Guests

Guest Spotlight: Gooder Games

"We are Gooder Games and we do games gooder. Gooder Games is an independent game company fully run by actual gamers. We won’t release anything that we won’t be playing ourselves. Every one of our games focuses on the only truly important thing when gaming: fun. We seek to capture that fun in all of it’s many aspects: be it strategy, chance, deep competitive environments, resource management, fantastic roleplaying, just to name a few. We have almost fifty years of combined experience making games and even more when it comes to enjoying them. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and love infusing our twisted brand of humor into everything we do, but we consider it pivotal that we still respect the medium and our work within the industry.

We are a recently formed company, brought together by a common love of gaming in its many different aspects, pride in our work, and that wonderfully twisted humor mentioned before. We are in current development of five separate games that we hope to release within the next five years. Be sure and catch us doing a demo of our first solo-release, Great Gobbo Grab, at Templecon. We will also be participating and running a few panels of our own. Enjoy yourself and always strive to be gooder."



See Gooder Games at:

 

Thursday, February 5th, 1:00PM-2:00PM, Barrington room
DM to GM: A Guide to Modern Godhood

 

Thursday, February 5th, 4:00PM-5:00PM, Barrington room
Making Table-Top Games

 

Thursday, February 5th, 6:00PM-8:00PM, Tiverton room, Tables 8-9
Great Gobbo Grab

 

Friday, February 6th, 10:00AM-11:00AM, Barrington room
Roleplaying Game Adventure Design

 

Friday, February 6th, 2:30PM-3:30PM, in the Barrington room
DM to GM: A Guide to Modern Godhood

 

Friday, February 6th, 4:00PM-5:00PM, in the Barrington room
Making Table-Top Games

 

Friday, February 6th, 8:00PM-10:00PM, Tiverton room, Tables 8-9
Great Gobbo Grab

 

Saturday, February 7th, 10:00AM-12:00PM, Tiverton room, Tables 8-9
Great Gobbo Grab

 

Saturday, February 7th, 2:30PM-3:30PM, in the Barrington room
Making Table-Top Games

 

Saturday, February 7th, 8:30PM-9:30PM, in the Barrington room
DM to GM: A Guide to Modern Godhood

 

Sunday, February 8th, 9:00AM-11:00AM, Tiverton room, Tables 8-9
Great Gobbo Grab

 

Sunday, February 8th, 1:00PM-2:00PM, in the Barrington room
Making Table-Top Games 

 

Sunday, February 8th, 2:30PM-3:30PM, in the Barrington room
DM to GM: A Guide to Modern Godhood

 

 

Guest Spotlight: Mei Ohara

 

Mei Ohara is an electric violinist, singer, and electronic composer based out of Boston. Though she spent most of her life studying and performing classical music, the music of Depeche Mode, Röyksopp, and multiple video games won over her Neptunian heart. She continues to use her classical background and intensive violin training in marriage with distortion, futuristic beats, and spacey soundscapes. She draws a large amount of her inspiration from astronomy, sci fi, and the comparison of structured science versus fluid art. The emphasis on opposites combining in unity is further evidenced by her binary hair and mixed blood as a half-Japanese, half American.

Since beginning in 2010, Mei has performed around the country, including Boston, NYC, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. In addition to her two studio releases, she continues to write and perform new music with topics including the relationship between the Earth and Moon, isolating oneself in the introverted “City of I,” and an alienesque detachment from the theater of human identity.

See Mei Ohara at:

Thursday, February 5th, 9:00PM-9:45PM, in The Rotunda
Live Music Performance: Mei Ohara

Photo credit: M. Stephen Photography

 

 

 

Guest Spotlight: Brighter Than a Thousand Suns

 

 

“Brighter Than a Thousand Suns consistently show their musical ingenuity, reviving the old in new ways while still maintaining musical relevancy to today's scene.” - Sean Rizzo // Absolute Punk

The intelligent alternative rock sound of Brighter Than a Thousand Suns is as refreshing as it is satisfying. Formerly known as Self Made Soul, the band has had a prolific recording career including 2011’s Survival Machines released through Tragic Hero Records followed by The End of Suffering and Flux. 

See Brighter Than a Thousand Suns at:

Friday, February 6th, 9:30PM-10:00PM, in the Rotunda
Live Music Performance: Brighter Than a Thousand Suns

 

 

 

Guest Spotlight: Lady Planeswalker Society


The Lady Planeswalker Society is an all encompassing group that focuses on assisting female and new players in joining the Magic community and playing competitively. Created in 2011 by Founder Tifa Robles after becoming dissatisfied with the lack of openness and inclusiveness in the Magic community, the LPS has since become a nation-wide organization. 

See members of the Lady Planeswalker Society at:

Thursday, February 5th, 4:00PM-5:00PM, in Con Suite 1 (Room 637)
What is the Lady Planeswalker Society?

Friday, February 6th, 1:00PM-2:00PM, in the Barrington room
Women and Video Gaming

Friday, February 6th, 4:00PM-5:00PM, in Con Suite 2 (Room 632)
Judging Magic

Saturday, February 7th, 8:30PM-9:30PM, in Con Suite 1 (Room 637)
What is the Lady Planeswalker Society?

Sunday, February 8th, 11:30AM-12:30PM, Con Suite 1 (Room 637)
The Magic Community - How It Could Be Better and Why It Matters

 

 

 

Guest Spotlight: New England Privateers

The New England Privateers are a group of four long-time gamers (miniatures, board, card, they play them all) who have been putting on events on the local and national level for more than a decade.  Paul "Snakeman" Shoemaker, Andrew "Hacksaw" Hartland, Craig "Lonelymonk" Caton, and Sam "Builder" Butler have run highly successful miniatures gaming events at local game stores and major conventions including TempleCon, GenCon Indy, and PAX East, as well as their own convention, CaptainCon.  

These four are passionate about putting on well-run entertaining events for their fellow gamers.  In fact, Andrew and Paul have been running gaming events at TempleCon since the very first year.  Beyond administering smoothly professional tournaments, this team focuses on the art of the experience of tabletop miniatures gaming - building terrain and custom set table pieces to supplement the terrain and table tops created by TempleCon Convention Director Grant Garvin for players to enjoy all weekend long. 

But, all this comes at a price.  Each year, the New England Privateers sell a number of exclusive TempleCon items to commemorate the convention and help cover the costs of filling the Grand Ballroom with gamers.  This year they are selling a set of dice customized with the TempleCon logo as well as a commemorative challenge coin and the traditional Midnight Madness t-shirt featuring stunning art from Privateer Press.  To see these cool souvenirs of TempleCon 2015 and support the work the guys are doing, visit their website at http://neprivateers.com/neprivateers-store/ to pre-order and visit them in the Grand Ballroom during the show to pick up your items.


 

Guest Spotlight: Downcity Armory

Downcity ArmoryDowncity Armory is an industrial band based in Providence, Rhode Island, founded by vocalist Todd Bowes. In April of 2013, DCA released the "EMPIRE GONE" EP, a six-song blast of noisy synth hooks and heavy dance beats, with aggressive and melodic vocals. Calling their music "electrocore," the EP established a formula that took the Northeast US by storm, featuring airplay on 91HJY in Providence, WMFO in Medford, MA, and countless Internet radio stations. DCA hadn't even played a live gig before they were included on Allston Pudding and Midday Records' compilations to benefit the Boston OneFund for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, as well as a third compilation for Strike a Chord URI. That year, DCA made their live debut at legendary Boston rock venue TT the Bear's, instantly establishing themselves as one of the loudest forces in the New England industrial music scene, exhibiting a penchant for catchy, danceable hooks, as well as stage-shattering aggrotech that pummeled audiences with brutal beats and riffs. This was followed up in 2014 with a mini-tour of live performances throughout the Northeast, stunning audiences with their uninhibited, theatrical stage presence, leading Mark Charron of RI's inimitable Satellites Fall to declare Todd Bowes "one of the best frontmen in the Northeast US." Meanwhile, the band quietly donated all their proceeds to a variety of charitable causes, committed to using their music as a force for good in the world.

On May 23rd, 2014, DCA released their double EP "Workhorse/Firehorse" to rave reviews and massive airplay, shattering all preconceived notions of the band and industrial music, with "Workhorse" featuring DCA's aggressive, hard industrial/EBM side, and "Firehorse" showcasing their more hook-laden electro rock side. Another mini-tour followed, increasing DCA's range throughout the Northeast, from Boston to Philadelphia, making stops in New York, Worcester, and their hometown of Providence. For 2015, DCA plan on touring even more, starting with TempleCon and making more stops throughout the US, bringing their signature blend of aggression and melody, synthesis and raw musicianship to an even wider audience, all while working on their next release, their first full-length concept album entitled "The New Old World." Check them out at www.downcityarmory.com for more news and information!

See Downcity Armory at TempleCon 2015 at:

Friday, February 6th, 10:30PM-11:30PM in The Rotunda
Live Music Performance: Downcity Armory

Guest Spotlight: Starship Horizons

Starship HorizonsStarship Horizons is a multi-player bridge simulation experience allowing 2-5 players to work together as a ship's bridge officers. The core gameplay experience is designed around players commanding their own starship as the bridge officers in the roles of Captain, Flight, Tactical, Science, and Operations.

Missions at TempleCon will run in the Newport Room Thursday 6pm to midnight, Friday & Saturday noon to midnight, and Sunday noon to 6pm.

To learn more about the game check out their website and facebook page.

We'll see you on the bridge!

Guest Spotlight: Nathaniel Johnstone Band

The Nathaniel Johnstone BandThe Nathaniel Johnstone Band hails from Seattle, WA, lead by multi-instrumentalist Nathaniel Johnstone. Their vibrant sound crosses boundaries and borders, resulting in a blend of European, Middle Eastern, and South American music with Jazz, Rock, Surf, Folk, Gothic, and Steampunk influences.

Nathaniel Johnstone loves music of all shapes and sizes. He is perpetually tinkering with tunes on a multitude of instruments: guitar, violin, viola, mandolin, and banjo. Surrounding himself with an ever-changing roster of like-minded souls, he creates music for his many friends in the dancing world. Every song in the band's repertoire was inspired by and created with a particular dancer/troupe in mind. From 2006-2011, Johnstone recorded and toured with the steampunk band Abney Park, but has moved on to focusing on his solo work and other projects. He has also sat in with a number of other ensembles: The Ghosts Project, Jill Tracy’s Malcontent Orchestra, Ego Likeness, The Last Dance, Hellblinki, and others. To hear more of his work, check out his website.

See the Nathaniel Johnstone Band at TempleCon 2015 at:

Saturday, February 7th, 2:00PM-5:00PM, in Con Suite 3 (Room 623)
Neo-Victorian High Tea

Saturday, February 7th, 8:00PM-1:00AM, in The Rotunda
Byzantium: A Retro-Futurist Ball

Saturday, February 7th, 10:00PM-11:30PM, in The Rotunda
Live Music Performance: The Nathaniel Johnstone Band

 

Guest Spotlight: Stoneburner

StoneburnerStoneburner is the solo project from Steven Archer that combines tribal fusion electronic dance music with experimental sounds. Steven Archer is a multi-faceted musician, artist, and writer. He is best known for his work with the electronic rock band Ego Likeness (Metropolis Records) as well as his abstract electronica project ::Hopeful Machines::. His music has been used in several feature sound tracks including the recent award-winning documentary Small Small Thing. He has also been commissioned to score a video for NASA on the upcoming OSIRIS-REx mission.

Stoneburner is his vision of the music and philosophy of Frank Herbert's "Dune" book series. It fuses traditional organic instruments and vocals from all over the world with modern electronic dance music in an attempt to tap into the books' technological-tribal aesthetic. His hope is that the project will do justice to the novel's vision of Arrakis and its warrior inhabitants. Live shows are intense and fluid, consisting of multimedia video projections and often incorporate tribal fusion belly dance troupes.

He has written and illustrated several books available on Amazon.com as well as freelance art for several publishers including Weird Tales magazine. His artwork and jewelry can be purchased from the Ego Likeness Etsy store.

More information can be found on the Ego Likeness website or on the Ego Likeness Wikipedia page.

See Stoneburner at TempleCon 2015 at:

Saturday, February 7th, 8:00PM-1:00AM, in the Rotunda
Byzantium: A Retro-Futurist Ball

Sunday, February 8th, 12:00AM-1:00AM, in The Rotunda
Live Music Performance: Stoneburner

 

Guest Spotlight: Hope Nicholson

Raised in Winnipeg and a graduate of York University in Toronto, Hope is a small press publisher who found and reprinted the lost Golden Age comic books: Nelvana of the Northern Lights (under CGA Comics) and Brok Windsor (upcoming release Spring 2015). Both projects were funded through Kickstarter and raised well over their intended goal, bringing these lost characters back to the attention of the public. Nelvana of the Northern Lights was recently picked up by IDW for a rerelease to the general public. Through these projects Hope has been featured in newspapers, television interviews, radio, podcasts, and web interviews dozens of times.

 

Hope is also a professional researcher specializing in the history of 1940s Canadian comic books. She has served as a producer on the documentary film Lost Heroes which follows Canada's superhero history and is directed by Orphan Black & Bitten writer/producer Will Pascoe and narrated by Spider-man voice actor Paul Soles. She is a member of the Toronto fan-news organization G33KPRON and has presented at conventions and conferences on Canadian comic book history throughout the US and Canada.

 

See Hope Nicholson at TempleCon 2015 at:

 

Thursday, February 5th, 2:30PM-3:30PM, in the Barrington room
Superheroes and the Masks They Wear: An Open Discussion

 

Friday, February 6th, 4:00PM-5:00PM, in Con Suite 3 (Room 623)
Panel Discussion: The Road to Publication

 

Friday, February 6th, 7:00PM-8:00PM, in the Barrington room
Superheroes and Religion: New Gods or Old/New Gods for Old

 

Sunday, February 8th, 10:00AM-11:00AM, in the Barringston room
Guest of Honor Presentation: Moonshot

 

 

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