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Friday, May 4

12:45pm EDT

Back to the Farm: Why Stardew Valley picks up where Harvest Moon left off
Stardew Valley is the second highest game for the Nintendo Switch, why is that? We will take a look on how the game took its roots from a well known franchise and improved upon it in every way.

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Patrick Burden

QA Analyst, Live Programming
As a long time panel speaker in North America Patrick "Coldguy" Burden brings you a mix of serious discussion with a small dash of comedy.

Friday May 4, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm EDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

1:45pm EDT

Much ado about Roguelikes
The Roguelike genre has exploded in recent years, with titles such as The Binding of Isaac and Crypt of the NecroDancer finding huge audiences. Where does the term even come from though? Come join The Legends of the Interwebs for a trip through classic, modern, and everywhere in between as we discover what makes a Roguelike and where to get started.

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Paul Allen

Panelist, Legends of the Interwebs
Check out our panel Much ado about Roguelikes on Friday
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Rebbeca Swezeny

Final Boss, Legends of the Interweb
Brian is a lost cause. Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.twitch.tv/legendsoftheinterwebs@neomagicwarriorfacebook.com/legends of the interwebs

Friday May 4, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

2:30pm EDT

In Defense of SEGA: Year in Review
Ty "the SEGA Guy" is back to tell you what SEGA has been up to and why you should care! Last year was a great year for the house that Sonic built, but how do you feel about it? "In Defense of SEGA: Year in Review" will not only show off the best games SEGA has made in the past decade, but will also give you the chance to discuss their biggest releases of 2017. From the beloved Sonic Mania, to the controversial Sonic Forces, it takes AGES to be this good. It takes SEGA.

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Ty Hornbeck

Creative Director, In Defense of SEGA
I am the Founder/Creative Director of the "In Defense of SEGA" project, a grassroots campaign dedicated to the positive enjoyment of modern-day SEGA productions. Overall, I enjoy video games from many different companies, and am very passionate about the medium.

Friday May 4, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

2:45pm EDT

Hyrule: A History Part 1
Come discuss the beginning of the Zelda Timeline and try your hand and the new Hard Mode in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Jessica Grant

What to say about me? I'm not really sure. I've been an avid gamer since I was 5 when I built my first computer with my dad. I started watching Anime when I was 8. Discovered fanfiction in middle school and off I went and became an Otaku. Fully in love with East Asian culture and... Read More →

Friday May 4, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]
Saturday, May 5

12:30am EDT

Rejoice, Zenkaikon, Your Wish Will Be Granted: A Type Moon and Nasuverse Panel [18+]
Can Shiki Kill Servants? Is Being Lancer Suffering? Join us as we discuss Mana Transfers, Chairs that need to die, and all other things Type Moon._x000D_

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James Hicks

Featured Panelist, Winning the War on Pants
Having presented at Otakon, Katsucon, and Derpycon, Winning the War on Pants proudly owns the title “The East Coast Convention Circuit’s Newest Panel Group.” They’ll bring enjoyable programs to Zenkaikon X and a fun time is guaranteed for all!

James Hicks

A founding member of the DC-based panel troupe "Winning The War On Pants", James "Shep" Hicks has presented panels on a variety of topics within the anime fandom.

Saturday May 5, 2018 12:30am - 1:30am EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

11:00am EDT

Learn to Play Video game Music with Triforce Quartet
Learn to play/sing some of your favorite video game music tunes with Triforce Quartet

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Triforce Quartet

String Quartet, Guest
The Triforce Quartet is a traditional string quartet that plays video game music.The Triforce Quartet began innocently as a short Zelda medley for an encore of a recital in early 2007, but the video of using traditional string quartet instruments to play music of classic games gained... Read More →

Saturday May 5, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

4:15pm EDT

A History of Thedas
Are you a Chantry historian? Have you read all of Brother Genitivi's works? Whether you're an Andrastian scholar or you're just getting to know the world of Thedas, we'd love to have you come and learn about the history of the Dragon Age setting! Take a look at all three games and their extensive lore, and talk about what might be in store for this immersive game world!

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Laura Klotz

Laura, better known in fannish circles as Lady Norbert, is constantly shadowed by her best friend and self-appointed bodyguard, Andrea, and talks way too much about Dragon Age in her free time. She spends too much time on Tumblr and is known colloquially as the Adoptive Mother of... Read More →

Saturday May 5, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

4:30pm EDT

+2 Comedy Present Game the Gamer
Four Contestants. Three video games. One prize. Sounds straightforward, right? But when cheating is encouraged and sabotage is in the rules, the tables can turn at any minute. Be a part of the fun before the Official YouTube launch.


Noah Houlihan

+2 Comedy is the top geek stand-up comedy group on the East Coast. They have appeared at over 60 conventions since 2010. Their 18+ panels have thrilled, educated, and intrigued audiences from Otakon to GKE Classic. 

Laura Prince

+2 Comedy

Saturday May 5, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

9:15pm EDT

TMNT: An Underground Expose [18+]
Think you know everything there is to know about those lovable crime fighting turtles? Think again! Join Kyle (a plastic turtle) and Children Driving Robots as they expose the real secret of the ooze as told by someone who was there.


Saturday May 5, 2018 9:15pm - 10:15pm EDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]
Sunday, May 6

12:30am EDT

Let's Make a Game
Ever had an idea for a video game, but don't have a billion dollars to start your own studio? Think drawing a cat is impossible? Are Pixels even a thing? Join Children Driving Robots as we take a look into the world of indie game development.

Sunday May 6, 2018 12:30am - 1:30am EDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

9:30am EDT

The Rage of the Quitter
The table gets flipped. The healer sits down in spawn and plays Rick Astley over the voice chat. The tournament ends in chaos. Friendships die. Why does the quitter rage so? This panel will explore the inglorious exits of gaming. From a design perspective, from a player perspective, and even from an esports perspective: quitting is an intrinsic part of games.

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Rym DeCoster

Producer, GeekNights
Producer and Host of GeekNights. Game design and UX professional. Regular lecturer at conventions like the Penny Arcade Expo and MAGFest.

Sunday May 6, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

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