2017 Schedule

This is our track schedule, there are (not) many like it, but this one is ours. A couple of things you should know first…

1) This is not final. Guests cancel. Others show up at the last minute.

2) “Fans” Programming is in Augusta B-D, “Fans” programming consists of voice actors, trivia contests, and that sort of content.

3) “Makers” Programming is in Augusta E-G. “Makers” programming consists of the people who make video games and more industry-centric content.

4) The big stuff goes in ballrooms. Sometimes we have to put things in a track room that should really be in a ballroom. We do our best to predict crowds based on previous year’s attendance, but sometimes we don’t see something coming. (For example, I can tell you that DC Douglas’s Erotic Fan Fiction panel is almost ALWAYS packed.)

Any questions? Please drop us a line and let us know!

 

Thursday
Geek Trivia For Charity Last year, we raised over $2200 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.
Panelists: 
 Time: Thursday 05:30 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
2.5 Hour(s)
The 8-Bit Bash The Video Gaming Track is back again this year with its Thursday night retro dance party – now with classic arcade cabinets. Enjoy classics from the 80s and 90s. Costumes optional, but always welcome, and you won’t even have to put down a quarter for the next game.
Panelists:  DJP
 Time: Thursday 10:00 pm
Peachtree Ballroom
5.5 Hour(s)
Friday
Pulling Aggro – Video Gaming Track Kickoff Panel This is supposed to be a discussion of all of the shenanigans we have planned for Dragon Con this year. We may just decide to start the shenanigans a little early. In fact, it’s more likely than not.
Panelists: Mike CappsMark JacobsKevin Stallard
 Time: Friday 10:00 am
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
1 Hour(s)
Future of Video Gaming What’s next in video games? What new technologies are on the horizon and who’s making it happen?
Panelists: Starr Long
 Time: Friday 10:00 am
Place: Westin – Augusta E-G
1 Hour(s)
Mass Effect Voice Actors: Our Favorite Panel on the Citadel Return to the Citadel with a selection of the voice actors that bring your favorite characters to life. Q&A to follow panel discussion.
Panelists: Mark MeerDC DouglasKeythe Charles Farley
 Time: Friday 10:00 am
Peachtree Ballroom
1 Hour(s)
It’s-a ME, it’s-a Mario! Spend an hour with the voice of Nintendo’s most iconic character, Mario!
Panelists: Charles Martinet, Hilton Collins
 Time: Friday 11:30 am
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
1 Hour(s)
Getting the Science Right in Games Scientists share their advice for how to banish bad science and build believable design.
Panelists: Dr. Stephen GranadeMike Capps(M), Erin MacdonaldEric P. SpanaLucas HernandezPaul B Currie
 Time: Friday 11:30 am
Place: Westin – Augusta E-G
1 Hour(s)
Beyond the Vault: An Hour with the Voices of Fallout 4 Welcome to the Vault! Grab a Nuka Cola, sit back, and relax with Dogmeat as your favorite Fallout series voice actors regale you with tales from the wastelands. Q&A to follow panel discussion.
Panelists: Keythe Charles FarleyKaty Townsend
 Time: Friday 11:30 am
Peachtree Ballroom
1 Hour(s)
Blizzard Lore Q&A Got a question about Starcraft, Diablo, World of Warcraft, or Overwatch? Blizzard’s Senior Historian has some answers for you.
Panelists: Sean Andrew Copeland, Megan Tindale
 Time: Friday 01:00 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
1 Hour(s)
Augmented and Virtual Reality A look at the history and future of Virtual Reality in video games.
Panelists: Mike Capps(M), Roger AltizerMaribeth GandyBlair MacIntyre
 Time: Friday 01:00 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta E-G
1 Hour(s)
Telltale Games – Crowd Play LIVE! Every wanted to yell out what choice a player should make in a Telltale game, well here’s your chance! Join us as we play the game but let you, the crowd pick our choices with surprise guests helping along the way!
Panelists: Dawn Harvey
 Time: Friday 02:30 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
1 Hour(s)
E-Sports and Education Game educators talk about current and future roles that e-sports will have in colleges and universities, including scholarships to put gamers through college and the academic pressures to succeed.
Panelists: Dr. Allan Fowler(M), Brian StarkeyRobert R Occhialini,  Dan McHugh
 Time: Friday 02:30 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta E-G
1 Hour(s)
Geek Singles Mixer w/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.
Panelists: Dino Andrade
 Time: Friday 02:30 pm
International South
1 Hour(s)
All Things Assassins Creed Are you an Assassin or a Templar? Do you know the difference? Come play a trivia game with us and find out how well you know this history-based universe!
Panelists: Travis Herring
 Time: Friday 04:00 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
1 Hour(s)
Avoiding Tropes and Stereotypes Panelists will identify common pitfalls that lead to boring plot lines and unoriginal characters and discuss ways to avoid them.
Panelists: Starr LongDavid HaddockAlison Carrier
Time: Friday 04:00 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta E-G
1 Hour(s)
An 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”
Panelists: Richard Lord British Garriott de Cayeux, Jason Gonding
 Time: Friday 05:30 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
1 Hour(s)
Leisure Suit Larry Turns 30 – An Hour with Al Lowe The Man, The Myth, The Legend… Leisure Suit Larry turns 30 this year and his creator shares a few stories about gaming’s most famous lovable loser.
Panelists: Al LoweChris Pope(M)
Time: Friday 05:30 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta E-G
1 Hour(s)
Video Game Costume Contest Pre-Judging If you plan on competing in the contest, you MUST be present for pre-judging.
Panelists: Alison Carrier(J), Mikal Mosley(J),  Xavier Conley
 Time: Friday 05:30 pm
Peachtree Ballroom
1 Hour(s)
Name That Tune – Video Game Edition How many notes of a song does it take for you to figure out which song it is? Now how good are you at doing that for your favorite video game themes?
Panelists:  Michael Do
 Time: Friday 07:00 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
1 Hour(s)
Compelling Gaming – How to Keep Players Coming Back For More A panel on why some games are more compelling than others and how game designers can achieve that same success.
Panelists: Gabriel GonzalezSteven-Elliot Altman
 Time: Friday 07:00 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta E-G
1 Hour(s)
The Video Game Costume Contest The title is kind of self-explanatory, isn’t it? If you plan on competing in the contest, you MUST be present for pre-judging. If not, grab a seat and hold on because these costumes will be amazing.
Panelists: Alison Carrier(J), Dino Andrade(M), Mikal Mosley(J),  Xavier Conley
 Time: Friday 07:00 pm
Peachtree Ballroom
2.5 Hour(s)
Video Game Mixology We’re going to raise your alchemy skill to the max. Real life mana potions and other assorted treasures from our in-house mixologist. (and by mana, we mean alcohol… not for kids.)
Panelists: Mike Capps(M), Nate Sanders
 Time: Friday 08:30 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
1 Hour(s)
Speed Networking Join other starting game developers, designers, and artists for networking and mingling. Bring your resume and/or portfolio to have it ed by industry professionals.
Panelists: 
 Time: Friday 08:30 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta E-G
2.5 Hour(s)
Video Game Voice Actor Improv 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!
Panelists: Mark MeerDino AndradeKeythe Charles Farley
 Time: Friday 10:00 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
2.5 Hour(s)
Blizzard Fan Fest Photoshoot opportunities with Overwatch, StarCraft, and World of Warcraft cosplayers as well as a chance to meet and greet the voice actors from several Blizzard franchises.
Panelists: Sean Andrew Copeland
 Time: Friday 10:00 pm
Peachtree Ballroom
4 Hour(s)
Saturday
Coffee and Coloring Need someplace quiet to go away from the hustle and bustle of the parade? Come and watch a bunch of video game cartoons and bring your favorite breakfast. We’ll even post the best artwork on our wall for the rest of con.
Panelists: 
 Time: Saturday 10:00 am
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
2.5 Hour(s)
Dystopian Tech and Gaming What are the ramifications behind connecting our lives more closely through technology and the way we tell stories through it? What effect does gamifying our lives, health, experiences and relationships have on our humanity and the future of how we relate to what surrounds us?
Panelists: Roger AltizerMaribeth Gandy(M), Susan TamasiBlair MacIntyre,  Paul Baker,  Clint Zeagler
 Time: Saturday 11:30 am
Place: Westin – Augusta E-G
1 Hour(s)
Genetic Memory in Assassins Creed So these two college professors walked into a bar and started talking about Assassins Creed. Is Genetic Memory possible? Or is it fictional nonsense? Your chance to grade a professor for a change.
Panelists: Eric P. SpanaPaul B Currie
 Time: Saturday 01:00 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
1 Hour(s)
Video Game History and Preservation A panel on video game history and preservation, particularly the perception that gaming is “disposable media.” and the recent popularity of legacy gaming.
Panelists: Joe Granato,  Ken Horowitz
 Time: Saturday 01:00 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta E-G
1 Hour(s)
Camelot Unchained – Q&A The creator of Dark Age of Camelot and Warhammer Online talks about his newest game.
Panelists: Mark Jacobs
 Time: Saturday 02:30 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
1 Hour(s)
Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Game Jam Game educators and professionals talk about the experience and practice of game-jamming: making complete unpolished games in a short period of time and how to be successful with the tools you have available
Panelists: Jose P Zagal(M), Dr. Allan Fowler,  Foaad Khosmood,  Sarah Schoemann,  Jay O’Toole
 Time: Saturday 02:30 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta E-G
1 Hour(s)
A History of Sierra Adventure Gaming The history of what was once considered the Disney of video game companies, Sierra On-Line. Learn the history behind Sierra, what befell the company and how both Al and Chris have worked towards the revival of the Sierra-style adventure games.
Panelists: Al LoweChris Pope(M)
 Time: Saturday 04:00 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
1 Hour(s)
Why Representation Matters in Video Games Panelists will discuss the current state of diversity in video games and the importance of representation.
Panelists: Alison CarrierLaura LevyLauren BrownGabriel GonzalezApril M Borchelt
 Time: Saturday 04:00 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta E-G
1 Hour(s)
Mass Effect Voice Actors: Our Favorite Panel on the Citadel (Part 2) Return to the Citadel with a selection of the voice actors who brought your favorite characters to life. Q&A to follow panel discussion. (Rumor has it that someone from the Andromeda Galaxy snuck into this panel.)
Panelists: Michael HoganSteve BlumKaty Townsend
 Time: Saturday 04:00 pm
Peachtree Ballroom
1 Hour(s)
All Things Mass Effect Come test your trivia skills in a game all about the trivia and personalities of the Mass Effect universe!
Panelists: Travis Herring
 Time: Saturday 05:30 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
1 Hour(s)
Online Bullying and What You Can Do About It. A frank discussion of online harassment from the perspective of a 30-year Internet security professional and a developmental psychologist.
Panelists: Kevin Stallard, Amanda Howell
 Time: Saturday 05:30 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta E-G
1 Hour(s)
BioWare Fan Meetup Join us and meet other con-goers who love all things BioWare! Cast members from BioWare games will be on hand for group photoshoots.
Panelists: Mark MeerKeythe Charles Farley
 Time: Saturday 07:00 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
1 Hour(s)
Gaming For All – Accessibility Features in Video Games Experts discuss accessible game design and the challenges of gaming with disabilities. Find out how universal design helps everyone!
Panelists: Ben JacobsLaura LevyJosh Peter StraubMark Barlet
 Time: Saturday 07:00 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta E-G
1 Hour(s)
Dragon Con Video Gaming Presents: Masterpiece Theatre More selected dramatic readings from modern literature and cinema, performed by your favorite video game actors.
Panelists: Dino AndradeCharles MartinetKaty Townsend
 Time: Saturday 07:00 pm
Peachtree Ballroom
1 Hour(s)
Demo – Game Accessibility Hardware Hands-on demonstration of hardware options for gamers with disabilities. Find out how to both maximize built-in options and adapt the environment for you.
Panelists: Ben Jacobs
 Time: Saturday 08:30 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta E-G
1 Hour(s)
The Heroes and Villains Ball Back again by popular demand, get your costumes and your dancing shoes ready. DJ Spider will be spinning until the wee hours and you just never know who’s going to stop by.
Panelists: DJ Spider
 Time: Saturday 10:00 pm
Peachtree Ballroom
4 Hour(s)
Sunday
The Future of Pokémon With Pokémon Go hitting its year anniversary and the Switch being a huge success for Nintendo, we take a look at what the future might hold for the Pokémon franchise.
Panelists: Dawn Harvey
 Time: Sunday 10:00 am
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
1 Hour(s)
Workshop: Unity 101 for Kids A workshop covering the basics of Unity, a free game engine. Suitable for children and non-technical individuals who have never coded before. Bring your own laptop if you would like to follow along with Unity installed beforehand.
Panelists: Amanda Howell
 Time: Sunday 10:00 am
Place: Westin – Augusta E-G
2.5 Hour(s)
History of Blizzard – Part 2, The Metal Years In case you missed the first one, Blizzard’s Sr. Historian is on hand to answer all of your questions about all things Blizzard. We dare you to ask him which one of the Lost Vikings is his favorite.
Panelists: Sean Andrew Copeland, Megan Tindale
 Time: Sunday 11:30 am
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
1 Hour(s)
Shroud of the Avatar – Q&A Lord British will provide a development update and host an open Q&A on the current status of his latest project.
Panelists: Starr LongRichard Lord British Garriott de Cayeux
 Time: Sunday 01:00 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
1 Hour(s)
Mobile Game Development A panel discussing the complexities of developing games on mobile devices.
Panelists: Mike Capps(M), Alison CarrierBrian StabileGabriel GonzalezShaun Wightman
 Time: Sunday 01:00 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta E-G
1 Hour(s)
Voice Acting for Video Games Ever wondered what it’s like to breathe life into a bunch of polygons? Join us for a relaxed Q&A with some of our favorites in the voiceover industry for a glimpse into life inside the booth.
Panelists: Charles MartinetSteve Blum, Hilton Collins
 Time: Sunday 02:30 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
1 Hour(s)
Right In The Feels: How Games are Emotionally Memorable A panel discussing what makes games emotionally resonant and memorable, with examples of what has and hasn’t worked in the past.
Panelists: Mike Capps(M), Ashley Ruhl
 Time: Sunday 02:30 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta E-G
1 Hour(s)
The Science of Mass Effect – Live from Andromeda As if our own galaxy didn’t have enough issues, now our scientists have a whole new galaxy of bones to pick.
Panelists: Erin MacdonaldEric P. Spana
 Time: Sunday 02:30 pm
Place: Hyatt – Centennial  I
1 Hour(s)
Minecraft Q&A Everything you wanted to know about Minecraft, but were afraid to ask.
Panelists: Ashley Ruhl
 Time: Sunday 04:00 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
1 Hour(s)
Creating and Managing Healthy Online Communities A panel discussion on online communities and how to foster a healthy and positive atmosphere.
Panelists: HiRezAmandaKevin Stallard, David Nguyen
 Time: Sunday 04:00 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta E-G
1 Hour(s)
Star Citizen Q&A The folks from Cloud Imperium show off the latest and greatest from their epic persistent online universe.
Panelists: David HaddockBen Lesnick
 Time: Sunday 05:30 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
1 Hour(s)
Toys that are Changing the Future of Gaming Panelists will discuss crazy new tech – neural interfaces, contact lens monitors and more – that’s just over the horizon for consumers and how we could co-opt that for video games.
Panelists: Jose P ZagalLaura Levy(M), Maribeth GandyBlair MacIntyreThad Starner
 Time: Sunday 05:30 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta E-G
1 Hour(s)
Final Fantasy XV – Safe Haven: Around the Campfire with the Voices of FFXV. Ready for a road trip across Eos? Enjoy stories and panel discussion from the voices of some of your favorite characters from FFXV and Kingsglaive. Questions to follow panel discussion.
Panelists: Adam CroasdellKeythe Charles FarleySteve Blum
 Time: Sunday 05:30 pm
Place: Hyatt – Centennial  II-III
1 Hour(s)
The SAG-AFTRA Voice Actor’s Strike Starting in October of 2016, the SAG-AFTRA voice actors strike is the longest strike in the history of the Screen Actors Guild. Find out what the issues are and what the future holds for your favorite video game voice actors.
Panelists: Dino AndradeKeythe Charles FarleySteve Blum
 Time: Sunday 07:00 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
1 Hour(s)
Unusual Jobs in the Game Industry There’s more to a career in gaming than development, design and management. In this panel, game industry professionals will discuss the types of jobs that you’d never expect – and how to qualify for them – that exist within the games industry.
Panelists: Jose P ZagalLaura LevyMaribeth Gandy(M), Jessica Gore, Mauricio Ruiz
 Time: Sunday 07:00 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta E-G
1 Hour(s)
Video Game Karaoke Sing along with your favorite video game tunes. One rule: Only one performance of the Portal song is allowed.
Panelists: Sarah Cheimis
 Time: Sunday 08:30 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
1 Hour(s)
Pokémon and Biology Pokémon are amazing but there is no way they could be real… or is there? Come learn about how real-world animals and plants were used to create the Pokémon we know and love. See how real-world creatures match and even surpass Pokémon in the game.
Panelists: Lucas Hernandez, Dawn Harvey
 Time: Sunday 08:30 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta E-G
1 Hour(s)
Dragon Con Video Gaming Presents: Masterpiece Theatre – The Sequel More selected dramatic readings from modern literature and cinema, performed by some of your favorite video game actors.
Panelists: Mark MeerDC DouglasKeythe Charles FarleySteve Blum
 Time: Sunday 08:30 pm
Peachtree Ballroom
1 Hour(s)
D.C. Douglas Erotic Fan Fiction D.C. Douglas (voice of Albert Wesker) embarks on an erotic/humorous fanfic journey with the help of “evil resident” audience volunteers. What happens in this show stays in this show. (18+ NSFW, NO LATE SEATING).
Panelists: DC Douglas
 Time: Sunday 10:00 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
2.5 Hour(s)
Screening – “The New 8-Bit Heroes” Screening of the documentary film “The New 8-Bit Heroes” tells the story of a group of modern creatives who retrofit their skills in an attempt to defy their limitations to build a compelling cartridge-based game experience for the original NES.
Panelists: Joe Granato
 Time: Sunday 10:00 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta E-G
1 Hour(s)
Monday
Crowdfunding – How to Successfully Kickstart Your Game Join industry professionals who have successfully kickstarted games in a discussion on what worked and didn’t work for them, followed by Q&A.
Panelists: Starr LongDavid HaddockMark Jacobs
 Time: Monday  10:00 am
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
1 Hour(s)
Artists in the Game Industry A discussion about the ups, downs, and other nuances in life as a video game artist, followed by Q&A
Panelists: Lauren BrownAshley RuhlApril M BorcheltShaun Wightman
 Time: Monday  11:30 am
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
1 Hour(s)
King of Quarters – An Hour with Billy Mitchell Meet the man who was the first to score a “perfect” 3.3M points in Pac Man as well as scoring over 1M points in Donkey Kong. Widely considered the “greatest video game player of all time”, Billy joins us to talk about his career, his love of hot sauce, and what he’s up to these days.
Panelists: Billy Mitchell
 Time: Monday  11:30 am
Place: Westin – Augusta E-G
1 Hour(s)
The End Boss – Survivor’s Gathering What went right? What went wrong? What do you want to see more of next year? What games are you looking forward to seeing at Dragon Con?
Panelists: Kevin Stallard
 Time: Monday  01:00 pm
Place: Westin – Augusta B-D
1 Hour(s)