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Event Date: February 28 - March 1, 2020

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Friday, February 28
 

1:30pm

An Afternoon of Documentaries
Retro Gaming at Steel Collectibles by Thomas D'Antuono  (0:07:25) WP
Cinewalking-Street Art Tour Castellaneta by Pietro Manigrasso (0:01:00) WP
The Tale of Bunnyman Bridge by Eric Lochstampfor (0:02:12) **Not Recommended for Under 18**
Death & the Maiden: A Documentary by Kevin McGuiness (0:07:59) **Not Recommended for Under 18**
Squee Fu: Fans Celebrate the Return of Joe Bob Briggs by Hansi Oppenheimer (0:20:32)
The Last Man Standing Matter: Johnny Dollar & The End of Old Time Radio by Don Klees (0:26:07)
The Extractive Gaze by Steve McGuire (0:47:00) WP
Total Run Time - 1:52:15  /  Followed by a brief Q & A  /  *WP = World Premier

Friday February 28, 2020 1:30pm - 3:45pm
Boardroom 2/Indie Film 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014

2:00pm

3:00pm

3:00pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

Friday February 28, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

3:00pm

Cosplay 201: Surviving the Masquerade
This panel covers the 'what's next' questions about how to take your amazing cosplay to the next level. Come learn some tips and tricks to help you not just get through the masquerade, but be confident and successful at conveying excitement about your costume.

Moderators
avatar for Wickedly Stitched Cosplay by Kate

Wickedly Stitched Cosplay by Kate

Masquerade Director/cosplayer/professional seamstress, Wickedly Stitched Cosplay by Kate

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist, Flabbergast the Wizard
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Matthew Penick

Zealous Cosplay
Matthew Penick has been a cosplayer for over a decade and took his passion for costuming to the professional level in 2010 with the creation of the theatrical design company Ribbons and Rivets. The self-taught designer began primarily working with leather, and still considers leatherwork... Read More →
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Sarah Oliver

I am a local artist and cosplayer. I specialize in 3D art and B&W charcoal portraits. I love anime, sci-fi, Gundam, horror movies, reading and writing short stories. I’ve cosplayed almost 15years and hope to be able to continue long into the future. I am a hardcore Ellen Ripley... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ballroom C 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

3:00pm

Techniques for Game/Dungeon Mastering
How to be a better DM and keep your players engaged and having fun.

Moderators
MystiCon 2020 Guests
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John Watts

President/Owner, Independence Games
John Watts is the owner and president of Independence Games (formerly Gypsy Knights Games).  Independence Games publishes the Clement Sector, Earth Sector, and Action Movie Physics RPGs.  John is married to his wonderful wife, Wendy, and lives with two cats:  Moneypenny and Felix.John... Read More →
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Greg Porter

Game Master
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Jefferson Rose

Dungeon Master and Game Master
Jefferson Rose is the founder and moderator of GM Workshop at BLADE Gaming, a collaborative roundtable of aspiring and veteran DMs and GMs devoted to improving play of any and all Tabletop RPGs. He is a Game Master with most of his experience in running D&D Fifth Edition. With eighteen... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dogwood 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

3:00pm

Audio Podcasting and Internet Radio 101
Our panelists will talk about ways to start up your own audio podcast, or Internet radio station--the equipment to get, software to use, and creating a website for distribution or hooking up with a streaming provider.

Moderators
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Jay Prater

VFX Designer/Editor, WFXR/WWCW TV
When I was 8, I went to the movies with my parents and saw that Star Destroyer bearing down on Princess Leia's ship at the beginning of A New Hope. That moment stuck with me and really opened the door to a lifelong love of science fiction, fantasy and horror.I've played RPGs since... Read More →

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Flynnstress

Co-Host, Geek Radio Daily
Part Wonder Woman part Harley Quinn.
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Day Al-Mohamed

Author/Filmmaker/Disability Policy Executive
Day Al-Mohamed is an award-winning filmmaker, author, and disability policy executive. She is a host on Idobi Radio’s Geek Girl Riot (https://idobi.com/show/geek-girl-riot/) with an audience of more than 80,000 listeners, and her most recent novella, “The Labyrinth’s Archivist... Read More →
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Alex Matsuo

Author, Paranormal
Alex Matsuo is a paranormal researcher, singer, and author. She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study and runs the blog and YouTube channel, “Singing & Spooky Stuff.” She was recently seen on Travel Channel's "Most Terrifying Places in America" as well as "Truth... Read More →
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Gerry

Content Creator, LongwoodGeek
Gerald (Gerry) Martin has been working on computers since his very first Tandy 1000HX that he got from his parents for Christmas in 1988. Starting at 5 years old to now, there is very little he has not seen or tried to do with his systems over the years, especially when he wanted... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ballroom E 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

3:00pm

Author Signing Table A
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

Friday February 28, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Author Signing Table A 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

3:00pm

Author Signing Table B
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

Friday February 28, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Author Signing Table B 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

3:00pm

Con Survivalism 101
Never been to a convention before? Maybe this is your first time at MystiCon? Or are you the crafty veteran of dozens (if not hundreds) of cons? Either way, come join in our roundtable discussion on how to best enjoy the convention experience, as well as practical advice on the do's and dont's of con survival. Especially if you're planning to party, this is the place to get some great advice.

Moderators
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Michael D. Pederson

Con Chair, RavenCon
Michael D. Pederson was the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree from 2002 until 2019. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published... Read More →

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Tally Johnson

Paranormal
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands, Ghosts of the Pee Dee (all for The History Press) and he also has a story in An... Read More →
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Grig Larson

Author, Punkadyne Labs
Science fiction and comedy writer, and writer of the Radio Podcast/Drama, \"This Kaiju Life,\" Grig has been a staple of east coast fandom since the 1980s. He\'s written two books, \"Trolley,\" a steampunk horror, and \"Space Bitch,\" a dark sci-fi action comedy. He is the creator... Read More →
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Lilith

Cast Member, Charming Underclothes
I came to Roanoke from NOVA. I was a member of the Washington DC cast Sonic Transducers for about 3 years before moving here. I performed as Trixxie, Crim, Transylvanians, and Dr. Scott. Since joining Charming Underclothes I have added Rocky and Janet to my list of characters. I enjoy... Read More →
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O. Hai

Cast Member, Charming Underclothes
Born and raised in Roanoke, shadowcaster and pop culture fan sunce.the 90s.
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Sean Heare

Fan Guest of Honor
Geek dilettante Sean Heare has been the DM of many RPG campaigns playing with up to 12 people. When not working in emerging tech, he watches copious amounts of TV, reads voraciously, and dominates trivia night at several bars. Sean is an exuberant extrovert. He has volunteered and... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dogwood 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

3:00pm

Author Showcase
Authors who have written books coming out in 2020 can briefly discuss them in a panel.

Moderators
MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Pamela K. Kinney

Author
Author Pamela K. Kinney gave up long ago trying not to listen to the voices in her head and has written award-winning, bestselling horror, fantasy. science fiction, poetry, along with five nonfiction ghost books ever since. Three of her nonfiction ghost books garnered Library of Virginia... Read More →
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Marshall Stephens

Writer, Marshall Makes Media
Marshall was born in South Carolina, but now calls the southwest corner of Virginia his home and often his inspiration. He's self-published two novels, a novella, a number of short story collections, as well as collaborated with other authors on joint works. He's a card-carrying gamer... Read More →
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A.L. Sirois

I'm a writer, illustrator, editor and ghost-writer. I'm happy to talk about any or all of those things. I'm also a fan, and was very active in fanzines throughout the 70s and 80s. After a layoff, I am contributing artwork and LoCs again.


Friday February 28, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ballroom D 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

3:00pm

Character Development & Inspiration
Looking at where you get your inspiration for characters and how pieces of you end up in your characters.

Moderators
avatar for Mel Todd

Mel Todd

Owner, Bad Ash Publishing

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Tera Fulbright

Director of Programming, Author, ConGregate Productions, Inc
With over 20 years of event planning experience, Tera Fulbright uses that knowledge to create new and different programming at ConGregate – a convention for the fans, by the fans. She is also the author of several short stories including her first, “History in the Making” published... Read More →
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Ed McKeown

Chief editor, Writing
Edward McKeown is best known for his two Confederation Space Series: The Robert Fenaday/Shasti Rainhell series of SF novels set on the Privateer Sidhe & set in the same universe, The Maauro Chronicles featuring a 50,000 year old android named Maauro and her friend, a disgraced... Read More →
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Maya Preisler

Geek Life
Maya Preisler has been creating art and telling stories since she was old enough to hold a pen, writing and illustrating her first science fiction novel at age eight. Her art has been featured on book covers, convention badges and in numerous art shows. Her professional credits include... Read More →
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Fraser Sherman

Fraser Sherman was born in England, but spent most of his life in Northwest Florida. He’d be there still but he met his dream woman in 2008 and moved up to Durham, NC in 2010 to marry her. Nine years this June, woot!After he graduated college with no clear career path, he figured... Read More →
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Trent Welstead

Film
Trent Welstead currently resides in Blacksburg, VA, where he recently completed a dual degree in Cinema and Creative Writing at Virginia Tech. He's an avid cinema enthusiast to nearly every extent imaginable, and cherishes his many opportunities to collaborate with others.Trent’s... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Vista Room 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

3:30pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

Friday February 28, 2020 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

3:30pm

Autograph Signing with Zack Ward
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Zack Ward

Media Guest of Honor
Zach Ward is known for his character Dave Scovil (Titus's stoner half-brother) on the FOX show Titus and as the bully Scut Farkus in the 1983 perennial Christmas movie A Christmas Story. He also has guest roles on popular television series such as NCIS, Lost, and Crossing Jordan... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Vendor Room 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014

3:45pm

A Brief History of Time Travel
A Brief History of Time Travel by Gisella Bustillos (01:05:00)
A documentary followed by a brief Q & A

Friday February 28, 2020 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Boardroom 2/Indie Film 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014

4:00pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

Friday February 28, 2020 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:00pm

Sailor Moon
In the name of the moon come talk about this amazing manga, anime, musical, and live action series with our panelists.

Moderators
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Wickedly Stitched Cosplay by Kate

Masquerade Director/cosplayer/professional seamstress, Wickedly Stitched Cosplay by Kate

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Maya Preisler

Geek Life
Maya Preisler has been creating art and telling stories since she was old enough to hold a pen, writing and illustrating her first science fiction novel at age eight. Her art has been featured on book covers, convention badges and in numerous art shows. Her professional credits include... Read More →
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Wednesday Mourning

Cast Member, Charming Underclothes
Wednesday Mourning has been performing with Charming Underclothes for 5 years and has been performing for 6 years. She has performed in many shows such as Rocky Horror, Clue, Repo! The Genetic Opera, Lost Skeleton, and Hocus Pocus.
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Alex Matsuo

Author, Paranormal
Alex Matsuo is a paranormal researcher, singer, and author. She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study and runs the blog and YouTube channel, “Singing & Spooky Stuff.” She was recently seen on Travel Channel's "Most Terrifying Places in America" as well as "Truth... Read More →
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Ginger Snaps

Professional Con Goer. Singer. Member of the Shadow Balladeers.
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Sarah Oliver

I am a local artist and cosplayer. I specialize in 3D art and B&W charcoal portraits. I love anime, sci-fi, Gundam, horror movies, reading and writing short stories. I’ve cosplayed almost 15years and hope to be able to continue long into the future. I am a hardcore Ellen Ripley... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom D 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:00pm

Q & A with Larry Niven
You won't want to miss this chat with Larry Niven, 2020 MystiCon Author Guest of Honor and local Author R.S. Belcher.

Moderators
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R.S. Belcher

Writing
R.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and journalist, as well as an author of short and long fiction in a number of genres. Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, a comic book store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and... Read More →

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Larry Niven

writer, sfwa


Friday February 28, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Vista Room 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:00pm

Author Signing Table A
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, The Rifle Chronicles, and Wolfbane: The Coldstone Files. His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can check out his... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Author Signing Table A 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:00pm

Author Signing Table B
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Marshall Stephens

Marshall Stephens

Writer, Marshall Makes Media
Marshall was born in South Carolina, but now calls the southwest corner of Virginia his home and often his inspiration. He's self-published two novels, a novella, a number of short story collections, as well as collaborated with other authors on joint works. He's a card-carrying gamer... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Author Signing Table B 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:00pm

Crowdfunding 101
An intensive discussion on the use of crowdfunding sources: pros and cons of the major platforms, campaign basics, what happens after the campaign ends, and how to be successful with the internet’s help.

Moderators
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Wendy S Delmater

Editor and Publisher, Abyss & Apex Magazine

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Dave Harlequin

Film
Described by both press and colleagues as an "independent renaissance man" and "voice of the underground," Dave Harlequin is a professional screenwriter, journalist, author, and independent filmmaker from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the Co-Creative Director of North Carolina... Read More →
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Day Al-Mohamed

Author/Filmmaker/Disability Policy Executive
Day Al-Mohamed is an award-winning filmmaker, author, and disability policy executive. She is a host on Idobi Radio’s Geek Girl Riot (https://idobi.com/show/geek-girl-riot/) with an audience of more than 80,000 listeners, and her most recent novella, “The Labyrinth’s Archivist... Read More →
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Greg Porter

Game Master


Friday February 28, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Dogwood 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:00pm

STEM - Part I: Liquid Nitrogen Demos!
Liquid Nitrogen Demos have never been so entertaining than when we've seen Dr. Wallace do them at MystiCon. We think this is a MUST SEE!

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Daniel Wallace

Engineer
Dr. Daniel Wallace is a Human Factors engineer and research scientist. He is active in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) education and demonstrations.  He is also a school board member, church praise band member, balloon artist, and proud father of five nerdy... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom E 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:00pm

New Author Bootcamp
So you wrote a book…now what? This panel will take you through the steps of being a new author – from publishing to promotion, the tools you need to succeed, making friends in the industry, and the hard lessons learned from simple mistakes.

Moderators
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S.H. Roddy

Author, Writing
South Carolina native S.H. Roddey has been writing for fun since she was a child and enjoys building worlds across the speculative fiction spectrum filled with mystery and intrigue. She brings to the literary world a unique blend of humor, emotion, and wild ideas filled with dark... Read More →

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Melissa McArthur

Associate Publisher, Falstaff Books
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J.A. Sutherland

Author - Self-Published
J.A. Sutherland writes space opera with a very Age of Sail feel to it. When not reading or writing, he spends his time on roadtrips around the Southeast US searching for good barbecue.
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Heather Elizabeth King

Author
Heather Elizabeth King is a novelist who lives in Virginia and writes dark fiction (urban fantasy and horror). She’s been a storyteller since she can remember. Some of her favorite memories are of telling stories to her girlfriends at slumber parties when she was a pre-teen. She... Read More →
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Patrick Dugan

Writing
Patrick Dugan was born in the far north of New York, where the cold winds blow. This meant lots of time for reading over the long winters. His parents didn't care what he read as long as he did and thus Patrick started with a steady diet of comics and science fiction novels.His debut... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Dogwood 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:00pm

Space Opera: Still Hot or Dying Art?
We’ll look at how space opera, which was once the center of the SF field, has become almost a niche, as other genres have risen in popularity

Moderators
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SD Higgins

Author
S.D. Higgins is a superhero fanatic and storyteller. He is a full time father of four kids ranging from 16 to 5. In those brief moments of free time, he has written a few short stories as part of the Raptor City superhero universe. He is the creator of the current generation of the... Read More →

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Doc Coleman

Swimming Cat Studios
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Ed McKeown

Chief editor, Writing
Edward McKeown is best known for his two Confederation Space Series: The Robert Fenaday/Shasti Rainhell series of SF novels set on the Privateer Sidhe & set in the same universe, The Maauro Chronicles featuring a 50,000 year old android named Maauro and her friend, a disgraced... Read More →
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S.C. Houff

Geek Life
S.C. Houff is the daughter of a revolutionary and a TV quiz master. A natural story tell and a full time geek, she has been known to tell a tale or two which mostly is considered lying. She is not a liar but the author behind the From the Files of the Department of the Arcane series... Read More →
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O. Hai

Cast Member, Charming Underclothes
Born and raised in Roanoke, shadowcaster and pop culture fan sunce.the 90s.
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William Lawhorn

Bill Lawhorn is a DC area fan and convention runner. In addition to chairing the 2009, 2014, and 2019 Capclaves, he is also the current 2020 chair. He was on the committee and performed various duties for the 2010, 2011, and 2015 Nebula awards. He was on staff for the 2003 and 2014... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom C 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:00pm

A Night at the Inn
It's time to stop for the night. And there's an inn with plenty of rooms available. It's just the thing that weary adventurers are looking for. It's far nicer than sleeping in the woods. Good food, nice beds, ah, that's the ticket.

Not so fast, not all is as it seems.

Can the adventurers figure out what is going on before their fate is sealed? Can they stop what is happening before it's too late?

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Sarah Greiner

Game Master
I have been playing Pathfinder and other rpgs since 2008. I\'ve been running a long-term Pathfinder game since 2016. I first got to start running game sessions at cons in 2018. I also do a lot of crafts, like cross stitch and knitting and crocheting.


Friday February 28, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Parlor Room 3 Table 3 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:00pm

Carnival of the Damned
New players welcome! Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG is an OSR fantasy RPG in the spirit of Original and 1st editions of Dungeons & Dragons. The emphasis is on exploration for gold and glory and combat is fast and deadly. Character creation is 100% random and is fully accomplished though the use of a 0 level character funnel (affectionately referred to as the Meat Grinder in some circles). Each player starts with four characters and those who survive to first level have the chance to eventually become heroes. We will begin with the 0 level adventure:
The Carnival appeared overnight near the village and everyone had a wonderful day playing the games and riding the rides. But when night falls all of the children disappear and the Carnival has changed in terrifying ways. Join us as we attempt to discover the secrets of the Black Jester and survive The Carnival of the Damned!

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Paul Morgan

Game Master
Hi! My name is Paul and I’m running three sessions of Dungeon Crawl Classics at the con this year. DCC is a table top RPG in the old school spirit of 1970s D&D. My “day job” as a Lyft Driver gives me time to devote to my gaming obsession as well as supporting my writing avocation... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Parlor Room 3 Table 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:00pm

Pathfinder for Kids
Gaming for Kids - 14 and under.

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Mikayla Fillpot

Game Master


Friday February 28, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Rm 440 Table 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:00pm

Space Combat 101
What is Starfinder space combat? It's awesome is what. We will have 2 different sessions during our time with you. During the first half, we will have 101 to help more people to understand Starfinder space combat. Then, for the second half, we will be running more advanced scenarios, which may include more then 1 ship's crew. We are excited to be bringing this to you.

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Vanguard Ace Pilot

Game Master
I'm a Christian Gamer. I have been involved with MystiCon gaming for many years. I am a Game Master this year only, and hope to expand into Starfinder's space combat in the great void of space.
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Matt Anderson

Game Master


Friday February 28, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Annex Table 3 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:00pm

Space Combat 101
What is Starfinder space combat? It's awesome is what. We will have 2 different sessions during our time with you. During the first half, we will have 101 to help more people to understand Starfinder space combat. Then, for the second half, we will be running more advanced scenarios, which may include more then 1 ship's crew. We are excited to be bringing this to you.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Vanguard Ace Pilot

Vanguard Ace Pilot

Game Master
I'm a Christian Gamer. I have been involved with MystiCon gaming for many years. I am a Game Master this year only, and hope to expand into Starfinder's space combat in the great void of space.
MA

Matt Anderson

Game Master


Friday February 28, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Annex Table 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:00pm

The Capsized Tower
Your team has just arrived in the canopy city of Loweloft where you've tracked down the whereabouts of an ancient temple that is said to spiral downwards deep into the planet. Untold riches and glory awaits.

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Samuel Lahar

Game Master
Samuel is hometown Game Master who got his start playing 3.5 Pathfinder over 10 years ago in his friend\'s basement. Ever since that day Dungeons & Dragons has been his number one hobby. Starting with Pathfinder and then moving to Fantasy Craft and then eventually branching to Fifth... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Parlor Room 3 Table 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:00pm

The Forbidden Temple
Tasked with journeying to a forgotten temple, this small group of adventurers have to make their way through the forbidden forest and past the creatures that call it home, retrieve the idol and make it home alive.

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Jennifer Whitten

Game Master


Friday February 28, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Annex Table 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:00pm

Tiny Dungeon
A great way to introduce kids into roleplaying. For 14 and under.

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Matt Hernandez

Game Master


Friday February 28, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Rm 440 Table 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:00pm

#1-02 The Mosquito Witch [Tier 1-4]
Pathfinder Society

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Joshua Morrison

Game Master - Pathfinder Society


4:00pm

#1-11 Flames of Rebellion [Tier 1-4]
Pathfinder Society

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Gwen Leach

Game Master - Pathfinder Society


4:00pm

#10-13 Fragments of Antiquity [Tier 5-9]
Pathfinder society

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JM

Jeff Merola

Game Master - Pathfinder Society


4:00pm

#10-15 What the Helms Hide [Tier 1-5]
Pathfinder Society

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Robert Beheiter

Game Master - Pathfinder Society


4:30pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

Friday February 28, 2020 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

5:00pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

Friday February 28, 2020 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

5:00pm

Getting into Illustration
You like to draw and would like to do it for books. How do you go about it? Do you need an agent? What’s it like to work with the author? This panel will cover these questions and more.

Moderators
MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for A.L. Sirois

A.L. Sirois

I'm a writer, illustrator, editor and ghost-writer. I'm happy to talk about any or all of those things. I'm also a fan, and was very active in fanzines throughout the 70s and 80s. After a layoff, I am contributing artwork and LoCs again.


Friday February 28, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Dogwood 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

5:00pm

Opening Ceremonies
Come have fun and celebrate the opening of the 2019 MystiCon! Get a chance to hear candid banter between all of our Guests of Honor and hear some highlights of what you can expect at this year's event. Seating begins at 5:30 pm

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Larry Niven

Larry Niven

writer, sfwa
avatar for Zack Ward

Zack Ward

Media Guest of Honor
Zach Ward is known for his character Dave Scovil (Titus's stoner half-brother) on the FOX show Titus and as the bully Scut Farkus in the 1983 perennial Christmas movie A Christmas Story. He also has guest roles on popular television series such as NCIS, Lost, and Crossing Jordan... Read More →
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Rich Sigfrit

Fan Guest
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast... Read More →
avatar for Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan

Film
I remember watching THE BLACK SCORPION, possibly through the bars of my crib and it left lasting impressions: a love for genre films and stop motion animation, a desire to figure out how they’re made, and a fear of black scorpions.My aunt bought me a super-8 camera and I tormented... Read More →
avatar for Bobby Bailey

Bobby Bailey

Music Guest of Honor
"Type Trauma" is Mike Glazebrook, Bobby Bailey, and Chris Tucker. Based in Roanoke, VA, Type Trauma's debut album "Blunt Force" saw release on Halloween of 2018. With passion born from forays into Honolulu's 90's goth/industrial underbelly and baring witness and gaining influence... Read More →
avatar for Jenn DePaola

Jenn DePaola

Artist Guest of Honor
Hi there! I am Jenn DePaola, a digital illustrator who has a penchant for things of a geeky nature. Sci-fi, fantasy, Pop Culture and Pin-up art are my favorites to illustrate. I have worked on licensed properties such as Star Wars and Mars Attacks! with Topps Trading Cards, and Viceroy... Read More →
avatar for Josh Swartz - Blade Gaming

Josh Swartz - Blade Gaming

Owner, Blade Gaming


Friday February 28, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Vista Room 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

5:00pm

Author Signing Table A
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

Friday February 28, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Author Signing Table A 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

5:00pm

Author Signing Table B
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests

Friday February 28, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Author Signing Table B 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

5:00pm

The Science Hits of 2019
Come see what you missed in science this past year. There have been some major discoveries (and some maybe not so major :-) that you really need to hear about!

Moderators
MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Daniel Wallace

Daniel Wallace

Engineer
Dr. Daniel Wallace is a Human Factors engineer and research scientist. He is active in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) education and demonstrations.  He is also a school board member, church praise band member, balloon artist, and proud father of five nerdy... Read More →
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Jim Nettles

Founder, Science and Tech
James Nettles has a thirty-year career consulting for dozens of clients from startups to Fortune 100’s, media contributor, speaker on privacy, futurism, coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and individual daily lives, and is a science fiction and fantasy... Read More →
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O. Hai

Cast Member, Charming Underclothes
Born and raised in Roanoke, shadowcaster and pop culture fan sunce.the 90s.
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Sean Heare

Fan Guest of Honor
Geek dilettante Sean Heare has been the DM of many RPG campaigns playing with up to 12 people. When not working in emerging tech, he watches copious amounts of TV, reads voraciously, and dominates trivia night at several bars. Sean is an exuberant extrovert. He has volunteered and... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ballroom E 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

5:00pm

Evil in Writing
Can a protagonist be evil or behave in evil ways, does the bad guy always have to be evil. examine the relationship between poor choices and true evil in fantasy and sci-fi writing.

Moderators
MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Quincy J. Allen

Quincy J. Allen

Author, Writing
National Bestselling Author Quincy J. Allen is a cross-genre author five novels under his belt. His media tie-in novel Colt the Outlander: Shadow of Ruin was a Scribe Award finalist in 2019, and his noir novel Chemical Burn was a Colorado Gold Award finalist in 2010.He co-authore... Read More →
avatar for Tera Fulbright

Tera Fulbright

Director of Programming, Author, ConGregate Productions, Inc
With over 20 years of event planning experience, Tera Fulbright uses that knowledge to create new and different programming at ConGregate – a convention for the fans, by the fans. She is also the author of several short stories including her first, “History in the Making” published... Read More →
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Ed McKeown

Chief editor, Writing
Edward McKeown is best known for his two Confederation Space Series: The Robert Fenaday/Shasti Rainhell series of SF novels set on the Privateer Sidhe & set in the same universe, The Maauro Chronicles featuring a 50,000 year old android named Maauro and her friend, a disgraced... Read More →
avatar for Pamela K. Kinney

Pamela K. Kinney

Author
Author Pamela K. Kinney gave up long ago trying not to listen to the voices in her head and has written award-winning, bestselling horror, fantasy. science fiction, poetry, along with five nonfiction ghost books ever since. Three of her nonfiction ghost books garnered Library of Virginia... Read More →
avatar for Trent Welstead

Trent Welstead

Film
Trent Welstead currently resides in Blacksburg, VA, where he recently completed a dual degree in Cinema and Creative Writing at Virginia Tech. He's an avid cinema enthusiast to nearly every extent imaginable, and cherishes his many opportunities to collaborate with others.Trent’s... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ballroom D 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

5:00pm

Science Fiction & Fantasy: How to Fracture a Fairy Tale
Fairytale and mythic retellings are a popular storytelling device – some might say too popular. How do you pull it off in a way that feels fresh and interesting?

Moderators
avatar for Fraser Sherman

Fraser Sherman

Fraser Sherman was born in England, but spent most of his life in Northwest Florida. He’d be there still but he met his dream woman in 2008 and moved up to Durham, NC in 2010 to marry her. Nine years this June, woot!After he graduated college with no clear career path, he figured... Read More →

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, The Rifle Chronicles, and Wolfbane: The Coldstone Files. His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can check out his... Read More →
avatar for Robert W. Ross

Robert W. Ross

Author, Spartamac Publishing
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Andrew Hiller

A Climbing Stock (Daily Swan 2015) Time of the Critic (Amazing Stories 2020) Hundreds of stories on public radio and NPR. Cobblestones: Going Gonzo for Jim Henson (documentary produced with Jim Henson Legacy starring Dave Goelz, hosted by Andrew Hiller)


Friday February 28, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ballroom C 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

5:00pm

Video Games as Research Tools
Immersive games like Skyrim and WoW can teach us a great deal about story lines, world building, magic rules, etc. if we pay attention. Panelists will discuss how they create richer stories from playing their favorite games.

Moderators
avatar for Gerry

Gerry

Content Creator, LongwoodGeek
Gerald (Gerry) Martin has been working on computers since his very first Tandy 1000HX that he got from his parents for Christmas in 1988. Starting at 5 years old to now, there is very little he has not seen or tried to do with his systems over the years, especially when he wanted... Read More →

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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S.C. Houff

Geek Life
S.C. Houff is the daughter of a revolutionary and a TV quiz master. A natural story tell and a full time geek, she has been known to tell a tale or two which mostly is considered lying. She is not a liar but the author behind the From the Files of the Department of the Arcane series... Read More →
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SD Higgins

Author
S.D. Higgins is a superhero fanatic and storyteller. He is a full time father of four kids ranging from 16 to 5. In those brief moments of free time, he has written a few short stories as part of the Raptor City superhero universe. He is the creator of the current generation of the... Read More →
avatar for James Fadeley

James Fadeley

Author / Chief Editor, Thunderbird Studios
Chief Editor for Thunderbird Studios.
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Black Dahlia

Cast Member, Charming Underclothes


Friday February 28, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Dogwood 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

5:00pm

Fan/Sweded Films
Living in Crime Alley by Rob Ayling (0:08:35) WP
Growing Shadows: The Poison Ivy Fan Film by Sophie Black (0:09:34)
Project Cadmus by John Crawford (0:19:20)
Better Uses for The Infinity Gauntlet by Tanya Wheelock (0:04:52)
Cubicles & Copiers by Raymond Wallace (0:07:32)
No Easy Target by Orion Couling (0:16:06)
The Path of the Greys by Joshua van ’t Hoff (0:13:06)
Batman: Requiem for a Bat by Steve James (0:10:00)  **NOT RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE UNDER 18 **
Best Fairy for Cinderella by Александр Баскаков (0:11:53) WP **NOT RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE UNDER 18 **

Total Run Time: 1:32:23

Followed by a brief Q & A panel

WP = World Premier

Friday February 28, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Boardroom 2/Indie Film 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014

5:30pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

Friday February 28, 2020 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

6:00pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for S.H. Roddy

S.H. Roddy

Author, Writing
South Carolina native S.H. Roddey has been writing for fun since she was a child and enjoys building worlds across the speculative fiction spectrum filled with mystery and intrigue. She brings to the literary world a unique blend of humor, emotion, and wild ideas filled with dark... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

6:00pm

Close Up Magic with Mark MacDicken (Kids Edition)
Join Mark MacDicken (aka Flabbergast) to watch him dazzle and amaze you with some of his magic tricks. Then he'll show you some magic tricks to take home and show your friends!

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Mark MacDicken

Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist, Flabbergast the Wizard


Friday February 28, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Dogwood 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

6:00pm

Introduction to Roleplaying
Curious as to what is involved in roleplaying games? Come take your first step into the wonderful world of roleplaying and what it entails. This panel would also be helpful to parents who have children that want to, or are actively participating in, roleplay. Learn the lingo, get all the starting tips, and more, with our panelists.

Moderators
avatar for John Watts

John Watts

President/Owner, Independence Games
John Watts is the owner and president of Independence Games (formerly Gypsy Knights Games).  Independence Games publishes the Clement Sector, Earth Sector, and Action Movie Physics RPGs.  John is married to his wonderful wife, Wendy, and lives with two cats:  Moneypenny and Felix.John... Read More →

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Tera Fulbright

Tera Fulbright

Director of Programming, Author, ConGregate Productions, Inc
With over 20 years of event planning experience, Tera Fulbright uses that knowledge to create new and different programming at ConGregate – a convention for the fans, by the fans. She is also the author of several short stories including her first, “History in the Making” published... Read More →
avatar for Lilith

Lilith

Cast Member, Charming Underclothes
I came to Roanoke from NOVA. I was a member of the Washington DC cast Sonic Transducers for about 3 years before moving here. I performed as Trixxie, Crim, Transylvanians, and Dr. Scott. Since joining Charming Underclothes I have added Rocky and Janet to my list of characters. I enjoy... Read More →
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Dennis M. Myers

Author
Born and raised in central Minnesota, Dennis M. Myers dedicated the first decade of his adult life to the United States Navy, serving in the FBM Submarine Force. During this time he wrote adventures for Challenge Magazine (GDW), ran several Traveller campaigns including games at local... Read More →
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Matthew Correll

Game Master, The State of the Nerd


Friday February 28, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ballroom D 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

6:00pm

Megastructures in Space
Space Elevators, Schkadov Cluster, Dyson Sphere, Stanford Torus, The Death Star, all of these bring to mind space travel, aliens and science fiction. Join our own guest of honor Larry Niven to discuss his creation Ringworld and other megastructures in space. How was the concept originated? Could they ever be real? What would life be like on them? How to come up with your own inspirations and use them creatively. Come Listen to one of the original authors of the concept and others discuss the past and future developments.

Moderators
MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for J.A. Sutherland

J.A. Sutherland

Author - Self-Published
J.A. Sutherland writes space opera with a very Age of Sail feel to it. When not reading or writing, he spends his time on roadtrips around the Southeast US searching for good barbecue.
avatar for Larry Niven

Larry Niven

writer, sfwa


Friday February 28, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ballroom C 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

6:00pm

Q & A with Zack Ward
Billy Flynn, member of Geek Radio Daily, interviews MystiCon 2020 Media Guest of Honor, Zack Ward.

Moderators
avatar for Billy Flynn

Billy Flynn

Geek Radio Daily
Everything... you can NOT go wrong

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Zack Ward

Zack Ward

Media Guest of Honor
Zach Ward is known for his character Dave Scovil (Titus's stoner half-brother) on the FOX show Titus and as the bully Scut Farkus in the 1983 perennial Christmas movie A Christmas Story. He also has guest roles on popular television series such as NCIS, Lost, and Crossing Jordan... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Vista Room 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

6:00pm

Folk Horror
Panelists discuss dark folklore, urban legends, earth mysteries, murder ballads, archaic history, and backwoods gothic… a web of weirdness that clings to us still.

Moderators
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Paranormal
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands, Ghosts of the Pee Dee (all for The History Press) and he also has a story in An... Read More →

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

Falstaff Books
avatar for S.C. Houff

S.C. Houff

Geek Life
S.C. Houff is the daughter of a revolutionary and a TV quiz master. A natural story tell and a full time geek, she has been known to tell a tale or two which mostly is considered lying. She is not a liar but the author behind the From the Files of the Department of the Arcane series... Read More →
avatar for Pamela K. Kinney

Pamela K. Kinney

Author
Author Pamela K. Kinney gave up long ago trying not to listen to the voices in her head and has written award-winning, bestselling horror, fantasy. science fiction, poetry, along with five nonfiction ghost books ever since. Three of her nonfiction ghost books garnered Library of Virginia... Read More →
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Author, Writing
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Parallel Society series, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. His unique brand of old pulp adventure mixed with a contemporary sensibility brings... Read More →
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Valerie Nieman

author of To the Bones
My writing comes out of my Appalachian roots - To the Bones is my latest novel, a genre-bending satire about the coal industry. I'm also the author of Neena Gathering, post-apocalyptic tale set in West Virginia, and Leopard Lady, a novel-in-verse about a carnival sideshow.


Friday February 28, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Dogwood 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

6:00pm

B Movie Panel
Step inside for a "confessional" discussion on our guilty pleasure "B" movies, as well as discussion about what constitutes a "B" movie.

Moderators
avatar for Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan

Film
I remember watching THE BLACK SCORPION, possibly through the bars of my crib and it left lasting impressions: a love for genre films and stop motion animation, a desire to figure out how they’re made, and a fear of black scorpions.My aunt bought me a super-8 camera and I tormented... Read More →

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Wednesday Mourning

Wednesday Mourning

Cast Member, Charming Underclothes
Wednesday Mourning has been performing with Charming Underclothes for 5 years and has been performing for 6 years. She has performed in many shows such as Rocky Horror, Clue, Repo! The Genetic Opera, Lost Skeleton, and Hocus Pocus.
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Ginger Snaps

Professional Con Goer. Singer. Member of the Shadow Balladeers.
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Matt Burchfield

Matt’s credits range from feature films to commercial content. Early in his career worked as a post-production editor, subsequently stepping into the positions of director and director of photography. Matt’s experience in those positions allows him to bring a sense of the total... Read More →
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Michael Ray Williams

Film
Michael Ray Williams was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on February 4, 1986, and has been working in independent film since debuting his improvisational skills in "Move Cary" (2006). He has played a host of roles of varying sizes since then, specializing in indie horror. His favorite... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ballroom E 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

6:00pm

Author Signing Table A
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Alex Matsuo

Alex Matsuo

Author, Paranormal
Alex Matsuo is a paranormal researcher, singer, and author. She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study and runs the blog and YouTube channel, “Singing & Spooky Stuff.” She was recently seen on Travel Channel's "Most Terrifying Places in America" as well as "Truth... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Author Signing Table A 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

6:00pm

Author Signing Table B
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, The Rifle Chronicles, and Wolfbane: The Coldstone Files. His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can check out his... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Author Signing Table B 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

6:00pm

LARP
2020 NOT SO “20/20”

Are you seeing everything with 20/20 vision?
How many times have you had to do a double take to make sure you saw something that you thought you saw? Was it truly there or was it a very vivid figment of your imagination? Do the creatures of the night really exist? Join Crushed Dreams & their LARP to find out. We run White Wolf/WoD or similar systems.
We will start registering players at 2pm on Friday and the game will start at around 6:45pm. A storyteller will be available at all times.

Friday February 28, 2020 6:00pm - Saturday February 29, 2020 2:00am
Room 501

6:00pm

SHLARP
Super Hero Live Action Role Playing

Hero or Villain? You decide! Characters come to life, take on challenges, and create a story. In this year's story we take on the biggest evil of all, Rodents and Dinosaurs!


Friday February 28, 2020 6:00pm - Saturday February 29, 2020 2:00am
Room 527

6:30pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

Friday February 28, 2020 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

7:00pm

Autograph Signing with Zack Ward
MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Zack Ward

Zack Ward

Media Guest of Honor
Zach Ward is known for his character Dave Scovil (Titus's stoner half-brother) on the FOX show Titus and as the bully Scut Farkus in the 1983 perennial Christmas movie A Christmas Story. He also has guest roles on popular television series such as NCIS, Lost, and Crossing Jordan... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Glass Office 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

7:00pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Fraser Sherman

Fraser Sherman

Fraser Sherman was born in England, but spent most of his life in Northwest Florida. He’d be there still but he met his dream woman in 2008 and moved up to Durham, NC in 2010 to marry her. Nine years this June, woot!After he graduated college with no clear career path, he figured... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

7:00pm

Director's Panel: Where Do We Go From Here?
Productions can come to a screeching halt while directors decide their next step. Directors/Panelist discuss their best & worst experiences & the lessons they took away from the experience.

Moderators
MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Matt Burchfield

Matt Burchfield

Matt’s credits range from feature films to commercial content. Early in his career worked as a post-production editor, subsequently stepping into the positions of director and director of photography. Matt’s experience in those positions allows him to bring a sense of the total... Read More →
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Dave Harlequin

Film
Described by both press and colleagues as an "independent renaissance man" and "voice of the underground," Dave Harlequin is a professional screenwriter, journalist, author, and independent filmmaker from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the Co-Creative Director of North Carolina... Read More →
avatar for Trent Welstead

Trent Welstead

Film
Trent Welstead currently resides in Blacksburg, VA, where he recently completed a dual degree in Cinema and Creative Writing at Virginia Tech. He's an avid cinema enthusiast to nearly every extent imaginable, and cherishes his many opportunities to collaborate with others.Trent’s... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Boardroom 2/Indie Film 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014

7:00pm

Author Signing Table A
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for S.H. Roddy

S.H. Roddy

Author, Writing
South Carolina native S.H. Roddey has been writing for fun since she was a child and enjoys building worlds across the speculative fiction spectrum filled with mystery and intrigue. She brings to the literary world a unique blend of humor, emotion, and wild ideas filled with dark... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Author Signing Table A 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

7:00pm

Author Signing Table B
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

Friday February 28, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Author Signing Table B 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

7:00pm

7:00pm

Youth Writers' Workshop with Liz Long
Curious about characters? Wondering about world-building? Pantser or Plotter? Learn more about how to create your own fictional stories in our workshop by a USA Today, Best-Selling, Young Adult, Fantasy author. Bring pen and paper, and your imagination. (Ideal for teens and younger writers interested in pursuing fiction and publishing.)

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Liz Long

Liz Long

Editor/Author
Liz Long is a USA Today bestselling author of YA and urban fantasy, most recently The Brighton Duology. She is a magazine editor in Roanoke, VA, and when not writing, can be found drinking happy hour prosecco, attempting hand lettering, or cuddling her dog, Fisher. She is the Director... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Dogwood 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

7:00pm

ROOM SETUP
SET UP
  • Take down air wall
  • Adjust chairs for larger space
  • Add catwalk/stairs to front and stairs on side of stage
  • Add Cash Bar
  • Syrinx is in charge of this performance space.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Syrinx

Syrinx

Founder / Director / Performer, Charming Underclothes - Feature Presentations from Reel to Real
Syrinx first took the stage in 2005, when he joined The Fishnet Mafia, a Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast in Columbus, OH. He started out as The Criminologist and a year later took on the role of Riff Raff, which is the role that he is most known for.In 2009, he joined the on-air... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Ballrooms CDE 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

7:00pm

Iron Author
Iron Author is the panel where teams of authors collaborate to write stories on the fly, based on suggestions from the audience. The results are unpredictable and usually hilarious! Audience members are encouraged to form their own teams and participate. The finished stories will be collected and sold at the Mysticon scholarship auction.

Moderators
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Phyllis Van Eps

Auction director, MystiCon

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, The Rifle Chronicles, and Wolfbane: The Coldstone Files. His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can check out his... Read More →
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Paranormal
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands, Ghosts of the Pee Dee (all for The History Press) and he also has a story in An... Read More →
avatar for Grig Larson

Grig Larson

Author, Punkadyne Labs
Science fiction and comedy writer, and writer of the Radio Podcast/Drama, \"This Kaiju Life,\" Grig has been a staple of east coast fandom since the 1980s. He\'s written two books, \"Trolley,\" a steampunk horror, and \"Space Bitch,\" a dark sci-fi action comedy. He is the creator... Read More →
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Author, Writing
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Parallel Society series, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. His unique brand of old pulp adventure mixed with a contemporary sensibility brings... Read More →
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Angela Giddings

Film
Angela Giddings wears many hats. She’s an independent filmmaker, a self-published author, and a molecular biologist. She was involved both behind and in front of the camera for the Sick Chick Flicks movie Blood of the Mummy. Currently, she is working on a sequel to her novel Shadow... Read More →
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Sean Heare

Fan Guest of Honor
Geek dilettante Sean Heare has been the DM of many RPG campaigns playing with up to 12 people. When not working in emerging tech, he watches copious amounts of TV, reads voraciously, and dominates trivia night at several bars. Sean is an exuberant extrovert. He has volunteered and... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Dogwood 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

7:00pm

Magic 101
Have you ever wanted to learn to play Magic the Gathering?  
Join our Gaming GOH, Blade Gaming, as they have instruction on how to play the most popular card game in the world.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Josh Swartz - Blade Gaming

Josh Swartz - Blade Gaming

Owner, Blade Gaming


Friday February 28, 2020 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Gaming Annex Table 4 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

7:00pm

ROOM BLOCKED
SET UP
  • Take down air wall
  • Adjust chairs for larger space
  • Add catwalk/stairs to front and stairs on side of stage
  • Add Cash Bar
  • Syrinx is in charge of this performance space.

Friday February 28, 2020 7:00pm - Saturday February 29, 2020 12:00am
Ballroom C 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

7:00pm

ROOM BLOCKED
SET UP
  • Take down air wall
  • Adjust chairs for larger space
  • Add catwalk/stairs to front and stairs on side of stage
  • Add Cash Bar
  • Syrinx is in charge of this performance space.

Friday February 28, 2020 7:00pm - Saturday February 29, 2020 12:00am
Ballroom D 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

7:00pm

ROOM BLOCKED
SET UP
  • Take down air wall
  • Adjust chairs for larger space
  • Add catwalk/stairs to front and stairs on side of stage
  • Add Cash Bar
  • Syrinx is in charge of this performance space.

Friday February 28, 2020 7:00pm - Saturday February 29, 2020 12:00am
Ballroom E 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

7:30pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

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avatar for Valerie Nieman

Valerie Nieman

author of To the Bones
My writing comes out of my Appalachian roots - To the Bones is my latest novel, a genre-bending satire about the coal industry. I'm also the author of Neena Gathering, post-apocalyptic tale set in West Virginia, and Leopard Lady, a novel-in-verse about a carnival sideshow.


Friday February 28, 2020 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

7:30pm

GOH PHOTO OP/STAFF/ VOLUNTEER PHOTO SESSION WITH ZACK WARD
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Zack Ward

Media Guest of Honor
Zach Ward is known for his character Dave Scovil (Titus's stoner half-brother) on the FOX show Titus and as the bully Scut Farkus in the 1983 perennial Christmas movie A Christmas Story. He also has guest roles on popular television series such as NCIS, Lost, and Crossing Jordan... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Photo Ops Room

8:00pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

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avatar for Maya Preisler

Maya Preisler

Geek Life
Maya Preisler has been creating art and telling stories since she was old enough to hold a pen, writing and illustrating her first science fiction novel at age eight. Her art has been featured on book covers, convention badges and in numerous art shows. Her professional credits include... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

8:00pm

Final Form Fusion Performance
Final Form Fusion is a troupe of professionally trained belly dancers brought together by a longing to express their mutual love of geek culture through music and dance. Assembled in the autumn of 2016, their mission is to create electric productions encompassing multiple genres, including horror, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, video games, and more!

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Final Form Fusion

https://www.facebook.com/FinalFormFusion/
Final Form Fusion is an award-winning troupe of professionally trained belly dancers brought together by a longing to express their mutual love of geek culture through music and dance. Assembled in the autumn of 2016, their mission is to create electric productions encompassing multiple... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Vista Room 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

8:00pm

Foreign Comedy Shorts!!!
Non Mi Posso Lamentare by Eliza Billi & Cristiana Mecozzi (0:08:30) WP
Acting Anecdotes w/ Jeremy Olivier by Oliver Cocker (0:04:45)
Kidnapping by Axel Prin (0:12:40) WP
1UP by Edward Halstead (0:09:01)
Boy's Club by John Riddell (0:04:11)
Kirk vs Picard by John Riddell (0:19:31)

Total Running Time: 0:58:37

WP = World Premier

Friday February 28, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Boardroom 2/Indie Film 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014

8:00pm

Author Signing Table A
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

Friday February 28, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Author Signing Table A 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

8:00pm

Author Signing Table B
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

Friday February 28, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Author Signing Table B 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

8:30pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.


Friday February 28, 2020 8:30pm - 9:00pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

8:30pm

Petticoats, Hoop-skirts, and Corsets Oh My!
A proper foundation is important for most any craft and cosplay is no different. We will go over many different types of garments and how they can be used to take your cosplay to the next level. Includes a general overview on many different undergarments as well as proper wear and care of said garments.

Moderators
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Wickedly Stitched Cosplay by Kate

Masquerade Director/cosplayer/professional seamstress, Wickedly Stitched Cosplay by Kate

Friday February 28, 2020 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Dogwood 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00pm

9:00pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Pamela K. Kinney

Pamela K. Kinney

Author
Author Pamela K. Kinney gave up long ago trying not to listen to the voices in her head and has written award-winning, bestselling horror, fantasy. science fiction, poetry, along with five nonfiction ghost books ever since. Three of her nonfiction ghost books garnered Library of Virginia... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00pm

Author Signing Table A
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

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avatar for Mike Allen

Mike Allen

Author/Editor/Publisher, Mythic Delirium Books
World Fantasy, Shirley Jackson and Nebula Award finalist Mike Allen has written several poetry collections, including Strange Wisdoms of the Dead (a Philadephia Inquirer editor’s choice selection), The Journey to Kailash and Hungry Constellations; a twisted dark fantasy novel, The... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Author Signing Table A 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00pm

Author Signing Table B
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests

Friday February 28, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Author Signing Table B 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00pm

Marvel Munchkin
Nick Fury has gone missing and the greatest villains in the Marvel Universe are running amok! As a rookie Level 1 S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, it will be up to you to contain the threat and rise through the ranks of the organization. To succeed you will need to affiliate yourself with one of the many super-powered groups from the Marvel Universe, team up with super hero allies, gear up with powerful (and often experimental) gear, and unlock your own super powers! The first agent to reach Level 10 will become the new acting director of S.H.I.E.L.D.! The rest of you will be assigned to guard duty on The RAFT #sorrynotsorry

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Matthew Correll

Matthew Correll

Game Master, The State of the Nerd


Friday February 28, 2020 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Gaming Annex Table 3 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00pm

Eye of Argon
The worst science fiction story ever written gets a reading by our brave panel as they compete to go the longest without tripping over a misspelled word or laughing uncontrollably. Audience members are also encouraged to take a chance. Can you keep a straight face, especially when the panel begins acting out the story?

Moderators
avatar for R.S. Belcher

R.S. Belcher

Writing
R.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and journalist, as well as an author of short and long fiction in a number of genres. Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, a comic book store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and... Read More →

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, The Rifle Chronicles, and Wolfbane: The Coldstone Files. His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can check out his... Read More →
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S.C. Houff

Geek Life
S.C. Houff is the daughter of a revolutionary and a TV quiz master. A natural story tell and a full time geek, she has been known to tell a tale or two which mostly is considered lying. She is not a liar but the author behind the From the Files of the Department of the Arcane series... Read More →
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Wayland Smith

WAYLAND SMITH is the pen name for a native Texan who has lived in Massachusetts, New York, Washington DC, and presently makes his home in Virginia. His rather unlikely list of jobs includes private investigator, comic book shop owner, ring crew for a circus (then he ran away from... Read More →
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Ginger Snaps

Professional Con Goer. Singer. Member of the Shadow Balladeers.
avatar for Sarah Oliver

Sarah Oliver

I am a local artist and cosplayer. I specialize in 3D art and B&W charcoal portraits. I love anime, sci-fi, Gundam, horror movies, reading and writing short stories. I’ve cosplayed almost 15years and hope to be able to continue long into the future. I am a hardcore Ellen Ripley... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Dogwood 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00pm

Films for Teens & Young Adults...
Bunny by Thomas Butcher (0:08:50)
Lemon Tree by Rob Andino (0:12:00)
Lottery Dream by Thomas F. O'Brien (0:01:00)
Kevin's Thermodynamics Lesson by Radomir Jordanovic (0:01:49)
Skywatch by Colin Levy (0:10:00)
Deus Ex Machina: Short Circuit by Rick Hamilton (0:08:50)
Stardust by P. Zaracla (0:07:20)
Dispel by Kylie Eaton (0:13:54)
Huvyr by Bruce Wood (0:08:33)
Body Hackers by TL Westgate (0:07:25)
The Brain Snatchers by by Olivia Santos (0:09:33)
You're Grounded by Landon Coats (0:12:26)
Nightwatcher by Thomas Scott (0:10:19) WP

Total Running Time: 1:44:34

The films are recommended for ages 13 and up & will be followed by a brief Q & A panel

WP = World Premier


Friday February 28, 2020 9:00pm - 11:15pm
Boardroom 2/Indie Film 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014

9:00pm

Rocky Horror Picture Show (Featuring Charming Underclothes)
Opening Acts: The 40 Boys
ROCKY HORROR: MystiCon MMXX - The Star Wars Picture Show

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Tony Lechmanski

Tony Lechmanski, The 40 Boys
The 40 Boys are a rowdy Rock-n-roll machine who specializes in trouble, debauchery and the fastest ways to earn yourself a trip straight to hell! Two man Punk Rock-N-Roll at its finest.  
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Charming Underclothes

An RKE Radio Picture, Feature Presentations from Reel to Real
CHARMING UNDERCLOTHES – FEATURE PRESENTATIONS FROM REEL TO REAL is a movie recreation performance troupe that brings films to life! Shadowcasting is the phenomenon that started with THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW and therefore is the movie that the cast is founded on. Since our debut... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 9:00pm - Saturday February 29, 2020 12:00am
Ballrooms CDE 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00pm

Choosing Night
A group of young adults adventure to a formerly haunted isle when strange things begin to happen.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Corey Grant

Game Master, Kids Gaming
All about that geek life!


Friday February 28, 2020 9:00pm - Saturday February 29, 2020 1:00am
Gaming Annex Table 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00pm

Long Road to Redemption
Assistance requested...
The characters are asked to take some unusual cargo from Boone in Sequoyah Subsector to Dashwood in Dade Subsector. No problem there, right? Just a standard run.

Then when the characters arrive at Dashwood they are asked for assistance from two stranded men in desperate need of assistance. Can they help? Will they help? And will helping these two men open a can of worms that may lead to a violent end? Can you provide assistance?

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John Watts

President/Owner, Independence Games
John Watts is the owner and president of Independence Games (formerly Gypsy Knights Games).  Independence Games publishes the Clement Sector, Earth Sector, and Action Movie Physics RPGs.  John is married to his wonderful wife, Wendy, and lives with two cats:  Moneypenny and Felix.John... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 9:00pm - Saturday February 29, 2020 1:00am
Gaming Parlor Room 3 Table 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00pm

Monster Hunters - Metro to Madness
The world seems as it is now. Humanity doesn’t believe in the wicked things that lurk in the shadows. Demons, vampires, rogue psis, werewolves, chupacabras? All real. And all very dangerous. A powerful demon can make short work of an entire police department or a squad of normal soldiers. That’s where you come in

It is 2016, and your team of professional monster hunters travels the world, ridding it of supernatural dangers … for profit Your crew has been hired to investigate a new Chicago Metro train station with an unusually high rate of disappearances, and some sort of paranormal infestation.

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Daniel Thomas

Game Master
Hi, I’m Dan. I’ve been playing RPGs since the late 70s, and game mastering since 1980. This year at MystiCon I’m running three games with GURPS: a modern Monster Hunter (Metro of Madness), a Gamma World like post-apocalyptic (Caravan to Steel Town), and a Space Opera/Gun-Fu... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 9:00pm - Saturday February 29, 2020 1:00am
Gaming Parlor Room 3 Table 3 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00pm

Multi-Table PFS 1E Extravaganza #10-98 Siege of Gallowspire [Tier 5-18]
Pathfinder Society

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Robert Beheiter

Game Master - Pathfinder Society


Friday February 28, 2020 9:00pm - Saturday February 29, 2020 1:00am
Gaming Parlor Room 4 Table 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Cave Spring, VA 24018, USA

9:00pm

Multi-Table PFS 1E Extravaganza #10-98 Siege of Gallowspire [Tier 5-18]
Pathfinder Society

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Anthony Sciabarra

Game Master - Pathfinder Society


Friday February 28, 2020 9:00pm - Saturday February 29, 2020 1:00am
Gaming Parlor Room 4 Table 3 4468 Starkey Rd, Cave Spring, VA 24018, USA

9:00pm

Multi-Table PFS 1E Extravaganza #10-98 Siege of Gallowspire [Tier 5-18]
Pathfinder Society

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Cohen Babcock

Game Master - Pathfinder Society


Friday February 28, 2020 9:00pm - Saturday February 29, 2020 1:00am
Gaming Parlor Room 4 Table 4 4468 Starkey Road, Cave Spring, VA, USA

9:00pm

Multi-Table PFS 1E Extravaganza #10-98 Siege of Gallowspire [Tier 5-18]
Pathfinder Society

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Matthew Corwin

Game Master - Pathfinder Society


Friday February 28, 2020 9:00pm - Saturday February 29, 2020 1:00am
Gaming Rm 440 Table 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00pm

Multi-Table PFS 1E Extravaganza #10-98 Siege of Gallowspire [Tier 5-18]
Pathfinder Society

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Steve Sutton

Game Master - Pathfinder Society


Friday February 28, 2020 9:00pm - Saturday February 29, 2020 1:00am
Gaming Parlor Room 4 Table 2 4468 Starkey Road, Cave Spring, VA, USA

9:00pm

The Belly of Evil

Evil comes in all forms. It seems a new form has risen from the ashes of Hell.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Jim Evans

Game Master, Apokillyptic Gaming Systems


Friday February 28, 2020 9:00pm - Saturday February 29, 2020 1:00am
Gaming Annex Table 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00pm

Zephyra - The City in the Sky
In the 2nd age of Ituné when the Atque Empire ruled over all the lands, they possessed marvels of magic and engineering that could raise a whole city into the sky. As the city celebrates Governor Lirion with a huge parade, dark forces put dire designs into motion that threaten the lives of everyone in the city. Will anyone be able to stop them before it is too late?

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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David McFarlin

Game Master


Friday February 28, 2020 9:00pm - Saturday February 29, 2020 1:00am
Gaming Parlor Room 3 Table 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:30pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Angela Giddings

Film
Angela Giddings wears many hats. She’s an independent filmmaker, a self-published author, and a molecular biologist. She was involved both behind and in front of the camera for the Sick Chick Flicks movie Blood of the Mummy. Currently, she is working on a sequel to her novel Shadow... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 9:30pm - 10:00pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:30pm

Open Mic Night at the Mos Eisley
This is a nerdy open mic night. 5 minutes to read a poem, sing a song, tell a joke or funny story or do something else creatively geeky!

Moderators
avatar for M. Jason Turner

M. Jason Turner

Roanoke Doesn't Suck LLC, geNERDationX

MystiCon 2020 Guests

Friday February 28, 2020 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Dogwood 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:30pm

Star Wars: A Star Wars Story
Do you love Star Wars? Do you hate Star Wars? Are things kind of complicated between you and Star Wars? Join us and unleash your feelings as we discuss the current and future state of that old galaxy filled with lazer wizards and death balls. What now, where will the canon go?

Moderators
avatar for Sammie Cassell

Sammie Cassell

Film/Media/TV, Film
Sammie Cassell is a Stokesdale NC based producer/actor. As VP of Wreak Havoc Productions he has been involved with 5 feature films and 15 short films. Wreak Havoc has the shorts Uncle Otto’s Truck (a Stephen King story) and the drama Sea, Salt, Wind on the festival circuit right... Read More →

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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SD Higgins

Author
S.D. Higgins is a superhero fanatic and storyteller. He is a full time father of four kids ranging from 16 to 5. In those brief moments of free time, he has written a few short stories as part of the Raptor City superhero universe. He is the creator of the current generation of the... Read More →
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Margaret Alice

Artistic Director / Actor / Dancer, Film
Margaret Alice (Kill Giggles, The Werewolf Hunters, Department 666) is the Artistic Director of M A K E: the Margaret Alice Kinestheic Experiment, specializing in approaching all kinds of performance from a physical perspective. A North Carolina native who earned her BFA in Dance... Read More →
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Michael Ray Williams

Film
Michael Ray Williams was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on February 4, 1986, and has been working in independent film since debuting his improvisational skills in "Move Cary" (2006). He has played a host of roles of varying sizes since then, specializing in indie horror. His favorite... Read More →
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William Lawhorn

Bill Lawhorn is a DC area fan and convention runner. In addition to chairing the 2009, 2014, and 2019 Capclaves, he is also the current 2020 chair. He was on the committee and performed various duties for the 2010, 2011, and 2015 Nebula awards. He was on staff for the 2003 and 2014... Read More →
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Samuel Lahar

Game Master
Samuel is hometown Game Master who got his start playing 3.5 Pathfinder over 10 years ago in his friend\'s basement. Ever since that day Dungeons & Dragons has been his number one hobby. Starting with Pathfinder and then moving to Fantasy Craft and then eventually branching to Fifth... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Vista Room 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

10:00pm

Reading Room - Collecting Retro Video Games
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Gerry

Content Creator, LongwoodGeek
Gerald (Gerry) Martin has been working on computers since his very first Tandy 1000HX that he got from his parents for Christmas in 1988. Starting at 5 years old to now, there is very little he has not seen or tried to do with his systems over the years, especially when he wanted... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

10:30pm

Bringing Horror Out of the Darkness
Moderators
avatar for Mike Allen

Mike Allen

Author/Editor/Publisher, Mythic Delirium Books
World Fantasy, Shirley Jackson and Nebula Award finalist Mike Allen has written several poetry collections, including Strange Wisdoms of the Dead (a Philadephia Inquirer editor’s choice selection), The Journey to Kailash and Hungry Constellations; a twisted dark fantasy novel, The... Read More →

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Carol Cowles

Carol Cowles

Fan Guest, Geek Life
Carol Cowles - Carol has long been a fixture of Geek Culture in Charlotte. She has served for several years as the Programming Director for ConCarolinas and worked the Carolina and Arizona Renaissance Festivals for 15 years. She also podcasts – she is Carol the Cat on the weekly... Read More →
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Trent Welstead

Film
Trent Welstead currently resides in Blacksburg, VA, where he recently completed a dual degree in Cinema and Creative Writing at Virginia Tech. He's an avid cinema enthusiast to nearly every extent imaginable, and cherishes his many opportunities to collaborate with others.Trent’s... Read More →
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Kaleab Kurtz

Actor/Screenwriter
Kaleab Kurtz was born in 2004. He has appeared in the Netflix original series “Stranger Things”, the films “Fear To Be Brave”, “By Days End”, “Pool Ghouls”, “Night of the Zombies”, “Book Lover”, and “Gobble You Up.” He has all appeared in episodes of “The... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Dogwood 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

11:00pm

Stephen's Universe
How Stephen King's books are taking over everything. What has been done right? What has failed? And what could be next? The Stephen King Channel? Will Disney end up buying his soul? Or is his son Joe Hill secretly his clone?

Moderators
avatar for Sammie Cassell

Sammie Cassell

Film/Media/TV, Film
Sammie Cassell is a Stokesdale NC based producer/actor. As VP of Wreak Havoc Productions he has been involved with 5 feature films and 15 short films. Wreak Havoc has the shorts Uncle Otto’s Truck (a Stephen King story) and the drama Sea, Salt, Wind on the festival circuit right... Read More →

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for M. Jason Turner

M. Jason Turner

Roanoke Doesn't Suck LLC, geNERDationX


Friday February 28, 2020 11:00pm - Saturday February 29, 2020 12:00am
Vista Room 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

11:00pm

Haunted Soundscape: Stories from Southeastern America
Listen while Tally Johnson tells you spooky stories from the Southeastern United States .

Moderators
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Paranormal
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands, Ghosts of the Pee Dee (all for The History Press) and he also has a story in An... Read More →

Friday February 28, 2020 11:00pm - Saturday February 29, 2020 12:00am
Dogwood 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

11:15pm

Friday Fright Night Presents... Fever Dreams & Dark Hollow
Fever Dreams by Alexander Julian III (01:20:00)
Dark Hollow by Richard Wiant Jr. (0:45:42)

Total Run Time 2:05:42

These films are recommended for adults only!!!

Friday February 28, 2020 11:15pm - Saturday February 29, 2020 1:30am
Boardroom 2/Indie Film 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014

11:30pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

Friday February 28, 2020 11:30pm - Saturday February 29, 2020 12:00am
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

11:30pm

Drum Circle: We've Got the Beat
Drum Circle: We've Got the Beat

Friday February 28, 2020 11:30pm - Saturday February 29, 2020 1:00am
Hallway Area outside of Ballroom A/B 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014

11:30pm

ROOM BLOCKED
Friday February 28, 2020 11:30pm - Saturday February 29, 2020 1:00am
Dogwood 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

12:00am

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for R.S. Belcher

R.S. Belcher

Writing
R.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and journalist, as well as an author of short and long fiction in a number of genres. Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, a comic book store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 12:00am - 12:30am
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

12:00am

Late Night Mad Libs
Bring your creativity and laugh at the strange combinations of these possibly naughty mad libs.

Moderators
avatar for Jessika Sadell

Jessika Sadell

Programming, Mysticon

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Wendy S Delmater

Wendy S Delmater

Editor and Publisher, Abyss & Apex Magazine
avatar for Jim Nettles

Jim Nettles

Founder, Science and Tech
James Nettles has a thirty-year career consulting for dozens of clients from startups to Fortune 100’s, media contributor, speaker on privacy, futurism, coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and individual daily lives, and is a science fiction and fantasy... Read More →
avatar for M. Jason Turner

M. Jason Turner

Roanoke Doesn't Suck LLC, geNERDationX


Saturday February 29, 2020 12:00am - 1:00am
Vista Room 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

12:00am

Welcome to the PILLOW FIGHT CLUB!!
No matter who gets your naughty bits tingly, or who you voted for, or what you believe in, you really can't be mad at someone else if you're pillow fighting... and THAT is how we make the world a better place! Cash bar will be available. Must be 21 or over to attend! PJs are encouraged!

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Sean Heare

Fan Guest of Honor
Geek dilettante Sean Heare has been the DM of many RPG campaigns playing with up to 12 people. When not working in emerging tech, he watches copious amounts of TV, reads voraciously, and dominates trivia night at several bars. Sean is an exuberant extrovert. He has volunteered and... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 12:00am - 1:00am
Dogwood 1 & 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

12:00am

12:00am

ROOM RESET
Reset rooms for next day's programming. Remove both sets of stairs and cat walk coming off the front/Put air walls back up.

Saturday February 29, 2020 12:00am - 1:00am
Ballrooms CDE 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

12:30am

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

Saturday February 29, 2020 12:30am - 1:00am
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

1:00am

 
Saturday, February 29
 

7:30am

Mature Dunk
War for Keyboard Warriors by Lam Can-zhao (0:02:27)
Doctor, Doctor by Paul Brennan (0:02:51)
Prometheus by Zachos Samoladas (0:10:14) WP
All the Wrong Things in All the Right Places by Peter Sacco (0:03:48)
Pei's Morocco Vlog by FangLing Pei (0:03:09) WP
Little Girl Lost by Abigail Gitsham (0:04:08)
Astronaut (by Jelly Bean) (0:05:21) WP
Aeons by John F. Thomas (0:04:25)
Monolog by Selin Akalin (0:03:30)
Johnny & The Devil by Matty Jorissen (0:05:00)
In a Better Place by E. D. Mead (0:03:21)
The Garden by Patrick Muller (0:05:00) WP
A Grave Misunderstanding by Alejandra Keogan (0:03:55)
Beat the Bastards by Laurent Mercier (0:04:30)
Alive by Gon Halevi (0:03:35)
Confessions of a Whittler by Sarvshrest Singh (0:04:22) WP
Moby - Mistake by Kevin Hindriks (0:03:45)
Soma by Sandra Jovanovska (0:09:05)
The Raven by Damien Draven (0:13:00) WP
I'm Not Feeling Very Well by Suncana Brkulj (0:03:32)
Tone Death by Sinead Stoddart (0:03:50)
The Quiet by Radheya Jegatheva (0:10:00) WP
Mask Anatomica: "Let Me Out" by Chris Young (0:05:00) WP
The Odyssey of Clive Eaton by Kevin Webb (0:03:45)
Electric Labryth by Petra Brnardic (0:03:58) WP
12 Sided Die by Curtis Fortier (0:30:16)
In the Light by Mickey Moone (0:04:14) WP

Though most of these films are animated, they are not meant for children under 12 of age. 

Total Running Time:  2:40:16

Followed by a brief Q & A panel

WP = World Premier




Saturday February 29, 2020 7:30am - 10:15am
Boardroom 2/Indie Film 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014

8:00am

ROOM SETUP
MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Kinnfolk

Kinnfolk

Celtic traditional music is alive and well in the Blue Ridge Mountains! Kinnfolk is a string-pluckin', drum-thumpin', song-warblin' duo dedicated to passing on old tunes to a new generation.


Saturday February 29, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am
Ballroom E 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00am

ROOM BLOCKED
Room Setup by Roanoke Robotics

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Gary Yohe

Gary Yohe

Everyone’s a nerd on the inside., Roanoke Robotics and Makers Club
Roanoke Robotics & Makers Club is a community STEM supporter for 8+ years. We build robots, have friendly competitions, workshops, & coding classes. We learn from each other and we have a lot of fun!Meetings are held at the South County Library in Roanoke, Virginia, usually on the... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am
Ballroom D 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00am

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

Saturday February 29, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00am

Disney Villains Muahahaha!!!!!!
Let’s hang out and talk about our favorite Disney Villains and decide who is the best! Here we will discuss whether our favorite Disney Villains are actually evil, or just misunderstood.

Moderators
avatar for Alex Matsuo

Alex Matsuo

Author, Paranormal
Alex Matsuo is a paranormal researcher, singer, and author. She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study and runs the blog and YouTube channel, “Singing & Spooky Stuff.” She was recently seen on Travel Channel's "Most Terrifying Places in America" as well as "Truth... Read More →

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Lilith

Cast Member, Charming Underclothes
I came to Roanoke from NOVA. I was a member of the Washington DC cast Sonic Transducers for about 3 years before moving here. I performed as Trixxie, Crim, Transylvanians, and Dr. Scott. Since joining Charming Underclothes I have added Rocky and Janet to my list of characters. I enjoy... Read More →
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Wednesday Mourning

Cast Member, Charming Underclothes
Wednesday Mourning has been performing with Charming Underclothes for 5 years and has been performing for 6 years. She has performed in many shows such as Rocky Horror, Clue, Repo! The Genetic Opera, Lost Skeleton, and Hocus Pocus.
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Jennifer Whitten

Game Master
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Margaret Alice

Artistic Director / Actor / Dancer, Film
Margaret Alice (Kill Giggles, The Werewolf Hunters, Department 666) is the Artistic Director of M A K E: the Margaret Alice Kinestheic Experiment, specializing in approaching all kinds of performance from a physical perspective. A North Carolina native who earned her BFA in Dance... Read More →
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Samuel Lahar

Game Master
Samuel is hometown Game Master who got his start playing 3.5 Pathfinder over 10 years ago in his friend\'s basement. Ever since that day Dungeons & Dragons has been his number one hobby. Starting with Pathfinder and then moving to Fantasy Craft and then eventually branching to Fifth... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Vista Room 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00am

Kinnfolk
Celtic traditional music is alive and well in the Blue Ridge Mountains! Kinnfolk is a string-pluckin', drum-thumpin', song-warblin' duo dedicated to passing on old tunes to a new generation. Come sit for a spell and tap your foot to come Celtic ditties.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Kinnfolk

Kinnfolk

Celtic traditional music is alive and well in the Blue Ridge Mountains! Kinnfolk is a string-pluckin', drum-thumpin', song-warblin' duo dedicated to passing on old tunes to a new generation.


Saturday February 29, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Ballroom E 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00am

Author Signing Table A
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

Saturday February 29, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Author Signing Table A 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00am

Author Signing Table B
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

Saturday February 29, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Author Signing Table B 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00am

Dear Author: Don’t Do That
Our panelists discuss the mistakes they’ve made, the faux pas they’ve committed, and how not to repeat the past while avoiding potentially costly mistakes.

Moderators
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Tally Johnson

Paranormal
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands, Ghosts of the Pee Dee (all for The History Press) and he also has a story in An... Read More →

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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S.H. Roddy

Author, Writing
South Carolina native S.H. Roddey has been writing for fun since she was a child and enjoys building worlds across the speculative fiction spectrum filled with mystery and intrigue. She brings to the literary world a unique blend of humor, emotion, and wild ideas filled with dark... Read More →
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Heather Elizabeth King

Author
Heather Elizabeth King is a novelist who lives in Virginia and writes dark fiction (urban fantasy and horror). She’s been a storyteller since she can remember. Some of her favorite memories are of telling stories to her girlfriends at slumber parties when she was a pre-teen. She... Read More →
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Melissa McArthur

Associate Publisher, Falstaff Books
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James Fadeley

Author / Chief Editor, Thunderbird Studios
Chief Editor for Thunderbird Studios.
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Andrew Hiller

A Climbing Stock (Daily Swan 2015) Time of the Critic (Amazing Stories 2020) Hundreds of stories on public radio and NPR. Cobblestones: Going Gonzo for Jim Henson (documentary produced with Jim Henson Legacy starring Dave Goelz, hosted by Andrew Hiller)


Saturday February 29, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Dogwood 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00am

New Senses
Why settle for five senses when things like telepathy or radio-wave sensitivity might make life far more interesting? Join this discussion on how these other senses can be woven into literature.

Moderators
avatar for Grig Larson

Grig Larson

Author, Punkadyne Labs
Science fiction and comedy writer, and writer of the Radio Podcast/Drama, \"This Kaiju Life,\" Grig has been a staple of east coast fandom since the 1980s. He\'s written two books, \"Trolley,\" a steampunk horror, and \"Space Bitch,\" a dark sci-fi action comedy. He is the creator... Read More →

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Tera Fulbright

Director of Programming, Author, ConGregate Productions, Inc
With over 20 years of event planning experience, Tera Fulbright uses that knowledge to create new and different programming at ConGregate – a convention for the fans, by the fans. She is also the author of several short stories including her first, “History in the Making” published... Read More →
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S.C. Houff

Geek Life
S.C. Houff is the daughter of a revolutionary and a TV quiz master. A natural story tell and a full time geek, she has been known to tell a tale or two which mostly is considered lying. She is not a liar but the author behind the From the Files of the Department of the Arcane series... Read More →
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Liz Long

Editor/Author
Liz Long is a USA Today bestselling author of YA and urban fantasy, most recently The Brighton Duology. She is a magazine editor in Roanoke, VA, and when not writing, can be found drinking happy hour prosecco, attempting hand lettering, or cuddling her dog, Fisher. She is the Director... Read More →
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Fraser Sherman

Fraser Sherman was born in England, but spent most of his life in Northwest Florida. He’d be there still but he met his dream woman in 2008 and moved up to Durham, NC in 2010 to marry her. Nine years this June, woot!After he graduated college with no clear career path, he figured... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Ballroom C 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00am

The Writer's Workshop with Allen Wold
Workshop for pre-registered authors to hone their writing skills with the guidance of Allen Wold. Workshop is free, but space is limited.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Allen L. Wold

Allen L. Wold was born a long time ago in south-western Michigan, where he began writing when he was about eight years old. He still has some of those early “stories” somewhere. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California... Read More →
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R.S. Belcher

Writing
R.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and journalist, as well as an author of short and long fiction in a number of genres. Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, a comic book store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 9:00am - 11:00am
Dogwood 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:30am

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Valerie Nieman

Valerie Nieman

author of To the Bones
My writing comes out of my Appalachian roots - To the Bones is my latest novel, a genre-bending satire about the coal industry. I'm also the author of Neena Gathering, post-apocalyptic tale set in West Virginia, and Leopard Lady, a novel-in-verse about a carnival sideshow.


Saturday February 29, 2020 9:30am - 10:00am
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:30am

Roanoke Robotics Workshop & Demonstration
The Roanoke Robotics and Makers Club is excited for our 8th year at MystiCon.

Club members will demonstrate and briefly explain their latest robotics and cosplay builds.
Demos include radio control, WiFi, Bluetooth, vision control, sensor control, using controllers including Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and MicroBit.

Some robots are kits, some robots projects are totally homemade.

The presentations are very informal, Q&A, interactive discussions are encouraged.

There will be time at the end for individualized Q&A on specific topics.
We look forward to greeting you!

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Gary Yohe

Gary Yohe

Everyone’s a nerd on the inside., Roanoke Robotics and Makers Club
Roanoke Robotics & Makers Club is a community STEM supporter for 8+ years. We build robots, have friendly competitions, workshops, & coding classes. We learn from each other and we have a lot of fun!Meetings are held at the South County Library in Roanoke, Virginia, usually on the... Read More →
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Steven F. LeBrun

Roanoke Robotics and Makers Club, Everyone’s a nerd inside.
Steven F. LeBrun has been an avid science fiction fan since he was a child when he first read The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov. He is a Nuclear Physicist by training, a Software Engineer by trade, and a robot maker by choice. His work as a Maker started when he discovered... Read More →
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Darrell Little

Maker, Roanoke Robotics and Makers Club, Everyone’s a nerd inside.
Organizer for Roanoke Linux Users Group, Blogger, Technology Evangelist. Interests: Python programming, AI and Robots, Arduino and Raspberry Pi, Ham RadioTwitter: @Darrell_VaRoanoke Raspberry Jam: @ROALUGRoanoke Hobby: @RoanokeHobbyGlad to talk about anything technology related, computers... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 9:30am - 11:00am
Ballroom D 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

10:00am

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:00am - 10:30am
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

10:00am

Q & A with Zack ward
Mark MacDicken interviews Zack Ward.

Moderators
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Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist, Flabbergast the Wizard

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Zack Ward

Media Guest of Honor
Zach Ward is known for his character Dave Scovil (Titus's stoner half-brother) on the FOX show Titus and as the bully Scut Farkus in the 1983 perennial Christmas movie A Christmas Story. He also has guest roles on popular television series such as NCIS, Lost, and Crossing Jordan... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
Vista Room 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

10:00am

Tales of Known Brunch: Meet & Greet with Larry Niven
Time to get up close and personal with Larry Niven.
Purchase tickets:https://mysticon-va.com/meet-greets/

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Larry Niven

writer, sfwa


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
Con Suite - Room 535 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014

10:00am

Author Signing Table A
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Liz Long

Liz Long

Editor/Author
Liz Long is a USA Today bestselling author of YA and urban fantasy, most recently The Brighton Duology. She is a magazine editor in Roanoke, VA, and when not writing, can be found drinking happy hour prosecco, attempting hand lettering, or cuddling her dog, Fisher. She is the Director... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
Author Signing Table A 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

10:00am

Author Signing Table B
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

Saturday February 29, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
Author Signing Table B 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

10:00am

Myth & Fiction
Explores the ways in which mythology can inform, structure, and deepen contemporary fiction, and possibly how fiction is a form of mythmaking itself. How is fiction nourished by what Joseph Campbell calls “Myths to Live By,” and do we still create those myths as writers?

Moderators
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Mike Allen

Author/Editor/Publisher, Mythic Delirium Books
World Fantasy, Shirley Jackson and Nebula Award finalist Mike Allen has written several poetry collections, including Strange Wisdoms of the Dead (a Philadephia Inquirer editor’s choice selection), The Journey to Kailash and Hungry Constellations; a twisted dark fantasy novel, The... Read More →

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for S.H. Roddy

S.H. Roddy

Author, Writing
South Carolina native S.H. Roddey has been writing for fun since she was a child and enjoys building worlds across the speculative fiction spectrum filled with mystery and intrigue. She brings to the literary world a unique blend of humor, emotion, and wild ideas filled with dark... Read More →
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Paranormal
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands, Ghosts of the Pee Dee (all for The History Press) and he also has a story in An... Read More →
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Dennis M. Myers

Author
Born and raised in central Minnesota, Dennis M. Myers dedicated the first decade of his adult life to the United States Navy, serving in the FBM Submarine Force. During this time he wrote adventures for Challenge Magazine (GDW), ran several Traveller campaigns including games at local... Read More →
avatar for Valerie Nieman

Valerie Nieman

author of To the Bones
My writing comes out of my Appalachian roots - To the Bones is my latest novel, a genre-bending satire about the coal industry. I'm also the author of Neena Gathering, post-apocalyptic tale set in West Virginia, and Leopard Lady, a novel-in-verse about a carnival sideshow.


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
Ballroom C 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

10:00am

Self Publishing: You’re Doing it Right!
This panel discussion explores the process of self publishing from those who have done it. Topics include the advantages, disadvantages, publication process, expectations, and lessons learned.

Moderators
avatar for Robert W. Ross

Robert W. Ross

Author, Spartamac Publishing

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Wendy S Delmater

Editor and Publisher, Abyss & Apex Magazine
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J.A. Sutherland

Author - Self-Published
J.A. Sutherland writes space opera with a very Age of Sail feel to it. When not reading or writing, he spends his time on roadtrips around the Southeast US searching for good barbecue.
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Alex Matsuo

Author, Paranormal
Alex Matsuo is a paranormal researcher, singer, and author. She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study and runs the blog and YouTube channel, “Singing & Spooky Stuff.” She was recently seen on Travel Channel's "Most Terrifying Places in America" as well as "Truth... Read More →
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Heather Elizabeth King

Author
Heather Elizabeth King is a novelist who lives in Virginia and writes dark fiction (urban fantasy and horror). She’s been a storyteller since she can remember. Some of her favorite memories are of telling stories to her girlfriends at slumber parties when she was a pre-teen. She... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
Dogwood 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

10:00am

BTRC Play Test
Be a guinea pig and playtest card and board games in development by BTRC. Bring some friends, find one that meets your fancy and give it a whirl. Themes range from serious to silly, but all are easy to learn for first time players (which all of you will be). Times per game range from half an hour to an hour.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
GP

Greg Porter

Game Master


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm
Gaming Annex Table 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

10:00am

Marvel Munchkin
Nick Fury has gone missing and the greatest villains in the Marvel Universe are running amok! As a rookie Level 1 S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, it will be up to you to contain the threat and rise through the ranks of the organization. To succeed you will need to affiliate yourself with one of the many super-powered groups from the Marvel Universe, team up with super hero allies, gear up with powerful (and often experimental) gear, and unlock your own super powers! The first agent to reach Level 10 will become the new acting director of S.H.I.E.L.D.! The rest of you will be assigned to guard duty on The RAFT #sorrynotsorry

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Matthew Correll

Game Master, The State of the Nerd


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm
Gaming Annex Table 3 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

10:00am

#1-08 Revolution on the Riverside [Tier 1-4]
Pathfinder society

MystiCon 2020 Guests
JM

Joshua Morrison

Game Master - Pathfinder Society


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:00am - 2:00pm
Gaming Parlor Room 4 Table 2 4468 Starkey Road, Cave Spring, VA, USA

10:00am

#10-22 Passing the Torch, Part 1: Who Wears the Mask [Tier 12-18]
Pathfinder Society

MystiCon 2020 Guests
MC

Matthew Corwin

Game Master - Pathfinder Society


10:00am

#2-09 Bluerise Breakout [Tier 1-4]
Starfinder Society

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Adam Swinder

Game Master, Pathfinder Society
Adam Swinder has been a Venture Captain in the Pathfinder Society since 2013, providing a program where both tabletop veterans and complete newbies can come together and ride together into high adventure!


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:00am - 2:00pm
Gaming Parlor Room 4 Table 4 4468 Starkey Road, Cave Spring, VA, USA

10:00am

#4-02 In Wrath’s Shadow [Tier 3-7]
Pathfinder Society

MystiCon 2020 Guests
CB

Cohen Babcock

Game Master - Pathfinder Society


10:00am

Into The Martian Outback
It's a race against another team, a dangerous dust storm, and time to locate and secure a smuggled package containing a variant of the exsurgent virus, a gene metamorphic nanovirus that will destroy millions of lives.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Robert Ward

Robert Ward

Game Master


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:00am - 2:00pm
Gaming Parlor Room 3 Table 3 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

10:00am

Love Knows No Bounds
A group of mercenaries receive a message from an old friend that needs help. Take a Sci Fantasy Adventure through the world of Nestora (TitansGrave) and even dive into the Matrix to help your old pal in his time of need.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Corey Grant

Game Master, Kids Gaming
All about that geek life!


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:00am - 2:00pm
Gaming Parlor Room 3 Table 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

10:00am

My Little Pony
Create your own Pony and adventure through the world of Equestria.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Reagan Grant

Game Master, Kids Gaming


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:00am - 2:00pm
Gaming Rm 440 Table 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

10:00am

Parisian Scramble
The characters have been asked to play bodyguard to the boss' daughter, a high profile pop singer. Is this just an easy side job for the agents? Or is it something far more sinister?

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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John Watts

President/Owner, Independence Games
John Watts is the owner and president of Independence Games (formerly Gypsy Knights Games).  Independence Games publishes the Clement Sector, Earth Sector, and Action Movie Physics RPGs.  John is married to his wonderful wife, Wendy, and lives with two cats:  Moneypenny and Felix.John... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:00am - 2:00pm
Gaming Parlor Room 3 Table 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

10:00am

Pathfinder for Kids
Gaming for Kids - 14 and under.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
MF

Mikayla Fillpot

Game Master


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:00am - 6:00pm
Gaming Rm 440 Table 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

10:00am

Art Show and Sale
MystiCon 2020 Guests

Saturday February 29, 2020 10:00am - 6:30pm
Board Room 1/Art Show 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014

10:00am

LARP
2020 NOT SO “20/20”

Are you seeing everything with 20/20 vision?
How many times have you had to do a double take to make sure you saw something that you thought you saw? Was it truly there or was it a very vivid figment of your imagination? Do the creatures of the night really exist? Join Crushed Dreams & their LARP to find out. We run White Wolf/WoD or similar systems.
We will start registering players at 2pm on Friday and the game will start at around 6:45pm. A storyteller will be available at all times.

Saturday February 29, 2020 10:00am - Sunday March 1, 2020 2:00am
Room 501

10:00am

SHLARP
Super Hero Live Action Role Playing

Hero or Villain? You decide! Characters come to life, take on challenges, and create a story. In this year's story we take on the biggest evil of all, Rodents and Dinosaurs!


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:00am - Sunday March 1, 2020 2:00am
Room 527

10:15am

Mysticon IFF Female Film Maker Spotlights... Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully
No Games No Fowl (0:23:29)
Seuls Ensemble (Alone Together) (0:08:23)

Total Running Time: 0:31:52

Followed by a brief Q & A panel

Saturday February 29, 2020 10:15am - 11:00am
Boardroom 2/Indie Film 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014

10:30am

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Grig Larson

Grig Larson

Author, Punkadyne Labs
Science fiction and comedy writer, and writer of the Radio Podcast/Drama, \"This Kaiju Life,\" Grig has been a staple of east coast fandom since the 1980s. He\'s written two books, \"Trolley,\" a steampunk horror, and \"Space Bitch,\" a dark sci-fi action comedy. He is the creator... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

11:00am

Q & A with Blade Gaming
Blade Gaming is a Roanoke-based gaming establishment that has been getting rave reviews by the locals gamers! Be on hand while they answer questions about their journey to awesomeness.

MystiCon 2020 Guests

Saturday February 29, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Vista Room 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

11:00am

What NOT to do in Indie film making
Dave Harlequin discusses the do's & don'ts of independent film making.

Moderators
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Dave Harlequin

Film
Described by both press and colleagues as an "independent renaissance man" and "voice of the underground," Dave Harlequin is a professional screenwriter, journalist, author, and independent filmmaker from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the Co-Creative Director of North Carolina... Read More →

Saturday February 29, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Boardroom 2/Indie Film 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014

11:00am

Author Signing Table A
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Valerie Nieman

author of To the Bones
My writing comes out of my Appalachian roots - To the Bones is my latest novel, a genre-bending satire about the coal industry. I'm also the author of Neena Gathering, post-apocalyptic tale set in West Virginia, and Leopard Lady, a novel-in-verse about a carnival sideshow.


Saturday February 29, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Author Signing Table A 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

11:00am

Author Signing Table B
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Pamela K. Kinney

Pamela K. Kinney

Author
Author Pamela K. Kinney gave up long ago trying not to listen to the voices in her head and has written award-winning, bestselling horror, fantasy. science fiction, poetry, along with five nonfiction ghost books ever since. Three of her nonfiction ghost books garnered Library of Virginia... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Author Signing Table B 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

11:00am

Change My Mind!: DC is better than Marvel
It's not that Marvel are bad at fashioning legacies of their own - quite the opposite - it's more that they're just monumentally late to a game DC perfected a long time ago. Panelists defend their love of DC over Marvel characters. Audience members try to change their minds by debating with the panelists.

Moderators
MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Wayland Smith

WAYLAND SMITH is the pen name for a native Texan who has lived in Massachusetts, New York, Washington DC, and presently makes his home in Virginia. His rather unlikely list of jobs includes private investigator, comic book shop owner, ring crew for a circus (then he ran away from... Read More →
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Kaleab Kurtz

Actor/Screenwriter
Kaleab Kurtz was born in 2004. He has appeared in the Netflix original series “Stranger Things”, the films “Fear To Be Brave”, “By Days End”, “Pool Ghouls”, “Night of the Zombies”, “Book Lover”, and “Gobble You Up.” He has all appeared in episodes of “The... Read More →
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Matt Burchfield

Matt’s credits range from feature films to commercial content. Early in his career worked as a post-production editor, subsequently stepping into the positions of director and director of photography. Matt’s experience in those positions allows him to bring a sense of the total... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ballroom E 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

11:00am

ROOM BLOCKED
Room Cleaup by Roanoke Robotics

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Gary Yohe

Gary Yohe

Everyone’s a nerd on the inside., Roanoke Robotics and Makers Club
Roanoke Robotics & Makers Club is a community STEM supporter for 8+ years. We build robots, have friendly competitions, workshops, & coding classes. We learn from each other and we have a lot of fun!Meetings are held at the South County Library in Roanoke, Virginia, usually on the... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ballroom D 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

11:00am

Paper Bag Puppet Workshop
Make your favorite hero or villain into a paper bag puppet in the style of the familiar Fandango ads. It’s cosplay for your hand! All supplies provided for a $5 fee.  Space is limited, sign up at the registration table in advance.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist, Flabbergast the Wizard


Saturday February 29, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Dogwood 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

11:00am

Age of the E-Book
How are we to protect the special value of three-dimensional paper books in the era of e-book reading? Does it still hold value? What are the pros and cons? How could paper books be marketed differently to give them more significance?

Moderators
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William Lawhorn

Bill Lawhorn is a DC area fan and convention runner. In addition to chairing the 2009, 2014, and 2019 Capclaves, he is also the current 2020 chair. He was on the committee and performed various duties for the 2010, 2011, and 2015 Nebula awards. He was on staff for the 2003 and 2014... Read More →

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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John G. Hartness

Falstaff Books
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S.H. Roddy

Author, Writing
South Carolina native S.H. Roddey has been writing for fun since she was a child and enjoys building worlds across the speculative fiction spectrum filled with mystery and intrigue. She brings to the literary world a unique blend of humor, emotion, and wild ideas filled with dark... Read More →
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J.A. Sutherland

Author - Self-Published
J.A. Sutherland writes space opera with a very Age of Sail feel to it. When not reading or writing, he spends his time on roadtrips around the Southeast US searching for good barbecue.
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Melissa McArthur

Associate Publisher, Falstaff Books
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James Fadeley

Author / Chief Editor, Thunderbird Studios
Chief Editor for Thunderbird Studios.


Saturday February 29, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Dogwood 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

11:00am

How much Science is there in Sci-Fi?
Where does science end and fantasy begin? How many “fantasy” inventions of older literary pieces have become actual sciences? Can you see some of the fantasy in today’s literature on target for actually coming to fruition?

Moderators
MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Doc Coleman

Doc Coleman

Swimming Cat Studios
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Wendy S Delmater

Editor and Publisher, Abyss & Apex Magazine
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S.C. Houff

Geek Life
S.C. Houff is the daughter of a revolutionary and a TV quiz master. A natural story tell and a full time geek, she has been known to tell a tale or two which mostly is considered lying. She is not a liar but the author behind the From the Files of the Department of the Arcane series... Read More →
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Larry Niven

writer, sfwa
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Dennis M. Myers

Author
Born and raised in central Minnesota, Dennis M. Myers dedicated the first decade of his adult life to the United States Navy, serving in the FBM Submarine Force. During this time he wrote adventures for Challenge Magazine (GDW), ran several Traveller campaigns including games at local... Read More →
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Robert W. Ross

Author, Spartamac Publishing


Saturday February 29, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ballroom C 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

11:00am

Reading Room - Making Videos & Streaming Games
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

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Gerry

Content Creator, LongwoodGeek
Gerald (Gerry) Martin has been working on computers since his very first Tandy 1000HX that he got from his parents for Christmas in 1988. Starting at 5 years old to now, there is very little he has not seen or tried to do with his systems over the years, especially when he wanted... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

11:00am

The Belly of Evil

Evil comes in all forms. It seems a new form has risen from the ashes of Hell.

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Jim Evans

Game Master, Apokillyptic Gaming Systems


Saturday February 29, 2020 11:00am - 3:00pm
Gaming Annex Table 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

12:00pm

Photo Op with Zack Ward
MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Zack Ward

Media Guest of Honor
Zach Ward is known for his character Dave Scovil (Titus's stoner half-brother) on the FOX show Titus and as the bully Scut Farkus in the 1983 perennial Christmas movie A Christmas Story. He also has guest roles on popular television series such as NCIS, Lost, and Crossing Jordan... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Photo Ops Room

12:00pm

Reliving History
Aurora by Thomas Negovan (0:29:30)
The Foiuntain by the River by Steven Hancock (0:03:42) WP

Total Running Time: 0:33:12

Followed by a brief Q & A panel

WP = World Premier

Saturday February 29, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Boardroom 2/Indie Film 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014

12:00pm

The 501st Garrison Tyrannus Life
Q & A with members of the the 501st

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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501st Garrison Tyrannus

501st Legion
The 501st Legion is an all-volunteer organization formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity within which to operate. The Legion seeks to promote interest in Star Wars through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ballroom C 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

12:00pm

The Roast of Bill Mulligan
Moderators
MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan

Film
I remember watching THE BLACK SCORPION, possibly through the bars of my crib and it left lasting impressions: a love for genre films and stop motion animation, a desire to figure out how they’re made, and a fear of black scorpions.My aunt bought me a super-8 camera and I tormented... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Vista Room 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

12:00pm

Author Signing Table A
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

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avatar for Patrick Dugan

Patrick Dugan

Writing
Patrick Dugan was born in the far north of New York, where the cold winds blow. This meant lots of time for reading over the long winters. His parents didn't care what he read as long as he did and thus Patrick started with a steady diet of comics and science fiction novels.His debut... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Author Signing Table A 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

12:00pm

Author Signing Table B
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Grig Larson

Grig Larson

Author, Punkadyne Labs
Science fiction and comedy writer, and writer of the Radio Podcast/Drama, \"This Kaiju Life,\" Grig has been a staple of east coast fandom since the 1980s. He\'s written two books, \"Trolley,\" a steampunk horror, and \"Space Bitch,\" a dark sci-fi action comedy. He is the creator... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Author Signing Table B 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

12:00pm

STEM - Part II: Optics and Psychology Demos
Optics and Psychology Demos by Dr. Daniel Wallace!

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Daniel Wallace

Daniel Wallace

Engineer
Dr. Daniel Wallace is a Human Factors engineer and research scientist. He is active in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) education and demonstrations.  He is also a school board member, church praise band member, balloon artist, and proud father of five nerdy... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ballroom D 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

12:00pm

LGBTQ+ in Fiction
LGBTQ+ in the fiction world and how there are more token gay characters in mainstream and more and more true LGBTQ+ characters in romance books, is it for political correctness, het kink, or true representation. Should Heterosexual authors write LGBTQ+ main characters, or can only LGBTQ+ authors understand these characters.

Moderators
MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for J.A. Sutherland

J.A. Sutherland

Author - Self-Published
J.A. Sutherland writes space opera with a very Age of Sail feel to it. When not reading or writing, he spends his time on roadtrips around the Southeast US searching for good barbecue.
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Liz Long

Editor/Author
Liz Long is a USA Today bestselling author of YA and urban fantasy, most recently The Brighton Duology. She is a magazine editor in Roanoke, VA, and when not writing, can be found drinking happy hour prosecco, attempting hand lettering, or cuddling her dog, Fisher. She is the Director... Read More →
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Ginger Snaps

Professional Con Goer. Singer. Member of the Shadow Balladeers.
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Trent Welstead

Film
Trent Welstead currently resides in Blacksburg, VA, where he recently completed a dual degree in Cinema and Creative Writing at Virginia Tech. He's an avid cinema enthusiast to nearly every extent imaginable, and cherishes his many opportunities to collaborate with others.Trent’s... Read More →
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Kim Good

Charming Underclothes
Kim Good is a local from Roanoke, Va who is a Jack of All Trades. He's been performing in the Drag Community for almost ten years as PunKen Capulet and has now moved that experience as a member of Charming Underclothes. Since joining Charming Underclothes, he has changed his name... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ballroom E 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

12:00pm

Monsters are People Too!
What exactly makes one a monster? The role of non-human races & how they are different from human characters.

Moderators
MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Heather Elizabeth King

Author
Heather Elizabeth King is a novelist who lives in Virginia and writes dark fiction (urban fantasy and horror). She’s been a storyteller since she can remember. Some of her favorite memories are of telling stories to her girlfriends at slumber parties when she was a pre-teen. She... Read More →
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Pamela K. Kinney

Author
Author Pamela K. Kinney gave up long ago trying not to listen to the voices in her head and has written award-winning, bestselling horror, fantasy. science fiction, poetry, along with five nonfiction ghost books ever since. Three of her nonfiction ghost books garnered Library of Virginia... Read More →
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SD Higgins

Author
S.D. Higgins is a superhero fanatic and storyteller. He is a full time father of four kids ranging from 16 to 5. In those brief moments of free time, he has written a few short stories as part of the Raptor City superhero universe. He is the creator of the current generation of the... Read More →
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Melissa McArthur

Associate Publisher, Falstaff Books
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Samuel Lahar

Game Master
Samuel is hometown Game Master who got his start playing 3.5 Pathfinder over 10 years ago in his friend\'s basement. Ever since that day Dungeons & Dragons has been his number one hobby. Starting with Pathfinder and then moving to Fantasy Craft and then eventually branching to Fifth... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dogwood 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

12:00pm

Plotting Workshop
Plotting is essential to the art of writing. Join Allen Wold for a two hour workshop to delve deeper into the world of plotting. Please arrive on time and space is limited.

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Allen L. Wold

Allen L. Wold was born a long time ago in south-western Michigan, where he began writing when he was about eight years old. He still has some of those early “stories” somewhere. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Dogwood 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

12:30pm

Filking with Tim Griffin
Come listen to some of the best filk you've heard in a long time. He was a hit at Opening Ceremonies and this is your opportunity to hear more!

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Tim Griffin

executive director, lead educator/performer, Griffin Education (GriffinEd)
Tim Griffin is an award-winning educator, singer/songwriter, and storyteller with a passion for making learning fun. After retiring from the Los Angeles Unified School District, Tim now runs a small educational nonprofit called GriffinEd (www.GriffinEd.org), a team of musicians and... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

12:30pm

Autograph Signing with Zack Ward
MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Zack Ward

Media Guest of Honor
Zach Ward is known for his character Dave Scovil (Titus's stoner half-brother) on the FOX show Titus and as the bully Scut Farkus in the 1983 perennial Christmas movie A Christmas Story. He also has guest roles on popular television series such as NCIS, Lost, and Crossing Jordan... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Vendor Room 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014

12:30pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

Saturday February 29, 2020 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

12:45pm

LGBTQA Films
Bodies by Morvarid Kashiyan (0:15:00)
Fred by Mark Needle (0:05:00)
My Boyfriend, The Boogieman by Nikhail Asnani (0:03:39)
The Last Blue Cup by Hannah Thompson (0:15:13)
The Plan by Hannah Thompson (0:19:44)

Total Running Time: 0:58:36

Followed by a brief Q & A panel



Saturday February 29, 2020 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Boardroom 2/Indie Film 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014

1:00pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

Saturday February 29, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

1:00pm

Art in Science
Science and art often intertwine. There is a natural beauty everywhere from geological formations in Dixie Caverns to streaming light emissions of the Northern Lights. Some art has to be discovered and science will be the tool to reveal them. Join our panelists as they share some examples of how they see beauty in scientific discoveries.

Moderators
MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Wendy S Delmater

Wendy S Delmater

Editor and Publisher, Abyss & Apex Magazine
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Maya Preisler

Geek Life
Maya Preisler has been creating art and telling stories since she was old enough to hold a pen, writing and illustrating her first science fiction novel at age eight. Her art has been featured on book covers, convention badges and in numerous art shows. Her professional credits include... Read More →
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Angela Giddings

Film
Angela Giddings wears many hats. She’s an independent filmmaker, a self-published author, and a molecular biologist. She was involved both behind and in front of the camera for the Sick Chick Flicks movie Blood of the Mummy. Currently, she is working on a sequel to her novel Shadow... Read More →
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Mark Davis

The Cursing Dog
Producing ceramic art and other goodness for your amusement and ownership. Mark Davis is a former Artist Guest of Honor for MystiCon. His work is beautiful and he's a kick in the pants!


Saturday February 29, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ballroom D 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

1:00pm

Indy Pinup Cover Art: Jenn dePaola Author Guest of Honor
Jenn dePaola shows how she created the Indy Pinup (MystiCon 2020 program cover art!), and talks about creating pinup art and how it is still relevant in pop culture. She will go through some slides and a time-lapse video showing her process of creating the Indy Pinup Girl.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Jenn DePaola

Artist Guest of Honor
Hi there! I am Jenn DePaola, a digital illustrator who has a penchant for things of a geeky nature. Sci-fi, fantasy, Pop Culture and Pin-up art are my favorites to illustrate. I have worked on licensed properties such as Star Wars and Mars Attacks! with Topps Trading Cards, and Viceroy... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Vista Room 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

1:00pm

PODCAST: Geek Radio Daily
Sit in on a live podcast by our Fan Guests of Honor, Geek Radio Daily.

Moderators
avatar for Billy Flynn

Billy Flynn

Geek Radio Daily
Everything... you can NOT go wrong

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Rich Sigfrit

Fan Guest
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast... Read More →
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Flynnstress

Co-Host, Geek Radio Daily
Part Wonder Woman part Harley Quinn.
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Carol Cowles

Fan Guest, Geek Life
Carol Cowles - Carol has long been a fixture of Geek Culture in Charlotte. She has served for several years as the Programming Director for ConCarolinas and worked the Carolina and Arizona Renaissance Festivals for 15 years. She also podcasts – she is Carol the Cat on the weekly... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ballroom E 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

1:00pm

Drum Circle for Kids
Bundle up and bring your drum if you have one! If you don't, that's ok, we'll share! Learn some rhythm and bang on some drums! (If the weather is too cold, this could be canceled or moved to an alternate location)

Saturday February 29, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Pool Deck Outside 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

1:00pm

Author Signing Table A
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for J.A. Sutherland

J.A. Sutherland

Author - Self-Published
J.A. Sutherland writes space opera with a very Age of Sail feel to it. When not reading or writing, he spends his time on roadtrips around the Southeast US searching for good barbecue.


Saturday February 29, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Author Signing Table A 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

1:00pm

Author Signing Table B
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

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Amanda J. McGee

Writer
Amanda J. McGee is a mapmaker by day and a writer by night. She has degrees from Hollins University and Virginia Tech, and is the author of the epic fantasy series The Creation Saga. When not writing, she can be found in the garden. She lives in Southwest Virginia with the love of... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Author Signing Table B 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

1:00pm

Worldcon Talk
Bill Lawhorn is a DC area fan and convention runner. In addition to chairing the 2009, 2014, and 2019 Capclaves, he is also the current 2020 chair. He was on the committee and performed various duties for the 2010, 2011, and 2015 Nebula awards. He was on staff for the 2003 and 2014 World Fantasy Conventions. He cochaired the 2018 WFC. He is currently cochairing the 2021 Worldcon, Discon III. In his little free time he reviews books for SFREVU. Come hear more about WorldCon and get all of your questions answered.

Moderators
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William Lawhorn

Bill Lawhorn is a DC area fan and convention runner. In addition to chairing the 2009, 2014, and 2019 Capclaves, he is also the current 2020 chair. He was on the committee and performed various duties for the 2010, 2011, and 2015 Nebula awards. He was on staff for the 2003 and 2014... Read More →

Saturday February 29, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Dogwood 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

1:00pm

Super Weird Heroes
A way-fun discussion of the kookiest, kraziest, most bizarro leotard-clad bad-guy-bashers of the Golden Age of comic books! The Hand, a giant hand! Madam Fatale, the first cross-dressing superhero! Kangaroo Man (Batman was taken) and tons more nutty-cool heroes held up to reverence and ridicule!

Moderators
avatar for Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan

Film
I remember watching THE BLACK SCORPION, possibly through the bars of my crib and it left lasting impressions: a love for genre films and stop motion animation, a desire to figure out how they’re made, and a fear of black scorpions.My aunt bought me a super-8 camera and I tormented... Read More →

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Quincy J. Allen

Author, Writing
National Bestselling Author Quincy J. Allen is a cross-genre author five novels under his belt. His media tie-in novel Colt the Outlander: Shadow of Ruin was a Scribe Award finalist in 2019, and his noir novel Chemical Burn was a Colorado Gold Award finalist in 2010.He co-authore... Read More →
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Ginger Snaps

Professional Con Goer. Singer. Member of the Shadow Balladeers.
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Kim Good

Charming Underclothes
Kim Good is a local from Roanoke, Va who is a Jack of All Trades. He's been performing in the Drag Community for almost ten years as PunKen Capulet and has now moved that experience as a member of Charming Underclothes. Since joining Charming Underclothes, he has changed his name... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ballroom C 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

1:00pm

BTRC Play Test
Be a guinea pig and playtest card and board games in development by BTRC. Bring some friends, find one that meets your fancy and give it a whirl. Themes range from serious to silly, but all are easy to learn for first time players (which all of you will be). Times per game range from half an hour to an hour.

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Greg Porter

Game Master


Saturday February 29, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Gaming Annex Table 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

1:00pm

Marvel Munchkin
Nick Fury has gone missing and the greatest villains in the Marvel Universe are running amok! As a rookie Level 1 S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, it will be up to you to contain the threat and rise through the ranks of the organization. To succeed you will need to affiliate yourself with one of the many super-powered groups from the Marvel Universe, team up with super hero allies, gear up with powerful (and often experimental) gear, and unlock your own super powers! The first agent to reach Level 10 will become the new acting director of S.H.I.E.L.D.! The rest of you will be assigned to guard duty on The RAFT #sorrynotsorry

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Matthew Correll

Game Master, The State of the Nerd


Saturday February 29, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Gaming Annex Table 3 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

1:30pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Doc Coleman

Doc Coleman

Swimming Cat Studios


Saturday February 29, 2020 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

2:00pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Author, Writing
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Parallel Society series, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. His unique brand of old pulp adventure mixed with a contemporary sensibility brings... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

2:00pm

Q & A with Larry Niven
Con Chair for RavenCon, Michael D. Pederson, interviews 2020 Author Guest of Honor, Larry Niven.

Moderators
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Michael D. Pederson

Con Chair, RavenCon
Michael D. Pederson was the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree from 2002 until 2019. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published... Read More →

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Larry Niven

Larry Niven

writer, sfwa


Saturday February 29, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Vista Room 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

2:00pm

Paths of Glory: Crafting Your Success in Film
There’s nothing wrong with being an amateur; everyone starts somewhere. However, perception is reality. How do you navigate the world of independent film, in an attempt to strengthen your professionalism and create opportunities, when working with limited resources

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Trent Welstead

Film
Trent Welstead currently resides in Blacksburg, VA, where he recently completed a dual degree in Cinema and Creative Writing at Virginia Tech. He's an avid cinema enthusiast to nearly every extent imaginable, and cherishes his many opportunities to collaborate with others.Trent’s... Read More →

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Dave Harlequin

Film
Described by both press and colleagues as an "independent renaissance man" and "voice of the underground," Dave Harlequin is a professional screenwriter, journalist, author, and independent filmmaker from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the Co-Creative Director of North Carolina... Read More →
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Angela Giddings

Film
Angela Giddings wears many hats. She’s an independent filmmaker, a self-published author, and a molecular biologist. She was involved both behind and in front of the camera for the Sick Chick Flicks movie Blood of the Mummy. Currently, she is working on a sequel to her novel Shadow... Read More →
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Margaret Alice

Artistic Director / Actor / Dancer, Film
Margaret Alice (Kill Giggles, The Werewolf Hunters, Department 666) is the Artistic Director of M A K E: the Margaret Alice Kinestheic Experiment, specializing in approaching all kinds of performance from a physical perspective. A North Carolina native who earned her BFA in Dance... Read More →
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Michael Ray Williams

Film
Michael Ray Williams was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on February 4, 1986, and has been working in independent film since debuting his improvisational skills in "Move Cary" (2006). He has played a host of roles of varying sizes since then, specializing in indie horror. His favorite... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Boardroom 2/Indie Film 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014

2:00pm

Author Signing Table A
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

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Doc Coleman

Swimming Cat Studios


Saturday February 29, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Author Signing Table A 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

2:00pm

Author Signing Table B
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

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Heather Elizabeth King

Author
Heather Elizabeth King is a novelist who lives in Virginia and writes dark fiction (urban fantasy and horror). She’s been a storyteller since she can remember. Some of her favorite memories are of telling stories to her girlfriends at slumber parties when she was a pre-teen. She... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Author Signing Table B 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

2:00pm

ROOM SETUP
Combine Dogwood 1 & 2

Saturday February 29, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Dogwood 1 & 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

2:00pm

Godzilla, Kaiju Eiga & the Amazing Toho Studios
The famous movie monster Godzilla is only one of many monstrous stars of Japan’s golden age of film. This panel will serve as a primer for anyone interested in learning the basics about the franchise and will focus on introducing Toho Studio’s other film output.

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Bill Mulligan

Film
I remember watching THE BLACK SCORPION, possibly through the bars of my crib and it left lasting impressions: a love for genre films and stop motion animation, a desire to figure out how they’re made, and a fear of black scorpions.My aunt bought me a super-8 camera and I tormented... Read More →

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Ed McKeown

Chief editor, Writing
Edward McKeown is best known for his two Confederation Space Series: The Robert Fenaday/Shasti Rainhell series of SF novels set on the Privateer Sidhe & set in the same universe, The Maauro Chronicles featuring a 50,000 year old android named Maauro and her friend, a disgraced... Read More →
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Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, The Rifle Chronicles, and Wolfbane: The Coldstone Files. His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can check out his... Read More →
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Grig Larson

Author, Punkadyne Labs
Science fiction and comedy writer, and writer of the Radio Podcast/Drama, \"This Kaiju Life,\" Grig has been a staple of east coast fandom since the 1980s. He\'s written two books, \"Trolley,\" a steampunk horror, and \"Space Bitch,\" a dark sci-fi action comedy. He is the creator... Read More →
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Gary Yohe

Everyone’s a nerd on the inside., Roanoke Robotics and Makers Club
Roanoke Robotics & Makers Club is a community STEM supporter for 8+ years. We build robots, have friendly competitions, workshops, & coding classes. We learn from each other and we have a lot of fun!Meetings are held at the South County Library in Roanoke, Virginia, usually on the... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Ballroom D 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

2:00pm

Five Words Stories
Panelists elicit 5 words from the audience to start the story. Pass to the next person to write 5 words to continue. Keep passing it around - each person adds another five words to the text. Finish by the last person writing 5 words to end the story. (Need a computer, projector and screen)

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Mel Todd

Owner, Bad Ash Publishing

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Wayland Smith

WAYLAND SMITH is the pen name for a native Texan who has lived in Massachusetts, New York, Washington DC, and presently makes his home in Virginia. His rather unlikely list of jobs includes private investigator, comic book shop owner, ring crew for a circus (then he ran away from... Read More →
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Jim Nettles

Founder, Science and Tech
James Nettles has a thirty-year career consulting for dozens of clients from startups to Fortune 100’s, media contributor, speaker on privacy, futurism, coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and individual daily lives, and is a science fiction and fantasy... Read More →
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Kaleab Kurtz

Actor/Screenwriter
Kaleab Kurtz was born in 2004. He has appeared in the Netflix original series “Stranger Things”, the films “Fear To Be Brave”, “By Days End”, “Pool Ghouls”, “Night of the Zombies”, “Book Lover”, and “Gobble You Up.” He has all appeared in episodes of “The... Read More →
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A.L. Sirois

I'm a writer, illustrator, editor and ghost-writer. I'm happy to talk about any or all of those things. I'm also a fan, and was very active in fanzines throughout the 70s and 80s. After a layoff, I am contributing artwork and LoCs again.


Saturday February 29, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Ballroom E 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

2:00pm

The Match Game
An annual MystiCon tradition is back! Re-live the glories of classic game shows, now with a Sci-Fi/Fantasy twist. Contestants from our audience will match wits with our guests!

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Rich Sigfrit

Fan Guest
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast... Read More →

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Wednesday Mourning

Cast Member, Charming Underclothes
Wednesday Mourning has been performing with Charming Underclothes for 5 years and has been performing for 6 years. She has performed in many shows such as Rocky Horror, Clue, Repo! The Genetic Opera, Lost Skeleton, and Hocus Pocus.
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Syrinx

Founder / Director / Performer, Charming Underclothes - Feature Presentations from Reel to Real
Syrinx first took the stage in 2005, when he joined The Fishnet Mafia, a Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast in Columbus, OH. He started out as The Criminologist and a year later took on the role of Riff Raff, which is the role that he is most known for.In 2009, he joined the on-air... Read More →
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Sammie Cassell

Film/Media/TV, Film
Sammie Cassell is a Stokesdale NC based producer/actor. As VP of Wreak Havoc Productions he has been involved with 5 feature films and 15 short films. Wreak Havoc has the shorts Uncle Otto’s Truck (a Stephen King story) and the drama Sea, Salt, Wind on the festival circuit right... Read More →
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John Watts

President/Owner, Independence Games
John Watts is the owner and president of Independence Games (formerly Gypsy Knights Games).  Independence Games publishes the Clement Sector, Earth Sector, and Action Movie Physics RPGs.  John is married to his wonderful wife, Wendy, and lives with two cats:  Moneypenny and Felix.John... Read More →
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Jay Prater

VFX Designer/Editor, WFXR/WWCW TV
When I was 8, I went to the movies with my parents and saw that Star Destroyer bearing down on Princess Leia's ship at the beginning of A New Hope. That moment stuck with me and really opened the door to a lifelong love of science fiction, fantasy and horror.I've played RPGs since... Read More →
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Jett Dixon

Jett has been attending & assisting at conventions for over a decade, finally delving into the roles of Programming Staff (RavenCon, ConCarolinas, Conapalooza) and Panelist. A self-proclaimed \'\'Podcast Enabler,\" she has lent her voice to audio novels (Murder at Avedon Hill) and... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Ballroom C 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

2:00pm

Tiny Dungeon
A great way to introduce kids into roleplaying. For 14 and under.

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Matt Hernandez

Game Master


Saturday February 29, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Gaming Rm 440 Table 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

2:00pm

ROOM BLOCKED
Please gather here to have your costume pre-judged for the masquerade. More instructions will be given to you upon arrival.

Saturday February 29, 2020 2:00pm - 7:00pm
Dogwood 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

2:00pm

ROOM BLOCKED
Please gather here to have your costume pre-judged for the masquerade. More instructions will be given to you upon arrival.

Saturday February 29, 2020 2:00pm - 7:00pm
Dogwood 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

2:30pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

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Saturday February 29, 2020 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

3:00pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

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James Fadeley

Author / Chief Editor, Thunderbird Studios
Chief Editor for Thunderbird Studios.


Saturday February 29, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

3:00pm

Masquerade Pre-judging (Youth ages 0-18 & Groups)
Masquerade Pre-judging (Youth/Teens Ages 0-18 & Groups)

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Wickedly Stitched Cosplay by Kate

Masquerade Director/cosplayer/professional seamstress, Wickedly Stitched Cosplay by Kate

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Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist, Flabbergast the Wizard
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Sarah Oliver

I am a local artist and cosplayer. I specialize in 3D art and B&W charcoal portraits. I love anime, sci-fi, Gundam, horror movies, reading and writing short stories. I’ve cosplayed almost 15years and hope to be able to continue long into the future. I am a hardcore Ellen Ripley... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dogwood 1 & 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

3:00pm

Fun with Farkus: Meet & Greet with Zack Ward
Light refreshments and one autograph included.
Maximum 20 participants
Purchase tickets:https://mysticon-va.com/meet-greets/

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Zack Ward

Media Guest of Honor
Zach Ward is known for his character Dave Scovil (Titus's stoner half-brother) on the FOX show Titus and as the bully Scut Farkus in the 1983 perennial Christmas movie A Christmas Story. He also has guest roles on popular television series such as NCIS, Lost, and Crossing Jordan... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Con Suite - Room 535 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014

3:00pm

Author Signing Table A
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

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avatar for Maya Preisler

Maya Preisler

Geek Life
Maya Preisler has been creating art and telling stories since she was old enough to hold a pen, writing and illustrating her first science fiction novel at age eight. Her art has been featured on book covers, convention badges and in numerous art shows. Her professional credits include... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Author Signing Table A 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

3:00pm

Author Signing Table B
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

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Wendy S Delmater

Editor and Publisher, Abyss & Apex Magazine


Saturday February 29, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Author Signing Table B 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

3:00pm

Grandin Theatre Film Lab: Young Filmmakers Showcase
Mysticon IFF & The Grandin Theatre Film Lab Presents...

The Protector by Andrew Hubert & Nabeel Raza (0:09:10)
Undeveloped by Anna Todd Kemper (0:09:26)
Hourglass by Bryce Knick (0:13:08)
Detective Texas Toast by Isaac Harmon (0:07:20)
Hey, It's Not Soccer!!! by Carter Schaeffer (0:14:25)

Total Running Time: 0:53:29

Followed by a brief Q & A panel


Saturday February 29, 2020 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Boardroom 2/Indie Film 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014

3:00pm

Big Lick Conspiracy
Hilarious Improv Comedy (think 'Who's Line is it Anyway') performed for you by our local Improv Troupe Big Lick Conspiracy.

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Big Lick Conspiracy

Big Lick Conspiracy
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M. Jason Turner

Roanoke Doesn't Suck LLC, geNERDationX


Saturday February 29, 2020 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Vista Room 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

3:30pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

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Robert W. Ross

Author, Spartamac Publishing


Saturday February 29, 2020 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

3:30pm

ROOM SETUP
  • Set up chairs for masquerade
  • Set up aisle from center stage to Door to Ballroom E.
  • Add stairs to front and side
  • Move panel tables (for Scholarship Auction Items) on wall furthest from stage (near entrances to Ballroom D and E)
  • Cash Bar setup by 5 p.m.

Saturday February 29, 2020 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Ballrooms CDE 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

3:30pm

ROOM BLOCKED
  • Set up chairs for masquerade
  • Set up aisle from center stage to Door to Ballroom E.
  • Add stairs to front and side
  • Move panel tables (for Scholarship Auction Items) on wall furthest from stage (near entrances to Ballroom D and E)
  • Cash Bar setup by 5 p.m.

Saturday February 29, 2020 3:30pm - Sunday March 1, 2020 1:00am
Ballroom C 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

3:30pm

ROOM BLOCKED
  • Set up chairs for masquerade
  • Set up aisle from center stage to Door to Ballroom E.
  • Add stairs to front and side
  • Move panel tables (for Scholarship Auction Items) on wall furthest from stage (near entrances to Ballroom D and E)
  • Cash Bar setup by 5 p.m.

Saturday February 29, 2020 3:30pm - Sunday March 1, 2020 1:00am
Ballroom E 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

3:30pm

ROOM BLOCKED
  • Set up chairs for masquerade
  • Set up aisle from center stage to Door to Ballroom E.
  • Add stairs to front and side
  • Move panel tables (for Scholarship Auction Items) on wall furthest from stage (near entrances to Ballroom D and E)
  • Cash Bar setup by 5 p.m.

Saturday February 29, 2020 3:30pm - Sunday March 1, 2020 1:00am
Ballroom D 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:00pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

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Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, The Rifle Chronicles, and Wolfbane: The Coldstone Files. His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can check out his... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:00pm

Masquerade Pre-judging (Ages 19 and Up)
Masquerade Pre-judging (Ages 19 & Up)

Moderators
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Wickedly Stitched Cosplay by Kate

Masquerade Director/cosplayer/professional seamstress, Wickedly Stitched Cosplay by Kate

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avatar for Mark MacDicken

Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist, Flabbergast the Wizard
avatar for Sarah Oliver

Sarah Oliver

I am a local artist and cosplayer. I specialize in 3D art and B&W charcoal portraits. I love anime, sci-fi, Gundam, horror movies, reading and writing short stories. I’ve cosplayed almost 15years and hope to be able to continue long into the future. I am a hardcore Ellen Ripley... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Dogwood 1 & 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:00pm

Autograph Signing with Zack Ward
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Zack Ward

Media Guest of Honor
Zach Ward is known for his character Dave Scovil (Titus's stoner half-brother) on the FOX show Titus and as the bully Scut Farkus in the 1983 perennial Christmas movie A Christmas Story. He also has guest roles on popular television series such as NCIS, Lost, and Crossing Jordan... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Vendor Room 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014

4:00pm

Author Signing Table A
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

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James Fadeley

Author / Chief Editor, Thunderbird Studios
Chief Editor for Thunderbird Studios.


Saturday February 29, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Author Signing Table A 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:00pm

Author Signing Table B
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

Saturday February 29, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Author Signing Table B 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:00pm

The Belly of Evil

Evil comes in all forms. It seems a new form has risen from the ashes of Hell.

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Jim Evans

Game Master, Apokillyptic Gaming Systems


Saturday February 29, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Gaming Annex Table 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:00pm

#1-04 Bandits of Immenwood [Tier 1-4]
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Joshua Morrison

Game Master - Pathfinder Society


4:00pm

#1-08 Revolution on the Riverside [Tier 1-4]
Pathfinder Society

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Gwen Leach

Game Master - Pathfinder Society


4:00pm

#10-14 Debt to the Quah [Tier 3-7]
Pathfinder Society

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Steve Sutton

Game Master - Pathfinder Society


Saturday February 29, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Parlor Room 4 Table 4 4468 Starkey Road, Cave Spring, VA, USA

4:00pm

#10-18 The Daughter’s Due [Tier 5-9]
Pathfinder Society

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Jeff Merola

Game Master - Pathfinder Society


Saturday February 29, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Parlor Room 4 Table 2 4468 Starkey Road, Cave Spring, VA, USA

4:00pm

Caravan to Steeltown (GURPS After-the-End Post-Apocalyptic Mystery/Adventure)
The setting is a weird super science post-apocalyptic world (think GAMMAWORLD) where pure strain humans, mutant humans, mutant sentient animals, and mutant sentient plants interact in a blasted future Dark Age, a few generations after “The Cataclysm”. Your village can make little better than crossbows and black power weapons, but Ancient artifacts from before The Cataclysm are fairly common and mutant creatures may have strange super/psychic abilities.

You are young adult villagers from Beantown (a farming village in a fertile river valley), hired to escort a caravan from Beantown to Steeltown (a mining village high in the mountains) and back. Beantown trades food for steel/iron that they use to create farming tools and weapons from. Two earlier caravans have failed to make the trip, so yours is bringing extra guards. The village depends on your trade caravan.

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Daniel Thomas

Game Master
Hi, I’m Dan. I’ve been playing RPGs since the late 70s, and game mastering since 1980. This year at MystiCon I’m running three games with GURPS: a modern Monster Hunter (Metro of Madness), a Gamma World like post-apocalyptic (Caravan to Steel Town), and a Space Opera/Gun-Fu... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Parlor Room 3 Table 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:00pm

On the Road to the Hollow
Well, it looks like even getting to Falcon's Hollow is not going to be easy? There is weirdness and evidently it's taking a road trip to the Hollow. Our adventurers stop for the night at an inn, only to hear of things roaming about the countryside, threatening the Hollow and surrounding area. Some of it sounds like some Bards have been telling tall tales. Others sound a bit more chilling. Can the townfolk be saved? Can the adventurers find the source of the rumored things in the countryside and stop them before it's possibly too late?

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Sarah Greiner

Game Master
I have been playing Pathfinder and other rpgs since 2008. I\'ve been running a long-term Pathfinder game since 2016. I first got to start running game sessions at cons in 2018. I also do a lot of crafts, like cross stitch and knitting and crocheting.


Saturday February 29, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Parlor Room 3 Table 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:00pm

Space Scenarios
What is Starfinder space combat? It's awesome is what. We will have 2 different sessions during our time with you. During the first half, we will have 101 to help more people to understand Starfinder space combat. Then, for the second half, we will be running more advanced scenarios, which may include more then 1 ship's crew. We are excited to be bringing this to you.

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Vanguard Ace Pilot

Game Master
I'm a Christian Gamer. I have been involved with MystiCon gaming for many years. I am a Game Master this year only, and hope to expand into Starfinder's space combat in the great void of space.
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Matt Anderson

Game Master


Saturday February 29, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Annex Table 3 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:00pm

Space Scenarios
What is Starfinder space combat? It's awesome is what. We will have 2 different sessions during our time with you. During the first half, we will have 101 to help more people to understand Starfinder space combat. Then, for the second half, we will be running more advanced scenarios, which may include more then 1 ship's crew. We are excited to be bringing this to you.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Vanguard Ace Pilot

Vanguard Ace Pilot

Game Master
I'm a Christian Gamer. I have been involved with MystiCon gaming for many years. I am a Game Master this year only, and hope to expand into Starfinder's space combat in the great void of space.
MA

Matt Anderson

Game Master


Saturday February 29, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Annex Table 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:00pm

The Siege of Zed Arcos
Welcome to Zed Arcos, the shining capital of Astaña, standing tall in the wake of its rebirth 200 years ago. Nothing can penetrate its walls. Right?

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Samuel Lahar

Game Master
Samuel is hometown Game Master who got his start playing 3.5 Pathfinder over 10 years ago in his friend\'s basement. Ever since that day Dungeons & Dragons has been his number one hobby. Starting with Pathfinder and then moving to Fantasy Craft and then eventually branching to Fifth... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gaming Parlor Room 3 Table 3 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:30pm

4:30pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

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avatar for Wendy S Delmater

Wendy S Delmater

Editor and Publisher, Abyss & Apex Magazine


Saturday February 29, 2020 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:30pm

Contemporary Fantasy: Setting the Fantastic in the Everyday World
An inherent advantage of the fantasy genre is that it offers a dazzling diversity of settings. Some fantasy is set in alternate versions of the historical past, in which the magic of folklore is real. Other stories take place in imaginary worlds populated by folkloric characters. Such fantasy settings free the author from the constraints of the 'real world.' Want your heros to have to find their way over or through a precipitous mountain range? Draw the Misty Mountains down the middle of your map. Want a dragon to show up, breathing fire and speaking in riddles? Name him Smaug and start writing. So, with such freedom available, why do some authors opt for the constraints of the here and now? What are the advantages--and pitfalls--of writing the fantastic into our own backyards?

Moderators
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Mike Allen

Author/Editor/Publisher, Mythic Delirium Books
World Fantasy, Shirley Jackson and Nebula Award finalist Mike Allen has written several poetry collections, including Strange Wisdoms of the Dead (a Philadephia Inquirer editor’s choice selection), The Journey to Kailash and Hungry Constellations; a twisted dark fantasy novel, The... Read More →

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R.S. Belcher

Writing
R.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and journalist, as well as an author of short and long fiction in a number of genres. Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, a comic book store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and... Read More →
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Stuart Jaffe

Author, Writing
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Parallel Society series, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. His unique brand of old pulp adventure mixed with a contemporary sensibility brings... Read More →
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Fraser Sherman

Fraser Sherman was born in England, but spent most of his life in Northwest Florida. He’d be there still but he met his dream woman in 2008 and moved up to Durham, NC in 2010 to marry her. Nine years this June, woot!After he graduated college with no clear career path, he figured... Read More →
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Patrick Dugan

Writing
Patrick Dugan was born in the far north of New York, where the cold winds blow. This meant lots of time for reading over the long winters. His parents didn't care what he read as long as he did and thus Patrick started with a steady diet of comics and science fiction novels.His debut... Read More →
avatar for Robert W. Ross

Robert W. Ross

Author, Spartamac Publishing


Saturday February 29, 2020 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Vista Room 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

4:30pm

Mysticon IFF Fan Favorite of Yesteryear: Blood of the Mummy!!!
Back by popular demand!!! Last year we ran out of room & had to turn people away. Hopefully that wont happen this year. We are screening an encore presentation of Blood of the Mummy. With a brief Q & A panel to follow!

Blood of the Mummy by Christina Parker (1:38:00)

Saturday February 29, 2020 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Boardroom 2/Indie Film 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014

5:00pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Ed McKeown

Ed McKeown

Chief editor, Writing
Edward McKeown is best known for his two Confederation Space Series: The Robert Fenaday/Shasti Rainhell series of SF novels set on the Privateer Sidhe & set in the same universe, The Maauro Chronicles featuring a 50,000 year old android named Maauro and her friend, a disgraced... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

5:00pm

5:00pm

Author Signing Table B
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

Saturday February 29, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Author Signing Table B 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

5:00pm

GREEN ROOM FOR MASQUERADE (ALL AGES)
Please gather here for the masquerade. More instructions will be given to you upon arrival.

Moderators
avatar for Wickedly Stitched Cosplay by Kate

Wickedly Stitched Cosplay by Kate

Masquerade Director/cosplayer/professional seamstress, Wickedly Stitched Cosplay by Kate

Saturday February 29, 2020 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Dogwood 1 & 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

5:00pm

Masquerade & Entertainment
Annual MystiCon Masquerade with Entertainment provided by Tony Lechmanski.

Moderators
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Rich Sigfrit

Fan Guest
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast... Read More →

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist, Flabbergast the Wizard
avatar for Billy Flynn

Billy Flynn

Geek Radio Daily
Everything... you can NOT go wrong
avatar for Tony Lechmanski

Tony Lechmanski

Tony Lechmanski, The 40 Boys
The 40 Boys are a rowdy Rock-n-roll machine who specializes in trouble, debauchery and the fastest ways to earn yourself a trip straight to hell! Two man Punk Rock-N-Roll at its finest.  
avatar for Sarah Oliver

Sarah Oliver

I am a local artist and cosplayer. I specialize in 3D art and B&W charcoal portraits. I love anime, sci-fi, Gundam, horror movies, reading and writing short stories. I’ve cosplayed almost 15years and hope to be able to continue long into the future. I am a hardcore Ellen Ripley... Read More →
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Wickedly Stitched Cosplay by Kate

Masquerade Director/cosplayer/professional seamstress, Wickedly Stitched Cosplay by Kate


Saturday February 29, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ballrooms CDE 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

5:30pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

Saturday February 29, 2020 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

6:00pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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John G. Hartness

Falstaff Books


Saturday February 29, 2020 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

6:00pm

Author Signing Table A
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Grig Larson

Grig Larson

Author, Punkadyne Labs
Science fiction and comedy writer, and writer of the Radio Podcast/Drama, \"This Kaiju Life,\" Grig has been a staple of east coast fandom since the 1980s. He\'s written two books, \"Trolley,\" a steampunk horror, and \"Space Bitch,\" a dark sci-fi action comedy. He is the creator... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Author Signing Table A 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

6:00pm

Author Signing Table B
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Sean Heare

Fan Guest of Honor
Geek dilettante Sean Heare has been the DM of many RPG campaigns playing with up to 12 people. When not working in emerging tech, he watches copious amounts of TV, reads voraciously, and dominates trivia night at several bars. Sean is an exuberant extrovert. He has volunteered and... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Author Signing Table B 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

6:00pm

Let Them Eat Cake
Come partake in the annual tradition of cutting into the fabulous Cake by Carla!


Saturday February 29, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Con Suite - Room 535 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014

6:00pm

Race & Speculative Fiction
A discussion of race in speculative fiction today and how to be culturally and racially sensitive when writing about it.

Moderators
MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Daniel Wallace

Daniel Wallace

Engineer
Dr. Daniel Wallace is a Human Factors engineer and research scientist. He is active in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) education and demonstrations.  He is also a school board member, church praise band member, balloon artist, and proud father of five nerdy... Read More →
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Doc Coleman

Swimming Cat Studios
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S.C. Houff

Geek Life
S.C. Houff is the daughter of a revolutionary and a TV quiz master. A natural story tell and a full time geek, she has been known to tell a tale or two which mostly is considered lying. She is not a liar but the author behind the From the Files of the Department of the Arcane series... Read More →
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Day Al-Mohamed

Author/Filmmaker/Disability Policy Executive
Day Al-Mohamed is an award-winning filmmaker, author, and disability policy executive. She is a host on Idobi Radio’s Geek Girl Riot (https://idobi.com/show/geek-girl-riot/) with an audience of more than 80,000 listeners, and her most recent novella, “The Labyrinth’s Archivist... Read More →
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Heather Elizabeth King

Author
Heather Elizabeth King is a novelist who lives in Virginia and writes dark fiction (urban fantasy and horror). She’s been a storyteller since she can remember. Some of her favorite memories are of telling stories to her girlfriends at slumber parties when she was a pre-teen. She... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Vista Room 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

6:30pm

Local Comedy - The Devil's Lettuce II
The Devil's Lettuce 2: Edible Evil by Dave Harlequin (0:17:00)


Followed by a brief Q & A panel



Saturday February 29, 2020 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Boardroom 2/Indie Film 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014

6:30pm

ROOM RESET
Split Dogwood 1 & 2

Saturday February 29, 2020 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Dogwood 1 & 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

6:30pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

Saturday February 29, 2020 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

7:00pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

Saturday February 29, 2020 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

7:00pm

A TikTok #meetup
TikTok is the hot new social media platform that is being used by cosplayers, filmmakers, theater casts, celebrities, and everyone else in between. Learn from those that are TikTok Famous the best ways to capture your 15-second viral video. If you use this app, then this panel is #foryou.

Moderators
avatar for Syrinx

Syrinx

Founder / Director / Performer, Charming Underclothes - Feature Presentations from Reel to Real
Syrinx first took the stage in 2005, when he joined The Fishnet Mafia, a Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast in Columbus, OH. He started out as The Criminologist and a year later took on the role of Riff Raff, which is the role that he is most known for.In 2009, he joined the on-air... Read More →

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Kim Good

Kim Good

Charming Underclothes
Kim Good is a local from Roanoke, Va who is a Jack of All Trades. He's been performing in the Drag Community for almost ten years as PunKen Capulet and has now moved that experience as a member of Charming Underclothes. Since joining Charming Underclothes, he has changed his name... Read More →
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Gerry

Content Creator, LongwoodGeek
Gerald (Gerry) Martin has been working on computers since his very first Tandy 1000HX that he got from his parents for Christmas in 1988. Starting at 5 years old to now, there is very little he has not seen or tried to do with his systems over the years, especially when he wanted... Read More →
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Cassandra Sadell

Cassandra is a teen from William Fleming High with ties to Mysticon and a great imagination. She is active in her volunteer activities at her school and  models in the Passion for Fashion with Fashionista Roanoke  show as well as the channel 10 news with Fashionista Roanoke.


Saturday February 29, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dogwood 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

7:00pm

Kill Giggles - 1st look w/ Q & A panel
Join us for a behind the scenes documentary & the 1st 10 minutes of Kill Giggles, followed by a Q & A panel w/ Director Jaysen Buterin, cast & crew members from the set of Kill Giggles!

MystiCon 2020 Guests

Saturday February 29, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Boardroom 2/Indie Film 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014

7:00pm

Author Signing Table A
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests

Saturday February 29, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Author Signing Table A 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

7:00pm

Author Signing Table B
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Kaleab Kurtz

Kaleab Kurtz

Actor/Screenwriter
Kaleab Kurtz was born in 2004. He has appeared in the Netflix original series “Stranger Things”, the films “Fear To Be Brave”, “By Days End”, “Pool Ghouls”, “Night of the Zombies”, “Book Lover”, and “Gobble You Up.” He has all appeared in episodes of “The... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Author Signing Table B 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

7:00pm

Rainbow Connections: Jim Henson's Impact on Entertainment, the World and Us
This panel will discuss the life and history of Jim Henson’s creations from Sam and Friends to The Dark Crystal and everything in between. We will talk about the impact he and members of his Creature Shop had on characters from the Star Wars films, how they have enriched the movie and television industry and us personally.

Moderators
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M. Jason Turner

Roanoke Doesn't Suck LLC, geNERDationX

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Michael D. Pederson

Michael D. Pederson

Con Chair, RavenCon
Michael D. Pederson was the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree from 2002 until 2019. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published... Read More →
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Alex Matsuo

Author, Paranormal
Alex Matsuo is a paranormal researcher, singer, and author. She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study and runs the blog and YouTube channel, “Singing & Spooky Stuff.” She was recently seen on Travel Channel's "Most Terrifying Places in America" as well as "Truth... Read More →
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Angela Giddings

Film
Angela Giddings wears many hats. She’s an independent filmmaker, a self-published author, and a molecular biologist. She was involved both behind and in front of the camera for the Sick Chick Flicks movie Blood of the Mummy. Currently, she is working on a sequel to her novel Shadow... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Hiller

Andrew Hiller

A Climbing Stock (Daily Swan 2015) Time of the Critic (Amazing Stories 2020) Hundreds of stories on public radio and NPR. Cobblestones: Going Gonzo for Jim Henson (documentary produced with Jim Henson Legacy starring Dave Goelz, hosted by Andrew Hiller)


Saturday February 29, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Vista Room 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

7:00pm

Make Your Own Buttons
Make your own buttons with BC Brandt from Black Market Buttons. This is a free workshop idea for all ages!

Saturday February 29, 2020 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Dogwood 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

7:00pm

7:00pm

MTG Commander
Come play one of the most popular MTG formats: Commander!!!!

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Josh Swartz - Blade Gaming

Josh Swartz - Blade Gaming

Owner, Blade Gaming


Saturday February 29, 2020 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Gaming Annex Table 4 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

7:30pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Day Al-Mohamed

Day Al-Mohamed

Author/Filmmaker/Disability Policy Executive
Day Al-Mohamed is an award-winning filmmaker, author, and disability policy executive. She is a host on Idobi Radio’s Geek Girl Riot (https://idobi.com/show/geek-girl-riot/) with an audience of more than 80,000 listeners, and her most recent novella, “The Labyrinth’s Archivist... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

8:00pm

8:00pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

Saturday February 29, 2020 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

8:00pm

Tell Us All About It, Bill!!!
Bill Mulligan, MIFF's Guest of Honor, discusses his experiences as a filmmaker & plans for future productions.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan

Film
I remember watching THE BLACK SCORPION, possibly through the bars of my crib and it left lasting impressions: a love for genre films and stop motion animation, a desire to figure out how they’re made, and a fear of black scorpions.My aunt bought me a super-8 camera and I tormented... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Boardroom 2/Indie Film 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014

8:00pm

Author Signing Table A
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Andrew Hiller

Andrew Hiller

A Climbing Stock (Daily Swan 2015) Time of the Critic (Amazing Stories 2020) Hundreds of stories on public radio and NPR. Cobblestones: Going Gonzo for Jim Henson (documentary produced with Jim Henson Legacy starring Dave Goelz, hosted by Andrew Hiller)


Saturday February 29, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Author Signing Table A 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

8:00pm

Author Signing Table B
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Robert W. Ross

Robert W. Ross

Author, Spartamac Publishing


Saturday February 29, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Author Signing Table B 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

8:00pm

Writing Up Close and Personal
This panel will cover point-of-view choices and how to write close to your point-of-view characters. Do certain points of view only work with certain types of stories? What are the strengths and weaknesses of each form?

Moderators
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Fraser Sherman

Fraser Sherman was born in England, but spent most of his life in Northwest Florida. He’d be there still but he met his dream woman in 2008 and moved up to Durham, NC in 2010 to marry her. Nine years this June, woot!After he graduated college with no clear career path, he figured... Read More →

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Stuart Jaffe

Author, Writing
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Parallel Society series, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. His unique brand of old pulp adventure mixed with a contemporary sensibility brings... Read More →
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Patrick Dugan

Writing
Patrick Dugan was born in the far north of New York, where the cold winds blow. This meant lots of time for reading over the long winters. His parents didn't care what he read as long as he did and thus Patrick started with a steady diet of comics and science fiction novels.His debut... Read More →
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Valerie Nieman

author of To the Bones
My writing comes out of my Appalachian roots - To the Bones is my latest novel, a genre-bending satire about the coal industry. I'm also the author of Neena Gathering, post-apocalyptic tale set in West Virginia, and Leopard Lady, a novel-in-verse about a carnival sideshow.


Saturday February 29, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Dogwood 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

8:00pm

The Chimera Project
A tabletop rpg in a world where genetics have taken the front of science.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
RC

Rob Canaday

Game Master


Saturday February 29, 2020 8:00pm - 11:30pm
Gaming Rm 440 Table 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

8:00pm

Chop Shop Redirect
It's a simple job, stroll down into a subway and see what happened to an underground mob clinic. Somewhere in the dark is a lot of expensive hardware, and your party needs to go find out what happened.

MystiCon 2020 Guests
DS

Dustin Smith

Game Master


Saturday February 29, 2020 8:00pm - Sunday March 1, 2020 12:00am
Gaming Rm 440 Table 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

8:30pm

8:30pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

Saturday February 29, 2020 8:30pm - 9:00pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

8:30pm

Cross Fandom Choreography
Come help us create a never-before-seen piece of nerdy movement magic! We will delve into what makes our favorite characters who they are in this interactive exploration of abstract movement by Mariah Johnson and Margaret Alice. Jump in and move with us, contribute to the conversation, or simply observe as we come together in fandom to make a brand new dance tribute.

Moderators
avatar for Margaret Alice

Margaret Alice

Artistic Director / Actor / Dancer, Film
Margaret Alice (Kill Giggles, The Werewolf Hunters, Department 666) is the Artistic Director of M A K E: the Margaret Alice Kinestheic Experiment, specializing in approaching all kinds of performance from a physical perspective. A North Carolina native who earned her BFA in Dance... Read More →
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Mariah Johnson

Makeup Artist, Bio Duck FX / Darkstone Entertainment

Saturday February 29, 2020 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Vista Room 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00pm

Reading Room
Authors or other guests may sign up for a reading space or special presentation lasting less than 1/2 hour. This description may be modified to fit your content. Please notify your Programming Director.

Saturday February 29, 2020 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Room 533 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00pm

Nightmares in RPGs (and how to handle them)
The panel (and the audience) tell tales of how their role-playing sessions went off the rails.  The panel will give tips on how to avoid such pitfalls or how to dig back out of them if they are hit.  Great for gamemasters of all experience levels.

Moderators
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John Watts

President/Owner, Independence Games
John Watts is the owner and president of Independence Games (formerly Gypsy Knights Games).  Independence Games publishes the Clement Sector, Earth Sector, and Action Movie Physics RPGs.  John is married to his wonderful wife, Wendy, and lives with two cats:  Moneypenny and Felix.John... Read More →

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Drew Meyer

Gaming/Podcasting/Author
Drew Meyer is a Children's Library Assistant and Educator who moonlights as a Podcaster and Game Designer. He is behind on all his deadlines. He may or may not have a beard. 
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Jefferson Rose

Dungeon Master and Game Master
Jefferson Rose is the founder and moderator of GM Workshop at BLADE Gaming, a collaborative roundtable of aspiring and veteran DMs and GMs devoted to improving play of any and all Tabletop RPGs. He is a Game Master with most of his experience in running D&D Fifth Edition. With eighteen... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Dogwood 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00pm

Author Signing Table A
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

Saturday February 29, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Author Signing Table A 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00pm

Author Signing Table B
Authors or Artists may set up at these tables to sign books or sell art for one hour. This description may be modified to suit the activities, please notify your Programming Director.

MystiCon 2020 Guests

Saturday February 29, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Author Signing Table B 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00pm

Leatherworking 101
A primer for the basics of leatherwork lead by the designers at Ribbons and Rivets, where participants edge, burnish, dye, seal, and decorate their very own wrist cuff. All tools and materials will be provided. Just bring a pair of hands. Fee is $20

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Matthew Penick

Matthew Penick

Zealous Cosplay
Matthew Penick has been a cosplayer for over a decade and took his passion for costuming to the professional level in 2010 with the creation of the theatrical design company Ribbons and Rivets. The self-taught designer began primarily working with leather, and still considers leatherwork... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Dogwood 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00pm

ROOM SETUP
  • Set up for concert (Syrinx is in charge of this)
  • Remove Cash Bar

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Syrinx

Syrinx

Founder / Director / Performer, Charming Underclothes - Feature Presentations from Reel to Real
Syrinx first took the stage in 2005, when he joined The Fishnet Mafia, a Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast in Columbus, OH. He started out as The Criminologist and a year later took on the role of Riff Raff, which is the role that he is most known for.In 2009, he joined the on-air... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Ballrooms CDE 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00pm

Saturday Night Scaries Presents... Local Horror/Horror Comedy
Department 666 by Dave Harlequin (0:10:30) WP
Killer Assistant by C. Michael Whaley (0:12:36)
Blood Brothers by W. Trent Welstead (0:02:50) WP
The Landlord by W. Trent Welstead (0:05:45)
Uncle Otto's Truck by Dan Sellers (0:18:20)
Classified by Matt Burchfield (0:13:53) WP
Silent Breath by Josh Mabe (0:20:00)
Hide & Seek by Emily Brubaker (0:12:58)
Werewolf Hunters by Jesse Knight (0:03:55)
Succubi Scry by Derek Silver (0:04:35)
Coil by Angie Gan (0:07:24)
Cleanse by Brendan Riley (0:07:54)

Total Running Time: 1:40:40 

Followed by a brief Q & A panel

WP = World Premier


MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Dave Harlequin

Dave Harlequin

Film
Described by both press and colleagues as an "independent renaissance man" and "voice of the underground," Dave Harlequin is a professional screenwriter, journalist, author, and independent filmmaker from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the Co-Creative Director of North Carolina... Read More →
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Sammie Cassell

Film/Media/TV, Film
Sammie Cassell is a Stokesdale NC based producer/actor. As VP of Wreak Havoc Productions he has been involved with 5 feature films and 15 short films. Wreak Havoc has the shorts Uncle Otto’s Truck (a Stephen King story) and the drama Sea, Salt, Wind on the festival circuit right... Read More →
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Trent Welstead

Film
Trent Welstead currently resides in Blacksburg, VA, where he recently completed a dual degree in Cinema and Creative Writing at Virginia Tech. He's an avid cinema enthusiast to nearly every extent imaginable, and cherishes his many opportunities to collaborate with others.Trent’s... Read More →
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Matt Burchfield

Matt’s credits range from feature films to commercial content. Early in his career worked as a post-production editor, subsequently stepping into the positions of director and director of photography. Matt’s experience in those positions allows him to bring a sense of the total... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Boardroom 2/Indie Film 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014

9:00pm

Check Out for Scholarship Auction
Please go to the Glass Office near the front desk to pay for your scholarship auction items. Checkout opens after auction ends.

Saturday February 29, 2020 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Glass Office 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00pm

#10-17 On Sevenfingers’ Sails [Tier 7-11]
Pathfinder Society

MystiCon 2020 Guests
JM

Jeff Merola

Game Master - Pathfinder Society


Saturday February 29, 2020 9:00pm - Sunday March 1, 2020 1:00am
Gaming Parlor Room 4 Table 1 4468 Starkey Rd, Cave Spring, VA 24018, USA

9:00pm

#2-03 The Withering World [Tier 1-4]
Starfinder Society

MystiCon 2020 Guests
avatar for Adam Swinder

Adam Swinder

Game Master, Pathfinder Society
Adam Swinder has been a Venture Captain in the Pathfinder Society since 2013, providing a program where both tabletop veterans and complete newbies can come together and ride together into high adventure!


Saturday February 29, 2020 9:00pm - Sunday March 1, 2020 1:00am
Gaming Parlor Room 4 Table 2 4468 Starkey Road, Cave Spring, VA, USA

9:00pm

#4-03 Golemworks Incident [Tier 5-9]
Pathfinder Society

MystiCon 2020 Guests
CB

Cohen Babcock

Game Master - Pathfinder Society


Saturday February 29, 2020 9:00pm - Sunday March 1, 2020 1:00am
Gaming Parlor Room 4 Table 4 4468 Starkey Road, Cave Spring, VA, USA

9:00pm

#6-01 Trial By Machine [Tier 1-5]
Pathfinder Society

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Steve Sutton

Game Master - Pathfinder Society


Saturday February 29, 2020 9:00pm - Sunday March 1, 2020 1:00am
Gaming Parlor Room 4 Table 3 4468 Starkey Rd, Cave Spring, VA 24018, USA

9:00pm

Carnival of the Damned
New players welcome! Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG is an OSR fantasy RPG in the spirit of Original and 1st editions of Dungeons & Dragons. The emphasis is on exploration for gold and glory and combat is fast and deadly. Character creation is 100% random and is fully accomplished though the use of a 0 level character funnel (affectionately referred to as the Meat Grinder in some circles). Each player starts with four characters and those who survive to first level have the chance to eventually become heroes. We will begin with the 0 level adventure:
The Carnival appeared overnight near the village and everyone had a wonderful day playing the games and riding the rides. But when night falls all of the children disappear and the Carnival has changed in terrifying ways. Join us as we attempt to discover the secrets of the Black Jester and survive The Carnival of the Damned!

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Paul Morgan

Game Master
Hi! My name is Paul and I’m running three sessions of Dungeon Crawl Classics at the con this year. DCC is a table top RPG in the old school spirit of 1970s D&D. My “day job” as a Lyft Driver gives me time to devote to my gaming obsession as well as supporting my writing avocation... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 9:00pm - Sunday March 1, 2020 1:00am
Gaming Parlor Room 3 Table 2 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA 24018

9:00pm

Escape from the Beasts
You were invited by a king to see their new zoo, then disaster strikes, can you and your party get the king and queen to safey or will you fall to the predators that roam the halls

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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Jennifer Whitten

Game Master