am

Masquerade Registration
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central

10:00am

Artist's Alley
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sheraton Chadwick

10:00am

Artists Alley
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sheraton Bloomington Ballroom Hall

10:00am

10:00am

Dealers Room
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sheraton Bloomington Ballroom

10:00am

2D Con
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 3

10:00am

Art Show
Quick sale available. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 6

10:00am

10:00am

Fearless Comedy
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 6

10:00am

NiCoral
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 4

10:00am

Twin Cities Geek
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 2

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 6, 2018 10:00am - 8:00pm
Sheraton Quinn

10:00am

10:00am

CVG Teen Room
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00am - Saturday July 7, 2018 12:00am
DoubleTree Atrium 3

10:00am

Volunteers Den
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00am - Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 117

11:00am

Art-Go-Round
Artists of skill level from novice to professional collaborate to make art master pieces using various media. Open to all ages. You might even get to go home with an amazing picture! All ages. Panelists: John Garner, Nikita Woltersen, Vincent Truitner

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

11:00am

Space Lounge: Just-One-Hour Electric Elevensies!
Be ye halfling, centaur, goblin, or fae- if you hunger for piles and piles of phat beats, feast upon Just One Hour Electric Elevensies on the dance floor. One hour of getting down in our electronic underground. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Veranda 8

11:00am

A Wrinkle in Time Movie
Come discuss the latest adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's novel. Panelists: Dee Eisel (mod), Ty Blauersouth, Raederle Sterling, Christina Myers, Elizabeth Bear

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

11:00am

Acting for Stage, Screen, and Microphone
What are the differences between voice, stage, and screen acting? How do you change your processes and performances to fit the medium? Panelists: Marina Sirtis, Brian Forrest (mod), Aimee Kuzenski, Greg Weisman, Dawn Krosnowski

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

11:00am

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

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

11:00am

Creativity
Are just certain people creative? Can creativity be learned and practiced? What are the benefits and drawbacks of being creative? We will discuss the topic and share some tips and warnings. Panelists: Jon Olsen (mod), Lauren Addy, Holly Chamas, Lisa Snellings, Satish Jayaraj

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

11:00am

Empire of the Petal Throne
The land of Tekumel is one of the oldest and most detailed gaming worlds and the Tekumel Foundation is dedicated to preserving and promoting this. Come and hear from the panel what's new, what is coming out, and some secrets only the insiders know. Panelists: Victor Raymond, Bob Alberti, David Walbridge

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

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: Dante Carter, Michael Bearfoot, Erik Haggstrom, Timmy Nguyen, Stephen Ronning, Birch Hansen

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

11:00am

Sealion's Guide to Logical Fallacies
Getting frustrated by circular or pointless arguments on the internet? This is the panel for you! This panel of pseudo-experts will discuss the Logical Fallacies and other frequently employed tactics to derail civil discussion and ruin conversations. Panelists: Molly Glover, Nick Glover, Tim Wick, Gregory Parks, Brianne Bilyeu, Stephanie Zvan

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

11:00am

T'ai Chi
Twin Cities T'ai Chi Ch'uan Studio (tctaighi.org) offers a T'ai Chi session(s) at CONvergence. Panelists: Kimberly Husband

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

11:00am

Women of the New Star Wars
Looking at all the kick ass women we’ve been getting in the Star Wars universe. Panelists: Katarina Larsen, Amal El-Mohtar, Keely Cooper, Teresa Kramer, Amy Stomberg

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

11:00am

World Building
How do you create a world in which your characters lives and operate? What questions need to be asked and answered? Panelists: Danith McPherson (mod), Kelly McCullough, Elisa Hansen, Ytasha Womack, Jamie Riedesel

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

11:00am

Candles Enough
We are an eclectic mix of filk, pop, and parodies. We believe there is light at the end of any tunnel, and sometimes that light is giggling. Our set is intended to be comfortable for people with sensory sensitivity. Find us at: facebook.com/candlesenough Panelists: Sarah Ravely, Kelly Reich

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

11:00am

Reading - Tamora Pierce
Panelists: Tamora Pierce

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Ames

11:00am

Signing - Anne Lyle
Panelists: Anne Lyle

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

11:00am

Signing - Cath Schaff-Stump
Panelists: Cath Schaff-Stump

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

11:00am

LAN - Open Gaming
Open LAN Gaming on the PCs in 2208 – come on up and warm up for the day's tournaments! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2208

11:00am

Munchkin Tournament - Round 2
Tournament-flavor Munchkin - get your card game on with CONvergence’s annual Munchkin Tourney, run by our Steve Jackson Games rep, Man in Black Andy Mullin. Rules explained at each session. This event will take place on tables 2202e and 2202f. Panelists: Andy Mullin (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table E

11:00am

Mythica Games
Come play Legends of Draxia and Feats of Madness with Mythica Games folks! Panelists: Jimmy Sanders (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table B

11:00am

Roadkill Rally
Gentlemen, start your engines! Pedestrians, watch your @$$es! Death Race in a card game – the winner is determined by the size of your gun and the speed of your ride - what's more American than that? 3-6 players, all materials provided. Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

11:00am

Saber Legion Tournament
Watch The Saber Legion's best fighters fight for the chance to be the TSL CONvergence tournament champion! www.saberlegion.org Panelists: Terry Birnbaum, Brian Williams, Kristen McConnell, Micheal Brudenell, Jimmy Sourile, Charley Cummings, Aaron Rahkola

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
Sheraton Garden Court

11:00am

Marvel Legendary (with Expansions)
Deck-building game set in the Marvel Comics Universe (MCU). Battle other players with heroes, villains, and if you’re strong enough, take on the Mastermind! Panelists: Eric Peterson (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00am - 2:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table C

11:00am

MTG - Dominaria Draft
Booster draft with Dominaria. Come Home to Dominaria – a plane with its own deep and storied past. ($15 - event tickets at Dreamer’s Vault Games Dealer booth). Panelists: - Dreamer's Vault Games (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00am - 3:00pm
DoubleTree 2206 Table A

11:00am

Let's Play D&D 5th ed.
Ever wanted to experience D&D or get your role-playing fix? In this newcomer-friendly game, we create a party of first-level adventurers and take them through a brief adventure. Panelists: Charles Roberts (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00am - 4:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table D

11:00am

PFS - Gallows of Madness (part 2)
Part Two of a three-day module. The Abyss Approaches! Something wicked—and monstrous—stirs around the rugged Isgeri town of Saringallow, where the hated legacy of noble Chelish diabolists runs deep. Panelists: Pathfinder Society (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00am - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table A

11:00am

GPS Charity Auction
Bidding open. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 8

11:00am

Artemis and Valkyrie Bridge Simulators
Come play in our Artemis Bridge Simulator! This is a cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members on a starship bridge.. Two bridge simulators are running, offset by a 30 min. In-person sign-ups are required. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00am - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2204

12:00pm

Best of 2017 Midwest Sci-Fi Short Film Festival
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

12:00pm

Ouran High School Host Club
Looking for a quiet place to study, honor student Haruhi Fujioka stumbles upon the Host Club, where the school's handsomest boys with too much time on their hands entertain young ladies who also have too much time on their hands. By a comedy of errors, Haruhi is forced to join the club. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

12:00pm

Sensory Break Room
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 12:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 5

12:00pm

CoF2E2
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 12:00pm - Saturday July 7, 2018 12:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 114

12:00pm

Volunteers Den Massage Table
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 12:00pm - Saturday July 7, 2018 12:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 118

12:30pm

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. Judges may include some of the Guests of Honor. Ages 13+. Panelists: Heather Bufkin

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

12:30pm

CONvergence Time Capsule
CONvergence is twenty years old! What was happening in 1999 when our convention started--top movies, TV shows, books and more? Panelists: Elise Matthesen, Jon Olsen (mod), Miriam Krause

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sheraton Whalon

12:30pm

Fat Positivity & Representation
Fat bodies are everywhere in real life, but where do we see them reflected in the media? What can we do to contribute to fat representation and create body-positive spaces within our communities as fans, creators, and people? Come join our discussion. Panelists: Diana Fitzwater (mod), Catherine Buechner, Jasmine Marshall, Echo Martin, Genevieve Alberti

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

12:30pm

Kids Ask a Writer
Specifically for kids - ask writers about what they do and how they do it. Panelists: Roy Booth, Chrysoula Tzavelas, Tyler Tork (mod), Mary Jo Pehl, Abra Staffin-Wiebe

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

12:30pm

Laughing (at/with) (the) (G/g)od(s)
Aristophanes and Moliere. Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett. Monty Python and South Park. Throughout history, comedians have found religion to be a fertile ground for satire. Where should lines be drawn when wrestling with the most profound of truths? Panelists: phillip low (mod), Hertzey Hertz, Elliot Besmann, Amanda Larsen, Elizabeth Ess

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

12:30pm

Parents and Kids Meetup
Open meet up for kids and their parents to mingle, share ideas, and make friends. Panelists: Madeline Fleigle-Lee, Fiona Furlong, Danielle Robinson

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

12:30pm

Suitable For Everyone?
Age is meaningless when content is awesome. Where's the fine line between child and adult programming? What makes YA YA? Panelists: Katarina Larsen, Tamora Pierce, Raederle Sterling (mod), Greg Weisman, Meredith Gillies

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

12:30pm

Superhero Movies - Are They Done Yet?
There are a lot of super hero films coming out these days. When does that trend end and how soon should it? Panelists: John Seavey, Dave Margosian (mod), Keane Amdahl, Nolan Montcalm, Eleanor Arnason

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

12:30pm

Surviving as a Writer
It's hard being a genre writer, especially after your first piece has been published or purchased. We'll cover what you do next and how you can both function and have fun along your chosen career path. Panelists: Laura Anne Gilman (mod), Craig Smith, Adam Whitlatch, Melissa Olson, Wesley Chu

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

12:30pm

The Orville Fan Panel
Panelists: Michael Zecca (mod), Jeanne Mealy, Laura Okagaki-Vraspir, Walter Parker, Justin Grays

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

12:30pm

Ionosphere Casting Shadows
When does a guitar not sound like a guitar? Todd Madson's soothing ambient space guitar soundscapes allows for a way to de-stress from a day of panels, people, and activity. Expect a special tribute to the late con photographer Baron Dave Romm. Panelists: Todd Madson

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

12:30pm

Physics of Everyday Things
Based on his latest book, Jim Kakalios will explain the basic physics that surrounds us in our daily life - from toasters to flat screen TVs to wrist fitness monitors. Panelists: James Kakalios

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

12:30pm

Reading - Amal El-Mohtar
Panelists: Amal El-Mohtar

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sheraton Ames

12:30pm

Signing - Marina Sirtis
Panelists: Marina Sirtis

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table D

12:30pm

Signing - Melinda Snodgrass
Panelists: Melinda Snodgrass

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

12:30pm

Signing - Michael "Knightmage" Wilson
Panelists: Michael Wilson

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

12:30pm

Signing - Naomi Kritzer
Panelists: Naomi Kritzer

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table C

12:30pm

Mystic Vale
A dying king has cursed the Valley of Life, and your clan of druids seeks to restore the land. Mystic Vale is both deck-building and card-building. Panelists: Carl Patten (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm
DoubleTree 2205 Table B

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! Panelists: Dante Carter, Michael Bearfoot, Erik Haggstrom, Timmy Nguyen, Stephen Ronning, Ashley Ronning, Birch Hansen

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Outdoors

12:30pm

Dungeons and the Binding of Dragons (L4)
Rapid-fire dungeon crawl features D&D 3.5 ed. + chaotic rules inspired by the Binding of Isaac game. Come rebel against the demon overlords and free your enslaved people! Play in one session or all sessions. Bring your own character or we'll supply one. Panelists: Andy Mullin (mod), Darin Vincent (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table E

12:30pm

LAN - League of Legends
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 6, 2018 12:30pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2208

12:30pm

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 Terran Revenge Fleet! An amazing system will have you playing a character within 30 seconds! Panelists: Robert Cudinski (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table B

12:30pm

ChessWerks
See what it's like to play with three foot wood. Panelists: Eric Lamansky, Lydia Ricard

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

12:30pm

Game Demos - Bad Decisions!
Come play Bad Decisions with the Diamond Dust Dreams game crew. They will also have Kitsune and Kitsune: Spirit Chase, but Bad Decisions is the focal point this year! How many days has it been since YOU made Bad Decisions? Panelists: Susan Price (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table F

12:30pm

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

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table B

12:30pm

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

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table C

1:00pm

Cinema Rex Movie #7
with English subtitles Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

1:30pm

Kung Fu Fighting
The geeks of the East and the West must unite and fight, to see whose Kung Fu is better! Come play Kung Fu Fighting the game of cinematic martial arts mayhem. Six will do battle! One will prevail! Ages 13 & up, all materials provided. Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

1:30pm

Steam Century Mystery
Come play in this year's Steam Century Mystery - all are welcome, costumes encouraged! Use your investigative talents to discover clues, piece together evidence, and thwart vicious evildoers in style! Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 1:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree 2201

2:00pm

Pop Up Cards
Learn how to make your own pop up greeting cards with one of our Guests of Honor. All ages, under 10 may need assistance. Panelists: Lisa Snellings

Friday July 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

2:00pm

Book Club - Truitner/Cisco/low
Guest of Honor Vincent Truitner and Invited Participants Taylor Cisco and phillip andrew bennett low invite you to listen to and discuss their works. Panelists: Vincent Truitner, phillip low, Taylor Cisco

Friday July 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Ames

2:00pm

Cosplaying as a Family
How does costuming change when you're trying to please a whole bunch of people, rather than just yourself. Oh, and all of the costumes have to work together and be ready at the same time. Panelists: Katarina Larsen, Amy Fischer, Deb Brazil, Steven Theiss, Amanda Fineran

Friday July 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

2:00pm

Dinosaur Fan Panel
Like dinosaurs? So do we! Come discuss your favorites and what they mean to you. Panelists: Matt Kessen, Cynnthia Verbrugge, Elizabeth Bear, Adam Poetter (mod), Eleanor Arnason

Friday July 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

2:00pm

Evolution of a Book Series
How does one published book become a trilogy, then a series, then a media franchise? Panelists: Craig Smith, Patrick Tomlinson (mod), Wesley Chu, Kelly McCullough

Friday July 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

2:00pm

Gargoyles
A panel about Gargoyles with involved Guests of Honor. Panelists: Greg Weisman, Marina Sirtis

Friday July 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

2:00pm

Highlander Fan Panel
Come celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Highlander series - there can be only one (unless we want to mention Highlander: The Raven while we're at it). Panelists: Cetius d'Raven (mod), Adam Whitlatch, Lee Fillingsness, Renate Fiora

Friday July 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

2:00pm

How to be a Good Ally
People of Color will explain how you can be an good ally to improve race relations in the geek community. Panelists: AlysshaRose Jordan (mod), Cat Choy, Rakhi Rajpal, Rita Walaszek, Victor Raymond

Friday July 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

2:00pm

Riffing
Making fun of movies isn’t as easy as it sounds. Panelists: Duck Washington, Bill Stiteler (mod), Meghan McManus, Mary Jo Pehl, Tim Liebe

Friday July 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

2:00pm

Rise and Fall of Joss Whedon
He’s a geek icon, but after the lukewarm receptions of Age of Ultron and Justice League, and following the affair scandal and accusations of false feminism, is it time to stop worshiping at the alter of Joss? Panelists: Rachel Traynham, Tim Lieder, Josiah Mannion, Miriam Krause (mod), Sarah Molasky

Friday July 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

2:00pm

Shieldmaidens of Geekdom
Discuss the need and purpose of creating spaces for those who identify as female to meet other females/femmes to participate in geek-orientated activities such as The Source's Shieldmaiden Sundays. Panelists: Chandra Reyer, Meredith Gillies, Lisa Olson, Elspeth Lee, Taiana Hayes

Friday July 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

2:00pm

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: Miss Shannan Paul, Paul Cornell, Lee Harris, Jerry Belich, Dawn Krosnowski, Sharon Stiteler, Tim Wick (mod), Nick Glover, Molly Glover, Melissa Kaercher

Friday July 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

2:00pm

Tanya Brody
Tanya Brody once again graces HarmCon with her special blend of original and traditional folk, with a few fun covers thrown in for good measure. Hear her sing some favorite tunes, and learn a few new ones, as she accompanies herself on harp and guitar. Panelists: Tanya Brody

Friday July 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

2:00pm

Signing - Jim Kakalios
Panelists: James Kakalios

Friday July 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

2:00pm

Signing - Tamora Pierce
Panelists: Tamora Pierce

Friday July 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table C

2:00pm

Full Metal Panic!
Sousuke Sagara must go undercover at a high school to protect Kaname Chidori, a girl with mysterious powers. He was raised on a battlefield and has no idea how to act like a normal student; luckily, he's much more useful in a gunfight. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

2:00pm

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: David Bianchi

Friday July 6, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

2:00pm

Open Board Gaming
Boardgame library provided by our friends at The Source and table space open for those who are looking for a quick game Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 2:00pm - Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00am
DoubleTree 2205 Table C

2:00pm

Sword of Air
A spinoff of the legendary Sword of Barakus CONvergence campaign, we start fresh at Level 1 – bring characters generated using the 25-point buy model (3.5 DMG), *or* play a pre-generated character. Humans & Demi-Humans only, please! Panelists: Burl Zorn (mod), Jenna Touchette (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 2:00pm - Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00am
DoubleTree 2205 Table A

2:30pm

Costume Wars Orientation
If you have registered for the Costume Wars Show, come line up and get last-minute tips for the show. Panelists: Michael Wilson

Friday July 6, 2018 2:30pm - 2:45pm
Sheraton Garden Court

3:00pm

King of New York
There’s *always* something to do in the Big Apple. The lights, the shows, the energy … or is it the giant monsters demolishing everything in sight? Come play as your favorite monster and dish out some mayhem in the City that Never Sleeps! Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

3:00pm

Cinema Rex Movie #8 w/GoH Vin Truitner
Guest of Honor Vin Truitner will say a few words before the film and then stick around for a Q&A after to discuss his work on the movie. Panelists: Vincent Truitner

Friday July 6, 2018 3:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

3:00pm

Costume Wars
Costume Wars performance. Panelists: Michael Wilson

Friday July 6, 2018 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Sheraton Garden Court

3:00pm

MTG - Battlebond 2HG Event
Welcome to Battlebond – a Magic: the Gathering set specifically designed for 2-Headed Giant (team) play! Recruit a trusted partner, and fight together for glory! ($30 - event tickets available at Dreamer’s Vault Games Dealer booth) Panelists: - Dreamer's Vault Games (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 3:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree 2206 Table A

3:00pm

MTG - Standard Constructed
Standard Constructed Magic: the Gathering. Standard-legal decks only, please. Players are responsible for knowing current banned and restricted lists! ($10 – event tickets at Dreamer’s Vault Games Dealer booth) Panelists: - Dreamer's Vault Games (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 3:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree 2206 Table B

3:30pm

Newtonian Ducky Races
Do you have what it takes to get your rubber ducky to the finish line first? Build your duck a custom car utilizing basic physics and then race it against other ducks. All ages, under 10 may need assistance. Panelists: Sandy Darst, Geoff Wessendorf, James Kakalios

Friday July 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

3:30pm

Cosplay Project Management
Any costume is a project with distinct pieces, each with their own timelines. How do you break down the process and create realistic timelines and budgets? Do you already have the skills or are you learning something new? Panelists: Ty Blauersouth, Paul Haga, Kaerie -, Dana Baird (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sheraton Whalon

3:30pm

Crafting an Elevator Pitch
Coming up with that paragraph that will sell everyone on your great idea is pivotal to make it a reality, whether it's a play or the next better mouse trap. How's it done? Get advice from creators in various fields. Panelists: Lana Johnson (mod), Taylor Cisco, Melinda Snodgrass, Lee Harris

Friday July 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

3:30pm

How Did I Get Here?
The path to success can be direct or a long and winding road. Listen to some of our Guests of Honor share their stories. Panelists: Lindsay Ellis, Victor Raymond

Friday July 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

3:30pm

Keeping Creatively Energized
How do you keep the creative ideas flowing? How do you continue to create? Panelists: Emilie Peck, Cath Schaff-Stump, Deborah Frethem, Wesley Chu, Abra Staffin-Wiebe

Friday July 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

3:30pm

Kids Ask a Scientist
Specifically for kids - scientists answer your questions about science. Panelists: Steven Theiss, Jessica Miller, Laura Okagaki-Vraspir, Steve Sylvestre, Renate Fiora (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

3:30pm

Life Cycles of the Inanimate
Biological things are born grow and die. But what about ideas, books, fashion, or even conventions? Do they follow a similar path? Do similar rules apply? Panelists: Sarah Soderlund, Lisa Snellings, Craig Finseth

Friday July 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

3:30pm

Stranger Things: Season 2
Let's just spend a little more time with 80’s nostalgia and kids in peril! Panelists: David Brennan (mod), Sarah O'Connor, Kevin Eldridge, Kiah Nelson, Meghan McManus

Friday July 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

3:30pm

The Third Doctor
Let’s take a closer look at the third Doctor, played by John Pertwee. Panelists: Bryon Stump, Paul Cornell, Gabriela Santiago (mod), Justin Lewis, Tim Liebe

Friday July 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

3:30pm

We Deliver!
Comedians will tell you: it’s all about the delivery. Storytellers, emcees, comics, and spoken word performers provide their best tips and tricks for effective onstage delivery. Panelists: Elizabeth Ess, Stephan Stomberg, Ben San Del (mod), Mary Jo Pehl, Miss Shannan Paul

Friday July 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

3:30pm

Scott Keever
Scott Keever is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who specializes in solo guitar from Celtic to Balkan, jazz to classical. He has performed regionally with Cats Laughing, Lojo Russo & Funks Grove, Zurround, The Sweet Colleens, and Orkestar Bez Ime. Panelists: Scott Keever

Friday July 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

3:30pm

Reading - Ytasha Womack
Panelists: Ytasha Womack

Friday July 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sheraton Ames

3:30pm

Signing - Amal El-Mohtar
Panelists: Amal El-Mohtar

Friday July 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

3:30pm

Signing - Greg Weisman
Panelists: Greg Weisman

Friday July 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table C

3:30pm

Signing - Kelly McCullough
Panelists: Kelly McCullough

Friday July 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

3:30pm

LAN - Open Gaming
Open LAN gaming on the PCs in 2208 - warm up for Overwatch, get in a little League of Legends, or check out Starcraft2! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2208

3:30pm

Mythica Games
Come play Legends of Draxia and Feats of Madness with Mythica Games folks! Panelists: Jimmy Sanders (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table B

3:30pm

Shootin' Ladders
This is NOT the Chutes & Ladders you remember! Arm your gingerbread man with the best guns you can find, and do unto others (but do it first) while climbing up ladders and sliding down chutes! Panelists: Eric Peterson (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table C

3:30pm

Signing - Marina Sirtis
Panelists: Marina Sirtis

Friday July 6, 2018 3:30pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table D

4:00pm

Log Horizon
After the latest update of the MMORPG Elder Tale prevents the players from logging out, socially awkward college student Shiroe sets out to discover the limits of his new reality. He must learn to work with players and NPCs alike to bring stability to the virtual city. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

4:30pm

Open Use
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 4:30pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

5:00pm

Art of the Dress Costume Runway Show
Art of the Dress is the show for costumers who want an opportunity for their outfits to be seen in front of an audience but don’t wish to participate in the structured judging of Masquerade. Come show off your cosplay under the bright lights of our stage for all to appreciate! Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 5:00pm - 5:30pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

5:00pm

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: Kristin Grandt, Scott Grandt, Melissa Green, Marit Hanson, Holly Johnson, James Sammartano, Jill McTavish, Christopher Stephan, Tristan Stephan, Vanessa Stephan, Steve Sylvestre, Frederick Sylvestre, Al Zdrazil

Friday July 6, 2018 5:00pm - 5:30pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

5:00pm

Radio Auditions
Auditions for Greg Weisman run radio play. 4-5 solo vocalists needed, in addition to speaking-only parts. Link to the music: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pk1no1u08yt2q71/AAC4VjUMtZj_laezMQZIcbhua?dl=0 Panelists: Christopher Jones, Greg Weisman, Lee Harris, Kristopher Carter

Friday July 6, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

5:00pm

Zombify Your Plushie
Julie Bowman will show you how to turn a cute and adorable Plush Creature into an even cuter and more adorable Plush Zombie. All ages, under 10 may need assistance. Panelists: MythJulie

Friday July 6, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

5:00pm

Ticket to Ride
Come build the North American Railroad! Balance greed for more types of rail cars with fear of losing a coveted route to a competitor. Do you have what it takes to be the next Rail Baron with the most coveted Ticket to Ride? Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

5:00pm

Casual Chat with Guest Authors
Guest of Honor authors answer audience questions and chat about whatever is on their minds. Panelists: Eleanor Arnason, Elizabeth Bear, Amal El-Mohtar, Tamora Pierce

Friday July 6, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

5:00pm

Character Actors
Let's gush about some of our favorite actors who aren’t leads. Panelists: Alexis Nordling, Matt Gamble, Brandy Danaki, Nathan Anderson (mod), Brian Salisbury

Friday July 6, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

5:00pm

Clothes Make the Character
Learn how costuming and costume design can reveal or conceal information about characters in fiction. Panelists: Ty Blauersouth (mod), Danith McPherson, Rae Lundquist, Peregrine Johnson

Friday July 6, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

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

Friday July 6, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

5:00pm

Enterprising Individuals Live!: The Measure of a Man
Picard defends Data in a trial for his right to exist! Join us for a live taping of the Enterprising Individuals podcast as we talk with Melinda Snodgrass about writing Star Trek: The Next Generation's first truly great episode, "The Measure of a Man!" Panelists: Ella Pearson, Aaron Coker, Bridget Landry, Gabriela Santiago (mod), Melinda Snodgrass

Friday July 6, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

5:00pm

Marvel Villain Retrospective
Villains are, arguably, one of the weaknesses of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Which villains have really worked and which have fallen short? Panelists: Jess Banks, Keely Cooper, John Seavey (mod), Kelly McCullough, bricklyn holtgrave

Friday July 6, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

5:00pm

That Doctor Looks Like a Lady
Doctor Who has finally cast its die with a female lead. What do we like about the new direction of the series? Panelists: Michael Shappe, David Brennan, Alexander Seymour, Anne Lyle (mod), Justin Lewis

Friday July 6, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

5:00pm

Batman: the Golden Age
Award-winning playwright phillip low has created an adaptation of the Batman's earliest appearances! Come listen to a full-cast reading of Bill Finger's self-made world's great detective. Panelists: Kelvin Hatle, phillip low (mod), Joshua Scrimshaw, Tim Uren, Duck Washington

Friday July 6, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

5:00pm

Reading - Taylor Cisco
Panelists: Taylor Cisco

Friday July 6, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sheraton Ames

5:00pm

Signing - Paul Cornell
Panelists: Paul Cornell

Friday July 6, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

5:00pm

Signing - Roy C Booth
Panelists: Roy Booth

Friday July 6, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table C

5:00pm

Signing - Ytasha Womack
Panelists: Ytasha Womack

Friday July 6, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

5:00pm

Munchkin Tournament - Round 3
Tournament-flavor Munchkin - get your card game on with CONvergence’s annual Munchkin Tourney, run by our Steve Jackson Games rep, Man in Black Andy Mullin. Rules explained at each session. This event will take place on tables 2202e and 2202f. Panelists: Andy Mullin (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table E

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! ($10 - Event tickets available at Dreamer’s Vault Games Dealer booth) Panelists: - Dreamer's Vault Games (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree 2206 Table B

5:00pm

Dungeons and the Binding of Dragons (L5)
Rapid-fire dungeon crawl features D&D 3.5 ed. + chaotic rules inspired by the Binding of Isaac game. Come rebel against the demon overlords and free your enslaved people! Play in one session or all sessions. Bring your own character or we'll supply one. Panelists: Andy Mullin (mod), Darin Vincent (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table C

5:00pm

Firefly (board game)
Based on the Firefly TV series: Start with a captain and a ship. Hire and equip a crew to find and complete jobs to keep flying while avoiding deadly Reavers, Alliance Patrols, and other captains who may be pirates, or even do some pirating yourself. Panelists: Stan Carlson (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 5:00pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table B

5:00pm

LAN - Overwatch
Overwatch ended the crisis, and helped maintain peace, inspiring an era of exploration, innovation, and discovery. But, after many years, Overwatch was disbanded. Now, conflict is rising again - are you with us? **PERSONAL ACCOUNT REQUIRED** Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 5:00pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree 2208

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. OH, THE INSANITY! Panelists: Robert Cudinski (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 5:00pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table D

5:00pm

PFS - Pathfinder Society - Adventure
A five-hour adventure for Pathfinder Society play! Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 5:00pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table C

5:00pm

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

Friday July 6, 2018 5:00pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table B

5:30pm

Poetry Slam Sign-Up
Sign up for Poetry Slam event. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Sheraton Gibson Hall

5:30pm

Cirque de Vingt
Help Celebrate 20 years with CONvergence's very own circus! Witness performances of many styles: belly dance, acrobats, comedy, sideshow, and high flying aerial artists--all with signature geeky themes of course! Step right up to the Mainstage, these are acts not to miss! Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

5:30pm

Random Fractions
This Chicago-area duo blends guitar and bass with vocal harmonies in original songs about life, the universe, and just about everything along with some unexpected covers for a fantastically fun musical journey. Panelists: Cathy McManamon, Jason Neerenberg

Friday July 6, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

5:30pm

King of Thorn
160 people are put into a cold sleep to escape a deadly virus. When they awaken, they find the facility deserted and covered with thorns, and are soon attacked by monsters. Seven survivors escape, trying to discover what has happened to the world. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

6:00pm

Cinema Rex Movie #9
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 6:00pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

6:00pm

Open Use
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 6:00pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

7:00pm

Hydraulic Arm Build
Using cardboard, syringes, tubing and water, build a moving arm that can pick up and move small objects. Instruction on theory and some design advice will be given; style, beauty, and hydraulic grace is up to you. By Spark Y. All ages, under 10 with help Panelists: Destiny Ziebol

Friday July 6, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

7:00pm

Improv for Cosplayers
We all fall in love with characters for many reasons: from confidence to timidness, from sassy to clumsy. Come and join us in learning how to walk, talk, and interact with others as your favorite characters. Presented by Fearless Comedy Productions Panelists: Brynn Berryhill (mod), Eric Thompson, James Fairbairn, Jena Young, Angela Fox

Friday July 6, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheraton Garden Court

7:00pm

A World Without Bees
The bee population continues to decline. What do we do about a world without bees? Panelists: Dirk Ykema, Jessica Miller (mod), Arthur Kneeland, Brittany Kerschner

Friday July 6, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

7:00pm

Cosplay For a Cause
How can you use your love of cosplay to bring joy to others and raise money for charities? Panelists: Todd Murray, Sara Huebschen, Amanda Fineran, Michael Wilson, Paul Haga

Friday July 6, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

7:00pm

Friends of Bill W
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

7:00pm

Guilty Pleasures
Bad movies we love and why we love them. Panelists: Mark McPherson (mod), bricklyn holtgrave, Aaron Coker, Elisa Hansen

Friday July 6, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

7:00pm

Live Action Disney
Disney has started creating live action versions of their own animated films. Come discuss the successes and failures of those already made and propose your wish list. Panelists: Michelle Farley, Charlene Holm, Meghan McManus, Kayla McGrady (mod), Lindsay Ellis

Friday July 6, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

7:00pm

Stories Don’t Just Happen
Stories aren’t magic - they come from somewhere. Come listen to creators talk about their process Panelists: Melinda Snodgrass, Cath Schaff-Stump, Kelly McCullough, Ytasha Womack, Chrysoula Tzavelas

Friday July 6, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

7:00pm

Year in Comics
Let's talk about comics that came out in the last year. Panelists: Lee Harris, Nick Glover, Meredith Gillies, Sean Casey (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

7:00pm

Joseph Scrimshaw's REALITY STRIKES BACK
Join comedian Joseph Scrimshaw (Screen Junkies, ForceCenter, RiffTrax) for an hour of “geek-flavored” comedy about going outside and talking to other humans! Thrill to tales of social anxiety escape rooms, trying to save Toys R Us, Han Solo going to Denny’s, and more! Panelists: Joseph Scrimshaw

Friday July 6, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

7:00pm

Odd Salon
Odd Salon (oddsalon.com), the San Fran org presenting short talks on Adventure, Science, Literature, & Weird Stuff is sending Information Society's Kurt Larson to present three speakers on the theme: 'Science Fact Is Stranger Than Science Fiction!' Panelists: Kurt Larson (mod), Amber Guetebier, Lindsay Lelivelt

Friday July 6, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

7:00pm

Reading - Cynthia Booth
Panelists: Cynthia Booth

Friday July 6, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheraton Ames

7:00pm

Mysterium
A group of psychics are conducting a séance to solve a mysterious murder at a haunted mansion. 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. Panelists: Carl Patten (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree 2205 Table B

7:00pm

Mythica Games
Come play Legends of Draxia and Feats of Madness with Mythica Games folks! Panelists: Jimmy Sanders (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree 2201b

7:00pm

Roadkill Rally
Gentlemen, start your engines! Pedestrians, watch your @$$es! Death Race in a card game – the winner is determined by the size of your gun and the speed of your ride - what's more American than that? 3-6 players, all materials provided. Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

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 6, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
DoubleTree Veranda 8

7:00pm

CONvergence Poetry Slam
Nerds have words, and we want to hear them! Show up, sign up, and if the lottery gods are kind you (yes, you) may be drawn to read two three-minute poems to an audience of drunken strangers, and watch your heart and soul assigned numeric value. Panelists: Allison Broeren, phillip low, Dan Marlow, Cole Sarar, Bryan Worra, Lyda Morehouse, Ben San Del, Pat Harrigan, Sam Cook

Friday July 6, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

7:00pm

2018 Midwest Sci-Fi Short Film Festival
This year, to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Convergence, we will be featuring a retrospective of the best sci-fi short films to screen at the festival over the past eight years. Panelists: Troy LaFaye

Friday July 6, 2018 7:00pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

7:00pm

Game Demos - Bad Decisions!
Come play Bad Decisions with the Diamond Dust Dreams game crew. They will also have Kitsune and Kitsune: Spirit Chase, but Bad Decisions is the focal point this year! How many days has it been since YOU made Bad Decisions? Panelists: Susan Price

Friday July 6, 2018 7:00pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2201c

7:00pm

MTG - Commander Social Tourney
A casual (less competitive, more fun / social), free M:tG Commander tourney (with prizes). For more info or to sign up, please contact Ross Prosser (rossprosser@yahoo.com). This event is also running on 2202e and 2202f. Panelists: Ross Prosser (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 7:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree 2201a

7:00pm

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 6, 2018 7:00pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree 2206 Table A

7:00pm

MTG - Commander & Brawl
Commander (or EDH) and Brawl (Standard-Legal-Only version). New to Brawling? Pick a Commander, up the Lands, and use Colorless cards to fill out your deck. Most of all – HAVE FUN! ($10 - event tickets at Dreamer’s Vault Games Dealer Booth). Panelists: - Dreamer's Vault Games (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 7:00pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree 2206 Table B

7:30pm

Attack on Titan
Centuries ago, mankind was slaughtered to near extinction by monstrous titans, forcing humans to hide in fear behind enormous concentric walls. The fragile calm is shattered when a colossal titan breaches the supposedly impregnable outer wall, reigniting the fight for survival. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

8:30pm

Chainmaille 101
A basic European 4 in 1 chainmaille lesson for those who have always been curious. We will use links that can be worked without tools, so ages 11+ should be able to enjoy themselves. Ages 11+. Panelists: Brandon Kline

Friday July 6, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

8:30pm

Rex’s Super Happy Fun Time
It is Convergence’s 20th year and Rex wanted to celebrate by playing lots of his favorite fun short videos that he has stockpiled over the years, along with some new recent ones. So come for 5 minutes, come for 20 minutes, or come for the whole show. It is going to be a super happy fun time!!! Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

8:30pm

Anime 101
An introduction to Anime. What are the conventions? What are some good starting points? Panelists: James Horvath, Scott Jamison, Michael Grimm (mod), Chrysoula Tzavelas, Jessica Silver

Friday July 6, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Sheraton Whalon

8:30pm

Art Show Meetup
Meet some of the artists who have works on display in the Art Show. We'll have a somewhat free-form tour of the show with Q&A as we go. Afterwards you are welcome to stick around for refreshments and chatting outside the Art Show. All are welcome! Panelists: Christine Mitzuk, Aric Stewart, Tania Richter

Friday July 6, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 6

8:30pm

Dr. Who Companions
Come discuss your favorite and your least favorite companions. Panelists: AMBER RADEN, Elizabeth Jankowski, Kirsten Roepke-Karsen, Nolan Montcalm

Friday July 6, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

8:30pm

Dream Narratives
From William Shakespeare to Lewis Carroll to Neil Gaiman, ambitious authors are addicted to dreams as a narrative device. What's going on when we're asleep that is so terribly compelling to fantasy writers? Panelists: Kurt Larson, Kristin Tipping, Ruth Berman, Daniel Mauleon

Friday July 6, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

8:30pm

Game of Thrones: Comparing Books to TV
As both an epic book series and an epic television series, "Song of Ice and Fire" and "Game of Thrones" make choices to fit their formats and audiences. Discuss the point of view narration, the ages of characters, character names, and more. Panelists: Lindsay Bell (mod), Christina Marie, Meghan McManus

Friday July 6, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

8:30pm

Genealogy: Uncovering the Secrets of Your Family Tree
In the spirit of CON history, let's talk about family history. From Ancestry to 23andMe, there are more ways to get connected. Join our panelists to learn about the secrets in their family trees and find out how to start exploring your own. Panelists: Sarah Barsness (mod), Ryn Yee, Brynn Berryhill, Dustin Peyton

Friday July 6, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

8:30pm

Jack Kirby Fan Panel
By age 19, Jack Kirby was working as a professional artist. He went on to co-create most of the Marvel Universe in the 1960s. A career lasting 5 decades, we will talk about the man and our favorite works of his. Panelists: Stuart West, James Kakalios, Roy Booth (mod), Sean Casey

Friday July 6, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

8:30pm

Paranormal Minnesota
Where are there ghosts in Minnesota? Panelists: Wendy Fossum, Sarah Soderlund (mod), Todd Powell, Jei Herald-Zamora, Deborah Frethem

Friday July 6, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Sheraton Ames

8:30pm

When is Star Trek Space Opera?
Space Opera is a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes Star Trek falls into that subgenre, but very often it does not. So when is Star Trek Space Opera, anyway? Panelists: Alexis Nordling (mod), Taylor Cisco, Justin Grays, Tim Liebe

Friday July 6, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

8:30pm

Working with a Co-Author
What’s it like to write a novel when you aren’t doing it alone? Panelists: Amal El-Mohtar, Jennifer Allan, Adam Whitlatch, Cynthia Booth, Eric Zawadzki (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

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: Bill Stiteler (mod), Melissa Kaercher, Joseph Scrimshaw, Tim Uren, Duck Washington, Molly Glover, Sharon Stiteler, Andrea Ropella, Tim Wick

Friday July 6, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

8:30pm

LAN - Open Gaming
Open LAN gaming on the PCs in 2208 - come get some! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 8:30pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2208

8:30pm

Dungeons and the Binding of Dragons (L6)
Rapid-fire dungeon crawl features D&D 3.5 ed. + chaotic rules inspired by the Binding of Isaac game. Come rebel against the demon overlords and free your enslaved people! Play in one session or all sessions. Bring your own character or we'll supply one. Panelists: Andy Mullin (mod), Darin Vincent (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 8:30pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree 2201b

8:30pm

Mythica Games
Come play Legends of Draxia and Feats of Madness with Mythica Games folks! Panelists: Jimmy Sanders (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 8:30pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table C

8:30pm

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. Characters will lose, die, and fail despite or likely because of their well laid plans. Panelists: Robert Cudinski (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 8:30pm - Saturday July 7, 2018 1:00am
DoubleTree 2202 Table B

9:00pm

Space Lounge
Is your party in need of rest, refreshment, entertainment, or enhancement? Space Lounge is the intergalactic way station of the future you've been questing for. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 9:00pm - Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00am
DoubleTree Veranda 8

9:30pm

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Keiichi Maebara has just moved to a quiet little village. As the village prepares for its annual festival, he discovers that there have been several murders and disappearances in recent years connected to the festival and the village's patron god. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 9:30pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

9:30pm

Cinema Rex Movie #10
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 9:30pm - Saturday July 7, 2018 12:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 4

10:00pm

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: Meg Thiel, Dirk Ykema, Laura Thurston, Charlene Holm, Genevieve Alberti

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

10:00pm

Cafe Blue: Positive Sexuality In Comics and Animation
Want to discuss the progressive nature of Nightwing's butt? Interested in theories on the intimate physiology of The Hulk? Come nerd-out on the positive sexuality of your favorite animated and comic characters. Panelists: John Seavey (mod), Susan Willson, Erik Blackstad, Greg Weisman, Lathan Murrell

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

10:00pm

Farscape Fan Panel
A discussion of the science fiction series set in space aboard a living ship. Panelists: Donavon Indovino Cawley, Elizabeth Bear, Aaron Coker, Brittany Kerschner, Michael Zecca (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

10:00pm

John Carpenter Fan Panel
John Carpenter has made some great films and some other films. We’ll talk about the great ones...and the other ones. Panelists: Kyle Dekker, Tim Lieder, Matt Gamble, Nathan Anderson, Brian Salisbury (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

10:00pm

Pay to Play
Downloadable content and micro-transactions have been around for a while now and show no signs of going away. How has this altered gaming, for good or ill? Panelists: Allyson Cygan, Kieran Stomberg, Sean Sullivan, Chase Peterson

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheraton Ames

10:00pm

Pounded in the Butt by the Chuck Tingle Fan Panel
Talking about Chuck Tingle and his work. Panelists: Kristina Winn, Rory Ni Coileain, Lyda Morehouse (mod), Jonathan Palmer, Sharon Stiteler

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

10:00pm

Twin Peaks: Digging Deep into The Return
Now that David Lynch's return to Twin Peaks has ended, what now? We will cover theories, thoughts, and cherry pie. Panelists: Alexandra Howes, Sheva Rosenberg (mod), Pat Harrigan, Niles Schwartz, Garrick Dietze

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

10:00pm

Westworld Fan Panel
Panelists: Craig Smith, Michael jankowski, Mark Goldberg, Michelle Farley (mod), Scott Holm

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

10:00pm

Worst Magic Items Ever
What magic items aren't work their weight? Which items should be more problematic then they're presented (*cough* the Glaive in "Krull")? Come vilify (or maybe vindicate) your least favorites. Panelists: Naomi Kritzer, Eric Zawadzki (mod), Tim Liebe

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

10:00pm

Naughty Bawdy Brigade (18+)
We, the Mistresses of the Naughty Bawdy Brigade entertain you with songs, jokes, limericks, and a whole lot of double entendre. We plan to entrance or entrap (your choice) you with our assets. Check us out at https://www.facebook.com/MBessMNellNBB/ Panelists: Tracy Fuller, Anna Miller-Sherman, Amanda Nerud

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

10:00pm

Secrets of the Mysterious Old Radio
Join us for a special live recording of The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society podcast. Panelists: Tim Uren, Joshua Scrimshaw, Kai Stewart

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

10:00pm

Vilification Tennis
Vilification Tennis is a structured improvisational show where competitors engage in a battle of insults. The show is never the same because the competitors keep changing and the material is constantly evolving. We feel that there is humor inherent even in the most taboo subjects and we are, therefore, willing to make fun of things that most people would think aren't the least bit funny. Like your mom. Beware- this show is not for those with delicate sensibilities. (We will need to clear the room after this performance to prepare for music.) Panelists: Tim Wick, Molly Glover, Nick Glover

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

10:00pm

Everyone is John
A game about a man with voices in his head – this competitive tabletop game has players bidding for control of John in order to complete their “voice”’s obsessions as many times as possible to win the game. Panelists: Tim Koon (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table D

10:00pm

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

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

10:00pm

Sandbox After Dark: Art is Skin Deep
Sandbox After Dark presents: Body Painting! You paint, we paint, it's fun for everybody! GoH Michael 'Knightmage' Wilson will also discuss his preferred paints. Ages 18+. Bring ID. Panelists: Jim Shields, John Garner, Michael Wilson

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00pm - Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 2

10:00pm

LAN - 18+ Open Gaming
Grown-up time on the LAN PCs - the kiddos are in bed, so come get your game on! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00pm - Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00am
DoubleTree 2208

11:00pm

Redline
Held once every five years, everyone wants to stake their claim to fame at Redline, the most deadly racing tournament in the universe. All the while, organized crime and militaristic governments want to leverage the race to their own ends. Can a high speed romance survive a race of mass destruction? Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00pm - Saturday July 7, 2018 1:00am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

11:00pm

A Roundabout with Zombies
Ever want to not just kill the zombies, but work with a team? If so, this is the late-night game for you! (NOTE: Teams not included, and are found separately – role-playing happens more often than combat) Game is PG-13 at least! Panelists: Quinn Caerwyn (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00pm - Saturday July 7, 2018 3:00am
DoubleTree 2201a

11:30pm

Kristopher Carter Presents: “The Kr Protocol” - World Premiere DJ Set
Emmy-winning composer and 2017 Guest of Honor Kristopher Carter returns to CONvergence to debut his EDM project, “The Kr Protocol.” Come dance as Kristopher spins a series of Kryptonite-fueled sci-fi and superhero EDM remixes to open the Friday Night Rave.

Friday July 6, 2018 11:30pm - 11:59pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

11:30pm

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

Friday July 6, 2018 11:30pm - Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 1

11:30pm

American Vandal Fan Panel
A panel about the Netflix series American Vandal. Panelists: Janet Lano, Laura Bidgood (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 11:30pm - Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30am
Sheraton Ames

11:30pm

Crime Scare of '80s Action Films
Cops using violence to stop crime was totally cool in the '80s. Discuss whether or not these films have any ramifications in our current social climate. Panelists: Alexis Nordling, Niles Schwartz, Nick Krekeler (mod), Tanya -, Lathan Murrell

Friday July 6, 2018 11:30pm - Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30am
DoubleTree Edina

11:30pm

Next Big Monster
Zombies had their day in the sun. Vampires also had their day in the...well, maybe not the sun, but you get what I'm saying. Horror and fantasy writers and publishers debate what creature will or should be the next big monster sensation, and why. Panelists: Sarah Soderlund (mod), Kristin Tipping, SA Sidor, Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Jei Herald-Zamora

Friday July 6, 2018 11:30pm - Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 4

11:30pm

Orphan Black Wrap Up
Come celebrate the characters, science, and themes developed over the five seasons of Orphan Black. What has its impact been on pop culture? How have BBC America and Canadian productions impacted the sci-fi landscape? The #CloneClub contintues! Panelists: AlysshaRose Jordan (mod), Sarah O'Connor, Kiah Nelson, Josiah Mannion

Friday July 6, 2018 11:30pm - Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30am
Sheraton Whalon

11:30pm

Pun-El
Once again, the English language (and a few others) gets pun-ched, pun-ked, and pun-ji'd without fear of flying fruit! The Pun-El returns. Speech class was never like this! Panelists: Art Allen, Lee Harris, Edward Eastman, Margaret Eastman, Brian LaBounty

Friday July 6, 2018 11:30pm - Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30am
DoubleTree Bloomington

11:30pm

Slash Panel
Come one, come all, & let’s get together for the annual panel to discuss same-sex shipping & fanfiction! We’ll talk recent trends in tropes & ships, and share recs for what we’ve been reading. (This is panel is rated “lemon”, as in “you should probably"). Panelists: Jo Thrace, Kes, Skazka 9000, Bess Stuvenoxend (mod), Teresa Kramer

Friday July 6, 2018 11:30pm - Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 7

11:30pm

The Dysk: The World of Sir Terry Pratchett
Discworld is the stage for some of the most ingenious characters and stories ever created. We lost Sir Terry in 2015, but wit and his artful social commentary live on. Join us for discussion of this incredible world-builder. Panelists: Michelle Curtis, Assad Khaishgi (mod), Barbara Skoglund

Friday July 6, 2018 11:30pm - Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 2

11:30pm

Get Thee Behind Me, Santa: A Filthy Children's Time-Travel Farce for Adults Only
It's December 21st, 2012, and something's gone terribly wrong with the timeline. Now it's up to Saint Nicholas, a soft-boiled detective, and an unknown carpenter's son named Jesus of Nazareth to set things right! Panelists: phillip low

Friday July 6, 2018 11:30pm - Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 3

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: Dawn Krosnowski, Melissa Kaercher, Jerry Belich, Scott Keever, Kelvin Hatle, Molly Glover, Tim Uren, Joseph Scrimshaw, Matt Kessen, Duck Washington, Lauren Haven

Friday July 6, 2018 11:30pm - Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 6

11:30pm

The Nerdlesque Strikes Back! (18+)
Nerdy burlesque performers assemble! Back at HarmCon for year 3 of geek- and pop culture-infused burlesque and cabaret performance art! We’ll showcase a medley of your favorite characters through the dazzling, humorous, and sexy scope of burlesque! Panelists: Mona Montague, Opiumm Hayze, Holliedazzle, Sinasaurus Vex, Joy Coy, Champagne Lorraine

Friday July 6, 2018 11:30pm - Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30am
Sheraton Gibson

11:30pm

Boss Level (dance)
Get ready to get your groove on as we pull out all the stops for a night of intense dancing and tunes until dawn. Not only will this night feature two special guests, but the CONvergence gogos are back for their 5th year of dancing, shaking their behinds together all night long to some awesome music! See our video signage for additional info and updates to our schedule. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 11:30pm - Saturday July 7, 2018 5:00am
DoubleTree Main Stage

12:00am

DJ HarshMellow
Kurt Harland Larson, also ominously known as 'DJ HarshMellow' is better known as the lead singer of Information Society from Minneapolis. Playing a mix of Industrial-EDM and Goth, he is sure to both inspire and vaguely trouble anyone brave enough to attend.

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:00am - 1:00am
DoubleTree Main Stage

12:00am

CVG Teen Room
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:00am - 1:00am
DoubleTree Atrium 3

12:00am

Cinema Rex Movie #11
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:00am - 2:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 4

12:00am

Simplicity 2.0
Come play Simplicity - a bridge from dice-based RPGs to a system where participants have more control over outcomes in the game via interaction instead of dice rolls. Join us and discover what makes Simplicity different! Panelists: Kenneth Justiniano (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:00am - 4:00am
DoubleTree 2202 Table C

12:00am

CoF2E2
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:00am - 6:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 114

12:00am

Consuite
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:00am - Sunday July 8, 2018 12:00am
DoubleTree Consuite

12:00am

Smokers Paradise
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:00am - Sunday July 8, 2018 12:00am
DoubleTree Smokers Tent

12:00am

The Bridge
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:00am - Sunday July 8, 2018 12:00am
DoubleTree Shipside

1:00am

DJ Curium’s Dance for UnCanny Con-Goers
Attention: Wonder Women, Wakandans, Warriors, and Wanderers! Even the most prolific superheroes, villains, and misanthropes need to blow off some steam. So adorn yourself with your best spandex, capes, and masks-that-don’t-really-disguise-your-face and join us as we dance off the stress of saving and destroying the world to music from Comic Book Soundtracks.

Saturday July 7, 2018 1:00am - 2:00am
DoubleTree Main Stage

1:00am

Hellsing Ultimate
Hellsing is an organization dedicated to destroying the supernatural forces that threaten the very existence of humanity. Their ultimate weapon is the vampire Alucard, who works against his own kind as an exterminator. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 1:00am - 2:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

2:00am

Fenris
Slow and steady wins the race, but when you add gritty and grindy to that mix, we know you’ll need extra water when you cross the finish line.  Fenris again brings his own specialized sound to CONvergence.

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00am - 3:00am
DoubleTree Main Stage

2:00am

Cinema Rex Movie #12
This showing is captioned Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00am - 4:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 4

3:00am

DJ O2
Somebody that has always believed that music should tell a story, O2 has taken CONvergence along for the ride while exploring themes related to the convention.

Saturday July 7, 2018 3:00am - 4:00am
DoubleTree Main Stage
 
Saturday, July 7
 

4:00am

Spier
Presenting a mix of high-energy beats, rumbling bass tones, and geek enthusiasm, Spier brings his formula for a good time to those that want to get down.

Saturday July 7, 2018 4:00am - 5:00am
DoubleTree Main Stage

7:00am

Kaiba
In a world where memories exist in memory chips separate from the body, death of the body no longer means death of the soul. A man named Kaiba wakes up in an empty room with no memories, a mysterious hole in his chest, and a locket holding the picture of a woman. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 7:00am - 9:00am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

8:00am

Masquerade Performer Orientation
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
DoubleTree Main Stage

9:00am

Fighting Foodons
An 11-year old boy bands together with his younger sister and a young boy who has a large appetite to battle an evil empire by using their Foodons - strange monsters that are created from various foods. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

9:00am

Open Use
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

9:00am

Open Use
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 9:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

9:00am

Masquerade Technical Rehearsal
Performers will be assigned a 15 minutes slot during this time. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

9:00am

Volunteers
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 9:00am - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Veranda 2

9:00am

9:00am

Programming Operations
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 9:00am - Sunday July 8, 2018 12:30am
DoubleTree Lobby Conference Room

9:00am

Parenting Lounge
Need a quiet space at CONvergence to feed your child, change their diapers, express milk, get them a nap, or simply gather your wits? The Parenting Lounge is available all day to parents and caregivers with infants, young children, and children with special needs.

The Parenting Room contains a changing table, bassinet, baby swing, infant support pillows, and quiet forms of entertainment such as coloring books and childrens’ toys. Children must be attended at all times.


Saturday July 7, 2018 9:00am - Sunday July 8, 2018 2:00am
Cabana 222

9:30am

Crayon's Corner
KIDS!! Bring your parents to this Exciting Story and Activity Hour. Crayon (Caryn Lengeek) leads this wonderful CONvergence staple. Ages 12 and under. Panelists: Caryn Lengkeek

Saturday July 7, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 2

9:30am

Fitness for Geeks
Ways to get your geek on and keep yourself fit. Panelists: Lindsay Bell, Diana Fitzwater, Rachel Tanquist, Sarah Molasky, Kurt Fleschner (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Edina

9:30am

How to Be an Action Hero
The heroes of action movies have a lot of interesting, unique skills and traits that let them win the day. Here we discuss those skills and traits. How would one learn them? How useful are they in real life. What traits of action heroes are problematic? Panelists: Christina Marie, Scott Jamison, Lathan Murrell, Amanda Day (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 6

9:30am

Kid Friendly Streaming
What great content for kids you can find on Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services? Panelists: Katarina Larsen, Peter Larsen, Katie Nave, Bella Nave

Saturday July 7, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 7

9:30am

Magic: The Gathering's Color Pie
When it comes to developing a solid M:tG deck, one should first understand the color pie. Whether you have been playing for years and want to talk about the colors' motives or are newer to the game and want to learn about them, we are here for you. Panelists: Alexis Nordling, Wendy Hoskin (mod), Matthew Everhart

Saturday July 7, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 3

9:30am

Selling on Etsy
If you are handcrafting products, how can you connect with buyers? Panelists: Elise Matthesen, Angela Jones-Parker, Holly Chamas, Lisa Snellings, Jay Seevers

Saturday July 7, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 2

9:30am

The Big Lebowski 20 Years On
It debuted to little fanfare but has grown to iconic status. This fan panel discusses why The Big Lebowski has had such an enduring legacy. Panelists: John White, Wendy Fossum, Tim Lieder, Nathan Anderson (mod), Bill Stiteler

Saturday July 7, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Bloomington

9:30am

Dragons of Middle-Earth: The Puppet Show!
Learn about the mighty dragons that plagued Middle-earth in a funny and informative manner...puppet style. It's safe to laugh at these live dragons! Panelists: Daniel Lindskog, Jessica Lindskog, Corinne Lindskog

Saturday July 7, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 1

9:30am

Reading - Adam J. Whitlatch
Panelists: Adam Whitlatch

Saturday July 7, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Sheraton Whalon

9:30am

Reading - Justine Mastin
Panelists: Justine Mastin

Saturday July 7, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Sheraton Ames

9:30am

U of M Raptor Center
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 9:30am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

9:30am

PFS - Gallows of Madness (part 3)
Part Three of a three-day module. The Abyss Approaches! Something wicked—and monstrous—stirs around the rugged Isgeri town of Saringallow, where the hated legacy of noble Chelish diabolists runs deep. Panelists: Pathfinder Society (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 9:30am - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table A

10:00am

Cinema Rex Movie #13
This showing is captioned Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 4

10:00am

King of New York
There’s *always* something to do in the Big Apple. Is it the lights? Is it the energy? … or is it the giant monsters trying to demolish everything? Come play as your favorite monster and dish out some mayhem in the City that Never Sleeps! Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

10:00am

Klingon Bat'leth Tournament
Calling all Warriors! Come join the battle! Lift high the Sword of Honor and battle your frenimies in this tournament. Class and certification for all participants starts one hour before the event. Entry fee of only $10. All proceeds go to battle DiCom. Panelists: George Richard

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm
Sheraton Garden Court

10:00am

2D Con
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 3

10:00am

Art Show
Quick sale available. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 6

10:00am

Artist's Alley
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sheraton Chadwick

10:00am

Artists Alley
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sheraton Bloomington Ballroom Hall

10:00am

Community Safety Programs
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 1

10:00am

10:00am

Dealers Room
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sheraton Bloomington Ballroom

10:00am

Fearless Comedy
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 6

10:00am

Just Enough Trope Media
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 8

10:00am

Nerd Dads
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 7

10:00am

NiCoral
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 4

10:00am

Twin Cities Geek
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 2

10:00am

UGO Podcast
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 5

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 7, 2018 10:00am - 8:00pm
Sheraton Quinn

10:00am

CVG Teen Room
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00am - Sunday July 8, 2018 12:00am
DoubleTree Atrium 3

10:00am

Volunteer Table
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00am - Sunday July 8, 2018 1:00am
DoubleTree Volunteers North

10:00am

Volunteers Den
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00am - Sunday July 8, 2018 2:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 117

11:00am

Signing - Patrick S. Tomlinson
Cancelled Panelists: Patrick Tomlinson

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 11:00am
DoubleTree Autograph Table C

11:00am

Cardboard Table Top Pinball
Be a wizard! A pinball wizard! We will make our own pinball machines out of cardboard. All ages, under 10 may need assistance. Panelists: Renee Petersen

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

11:00am

Cricket for Americans
Learn the rules to the most British team sport in the history of team sports. (Look for this near Smoker's Paradise) Panelists: Paul Cornell

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Outdoors

11:00am

Love Letters to the Ancestors from Chicago
Guest of Honor Ytasha Womack screens the short film she directed. Panelists: Ytasha Womack

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

11:00am

Bad Player, No XP
How can you as a game master ensure a safe space for your gaming group and deal with troublesome players without creating additional tension? Panelists: Mark Redacted, Joseph Jay-Dixon, Brian Casey (mod), Maddie Coulter, Cam Banks

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

11:00am

How to be a Citizen Scientist
How you can help scientists do their work? Panelists: Richard Hurley, PZ Myers, Jessica Miller, Sarah Molasky (mod), michelle cadieux

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

11:00am

It Was a Different Time
You don’t have to go back far to find blatantly racist, sexist, or homophobic moments in otherwise great media. How do we reconcile with our non-woke pop culture past? What in today’s pop art will we look back on with similar discomfort decades from now? Panelists: AlysshaRose Jordan, Tim Lieder, Miss Shannan Paul, David Rust (mod), Cat Choy

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

11:00am

Remembering "The Iron Giant"
Looking back at one of the best films from 1999. Panelists: Adam Lueck, Vincent Truitner, Dave Margosian, Elizabeth Bear, Vetnita Anderson (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

11:00am

Star Trek: Discovery Panel
New Trek on TV! What do we love and what do we think could be better? Panelists: Ben Walker, Joan Verba, Michael Shappe (mod), Shawn Smith, Gabriela Santiago

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

11:00am

Thor: Ragnarock Fan Panel
What did we love and hate about Thor: Ragnarock? Panelists: Amal El-Mohtar, John Seavey (mod), Allyson Cygan, Todd Murray

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

11:00am

Unit 418: An Adventure in Comic Making and Story Writing
Get a first look behind the curtain into the mind of the madwoman responsible for the web comic, Unit 418. Meet the characters and hear their story followed by how it was developed and produced straight from the mouth of the author and illustrator! Panelists: Lauren Addy

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

11:00am

Ravenscroft Musicke Guild
We're just like Voltron, except we have violins, viola, cello, harp, and recorders instead of robot lions. And we mix covers of TV and movie themes with Renaissance ballads, instead of defending the planus Arus. Okay; I guess we're nothing like Voltron. Panelists: Stephanie Claussen, Katherine Kilde, Chris Mortika, Kathleen O'Laughlin, Kerry Peterson, Eve Zabronsky

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

11:00am

Reading - Scott Lynch
Panelists: Scott Lynch

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Ames

11:00am

Signing - Marina Sirtis
Panelists: Marina Sirtis

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table D

11:00am

Signing - Mark McPherson
Panelists: Mark McPherson

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

11:00am

Signing - Taylor Cisco
Panelists: Taylor Cisco

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

11:00am

Rose of Versailles
In 1755, Marie Antoinette is born in the royal family of Austria and raised in luxury. In France, a girl is born in the family of the Commander of the Royal Guards and raised as a man. Marie Antoinette and Oscar meet as the clock ticks toward the end of the French royalty. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

11:00am

Assassin's Guild Boffing Tournament
Welcome to the 12th annual Assassin's Guild Boffing Tournament! Compete against your fellow con-goer by hitting each other with foam padded weapons! Trophies will be awarded to the top combatants! Panelists: David Bianchi

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

11:00am

Dungeons and the Binding of Dragons
Rapid-fire dungeon crawl features D&D 3.5 ed. + chaotic rules inspired by the Binding of Isaac game. Come rebel against the demon overlords and free your enslaved people! Play in one session or all sessions. Bring your own character or we'll supply one. Panelists: Andy Mullin (mod), Darin Vincent (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 2:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table F

11:00am

LAN - League of Legends
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 7, 2018 11:00am - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2208

11:00am

The Kessel Run
Can *you* do it in less than 12 parsecs? Star Wars X-Wing meets MarioKart power-ups – ready… set… GO! Panelists: Eric Peterson (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table C

11:00am

Masquerade Workmanship Judging
Performer judging times will be assigned. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 4:00pm
DoubleTree MainStage Green Room

11:00am

MTG - M19 Pre-release (sealed deck)
Bring your playmat, your game face, and your life counter up to 22nd floor on Saturday morning. Join Dreamer's Vault Games for some M19 pre-release love! Only 24 seats available. ($30 - Event tickets at Dreamer’s Vault Games Dealer Booth). Panelists: - Dreamer's Vault Games (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 4:00pm
DoubleTree 2206

11:00am

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

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table B

11:00am

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

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table C

11:00am

GPS Charity Auction
Bidding closes at 8:00 PM. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 8

11:00am

Artemis and Valkyrie Bridge Simulators
Come play in our Artemis Bridge Simulator! This is a cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members on a starship bridge.. Two bridge simulators are running, offset by a 30 min. In-person sign-ups are required. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2204

11:00am

Game Demos - Bad Decisions!
Come play Bad Decisions with the Diamond Dust Dreams game crew. They will also have Kitsune and Kitsune: Spirit Chase, but Bad Decisions is the focal point this year! How many days has it been since YOU made Bad Decisions? Panelists: Susan Price (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00am - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2201c

11:30am

Cinema Rex Movie #14 w/live riff
In honor of Convergence’s 20 year anniversary we are celebrating by riffing a film as old as the convention itself! Come prepared to laugh and cringe. Panelists: Bill Stiteler, Jeremy Stomberg, Duck Washington

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:30am - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

12:00pm

Sensory Break Room
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 5

12:00pm

CoF2E2
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:00pm - Sunday July 8, 2018 12:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 114

12:00pm

Volunteers Den Massage Table
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:00pm - Sunday July 8, 2018 12:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 118

12:30pm

NerdCore 101
Love Fandom? Love music? Love WRITING MUSIC? This panel is for you. Local Nerdcore artists walk through their process for creating the music they love to perform. Engage with them in their process and try some of it out yourself, workshops style! Panelists: Dante Quinn, Jason Kruger, Tim Wick, Maren Aalgaard, Morgan Strickland

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

12:30pm

Personalize Your Water Bottle
You volunteered and got a cool water bottle - yay! But how do you keep track of it? By decorating it in the Sandbox, of course! Come on in and make your water bottle truly your own! All ages. Panelists: Angie Anderson

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

12:30pm

Radio Play Rehearsal
Rehearsal for Greg Weisman radio play. Panelists: Kristopher Carter, Greg Weisman, Marina Sirtis, Tanya Brody, Windy Bowlsby, Natalie Nowytski, Lee Harris, Christopher Jones

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

12:30pm

A Passenger on the Cruise Ship "Mental Health"
We use fandom as an escape, and as such, we want to see ourselves represented. Panelists will open up about their cognitive disorders and all things geek, including: representation, how different media help us cope, and some creators that are like us. Panelists: Michael jankowski, Barbarajean Hartos-Hord, Maddie Coulter (mod), Brynn Berryhill, Kelso Rowland

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

12:30pm

Almost Our World
How do you build a fictional world inspired by our concerns for the real world we live in, be they environmental or political? Come learn from writers who will describe their process. Panelists: Tamora Pierce, Laura Anne Gilman (mod), Wesley Chu, Elizabeth Bear, Satish Jayaraj

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

12:30pm

Comics for Kids
Come discuss titles appropriate for 12 and unders. Panelists: Gillian Chan, John Seavey, Jennifer Klumpp, Cynthia Booth, Sean Casey (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

12:30pm

Get Off My World! A Doctor Who Live Podcast
Local podcasters Joshua, Kelvin, Pat, and Ariel are joined by special guest Joseph Scrimshaw for a live recording of their Doctor Who discussion podcast Get Off My World! Join us for deep nerdy discussion, inflammatory opinions, and major Doctor Who love. Panelists: Kelvin Hatle, Joseph Scrimshaw, Joshua Scrimshaw, Pat Harrigan, Ariel Leaf

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sheraton Whalon

12:30pm

Literary Awards
Does getting a literary award help your career? What's the impact, both positive and negative, of being recognized for your work with a big, heavy, piece of metal or glass? Panelists: Amal El-Mohtar, Lyda Morehouse, Naomi Kritzer (mod), Eleanor Arnason

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

12:30pm

Roles of Women in Entertainment
Women don't just wear pink hats and protest 45. They also make us laugh, cry, and even scream at our TVs. Let's celebrate the ways women are taking over the entertainment world as directors, writers, producers, and on screen. Panelists: Christina Marie, AlysshaRose Jordan (mod), Melinda Snodgrass, Mary Jo Pehl, Ytasha Womack

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

12:30pm

The Faithful Sidekicks
The Faithful Sidekicks make (mostly) funny acoustic rock music about all the nerdy/geeky things - catchy original songs for all the fandoms we love delivered with a side of snark. http://www.thefaithfulsidekicks.com Panelists: Eric Distad, Jen Distad

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

12:30pm

Reading - Kelly McCullough
Panelists: Kelly McCullough

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sheraton Ames

12:30pm

Signing - Adam Whitlatch
Panelists: Adam Whitlatch

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

12:30pm

Signing - phillip andrew bennett low
Panelists: phillip low

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

12:30pm

Signing - Vincent Truitner
Panelists: Vincent Truitner

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table C

12:30pm

GLITCH - Play / Test Arcade
Unpredictable prototypes, curious game designs, and exciting works-in-progress! Discover a mix of games not yet released to the public & chat directly with their creators! HyperDot by Tribe Games; Optica by Graveck, ClawBreaker by Team Claw... and more! Panelists: Katie Simning

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm
DoubleTree 2201b

12:30pm

Betrayal at House on the HIll
Design (and explore) a haunted mansion – the spirits and omens will foretell your fate! But beware the Betrayer – it could be anyone – and defeat the Traitor in your midst before it’s too late!! Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

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)

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30pm - 4:00pm
DoubleTree 2205 Table B

12:30pm

ChessWerks
See what it's like to play with three foot wood. Panelists: Eric Lamansky, Lydia Ricard

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

12:30pm

Mage: the Ascension - Friendship is Magic!
Play as modern adaptations of the "Mane Five" characters from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic in this gritty, story-driven adventure to discover the secret behind a teammate's disappearance and a client's narrow escape. Panelists: Meredith McLinn (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2201a

1:00pm

Assassination Classroom
When a mysterious creature chops the moon down to a permanent crescent, the students of class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Middle School find themselves confronted with an enormous task: assassinate the creature responsible for the disaster before Earth suffers a similar fate. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

1:00pm

Space Lounge: Classic Video Game Tournament
Elimination-style competition on a 2-player glass table-top arcade machine featuring games ranging from the classic to the bizarre. (Space Limited) Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
DoubleTree Veranda 8

1:30pm

Cinema Rex Movie #15
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 1:30pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

2:00pm

Fairy Doors and Space Portals
Create your entry to a whole new world. Miniature wooden doors to decorate the bases of trees, walls, or even your bookcase. All ages. Panelists: Dierdre Schultz

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

2:00pm

Group Signing
This signing is for Invited and other Participants to sign their work. Panelists: Roy Booth, Cynthia Booth, Taylor Cisco, Adam Whitlatch, Mark McPherson, Laura Anne Gilman, Melissa Olson, Steve Sylvestre, Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Harris O'Malley, Justine Mastin, Anthony Eichenlaub

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

2:00pm

Ant Man & the Wasp Fan Panel
The movie just came out but we're gonna talk about it. SPOILER WARNING! Panelists: John Seavey, Keane Amdahl (mod), James Kakalios, Jim Tincher

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

2:00pm

Creating with a Multilingual Mind
How does speaking and thinking in multiple languages influence the artistic process? Join a panel of multilingual creatives to hear about the advantages, frustrations, and experiences of producing with a multilingual mind. Panelists: Sarah Soderlund (mod), SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE, Josiah Mannion, Rob Callahan, Dustin Peyton

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

2:00pm

Disney Version
What happens to a perfectly innocent property when Disney gets its hands on it? What's lost and what's gained in the translation? Panelists: Brittany Kerschner (mod), Rita Walaszek, Lindsay Ellis, Jei Herald-Zamora

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

2:00pm

Gaming and Technology in Education
"Why is my child playing an MMO for math homework?" "...and your character lost their health check and died of gangrene in social studies today?" Join us in reviewing some of the games used today in education to help students learn at their level. Panelists: Katarina Larsen, Kurt Larson, Melanie Reap, Curt Lund (mod), Renate Fiora

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

2:00pm

I'll Know What I Want When I See It
Talk about the process of creating art and props when those in charge don't really know what they want. How to go about obtaining specifications, requirements, and nice-to-haves. Panelists: Scott Keever, Lauren Addy, Angela Jones-Parker, Lisa Snellings

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

2:00pm

Tamora Hangs with Teens
Guest of Honor Tamora Pierce hangs out in the Teen Room. Panelists: Tamora Pierce

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 3

2:00pm

Death at a Convention
CONvergence partner Fearless Comedy Productions presents a murder mystery at CVG2108! One of our panelists is too annoying to survive. Help figure out who killed them. Panelists: Paul Cornell, Tim Wick, Dawn Krosnowski, Andrea Ropella, Angela Fox, Matt Kessen, Cara White, Eric Thompson

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

2:00pm

Galactic Hot Pants
Modular Synth Lord​ Orathkar ​emerges from oblivion to put your brain in a blender, joined by​ Admiral Astroprobe on vocals and acoustic guitar. ​Each audience member receives a singularity.​ Youtube channel: https://youtu.be/R6mvrY_JqiY Panelists: Kevin Campbell, Niles Randolph

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

2:00pm

Radio Play
Join Greg Weisman and his CONvergence-assembled cast for a radio play. Panelists: Kristopher Carter, Greg Weisman, Marina Sirtis, Tanya Brody, Windy Bowlsby, Natalie Nowytski, Lee Harris, Christopher Jones

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

2:00pm

Dangerous When Bored
Come and learn about what CONvergence's support enables and the latest workings of GPS and how you can get your geek on the rest of the year. Share your ideas, feedback, and questions. Find out how you can get involved. #EnableAllTheSquee Panelists: Ann Roubik (mod), Seth Chmelik, Sarah Sexton, Kathye Coyle

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

2:00pm

Reading - Elanor Arnason
Panelists: Eleanor Arnason

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Ames

2:00pm

Signing - Kelly McCullough
Panelists: Kelly McCullough

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

2:00pm

Signing - Mary Jo Pehl
Panelists: Mary Jo Pehl

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

2:00pm

Signing - Melinda Snodgrass
Panelists: Melinda Snodgrass

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table C

2:00pm

Minnesota Herpetological Society
Curious about scaly, creepy, crawly critters? Join members of the Minnesota Herpetological Society for a hands-on presentation of their native and exotic cold-blooded companions. Panelists: Rose Maunu

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

2:00pm

Pokemon Pop-Up
Two years ago, Ian and Wendy rolled a natural 20 for love. Now we want you to join us for our handfasting. Come for the vows, stay for the chance to face off with Kanto region's gym leaders and elite 4. All in the name of nerdy love! Panelists: Wendy Hoskin

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Sheraton Garden Court

2:00pm

Dungeons and the Binding of Dragons (L8)
Rapid-fire dungeon crawl features D&D 3.5 ed. + chaotic rules inspired by the Binding of Isaac game. Come rebel against the demon overlords and free your enslaved people! Play in one session or all sessions. Bring your own character or we'll supply one. Panelists: Andy Mullin (mod), Darin Vincent (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table F

2:00pm

Masquerade Registration
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central

2:00pm

Dialect
Dialect is cooperative storytelling game about a community, their language, and what it means for that language to be lost. Panelists: Lauren Sindt (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table E

2:00pm

Let's Play D&D 5th ed.
Ever wanted to experience D&D or get your role-playing fix? In this newcomer-friendly game, we create a party of first-level adventurers and take them through a brief adventure. Panelists: Charles Roberts (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table D

2:00pm

Warhammer - Age of Sigmar: Champions TCG Demo
Come play the new Warhammer: Age of Sigmar Champions TCG with PlayFusion. This is an at-con preview of the game for CONvergence attendees, as the game has not yet been released! Panelists: Kai Nesbit (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree 2201b

2:00pm

Open Board Gaming
Boardgame library, courtesy of our friends at The Source, and table open for those looking for a bit of boardgaming with friends. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00pm - Sunday July 8, 2018 2:00am
DoubleTree 2205 Table C

2:00pm

Sword of Air
A spinoff of the legendary Sword of Barakus CONvergence campaign, we start fresh at Level 1 – players may bring characters generated using the 25-point buy model (3.5 DMG) *or* can play a pre-gen. Humans or demi-Humans only, please! Panelists: Burl Zorn (mod), Jenna Touchette (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 2:00pm - Sunday July 8, 2018 2:00am
DoubleTree 2205 Table A

3:00pm

Kung Fu Fighting
The geeks of the East and the West must unite and fight, to see whose Kung Fu is better! Come play Kung Fu Fighting the game of cinematic martial arts mayhem. Six will do battle! One will prevail! Ages 13 & up, all materials provided. Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

3:00pm

Nisekoi
Raku Ichijou is a first year in high school and the sole heir to an intimidating yakuza family. To improve relations with a rival family, he must pretend to date the rival chief's daughter. Unfortunately, they fall in hate at first sight. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

3:30pm

A Natural 20: Paper Dice
Cut, fold, and tape or glue paper into a D20 die. All ages. Panelists: Sean Berry

Saturday July 7, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

3:30pm

Group Signing
This signing is for Invited and other Participants to sign their work. Panelists: Roy Booth, Cynthia Booth, Anthony Eichenlaub, Taylor Cisco, Adam Whitlatch, Steve Sylvestre, phillip low, Rob Callahan, Harris O'Malley, Sarah Soderlund

Saturday July 7, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

3:30pm

Blade Runner 2049
There was a new Blade Runner film. What did you think? Should we get another in the series? Panelists: Craig Smith, Michael Grimm (mod), Sarah O'Connor, Walter Parker, Eleanor Arnason

Saturday July 7, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

3:30pm

Diversity in Role Playing
Does role playing have a diversity problem? If so, what can be done to solve it? Panelists: Katherine Berger Tremaine (mod), David Rust, Maddie Coulter, Victor Raymond, Meredith Gillies

Saturday July 7, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

3:30pm

Finish Your Book
Many people have started a book but few ever get finished. What’s the secret? Published authors share their tips on getting words written, chapters finished, and books completed. A little tough love for authors stuck on page 57. Panelists: Lee Harris, Laura Anne Gilman (mod), Wesley Chu, Elizabeth Bear, Naomi Kritzer (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

3:30pm

Genre Fiction for Kids and Young Adults
Even the oldest fans were kids once. What genre properties did you enjoy in your youth? What properties do you wish existed for young fans today? Panelists: Vincent Truitner, Dee Eisel, Raederle Sterling (mod), Vetnita Anderson

Saturday July 7, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

3:30pm

MST3K Fan Panel
Talk about the return of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and classic episodes. Panelists: John Seavey (mod), Kelly Fredrickson, Jasmine Marshall, Mary Jo Pehl, Jeremy Stomberg

Saturday July 7, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

3:30pm

Why Can't Composers Be Authors?
While directors, cinematographers, and other artists are lauded for having a distinct style, why is it that composers get a bad rap for scores that sound the same? Maybe it's time to show some appreciation for Zimmer, Elfman, and others? Panelists: Kurt Larson, Kristopher Carter, Lindsay Bell (mod), Scott Keever, Nathan Anderson

Saturday July 7, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

3:30pm

Year in Anime
What is the best new anime from the last year? Panelists: James Horvath (mod), Ryan Placzkowski, Anthony Pecoraro, Chrysoula Tzavelas, Jessica Silver

Saturday July 7, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sheraton Whalon

3:30pm

CONvergence Stand-Up Comedy Showcase
An hour of stand-up comedy featuring an all-star lineup of veteran CONvergence performers. Panelists: Corey Adam, Miss Shannan Paul, Ben San Del, Joseph Scrimshaw, Elizabeth Ess

Saturday July 7, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

3:30pm

Geeks Without God Live
Geeks Without God returns for their sixth anniversary to discuss being godless geeks! Panelists: Tim Wick, Melinda Snodgrass, Molly Glover, Nick Glover

Saturday July 7, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

3:30pm

Reading - Melissa F. Olson
Panelists: Melissa Olson

Saturday July 7, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sheraton Ames

3:30pm

Signing - Christopher Jones
Panelists: Christopher Jones

Saturday July 7, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table C

3:30pm