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Friday, May 24
 

12:00pm

Art Show
Friday May 24, 2019 12:00pm - 6:00pm
New York

12:00pm

Benefit Auction
Friday May 24, 2019 12:00pm - 6:00pm
San Francisco

12:00pm

Dealers' Room
Friday May 24, 2019 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Atlanta

12:00pm

Registration
Friday May 24, 2019 12:00pm - 6:30pm
Terrace

12:00pm

Network Gaming
Friday May 24, 2019 12:00pm - Saturday May 25, 2019 12:00am
Van Horn A

12:00pm

Consuite
Friday May 24, 2019 12:00pm - Saturday May 25, 2019 2:00am
Rooms 3221 and 3222

2:00pm

Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition
Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition - Role Playing Game

The core of D&D is storytelling. You and your friends tell a story together, guiding your heroes through quests for treasure, battles with deadly foes, daring rescues, courtly intrigue, and much more. 

Rumors abound of a map that leads to a treasure of unimaginable value. When chance drops the map into your hands, you have the chance to become wealthy beyond your wildest dreams. But you’re not the only ones with that dream. The chase is on. Part One of the Umbral Aristocracy Trilogy. A 2-4 Hour Adventure for Tier 1 Characters. Optimized for APL 3.

Friday May 24, 2019 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Gilham Hall

2:00pm

Open Gaming
Open gaming! Play any game from the UnderCon gaming liberary!
Games for all ages and interests!

Open to all Conquest and UnderCon attendees.




Friday May 24, 2019 2:00pm - 11:00pm
Gilham Hall

2:30pm

Stage Presentation for Costumers 101
You've made the costume, you've picked the competition... but now what? Learn how to create a stellar costume stage presentation and ask questions from people who have been there.

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Old-d'Entremont

Jennifer Old-d'Entremont

Jennifer is an hobbyist costumer who enjoys the study and recreation of historical and ethnic dress. She works as a medical lab technologist to pay for the pretty, pretty fabric. Her soap box is empowering creative expression through costuming regardless of perceived limitations... Read More →

Speakers
JM

Jenna Merry

An artist and crafter that keeps dabbling into new mediums, has been making costumes long enough to actually know what she's doing now and a human who probably is running on too little sleep.
LD

Leo d'Entremont

Leo d'Entremont has been a convention panelist for over ten years, from small regional conventions to World Con. He is a published author, biologist, Army veteran, competitive costumer, and shameless nerd. He can be bribed into conversation with single malt Scotch.


Friday May 24, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Chouteau

2:30pm

Fantasy Before Tolkien
Tolkien’s Silmarillion has established itself as one of the primary definitions of High Fantasy. But there were writers before him who wrote various versions of fantastical worlds – giants such as Howard, Lovecraft, Burroughs and Verne amongst others. Our panelists discuss the echoes of these writers in the genre.

Moderators
MC

Madeline Clark "Maddie"

Maddie spends her time writing short horror and fantasy stories and painting Kindness Rocks. Her philosophy on writing consists of two rules: 1. Never, ever kill the dog! And 2. You can't break the rules of writing until you understand the rules of writing.

Speakers
RC

Rob Chilson

Rob Chilson has published half a dozen novels and over 70 shorter pieces, though none recently. Though best known for hard-SF (despite a lack of scientific education), he also writes the occasional fantasy, trying to avoid the hackneyed. He has not missed a ConQuest since 1978, appearing... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Empire A

3:30pm

Colored Pencil Techniques for Adult Coloring and Illustration
Join Charles Urbach as he demonstrates colored pencil techniques for adulte coloring and illustration.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Urbach

Charles Urbach

Charles Urbach is a writer and colored pencil artist with more than two decades of work in design, publishing, and illustration. His work includes miniatures designs for Wizkids: Heroclix, illustrations for “Magic: The Gathering,” “Star Wars,” “Legend of the Five Rings... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Benton

4:00pm

For Your Listening Pleasure
Exploration of SciFi/Fantasy movie scores and the ConQuest version of Name that Tune.

Speakers
avatar for Jan S. Gephardt

Jan S. Gephardt

It, Artdog Studio
Jan S. Gephardt is a writer, artist, and longtime science fiction fan. Her debut sf novel, “What’s Bred in the Bone,” debuted this May from Weird Sisters Publishing. She is now hard at work on the second of the Bones Trilogy, “A Bone to Pick” (hopefully available by the... Read More →
WM

Wm. Mark Simmons

(William) Mark Simmons is the author or 8 fantasy & science fiction novels. Baen Books has just released A Witch in Time, the 5th in the Half/Life series, that began with One Foot in the Grave in 1996 and brings closure to his beleaguered semi-undead protagonist. He was the Interfilk... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Van Horn C

4:00pm

Blackout Poetry
Take a marker and a page of text and redact words until a poem is formed. Share the result, if you like, later at Word Brew.

Speakers

Friday May 24, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Empire C

5:30pm

“I Attack the Darkness!” Favorite Moments in Collective Storytelling
From impaling a vampire prince with his wooden scabbard to an R-2 unit remodeling the party’s ship after an orange Chevy Nova, tabletop RPGs create memories unbelievable elsewhere. Join us for a roundtable of our personal favorite moments, and share your own if you’re interested. Also a great opportunity for those new to the genre to hear what is possible!

Moderators
avatar for Stephanie Sullivan

Stephanie Sullivan

NaNoWriMo Liason, NaNoWriMo
Stephanie grew up in a household of gamers, and her biggest struggle was squeezing in time to play herself around the three other folks in her home who played. In high school, a friend brought her into the world of tabletop roleplaying games, and she hasn’t looked back. Her essay... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sean Demory

Sean Demory

Founder, Pine Float Press
Sean Demory is an author of short fiction and the founder of Pine Float Press. His work has been included on the recommended reading list for Locus Magazine and has received honorable mention in the Best Horror of the Year, a fact that he’ll milk as long as possible. He is currently... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Fremont

5:30pm

The Affairs of Wizards
Wizards, and magic users of various names, are prevalent in fairy tales, folk tales, and fantasy. What purpose do they serve? How do we make them and their magic believable to a modern audience? How much of the process of magic needs to be explained and how much is best left to the reader or viewer’s imagination?: How do you make your wizards stand out as something new and interesting, and not just another Gandalf or Dumbeldore knockoff? Who does this well? What tropes have been overused and need to be buried under a really large rock?

Moderators
MC

Madeline Clark "Maddie"

Maddie spends her time writing short horror and fantasy stories and painting Kindness Rocks. Her philosophy on writing consists of two rules: 1. Never, ever kill the dog! And 2. You can't break the rules of writing until you understand the rules of writing.

Speakers
JM

Jenna Merry

An artist and crafter that keeps dabbling into new mediums, has been making costumes long enough to actually know what she's doing now and a human who probably is running on too little sleep.
avatar for Guy Anthony De Marco

Guy Anthony De Marco

Author, Editor, Publisher, Evil Brain Trust, LTD
Guy Anthony De Marco is a speculative fiction author; a Graphic Novel Bram Stoker® and Scribe Award finalist; winner of the HWA Silver Hammer Award; a prolific short story and flash fiction crafter; a novelist; a poet; an invisible man with superhero powers; a game writer; a disabled... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Empire A

5:30pm

The Year in Bad Science
Scientists are only human (except when they're Vulcans). And some humans aren't scientists, but they sure think they are. Every year, we get some wacky stuff from scientists, bad scientists, pseudoscience peddlers, and your uncle who believes everything on the internet. Skip your uncle's latest rant about microwave brain control and join our panel to laugh at the bad science from the past year.

Moderators
avatar for Aubyrn

Aubyrn

Born and Raised in Kc. Been part of the Convention community sense '07, but a fan of gaming, anime & music sense before I was even in school. I've been running Panels at conventions sense 2014 without stop.Later in life was diagnosed with Adult Autism and born with Low Vision I just... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Gerrib

Christopher Gerrib

Chris Gerrib admits to being a bit obsessed with Mars, but in a healthy way – all three books of his Pirate Series are set on Mars. Chris lives in the Chicago suburbs and still has a day job in IT. He holds degrees in history and business from the University of Illinois and Southern... Read More →
LD

Leo d'Entremont

Leo d'Entremont has been a convention panelist for over ten years, from small regional conventions to World Con. He is a published author, biologist, Army veteran, competitive costumer, and shameless nerd. He can be bribed into conversation with single malt Scotch.


Friday May 24, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Van Horn C

5:30pm

Supernatural The Road So Far
It has been announced that season 15 will be the last. We will discuss why the show has been so successful and some of the highlights of the series so far.

Moderators
Speakers
SD

Sherri Dean

Sherri Dean, yr Feisty Mistress of Fear is a Jack-o-lantern of all trades and Monster of none. She is a published author and cover artist most recently through Yard Dog Press. She is also a costumer, Masquerade emcee, cover model and singer (check out Bland Lemon and the Lemonades... Read More →
avatar for Rosemary Williams

Rosemary Williams

Rosemary Williams is a fangirl and all-around nerd who resides in Olathe, KS with her husband and their two dogs. She is also this year's Convention Chair, which is proof enough that she's completely mad. She is not, alas, a scientist, though there is a greater than zero chance she... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Empire B

5:30pm

Elements of Popular Fiction: Setting
This workshop helps writers of popular fiction understand the various components of setting, and how to make best of use of them in their stories.

Speakers

Friday May 24, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Empire C

5:30pm

Midwest Conquest Kill Team Tournament
Kill Team is coming to UnderCon and the Midwest Conquest!

Read the Event Packet!
Event tickets are $10 each, and are available from the UnderCon 2019 website, as well as single-day passes to UnderCon.

Friday May 24, 2019 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Gilham Hall

6:00pm

Miniature Paint-And-Take
Learn the basics of miniature painting in this hands-on event, and you get to keep your work when you are finished!

Friday May 24, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Gilham Hall

6:00pm

Midwest Conquest Knight Joust
The Knight Joust is a team event where each player takes command of a single Imperial Knight Titan and pilots it to death or glory!
When:
  • Friday, May 24th.
  • Start: 6:00pm
  • Finish: When one knight surveys the field of battles, and sees no survivors (around 10:00)
Knight Guidelines:
  1. Bring one fully painted Knight. Unpainted Knights instantaneously explode apocalyptically when placed in the arena and scatter directly onto their nearest ally!
  2. Any unit with the TITANIC keyword under PL30 is allowed, including all Forge World variants
Format:
  1. All players will be initially grouped into random teams.
  2. Each team will play another team in the arena with the winning team members advancing into the next round of combat!
  3. Teams will be reconfigured until only two Knights remain, and of them, one is left standing to be crowned the King of Knights!
  4. Each battle is to the death! There are no mission objectives!
Tickets are $5 each, and are available from the UnderCon 2019 website. May the best pilot win!

Friday May 24, 2019 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Gilham Hall

7:00pm

Opening Ceremonies
Speakers
avatar for Rosemary Williams

Rosemary Williams

Rosemary Williams is a fangirl and all-around nerd who resides in Olathe, KS with her husband and their two dogs. She is also this year's Convention Chair, which is proof enough that she's completely mad. She is not, alas, a scientist, though there is a greater than zero chance she... Read More →
avatar for Timothy Zahn

Timothy Zahn

Timothy Zahn is the best-selling author of a dozen novels in the Star Wars expanded universe, notably those featuring Grand Admiral Thrawn. His work also includes the Blackcollar and Conquerors trilogies, the Cobra series, and the Dragonback series for young adults.Zahn was born in... Read More →
avatar for Charles Urbach

Charles Urbach

Charles Urbach is a writer and colored pencil artist with more than two decades of work in design, publishing, and illustration. His work includes miniatures designs for Wizkids: Heroclix, illustrations for “Magic: The Gathering,” “Star Wars,” “Legend of the Five Rings... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Chicago

7:00pm

Original Edition D&D
Dungeons & Dragons Original Edition - Role Playing Game

If you've ever wondered it was like to play the original version of D&D, back when it was brand new, this is your chance to check it out. Your DM will help you quickly generate and equip a low-level character, then set up the adventure and get you going. The party will work their way through a pre-set module from back then, and hopefully complete the mission before time runs out.

Friday May 24, 2019 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Gilham Hall

8:00pm

Registration
Friday May 24, 2019 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Room 3425

8:30pm

Mad Science Doomsday Device
Split off into teams and build your own Mad Science Doomsday Device out of an assortment of components and your own deliciously deranged imaginations! We'll be displaying them in the Dealer Hall for the convention masses to vote on their favorite; the winning team will be announced at Closing Ceremonies!

Speakers
avatar for Rosemary Williams

Rosemary Williams

Rosemary Williams is a fangirl and all-around nerd who resides in Olathe, KS with her husband and their two dogs. She is also this year's Convention Chair, which is proof enough that she's completely mad. She is not, alas, a scientist, though there is a greater than zero chance she... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Empire C

8:30pm

Word Brew
An open mic hour of SFF readings at the bar. Gather with friends and listen to different SFF authors while hanging out. 

Friday May 24, 2019 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Consuite

8:30pm

Short Film Festival
We have assembled some of the best and the strangest short films from around the world to showcase at our festival. All of these films have been chosen specifically because of their genre – fantasy, science fiction, and horror. These films will be shown at 8:30 PM on Friday and Saturday so please come by and check out the films. Warning – These films may contain content not suitable for children. All of these films are unrated.

Speakers

Friday May 24, 2019 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Benton

10:00pm

Anime Thrillers!
Afraid Of The Dark? Check under your bed at night? After our panel of the most terrifying anime out there you won't leave feeling the same. We're going to discuss, talk about, and show you some of the scariest things out there in Anime with a bit of our own flavor added throughout the panel. Be sure to bring your Teddy Bears and Flashlights to protect you!

Speakers
avatar for Aubyrn

Aubyrn

Born and Raised in Kc. Been part of the Convention community sense '07, but a fan of gaming, anime & music sense before I was even in school. I've been running Panels at conventions sense 2014 without stop.Later in life was diagnosed with Adult Autism and born with Low Vision I just... Read More →


Friday May 24, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Benton
 
Saturday, May 25
 

8:00am

Midwest Conquest Check-in
Registration and check-in for Day 1 of the Midwest Conquest GT, Friendly, and Horus Hersey events

Saturday May 25, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Gilham Hall

8:00am

Consuite
Saturday May 25, 2019 8:00am - Sunday May 26, 2019 2:00am
Rooms 3221 and 3222

8:30am

Registration
Saturday May 25, 2019 8:30am - 6:00pm
Terrace

9:00am

Midwest Conquest Round One
Midwest Conquest GT Round 1/Friendly Round 1

Saturday May 25, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Gilham Hall

9:00am

Horus Heresy Narrative Event - Day 1
The Taking of Phyrix: STEPPES OF PERDITION
The Steppes of Perdition consists of the planetary body Perdition and its moons Proteus and Yemeni. While quite fertile and verdant, the moons serve as a rose crown on a fetid skull. A desolate reminder of the age of darkness, Perdition is an irradiated wasteland. Blast craters stretching beyond the horizon, wreckage from the dark ages and golden age of technology repeatedly wrested from the sands only to be buried again in the next storm.
The communications relay located on Proteus, and the data-processing hubstation and archaeotech reclamation facility of Yemeni are the primary focus of the loyalist attack; yet there may be an even greater prize residing on Perdition.
With sandstorms raging on the planets’ surface, an even greater storm of steel and fire erupts as loyalist forces launch their attack on the traitor forces securing the moons. As death comes once more to the Steppes of Perdition, a bygone life, an ancient power begins to wake beneath the surface of Perdition.
What stalks this hallowed hellscape – and who shall incite the true fury of Phyrix?
Legion-on-legion battle in the 31st millenium is coming to UnderCon and the Midwest Conquest! This event is a continuation of the Taking of Phyrix campaign that has been running at gaming conventions across the Midwest. However, previous experience in the campaign is not required! For more information about the campaign, as well as pictures from past events, check out The Taking of Phyrix 30K group on Facebook.


Saturday May 25, 2019 9:00am - 6:00pm
Gilham Hall

9:00am

Open Gaming
Open gaming! Play any game from the UnderCon gaming liberary!
Games for all ages and interests!

Open to all Conquest and UnderCon attendees.




Saturday May 25, 2019 9:00am - 11:00pm
Gilham Hall

10:00am

Reading: Byzantine
30 minute reading of new fiction by Holly Messinger

Speakers
avatar for Holly Messinger

Holly Messinger

Fashion, Fiction, and Hand-to-Hand Combat
Holly Messinger is a writer, costumer, and martial artist who enjoys silk dresses, edged weapons, and semicolons. She is the author of the weird western, The Curse of Jacob Tracy, and her short fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Baen's Universe.


Saturday May 25, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
Northrup

10:00am

Costuming from Scratch
Share ideas and concepts of costuming on a budget from items gotten at yard sales, thrift stores and E-bay. Discuss conception, materials and construction. Also suggest ideas once the costume is complete on presentation and venues.

Moderators
BP

Bethany Padron Zensunni St. James

Bethany Padron has been costuming since the early 2000's and earned a Masters Degree in Costume Technology from the University of North Carolina School of the arts and is currently the Costume Studio Manager for the University of South Dakota. She teaches costume history, technology... Read More →

Speakers
MH

Micah Hyatt

Micah Hyatt's work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Deep Magic, Little Blue Marble, and others. He began writing novels and short stories at the age of sixteen, but it would be over a decade before he wrote anything worth reading. To pay the bills, he found work as a train conductor... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Chouteau

10:00am

Debunking Gaming Myths
Do games make you more violent? Is gaming inherently damaging or a waste of time? We'll discuss the truth (or lack thereof) behind common myths about gaming and gamers, including what studies have shown and what they have not.

Moderators
BB

Brent Bowen

Turned onto reading at an early age–the product of bible stories given as punishment for stealing candy from a drug store–Brent Bowen devours books of all genres. Since then, Brent’s first paid, published story was a tweet (per word it’s a pretty good gig), and he’s studied... Read More →

Speakers
MC

Madeline Clark "Maddie"

Maddie spends her time writing short horror and fantasy stories and painting Kindness Rocks. Her philosophy on writing consists of two rules: 1. Never, ever kill the dog! And 2. You can't break the rules of writing until you understand the rules of writing.
avatar for Stephanie Sullivan

Stephanie Sullivan

NaNoWriMo Liason, NaNoWriMo
Stephanie grew up in a household of gamers, and her biggest struggle was squeezing in time to play herself around the three other folks in her home who played. In high school, a friend brought her into the world of tabletop roleplaying games, and she hasn’t looked back. Her essay... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Fremont

10:00am

Myth and World-Building of J.R.R. Tolkien
This panel will focus on the life of J.R.R. Tolkien and how he constructed the themes, descriptions, etc., behind Middle-earth. Influence on other media will also be discussed.

Speakers
RP

Robbie Park

Robbie Park is the president of the local Tolkien Society of Kansas City. She lectures on Tolkien at Mid-Continent Public Libraries and recently spoke at Oxonmoot on the subject.


Saturday May 25, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Benton

10:00am

High Fantasy
For many readers, fantasy was one of the first genres that led them to a love of books. From Lord of the Rings to Dungeons and Dragons to Harry Potter, these beloved fantasies were experienced over and over. Fantasy and magic can also spawn everything from sorcery to the paranormal, and swords to urban environments. Our panelists will discuss their favorite fantasy worlds, new and old.

Moderators
Speakers
RC

Rob Chilson

Rob Chilson has published half a dozen novels and over 70 shorter pieces, though none recently. Though best known for hard-SF (despite a lack of scientific education), he also writes the occasional fantasy, trying to avoid the hackneyed. He has not missed a ConQuest since 1978, appearing... Read More →
avatar for Sara Kincaid

Sara Kincaid

Sara Kincaid may live in Kansas City, but her stories venture across time and through different worlds. Visit her website for more information and to check out her blog and books: www.writervsworld.com


Saturday May 25, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Empire A

10:00am

Remembering Stan Lee
Fellow fans remember the life and legacy of the legendary Stan Lee. Starting with the Fantastic Four for Marvel Comics in 1961, Stan (together with fellow co-creators, artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, et al.) brought to life the Hulk, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, and our favorite neighborhood Spider-Man!

Moderators
Speakers
RW

Robin Wayne Bailey

Robin Wayne Bailey is the author of numerous novels, including the FROST series, the DRAGONKIN trilogy, the BROTHERS OF THE DRAGON trilogy, the Fritz Leiber -inspired SWORDS AGAINST THE SHADOWLAND and more. He hassldo authored nearly two hundred short stories and two books of poetry... Read More →
PS

Patrick Stutzman

Patrick has always enjoyed writing and literature, even during those long, laborious essays required throughout his education. Evidence of his desire for writing began in the fifth grade, when he wrote and directed a play for his class. In 2005, Patrick traveled to Gen Con to become... Read More →
WM

Wm. Mark Simmons

(William) Mark Simmons is the author or 8 fantasy & science fiction novels. Baen Books has just released A Witch in Time, the 5th in the Half/Life series, that began with One Foot in the Grave in 1996 and brings closure to his beleaguered semi-undead protagonist. He was the Interfilk... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Empire B

10:00am

Story in a Bag
Write a story in an hour! Draw random plot and character elements out of a bag and be creative! Stories that have all the required elements and format will be posted in the ConSuite (without names!) where they can be read and voted on. Winners will be announced at Closing Ceremonies.

Speakers
SD

Sherri Dean

Sherri Dean, yr Feisty Mistress of Fear is a Jack-o-lantern of all trades and Monster of none. She is a published author and cover artist most recently through Yard Dog Press. She is also a costumer, Masquerade emcee, cover model and singer (check out Bland Lemon and the Lemonades... Read More →
avatar for Paula Helm Murray

Paula Helm Murray

Paula Helm Murray's stories have appeared in Sword and Sorceress IV and VIII, Spells of Wonder, MZB's Fantasy Magazine and Eldritch Tales. She is currently working on several very different writing projects as well as working a full time ‘day’ job. She lives in Kansas City with... Read More →
avatar for Allison Stein

Allison Stein

Author, Artist, Geek Princess, Cat Servant... Not Necessarily In That Order, Author & Artist
Allison Stein is an artist, author, TV addict, geek princess, and cat servant — not necessarily in that order. Look for her watercolors and mixed media originals in the art show and her award-winning short fiction with Yard Dog Press and NobleFusion Press. Allison is a member of... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Empire C

10:00am

Munchkin
Munchkin - Card Game

Go down in the dungeon. Kill everything you meet. Backstab your friends and steal their stuff. Grab the treasure and run.

Come play the classic Munchkin card game with an official Steve Jackson games MiB


Saturday May 25, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
Gilham Hall

10:00am

Art Show
Saturday May 25, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm
New York

10:00am

Benefit Auction
Saturday May 25, 2019 10:00am - 6:00pm
San Francisco

10:00am

Dealers' Room
Saturday May 25, 2019 10:00am - 6:00pm
Atlanta

10:00am

Bolt Action Tournament
World War Two wargaming comes to UnderCon!
Each player should bring a 1,000-point army built using the standard Reinforced Platoon force structure. All attendees will receive a prize – no one goes away empty-handed!
$20 entry fee required, available for purchase during registration. 16 players maximum.

Saturday May 25, 2019 10:00am - 6:00pm
Gilham Hall

10:00am

Network Gaming
Saturday May 25, 2019 10:00am - Sunday May 26, 2019 12:00am
Van Horn A

10:30am

Reading - Sean Demory
Speakers
avatar for Sean Demory

Sean Demory

Founder, Pine Float Press
Sean Demory is an author of short fiction and the founder of Pine Float Press. His work has been included on the recommended reading list for Locus Magazine and has received honorable mention in the Best Horror of the Year, a fact that he’ll milk as long as possible. He is currently... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am
Northrup

11:00am

Star Wars Legion Tournament
Star Wars Legion  miniatures Tournament

2 2 hour swiss round 800 point basic structure, relaxed teir, fixed terrain
Players are responsible for bringing all game components they need to play. See FFG tournament regulations* 

Contact Matthew Overstreet (thalandar01@gmail.com) for more information

Saturday May 25, 2019 11:00am - 5:00pm
Gilham Hall

11:30am

Reading - Robin Wayne Bailey
Speakers
RW

Robin Wayne Bailey

Robin Wayne Bailey is the author of numerous novels, including the FROST series, the DRAGONKIN trilogy, the BROTHERS OF THE DRAGON trilogy, the Fritz Leiber -inspired SWORDS AGAINST THE SHADOWLAND and more. He hassldo authored nearly two hundred short stories and two books of poetry... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
Northrup

11:30am

Making Art  for Tabletop Games
A discussion of the process of how illustrations are made for tabletop gaming.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Urbach

Charles Urbach

Charles Urbach is a writer and colored pencil artist with more than two decades of work in design, publishing, and illustration. His work includes miniatures designs for Wizkids: Heroclix, illustrations for “Magic: The Gathering,” “Star Wars,” “Legend of the Five Rings... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Chouteau

11:30am

Toxic Fandom - What's Going On?
From the Star Wars fans who hate the newer films, to Doctor Who fans who hate the fact that the Doctor is a woman, to Star Trek fans who say that The Orville is 'real Trek' and Discovery isn't -- there's a problem in fandom. People can't seem to live and let live, and are taking out increasingly toxic vendettas online. Boycotts, harassment, and worse. What can we do to fix it?

Moderators
avatar for Rosemary Williams

Rosemary Williams

Rosemary Williams is a fangirl and all-around nerd who resides in Olathe, KS with her husband and their two dogs. She is also this year's Convention Chair, which is proof enough that she's completely mad. She is not, alas, a scientist, though there is a greater than zero chance she... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tyrell Gephardt

Tyrell Gephardt

Tyrell Gephardt has been a lifelong fan of the genre and of fandom. He is a writer and a home organizing consultant. He enjoys reading and watching a wide range of stories from high fantasy to hard science fiction and is willing to talk about those and everything in between. He also... Read More →
SD

Sherri Dean

Sherri Dean, yr Feisty Mistress of Fear is a Jack-o-lantern of all trades and Monster of none. She is a published author and cover artist most recently through Yard Dog Press. She is also a costumer, Masquerade emcee, cover model and singer (check out Bland Lemon and the Lemonades... Read More →
avatar for Carol Doms

Carol Doms

Carol Doms, supports here fannish habits with her mundane job as a traveling librarian (Account Services Manager) for a Library product and services company. She has been a long time SF&F fan,(books, TV & movies) that found her way to fandom via attending her first Dr Who convention... Read More →
WS

William Schlichter

William Schlichter is an award-winning screenwriter and author specializing in science fiction and the phantasmagorical world of the undead. His popular No Room in Hell and Silver Dragon Chronicles series are fan favorites, and he enjoys spending time on the convention circuit. His... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Van Horn C

11:30am

Gateway Games: How to Get Your Friends Into Gaming
Do you have friends who don’t know anything about playing board or card games?  Would you like to be able to draw them into gaming?  Come to this panel and find out about the best games to start off teaching newbies that will help encourage them to join the hobby.

Moderators
avatar for Guy Anthony De Marco

Guy Anthony De Marco

Author, Editor, Publisher, Evil Brain Trust, LTD
Guy Anthony De Marco is a speculative fiction author; a Graphic Novel Bram Stoker® and Scribe Award finalist; winner of the HWA Silver Hammer Award; a prolific short story and flash fiction crafter; a novelist; a poet; an invisible man with superhero powers; a game writer; a disabled... Read More →

Speakers
MC

Madeline Clark "Maddie"

Maddie spends her time writing short horror and fantasy stories and painting Kindness Rocks. Her philosophy on writing consists of two rules: 1. Never, ever kill the dog! And 2. You can't break the rules of writing until you understand the rules of writing.
PS

Patrick Stutzman

Patrick has always enjoyed writing and literature, even during those long, laborious essays required throughout his education. Evidence of his desire for writing began in the fifth grade, when he wrote and directed a play for his class. In 2005, Patrick traveled to Gen Con to become... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Fremont

11:30am

Dystopian Fiction's role in modern politics
Since the election of Donald Trump, Dystopian Fiction has shown a sharp rise in popularity. It is being used by both the right and the left to illustrate and highlight many points of view on topics ranging from nuclear proliferation, EMP attacks, Global Warming, Socialism, Totalitarianism and diversity. Traditional books such as 1984 and Animal Farm have sold millions of copies and new players including political activists are turning to this genre to highlight their point of view. A brief history and some current examples will be highlighted and it's effectiveness and backlash will be discussed with a moderator that will work diligently to not take sides on any political point of view. If the range is too broad, it can be limited to a single topic such as global climate change.

Moderators
avatar for Jan S. Gephardt

Jan S. Gephardt

It, Artdog Studio
Jan S. Gephardt is a writer, artist, and longtime science fiction fan. Her debut sf novel, “What’s Bred in the Bone,” debuted this May from Weird Sisters Publishing. She is now hard at work on the second of the Bones Trilogy, “A Bone to Pick” (hopefully available by the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Claire Ashgrove

Claire Ashgrove

Author, Claire Ashgrove
Building on a background of fantasy game design, a fascination with history, and a lifetime love of books, award-winning author Claire Ashgrove brings to life action-filled, passionate journeys of the heart. Most noteably known for her involvement in the romance community, she writes... Read More →
avatar for Sara Kincaid

Sara Kincaid

Sara Kincaid may live in Kansas City, but her stories venture across time and through different worlds. Visit her website for more information and to check out her blog and books: www.writervsworld.com
avatar for Lynette M Burrows

Lynette M Burrows

Lynette M. Burrows enjoys coffee, the pleasure of real books, and the crack of a nine-millimeter, not necessarily all at the same time—although they all appear in her stories. Her stories deal with empowerment and survival. They span space and time. The White Box stories, her collaborations... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Empire A

11:30am

American Gods: Perspectives
American Gods, the Neil Gaiman novel, has enthralled readers and, now, viewers, with its modern embodiments of deities and concepts. Panelists share their perspectives on the novel and the series.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Sean Demory

Sean Demory

Founder, Pine Float Press
Sean Demory is an author of short fiction and the founder of Pine Float Press. His work has been included on the recommended reading list for Locus Magazine and has received honorable mention in the Best Horror of the Year, a fact that he’ll milk as long as possible. He is currently... Read More →
avatar for Nathaniel Williams

Nathaniel Williams

Nathaniel Williams was born in Kansas City and currently operates out of California, teaching professional writing and literature at UC Davis. He is the author of Gears and God: Technocratic Fiction, Faith, and Empire in Mark Twain’s America (U of Alabama Press, 2018) and many academic... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Empire B

11:30am

MCU: A Discussion
Celebrating 10 plus years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Launching in 2008 with Iron Man, the MCU has brought comic book adaptations to a whole new level. This panel will be a moderated discussion on the MCU's humble beginnings, decade long ambition building toward Infinity War, and it's potential future.

Moderators
Speakers
BP

Bethany Padron Zensunni St. James

Bethany Padron has been costuming since the early 2000's and earned a Masters Degree in Costume Technology from the University of North Carolina School of the arts and is currently the Costume Studio Manager for the University of South Dakota. She teaches costume history, technology... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Benton

11:30am

Story & Structure
Learn best practices from a national bestselling and Hugo-nominated editor and author. Bryan Thomas Schmidt writes novels, has edited 13 anthologies (3 of them bestsellers), and has a novel in development as a motion picture at a major studio.

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
A national bestselling and Hugo-nominated editor, author, and screenwriter, Bryan Thomas Schmidt has written or edited novels including The Saga of Davi Rhii Trilogy, The Martian by Andy Weir, and entries in the Predator, X-Files, Monster Hunter International, Joe Ledger, and Decipher’s... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Empire C

12:00pm

Reading - Wm. Mark Simmons
Speakers
WM

Wm. Mark Simmons

(William) Mark Simmons is the author or 8 fantasy & science fiction novels. Baen Books has just released A Witch in Time, the 5th in the Half/Life series, that began with One Foot in the Grave in 1996 and brings closure to his beleaguered semi-undead protagonist. He was the Interfilk... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Northrup

12:00pm

Midwest Conquest Lunch Break/Paint Judging
One hour break between rounds for lunch and paint judging.

Saturday May 25, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Gilham Hall

12:00pm

Port Royal
Port Royal - Card Game

The merchant players in Port Royal are trying to earn as much as they can out of the Caribbean Sea, but if they set their goals too high, they might take home nothing for the day.

Saturday May 25, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Gilham Hall

12:00pm

Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition
Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition - Role Playing Game

The core of D&D is storytelling. You and your friends tell a story together, guiding your heroes through quests for treasure, battles with deadly foes, daring rescues, courtly intrigue, and much more. 

Rumors abound of a map that leads to a treasure of unimaginable value. When chance drops the map into your hands, you have the chance to become wealthy beyond your wildest dreams. But you’re not the only ones with that dream. The chase is on. Part One of the Umbral Aristocracy Trilogy. A 2-4 Hour Adventure for Tier 1 Characters. Optimized for APL 3.

Saturday May 25, 2019 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Gilham Hall

12:00pm

Minneapolis By Night
Vampire Requiem 2nd Edition - Roleplaying Session

18 and up only

You’re not human tonight… Maybe I never was or ever will be… Maybe we all get like this in the cold half-lit world where always the wrong thing happens and never the right. …you’re not human tonight. - Raymond Chandler, The Little Sister

Saturday May 25, 2019 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Gilham Hall

12:00pm

Red Dragon Inn
"You and your adventuring companions have spent all day slogging through the Dungeon, killing monsters and taking their stuff. Now you’re back in town, healed up, cleaned up, and ready to party at the Red Dragon Inn.  Drink, gamble, and roughhouse with your friends. But don’t forget to keep an eye on your Gold. If you run out, you’ll have to spend the night in the stables. Oh… and try not to get too beaten up or too drunk. If you black out, your friends will continue the party without you… after they loot your body for Gold of course!  The last conscious adventurer with Gold wins the game!  Take on the role of heroic fantasy adventurers and enjoy an evening at the Red Dragon Inn!"  

This is a card based game where you try and knock other players out by playing "action" cards from a hand of cards. You then "order a drink" and hand someone a card from the drink deck. You get to flip a drink from your personal drink pile and if possible try and avoid the resulting effect.  Your character mat has two counters on it that if they ever meet, you are knocked out of the game. You also have a set amount of starting money and you are knocked out if you run out of said money.

Saturday May 25, 2019 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Gilham Hall

12:00pm

X-Wing Hyperspace Tournament
X-Wing Miniatures Game 

We welcome all to our first X-Wing Hyperspace Tournament at UnderCon. This tournament will use hyperspace rules, with all squadrons being built to 200 points.
Prizes include:
  • UnderCon 2019 Movement Templates for the top 4 players
  • Sets of 5 Force Tokens for the top 8 players
  • Sets of 5 Charge Tokens for the top 16 players
  • Sets of 5 Focus Tokens for all players
All prizes are from Curled Paw Creatives.
Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased during registration.

Saturday May 25, 2019 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Gilham Hall

12:00pm

Masquerade Tech/Rehearsal/Judging
A meeting for Masquerade participants that will continue on throughout the day with individual rehearsal time slots for the contestants, and a place for craftsmanship judging

Saturday May 25, 2019 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Chicago

1:00pm

Reading - Brent Bowen
Speakers
BB

Brent Bowen

Turned onto reading at an early age–the product of bible stories given as punishment for stealing candy from a drug store–Brent Bowen devours books of all genres. Since then, Brent’s first paid, published story was a tweet (per word it’s a pretty good gig), and he’s studied... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Northrup

1:00pm

Being an Adult Fan of LEGO (AFOL)
Three or four AFOL's describe why they still build with LEGO and provide resources for joining the community.

Speakers

Saturday May 25, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Benton

1:00pm

Kansas City Costumers'Guild Meetup
Learn more about the local chapter of the International Costumers' Guild at this informal Meetup. We welcome costume enthusiasts of all interests and skill levels to join us as we plan social and educational Costuming activities.



Saturday May 25, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chouteau

1:00pm

How to Run an RPG
Join us and our panelists discuss the do's and don'ts of running your own tabletop role-playing game. It does not matter if you are new or experienced in gaming, there is always something to learn. As always, roll well.

Moderators
avatar for Sean Demory

Sean Demory

Founder, Pine Float Press
Sean Demory is an author of short fiction and the founder of Pine Float Press. His work has been included on the recommended reading list for Locus Magazine and has received honorable mention in the Best Horror of the Year, a fact that he’ll milk as long as possible. He is currently... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Aubyrn

Aubyrn

Born and Raised in Kc. Been part of the Convention community sense '07, but a fan of gaming, anime & music sense before I was even in school. I've been running Panels at conventions sense 2014 without stop.Later in life was diagnosed with Adult Autism and born with Low Vision I just... Read More →
avatar for Guy Anthony De Marco

Guy Anthony De Marco

Author, Editor, Publisher, Evil Brain Trust, LTD
Guy Anthony De Marco is a speculative fiction author; a Graphic Novel Bram Stoker® and Scribe Award finalist; winner of the HWA Silver Hammer Award; a prolific short story and flash fiction crafter; a novelist; a poet; an invisible man with superhero powers; a game writer; a disabled... Read More →
WM

Wm. Mark Simmons

(William) Mark Simmons is the author or 8 fantasy & science fiction novels. Baen Books has just released A Witch in Time, the 5th in the Half/Life series, that began with One Foot in the Grave in 1996 and brings closure to his beleaguered semi-undead protagonist. He was the Interfilk... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Fremont

1:00pm

Super Kitty Bug Slap, Simon’s Cat the Card Game, & Conspiracy Theory
Various - Card Games
Players choose which of these fast paced, fun card games to learn and play with Steve Jackson MiB Bil Thompson

Saturday May 25, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Gilham Hall

1:00pm

An Hour with Timothy Zahn
Join author Timothy Zahn as he answers questions the audience may have.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Timothy Zahn

Timothy Zahn

Timothy Zahn is the best-selling author of a dozen novels in the Star Wars expanded universe, notably those featuring Grand Admiral Thrawn. His work also includes the Blackcollar and Conquerors trilogies, the Cobra series, and the Dragonback series for young adults.Zahn was born in... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Empire B

1:00pm

Toxic Tropes
Storytelling, whether in written form or full performance, is full of common tropes that we've come to accept as a society. The problem is that many of these tropes range from mildly disturbing to full-on psychotic behaviors if these stories were real. Let's analyze common story tropes, discuss their impacts on public consciousness, and see if there might be a better way.

Moderators
avatar for Jan S. Gephardt

Jan S. Gephardt

It, Artdog Studio
Jan S. Gephardt is a writer, artist, and longtime science fiction fan. Her debut sf novel, “What’s Bred in the Bone,” debuted this May from Weird Sisters Publishing. She is now hard at work on the second of the Bones Trilogy, “A Bone to Pick” (hopefully available by the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Gerrib

Christopher Gerrib

Chris Gerrib admits to being a bit obsessed with Mars, but in a healthy way – all three books of his Pirate Series are set on Mars. Chris lives in the Chicago suburbs and still has a day job in IT. He holds degrees in history and business from the University of Illinois and Southern... Read More →
RC

Rob Chilson

Rob Chilson has published half a dozen novels and over 70 shorter pieces, though none recently. Though best known for hard-SF (despite a lack of scientific education), he also writes the occasional fantasy, trying to avoid the hackneyed. He has not missed a ConQuest since 1978, appearing... Read More →
WS

William Schlichter

William Schlichter is an award-winning screenwriter and author specializing in science fiction and the phantasmagorical world of the undead. His popular No Room in Hell and Silver Dragon Chronicles series are fan favorites, and he enjoys spending time on the convention circuit. His... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Van Horn C

1:00pm

Is 13 an unlucky number for Dr Who?
Much was made of Dr Who first female Doctor. But did the 11th season did wrong by her. Panelists discussed the good, bad and ugly of the newest incarnation of the Doctor

Moderators
avatar for Carol Doms

Carol Doms

Carol Doms, supports here fannish habits with her mundane job as a traveling librarian (Account Services Manager) for a Library product and services company. She has been a long time SF&F fan,(books, TV & movies) that found her way to fandom via attending her first Dr Who convention... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Allison Stein

Allison Stein

Author, Artist, Geek Princess, Cat Servant... Not Necessarily In That Order, Author & Artist
Allison Stein is an artist, author, TV addict, geek princess, and cat servant — not necessarily in that order. Look for her watercolors and mixed media originals in the art show and her award-winning short fiction with Yard Dog Press and NobleFusion Press. Allison is a member of... Read More →
MC

Madeline Clark "Maddie"

Maddie spends her time writing short horror and fantasy stories and painting Kindness Rocks. Her philosophy on writing consists of two rules: 1. Never, ever kill the dog! And 2. You can't break the rules of writing until you understand the rules of writing.
avatar for Nathaniel Williams

Nathaniel Williams

Nathaniel Williams was born in Kansas City and currently operates out of California, teaching professional writing and literature at UC Davis. He is the author of Gears and God: Technocratic Fiction, Faith, and Empire in Mark Twain’s America (U of Alabama Press, 2018) and many academic... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Empire A

1:00pm

The Gentle Art of Writing Fight Scenes
Get solid advice for writing fight scenes, with special attention to techniques used by smaller fighters, using ambient weapons, and negotiating period clothing.

Speakers
avatar for Holly Messinger

Holly Messinger

Fashion, Fiction, and Hand-to-Hand Combat
Holly Messinger is a writer, costumer, and martial artist who enjoys silk dresses, edged weapons, and semicolons. She is the author of the weird western, The Curse of Jacob Tracy, and her short fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Baen's Universe.


Saturday May 25, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Empire C

1:00pm

Midwest Conquest Round Two
Midwest Conquest GT Round 2/Friendly Round 2

Saturday May 25, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Gilham Hall

1:30pm

Reading - Chris McKitterick

Saturday May 25, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Northrup

2:00pm

Art Show Meet and Greet with Charles Urbach
Saturday May 25, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
New York

2:00pm

Smash Up
Smash Up - Board Game

The "shufflebuilding" game Smash Up begins with a simple premise: take the 20-card decks of two factions, shuffle them into a deck of forty cards, then compete to crush more Bases than your opponents!

Saturday May 25, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Gilham Hall

2:00pm

Miniature Paint-And-Take
Learn the basics of miniature painting in this hands-on event, and you get to keep your work when you are finished!

Saturday May 25, 2019 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Gilham Hall

2:30pm

Reading - Micah Hyatt
Speakers
MH

Micah Hyatt

Micah Hyatt's work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Deep Magic, Little Blue Marble, and others. He began writing novels and short stories at the age of sixteen, but it would be over a decade before he wrote anything worth reading. To pay the bills, he found work as a train conductor... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Northrup

2:30pm

Gateway Anime
Never watched Anime but want to get into it but no idea where to start? Want some advice on good anime to get someone into anime? We'll give our opinions on some of your options out there ranging across all genre's and from popular known stuff, to hidden gems. The Audience can weigh their own opinions and ask what they think might be best for a friend.

Speakers
avatar for Aubyrn

Aubyrn

Born and Raised in Kc. Been part of the Convention community sense '07, but a fan of gaming, anime & music sense before I was even in school. I've been running Panels at conventions sense 2014 without stop.Later in life was diagnosed with Adult Autism and born with Low Vision I just... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Benton

2:30pm

How to Design Great Games
Anyone can create a board or card game: it doesn't cost much or require magical talents. But what separates really great, fun games from the ho-hum ones? What makes a good mechanic and a good theme? How do you come up with something cohesive that people want to play? How do you understand what your target audience might want?

Moderators
PS

Patrick Stutzman

Patrick has always enjoyed writing and literature, even during those long, laborious essays required throughout his education. Evidence of his desire for writing began in the fifth grade, when he wrote and directed a play for his class. In 2005, Patrick traveled to Gen Con to become... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Guy Anthony De Marco

Guy Anthony De Marco

Author, Editor, Publisher, Evil Brain Trust, LTD
Guy Anthony De Marco is a speculative fiction author; a Graphic Novel Bram Stoker® and Scribe Award finalist; winner of the HWA Silver Hammer Award; a prolific short story and flash fiction crafter; a novelist; a poet; an invisible man with superhero powers; a game writer; a disabled... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Fremont

2:30pm

Writing the Other
You want to write a character from a different ethnic background. But you don't want to get it wrong for fear of offending. Should you even try? In this panel, we'll discuss the concept of "Writing the Other" and thoughts on how to approach character while staying true to story.

Moderators
BB

Brent Bowen

Turned onto reading at an early age–the product of bible stories given as punishment for stealing candy from a drug store–Brent Bowen devours books of all genres. Since then, Brent’s first paid, published story was a tweet (per word it’s a pretty good gig), and he’s studied... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sean Demory

Sean Demory

Founder, Pine Float Press
Sean Demory is an author of short fiction and the founder of Pine Float Press. His work has been included on the recommended reading list for Locus Magazine and has received honorable mention in the Best Horror of the Year, a fact that he’ll milk as long as possible. He is currently... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
A national bestselling and Hugo-nominated editor, author, and screenwriter, Bryan Thomas Schmidt has written or edited novels including The Saga of Davi Rhii Trilogy, The Martian by Andy Weir, and entries in the Predator, X-Files, Monster Hunter International, Joe Ledger, and Decipher’s... Read More →
avatar for Holly Messinger

Holly Messinger

Fashion, Fiction, and Hand-to-Hand Combat
Holly Messinger is a writer, costumer, and martial artist who enjoys silk dresses, edged weapons, and semicolons. She is the author of the weird western, The Curse of Jacob Tracy, and her short fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Baen's Universe.


Saturday May 25, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Empire B

2:30pm

The Myth of the Mad Scientist
Despite a long history in fiction of solo geniuses making the ultimate breakthroughs in their basement labs, collaboration is necessary for scientific advancement. So why do we glorify the loner scientist trope? Can we make collaborative science feel equally heroic? How do we portray science being done realistically while still meeting the needs of the story?

Moderators
avatar for Jan S. Gephardt

Jan S. Gephardt

It, Artdog Studio
Jan S. Gephardt is a writer, artist, and longtime science fiction fan. Her debut sf novel, “What’s Bred in the Bone,” debuted this May from Weird Sisters Publishing. She is now hard at work on the second of the Bones Trilogy, “A Bone to Pick” (hopefully available by the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tyrell Gephardt

Tyrell Gephardt

Tyrell Gephardt has been a lifelong fan of the genre and of fandom. He is a writer and a home organizing consultant. He enjoys reading and watching a wide range of stories from high fantasy to hard science fiction and is willing to talk about those and everything in between. He also... Read More →
RW

Robin Wayne Bailey

Robin Wayne Bailey is the author of numerous novels, including the FROST series, the DRAGONKIN trilogy, the BROTHERS OF THE DRAGON trilogy, the Fritz Leiber -inspired SWORDS AGAINST THE SHADOWLAND and more. He hassldo authored nearly two hundred short stories and two books of poetry... Read More →
avatar for Sara Kincaid

Sara Kincaid

Sara Kincaid may live in Kansas City, but her stories venture across time and through different worlds. Visit her website for more information and to check out her blog and books: www.writervsworld.com
avatar for Lynette M Burrows

Lynette M Burrows

Lynette M. Burrows enjoys coffee, the pleasure of real books, and the crack of a nine-millimeter, not necessarily all at the same time—although they all appear in her stories. Her stories deal with empowerment and survival. They span space and time. The White Box stories, her collaborations... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Van Horn C

2:30pm

Star Wars: The Fans Awaken
Now that the Mouse has taken over Star Wars, is it turning it into a cash cow or are the future movies, tv series, books, games, cartoons going to rival the popularity of what we've seen in the past.

Moderators
WS

William Schlichter

William Schlichter is an award-winning screenwriter and author specializing in science fiction and the phantasmagorical world of the undead. His popular No Room in Hell and Silver Dragon Chronicles series are fan favorites, and he enjoys spending time on the convention circuit. His... Read More →

Speakers
WM

Wm. Mark Simmons

(William) Mark Simmons is the author or 8 fantasy & science fiction novels. Baen Books has just released A Witch in Time, the 5th in the Half/Life series, that began with One Foot in the Grave in 1996 and brings closure to his beleaguered semi-undead protagonist. He was the Interfilk... Read More →
avatar for Timothy Zahn

Timothy Zahn

Timothy Zahn is the best-selling author of a dozen novels in the Star Wars expanded universe, notably those featuring Grand Admiral Thrawn. His work also includes the Blackcollar and Conquerors trilogies, the Cobra series, and the Dragonback series for young adults.Zahn was born in... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Empire A

2:30pm

Silly Haiku
Let's have fun writing and sharing some nonsense haiku! For our purposes we'll adopt the convention of "haiku" as a three-line poem having five syllables in the first line, seven in the middle line and five on the last line. Family-friendly nonsense only, please!

Speakers
MC

M.C. Chambers

M.C. Chambers writes science fiction and fantasy. Her first novel, Shapers’ Veil, is published by Hadley Rille Books. Other stories published by Hadley Rille Books include Silk and Velvet in the anthology Renaissance Festival Tales, an award-winning science fiction story, Visual... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Empire C

4:00pm

Reading - Nathaniel Williams
Speakers
avatar for Nathaniel Williams

Nathaniel Williams

Nathaniel Williams was born in Kansas City and currently operates out of California, teaching professional writing and literature at UC Davis. He is the author of Gears and God: Technocratic Fiction, Faith, and Empire in Mark Twain’s America (U of Alabama Press, 2018) and many academic... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Northrup

4:00pm

Young Fans Discuss Anime
Find out what is popular in anime. Join some younger fans as they discuss their favorite anime.

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday May 25, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Benton

4:00pm

Trials, Tribulations & Triumphs of Being a Con-Artist
An introduction to selling art at conventions.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Urbach

Charles Urbach

Charles Urbach is a writer and colored pencil artist with more than two decades of work in design, publishing, and illustration. His work includes miniatures designs for Wizkids: Heroclix, illustrations for “Magic: The Gathering,” “Star Wars,” “Legend of the Five Rings... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Empire B

4:00pm

The Care and Feeding of Your Costumer
OMG I have a costume! OMG I'm at a convention! OMG... I'm overheating! Come learn health, safety, and self-care tips for convention costumers, from convention costumers.

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Old-d'Entremont

Jennifer Old-d'Entremont

Jennifer is an hobbyist costumer who enjoys the study and recreation of historical and ethnic dress. She works as a medical lab technologist to pay for the pretty, pretty fabric. Her soap box is empowering creative expression through costuming regardless of perceived limitations... Read More →

Speakers
JM

Jenna Merry

An artist and crafter that keeps dabbling into new mediums, has been making costumes long enough to actually know what she's doing now and a human who probably is running on too little sleep.
BP

Bethany Padron Zensunni St. James

Bethany Padron has been costuming since the early 2000's and earned a Masters Degree in Costume Technology from the University of North Carolina School of the arts and is currently the Costume Studio Manager for the University of South Dakota. She teaches costume history, technology... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Chouteau

4:00pm

Babylon 5 at 25
After the airing of the pilot in 1993, the first episode of BABYLON 5 aired in January of 1994 -- 25 years ago. We'll take a look at the series, which broke new ground in serialized TV series -- abandoning the weekly stand-alone episode for a fully-realized "novel for television", which has now become a standard.

Moderators
WS

William Schlichter

William Schlichter is an award-winning screenwriter and author specializing in science fiction and the phantasmagorical world of the undead. His popular No Room in Hell and Silver Dragon Chronicles series are fan favorites, and he enjoys spending time on the convention circuit. His... Read More →

Speakers
RW

Robin Wayne Bailey

Robin Wayne Bailey is the author of numerous novels, including the FROST series, the DRAGONKIN trilogy, the BROTHERS OF THE DRAGON trilogy, the Fritz Leiber -inspired SWORDS AGAINST THE SHADOWLAND and more. He hassldo authored nearly two hundred short stories and two books of poetry... Read More →
avatar for Allison Stein

Allison Stein

Author, Artist, Geek Princess, Cat Servant... Not Necessarily In That Order, Author & Artist
Allison Stein is an artist, author, TV addict, geek princess, and cat servant — not necessarily in that order. Look for her watercolors and mixed media originals in the art show and her award-winning short fiction with Yard Dog Press and NobleFusion Press. Allison is a member of... Read More →
avatar for Guy Anthony De Marco

Guy Anthony De Marco

Author, Editor, Publisher, Evil Brain Trust, LTD
Guy Anthony De Marco is a speculative fiction author; a Graphic Novel Bram Stoker® and Scribe Award finalist; winner of the HWA Silver Hammer Award; a prolific short story and flash fiction crafter; a novelist; a poet; an invisible man with superhero powers; a game writer; a disabled... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Empire A

4:00pm

The D&D Renaissance
Dungeons & Dragons, now in it's 5th Edition, is experiencing a renaissance in popularity not seen since the early 1980s, driving largely by the proliferation of live-streaming web shows of games, freeing people to learn how to play without having to know a local group. We'll talk about the current state of the game, some of the best web shows out there, and what they offer for new AND established players.

Moderators
avatar for Stephanie Sullivan

Stephanie Sullivan

NaNoWriMo Liason, NaNoWriMo
Stephanie grew up in a household of gamers, and her biggest struggle was squeezing in time to play herself around the three other folks in her home who played. In high school, a friend brought her into the world of tabletop roleplaying games, and she hasn’t looked back. Her essay... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Aubyrn

Aubyrn

Born and Raised in Kc. Been part of the Convention community sense '07, but a fan of gaming, anime & music sense before I was even in school. I've been running Panels at conventions sense 2014 without stop.Later in life was diagnosed with Adult Autism and born with Low Vision I just... Read More →
PS

Patrick Stutzman

Patrick has always enjoyed writing and literature, even during those long, laborious essays required throughout his education. Evidence of his desire for writing began in the fifth grade, when he wrote and directed a play for his class. In 2005, Patrick traveled to Gen Con to become... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Fremont

4:00pm

Turning Dreams into Stories
Creative people often gain inspiration from vivid dreams they have experienced. But dreams are rarely logical enough to be simply transcribed. Let's explore stories that have started as night dreams and how writers manage to wrangle these muses into their finished shapes.

Moderators
MC

M.C. Chambers

M.C. Chambers writes science fiction and fantasy. Her first novel, Shapers’ Veil, is published by Hadley Rille Books. Other stories published by Hadley Rille Books include Silk and Velvet in the anthology Renaissance Festival Tales, an award-winning science fiction story, Visual... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Claire Ashgrove

Claire Ashgrove

Author, Claire Ashgrove
Building on a background of fantasy game design, a fascination with history, and a lifetime love of books, award-winning author Claire Ashgrove brings to life action-filled, passionate journeys of the heart. Most noteably known for her involvement in the romance community, she writes... Read More →
avatar for Jan S. Gephardt

Jan S. Gephardt

It, Artdog Studio
Jan S. Gephardt is a writer, artist, and longtime science fiction fan. Her debut sf novel, “What’s Bred in the Bone,” debuted this May from Weird Sisters Publishing. She is now hard at work on the second of the Bones Trilogy, “A Bone to Pick” (hopefully available by the... Read More →
RC

Rob Chilson

Rob Chilson has published half a dozen novels and over 70 shorter pieces, though none recently. Though best known for hard-SF (despite a lack of scientific education), he also writes the occasional fantasy, trying to avoid the hackneyed. He has not missed a ConQuest since 1978, appearing... Read More →
BB

Brent Bowen

Turned onto reading at an early age–the product of bible stories given as punishment for stealing candy from a drug store–Brent Bowen devours books of all genres. Since then, Brent’s first paid, published story was a tweet (per word it’s a pretty good gig), and he’s studied... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Van Horn C

4:00pm

Munchkin Marvel
Munchkin Marvel fuses the classic card game fun of monster-slaying and role-playing with the most iconic characters from the Marvel universe.

Saturday May 25, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Gilham Hall

4:00pm

Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition
Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition - Role Playing Game

The core of D&D is storytelling. You and your friends tell a story together, guiding your heroes through quests for treasure, battles with deadly foes, daring rescues, courtly intrigue, and much more. 

Rumors abound of a map that leads to a treasure of unimaginable value. When chance drops the map into your hands, you have the chance to become wealthy beyond your wildest dreams. But you’re not the only ones with that dream. The chase is on. Part One of the Umbral Aristocracy Trilogy. A 2-4 Hour Adventure for Tier 1 Characters. Optimized for APL 3.

Saturday May 25, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gilham Hall

4:15pm

Midwest Conquest Round Three
Midwest Conquest GT Round 3/Friendly Round 3

Saturday May 25, 2019 4:15pm - 7:15pm
Gilham Hall

5:00pm

Art Auction
Saturday May 25, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Chouteau

5:30pm

Settlers of Mars, 500 Sols or Bust
Kids/Family Track. Resource management/sharing game aimed at family or independent acting kids where you have to gather enough resources by talking and sharing with your other settlers. Kids need to be independent readers, if acting alone.

Speakers

Saturday May 25, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Empire C

5:30pm

The Do's and Don'ts of Game Organization and Storage
Do you play lots of board, card, and role-playing games and have to carry around a lot of stuff? Would you like to learn about new and innovative ways to store and organize your game collection?

Moderators
Speakers
PS

Patrick Stutzman

Patrick has always enjoyed writing and literature, even during those long, laborious essays required throughout his education. Evidence of his desire for writing began in the fifth grade, when he wrote and directed a play for his class. In 2005, Patrick traveled to Gen Con to become... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Fremont

5:30pm

StarWars: Writing for a Galaxy Far, Far Away.
What are the challenges and rewards of writing in the Star Wars Universe?

Speakers
avatar for Timothy Zahn

Timothy Zahn

Timothy Zahn is the best-selling author of a dozen novels in the Star Wars expanded universe, notably those featuring Grand Admiral Thrawn. His work also includes the Blackcollar and Conquerors trilogies, the Cobra series, and the Dragonback series for young adults.Zahn was born in... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Empire B

5:30pm

Ask an Editor Anything
What really goes on behind the slush pile? Is there seriously any "Secret Smof Tricks" that will help get your manuscript to the contract table? And how do you find the right short story market for you? Real live editors lift the editorial curtain and answer your questions.

Moderators
BB

Brent Bowen

Turned onto reading at an early age–the product of bible stories given as punishment for stealing candy from a drug store–Brent Bowen devours books of all genres. Since then, Brent’s first paid, published story was a tweet (per word it’s a pretty good gig), and he’s studied... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
A national bestselling and Hugo-nominated editor, author, and screenwriter, Bryan Thomas Schmidt has written or edited novels including The Saga of Davi Rhii Trilogy, The Martian by Andy Weir, and entries in the Predator, X-Files, Monster Hunter International, Joe Ledger, and Decipher’s... Read More →
DH

Darren Hennessey

Darren Hennessey is the editor of "Bargains", an anthology of stories about striking deals with Gods, Demons, Faeries and all manner of supernatural outsiders, being released in May by Pine Float Press. Darren has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing so naturally he pursued... Read More →
avatar for Guy Anthony De Marco

Guy Anthony De Marco

Author, Editor, Publisher, Evil Brain Trust, LTD
Guy Anthony De Marco is a speculative fiction author; a Graphic Novel Bram Stoker® and Scribe Award finalist; winner of the HWA Silver Hammer Award; a prolific short story and flash fiction crafter; a novelist; a poet; an invisible man with superhero powers; a game writer; a disabled... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Empire A

5:30pm

Dammit Jim, where's the bathroom?
Science fiction glorifies the warp drive, photon torpedoes, force shields, tractor beams, anti-gravity suits, time travel. In contemporary space exploration, some of the biggest challenges are a bit more human in nature. How does modern tech address the basic biological needs of human space travelers, and how will that impact the future? Should we give this issue more attention in our science fiction?

Moderators
avatar for Jan S. Gephardt

Jan S. Gephardt

It, Artdog Studio
Jan S. Gephardt is a writer, artist, and longtime science fiction fan. Her debut sf novel, “What’s Bred in the Bone,” debuted this May from Weird Sisters Publishing. She is now hard at work on the second of the Bones Trilogy, “A Bone to Pick” (hopefully available by the... Read More →

Speakers
MC

M.C. Chambers

M.C. Chambers writes science fiction and fantasy. Her first novel, Shapers’ Veil, is published by Hadley Rille Books. Other stories published by Hadley Rille Books include Silk and Velvet in the anthology Renaissance Festival Tales, an award-winning science fiction story, Visual... Read More →
avatar for Lynette M Burrows

Lynette M Burrows

Lynette M. Burrows enjoys coffee, the pleasure of real books, and the crack of a nine-millimeter, not necessarily all at the same time—although they all appear in her stories. Her stories deal with empowerment and survival. They span space and time. The White Box stories, her collaborations... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Van Horn C

5:30pm

Cult TV: What makes a program Cult?
What makes a Cult TV series? What defines Cult TV and can a network set out to make a Cult TV series? Can the criteria be manufactured or does it just "happen?" The quintessential Cult TV series (according to David Lavery, editor of the book The Essential Cult TV Reader) was the original Star Trek – a series that was cancelled by NBC after threatening to pull the plug after each season – and later found, actually invented, Cult TV status in the dorm rooms of colleges and the halls of places like NASA. This panel will explore the Cult TV phenomenon from Absolutely Fabulous to The X-Files and all points inbetween!

Moderators
avatar for Carol Doms

Carol Doms

Carol Doms, supports here fannish habits with her mundane job as a traveling librarian (Account Services Manager) for a Library product and services company. She has been a long time SF&F fan,(books, TV & movies) that found her way to fandom via attending her first Dr Who convention... Read More →

Speakers
RW

Robin Wayne Bailey

Robin Wayne Bailey is the author of numerous novels, including the FROST series, the DRAGONKIN trilogy, the BROTHERS OF THE DRAGON trilogy, the Fritz Leiber -inspired SWORDS AGAINST THE SHADOWLAND and more. He hassldo authored nearly two hundred short stories and two books of poetry... Read More →
MC

Madeline Clark "Maddie"

Maddie spends her time writing short horror and fantasy stories and painting Kindness Rocks. Her philosophy on writing consists of two rules: 1. Never, ever kill the dog! And 2. You can't break the rules of writing until you understand the rules of writing.


Saturday May 25, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Benton

6:00pm

Munchkin Warhammer 40,000
In Munchkin Warhammer 40,000, you become an Ultramarine, Necron, Aeldari, Ork, Death Guard, or Tyranid. Make a Pilgimage to Holy Terra, use your Lasblaster, and of course you need More Dakka! Be vigilant; you might encounter the Sloppity Bilepiper, a Horror of Tzeentch, or even Mortarion himself!

Saturday May 25, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Gilham Hall

6:00pm

Magic: The Gathering – War of the Spark Draft
Magic: The Gathering

Nicol Bolas controls Ravnica. His army of Eternals run free and the guilds have descended into chaos.
Now only the combined power of the Planeswalkers stands between Bolas and total dominance over the Multiverse. It’s all-out war.
War of the Spark—the most ambitious Magic: The Gathering card set ever—features 36 Planeswalker cards and a cinematic story experience unlike anything Magic fans have seen before. Everything is at stake.
Will you join the fight?
$15 entry fee. Players will receive 3 packs of War of the Spark to draft a 40-card deck. Basic lands will be provided.

Saturday May 25, 2019 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Gilham Hall

7:00pm

Old Time Radio Horror vs Horror Podcasts Now
Like to listen to stories that make your heart race? ever hear an old 1940's Horror Radio show? Ever Listen to Podcasts that sound like they're something from Creepypasta? We examine the differences and similarities between scary old time radio shows versus internet horror podcasts now. We'll listen to a couple examples and for any fans old or new of either we'll hear what everyone's favorites are and maybe walk away with some new things to listen to.

Moderators
BB

Brent Bowen

Turned onto reading at an early age–the product of bible stories given as punishment for stealing candy from a drug store–Brent Bowen devours books of all genres. Since then, Brent’s first paid, published story was a tweet (per word it’s a pretty good gig), and he’s studied... Read More →

Speakers
RW

Robin Wayne Bailey

Robin Wayne Bailey is the author of numerous novels, including the FROST series, the DRAGONKIN trilogy, the BROTHERS OF THE DRAGON trilogy, the Fritz Leiber -inspired SWORDS AGAINST THE SHADOWLAND and more. He hassldo authored nearly two hundred short stories and two books of poetry... Read More →
avatar for Sean Demory

Sean Demory

Founder, Pine Float Press
Sean Demory is an author of short fiction and the founder of Pine Float Press. His work has been included on the recommended reading list for Locus Magazine and has received honorable mention in the Best Horror of the Year, a fact that he’ll milk as long as possible. He is currently... Read More →
avatar for Aubyrn

Aubyrn

Born and Raised in Kc. Been part of the Convention community sense '07, but a fan of gaming, anime & music sense before I was even in school. I've been running Panels at conventions sense 2014 without stop.Later in life was diagnosed with Adult Autism and born with Low Vision I just... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Fremont

7:00pm

Masquerade
Saturday May 25, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Chicago

8:30pm

So... what're YOU working on?
I would love to have a reading room with a rotating discussion in which creators get to sit for fifteen minutes and talk about their current project. Basically, have two seats at the front. One creator sits down, another one sits next to hir and says "So... what're you working on?" and then steps aside. After fifteen minutes of talking and q/a from the audience, another creators steps up and the process resets. It'd be a great ongoing thing.

Moderators
avatar for Sean Demory

Sean Demory

Founder, Pine Float Press
Sean Demory is an author of short fiction and the founder of Pine Float Press. His work has been included on the recommended reading list for Locus Magazine and has received honorable mention in the Best Horror of the Year, a fact that he’ll milk as long as possible. He is currently... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Claire Ashgrove

Claire Ashgrove

Author, Claire Ashgrove
Building on a background of fantasy game design, a fascination with history, and a lifetime love of books, award-winning author Claire Ashgrove brings to life action-filled, passionate journeys of the heart. Most noteably known for her involvement in the romance community, she writes... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
A national bestselling and Hugo-nominated editor, author, and screenwriter, Bryan Thomas Schmidt has written or edited novels including The Saga of Davi Rhii Trilogy, The Martian by Andy Weir, and entries in the Predator, X-Files, Monster Hunter International, Joe Ledger, and Decipher’s... Read More →
avatar for Holly Messinger

Holly Messinger

Fashion, Fiction, and Hand-to-Hand Combat
Holly Messinger is a writer, costumer, and martial artist who enjoys silk dresses, edged weapons, and semicolons. She is the author of the weird western, The Curse of Jacob Tracy, and her short fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Baen's Universe.


Saturday May 25, 2019 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Van Horn C

8:30pm

Short Film Festival
We have assembled some of the best and the strangest short films from around the world to showcase at our festival. All of these films have been chosen specifically because of their genre – fantasy, science fiction, and horror. These films will be shown at 8:30 PM on Friday and Saturday so please come by and check out the films. Warning – These films may contain content not suitable for children. All of these films are unrated.

Speakers

Saturday May 25, 2019 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Benton

10:00pm

Not Your Average Magical Girl
Into Magical Girls but tired of the happy cliche PG Story? Wanted to get into Magical Girls but aren't sure where to start? We'll discuss, examine, and showcase Some of the most abnormal of Magical Girls out there in Anime. These aren't your Average Magical Girl, these are Dark Magical Girl Stories.

Speakers
avatar for Aubyrn

Aubyrn

Born and Raised in Kc. Been part of the Convention community sense '07, but a fan of gaming, anime & music sense before I was even in school. I've been running Panels at conventions sense 2014 without stop.Later in life was diagnosed with Adult Autism and born with Low Vision I just... Read More →


Saturday May 25, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Benton
 
Sunday, May 26
 

8:00am

Midwest Conquest Check-in
Registration and check-in for Day 2 of the Midwest Conquest GT, Friendly, and Horus Hersey events

Sunday May 26, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Gilham Hall

8:00am

Consuite
Sunday May 26, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm
Rooms 3221 and 3222

9:00am

Midwest Conquest Round Four
Midwest Conquest GT Round 4/Friendly Round 4

Sunday May 26, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Gilham Hall

9:00am

Registration
Sunday May 26, 2019 9:00am - 2:00pm
Terrace

9:00am

Horus Heresy Narrative Event - Day 2
The Taking of Phyrix: STEPPES OF PERDITION
The Steppes of Perdition consists of the planetary body Perdition and its moons Proteus and Yemeni. While quite fertile and verdant, the moons serve as a rose crown on a fetid skull. A desolate reminder of the age of darkness, Perdition is an irradiated wasteland. Blast craters stretching beyond the horizon, wreckage from the dark ages and golden age of technology repeatedly wrested from the sands only to be buried again in the next storm.
The communications relay located on Proteus, and the data-processing hubstation and archaeotech reclamation facility of Yemeni are the primary focus of the loyalist attack; yet there may be an even greater prize residing on Perdition.
With sandstorms raging on the planets’ surface, an even greater storm of steel and fire erupts as loyalist forces launch their attack on the traitor forces securing the moons. As death comes once more to the Steppes of Perdition, a bygone life, an ancient power begins to wake beneath the surface of Perdition.
What stalks this hallowed hellscape – and who shall incite the true fury of Phyrix?
Legion-on-legion battle in the 31st millenium is coming to UnderCon and the Midwest Conquest! This event is a continuation of the Taking of Phyrix campaign that has been running at gaming conventions across the Midwest. However, previous experience in the campaign is not required! For more information about the campaign, as well as pictures from past events, check out The Taking of Phyrix 30K group on Facebook.


Sunday May 26, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm
Gilham Hall

9:00am

Open Gaming
Open gaming! Play any game from the UnderCon gaming liberary!
Games for all ages and interests!

Open to all Conquest and UnderCon attendees.




Sunday May 26, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
Gilham Hall

10:00am

20 Years of Tabletop Gaming
Board games have come a long way in the past twenty years. Panelists discuss the evolving culture of tabletop gaming, where it might go from here, and share their favorite games from the last two decades.

Moderators
avatar for Stephanie Sullivan

Stephanie Sullivan

NaNoWriMo Liason, NaNoWriMo
Stephanie grew up in a household of gamers, and her biggest struggle was squeezing in time to play herself around the three other folks in her home who played. In high school, a friend brought her into the world of tabletop roleplaying games, and she hasn’t looked back. Her essay... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sean Demory

Sean Demory

Founder, Pine Float Press
Sean Demory is an author of short fiction and the founder of Pine Float Press. His work has been included on the recommended reading list for Locus Magazine and has received honorable mention in the Best Horror of the Year, a fact that he’ll milk as long as possible. He is currently... Read More →
avatar for Guy Anthony De Marco

Guy Anthony De Marco

Author, Editor, Publisher, Evil Brain Trust, LTD
Guy Anthony De Marco is a speculative fiction author; a Graphic Novel Bram Stoker® and Scribe Award finalist; winner of the HWA Silver Hammer Award; a prolific short story and flash fiction crafter; a novelist; a poet; an invisible man with superhero powers; a game writer; a disabled... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Fremont

10:00am

Beyond Good Vs Evil: alternate storytelling structures and moral relativism in genre fiction
For writers who are tired of the hero's journey structure or the classic good guys vs bad guys setup, what are some other options? Panelists will discuss historical models as well as modern writers who break the mold.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Holly Messinger

Holly Messinger

Fashion, Fiction, and Hand-to-Hand Combat
Holly Messinger is a writer, costumer, and martial artist who enjoys silk dresses, edged weapons, and semicolons. She is the author of the weird western, The Curse of Jacob Tracy, and her short fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Baen's Universe.
MC

M.C. Chambers

M.C. Chambers writes science fiction and fantasy. Her first novel, Shapers’ Veil, is published by Hadley Rille Books. Other stories published by Hadley Rille Books include Silk and Velvet in the anthology Renaissance Festival Tales, an award-winning science fiction story, Visual... Read More →
JM

Jenna Merry

An artist and crafter that keeps dabbling into new mediums, has been making costumes long enough to actually know what she's doing now and a human who probably is running on too little sleep.
MH

Micah Hyatt

Micah Hyatt's work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Deep Magic, Little Blue Marble, and others. He began writing novels and short stories at the age of sixteen, but it would be over a decade before he wrote anything worth reading. To pay the bills, he found work as a train conductor... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Empire A

10:00am

Anthology TV rises again!
Black Mirror, Philip K Dick’s “Electric Dreams” and a third incarnation of the Twilight Zone. After several decades anthology tv series is back on LCD screen.

Moderators
avatar for Carol Doms

Carol Doms

Carol Doms, supports here fannish habits with her mundane job as a traveling librarian (Account Services Manager) for a Library product and services company. She has been a long time SF&F fan,(books, TV & movies) that found her way to fandom via attending her first Dr Who convention... Read More →

Speakers
MC

Madeline Clark "Maddie"

Maddie spends her time writing short horror and fantasy stories and painting Kindness Rocks. Her philosophy on writing consists of two rules: 1. Never, ever kill the dog! And 2. You can't break the rules of writing until you understand the rules of writing.
RW

Robin Wayne Bailey

Robin Wayne Bailey is the author of numerous novels, including the FROST series, the DRAGONKIN trilogy, the BROTHERS OF THE DRAGON trilogy, the Fritz Leiber -inspired SWORDS AGAINST THE SHADOWLAND and more. He hassldo authored nearly two hundred short stories and two books of poetry... Read More →
SD

Sherri Dean

Sherri Dean, yr Feisty Mistress of Fear is a Jack-o-lantern of all trades and Monster of none. She is a published author and cover artist most recently through Yard Dog Press. She is also a costumer, Masquerade emcee, cover model and singer (check out Bland Lemon and the Lemonades... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Empire B

10:00am

Self-Editing for Writers
This workshop helps writers - especially those of speculative fiction - identify and focus on key elements of fiction to help them improve their manuscripts.

Speakers

Sunday May 26, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Empire C

10:00am

Benefit Auction
Sunday May 26, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
San Francisco

10:00am

Art Show
Sunday May 26, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm
New York

10:00am

Dealers' Room
Sunday May 26, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm
Atlanta

10:00am

Network Gaming
Sunday May 26, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm
Van Horn A

10:30am

Reading - Patrick Stutzman
Speakers
PS

Patrick Stutzman

Patrick has always enjoyed writing and literature, even during those long, laborious essays required throughout his education. Evidence of his desire for writing began in the fifth grade, when he wrote and directed a play for his class. In 2005, Patrick traveled to Gen Con to become... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am
Northrup

11:30am

Reading - Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Speakers
avatar for Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
A national bestselling and Hugo-nominated editor, author, and screenwriter, Bryan Thomas Schmidt has written or edited novels including The Saga of Davi Rhii Trilogy, The Martian by Andy Weir, and entries in the Predator, X-Files, Monster Hunter International, Joe Ledger, and Decipher’s... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
Northrup

11:30am

Reimagined Paintings by Belinda Jamison
Speakers

Sunday May 26, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Van Horn C

11:30am

Creating for Star Wars and Other Licensed Properties
Working on wellknown, successful properties like Star Wars presents unique challenges as well as fantastic opportunities for artists and writers. Charles Urbach and Timothy Zahn share their insights into the unique process of working within wellknown franchises like Star Wars and more.

Speakers
avatar for Timothy Zahn

Timothy Zahn

Timothy Zahn is the best-selling author of a dozen novels in the Star Wars expanded universe, notably those featuring Grand Admiral Thrawn. His work also includes the Blackcollar and Conquerors trilogies, the Cobra series, and the Dragonback series for young adults.Zahn was born in... Read More →
avatar for Charles Urbach

Charles Urbach

Charles Urbach is a writer and colored pencil artist with more than two decades of work in design, publishing, and illustration. His work includes miniatures designs for Wizkids: Heroclix, illustrations for “Magic: The Gathering,” “Star Wars,” “Legend of the Five Rings... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Empire B

11:30am

Costuming to CosPlay
Before Cosplay came about, it was just known as Costuming. With the evolution of these titles so has the reasons for doing them. The discussion would be about the transition and the methods used over the years.

Moderators
LD

Leo d'Entremont

Leo d'Entremont has been a convention panelist for over ten years, from small regional conventions to World Con. He is a published author, biologist, Army veteran, competitive costumer, and shameless nerd. He can be bribed into conversation with single malt Scotch.

Speakers
SD

Sherri Dean

Sherri Dean, yr Feisty Mistress of Fear is a Jack-o-lantern of all trades and Monster of none. She is a published author and cover artist most recently through Yard Dog Press. She is also a costumer, Masquerade emcee, cover model and singer (check out Bland Lemon and the Lemonades... Read More →
JM

Jenna Merry

An artist and crafter that keeps dabbling into new mediums, has been making costumes long enough to actually know what she's doing now and a human who probably is running on too little sleep.


Sunday May 26, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Chouteau

11:30am

Education and Horror
How educators can better use genre fiction to connect with their students and to further teaching outcomes.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Sean Demory

Sean Demory

Founder, Pine Float Press
Sean Demory is an author of short fiction and the founder of Pine Float Press. His work has been included on the recommended reading list for Locus Magazine and has received honorable mention in the Best Horror of the Year, a fact that he’ll milk as long as possible. He is currently... Read More →
MC

Madeline Clark "Maddie"

Maddie spends her time writing short horror and fantasy stories and painting Kindness Rocks. Her philosophy on writing consists of two rules: 1. Never, ever kill the dog! And 2. You can't break the rules of writing until you understand the rules of writing.


Sunday May 26, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Benton

11:30am

Annual Review of SF&F TV Shows
Our annual look back at SF, horror, and fantasy in 2018 on TV (including streaming services). What were the memorable shows? What are the new ones to watch? What's hot and what's not?

Moderators
avatar for Carol Doms

Carol Doms

Carol Doms, supports here fannish habits with her mundane job as a traveling librarian (Account Services Manager) for a Library product and services company. She has been a long time SF&F fan,(books, TV & movies) that found her way to fandom via attending her first Dr Who convention... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rosemary Williams

Rosemary Williams

Rosemary Williams is a fangirl and all-around nerd who resides in Olathe, KS with her husband and their two dogs. She is also this year's Convention Chair, which is proof enough that she's completely mad. She is not, alas, a scientist, though there is a greater than zero chance she... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Fremont

11:30am

Go Go Godzilla!: A 65th Anniversary Retrospective
Is Godzilla just a cool movie monster, or something more? What does Godzilla represent in society(besides it's impending destruction)? Join the panelists as they discuss the depth and symbolism behind the world's favorite Kaiju!

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Robin Wayne Bailey

Robin Wayne Bailey is the author of numerous novels, including the FROST series, the DRAGONKIN trilogy, the BROTHERS OF THE DRAGON trilogy, the Fritz Leiber -inspired SWORDS AGAINST THE SHADOWLAND and more. He hassldo authored nearly two hundred short stories and two books of poetry... Read More →
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Christopher Gerrib

Chris Gerrib admits to being a bit obsessed with Mars, but in a healthy way – all three books of his Pirate Series are set on Mars. Chris lives in the Chicago suburbs and still has a day job in IT. He holds degrees in history and business from the University of Illinois and Southern... Read More →
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Darren Hennessey

Darren Hennessey is the editor of "Bargains", an anthology of stories about striking deals with Gods, Demons, Faeries and all manner of supernatural outsiders, being released in May by Pine Float Press. Darren has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing so naturally he pursued... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Empire A

11:30am

Strategies for Brainstorming 
Ideas and techniques to help writers break free from fears and break out of ruts.

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Paula Helm Murray

Paula Helm Murray's stories have appeared in Sword and Sorceress IV and VIII, Spells of Wonder, MZB's Fantasy Magazine and Eldritch Tales. She is currently working on several very different writing projects as well as working a full time ‘day’ job. She lives in Kansas City with... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Empire C

12:00pm

Reading - Jan S. Gephardt
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Jan S. Gephardt

It, Artdog Studio
Jan S. Gephardt is a writer, artist, and longtime science fiction fan. Her debut sf novel, “What’s Bred in the Bone,” debuted this May from Weird Sisters Publishing. She is now hard at work on the second of the Bones Trilogy, “A Bone to Pick” (hopefully available by the... Read More →



Sunday May 26, 2019 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Northrup

12:00pm

Midwest Conquest Lunch Break/Paint Judging
One hour break between rounds for lunch and paint judging.

Sunday May 26, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Gilham Hall

1:00pm

Reading - Lynette M Burrows
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Lynette M Burrows

Lynette M. Burrows enjoys coffee, the pleasure of real books, and the crack of a nine-millimeter, not necessarily all at the same time—although they all appear in her stories. Her stories deal with empowerment and survival. They span space and time. The White Box stories, her collaborations... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Northrup

1:00pm

Costuming to Body Type
What do you do when it feels like the costume that you want to wear just isn't made for your body, due to your age, size, or other features?  Join this body-positive discussion where we'll brainstorm approaches to make any costume or work for your body.



Sunday May 26, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chouteau

1:00pm

Just the Facts: GMOs
The public discussion of GMO technology is dominated by non-scientists, scare-mongers, and media outlets desperate for ratings. Are there concerns and unknowns? Yes, but probably not what you're thinking. Let our panel of real people who happen to be scientists help you separate fact from fiction.

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avatar for Jan S. Gephardt

Jan S. Gephardt

It, Artdog Studio
Jan S. Gephardt is a writer, artist, and longtime science fiction fan. Her debut sf novel, “What’s Bred in the Bone,” debuted this May from Weird Sisters Publishing. She is now hard at work on the second of the Bones Trilogy, “A Bone to Pick” (hopefully available by the... Read More →

Speakers
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Christopher Gerrib

Chris Gerrib admits to being a bit obsessed with Mars, but in a healthy way – all three books of his Pirate Series are set on Mars. Chris lives in the Chicago suburbs and still has a day job in IT. He holds degrees in history and business from the University of Illinois and Southern... Read More →
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Leo d'Entremont

Leo d'Entremont has been a convention panelist for over ten years, from small regional conventions to World Con. He is a published author, biologist, Army veteran, competitive costumer, and shameless nerd. He can be bribed into conversation with single malt Scotch.


Sunday May 26, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Empire A

1:00pm

Elements of Popular Fiction: Plot
This workshop explores plot structure and development, as well as related concepts such as pacing, tension, and reader engagement.

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Sunday May 26, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Empire C

1:00pm

Midwest Conquest Round Five
Midwest Conquest GT Round 5/Friendly Round 5

Sunday May 26, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Gilham Hall

1:30pm

Reading - Dora Furlong
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Dora Furlong

Dora grew up on a steady diet of Battle Star Galactica, Buck Rogers, Star Trek, and Batman. These shows inspired her to create universes in her head. She started her creative career with poetry and animation, but it wasn't enough to paint the worlds and people that inhabit her brain... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Northrup

2:30pm

Getting into Character
One of the most fun things about roleplaying is being someone new. Someone different, with a different personality and abilities. But how do you do that? How does a mid-40s suburban professional get into the head of a blind, one-legged Elven mage addicted to magic whose parents tried to beat his love of Dwarven architecture out of him? It’s a tricky question.

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Leo d'Entremont

Leo d'Entremont has been a convention panelist for over ten years, from small regional conventions to World Con. He is a published author, biologist, Army veteran, competitive costumer, and shameless nerd. He can be bribed into conversation with single malt Scotch.
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Rob Chilson

Rob Chilson has published half a dozen novels and over 70 shorter pieces, though none recently. Though best known for hard-SF (despite a lack of scientific education), he also writes the occasional fantasy, trying to avoid the hackneyed. He has not missed a ConQuest since 1978, appearing... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Fremont

2:30pm

My first love: Princess LeIa, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Jar Jar?
Join us for a fun discussion reminiscing about our loves from Star W ars and other classic sci-fi films and shows!

Moderators
avatar for Lynette M Burrows

Lynette M Burrows

Lynette M. Burrows enjoys coffee, the pleasure of real books, and the crack of a nine-millimeter, not necessarily all at the same time—although they all appear in her stories. Her stories deal with empowerment and survival. They span space and time. The White Box stories, her collaborations... Read More →

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Tyrell Gephardt

Tyrell Gephardt has been a lifelong fan of the genre and of fandom. He is a writer and a home organizing consultant. He enjoys reading and watching a wide range of stories from high fantasy to hard science fiction and is willing to talk about those and everything in between. He also... Read More →
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Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
A national bestselling and Hugo-nominated editor, author, and screenwriter, Bryan Thomas Schmidt has written or edited novels including The Saga of Davi Rhii Trilogy, The Martian by Andy Weir, and entries in the Predator, X-Files, Monster Hunter International, Joe Ledger, and Decipher’s... Read More →
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Christopher Gerrib

Chris Gerrib admits to being a bit obsessed with Mars, but in a healthy way – all three books of his Pirate Series are set on Mars. Chris lives in the Chicago suburbs and still has a day job in IT. He holds degrees in history and business from the University of Illinois and Southern... Read More →
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Allison Stein

Author, Artist, Geek Princess, Cat Servant... Not Necessarily In That Order, Author & Artist
Allison Stein is an artist, author, TV addict, geek princess, and cat servant — not necessarily in that order. Look for her watercolors and mixed media originals in the art show and her award-winning short fiction with Yard Dog Press and NobleFusion Press. Allison is a member of... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Empire B

2:30pm

Elements of Popular Fiction: Character
This panel helps writers discover how to create meaningful and relatable characters for their stories. 

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Sunday May 26, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Empire C

4:00pm

Closing Ceremonies
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Rosemary Williams

Rosemary Williams is a fangirl and all-around nerd who resides in Olathe, KS with her husband and their two dogs. She is also this year's Convention Chair, which is proof enough that she's completely mad. She is not, alas, a scientist, though there is a greater than zero chance she... Read More →
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Timothy Zahn

Timothy Zahn is the best-selling author of a dozen novels in the Star Wars expanded universe, notably those featuring Grand Admiral Thrawn. His work also includes the Blackcollar and Conquerors trilogies, the Cobra series, and the Dragonback series for young adults.Zahn was born in... Read More →
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Charles Urbach

Charles Urbach is a writer and colored pencil artist with more than two decades of work in design, publishing, and illustration. His work includes miniatures designs for Wizkids: Heroclix, illustrations for “Magic: The Gathering,” “Star Wars,” “Legend of the Five Rings... Read More →


Sunday May 26, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Chicago

4:30pm

Midwest Conquest Awards Ceremony
Midwest Conquest Awards Ceremony

Sunday May 26, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Gilham Hall