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January 16-19, 2015

Arisia 2015 Schedule

Arisia 2015 Schedule

Generated: Wed Dec 24 00:27:38 2014


Friday 4:00pm

Invasion of the Body Snatchers — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 20min — Otis (2W)
In the city of Santa Mara, people are being replaced with things that seem to be people but aren’t, and the town doctor discovers what is going on. Stephen King says this classic film has “A crazily convincing documentary feel”, and some draw parallels between fears of Russian invaders in the fifties and the fears of alien invasion in this film. Byron Connell says it is “absolutely chilling” and it remains just as so today as it did when it first hit theatres in 1956.

Satellite in the Sky — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 20min — Revere (2W)
The British launch the world’s first orbital vehicle. 1956, PG.

Friday 5:00pm

7 Wonders — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 1hr — Harbor I (3E)
The award winning card game where you choose one card at a time to build the best empire of them all.

Friday 5:30pm

The Plight of the Older Gamer — Gaming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Alcott (3W)
It was so easy in college. Nothing but time to kill and plenty of other gamers on campus. But now that you’ve got a job and a family, is it possible to still be a gamer? Can you be a gamer and have a life as an adult?
William Frank, Peter Maranci, Elizabeth McCoy, Jessa Phillips, Victor Raymond (m)

You Know That’s Based on a Book, Right? — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Adams (3W)
Consumption and acceptance of SF is at an all time high. So how do we translate that interest into greater readership of SF? How can we draw the fans of other media into the classics, into diverse works, or into short fiction? We’ll talk about our successes, failures, and strategies to draw potential fans in.
M. L. Brennan, Jeffrey A. Carver (m), Steve Davidson, Dennis McCunney, Jennifer Allis Provost

Otherkin and Therians — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Douglas (3W)
Otherkin are people who are non-human in all but physical outward form. Therians, a subset of the Otherkin community, are animals. Come hear about Otherkin and Therians, the development and history of these communities, and Otherkin/Therian experiences in SF/F fandom.
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Cassandra Lease (m), Rubi

Buying Off the Rack — Costuming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Faneuil (3W)
This is a panel for fans who love to costume, but don’t want to craft everything from scratch. Topics will include best places to hunt for costumes and accessories, as well as re-purposing common items.
Hanna Lee Rubin Abramowitz, Milo Martinez, Tori Queeno (m), Danielle Souza, Nightwing Whitehead

Reading: Chu, Longyear, and Shawl — Writing, Reading — 1hr 15min — Hale (3W)
Authors John Chu, Barry Longyear, and Nisi Shawl read selections from their works.
John Chu, Barry Longyear, Nisi Shawl

Radio Free Albemuth — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 50min — Revere (2W)
From the Philip K. Dick novel. Berkeley record store clerk Nick Brady begins to experience strange visions from an entity he calls VALIS. 2010, R.

Open Play Time — Fast Track, Panel — 2hr — Webster (2W)
Meet other kids and the Fast Track crew as we warm up for the weekend.

Do We Need Science Fiction? — Science, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 1 (2E)
The BBC’s Business section recently asked whether or not we need science fiction to encourage the development of new technologies. What technologies have been inspired by SF? Would they have happened without SF? What devices in SF do you think are likely to be the next new technologies? As we enter the future described in SF books and movies, are our expectations changing?
James L. Cambias (m), B. Diane Martin, Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert, Jeff Warner, Stephen R Wilk

The Supernatural Detective — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 2 (2E)
From Asimov’s Olivaw to Sara Gran’s Claire DeWitt and beyond, we have a fascination with detective stories. Set in outer space, the city next door (but with vampires), and epic-fantasy worlds, the intricate steps of a procedural can be both soothing and interest-piquing. We like our rogues, but we also love the fearless investigators who solve the crime and set things right. Where’s the line between “Damn the man!” and “Book ‘em, Danno?”
Keith R. A. DeCandido, Max Gladstone, Adam Lipkin (m), Daniel José Older, Margaret Ronald

The Gundam Universe — Anime, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
The Gundam metaseries started in 1979 and has been going strong with over 30 anime storylines in its 35 year history with a new series on the way. We’ll discuss what were our favorites and least favorites and how the series has influenced the anime world.
Mario “DigiCom” Di Giacomo, Jared Griego (m), Felicitas Ivey, Richard Ralston, Michael Toole

Comics Metallurgy: From Gold to Bronze and More — Comics, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 4 (2E)
Comics have gone through many shifts in tone, style, and marketing throughout their creation and popularization. In this panel, we give a wide view of the different ages of comics, what they represent, and how we measure how the medium moves from one to another.
Ken Gale (m), Alex Jarvis, Joey Peters, Dan Toland

Kahler/Calkins Handfasting — Trackless events, Participatory Event — 1hr — Grand A (1W)
Cameron met Mary at Arisia in 2012. He asked her out at Arisia 2012, and proposed at Arisia 2014, so it seems only fitting that they complete the circle and joining together to form a family—a man, a woman, a dragon, and a herd of plushy sheep. They have chosen to go Steampunk instead of Star Trek Betazoid, much, we are certain, to everyone’s relief.

Learn/Assist with Shooting a Live TV Show — Theater & con tech, Workshop — 1hr 15min — Grand B (1W)
Learn to shoot a live TV show! ArisiaTV will be airing the several shows this year and we need you! Learn to operate studio cameras in a multi-camera set-up shooting a staged production, and come back to actually shoot productions later that evening and on Saturday. We will be shooting “Lost Pig”, “Mathew Ebel”, “RKO Out of Gas”, “The Belly Dance Show”, and the “Post Meridian Radio Players”. There are also opportunities to try learn shading, technical directing and directing.
Syd Weinstein (m)

Friday 6:00pm

Boss Monster — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 2hr — Harbor I (3E)
You’re the monster. Your job is to lure would-be heroes to your dungeon and kill them! What more could one ask? An incredibly fun game for everyone.

Pathfinder Society — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
Pathfinder is an RPG where the character you create or have already created plays in the Pathfinder universe. As you gain levels and bonuses, you can bring your character to any Pathfinder Society game and use it. Pathfinder GMs: David Montgomery, Ray Diaz, Anthony Li, and Dan Hennessey.

Waking Dreams Games — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 12hr — Harbor I (3E)
A custom made plot using our newly published rule system that was beta tested at Arisia 2014. Open to all, running non-stop, feel free to come and go as you please. GMs: Chad Brayman, Nick Malinowski.

Reach For The Stars — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 5hr — Harbor I (3E)
This uses the Serenity system. Continue to travel in Joss Whedon’s Firefly/Serenity verse, adventure as far into the black as you can, maybe meet a familiar face or two, and dodge the Reavers and Alliance every step of the way! And remember out there, space cowboys...You can’t stop the signal! GM: Sonya Feinn.

D&D Expeditions: 1–1 Defiance in Phlan — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
The Cult of the Dragon has come to Phlan, a lawless refuge on the Moonsea. Now, with no significant authority to stop the cult, other power groups in the Realms must unite to stop the cult from fulfilling its dark purpose in the city. Participate in any one of five different missions aimed at stopping the cult. Introductory adventure for 1st-level characters. Part of the official D&D Adventurers League and the Tyranny of Dragons storyline. Please have your DCI number ready. GM: Russ Morgridge.

The Lottery — Media, Projected Media — 30min — Otis (2W)
This adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s famous New Yorker story of a traditional ritual in a small New England town features the film debut of Ed Begley Jr., and if you don’t think it’s science fiction you’re not thinking about it quite right. 16mm Kodachrome print.

Mrs. Hawking — Trackless events, Participatory Event — 2hr — Grand DE (1W)
Play—TBD

Friday 6:30pm

FEATURE PLACEHOLDER FOUR: 90 MIN — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 30min — Otis (2W)
HERE IS THE DESCRIPTION

Friday 7:00pm

Introduction to Arisia — ConComm, Panel — 1hr 15min — Alcott (3W)
Is this your first time at Arisia? Maybe your first time at a con? Welcome! Our experienced panelists will give you tips on how to get the most out of the con, and on con survival in general.
Mario “DigiCom” Di Giacomo, Jaime Garmendia, Kris “Nchanter” Snyder, Michael Sprague (m), Tanya Washburn

Masquerade Basics — Costuming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Adams (3W)
Whether you’re entering the masquerade or only just now thinking about it, we’ll cover what to expect from registration through rehearsals, in the green room and after you’ve come off the stage. We’ll cover such topics as how to prep audio and what’s expected of documentation.
Hanna Burnett, Aurora Celeste, Gaia Eirich (m), Syd Weinstein

LARP—Ex Arcana: Legacy of the Broken Tower — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 6hr — Bulfinch (3W)
Boston’s always been a hotbed of supernatural activity. When a WWI-era act of supernatural terrorism failed to open a gateway to a realm of Eldritch Darkness in 1915, the town’s dwindling Magician community breathed a collective sigh of relief. However, that gate was on a century-long timer that’s just gone off. You and your friends are new to the world of magic: plenty of raw power but little training. Can you and your Victorian “Magister” allies close the gate before it’s too late?

Avoiding Con Crash — Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Douglas (3W)
It’s the day after con, all the fatigue hits at once, feelings of sadness and/or loneliness pervade, and it’s difficult to stay motivated. Sound familiar? We’ll discuss the causes of, as well as tips for avoiding, con crash.
Lori Del Genis (Weegoddess), Lisa Hertel, Melissa Kaplan (m), David Larochelle, James Prego

Psi, SF, and Storytelling — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Faneuil (3W)
Since the days of John W. Campbell at Astounding, psi has been a staple in SF, though public discussion of the subject, by those with these experiences in real life, has been limited. Why do so many real life psi people find irresistible even problematic SFnal narratives? As children or adults, how do we identify with these depictions of people “like us,” for better or worse? What do we gain? What do we lose? And what from these flawed but enticing narratives do we embrace, reject, or reclaim?
Inanna Arthen, Dash (m), Catherine Kane

The Care and Feeding of Secondary Characters — Writing, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hale (3W)
Your main protagonist is solidly built. You know their drives, their fears, and even the way they part their hair. But your secondary characters could use some work. How do you breathe as much life into your supporting cast as into your main character? How do you make sure those characters are more than just minions, romantic interests, or sword caddies? And how do you avoid having them outshine your main character?
M. L. Brennan, D. L. Carter, Vikki Ciaffone (m), Catt Kingsgrave-Ernstein, Everett Soares

State of the Muppets 2015 — Media, Panel — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)
In the 25 years since Jim Henson died, there have been five Muppet theatrical movies, a TV series, multiple TV specials, and a series of YouTube videos. The Muppets themselves were also sold to Disney. While the renewed big screen success certainly speaks to the profitability, how are the Muppets doing creatively since Henson’s death? Have they been well-stewarded, or used as a cheap property for Disney to exploit? What are the highlights and lowlights of the last 25 years of Muppet productions?
Stephanie Clarkson, Deirdre Crimmins, Christopher Davis (m), Shira Lipkin, JoSelle Vanderhooft

Failing with Style in Games — Gaming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Griffin (3E)
For a story to have meaningful stakes, the protagonist needs to fail. Indeed, the best stories can come from overcoming failure to fight towards a final victory: e.g., Return of the Jedi. How does this translate into an RPG? If the PCs never fail, the game is boring; if they fail too much, they become discouraged and unhappy. How can you construct a fair and satisfying story out of failure? What techniques can give the satisfying feeling of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat?
William “Ian” Blanton, Brian Liberge, Peter Maranci, David Nurenberg, Rebecca Slitt (m)

Makers and Burners: Burning Man Calling — Art & Maker, Panel — 1hr 15min — Independence (3E)
Burning Man and its affiliated regional festivals are steeped in Maker culture. How are the two communities interconnected, and what effects are they having on each other?
Andrew Anselmo (m), David J. Friedman, Andrew Van Zandt

Magic Draft — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
Magic Khans of Tarkir Booster Draft

The Unicorn’s Tears — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
In this game all of the characters are awakened animals with the exception of Cat, who is a familiar. While druid and witch are away at a Burning Toad festival it is up to bear, wolf, raven, owl, horse, alpaca, puma, cat, ferret, and fox to defend the forest and save the Unicorn from villagers, necromancers, and of course Chelsea the wandering Chimera. GM: Michael Dlott

The Legend of Korra — Media, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 1 (2E)
The third season of “The Legend of Korra” found the show finally starting to live up to its potential and expectations, with mature storylines and character development. It also saw Nickelodeon removing the show from the air and only streaming it online. We’ll discuss the changes on both fronts in this panel about one of the better and more diverse cartoons on the air.
Gillian Daniels, Juliet Kahn, Donna Martinez, Rubi, James A. Wolf (m)

Brother Can You Spare a Shire? Class in SF&F — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 2 (2E)
Certain kinds of adventures are only going to happen to farm kids in the frontier or on the outer rim; others are going to happen to knights, to city-bound refugees, and still others to back country gentry. In this panel, we’re going to look at the ways that class and affluence affect characters and the stories they inhabit, as well as look toward the economic and class assumptions that fuel a lot of our stories.
Max Gladstone, Andrea Hairston, Ken Kingsgrave-Ernstein (m), Gail Z. Martin, Victor Raymond

The Map and the Story — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
Maps are a familiar sight in our field, but lately a number of stories have placed maps and cartography at the core of the stories themselves. Maps serve as portals to other worlds, cartographers remake the world in a map’s image, and mapmaking itself becomes a means to discuss the distance between perception and reality, between the map and the territory. Panelists will discuss the ways in which maps and cartography have escaped from the endpapers in recent works of fiction.
Erik Amundsen, Greer Gilman, Walter H. Hunt, N. K. Jemisin, Lee Moyer (m)

There Came a Day Unlike Any Other... — Comics, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 4 (2E)
Why do superheroes team up? What is the allure of the team of super-people, and how did they come about? All flavors and canons are to be discussed, be they Avenging, the Just, or otherwise.
Kevin Cafferty, Ed Fuqua, Alex Jarvis (m), Julia Pugliese, Dan Toland

Chain Mail Show & Tell — Costuming, Participatory Event — 1hr — Grand A (1W)
Permanent name TBD—teenager chain mail make-it, show & tell

Lost Pig Performance — Trackless events, Participatory Event — 1hr 30min — Grand B (1W)
Lost Pig: YOU are the player! No, ALL OF YOU are the player! The audience collaborates (“yells commands at the screen”) to play Admiral Jota’s award-winning interactive fiction game (“you know, like Zork and stuff?”) Lost Pig with live voice acting for every part. Only you can help Gronk, a simple farm orc, bring home the bacon!

Friday 7:20pm

Weekend Previews — Media, Projected Media — 40min — Revere (2W)
of featured presentations this weekend.

Friday 7:30pm

Cuckoo for Cthulhu — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
This time, you start out insane, being treated in a psychiatric hospital. However, you now need to escape, to prevent a terrorist incident that could shake the entire world. Is the Husam-Nu’man, the Sword of Blood, preparing the way for an even greater evil? GM: Richard Auffrey

Contra Dance — Music, Participatory Event — 2hr — Commonwealth (1W)
Beginner-friendly, traditional New England style contradances, called by Kristin Seibert with live music by JAM. All welcome!
Mari Black, Amy Englesberg, Jeff Kaufman, Kristin Seibert (m)

Friday 8:00pm

Frag — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 2hr — Harbor I (3E)
The board game version of a FPS video game, Frag is a fast-paced version of Quake Arena. Dodge enemy shots while running around picking up power-ups, weapons, and armor, then take aim and fire.

They Live! — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 33min — Otis (2W)
Rich Macchi Memorial Presentation

Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier — Media, Projected Media — 2hr 10min — Revere (2W)
Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history. Worldwide #2 movie. 2014, PG-13.

Friday 8:30pm

3D Printing—Where Does It Go From Here? — Science, Panel — 1hr 15min — Alcott (3W)
There’s a 3D printing studio in Back Bay now, printing kits are within the range of hobbyists, and the technology is mature for several materials. Let’s look beyond making chess pieces of ourselves and arguing about Plastic Gun Kits. What are the real, immediate implications? What developments are just over the horizon? What effect will this have on current products and commerce? What new things will people be able to do that they couldn’t do before? Is there a market for “green” 3D printing?
James Bredt (m), T Christopher Davis, Phillip Hallam-Baker, Sarah Smith, Stephen R Wilk

Costuming to Body Type — Costuming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Adams (3W)
Costumers come in a wealth of dimensions, and costumes should, too! Some clothing designs and silhouettes may look amazing on one body, yet unflattering on the next. Learn about designs to flatter different body types and the tips and tricks to altering what you’ve got. Learn to think outside the box when it comes to adapting existing characters to your own.
Lori Del Genis (Weegoddess), Gaia Eirich (m), Barbara M Pugliese, Jamila Sisco, Nightwing Whitehead

WW II in SF/F — Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Douglas (3W)
With the 70th anniversary of the end of WW II approaching, an assessment of how the conflict influenced and affected science fiction and fantasy is in order. SF/F cinema has not dealt with World War II extensively, and much of it has been done obliquely. Television has not been much more prolific. The printed word has seen far more treatment of World War II, from alternative histories to time travel stories, to first-hand accounts and stories that defy easy categorization.
Lisa J. Evans, Terry Franklin (m), Megan Lewis, Sonya Taaffe

Imagining an Anti-Oppressive SF/F Universe — Writing, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hale (3W)
Gene Roddenberry’s “Star Trek” series imagined a post-oppressive future with no war, poverty, or racism on Earth. Is such a society possible? How do you convincingly portray utopian societies in your fiction?
Forest Handford, David Larochelle (m), Elizabeth McCoy, David Nurenberg, Pablo Miguel Alberto Vazquez III

Addressing Sexual Harassment in Our Communities — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)
Harassment and safety at conventions is not a new topic, but it has been very much in the spotlight for the past couple of years. Many conventions, including Arisia, are taking steps to prioritize safety. What are the best ways to make convention attendees safer? Should we be looking at convention polices and enforcement, reporting procedures, or social change on what fans tolerate as acceptable behavior? How do our current strategies work, how could they work better, and who is doing it well?
Hanna Burnett, Mary Catelynn Cunningham, Colette H. Fozard, Amos Meeks, Michelle Wexelblat (m)

Bloody Songs — Music, Panel — 1hr 15min — Griffin (3E)
In honor of the blood drive, we’ll be having a moderated song circle on the topics of blood, bleeding, and vampires. Come sing, play, or just listen!
Nat Budin (m), Merav Hoffman, Angela Kessler

Chainmail 101: European 4 in 1 Weave — Art & Maker, Panel — 1hr 15min — Independence (3E)
Learn how to make this basic armor weave. We provide a kit of rings and pliers to borrow. A sign-up sheet will be located at the Program Nexus near Registration, or you can stop by before the workshop to see if there’s room. This workshop is limited to 15 people. Materials fee: $5 per participant.
Liz Cademy, Ket Waters

Guided Tour of Arisia — ConComm, Participatory Event — 1hr 15min — Lobby (2W)
Are you new to Arisia? Could you use some help making sense of the layout of the hotel? Have you been attending for some time, and feel like checking out some new areas at the convention? Please join us for a walking tour of Arisia with highlights of the convention. We will start the tour at the Information Desk (located in the lobby, between the elevators and the Starbucks).
Kris “Nchanter” Snyder, Tanya Washburn (m)

Remembering Robin Williams — Media, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 1 (2E)
The world lost one of the great funnymen last year when Robin Williams died. From his start as Mork from Ork through cult hits like Toys and Hook to big budget movies like Jumanji and Aladdin, he’s worked in some incredibly memorable genre roles as well. Join us as we remember some of his greatest moments.
Hanna Lee Rubin Abramowitz, Daniel M Kimmel (m), Santiago Rivas, Ken Schneyer, Cheryl Wallace

Tricksters of All Trades — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 2 (2E)
Trickster gods pop up in the folklore of many cultures. Coyote, Loki, The Monkey King, and Hermes all play tricks and struggle to escape punishment. How have they been revisited in fiction and stories? Has contemporary literature cultivated its own tricksters?
Vikki Ciaffone, Andrea Hairston, N. K. Jemisin, Catt Kingsgrave-Ernstein, Daniel José Older (m)

Transgender Fen: The Next Generation — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
Let’s discuss the experiences and needs of the younger transgender fen community (including non-binary folk). What concerns and messages do trans* youth and young adults have to share with the larger community?
Dash, Lorelei Erisis, Cassandra Lease, Tori Queeno, Hannah Elyse Simpson (m)

Comic Book Movies: The Gateway Drug — Comics, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 4 (2E)
So, you liked Guardians of the Galaxy, but didn’t get why everyone was freaking out during the closing credits. If you or a friend has been sucked into comics via movies, TV shows, or video games, come to this panel to learn how to take a new habit and transform it into a steady weekly addiction.
Bob Chipman (m), Alexa Dickman, Troy Minkowsky, Julia Pugliese

Everything in Game of Thrones Is Wrong — Fan Interest, Lecture — 1hr — Grand A (1W)
Athena School of Arms presents: Hollywood and TV are notoriously bad at depicting the medieval setting correctly. Combat and warfare in medieval-ish settings for both fantasy and historical movies and books are woefully misleading. Swords aren’t heavy, armor worked, and longbows didn’t rule the battlefield. Personal combat and the conduct of war through the ages will be discussed to expose these myths.

Hallucinating Shakespeare — Theater, Participatory Event — 1hr — Grand DE (1W)
Performance

Friday 9:00pm

LARP—Nexus Elements (Part 1) — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 3hr 30min — Faneuil (3W)
The developing town of Yestin has changed much. The new town guard has dramatically decreased the number of hooligans terrorizing the farmers. They have suffered a zombie plague and anti-magic holes. What will they face next? All adventurers welcome to help tame this wild land! Come use powers of brawn, brain, and magic to settle the wilderness for great reward! (Part 1 of 3. If you have your own boffers, bring them; loaners are in short supply.)

Friday 9:30pm

Matthew Ebel, Musician — Music, Concert — 1hr 30min — Grand B (1W)
Matthew Ebel, concert

Friday 10:00pm

Games and Minority Representation — Gaming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Alcott (3W)
Why are games (LARP, tabletop, and video games) still so predominantly white, male, straight, and cis? Who is pushing for diversity in gaming, and who should be, but isn’t? What can allies do to make games more inclusive and diverse? What are some recent successes, and where is there still work to be done?
Heather Albano, Bob Chipman, Caelyn Sandel (m), Pablo Miguel Alberto Vazquez III

Cataloging — Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Adams (3W)
At some point we accumulate a certain critical mass of things, whether DVDs, books, or action figures. How do we sort these items to make sure we read/watch everything, loan to friends, keep a neat house, etc. How do we keep track of our stuff so we know we haven’t lost something? Do we put everything in chronological order or alphabetical order, by author, creator, or title? Join us as our panel gives tips and pointers on organization on a more particular scale than Housekeeping for Nerds.
Alexa Dickman, Dennis McCunney, Daniel Miller, Mark Waks (m), Michele Weinstein

Edge of Tomorrow and the World of Japanese SF — Anime, Panel — 1hr 15min — Douglas (3W)
Tom Cruise’s SF time-twister failed to hit at the box office, but it’s notable for being a western adaptation of eastern science fiction, Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s All You Need Is Kill. It’s a first in a cinematic world dominated by the west. But modern Japanese SF and fantasy has a rich history, and happily much of it is now available in English. Come and discover some new favorites from the land of the rising sun.
Barbara M Pugliese, Julia Pugliese, Richard Ralston, Michael Toole (m)

Circuit Bending — Art & Maker, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hale (3W)
Circuit bending is the creative customization of the circuits within electronic devices (children’s toys, small digital synthesizers, and low-voltage battery-powered guitar effects) to create new musical or visual instruments and sound generators. Jimmie will lead you in hacking your own musical device from parts. $20 materials fee.
Jimmie Rodgers

BDSM 101: A Beginner’s Guide — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)
There are a lot of different ways to practice BDSM. How can you get into it without getting in over your head? What can you do to stay safe while experimenting and exploring your own limits? We’ll go over a few do’s and, more importantly, don’ts of trying BDSM. 18+ Only.
Adri, Michelle Driscoll (m), Shana Fuqua, Rachel Kenley, Percival

Open Filk — Music, Panel — 1hr 15min — Griffin (3E)
Come listen and/or make music in this unthemed song circle. We will go around in a circle giving every person a chance to perform (Play), request a song (Pick), or Pass. All types of music are welcome, but expect to hear a lot of songs related to science fiction, fantasy, science, and fandom.
Daniel Marsh, Benjamin Newman (m)

Getting Started with Cheap CNC — Art & Maker, Panel — 1hr 15min — Independence (3E)
In 2014, 3D printing and CNC machining are suddenly a lot cheaper. With 3D printers under $500 and CNC mills even cheaper, there has never been a better time to buy in! In this panel, we will discuss the exciting possibilities and how to get started yourself.
James Bredt, Phillip Hallam-Baker, Clarence Risher, Andrew Van Zandt (m)

Home Movies from Worldcon — Fan Interest, Projected Media — 15min — Otis (2W)
See artists drinking obscure Scandinavian beverages! See the secret passageways where only Hugo winners are allowed to tread! See a full orchestra performing at a Worldcon! See Filthy Pierre playing his special instrument and Alastair Reynolds on a panel! View the Owl of the Remove! Using the latest in government-surplus imaging technology, we bring Loncon 3 to those who were unable to attend as well as those who had such a good time they want to see it all over again. In 16mm Kludgearama.

Fairy Tales on Film and TV — Media, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 1 (2E)
Between “Once Upon a Time” and “Grimm” on television, and movies like Maleficent and Frozen, it’s a good time for fans of entertainment based on fairy tales. What makes these works so effective at translating these classics into other media? Why aren’t we seeing more works based on fairy tales and folklore from other cultures? What other works are coming up that deserve to be highlighted?
Hanna Lee Rubin Abramowitz, Monica Castillo, George Claxton, James Macdonald, David Olsen, Heather Urbanski (m)

Speculative Fiction: The Year in Review — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 2 (2E)
What books, short stories, and poetry have we read this year? What trends and patterns have emerged in the genre?
Morgan Crooks, Gillian Daniels (m), Tegan Mannino

Paganism 101 — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
What does it mean to be pagan? What resources are available for pagans in their communities? Our panelists discuss how they came to their tradition, how paganism impacts their daily life, and what challenges and rewards they experience as a modern pagan.
Gayle Blake, D. Cameron Calkins, Damarie—Aurora Freyasdottir, Sean Kane, Emily Walton (m)

Grant Morrison: Comic Book Supergod — Comics, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 4 (2E)
Chaos Magician, Shaman, and comic writer, Grant Morrison has written some of the most colorful, eccentric, and straight-up confusing comics of the past twenty years. We’ll go over his comics, his ethos, and his plans with the DC universe in this panel.
Ed Fuqua, Jaime Garmendia, Alex Jarvis (m), Troy Minkowsky, Joey Peters

Drum Circle — Music, Participatory Event — 3hr — Grand A (1W)
This is an open Drum Circle. All are welcome—if you have a drum, please bring it. You don’t need a drum to dance or enjoy the ambience, but if you have one, don’t forget to pack it. You can also bring zills, tambourines, and any non-amplified instruments. Yes, kids are welcome, but this is not babysitting, so please do not leave children unattended.

Techno Contra — Music, Participatory Event — 2hr — Commonwealth (1W)
Beginner-friendly, traditional New England style contradances, but with a modern twist! Calling by Kristin Seibert with live music by JAM. All welcome.
Mari Black, Amy Englesberg, Jeff Kaufman, Kristin Seibert (m)

Friday 10:15pm

Silent Movie: The Hunchback of Notre Dame — Media, Projected Media — 2hr — Otis (2W)
This 1923 adaptation of the Victor Hugo classic was Universal’s most successful film of the silent era. Lon Chaney Sr. plays the deaf, half-blind bell ringer of the cathedral trying to survive as a complex web of intrigue weaves around him. The special effects made it unique, with makeup considered so horrifying that crew members were made squeamish. Carl Sandburg calls it “Surely the best piece of character work [Chaney] has done.” This film will be accompanied by our live organist, Marnen.

Friday 10:20pm

Joss Whedon’s In Your Eyes — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 45min — Revere (2W)
Two seemingly unconnected souls from different corners of the United States make a telepathic bond. 2014, R.

Friday 11:30pm

Erotica Reading: Tan, Wilkins, and Williams — Writing, Reading — 1hr 15min — Hale (3W)
Authors Cecilia Tan, Connie Wilkins, and Jennifer Williams read selections from their works.
Cecilia Tan, Connie Wilkins, Jennifer Williams

Teasecraft Kinky Maker Meetup:Fun with Silicone! — Art & Maker, Workshop — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)
Do you have a sex toy that you like but wish it were a slightly different size, shape, or firmness? Perhaps you have an idea for a brand new toy, or you’d really like a copy of that Special Someone? We’ll talk about the basics of casting and moldmaking, including body casting and body-safe materials. Teasecraft is a meetup group for folks interested in making their own sex toys, BDSM equipment, & other fun things. Not working on a project right now? No worries! Come out and be inspired.
Jimmie Rodgers, Kristen Stubbs

Filking into the Night — Music, Panel — 5hr 45min — Griffin (3E)
Open Filk descends into chaos. Music will continue as long as people are interested.
Paul Estin (m)

Getting Started in the Public BDSM Scene — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
So you enjoy kink and think it might be fun to step out of the bedroom and meet others who share your interests. How can you find your local BDSM groups? Once you’ve found them, what should you expect... and how should you behave? 18+ Only.
Mary Catelynn Cunningham (m), Walter Allen Kahn, Lawrence Nelson, Percival, Ian Cooper Rose


Saturday 12:00am

Rocky Horror—Up Close and In Your Face — Trackless events, Participatory Event — 3hr 30min — Grand B (1W)
It’s a love story about a boy, a girl, a scientist, his creation, a maid and butler who are brother and sister, and an unrelated tap dancing groupie. In Facebook terms “it’s complicated”, and it’s a musical. Come watch the Teseracte Players of Boston free-style shadowcast this 70’s cult classic.

Club Dance — Music, Participatory Event — 4hr — Commonwealth (1W)
Club Dance dancing

Saturday 12:05am

Kiss of the Damned — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 30min — Revere (2W)
The vampire Djuna resists the advances of Paolo, but soon gives in to their passion. 2012, R.

Saturday 1:45am

Forbidden Zone — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 10min — Revere (2W)
The bizarre, surreal, and musical tale of a girl who travels to another dimension through the gateway found in her family’s basement. 1980, R.

Saturday 3:00am

Thale — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 15min — Revere (2W)
Norwegian folklore turns out to be real when Leo and Elvis encounter Thale in a basement. Subtitled 2012, R (nudity).

Saturday 4:15am

Europa Report — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 30min — Revere (2W)
An international crew of astronauts undertakes a privately funded mission to search for life on Jupiter’s fourth largest moon. 2013, PG-13.

Saturday 5:45am

Owls’ Castle — Media, Projected Media — 2hr 15min — Revere (2W)
As the great military commander Nobunaga Oda was consolidating his power across Japan, one of his actions was to wipe out a clan of assassins, killing every man, woman, and child. Subtitled Japanese. 1999, PG-13.

Saturday 8:00am

Waking Dreams Games — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 16hr — Harbor I (3E)
A custom made plot using our newly published rule system that was beta tested at Arisia 2014. Open to all, running non-stop, feel free to come and go as you please. GM: Chad Brayman, Nick Malinowski

Saturday 8:05am

Bringing Up Baby — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 40min — Revere (2W)
While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist (Cary Grant) is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress (Katherine Hepburn) and her pet leopard (Baby). For Science. 1938, G B/W.

Saturday 8:30am

Best Manga Series That Don’t Have an Anime — Anime, Panel — 1hr 15min — Douglas (3W)
An anime does not a good manga series always make! Our panelists will bring up some of their favorite manga series that haven’t received an anime adaptation and why you should pick them up the next time you see them on the shelf at the local store!
Yitzy Abramowitz (m), Mary Dumas, Michael Toole

Plan Your Con Mornings — Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hale (3W)
Are you a morning person in a night owl world? Things at the con usually don’t start before 10:00, but early birds can get together for this meet up/planning session. This is a chance to plan some group activities such as morning walks, a swim in the pool, or maybe just planning your activities for the weekend. Come find your fellow early birds.
Howard G Beatman, Samantha Dings, Elaine Isaak, Michele Weinstein (m)

Saturday Morning Prayer — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)
Being a geek and being spiritual don’t need to be mutually exclusive. Come join us for a morning prayer service, on Saturday and Sunday morning, modeled from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer and the Iona Abbey Book of Worship. This is a non-denominational Christian service, but all are welcome, regardless of faith, gender, sexuality, or gender expression. Children are also welcomed. And don’t worry about being late—you will still be welcomed!
Craig R McDonough (m)

Geeky Play Date — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Webster (2W)
Looking to meet up with other parents and kids at the con? Geeky Play Date is a casual, drop-in space for you and your children. Kids can bring their favorite toys and make new friends! Parents can do the same! Please note: this is not a babysitting service/venue; plan on tending to your children. If you need to leave a Red-Ribbon Fast Track child for a 10am panel, you may do so after 9:45, and after checking in with Fast Track staff.
Damarie—Aurora Freyasdottir

Gentle Yoga — Trackless events, Participatory Event — 1hr — Commonwealth (1W)
This is a restorative, restful, flowing (vinyasa), one-hour class suitable for all levels. There are no standing poses. All movement is coordinated with the breath. Practitioners at all fitness levels who revel in a deep slow session are encouraged to attend, including those of us who are older, obese, or otherwise have significant physical limitations. Enjoy a lighter heart and a greater sense of harmony. Please bring a Yoga mat or a towel and dress comfortably.

Saturday 9:00am

Pathfinder Society — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
An official Pathfinder RPG. GM: see original listing of this game for the list of GMs running this event.

MoonQuake Escape — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 3hr — Harbor I (3E)
Players find themselves desperately attempting to escape a high-security prison facility on the lonely planet of Zartaclaton as the latter is unexpectedly giving away to collapse. Spinning rings on a multi-level, 3D board with a rotating and revolving moon mark this unique, light family friendly tabletop game. GM: Jeff Johnston

Reach For The Stars — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 5hr — Harbor I (3E)
Continue to travel in Joss Whedon’s Firefly/Serenity verse, adventure as far into the black as you can, maybe meet a familiar face or two, and dodge the Reavers and Alliance every step of the way! And remember out there, space cowboys....You can’t stop the signal! GM: Sonya Feinn

Star Hero: Noble Ideas — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
A group of dedicated individuals have come together to fix the problems they see in a galactic culture that has existed for thousands of years. Roleplaying stressed over mechanics. This game does not use the Hero Games “official” Star Hero setting. An Infinite Imaginations, Inc. event. GM: Geoff Speare

Matango: The Fungus of Terror — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 29min — Otis (2W)
In this dark Japanese classic, survivors of a shipwrecked yacht arrive on an island where they encounter mysterious mushrooms. Driven to starvation, they develop an uncontrollable urge to eat them, and only then realize that most of the mushroom is under the surface. Directed by Ishiro Honda and many of the Toho crew who brought you Godzilla. “The thrills here aren’t so much visceral as they are psychological,” says Jeff Axtman. “Mushrooms can really mess you up,” says Wavy Gravy.

Make Your Own Wings — Fast Track, Panel — 2hr — Hancock (2W)
Come craft your own fairy or dragon wings to wear this weekend.
Shari Brezinsky

Saturday 10:00am

COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey — Science, Panel — 1hr 15min — Alcott (3W)
Neil deGrasse Tyson hosted a successful season of “Cosmos”. Seen by many as a “remake” of Carl Sagan’s PBS show, others consider it a bold shot back from scientists at the anti-science nabobs of our day. Let’s talk about how much it has (or hasn’t) changed the discussion.
Mark L Amidon, Justine Graykin, Gordon Linzner (m), Marlin May, N.A. Ratnayake

Low-Fi Sci-Fi — Media, Panel — 1hr 15min — Adams (3W)
Low-budget movies have long been a part of the SF/F/H landscape, but recent years have seen a trend towards low-budget movies that aim (and often hit) much higher than expected. Films like Primer, Moon, Another Earth, Monsters, and Chronicle have outshined (and sometimes outearned) movies with nine-figure budgets. We’ll talk about the rise of these indie genre flicks, and how they’re affecting the movies produced by the major studios.
Deirdre Crimmins, Terry Franklin (m), Resa Nelson, Eric M Van, Jennifer Williams

Housekeeping for Nerds — Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Douglas (3W)
You may be easily distracted (ooh, shiny!) or quickly bored, but at some point you will want to show off your place to a girl, boy, your parents, or maybe a new guild member. Come discuss tips and tricks for having and maintaining livable space by creating organizing and housekeeping systems that will keep your house from smelling like feet, without cutting into your WoW time too much.
Hanna Lee Rubin Abramowitz, Bonnie Barlow, Samantha Dings (m), David Larochelle, Sarah Smith

Worldbuilding for Games — Gaming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Faneuil (3W)
There’s nothing like running a game in a world of your own creation. The construction of your campaign and setting can make or break your campaign down the road. Our experts share their experiences, best practices, and common pitfalls for creating a world that will give your players an experience they’ll never forget.
Cassandra Lease, Joshua A.C. Newman, Percival, William C. Walker III, Jonathan Woodward (m)

Religions, Holidays, and Rituals in Your Fiction — Writing, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hale (3W)
Our panelists discuss religions, holidays, and rituals across the genres (fantasy, horror, SF) and their creation. What are the differences in belief systems associated with traditional holidays of our world’s different cultures as compared to those in genre fiction?
Terri Bruce (m), Barbara Chepatis, Debra Doyle, Barry Longyear, Morven Westfield

Erasure Is Not Equality — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)
A discussion of the erasure of people of color in history-based SF/F. Good writers research their subject matter, so why are we seeing SF/F set in the Old West or major cities or anywhere that doesn’t include the actual people of color who were present & who are part of the historical record? Everything from the Moors in Scotland to Chinese laborers in the Old West to Africans in the Roman Empire will be discussed.
N. K. Jemisin, Daniel José Older, Mark Oshiro, Victor Raymond (m), Nisi Shawl

Gender and Gaming — Gaming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Griffin (3E)
This panel seeks to explore how American views on gender roles affect what games we choose to play, and how we behave when we play. You know the stereotypes: men like violence and strategy, women like sparkles and community-oriented games. But what about gamers who don’t fall into those categories—gamers who don’t like what they’re “supposed” to like, or who reject this binary entirely? Let’s talk about how to make each other feel welcome, and rethink how we play together and what we enjoy.
Chris Denmead, Brian Liberge, Meghan McGinley (m), Madelyn Myers, Caelyn Sandel

Materials Safety for the Artist — Art & Maker, Panel — 1hr 15min — Independence (3E)
With all due respect to Van Gogh, don’t poison yourself with cadmium. If you plan on doing art professionally, you should be thinking about longevity of your craft. What are ways to protect your physical and mental health while still performing? We will talk about hazards for both the 2D and 3D artist, covering a range of media.
Hanna Burnett, Lisa Hertel, Sarah “Tashari” Morrison, Carsten Turner (m)

Stone Age — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 2hr — Harbor I (3E)
Use your meeples to gain items, cards, huts, and resources to give you an advantage in your quest for victory points.

Ticket to Ride — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 2hr — Harbor I (3E)
The train game everybody loves. Build your routes across the country but be careful you don’t get shut out by your opponents.

Particle Fever — Science, Projected Media — 1hr 30min — Revere (2W)
Two competing theories predict values for the Higgs particle. No spoilers please.... Check http://arxiv.org/. 2013, PG.

Learn to Knit — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hancock (2W)
Learn to knit—we provide everything!
Katherine Brick, Nicole Robinson, Jill Singer, Aimee Yermish

Short Story Contest! — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hancock (2W)
Do you have creative ideas that are just bursting to get out? Come and try your hand at writing a short story and submitting it to win a small prize!
Abby Hafer, Elaine Isaak, Ian Randal Strock

Princesses & Princes Playdate — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 30min — Webster (2W)
Children of all ages are invited to spend a morning with their favorite Disney princesses! The princesses (and some princes) from all your favorite Disney films will be at Arisia to lead a wonderful playdate full of games, reading stories, and singing songs, with plenty of time to play and take pictures too!
Emiy Simon (m)

Guided Tour of Arisia — ConComm, Participatory Event — 1hr 15min — Lobby (2W)
Are you new to Arisia? Could you use some help making sense of the layout of the hotel? Have you been attending for some time, and feel like checking out some new areas at the convention? Please join us for a walking tour of Arisia with highlights of the convention. We will start the tour at the Information Desk (located in the lobby, between the elevators and the Starbucks).
Tanya Washburn (m)

Recreations, with a Twist — Costuming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 1 (2E)
Whether it’s a Victorian twist on superheroes, club wear inspired by cartoons, or a steampunked version of your favorite space captain, there’s a new twist on yesterday’s character costume. Our panelists discuss some of the endless possibilities in this growing trend of mashups, reimaginings, and reinterpretations.
Milo Martinez, Elizabeth O’Malley, Julia Pugliese (m), Danielle Souza

The Arisia Book Club: Reading the Hugos — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 2 (2E)
Read this year’s Hugo-winning novel (Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie) and stories (“Equoid” by Charles Stross, “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal, and “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” by John Chu), and come on down to discuss!
Erik Amundsen, Christopher Davis (m), Elektra Hammond, Kate Nepveu, Jennifer Allis Provost

The Early Days of Gainax! — Anime, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
In 1981, a gang of outcasts, nerds, and college students got together to throw the greatest anime and science fiction convention in history. Three years later, they’d form a company that would change the face of anime forever. Learn the secret history of Studio Gainax, its early works, and how a group of fanboys turned their passion into something extraordinary!
Mario “DigiCom” Di Giacomo, Dan Morris, Richard Ralston, Michael Toole (m)

Comics for Everyone from Nine to Ninety Nine — Comics, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 4 (2E)
Once upon a time comics struggled with proving that they weren’t just for kids anymore. In the last few years comics have proven that they’re not just for grown-ups anymore either! More and more titles are reaching out to the audience at large regardless of age. Join us as we recommend our favorites and discover new and exciting reads!
Zachary Clemente, Alexa Dickman, Ken Gale (m), David Marshall

Wand Dueling Workshop with HP-NYC — Fan Interest, Participatory Event — 1hr — Grand A (1W)
The art of wand dueling is a centuries old practice that has unfortunately fallen by the wayside in today’s modern wizarding curriculum. Join Harry Potter NYC as their top wand dueling instructors demonstrate several of the offensive and defensive moves most frequently employed in duels. Many of these can be seen being used in the now famous Harry Potter documentary films. You can bring your own wands, or if needed training wands can be provided.

Masquerade / Rehearsal — Theater, Rehearsal — 4hr 30min — Grand B (1W)
Masquerade rehearsal

Walk the Labyrinth — Trackless events, Participatory Event — 1hr 15min — Commonwealth (1W)
Take a long walk in a small space. Come find your center in our 30’x30’ Seven-Circuit Classical Labyrinth. A tool for walking meditation, use it to find a little peace during the excitement of Arisia. Supervised children welcome.

Saturday 10:30am

Kingmaker — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 5hr — Harbor I (3E)
A classic Avalon Hill game set in the time of the English Wars of the Roses. Build and control a faction of nobles that, through battle, diplomacy, and politics, attempts to eliminate other players’ factions, and gain control of one or more members of the two rival royal families, the House of Lancaster and the House of York. GM: Corbin Covault

The Perilous Halls of Sorrow — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
There was no cataclysm that brought the world low. Sure—there are stories of a golden age of heroes and gods, but the people standing before you now, watching and waiting for your answer, are all there is. Life is tough and terrifying and dangerous and, for the most part, utterly unfair. People huddle in their cramped and muddy villages behind walls of wood and daub hoping that the underworld doesn’t find them. But it did. That is why you are here. GM: Dale Houston

Dr. Who and the Daleks — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 22min — Otis (2W)
One of two films made with Peter Cushing as the Doctor, unrelated to the BBC productions, with the rest of the Who family including his granddaughters Susan and Barbara. Barbara’s boyfriend Ian accidentally sends the TARDIS to the planet of the Thals, where we meet brightly-colored Daleks. This is in a way an altered retelling of the BBC’s second serial. Radio Times says “Despite its many faults, it’s still a fun ride for both the uninitiated and die-hard fans alike.” 1965, in 35mm Technicolor.

Saturday 11:00am

Massachusetts Bay Colony 1630 Pike & Shot Drill — Trackless events, Participatory Event — 1hr — Grand A (1W)
When the first English colonists came to America, they expected to have to fight. Muskets and pikes dominated the battlefields of Europe, and would soon decide Britain’s fate in the English Civil Wars. See the Salem Trayned Band, a re-enactment unit portraying the militia of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in its earliest years, demonstrate how the colonists brought this military technology—including sixteen-foot pikes—to the New World.
Salem Trayned Band (m)

Saturday 11:30am

Convention Feedback — ConComm, Panel — 1hr 15min — Alcott (3W)
Tell us how to improve Arisia while there’s still time to fix (some) things!
Anna R Bradley, David D’Antonio, Jaime Garmendia, Benjamin Levy, Amos Meeks, Micah Schneider, Kris “Nchanter” Snyder, Michael Sprague (m), Thomas Traina

Movie Year in Review — Media, Panel — 1hr 15min — Adams (3W)
Our annual look back at the year in SF, horror, and fantasy film. Our panel of experts will cover every theatrical release of 2014. Find out which ones are worth catching up with. Note: Time for audience participation is reserved for the end of our panel’s high speed review.
John Bowker, Monica Castillo, Bob Chipman, Chris Denmead, Daniel M Kimmel (m)

LARP—Terosian Adventures — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 6hr — Bulfinch (3W)
In the Terosian kingdom of Ishtek, a merchant wagon is daring the goblin pass in the Krosh mountains. Good pay, glory, and a chance to show your skills are offered to those who are willing to protect the merchants. All levels of experience are welcome in this boffer fantasy LARP. If players have their own weapons, then they should bring them, as loaners are finite. All rules information, including character creation, can be found on our site: http://terosis.weebly.com

Paneling 101: A Primer — Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Douglas (3W)
A panel on doing panels, for noobs and the plain unaware. Learn etiquette, preparing, benefits, the role of the moderator, how to moderate, how to handle a rogue panelist, and how to handle a rogue audience member.
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Bob Kuhn (m), Joy Marchand, Percival, Michele Weinstein

Does the Real World Belong in Games? — Gaming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Faneuil (3W)
While some games may be escapist pastimes, they will always be a reflection of the world we live in. Should we be able to ignore reality when we dive into our games? Our panelists will discuss whether “fun” is necessarily opposed to “social commentary”, and games that have successfully combined the two. Can we use “it’s just a game” to avoid discussing the extreme violence in games or the ongoing questions about how women and minorities are treated in the industry?
T Christopher Davis, N. K. Jemisin, Madelyn Myers, William C. Walker III (m)

Breathing Life into Your Player Character — Gaming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hale (3W)
Putting some “character” into your player character will help make your role-playing experience awesome and memorable for everyone at the table, but it can be daunting. Our seasoned panel will share tips and techniques for creating memorable and fun characters for all sorts of tabletop role-playing games, followed by a Q&A session.
William “Ian” Blanton (m), Sharone Horowit-Hendler, Peter Maranci, Daniel Miller, Jonathan Woodward

Singing in the Pool — Music, Panel — 1hr 15min — Pool (3W)
What’s better than singing in a shower? Singing in a swimming pool! We hear the acoustics are great, so bring a bathing suit and help us test them!
Jeff Keller, Jeremy Kessler (m)

TheWorld Fantasy Award:Behind Lovecraft’s Back — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)
China Mieville has been quoted as having his World Fantasy Award bust of H. P. Lovecraft turned face toward the wall so he can write behind the old man’s back. Daniel Jose Older has recently launched a petition to change the award to a bust of Octavia Butler, prompting rather heated response from Lovecraft scholar S. T. Joshi. Round two: fight.
Erik Amundsen, Andrea Hairston, Mark Oshiro (m), Nisi Shawl

Filk 101 — Music, Panel — 1hr 15min — Griffin (3E)
Curious about Filk? Come to this interactive introduction and ask your questions or request songs. Find out if anyone knows a song based on your favorite author’s work or about your favorite small furry animal. See how a song circle works.
Nat Budin, Ellen Kranzer, Peggi Warner-Lalonde (m)

The Future of Art Education — Art & Maker, Panel — 1hr 15min — Independence (3E)
Art class in public schools is an endangered species. Despite studies that show creative activities and learning are critically important, the demands of standardized testing are reducing and even eliminating time for art. What is lost when art is banished from school? How will the next generation study their crafts? What can we do to reverse this trend?
David J. Friedman, Sarah “Tashari” Morrison, Meredith Schwartz, Carsten Turner (m), Penelope Wilhelm

The Creation of the Humanoids — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 20min — Revere (2W)
In a post atomic holocaust society, robots take it on their own to help the dying human race. Retro polyamory. 1962, PG.

Cross-Cultural Costuming — Costuming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 1 (2E)
When presenting a character or costume of a race, ethnicity, or culture not your own, to what issues must we be sensitive? What are the pitfalls, and how do we avoid them? Where is the line between respectful cultural representation and cultural appropriation?
Aurora Celeste (m), Catt Kingsgrave-Ernstein, Milo Martinez, Jamila Sisco

Neurodiversity in SF/F — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 2 (2E)
How are autistic and other neurodiverse characters presented in SF/F? What works handle this subject well, and which do not? Who are some neurodiverse authors whom we should all be reading? And how, as a genre, do we move beyond stories only focused on a “cure”?
Thom Dunn, Don Sakers, David G. Shaw (m), JoSelle Vanderhooft

Anime/Manga: Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That — Anime, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
Are you terrified of starting a series like Bleach or One Piece when you see the multitude of volumes sitting on the bookstore shelf? Never fear—whether you are busy with work, kids, or just can’t fathom starting a series the creator hasn’t finished in 10 years, we’ll talk about some anime and manga options that you can finish in days or weeks, not years.
Yitzy Abramowitz, William Frank, Diana Hsu, Elizabeth O’Malley (m), Doug Wilder

The New Big Three: Image, Dark Horse, and IDW — Comics, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 4 (2E)
Over the last decade, a number of small, up-and-coming publishers have joined the likes of Image and Dark Horse in becoming the new mainstream over the Big Two. Some of these new companies, such as BOOM! Studios and even the returning Valiant Comics, have even scored big name licensing deals with hit properties ranging from My Little Pony to Ghostbusters to Star Trek. Join us as we discuss who the next big publisher could be.
E. J. Barnes, Zachary Clemente, Jaime Garmendia (m), Joey Peters

Belly Dance Class — Fan Interest, Participatory Event — 1hr — Commonwealth (1W)
Belly dance class

Saturday 12:00pm

Warring Kingdom — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
Learn and play the successfully kickstarted local board game featuring tactical combat and deck building, Warring Kingdom! See why reviewers are calling it “Highly interactive and highly fun.” “A game surpassing classics in its field.” “I can’t speak enough praise about the battle mechanics. I love it so much.” GM: Harry Gao

Blackjack — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 6hr — Harbor I (3E)
Learn how to play blackjack or practice your game. No real money is used or awarded. This is a teaching game. GMs: Dave Cantor and Dale Farmer.

A Roman Legion: Legio III Cyrenaica — Trackless events, Participatory Event — 30min — Grand A (1W)
The Roman Legions are undoubtedly among the best known and most influential military forces in history. Their exploits remain legendary, and they continue to be a subject for books, movies, and TV. This New England-based reenacting group seeks to accurately portray the Legion in the 1st Century AD, initially tasked with keeping Egypt’s rich ports, grain supplies, and mines under Roman control. Members will showcase various arms, armor, tactics, and troop types (Legionaries and Auxiliaries).
Legio III Cyrenaica (m)

Saturday 12:30pm

Space Is the Place — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 22min — Otis (2W)
Space jazz musician Sun Ra lands in Oakland after many years in space, bringing a new message and offering to take Black people to a new planet. But it turns out he’s being monitored by agents of the Overseer who are out to get him. It’s a little disjointed and a lot weird and it’s a great introduction to Sun Ra’s brand of jazz and philosophy. On the internet some people say this is a Blaxploitation film, some say it’s a jazz film, but at Arisia we know it’s a science fiction film.

Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel Prizes — Science, Participatory Event — 1hr 30min — Grand DE (1W)
Highlights from Ig Nobel prize-winning studies and patents, presented in dramatic mini-readings by luminaries and experts (in some field). The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions about the research presented. Answers will be based on the expertise of the presenters, who may have a different expertise than the researchers. NOTE: Some of the presenters will be selected from nominations made in advance by you the fen! Nominate someone HERE (URL to follow)

Saturday 1:00pm

Avoiding Culturefail — Writing, Panel — 1hr 15min — Alcott (3W)
How can writers best avoid creating simplistic or hurtful imaginary cultures? How can you avoid portraying real world cultures without resorting to stereotypes? Is doing research enough? Where do you start?
Steve E Popkes, Victor Raymond, Kiini Ibura Salaam, Nisi Shawl (m), W. B. J. Williams

Atheist Fen — Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Adams (3W)
They say science fiction has gone mainstream, but atheism is still one of the last taboos in many parts of America. Still, atheist voices have been getting more attention in the press. Does fandom tend toward a higher percentage of atheists than the general public? And is fandom more accepting of atheists, or are some fans still “in the closet”?
Steve Davidson, Ed Fuqua, Shana Fuqua (m), Peter Maranci, Jeff Warner

Anime Cons: Behind the Scenes — Anime, Panel — 1hr 15min — Douglas (3W)
Seasoned anime convention staffers discuss how much work it actually takes to put on a successful con. Perfect for people who are interested in staffing or volunteering for cons in the future. You’re sure to hear some amazing horror stories from cons gone wrong and the lessons learned as well.
Colette H. Fozard, Jared Griego (m), Bettina Kurkoski, Pam Larson, Richard Ralston

Practical Considerations for Costumers — Costuming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Faneuil (3W)
Our panel of veteran costumers talk about everything from pockets, to footwear, to how to wear your badge in character. They’ll address costume and prop transport and storage, ways to increase your own personal comfort in costume, and safety tips for costuming in crowds.
Hanna Burnett (m), Gaia Eirich, Kerri Knorr, Karen Purcell DVM

Game Design From First Principles — Gaming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hale (3W)
From roleplaying to card games, wargames to abstract games, surrealist word games to sports, games all share some basic features as a human endeavor and art form. How do we apply the principles of soccer to a roleplaying game? What do we learn from abstract games that we can apply to our field of elven war machines? Our panel of game designers will talk about social structure, complexity, and randomness before turning the mic around to help you define and focus your game design ideas.
James L. Cambias, Jaime Garmendia, Joshua A.C. Newman (m), David Olsen, Carolyn VanEseltine

Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon — Anime, Panel — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)
The story that changed a generation, Sailor Moon has spanned 18 manga volumes, multiple anime series (including a brand new 2014 series), movies, specials, live action series, live musicals, and more product than you could possibly own (but we can darn well try). Come listen to our panel of Sailor Moon enthusiasts as they talk about the good, the bad, and the sparkly.
Hanna Lee Rubin Abramowitz, Yitzy Abramowitz (m), Dan Morris, Elizabeth O’Malley

Rounds and Other Voice Braidings — Music, Panel — 1hr 15min — Griffin (3E)
Take simple threads of music and weave them into a fabric of harmony: Rounds, guazas, and maybe a quodlibet or two.
Barbara Chepatis (m), Benjamin Newman

Making Makers Make — Art & Maker, Panel — 1hr 15min — Independence (3E)
As anyone who’s ever tried to create something knows, the biggest hurdle is starting in the first place. How do you go from talking about what you want to make (armchair making) to actually building things?
Andrew Anselmo (m), Lori Del Genis (Weegoddess), Scott Lefton, Suzanne Palmer, James Turner

The Big Board Game Tournament — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 5hr — Harbor I (3E)
The games: Stone Age (with expansion), Puerto Rico, Lords of Waterdeep, Ticket to Ride (US). Tournament rules are posted in the game room (Harbor 1).

Gatchaman — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 50min — Revere (2W)
Live action version—Set in the near future in Tokyo, Japan. The evil terrorist organization Galactor has declared war on the world. Subtitled. 2013, PG.

An Introduction to Magic: The Gathering — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hancock (2W)
Magic: The Gathering is a collectible card game that has been around for over 20 years. Come learn a bit about the game and try it out for yourself.
Micah Schneider

Open Discussion Group: Books — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hancock (2W)
Let’s talk about your favorite science fiction and fantasy books! Old and new, let’s share our favorites and maybe find some new ones.
Adri (m)

Duct Tape Roses — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hancock (2W)
Learn how to make roses out of duct tape! Feel free to BYO tape (2–3 colors), but limited colors will be available.
Lucy Backman, Katherine Brick (m)

Kamikaze Costuming — Fast Track, Panel — 4hr — Webster (2W)
Fabrics, Pins, Imagination! Come make your own costume. Then, show off your creation in the Masquerade tomorrow if you want.
Dawn Albright, Damarie—Aurora Freyasdottir, Josephine Monreal, Jill Singer, Aimee Yermish

Swords of Chivalry 1 — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Webster (2W)
Hands-on swordsmanship lessons for kids. Come use safe, foam weapons to learn the skills a knight would have used!
Mr. Ferguson

What Censorship Is/Isn’t &mdasmdash; Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 1 (2E)
Over the past few years, several arguments over issues in fandom, both offline and online, invoke cries of censorship or violations of the First Amendment where none may have occurred. What qualifies as censorship or violations of the First Amendment? Where do libel and slander come in? And what about parody/satire? Chilling effects and “thought crimes”? Our panel discusses these and other issues related to protected speech.
William Frank (m), David J. Friedman, Daniel M Kimmel, Gordon Linzner, Daniel Miller

Unruly Places:When the Setting Does Not Behave — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 2 (2E)
Streets that shift in the night, pathways that change destination, hills that certainly weren’t there yesterday: some places just don’t behave. What works of genre fiction have explored these unruly places? What stories can only happen where our rules just don’t apply?
Erik Amundsen (m), Greer Gilman, Elektra Hammond, Adam Lipkin, Shira Lipkin

Poly 101: An Introduction — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
New to polyamory? Interested in exploring polyamorous relationships, or just want to find out what it’s all about? This panel is the one to start with! Our panelists will tell you all about their adventures in polyamory, and what they’ve learned along the way.
Walter Allen Kahn (m), Shelley Marsh, Amos Meeks, Pablo Miguel Alberto Vazquez III, Valerie White

The Art of Lee Moyer — GOH, Lecture — 1hr 15min — Marina 4 (2E)
35 years of art to show and, hopefully, audience questions to answer.
Lee Moyer

The Cutting Truth of the Sword — Trackless events, Participatory Event — 1hr 30min — Grand A (1W)
The Cutting Truth of the Sword—Athena School of Arms presents: A demonstration of cutting with real swords, and other elements of advanced training. Followed immediately by hands-on lessons with the Longsword. Learn the basics of attack and defense in the German Longsword tradition. Advanced lessons available for students who have already done the basic lesson. All equipment provided, no experience necessary.

Saturday 1:30pm

Pathfinder Society — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
An official Pathfinder RPG. GM: See the original scheduled game description for a list of GMs running this event.

Space 1889: Red Sands — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 3hr — Harbor I (3E)
Played using the Savage Worlds system, enter the world of Space 1889. As members of the British Explorer’s Society, you travel to exotic locales of Earth, Mars, Venus, and beyond, foiling the plots of the mysterious Brotherhood of Luxor, discovering ancient artifacts, and spreading civilization among the savage lizardmen of Venus or in the decadent canal-side cities of Mars. GM: Scott Marchand Davis

Gamma-Ray Burst Over Sweetwater Shores — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
That last job turned out a little rough. Your ship took some hits, the pay was short, and your crew had to hustle offworld ahead of some unpleasant fallout. At least you got out alive, but now you need a safe port where you can gas up, patch the hull, throw back some stiff drinks, and unwind a bit. Fortunately, you know just the place, a modest little anti-matter mining rig and waystation orbiting a white dwarf just a few days’ worth of spike-drive travel away. GM: Eric Smith

En Garde! SCA Rapier Fencing Demo — Fan Interest, Drama — 1hr — Commonwealth (1W)
Ever wish you could duel like the Three Musketeers, swashbuckle like a pirate, or fight in a tavern brawl? Fencers from Barony of Carolingia — Boston’s local Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) group — will demonstrate 16th & 17th Century rapier techniques. Spectators will experience the duel and group melees up close, and see how historical sword fights differ from the world of Hollywood adventure. Information on how to join the group’s practices will also be available.

Saturday 2:00pm

Firefly Board Game — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 3hr — Harbor I (3E)
The Firefly board game (+ expansions). You can watch or join in. GM: Maya Dinerstein

Saturday 2:15pm

The World’s End — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 49min — Otis (2W)
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead), are the core of a group of middle-aged men who go back to their hometown to re-enact the last epic pub crawl of their youth. But things don’t go according to plan. The pubs they remember have turned into plastic copies, and the people they knew weirdly haven’t aged. Things come to an explosively hilarious end full of goo-filled aliens. In 35mm Cinemascope.

Saturday 2:30pm

World Building 101 — Writing, Panel — 1hr 15min — Alcott (3W)
What makes for a believable fictional world? Have you accounted for geology, weather, culture, and religion? What is the psychological impact of having six legs or speaking with flashes of color? Writers and creators will discuss how to get started in world building.
Jeff Hecht, Barry Longyear, Gail Z. Martin (m), Elizabeth McCoy, Allen M. Steele

Religious and Philosophical Beliefs — Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Adams (3W)
Creators often use their own philosophy and beliefs in their work. When has it gone in reverse? Are there characters whose beliefs were so compelling that they affected your own practices or beliefs? Do Yoda’s words still impact the person you are today? G’Kar, Shepherd Book, and Morpheus all provide different takes on characters who are in their own way devout. Come and share stories about how your own path has been shaped or influenced by characters of SF/F.
Craig R McDonough, Jeff Warner, Penelope Wilhelm (m)

The Girl’s a Monster — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Douglas (3W)
What’s a monster? One of the undercurrents in YA fiction is that the monster is a girl, and vice versa. All manner of supernatural afflictions have been coded to the maturation of young women—if you’re not a perfect little lady, you can easily be viewed as monstrous. We’ll discuss monster as metaphor and how girls are claiming the title of monster as a positive signifier.
Heather Albano, Jeanne Cavelos, Genevieve Iseult Eldredge (m), Shira Lipkin, Kiini Ibura Salaam

Costume Foundations — Costuming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Faneuil (3W)
History started it, but a good support structure can take your modern and fantasy costumes to new heights, and widths. Corsets, hoops, bustles, and more. Come see examples and get an idea of how to create, wear, and care for these foundation pieces.
Kerri Knorr (m), Shelley Marsh, Sarah “Tashari” Morrison, Antonia Pugliese, Jamila Sisco

The Ecology of Fantasy Worlds — Writing, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hale (3W)
Magic is not a get-out-of-logic-free card. There’s only so far readers will suspend their belief, even for fantasy. From mythical creatures to multi-year winters, learn how to design the ecology of your fantasy world so it serves your story and still makes sense.
Ken Altabef, D. L. Carter, Walter H. Hunt, Jules (m)

The Twelfth Doctor: Everybody Panic/Rejoice — Media, Panel — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)
So we’ve now all seen Peter Capaldi’s Doctor. Is he everything we hoped for? He’s the first Doctor since Eccleston who has been prominent coming into the role; does that have an impact on how we view his character? Is the new Doctor too different from Smith and Tennant? How do folks feel about Stephen Moffat’s handling of the transition? We’ll talk about all our Twelfth Doctor thoughts in this panel.
John Chu, Andy Hicks (m), Michael Lee, Jennifer Pelland, Hildy Silverman

Rousing Chorus Songs — Music, Panel — 1hr 15min — Griffin (3E)
An open sing emphasizing songs—folk, filk, whatever—with uncommonly good choruses that really pull people in. Insufficiently rousing songs will be gonged!
Jeff Keller (m), Angela Kessler, Jeremy Kessler

Handling Your Online Image As an Artist — Art & Maker, Panel — 1hr 15min — Independence (3E)
How do you create effective online presence? How and where should you sell work online? What social networking tools should you be using, and how? What are best practices for building a fan base and then interacting with them?
Bob Eggleton, Lee Moyer (m), Alex Newman

Spoon-A-Pults — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hancock (2W)
Come and construct your own spoon-a-pult.
Scott Wilhelm

The Hobbit, Session 1 — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hancock (2W)
Join us for a reading of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic story of burglary, jail-breaking, armed robbery, and dragoncide. Continued in a later session.
Peter Maranci

Magic Show — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Webster (2W)
A magic show for kids!
Daniel P Dern

How to Disagree Better — Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 1 (2E)
Someone is wrong on the Internet! Discussion of new and sometimes challenging ideas is one of the hallmarks of fandom and any free society. We can do a better job of arguing and disagreeing with each other. How do we do this? What tools do we have for sorting out those arguments and finding where the areas of agreement might be hiding? This is not a plea for everyone to agree, this is about how to disagree honestly and respectfully, in ways that allow us to remain a community.
Inanna Arthen, Ken Kingsgrave-Ernstein, Bob Kuhn (m), Joy Marchand, A Joseph Ross

Lost in Translation — Anime, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 2 (2E)
What things get lost as anime is translated and dubbed for American audiences? While we all may have seen or heard of series being dramatically edited in the ’70s and ’80s (Sailor Moon, for example), to what extent are movies and series still edited to make them more comprehensible to non-Japanese audiences?
Mario “DigiCom” Di Giacomo, William Frank, Eri Kagami (m)

Coming Out — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
Coming out of the closet is not an easy decision or process, regardless of whether you are coming out as LGBT, poly, kinky, pagan, or Republican. Come share stories and advice on how and whether to come out to family, friends, and co-workers.
Lorelei Erisis, Marlin May, Don Sakers, Hannah Elyse Simpson (m), Michelle Wexelblat

Face Off: The Best Reality Show for Geeks — Media, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 4 (2E)
Plenty of geek-oriented reality shows have sprung up in recent years, but few have found the success of SyFy’s “Face Off”, about to head into its eighth season. With its parade of Oscar and Emmy-award winners as judges and guest judges, some truly entertaining challenges, and incredible insight into the world of make-up and practical f/x, it’s become a huge hit. Join us as we discuss what makes the show work creatively and how it’s changed the way we view special effects.
Mark L Amidon, Toni “Leigh Perry” Kelner, Resa Nelson, Kate Nepveu (m), Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert

Psyche Corporation—Paranoid Spaceship Concert — Music, Concert — 1hr — Grand DE (1W)
Paranoid Spaceship Rock Concert with Psyche Corporation. Bring-your-own-conspiracy-theory and gather round to listen to cyberpunk songs with actual secret messages embedded in them, from Morse Code, to poliovirus DNA, to barcoded telephone numbers of high-end courtesans. Rest assured that all songs can be enjoyed even in the absence of paranoid ideation; just let the alternative electrorock world music sound in, and ignore the subliminal messages.

SCA / Renaissance Dance — Music, Panel — 2hr — Commonwealth (1W)
Come dance with the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) at a Renaissance Ball! We will be doing many types of dances, from the formal and elegant to the bouncy and energetic. No experience or partner necessary. All dances will be taught, so everyone will be able to join in the fun! Live music will be provided by the world famous Waytes of Carolingia. Medieval or Renaissance garb is welcome if you have some (and will certainly add to the atmosphere) but not required.

Saturday 3:00pm

The Perilous Halls of Sorrow — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
There was no cataclysm that brought the world low. Sure—there are stories of a golden age of heroes and gods, but the people standing before you now, watching and waiting for your answer, are all there is. Life is tough and terrifying and dangerous and, for the most part, utterly unfair. People huddle in their cramped and muddy villages behind walls of wood and daub hoping that the underworld doesn’t find them. But it did. That is why you are here. GM: Dale Houston

Beauty & The Beast — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 50min — Revere (2W)
Lavish lush live action—An unexpected romance blooms after the youngest daughter of a merchant who has fallen on hard times offers herself to the mysterious beast. Subtitled French. 2014, PG-13.

Saturday 4:00pm

Bicycles, Bicycles, Bicycles — Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Alcott (3W)
Many fans love their bicycles. Whether it’s your primary mode of transportation or just a hobby, come join our panelists as they discuss their passion for bicycles, how you can get out and ride more, and bicycles in SF/F.
Aimee Bouchard, D. Cameron Calkins (m), Mark Oshiro, Jude Shabry

Gender-Variant Cosplay — Costuming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Adams (3W)
Cosplay can offer a fun way to play with gender, whether one is cross-dressing, gender-bending a favorite character, or cosplaying while trans—or all of the above! How can we make Arisia a more comfortable environment for cosplayers of all gender identities and expressions? This panel will offer tips and tricks for new and experienced cosplayers alike.
Leo D’Entremont, Mary Dumas, Cassandra Lease, Milo Martinez, Tori Queeno (m)

The Timeliness of Marvel Comics — Comics, Panel — 1hr 15min — Douglas (3W)
Marvel Comics continues to have another bang-up year with another hit movie and critically acclaimed comics hits like Hawkeye and the new Ms. Marvel. 2015 promises to be even bigger as Marvel takes over the Star Wars line from Dark Horse. What does the future hold for the House of Ideas? Come find out!
Bob Chipman (m), Michael Lee, Donna Martinez, Troy Minkowsky, Israel Peskowitz

DIY Digital: Homemade Video Games — Gaming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Faneuil (3W)
Game-making tools like RPG Maker, Twine, Unity, Inform 7, and others make it possible for more people to create digital games from scratch, even if they have limited experience with code. The rise of more accessible tools has led to a growing group of punk game devs that re-energizes the rest of the games industry. Let’s talk about the impact of indie games of the past year and also share tools and ideas for folks who want to make a digital game and aren’t sure where to start.
Adri, Heather Albano, Caelyn Sandel (m), Carolyn VanEseltine

Genre Soup — Writing, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hale (3W)
There’s cyberpunk, steampunk, and dieselpunk. Then there’s horror, dark fantasy, and suspense. Do genre distinctions matter to anyone other than booksellers? Does marketing your book in one genre over another increase your chances of getting published or increase sales? What happens if your work exists outside the current genre classifications?
Terri Bruce (m), Max Gladstone, Felicitas Ivey

N.K. Jemisin Reading — GOH, Reading — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)
Our Writer Guest of Honor reads from one of her selected works and answers questions from the audience.
N. K. Jemisin

Ballads of the Supernatural — Music, Panel — 1hr 15min — Griffin (3E)
Many traditional songs tell stories of the supernatural: ghosts, faeries, shape-changers, and so forth. Come listen or sing in this themed song circle.
Elizabeth Birdsall, Merav Hoffman, Sonya Taaffe (m), Peggi Warner-Lalonde

How To Do Cryptography — Science, Lecture — 1hr 15min — Independence (3E)
Many in the crypto world are yet again looking at secure e-mail. Almost all e-mail clients are capable of secure e-mail. But the problem is that they are too hard to use securely. Come learn the basics of crypto and how you can use it! Bring your Internet devices!

Star Wars X-Wing — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
Ready your proton torpedoes, angle your deflectors, and accelerate to attack speed as you plunge into this X-Wing demo. Learn the skills and strategies you will need to master for the tournament on Sunday.

Tactile Tour of the Art Show — Art & Maker, Panel — 1hr 15min — Harbor III (3E)
The use of touch can stimulate the imagination and help complete your mental image of a work of art. This guided tour allows those with impaired vision access to selected art in the Art Show to do just that.
Tanya Washburn (m)

Fun With Card Games — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hancock (2W)
Munchkin, Fluxx, Apples to Apples, and more!
Ken Olum

Papercraft Workshop — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hancock (2W)
A piece of paper and some instruction are all you need to create creatures interesting to our younger fans. Origami swans and such are still a lot of fun to make, but there have been a lot of additions to the art of crafting creatures and characters out of paper. For instance, Minecraft aficionados can get into creating their favorite Minecraft characters using Papercraft from http://minecraftpapercraft.com/. Are there any other paper crafts that would appeal to the younger audience?
Andrew Anselmo

Dern Grim Bedtime Tales & Other Stories — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Webster (2W)
Gather ‘round to listen to Daniel Dern read from his Dern Grim Bedtime Tales (Few Of Which End Well) & Other Stories, like “The Boy Who Didn’t Like His Food Touching Each Other”, “The Girl Who Put Off Cleaning Her Room A Little Too Long, Oh No!”, “The Girl Whose Mama Was A Kangaroo”, and his ever-popular “If You Give A T. Rex A Cookie”.
Daniel P Dern

Foodcraft: How Science Can Reinvent Your Kitchen — Art & Maker, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 1 (2E)
Foodies are always inventing new scientific techniques to prepare their favorite ingredients in exciting new ways, but are these modern miracles available to someone on a budget? Or is the Modern Kitchen only a pipe dream? Learn the wonders of sous vide, sonic cavitation, and food grade centrifuges.
Stephanie Clarkson, B. Diane Martin, David G. Shaw (m), Cecilia Tan

True Detective — Media, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 2 (2E)
The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” grafted a tinge of the supernatural onto its hardboiled story structure, and managed to create a nationwide frenzy over the works of Robert Chambers. We’ll talk about the way the show played with genre tropes, and talk more generally about the show’s structure, characters, and fascinating visual elements.
Morgan Crooks, Shira Lipkin (m), Megan S. Markland, John P. Murphy, Steve Sawicki

Transgender Fen — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
Sci-Fi and Fantasy can be very progressive in its treatment of gender and gender identity, but how does this translate to the real world experience of the trans* fan? What does the community get right when it comes to accepting transgender individuals into fandom, and what areas need improvement? And when is Sci-Fi and Fantasy not as progressive as it thinks it is?
Dash, Shirley Dulcey, Lorelei Erisis (m), Anthony Finan, Hannah Elyse Simpson

30 Years of Studio Ghibli — Anime, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 4 (2E)
Studio Ghibli has produced some of the most beloved animated features since its start in 1985. With 20 feature films, many became the highest-grossing features of their years in Japan and, with the partnership of Walt Disney Studios to spread the stories to a global audience, have become household names around the world. We’ll discuss the history of the studio, the artists of the studio, and what our favorites were in this impressive history of animation.
Hanna Lee Rubin Abramowitz (m), Susan Hanniford Crowley, Jared Griego, Richard Ralston, Timothy J Tero

Saturday 4:30pm

Cirque: Prison Break — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
Once again, Cirque des Sirkas performs its ancient arts for the masses. This stop is Derchon, a small, inhospitable world circling a flare star. Long before humans came to Derchon, the central star erupted in a superflare. Now its eruptions are minor in comparison—only occasionally sending the residents scurrying into deep shelters. GM: Gregory Lee

My Favorite Martian: Man from Uncle Martin — Media, Projected Media — 22min — Otis (2W)
A friendly Martian living in a suburban town in the sixties helps his landlady out when her brother has a new get-rich-quick scheme. This show, in a silly television fashion, goes far to show views of aliens and space in that era and it is very much a creature of its time. Presented in 16mm.

Sailor Moon Concert — Music, Concert — 1hr — Grand DE (1W)
Sailor Moon concert

RKO ARMY PRESENTS Firefly—Out of Gas — Theater, Participatory Event — 1hr 15min — Grand AB (1W)
Join the RKO Army in their shadowcast presentation of the “Firefly” episode “Out of Gas”! Episode will be projected on screen as Mal and the crew perform on stage. Can Mal get the compression coil in time to save himself and his dying ship? Will the crew freeze to death, or run out of air first? Find out during this special performance!

Swing Dancing with Lessons — Music, Participatory Event — 1hr — Commonwealth (1W)
Join instructor Julie Kaufmann for an hour of swing dancing. Even if you don’t know how, this is still the place to be! Julie will teach you the basics to get you going; if you already know how, she’ll show you a cool new move (or two). Dance to music from the 40’s to the 14’s. No partner needed.

Saturday 4:55pm

Tim’s Vermeer — Art & Maker, Projected Media — 1hr 15min — Revere (2W)
Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. Alternate art history. 2013, G.

Saturday 5:00pm

Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Second Showing — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 20min — Otis (2W)
In the city of Santa Mara, people are being replaced with things that seem to be people but aren’t, and the town doctor discovers what is going on. Stephen King says this classic film has “A crazily convincing documentary feel” and some draw parallels between fears of Russian invaders in the fifties and the fears of alien invasion in this film. Byron Connell says it is “absolutely chilling” and it remains just as so today as it did when it first hit theatres in 1956.

Saturday 5:30pm

What Makes a Good Panel — Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Alcott (3W)
You believe you have a terrific idea for a con panel. How do you suggest it to the convention? What makes a good convention panel? Why did Arisia choose the panels and panelists it did? And what is the moderator’s job?
Susan Hanniford Crowley (m), Christopher Davis, Elaine Isaak, Ken Kingsgrave-Ernstein, Peter Maranci, Meredith Schwartz

Using, Making, & Modifying Sewing Patterns — Costuming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Adams (3W)
Drafting a pattern can be difficult, but it’s made a lot easier when you can take an existing pattern and change it into what you need. But where do you start? Our panelists discuss useful base patterns and how to go about changing them, as well as where to start when making your own.
Lori Del Genis (Weegoddess), Kristina Finan, Angela Kessler (m), Daniel Marsh, Sarah “Tashari” Morrison

Building a Better Comic Shop — Comics, Panel — 1hr 15min — Douglas (3W)
In years past comic book shops have been stereotyped as dingy, unwelcoming man-caves. Here in the Boston area we’re gifted with a number of great shops that happily break that stereotype, but there’s still plenty of room for improvement all over. What does the ideal comic book shop look like and does it already exist?
Zachary Clemente, Alexa Dickman (m), Ed Fuqua, Glenn MacWilliams, Jennifer Williams

The Internet Hate Train: Moving Past Gamergate — Gaming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Faneuil (3W)
The topic of internet harassment in gaming spaces is always sadly relevant. This past summer, the scandal known as Gamergate gained national media attention. It involved a lady game developer, a spurned lover, and terrible public bullying. How can the gaming community outgrow this terrible behavior?
Adri, Bob Chipman, Madelyn Myers (m), Caelyn Sandel, Alan Wexelblat

From First Draft to Second Draft — Writing, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hale (3W)
What’s your writing process? Is the first draft a private letter to yourself while the second draft is more accessible to others? How does the fiction change through the writing and revision process? Our panelists discuss their methods for rewriting.
D. L. Carter, Felicitas Ivey, Alexander Jablokov, Catherine Kane, Steve Sawicki, Sarah Smith (m)

Designing Things That Don’t Exist — Art & Maker, Panel — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)
We are always trying to depict the alien, but how far do you have to go to be truly out of this world? When you can’t draw from a model, how do you create a believable fantasy creature or technological object? What artistic techniques help convince the viewer you were there? What in the natural order can you change? Are there rules you should never break?
Lisa Hertel, Scott Lefton (m), Lee Moyer, Mercy E Van Vlack

Open Mic — Music, Concert — 1hr 15min — Griffin (3E)
A showcase of prepared songs. Performers must sign up in advance. One song per performer.
Lynn Feingold (m)

Safe Making — Art & Maker, Panel — 1hr 15min — Independence (3E)
What are the most common small shop injuries, and how can you avoid them? Which tools are the safest for the job? Get some tips and tricks from the experts to help you keep all your fingers in the woodshop and avoid injuries in other hobbies.
Hanna Burnett, T Christopher Davis, Jim Paradis, Carsten Turner (m)

How They Lie with Statistics — Science, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 1 (2E)
Bar graphs with non-zero floors. Line graphs with no labels on the axes. Cherry-picked data that seem to prove arguments beyond a shadow of a doubt. “Ten times more dangerous!” when the danger is measured in incidents per billion. Learn how to spot when someone is loading the numbers to lie to you.
Amy Chused (m), Mr. Ferguson, James Meickle, Psyche Corporation, David G. Shaw

DC Comics on the Small Screen: 2015 Edition — Media, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 2 (2E)
For all of DC’s much-disdained recent lack of creative success on the big screen, they’ve put together a string of received cartoons going back over twenty years ranging from episodic (Batman) to serialized (Young Justice) to goofy (Teen Titans Go). They’ve also launched multiple TV series, including Arrow, The Flash, and Constantine, even as their actual comics have become a pit of creative despair. We’ll discuss DC’s success (and occasional flop) over the years on television.
Nomi S. Burstein (m), George Claxton, Thom Dunn, Jaime Garmendia, Dan Toland

Brain Chemistry, Personality, and the MBTI — Science, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
Join lecturer Eric Van as he presents his original theory of the fundamental roles of the brain’s six most important neurotransmitters, shows how they lead to a set of “Deep Six” personality traits, and show how correlations in the Deep Six map beautifully to (and hence underlie) the four traits of the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator.
Eric M Van (m)

Anime vs. Western Animation — Anime, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 4 (2E)
What are the main differences in style, characterization, and narrative between anime and western style animation? Which anime series are considered to be strongly influence by Western culture and tropes? Which Western animations series are influenced by anime? Come compare and contrast these two different styles of animation.
Diana Hsu, Juliet Kahn, Rubi (m), James Turner, James A. Wolf

A Gaslight Grand Assault of Arms — Fan Interest, Participatory Event — 1hr — Commonwealth (1W)
Characters in the perilous worlds of steampunk study a variety of martial arts. Whether to fight off ruffians, prepare for a duel at dawn, or fit into their fancy trousers for an upcoming ball, the people of our Victorian age did, too. Come experience the elegant weapons of a more civilized age as Dr. Ken Mondschein, Maître d’Armes Historique, and his students from Worcester Historical Swordsmanship present an exhibition of authentic gaslamp martial arts followed by a hands-on fencing class!

Saturday 6:00pm

Suburbia — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 2hr — Harbor I (3E)
A sly game of city planning. Buy tiles that work with the other tiles in your city to gain money and respect. Take care, however, because if you gain population too fast, you’ll lose income and reputation.

Pathfinder Society — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
An official Pathfinder RPG. GM: See the list of GMs running this event in the original Pathfinder description.

Reach For The Stars — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 5hr — Harbor I (3E)
Continue to travel in Joss Whedon’s Firefly/Serenity verse, adventure as far into the black as you can, maybe meet a familiar face or two, and dodge the Reavers and Alliance every step of the way! And remember out there, space cowboys...You can stop the signal! Gm: Sonya Feinn

Star Hero: Noble Ideas — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
A group of dedicated individuals have come together to fix the problems they see in a galactic culture to fix the problems they see in a galactic culture that has existed for thousands of years. Roleplaying stressed over mechanics. This game does not use the Hero Games ‘official’ Star Hero setting). An Infinite Imaginations, Inc. event. GM: Geoff Speare

D&D Expeditions: 1–2 Secrets of Sokol Keep — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
Decades have passed since Sokol Keep was reclaimed, and a small garrison placed there along with a beacon to help guide ships. Now, that beacon has gone dark, and the garrison has disappeared. In Phlan, rumors circulate that something ancient was discovered in the grounds beneath the keep, dating to before the clerics of Tyr built the small fortress. Uncover the secrets of Sokol Keep! An adventure for 1st-4th level characters. GM: Russ Morgridge

Saturday 6:15pm

Dimensions — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 40min — Revere (2W)
Downton Abbey with Time Travel. Cambridge, England, 1921—or so it seems. A brilliant young scientist becomes obsessed with finding a way back to his past—no matter what the cost. 2011, PG-13.

Saturday 6:30pm

The Veldt — Media, Projected Media — 24min — Otis (2W)
In this adaptation from the classic Ray Bradbury story, two parents worry about their children’s increasing obsession with a scene of African lions in the virtual reality nursery and the slow disruption of their lives. In 16mm.

1,000 Suns concert — Music, Concert — 1hr — Grand DE (1W)
1,000 Suns concert

Belly Dance Show — Theater, Concert — 2hr — Grand AB (1W)
Belly Dance Show (setup TBD)

Saturday 7:00pm

Fan Etiquette: How Not to Be That Fan — Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Alcott (3W)
Have you ever been embarrassed by your fellow fans when meeting actors, musicians, and other people of note? How can you control your emotions and come across as a fan, not a stalker? Even at movies, some fans are yelling at the screen distracting other viewers from enjoying the film. This panel would give some insight as to what is the best way to present yourself and your fandom in a favorable light.
Mary Dumas, Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, Randee Dawn Kestenbaum (m), Pam Larson, James Prego

Science via Debate — Science, Panel — 1hr 15min — Adams (3W)
Much has been made of whether it’s worthwhile to debate skeptics of generally accepted science. Bill Nye went to the “home” of creationism to debate evolution; Neil DeGrasse Tyson by contrast refuses to engage in debates, pointing out that this is not how science is done nor how scientific advancement happens. How does science progress, popularize, and overcome general resistance? How should we participate? Is the answer to that question different if we are scientists ourselves?
James Bredt (m), Carl Fink, Abby Hafer, Richard Moore, Tom Wysmuller

LARP—[MES] Vampire: the Masquerade (BNS) — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Bulfinch (3W)
Something has gone wrong in the city of Boston and threats from within and without confront the Kindred. Will you side with the status quo or rise up with these new unknown elements? These long winter nights are cold and full of horrors but if you can cut the right deal you just might find yourself holding the reins of real power. Come and play an old game with all new rules and setting updated for the current day from By Night Studios! Pre-made character sheets are available at the door.

Men’s Costuming Challenges — Costuming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Douglas (3W)
So much of costuming and costume programming focuses on women’s styles—what are the challenges and rewards for men in the hobby? We’ll discuss everything from male characters, to costume construction, to finding your niche in the community.
William “Ian” Blanton (m), Kristina Finan, Mark Millman, Nightwing Whitehead

Science—Diversity Needed — Science, Panel — 1hr 15min — Faneuil (3W)
Scientists in our diverse country come from a very narrow subset of our ethnicities and subcultures, and a majority are cisgender and male. What are the hazards of this lack of diversity in the profession? How does this lead scientific fields to fail the populace? And most importantly, what can we do about it?
Leo D’Entremont, Lisa Hertel, David Larochelle, N.A. Ratnayake, Tikva (m)

Character Dynamics — Writing, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hale (3W)
You have your cast of characters, now how do you get them to interact the way you want? How can you make you them fight, love, and laugh at each other convincingly? How do you make changes in a relationship between characters come about naturally, rather than seeming forced? Our panelists will elucidate on the finer points of getting your characters to behave with each other on the page the way you imagine them in your head.
M. L. Brennan, Jeffrey A. Carver (m), Timothy Goyette, Suzanne Palmer, Ken Schneyer

Panel in the Pool — Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Pool (3W)
“So Long, and Thanks For All The Fish!” Dolphins have social groupings, interpersonal communications, and now we know they have individual names. At what point will the Marine Biologists call in the SF geeks and treat this like the ‘First Contact’ scenario it really is? (This is a lightly moderated open discussion group, put on a suit and drop in.)
Hanna Lee Rubin Abramowitz, D. Cameron Calkins, Anna Erishkigal, Jeff Warner (m)

Teen Heroes, UNITE! — Comics, Panel — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)
What is the draw of the teenage superhero teams and the transformation of the sidekick into full-fledged hero? We’ll discuss them all from the New Mutants, Teen Titans, Legion of Super Heroes, Young Avengers and anyone in between.
Alexa Dickman, Donna Martinez (m), Troy Minkowsky, Dan Morris, Julia Pugliese

Funny Songs — Music, Panel — 1hr 15min — Griffin (3E)
Sing along with some of the funniest songs (filk and otherwise) we could find! Lyrics will be projected and a leader will play accompaniment so everyone can join in!
Nomi S. Burstein, Lynn Feingold, Angela Kessler (m)

Make a Renfair Rosette — Art & Maker, Workshop — 1hr 15min — Independence (3E)
Come join a fun workshop making a rosette by sewing gathered fabric together and then adding ribbons and beaded strands. Attach it to a pin-back or a barrette and you have an instant decoration! No prior sewing or crafting experience needed. You are only limited by your own imagination. $10 fee for the materials kit, including everything needed for project. Guaranteed to give you even more creative ideas!
Lisa A Ashton (m), Carol Salemi

The Skin I Live In — Media, Projected Media — 2hr — Otis (2W)
A plastic surgeon creates a perfect, eternal skin replacement and tests it on a patient, but as time goes by the patient begins to look more and more like his deceased wife and it becomes clear the patient is doing this against her will. Director Pedro Almodovar describes it as “A horror story without screams or frights” but you’ll find that it is frightening with a slow onset that may not occur until after the film is over and you start to think about medical experimentation. 35mm. Subtitled.

Marvel Cinematic (and TV) Universe, 2015 — Media, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 1 (2E)
In 2014, we saw Agents of SHIELD and Captain America: The Winter Soldier deal with global corruption, while Guardians of the Galaxy took on Thanos and Ronan. As this panel takes place, we’ll have Agent Carter on TV, with a Netflix Daredevil show hitting in May. We’ll talk about where this increasingly complex and connected universe goes from here, and how things are looking after the last year.
Kevin Cafferty, Gillian Daniels, Ed Fuqua, Elektra Hammond, Shira Lipkin (m), Heather Urbanski

Dialect in SF/F — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 2 (2E)
Classic literature and some SF have used dialect successfully, but much of our literature is written in received pronunciation. SFF use of dialect has been criticized as appropriative when done by non-native speakers, or exclusionary when stories in authentic dialect are painted as “too hard to read”. Junot Diaz wrote: “Motherfuckers will read a book that’s one third Elvish, but put two sentences in Spanish and they think we’re taking over.” What modern authors are making progress here?
John Chu, Greer Gilman, Andrea Hairston (m), Daniel José Older, Nisi Shawl

Poly 301: When the Sh*t Hits the Fan — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
Poly isn’t the bunny slope, and the longer practice poly, the more difficulties you may face. Let’s brainstorm solutions for the real world problems many poly people face.
Mary Catelynn Cunningham, Ken Olum, Ian Cooper Rose, Alan Wexelblat (m), Michelle Wexelblat

Behind the Bristol Board: Comics as a Profession — Comics, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 4 (2E)
If you’re a comics fan odds are you’ve thought about what it’s like to actually work in the comics industry. This panel will feature working professionals explaining the ins-and-outs of everything from writing and drawing to editing and publishing. It’s everything you ever wanted to know about being a comics pro but were afraid to ask.
Thom Dunn, Ken Gale (m), Bettina Kurkoski, Alisa Kwitney Sheckley, Mercy E Van Vlack

Saturday 7:30pm

Fairy Tale Ball — Music, Participatory Event — 3hr — Commonwealth (1W)
Fairy Tale Ball dancing

Saturday 8:00pm

Thurn & Taxis — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 2hr — Harbor I (3E)
Set up postal routes across England, earning victory points all the way.

I Remember The Future — Media, Projected Media — 1hr — Revere (2W)
During a visit from his estranged daughter, an elderly writer struggles with his fading mind and the future. Michael A. Burstein will discuss the film of his short story. 2014, NR.

LARP—Faros LARP Adventure—Minds of Madness — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 3hr — Webster (2W)
Deep space travel and extended life come with a price. Most of home planet destroyed by radiation storms. Resources are scarce. Material, information and data exchange control the worlds known to man and his new off-planet associates. Seaforge, Avalon and KrotoTech play on the chessboard of a multiple-star-systems industry with planets as pawns. Your adventure starts on Rimor 1, where you are being trained for deep space research, exploration and adventure on off-world planets.

Saturday 8:30pm

Taverns, Bars and Saloons — Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Alcott (3W)
Whether the traditional location for assembling the party in RPGs or as a venue for exposition and moving the plot along in too many SF/F novels and stories to name, taverns, pubs, and other like establishments are a fundamental aspect of literature in general and genre literature in particular. In what saloons and taverns would you most like to hang out after a long day at Arisia? What is it about pubs and bars that so links them to the conventions of SF literature?
Jaime Garmendia, James Macdonald, Gail Z. Martin, Dennis McCunney (m), Daniel Miller

Alternative Energy — Science, Panel — 1hr 15min — Adams (3W)
How plausible are alternatives to fossil fuels at the moment? What new options are out there? Just how expensive is it to “go green” in our energy generation? What are the world governments doing to this end right now, and what can the average citizen do?
Ken Gale (m), Ken Olum, Andrew Van Zandt, William C. Walker III, Tom Wysmuller

Shame on Slut-Shaming — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Douglas (3W)
Slut-shaming is the act of making a woman feel guilty or inferior for engaging in sexual behaviors that deviate from the norm, failing to uphold gender expectations, dressing in sexually provocative ways, requiring access to birth control, or even for being sexually assaulted or raped. What are the psychological and sociological causes of slut-shaming? What can be done to change people’s attitudes?
Terry Franklin (m), Megan S. Markland, Michael McAfee, Alex Newman, Melissa Perreira-Andrews, Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert

Judging and Being Judged in Costume Contests — Costuming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hale (3W)
What do judges look for in a competition costume, both up close and from the stage? How involved is the process and what are the expetations of the judge? Our panelists will discuss what goes on in the judging process, the difference between presentation and workmanship, and why skill categories exist, in addition to offering their advice on how to prepare yourself to be judged... or be a judge yourself.
Aurora Celeste, Gaia Eirich (m), Karen Purcell DVM, Syd Weinstein

Race and Identity Issues in SF — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)
Race and identity have been issues in science fiction for about as long as SF itself. From the whitewashing of SF settings to “the black guy dies first” phenomenon to the underrepresentation of minority authors in the genre, there’s a long way to go. What can we do as individuals and as a community do to encourage progress?
N. K. Jemisin, Mark Oshiro (m), Jessa Phillips, Victor Raymond, Nisi Shawl

Open Singing — Music, Panel — 1hr 15min — Griffin (3E)
Come listen and/or make music in this unthemed song circle. We will go around in a circle giving every person a chance to perform (Play), request a song (Pick), or Pass. All types of music are welcome.
Barbara Chepatis, Peggi Warner-Lalonde (m)

Photographing Costumes and Conventions — Art & Maker, Panel — 1hr 15min — Independence (3E)
Join our panelists in a discussion of the tips, techniques, and etiquette for doing photography at conventions—whether it’s of people in costume, sellers in the dealer’s room, or just you and your friends.
Ken Kingsgrave-Ernstein (m), Christa Newman, Israel Peskowitz, Carsten Turner, Alan Wexelblat

Docent Tour of the Art Show — Art & Maker, Lecture — 1hr 15min — Harbor III (3E)
Art Show Tour. Limited to 10 people.
Megan Lewis, Nicholas Shectman

Person of Interest: Politically-Relevant SF TV — Media, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 1 (2E)
Person of Interest gained new relevance in 2013 when the stories of the NSA’s massive surveillance program made the show appear a lot less fictional. But PoI has upped the stakes, adding hints of AI and other concepts as it begins to explore the implications of Finch’s machine. We’ll discuss what makes this show work, from the top-notch cast to the tight writing and plots.
Keith R. A. DeCandido, Gordon Linzner (m), Adam Lipkin, Sarah Smith

Focus: From Solo Narrative to Sprawling Empire — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 2 (2E)
Literature gives us great freedom to explore; one of the interesting choices available to writers is how to focus their narrative. Some writers give us massive epic with dozens of POV characters. Some give us two people in a locked room. Both, and everything in between, provide varied opportunities. We’ll talk about how some of our favorite writers have chosen to use broad or narrow focus to tell their stories, and how a change in focus changes the story completely.
Heather Albano, Erik Amundsen, Vikki Ciaffone (m), Debra Doyle, Elaine Isaak

Relationships 101 — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
Whether you are young or old; mono or poly; gay, lesbian, straight, or bi; trans* or cis-gendered, the keys to happy, healthy relationships are similar and every so often we could all benefit from a little refresher. What are the secrets to good relationships? Come learn about ways to make your relationship(s) better.
Leo D’Entremont, Shelley Marsh, Amos Meeks, James Prego, Aimee Yermish (m)

Black Chick Watching — Media, Lecture — 1hr 15min — Marina 4 (2E)
Black Chick Watching: A black chick, watching black chicks in media. For fans of black chicks and diversity in general. A rating system evaluating how different media treat black women and girls. The format of the presentation is a multi-media presentation showing good and bad examples. Through audience engagement we have an interactive discussion. One result is that members of other marginalized groups can develop a system of their own. This is a light, fun, and informative presentation.
Amber P. Knight (m)

Best of the Kirk Poland Bad Prose Competition! — Theater, Participatory Event — 1hr 30min — Grand DE (1W)
Featuring All New Material! Readercon’s famously popular audience-participation game show comes to Arisia after a two-and-half year absence from the conventional space-time continuum. “Kirk Poland” is based on the game of “Fictionary,” but uses genuine, published bad genre prose from authors both well-known and deservedly obscure. Warning: the Sturgeon General has determined that this trash is hazardous to your health; i.e., if it hurts to laugh, you’re in big trouble.
Craig Shaw Gardner (m), Walter H. Hunt, Alexander Jablokov, Margaret Ronald, Eric M Van

Saturday 9:00pm

LARP—Nexus Elements (Part 2) — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 3hr 30min — Faneuil (3W)
The developing town of Yestin has changed much. The new town guard has dramatically decreased the number of hooligans terrorizing the farmers. They have suffered a zombie plague and anti-magic holes. What will they face next? All adventurers welcome to help tame this wild land! Come use powers of brawn, brain, and magic to settle the wilderness for great reward! (Part 2 of 3. If you have your own boffers, bring them; loaners are in short supply.)

The World’s Worst Dungeon Crawl — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
Panic has gripped the halfling kingdom of Turnipton! Beloved Princess Bumblebottom has been kidnapped by the ruthless minotaur Maxwell B’Dassitude. Imprisoned beneath the ruins of Castle Skullhammer, her life and the future of the kingdom hang in peril. King Orono Bumblebottom has given a 24-hour reprieve to you, the lowly prisoners of his dungeon, to rescue the princess from the FLAMING DEATHPITS OF THE MINOTAUR MAGE. GM: Dan Williams

Elysium — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 49min — Otis (2W)
In the future, wealthy spacers and poor groundhogs coexist tenuously in a world reminiscent of Asimov’s Mother Earth, but a lone man is forced on a mission to bring them together. Presented in 35mm Cinemascope. PENDING SONY CONFIRMATION

Guardians of the Galaxy — Media, Projected Media — 2hr — Revere (2W)
A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe. Worldwide #1 movie. 2014, PG-13.

Saturday 9:30pm

PMRP present gender-swapped Space Seed — Trackless events, Concert — 1hr — Grand AB (1W)
Join Captain Jane T. Kirk and the rest of the Enterprise crew in the Post-Meridian Radio Players’ latest production: a gender-swapped interpretation of Star Trek: The Original Series episode: Space Seed! In this episode, the crew discovers an ancient spaceship carrying genetically enhanced superhumans from late 20th century Earth, and meets their enigmatic warrior leader: Ms. Khan Noonien Singh. This will be a live “old-time radio” style performance, complete with Foley sound effects!

Saturday 10:00pm

Fortune Telling Methods — Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Alcott (3W)
A discussion of favorite fortune telling methods, their uses, and how they’re portrayed in popular culture. Covering tarot cards to hydromancy and everything in-between.
Anna Erishkigal, Catherine Kane (m), Sean Kane, Morven Westfield

Convention Running Tips — Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Adams (3W)
How to keep the key parts of your convention running smoothly—volunteers, venue and vendors. Come learn some of the tricks of the trade for keeping volunteers motivated and directed, keeping your venue informed, involved and how to get the most out of them, and how to make sure your outside vendors are working for you.
Colette H. Fozard, Michael Lee, Kris “Nchanter” Snyder (m), Jeff Warner, Tanya Washburn

Can’t Trust Your Own Eyes: Photos and Photoshop — Art & Maker, Panel — 1hr 15min — Douglas (3W)
Image manipulation is ubiquitous, so much so that it is safer to assume that media we view has been altered in some way. Technologies such as watermarking original images and statistical techniques to analyze pictures exist for court evidence. Should journalists submit their Photoshop logs for journalistic integrity? How can we be certain we are getting the truth? And why does it matter?
Scott Lefton (m), Jim Paradis, Israel Peskowitz

Stage Presentation: A Minute or Less to Impress — Costuming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hale (3W)
A minute can seem so short when trying to put together a masquerade presentation, but it can feel like an eternity on stage. How do you use the time allowed to both entertain the audience and wow the judges? Can it be done in less than 30 seconds?
Gaia Eirich, Alex Newman (m), Julia Pugliese, Don Sakers, Syd Weinstein

Crafting Spirits: Home Brewing and Distilling — Art & Maker, Panel — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)
Home brewing and distilling have exploded in popularity in recent years. Come learn the difference between an ale and a lager, or a vodka and a gin. Discuss brewing techniques, trade recipes, and share stories. Sampling must be saved for your hotel room!
Sean Dixon-Gumm (m), Abby Hafer, Felicitas Ivey, Rachel Kory, Steve E Popkes

Open Filk — Music, Panel — 1hr 15min — Griffin (3E)
Come listen and/or make music in this unthemed song circle. We will go around in a circle giving every person a chance to perform (Play), request a song (Pick), or Pass. All types of music are welcome, but expect to hear a lot of songs related to science fiction, fantasy, science, and fandom.
Nat Budin, Paul Estin (m)

Soldering 101 — Art & Maker, Workshop — 1hr 15min — Independence (3E)
Learn to solder by making a simple circuit that blinks.
Jack Babb, Shelley Marsh (m), Andrew Van Zandt

DC Card Game — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 2hr — Harbor I (3E)
The original DC Card Game. An LCG that has you purchasing heroes, villians, and equipment to take out the Super Villians.

Se7en and the Ragged Thriller — Media, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 1 (2E)
David Fincher’s Seven, launched 20 years ago, wasn’t the first thriller to shift from glorified police procedurals and cheap erotic suspense, but it took the dark, off-the-rails story to a more prominent level. Debuting just as the cast were hitting their popular and critical strides, it helped lay groundwork for films like Red Eye, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Fincher’s own Panic Room. We’ll discuss why Seven worked so well, its influence, and maybe even discuss the history of the thriller.
Deirdre Crimmins, Deb Eskie (m), James Macdonald, Troy Minkowsky, Cheryl Wallace

Orgasmatron: The Erotic & Not So Erotic in SF/F — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 2 (2E)
Not every SF/F story fades to black when the sexy times start. Let’s talk about our favorite erotic SF/F stories and some that just AREN’T RIGHT.
Victoria Janssen, Tegan Mannino, JoSelle Vanderhooft (m), Connie Wilkins

BDSM 201: The Next Steps — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
You’ve dipped your toes in the water and are ready to go a bit deeper. Before you dive in head first, what are some good next steps? Let’s discuss the topics that go a bit more in-depth. What is edgeplay? power-exchange? What BDSM skills require some advanced study? 18+ Only.
Adri, John Bacon, Rachel Kenley, Mark W. Richards (m), Pablo Miguel Alberto Vazquez III

Blurring The Lines: Paganism and Popular Culture — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 4 (2E)
How many have gone looking for the Necronomicon, and what Sandman reader can honestly say they’re not quietly hoping to meet Neil Gaiman’s Death at the end of all things? Are the new gods of popular culture less valid than the gods of ancient myth? This panel will explore popular culture through the eyes of the neo-pagan, offering diverse perspectives on finding power and magic in the archetypes of modern fiction.
Cassandra Lease (m), James Prego, Emily Walton, Jennifer Williams

Saturday 11:00pm

Extra Bad Movie: Serpent Island — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 15min — Otis (2W)
A woman with an old letter about a treasure hires two sailors who are sworn enemies to take her to Haiti together. One of them had been there during the war and knew where the golden voodoo idol was. Steps away from touching it, she is attacked by a giant rubber snake in a series of jump cuts whose climax teaches two morals: 1. Don’t mess with voodoo, and 2. Hire a professional editor. MST3K commentary encouraged. Sponsored by the Institute For the Promotion of Bad Cinema. In 16mm Ekachrome.

Lucy — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 25min — Revere (2W)
A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Best Singularity Film of 2014... R.

Saturday 11:30pm

Filking into the Night — Music, Panel — 5hr 45min — Griffin (3E)
Open Filk descends into chaos. Music will continue as long as people are interested.
Ellen Kranzer (m)

Make a Scale Flower (late night edition) — Art & Maker, Workshop — 1hr 15min — Independence (3E)
Make colorful aluminum flowers using chainmail techniques and supplies used for scale-mail armor. Materials fee $5. Sign up in advance at Program Nexus, or stop by beforehand to see if any space is still available. Limited to 10 participants.
Liz Cademy, Ket Waters

Eye of Argon — Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 1 (2E)
This perennial Arisia favorite is back! Can you make it through a reading without making a mistake? Or laughing? Our panelists will try! And so can you!
Keith R. A. DeCandido, Walter H. Hunt, Daniel M Kimmel, Hildy Silverman, Ian Randal Strock

Fun With Rope — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
One of the first things that comes to mind when you think about BDSM is rope. Come learn about rope bondage, from basic knots to some of those pretty harnesses you’ve seen around. No previous experience necessary! You don’t even need a partner. 18+ Only.
D. Cameron Calkins, Percival, Clarence Risher

Club Dance — Music, Concert — 5hr — Commonwealth (1W)
Club Dance


Sunday 12:00am

RKO ARMY PRESENTS Serenity — Theater, Drama — 3hr 30min — Grand AB (1W)
Join the RKO Army in their shadowcast presentation of the film Serenity with extended and deleted scenes! With River Tam’s psychic powers emerging, the crew goes on the run from a mysterious, lethal operative of the Alliance. Film will be projected on screen as Mal and the crew perform on stage. This isn’t the movie you saw in theaters; it features 15 more minutes of deleted/extended footage! Don’t miss this epic and action packed conclusion to the beloved (and short lived) Firefly series.

Sunday 12:30am

Lady Battle Cop — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 20min — Revere (2W)
Live action version of material predating Robocop. Subtitled Japanese. 1990, R.

Sunday 1:55am

Amanda & the Alien — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 30min — Revere (2W)
A young Bohemian artist falls in love with a human-eating alien. Based on a Robert Silverberg story. 1995, R.

Sunday 3:30am

Brazil — Media, Projected Media — 2hr 15min — Revere (2W)
Film by Terry Gilliam—A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and becomes an enemy of the state. 1985, PG-13.

Sunday 5:45am

Harvey — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 40min — Revere (2W)
Due to his insistence that he has an invisible six-foot rabbit for a best friend, a whimsical middle-aged Jimmy Stewart is thought by his family to be insane—but he may be wiser than anyone knows. B/W. 1950, G.

Sunday 7:25am

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 10min — Revere (2W)
Twilight Sparkle travels into an alternate universe in order to recover a crown that was stolen from the Crystal Empire. Upon her arrival she is horrified to learn that she has turned into a human. 2013, G.

Sunday 8:00am

Waking Dreams Games — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 16hr — Harbor I (3E)
A custom made plot using our newly published rule system that was beta tested at Arisia 2014. Open to all, running non-stop, feel free to come and go as you please. GM: Chad Brayman, Nick Malinowski

Sunday 8:30am

Sunday Morning Prayer — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)
Being a geek and being spiritual don’t need to be mutually exclusive. Come join us for a Morning Prayer Service, on Saturday and Sunday morning, modeled from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer and the Iona Abbey Book of Worship. This is a non-denominational Christian service, but all are welcome, regardless of faith, gender, sexuality or gender expression. Children are also welcomed. And don’t worry about being late—you will still be welcomed!
Craig R McDonough (m)

Practical Self-Defense — Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Griffin (3E)
Second-degree black belt Keith R.A. DeCandido demonstrates some simple but effective self-defense maneuvers in case you are physically assaulted. No special training necessary (that’s kinda the point), but please wear comfy clothes.
Keith R. A. DeCandido (m)

Chainmail For Breakfast — Art & Maker, Panel — 1hr 15min — Independence (3E)
For early risers! Work on your own chainmail project with experts on hand to make suggestions, or buy a simple kit to learn a basic chainmail weave or project. A sign-up sheet will be located at the Program Nexus near Registration, or you can stop by before the workshop to see if there’s room. This workshop is limited to 15 people. Materials fee: $5 per participant if you need a kit.
Liz Cademy, Ket Waters

Geeky Play Date — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Webster (2W)
Looking to meet up with other parents and kids at the con? Geeky Play Date is a casual, drop-in space for you and your children. Kids can bring their favorite toys and make new friends! Parents can do the same! Please note: this is NOT a babysitting service/venue, plan on tending to your children. If you need to leave a Red-Ribbon Fast Track child for a 10am panel, you may do so after 9:45, and checking in with Fast Track staff.
Damarie—Aurora Freyasdottir

Gentle Yoga — Trackless events, Participatory Event — 1hr — Commonwealth (1W)
This is a restorative, restful, flowing (vinyasa), one-hour class suitable for all levels. There are no standing poses. All movement is coordinated with the breath. Practitioners at all fitness levels who revel in a deep slow session are encouraged to attend, including those of us who are older, obese, or otherwise have significant physical limitations. Enjoy a lighter heart and a greater sense of harmony. Please bring a Yoga mat or a towel and dress comfortably.

Sunday 8:40am

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls—Rainbow Rocks — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 10min — Revere (2W)
When a new all-girl band comes to Canterlot High, Sunset Shimmer fears they have more sinister plans after they call for a school wide “Battle of the Bands”, which begins to ruin friendships. Also in the hoofless alternate universe. 2014, G.

Sunday 9:00am

Pathfinder Society — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
This is an official Pathfinder RPG. GM: See the original listing of Pathfinder Society to see the complete list of GMs.

Godzilla vs. the Cosmic Monster — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 23min — Otis (2W)
Aliens intend to take over Japan, which is protected by Godzilla. So they construct a fake mechanical Godzilla as a distraction. This is the only Godzilla film in which Godzilla has ever come close to being killed, and to our minds it is the one of the best of the series. “This is more of that Godzilla Gorilla crap that will rot your brains out,” says my mom. In 16mm P&S reduction from Super-Tohoscope.

Sunday 10:00am

Damsels of Color — Media, Panel — 1hr 15min — Alcott (3W)
Black women in movies and TV too often serve as threats or as assistants/sexual conquests, functioning in service to the needs of a white lead. Some would say that Strong Black Woman is a feminist archetype, while others regard it as damaging to actual black women. Similar problems exist around the handling of Latina, Asian, and other non-white women. Where are the damsels of color? Can women of color in fiction be vulnerable, need protection, and can that depiction be both feminist and healing?
Monica Castillo, George Claxton, Andrea Hairston (m), Diana Hsu, Amber P. Knight

Building your workshop / must-have Maker tools — Art & Maker, Panel — 1hr 15min — Adams (3W)
How do you fit a usable workshop into the smallest possible space, or that odd corner of your garage? What are the most widely useful tools that use the least space and have the fewest other requirements? What new tools have come along that you may not be aware of? Come to this panel for discussion of this and more.
Stephanie Clarkson, Phillip Hallam-Baker, Scott Lefton (m)

Reading: Cambias, Palmer, and Sakers — Writing, Reading — 1hr 15min — Bulfinch (3W)
Authors James Cambias, Suzanne Palmer, and Don Sakers read selections from their works.
James L. Cambias, Suzanne Palmer, Don Sakers

Costuming Without Breaking the Bank — Costuming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Douglas (3W)
Costuming can be an expensive hobby, and all the various elements of a costume and the supplies needed to create them can add up quickly. Discuss how to get the most out of your dollar with inexpensive fabrics and discount notions, how to find what you need at thrift stores, and how to plan ahead so you can find time and ways to save the most money.
Lisa A Ashton, Lisa J. Evans (m), Alex Newman, Danielle Souza

So You Think You Can Write a Fight? — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Faneuil (3W)
Come find out how viable your fight scene really is. An experienced panel of talented authors, martial artists, and maybe one hapless would-be victim will take your quick fight scene and act it out while our esteemed panelists help you work out the physical and literary kinks. Please no epic wave battles.
Keith R. A. DeCandido (m), Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, Catt Kingsgrave-Ernstein, James Macdonald, Mark Millman, Resa Nelson

The Many Paths to Perdition — Writing, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hale (3W)
How does a villain become a villain? Is it a single traumatic event? A lifetime of adversity and desperation? Often a villain doesn’t see themselves as a villain. Is this due to a differing point of view, delusion, or denial? Our panelists discuss the many roads to ruination a character can take.
Ken Altabef, Debra Doyle, Anna Erishkigal, Bob Kuhn (m), Barry Longyear

Lightning Talks — Fan Interest, Lecture — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)
A variety of short talks on a number of different topics.
Stephen R Balzac, B. Diane Martin, Science Babe, David G. Shaw (m), David Silverman, Sarah Smith, Michelle Wexelblat, Aimee Yermish

The Year in Webcomics — Comics, Panel — 1hr 15min — Independence (3E)
The presence of online comics remains as strong as ever with more and more creators taking their work to the web as a way of bypassing the mainstream publishing tedium. Our panelists will be discussing the titles that made waves in 2014 and what to look forward to in 2015.
Mary Dumas, David J. Friedman, Bettina Kurkoski, Daniel Marsh (m), Dan Morris

Rails of New England — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
Build your empire by any means possible. Build businesses, build rail lines, build specific routes, get a subsidy, take over a mail route...there’s a lot of ways to make money but can you manage your money to take advantage of them all?

Stone Age — Gaming, Open Gaming — 2hr — Harbor I (3E)
Use your meeples to gain cards, resources, and huts to gain advantages that give you big victory point bonuses.

Tenchi: The Samurai Astronomer — Media, Projected Media — 2hr 20min — Revere (2W)
A chronicle of the life of Yasui Santetsu, a 17th century master of Go who challenged the imperial court by turning his attention to astronomy and creating a new calendar for Japan. Subtitled. 2012, PG-13.

Face Painting — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hancock (2W)
Come and get your face painted!
Jill Singer (m)

Quilting Basics — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hancock (2W)
Learn how to take small pieces of fabric and put them together to make a doll-sized blanket or a teddy bear blanket.
Dawn Albright

Mister Penny — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hancock (2W)
A reading of Marie Hall Ets’ classic story of talking animals, trespassing, overeating, and “witches and goblins and fairies and things!” at Geeky Play Dates. Can the animals put things right?
Peter Maranci

Let’s Play Quidditch — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Webster (2W)
Ever want to play Quidditch like in Harry Potter? Come learn this version!
James Hinsey

Science Experiments — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Webster (2W)
Come participate in cool science experiments using common household materials.
Ian Cooper Rose, Stephen R Wilk

Climate Science 2015 — Science, Lecture — 1hr 15min — Marina 1 (2E)
Tide Gauges, Satellites, & Altimeters, but only one Ocean! The record breaking “Ice Donut” surrounding Antarctica! The science behind the “Niñas” (La and El). Come hear from Tom Wysmuller on what the state of climate science is and isn’t!
Tom Wysmuller (m)

Untold Tales: Fox Spirits and Golden Slippers — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 2 (2E)
Many people are familiar with Sleeping Beauty and Little Red Riding Hood, but what about Ye Xian, the oldest known “Cinderella”-story from China, where a magic fish gives a girl golden slippers and a gown to win over the king? What about the tricky fox spirits that appear in Japanese folklore, the swan maidens in Russian tales, or all the pranks of Anansi from Ghana? What tales remain unfamiliar to Western audiences and where can they be found?
M. L. Brennan, Barbara Chepatis (m), Greer Gilman, Nightwing Whitehead

Clamp: The Good, The Bad, and The Strange — Anime, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
Clamp is an all-female Japanese manga artist group that formed in the mid-1980s. For more than 20 years Clamp has created a universe that could rival anything Marvel or DC could create, except their series (for the most part) come to an end. They’ve done everything from magical girl series to mecha stories. A look at the long history of this artist group and discussion on their body of work.
Hanna Lee Rubin Abramowitz (m), Jared Griego, N. K. Jemisin, Elizabeth O’Malley, Richard Ralston

Kickstarter, Patreon, and Games — Gaming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 4 (2E)
Innovative publishing and funding platforms have changed the indie developer scene dramatically. Join our panel as they discuss the positive and negative impact, and the challenges of working in this new paradigm.
Meghan McGinley (m), Madelyn Myers, Joshua A.C. Newman, Caelyn Sandel

Walk the Labryinth — Trackless events, Participatory Event — 1hr 15min — Commonwealth (1W)
Take a long walk in a small space. Come find your center in our 30’x30’ Seven-Circuit Classical Labyrinth. A tool for walking meditation, use it to find a little peace during the excitement of Arisia. Supervised children welcome.

Sunday 10:30am

Relic Knights — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
Relic Knights is a new table top miniatures game with a distinct anime feel. The Calamity is coming. Will you stand against the Calamity to save the last universe, or align with the forces of destruction? Learn about the ready queue, the esper deck, and all other basic mechanics of the game. Who will come out on top: The Star Nevula Corsairs or the Shattered Sword Paladins? GM: Simon Strauss

Assassiner par les corbeaux — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
The adventure starts with a short night at the last stop inn before braving the mountain pass, It then becomes a race against time, the elements and things that do not belong in nature. Then again, this may be a one way trip....lets hope the Inn is not overbooked if we stay a second night? Shadows of Esteren is a very atmospheric LOW fantasy RPG from France that has had 3 successful kickstarters so far. Characaters will be provided, and rules taught. GM: Robert Rosenthal

Cirque: Ice Follies of 1111 — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
Cirque des Sirkas visits Dyrnwyn, the Ancients-modified Planet of the Midnight Sun, now occupied by humans. Your plan is to spread joy and possibly even convince the Sword Worlders that the Imperial occupation isn’t so bad. Alas, a missing Admiral causes the group to venture into the dark side of the planet. GM: Gregory Lee

The Perilous Halls of Sorrow — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
There was no cataclysm that brought the world low. Sure—there are stories of a golden age of heroes and gods, but the people standing before you now, watching and waiting for your answer, are all there is. Life is tough and terrifying and dangerous and, for the most part, utterly unfair. People huddle in their cramped and muddy villages behind walls of wood and daub hoping that the underworld doesn’t find them. But it did. That is why you are here. GM: Dale Houston

Space 1889: Red Sands — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 3hr — Harbor I (3E)
Enter the world of Space 1889. As members of the British Explorer’s Society, you travel to exotic locales on Earth, Mars, Venus, and beyond, foiling the plots of the mysterious Brotherhood of Luxor, discovering ancient artifacts, and spreading civilization among the savage lizardmen of Venus or in the decadent canal-side cities of Mars. GM: Scott Marchand Davis

Sunday 11:00am

NASA Documentary Films — Science, Projected Media — 1hr — Otis (2W)
We will be showing two films on the Skylab third manned mission in 1973, a JPL film about cometary science, and a very rare and humorous JPL film intended for internal use only about the Sergeant missile. This is a great selection of films provided courtesy of the JPL films library. Presented in 16mm.

Sunday 11:30am

TV Year in Review — Media, Panel — 1hr 15min — Alcott (3W)
Our annual look back at SF, horror, and fantasy in 2014 on TV. What were the memorable shows? What are the new ones to watch? Vampires, time travel, super heroes—what’s hot and what’s not?
Howard G Beatman (m), Gayle Blake, Randee Dawn Kestenbaum, Adam Lipkin, Thomas Vitale

Arduino For Beginners — Art & Maker, Panel — 1hr 15min — Adams (3W)
Arduino is a popular, open-source, single-board microcontroller designed to make the process of using electronics in multidisciplinary projects more accessible. Interested in Arduino, but not sure where to start? This panel will introduce you to the basic concepts, give you ideas for future projects, and tell you where to go to learn more.
Jack Babb, Shirley Dulcey (m), Andrew Van Zandt

Northern Lights Costumers’ Guild Meet-up — Costuming, Meeting — 1hr 15min — Bulfinch (3W)
Northern Lights is a chapter of the International Costumers’ Guild, a non-profit organization that seeks to educate the public and enjoy the construction and wearing of all forms of costume.
Hanna Lee Rubin Abramowitz, Jamila Sisco (m)

Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading — Writing, Reading — 1hr 30min — Douglas (3W)
Broad Universe is an international organization of women and men dedicated to celebrating and promoting the work of women writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Come hear samples from the works of several members of the Broad Universe organization.
Terri Bruce, Anna Erishkigal, Lisa J. Evans, Justine Graykin, Elektra Hammond, Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert, Trisha Wooldridge (m)

Tales from the Slush Pile — Writing, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hale (3W)
Our esteemed panelists describe the worst of the worst that have crossed their editorial desk. Panelists will also discuss ways aspiring authors can avoid being cast into the slush pile.
Inanna Arthen, Joy Crelin, Genevieve Iseult Eldredge (m), Joy Marchand, Hildy Silverman, Cecilia Tan

Superman and Religion — Comics, Panel — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)
Superman remains an enigmatic figure in American mythology. Created by two Jewish kids from Cleveland, perhaps as a metaphor for Jewish assimilation, Superman also represents a Christlike figure in many stories, and the screenwriter of Man of Steel consulted, among other sources, the Sumerian epic of Gilgamesh. Does the wide cast of Superman’s religious influences render him a defender-of-all-faiths? Can any religion claim him as one of their own? Come explore this thorny issue with Arisia 2015.
Michael A. Burstein, Thom Dunn, Ken Gale, Alex Jarvis (m), Daniel Miller

Best of Filk — Music, Panel — 1hr 15min — Griffin (3E)
Come sing along with filk classics and new favorites!
Nat Budin, Peggi Warner-Lalonde (m)

Military Influence on Costuming — Costuming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Independence (3E)
Military uniforms have a style all their own. This panel will explore how that style has influenced fashion and costume, with examples from both historical and media costuming.
Sean Dixon-Gumm (m), Paul Kenworthy, Mark Millman, Barbara M Pugliese

The Science Babe’s Guide to BS Detection — Science, Lecture — 1hr 15min — Marina 1 (2E)
Have you heard something too good to be true? But you’ve also seen things everyone thought too good to be true that were actually true? Here’s how to use science to distinguish between things which are truly awesome from things which are just B.S.
Science Babe (m)

Inspiration—Art History & Modern Masters — GOH, Lecture — 1hr 15min — Marina 2 (2E)
Description Needed but possible Artist GoH Solo Talk.
Lee Moyer

Ultraman, Power Rangers & the World of Tokusatsu — Anime, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
n 1954, director Ishiro Honda made history with Godzilla—but his chief special effects artist, Eiji Tsubaraya, would later make some history of his own. Today, there’s a new crop of great tokusatsu films and TV shows every year. Join a panel of experts to discuss the continuing evolution of this exciting, eye-popping, and unique entertainment.
Mario “DigiCom” Di Giacomo, Cassandra Lease, Richard Ralston, Michael Toole (m)

LARPs beyond Lightning Bolt — Gaming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 4 (2E)
Almost everyone has heard of LARPs, but what goes on besides or instead of robes, wizard hats, and lightning bolts? From boffer LARPs to theatrical games like Vampire: the Masquerade, this genre of gaming has so much more to offer. Our panelists will present a crash course on the many settings and styles of Live Action Role Play.
Stephen R Balzac (m), Anna R Bradley, Sharone Horowit-Hendler, David Olsen, Mark Waks

Sunday 12:00pm

Reach For The Stars — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 5hr — Harbor I (3E)
Continue to travel in Joss Whedon’s Firefly/Serenity verse, adventure as far into the black as you can, maybe meet a familiar face or two, and dodge the Reavers and Alliance every step of the way! And remember out there, space cowboys....You can’t stop the signal! GM: Sonya Feinn

Space Boy Soran — Anime, Projected Media — 23min — Otis (2W)
Classic anime from 1967 seldom shown in the US: A human refugee raised by aliens on a distant planet, Soran and his space squirrel Chappy visit an undersea city which is under attack by mysterious forces only to discover the city endangers a mermaid nation. With live translation by James Hinsey, you will see this nowhere else. Presented in original 16mm.
James Hinsey

Sunday 12:20pm

Agora — Media, Projected Media — 2hr 5min — Revere (2W)
Alexandria, 391 AD: Hypatia teaches astronomy, mathematics, and philosophy. She runs afoul of ignorant Christians who have no respect for Astrophysics. 2009, R (violence, nudity).

Sunday 1:00pm

TV Writing: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror/Genre — Writing, Panel — 1hr 15min — Alcott (3W)
We often talk about what we like and don’t like about particular TV shows, but it’s not easy to tell some genre tales right on the screen. Our panelists discuss the challenges of telling supernatural tales for TV and film, what the limitations of the medium mean for telling those stories, common pitfalls of writing for TV/films.
Chris Denmead, Randee Dawn Kestenbaum, Steve Sawicki, Heather Urbanski, Thomas Vitale (m)

Hot Topics in Cosplay — Costuming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Adams (3W)
The internet is abuzz, and everyone has an opinion on such topics as gender and racial expectations, cosplay for profit, and sexual harassment. Our panel of the informed and opinionated will discuss.
Hanna Burnett, Aurora Celeste (m), Eri Kagami, Cassandra Lease

Reading: Altabef, Gladstone, Martin — Writing, Reading — 1hr 15min — Bulfinch (3W)
Authors Ken Altabef, Max Gladstone, and Gail Z. Martin read selections from their works.
Ken Altabef, Max Gladstone, Gail Z. Martin

Vertical Press and “Alternative Manga” — Anime, Panel — 1hr 15min — Douglas (3W)
Vertical Press is a long time publisher of manga in the US. While known for being the publisher of the popular series as Gundam; The Origin, Vertical is best known for being the publisher of lesser seen manga in the United States. Vertical has also made name for itself over the last decade publishing historically significant manga the 60s and 70s. So let’s talk about this publisher and their efforts to expand the public perception of what manga is and what manga is capable of being!
Juliet Kahn, Dan Morris (m), Michael Toole, Doug Wilder

LARP—The Realms: The Mountain Citadel — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 6hr — Faneuil (3W)
In this fantasy LARP scale the dizzying heights and face insidious foes holed up in an inaccessible mountain citadel. Sword fights, treasure, traps, mysteries and escapes are all part of the program!

MIT at 150 — Science, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hale (3W)
In autumn 1865, after a long delay due to the American Civil War, a local institution held its first classes: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Whether in engineering, management, chemistry or linguistics, MIT is renowned for its quality education and international prestige. Come celebrate MIT with its graduates, students, and fellow travelers, as we commemorate its sesquicentennial with Arisia ’15!
Phillip Hallam-Baker (m), Richard Moore, Stephen R Wilk

N.K. Jemisin Reading and Q&A — GOH, Reading — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)
Our Writer Guest of Honor reads a chapter from her latest novel ‘The Fifth Season” and answers questions from the audience.
N. K. Jemisin

The Strong Sound — Music, Workshop — 1hr 15min — Griffin (3E)
Sing and be heard without strain. Lead songs with confidence. Learn to sing with a loud, clear voice without harming your throat. Improve your range and increase your vocal stamina. This workshop is an introduction to Anabel’s vocal and centered breathing technique. Helpful for all singers. This workshop is limited to 25 students and a signup sheet is available at con in the Program Nexus on the Mezzanine.
Anabel Graetz (m)

So You Want to Start a Convention? — GOH, Workshop — 1hr 15min — Independence (3E)
So you want to start a convention? I won’t tell you not to do it, I’ll tell you how to do it! Come to this workshop with our Fan Guest of Honor. (Limited to 10 people. Signup sheet available at con in the Program Nexus on the Mezzanine.)
Colette H. Fozard (m)

Power Grid — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
Buy your power plants. Buy the resources to power those plants. Expand into nearby cities to earn more money and conquer the industry. A classic game of manipulation and resource management. GM: Mike Sharrow

The 21st Century — Media, Projected Media — 22min — Otis (2W)
A discussion of the space program of the 21st century and Man’s future in space, with Walter Cronkite, Arthur C. Clarke, and a number of visionaries. In 16mm.

Collectible Card Games — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hancock (2W)
Duel Masters, Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic the Gathering, and more. Let’s talk about our favorites and show off our collections!
Micah Schneider (m)

Kids Crafts with Maker Parents — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hancock (2W)
Let’s make stuff! Come with your ideas and get ready to be creative!
Adri, Andrew Anselmo, Lisa Hertel (m), Scott Wilhelm

Open Discussion Group: TV — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hancock (2W)
In the old days science fiction and fantasy shows for kids were rare. Now they’re EVERYWHERE! What are your favorites? Which ones do you wish they’d bring back, or hope they’ll renew?

The Hobbit, Session 2 — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hancock (2W)
Join us for a reading of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic story of burglary, jail-breaking, armed robbery, and dragoncide. Continued from an earlier session.
Peter Maranci

Kamikaze Costuming: Props & Accessories — Fast Track, Panel — 2hr — Webster (2W)
Come make your own props to go with your Kamikaze costume. Then, show off your creation in the Masquerade tonight.
Dawn Albright, Damarie—Aurora Freyasdottir

I’ve Got All the Balls in the Air, Now What? — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Webster (2W)
Juggling for Kids; for both first time and experienced jugglers.
David J. Friedman

Children’s Filk Concert — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Webster (2W)
Filk! Sing-a-longs! Bring your voice!
Nat Budin

Swords of Chivalry 2 — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Webster (2W)
Hands-on swordsmanship lessons for kids. Come use safe, foam weapons to learn the skills a knight would have used!
Mr. Ferguson

Disaster Preparedness for Fans — Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 1 (2E)
In this Arisia favorite, we’ll discuss ways to protect what’s important to you from random acts of disaster, including yourself. How do I protect my books from flooding? What should I put in a disaster kit? Is renters insurance worth buying? Come learn how to prepare yourself for when the alien, cyborg zombies invade!
D. Cameron Calkins, Forest Handford, James Macdonald, Carsten Turner, Eric Zuckerman (m)

Women Destroy Science Fiction — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 2 (2E)
Actually, women created science fiction! Over the years, SF was taken over by a bit of a boys’ club, and there was considerable backlash against women’s work in the field. To which women said: screw you. 2014 saw a sea change in the field, and a tide of Women Destroying all manner of subgenres—and winning all the awards for it. Let’s talk about taking back the industry, and the need to broaden it from Women Destroy to include nonbinary and other writers that are still underrepresented.
Elizabeth Birdsall, Lisa J. Evans, Nisi Shawl (m), JoSelle Vanderhooft, Trisha Wooldridge

Building a Poly Home — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
You know that multiple relationships are the right path for you, and are thinking of moving from dating to cohabitating. Deciding to move in together can be a tricky proposition for any relationship, but it can get even more complicated when there are more than two people involved. When it’s time to pack the U-Haul, what are the potential issues—emotional, legal, and logistical—that you might face? Come hear from our panelists about the joys and challenges of creating a poly home.
James Meickle, Ken Olum, Ian Cooper Rose (m), Tikva, Valerie White

The Quest: Behind the Scenes — Media, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 4 (2E)
On ABC’s THE QUEST, a number of contestants from our world were “transported” to a mystical realm, where they competed as paladins to determine the one true hero who could save that world. It was a fun mix of scripted fantasy and real competition, and we’ll have guests from the show talking about what it was like, and answering your questions.
Adria Kyne (m)

Psyche Corporation—Cyberpunk Fairytale Concert — Music, Concert — 1hr — Grand DE (1W)
Cyberpunk Fairytale Storytime Music with Psyche Corporation. Bring-your-own-tea-or-tea-substitute and gather round to listen to cyberpunk tales of downloadable dreams laid out in musical form by Psyche Corporation, a cello-guitar-vocal trio fronted by a former Ladies of Steampunk model and programmer who produces both original and filk works, such as Perl-Operated Boy.

Sunday 1:30pm

Pathfinder Society — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
An official Pathfinder RPG. GM: See the original Pathfinder game description for a list of the GMs.

Warring Kingdom — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
Learn and play the successfully kickstarted local board game featuring tactical combat and deckbuilding, Warrior Kingdom! See why reviewers are calling it: “Highly Interactive and highly fun” “A game surpassing classics in its field” “I can’t speak enough praise about the battle mechanics. I love it so much” GM: Harry Gao

How Many Clones Does it Take to Change a bulb? — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
Well, you lucked out this time! Your mission is to change a lightbulb. What could possibly go wrong? Note, the following items could possibly go wrong: treason, commies, radiation leaks, sabotage, mutants, faulty equipment, vending machines, random explosions, contradictory paperwork, and/or aggressive marketing. Paranoia is a game of light-hearted treachery and death. Fun is mandatory. GM: Matthew Timmins

Gamma-Ray Burst Over Sweetwater Shores — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
That last job turned out a little rough. Your ship took some hits, the pay was short and your crew had to hustle offworld ahead of some unpleasant fallout. At least you got out alive, but now you need a safe port where you can gas up, patch the hull, throw back some stiff drinks and unwind a bit. Fortunately, you know just the place, a modest little anti-matter mining rig and waystation orbitting a white dwarf just a few days worth of spike-drive travel away. GM: Eric Smith

Under the Atmosphere — Media, Projected Media — 15min — Otis (2W)
This abstract film is a series of images about space and what lies below it. Filmed on the Central Florida “Space Coast,” site of many NASA launch pads. Dormant, arcane text, activated landscape. Is it about something, or is it just pretty images? Is any movie? Direct to you from a screening at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Presented in 16mm.

Wand Dueling Workshop with HP-NYC — Fan Interest, Participatory Event — 1hr — Grand A (1W)
The art of wand dueling is a centuries old practice that has unfortunately fallen on the wayside in today’s modern wizarding curriculum. Join Harry Potter NYC as their top wand dueling instructors demonstrate several of the offensive and defensive moves most frequently employed in duels. Many of these can be seen being used in the now famous Harry Potter Documentary films. You can bring your own wands, or if needed training wands can be provided.

Sunday 2:00pm

Munchkin Tournament — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
That crazy dungeon game is back, and this will follow tournament rules. Prizes awarded at the end of the tournament.

Repo Man — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 32min — Otis (2W)
Rich Macci Memorial Presentation

Masquerade / Rehearsal — Theater, Rehearsal — 3hr — Grand B (1W)
Masquerade rehearsal

Salem Zouaves: Civil War Swords & Sabers — Trackless events, Participatory Event — 30min — Commonwealth (1W)
In the mid-nineteenth century, a military fashion craze swept Europe and the United States. Known as Zouaves, they were originally French-Algerian light infantry famous for their colorful Turkish uniforms, athletic precision drill, and ferocity with cold steel in battle. The Salem Light Infantry, an elite militia company from Salem, Massachusetts, went Zouave in April, 1861. This demonstration will feature saber drills and fencing styles practiced during the Civil War era.

Sunday 2:30pm

Story Autopsy — Writing, Panel — 1hr 15min — Alcott (3W)
Our group of panelists takes a few well-known works of genre fiction and picks them apart to show you how they work, why they work, and in some cases point out the parts that don’t work at all. If you don’t like spoilers this is probably not the panel for you.
M. L. Brennan, James L. Cambias (m), Thom Dunn, John P. Murphy, Ian Randal Strock

How Fabric Works — Costuming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Adams (3W)
Learn why fabric slithers and creeps, and how you can control it; or what makes some fabric flow while others are stiff. Discuss the ‘wrong’ side of fabric, the difference between warp and weft. Learn how to pick the best fabric for your costume and how to best use it.
Angela Kessler, Shelley Marsh (m), Sarah “Tashari” Morrison, Nightwing Whitehead

Reading: Hafer, Kimmel, and Oshiro — Writing, Reading — 1hr 15min — Bulfinch (3W)
Authors Abby Hafer, Daniel M. Kimmel and Mark Oshiro read selections from their works.
Abby Hafer, Daniel M Kimmel, Mark Oshiro

Flirt Like a Pro — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Douglas (3W)
Flirting, like any skill, can be learned and gets better with practice. Our panel of experts are here to help! They will discuss and maybe even demonstrate ways to flirt like a pro, and what never to do under any circumstances!
Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, Alex Jarvis, Rachel Kenley (m), Megan S. Markland, James Prego, Hannah Elyse Simpson

How We Learn — Science, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hale (3W)
How does the human mind absorb, retain, and recall information? What psychological and biological processes are involved? Does one learning method work for all, or do some learning styles suit certain types of people better?
Carl Fink (m), Abby Noyce, Psyche Corporation, N.A. Ratnayake

Arisia Corporate Meeting — ConComm, Panel — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)
An open meeting of Arisia Inc., the organization that helps the con committee do its job every year. Non-members welcome (and welcome to join us).

Chantey Sing — Music, Panel — 1hr 15min — Griffin (3E)
Songs of sailing in all forms, with an emphasis on work songs from the age of sail. Open sing. Fun for all!
Jeff Keller (m), Jeremy Kessler, James Macdonald

Portfolio Review with Lee Moyer — GOH, Workshop — 1hr 15min — Independence (3E)
Our Artist Guest of Honor is graciously making himself available to critique your work, answer questions, and possibly make career recommendations. Listen to the critique of others works, as you may learn something valuable from the experience of others. (Limited to 10 people. Signup sheet available at con in the Program Nexus on the Mezzanine.)
Lee Moyer

I Remember The Future (repeat showing) — Media, Projected Media — 0hr — Revere (2W)
Worth a 2nd look...

Open Discussion Group: Movies — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hancock (2W)
What were your favorite movies this year? What as a hit and what was a miss? Come share your opinions in this interactive discussion.
Deirdre Crimmins, Elektra Hammond, Rubi

Little Homes — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hancock (2W)
Do your fairies or goblins need a home? Come and build one for them!
Josephine Monreal

Queering Up Canon — Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 1 (2E)
Much fanfic has a large interest in QUILTBAG themes. Maybe your fic involves making characters of the same gender fall in love with each other, having a character established as cis turn out to be trans, or asking if Sherlock has never shown any interest in a “proper” Victorian marriage because he’s asexual. Can fanfic writing and QUILTBAG activism potentially intersect? What does it mean that fans of works with cis, straight characters are looking for more variety in the fiction they consume?
Leo D’Entremont (m), Melissa Kaplan, Kate Nepveu, Adrienne J. Odasso, JoSelle Vanderhooft

The Almanac of Dead Guardians,Teachers,& Mothers — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 2 (2E)
In numerous fairy tales, Disney films, and superhero back stories, when a character’s parents die, so does a sense of security and safety regarding the world. It can also free up the main character to have adventures. Is killing off a parent (or guardian of any kind, really) helpful cultural shorthand for a story or a thin stab at character motivation? Are there some ways, reasons, and motives to kill off a parent figure that are worse than others?
Greer Gilman, Timothy Goyette, Merav Hoffman (m), Gail Z. Martin, Rebecca Slitt

Anime 101: My Kid is Watching What? — Anime, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
A panel on the difference between the different genres of anime. From the simple stuff like explaining Shoujo and Shonen, to what to look for when you want to start showing your kids anime.
Mario “DigiCom” Di Giacomo, Jared Griego, Eri Kagami, Richard Ralston (m)

The Arisia Mega Fan-Casting Panel — Media, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 4 (2E)
Believe it or not, not every great book or comic has been made into a movie or TV show. Come hear the panelists talk about properties need to be filmed, and to talk about the perfect dream cast the’ve come up with. Audience participation will be encouraged, so come armed with your own suggestions!
Nomi S. Burstein, Mary Dumas, Victoria Janssen, Daniel Miller, James A. Wolf (m)

Salem Zouaves: Civil War Musket & Bayonet Drill — Trackless events, Participatory Event — 30min — Commonwealth (1W)
In the mid-nineteenth century, a military fashion craze swept Europe and the United States. Known as Zouaves, they were originally French-Algerian light infantry famous for their colorful Turkish uniforms, athletic precision drill, and ferocity with cold steel in battle. The Salem Light Infantry, an elite militia company from Salem, Massachusetts, went Zouave in April, 1861. This demonstration will feature the uniforms and the bayonet-fencing and musket drills practiced by the Salem Zouaves.
Salem Light Infantry (Salem Zouaves) (m)

Sunday 3:00pm

Cirque: Ferris Wheel — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
Cirque des Circus comes to the played-out Zaibon asteroid belt and docks with the Ferris Wheel Resort Station. A double-wheel two kilometers in diameter, this rotating station provides entertainment to the surrounding subsectors. With everything from stadiums and locations for wargaming and more.. When the rides break and murders occur the entertainers and crew are dragged into larger politics and must confront Zhodani terrorists. GM: Gregory Lee

The Perilous Halls of Sorrow — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
There was no cataclysm that brought the world low. Sure—there are stories of a golden age of heroes and gods, but the people standing before you now, watching and waiting for your answer, are all there is. Life is tough and terrifying and dangerous and, for the most part, utterly unfair. People huddle in their cramped and muddy villages behind walls of wood and daub hoping that the underworld doesn’t find them. But it did. That is why you are here. GM: Dale Houston

This Week in Brit TV — Media, Projected Media — 5hr — Revere (2W)
Review of current Brit TV. See Schedule at door.

Improv Theater Games For Kids — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Webster (2W)
Using exercises inspired by improv theater, New Games, and Whose Line Is It Anyway?, we’ll play, pretend, and get random together. You’ll be surprised by how fast you can think and how creative you can be. No acting experience required, only the willingness to make a fool of yourself.
Lorelei Erisis

Balloon Cars — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Webster (2W)
Come make a balloon car!
Scott Wilhelm

Highland Charge! — Fan Interest, Participatory Event — 1hr 30min — Grand A (1W)
Athena School of Arms presents: the Scottish Broadsword—A weapon of soldiers, nobles, mercenaries and criminals. A demonstration of the fighting methods of both the army regiments and duellists of the 18th century. Followed immediately by hands-on lessons—learn the Regimental drill of the Scottish tradition. Advanced lessons available for students who have already done the basic lesson. All equipment provided, no experience necessary.

Real: A One Act Play — Theater, Drama — 30min — Grand DE (1W)
In the near future, retired veteran Leslie uses virtual reality to make a fresh start after a brutal war. How long can he keep going before he is exposed in his new community? “Real” is about how deep relationships can become, even when you are fundamentally lying to people.

Civil War dance — Music, Participatory Event — 1hr 30min — Commonwealth (1W)
Civil War dance—dance floor

Sunday 3:30pm

The Devil In The Details: A One Act Play — Theater, Drama — 15min — Grand DE (1W)
Set in the year 2020, this play is set in a world where reality TV has a sharper edge. Condemned prisoners get to plead their case and if viewers are entertained by their remarks, the featured criminals get to live longer, 5 minutes at a time. The main characters are an over-the-top announcer, the featured criminal, and a surprise guest at the end. The scene shifts back and forth between the outrageous announcer with his tacky commercials and sarcastic quips, and the deadly serious prisoner.

Sunday 3:45pm

The Corporate Bored: A One Act Play — Theater, Drama — 15min — Grand DE (1W)
Chairman of the Bored, Ms Lord, and her staff: Gabby—a techy engineer—and Luci—dark-side E&M expert; are tasked from Above to create a 3-minute universe. Cranking Time back and forth, Gabby’s grad students prep the primordial mix and Luci brings the light. There are troubles in Paradise: how many dimensions required (“Just string it together”), will light work as a particle or a wave? This light-hearted, pun-filled comedy takes a pre-Big Bang look at worlds designed by committee.

Sunday 4:00pm

The Year in Bad Science 2014 — Science, Panel — 1hr 15min — Alcott (3W)
People use the aura of science to further their own agenda but remain perfectly willing to ignore actual science to present their side. We will present some of the more egregious abuses of the name of science over the last year.
Mark L Amidon (m), Carl Fink, Jeff Hecht, Science Babe, Stephen R Wilk

Games as Interactive Literature — Gaming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Adams (3W)
Gamers have spent years defending their genre as a “legitimate” form of “literature” without having a clear sense of what that means, or more than one or two examples. This panel will explore literature in a medium where one or more live people co-create a story—action, characters, challenges, plots, resolutions, adventures—with a game’s authoring team.
Adri, Meghan McGinley, Joshua A.C. Newman, Rebecca Slitt, Alan Wexelblat (m)

Poetry Reading: Daniels, Odasso, Taaffe — Writing, Reading — 1hr 15min — Bulfinch (3W)
Authors Gillian Daniels, Adrienne Odasso, and Sonya Taaffe read selections from their works.
Gillian Daniels, Adrienne J. Odasso, Sonya Taaffe

Fan Speak: The Language of Fandom — Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Douglas (3W)
What communications styles, methods, and vocabulary seem unique to fandom? Hyperbole seems to be used more than in mainstream speech. Also, literary and media references are more common. Interrupting conversation isn’t seen as rude. How did these patterns develop and why? Have they changed?
Nomi S. Burstein, Victoria Janssen, Ellen Kranzer, JoSelle Vanderhooft, Eric Zuckerman (m)

Worldbuilding with the Soft Sciences — Writing, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hale (3W)
Let’s skip past geology and cosmology and go straight to the sciences that study culture: linguistics, psychology, cultural anthropology, and the like. How does knowledge in these areas inform (or laughably fail to inform) speculative fictions’ world building? How can we use insights from these disciplines to build worlds with a realistic diversity in their cultures?
Vikki Ciaffone, Alexander Feinman (m), James Meickle, Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert, W. B. J. Williams

The Arisia Curmudgeon Panel — Media, Panel — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)
Do you hate one of the holy grails of fandom? Can’t stand the original Star Wars movies? Think the answer to “Kirk or Picard?” is “neither”? Want to revoke Peter Jackson’s Oscar? Cross the street to avoid Browncoats? This is the panel for you! Expect a mix of vitriol, snark, and actual media criticism at this wide-ranging panel.
Abby Hafer, Adam Lipkin (m), Shira Lipkin, Mark Oshiro, Pablo Miguel Alberto Vazquez III

Your Voice and How to Love It — Music, Workshop — 1hr 15min — Griffin (3E)
Hate the sound of your own voice? You’d be surprised how many singers do. Learn to enjoy singing more, sing more in tune and lead songs with confidence. Bring your problem songs; we can make time for three or four people to work individually. Filk, folk traditional or modern, chanteys or theatre songs; this workshop will be helpful for all singers.
Anabel Graetz (m)

Pitch Session with N.K. Jemisin — GOH, Workshop — 1hr 15min — Independence (3E)
Have a novel you’d like to get published? Aspiring fantasy writers can sign up to pitch their novel ideas at our Writer Guest of Honor and discuss how to move forward with them. Fantasy novels only, please! This is first come, first served as signup is limited to 8 spaces. Signup sheet available at con in the Program Nexus on the Mezzanine.
N. K. Jemisin

Guest of Honor Tour of the Art Show — Art & Maker, Lecture — 1hr 15min — Harbor III (3E)
Art Show Tour by our GoH. Limited to 10 people. This is after the auction but before anyone picks up their loot. Come see what you missed with commentary by our Guest of Honor!
Lee Moyer

Outer Limits: Premonition — Media, Projected Media — 48min — Otis (2W)
An Air Force test pilot is flying a high altitude test flight. After executing the probatory maneuver, he is suddenly thrust into a world in which time moves very differently than normal. But why is his wife there? What of the mysterious shadowy figures? What about the accident about to occur to his child? And what is a probatory maneuver anyway? This film leaves more questions than it answers but that’s how the Outer Limits is. B&W 16mm syndication print.

Beyond Hogwarts: A Young Fan’s Reading List — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hancock (2W)
Harry Potter was great, but there are a lot more fantasy and science fiction books out there for kids and young adults. What is out there for kids that doesn’t insult the intelligence, but also doesn’t fly over the heads faster than a Firebolt?
Peter Maranci

Fun with Legos — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hancock (2W)
Everything is Awesome! Let’s break away from the instructions and all be master builders. What can you come up with?
Ian Cooper Rose

Read All the Things! — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 1 (2E)
Sure, we have limited reading time, but there are some authors whose works clamor to be read in their entirety! Which authors? Come to this panel and find out! Each panelist will discuss the author whose complete works they deem absolutely essential. Come develop your reading list for the next year!
Heather Albano (m), Ed Fuqua, Rachel Kory, Daniel Marsh, Sarah Smith

Saving the World vs. Changing the World — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 2 (2E)
We like vast scope and terrible conflict, where the world is in jeopardy. As the narratives roll, we’re bound to see aspects of the setting that probably need to be destroyed or, at least, to change. Sometimes, the world is changed by the end of the story (as in each book in the Inheritance Trilogy) and sometimes it is merely saved (as with the Harry Potter series). We’ll talk about stories that changed their settings forever and ones where the status quo is restored.
Erik Amundsen (m), Debra Doyle, Max Gladstone, Catt Kingsgrave-Ernstein, Meredith Schwartz

Outlander: Scotland, Romance, and Time Travel! — Media, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
Outlander has been a huge hit for Starz. How well has Diana Gabaldon’s series translated to the small screen? Does it reflect the tone that fans expected? Is it really aimed at viewers not familiar with the plot? Does the amount of sexual violence in a female-centric fantasy differentiate it or make it indistinguishable from material like Game of Thrones? Join us for a fun, spoiler-filled discussion!
Gayle Blake, Anna Erishkigal, Forest Handford, Heather Urbanski (m), Trisha Wooldridge

How to Not Be Awful: The Ecology of Comic Fandom — Comics, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 4 (2E)
Comic communities are beginning to take diversity seriously. Despite this, men in the community continue to harass and exclude those who are different. In this panel, we discuss how to embrace inclusivity in the comics community, and how to counteract negative arguments you may hear or read.
Bob Chipman, Alex Jarvis (m), Juliet Kahn, Donna Martinez, Dan Toland

Sunday 5:00pm

Classic Trailer Park — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 30min — Otis (2W)
Everybody’s favorite event! Ninety minutes of trailers for movies you love, movies you hate, and movies you’ve never heard of! Once again we reach into the dumpsters behind the movie theatre for the finest trailers possible, old and new.

The Martial Arts of ‘A Game of Thrones’ — Fan Interest, Participatory Event — 1hr — Grand A (1W)
From swaggering bravos to knightly duels, George R.R. Martin drew on historical exemplars in creating his ultra-realistic, ultra-gritty fantasy world. But how did these martial arts really work, and where does truth end and fiction begin? Join renowned historical combat master Dr. Ken Mondschein and his students of Worcester Historical Swordsmanship for an exploration and demonstration of the combative skills found in Game of Thrones, followed by a hands-on class in the knightly martial arts!

Sunday 5:30pm

Science Year in Review — Science, Panel — 1hr 15min — Alcott (3W)
2014 was a great year for science! Come learn about the greatest happenings and discuss the ramifications for the future.
Mark L Amidon (m), Terry Franklin, Ken Olum, Psyche Corporation, Science Babe

Video Games as Art — Gaming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Adams (3W)
What makes a video game “art”? With the concept of “anything can be art” why is the world so divided when it comes to video games? Why are “artsy” games looked down on by many gamers? How can we work on convincing the world that video games can be called art the same way movies and books can be? Or do we think that only some video games, those focused on being called art, be considered art in the future?
Bob Chipman, Israel Peskowitz (m), Caelyn Sandel, Carolyn VanEseltine

Reading: Ivey, Roy, Silverman — Writing, Reading — 1hr 15min — Bulfinch (3W)
Authors Felicitas Ivey, Lauren M. Roy, and Hildy Silverman read selections from their works.
Felicitas Ivey, Lauren M. Roy, Hildy Silverman

Fandom Etiquette — Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Douglas (3W)
We all know bullying is wrong, but what about other behavior that might fall under the radar? This includes things like fannish gatekeeping, tagging your hate and cultural appropriation under the guise of fandom. What are the guidelines for what’s appropriate in this rapidly changing world?
Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, Colette H. Fozard, Michael Lee (m), Mark Oshiro, Pablo Miguel Alberto Vazquez III

The Medium and the Message — Writing, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hale (3W)
A story can be told in a multitude of formats. Anything from short stories and epic poems to graphic novels and screenplays can be used to convey a narrative. How do the various formats compare? Do certain genres work well in one but not another? What about translations from one medium to another? How can you tell which works best for your story?
Heather Albano (m), Thom Dunn, Alexander Feinman, John G. McDaid, Sarah Smith

Doom, Gloom, & Despondency — Music, Panel — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)
This is a serious, formal, thematic, judged song contest. Attendees are expected to maintain a solemn aspect (e.g., dark clothes, long face, and soft, respectful speech). In the event of a breach of decorum (e.g., laughter), the offender will be evicted for the duration of the current song—and the singer will receive bonus points. Contestants should sign up in advance at Program Nexus.
Lynn Feingold, Anabel Graetz, Jeff Keller, Angela Kessler, Jeremy Kessler (m)

Improv Theater Workshop — Fan Interest, Workshop — 1hr 15min — Griffin (3E)
Using exercises inspired by improv theater, New Games, and Whose Line Is It Anyway?, we’ll play and get random together. You’ll be surprised by how fast you can think and how creative you can be! No acting experience required, only the willingness to make a fool of yourself. This workshop is for the adults!
Lorelei Erisis

Chainmail 102: Byzantine Weave — Art & Maker, Workshop — 1hr 15min — Independence (3E)
Learn to make this popular and easy jewelry pattern. We provide a kit of rings and pliers to borrow. A sign-up sheet will be located at the Program Nexus near Registration, or you can stop by before the workshop to see if there’s room. This workshop is limited to 15 people. Materials fee: $5 per participant.
Liz Cademy, Ket Waters

Super Robot Anime — Anime, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 1 (2E)
When people of a certain age think of anime, the first thing that comes to mind is “Giant Robots”. This is a panel discussing the history and aesthetics of the “Super Robot” genre, starting with (of course) Giant Robo, and taking it through the Go Nagai-dominated 70’s all the way to recent examples like Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
Mario “DigiCom” Di Giacomo, William Frank, Jared Griego (m), Doug Wilder

Positive Representations of Women’s Sexuality — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 2 (2E)
Too often, women’s sexuality in genre fiction is used to penalize or caricature them. Our Guest of Honor’s work is an example of positive representations of female sexuality. Let’s discuss works that show a full spectrum of female sexuality, beyond madonna/whore and into real-life complexity.
M. L. Brennan, Barbara Chepatis, Vikki Ciaffone, Victoria Janssen, Rachel Kenley (m)

Castle Above The Clouds: Gargoyles at 20 — Media, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
Premiering in 1994, Disney’s Gargoyles revolutionary: a dramatic urban fantasy cartoon series tapping into history and world mythology, with a mixed-race female lead who openly celebrated her African and Native American heritage, compelling characters, morally complex antagonists, wide-ranging story arcs, and one of the best voice casts ever assembled. This panel will explore the rich depths of the series, the profound love still felt by its fans, and its impact upon its audience.
Cassandra Lease (m), Madelyn Myers, David Olsen, James Prego, Richard Ralston

Diversity in Comics and the Readership — Comics, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 4 (2E)
Despite the board rooms and trolls, we are beginning to see a breath of fresh air for Diversity among characters and creators in our comics. We’ll be discussing representation and characterization, as well as examining ways that creators have got it wrong in the past.
Zachary Clemente, Alexa Dickman, Juliet Kahn, Donna Martinez (m), Tori Queeno

Sunday 6:00pm

Merchants of Venus — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
Fly around the galaxy buying and selling merchandise to build a retail empire.

Pathfinder Society — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
An official Pathfinder RPG. GM: See the original Pathfinder description for the list of GMs.

Lords of Waterdeep — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 3hr — Harbor I (3E)
Use your meeples to hire helpers, take on quests, use intrigue, or build buildings to gain victory points and rule Waterdeep.

Star Wars X Wing Tournament — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
Lock your S-foils in attack position, and switch your deflectors on. Double front! as you charge into the fray. This tournament will boast several fabulous prizes including X-Wing figures and dice! $5.00 entry fee

D&D Expeditions: 1–3: Shadows over the Moonsea — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
Life on the Moonsea isn’t easy. Bandits, pirates, and cruel lords dominate the land, threatening those who make an honest living there. Now, a new scourge is prowling the waters: A ghost ship has been striking small coastal villages, leaving its victims whispering about the “eye of the dracolich.” Join the adventure and learn the truth behind this threat! An adventure for 1st-4th level characters. GM: Russ Morgridge

NERF Gun War — Fast Track, Panel — 3hr — Webster (2W)
Bring your NERF guns and plenty of ammo for an all-out NERF gun battle! Please note that protective eyewear is Mandatory—bring goggles if you have them. A limited number of NERF guns and protective goggles are available for those who don’t own any. Because of safety considerations, please do not bring modified NERF guns.
Scott Wilhelm

Sunday 6:30pm

Elysium—Second Showing — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 49min — Otis (2W)
In the future, wealthy spacers and poor groundhogs coexist tenuously in a world reminiscent of Asimov’s Mother Earth, but a lone man is forced on a mission to bring them together. Presented in 35mm Cinemascope. PENDING SONY CONFIRMATION

Sunday 7:00pm

If You Like X, You May Like Y (Anime) — Anime, Panel — 1hr 15min — Alcott (3W)
You may have liked the anime you’ve seen on Adult Swim and you’re hungering for more. We’ll suggest new or unfamiliar titles which might complement the ones you’ve already enjoyed. Come find unexpected gems!
Mario “DigiCom” Di Giacomo, Jared Griego, Richard Ralston (m)

For Science! — Science, Panel — 1hr 15min — Adams (3W)
The phrase “for science!” has become a cry equivalent to “anything goes” in pop culture. But what do scientists do “for science”? From venturing into volcanoes that are erupting, to chasing tornadoes, to testing new procedures on themselves, scientists do a lot more than sit in a lab and write research reports. What are the ethical and sensible limits of doing things “for science” and how much should we really not try this at home?
Terry Franklin, Justine Graykin, Abby Hafer, N.A. Ratnayake, Science Babe (m)

Miniatures and Modeling for Gamers and Fans — Art & Maker, Panel — 1hr 15min — Bulfinch (3W)
Come and learn about making miniatures and models for games, or as fan art for your favorite series. Panelists will tell you about some of the resources available, and show some examples of things they’ve made.
John David Cook, T Christopher Davis, Guillermo Zeballos

Lawyers in SF/F — Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Douglas (3W)
In the early 1990s, veteran SF author Robert J. Sawyer pointed out that lawyers are few and far between in science fiction, and in 1997, law professor Eugene Volokh indicated the same for fantasy. Volokh insists that there’s no inherent contradiction between the legal thriller and the SF/F novel. What’s the reason for this phenomenon? Are the strict structures of the legal system anathema to the open-mindedness that SF/F requires? Or is there some other motivation entirely?
David J. Friedman, Daniel Miller (m), Kate Nepveu, A Joseph Ross

Self-Publishing 101: Fiction, Non-Fiction & RPGs — Writing, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hale (3W)
Do you have an unpublished manuscript sitting in your drawer? Are your gamer friends encouraging you to kickstart your cool RPG? Are you a tradipub author who just got back the rights to your backlist? Would your non-fiction client manual look awesome as a book instead of photocopied papers? This panel of indie authors, small presses, and RPG gamers will tell you what resources are out there, scams to avoid, and what to expect. Come over to the Dark Side of indie publishing. We have candy…
Inanna Arthen, Don Chase, Susan Hanniford Crowley, Anna Erishkigal (m), Brian Liberge

Video Gaming Year in Review — Gaming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)
Our annual look back at the electronic games released in the past year. Big franchises like Dragon Age, Bayonetta, and Super Smash Bros. have all had major updates this year, and a few new big IPs like Titanfall and Watchdogs arrived (with mixed results). Meanwhile, indie games like Five Nights at Freddy’s, The Banner Saga, and Octodad: Dadliest Catch and have attracted a lot of attention. Our panel will discuss these and more.
Adam Lipkin (m), Madelyn Myers, Israel Peskowitz, Jessa Phillips

Bawdy Songs — Music, Panel — 1hr 15min — Griffin (3E)
A moderated open circle for songs amorous, erotic, sexy, raunchy, or just plain lewd—with an emphasis on songs from a woman’s perspective. Songs may be as rude as you like, but rudeness in excess of cleverness is tacky. (Note: If you think violence is clever, you’re probably mistaken.) Sing, play, or just listen! Some material may be unsuitable for children.
E. J. Barnes, Lynn Feingold, Anabel Graetz (m)

Authentic Voices: Dialogue and Dialect — Writing, Workshop — 2hr 45min — Independence (3E)
All of us who write fiction want to clearly convey our characters’ voices to readers through our words. This can be especially tough when characters’ speech patterns differ significantly from our own. This workshop will explore ways to let characters speak their authentic truths, to help them reveal themselves and their worlds. From rhythm, slang, and pidgins to jargon and code-switching, we’ll cover the power and techniques of representing diverse voices. (Limited to 15 participants.)
Nisi Shawl (m)

Star Wars: Sith Relics — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
This game uses the new Fantasy Flight StarWars System. A variety of bounty hunters, have been tasked by the empire to locate and retrieve a sith holocron from the planet Ziost. The rebel alliance has also made an impressive counter offer and the players will have to determine, who can be trusted, which side they will take and for how long. Please be Aware this game has a strong PVP element to it. GM: Michael Dlott

Sleepy Hollow — Media, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 1 (2E)
Sleepy Hollow came out of nowhere last year to become a hit, somehow surpassing its cheesy-looking setup to provide action, worldbuilding, and some great characters. It’s also been the rare network showcase for actors of color in a genre show, with characters like Abby, Jenny, and Frank standing tall in the fight against evil. We’ll discuss how the show has fared with its increased visibility and expectations, as well as just talking about our favorite scenes, characters, and plot twists.
Keith R. A. DeCandido, Dan Morris (m), Jennifer Pelland, Barbara M Pugliese

Fear Is the Mind-Killer: Dune at Fifty — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 2 (2E)
In 1965, Frank Herbert’s Dune, which went on to win the 1966 Hugo award, was published. Arriving in the wake of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring a few years earlier, Dune was perhaps the first SF novel to explore ecology on a grand scale. It has spawned several sequels, been adapted into multiple filmed adaptations, and inspired countless works of music in several genres. Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of this seminal work.
John Chu, Max Gladstone, Karl G Heinemann, Ken Schneyer (m), Heather Urbanski

Asexuality 101 — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
We’re all familiar by now with the sexual orientations homosexual, heterosexual, and bi/pansexual. Much less discussed are asexuals, people who do not experience sexual attraction (but who may experience romantic attraction). We’ll discuss what asexuality is and is not, the umbrella of asexual identities, and talk about some common challenges asexual people face and why visibility matters.
Adri, Dash (m), Faith Karklin, Nightwing Whitehead

Wonder Women: The Great Heroines of Comics! — Comics, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 4 (2E)
For the last few years this panel has focused on the world’s most well-known heroine, Wonder Woman. But now Diana is far from the only super-lady the world knows and loves. This year we’re broadening the spotlight to include her sisters in the ever-expanding comics canon.
Ed Fuqua, Juliet Kahn, Cassandra Lease, Donna Martinez (m), Mercy E Van Vlack

Masquerade Doors Open — Theater, Drama — 1hr — Grand AB (1W)
Masquerade doors open

Sunday 7:30pm

Fafnir’s Treasure — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
Garm is howling from the Gnipa Cave, the rope will break, and the Wolf run free. Great is my knowledge, I can see the doom that awaits almighty gods. The Fimbulvetr rages, the sun and moon have been eaten, and darkness and winter covers all the land. Journey to the town of Evingard, where both the gods and the giants seek adventurers for a quest, where the mine has closed down, and where a plague of bears besets the town. Viking-age RPG using the Runic Game System. GM: Dan Williams

Sunday 8:00pm

The Fisher King — Media, Projected Media — 2hr 15min — Revere (2W)
Terry Gilliam Film—erban fantasy with Robin Williams. A former radio DJ, suicidally despondent because of a terrible mistake he made, finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man who was an unwitting victim of that mistake. 1991, R.

Masquerade — Theater, Drama — 4hr — Grand AB (1W)
Masquerade Main Event
Colette H. Fozard, N. K. Jemisin, Lee Moyer

Sunday 8:30pm

Space Dandy: A Dandy Panel, Baby — Anime, Panel — 1hr 15min — Alcott (3W)
Sixteen years after Cowboy Bebop, director Shinichiro Watanabe got much of its creative team back together for a new project, a rollicking space adventure about a hard-luck alien hunter. The resulting show has been a new international hit, and a delightful playground for emerging animation and storytelling talent. We’ll break down some of the show’s finest moments and cleverest references, and talk about what Space Dandy means for anime around the world.
Zachary Clemente, Hayley “Shenanigans” Goldstein, Rubi, Michael Toole (m)

Transhumanism—The Sum of our Parts — Science, Panel — 1hr 15min — Adams (3W)
Oscar Pastorious ran in the Olympics on fiberglass feet. Scientists (and pundits) lament and celebrate how smartphones change how we process and use information. Dean Kamen invented a wheelchair that can climb stars, and created new arms for injured military veterans. Are we moving toward a place where we judge ourselves on what we do, and not what we use to accomplish it? Are we ready for prostheses that allow us to do more (faster, better) than our “factory installed” equipment?
Amy Chused (m), Carl Fink, Tikva, William C. Walker III, Jeff Warner

Art and Copyright — Art & Maker, Panel — 1hr 15min — Bulfinch (3W)
Artists have been copying from each other since the first cave painting. Even Renaissance artists based their works on those of previous artists. But digital media has brought a whole new dimension to copying another artist’s work. If you draw a character from a known source, is that a copyright violation? What if your painting incorporates a stock photo? Where are the lines drawn? And what can you do if you find someone using your art without your permission?
Andrew Anselmo (m), David J. Friedman, Abby Hafer, Forest Handford, A Joseph Ross

The Nature of Gender: Past, Present and Future — Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Douglas (3W)
What is gender? What makes most of us feel we have one, some of us feel we have more than one, and others feel we have no gender at all? In some cultures two genders is considered the norm (or the only reality), but in other cultures there are more genders and more flexibility between them. How is the meaning of gender changing in present-day American culture? Will gender still have the same meaning in the future?
Sharone Horowit-Hendler, Melissa Kaplan (m), Victor Raymond, Penelope Wilhelm

Make a Scale Flower — Art & Maker, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hale (3W)
Make colorful aluminum flowers using chainmail techniques and supplies used for scale-mail armor. Materials fee $5. Sign up in advance at Program Nexus, or stop by beforehand to see if any space is still available. Limited to 10 participants.
Liz Cademy (m), Ket Waters

Diversity and Inclusion — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)
Arisia is a diverse community, and with that comes multiple voices and potentially divergent perspective and ideas. How do we discuss multiple perspectives and points of view—some of which may be mutually exclusive or hard to hear—and make sure everyone gets heard without resorting to the kinds of name-calling and divisiveness that often marks such discussions?
Dash, David Larochelle, Mark Oshiro, Pablo Miguel Alberto Vazquez III, Michelle Wexelblat (m)

Open Filk — Music, Panel — 1hr 15min — Griffin (3E)
Come listen and/or make music in this unthemed song circle. We will go around in a circle giving every person a chance to perform (Play), request a song (Pick), or Pass. All types of music are welcome, but expect to hear a lot of songs related to science fiction, fantasy, science, and fandom.
Grant Carrington, Benjamin Newman (m)

The Skin I Live In (Second Show) — Media, Projected Media — 2hr — Otis (2W)
A plastic surgeon creates a perfect, eternal skin replacement and tests it on a patient, but as time goes by the patient begins to look more and more like his deceased wife and it becomes clear the patient is doing this against her will. Director Pedro Almodovar describes it as “A horror story without screams or frights” but you’ll find that it is frightening with a slow onset that may not occur until after the film is over and you start to think about medical experimentation. 35mm. Subtitled.

Beyond The Guild: Webseries Worth Watching — Media, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 1 (2E)
Web-only series have taken off over the last few years, and while everyone know about The Guild, folks might not be as familiar with fare like H+, The Man in the Booth, or even Tom Hanks’s Electric City. The panelists will talk about the rise of web programming and highlight some of the best shows to hit the web over the last few years.
Jessa Phillips, Steve E Popkes, Sarah Smith (m), Everett Soares

Topical, Typical, and Trope-ical — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 2 (2E)
Essays are devoted to analyzing them and TVTropes curates them. “Tropes” usually refer to the motifs we’re used to consuming in fiction, like the Casanova, the Action Girl, the Trickster, or the Hero’s Journey. What families and variations of archetypes add to the grand, literary tradition and what are the stale, even harmful stereotypes readers could do without?
Heather Albano, Gordon Linzner, Adam Lipkin (m), Israel Peskowitz, Heather Urbanski

Navigating Non-monogamy — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
Let’s discuss the many forms of non-mongamy from polyamory, swinging, “monogamish”, open relationships, intentionally serial monogamy, emotional non-monogamy, etc. How can people try out relationship and partnering styles that work for them, including situations where one or more members of a relationship prefer a different style than other member(s).
John Bacon, Michelle Driscoll (m), Shelley Marsh, James Meickle, Mark W. Richards

No Capes! Non-Superhero Comics — Comics, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 4 (2E)
Comics are often synonymous with Superheroes, but we know that isn’t the case. What can comics do to make their non-caped counterparts shine? What are some great examples of the medium? We’ll talk about that—and our favorites—in this panel.
Alexa Dickman, Ken Gale, Jaime Garmendia, Alex Newman, Eric Zuckerman (m)

Sunday 10:00pm

The Best and Worse of Hentai — Anime, Panel — 1hr 15min — Alcott (3W)
Why is it so popular? Why do men and woman love watching it? There is no line to cross when it comes to this taboo cartoon, whether straight, gay or tentacle. Let’s talk about the best and worst in terms of animation and story line and take a look at some of our panelists favorites!
Chris Denmead, Ed Fuqua, Jared Griego (m), John C. Watson

Open Singing — Music, Panel — 1hr 15min — Griffin (3E)
Come listen and/or make music in this unthemed song circle. We will go around in a circle giving every person a chance to perform (Play), request a song (Pick), or Pass. All types of music are welcome.
Barbara Chepatis, Paul Estin (m)

Magickal Traditions: A Review — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 1 (2E)
As with any religious or spiritual path, there is a wide diversity in the practices and beliefs of modern Pagans, Neo-Pagans, Heathens, and practitioners of other Magickal traditions. Panelists will discuss their respective paths, their practices and beliefs.
Damarie—Aurora Freyasdottir, Catherine Kane (m), Sean Kane, Pablo Miguel Alberto Vazquez III, Jennifer Williams

Does It Matter if SF Is Wrong about the Future? — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 2 (2E)
For decades, many have believed that Science Fiction writers from Verne to Gibson were also futurists. Because of the belief that a main purpose of speculative literature is to predict the future, works are often scrutinized and criticized when they get things “wrong.” Does it matter if SF is incorrect about the future? What are writers really trying to do when they write about the upcoming years and their developments?
Erik Amundsen (m), Walter H. Hunt, B. Diane Martin, John G. McDaid, Ian Randal Strock

Introduction to Power Exchange — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
TPE, Collars, Contracts, 24/7? Dominance and submission is a huge part of the BDSM world. Giving control to another person, whether it is for the duration of scene, a night, or an entire relationship, can be thrilling and a little terrifying. Come hear experienced kinksters discuss how they engage in power exchange, what makes it fun, and how to negotiate a D/s or M/s relationship. 18+ Only.
Rachel Kenley, Ken Kingsgrave-Ernstein, Shelley Marsh, Percival (m), Ian Cooper Rose

Game of Thrones: 2015 Edition — Media, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 4 (2E)
As A Game of Thrones continues, it manages to diverge from the book in significant ways, while still fitting into George R.R. Martin’s vision. The story has now caught up to the books for some characters, and changes to the story are becoming more rampant. We’ll talk about the state of the show after the fourth season, with potential book and TV spoilers as we predict the fifth season.
George Claxton, Terry Franklin (m), Jessa Phillips, Mark W. Richards, Lauren M. Roy

Sunday 10:20pm

The Zero Theorem — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 45min — Revere (2W)
Terry Gilliam Film—spiritual successor to Brazil. A computer hacker whose goal is to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management. 2013, R.

Sunday 11:00pm

Dirty Movie: 2069 A Sex Odyssey — Media, Projected Media — 2hr — Otis (2W)
The planet Venus is dying because there are no longer any men alive, so five women are sent to earth to become impregnated in this German 1974 softcore extravaganza. Needless to say, they find it easier than expected. In 35mm, dubbed, color by Agfa.

Sunday 11:30pm

Tune and Song Jam — Music, Panel — 5hr 45min — Griffin (3E)
An open music session for tunes and songs, with an emphasis on instrumental participation.
Nat Budin (m), Benjamin Newman

Negotiation and BDSM — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
Whether you’re into hard limits, soft limits, or just curious, finding a new play partner can be very exciting. However, before you get to the fun, come get some ideas for how to best negotiate that scene. Learn some skills on how to talk to your partner about what your fantasies might be—and what boundaries not to cross. Consent is sexy! 18+ Only.
Michelle Driscoll, Walter Allen Kahn, Ken Kingsgrave-Ernstein, Shelley Marsh (m), Percival


Monday 12:00am

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog — Theater, Participatory Event — 1hr — Grand CDE (1W)
Ever wonder what it would be like if the entire cast was female? So did we. See how our experiment turns out, as the Teseracte Players of Boston free-style shadowcast Joss Whedon’s hit internet musical. Wear your favorite villain costume and join us on stage to close the show with the largest gathering of the Evil League of Evil. Group photo opportunities will follow the show.

Monday 12:05am

Les 1001 Nuits — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 30min — Revere (2W)
Catherine Zeta-Jones as Scheherazade in adventures in time & space. Fantasy comedy, subtitled French. 1990, R.

Monday 1:00am

Buffy: the Vampire Slayer Once More With Feeling — Theater, Participatory Event — 1hr — Grand CDE (1W)
The next generation of Teseracte take on the classic that started the sing-a-long movement. An all-new cast brings their own twist and jokes to Buffy and The Scoobies. Watch as they sing—and dance!—their way in and out of trouble. Always wanted to be in the show? Bring your own “dry cleaning” and join in our interactive Mustard Dance scene!

Monday 1:40am

Shock Treatment — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 30min — Revere (2W)
Loose sequel to Rocky Horror following Brad & Janet. 1981, PG-13.

Monday 3:10am

Space Station 76 — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 30min — Revere (2W)
A parody of 1970s version of the future. Comedy retro SF. 2014, R.

Monday 4:45am

I Wake Up Yesterday — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 55min — Revere (2W)
A 40 year old teacher is transported in time to his 18 year old life under communism. Subtitled Czech retro Soviet SF comedy. 2012, PG-13.

Monday 6:45am

P-51 Dragon Fighter — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 20min — Revere (2W)
Trivia: Nazi Germany did not deploy dragons until June 6th, 1944 in Normandy. 2014, PG-13

Monday 8:00am

Waking Dreams Games — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 7hr — Harbor I (3E)
A custom made plot using our newly published rule system that was beta tested at Arisia 2014. Open to all, running non-stop, feel free to come and go as you please. GM: Chad Brayman, Nick Malinowski

Monday 8:10am

Time Bandits — Media, Projected Media — 1hr 50min — Revere (2W)
Terry Gilliam’s best time travel movie. 1981, PG.

Monday 8:30am

LARP—Nexus Elements (Part 3) — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 3hr 30min — Faneuil (3W)
The developing town of Yestin has changed much. The new town guard has dramatically decreased the number of hooligans terrorizing the farmers. They have suffered a zombie plague and anti-magic holes. What will they face next? All adventurers welcome to help tame this wild land! Come use powers of brawn, brain, and magic to settle the wilderness for great reward! (Part 3 of 3. If you have your own boffers, bring them; loaners are in short supply.)

Geeky Play Date — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Webster (2W)
Looking to meet up with other parents and kids at the con? Geeky Play Date is a casual, drop-in space for you and your children. Kids can bring their favorite toys and make new friends! Parents can do the same! Please note: this is NOT a babysitting service/venue: plan on tending to your children. If you need to leave a Red-Ribbon Fast Track child for a 10am panel, you may do so after 9:45 and checking in with Fast Track staff.
Damarie—Aurora Freyasdottir (m)

Monday 9:00am

Pathfinder Society — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
An official Pathfinder RPG. GM: See the original Pathfinder description for the list of GMs.

Audience Choice Film — Media, Projected Media — 2hr — Otis (2W)
We will run any of the films listed for this weekend. You must arrive at 9 AM in order to cast your vote. Film will begin promptly at 9:15 after setup and preparation.

Monday 10:00am

Eat Your Vegetables — Science, Panel — 1hr 15min — Alcott (3W)
A well-balanced diet is essential for human functioning, but how do we get the variety we need on a starship, space colony, or other tightly enclosed environment? What other uses could “farms” be in these types of environments?
Amy Chused (m), David Larochelle, W. A. Thomasson, Matthew Zielinkski

Poly Parenting — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Douglas (3W)
Mixing multiple relationships with raising children introduces a host of new complications as well as possibilities. How do you answer questions, schedule your time, and mix parenting styles? Does your parenting strategy change when your children are older? Does your style differ if the kids were blended, or born into the poly group? These and other questions will be discussed.
Michelle Driscoll, Ken Olum, Ian Cooper Rose, Alan Wexelblat (m), Valerie White

Memorable Characters — Writing, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hale (3W)
Whether you are writing about humans, necromancer, aliens, or shapeshifters, you have to create characters that people will care about and want to read about. That starts with the very first page. Let’s discuss what makes a character memorable and relatable to readers. What does a writer need to do to achieve this objective?
Grant Carrington, Timothy Goyette, Elaine Isaak (m), Toni “Leigh Perry” Kelner, Suzanne Palmer

Puerto Rico — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 2hr — Harbor I (3E)
A game with no chance. No dice and no cards, the outcome of this game is based entirely on the choices the players make.

Caverna: The Cave Farmers — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
Dwarves, farming and mining combine to make an indepth and fun “Agricola-esque” experience. We will teach you how to play and give you some strategy tips on developing a great dwarven land. GM: Melissa Hamilton

The Unicorn’s Tears — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
In this game all of the characters are awakened animals with the exception of Cat, who is a familiar. While druid and witch are away at a Burning Toad festival it is up to bear, wolf, raven, owl, horse, alpaca, puma, cat, ferret and fox to defend the forest and save the Unicorn from villagers, necromancers and of course Chelsea the wandering Chimera. GM: Michael Dlott

Selected Shorts — Media, Projected Media — 1hr — Revere (2W)
Tea Time, Space Cat Hob, Firefly The Verse, Space NASA, Without U, Ambition ESA. 2014.

What Do You Mean, 10 and Up? — Fast Track, Panel — 3hr — Hancock (2W)
Have you been playing board games that say “10 and up” since you were 6? Wish you had? Come play with us. We will teach and play some board games intended for adults but accessible to children with a facility for board gaming. Feel free to bring your own (reasonably short) games.

Open Discussion: The One and Only Harry Potter — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hancock (2W)
Sectumsempra! Just kidding. Since we can’t read your thoughts, come discuss Hogwarts, Harry, Hermione, Ron, and all the rest. What house would you be in? Or would you be in a different school altogether? Are Muggles being treated unfairly? What do you think the future will hold for the world of Harry Potter?
James Hinsey (m), Melissa Perreira-Andrews

Classic Playground Games — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Webster (2W)
Play some classic playground games with us!

Running Great Games — Gaming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 1 (2E)
Any gaming group can kick open doors and collect treasure. How do you and your friends collectively tell an engaging and memorable story that you’ll talk about for years to come? Our panel of experienced GMs will share stories, tips, and tricks.
William “Ian” Blanton (m), Morgan Crooks, Peter Maranci, Lauren M. Roy, William C. Walker III

The Gods of The Inheritance Trilogy — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 2 (2E)
The pantheon in The Inheritance Trilogy is less artificially structured and more like a family. In addition, they have some fascinating ways of being bound by their natures. We’ll discuss the gods and demigods of the series and the way they interweave with the story.
Erik Amundsen (m), N. K. Jemisin, Mark Oshiro, Sarah Smith

Anime and Their Remakes — Anime, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
With the upcoming remake of Sailor Moon, let’s talk about other Animes that have been remade, like Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist, and the like. We include things that got OVAs in addition to things that got rebooted TV shows, like Magic Knights Rayearth and X1999.
Hanna Lee Rubin Abramowitz, Eri Kagami, Richard Ralston, Doug Wilder (m)

Free Kazoo: Freakazoid’s 20th Anniversary — Media, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 4 (2E)
(Note: Free kazoo not included) Twenty years ago, Bruce Timm and Paul Dini created the strangest superhero cartoon of all, the story of a boy who gets zapped with all the information in cyberspace and becomes a Freakazoid. The show as ahead of its time, but left a strong impression on fans and other creators. We’ll reminisce about the show, its influence on contemporary cartoons, and probably throw in a bunch of jokes and references.
Nomi S. Burstein (m), Bob Chipman, Cassandra Lease, David Olsen, Joey Peters

Monday 11:00am

Magic Draft — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
Magic Khans of Tarkir Booster Draft

Coming Attractions 2015–2019 — Media, Projected Media — 2hr — Revere (2W)
For Film, TV, Internet and Alternate Realities in the upcoming Years.

Monday 11:30am

Where the Hell is Everyone? — Science, Panel — 1hr 15min — Alcott (3W)
The Fermi Paradox had a good deal of coverage in 2014 media. Improvements in SETI data analysis and our ability to examine other stars for things as small as Earth-sized planets means there is a good argument that if a Type II or III civilization was out there we’d be able to detect something like their waste heat, even if we couldn’t understand their communications. But so far, nothing. Why might that be and are we just wasting our time and money proving we’re actually all alone?
Justine Graykin, Richard Moore, Ken Olum, Don Sakers, Ian Randal Strock (m)

I Give Up! Knowing When to Walk Away. — Comics, Panel — 1hr 15min — Adams (3W)
As comics readers we’ve all been there, right? The creative team you loved leaves a book, your favorite character gets killed or you’re just plain sick of all those crummy crossovers. What makes a comics fan throw their hands up and say “I Give Up!”. And what could possible bring us back? Should we come back? This panel will help us find out how to cope with breaking up with your comics.
Jared Griego, Catt Kingsgrave-Ernstein, Daniel Miller (m), Joey Peters, Dan Toland

Reading: Lipkin, Salaam, Vanderhooft — Writing, Reading — 1hr 15min — Bulfinch (3W)
Authors Shira Lipkin, Kiini Ibura Salaam, and JoSelle Vanderhooft read selections from their works.
Shira Lipkin, Kiini Ibura Salaam, JoSelle Vanderhooft

Magical Girls: Sugar, Spice and Kickin’ Butt — Anime, Panel — 1hr 15min — Douglas (3W)
Magical Girls is one of the largest sub-genre of Japanese fantasy anime and manga and is popular with children and adults alike. Just because it sparkles doesn’t mean it’s for children. We’ll discuss some of the best and worst series in the sub-genre and give a bit of a guide for parents of kids just starting out with Magical Girls.
William Frank, Cassandra Lease, Elizabeth O’Malley (m), Richard Ralston

Managing Backstory — Writing, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hale (3W)
The backstory is the set of events that happened before your main story begins. These details cover everything from a character’s personal history to the origins of the world itself. How does an author relay that information effectively? How do you determine what should be backstory and what should take center stage?
Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, Elaine Isaak (m), Rachel Kenley, Suzanne Palmer, Ken Schneyer

Masquerade Show and Tell — Costuming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)
Masquerade participants are invited to bring in their costumes to show them off in a more intimate setting.
James Hinsey (m)

NESFA Hymnal sing — Music, Panel — 1hr 15min — Griffin (3E)
Group singing from the NESFA Hymnals, a collection of filk songs set to well-known tunes. Singers and listeners both welcome. Loaner hymnals provided. Here is a chance for new filkers to learn a few songs and experienced filkers to sing some old favorites.
Ellen Kranzer (m)

Inspired By — Writing, Panel — 1hr 15min — Independence (3E)
Our panelists will discuss the authors and stories that most inspired them to become authors themselves, as well as other influences on their work.
Walter H. Hunt (m), Everett Soares, Stephen R Wilk, Trisha Wooldridge

Learn to Crochet — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hancock (2W)
Learn to crochet—we provide everything!
Aimee Yermish

Swords of Chivalry 3 — Fast Track, Panel — 1hr 15min — Webster (2W)
Hands-on swordsmanship lessons for kids. Come use safe, foam weapons to learn the skills a knight would have used!
Mr. Ferguson

Death in Gaming — Gaming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 1 (2E)
The consequences of death vary greatly from game to game. Almost every gamer ends up getting killed and having to deal with the death of their character. How do various systems treat death—are there differences between formats (video, tabletop, LARP, etc.)?
T Christopher Davis, Karl G Heinemann, Brian Liberge, Peter Maranci, William C. Walker III (m)

Non-Genre Books That Fans Love — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 2 (2E)
Many of us are very well-versed in genre classics and new genre work—but some fiction that’s not specifically SF/F has rooted itself in our canon as well. Which books that aren’t genre are familiar and beloved by genre readers?
Grant Carrington, Max Gladstone, Adam Lipkin (m), Meredith Schwartz, Sonya Taaffe

Fandom and Disability-Comments on Best Practices — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
Access for fans with disabilities is clearly not something we can consider solved, but more and more conventions are coming up with great ideas, and implementing them. How can we better share ideas, and build up and maintain some “best practices” to help make more conventions accessible? Which great ideas scale well to large and small conventions, and which only work up to a certain size? What are the “easy” first order things, and what are we are still striving for?
Stephanie Clarkson, Walter Allen Kahn, Amos Meeks, Tikva, Tanya Washburn (m)

The Hobbit: An Unexpectedly Long Journey — Media, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 4 (2E)
We’re now finally done with Peter Jackson’s adaptation. Was splitting one reasonably short book into three films a good choice, or is the extended story just fanservice for people nostalgic for a favorite childhood read? Are viewers starting to get jaded by the on-screen spectacle of Middle Earth, or is the world-building still fresh? Will we get a ninety-film adaptation of the Silmarillion?
Inanna Arthen, Bob Chipman, Susan Hanniford Crowley (m), Anna Erishkigal, Eric M Van

Monday 12:00pm

Lords of Waterdeep — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 2hr — Harbor I (3E)
Use your meeples to gain intrigue, build a building, take on quests, or hire the people you need to complete those quests.

Monday 1:00pm

Anime Out into the Wider World — Anime, Panel — 1hr 15min — Alcott (3W)
With the growing acceptance of cosplay, anime characters are being seen in more places by more fans. Anime cons used to be isolated events but now there’s a large overlap between events like Anime Boston and Arisia. Anime ideas are even trickling into mainstream media. Is this part of a natural and growing acceptance or is it a phase?
William Frank (m), Rubi, Doug Wilder

The Indie Ghetto — Writing, Panel — 1hr 15min — Adams (3W)
You’ve self-published your book, but how do you get people to read it? Why are there people who stay far away from anything self-published?
Terri Bruce, Alexander Feinman, Timothy Goyette, Dennis McCunney (m), Don Sakers

Reading: Crooks, DeCandido, Schneyer — Writing, Reading — 1hr 15min — Bulfinch (3W)
Authors Morgan Crooks, Keith R. A. DeCandido, and Ken Schneyer read selections from their works.
Morgan Crooks, Keith R. A. DeCandido, Ken Schneyer

Birding 101 — Science, Panel — 1hr 15min — Douglas (3W)
The last surviving family of dinosaurs can be found all across the Earth—from the open sea to the high desert, from your urban windowsill to the polar regions. How to find birds, recognize them, observe their behavior, and keep track of the ones you’ve seen and/or heard while you’re at home or traveling. We’ll discuss what birding tells us about the impact of environmental changes, including habitat loss, global climate change, and invasive species.
E. J. Barnes (m), Ken Gale, Jeff Hecht, Mercy E Van Vlack

Learn from my Fail: Costume Horror Stories — Costuming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Faneuil (3W)
Life lessons from costumers who admit to some of their most heinous and embarrassing mistakes, both on stage and off.
Hanna Burnett (m), Eri Kagami, Milo Martinez, Nightwing Whitehead

Writing and Racial Identity — Writing, Panel — 1hr 15min — Hale (3W)
What does your race have to do with what you write? Depending on your race, are certain topics forbidden to you? Obligatory? None of the above? If your race matters, how do you know what it is? By what people see when they look at you, or by what you know of your genetic background? By your cultural upbringing? By what you write?
John Chu, Thom Dunn, Mark Oshiro, Victor Raymond (m)

Cooperative Games — Gaming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)
Most games are a competition between two (or more) opponents. Recently, though, there has been a rise in cooperative games like Pandemic, where the goal is to beat the game, not each other. Find out about cooperative games and what they may be teaching us.
David Olsen, Micah Schneider, Carolyn VanEseltine, Eric Zuckerman (m)

Dead Dog Open Filk — Music, Panel — 5hr 45min — Griffin (3E)
One last chance to sing, play, or listen to some filk music.
Paul Estin (m), Peggi Warner-Lalonde

Chainmail 101: European 4 in 1 Weave — Art & Maker, Workshop — 1hr 15min — Independence (3E)
Learn how to make this basic armor weave. We provide a kit of rings and pliers to borrow. A sign-up sheet will be located at the Program Nexus near Registration, or you can stop by before the workshop to see if there’s room. This workshop is limited to 15 people. Materials fee: $5 per participant.
Liz Cademy (m), Ket Waters

Corsets, Clockwork, Colonialism: Perspective — Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 1 (2E)
Steampunk used to be primarily a literary/media genre, with the occasional costumer or maker. But as it has grown in popularity, the fandom has grown and changed with it. What is the “real” steampunk? How has the genre expanded and evolved over time? And how have anti-colonialist voices both embraced and challenged it?
Melissa Honig (m), Sarah Smith, Pablo Miguel Alberto Vazquez III

The Wonderful Panel of Oz — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 2 (2E)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its 13 sequels constituted a truly American fairy tale, replete with mythology but without the harsh moral lessons that tales such as the Brothers Grimm had become infamous for. To this day, scholars and enthusiasts debate the great world that Baum shaped, from whether he originally intended a metaphor for early twentieth-century American Progressive Party politics, to the role of women in the series, to the seeming predictions of modern technology in its pages.
Greer Gilman, Merav Hoffman, Toni “Leigh Perry” Kelner (m), Daniel Miller, Sonya Taaffe

Alternative Activism — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
Many fans are also heavily involved in activism, advancing the rights of queer, poly, kink, trans*, etc. folks. At this panel, you will learn the best ways to get your voice heard, and what organizations and causes could use your support. Come share your skills, meet some fellow activists, and get some ideas for how to best fight for your cause.
Lorelei Erisis, Forest Handford (m), Karl G Heinemann, Percival, Tikva

Representations of Disability on the Screen — Media, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 4 (2E)
Assistive tech has been a staple of genre movies and film, from Geordi’s visor on TNG to Julie’s artificial legs on Extant. We’re also seeing more disabilities represented in fantasy, from How to Train Your Dragon to Game of Thrones. How are genre creators getting it right—and getting it wrong—both in their handling of disabilities and assistive tech, and in society’s treatment of those themes?
Adam Lipkin, Adrienne J. Odasso, Steve E Popkes, JoSelle Vanderhooft (m)

Monday 2:30pm

Convention Feedback — ConComm, Panel — 1hr 15min — Alcott (3W)
Tell us how to improve Arisia for next year!
Anna R Bradley, David D’Antonio, Jaime Garmendia, Benjamin Levy, Amos Meeks, Micah Schneider, Kris “Nchanter” Snyder, Michael Sprague (m), Thomas Traina

Yarn Bombing! — Art & Maker, Panel — 1hr 15min — Adams (3W)
Yarn bombing has be around for a decade now. The practice has gone from a way to enliven public space to a form of protest to community art projects. Arisia ’14 was yarnbombed in the form of stuffed octopi left around the con. Is it art or graffiti? What drives this phenomena? Is there really that much extra yarn laying around?
Rachel Kadel-Garcia, Bettina Kurkoski, Megan Lewis (m)

Reading: Arthen, Gilman, Hunt — Writing, Reading — 1hr 15min — Bulfinch (3W)
Authors Inanna Arthen, Greer Gilman, and Walter H. Hunt read selections from their works.
Inanna Arthen, Greer Gilman, Walter H. Hunt

Historical Costuming — Costuming, Panel — 1hr 15min — Faneuil (3W)
What makes a costume historically accurate and how important is it to get every detail right? What are the best resources to learning about fashion through the centuries? What is documention and should you do it? Our panelists talk about what draws them to this genre of costuming.
Sean Dixon-Gumm, Paul Kenworthy, Daniel Marsh, Jennifer Old-d’Entremont (m), Antonia Pugliese

Dungeonton Abbey — Gaming, Scheduled Game — 4hr — Harbor I (3E)
Semiranta the Bold, is a mighty heroine. She and her friends have done great deeds, and she has been well-rewarded by the Empress. There’s not much she can’t handle. Too bad she’s out of town. Take on the role of her servants as disaster strikes at Penhallow Manor while the Lady of the House is off adventuring. Are the servants up to the task of keeping everything ship-shape and Bristol fashion while they deal with.. something.. coming out of the woods and up from the basement? GM: Jacob Evans

Beyond the Stereotypes — Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 1 (2E)
The crazy aggressive soldier, the hypocritical priest, and the cartoonishly greedy executive are all stock characters. How can we look at these people differently? How about adding villainy to other sorts who need it?
Amy Chused, Israel Peskowitz, Thomas Vitale (m), William C. Walker III

The Autism Community — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 3 (2E)
What is autism, and what is an autism self-advocate? Learn about Autism Spectrum Disorders and why they may affect more of fandom than you think. We will also talk about autism activism, current social and political issues affecting autistic people, and the connection between autism and other disability communities.
Daniel Miller, Adrienne J. Odasso, Rubi, Aimee Yermish (m)

The Infamous Bad Book Covers Panel — GOH, Panel — 1hr 15min — Marina 4 (2E)
Learning from the tragic past (and ebook present), this panel will hope to prevent future crimes against authors and readers alike.
Lee Moyer