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Penguicon Event Spotlight: Chaos Machine!

This customizable marble roller coaster is a perennial favorite. It is available all Penguion weekend long for a wide variety of tinkering. The Chaos Machine serves as a metaphor for the open source development process. It challenges us emotionally, the plans of mice and men falling aside to process of entropy. It is a physical example of the values of a group being sacrificed by a self serving individual who wants to see the world burn. The chaos machine celebrates…

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Magic Meeple Games, 2018 Penguicon Guest of Honor

We are happy to announce our next Guest of Honor for 2018 – Magic Meeple Games! Magic Meeple Games is an independent tabletop games design, development, & publishing company based in Phoenix, Arizona and co-owned by Ian and Trish Stedman. MMG began when a good friend, and Gamelyn Games founder, Michael Coe approached them to co-publish a project with him. Ian and Trish (who have over 15 years combined involvement in various games industries) officially formed MMG in 2015. Ian has…

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Penguicon Maker Market Sneak Peak (2 of 6)

Our Maker Market is chock full of artists from our community who make everything from paintings to leather to unique electronics.  Again this year, our makers are not reselling anything – it all comes from them.  This post highlighting our makers is the second in a series – be sure to check them out during Penguicon! Crystal Mielcarek Drawing since she was a young child Crystal has followed her passions creating unique one of a kind pieces.  Crystal is a…

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Volunteer Bash: March 25

Can you feel it!  The clock is ticking down and the excitement is starting to build, soon it will be time to walk the halls of the Westin for Penguicon 2018.  However, we still need you!  Yes, you we need you to join our madness and help make the behind the scenes magic happen by volunteering. Penguicon only manages to be awesome the the dedication of its volunteers. For as little as two hours over the weekend, you can give back…

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Penguicon Maker Market Sneak Peek (1 of 6)!

Our Maker Market is chock full of artists from our community who make everything from paintings to leather to unique electronics.  Again this year, our makers are not reselling anything – it all comes from them.  This post highlighting our makers is the first in a series – be sure to check them out during Penguicon! faceOdd Wearable Art Masks Pronounced ‘façade’ and inspired by the chaotic masquerade scene in Labyrinth, Tamara has been making high quality leather wearable art…

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Track Highlights: Literature!

The Literature Track covers everything bookish, from what you should be reading to how to improve your writing. Thinking of starting that short story or novel?  Want to know what’s hot in the field of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, from Star Wars to Stephen King and all things in between? Writers working in the field of speculative fiction discuss relevant issues on everything from shop talk on the craft of writing to changes and standards in the world of…

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Track Highlights: Action Adventure!

  Are you into Action? Are you up for adventure? The Penguicon Action Adventure Track has a long standing tradition of awesomeness. Track Highlights! Mad Max Meets the Real World. Post-apocalyptic vehicle display!  They’re built using scavenged parts, envisioning what such vehicles might be like in a dramatically changed future.  (Sorry, no flamethrowers.) Engineer’s Guide to Self Defense Back by demand yet again, simple and easy to learn/utilize techniques to defend yourself in a variety of situations. Audience suggestions and…

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Mary Robinette Kowal, 2018 Penguicon Guest of Honor

We are happy to announce our 2nd Guest of Honor from Writing Excuses Podcast– Mary Robinette Kowal! Mary  is the author of historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, and has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, several Year’s Best anthologies and her collections…

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Track Highlight: DIY!

The DIY Track is focused on doing things yourself. Whether it be a new craft or odd jobs around the home or even running your own business, DIY wants to help you learn. Our panels will give people an opportunity to pick up new tools to use in their daily lives, a new hobby, or even an interest in a new branch of creativity. DIY featured guest is Chad Sinke.   Chad Sinke is a Professional Electric Engineer who graduated from…

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Track Spotlight: Life

Penguicon Life Track covers socializing, productivity, tattoos, career building, and everything else having to do with the unpaid side of work/life balance. Learn to hack your life in the life track! Track Highlights! LGBTQ Labor History: The Importance of Undoing Heteronormative History The presentation will consist of a lecture with corresponding visual aids covering both conventionally known as well as lesser known aspects of US LGBTQ labor (collective bargaining) history. The importance of understanding and establishing a comprehensive LGBTQ labor…

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