Since 1972, Metro Detroit Gamers has been a staple in the area for everything gaming. From WW2 war games to modern sci-fi board games and everything in between, it can be found at an MDG event. At WinterCon 2017 this was no different. Games were abundant and the gamers even more so, and just as their website boasts, they hold one thing above all else, having fun!
The group’s core of players has expanded over the last few years as the hobby has picked up. Even though these players have been around since the beginning, they were incredibly welcoming to the new blood. With gamers from young to old, and with tastes from classical to modern everyone could find a game to enjoy and learn.
The con itself also offered up raffle tickets for playing games that allowed you to pull from their prize table, which was full of both popular games and hidden gems. Play a game, get a ticket, win a game. Sounds like a win-win to me!
Tucked into private rooms, tabletop RPGs were spinning tales of adventure, horror, and heroism with a number of games being played. Stumbling into a group getting their Classic Dungeon Crawl on made me want to sit down and roll up a character.
All in all the event was a wonderful time and all those who enjoy games of any kind should add WinterCon to their calendars because they won’t regret joining this crowd.
Photos by Krista, article by Rob, and edited by Austin
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Noted character actor and badass Michael Rooker is going to be a big draw to 2017 MCCC. Rooker played the whistle while you work (and murder) guy in Guardian’s of the Galaxy and our favorite one-handed villain on Walking Dead. Rooker is also a regular in a few Kevin Smith films (Mallrats and Mallbrats). He’s been acting since before I was born and has over a hundred credits on IMDB. Let’s put it this way. If you’ve never seen Michael Rooker in anything, we probably can’t be friends.
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Ahhh, Kirk. Sean Gunn started as a bit player on the fast-talking dramedy Gilmore Girls and grew that bit part into one of the most beloved roles in the entire series. He also has a notable role in Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol 1 & 2) which happen to be directed by his brother, James Gunn. He’s had roles on Angel, Glee, Bunheads, Superstore and plenty more.
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Buffy! Sure I’m a bigger fan of the TV Show, but my husband and I have had many debates about the two Buffys and I can appreciate Swanson for bringing cheerleading and kicking ass together on the big screen. She gets bonus points from me for being one of my favorite guest stars on Psych. Kristy Swanson has over 80 credits on IMDB including Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Big Daddy and 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag.
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The sexy girl from everything! She played Nadia in the American Pie movies, Justice in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and one of the sexy American girls in Love Actually. She also had roles in Thirteen Ghosts, That 70’s Show and Scary Movie (just to name a few). But she’s not just a pretty face. Shannon Elizabeth is one of the leading celebrity poker players and helped found Animal Avengers, a non-profit animal rescue organization.
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Jason David Frank
Green Power Ranger is coming to the Motor City! JDF is an accomplished mixed martial artist. He’s a seventh-degree black belt and holds numerous Rising Sun Karate accomplishments and awards. He was in over 200 episodes of various installments of Power Rangers and, even better, he’ll be doing a dual photo op with the Pink Power Ranger, Amy Jo Jonson (Click here!)
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Dual Photo Op withAmy Jo Johnson
Big Van Vader
Counting the previously announced Sting, this makes two big names in wrestling joining 2017 MCCC. Vader performed for numerous organizations (including my favorite based on name alone: Total Nonstop Action Wrestling). He was a super heavyweight wrestler capable of aerial maneuvers such as the Vadersault, which can’t possibly be as cool as it sounds (spoiler alert, it is… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRVn_XZPoYM)
I have to say that I’m loving this new movement where museums have late night events to keep the community involved. This is my third After Dark event and I continue to have a great time. I am a big fan of the natural sciences, so anything held at Cranbrook is going to be on my must list. Since we’re only a few days away from Valentine’s Day, this event was focused on the science of love.
All of the CIS (Cranbrook Institute of Science) After Dark events start at 7pm and include a cash bar. Love After Dark had a selection of appetizers you could purchase, including spring rolls, shrimp cocktail, and strawberry and chocolate mousse drumsticks that were made right in front of you. I’m probably the worst food critic ever because I love all food, but everything I sampled tasted fantastic.
Except for the food and drinks, every single other activity was free, which made the night a lot more fun. We were there for a few hours and still missed a few things. Once you had your drink in hand and were exploring the museum, there was plenty to do. The first station we walked by was the “atmospheric hug”. It’s was strange as it sounds. You sit down in a giant, thick trash bag and they suck all the air out so you can experience what it feels like to sit in a vacuum. A lot of the more claustrophobic members of the group gave an immediate “hell no” but I’ll try anything once. It was weird and a little awkward and an experience I’ll never forget. I think my smile in this picture says it all.
From there we found the “Cupid Target Practice” station where you shoot some arrows towards a sheet with a target. One of my favorite things about this activity was that it was the right amount of “hard”. I’ve never fired a bow before in my life and after three failures, I was able to hit the target. Our more experienced members, Chris, was able to get it on his second try.
Right next to that was “Lyrical Love”, a trivia game where a group of people (four in the group I was in) are played a snippet of a music video and you have to pick the song. I was so sure I was going to win this and Motor City Geek’s Austin totally stole my win from me. But if he didn’t like pop culture as much as I do, we probably wouldn’t be friends. At least it was close!
The next section was right up my wheelhouse. Sex. (Because I’m a romance writer… obviously…) Local clinical psychologist and author, Dr. Myrtle C. Means, gave a brief discussion about sex in modern relationships. Dr. Means was a very eloquent speaker and it was fascinating to hear a public discussion about a topic that can become embarrassing fast. Dr. Means also wrote a pretty awesome sounding book that was complied after a clinical study where she talked to hundreds of couples about their single most pleasurable experience and put it all into one easy to digest recipe. Click here to check out her book!
There were a lot of other notable activities. The museum had 14 hearts hidden throughout the museum and if you found one, you’d be entered to win a prize. (Chris and I both found one. Sadly we didn’t win…) There was a presentation given by anthropologist Cameron Wood about the clothing and accessories around the world that can lead to some horizontal relations.
There were some folks there from Pets and Things Reptile Emporium that had some snakes and lizards for the crowd to hang out with. There was also and X rated spider demonstration that turned a few heads.
Another unexpected highlight for me was the Taboo game. There were about 20 different envelopes filled with taboo ideas hanging from the ceiling. The dirty words were obviously the most fun…
Overall, we had a blast. The crowd wasn’t that big which was a shame. I really hope Cranbrook will put more money and time into the marketing of these events. I think that if more people knew there was something so cool right in their back yard, they’d be thrilled. I also want to give a special shout out to John and Sarah. No, not the Terminator duo, but the awesome employees at Cranbrook who made our night extra special. Everything is better when the people behind the scenes have a passion and enthusiasm for the combination of science and fun!
Article and photos by Mallory, Austin, Melissa, and Chris.
I was beyond excited when I heard about the Midwinter Pleasure Faire. A ren fest? Indoors? During the dead of winter? This is the first year ever for the Midwinter Pleasure Faire, so I didn’t go in expecting it to be as established as other fests. I just wanted to go have fun and it’s safe to say it was a lot of fun. The Midwinter Pleasure Faire was held in the special events section of the Gibraltar Trade Center in Mount Clemens. This location worried me a bit. Half the fun of the outdoor fests is the ambiance of being out in the middle of the woods indulging in a fantasy life. What were they going to do to transform an empty warehouse into a fantasy land? An excellent fire breather helps!
While the illusion wasn’t perfect, I didn’t get an empty warehouse vibe. There was an actual jousting field made out of sand that was brought in by the truckload. The Knights of the Black Rose put on a great show.
There was also near constant (sometimes overlapping) music that added to the atmosphere.
And, of course, the awesome costumes worn by the attendees.
There was also a good mix of vendors there. An exceptionally large booth was set up selling kilts, there were some period piece clothes, swords, rocks to keep your whiskey cold, soaps, candles, graphic t-shirts, leather bound journals and a lot of other staples of the renaissance festival circuits.
Notable moments included the always entertaining pickle vendor,
Next year (and I do hope they do this event next year) I’d like to see a few more vendors. Also, even though the music was essential to the atmosphere, sometimes there were so many going at once they seemed to drown each other out. Since all the acts were pretty impressive, that was a shame. These are small things considering this was the first year for the event. Congratulations to the folks running the event on having a successful first year.
We went to have fun and we smiled almost the entire time we were there. The Midwinter Pleasure Faire left us wanting more which, in the end, is a compliment and the main complaint. Can’t wait to see it bigger and better next year!
Pictures and article by Melissa, Mallory, and Austin.
We had a great time at the Midwinter Pleasure Faire! Fire breathers, bagpipes, and jousting are just a few of the things we saw. Check out the album for the rest! Like us on Facebook for more events at MotorCityGeek.