Madicon is a small convention on the campus of James Madison university nestled in the rolling hills of Harrison, VA. And what does Madicon like? Gaming! Board games, card games, war games, tabletop and, yes, live-action role-playing games. What else? costuming! CosPlaying! Raveing! My second year at Madicon confirmed my first impression. These guys like playing games and dressing cool.
The schedule was crammed with gaming. Tournaments, play testing, and representatives from major game publishers were all integrated with expansive space for open gaming. The timing is great for the con as it is held in the student center/cafeteria during spring break. Tables and chairs as far as the eye can see. Stake out your territory and run up a Munchkin flag. And for the second time my schedule prohibited me from playing the Arkham Horror board-game with ALL EXPANSIONS!!! I will keep going back until I get a seat at that table.
The Con also had four notable authors as Guests of Honor. Leona Wisonker, C.J. Henderson, Jack McDevitt, and Danny Birt were all accessible and put on various panels. I was able to catch a couple but unfortunately, the literary track does not seem to be the big draw for attendees. If you were one of the few hardcore writers/readers that were in attendance, you had access to some great one-on-one interactions. Webcomic Guest of Honor Kelly Turnbull was hotly in demand with her panels and custom artwork.
I played two shows that seemed to go well. Folks were quite enthusiastic and I was able to spend time with some people I met last year. Into the silent auction I added to items. The first was a guitar lesson. The auction closed Saturday and I gave the lesson Sunday. I haven’t given a lesson in a few years but we both seemed to get something out of it. I also put in a house concert which went in a bidding war (“Stop bidding! You’re invited to the concert!”) That was very flattering and I’m already looking forward to it.
Here is a link to a new song that I debuted in my Steampunk show. How He Was Made.
Plus, there were owls.