Dragon Con Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Dragon Con RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Dragon Con 2018 Gaming Track Schedule Released https://www.gameskinny.com/zk4u0/dragon-con-2018-gaming-track-schedule-released https://www.gameskinny.com/zk4u0/dragon-con-2018-gaming-track-schedule-released Fri, 27 Jul 2018 17:33:06 -0400 Jonathan Moore

With each and every year, Dragon Con's gaming track gets better and better. Focusing on everything from video games to tabletop games and everything in between, the growing track has something for everyone. 

Although the schedule is subject to change up until the moment leading up to each panel (hey, that's how it goes sometimes), the track has more than 60 panels scheduled for the conference, which will be held in downtown Atlanta, GA, from August 30 through September 3. 

Highlights include:  

  • Twitch 101: This panel will cover the ins and outs of live streaming on Twitch, from everything you need to get started to run your own stream. 

  • eSports 101: Much like the Twitch 101 panel, esports 101 will show you how to find the best esports streams out there (even the hard-to-find ones), as well as provide general discussion about the scene. 

  • The Science of Pokemon: This panel is sure to be interesting as panelists talk about how biology and real-world science play roles in developing pokemon. The panel will even discuss what pokemon may show up in the future. 

  • Overwatch Voice Actor Q&A: This panel is exactly what it sounds like. Ask some of your favorite Overwatch voice actors about anything you want (try to keep it clean, folks). Guests include: Charlet Chung, Lucie Pohl, and Anjali Bhimani. 

  • Mobile Game Development: This panel won't be for everyone, but if you've ever been interested in learning more about developing your next mobile game, this is a panel you won't want to miss. 

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Those are just a few of the great panels and events being held this year in Dragon Con 2018's gaming track. Check the schedule for exact times and important information such as locations, panelists, and more. 

Be sure to stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on your favorite games and gaming conventions. 

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Two Mad Max cosplayers with disabilities show cosplay is limitless https://www.gameskinny.com/1prhg/two-mad-max-cosplayers-with-disabilities-show-cosplay-is-limitless https://www.gameskinny.com/1prhg/two-mad-max-cosplayers-with-disabilities-show-cosplay-is-limitless Fri, 11 Sep 2015 05:55:38 -0400 Andrea Koenig

Coming up with a cool cosplay for yourself can be incredibly difficult. Many people find themselves unable to find a character that they can represent because they belief that they are limited due to their gender, age, race, or some physical attribute like weight or a disability.

However, two Mad Max: Fury Road cosplayers Laura Vaughn and Ben Carpenter are proving that there are no limits.

Laura Vaughn - Furiosa

Laura Vaughn is considered the most real Furiosa cosplayers on convention floors. She, like the Mad Max character, sports a fetal amputee arm disability, born with a missing limb.

She's also a cosplayer with a customized prosthetic of Furiosa's bionic arm.

The arm was created by Michelle Sleeper of Overworld Designs. Sleeper was taken with Vaughn's love of action films and Mad Max: Fury Road, and quickly turned her much anticipated project, a Terminator Endo Arm, into a Furiosa bionic arm instead.

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Vaughn's arm was plaster-casted and 3D scanned via Xbox Kinect. Then, it was 3D printed in order to cut down on weight for its user. Sleeper posted the entire process online and delivered the prosthetic in time for DragonCon.

Earlier this summer, Vaughn spoke with writer Kyle Hill of Nerdist Podcast about her Furiosa cosplay. Her admiration for the Mad Max character played a key-note in this cosplay decision; she told him:

"I just get Furiosa, and I feel like she gets me."

She also called Furiosa "a triumph" for the portrayal of amputees. She personally runs a Tumblr page dedicated to advocating for positive portrayals of people with disabilities in entertainment media. There, she states:

"Facebook started talking about how amazing [Mad Max: Fury Road] was and I just couldn’t put it off any longer. So that’s how I ended up in a theater last night, completely by myself – not another soul in the room, sobbing my eyes out.

Because you guys. I am turning 30 years old next week. I’ve been a fan of action film my entire life. And I have NEVER seen a physically disabled, kickass, female lead character in a Hollywood movie EVER – not once, until yesterday [May 21, 2015]."

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Laura Vaughn found herself connecting with an amputee character; it gives proof that cosplay is truly limitless if you put your appearance aside and just have fun with it. 

Ben Carpenter - Blood Bag Max

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Ben Carpenter is a 20-year-old engineering student at the University of Central Florida. He was born with spinal muscular atrophy and he built a war rig from his wheelchair for his wheelchair.

His rig is inspired by all things Mad Max: Fury Road. Fans of the film may recognize it from the beginning of the film as Max serves as a blood bag for his Warboy, friend Amy Brumfield.

The whole piece comes complete with choice of either chariot or buggy (which he also created), and was completed in time to début at Tampa Bay ComicCon.

 

Based on notes from his Instagram, he moved his wheelchair to standing position and attached the rest of the rig. His control joystick mounted to the seatback to move. It seems finding his Warboy might have been the most difficult part.

Ben Carpenter posted photos of the completed work and gave thanks for his internet-wide support over Reddit, making the front page. At one user's question, he responds:

This one only took a couple of weeks because we already had the mounting plate built for our full car rig, and the rolling platform we built for fun about a year ago. All we really had to do was modify the barrel and attach everything to the chair!

He plans on tricking his rig out even more in the future, potentially as a guitar guy cosplay, also from Fury Road, as his next project.

Until then, he shall ride eternal, shiny and chrome. 

These two aren't the only ones that find no limits in cosplay, but in light of recent popularity of the film and the release of the Mad Max video game, they seemed to exemplify it best at this moment.

So, if you're having an issue finding a character to cosplay because your appearance doesn't match up completely, put that aside. Cosplay who you want to be, and have fun. Make cool additions. Be creative.

Don't let your appearance hinder having fun. Cosplay is limitless.

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What to Expect at Dragon Con https://www.gameskinny.com/ub4mm/what-to-expect-at-dragon-con https://www.gameskinny.com/ub4mm/what-to-expect-at-dragon-con Thu, 25 Apr 2013 19:48:09 -0400 Amy White

“I was drinking, and then suddenly I woke up. At a Star Trek party. In a different hotel.”

- Dragon Con 2012 Attendee


Dragon*Con has a bit of a reputation as a party convention. A quick Google search for dragon con party leads you to a bevy of Facebook groups, LiveJournal pages, and other sites dedicated to the planning, discussing and rehashing of the mild-to-wild events that spin off from the main affair each year. 

Having been to Otakon and other East Coast anime cons multiple times, I figured I had a handle on this convention thing. 

Yeah. No.

Dragon Con is a whole 'nother beast. In addition to officially hosting so many awesome events, panels, concerts, and destinations that it's enough to drive a completionest to despair, there's also the very unofficial parties that spring up around Dragon Con. When I arrived at the hotels on Saturday morning, empty bottles of various types were strewn about outside - testament to whatever after hours gathering had taken place Friday evening. Sunday morning seemed to be the designated "party recuperation  time;" never before have I seen so many people passed out in so many corners. 

For other attendees who are similarly unprepared, here's a handy addendum that can help you tell what day it is, even during the most chaotic of moments in your Dragon Con experience:

 

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IRL Quests: Dragon*Con 2012 https://www.gameskinny.com/oqty8/irl-quests-dragon-con-2012 https://www.gameskinny.com/oqty8/irl-quests-dragon-con-2012 Thu, 10 Jan 2013 16:51:25 -0500 Amy White

Don't leave me hanging: You and I both know that we're both so conditioned by video game quests that sometimes you hear a "Ding!" when you finish folding laundry and get the feeling that you just leveled up... Right?

Anyway, here are the quests that helped me survive Dragon*Con 2012. These quests are applicable at any large event - give them a try!

 

Quests to complete:

Power Grab: Find an unoccupied outlet to recharge your digital devices.

Bar Fly: Score a seat at the Mariott bar after 6PM. (Good luck. You're gonna need it.)

Reanimation: Make it through the line at Starbucks and acquire the correct beverage at the other end.

Defying Gravity: Make it more than 3 floors without stopping in a hotel elevator.

Tranquilizer Dart: Act cool when faced with a celebrity you normally freak out over.

 

So that's my list; did I miss anything critical to survival at a multi-day, massive event full of passionate fans?

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