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2022 Event Schedule

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Schedule as of 7/6/22

Main Schedule Below

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Friday

03:00pm – 08:00pm

Waverly

Game Design

Indie Showcase

Independent video games or "indie" games are video games that are often created without the financial support of a publisher. Many of these wonderful and unique titles just need some love to be found and cherished as the great pieces of gaming they deserve. Many great games got their start as indie. Drop by the INDIE SHOWCASE to see some up and coming games before they hit the big time!

03:00pm – 08:00pm

Grand Ballroom Salon IV

Main Programming

Vintage Computer Festival Southeast

Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 9.0 (VCFSE) is presented by the Atlanta Historical Computing Society which is a user's group for vintage computing computer history computer collecting enthusiasts. They attempt to preserve computing history while providing educational outreach to the community. SFGE membership gets you access to see all of the cool exhibits at VCFSE.

03:00pm – 12:00am

Brayton

Video Gaming

Artemis

Come try your hand at saving the galaxy on this interactive starship bridge crew simulator! https://www.ltebridge.com/sfge2022/

03:00pm – 12:00am

Galleria Hall D

Main Programming

Free Play Arcade

Come browse our vendors and play nearly 300 arcade and pinball machines in our massive game hall. No quarters needed!

04:00pm – 08:00pm

Fulton

Tabletop/RPG

Miniature Painting

Test your skills painting a miniature. No experience required. $1 donation goes to support Extra Life

07:00pm – 08:00pm

Ascot

Arcade/Pinball

Modern Day Retro Arcade Machines – Are they worth the money

If you're like us, every time you go to Walmart or shop with Amazon, you probably see the latest retro arcade machine offerings from Arcade 1Up, Super Impulse, New Wave Toys, Numskull and many others. If you're also like us you probably wonder, "Is this just a toy?, Is this really worth the money?, What if I want to resell it later on?, Should I really be collecting all these things?". Well, have no fear, join the GenXGrownUp crew for an informative discussion on the world of "Modern Day Retro Arcade Machines".

07:00pm – 08:00pm

Chancellor

Video Gaming

So… You Want to Be a Voice Actor!

A fun and educational look into the voice actor's process for creating character voices for video games animation! Great for aspiring voice actors and game developers alike! :)The first part of the panel will focus on tips skills to help you create voices personalities for characters, along with insight into the voice acting profession. The second half of the session will be your chance to shine! We'll open it up for audience members to come to the mic voice characters. Panelists will be there to provide feedback direction, so don't worry, we've got your back! If"],[0,[],0," you've ever thought about becoming a voice actor or casting a voice actor, then don't miss this panel!

07:00pm – 08:00pm

Andover

Video Gaming

I Survived The Great Video Game Crash of 1983

During The Great Video Game Crash of 1983, I was 16 years old, I had a car, I had a job, and I was obsessed with video games. This means I was driving from store to store, buying up Atari 2600, Intellivision and ColecoVision games for as low as 99 cents each. It was a great time to be a collector, even though the industry was in trouble. I survived The Crash and experienced the rebirth as the Nintendo Entertainment System revived the home console industry in North America a couple of years later. Join me as I go back in time to The Golden Age of Gaming and discuss exactly what it was like to be a hardcore gamer during this incredibly exciting time.

07:00pm – 08:30pm

Main Stage

Entertainment

Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment

Get ready for some high-flying action as AWE brings some of the best live wrestling in the South to SFGE

08:30pm – 09:30pm

Chancellor

Entertainment

Nerd Pop Trivia!

Think you know a lot about your favorite video game, tv show, 80's action movie? Well come put your nerd expertise to the test! Everyone can play along together and there will be prizes. So come bring everyone and have some trivia fun!

08:30pm – 09:30pm

Andover

Video Gaming

Game Like Me, Game For FREE

This year, we will dive deep into Emceemur's "Murconomics" series, tips and tricks to keep you gaming all year, every year at little or NO cost to you. This also ties in to our panels from previous years, as these tactics, much like game hunts in the wild, inevitably add to your game collection too. Come see why the most entertaining hobby in the world can end up costing you next to nothing!

09:30pm – 10:30pm

Main Stage

Entertainment

1UP Comedy

Producing Atlanta's best comedy shows at alternative venues throughout the city since 2012, 1UP Comedy is happy to bring the laughs to the Southern-Fried Gaming Expo with some of the city's best comedians.

10:00pm – until

Wilton

Entertainment

Rock Band Karaoke

Come out and with us and the smash hit game Rock Band. Pick up the sticks, rock the mic, and shred the guitar in this karaoke-style event. Bring out that inner rock god, you can always go back to the office and normalcy on Monday.

Saturday

08:00am – 11:00am

Chancellor

Entertainment

Saturday Morning Cartoons

A nostalgic way to start your day with all your favorite cartoon pals. Come get some warm fuzzy feelings and a Poptart!

09:00am – 10:00am

Galleria Hall D

Main Programming

EARLY ACCESS: Leveled-Up Access & Game Bringer Access (Hall D)

Leveled-Up Gamer Game Bringers Early Access to Free Play Arcade (Galleria Hall D)

10:00am – 11:00am

Ascot

Content Creator

Kickstarting Creative Projects

Have a great idea for something cool, but no funds to make it happen? There's an app for that! Crowdfunding is the newest way small startups, solo creatives, indie film teams, and more are making their dreams come true! Join Team Kamikaze as they walk you through the process of creating your kickstarter page, reaching out to press, making effective videos, pitching to your audience, staying sane during the campaign, fulfillment and more! Q and A to follow.

10:00am – 11:00am

Wilton

Tabletop/RPG

How did I design Batman board game – challenges of working with major IP

Award winning designer, Ignacy Trzewiczek shares his experience about bringing Batman world into the tabletop experience and what tools and tricks he used to make players feel like in Gotham.

10:00am – 01:00pm

Galleria Hall D

Arcade/Pinball

Flea Market (Pinball/Arcade/Console)

Saturday morning (10AM-1PM), we will open a portion of our exhibit hall to local collectors and vendors to sell/swap arcade, pinball, and console games and parts. Marquees, circuit boards, game cartridges, video game systems, artwork, and even full-size project arcade and pinball machines will be allowed on the floor for folks to purchase. Located in left rear corner of Hall D. Buyers are welcome, but sellers must pre-register. https://gameatl.com/flea-markets/

10:00am – 08:00pm

Waverly

Game Design

Indie Showcase

Independent video games or "indie" games are video games that are often created without the financial support of a publisher. Many of these wonderful and unique titles just need some love to be found and cherished as the great pieces of gaming they deserve. Many great games got their start as indie. Drop by the INDIE SHOWCASE to see some up and coming games before they hit the big time!

10:00am – 08:00pm

Fulton

Tabletop/RPG

Miniature Painting

Test your skills painting a miniature. No experience required. $1 donation goes to support Extra Life

10:00am – 08:00pm

Grand Ballroom Salon IV

Main Programming

Vintage Computer Festival Southeast

Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 9.0 (VCFSE) is presented by the Atlanta Historical Computing Society which is a user's group for vintage computing computer history computer collecting enthusiasts. They attempt to preserve computing history while providing educational outreach to the community. SFGE membership gets you access to see all of the cool exhibits at VCFSE.

10:00am – 12:00am

Brayton

Video Gaming

Artemis

Come try your hand at saving the galaxy on this interactive starship bridge crew simulator! https://www.ltebridge.com/sfge2022/

10:00am – 12:00am

Galleria Hall D

Main Programming

Free Play Arcade

Come browse our vendors and play nearly 300 arcade and pinball machines in our massive game hall. No quarters needed!

11:30am – 12:30pm

Ascot

Arcade/Pinball

Pinball Personalization & Cabinet Customization with 3D Printing

Andy Sokol's career (as an aerospace engineer) and creativity (as an accomplished photographer) converge in the world of the silverball, where — as Rocket City Pinball — he utilizes both his engineering and artistic sides to create unique 3D-printed pinball playfield \cabinet modifications.Learn about the genesis of Rocket City Pinball, the design process, how inspiration strikes, and the trials \tribulations of 3D printing.

11:30am – 12:30pm

Andover

Game Design

Make Your Own Video Games – Introduction to Unity Game Engine

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your video games? Well, it's not as difficult as you think by using Unity Game Engine! Join us as we provide an Introduction on how to set up the required software, GitHUb to store and share your games, and a brief demonstration of creating a game! The code used will be available on GitHub so you can begin and/or continue your journey after the session!

11:30am – 12:30pm

Wilton

Tabletop/RPG

A Skeptics Journey into Solo Board Games

Join Ryan Gutowski and Ric White as we talk about digging into solo board gaming. Can extroverts find a home in this space?

12:00pm – 01:00pm

Main Stage

Entertainment

HOTlanta Extreme Eating Challenge

The best extreme eating challenge is back for 2022! You know it's already hot in Atlanta in the summer, but it's even hotter at SFGE with the annual HOTlanta Extreme Eating Challenge! Since 2018, we've been brining you the best hot pepper-eating contest and Oreo Speed Run Challenge in the Southeast,

01:00pm – 02:00pm

Chancellor

Arcade/Pinball

Boo! Getting Spooky with Spooky Pinball

Join Spooky Pinball's Bug Emery for a Spooktastic Q and A session and find out what lies beneath Benton, Wisconsin!

01:00pm – 02:00pm

Ascot

Arcade/Pinball

The Art Behind the Game with Paul Niemeyer

Dive into the illustrious career of artist Paul E. Niemeyer and learn about the inspiration and behind-the-scenes stories of working for Bally/Williams and designing art for classic games such as Tron, Spy Hunter, Mortal Kombat, (among many, many others) and his latest work on American Pinball's Valhalla, theme parks, haunted houses, and more!

01:00pm – 02:00pm

Galleria

Entertainment

The Game Show

The GAME Show, hosted by Jonah Dew & Will Meadows of Tantrum House, will test your video and board gaming knowledge! There will be fun fast-fingered trivia, themed pictionary, dexterity games, and more! We'll be giving away door prizes, participation awards, and game bundles to our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners it'll be an entertaining experience for an audience of all ages. Test your skillz in advance by checking out our TikTok page (https://www.tiktok.com/@tantrumhouse). Don't miss out on the fun!

01:30pm – 02:30pm

Main Stage

Entertainment

Cosplay Contest

 

02:00pm – 03:00pm

Galleria Hall D

Tabletop/RPG

Flea Market (Tabletop)

Members of the local tabletop community sell off some of their excess stuff. Come find some treasures and great deals. Located in left rear corner of Hall D. Buyers are welcome, but sellers must pre-registe https://gameatl.com/flea-markets/

02:30pm – 03:30pm

Andover

Arcade/Pinball

How To Be Poor and Own Pinball Machines!

How Broke are you? If you're anything like me, it's pretty broke! Only having 2 cents to rub together can be daunting when wanting your own arcade in the basement, But let me teach you a few tips and tricks and you can build up an awesome collection of pinball machines and arcade games at Rock Bottom prices!

02:30pm – 03:30pm

Chancellor

Arcade/Pinball

Q*bert and Beyond: Catching Up with Designer Warren Davis

Its the 40th anniversary of the arcade classic Q*bert and designer Warren Davis is here to share his history with this legendary game and other games such as NARC, Hi Impact Football, the Mortal Kombat and NBA Jam series, Terminator 2:Judgment Day, and Revolution X featuring Aerosmith.

02:30pm – 03:30pm

Galleria

Arcade/Pinball

Monitor Repair 101

This will be a real time hands on monitor class with no nonsense way of troubleshooting classic CRT monitors. This will be a basic class but can move on to intermediate or advanced troubleshooting techniques. I will show the most common failures of monitors and how to diagnose them quickly.

02:30pm – 03:30pm

Wilton

Tabletop/RPG

Players and GMs: A Mutual Relationship

the importance of game masters and players communicating to get the most out of your campaign

03:30pm – 04:30pm

Main Stage

Entertainment

Terminus Retrowave Featuring Seersha & Vampire Step-Dad

 

04:00pm – 05:00pm

Chancellor

Arcade/Pinball

The Voices Behind our Favorite Video Game

Take away the music, sounds and voices of our favorite video and pinball games and you take away a lot. SFGE would like to welcome two legendary voice actors who helped bring some of our favorite games to life, Tim Kitzrow and Bob Carter. You may recognize Tim from his iconic voice over work in NBA Jam, NFL Blitz, Tecmo Bowl 2020, NBA Hoops and others. You can also hear Tim in The Twilight Zone, Road Show, The Shadow, Attack from Mars, Revenge from Mars, Deadpool, Judge Dredd, Elvira's House of Horrors Scared Stiff pinball machines. Bob is best known for his voice work in the Street Fighter series, in Mortal Kombat 9, Dragonball Z, Smite, Lifeless Planet, Destiny 2, and many other popular characters in a wide range of video games! Boomshakalaka, this is a panel you don't want to miss!

04:00pm – 05:00pm

Ascot

Video Gaming

The State of VR

Immersive tech is increasingly playing more of a part in people's everyday lives from how we communicate with one another and experience the world to gaming and entertainment. Hear from experts in the industry about the current possibilities (and limitations) of the technology and where we can expect to see it go in the future. Plus find out how you can get involved in the creation of the metaverse.

04:00pm – 05:00pm

Andover

Video Gaming

Online Gaming – The BBS Years

Before there was an internet, we still had "Online Gaming". Join the GenXGrownUp crew as we discuss an era of PC gaming forgotten by most, but remembered fondly by a few – "Online Gaming – The BBS Years".

04:00pm – 05:00pm

Wilton

Tabletop/RPG

So You Want to Be a Content Creator

Do you want to start a YouTube channel or podcast? Join Will Meadows (Tantrum House) and Marty Connell (Rolling Dice & Taking Names) with tips on equipment, recording and editing for audio and videos.

05:00pm – 06:00pm

Main Stage

Entertainment

Terminus Retrowave Featuring Watch Out For Snakes & Button Masher

 

05:30pm – 06:30pm

Chancellor

Arcade/Pinball

Catching Up with Stern Pinball

 

05:30pm – 06:30pm

Ascot

Video Gaming

How To Collect As A Married Couple

Mr WrightWay and ZapCristal discusses how they both maintain and have their own separate collections while being married and how this is possible. They both will be sharing tips, experiences in the matter while offering a fresh perspective of how this hobby is enjoyed individually but also together as a team.

05:30pm – 06:30pm

Andover

Content Creator

Meet Local Twitch Streamers

Streaming on Twitch has exploded in recent years, and allows people to share themselves and their gameplay to the world. Join seasoned streamers as well as representatives from Stream Atlanta to find out how you can start, grow, and have fun with Twitch streams either as a viewer or a performer. Questions and answers welcome!

05:30pm – 06:30pm

Wilton

Tabletop/RPG

Hybrid board games – how modern board game design flirts with apps

From award winning Detective, to bestselling Descent, from revolutionary Chronicles of Crime, to bestselling Werewords – join us to learn about the most exciting and impressive designs that merge tabletop with modern technology!

07:00pm – 08:00pm

Ascot

Entertainment

Movie Games: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Movies and video games go hand and hand from the days of E.T on the Atari to the Wizard of Oz pinball machine. Some were good, most were bad, and some were just weird. Why is that? Were they all disasters? What were the good ones? Join Jon and Chris as they take you on a journey through the world of classic movies and the video games they spawned. Let's talk about box office bombs, the "real" worst games in history, and hidden gems along the way.

07:00pm – 08:00pm

Andover

Tabletop/RPG

Beyond LFG: Finding and Creating Indie TTRPG Communities

Love indie and small-press roleplaying games but struggle to find community around your favorite games? Independent and small press roleplaying games' biggest strength, their breadth and diversity, can also present unique challenges. Panelists will discuss existing events in the area, as well as our experiences running RPG events in different venues.

07:00pm – 08:00pm

Wilton

Tabletop/RPG

Behind the DM screen

Take a peak behind a Dungeon Masters Screen to ask all the questions you've ever wanted to ask. Hosted by Stewart Russell, a professional DM with 40+ years experience. This will be a family friendly Q and A session so bring curiosity and ROLL FOR INITATIVE!

07:00pm – 08:30pm

Chancellor

Video Gaming

Explaining Speedrunning With Silent Hill 4: The Room

Just because a game doesn't have a high score table doesn't mean you can't compete in it! There's an entire subculture of gaming that participates in "speedrunning" – where you beat video games as quickly as possible. Local speedrunner AnEternalEnigma will introduce basic speedrunning concepts like RNG, Damage Boosting, and Frame Perfect Tricks – and he will do that while running Silent Hill 4: The Room – a game that usually takes 10 hours to beat, but he just beat it on the charity marathon Summer Games Done Quick in a little bit over an hour.

07:30pm – 09:00pm

Main Stage

Entertainment

Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment

What do wrestling and gaming have in common? They're both awesomely fun and both at SFGE! Come witness the spectacle of modern warriors battling it out in the middle of a hotel ballroom.

08:00pm – 08:30pm

Tabletop/RPG

Play & Win Drawing

If you played any of our Saturday Giveaways (PINK STICKER), our app will update with all the winners. (Before 8:30pm)

08:00pm – 09:00pm

1st Floor Atrium Reception Area

Entertainment

VIP Event (INVITE ONLY)

This event is for ticketed invite guests. PRIVATE EVENT

08:30pm – 09:30pm

Ascot

Content Creator

Content Creators Roundtable After Dark

Join a collection of gaming streamers, YouTubers, and podcasters for a wild anything goes panel.

10:00pm – until

Wilton

Entertainment

Rock Band Karaoke

Come out and with us and the smash hit game Rock Band. Pick up the sticks, rock the mic, and shred the guitar in this karaoke-style event. Bring out that inner rock god, you can always go back to the office and normalcy on Monday.

10:00pm – until

Chancellor

Entertainment

1UP Comedy

Producing Atlanta's best comedy shows at alternative venues throughout the city since 2012, 1UP Comedy is happy to bring the laughs to the Southern-Fried Gaming Expo with some of the city's best comedians. This event is intended for mature audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.

10:00pm – 12:00am

Grand Ballroom Salon IV

Entertainment

90's Homecoming Dance

 

July 16th, 2022 it's time to come home. The football team won the game, the queen and her court have been announced, and now it's time to celebrate. Are you ready to get jiggy with it? The SFGE '90s Homecoming Dance is gonna be da bomb with our special musical act , Can't Hardly Wait. They are a high-energy 90's tribute band that will have you Tubthumping through the night. So grab your jellies, throw on that Abercrombie Fitch and bring your semi-charmed life to the SFGE Homecoming Dance.

Sunday

08:00am – 10:00am

Chancellor

Entertainment

Sunday Morning Cartoons

A nostalgic way to start your day with all your favorite cartoon pals. Come get some warm fuzzy feelings and a Poptart!

09:00am – 10:00am

Galleria Hall D

Main Programming

EARLY ACCESS: Leveled-Up Access & Game Bringer Access (Hall D)

Leveled-Up Gamer Game Bringers Early Access to Free Play Arcade (Galleria Hall D)

10:00am – 02:00pm

Waverly

Game Design

Indie Showcase

Independent video games or "indie" games are video games that are often created without the financial support of a publisher. Many of these wonderful and unique titles just need some love to be found and cherished as the great pieces of gaming they deserve. Many great games got their start as indie.

Drop by the INDIE SHOWCASE to see some up and coming games before they hit the big time!

10:00am – 04:00pm

Brayton

Video Gaming

Artemis

Come try your hand at saving the galaxy on this interactive starship bridge crew simulator! https://www.ltebridge.com/sfge2022/

10:00am – 04:00pm

Fulton

Tabletop/RPG

Miniature Painting

Test your skills painting a miniature. No experience required. $1 donation goes to support Extra Life

10:00am – 04:00pm

Grand Ballroom Salon IV

Main Programming

Vintage Computer Festival Southeast

Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 9.0 (VCFSE) is presented by the Atlanta Historical Computing Society which is a user's group for vintage computing / computer history / computer collecting enthusiasts. They attempt to preserve computing history while providing educational outreach to the community. SFGE membership gets you access to see all of the cool exhibits at VCFSE.

10:00am – 04:00pm

Galleria Hall D

Main Programming

Free Play Arcade

Come browse our vendors and play nearly 300 arcade and pinball machines in our massive game hall. No quarters needed!

01:00pm – 02:00pm

Main Stage

Main Programming

Best in Show Awards & Game Bringer Prize Drawing

 

01:00pm – 02:30pm

Ascot

Arcade/Pinball

Electromechanical (EM) Pinball Machines: "Be Not Afraid"

Master pinball technician Rick Pecot will guide you on a technical journey into Electromechanical (EM) pinball machines. This 90 minute session will teach you how to interpret and read EM schematic diagrams, theory and servicing of the major components, tips on troubleshooting using observations and the schematic, and using the proper tools and techniques to adjust EM contacts and mechanisms. You will find that these wonderful machines are actually quite simple once you understand them better.

02:00pm – 02:30pm

Tabletop/RPG

Play & Win Drawing

If you played any of our Sunday Giveaways (YELLOW STICKER), our app will update with all the winners. (Before 2:30pm)