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21 Days to a Novel

New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole presents his three week program for preparing yourself to write a novel.

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Adversaries & Rivals

Our 2nd year! Learn how to make NPCs who are memorable characters that oppose the heroes, but are not villains. They are an opposing force that add another dimension & depth to your game!

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Be a Better Bard: How to Write Music for Your Character and for Yourself

Learn some simple tips to get you started writing melodies, rhythms, and lyrics to add to any adventure. Taught by Andrew McKee - The Irish Bard.

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Be a Better Editor (for Yourself and Others)!

Learning how to give feedback that's not reader-centric, with the goal of being a self-taught editor. Toiya Kristen Finley

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Buff Barbarian

This is the second year for the plyometric workout designed to maximize your inner barbarian's rage-filled berserk attack.

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Build and Break a Character or Two

In an interactive workshop, New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole will work you through the rigors of creating realistic characters and show you how to make them grow within a story.

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Content Creation Workshop

Everything is Content! But is it good content? Join Quincy from the Lucky Gryphon Tavern and guest content creators from the worlds of social media, twitch, Hollywood and cosplay.

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Covers in Photoshop

How to create a good book cover in Photoshop. Christopher Bell and Aaron Rosenberg

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Crafting a Story for Performance

Learn the basics of performance storytelling, including stage tips, all while crafting your very own story for telling! Marie Bilodeau

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Creating Interesting & Memorable Villains

Villains need to be more than "I'm the bad guy!". In this workshop, you will learn to give them depth, personality, & conflict.

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Draw Along & Learn

Grab yo’ sketchbook, grab yo’ pencils - let’s draw portraiture! Learn light, shading, and basic anatomy. Take home a finished portrait illustration, & plenty of newfound art skills :D

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Dungeon Crawl Workshop

An intensive workshop for GMs to hone their game-running skills, using the "dungeon crawl" as a framework for GM prep that creates incisive situations and GM practice that engages the PCs.

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Epub Creation

How to turn your book into an epub. Christopher Bell and Aaron Rosenberg

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Finding the Story

New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole takes you through a series of exercises that will let you build a story from the barest spark through twists and turns.

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Find Your Voice

How to find your writer's voice or voices. Gini Koch

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Fit Fighter

A body weight workout designed to maximize your inner fighter's balanced & efficient attacks. Any fitness level can be accommodated.

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Formatting in Word

How to prep your manuscript for typesetting. Christopher Bell and Aaron Rosenberg

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Foundations of Success

New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole will help you organize yourself so you have a head start on success when you sit down to begin your writing career.

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Freelancing 101

How to make money writing. Bryan Young

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From RPGs to Puppetry, Creating Characters that Last

Let seasoned improviser and puppeteer Aaron Beasley lead you to creating believable characters with strong viewpoints and personalities that can carry you through scene-work or your RPG life!

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Giving Voice to Roleplay: Experiencing a False Life

Roleplay can be more than just a game or a way for friends to bond. It can be a way to experience the world through the eyes of unlikely people: something we could ordinarily never do.

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Hand Sewing for Beginners w/Stacey Gordon

Would you like to get a start making puppets or other crafty things, but don't quite have a grasp on sewing by hand? Good news! This sewing for beginners workshop is perfect for you!

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How to Be a Bard!

Want to learn a few of the real bardic arts? Learn a few naughty songs, a little dance, practice sharpening your rapier wit, and terrible puns. Your gaming group will love you for it. Hopefully.

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How To Go Viral: Social Media Content Q&A with DND Tiktok Creators

Are you looking to take your dnd business or content to the next level? Join our panel of expert dnd creators and learn who you can start to make viral content for your dnd TTRPG business!

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How To Go Viral: Social Media Content Q&A with DND Tiktok Creators

Are you looking to take your dnd business or content to the next level? Join our panel of expert dnd creators and learn who you can start to make viral content for your dnd TTRPG business!

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How to Structure a Short Story

Nebula-winning short story writer John Wiswell breaks down the essential elements needed to write a Fantasy or Science Fiction short story.

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Immersive Worlds

Tricks for creating immersive worlds in games & fiction. Cat Rambo

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Improv a World: Fairytales

Fairytale tropes are a rich resource for collaborative storytelling. Building from a base, we will explore how to build a story together, & how to integrate them into your own adventures and writing.

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Improvising with Puppets for Cool People

Victor Yerrid, Master Puppeteer & founding member of Jim Henson’s Puppet Up! leads this puppet improv extravaganza. Participants will perform in a series of games & exercises. Big fun, limited spots!

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Introduction to self-publishing RPGs

Want to self-publish, but not sure how? This workshop takes you from initial idea to final production, providing you with the roadmap to organize your project and get it out to people!

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Jedi Yoga: Jedi Knight

While this is my fifth year for Jedi Yoga, this is the first that will incorporate flows and more challenging poses with contemplation of Jedi wisdom woven throughout.

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Jedi Yoga: Padawan Learner

Fifth year for Yoga poses for every fitness level with contemplation of Jedi wisdom woven throughout. The Padawan Learner workshop is similar to the Jedi Yoga of the past.

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Layout in InDesign

How to set up your book in InDesign. Christopher Bell and Aaron Rosenberg

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Lore Writing in Video Games

Writing lore pieces for your portfolio. Toiya Kristen Finley

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Make a Sandwich Puppet W/Stacey Gordon

Make a moving-mouth sandwich puppet with puppeteer, Stacey Gordon. Seriously, this will be the greatest, no-calorie sandwich you will ever make. Gluten free.

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Makeup Basics for Everyone

Come learn the basics of makeup for LARP, cosplay, and real life from Anja Keister-burlesque performer & makeup artist. This workshop is open to all genders and is a safe space to learn.

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Making Connections Through Puppetry: Puppetry for Parents & Educators

Learn how puppets can be an effective learning tool and bridge for communication and motivation with neurotypical and neurodiverse populations. Puppet included!

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Making Puppets Come Alive

This hands-on puppeteering workshop is perfect for beginning & early-intermediate puppeteers, librarians, teachers, or anyone who just wants a refresher on their puppetry skills.

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Making the Next Draft the Best

New York Times bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole gives you a tool kit which will allow you to break down your novel, diagnose issues and substantially improve your next draft.

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Making Your Toys Look Cool: Tabletop Game and Miniature Photography

Practice lighting, point of view, perspective, and effects in this fun, hands-on tabletop photography workshop—with fine art photographer and D&D/RPG designer Steve Townshend.

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Managing A Game Store that Lasts

This is an in depth discussion on managing a game store from the Game Cafe team that presented "Opening a Game Store That Lasts". Handouts & detailed real store examples provided.

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Mandalorian Martial Arts : Acquisition

This is the way. This is the third year for the cardio workout focused on basic techniques! Can be modified for every fitness level and will include teachings.

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Mandalorian Martial Arts: Elimination

This is the way. Third year for Mandalorian Martial Arts, a cardio workout that focuses on more advanced techniques that will have you ready to collect bounties from all over the galaxy!

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Mastering Fiction: Amping the Entertainment, Part 1

Learn about the entertainment value of writing, and the techniques you can use to maximize each page for a more engrossing, emotional, page-turning read. Bradley P. Beaulieu

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Mastering Fiction: Amping the Entertainment, Part 2

Learn about the entertainment value of writing, and the techniques you can use to maximize each page for a more engrossing, emotional, page-turning read. Bradley P. Beaulieu

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Mastering Fiction: Brainstorming Your Breakout Novel

Generating your story’s Big Idea from the start is a crucial component of creating a novel that stands out from the crowd. Learn proven techniques that help you to do just that. Bradley P. Beaulieu

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Mastering Fiction: Broken Expectations

Learn how to draw your reader in by challenging their expectations, and take your character building, plot progression, plot twists, and world building to the next level. Bradley P. Beaulieu

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Mastering Fiction: Plotting Techniques of the Professional Writer

Learn various plotting techniques and basic structural concepts, how to break the dreaded writer’s block, and how to avoid it in the first place. Bradley P. Beaulieu

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Mastering Fiction: Tension on Every Page

Learn about different types of tension and how to maximize them to keep your reader glued to the page. Bradley P. Beaulieu

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Mastering Fiction: The Structure of Scenes

Learn how to structure scenes that work, whether you’re writing a short story or the next breakout novel. Bradley P. Beaulieu

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Mastering Fiction: Tightening the Tale

A discussion of advanced story techniques. Learn how to take a story that feels directionless and make it strong and vibrant by maximizing elements that are already there. Bradley P. Beaulieu

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Mastering Fiction: Worldbuilding

A detailed discussion of the ins and outs of creating a vibrant world from scratch, extrapolating from history, or shading our own world to create a unique setting for your novel. Bradley P. Beaulieu

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Mental Health and Wellness in Board Gaming

In this workshop, we will talk about how board gaming can be used for mental health and wellness in our gaming community.

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Micro Fiction Party

Yes, you can write microfiction. Join writer E.D.E. Bell for a low-pressure, friendly celebration of writing as art and joy.

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Needle Felting Finger Puppets

Learn how to make an amazing finger puppet using needle felting with wool. Participants will receive a needle felting kit to keep.

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Networking and Promotion for Creators in the Online Age

How to leverage different creative backgrounds and fan bases into a successful online presence. Gregory A. Wilson

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Opening a Game Store That Lasts

Workshop for the person interested in opening a store or who has just opened a store. Handout information provided, detailed costs of a store, & feedback on your business plan.

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Our Part: Building a More Inclusive Board Gaming Community

In this panel we will be learning how to incorporate DEI - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion practices in the board gaming community.

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Pen--Mightier Than the Sword (and fancier!)

They're mightier than swords, but pens do tend to wander off! In this workshop you'll use fabric and washi tape to make a pen so silly and colorful that it will be easy to keep track of!

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Playing God: How to Create an Epic Journey

Todd Allen Fischer, freelance writer for Screen Rant and certified teacher of English, science, math, art , acting, etc. will show you the basics of crafting your own tale for RPGs or novels.

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Playing God: How to Create a World

Todd Allen Fischer, freelance writer for Screen Rant and certified teacher of English, science, math, art , acting, etc. will show you the basics of building your own world for RPGs or novels.

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Plotting

New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole unravels the mysteries of creating compelling plots.

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POI - Beginner

Join Summer for a lesson in beginner POI spinning. Students will be provided with soft practice POI to KEEP! This is a standing class in a fun environment.

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Punch Up Your Prose: How to Craft Knockout Syntax

Excise fluff and power up your word choices to create more effective, interesting, and pleasing prose. Katherine Monasterio

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Puppet Design Consultations

Let Steve Troop help you transform your ideas into a fully-realized sketch of your puppet/character design. Participants will observe the design process and get tips on how to design better characters

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Puppet Video Playtime

Play around with other puppeteers on-camera & get in some practice doing improv & camera work in a group-setting. Come to play or just to watch the fun, it's up to you! Bring a puppet!

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Reaching the End: Tips, Tricks and Inspiration to Finish Your Story

Butt in chair. Laptop on. Words not flowing. What do you do when the muse seems to have deserted you? Marie Bilodeau

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Redesigning Board Games for Instructional Purposes

We will play a well-designed game (e.g. Pandemic), study its mechanics, then design an instructional variant of that game. For educators, training managers, and learning game designers.

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Revision and Editing

LaShawn M. Wanak offers a guide on how to handle revising and editing your work.

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Saturday Morning Cartooning Basics

Learn to draw expressive characters from basic shapes to make dynamic and fun drawings! Draw along with Steve Troop & learn to bring this skill into puppetry design, cartoon illustration, or comics.

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Sensitivity Reading: How and Why

How does sensitivity reading work? Should you hire sensitivity readers? How do you start? Learn the basics from quiet fantasy writer and small press editor E.D.E. Bell.

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Short Stories 101

How short stories work, and how to use your new knowledge to write one. Cat Rambo

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Silly Voices: Creating Characters in Puppetry & Animation

In this delightfully goofy workshop, vocal artist Victor Yerrid will help you create memorable characters. You’ll talk, squawk, slurp, chirp, & sing, AND stretch your vocal cords to the max. Let’s go!

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Sith Core: Sith Apprentice

This is the third year for Sith Core, an abdominal workout that you will fear, will make you angry, will love to hate, and yes you will suffer! Recommend a yoga mat or beach towel.

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Sith Core: Sith Lord

This is the third year for Sith Core, an abdominal workout that you will fear, will make you angry, will love to hate, and yes you will suffer! This is more challenging than the Sith Apprentice class.

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Storybuilding in Books and Games: Gamemastering for the Writer, Writing for the Gamemaster

How to use writing techniques to help your game mastering and game mastering techniques to help your writing, while avoiding potential pitfalls when integrating these fields. Gregory A. Wilson

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The Art of Hand Puppet Performance

Z. Briggs of WonderSpark Puppets will teach an introductory course about hand puppetry technique. Each participant will receive their own puppet to take home!

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The life of Mexican TTRPGs: Spotlight on NAHUAL

Join to talk about representation in the game space through Mexican PBTA NAHUAL. Hosted by collaborating writer & designer we will talk about the cultural footprint and get a copy of the core game.

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TV/Film Puppetry for Cool People

Puppeteer like the pros. Master Puppeteer Victor Yerrid will teach the essentials of monitor-style puppetry – lip-sync, eye focus, rod work, & full body movement. Highly interactive, limited spots!

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Watching Movies to Make You a Better Writer

How does watching movies improve your writing? Come find out! Bryan Young

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What’s Your Game Plan?: Turn Your Lesson or Training into a Game

Can you enhance a teaching lesson or training exercise with the mechanics of board games in only 20 minutes? For educators, training managers, content & game designers.

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Winning with Serial Fiction

New York Times bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole shows how to plot a series, provides some basic structures, and points out ways shorter fiction can create a new audience for your longer work.

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Writing Great Dialogue

Learn how to write dialogue that really sings. Bryan Young

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Writing the Dreaded Synopsis

How to condense your whole novel into a clear, easy to read synopsis. Gini Koch

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3D Painting and Printing

FDM and resin printing will be painted and talked about. Take home a handout that covers troubleshooting and general issues. Come with your printing questions.

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Beginner Mask Making

Make your own mask! Craft and decorate a custom mask tailored to your face. At the end of this workshop, you'll have some new skills and a sweet new mask to take home.

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Cosplay Fabrication: Electronic & Electrical Components

This is a hands-on workshop where participants will learn about, and construct, a variety of common electronic and electrical cosplay components including: LED's, EL wire and sheets, and motors.

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Cosplay Fabrication: Hands-On Working with Thermal Plastic (Worbla)

Participants will learn and practice techniques for working with thermal plastic. Each participant will leave with a small item they will manufacture during the workshop.

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Cosplay: Hands-On Working with EVA Foam

Participants will learn & practice techniques for working with EVA foam. Each participant will leave with an armored helmet they will manufacture during the workshop.

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Creating Interesting & Memorable Adventuring NPCs

Adventuring NPCs need to be more than a gopher, damage soaker, or mindless automaton. In this workshop, you will learn to give them depth, personality, & conflict.

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Dice Cage Keychain

This crafting class will show you how to make a cage for a D20 die that's portable, so you're always ready to roll a Nat 20.

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Dice Cage Keychain

This crafting class will show you how to make a cage for a D20 dice that's portable so you're always ready to roll a Nat 20.

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DIY Pasties & How to Twirl Them

Pasties & tassel twirling are major parts of performing burlesque. This class teaches you how to make them, spin them, + take home a pair! Class for women/femmes only- please wear a sports bra.

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Fairytale and Legend Workshop

Fairy tales and legends make for epic role playing games and book plots. This workshop teaches a structured approach so you can harness basic building blocks in the construction of your games/stories.

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Fine Art Costumed Photography and Posing Workshop

For costumed attendees. A professional mini portrait session & posing workshop from Distant Era (fine art photographer and D&D/RPG game designer Steve Townshend).

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Fine Art Costumed Photography and Posing Workshop

For costumed attendees. A professional mini portrait session and posing workshop from Distant Era (fine art photographer and D&D/RPG game designer Steve Townshend).

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Foam, Thermoplastics, & More: Featherweight Cosplay Mega Workshop

You can make great costumes and armor without metalworking! Learn to construct unique armor and accessories using lightweight, hall safe materials. Make a custom thermoplastic bracer to wear out!

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Gamer Jewelry: Make A D6 Bracelet & Earrings

Show your geek pride! Make a D6 bracelet, earrings, or combination to wear out. Variations and creativity encouraged!

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"Garden of Delights" Sketch Session

Lewd Alfred Douglas (performer, former Dr. Sketchy's producer) and Anja Keister (performer, model) host an evening of fantasy sketching with multiple models. Come and go or stay the whole time.

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Glass Gilding and Etching

Come learn how to gild glass & etch it in a traditional technique called verre églomisé. Make one during the event & take a blank away to work on later.

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Improvisation Workshop for Players

This workshop brings long form improvisational techniques to help GMs create content on the fly that allows their players to lead the direction of the campaign.

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Introduction to Longsword (HEMA)

Participants will learn the art of battling with the Longsword, a Historical European Martial Art. Footwork & blade work will be taught. Test your new skills in bouts with your peers.

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Introduction to Saber Fencing

Participants will learn the art of fencing with a saber. Rules, basic footwork, & blade work will be taught. Fencing sabers will be used. Test your new skills in bouts with your peers.

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Introduction to the Longsword

Hands on longsword workshop using wooden practice swords.

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Learn to Solve a Rubik's Cube

Every gamer should know how to solve a Rubik's Cube. You will be able to solve it on your own by the end of this session. You must bring your own Rubik's Cube.

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Make a Chainmail Dice Bag: Steel Edition

Learn and practice the techniques needed to make your own chainmail dice bag.

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Make a Leather Dice Tray

Construct and decorate your own leather dice tray using leatherworking tools, stamps, and dyes.

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Medieval Undead Workshop

The peoples of medieval times thought of the undead very differently from our hollywood and fantasy tropes today. Learn "authentic" medieval undead traditions & work them into your creative works.

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Micromosaic Jewelry

Learn a bit of history around an unusual form of mosaic art & make a modern version you can wear the same day! We will use a wide variety of beads, stones, gears, & other 'bits'.

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Moldmaking, Casting, Silicone & Resins for Costuming

Learn to fabricate hard plastic and flexible synthetic accessories! Sculpt an original design, make a reusable mold, and cast a finished piece in resin! Take your pieces home with you to use again.

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Origami - Basic Folds and Bases

Learn the basics of Origami, the Japanese art of folding paper. We will cover the basics of folding and bases as well as the steps needed to make a crane, dragon, and iris.

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Origami For Druids

A beginner's class demonstrating origami techniques using models of plants and animals.

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Read and Critique 1

Read the opening to your short story or novel and get feedback from a panel of our authors! Toiya Kristen Finley, Christopher Morgan, Aaron Rosenberg

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Read and Critique 2

Read the opening to your short story or novel and get feedback from a panel of our authors! Donald J. Bingle, Jerry Gordon, Jason Sanford, Gregory A. Wilson

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Tiny Leatherbound Book Necklace

You can never have too many notebooks, but this one is really special. Small enough to wear on a cord around your neck but still big enough to hold your deepest secrets!

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Villiany 101

We will take you step by step through a process that will help you put into execution a villain that is more than someone just to root against; it is someone that helps you write out your game.

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Wooden D20 Bag

This bag is truly amazing. It has 20 sides and is hand stitched to perfection. The top 5 sides open to reveal the inside of the bag, and a drawstring will keep the contents safe.

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Yarn Spinning

Don't be a typical bard; learn to spin real yarn! This beginner friendly class teaches you to spin your own yarn. Go home with new skills and new craft supplies!

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