Expo 2021 is online!
We'll be having a virtual Expo Icrontic (EPIC) the week of Mon June 21 to Sun June 27!
After the great success of @BobbyDigi's Not-Expo in 2020, we've decided to use the (hopefully) waning days of the pandemic to bring you a slightly more elaborate version. Call it... a pandEPIC.
We're selling tickets to help fund the webserver once again, but this year there's swag! You choose:
- $12 to PARTICIPATE — with an official attendee badge for your collection, mailed to your doorstep! (BYO lanyard) or...
- $60 for FULL SWAG — event badge, a small Icrontic logo Yeti mug, event stickers, and more!
All attendees will get a special role in Discord and access to an event exclusive channel.
There will be events that may charge additional fees (like a virtual Escape Room and a Murder Mystery) — we'll collect those closer to event time. We're going low tech this year, too: no EventBrite registration, just a Google Form & PayPal. No t-shirts, either, they're hard enough to pull off in-person.
The tentative agenda for the week:
- Mon: Opening Ceremony & Werewolf Introduction
- Tue: Video Game
- Wed: Video Game, Movie
- Thu: Escape Room
- Fri: Casino Night (Beach Party)
- Sat: Murder Mystery, Video Game, Prize Drawing, Warpath
- Sun: Comedy Brunch (stand up comedy stream)
Feature games will include:
- Golf with your friends
- Minecraft creative build
- Organized boardgaming times
- ...and more TBA!
We've studiously cut costs for the webserver / "business" over the past year so we're down to $700/yr (from ~$1300 previously). If you'd like to donate directly, you can PayPal me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also add $50 to your ticket price and I'll upgrade a $10 ticket to a FULL SWAG ticket (if possible).
Fri May 28 is the hard cutoff to allow for shipping times.
Big thanks to our host @BobbyDigi, swag coordinator @HumerusMeg, as well as @CB, @elyxandra, @GnomeQueen, and @GHoosdum for their help getting this off the ground.
If you'd like to contribute to the virtual prize table fill out this form!
If you would like to receive swag but are not in the US or Canada, I suggest talking to me first so we can see what shipping costs & times are. I can't guarantee the listed prices / timeframes will work for other countries.
Planned Events WIP. Schedule and More Details Soon.
*Duct Tape Challenge @ Home
*Icrontic Plays: Lewd Visual Novels
*Escape From Tarkov
*Golf With Friends
*League of Legends
*Minecraft Creative Build and Werewolf
*Movie Night - Bohemian Rhapsody
*Media Share Stream
*Stand-up Comedy Brunch
I will try and participate as much as time allows... and my son, Braeden signed up and will try and be active.
We're currently at 40 participants! Today is last call.
Quite a few folks snuck in at the last minute — 47 attendees this year!
If you'd like a t-shirt, PayPal $20 ($25 if Canadian, sorry) to email@example.com WITH YOUR SHIRT SIZE and I'll drop ship to the address you signed up with.
The Icrontic Expo 2021: pandEPIC schedule has been added to The Icrontic Calendar. What events are you looking forward to the most?
The Icrontic Calendar
Digi's Guide to Expo Icrontic 2021: pandEPIC
All times Eastern. Times and Events Subject to change. See The Icrontic Calendar (Linked above) for most up to date schedule.
7-8pm - Opening Ceremony: Gather together and say "Hi". We'll go over the schedule and introduce some events and how to participate. (Free Gathering)
8-10pm - Discord Werewolf Introduction: Required attendance for anyone playing Discord Werewolf. We will go over the roles and address any questions that arise. Roles will be assigned afterwards and we will start the game. (Free to play.)
10-11pm - Discord Werewolf Day 1: We'll resolve all of the start-game events and go through the first days voting process while continuing to answer any further questions.
11pm-1am - Icrontic Plays Lewd Visual Novels: There are decisions to be made and we will make them as a group. We'll start up a novel and go until the end or it gets boring. If we have time and/or there is interest, we'll start up another. (Free to Play)
1am - Valorant Dailys: We'll play a few games. If you are new to the game, feel free to ask questions. Fun times shooty booty focusing on daily tasks for a bit of XP. (Free to play. Requires Install and Riot Account.)
12-3pm - Takov Challenges: Nada to Reshala. Escape From Tarkov is described as one of the most hardcore and difficult FPS available. Players will start with nothing and work as a group to take down the Customs Scav Boss, Reshala. Then we will hold his position for as long as possible. Those of us that can will stream our POVs so non-players can watch the excitement and ask any questions they may have. (Game Purchase Required. Not Friendly to First Time Players or experienced players for that matter)
3-6pm - Payday 2: We'll mask up and run through some heists. We'll run some classic and some new missions and get our bank roll goin. (Game Purchase Required. Friendly to First Time Players.)
6-9pm - Carcassonne Tourney: Board Game Master CB will lead players through this classic Expo event. (Free to play. Board Game Arena account required.)
9-11pm - Golf With Your Friends: Super silly Mini-Golf. (Game Purchase Required. Friendly to First Time Players.)
11pm-1am - Gary's Mod: Tis a Silly Game. We'll try out some of most popular mods of all time. More details to come. (Game Purchase Required. Friendly to First Time Players.)
1am - Valorant Dailys
12-2pm - Terraria: Over a half million positive reviews on steam can not be wrong. Simple on the surface but difficulty added with depth. We'll work together to get as far as we can in the time we have. Think we can take down the Wall of Flesh? (Game Purchase Required. Moderately Friendly to First Time Players.)
2-6pm - Railroad Ink Tourney: CB is back with another online board game tourney. This time featuring the puzzle game Railroad Ink. Who will reign as the master of routing the rails? (Free to play. Board Game Arena account required.)
5:30-7:30pm - Queen Concert Viewing: Discord stream of a classic Queen concert. Relax and rock out. (Free Discord Stream)
7:30-10pm - Movie Night: Bohemian Rhapsody (2018). The story of the legendary British rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid. (Free Discord Stream)
10-12pm - Red Dead Redemption 2: Mount Up Monday on a Wednesday. CrazyJoe will lead the group on a crazy cowboy adventure. (Game Purchase Required. Friendly to First Time Players.)
12-1am - Untitled Gathering: Maybe Drinks? Maybe GQ doing Impressions? Maybe not. (Free Gathering)
1am - Valorant Dailys
12-2 - Rocket League: Footy Cars. (Free to Play.)
2-6pm - Splendor Tourney: CB returns to officiate a group of renaissance merchants racing to grab gems, acquire property, and please nobility. (Free to play. Board Game Arena account required.)
6-8pm - Icrontic Family Game Night: Family Feud. Top 6 answers are on the board. We asked 100 Icrontians to name a food that brings to mind a part of the human body. (Free to Play. Discord Gathering.)
8-9pm - Minecraft Creative: You're given a topic to build with no restrictions other than a piece of land. Then we pretend we are judging and randomly pick someone we call a "winner". (Game Purchase Required. Friendly to First Time Players.)
9-10pm - Minecraft Werewolf: Yo dawg, I heard Digi likes Werewolf so he put a game of Werewolf in your week of Werewolf. (Game Purchase Required. Friendly to First Time Players.)
10-11pm - Gartic Phone: A mix between the classics Telephone and Pictionary lead by a teenager. Arweeeen says it's fun so you should give it a go. (Free to Play. Played in Browser. Friendly to First Time Players.)
11-1pm - Media Share Stream: Got a short fun video to share with the group? Lets get together and have a good time watching some random stuff. We'll try to keep the videos under 3 minutes but exceptions can be made if we are properly convinced. (Free Gathering. Cyt.be account Required to Contribute and Text Chat.)
1am - Valorant Dailys
Free to Play Games All Day and All Night
12-6 - F2P Friday: We'll try out 6 different free to play games on Steam. Fishing Planet, Brawlhalla, Soulworker, Totally Accurate Battlegrounds, Nerts!, Transformice. Any that you plan to play with us, I suggest installing and launching to get past any first time setup needed. (Free to Play. Installs Required.)
3:00-4:30pm - Escape Room: Super Squad! (Group A) One dark evening, you see a flash out of the city museum in the sky above. The museum seems to vanish for just a second… then reappear. Can you and your squad figure out what happened and save the world in time? ($20 to play. Played on 3rd party Discord server.)
6-10pm Casino Night: Run around the Four Kings Casino with fellow Icrontians. Of coarse there is Slots but there is also Craps and Roulette. If cards are more your style, there is Poker and Blackjack to fill your need. New for this event, we've got a Beach House! Stop buy and relax on the balcony or play the metal detector mini-game to find treasure! (Free to Play.)
10pm-1am - Late Night LOL: League of Legends is one of the biggest free to play game out there. League has been around for over a decade and has over a hundred champions to choose from. We'll break up into teams and tackle the rift or just mess about on the bridge.
1am - Valorant Dailys
1-3:30pm - Murder Mystery: The Assassin Among The Crew. The Sphere of Solidarity controls the peace and harmony within the Universe. The Sphere was recently transported from Area 51 to the Space Station Phoenix (SSP)– an exclusive, top-secret project. There have been rumblings that an enemy spy has infiltrated one of the three organizations who oversee and operate the station. If anything happens to The Sphere, the Universe will be catapulted into a dangerous state of disarray as never seen before. You are part of the Firedrake crew who is on the station for a six-month stay. This is where your story begins. ($10 to play. Played on IC Discord.)
3:30-5:30pm - Among Us: Arweeeen is a bit sus, don't you think? Emergency Meeting! (Game Purchase Required on PC or Free to Play on Mobile)
6:30-8:00pm - Escape Room: Super Squad! (Group B) One dark evening, you see a flash out of the city museum in the sky above. The museum seems to vanish for just a second… then reappear. Can you and your squad figure out what happened and save the world in time? ($20 to play. Played on 3rd party Discord server.)
8-9pm - Duck Tape Presentation: CB and GHoosdum will present the results of the Duck Tape Challenge. (Included with pandEPIC ticket. Keep an eye on your mailbox for further instruction.)
9-10pm - Jackbox: Party Master Kelso will stream a variety of Jack Box Party Pack games for our entertainment. (Free to Play)
10-12pm - Closing Ceremony / Prize Drawing: Speeches and Giveaways.
12pm - Warpath! It wouldn't be an Epic without a little TF2, Midnight Warpath. (Free to Play.)
1-4pm - Comedy Brunch: The day after a hectic week. Relax with a mimosa and some scones while we watch some hand picked stand up comedy. (Free. Streamed to Discord.)
Got Questions? You know where to find me.
Digi's Guide to Expo Icrontic 2021: pandEPIC Part II
Got time before events start that day or not participating in a particular event but want to hang with some Icrontians? Here are some event-long activities to fill your time.
The Porch Voice Channel - It's back only for the week of pandEPIC and ready for chillin. Grab a drink and gab or just relax with friends.
Minecraft Hardcore Wither Hunt - We will spin up a hardcore Minecraft server with the goal of killing a wither without dying. Can we do it?
Board Games - Want to play some casual games in your off time? Hit up Board Game Master CB for recommendations and grouping up.
Duck Tape Challenge - You'll be receiving supplies and instructions in the mail. Keep an eye out for it. Reach out to CB or GHoosdum with questions or concerns.
What's up with boardgames this year? igya!
FIRST: If you want to play any online boardgames with Icrontic this year during PandEpic make sure you have a boardgamearena.com account, AND that you are friends with me on the site, at the very least. All the tourneys, and most of the spontaneous games will be played there.
On Tuesday night at 6 EST we will hold the EpIC classic Carcassonne single elimination bracket! We wont be able to do quick-game rules because BGA does not offer that as an option, but the bracket will be run by the site, and the online nature should make the games pretty quick anyway. This will likely be the most heavily attended of the boardgame events because everyone loves Carcassonne, and most everyone already knows how to play (and it's an evening time-slot). If you don't know how to play yet (what?) then you should learn now, unlike the other two tourneys, (due to time constraints) the Carcassonne event will not begin with a rules explanation. We'll make sure everyone is gathered, get the bracket filled in, then jump right into the first round of matches.
On Wednesday afternoon at 2pm EST we will have a Railroad Ink Swiss tourney! The event will begin with a brief rules explanation, as I know this game will be new to many of you, but no fear! it's a very easy to learn game (one of the reasons I've picked it for the event). After we go over the rules, we'll start in on a Swiss series of five games. Game one will run the original Railroad Ink with no expansion, then games 2-5 will each run a different one of the four original expansions. In between each game, we'll get a quick run-down of the next expansion, which are all also very easy to learn. The winner of the tourney will be determined by the best performance across all five games. I'll have to run this one manually, tho because BGA does not allow a Swiss tourney with different settings for each game, but you wont have to do anything special. I'll handle it all.
On Thursday afternoon at 2pm EST we will have a Splendor Swiss tourney! The event will begin with a brief rules explanation. Splendor is slightly more complex than Railroad Ink, but only slightly, and there are no expansions, just the base game. This tourney will be run by BGA because we'll do something it can handle: a 3-player (per table) 5-round Swiss series. Winner will be the winningest player after five rounds.
BGA has a good spectate feature, so anyone who wants to to watch can do so easily. I'll post links to each game in the PandEpic chat so anyone can take a look, even if you don't want to jump into playing.
Casual boardgames room! Just as at a meatspace EpIC, anytime you are not doing something else feel free to visit the tabletop room to join a spontaneous boardgames event. I'll try to be around to teach/host games as I love to do. BUT because timezones, I wont always be around to facilitate, however that's okay because I don't own the box of games this year, so if you want to organize a game with people who are not me while I'm not around, it's relatively simple! Everything will be on Boardgamearena (or a small selection of games on steam if everyone happens to have them).
[Side note: many boardgames on Steam are junk for one reason or another, but here are a few that you should probably get because they are good implementations: Ticket to Ride, Small World, Wingspan, Pandemic, Armelo, Scythe]
I am super late to the party on this because reasons but I can't wait.
Congratulations to all the winners!