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Are you Ready?!

4 Apr

IMG_5844 It’s almost time! The arena is set up for USF-RIGs Battles at MakerCon, IMG_5855the pennants are up by the entrance, the volunteers are prepped, we’ve got the Electrathon track mapped out, the programs are printed, the games are packed and waiting, the electronics are charging,  and the makers are marking time until the gates open at 10am tomorrow morning!

IMG_5849Advanced ticket sales end at midnight!

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T -1 to Gulf Coast MakerCon!

3 Apr

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The t-shirts are here!

The program is ready!

The Makers are pumped and the Volunteers are prepped!

All that’s missing is YOU!

Just one more day to get your discounted tickets for a weekend of creative awesomeness!

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Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014 Program Now Online!

2 Apr

Program cover The Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014 Event Program is be printed as we write, and available here online for you right now, to download! (Many thanks to MityMo for stylistic support and to DEX Imaging for printing services!thumbs_tabletopday2014_600x500

Check out our great line up of Makers, and our list of pre-scheduled workshops and demos.   Many more demos will be posted on-site Saturday and Sunday, by Makers running presentations at their booths.

Saturday we’re celebrating International Tabletop Day all day, in our Gaming Corner.  There will be a National Robotics League competition – Battle at MakerCon – underway throughout the day, as well, in the Robotics area, thanks to USF-RIG, with 15 lb. and under fighting robots duking it out.  Sunday look for some smashing fun with bigger robots and the demise of old electronics.Gulf Coast MakerCon Makers and Floorplan

The weather’s looking fine, and there will be something for everyone to enjoy all weekend long!

Discount tickets good for the full weekend are available through Friday evening online at Eventbrite.

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Tickets at the gate on Saturday and Sunday are $15 for adults, for the day, and $8 for kids 6-12.  Children ages 5 and under are free.  Fairgrounds parking is $6.

Meet the Game Makers: Suncoast Skirmishers

27 Mar

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One fun new element of this year’s Celebration of the DIY Inventive Spirit is the incorporation of International Tabletop Day into our event, made possible thanks to Suncoast Skirmishers.  We spoke with Dominick Trascritti, who heads up the RPG Gaming portion of the group, who told us a bit about the group and what it brings to Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014.

“Suncoast Skirmishers is a group that is associated with Historical Minature Gaming,” explained Dominick. ” It is really a loose group made from members who specialize in role playing, historical miniature players, fantasy/science fiction gamers, and board gamers. Most members are also members of the Pathfinder Society of Florida who play Paizo’s Pathfinder Living game, Historical Miniature Gaming Society South, Story gamers,thumbs_tabletopday2014_600x500 and smaller groups.

“In its essence all tabletop gaming is about imagination, and socialization. Players share something to explore, if it’s a fantasy world, a “what if” question from history, or even exploring game theory. Players play in the same room, and socialize before and after a game.

“Professional gamers are employed not only by militaries around the world, but “serious games” also allow business to help managers gain confidence, and urban planners practice for disasters or operations.

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“There are many skills that come from gaming in this manner. First are simple math skills, pattern recognition, strategy, and statistical theory. Softer skills such as persuasion, speaking, and confidence are also exercised.

“In role playing games teamwork, attention to detail, planning, and flexibility under pressure are exercised.
Many players also like to know the actual history then try new twists on the story, for example, “What would have happened if Cornwallis at Yorktown was able to break out and continue to fight the Revolutionary war?”

“In many parts of the hobby, the miniatures and tables must be designed, fabricated, painted, and repaired. All these are skills that are learned or taught.

“For Gulf Coast maker Conference, we hope to bring this hobby to light to others, show the players how games are played, and provide chances to play full scale events.”

Meet the Maker: Jason Rawley, of Fireblade Comics

26 Mar

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We love the cosplay and gaming elements of our event this year, and are happy to welcome Jason Rawley of Fireblade Comics to our line up for Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014.  We asked him to tell us a bit about his work and what he’s bringing to our maker event.

GCMC: What do you do?

JR: Fireblade Comics began as my dream of producing online, live-action, interactive comics. As it’s developed over the years, I also incorporated my other works with custom action figures, props, and other collectibles.

GCMC: Why do you do it?

JR: I grew up in the 80’s as a huge fan of comics and movies and I was drawn to the realm of film making at an early age, especially special effects. Even as early as elementary school I Jasonwould create props and set pieces for the school plays. Art has always been in my veins so over the years I’ve done everything from graphic arts, website design, drawing, writing, and crafting. I’ve been building scale models for many years so that led to customizing action figures. Prop making became more of a demand as the cosplay community has grown, to the point where I get quite a few commissions throughout the year from people who come across my other works.

GCMC: Why do you think it’s important or valuable?

JR: I believe all art is important as self expression while is essential to us as humans. For those who get into cosplaying or collecting, this can be a great escape from the stress of normal life. So it’s always a privilege for me to be able to use my art to express myself while at the same time creating things people will use and appreciate for years.

GCMC: How long have you been doing it?

JR: I’ve been crafting, building, and customizing since early childhood so most people would say it was “all my life”.

GCMC: What do like best about it?

JR: As a form of self expression, being able to create things from my imagination is a wonderful release and a therapy. It’s taken me places and I’ve gotten to make many great friends over the years.

iron-man-unleashed-ver2-18GCMC: What are you bringing for folks to see or do at Gulf Coast MakerCon?

JR: I’ll be bringing a healthy selection of my customs including an array of props from sci-fi blasters to Ghostbuster gear as well as some action figure bases and displays. If possible I’ll bring some work-in-progress pieces so I can demonstrate how projects move through the construction phases.

GCMC: What do you hope to get out of your Makercon experience?

JR: I’m hoping to meet some good people with the same interests and fanboy fascinations as myself as well as get some feedback on my projects.

Come check out Jason’s awesome work at Gulf Coast MakerCon April 5 & 6!  Get your discounted tickets today!

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International Tabletop Day @ Gulf Coast MakerCon, April 5th!

22 Jan

suncoast skirmishersLove tabletop games like cards, board games, dice games, tabletop RPGs?  So do we! That’s why we were delighted to learn that International TableTop Day is the first day of our thumbs_tabletopday2014_600x500 Gulf Coast MakerCon event this year!  So, in collaboration with Suncoast Skirmishers,  we decided to incorporate a Tabletop Day event into our Maker festival.

Inspired by the Wil Wheaton (yes, THAT Wil Wheaton) hosted YouTube gaming show TableTop  on the Geek & Sundry entertainment network, Tabletop Day is a celebration for all the fans of tabletop gaming.  “A single day where the whole world is brought together in a common purpose of spending time together and having fun. “

We think it’s a perfect complement to our weekend celebration of the DIY Inventive Spirit! So if you love to play tabletop games, or love to make them, join in with us Saturday, April 5th, in our Tabletop Day corner, in our Gaming section at Gulf Coast MakerCon! Bring your own games or play some of ours! Suncoast Skirmishers will have some great games set up for you to learn about and enjoy.

Early Bird registration runs through Feb. 28th and is just $30 for a Family/Friend 4 pack  of tickets, or $15 per person, for both days.

Individual advanced tickets for children ages 5-12 are just $8 for both days. Children under age 5 are free!

Ticket costs at the gate, the day of the event, will be $15/day adults (13+); $8/day for kids ages 5-12.  So get your Early Bird tickets soon. We’ll  Make Your Day!

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