I can’t believe it’s only 10 days away! My schedule is packed this year, and I’m VERY EXCITED. Plus, I’ll be dressing in full cosplay for the very first time, thanks to my friend Bill Doran. I’m not going to tell you who I’ll be though… you’ll just have to figure it out
Title: Tech News
Description: Tom Merritt and guests discuss what it takes to keep up with the ever-changing tech news industry.
Time: Fri 04:00 pm Location: Crystal Ballroom – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: FSL Tonight!
Description: Justin Robert Young and Tom Merritt will bring you the post-game wrap-up from the FSL championship. Vulcan vs. Lannisport? Coruscant vs. Rivendell? Whatever it ends up being, we’ll be there, with special guests.
Time: Fri 05:30 pm Location: 204 – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Sword and Laser Podcast – LIVE
Description: Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt bring their podcast about all things Sci-Fi and Fantasy back to Dragon*Con with special guest R.A. Salvatore!
Time: Sat 02:30 pm Location: Crystal Ballroom – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: 2012 Parsec Awards
Description: The Parsec Award is available for Sci-Fi & Fantasy Original Content, and Speculative Fiction. Join us for the 2012 Parsec Awards Ceremony. Hosted by me and Scott Sigler!
Time: Sat 04:00 pm Location: International North – Hyatt (Length: 2.5 Hours)
Title: Women in Gaming
Description: TBD! But probably about women in gaming.
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: TBD (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Vaginal Fantasy Live
Description: Join the ladies as they discuss a Vaginal Fantasy book live!
Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: Centennial I – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Getting the Scoop
Description: Forget the old reveal, preview, review cycle. Websites, podcasts, blogs, and forums changed how we learn about games. Are they changing games, too?
Time: Sun 07:00 pm Location: 209 / 210 / 211 – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: NSFW Dragon*Con: Con of a Dragon Three Equals Equals Equals Dee
Description: Brian Brushwood, Justin Robert Young, Tom Merritt, and Veronica Belmont will all return.
Time: Sun 08:30 pm Location: Crystal Ballroom – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
Recently I appeared on Roadtrip Nation, a great organization that encourages youth (from middle school to college and beyond) to find their own path in life. I spoke about my own journey of figuring out who I am, what I wanted to do with myself, and gave some insight into what a painful, painful nerd I was in high school.
I’m speaking on some fantastic panels this month at BayCon, hope to see some of you there!
Current Science Fiction Television
Friday from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM in San Tomas
(with Lon Sarver, Ian Grey, D.M. Pratt and Deborah M. Pratt)
Panelists discuss current current SF/F TV broadcast now on ALL
networks, not just the Syfy channel. It’s all prime time now!
The Evolution of Video Games
Saturday from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM in Ballroom D
(with Lex Scheuble, Tim Crowley, Robert Toland)
From Asteroids and Pong to PC and Xbox 360, our video games have gone
from simple to very complex, from simple arcade games to story-driven
entertainment to exercises in building complete civilizations. Has the
allure increased, or has it turned into a demographic niche? What might
be in our video game future? Join the discussion with our panel of
Gamers and Game Reviewers.
Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks, and other Misfits
are taking over the World.
Saturday from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM in Ballroom E-F-G
(with Lex Scheuble, Denisen Hartlove, Leslie Simon, Sally RoseRed Robinson, Josephine Gray)
Geekdom, it’s not just for guys anymore! A discussion on how Geek Girls
are influncing the world of SF/F, Gaming, and Comics and becoming a
major force at conventions.
Bof: Sword and Laser
Saturday from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM in Central
(with Tom Merritt)
For fans of the Sword and Laser Podcast and new VideoCast.
The Evolution of Female Characters in SF and Fantasy
Sunday from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM in Ballroom D
(with Juliette Wade, Deborah J. Ross, Daryl G. Frazetti, Brandon Sanderson,
Diana L. Paxson)
From damsels in distress to sword-wielding, gun-toting, and military
masterminds, have women found their place, or are they ‘feminized’ men?
Do the women truly reflect the changing attitudes of the roles of
Erotic Science Fiction and Fantasy
Sunday from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM in Lawrence
(with Lon Sarver, D.M. Atkins, Jaym Gates)
Boy meets girl meets robot meets vampire: what makes for good erotica
in worlds with different rules than ours?
“Hard Science” Science Fiction Doesn’t have to be Hard
Sunday from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM in Winchester
(with Arthur Bozlee, Scott Beckstead, Norm Sperling, Kyle Aisteach, Eytan
What are some books,movies, comic books, etc. that have used GOOD
science and still managed to be exciting? What was the bad science
that made you howl in pain, could it have been modified to be better
science and still keep the story intact?
Despite the cold and the rain (check out my awesome rain boots, huh?) I set out to visit the HQ for the Go Game, a company that specializes in creating team building events and get-togethers. From their website:
The Go Game stages technology-fueled, creative games and activities for team building, marketing programs, sales training and just pure fun. Based in San Francisco, we stage unique, interactive events and scavenger hunts for groups of 3 to 10,000 players anywhere in the world
Joined by some of my friends, including my endlessly patient partner-in-crime Ryan Block, we traveled around the Mission district of San Francisco, completing quests and finding clues. Check out the video to see who was victorious!