24
Aug
2018

How To Be Successful On YouTube: Brutally Honest Edition

08-24-2018 11:00 AM 11:00 AM -12:15 PM
Off World (Rotunda)
Free
How To Be Successful On YouTube: Brutally Honest Edition

Join veteran gamer and YouTube content creator Cornshaq as he teaches you real tips to break through the ceiling that is the competitive world of YouTube.
Mark—aka Cornshaq of the YouTube channel CornshaqGaming, host of hugely successful panels at Magfest, Wizard World Philadelphia, Too Many Games, Connecticon, and Youmacon—is here with great, honest advice for YouTube content creators.

24
Aug
2018

Neon Grids, Palm Trees, and Burnished Chrome: Tracing the Origins of the 1980s ‘Outrun’ Aesthetic

08-24-2018 12:30 PM 12:30 PM -1:30 PM
Off World (Rotunda)
Free
Neon Grids, Palm Trees, and Burnished Chrome: Tracing the Origins of the 1980s ‘Outrun’ Aesthetic

Speaker/Panel: Richard McKenna, K.E Roberts, and Michael Grasso

Retro stylings of the 1980s seem to focus on a combination of (often) complementary images: the ubiquitous laser grid; night-time streets awash in neon, often with the addition of palm trees, apocalyptic sunsets, and hints of the beach; and the polished chrome of a future haunted by replicants and cyborg assassins.
But where do these visual motifs come from, how did they converge, and why do they so convincingly signal "The '80s" to contemporary audiences, including a generation born well after the Reagan era? On this panel, the editors of online Cold War-era genre/culture magazine We Are the Mutants will explore the origins of the “Outrun” and future noir aesthetics in sources as diverse as science fiction art and film, Cold War politics, retrofuturism, transhumanism, early computer graphics, music videos, advertising, and 1980s television. Join us for a highly visual trip into the now-mythic '80s – and beyond.

24
Aug
2018

Tasting: Who Makes the Bourbon?

08-24-2018 2:00 PM 2:00 PM -3:30 PM
Side Room (Bristol)
$25.00
Tasting: Who Makes the Bourbon?

This event is 21+ only.  ID will be checked at the door.  

The world of bourbon is full of tall tales, bewildering brand names, and mysterious bottlers. We'll spend some time sipping whiskey and sorting out which distilleries are responsible for making the bourbon you enjoy.

Limited to 20 people, $25 entry fee. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.



$25.00 20
24
Aug
2018

Intelli-Vision: The Peter and Ethan Public Access TV Show

08-24-2018 2:00 PM 2:00 PM -3:00 PM
Off World (Rotunda)
Free
Intelli-Vision: The Peter and Ethan Public Access TV Show

Speaker/Panel: Peter Bebergal and Ethan Gilsdorf

Come see a live broadcast of The Peter and Ethan Public Access TV Show! 

This week, we talk about our new Advanced Dungeons & Dragons campaign and the new Dungeon Master's Guide (whoa!); we listen to some rad new music from Devo, New Order and Talking Heads, among others; then show you how to make a mix tape for Ethan's girlfriend. We review the latest film releases like Return of the Jedi, Star Trek III and The Terminator, and how we finally get to see uncut versions of Taxi Driver and Midnight Cowboy on UHF (channel 38 Movie Loft!). We dork out about the video games we're into like Robotron 2084, Q*Bert, and Satan's Hollow, and Peter's dad's new Atari ST computer. We show some of our own MTV-style videos, and talk about why our moms' scary talk about Ozzy, Judas Priest and D&D being devil worship is a bunch of B.S.

24
Aug
2018

"I've Seen Things You People Wouldn't Believe": Cold War-Era Utopian and Dystopian Landscapes

08-24-2018 3:15 PM 3:15 PM -4:30 PM
Off World (Rotunda)
Free

Speaker/Panel: Richard McKenna, K.E Roberts, and Michael Grasso

The West's vision of the future changed radically during the Cold War period. The assumption following World War II was that atomic power–and America’s domination of it–would usher in an age of peace and profound scientific advancement. But this idea slowly turned sour as new wars, nuclear stockpiles, global political unrest, and deepening recession at home unleashed a torrent of fictional dystopias. On this panel, the editors of online Cold War-era genre/culture magazine We Are The Mutants will look at these evolving futurist visions, both utopian (Star Trek, Star Wars, NASA’s space settlement designs) and dystopian (the Alien franchise, Blade Runner, Planet of the Apes), analyze their real-world inspirations and subtexts, and discuss the revolution in science fiction that resulted.   

24
Aug
2018

How D&D Changed the World

08-24-2018 4:45 PM 4:45 PM -5:30 PM
Off World (Rotunda)
Free
How D&D Changed the World

Speaker/Panel: Ethan Gilsdorf

Writer and critic Ethan Gilsdorf, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks, began playing D&D in 1979. In this talk, Gilsdorf offers a tour through D&D's humble past and resurrected present, discussing the game's effect on his own life and its outsize impact on the culture at large. He shows how the game influenced the creation of video games, interactive storytelling, and a generation of creative leaders, and how it ultimately paved the way for the mass popularity of such fantasy genre staples as The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.

24
Aug
2018

The Number of the Beast is 1-9-8-0

08-24-2018 5:30 PM 5:30 PM -6:15 PM
Off World (Rotunda)
Free
The Number of the Beast is 1-9-8-0

Speaker/Panel: Peter Bebergal  

Alongside the burgeoning New Age movement that arose out of the cynicism of the 1970s was a darker thread of magic and mystery. Heavy metal musicians, game designers, novelists, and filmmakers were finding inspiration in a devilish-tinged occultism that was making parents fret and teenagers drawing pentagrams all over their Mead notebooks. And while the resulting pop cultural artifacts were deliriously fun, a wave of paranoia washed over the public doing real damage to people's lives. Peter Bebergal, author of Season of the Witch and Strange Frequencies, offers a retrospective investigation of the occult in the 1980s, from Geraldo Rivera to D&D, from Ozzy Osbourne to British Industrial music, The Necronimicon to The Witches of Eastwick. 

24
Aug
2018

Epic Lip Sync Battle 80‘s Edition

08-24-2018 6:30 PM 6:30 PM -7:30 PM
Off World (Rotunda)
Free
Epic Lip Sync Battle 80‘s Edition

Chosen contestants of renown will lip sync some of the 80’s greatest for three rounds with a handpicked panel of judges from the audience awarding points for each round. The winner will receive a grand trophy.

25
Aug
2018

Learning In Brave New Worlds: The Promise of the PC Revolution

08-25-2018 11:00 AM 11:00 AM -12:15 PM
Off World (Rotunda)
Free
Learning In Brave New Worlds: The Promise of the PC Revolution

Speaker/Panel: We are the Mutants

In the late '70s and early '80s, the microcomputer ceased being an exclusive plaything of corporations and universities and entered the middle-class Western home. Advertisements promised not only that the personal computer would connect us in previously unimaginable ways, help mom and dad manage the household and play the stock market, and turn the kids into Einsteins, but also introduce incredible new forms of entertainment that would make television obsolete, as well as endow a new breed of users and programmers with something close to magical powers. Well, some of those claims actually came to pass, although not quite in the way that early computer pioneers like Commodore, Apple, Texas Instruments, and Atari imagined. On this panel, the editors of We Are The Mutants will examine the early positioning of the PC, focusing on how the new technology was portrayed in various films and media, as well as how those visions endure – and how they don’t – in the internet age.

25
Aug
2018

Unboxing the Demo Scene

08-25-2018 12:30 PM 12:30 PM -1:45 PM
Off World (Rotunda)
Free
Unboxing the Demo Scene

Speaker/Panel:  The 8-Bit Guy

Abstract: Renowned retro tech Youtuber David Murray, better known as The 8-Bit Guy, explains how the demo scene got started, how these fantastic visual tricks are done, and where we are now.



25
Aug
2018

The Future's Not What it Used to be: Exploring the Uncanny in Digital Entertainment

08-25-2018 2:00 PM 2:00 PM -3:15 PM
Off World (Rotunda)
Free
The Future's Not What it Used to be: Exploring the Uncanny in Digital Entertainment

Speaker/Panel:  Rob Shields

As humans, the future is our obsession.  We build our lives around it.  We try to manipulate and predict it all with a limited understanding of what it really is.  During this session, groundbreaking cyberpunk artist Rob Shields will lead a discussion about what it takes to create original digital content (specifically art, video games, and Augmented Reality apps) in the early 21st century. As humans, we will explore our continuing pursuit for human and computer integration, as well as our lasting obsession with 1980s pop culture.




25
Aug
2018

Tasting: The Six Whisky Regions of Scotland

08-25-2018 2:00 PM 2:00 PM -3:30 PM
Side Room (Bristol)
$25.00
Tasting: The Six Whisky Regions of Scotland

This event is 21+ only.  ID will be checked at the door.  

Join us on a trip through the six whisky regions of Scotland! We'll sample one whisky each from the Highlands, Lowlands, Islay, Speyside, Campbeltown, and the Islands. Sláinte!

Limited to 20 people, $25 entry fee. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.



$25.00 20
25
Aug
2018

The Art of Atari

08-25-2018 3:30 PM 3:30 PM -4:45 PM
Off World (Rotunda)
Free
The Art of Atari

Speaker/Panel:  Tim Lapetino 

Writer and graphic designer Tim Lapetino, author of the massively popular Art of Atari, delves into the illustration and design work that helped Atari become a videogame powerhouse in the late 1970s and early '80s. He will examine a selection of the groundbreaking work of the pioneering Silicon Valley company, and then detail the process that went into researching, preserving and writing the forgotten history of Atari.








25
Aug
2018

Politics in Retrogaming (Nazi Cyberpunks 4uc x0ff)

08-25-2018 5:00 PM 5:00 PM -6:15 PM
Off World (Rotunda)
Free
Politics in Retrogaming (Nazi Cyberpunks 4uc x0ff)

Speaker/Panel: Brian Liberge, Kira Magrann, Joshua A.C. Newman, Chad Walker
Moderator: Rob Bohl

17+ Age Restriction -  Parental Advisory

A panel of innovative role-playing game designers discuss how political realities intersect with game rules and game narratives, including focuses on marginalized communities and how retrofuturist games deal with capitalism.



25
Aug
2018

The 80s Trivia Show

08-25-2018 6:30 PM 6:30 PM -7:30 PM
Off World (Rotunda)
Free
The 80s Trivia Show

How well do you remember the pop culture of the past? Our contestants barely do. So we are going to put them through a pop culture pop quiz! What was Mr. T’s catchphrase? Who took a BITE out of Crime? WHERES THE BEEF? All these may be answered!




25
Aug
2018

RKO Army Presents: "The Room" Shadowcast

08-25-2018 8:30 PM 8:30 PM -11:00 PM
Off World (Rotunda)
Free
RKO Army Presents:

The RKO Army is the shadowcast performing in the Rhode Island, eastern Connecticut, and southern Massachusetts area since 1981. They have had on-going runs at two dozen cinemas over the decades, and they have also performed as guests at a long list of of theaters, conventions, universities, clubs, and parades. In 2013 and 2016, they threw the National Rocky Horror 38th and 41st Anniversary Conventions in Providence. The events were so successful that they will again throw the national convention in 2019. Known primarily for their legendary performances of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, they have added other fan-favorite productions including REPO! The Genetic Opera, Dr. Horribles' Sing-A-Long Blog, Buffy the Vampire Slayer's "Once More with Feeling", Serenity, Firefly's "Jaynestown", The Devil's Carnival, The Room, and the Rocky Horror spinoff Shock Treatment.

RKO Army is all about having fun, but they are very serious about that fun. The cast's chief mission has also been their biggest reason for growth - Reaching out to people who feel the same. This has been accomplished thru three primary avenues - Contact, Venues, and Awareness.

The common theme within the Rocky Horror community emanating from the movie is "Don't Dream It, Be it". RKO Army has put that theme into practice by enriching themselves thru association with similar communities who also do the same, most notably in the Cosplay, Steampunk, Gaming, Rave, LGBT, Browncoat, Gothic, and Club communities.

While still performing at regular-run cinemas in the traditional method, the cast now has established itself as a highly effective road cast in multiple types of venues in Southern New England. They have become major parts of conventions and parades, and sometimes are called in as entertainment for local business organizations, causes, charities, or even weddings!

RKO Army's operational focus will always be awareness of its audience. They love performing, but what will always supersede that is the relevancy of the entertainment to the audience. The RKO perspective is to never lose sight of the view from the seats you the audience are sitting in.

THE ROOM (94 minutes)

In San Francisco, we follow Johnny, a man who has a girlfriend, Lisa, and also his best friend, Mark. Will RKO's shadowcasting of this "masterpiece" ever be truly good enough to give justice to "brilliant" Tommy Wiseau's work? No. But they do try. Audience drinking is required. This film is a unique tale of a man's love, friendship, success, and inner workings of the female mind. Johnny is a man other men can only fantasize to become.




26
Aug
2018

The Art and Design of Pac-Man

08-26-2018 11:00 AM 11:00 AM -11:45 AM
Off World (Rotunda)
Free
The Art and Design of Pac-Man

Speaker/Panel:  Tim Lapetino

Pac-Man revolutionized arcade games in 1980, spawning a cultural and merchandising empire. The simple dot-munching character began with a handful of pixels, but has grown and evolved with the times, while still remaining undiluted as an object of design. Pac-Man's visual aspects have transmuted, stretched, and been remixed into other properties while still retaining an elemental nature. Writer and graphic designer Tim Lapetino, author of Art of Atari, will walk through the visual history of Pac-Man on and off-screen, diving into how the character has become deeply enmeshed in popular culture: from television, to merchandising, to medicine and politics.






26
Aug
2018

A Peek Inside the Rhode Island Computer Museum (RICM)'s Retro Tech Treasure Vault

08-26-2018 12:00 PM 12:00 PM -12:45 PM
Off World (Rotunda)
Free
A Peek Inside the Rhode Island Computer Museum (RICM)'s Retro Tech Treasure Vault

Speaker/Panel: Dan Berman, Brian Jepson, Mike Thompson, Dean Duffy

The Rhode Island Computer Museum is home to a 20,000 square-foot trove of old technology dating back to the 1950's and regularly loans out authentic props to shows like The Americans, Halt & Catch Fire, and Hidden Figures. Run by a group of engineers, professors, and other tech whizzes, the RICM contains more historical tech knowledge and artifacts than almost anywhere in the country (and maybe the planet). At NEON, you'll get to meet the leaders of this amazing institution and hear more about what lies within their Raiders of the Lost Ark-esque warehouse of obsolete technology.







26
Aug
2018

Tasting: Independent Bottlers of Scotch Whisky

08-26-2018 12:00 PM 12:00 PM -1:30 PM
Side Room (Bristol)
$25.00
Tasting: Independent Bottlers of Scotch Whisky

This event is 21+ only.  ID will be checked at the door.  

Lost and forgotten distilleries! Cask strength and non-chill-filtered
whiskies! Single cask whiskies! New expressions of old favorites!
In this seminar, we'll sample single malt Scotch whiskies from
independent bottlers and discover the whys and wherefores of the
independent bottler market.

Limited to 20 people, $25 entry fee. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.



$25.00 20
26
Aug
2018

Women of Synth

08-26-2018 1:00 PM 1:00 PM -1:45 PM
Off World (Rotunda)
Free
Women of Synth

Speaker/Panel:  Aleks Bonilla, Dana Jean Phoenix, Hayley Stewart (Mecha Maiko), and Julie Chang
Moderator: Scott Forte (RetroSynth Records)

A Question and Answer Session with four trailblazing women in the Synthwave scene: Aleks Bonilla, founder of west coast Synthwave collaborative NEO-LA, along with musicians Dana Jean Phoenix, Mecha Maiko, and Julie Chang of the band Future Holotape






26
Aug
2018

Gaming in the Shadow of Hollywood Sci-Fi

08-26-2018 2:00 PM 2:00 PM -2:45 PM
Off World (Rotunda)
Free
Gaming in the Shadow of Hollywood Sci-Fi

Speaker/Panel: Rob Bohl, Hamish Cameron, Kira Magrann
Moderator: Brian Liberge

Abstract: Film and video are a massive influence on analog games. How do current and past directions in film making, move genres, cinematography, and studio priorities interact with game design? What do we accept and model, what do we reject and resist? What do games do better than film, and vice versa? Hear what this panel of expert role-playing game designers has to say. 




26
Aug
2018

The Art of Speedrunning Bad Games

08-26-2018 3:00 PM 3:00 PM -4:00 PM
Off World (Rotunda)
Free
The Art of Speedrunning Bad Games

Speaker/Panel:  Cornshaq

Ever thought about setting a world record speed run in your favorite game? What about those awful games? What is speed running, and how can you join in the fun? Join veteran gamer and YouTube content creator Cornshaq as he shares tips and tricks. Whether you want to learn how to take your love (or hatred) of a classic game to the next level or just find out what speed running is all about, this presentation has it all!






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