Programming at EXP Con 2019

Industry-related programming will take place throughout the weekend, across the entire convention center. Our organization produces various types of programming that occur simultaneously, so there is always something happening of interest for the attendees.

Main components of the convention include…

Industry Panels and Events

Each year at EXP Con we invite members of the video game and anime industry to take part in our weekend-long event. These individuals speak on many interesting topics, participate in Q&A’s, sign autographs, and interact with the fans multiple times throughout the weekend. We will have a schedule of Industry panels posted closer to the event weekend.

Main Events Room

The Main Events Room hosts industry-driven programming, panels, and contests. Industry professionals and fan-favorite voice actors take part in panels, Q&A sessions, and conduct autograph signings for attendees. Concerts occur Friday and Saturday evening by performers who create music related to subject matter.

Panel Rooms

The Panel Rooms host content produced by members of the community and/or industry professionals.  Content includes but is not limited to general events, in-depth discussions, and workshops.

Celebrity Autograph Sessions

Each year at EXP Con we invite members of video game, anime, and other related industries to take part in our weekend-long event. During these specific autograph sessions throughout the weekend, EXP Con attendees will have the opportunity to meet these celebrities and get their autographs (Individual Guest Rates and Conditions apply), as long as they have the appropriate single-day pass or weekend pass. Depending on the Level of the Weekend Pass you purchase, you may be able to bring one item to be signed free of charge by some or all of the industry guests in attendance, as a special “Thanks” for supporting the convention.  Any additional items signed are subject to individual rates and conditions set by the industry guests.  Please note that once the session is over, those still in line will be turned away. There will be 3 of these sessions throughout the weekend! To put yourself in the best position to get all the autographs you are interested in, purchase the Level 99 Pass which grants you access to the Quick Encounter Lane, and one complimentary autograph from all industry guests in attendance.

EXP Video Game Lounge

The Video Game Lounge is a large area within the convention filled with consoles and games for attendees to play. Casual-play of the newest and oldest games are available all weekend, and special video game tournaments are scheduled throughout, where many of the best travel to compete in their favorite games. Tournaments and Scheduling will be available soon.

EXP Artist Alley

The Artist Alley is set up along the halls of the pre-convene area throughout convention center. This space is allotted for artists of all types to exhibit and sell their works for convention attendees.

EXP Vendors Room

The Vendors Room is a large section of the convention center where genre specific vendors and exhibitors set up to sell their wares or promote their products. Much of what these vendors sell is available exclusively at conventions.

Costume Contest

This contest is designed to showcase the costume creating and modeling abilities of everyone from novices to the experienced designer. Designers create costumes based on characters from video games, anime, manga, or Japanese culture and are pre-judged before the event. Entrants will showcase their work on the Main Events stage in a fashion show-style presentation, where winners will be announced and awarded with Epic Trophies.

  • EXP Con 2019 Programming Schedule

Friday (12PM-9-PM) Convention Registration
EXP Con opens up to attendees noon on Friday. Weekend-long badges and Friday-Only wristband will be available for sale. Separate lines will be set up for attendees who pre-registered or took advantage of the Host Hotel Stay Free Pass Offer.

Friday (12PM-2AM) Video Game Lounge
A popular aspect of EXP Con is the signature Video Game Lounge. Compete in tournaments, watch the competition unfold, or play casually with other convention attendees.

Friday (12PM-2AM) Table Top Gaming Room
A tabletop role-playing game is a form of role-playing game in which the participants describe their characters’ actions through speech. Participants determine the actions of their characters based on their characterization, and the actions succeed or fail according to a set formal system of rules and guidelines. Hear ye, hear ye! Champions of table top games and Adventurers of the RPG realms! Come and feast your eyes on all that Darby’s Dungeon has to offer you. – Presented by Darby’s Dungeon

Friday (12PM-10PM) Artist Alley
Traditionally at fan conventions artists are able to purchase a space to promote, display, and sell their works. EXP Con will have such a place that will be open not only artists, but fans and groups who wish to promote their clubs, organizations, or charities.

Friday (2PM-8PM) Vendor Room
EXP Con will have a dedicated room filled with shops selling merchandise related to video games, Japanese animation, comics, cosplay, and other facets of popular culture. Peruse and purchase wares that reflect your interests!

Friday [PR] (2:00PM-3:00PM) Ryan’s Lunar Panel: The Origins of EXP Con
Lunar 2 Eternal Blue Complete is the Origin story of EXP Con. No game has mastered the concept of traditional JRPG—a turn-based, music-heavy adventure filled with interesting people and places—quite like the Lunar series, created by the talented team at a Japanese studio called Game Arts. Eternal Blue is the best of the bunch, and although the hero, Hiro, can get a little grating, the game is warm and lovely and surprisingly genuine. Killer soundtrack, too. – Presented by Ryan.

Friday [ME] (3PM-4PM) Behind the Scenes with Jack Fletcher
Go behind the scenes, quite literally, of some your favorite games and animation. with EXP Con 2019 industry guest and legendary director Jack Fletcher!

Friday [PR] (3PM-4PM) Fire Emblem: Three Houses OTP Debates
Fire Emblem: Three Houses captivated hoards of Nintendo Switch owners this year. Repping your house colors is cool and all, but, we all know the real debate occurs when fighting for your one true pairings amongst the protagonist and his students! Join us as we set sail on the romance ship amongst the occupants of Garreg Mach Monastery. – Presented by Madeline Windsor

Friday [ME] (4PM-4PM) The Heroes Journey
Join EXP Con 2019 Industry Guests Doug Cockle and Steve Downes as they discuss their journey to becoming the voice behind Geralt of Rivia (The Witcher series) and Master Chief (Halo series), two of the most iconic characters in gaming history!

Friday [PR] (4PM-5PM) Adventures of TBDT
Join the Con Squad and TBDT to discus some of their many adventures! What’s TBDT? It’s a secret!

Friday – [ME] (5PM-6PM) Opening Ceremonies
Opening Ceremonies for the convention sets the tone for the entire weekend, so you can expect EXP Con is going to bring the hype! We will talk about what you can expect from the weekend, introduce our biggest industry guest list ever, and entertain you with our own brand of Opening Ceremonies magic!

Friday [PR] (6:00PM-8:00PM) Main Event’s Autograph Signing Session #1
Each year at EXP Con we invite members of video game, anime, and other related industries to take part in our weekend-long event. During these specific autograph sessions throughout the weekend, EXP Con attendees will have the opportunity to meet these celebrities and get their autographs (Individual Guest Rates and Conditions apply), as long as they have the appropriate single-day pass or weekend pass. Depending on the Level of the Weekend Pass you purchase, you may be able to bring one item to be signed free of charge by some or all of the industry guests in attendance, as a special “Thanks” for supporting the convention. Any additional items signed are subject to individual rates and conditions set by the industry guests. Please note that once the session is over, those still in line will be turned away. There will be 3 of these sessions throughout the weekend! To put yourself in the best position to get all the autographs you are interested in, purchase the Level 99 Pass which grants you access to the Quick Encounter Lane, and one complimentary autograph from all industry guests in attendance.

Friday [ME] (6PM-7PM) Live-streaming 101: A Primer
So you think you wanna stream on Twitch? Got a YouTube account you’re dying to go live with? Have a million questions? Bring ’em to the panel! We’ll cover everything required to start up a gaming/IRL stream, and will share our own experiences with the group!

Friday [OR] (8PM-9PM) Whose Line is it Anyway?
An improv comedy show where the games of Whose Line is it anyway are performed by you. Come join in for classic games like Unlikely Superheroes, Scenes from a Hat, Party Quirks and more. Audience participation is a must. Come join us for all the laughs and fun.

Friday – [SE] (8:30PM-10PM) EXP VIP Soirée
Exclusive Level 99 VIP-Only Event! There’s free food and drink at this fancy party. A big thank you to our Level 99’s and a way to get to know the people who run the convention, and the industry guests in attendance.

Friday [OR] (9PM-10PM) YTP and Internet Remix Culture
Join the YTP movement to learn about what YTP is, it’s history, and how it has benefited the lives and careers of everyone that has taken part of it! YTP has been universally looked down a lot in the public eye but has been enjoyed and appreciated for years around many creative circles on the internet. We also use this panel to get more people aware of Dinner Blaster. (Come and find out what that means.) Our panelists will be Jab50Yen, DomGoldOfficial, Trogdorbad, Hurricoaster, SawGrassFX and EmperorLemon! We’ll also be having a Q&A and a potential viewing party at the end. (EPILEPSY WARNING)

Friday [ME] (10PM-11PM) Mega64’s Night of Mischief (Because Anything Can Happen on Halloween)
I wouldn’t change places With anyone tonight We’ll carve pumpkin facesAnd watch the witches flight Every human heart will shudder Every soul will shake with fear Tonight, the creepiest Tonight, the scariest Tonight, the most wonderful night ahhhhhhhhf the year Anything can happen on Halloween Your dog could turn into a cat There may be a toad in your bass guitar Or your sister could turn into a bat Christmas time brings the snow Summer time brings the sun But on Halloween your blood begins to run Something’s funky going down now Curry Wurst Anything can happen on Halloween It’s better than a video Gremlins gonna mess up every cassette From London to Idaho April first can be fun New Year’s Eve is a bore But on Halloween your flesh begins to crawl Oh, I’m losing control Anything can happen on Halloween Your toenails grow long and your hair turns green Your teacher could become a sardine Your dentist could turn into a queen. Has anybody seen my tambourine I may start playing Begin the begin The craziest night you’ve ever seen This hairy, scary, creepy, crawly, Halloween.

Friday [PR] (10PM-1AM) Random Room
The tradition returns! Graham had to fill this description out even though he has no idea what is in store. Panel is 18+ – Presented by Graham and Amanda Dunbar.

Friday [OR] (11PM-1AM) YTP After Party!
Partake in the after YTP Movement After-Party Our panelists will be Jab50Yen, DomGoldOfficial, Trogdorbad, Hurricoaster, SawGrassFX and EmperorLemon! We’ll also be having a Q&A and a potential viewing party at the end. (EPILEPSY WARNING)

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