2024 Schedule of Events

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Causeacon 2023 Program

Friday, April 28th, 2023

12:00 p.m. – D&D for Beginners: Create Your Character (The Dungeon)
If you are curious about Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition and want to learn how to play, start by creating your 1st level character. Followed by D&D For Beginners Part 2: Play a Game. Recommended Ages 13+

12:00 p.m. – Open Battles (Sleeping Samurai)
The Sleeping Samurai will be hosting Open Battles in their battle arena. Stop by and learn the ways of the foam katana and boffer swords. Rent or purchase your own boffer sword and play all day.

12:30 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies (Main Stage)
Come join us for the Opening Ceremonies of Causeacon 2023! We’re going to catch you up on all the big events that will be happening over the weekend, special announcements and you can win prizes at the end of the announcements.

1:00 p.m. – Bill Rogers Q& A (Panel Room Crimson)
Join voice actor Bill Rogers, known for his talent from Pokemon, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and much more for his Q&A panel.

1:00 p.m. – The Seven Lightsaber Forms (Panel Room Ash)
Learn about the different dueling styles used in the Star Wars universe, as the Praxeum brings them to life in live demonstrations.

1:00 p.m. – Ribbons 101 (Main Stage)
Learn about the ribbon game, how to play and how to earn ribbons for your badge!

1:30 p.m. – D&D for Beginners Part 2: Play the Game (The Dungeon)
For anyone curious about Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition and want to learn how to play. If you did not attend Part 1: Create a Character, premade characters for Part 2 will be available. Recommended Ages 13+

2:00 p.m. – Alfie’s Quick Draw (Panel Room Ash)
QUICKDRAW!

2:00 p.m. – Shii-Cho Lightsaber Class (Main Stage)
Learn the first lightsaber form with Praxeum masters, from katas to dueling basics. (Foam weapons provided; space is limited).

2:00 p.m. – Gang Beats Tournament (Video Game Room)
Free entry tournament, tournament rules HERE.

2:15 p.m. – Stuart Zagnit Q&A (Panel Room Crimson)
Join talented voice actor, Stuart Zagnit, best known for “Professor Oak” from Pokemon as he answers your fan questions!

3:15 p.m. – Improve Your Improv (Panel Room Ash)
Using Improv in TTRPGs can improve both social interaction and planning for campaigns. This panel will discuss the most crucial aspects of improv, such as the “Yes, and…” method and how to react to words and body language to create a smooth correspondence with others. Time alloting, we may even do some sample interactions with explanation of the principles.

3:30 p.m. – Making Money Working in A Haunted House (Panel Room Crimson)
Join the staff of Fright Nights WV as they teach you how you can earn money while scaring people the months of October – December

3:30 p.m. – Harp Twins Concert (Main Stage)
Identical twin harpists Camille and Kennerly Kitt, known as the HARP TWINS, have achieved extraordinary success by taking Electric Harps and Concert Grand Harps to unprecedented levels and smashing boundaries between different genres of music.

4:00 p.m. – Pokémon TCG Tournament (The Dungeon)
Free entry tournament, tournament rules HERE.

4:15-How to Host a Panel (Panel Room Crimson)
Want to host a panel but have no idea how to do it? Join us for this quick run down of different panel run downs and Q&A with Causeacon event coordinator, Dezi Christian. Dezi has hosted many panels at Causeacon including: Disney Sing-A-Long, Otaku Bingo, YouTube Karaoke, Mario Party Gameshow, Danganrompa: Causeacon Panic, and many more.

4:30 p.m. – 80’s-90’s TV & Movie Trivia (Panel Room Ash)
Trivia questions based off of movies and shows from the 80s and 90s.

4:30 p.m. – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tournament (Video Game Room)
Free entry tournament, tournament rules HERE.

4:45 p.m. – Lip Sync Battle (Main Stage)
Cosplay Lip Sync Battle, will be like the show Lip Sync Battle that was hosted by LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen on Spike TV. So if you’re bad at Karaoke like Fuzzy Kaiju, but like Lip Syncing to songs just like on Tik Tok this may be for you.

Instead of just 2 people competing, we will have 8 people compete in single elimination rounds, and just like the show the audience will decide the winner and who moves on to the next round.

5:00 p.m. – Danganronpa: Causeacon Panic! (Panel Room Crimson) (120-minute)
Causeacon Panic returns with a brand new cast of characters! Work together to solve this murder mystery, collect hidden Monokuma’s around the convention center and discovered whit he blackened so before you all get punished! Learn more about the characters on the Causeacon website.

5:00 p.m. – Rolling with Insight D&D demo (Zen Room)

6:30 p.m. – The Love Game (Main Stage)
The Dating Game is a fun way for cosplayers to find out just who would end up dating from different fandoms!

6:45 p.m. – Cosplay & Competitions (Panel Room Ash)
A lecture based panel with a powerpoint presentation that gives information on competing in cosplay competitions and how to prepare for them. Will include hands on material such as cosplay portfolios / resumes.

7:00 p.m. – Yu-Gi-Oh TCG Tournament (The Dungeon)
Free entry tournament, tournament rules HERE.

7:00 p.m. – Hungry for Humans Demo (The Dungeon)

7:15 p.m. – The Legend of Tiger Mask (Panel Room Crimson)
In 1981 a shonen anime character stepped foot into a real professional wrestling ring and the world was changed forever! From anime, to manga, to wrestling, to charitable donations Tiger Mask is a uniquely Japanese phenomenon! We will look at the mythology and the multiple men behind the mask.

7:15 p.m. – Lightsaber Demo (Outside)
Want more unchoreographed lightsaber dueling?  Watch the Praxeum outside by the main entrance (weather permitting). 

8:00 p.m. – Fandom! The Musical (Panel Room Crimson)
In which Katwoman Cosplay sings your favorite anime OPs, Disney and Steven Universe songs, and other nerdy works!

8:00 p.m. – Cosplay Ball (Main Stage)
Come dressed in your finest as we waltz the night away to this cosplay inspired ball. Attire isn’t restricted but encouraged! Come dressed as Deadpool in a tuxedo, Princess Zelda or even a Heartless in a bowtie.

8:00 p.m. – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Doubles (Video Game Room)
Free entry tournament, tournament rules HERE.

8:00 p.m. – Barrow of Causeacon D&D Campaign (The Dungeon)
D&D Campaign, limited slots

8:30 p.m. – Demon Slayer Slumber Party (Panel Room Crimson)
While trying to find a good team-building opportunity, Rengoku and Tanjiro thought it would be a good idea to send out slumber party invitations to the Demon Slayer Corps. Oh boy…what shenanigans will ensue? Come join the Demon Slayers for some wholesome fun after a long day at work. Come in your comfiest cosplay (or your funky pjs) for an in-character panel featuring Q&A and trivia, slumber party games, and various activities for all to enjoy!

9:15 p.m. – Anime Game Show (Panel Room Ash)
4 contestants will be called to the front of the panel room to participate in 3 anime games. First, players will listen to anime theme songs and guess what anime they came from. Second, they will play anime trivia. Last, they will be read poorly explained anime plot lines and will have to guess what the anime is; for example, we would explain the plot of Tokyo Ghoul as “a guy goes on a really bad date.” The winner of each game will win a prize.

9:30 p.m. – Youtube Karaoke (Main Stage)
Join us for 2 hours of Karaoke! Choose any song you like, if we can find it on Youtube, you can sing it. Family-friendly songs only.

Saturday, April 29th, 2023

10:00 a.m. – Star Wars Cosplay Meet-Up & Blade Match Briefing (Panel Room Ash)
Take photos with Praxeum duelists, Star Wars props, and other Star Wars cosplayers!  THEN, get behind-the-scenes details about the upcoming blade match and your favorite duelist.

10:00 a.m. – Open Battles (Sleeping Samurai)
The Sleeping Samurai will be hosting Open Battles in their battle arena. Stop by and learn the ways of the foam katana and boffer swords. Rent or purchase your own boffer sword and play all day.

10:00 a.m. – CATV Mutants and Masterminds Episode 2: Surviving the Cities (The Dungeon)
Set in a persistent homebrew world, the story will focus on a small group of newly-recruited heroes as they face the hordes of the undead in what’s left of the greater Chicago area. Can the heroes defeat the vampiric officers of this mysterious invasion? Will the endless waves of monsters prove to be too much for our newly-minted heroes? Or, will they hold the line against the endless night that has consumed the Survivor Cities? Battle monsters and horrors as you prove yourselves worthy of the mantle of “hero”. Prebuilt characters will be provided for you to choose from, as well as pencils, paper, and dice. Just add attention and imagination! As a bonus: Your characters’ exploits will be the subject of an article set in-universe, written by the GM. You’ll get to be part of the lore, and your choices will leave a lasting impact on the setting.

10:30 a.m. – Cosplay Judging (Panel Room Crimson)
If you have entered the Cosplay Contest, this is where you will meet for judging. You can come anytime between 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM. If you miss this window, then you will not be judged for the contest.

10:30 a.m. – Pawsplay: Doggie Show (Main Stage)
Our local Humane Society bring those lovable and adoptable cats and dogs in different fandom costumes to walk our main stage and strut their stuff. You can meet these fantastic animals and learn how you can adopt them after the show!

11:15 a.m. – An Introduction to Donghua (Chinese Anime) (Panel Room Ash)
This panel is to introduce more people to Chinese anime also known as donghua. I am glad to see that anime has really built up traction in the US. I feel Donghua gets over looked and is a fresh anime experience for those of whom aren’t as well versed in Chinese culture as they are in Japanese culture. I would love to have a panel to showcase donghua and all it has to offer to those willing to give it a try.

11:30 a.m. – Lightsaber Blade Matches (Main Stage)
The Praxeum kicks off their 2023 Blade Match season! These wins and losses affect placement in the Interplanetary Lightsaber Championship at the year’s end. Cheer on your favorite Jedi – or Sith – in Beat the Clock matches!

12:00 p.m. – D&D for Beginners: Create a Character (The Dungeon)

 

12:30 p.m. – Cat Herding: Intro Dungeon Mastering (Panel Room Ash)
Many people know the basics for playing TTRPGs, but being the DM/GM is usually just passed off to more experienced players. What about someone who has played but wants to try their hand a world building, encounter design, NPC creation, etc? We will discuss what is means to be a DM, some things to expect, what to do when things go off the rails, and what to do when your players bypass options A and B and choose Option C(haos) instead. Types of campaigns, prep vs improv, and any other questions you may have going into the role of foreverish DM.

12:30 p.m. – Disney Sing-A-Long (Main Stage)
Join us for a group sing-a-long as we go through some of the classics, newer movies, and more!

1:00 p.m. – Comicsburg & Heroineburgh (Panel Room Crimson)
Pittsburgh comics creators Heroineburgh, The Edge (Marvin Wynn) and Beowulf (Grant Lankard) will talk about the process of creating their books and the Pittsburgh comics scene, and take questions from the audience about creating comics and live-action videos.

Then stick around for a 60-minute showing of Heroineburgh Episode 21 – the finale of Season 2 of the Pittsburgh-based live-action superheroine series. It’s a record-breaking event: the largest gathering of superpowered female characters onscreen in entertainment history. We call it action and adventure in the finest spandex and capes! Content is PG-13 (parental guidance suggested for under 13).

1:00 p.m. – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 1v1 Tournament (Video Game Room)
Free entry tournament, tournament rules HERE.

1:30 p.m. – D&D for Beginners Part 2: Play the Game (The Dungeon)

1:45 p.m. – Cosplaying Over 30 (Panel Room Ash)
Join Wendi (51) and Sidney (45) for an open and honest conversation about cosplaying in your 30’s, 40’s and 50’s…and beyond! We will discuss everything from choosing and making your own cosplays as well as posting and managing social media content. Connect with other cosplayers and make new friends that love the same things you do!

1:45 p.m. – Charity Auction (Main Stage)
We have lots of amazing autographs and other goodies up for grabs in our Charity Auction! Check them out HERE.

3:00 p.m. – Fandom Jeopardy! (Panel Room Crimson)
I host the Jeopardy! gameshow with questions based on popular fandoms. Categories would be based on popular franchises, or overarching themes like “Anime” or “Trilogies”. Contestants will be competing for points.

3:00 p.m. – Cosplay Contest (Main Stage)
Check out the Cosplay Contest where fans like you display their passion for the characters that we all know and love through costuming!

3:30 p.m. – Night of Strife Demo (The Dungeon)

3:30 p.m. – Zen Room Relaxation (Zen Room)

4:15 p.m. – Pokemon Q&A with Stuart Zagnit & Bill Rogers (Panel Room Crimson)
Join voice actors Stuart Zagnit (Professor Oak) and Bill Rogers (Brock) from the anime series, Pokemon as they answer your fan questions!

4:15 p.m. – Horror Cosplay Photo Op (Panel Room Ash)
Are you dressed in a horror themed cosplay? Join others and take pictures together in this fan-run cosplay photo-op.

4:15 p.m. – Nerf War (Sleeping Samurai)
Grab your nerf guns and some safety eye wear as we battle it out over different mini-games, darts provided!

4:45 p.m. – Intro to Cosplay Armor (Panel Room Ash)
A lecture based panel with an in depth powerpoint presentation about creating cosplay armor.

4:45 p.m. – Harp Twins (Main Stage)
Identical twin harpists Camille and Kennerly Kitt, known as the HARP TWINS, have achieved extraordinary success by taking Electric Harps and Concert Grand Harps to unprecedented levels and smashing boundaries between different genres of music.

5:00 p.m. – Hungry Hungry Hippos Tournament (The Dungeon)
Free entry tournament, tournament rules HERE.

5:30 p.m. – Ask The Demon Slay Corp (Panel Room Crimson)
After last year’s success of the Ask The Demon Slayer Corp panel, they decided they wanted to do it again! Come join Tanjiro and all his friends in a in character QNA panel! This panel is full of fun, laughs, and of course, questions! Hopefully this time, no demons show up..

6:00 p.m. – Attack on Titan Q&A Shenanigans (Panel Room Ash) 

6:00 p.m. – Mortal Kombat 11 Tournament (Video Game Room)
Free entry tournament, tournament rules HERE.

6:00 p.m. – Magic the Gathering TCG Tournament (The Dungeon)
Free entry tournament, tournament rules HERE.

6:15 p.m. – Who’s Line is it Causeacon? (Main Stage)
Come join this hilariously unscripted panel full of comedy sketches and audience participation!

7:00 p.m. – Bank Heist Demo (The Dungeon)

7:15 p.m. – Lightsaber Demo (Outside)
Want more unchoreographed lightsaber dueling?  Watch the Praxeum outside by the main entrance (weather permitting).

7:45 p.m. – The Rise of the Disney Afternoon (Panel Room Crimson)
For 90s kids the Dinsey Afternoon was the absolute best reason to put off working on your homework. From Gummie Bears to Gooftroop Disney developed a knack for putting out hit show after hit show. We’ll look at the early years of Disney Television Animation. So step right up and come on in here’s where the fun begins!

8:00 p.m. – So Technically: The Game of Geeky Rectification (Panel Room Ash)
A game show modeled after the Dropout show Um Actually. The host will make nerdy statements and it’s up to the audience to find what’s wrong with the statement and correct it. First half will be full audience participation with the second half seeing the best 3 players moving on to compete for the grand prize.

8:00 p.m. – Welcome to the Dream Nebula Part 1 (The Dungeon)
Welcome aboard the luxury airliner, “Imperial Grandeur”! Travel to exotic ports of call, as intrigue abounds. Protect the daughter of an imperial courtier from being kidnapped, expose the mastermind behind it all before you reach the end of the line at the shrine to the eternal emperor Xiao!

8:15 p.m. – Blue Shell Paradox Concert (Main Stage)
A Blue Shell Paradox is a new Emo/Alternative band out of Beckley, WV. Founded by singer and guitarist Kyle Arthur and drummer Jacob Avis. Lead guitarist Ryan Harper was found Levitating and playing Arpeggios in the local Guitar Center and was graciously asked to join the group. Unsure of how to say no, he said yes.  Former Metalcore vocalist Aaron Stafford decided to do what every washed up Metalcore vocalist does once they turn 30:  Become a bassist in an Emo band. With their combined power, A Blue Shell Paradox was born.

9:00 p.m. – VHS Trailer Show 2 (Panel Room Crimson)
Let’s go back in time to age of the video stores, Cinn-a-Burst Gum, and grunge music in this one hour marathon of classic trailers! You’ll see ridiculous monsters, a absurd action-movies, deranged animation, and flying dirt-bike! 

9:00 p.m. – Injustice 2 Tournament (Video Game Room)
Free entry tournament, tournament rules HERE.

9:15 p.m. – Social Anxiety & Cosplaying (Panel Room Ash)
This panel is a warm and welcoming discussion about the intricacies of cosplaying with social phobias and other neurodivergencies that might make cosplaying difficult for the individuals that enjoy the activity. We, the hosts of the panel, want to welcome those into a safe space of talking about how to handle talking with other cosplayers, how to navigate the comfort of cosplaying, asking for pictures, and other social and sensory aspects of cosplaying. We discuss our experiences as long time cosplayers, while also having social phobias and autism. This can encourage individuals to feel more comfortable cosplaying and even attending their local and even bigger conventions. We hope to inspire and encourage people to love their cosplays and their passions. Our panel is quite long as it includes a panel PowerPoint discussion and involves many ice breaker games and activities with one those attending the panel after this session. This creates friendship and comfort that is one of the best parts about cosplaying. It is also a highly interactive panel and we encourage those who attend to be chatty and friendly. We are making connections within the community and with those who may struggle to do so. Cosplay is for everyone after all!

10:00 p.m. – Galactic Rave (Main Stage)
Join us for a non-stop, techno raving good time where we dance the night away to the sounds of DJ Wiggles! Grab your glow stick and prepare to sweat it all out!

10:15 p.m. – Office Trivia (Panel Room Crimson)
Join us for The Office trivia!

10:30 p.m. – Critically Absurd: Social Deconstruction (The Dungeon)

 

Sunday, April 30th, 2023

10:00-Star Wars Fan Film Screening (Panel Room Crimson)
Join Sith Lord D’ábel Kráva and watch his favorite fan-made lightsaber duels. Movie refreshments provided.

10:00-Open Battle (Sleeping Samurai)
The Sleeping Samurai will be hosting Open Battles in their battle arena. Stop by and learn the ways of the foam katana and boffer swords. Rent or purchase your own boffer sword and play all day.

10:00-Zen Room Relaxation (Zen Room)

11:00-Hawkins AV Club (Panel Room Crimson)
A celebration of the love of Stanger things and the 80’s. Games, sing-a-longs, non stressful trivia, dancing, mad libs, show clips. Grab your aquanet and leg warmers. Practice your air gutair. And bring your favorite demogorgon. Because Chrissy this one’s for you. Go tiger’s. Sponsored by Scoops Ahoy. And Surfer boy pizza. Everyone will be joining one of three teams. And trivia will be a mix of 80s and stranger things. This is just for fun. And everyone gets a prize. Come in or out of cosplay.

11:00-Advanced Shii-Cho Class (Main Stage)
Learn the first lightsaber form, from katas to dueling basics.  If you took our Friday class, continue dueling with our advanced class.  (Foam weapons provided; space is limited).

11:00-The Show: Homerun Tournament (Video Game Room)
Free tournament entry, tournament rules HERE.

12:00-Otaku Bingo (The Dungeon)
Join us for free bingo in the Dungeon! Packed with over 75 prizes for you to take home.

12:15-Attack on Titan Cosplay Photo Op (Panel Room Crimson)
Are you dressed in a AoT themed cosplay? Join others and take pictures together in this fan-run cosplay photo-op.

12:30- Harp Twins (Main Stage)
Identical twin harpists Camille and Kennerly Kitt, known as the HARP TWINS, have achieved extraordinary success by taking Electric Harps and Concert Grand Harps to unprecedented levels and smashing boundaries between different genres of music.

1:00-Alfie’s Art School (Panel Room Crimson)
LEARN HOW TO DRAW CHARACTERS FROM POP CULTURE QUICK AND EASY!

2:00-Mario Party Game Show (Main Stage)
Join us for a live-action Mario Party extravaganza! You may be chosen to be a player on our life size game board, participate in mini games and ultimately become a super star and earn the golden plunger! We’re also giving away prizes to the audience!

2:00- Rocket League Tournament (Video Game Room)
Free tournament entry, tournament rules HERE.

2:00-Welcome to the Dream Nebula Part 2 (The Dungeon)
Welcome aboard the luxury airliner, “Imperial Grandeur”! Travel to exotic ports of call, as intrigue abounds. Protect the daughter of an imperial courtier from being kidnapped, expose the mastermind behind it all before you reach the end of the line at the shrine to the eternal emperor Xiao!

2:15-Fanfiction 101 (Panel Room Crimson)
An interactive lecture where I speak on writing fanfiction, provide advice on how to get started and improve your writing, and assist the audience with any specific ideas they may have. I gave this panel last year and it was a decent success.

2:15-Eat Your Anime: An Interactive Cooking Demo (The Dungeon)
Odds are that if you’re a fan of anime you’ve been tempted by those delicious dishes that often make an appearance on screen. Let’s make two of those classic comfort dishes together!

4:00-Closing Ceremonies (Main Stage)
Join us for our final farewell to Causeacon 2023 as we recap the weekend, give away prizes and announce upcoming events!