28 Sep Revenge of the (video game and sci-fi) Nerds coming to UW-Madison
Madison, Wis. – Hundreds of self-professed nerds will descend on the University of Wisconsin-Madison the weekend of Oct. 6 and 7 for two days of video games and science fiction.
They will attend the first Geek.kon convention, which will take place in the Mosse Humanities Building.
The free gathering is designed for anyone who enjoys role-playing, video gaming, reading science fiction, and rocking out to “Guitar Hero.” Included will be anime and science-fiction viewing rooms, local area network gaming, live-action role playing, and other video and board games.
The event has been organized by Geek.kon, a registered student organization formed mostly from members of two already-existing student organizations, the Sci-Fi club and the Anime club.
Special guests and new video game demonstrations are also planned. Among those expected to attend are:
• Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda, the writers and directors of the online video series “Chad Vader.”
• Monte Cook, writer of RPG books and a designer of “Dungeons and Dragons.”
• Joan Vinge, best-selling science fiction author known for her Hugo Award-winning novel “The Snow Queen.”
More than 600 students have pre-registered for the event, which is sponsored in conjunction with the East Asian studies department. Registration also will be available to the public (at the door).
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