2016 Schedule

THURSDAY

08:30 pm – Peachtree Ballroom – Westin
8-Bit Ball – ID/Badge Pre-Check
Fans may obtain re-entry bracelets for the 8-Bit Ball up to 90 minutes before the event starts. No need to check ID at the door if you have a bracelet.

10:00 pm – Peachtree Ballroom – Westin
Dragon Con Video Gaming Presents – The 8-Bit Ball
Shake your groove thang to classic dance hits from the Golden Age of Video Games. Music from the 70’s and early 80’s with costumes and outfits to match. DJ Spider

FRIDAY

10:00 am – Augusta B-D – Westin
Keynote – What it takes to succeed in the Video Game Industry
Discussion of best practices & necessary skills to work and develop a career in the video games industry Mike Capps, Ian S. Frazier, Mark Jacobs, Dan Baker

10:00 am – Peachtree Ballroom – Westin
Vidiots with James Marsters
James Marsters is unveiling his new project, ‘ViDiOTS’, a fast paced, laugh out loud, guerrilla style documentary series that follows James, his friend Mark Devine, and their trusty Playstation 4 as they travel the globe meeting with fans, filming television and movies, hanging out with celebrity friends, and pursuing their true passion…video gaming.

11:30 am – Augusta B-D – Westin
Developing Indie Games
Panel discussing the ins and outs of developing an Indie video game and getting it to market. Brian Stabile, Matt Woomer

11:30 am – Augusta E-G – Westin
Bioshock: The Infinite Influences
The world of Bioshock is one full of many literary and cultural influences. From Dieselpunk, Steampunk, and other types of alternate history, this fan discussion panel talks about the inspirations behind the world of Bioshock, from Columbia to Rapture and beyond. Sean Callot, John F. Strangeway, Chad Tindale

11:30 am – Centennial I – Hyatt
Bad Science in Video Games
This panel discussion will feature scientists with different expertise where we share our favorite science short-cuts, hand-waving and blunders in video games such as Destiny, Fallout, The Division and many more! Dr. Stephen Granade, Erin Macdonald, Eric P. Spana

01:00 pm – Augusta B-D – Westin
Making Art for Video Games
Panel discussion on how to get a job making art for video games. Q&A to follow panel. John Bridges, Thomas Weiser, Lauren Brown, Scott Wells

01:00 pm – Augusta E-G – Westin
Star Wars Video Games
From Star Wars: Jedi Arena to the current Battlefront, we break down the history of Star Wars video games and revisit some of the best, worst, and what could have been. Mark Cogan, Stephanie Watson, Geoff Blough

01:00 pm – Peachtree Ballroom – Westin
Mass Effect Voice Actor Q&A
A Q&A with some of the voice actors from the Mass Effect trilogy. Mark Meer, Ian S. Frazier(M), Courtenay Taylor, DC Douglas, Peter Jessop

02:30 pm – Augusta B-D – Westin
Game Design 101
Panel discussing the basics of game design, best practices, & problems to avoid for the novice game developer. Q&A to follow panel. Alison Carrier, Ian S. Frazier, Thomas Holt

02:30 pm – Augusta E-G – Westin
The Business of Voice Acting in Video Games
A look at the hows, whys, and whats of voice acting in the video game industry. Voice actors from some of the top selling video games come together to talk about their experiences in the business and answer your questions about their experiences. Dave Fennoy, Dino Andrade, Quinton Flynn, Jason Marsden

04:00 pm – Augusta B-D – Westin
UpUpDownDown and the Rise of Gaming YouTube Channels
WWE Superstar, Xavier Woods, talks about his gaming channel and how YouTube is changing the landscape for video game fans. Xavier Woods

04:00 pm – Augusta E-G – Westin
Mass Effect Trivia
Test your Mass Effect knowledge with fellow fans Mark Meer, DC Douglas

05:30 pm – Augusta B-D – Westin
How Dungeons and Dragons Made Us Better Game Designers
Storytime with our panel of veteran game designers as they recount tales of how their experiences with pen and paper roleplaying games helped them develop video games. Q&A to follow panel Mike Capps, Ian S. Frazier

05:30 pm – Augusta E-G – Westin
Women in the Video Game Industry
Panel discussing the issues confronting women working in games development. Alison Carrier, Seraphina E. Brennan, Laura Levy, Lauren Brown

05:30 pm – Peachtree Ballroom – Westin
Pokemon 101 – The Basics
Don’t know Pikachu from Fu Manchu? We can help.

07:00 pm – 204 FGH – AmericasMart 1
20 Years of Resident Evil
Wesker, Ada Wong, and Wesker talk about 20 years of memories in the Resident Evil franchise. Courtenay Taylor, DC Douglas, Peter Jessop

07:00 pm – Augusta B-D – Westin
Camelot Unchained at Dragon Con: Year 2
Camelot Unchained flies toward Beta! Come see the latest build of this crowdfunded MMORPG, discuss the game’s development, and ask questions of the co-founders and members of the development team! Mark Jacobs

07:00 pm – Augusta E-G – Westin
Geek Singles Mixer – Hosted by Dino Andrade
Looking to meet new people at Dragon Con? Our favorite voice actor from World of Warcraft and Arkham Underground hosts a group participation event which will give you a chance to meet like minded people as well as providing tips for dating and meeting your fellow geeks. Dino Andrade

08:30 pm – Augusta B-D – Westin
Emerging Technologies and the Future of Gaming
Leading experts in AR, VR, projection mapping, and head-mounted displays will cut through the gimmicks and debate how these future technologies will change your gaming experience. Jose P Zagal, Roger Altizer, Maribeth Gandy, Blair MacIntyre, Madison Cario

08:30 pm – Augusta E-G – Westin
World of Warcraft – Live Play – Legion’s Demon Hunter
Grimthorn Redbeard has left his bar on the Timeless Isle to give you a tour of the new Demon Hunter staring zone in Legion. Joining him, providing encouragement, commentary, behind the scenes lore, and just a wee bit of snark are Vol’jin, High Tinker Mekkatorque and Watcher Megana. Let’s Play! Dave Fennoy, Dino Andrade, Kevin Stallard, Megan Tindale

08:30 pm – Savanah Ballroom – Westin
Geek Trivia for Charity
Last year, we raised over $1200 for our charity. This year, we aim to improve on that. Bragging rights and a chance at immortality on the famous Bling Gnome Trophy await our champions. Note: We request a donation of $10 per player. Players will be grouped in teams of no more than 10 players. Volunteer: Mike Coon

10:00 pm – Augusta B-D – Westin
Video Game Movie Marathon – Part 1
Enjoy a selection of video game feature films – so bad, yet so good. Tonight’s Films: Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Super Mario Brothers

10:00 pm – Augusta E-G – Westin
Seriously Dan: Online Dating vs Video Gaming
Dragon Con’s own Media Relations Director takes the mic to deliver a blisteringly funny comparison between The Quest for Love and The Quest for Phat Lewts. Dan Carroll

11:30 pm – Augusta E-G – Westin
The DC Douglas Erotic Fanfiction Show
The 18+ show that has been turning on and pleasing fans at cons across the nation is here! D.C. Douglas (voice of Albert Wesker) embarks on an erotic journey of language with audience help. What happens in this panel stays in this panel. A must see! DC Douglas

SATURDAY

10:00 am – Augusta B-D – Westin
The Void – Q&A
The Void is a “hyper-reality” company working on innovative concepts in virtual reality including an immersive Ghostbusters experience. Tracy Hickman, among other things, is the Director of Story Development for The Void. Tracy Hickman

11:30 am – Augusta B-D – Westin
Shroud of the Avatar – Q&A
Lord British & Hickman will provide a development update and host an open Q&A on the current status of this latest project. Tracy Hickman, Richard Lord British Garriott de Cayeux

11:30 am – Augusta E-G – Westin
Gender Issues in Online Communities
How do online communities address issues concerning gender, orientation, or identity? The experts speak. Alison Carrier, Seraphina E. Brennan, Amanda Erickson

01:00 pm – Augusta B-D – Westin
Virtual Reality in Video Gaming
A look at the history and future of Virtual Reality in video games. Q&A to follow panel. Mike Capps(M), Jose P Zagal, Roger Altizer, Maribeth Gandy, Blair MacIntyre

01:00 pm – Augusta E-G – Westin
Social Media in the Video Game Industry
From forums and bulletin boards to Facebook groups and Twitter feeds, how do video games promote community today? Seraphina E. Brennan, Daniel Cooper, Xavier Woods, Adam Bohn

02:30 pm – Augusta B-D – Westin
Video Game Costume Contest – Pre-Judging
Pre-judging for the video game costume contest – cosplayers and their support staff only. All contestants must attend pre-judging.

02:30 pm – Augusta E-G – Westin
AdventureQuest 3D with Artix
Get free Beta Keys and a special behind the scenes sneak peek of the upcoming “true cross-platform” video game. Hosted by game devs Artix, Dage, & Cysero. Adam Bohn

04:00 pm – Augusta E-G – Westin
Breaking Physics in Video Games
How do video games handle the laws of physics? We will look at how different video games handle gravity, faster-than-light travel and how on Earth (literally!) you would be able to explore entire planets on foot (maybe a Mount). Erin Macdonald, Eric P. Spana

05:30 pm – Augusta B-D – Westin
Console Wars – The Future of Console Gaming
With 4K consoles on the horizon and VR around the corner the future of console gaming seems endless. We discus the current console trend, the highs and lows of the PS4 and Xbox One, what we want out of the Nintendo and the NX, and our thoughts of what the future will or will not hold. Mike Capps

05:30 pm – Augusta E-G – Westin
Unusual Jobs in the Video Game Industry
There’s more to a career in gaming than development, design and management. In this panel, games professionals will discuss the types of jobs that you’d never expect – and how to qualify for them – that exist within the games industry. Jose P Zagal, Laura Levy, Roger Altizer, Frank Branham, Mauricio Ruiz, Sergio Goldenberg

05:30 pm – Peachtree Ballroom – Westin
The Video Game Costume Contest
Lots of tracks write pithy, catchy descriptions for their events. Not us. Everything you need to know about this event is in the title

07:00 pm – Augusta B-D – Westin
New Britannia Round Table
Lord British will host new and future citizens of New Britannia (costumes welcome), Dukes, Lord and Town owners will be asked to share their activities in game. Richard Lord British Garriott de Cayeux

07:00 pm – Augusta E-G – Westin
Batman: Arkham Underworld
The Scarecrow tells all about the upcoming release “Batman: Arkham Underworld”. Dino Andrade

08:30 pm – Augusta E-G – Westin
Mass Effect Fan Meetup
Bring your costumes. Get pictures with your favorite voice actors from Mass Effect. Mark Meer, Ian S. Frazier, DC Douglas, Quinton Flynn

08:30 pm – Peachtree Ballroom – Westin
Heroes and Villains Ball – ID/Badge Pre-Check
Fans may obtain re-entry bracelets for the Heroes and Villains Ball up to 90 minutes before the event starts. No need to check ID at the door if you have a bracelet.

10:00 pm – Peachtree Ballroom – Westin
The Heroes and Villains Ball
The single biggest party at Dragon Con for the… aw heck, we lose count, year running. Now with more room, more swag, and more cool stuff from The Video Gaming and Brit Tracks. Monocles and cheesy mustaches for Villains are completely optional. DJ Spider

SUNDAY

11:30 am – Augusta B-D – Westin
An hour with Nolan North
Uncharted, The Last of Us, Deadpool, Destiny, and the list goes on. A Q&A with Nolan North as he talks about his experiences with voicing some of the biggest video game characters out there.

11:30 am – Chastain F-H – Westin
Behind the Scenes: The Walking Dead
The voice behind Lee Everett talks about Telltale Games’ “The Walking Dead” Dave Fennoy

01:00 pm – Augusta B-D – Westin
Diversity in Video Games
In an increasingly heterogeneous industry, what issues does the Video Game Industry deal with today? How do video game makers make sure everyone has a seat at the table? Lauren Brown, Gabriel Gonzalez, David Nguyen

01:00 pm – Augusta E-G – Westin
Running a Geek/Gamer Friendly Bar
A discussion of the unique requirements for catering to the geek crowd. Nate Sanders

01:00 pm – Regency VI-VII – Hyatt
Minecraft for Kids
Among younger people, Minecraft is a social phenomenon. This is a discussion of Minecraft from a kids and family point of view. How can you get involved with your children playing Minecraft? What are some good resources for children who want to get started with Minecraft?

02:30 pm – 204 FGH – AmericasMart 1
Astrophysics in Mass Effect
Discuss the crazy cool (and pretty accurate!) astrophysics in the video game series Mass Effect. From how mass relays would work, to faster-than-light travel and the physics of the enigmatic Element Zero, we will look at the likelihood of these things being able to exist. Erin Macdonald

02:30 pm – Augusta E-G – Westin
ArcheAge – Q&A and Demo
Trion Worlds presents inside information on some of the upcoming changes to ArcheAge including live play showing new features and additions to the game. Seraphina E. Brennan

04:00 pm – Augusta B-D – Westin
A Hour With Lord British
A deeper dive into the past and future adventures of Lord British covering subjects like the Ultima franchise, space travel, deep sea exploration, IP development, and game design principles. There will also be a discussion of Richard’s new book, “Explore and Create” Richard Lord British Garriott de Cayeux

04:00 pm – Augusta E-G – Westin
Working in the Retro Gaming Industry
Hyperkin is an indie developer that specializes in making consoles and devices that allow gamers to relive their childhoods (RetroN 5, SupaBoy, SmartBoy). Hear detailed, first-hand accounts of what it’s like to work in a company that’s steadily making its mark as a unique gaming hardware developer.Celia Schilling, Terence Calacsan

05:30 pm – Augusta B-D – Westin
Inside the AAA Game Studio
A frank discussion of the challenges of producing big-budget video games. Alison Carrier, Seraphina E. Brennan, Mark Jacobs

05:30 pm – Augusta E-G – Westin
Who Wants to be Gold Capped? (World of Warcraft Trivia)
At the rate of “inflation” in World of Warcraft “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” just seemed too… low budget. Pit your WoW trivia skills against WoW Loremasters.

07:00 pm – Augusta B-D – Westin
What’s Next for Mobile Games?
Discussion of the current state of mobile games and a look forward at mobile gaming trends. Q&A to follow panel. Alison Carrier, Lauren Brown, Gabriel Gonzalez

07:00 pm – Augusta E-G – Westin
Gaming With Disabilities
Experts discuss accessible game design and the challenges of gaming with disabilities. Ben Jacobs, Anna Elise Kirkpatrick, Josh Peter Straub

07:00 pm – Peachtree Ballroom – Westin
Masterpiece Theatre – Video Game Style
Selected dramatic readings from modern literature and cinema, performed by your favorite video game characters. Mark Meer, Dino Andrade, Quinton Flynn, Arryn Zech

08:30 pm – Augusta B-D – Westin
Going to School for Video Games
A frank discussion of why you should and should not get a degree in games. Professors from games programs within the University of Utah (#1 games studies program in the world) and Georgia Tech will talk about the pros and cons of going to school for games. Jose P Zagal, Roger Altizer, Maribeth Gandy, Blake Harrison

08:30 pm – Augusta E-G – Westin
Fan Meetup – Star Wars: The Old Republic
For 5 years Light and Dark have battles. Come show your scars and tell your stories. Stephanie Watson, Volunteer: Mark Cogan

08:30 pm – Peachtree Ballroom – Westin
Pokemon Fan Gathering
Still getting over that Growlithe that got away? Have you figured out how to get the best use out of your lucky egg? Join other fans and share you tricks, tips, and wonderful stories of the world wide hit PokemonGo! And like the load screen says “stay aware of your surroundings” because you never know who you might meet! John D. Ringo

10:00 pm – Augusta B-D – Westin
Video Game Movie Marathon – Part 2
Enjoy a selection of video game feature films – so bad, yet so good. Tonight’s Films: Resident Evil, Doom, Wing Commander

10:00 pm – Augusta E-G – Westin
Video Game Improv – After Dark
Our favorite characters from Video Games get down and dirty with delicious dialog. We honestly have no idea what is going to happen and we like it that way! Mark Meer, Dino Andrade, Quinton Flynn

MONDAY

10:00 am – Augusta E-G – Westin
An Hour With Arryn Zech
RWBY’s ‘Blake Belladonna’ and Red vs. Blue’s “Dr. Emily Grey” talks about what it’s like to work on a long-running web series and how that has helped launch her career in film and television. Arryn Zech

11:30 am – Augusta B-D – Westin
The New 8-Bit Heroes
The director of the documentary film “The New 8-Bit Heroes” discusses the story of a group of modern creatives as they retrofit their skills in an attempt to defy the limitations and build a compelling, cartridge based game experience for the 30 year old, 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System. Joe Granato

01:00 pm – Augusta B-D – Westin
Ingress Q&A
A look at the groundbreaking massively multiplayer alternate reality game. A progenitor of games such as Pokemon Go, see how this game is influencing the state of the art in Augmented Reality games. Linda Besh, Nadia Amros, Matt Stevenson, Kevin Hagan

04:00 pm – Augusta B-D – Westin
Post MMOrtem – Survivor’s Gathering
What went right. What went wrong. What do you want for next year?