More Charity Auction Items

More items that have been gathered to be auctioned off for the West Virginia chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP WV).

The auction will be at 3:30pm in Panel Room 1.

The AFSP will be taking part in State Capitol Day Wednesday February 15th. Each year, State Capitol Day events bring advocates together with state and local public officials to share information and urge that suicide prevention be made a priority. Advocates have the opportunity to meet with their legislators and speak about legislative and policy issues that need support. Because of these personal connections between advocates and lawmakers, state bills have been enacted that now ban the practice of conversion therapy, require suicide prevention policies and personnel training in K-12 schools, increase suicide prevention on college and university campuses, require insurance plans to treat mental health and physical health equally, and create statewide suicide prevention offices and task forces.

Call for Volunteers

DualCon is looking for people to join running the convention.

Are you interested in helping to run DualCon? Contact the con and let us know how you want to help. No experience is necessary.

We will need people to set-up, tear down, and run the con on the day. If you just want to do some simple work to get a pass for the con this is for you.

As far as compensation goes, DualCon can not really offer much right now. A lot of work for a cheap badge, but you will get in the ground floor and can help the con grow.

Contact the convention at staff@dualcon.net about joining the con.

The Donald Anderson Memorial Tournaments

My older brother, Donald Anderson, died suddenly from a heart attack this year. He was a good person. Everyone who knew him has told me how kind and fun he was to know. He was someone who was always willing to help out others and stick up for people. He always took great joy from buying toys for his friend’s kids, mostly annoying and loud toys. He was someone I always looked up to, thought of as the cool guy, and I still find myself wanting to talk about and find out his thoughts on things. Someone who helped look out for me. Though he was also the person who held me down as a kid so the dog could lick my face, so there was that.

The con will honor his life and memory with two tournaments. He had a large board game collection and still had his video game systems from when he was a child to his modern systems. We are going to use some of his games for these tournaments.

The first tournament is Smash-Up, the hit shuffle building game from Alderac Entertainment Group.  In Smash Up players choose two factions, such as pirates, ninja, robots, zombies, and more, then combine their unique decks into a force to collect more points than other players. Don had the main game and several expansions.

We will be able to support up to 12 players to compete. It will be held over three rounds in small groups (eliminations of lowest scores if over six players show up). Sign-up here.

On the video game side of things we will be running one of the best first-person-shooters ever GoldenEye 007 for the N64. A game we played together with family and he spent many nights playing with friends in college.

Up to 16 players will go through a series of ten minute rounds with four players. Low score each round is eliminate from the tournament, the rest go on. Once down to four, it becomes winner take all. No Oddjob, random levels, alternating weapon choices. Pre-reg here.

We will have special prizes for the winners of each tournament.

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Guest Game Creator Lesser Earth Games

Enthusiastic for nearly every aspect of gaming, Patrick Ferguson is the host of The Ultimate 5e Guide for SkullSplitter Dice on YouTube and has recently begun self-publishing board games. Based on a custom D&D setting for his gaming group, he and his friends created Lesser Earth Games to bring their off-beat ideas to life. Their first title, The R.I.P. Off,  is an asymmetrical horror game that combines strategy, RPG elements and no shortage of dark humor. Up to 8 players select from a variety of cliche Main Characters to try and make it through a Slasher movie. 3 turns into the game, one of these players will be randomly selected to take on the identity of an equally cliche Killer. They must now hunt down the remaining Main Characters to win the game. Basically, it is meant to give players everything they need to create a cheesy Slasher film. It even comes in an authentic VHS Rental Box for extra nostalgia. 

Patrick and Lesser Earth Games have also recently begun work on a Holiday-Themed title, as well as a party game that puts players in the shoes of fast food workers, the latter of which will be shown off for the first time at DualCon! Patrick hopes to continue making games that give veterans and new gamers something to play together (and to one day make his own dream TTRPG Rulebook).


Guest Creator Richie Ray

West Virginia native Richie Ray combines his professional skills with personal humor, creating the hilarious new trading card game Oh Crap!

As lead designer for That Banner Guy, he creates custom designs and prints items for professional clients nationwide. His company, specializing in ready made and custom novelty items, was among the top 10% of Etsy sellers in 2020, only two years after its founding.

The idea for Oh Crap! flourished from his son’s love of trading card games and a shared love of scatological humor with his wife. Ray committed to creating a game that is both fun and funny for all ages, with dynamic play that’s easy to learn. After partnering with friend and artist Gavin McDonald, he quickly realized the cards also serve as a collectible novelty due to the originality of the artwork and humor.  You can find more info at OhCrapTCG.com or on all social media at OhCrapTCG.

Cosplay Contest

DualCon’s Cosplay Contest will take place at 5pm in Panel 1. You will need to register at the con before hand.

Contest Rules

  1. You must have purchased an entry into DualCon 2023 in order to enter and present on stage for the Costume Contest.
  2. The Costume Contest is a family-oriented event. Please keep all costumes to a “PG” rating. (i.e no nudity or overly revealing attire, no excessive gore, etc.)
  3. No bought costumes. Costume must be 50% handcrafted or more. You may purchase parts of a costume but said parts must be disclosed during the judging process. If you are modeling a costume you did not make yourself, the maker of the costume must be present with you upon entry. If the costume wins an award, the award is given to the maker of the costume, not the model wearing it.
  4. All weapons and props must conform with DualCon rules, convention center policies, and local laws concerning carrying a weapon. If there is a question or doubt, don’t bring it.
  5. If your costume is meant to represent a character from a specific IP, please provide reference images of the character. We cannot guarantee the judges will know what your character looks like, so having something to compare to will help you as much as them.
  6. The contest will be limited to 50 entries total. Please preregister to guarantee a spot. Groups may count as one.
  7. DualCon reserves the right to modify, update, or amend rules at any time.
  8. The judge(s’) decisions are final

PLEASE NOTE —  We hope you will use good judgement and sportsmanship when entering the contest.

COMPETITION CATEGORIES:

Walk On Judging: just sign up and show up at contest

Table-Top Game Recreation

Video Game Recreation

Child (12 and under)

Group

Will Need To Be Prejudged: Judging will take place from 4pm-5pm

Best of Show

Best Craftsmanship

Pre-judged may also win Walk On awards.

– CONTEST JUDGING –

Judging criteria-

Costumes will be judged based on a variety of factors, including craftsmanship, accuracy (or creativity for original design costumes), materials used, etc. Please bring a photo (or have one on your phone, etc) of your character, if applicable, for reference so we can judge the accuracy of your costume.

Guest Creators Lonely Hero Games

Lonely Hero Games is a West Virginia based board game publishing company founded in Beckley in 2019.

The company’s first release, Bank Heist, was successfully crowdfunded on Kickstarter in October 2019. The game raised over $13,000 from over 300 backers in just 30 days. Since then, the game has been shipped to customers all across the United States and many countries around the globe including the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Canada, France, Italy, Norway, Singapore, and many more.

The company’s newest release, Hungry for Humans, is a WV themed game for 2 to 5 players that incorporates WV cryptids such as The Mothman, Flatwoods Monster, Sheepsquatch, and The Grafton Monster. Additionally, the game features dishes from 19 WV restaurants such as Tudor’s Biscuit World, Pies & Pints, Ellen’s Ice Cream, and more. The game was successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2021 raising over $15,000 from 300+ backers. It is now available for sale through their website lonelyherogames.com as well as various locations around the state.

Guest Creator Joe Meade

JOE MEADE is an eastern Kentucky native with a love for writing, storytelling, and tabletop games, especially in the fantasy genre. These interests, coupled with nearly 30 years of experience with various roleplaying games, made it a natural progression for him to create his own roleplaying game.

Joe’s company, NOBLE QUESTS, LLC, has produced the “Mystic Forces Second Edition” roleplaying game, along with several adventure modules and sourcebooks. Mystic Forces Second Edition is an in-depth, high-fantasy roleplaying game that is the culmination of 25 years of work and revision.

Joe is also the author of a book of short stories titled, “Troves of Fantasy”.  His fantasy adventure board game, “Omens of Destiny”, is nearing completion with a polished prototype that is being demoed locally and at a number of Cons!

Be sure to stop by and check out the full line of products, or just come by and chat. To see the full line of Mystic Forces products now.

Also, be sure to join the Noble Quests Discord server for all the latest information on Mystic Forces and Omens of Destiny including announcements, sneak peaks, live streaming of gaming sessions and more. 

You can also find me on Facebook at facebook.com/OmensofDestiny and facebook.com/MysticForces

Lightsaber Group The Imperial Legion

The Imperial Legion are a performanced-based Martial Arts and Live Action Role-Playing Group in Ashland & Morehead, KY. They put on non-choreographed duels, performances, and train in sci fi combat. Their goal: great shows, entertain audiences, and of course have a lot of fun!

They meet three times a week to train in the lightsaber forms from Star Wars. We are a blend of martial arts and role-playing. They have two factions: Jedi and Sith. Each faction has four classes. They want to provide the most unique and engaging LARP experience that you will find in the area. They are geared towards working hard and having fun. All are welcome.

Guest Writer JD Byrne

JD Byrne started practicing law in West Virginia more than 20 years ago. It wasn’t too long after that he decided he needed some chances to make up the story for once, to make it come out the way it should, or he’d go mad. He started writing short fiction, mostly science fiction with a little bit a fantasy thrown in, before he discovered National Novel Writing Month in 2007 and took a shot at writing longer stuff. Over several years, and more than a few false starts, he published his first novel, Moore Hollow in 2015. It’s a story of family secrets, political corruption, and zombies – but not the kind people usually think of.

In 2016, he released The Water Road, the first volume of the trilogy of the same name, to be followed by The Endless Hills (2016) and The Bay of Sins (2017). The trilogy is a story of explosive secrets revealed and the attempts by the woman who found them to keep them from consuming her world in a blaze of revenge.

In 2019, he released Gods of the Empire, the first volume of the Unari Empire trilogy, about a steampunk work whose single superpower is starting to show cracks. The two main characters navigate the shifting world while digging deep for secrets that others wish would remain hidden. Widows of the Empire (2021) continues the saga, while Heroes of the Empire will bring it all to a startling conclusion early in 2023.

Many of Byrne’s shorter works can be found on his website or in publications like Aether & Ichor and the Flash Fiction Podcast. His latest story, “The Consequences of Sin,” was part of The Dancing Plague: A Collection of Utter Speculation, released in the fall of 2022 by Speculation Publications.

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