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Friday, March 22
 

12:00pm CDT

The Theory of Zelda: Theory of the Wild
The Theory of Zelda returns to Zenkaikon! Join us as we try to tie up the loose threads found within the vast world of The Legend of Zelda franchise. This year we turn our attention to theories relating to the series' latest installment, Breath of the Wild.

Speakers
avatar for Alpha Betty

Alpha Betty

I’m a third and fourth grade teacher who also happens to be a major otaku. The intersection of those two traits gets pretty interesting!
avatar for Forward Progress

Forward Progress

Founder, Keeping Friendship Magic
A student of all things fandom, Forward Progress is excited to return for his sixth Zenkaikon. His programming seeks to both educate and entertain by fusing social science with the shows, games, and media that we all love.


Friday March 22, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

12:30pm CDT

Still Dreaming: 20 Years of SEGA Dreamcast
Jet Set Radio, Crazy Taxi, Samba de Amigo and Space Channel 5. All games synonymous with SEGA's final foray into the console business, the Dreamcast! Twenty years ago, in 1999, SEGA unleashed a system that was too good for this world and too good to last. Join Ty "the SEGA Guy", and take a look back at the console that dared to dream and still is.

Speakers
avatar for Ty Hornbeck

Ty Hornbeck

Creative Director, In Defense of SEGA
I am the Founder/Creative Director of the "In Defense of SEGA" project, a grassroots campaign dedicated to the positive enjoyment of modern-day SEGA productions. Overall, I enjoy video games from many different companies, and am very passionate about the medium.


Friday March 22, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

1:15pm CDT

An Introduction to Competitive Pokemon
If you want to be the best, like no one ever was, then check out this panel hosted by the former Pokemon Battle Frontier Champion of Zenkaikon! This panel provides an in-depth discussion on the competitive aspects of the Pokemon video game series, geared towards both novice and experienced players alike. Topics covered include formats played, factors to consider when battling, different playstyles teams encompass, and more!


Friday March 22, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]
 
Saturday, March 23
 

9:15am CDT

Hyrule: A History Adult Timeline
We’re back to talk about all things the Legend of Zelda! We focus on the split in the timeline, specifically the adult timeline. Come learn about toon link and his adventures in the multiple games of this timeline!

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Grant

Jessica Grant

Panelist
What to say about me? I'm not really sure. I've been an avid gamer since I was 5 when I built my first computer with my dad. I started watching Anime when I was 8. Discovered fanfiction in middle school and off I went and became an Otaku. Fully in love with East Asian culture and... Read More →
avatar for Samantha Hunkel

Samantha Hunkel

I love most things Nintendo, mainly Legend of Zelda! I also loveeee anime and manga so I mean talk to me about anything really. I'm also an avid cat lover :D


Saturday March 23, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

10:15am CDT

A History of Thedas
Are you a Chantry historian? Have you read all of Brother Genitivi's works? Whether you're an Andrastian scholar or you're just getting to know the world of Thedas, we'd love to have you come and learn about the history of the Dragon Age setting! Take a look at all three games and their extensive lore, and talk about what might be in store for this immersive game world!

Speakers
avatar for Laura Klotz

Laura Klotz

Laura, better known in fannish circles as Lady Norbert, is constantly shadowed by her best friend and self-appointed bodyguard, Andrea, and talks way too much about Dragon Age in her free time. She spends too much time on Tumblr and is known colloquially as the Adoptive Mother of... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am CDT
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

10:45am CDT

Video Game Story Development 101
Basic introduction to video game story content writing and quest development for middle school-high school students or anyone interested in what is involved with story writing/quest development for video games. Workshop includes practice worksheets, discussions and overview of video game genres, artwork, content creation, and steps to prepare you for story writing. 

Speakers
avatar for Kat Mahoney

Kat Mahoney

Owner/Creative Visionary, WeDiscoverGeeks
I’m the Owner/Creative Visionary of WeDiscoverGeeks and Madness & Misfits. I attended Hawaii Pacific University for Computer Science and I have over 20 years in the Technology and Electronic Entertainment Industry. I test, review, and market video games and technology... Read More →



Saturday March 23, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am CDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

2:15pm CDT

Plumbobs and Cowplants
Starting with SimCity in 1989, Sims have been around for a while. Join us for a lighthearted discussion of how the games have evolved, some endless speculation on where they might go next, and a healthy debate on the pros and cons of putting vampires and aliens under the same roof.

Speakers
avatar for Katrina S. Forest

Katrina S. Forest

Author/Panelist, Forest Fanfics
Katrina S. Forest is a Clarion West alumna and a member of SFWA. She runs the recently re-launched Urban Fantasy Magazine and released her first middle grade book, My Best Friend Runs Venus, this June. You can learn more about her work at KatrinaSForest.com.


Saturday March 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

4:30pm CDT

Thanks for Playing! 30 Years of SEGA Genesis
Three decades ago, SEGA took a stand and proclaimed that "Genesis Does What Nintendon't", and it was good. Three decades later, the SEGA Genesis is fondly remembered as one of the greatest gaming consoles of all time. Ty "the SEGA Guy" returns to Zenkaikon, joined by Emmanuel Hoachlander, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the biggest David and Goliath story in gaming history.

Speakers
avatar for Emmanuel Hoachlander

Emmanuel Hoachlander

Owner, Section 9
I am a fan of video games, music, movies, anime, and retro and old tech. I am always up to talk about any of this and love nerding out with people over this stuff. I have been running my own independent music label for 3 years now and have been producing since i was 14 years old... Read More →
avatar for Ty Hornbeck

Ty Hornbeck

Creative Director, In Defense of SEGA
I am the Founder/Creative Director of the "In Defense of SEGA" project, a grassroots campaign dedicated to the positive enjoyment of modern-day SEGA productions. Overall, I enjoy video games from many different companies, and am very passionate about the medium.


Saturday March 23, 2019 4:30pm - 6:00pm CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

6:30pm CDT

Pokémon: The Original Dark Journey
Pokémon Let's Go Eevee and Pikachu have brought us back to the Kanto region where it all began. Underneath the bright and exciting world of the game lies a land of danger and intrigue. Come explore the darker side of Pokémon as we look into the Pokedex entries, story elements, and anime moments that show Kanto is a world to be tread with caution.

Speakers
avatar for Forward Progress

Forward Progress

Founder, Keeping Friendship Magic
A student of all things fandom, Forward Progress is excited to return for his sixth Zenkaikon. His programming seeks to both educate and entertain by fusing social science with the shows, games, and media that we all love.


Saturday March 23, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

7:30pm CDT

Let's Make a Game
Do you want to make your own games, but think to yourself "Thomas, you don't know how's to make the games"? Then you wonder why you call yourself Thomas when your name is Steve? Trust me, I've been there! Come join Children Driving Robots as we delve into the world of indie game development. We will demo the Unity3D game engine as well as other free software that is available to help you on your quest to create quests for other quest takers.


Saturday March 23, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm CDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]
 


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