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.

Cosplay Guest Katwoman Cosplay

“Katwoman Cosplay (vocalist, actress, performer)  is known for her “Disney Princess” voice and her motto, “walk a mile in their shoes.” She is honored to guest at Dualcon! She has a YouTube channel (@katwomancosplay) as well as an Instagram, Facebook, and Tik Tok all under the same name. 

Katwoman (or “Kat”) is a vocal education major at Marshall University. She is planning on teaching children about the beauty of music after she graduates. Musical theatre is her favorite thing in the entire world, and she was a theatre geek most of her formative years. She believes in staying weird and never growing up.”

Smash Bros. Melee and Ultimate Tournaments

Marshall Smashers are running Smash Bros. Tournaments for both Melee and Ultimate at the convention.

The tournaments will start at 1pm. Finals are expected to be at 9pm.

Registration for each tournament is $5. Online registration through StartGG is encouraged and will be given priority over on site registrants. On-site registration will begin at 11am.

The prize pool will be split between 1st (60%), 2nd (30%), and 3rd (10%) places. If there are less than 8 entrants the prize pool be changed to a winner takes all prize pot.

Rules for the tournaments are as followed:

ULTIMATE RULESET

Ultimate Game Settings
  • 3 Stocks
  • 7 Minutes
  • Items Off
  • Stage Hazards Off
Ultimate Stagelist

Starters

  • Final Destination
  • Battlefield
  • Pokémon Stadium 2
  • Hollow Bastion
  • Town and City

Counterpicks

  • Small Battlefield
  • Yoshi’s Story (Melee)
  • Kalos Pokemon League
Ultimate Details

Modified Dave’s Stupid Rule (MDSR) is in effect.

For game one, a Best of 1 Rock, Paper, Scissors determine who bans first (winner may choose to ban first or ban second, or may select port priority) Both players must announce their characters before stage selection. Double-Blind selection may be requested by either player. Player 1 bans 1 stage from the starter list Player 2 bans 2 of the remaining starter stages Player 1 then picks from the 2 remaining stages for game 1.

Game 2+, the winner of the previous game bans 2 stages from the Starter Stages and Counterpick Stages combined The loser of the previous game then picks a stage from the remaining stages but cannot pick the stage they most recently won on within that set. After stage selection, the winner selects their character first and the loser chooses second. Matches will be Best of 3 until Top 8.

MELEE RULESET

Melee Game Settings
  • 4 Stocks
  • 8 Minutes
  • Items Off
Melee Stagelist

Neutral

  • Battlefield
  • Final Destination
  • Yoshi’s Story
  • Dream Land
  • Fountain of Dreams

Counterpick

  • Pokémon Stadium
Melee Details

Striking: Players eliminate stages from the Neutral stagelist until there is one stage remaining. The first player strikes the first stage. Then the next player strikes two stages. Then the first player strikes one more stage and the remaining stage is used for the first game of the set.

Stage Bans: After each game of the set, before counterpicking, the player who won the previous game may ban one stage from the stagelist. This rule is not in effect for best-of-5 sets. Stage bans affect each player individually.

Stage Clause: A player may not counterpick any stage they previously won on during the set, unless agreed upon by the opponent.

Wobbling is banned. This event’s definition of wobbling is a series of moves (4+ pummel effects) by Ice Climbers from a standing grab position that infinitely lock the opponent in hitstun.

Game Group Marshall Smashers

Marshall Smashers are a student organization at Marshall University for Super Smash Bros. Their goal is foster a competitive yet casual friendly environment to play. They are built upon friendly competition, but competition nonetheless.

They host free are weekly tournaments of Super Smash Bros. Melee and Ultimate at the Morrow Library Commons Area at 7pm during fall and spring semesters. Everyone is welcome even non Marshall students. All skill levels are encouraged to come and have some fun. You can bring your own set up to share. You are welcome to bring your own controllers too.

Their next event for is on December 2nd. You can sign-up on site beginning at 6:30pm, but it is recommended you register online through StartGG. They hope to see you soon.

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Gaming Submissions Open

You can now submit games to DualCon on the Tabletop.Events site.

You do not have to have a badge to the convention to submit an event, but you do need an account to Tabletop.Events, which allows you to sign up to any event on their site. They work with conventions all over the country.

We are looking for board games, RPGs, card games, miniature games, video games, and anything else you can run.

You can also put in panels submissions.

Deadline for submissions is a week before the convention.

If you have any questions about games you want to submit or have a problem submitting it, please email Gaming@DualCon.net. Questions about panels or the like send to Entertainment@DualCon.net. If you do not see a response in a day check your spam filter.

Guest Writer and Podcaster Terry Bartley

Terry Bartley is a fantasy writer. He has been writing short stories set in his original fantasy universe, Galevyn, for the past year using various characters. You can read all of them on his website. You can also get them in the upcoming collection of short stories, Tyranny of the Fey.

He also hosts the podcast “Most Writers Are Fans,” about the intersection between writing and fandom. Every episode he invites a different writer to discuss their writing journey with them. He features fiction and non-fiction, game designers, and songwriters. It is a lot of fun and provides insight into what it is like to be an independent creative.

Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.

Terry is a journalism, literature, and English teacher at Scott Hight School. Terry has professionally written for the Coal Valley News and Screenrant. He has won awards for writing and broadcasting from the West Virginia Associated Press, the National Broadcasting Society, and MarCom. He has a B.A. in English from the University of Phoenix and an M.A. in English Education from Western Governor’s University.

Vendor Forever Nerdy

Created For Nerds, By Nerds

A small business with a big heart. They sell homemade items that are fun to play with and a comfort for all ages.

They sell Crocheted Action Figures and Little Furries sensory toys which are stuffed animals with Squish balls inside them, as well as shoulder friends.

Check them out.

If you are looking for something in particular, feel free to reach out, they would love to hear from you.

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Guest Game Creator FYRE Games

A junior at WVU, Conner Rush is the founder and sole permanent member of FYRE Games, an independent video game studio that specializes in narrative experiences.  Starting in 2014 when Conner was roughly 12 years old, FYRE Games has found success in numerous games, including their contribution to the Dread X Collection 5 anthology with “We Never Left“, The interactive album companion of The Colossus Is Coming: The Interactive Experience, and most importantly the free-to-play hit walking simulator SummerlandWith a dedicated fanbase and a mission to create a positive environment for both players and developers, Conner and FYRE Games show no signs of slowing down with a new horror-focused project currently in the works.

Paint & Take

Join local Twitch Streamer JP Gotrokkits as he hosts the DualCon Paint & Take event featuring Reaper brand miniatures!

One miniature per participant, the first figure is free, additional figures may be purchased for $3 each. Paints and brushes supplied and are common to the event.

JP Gotrokkits has been painting for over thirty years and has done work for Ral Partha Legacy and Sea Dog Game Studios.  He will be more than happy to share painting advice, tips and tricks during the event.

Guest Painter and Streamer JP Gotrokkits

JP Gotrokkits started painting around 1989, his first figures were from RAFM, Grenadier, and a little company called Ral Partha.  Soon Citadel miniatures appeared at his local shop and took the spotlight.  He has painted figures ranging in subjects from Science Fiction, Fantasy and History, in most of the popular scales, and from most of the popular companies, between 6mm to 32mm.  As he matured in the hobby, he met with Sea Dog Game Studios and built terrain and painted miniatures for their Sailpower and TechCommander game lines.  Sometimes things come full circle and a few years ago he came into contact with Ral Partha Legacy, who have re-released many of the figures that enthralled him in his youth, which gave him the privilege to paint several units for their studio armies and online catalogue.  

Of late he has been operating a Twitch channel twice a week where he paints both commissions and pieces from his Pile Of Opportunity.  He started the channel in hopes of being an encouraging voice in the hobby for both new painters and old vets.  

If you’ve never painted a figure before, he invites you to make a little time to stop by and paint a figure at DualCon’s Paint & Take event, it can be your first step into a rewarding part of the gaming hobby at large.  The first one is free!

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