MidsouthCon 35 has come and gone, and boy howdy was it a weekend to remember. From Friday (the 24th) until Sunday (the 26th) the Hilton Hotel in Memphis, TN was choked full to the brim with excellent cosplay, stalls full of geek memorabilia and merchandise, panels with some of the most amazing personalities in our local nerd community (including yours truly), and many other events and programming that we sadly just don't get to see around here as often as I would like.
I didn't get to partake of everything that happened at the 35th annual MidsouthCon, but I got to meet many new faces, as well as some old ones. I had the pleasure of sitting in on a wonderful panel, called Commercial Development of Outer space, that discussed how space technology touches our lives in less than 50 ways a day. This panel was headed up by brilliant minds like Michael Kingsley, Max Nelson, Les Jonhson, and Ethan Siegel. I also had the joy of sitting in on Dubbing Anime which gave a great look at what it takes to get into the business of being a voice actor for one of the biggest nerd obsessions in decades.
When I wasn't geeking out over all the amazing cosplay and personalities that I kept encountering, I spent a good chunk of time in the gaming rooms. No matter what your poison was, there was something for everyone. In some rooms, they had multiple consoles set up with various games ready to play. From Dark Souls 3, Mortal Kombat XL, and Super Smash Bros to Tekken, Mario Kart, and Street Fighter!
If video games weren't your thing, then there were even separate rooms where Dungeon Masters and Storytellers alike weaved tales to astonish in tabletop games like Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, Pathfinder, Call of Cthulhu, various World of Darkness games, and many others. Previous Pixels & Papers guest and friend of the show Geoff Harris even ran my personal favorite – Shadow of the Demon Lord.
Tabletop role-playing games too serious for you? Then the board game room was the place to be! I saw friends, families, strangers, couples, and various combinations of the bunch playing and communing with each other. Whether it was a few friendly cooperative rounds of Zombicide or Pandemic or a bit of less friendly competitive Tsuro or Kingdoms. Even games like Settlers of Catan (ugh!), Descent: Journeys into the Dark 2nd Edition, and others were on display to be checked out and tried by con-goers.
Of course, it wouldn't be a MidsouthCon without Riverside Opera, the local Vampire: The Masquerade LARP, in attendance. Unfortunately, I was too beat to turn up for this one, but I've heard from all those who attended that Riverside Opera: Ascent was one for the books!
And last, but certainly not lease, yours truly and his stalwart co-host, Derek, had our first ever live-recorded episode of the Pixels & Papers Podcast! If you weren't able to attend MidsouthCon 35 and missed us, you can still catch the recorded version of the panel we did on the Mass Effect action RPG video game franchise right here on Nerd901.com.
Aside from our live show, I also got to have an interesting and fun discussion panel on diversity in the gaming community. We even had the pleasure of meeting and talking with writers, creators, and role-playing game industry heads like David Glore (Writer for Riverside Opera), Brian Cooksey (RPG analyst and co-host of the Play on Target Podcast), and R.S. Belcher (author of “The Queen of Swords” and “Shotgun Arcan”). And last, but certainly not least, we got to officially meet some of the personalities from Black Nerd Power!
All in all, this year's festivities were a blast to attend, and the number of con-goers was massive and a well welcome sight to behold. Never let it be said that Memphis doesn't have at least one or two places to go for local nerds and geeks to get together and share in their favorite hobbies and talk to one another about their favorite fandoms. Convention hangover aside, I'm still eagerly awaiting the return of MidsouthCon next spring! Be sure to keep your eyes peeled here, as well as, midsouthcon.org for more details on MidsouthCon36!