2024 Guide + Tips and Tricks

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Con Info

Welcome to 2D Con 2024

Welcome to the 2D Con. This is our 10th anniversary and we are pulling out all the stops to make it memorable. We are grateful that we have been able to keep bringing you this amazing event and provide such a great space for a weekend of non-stop gaming. 

We have a lot of really exciting events and features this year, including giveaways and surprises that you won’t want to miss.

THURSDAY NIGHT PREVIEW!

New for 2024! Join us on Thursday night for a preview of the weekend. Registration and certain areas of the convention will be open from 6PM-10PM.

Thursday night preview content
  • Tabletop Open Gaming
  • Guys Games & Beer Game Room
  • Dev Dash Game Jam

Stay Connected

The 2D Con Discord is a year round community platform to help you meet new people, keep up to date with gaming news, find 2D Con events and more. 

During the convention we have a dedicated forum setup where you can keep up to date on con happenings, as they happen. 

Safety and Security

2D Con takes the safety and comfort of our attendees and guests seriously. We have a zero tolerance policy for harassment. 

This year we have made it easy to get in touch with our safety staff through the use of Discord and anonymous text-messaging. You can find our safety team roaming the convention wearing marked vests. Our safety policy can be found here

Getting to 2D Con

Public Transportation

The Metro Transit bus Route 540 stops in front of the Doubletree. This bus runs on a set schedule Monday – Friday. Please view the trip planner and schedule if you are planning on taking Metro Transit.

Metro Transit Trip Planner
Route 540 Schedule

From the Airport

The DoubleTree provides free shuttle transportation from Minneapolis, St Paul International Airport from 5:30am-11:30pm. Please call the hotel for details.

Drive

We recommend car pooling to save spots in the venue parking lot. The DoubleTree features 1500 parking free to use spots on site and we are working for overflow parking with neighboring businesses and hotels.

Rideshare

We have partnered with MyWeels to provide discounted rides to 2D Con attendees. 

Carpool

We have setup a Discord forum to help coordinate carpooling. Join our Discord and find a ride!

Nearby 

Attractions & Convenience
  • Target – 2.5 Miles
  • Southdale Mall – 3 Miles
  • Mall of America – 6 Miles
Food
  • Aspen and Oak – Inside Venue
  • Daily Brew – Inside Venue
  • Dairy Queen – Parking Lot
  • Burger King – Parking Lot
  • TGI Fridays – Parking Lot
  • Caribou Coffee – Parking Lot
  • Dominos Pizza – Parking Lot
  • Subway – Parking Lot
  • Taco Libre – Parking Lot
  • Lela – .25 Mile (In Sheraton Hotel)
  • Starbucks – .25 Mile
  • Jimmy Johns – .25 Mile
  • Jersey Mikes – .5 Mile
  • Red’s Savoy Pizza – .5 Mile

Hours

REGISTRATION

Thursday: 6:00PM – 10:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM – 10:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 10:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 2:00PM

OPERATIONS

Friday: 10:00AM – 2:00AM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 2:00AM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM

MARKET

Friday: 12:00PM – 7:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 4:00PM
VIP Access – 30 minutes early

GUEST SIGNINGS

Friday: 12:00PM – 7:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 4:00PM
VIP Access – 30 minutes early

TABLETOP

Friday: 10:00AM – 3:00AM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 3:00AM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM

TOURNAMENTS

Friday: 12:00PM – 2:00AM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 2:00AM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 4:00PM

TATTOOS

Friday: 12:00PM – 7:00PM
Saturday: 12:00PM – 7:00PM
Sunday: 12:00PM – 4:00PM
VIP Access – 1 hour early

VIP LOUNGE

Friday: 10:00AM – 2:00AM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 2:00AM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Sanctuary (Quiet Room)

Friday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 4:00PM

GAME HALL

Friday 11:00AM – 3:00AM
Saturday 10:00AM – 3:00AM
Sunday 10:00AM – 4:00PM
VIP Access – 30 minutes early

LAN

Friday 11:00AM – 3:00AM
Saturday 10:00AM – 3:00AM
Sunday 10:00AM – 4:00PM

INDIE ISLAND

Friday 12:00PM – 8:00PM
Saturday 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Sunday 10:00AM – 4:00PM

2D Block Party

Friday: 10:00AM – 3:00AM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 3:00AM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Extended Pool Hours

7:00AM – 12:00AM

Venue Map

Floor One

First Floor - Draft

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Floor Two

Second Floor - Draft

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Charitable Giving

2D Con Charity Partner – Guild Services

2D Con is proud to partner with Guild Services for the 2024 charity auction. 

Guild is a not-for-profit (501c3) organization that offers integrated mental health, housing, and employment services to individuals living with mental illness and/or experiencing chronic homelessness.

The charity auction is located in the Market during normal market hours.

Learn more about Guild Services by stopping by their booth, checking out their panel on Saturday at 2PM in Panel 2 or visiting them online.

GUESTS OF HONOR

Tim Downie

Baldur’s Gate III Cast Q&A

Saturday 12PM | Mainstage

Spicy Screenplay (18+)

Saturday 11:30PM | Mainstage

Samantha Beart

Baldur’s Gate III Cast Q&A

Saturday 12PM | Mainstage

Talking Mental Health w/Theology and Samantha Béart

Friday 6PM | Panel 1

Amelia Tyler

Baldur’s Gate III Cast Q&A

Saturday 12PM | Mainstage

Spicy Screenplay (18+)

Saturday 11:30PM | Mainstage

Nick Apostolides

GETTING Evil
With Claire and Leon

Saturday 6PM | Panel 1

Spicy Screenplay (18+)

Saturday 11:30PM | Mainstage

Stephanie Panisello

GETTING Evil
With Claire and Leon

Saturday 6PM | Panel 1

Kari Wahlgren

The Voice of Generations

Saturday 5PM | Panel 1

Who’s That Character

Sunday 2PM | Mainstage

Carlos Ferro

Turning Gears with Dom

Friday 6PM | Mainstage

Spicy Screenplay (18+)

Saturday 11:30PM | Mainstage

 

Carey Means

Gaming with the Guests

Sunday 12PM | Mainstage

Tattoos

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Get Ink’d at 2D Con

Come get some fresh gamer ink in the 2D Con tattoo room. Featuring multiple amazing artists with many different styles.

Tattoo prices are dependent on artist rates and will be on display during the convention. Session slots are filled on a first come first served basis so arrive early!

Tattoos  |  Floor 1

Friday: 12:00PM – 7:00PM
Saturday: 12:00PM – 7:00PM
Sunday: 12:00PM – 4:00PM
VIP Access – 1 hour early

KittenCaboodles

website  |  Instagram

Andy Crawford Art

website  |  Instagram  |  etsy

Ash Tattoo

website  |  Instagram

Market

Khajiit has wares if you have coin

The 2D Con market is your one stop shop for all things gaming. From masterfully crafted dice to retro games. You’ll find what you are looking for.

MARKET  |  Floor 2

Friday: 12:00PM – 7:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 4:00PM

VIP Access – 30 minutes early

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Key  |  ☆: Sponsor  ☺: Staff

Vendors

V001 – Materia Collective ☆
V002 – Replay Shop☺
V003 – Charity Auction for Guild Services
V004 – KikiCraft ☆☺
V005 – Tako Collective
V006 – Big SoftD
V007 – Trashie Art
V008 – Fragmented Nostalgia
V009 – Grey Duck Dice
V010 – JJ Games / Goat Store
V011 – The Lost Zone Cards and Collectables
V012 – Defiant Threads
V013 – E.Moore Art Studio
V014 – LadyBeNerdy
V015 – The Art of Jeremy Provost LLC
V016 – Tucktuk’s Trinkets and Terrain
V017 – Free Geek TC
V018 – Yaniir
V019 – Shibe Ink
V020 – tinystarProductions
V021 – Radiant Grey
V022 – Scout Bennett

Artists

A001 – Mizorey Ren
A002 – Armin Sokocevic
A003 – Wisparia
A004 – Robot Dragon Studios 
A005 – Embr Art☺
A006 – bitZANITY
A007 – Lemon Penguin
A008 – ENRIQUE DRAWS
A009 – Onua_TF Art
A010 – Belli-buttons
A011 – onemegawatt
A012 – TORI.PNG
A013 – BluuuoArt
A014 – Nine Divines Art
A015 – Seifer’s Stitches
A016 – HoloRaindrops
A017 – Astrawitch
A018 – JelloArt
A019 – Fried Unicorn Studio
A020 – Studio Paigy
A021 – Legumi
A022 – DragonAvenger Crafts
A023 – CHIOU!
A024 – Nakama Nerd-Op
A025 – Justgodlyenough
A026 – Get Noticed Crafts

2D Block Party

Time to Vibe

New for 2024! The 2D Block Party is an outdoor area enjoy music, meetups, art, activities, games and more. 

The block party is a non-smoking area. Smoking areas are located at the South Entrance of the Doubletree. 

2D Block Party  |  floor 1 – Courtyard

Friday: 10:00AM – 3:00AM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 3:00AM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Meetups

Fans and Cosplayers gather to meet friends, grab some group photos, and celebrate their interests!  Our meetups will be held in the 2D Con Block Party. 
 
Friday

1:00PM – Nintendo
2:00PM – The Legend of Zelda
3:00PM – Animal Crossing
4:00PM – Super Smash Bros
5:00PM – Pokemon
6:00PM – Sonic

Saturday

1:00PM – Official Twitch Meetup
2:00PM – Resident Evil
3:00 PM – Baldur’s Gate 3
4:00PM – Borderlands
5:00PM – Fallout
6:00PM – Genshin Impact
7:00PM  – Overwatch

Music

We’ll have bands and DJs providing ambiant music throughout the weekend on a loose schedule.

Burhurt Armored Combat

Learn all about the sport of armored combat, also called Buhurt internationally through an informational panel and 1 v 1 duels.

Friday 6:00PM

Dragons, Dungeons, and Drinks

The taverns where they meet aren’t just a place to roll dice – it’s where friendships are forged, stories are born, and adventures come to life. Learn all about this local D&D adventure group.

Meet the Mascot

Want to meet 2D Con’s very real Shiba Inu mascot Miku? This is your chance. Miku will be hanging out at the 2D Block Party from 5PM-6PM on Saturday evening.

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Activities

Paint 2D

Grab a paintbrush and fill out a square on the paint 2D board. 

Chalk Art

Lay down some chalk art.

Late Night Ultimate Werewolf

Ultimate Werewolf is an interactive game of deduction for two teams: Villagers and Werewolves. The Villagers don’t know who the Werewolves are, and the Werewolves are trying to remain undiscovered while they slowly eliminate the Villagers one at a time.

Friday 10PM | Saturday 10PM

Room Parties

Party On

Room parties are making a return in a major way with 12 exciting themed poolside parties. Serving your favorite delicacies and libations.

Room parties are split up by adults only and family friendly parties. Be responsible, tip well and enjoy the good times. Some second floor room parties will be all ages during the day. The second floor will be 21+ at night.

Room Parties  |  Floor 1 + 2 – Garden Court

Room Parties close at 2AM each night.
See door signs for individual amenities and hours.

1st Floor – All Ages
118- Save Point Lounge

Every adventurer and party needs a place to rest. Come by to start the adventure for breakfast or keep it going with tacos for the evening. Every group needs a chance to recharge.

117 – Extra Stage

Ever wanted to experience the sounds of rhythm games and edm subgenres but can’t find a place? Come to Extra Stage!Featuring local DJs from Minnesota’s Rhythm Gaming Community, you’ll hear us play bangers from all over the EDM spectrum, from Japanese Hardcore to Uptempo to Dancehall and everything in-between! Let’s Try Extra Stage!!

116 – Dreamjolt Hostelry: A Night in Penacony

Join us for a night in Penacony, the Land of Dreams! Enter the dreamscape and indulge in snacks and drinks at our Soda Bar provided by the Dreamjolt Hostelry. A Honkai: Star Rail theme party room.

115 – Café Leblanc

Chef Matt providing the nourishment you need to get through a long weekend of gaming.

114- Anime Fusion

Your October anime convention is bringing you an early Halloween! Whether you’re just getting into anime or haven’t dusted off those old VHS tapes in years, there’s a place for you at Anime Fusion. Stop in, watch some spooky anime, and let us grill you a cheese!

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2nd Floor – 21+ After Dark
220 – VA-11 HALL-A

We will have a computer hooked up to the TV with jackbox party pack 1-8 loaded up where we will be cycling through the games to play on it. anyone will be able to join in on the jackbox games as all it requires is a phone.

219 – RPD Office Party

Welcome Strangers to the Raccoon City Police Department’s office party! Everyone is welcome to come escape the outside horrors! (Except zombies and bioweapons).

218 – TAVERN OF THE DAMNED

The rum is not gone! Come enjoy a drink in this Sea of Thieves themed room party.

217 – Guys Games and Beer!

Join the Guys Games and Beer crew for a beer! Come hang out drink, snack and talk about all things gaming.

216 – Salty’s

Salty’s is coming to 2D Con! Swing on by and play some obscure fighting games, to root for your favorite AI fighter, fill our walls with doodles, and have a drink. The dream lives on.

215 – The Long Rest

Baldurs Gate 3/dnd themed room based around the camp site. Featuring quest activities, a bar and potentially refreshments.

214 – ANIMAL CROSSING: ISLAND ADVENTURE!

Come relax in our tropical island paradise! Meet your favorite villagers, sip on a fruity drink, enjoy fun AC:NH-related activities, and more!

All ages during the day and 21+ hours at night

Featured Events

Panels and Programming

Friday
4:00PM
Panel 1

M for Mature

Who Is The Best Video Game Waifu?

We will be figuring out which video game girl deserves to wear the crown of Best Waifu and which one will be left behind! The audience will make a reason why their waifu belongs in what tier and depending on cheers or boos we will decide where they go on a tier list.

Host: SS+ Studios

Friday
4:00PM
Panel 2

E for Everyone

Play Has No Limits: The Psychology of Gaming and Cosplay

Come join two mental health professionals talk about the psychology of play and how cosplay and videogames can be vehicles of expression used to improve mental well-being

Host: Katie Dockter | Josh Januschka

Friday
5:00PM
Panel 1

E for Everyone

8-bit Idolfest

Do you like J-Pop? And idols? Then this is the perfect showcase for you! Make sure to bring your penlights and cheer on all the different idols that are so excited to dance their hearts out for you!

Host: Rea Harvey | Ciel Cobb

Friday
5:00PM
Panel 2

E for Everyone

Accessibility Matters: How Small Indies Can Keep Accessibility in Mind

Whitethorn Games has worked hard to curate titles that are inclusive and accessible to as many players as possible. We work with some amazing developers who have put accessibility at the forefront of their game design. 

Host: Matthew White, CEO, Whitethorn Games

Friday
6:00PM
Panel 1

E for Everyone

Talking Mental Health with Theology and Samantha Beart

Mental health is an important, often overlooked part of life. Join Samantha Beart and Theology as they discuss navigating difficulty in life and how gaming can be used as a tool for healing through storytelling, acomplishment and a safe escape from stress.

Host: Theology | Samantha Béart

Friday
6:00PM
Panel 3

E for Everyone

Cosplay Design Studio!

Join us in the Cosplay Design Studio to learn the basics of designing your own cosplay ideas, so you can cosplay outside of the “cannon box.” From Original Characters to Gijinkas to Original ideas for your favorite characters, this workshop will cover how to get started with putting your ideas on paper! 

Host: Dewfeathers

Friday
7:00PM
Panel 1

T for Teen

Trials and Tribulations of Cosplay

Come have a comedic look back on personal failed, bad, or poorly planned cosplays from the past while also learning how to avoid the same issues. We will have some hands on failed examples to show off and laugh at because not everything goes the way you think it will when it comes to cosplay.

Host: SS+ Studios

Friday
7:00PM
Panel 2

T for Teen

Splatoon Meetup and Lore Crash Course

Love the Splatoon Series? Come in cosplay or just as yourself to connect with other Splatoon fans! This meetup will feature a crash course presentation on the entire lore of the series, ranging from dark to silly, as well as a chance to page through all four artbooks yourself! Stick around until the end of the panel for a quiz with a chance to win prizes!

Host: Merfire | Vulpixia

Friday
7:00PM
Panel 3

T for Teen

Improvised Twilight Zone

This is not a place in itself, but a passageway between places. It is that which cannot be described or explained, only felt and seen as the hairs on your arms rise inexplicably. It is place we call….The Twilight Zone. Join us for two back to back, entirely improvised episodes based on Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone.

Host: Ruben Gomez | Neco Pacheaco

Friday
8:00PM
Panel 2

E for Everyone

The Tabletop Takeaway: Live Episode #2!

Ananda, Charlie, and Trevor typically discuss board game design and what they can Takeaway from different mechanics or designs that they explore. In this special live episode, they will discuss how video game design can help board game designers and how board game design can help video game designers. No matter your background or experience, we encourage designers of all backgrounds and experience levels to join us in bringing these two mediums together!

Host: Ananda Guneratne | Charlie McCarron | Trevor Muller-Hegel

Friday
8:00PM
Panel 3

E for Everyone

Poké-Biology!

Learn about the many real world animals that have inspired the design and move sets of Pokémon! From Pikas to Sea Cucumbers, there are many references to real animals from around the world to be found in this franchise.

Host: Dewfeathers

Friday
9:00PM
Panel 1

M for Mature

2Drag – A Cosplay Drag Show for Charity

Come on out for a show hosted by Primordial Chaos featuring themself and other entertainers local to the Twin Cities drag scene. Watch as they bring their most fabulous and sparkly cosplays and perform original numbers that are unique, creative, and usually a bit silly. They will also talk a bit about 2D Con’s charity partner this year, Guild Services, and be encouraging donations and tipping the entertainers; all tips raised will also be donated after the show.

Host: Primordial Chaos

Friday
9:00PM
Panel 2

E for Everyone

Tabletop Publisher Q&A

Get answers to your pre-submitted questions from Tabletop publishers. We will watch recorded responses from publishers and discuss their answers. Possibly with some live appearances! Questions can be submitted on Discord.

Host: Trevor Kirchner

Friday
9:00PM
Panel 3

AO Adults Only

Hentai Gameshow (18+)

Join us for an 18+ adult-themed game show where contestants compete for prizes. Volunteers from the audience compete and play fun naughty games. Come show us your bawdy side, or just be a voyeur. Prizes donated by Fantasy Gifts.

Host: Kevin Doheny | Khori Vaerconum

Friday
11:00PM
Panel 1

M for Mature

Karaoke Kingdom

An update for a fan favorite event. Karaoke is back at 2D Con with two nights of singing starting at 11PM on Friday and 10PM on Saturday and going until the sun comes up. Karaoke at 2D Con is a can’t miss event. Join your friends on stage or sing solo. We encourage the whole room to sing along. There will be a secret song each night, the first person who sings it will win a prize.

Host: Ray

Friday
11:00PM
Panel 2

M for Mature

Jackbox Party

Join the 2D Con staff for a late night of Jackbox Party Games! We’ll be playing a variety of games for your entertainment.

Host: Matt Sitko | Captain Zachavius

Saturday
11:00AM
Panel 1

E for Everyone

Intro to Competitive Pinball

Interested in improving your pinball skills? New to competitive pinball (or pinball in general), and want to know where to start?

The third year of this panel covers beginner and advanced tricks to improve your pinball skills. Covering topics such as ball and table control, rules, and resources that I used to become a top 1,000 player in the world!

Host: Matthew Sitko

Saturday
11:00AM
Panel 2

E for Everyone

Enamel Pin Workshop

Learn how to make enamel pins at home. 

Host: SS+ Studios

Saturday
12:00PM
Panel 3

E for Everyone

All Aboard the Astral Express!

Join us as we dive in into the popular gacha game, Honkai: Star Rail to discuss and test your knowledge in Kahoot!

Host: SleepySpirit7 | StarrySage | Nin

Saturday
1:00PM
Panel 3

T for Teen

League of Legends Meetup

Calling of League of Legends (and adjacent) Cosplayers!! Come meet fellow League of Legends enthusiasts, get some cool photos with your fellow gamers & have a good time! Any/All skins allowed!

Host: Ei_Cosplay | chocotaco_cos

Saturday
2:00PM
Panel 3

T for Teen

League of Legends Jeopardy!

Welcome summoners to League of Legends Jeopardy! Do you play league of legends too much, have you got too much League of Legends knowledge to spare? Well we got the answer for you!

Host: Ei_Cosplay | chocotaco_cos

Saturday
2:00PM
Panel 2

E for Everyone

An Introduction to Guild Services

Get to know our 2024 charity partner Guild Services.

Host: Guild Services

Saturday
3:00PM
Panel 1

T for Teen

What Death in Video Games Teaches us About Living

Host: Theology

Saturday
3:00PM
Panel 2

T for Teen

Do you want to make a Vtuber?

Have you heard of a Vtuber or Virtual Youtuber? Ever wanted to learn how to make one for free? Come learn how to use free software found on Steam to make a DIY 3D model.

Host: Riles

Saturday
3:00PM
Panel 3

E for Everyone

2D Con Discord Community Meetup

Get to know the 2D Con Discord Community IRL. Come hang out and chat, put a face to the name that you chat with year round in the 2D Con Discord.

Host: CaptainZachavius

Saturday
5:00PM
Panel 1

E for Everyone

The Voice of Generations

Kari Wahlgren has over 600 voice acting credits. Get to know Karis work and get a chance to ask her about your favorite roles.

Host: Kari Wahlgren

Saturday
5:00PM
Panel 2

T for Teen

Tacticool Cosplay

Like Call of Duty, SCP Foundation or Rainbow Six Siege? Want to know how to get into tactical cosplay? Swing on by and learn some tips and tricks. Intended for ages 13+.

Host: MaxOcato | Town Guard

Saturday
6:00PM
Panel 1

E for Everyone

Getting Evil w/Claire and Leon

Join 2D Con guests Nick Apostolides and Stephanie Panisello as they dive into their work as the motion capture and voice actors for Leon S Kennedy and Claire Redfield in the Resident Evil series.

Host: Nick Apostolides | Stephanie Panisello

Saturday
6:00PM
Panel 2

E for Everyone

Name that Obscure Video Game OST!

This is a high energy video game music quiz where we start out easier songs to guess and will progressively get harder! We will be handing out enamel pins as prizes for every correct answer!

Host: SS+ Studios

Saturday
7:00PM
Panel 1

M for Mature

The Ridiculous Lore of Resident Evil

Love Resident Evil like we do? Great to hear! Never played the games or seen the CGI films? Awesome! Join Rascella Raccoon and her friends as they go over the Resident Evil timeline in only an hour! From zombies and bioweapons to cheesy one-liners, this series can be really weird and just plain stupid! We will have trivia and candy!

Host: Rascella Raccoon | Travis | Anita | Killjoy

Saturday
7:00PM
Panel 2

E for Everyone

Controller Tear down with Free Geek Twin Cities

Tear apart a PS2 controller and learn how to properly recycle the components within. Perfect for getting young minds curious about engineering, as well as bringing awareness about e-waste. Family-friendly, all ages event. Prizes will be given to all participants.

Host: Amanda Jacobsen | Jackson Burger

Saturday
7:00PM
Panel 3

E for Everyone

2D&D

Imagine a convention themed D&D one shot with characters you have only dreamt of or joked about. Advantage will be given for improv, grace and voice acting. bring friends, bring enemies. The audience will get to write half of the adventures.

Host: MaxOcato | Town Guard

Saturday
8:00PM
Panel 1

M for Mature

Film Geek Time Machine Podcast – Live Show

Austin and Tim from the Film Geek Time Machine podcast discuss and break down some of the first movies based on video games.:

Come be part of this crazy live podcast recording.

Host: Austin Kennedy | Tim Kizer

Saturday
9:00PM
Panel 2

E for Everyone

Granting Inspiration: How Minnesota Pays Artists to Art

In fiscal year 2023, the state of Minnesota awarded 308 of its residents a total of $2.9M in arts grants. This year, 363 people shared $3.5M.

Scott Hebert is a five-time Individual Grant award winner for his Duluth-based, D&D podcast, “Twin Portals.” During this panel he will explain why this money is available, point you to where you can get yours, and offer advice and inspiration to help new and experienced artists take the next step on their creative journey.

Host: Scott Hebert

Saturday
9:00PM
Panel 3

T for Teen

Video Game Dating Game

Looking for a love interest who approves of you? Looking to meet your prince or princess. well swing on in for this take on the dating game where all the contestants will be characters from your favorite games.

Host: MaxOcato | Town Guard

Saturday
10:00PM
Panel 2

T for Teen

TWST Truth or Dare

Ask the Twisted Wonderland boys a question! Or dare them to do something unexpected! (Within reason of course.)

Host: Coffee | Caspian | Noctifer

Saturday
10:00PM
Panel 1

M for Mature

Karaoke Kingdom

An update for a fan favorite event. Karaoke is back at 2D Con with two nights of singing starting at 11PM on Friday and 10PM on Saturday and going until the sun comes up. Karaoke at 2D Con is a can’t miss event. Join your friends on stage or sing solo. We encourage the whole room to sing along. There will be a secret song each night, the first person who sings it will win a prize.

Host: Ray

Saturday
11:00PM
Panel 2

AO Adults Only

Drunk PowerPoint Time (18+)

Come join us as we become unskippable cutscenes about topics in gaming, such as: “Horse-Girl Roasts and Rankings of Video Game Horses”, “Top 3 Neopets Controversies”, and more! Hard to say. Topics and panelists subject to change. Friendly audience heckling welcome.

Host: Jen Vinson | Chelsea Du Fresne | Alex Van Aken | Katie Anderson

Saturday
11:00PM
Panel 3

AO Adults Only

Roast of Bowser, Zelda, Mario, and More (18+)

Join your Roastmaster, comedians and favorite video and board game characters as they mercilessly roast each other.

Host: Todd Skoda

Sunday
11:00AM
Panel 1

E for Everyone

Cosplay Discord Meetup

We’ve been chatting all year in the 2D Con Discord, now let’s meet-up in person!

Host: KikiCraft

Sunday
12:00PM
Panel 1

E for Everyone

Crafting Co-Op: The Making of Ripple and Frawg

Join the Ripple and Frawg team to peek behind the curtain and discuss the development process, creative differences, and their journey building a unique two-player adventure game.

Host: Daniel Johnsen | Cole Nugteren | Jillian Nerat | Elizabeth Geoffrey | Nathaniel Willius

Sunday
1:00PM
Panel 3

T for Teen

Designing Legends: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Video Game Characters

Have you ever seen a character and couldn’t speak because of it’s beauty? Or stopped playing a game the first time the cinematic zoomed in on your hero’s face? This is the panel for you? Let’s judge the design choices of legendary designers together, and both praise and laugh at them.

Host: Alex Bren/Ugly Sonic

Sunday
1:00PM
Panel 2

T for Teen

Call of Duty Q&A

Call of duty characters answer questions that the fans have!

Host: Katen | Rosie |  Ashlyn | Val

Sunday
2:00PM
Panel 1

E for Everyone

Reduce Reuse Recosplay

Let’s talk about all of the ways we can get creative with thrifting and reusing items for making cosplay! Making cosplay out of primarily reused, recycled, and up-cycled materials is a fun and rewarding experience. In this panel we’ll discuss how to source recycled and sustainable materials both online and in person. We’ll have a discussion about how to incorporate sustainable practices into your cosplay and share some of our favorite recycled cosplay components and stories!

Host: Dewfeathers

Sunday
3:00PM
Panel 1

E for Everyone

First Run, To Mod or Not to Mod?

An older question on PC, but becoming more relevant on consoles. Do you play with mods on your first playthrough of a game or play vanilla. Mods are coming out faster and faster with each game. And some seem more and more necessary sometimes (looking at you Starfield and DLSS). So at what point do you start adding mods?

Host: Kervin

Indie Island

Indie Island is a collection of independent  games and their developers. Come check out some returning favorites, and maybe discover a new one. Your feedback could even help shape the development of the game!

Vote on your favorite games and help us decide who will take home the coveted Game of the Show and other awards by voting for your favorites after you’ve had a chance to play them all.

Voting is open until 3PM on Sunday. Indie awards will be announced during closing ceremonies.

Indie Island  |  Floor 2

Friday 12:00PM – 8:00PM
Saturday 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Sunday 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Indie Meet and Greet

Get to know your fellow indie developers and the indie island team. Join us in the indie island room for a pre-show meet and greet.

Friday 11:30AM-12:00PM

Indie Showcase

The indie showcase is a collection of trailers and videos featuring the games being showcased at Indie Island. 

Protospiel @ 2D Con

Get feedback from other game designers and attendees without a dedicated booth. Protospiel @ 2D Con uses an open table format, where designers can simply pick an open table and set up their game to play. When you’re not playing, you put away your game and leave the table open for another designer to use.

Dev Dash

Dev Dash 2D Con Game Jam

Do you enjoy creating games? Be a part of our very first 2D Con 24 hour Game Jam, Dev Dash. Join as a team or work solo on a new game of your own design based on a theme that will be announced when Dev Dash begins! When Dev Dash concludes at 6pm Friday, you will have the option to showcase your game at our our Indie Island Developers Showcase Area for attendees to play, provide feedback, and vote for. An award for the best Dev Dash game will be given out during closing ceremonies Sunday afternoon.

Register to Jam

Dev Dash registration is open to all 2D Con attendees. The dash begins on Thursday August 22, 2024 at 6PM and ends on Friday August 23, 2024 at 6PM on the 22nd floor of the DoubleTree. 

All jammers must be registered for 2D Con 2024 to participate.

Jam Hours

Thursday 6:00PM – Friday 6:00PM

Cosplay

Meet your Cosplay Team

The 2D Con cosplay team is made up of many talented individuals with years of cosplay and crafting experience.

KikiCraft

Host

Alan Scholting

Host

Jellyfyshi

Judge

Dewfeathers

Judge

JustGodlyEnough

Judge

2D Con Cosplay

COSPLAY Sign up
Market Hours   |  Floor 2

Cosplay HQ is your place to go for any cosplay-related questions, repairs, or to sign up for our cosplay contest! 2D Con Cosplay Contest sign-ups will take place in-person at our new “Cosplay HQ” area during open hours starting Friday of the convention. 2D Con Cosplay Contest does not allow skits or performances. Sign-ups are limited to 50 entrants so sign-up as soon as possible!

As part of the cosplay show, participants who choose to compete will be judged by an experienced panel of judges. Awards will be given out in the following categories.

  • Best Novice: the best novice-level craftsmanship participating in the masquerade.
  • Best Journeyman: the best journeyman-level craftsmanship participating in the cosplay show.
  • Best Master: the best master-level craftsmanship participating in the cosplay show.
  • Best in Show: the best stage presence.
  • Judge’s Choice: the judge’s favorite entrants.
COSPLAY Contest
Saturday 5:00PM | Mainstage – floor 2

Cosplay Panels

COSPLAY DESIGN STUDIO!
Friday 6:00PM   |  Panel 3 – floor 2

Join us in the Cosplay Design Studio to learn the basics of designing your own cosplay ideas, so you can cosplay outside of the “cannon box.” From Original Characters to Gijinkas to Original ideas for your favorite characters, this workshop will cover how to get started with putting your ideas on paper!
Host: Dewfeathers

TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF COSPLAY
Friday 7:00PM   |  Panel 1 – floor 2

Come have a comedic look back on personal failed, bad, or poorly planned cosplays from the past while also learning how to avoid the same issues. We will have some hands on failed examples to show off and laugh at because not everything goes the way you think it will when it comes to cosplay.
Host: SS+ Studios

Cosplay Discord Meetup
Sunday 11:00AM   |  Panel 1 – floor 2

We’ve been chatting all year in the 2D Con Discord, now let’s meet-up in person with your host KikiCraft!
Host: KikiCraft

REDUCE REUSE RECOSPLAY
Sunday 2:00PM   |  Panel 1 – floor 2

Let’s talk about all of the ways we can get creative with thrifting and reusing items for making cosplay! Making cosplay out of primarily reused, recycled, and up-cycled materials is a fun and rewarding experience. In this panel we’ll discuss how to source recycled and sustainable materials both online and in person. We’ll have a discussion about how to incorporate sustainable practices into your cosplay and share some of our favorite recycled cosplay components and stories!
Host: Dewfeathers

LAN Gaming

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LAN is Back!

We’re going back to our roots and bringing back the dedicated LAN gaming room. We’ll have a limited number of PCs available for open play and plenty of space for you to bring your rig!

Space is available for you to bring your PC, Keyboard, Mouse, Headset and up to two 24″ monitors. Support is provided by Minnesota Esports Club. 

The LAN room will be monitored and locked after hours.

LAN  |  Floor 2

Friday 11:00AM – 3:00AM
Saturday 10:00AM – 3:00AM
Sunday 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Video Game Tournaments

2D Con is the largest eSports event in Minnesota. With multiple tournaments and hundreds of competitors. We are thrilled to be able to offer a large selection of great games, amazing prizes, and the best community around.

Tournament Registration is done on-site and via Start.GG. 

Friday

Tournament Room  |  floor 2

6:00PM – Mortal Kombat 1
6:30PM – Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R
8:00PM – Capcom vs SNK 2
8:00PM – Street Fighter 6

LAN Gaming |  floor 2

8:00PM – Random Tournament

Arcade  |  floor 1

7:00PM – Deathball

Rhythym Games  |  floor 1

5:00PM – Pump it Up

Saturday

Tournament room  |  floor 2

11:00AM – King of Fighters XV
12:00PM – Dragonball Fighterz
1:00PM – Bust a Move 4
1:00PM – Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising
2:00PM – Super Smash Bros Ultimate
3:00PM – Under Night In-Birth II
3:30PM – Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike
5:00PM – Guilty Gear: Strive
7:00PM – Tekken 8

Retro  |  floor 1

12:00PM – Classic Tetris

Modern  |  floor 1

12:00PM – Fifa World Cup
2:30PM – Splatoon 3

Rhythm Games  |  floor 1

1:00PM – Dance Dance Revolution

Arcade  |  floor 1

12:00PM – High Score Challenge
2:00PM – Pinball Tournament

Sunday

Tournament Room  |  floor 2

12:00PM – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

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Tabletop

Tabletop Gaming 

Roll dice, move your meeples, flip cards. The 2D Con tabletop library features over 1000 titles available for open play. 

We have something for everyone: family games, party games, strategy games, classics and traditional games, and the latest hotness! In addition to open gaming, we also have scheduled play, RPG gaming, and tabletop and TCG tournaments.  Sign ups for scheduled play, learn to play, and tournaments are located at the board game checkout booth.

Tabletop  |  Garden Court – floor 1

Friday: 10:00AM – 3:00AM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 3:00AM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM

View the 2D Con Tabletop Library

Scheduled Tournaments

Friday

1:00PM – Ticket to Ride
6:00PM – Munchkin

Saturday

1:00PM – CATAN National Qualifier
3:00PM – Crokinole

Sunday

10:00AM – Chess
12:00PM – Betrayal at House on the Hill
12:00PM – King of Tokyo
1:00PM – Uno

Learn to Play

Friday

2:00PM – Fallout Homebrew RPG
3:00PM – Crokinole
5:00PM – Betrayal at House on the Hill

Saturday
1:00PM – Sonora

Sunday

To be scheduled

Trading Card Games

Tournaments

Friday

2:00PM – MTG Commander Legends Battle for Baldur’s Gate Draft ($25)
5:00PM – MTG Conspiracy: Take the Crown Draft ($30)
6:00PM – Pokémon TCG Standard ($10)
6:00PM – MTG Mystery Booster Draft Convention Edition ($20)
8:00PM – Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Advanced ($10)

Saturday

12:00PM – Lorcana Constructed ($10)
1:00PM – Pokémon TCG League Play
4:00PM – Star Wars Unlimited Constructed ($5)
4:00PM – Yu-Gi-Oh! Structured ($15)
5:00PM – MTG Conspiracy: Take the Crown Draft ($30)
6:00PM – MTG Modern Horizons 3 Sealed ($65)

Sunday

11:00AM – Star Wars Unlimited Sealed ($30)
1:00PM – One Piece Constructed ($10)
1:00PM – Pokémon TCG League Play
2:00PM – Yu-Gi-Oh! Advanced ($10)

Open Play

Friday

2:00PM-10:00PM – MTG Commander Open Play
2:00PM-4:00PM – One Piece Learn to Play

Saturday

10:00AM-10:00PM – MTG Commander Open Play
10:00AM – 3:00PM – Pokémon TCG Open Play
10:00AM – 12:00PM – Lorcana Learn to Play
7:00PM – 10:00PM – One Piece Open Play

Sunday

10:00AM-3:00PM – MTG Commander Open Play

Role Playing Games

Role playing games

Have you ever dreamed of venturing through mystical forests? Exploring unknown alien planets? How about delving deep within dark dungeons? Maybe even piloting your own starship? Well here’s your chance! The Pathfinder and Starfinder Societies are looking for brave adventurers! Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a fresh faced newbie, we have adventures for you!

Paizo Organized Play is back at 2D Con 2024! So dust off your dice. Sharpen your swords. Memorize your spells. Charge your blasters. And for the love of the realms, bring some healing potions!

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Friday

12:00pm-3:00pm

Table 1 – Bounty 4: Cat’s Cradle | Level 1 & Bounty 9: Fishing in Anthusis | Level 1
Table 2 – Quest 7: A Curious Claim | Level 3-6
Table 3 – Starfinder 2e: Shards of a Glass Planet | Level 1

3:00pm-6:00pm

Table 1 – Bounty 15: Treasure off the Coast | Level 1
Table 2 – Quest 9: Wayfinder Origins | Level 3-6
Table 3 – Starfinder 2e: It Came from the Vast | Level 5

6:00pm-9:00pm

Table 1 – Bounty 10: Hillcross Roundup | Level 1
Table 2 – Bounty 20: Burden in Bloodcove | Level 3
Table 3 – Starfinder 2e: Shards of a Glass Planet | Level 1

6:00pm-12:00am

Table 4 – Scenario 1:2 Mosquito Witch | Level 1-4
Table 5 – Scenario 4:16 Dacilane Academy’s First Great Prank War | Level 3-6

9:00pm-12:00am

Table 1 – Quest 14: The Swordlord’s Challenge | Level 1-4
Table 2 – Bounty 18: From Family Lost | Level 3
Table 3 – Starfinder 2e: It Came from the Vast | Level 5

Saturday

10:00am-1:00pm

Table 1 – Bounty 5: The Witch’s Winter Holiday | Level 1
Table 2 – Quest 5: The Dragon Who Stole Evoking Day | Level 3-6
Table 3 – Starfinder 2e: Shards of a Glass Planet | Level 1

10:00am-4:00pm

Table 4 – Scenario 1:5 Trailblazers’ Bounty | Levels: 1-4
Table 5 – Scenario 5:3 Heidmarch Heist | Level: 5-8

1:00pm-4:00pm

Table 1 – Bounty 8: The Tireless Path | Level 1
Table 3 – Starfinder 2e: It Came from the Vast | Level 5

1:00pm-7:00pm

Table 2 – Scenario 2:23 An Agent’s Obligation | Levels: 3-6

4:00pm-7:00pm

Table 1 – Bounty 7: Cleanup Duty | Level 1
Table 3 – Starfinder 2e: Shards of a Glass Planet | Level 1
Table 4 – Build your own Character!
Table 5 – Quest 8: Shadows of the Black Sovereign | Level 3-6

7:00pm-12:00am

Table 1 – Multi table Special! Special 4-99: Blessings of the Forest | Level 1-2
Table 2 – Multi table Special! Special 4-99: Blessings of the Forest | Level 1-2
Table 3 – Multi table Special! Special 4-99: Blessings of the Forest | Level 3-4
Table 4 – Multi table Special! Special 4-99: Blessings of the Forest | Level 3-4
Table 5 – Multi table Special! Special 4-99: Blessings of the Forest | Level 5-6

Sunday

10:00am-1:00pm

Table 1 – Quest 15: In the Footsteps of Horror | Level 1-4
Table 2 – Build your own Character!
Table 3 – Starfinder 2e: It Came from the Vast | Level 5

10:00am-4:00pm

Table 4 – Scenario 3:4 The Devil-Wrought Disappearance | Level: 3-6
Table 5 – Scenario 2:18 The Fanciful March of Urwal | Level 3-6

1:00pm-4:00pm

Table 3 – Starfinder 2e: Shards of a Glass Planet | Level 1

1:00pm-7:00pm

Table 1 – Scenario 3:18 Dacilane Academy’s Delightful Disaster | Level: 1-4
Table 2 – Scenario 5:19 Demonic Afterparty| Level: 3-6

4:00pm-7:00pm

Table 3 – Starfinder 2e: It Came from the Vast | Level 5
Table 4 – Bounty 11: Forged Facade | Level 1
Table 5 – Quest 9: Wayfinder Origins | Level 3-6

Side Quests

TRADING CARD GAME

A 2D Con tradition. Collect trading cards from staff and guests around to convention. Only 100 of each card are available so act fast. 

Super Secret Scavenger Hunt

Details released on August 23

Badge Ribbons

How many can you collect? Badge ribbons are back at 2D Con. Get them from various areas of the convention, or 2D con fans!

Miku Medallion Hunt

Can you find the medallion? We’ve hidden a Miku medallion with one of our staff members. Keep an eye out for clues on Discord throughout the convention. Be the first to find the medallion and win an amazing prize.

Sponsors and Supporters

Sponsors

Partners

Supporting companies

2024 Very Important Gamers

Wendell | AndrewJWin | Strongdart81439 | Ace | Sco | BidGr8 | Badge Name | RooRoo1701 | ReverendDoctorSven | ~KimiJill~ | Not Important | Joel | Schteef | Vulvasaur | Michael Stum | Andy T | Filthylookalike | Usagi | K | SXyGeeK | DJ Particle | Dana | Shao khan you suck | Patrick | Asith | Sarah | Mike | Ashlynn | Christina | Grumbledor | Scott (Twin Portals Podcast) | Dr. Wily | HIGHxVOLTAGE21 | Avacyn41 | RivetCityRed | Nikhe | Bean | Kelly | Kelly | Mic | Panda | Ciel | Alyssa | Katie | Oliver | Tera | Manda Sue | Caitlin | Ray | Ashley | Randa | Cheyenne | Luna Lady of Light | Oh Kale No! | Kelsey (Brodo Swaggins) | Sam | ErichNova | Phil Childs | Shawna G | Hannah | Nico | Nell | Radcliff | Jessica | Josie | Claire | Katiya | Qaju | Adam | Holly | Sammi | Maritza | Ashli | Kervin | Beth | Dhalgrave | Zozo | Feora | Rhooney | Master chief | Cortana | Kimberly | ToxicDecision | Jack | Molly | Brenna | ThottageCoreGf | ZorahScope | Nikayna | Valerie | Roger | Dingus | Tucker | Jon | Dolly_Doki | Kyle Fuller | Rin / Gia | Will @Lightproject | Marceline | Moned | Jacob | whatacaitastrophe | GI-Gem | Hannah (she/her) | Tim (he/him) | Steven | Morganne | Bethany | Jeremy Gore | Paige | SoundFX | Apollo | James H Rodgers | Joy Rodgers | Pierce (LudoLoon Studio) | Stacy Starling | Josh Jogminas | Kale Starling | Lady Redfield | Leon | Ursula | Shelby | Kyle | JP | Stacey | Azieru | Trigger | Zmvz11 | Gonzalo Pliego-Torres | Sierra Van Zee | M | Pat | Rohan Singh | Zzsadistic | Xion_Sage | Joe Puissant | Major_Epidemic | MuscleHamstir70 | VesperNinja1x | Amanda | William | Shirley | Chuck | Andrewc | Kristen (StarArtist) | Cole Stark | Laura | Carmella | Cynthia | Catherine

Credits

2D Con Staff and Volunteers

Executive Team

Joseph Opsahl (President)
Alanna Vera (Treasurer)
Kiki Snell (CMO)

Accessibility

Chealsea Thomas
Clinton “Loki” DeGross

Charity

Misha Grauberger (Lead)
Mai Vang
Misha Grauberger (Sanctuary)

Operations

Howard Hong (Lead)
Carolyn Lumby
Emily Vernon
Joey Undis
Lauren Stacy
Sco Holm
Zachary Van Zee

Creative

Kiki Snell (Lead)
Andrea Vera
Elizabeth Ripplinger
Jana Lein
Rhylie Colby
Sco Holm (2D TCG)

Cosplay

Elijah Newfield
Jodi Brockel
Alan Scholting (Emcee)
Kiki Snell (Host)
Miyu Vang (Photography)
Rhylie Colby

Media

Kenzie Beyer (Photography)
Kimberly Pratt (Social)
Nathan Petersen (Photography)
Nick Boden (Photography)
Matthew Schmid (Photography)

Development

Jason Ripplinger
Theo Range

Community Manager

Cory Kabrud (2D HQ)
Elizabeth Ripplinger (Facebook)
Zach LaVone (Discord)

Tech

Eric Gunderson (Lead)
James Harden (Panels)

Video Gaming

Matthew Sitko (Lead)
Antquan Mincy (Arcade)
Connor Cloud (Console)
Daniel Scott (Console)
Danny Desnick (Arcade)
Dylan Johnson (Console)
Emmanuel Banjo (Console)
Erica Rothbauer (TO)
Julie O’Brien (Arcade)
Matt Filippelli (TO – Run The Mix)
Matthew Hubert (TO)
Megan Hetterick (Console)
Natasha Bruns (TO – NSquared)
Nathan Childs (Arcade)
Nathan Christianson (TO – NSquared)
Patrick Helgers (Console)
Peter Anderson (TO – Run The Mix)
Peter Young (TO – MEC)
Ruben Adan (TO – Black Sheep)
TJ Kirtley (TO – MEC)

Tabletop

Annie Medusa (Tournaments)
Art Henecke
Austin Kennedy (Teacher)
Coral Thacker
Keith Apperson
Kyle Kirchner
Thomas Collins (Tournaments)

Indie Island

Cameron “Rin” Nelson
Spencer Wilson
Tim Elzinga (Dev Dash)
Trevor Kirchner

Mainstage

Hal King (Lighting)
Kerry Dierickx (Tech)
Perry Kennedy (Tech)
Raymond Segal (Sound)
Zack Zielieke (Steaming)

Entertainment

Theology (Resident DJ)
Sky Snow (Entertainment Liason)

Programming

Alan Scholting (MC)
Jana Lein
Raymond Segal (Karaoke)
Tori Winkelman (Guests)

Registration

Alanna Vera (Keyholder)
Aichon Yang
Chealsea Thomas
Erica Thompson
Grace Luberda
Marcus Ice
Midge Ruhl
Riss Widseth
MJ Benjamin
Christina Kuha

Market

Andrea Vera (2D Merch)
Ashley Roller (Re-Play Shop)
Caroline Spacek (Vendors)
Cory Kabrud (Re-Play Shop)
Em Petersen (Artist Alley)
Morgan Witty (Artist Alley)
San Park (Vendors)

Guests

Brook Scholting (Lead)
Alan Scholting
Stacia Stromberg

Hospitality

Andrew Deters (VIP)
Andrew Hagen (Staff)
Lance Turner (Staff)
Sky Snow (VIP)

Room Parties

Sam Wroge
Steve Timm

Logistics

Jeremy Piekarczyk (Lead)
Phillip Peterson
Raleigh Johnson
Richard Pham
Nicholas Blackowiak (Nomad Ghostbusters)

Safety

AJ Schmalenberger (AM lead)
John Griffin (PM Lead)
Daniel Dunn
Daniel Peterson
Hunter Lumby (Medical)
JD Pogue
Jean Helders
Nicholas Paulson
Chris Bloom
Richard Pham (Medical)

Outreach

AJ Schmalenberger
Cory Kabrud
Matthew Sitko
Trevor Kirchner
Alanna Vera
Misha Grauberger

Questions, Comments, Concerns? Just want to chat?