Storming The Castle

Sunday12:00 AMHenry FordFate/Apocrypha (5hrs)  
Sunday5:00 AMHenry FordIn Another World with My Smartphone (5hrs)  
Sunday9:00 AMGreenfieldArgent the Consortium (3hrs)A game that is about becoming the next head of a magical college. To do so though is harder than it seems as the people voting on this are all looking for different things and most of them are unknown at the beginning of the game. It is a worker placement game with a huge dose of magical chaos and mayhem.  
Sunday9:00 AMModel T Kaffeeklatsch with Fan GOH David Stein Join Fan Guest of Honor David Stein for a small-scale conversation and Q&A over cups of coffee or tea. Limit 10 attendees, sign up in Ops. David Stein
Sunday9:00 AMRotundaReading: Eric AndersonEric Anderson
Sunday10:00 AMGreenfieldOceanosEach player pilots her own submarine trying to spot the most underwater species and the largest coral reef, sending scuba-divers after forgotten treasures, collecting precious crystals to upgrade their ship and to escape the fearsome kraken's gaze... 
Sunday10:00 AMGreenfieldRaiders of Pertalo (4hrs)During the spring equinox, on the Ides of the Falcon, the peaceful village on Lake Pertalo readies itself for the Fertility Feast of Agnor in celebration of a long winter coming to an end. All preparation comes to a sudden halt, however, when the community is overrun by an enemy that disappears as quickly as it arrived. Many are killed or wounded, but it soon becomes clear that this was not the goal of the raiders ... All of the village's children are now gone, apparently carried off in the chaos of the attack. As the characters begin to search for the missing children, they will discover a plot far more sinister than any of them had imagined ... and possibly be destroyed by it. 
Sunday10:00 AMHenry FordSAO Alternative: GGO (5hrs)  
Sunday10:00 AMKidFusionWake Up YogaLearn some yoga poses to get your day startedKidFusion Staff
Sunday10:00 AMMichiganBlack Gate Magazine Interviews GoH Ada Palmer Black Gate columnist and author Brandon Crilly sits down for a live interview with Pro GoH Ada Palmer, to discuss Terra Ignota, mythology, philosophy and looking ahead to the future. Brandon Crilly (M), Ada Palmer
Sunday10:00 AMModel TKaffeeklatsch with Science GOH Jen PiatekJoin Science Guest of Honor Jen Piatek for a small-scale conversation and Q&A over cups of coffee or tea. Limit 10 attendees, sign up in Ops.Dr. Jennifer Piatek
Sunday10:00 AMRotunda Reading: K.A. Doore, Sarah Hans, Derek Kunsken K.A. Doore, Sarah Hans, Derek Kunsken
Sunday10:00 AMTeenFusion"never get involved in a land war in Asia," but do try their snacksCome join us as we delve into the world of Asian snacks, from candy to crisps 
Sunday11:00 AMAllen Park How Fears Shape Superstitions From black cats-as-familiars to the number 13 being bad, all modern beliefs are rooted in folklore and ancient traditions that have been affected by political and social mores. Panelists will share examples and then discuss whether or not these powerful beliefs are harmful or helpful. Steve Buchheit (M), Lucy A. Snyder, Sarah E. Gibbons, Nino Cipri, Monica Valentinelli
Sunday11:00 AMDearborn Superhero Fiction As A Case Study In Balancing Grit and Hope Since the eighties, we've seen a trend towards using more violence and darker storylines to attract a more mature audience to comics. But we're also seeing a growing fatigue for these dark visions of heroism, with more hopeful heroes hitting the scene and parodies such as Deadpool turning brooding and bleeding into a punchline. What lessons can we take from comics in how to strike the right tonal balance in our work? Who's using grit well? Who are our favorite hopeful heroes, and how do their creators deliver optimism without cheese? David Anthony Durham (M), Eric Anderson, Sandee Rodriguez, A. Merc Rustad, BluRaven C. Houvener
Sunday11:00 AMErieConFusion Wants You! Running ConFusion can take a lot of work, not just during the weekend, but over the course of the year leading up to it. We're always looking for new people to help, whether it's laying out this very program book, tweaking the website, or contributing programming ideas. Join us and let us know how to help, and hear from some of the people who do the work now to make it all happen! Anna Carey, Cylithria Dubois, Eric Guy
Sunday11:00 AMGreenfield7 WondersYou are the leader of one of the 7 great cities of the Ancient World. Gather resources, develop commercial routes, affirm your military supremacy. Build your city and erect an architectural wonder. 
Sunday11:00 AMKidFusionSunday Morning AnimeCome and watch youth-appropriate anime with friends.KidFusion Staff
Sunday11:00 AMOntarioCosplaying 101 What do you need to know about the ins and outs of cosplaying? An informational presentation from longtime ConFusion member Brian Bay! Brian Bay
Sunday11:00 AMRotunda Reading: Mark Oshiro, Nibedita Sen Mark Oshiro, Nibedita Sen
Sunday11:00 AMSouthfield Tense and Point of View in Fantasy Today Aesthetic trends in genre writing are constantly evolving--and tense and point of view are no exception. The Princess Bride uses an omniscient viewpoint to excellent comedic effect, framing it inside a conversational first-person narrative. In the time since it was published, present-tense narration has grown in popularity, especially in Young Adult fiction. Where are fashions heading around tense and point of view? Which works are showcasing what the common viewpoints and tenses can contribute to a story? Teresa Nielsen Hayden (M), Jordan Kurella, Dyrk Ashton, Jason Sanford, Amy Sundberg
Sunday11:00 AMTeenFusion"Never go against a Sicilian when Beans are on the line"Join us in the Teenfusion room for an intense game of Bean Boozled, where your sense of smell and tastebuds will be tested. 
Sunday12:00 PMAllen Park Microeconomics in Fantasy Worlds In The Princess Bride, Vizzini reminds Fezzik he'd found him "Unemployed in Greenland,” but details like rent and employment frequently go untouched in Fantasy Worldbuilding. Whether a setting uses coins or barter, there is still a need for characters to put food on the table, and making a living is a prime source of stress and conflict. How have budget and cashflow been examined in fantasy settings before, and what do they allow us to explore in new works? Chris Bell (M), Dan Stout, Cassandra Morgan, Stacey Filak, K.A. Doore
Sunday12:00 PMAtrium Paint and Take (4hrs)   
Sunday12:00 PMErieState of the Solar System What are humans and their robot pals doing out in the solar system right now? Where are we going and what's in the planning phases? Bill Higgins (M), Martin L. Shoemaker, Dr. Jennifer Piatek, Bob Trembly
Sunday12:00 PMFairlane Workshop: Barbershipping If folk = filk, then barbershop = barbership. Learn to sing a song by the first filk barbershop quartet- Barbership! Steve Macdonald
Sunday12:00 PMGreenfieldKarubaGuide your adventurers skillfully through the jungle! All players choose to cards to play, lowest sum loses one. Use your cards to make a path to treasure, and safely to the temple. 
Sunday12:00 PMKidFusionAFTERNOON BREAKKidFusion is closed for one hour in the afternoon. 
Sunday12:00 PMOntarioNo Shrinking Violets: The Women of Genre Media From Dale Arden to Lois Lane to Emma Peel to Peggy Carter, genre women have been kicking ass and taking names since the very beginning. David M Stein, DI, Bonnie Jones, Jennifer Skwarski
Sunday12:00 PMRotunda Reading: Cat Rambo, Lawrence M. Schoen, Jeffrey Chapman Lawrence M. Schoen, Cat Rambo, Jeffrey Chapman
Sunday12:00 PMTeenFusionTeenFusion Closes  
Sunday1:00 PMAllen Park Evolution of Fandom The only thing that stays the same in fandom is that it continues to change! How has it changed for the better, and how do we think it will continue to change? Jackie Morgan (M), Brian Bay, Cat Rambo, Julie Winningham, Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Sunday1:00 PMErieThe Nature of Time SF writers from H.G. Wells to Ted Chiang have obsessed over the nature of time. But what does the science say? Time travel, messages from the future, predestination: is any of this really possible? We will explore the ways new developments in science are threatening to upend our concept of time--and the ways that they already have. Andrea Johnson, David John Baker, Mackenzie Flohr, Derek Kunsken
Sunday1:00 PMGreenfieldWizardtrick-taking game based on Oh Hell. Assess your hand and your opponents to bid wisely. Play carefully to make your bid exactly, no more no less. 
Sunday1:00 PMKidFusionSimple ScienceExplore chemical reactions by making bouncy balls to take home.KidFusion Staff
Sunday1:00 PMOntarioWhose Cartoon Is It, Anyway? Whose Cartoon is It Anyway? The audience picks a cartoon plot, and artists jam to figure out what happens next! MC and Fan GoH Dave Stein narrates the story so that it makes sense. Or at least cartoon-sense. David M Stein, DI (M), Sean Martin, BluRaven C. Houvener, Emily Zelasko
Sunday1:00 PMRotunda Reading: Nino Cipri, Stacey Filak  Stacey Filak, Nino Cipri
Sunday1:00 PMSouthfield Supply Lines and Economics in Fantasy Worldbuilding Goldman's beloved abridged version of The Princess Bride omits the incisive political and economic commentary of Morganstern's classic, but understanding some basics about economics and trade is vital to fantasy world-building. What foods and fibers does your local ecology support? What trade routes are your characters connected to, and how long have they been established? We'll talk about how these things will influence a society's diet, architecture, clothing, and technology, as well as informing their class markers and aesthetics. K.A. Doore (M), Ferrett Steinmetz, Jennifer Mace, Scott H. Andrews, Jon Skovron, Teresa Nielsen Hayden
Sunday2:00 PMAllen Park Kindness in Science Fiction and Fantasy How do we showcase characters' kindness in a world (or worlds) that can be cruel? Who does a good job of showing these interactions in their books (or other media!), and what makes their depictions feel real, nuanced, and effective? What about paradoxically kind books: stories focused on this type of interaction and also war, gore, and other serious interpersonal problems? How do they maintain both tone and values? What do we most need about stories of kindness right now, and how can they be dramatically effective? Kelli Fitzpatrick (M), Petra Kuppers, Jennie Ivins, Nibedita Sen
Sunday2:00 PMDearborn Women Over Fifty as Leaders, Mentors, and Heroes in SFF Robin Wright's transition from The Princess Bride's Buttercup to Wonder Woman's Antiope is emblematic of a larger trend in science fiction and fantasy: our princesses are becoming generals. Star Wars's General Organa, The Expanse's Chrisjen Avasarala, Legend of Korra's Lin Beifong, and The Broken Earth Trilogy's Essun--women's roles in genre fiction are expanding, and women whose comings of age are far behind them are refusing to be crowded off of the trails they blazed. Who are our favorite women over fifty in genre fiction? What roles would we like to see older women occupying more in our stories? Diana Rowland (M), Suzanne Church, Jeannie Szarama, Sarah E. Gibbons, Teresa Nielsen Hayden
Sunday2:00 PMErieSorting Hat Chats By virtue of magic, the Sorting Hat is of course superior to all other methods of analyzing personality and potential, but beyond that pedigree, what recommends it to real world personality analysis? What can we learn about ourselves and others through an understanding of one's Hogwarts house? Sarah Hans (M), Mackenzie Flohr
Sunday2:00 PMGreenfieldMaster LabyrinthPlayers are charged with exploring the maze to find spell ingredients (numbered chips) to complete their journeyman project and become a Wizard. Chips must be claimed in order, and the maze constantly shifts for extra challenge. 
Sunday2:00 PMKidFusionCome Play With Me!Let's wind down with a selection of thinking and story-telling games. KidFusion Staff
Sunday2:00 PMSouthfield Expanding The Definition of Witchcraft Witchcraft in fiction often taps into real world tragedies, myths and folklore, spiritual practices, sexuality and gender treatment through the lens of Western occultism. Witchcraft, however, is more than riding brooms or dancing naked. Panelists will explore the definition of witch and then provide examples of witches through underrepresented lenses. Monica Valentinelli (M), Josef Matulich, Paul Kemner, A. Carina Spears
Sunday3:00 PMKidFusionKidFusion ClosesThanks for another great KidFusion year! 
Sunday3:00 PMMichiganClosing Ceremonies Come say goodbye to our Guests of Honor and Special Guests, and learn what we might have in store for you for next year! Ada Palmer, Joe R. Lansdale, Lewis Shiner, Steve Macdonald, Dr. Jennifer Piatek, David M Stein, DI, Amy Sexsmith
Sunday4:00 PMMichiganFeedback Session Give the ConCom compliments, ask questions, provide concerns. Review the con experience with the all-volunteer concom and staff, and find out how to join in the fun of planning ConFusion for next year! Amy Sexsmith & ConCom