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).
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.
DualCon’s Cosplay Contest will take place at 5pm in Panel 1. You will need to register at the con before hand.
You must have purchased an entry into DualCon 2023 in order to enter and present on stage for the Costume Contest.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
The contest will be limited to 50 entries total. Please preregister to guarantee a spot. Groups may count as one.
DualCon reserves the right to modify, update, or amend rules at any time.
The judge(s’) decisions are final
PLEASE NOTE — We hope you will use good judgement and sportsmanship when entering the contest.
Walk On Judging: just sign up and show up at contest
Table-Top Game Recreation
Video Game Recreation
Child (12 and under)
Will Need To Be Prejudged: Judging will take place from 4pm-5pm
Best of Show
Pre-judged may also win Walk On awards.
– CONTEST JUDGING –
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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 Game Settings
Stage Hazards Off
Pokémon Stadium 2
Town and City
Yoshi’s Story (Melee)
Kalos Pokemon League
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 Game Settings
Fountain of Dreams
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.
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.