The Skeptical Gamers

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Archive for March, 2010

Help Tom Foss!

Posted by Adversarial Writer #2 on March 30, 2010

Tom is looking for some help with his presentation on annoying chain e-mails. If you could pop on over to his place and drop him a line with a good annoying chain e-mail, you’d be helping him and making Gen Con just a little more awesome.

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The Final Schedule!

Posted by Adversarial Writer #2 on March 29, 2010

Gen Con has approved all of our events! This is freakin’ awesome, because you never know when one will get the boot due to lack of space or something like that. The schedule has been updated on its dedicated page but here, for redundancy’s sake, is the final schedule with all event locations included.

Date Time Event Presenter(s) Location
Thursday 5 August 10:00AM – 11:00AM The Power of Immunization Don Riefler, and likely a bunch more Westin Chambers
Thursday 5 August 11:00AM – Noon Acupuncture – An Implausible Premise Lacking Evidence Colin Thornton Marriott Indiana Ballroom C
Thursday 5 August 3:00PM – 3:30PM Evolution, Creationism, and Gaming Tristan Zimmerman Westin Chambers
Thursday 5 August 4:00PM – 5:00PM Myths, Monsters, and Legends Colin Thornton Marriott Indiana Ballroom C
Friday 6 August 10:00AM – 11:00AM Archaeology vs. Pseudoarchaeology Sara Head Westin Chamber
Friday 6 August 11:00AM – Noon Confessions of a Fictional Tabloid Writer William Brinkman Marriott Indiana Ballroom A
Friday 6 August 1:00PM – 3:00PM Skepticism, Critical Thinking, and Pop Culture Don Riefler, Tom Foss, Sean Bennett, Jon Maxson Westin Council
Friday 6 August 4:00PM – 5:00PM Cargo Cult Science Don Riefler and Tom Foss Westin Chambers
Saturday 7 August 9:00AM – 10:00AM The Power of Immunization Don Riefler, and likely a bunch more Westin Council
Saturday 7 August 10:00AM – 11:00AM Building Local Skeptical Communities Jen Myers of Skepchick Marriott Indiana Ballroom B
Saturday 7 August 11:00AM – 12:00PM How Financial Scams Work Sean Bennett Westin Council
Saturday 7 August 1:00PM – 3:00PM Skepticism, Critical Thinking, and Pop Culture Don Riefler, Tom Foss, Sean Bennett, Jon Maxson Westin Council
Saturday 7 August 4:00PM – 4:30PM Evolution, Creationism, and Gaming Tristan Zimmerman Westin Council
Saturday 7 August 4:00PM – 5:00PM Culture and the Paranormal Don Riefler Westin Council
Sunday 8 August 10:00AM – 11:00AM Building Local Skeptical Communities Jen Myers of Skepchick Marriott Indiana Ballroom D
Sunday 8 August 11:00AM – Noon Break the Chain: E-mail forwards and Introductory Critical Thinking Tom Foss Marriott Indiana Ballroom F

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Events Finalized! Volunteers Needed!

Posted by Adversarial Writer #2 on March 20, 2010

Hey, everyone! Last week was the deadline for event submission to Gen Con, so the list on the Event Schedule is final. Unfortunately, though we would like nothing better, we can’t take any more submissions for talks, panels, workshops, etc. As soon as Gen Con gets all their ducks in a row, I’ll have rooms and locations listed for all of the events.

What we can take more of, however, is volunteers. Got a skill? Want to put it to work for the future of skepticism at Gen Con? We’ll take it! We still need people to help run the vaccine booth, and want people with any secret talent or ability that we might be able to barter with the many dorks, geeks, and nerds at Gen Con for donations to the Indiana Immunization Coalition!

For example, I was just contacted by Greg Fish, who offered (too late) to give a presentation, but also to be our official photographer and is going to barter IT advice for donations. In an exhibit hall full of people with various electronic devices, who knows when someone might need some laptop help? IT advice? We’ll take it!

So whatever your talent, whatever your contribution, bring it on!

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Update Your Bookmarks

Posted by Adversarial Writer #2 on March 10, 2010

At the request of Gen Con, we have changed our name and URL to avoid the implication that we are officially affiliated with them. I should have seen this and made the transition earlier, but, then, hindsight is 20/20. So now we’re The Skeptical Gamers, an independent group dedicated to bringing skepticism and critical thinking to Gen Con Indianapolis. The new URLs are http://skepticalgamers.com and the direct URL at https://skepticalgamers.wordpress.com.

In other news, all of the events I currently have submitted have been approved and have gone active. I still have three or so more to submit once I get descriptions from the planners: one on lame e-mail forwards and chain letters, one on acupuncture, and one titled “Monsters, Myths, and Legends.” Gen Con 2010 is going to be awesome!

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We Have a Skepchick!

Posted by Adversarial Writer #2 on March 1, 2010

Good news, everyone!

Skepchick Jen Myers is gracing us with her presence at Gen Con! She will be running a workshop called “Building Local Skeptical Communities.” It’ll be happening Saturday and Sunday, 11AM – Noon both days.

More info as and when I receive it!

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