Writers' Workshop |
Anime Room |
Boffers Wars |
BoFs (Birds of a Feather Gatherings) | Fanzine Lounge |
Readings + Autographs | Family Friendly Programming | BCTV
What is the BayCon Writers'
The submission deadline for the 2008 Writers' Workshop has passed. At this time, no further manuscripts are being accepted. Participants with questions should contact the Writers' Workshop staff by emailing writers(at)baycon.org.
Arr, BayCon is pleased to be offerin' an anime program again this year. A wide variety of titles will be shown, with a good number of them pirate-themed.
Early evening offerings are appropriate for family viewing. As the night progresses we will be offering more varied anime titles that are appropriate for mature audiences.
We do have a few basic rules that should be followed when you're in and around the Anime Room, but they're enough easy to remember:
BayCon 2008 Anime Room Schedule
The anime schedule is designed such that if no one comes to the room for a while, and the person running the room so chooses, the room may be closed early. We intend to stay open at least until 4am each evening.
Each pirate-themed anime is denoted with: (Arrr).
Friday, May 23
8:00pm (Arrr) Mars Daybreak 1-5
Saturday, May 24
8:00pm (Arrr) Lost Universe 1-6
Sunday, May 25
8:00pm (Arrr) Jubei-chan 1-4
Monday, May 26
1:00am (Arrr) Riding Bean
Once again, the scurvy freebooters of the BayCon gaming staff will keep the official gaming venue open all day, every day from early Friday until late Monday. All ages and convention members are welcome. Games of all types will be available for your enjoyment, including board games, card games, RPGs, miniatures, and other tabletop games.
As always, we will be offering both Open Gaming and Scheduled Events. Questions and suggestions should be sent to gaming(at)baycon.org.
Open Gaming: For pickup games between friends and for use in conjunction with our "loaner games program." Stop by, sit down, and start playing.
The "loaner games" are various board games and card games available in the gaming room for convention members to borrow. The gaming staff asks that you play with the loaner games in the gaming room.
Scheduled Events: Our scheduled gaming events will include various card and miniatures tournaments, demos by game companies, and organized RPGs.
In keeping with the convention theme, we will be running several Man O' War events over the course of the weekend. In addition, we are thrilled to announce that BayCon 2008 will feature TWO Live Action Role Playing Games. Double your LARPing pleasure with a Firefly LARP AND a Little Fears LARP. 2008 will also feature the triumphant return of the infamous Warhammer 40K Mega Battles!
Other planned events include:
For more information, please contact us by emailing gaming(at)baycon.org.
We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to the scholars and gentlemen at Rio Grande Games for their generous contribution to the Gaming events of BayCon 2008.
Live Action Role-Playing in the World of Joss Whedon's Firefly
Harlequins and Hellfire! is a special episode of the live action role-playing game (LARP), Ji Dian Station, based on Joss Whedon's Firefly and Serenity. This game takes place on Paquin, as described in the Serenity role-playing game. Ji Dian Station uses a homegrown system designed to get through the challenges as quickly as possible so we can get to the fun of role-playing. Guests will be playing pre-generated characters with histories, goals, and even secrets. While there is no charge to play, all participants must be attending members of BayCon 2008.
How do I register for the
We look forward to role-playing with you!
—Jim "Sylvan" Sullivan and Rory
Every Night in the Winchester Room
8:00 PM - Dawn
Avast! Grab your padded cutlass and prepare to repel boarders! You've been shanghaied into the 2008 BayCon Boffer Wars, the only place that you can pummel both friends and strangers with padded weapons.
We encourage contestants to follow the theme of the convention and get piratical on your opponent. Fight with dual cutlasses! Don an eye-patch and wield a boffer hook! And if that's not your style, dress in black and help us settle the ninja vs. pirate discussion once and for all!
Remember, this activity involves getting hit with padded weapons. All players will be required to read and sign a waiver BEFORE entering the field of combat. Combatants under 18 must bring a parent or legal guardian to sign their waiver.
Any questions should be written down, inserted into an empty rum bottle (remember to cork it), and handed off to a passing sea turtle. Please allow four to six decades for reply. Alternatively, you can email your queries to boffers(at)baycon.org.
Birds of a Feather Gatherings are informal discussion groups to provide a venue for people with a common interest to meet and discuss their passion. BoFs are unstructured discussions without assigned panelists or moderators. Past BoFs have included Battlestar Galactica fans, Live Journal members, and Mythbusters viewers.
If you have a particular interest and would like for us to schedule a BoF for your particular group, please email either programming(at)baycon.org or bofs(at)baycon.org. Due to those pesky time and space limitations, we can't promise to accommodate everyone, but we'll give it our best shot.
Open Daily in Room 349
BayCon 2008 is proud to present the Fanzine Lounge! The lounge will be a place to drop by and chat with fans, maybe read yourself a fanzine or two from the last few decades, or perhaps you'd like to find out who still does fanzines these days!
You can also swing by and find out all about the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF), pick up our special fanzine issue put out specifically for the convention or help out with the 'zine we'll be producing for the weekend!
The Lounge will be open from 10:00 AM until at least 7:00 PM every day of the convention.
Since we're already luring a selection of authors into our lair with under the guise of "being panelists," it would seem irresponsible to let them escape without reading a selection of their work. Most reading sessions are "themed readings." Multiple authors will read in a given session where all of the pieces read share a common theme, allowing listeners to contrast each author's approach to the theme. Don't miss this exciting way to experience authors sharing their works in an intimate setting.
Most authors will sign autographs after their reading session. There is a three-item limit for autographs. If you wish to have more than three items autographed by an author you will need to get in line again. Violators will be keel-hauled like the scurvy queue-jumpers they be!
Open Daily in the Stevens Creek Room
Friday 2:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Once again, BayCon will dedicate an entire room to the popular Family Friendly programming track. The Family Friendly room is a special area where parents can spend time playing games and doing science fiction and fantasy themed activities with their children.
Our staff members are currently assembling a wide range of craft projects, activities, games, demonstrations, music, story telling and other challenges. Check back with us as we get closer to the convention for a complete schedule of our activities and offerings. If you have suggestions, please send them to family-programming(at)baycon.org.
Remember, this is not a day care or babysitting service. This space is for *family* interaction and fun. A parent must accompany their children at all times in the Family Friendly programming room. Most Family Friendly programming is geared toward children under the age of 12.
We're back! Just when you thought you could safely turn on your TV set, BCTV reappears!
Seriously folks, we are back for our annual broadcast of fanvids, bad B movies and trivia. We are, as always, soliciting new entries in the fan video area. (PG-13 or cleaner, please). We can use nearly any digital video format, on either CD or DVD.
Contact us at bctv(at)baycon.org with suggestions and donations.
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