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Sunday, February 18
 

8:00am

Theme: Welcome, New Monkeys!
We'll be holding events specifically designed to make our first-time Sea Monkeys feel welcome and to help them ease into the swing of things. Make a particular effort on this day to seek out new Monkeys and help show them what a great decision they've made by joining us!

Sunday February 18, 2018 8:00am - Monday February 19, 2018 7:00am
Whole Ship

11:30am

Quiet Space - 24x7
No gaming, no meetings, no loud noises, please! (But there's not really anything we can do about the coffee bar.)

Sunday February 18, 2018 11:30am - Monday February 19, 2018 7:30am
Explorations Cafe Deck 10, Forward

1:00pm

SeaMonkey Speed Meeting
Back by popular demand!: Join us for a facilitated and casually structured event where you will get to meet all sorts of people! In each 15-minute round you will have the opportunity to meet 3 new strangers and find out all about them. Nametags and prompt cards will be provided. Open to new AND experienced SeaMonkeys, so long as they’re ready to meet new people!

Sunday February 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Crow's Nest ("Ten Forward") Deck 10, Forward

1:30pm

Orientation
A basic walkthrough of the main logistics of JoCo Cruise. We'll begin and end with a ~10 min. overview, and take your questions inbetween. Show up when you can, leave when you wish. Recommended for new Sea Monkeys, but open to everyone.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton is from the Internet. While a struggling music industry fell to pieces over file sharing and shifting business models, he quietly and independently amassed a small army of techies, nerds, and dedicated superfans. Featured in the New York Times, NPR and slashdot, his... Read More →
avatar for Storm DiCostanzo

Storm DiCostanzo

Storm, Paul and Storm
I was born with seawater in my veins and music, spreadsheets, and a lot of weird stuff in my head. I will discuss pretty much anything* with anyone (time permitting.) See if you can tell whether or not I actually know what I'm talking about! | | *except secret stuff
avatar for Paul Sabourin

Paul Sabourin

Paul, Paul and Storm
Paul Sabourin is one half of comedy/music duo Paul and Storm. He is a co-founder of the geek-oriented variety show w00tstock (along with Storm, Wil Wheaton and Adam Savage), and a co-producer of the annual JoCo Cruise. He is a staff writer and co-producer on the 2017 season of Mystery... Read More →


Sunday February 18, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

3:15pm

Safety (Lifeboat) Drill
This drill is mandatory for all passengers.

Sunday February 18, 2018 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Whole Ship

3:30pm

Helper Monkey Orientation
Helpers Assemble! Report to the Queens Lounge immediately after the safety drill to say hello, get some swag, and have a brief meeting. 

Sunday February 18, 2018 3:30pm - 3:45pm
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

3:30pm

"Bye, Real World!" Cocktail Reception
Come to the Oosterdam's upper decks as we wave goodbye to Real Life for the week. Free champagne and mimosas!

Sunday February 18, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Lido Deck Deck 9

4:00pm

Sail Away
Sunday February 18, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Whole Ship

4:20pm

Movie: "The Big Lebowski"
Sunday February 18, 2018 4:20pm - 6:20pm
Screening Room Deck 3, Forward

5:00pm

Dinner (Red Team)
Sunday February 18, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Main Dining Room (Both Floors) Decks 2 & 3, Aft

5:00pm

Main Concert (Gold Team) - Opening Night Funaround with Jonathan, Paul & Storm and "Friends"
Jonathan Coulton and Paul & Storm kick things off with an informal, freewheeling concert, sitting in on each other's songs, and bringing out some pals (including Molly Lewis, Jim Boggia and Jean Grae).

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Jim Boggia

Jim Boggia

For more than 20 years, Jim Boggia has been winning over fans, critics, contemporaries and luminaries alike with his uncompromising devotion to the sort of winsomely nostalgic, emotionally direct songcraft that’s impervious to age. His sonically intelligent retro-pop manifesto informs... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton is from the Internet. While a struggling music industry fell to pieces over file sharing and shifting business models, he quietly and independently amassed a small army of techies, nerds, and dedicated superfans. Featured in the New York Times, NPR and slashdot, his... Read More →
avatar for Storm DiCostanzo

Storm DiCostanzo

Storm, Paul and Storm
I was born with seawater in my veins and music, spreadsheets, and a lot of weird stuff in my head. I will discuss pretty much anything* with anyone (time permitting.) See if you can tell whether or not I actually know what I'm talking about! | | *except secret stuff
avatar for Jean Grae

Jean Grae

Critically acclaimed lyricist, producer, writer, director, cinematographer and all around consummate entertainer Jean Grae has been challenging the boundaries of artistry since her debut in 1996. Whether creating music with imaginative narratives that immerse the listener in a dark... Read More →
avatar for Molly Lewis

Molly Lewis

Please hold your ukulele questions until you have had a chance to Google them.
avatar for Paul Sabourin

Paul Sabourin

Paul, Paul and Storm
Paul Sabourin is one half of comedy/music duo Paul and Storm. He is a co-founder of the geek-oriented variety show w00tstock (along with Storm, Wil Wheaton and Adam Savage), and a co-producer of the annual JoCo Cruise. He is a staff writer and co-producer on the 2017 season of Mystery... Read More →


Sunday February 18, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

6:00pm

JoCo Games Library Cardboard Concierge Office Hours
Not sure what game to play? We’ve got you covered. Press your luck on the Gametron 9000(™). If that’s not enough, ask a friendly Cardboard Concierge in the game library during posted hours to help you find the perfect game to suit your mood and taste.

Sunday February 18, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

7:30pm

Dinner (Gold Team)
Sunday February 18, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Main Dining Room (Both Floors) Decks 2 & 3, Aft

7:30pm

Main Concert (Red Team) - Opening Night Funaround with Jonathan, Paul & Storm and "Friends"
Jonathan Coulton and Paul & Storm kick things off with an informal, freewheeling concert, sitting in on each other's songs, and bringing out some pals (including Molly Lewis, Jim Boggia and Jean Grae).

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Jim Boggia

Jim Boggia

For more than 20 years, Jim Boggia has been winning over fans, critics, contemporaries and luminaries alike with his uncompromising devotion to the sort of winsomely nostalgic, emotionally direct songcraft that’s impervious to age. His sonically intelligent retro-pop manifesto informs... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton is from the Internet. While a struggling music industry fell to pieces over file sharing and shifting business models, he quietly and independently amassed a small army of techies, nerds, and dedicated superfans. Featured in the New York Times, NPR and slashdot, his... Read More →
avatar for Storm DiCostanzo

Storm DiCostanzo

Storm, Paul and Storm
I was born with seawater in my veins and music, spreadsheets, and a lot of weird stuff in my head. I will discuss pretty much anything* with anyone (time permitting.) See if you can tell whether or not I actually know what I'm talking about! | | *except secret stuff
avatar for Jean Grae

Jean Grae

Critically acclaimed lyricist, producer, writer, director, cinematographer and all around consummate entertainer Jean Grae has been challenging the boundaries of artistry since her debut in 1996. Whether creating music with imaginative narratives that immerse the listener in a dark... Read More →
avatar for Molly Lewis

Molly Lewis

Please hold your ukulele questions until you have had a chance to Google them.
avatar for Paul Sabourin

Paul Sabourin

Paul, Paul and Storm
Paul Sabourin is one half of comedy/music duo Paul and Storm. He is a co-founder of the geek-oriented variety show w00tstock (along with Storm, Wil Wheaton and Adam Savage), and a co-producer of the annual JoCo Cruise. He is a staff writer and co-producer on the 2017 season of Mystery... Read More →


Sunday February 18, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

9:30pm

Mocktail Party
Want fancy drinks without the alcohol? Let's team up and figure out what the ship has to offer us.

Sunday February 18, 2018 9:30pm - 10:00pm
Billboard Onboard Deck 2, Forward

9:30pm

Billboard Onboard Happy Hour
Happy Hour! Your second drink is only $2!

Sunday February 18, 2018 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Billboard Onboard Deck 2, Forward

9:30pm

Late Night Snickety Snacks
Free hot appetizers, snacks, and "Later Taters" in the Billboard Onboard bar! (After 11:30pm, grab-and-go sandwiches will be available.)

Sunday February 18, 2018 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Billboard Onboard Deck 2, Forward

9:30pm

Movie: "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home"
Sunday February 18, 2018 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Screening Room Deck 3, Forward

9:45pm

New Monkey Karaoke
Get your sing on in the Queen's Lounge with this JoCo Cruise tradition. For this intro session, everyone may (and should) attend, but only first-time Sea Monkeys may perform. Come cheer on our New Monkeys!

Sunday February 18, 2018 9:45pm - 10:45pm
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

10:00pm

Action Cats: The Game Show!
Do you like pictures of cats? How about making up nonsense stories? Action Cats is a party game that marries those very things, and the results are often hilarious and always adorable. Join ukulelist and podcaster Molly Lewis and a panel of quick-witted superfriends in this game show adaptation of Action Cats, the latest game from Twogether Studios.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Amy Berg

Amy Berg

Amy Berg is a feature writer and television showrunner. She began her career writing for Nickelodeon before leaving to fulfill a passion to work in one-hour TV. She wrote for BOOMTOWN (NBC), THRESHOLD (CBS), and THE 4400 (USA) before graduating to producer on LEVERAGE (TNT) and PERSON... Read More →
avatar for Bonnie Burton

Bonnie Burton

Bonnie Burton is the bestselling author of “J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World: Movie Magic Volume Three: Amazing Artifacts” (Insight Editions), “Crafting With Feminism” (Quirk Books), “The Star Wars Craft Book” (Random House), “Girls Against Girls: Why We Are Mean to... Read More →
avatar for Molly Lewis

Molly Lewis

Please hold your ukulele questions until you have had a chance to Google them.
avatar for Travis McElroy

Travis McElroy

Travis McElroy is a full-time Podcast Host/Producer who works on way more projects than he has time for. He started podcasting in 2010 with the comedy advice show My Brother, My Brother and Me. Since then, he has gone on to co-host The Adventure Zone, Shmanners, The Kind Rewind, Bunker... Read More →


Sunday February 18, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

10:00pm

Bar Crawl
Four drinks, four bars (Crow's Nest Bar, Lido Pool  Bar, Seaview Pool Bar and Billboard Onboard), lots of people making friends. Hop, hop, hop, hop! Sign up via any bartender or bar server, or at the ship's Guest Services Desk. (This event is run by the ship's staff; Cost is $22, plus bar service charges; it will be charged to your onboard account)

Sunday February 18, 2018 10:00pm - 11:15pm
Crow's Nest ("Ten Forward") Deck 10, Forward

11:00pm

New Monkey Dance Party w/Riz Rollins
Riz spins tunes for everyone, but we especially encourage our first-time Sea Monkeys to come and let your metaphorical (and/or actual) hair down and dance the night away!

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Riz Rollins

Riz Rollins

on air host, kexp
' i want to give you the beats to make your pants itch' | lynda barry | . they been letting me help people dance for almost 3 decades. all ages, sizes, hues, and abilities ( please don't tell me ' i cain't dance'..just please don't. ) you don't hafta dance if you don't want to. we... Read More →


Sunday February 18, 2018 11:00pm - Monday February 19, 2018 1:00am
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

1:00am

Middle-of-the-Night MacGuffin
Up late? Sleevs the Shrug Master invites you to meet fellow night owls & see who can Get the MacGuffin.

Monday February 19, 2018 1:00am - 1:30am
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft
 
Monday, February 19
 

7:00am

Theme: Space!
It's like the ocean, but drier and somewhat larger. Cosplay as your favorite alien/space pirate/astronaut/astronomer/etc.; take some time to stargaze tonight; and generally Get Excited About Space!

Monday February 19, 2018 7:00am - Tuesday February 20, 2018 7:00am
Whole Ship

7:30am

Quiet Space - 24x7
No gaming, no meetings, no loud noises, please! (But there's not really anything we can do about the coffee bar.)

Monday February 19, 2018 7:30am - Tuesday February 20, 2018 7:30am
Explorations Cafe Deck 10, Forward

8:00am

Maria Bamford Public Rehearsal
Maria Bamford is workshopping her new hour of standup material in a casual, intimate setting. Come be her audience, early birds! No audio/video recording permitted at this event.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford stars in the semi-autobiographical Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite, lauded as “revelatory” by Entertainment Weekly and one of 2016’s must-see shows by Variety and Rolling Stone. The series was created by Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) and Pam Brady (South... Read More →


Monday February 19, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Board Room Deck 2, Aft

9:00am

Religious Services
Monday February 19, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Board Room Deck 2, Aft

9:00am

Hats with ears
Come make your very own fleece hat with cat or fox ears. This is a very special project because we hope with your help to get lots of warm hats to Ophelia House in Ohio, our local women's shelter. Come to the class and make one for yourself and one for sharing. Can't make the class? That's ok. Patterns and instructions will be available in the crafting room.

Monday February 19, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
Digital Workshop (Crafting Room) Deck 3, Forward

9:30am

Good Mourning! with Yeshmin Blechin
Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 1947 goes deep inside the cruise’s hottest special guests. 
(with his interviews)

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Greg Benson

Greg Benson

Mediocre Films
Well hello there, nice person!


Monday February 19, 2018 9:30am - 9:45am
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

9:30am

Taking Photography Beyond Point & Shoot
Anybody can take a great photo on occasion. But with a little knowledge about your camera and how it does what it does, you can take control and make better, more interesting pictures. We'll talk about what all those camera settings do and why and when we might use them.

Monday February 19, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Stuyvesant Room Deck 3, Forward

10:00am

Friends of Bill W.
Monday February 19, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Board Room Deck 2, Aft

10:00am

JoCo Games Library Cardboard Concierge Office Hours
Not sure what game to play? We’ve got you covered. Press your luck on the Gametron 9000(™). If that’s not enough, ask a friendly Cardboard Concierge in the game library during posted hours to help you find the perfect game to suit your mood and taste.

Monday February 19, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

10:00am

Learn to play Asking for Trobils (SPONSOR EVENT)
Asking for Trobils is a 2-7 player wacky sci-fi worker placement game, where you play a trobil hunter, ridding the galaxy of space vermin. Upgrade your ship, bump into others or fly through the wormhole to copy yourself. Collect space carrots, crystals and build mega traps to save planet Paradise from all its Trobils!

Monday February 19, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

10:00am

Sip & Stitch
Come join other knitters, crocheters, string crafters (or other kinds, too!) as we gather to chat while keeping our hands busy. Intended primarily as social crafting time, but we tend to be a helpful bunch so I'm sure we can offer some basic instruction and/or troubleshooting. Come for any or all of the time. We'll likely try to repeat the gathering on other days (informally or otherwise).

Monday February 19, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Explorer's Lounge Deck 2, Aft

10:00am

Live Action Role-playing Chess
A variation on chess, where the players are the pieces, and assume the roles of royalty, warriors, priests, thieves, and wizards in a battle for points based on creativity of play. Previously hosted at GenCon.

Monday February 19, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Hudson Room Deck 3, Midship

10:00am

Games Perfect For Two
Looking for the perfect game to play with a friend or partner? Come and peruse our smorgasbord of two-player games. The Cardboard Concierge team will assist as you learn a wide assortment of games that are perfect for two.

Monday February 19, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

10:00am

Learn to Play Magic The Gathering
Here's a chance to learn to play; all materials provided.

Monday February 19, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

10:00am

The Rules of Comics Writing and How to Break Them
Comic book writers Matt Fraction (SEX CRIMINALS, HAWKEYE) and Kelly Sue DeConnick (BITCH PLANET, CAPTAIN MARVEL) walk you through the basics of their form and its unique challenges.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Kelly Sue DeConnick

Kelly Sue DeConnick

Kelly Sue DeConnick got her start in the comic industry adapting Japanese and Korean comics into English. Five years and more than ten thousand pages of adaptation later, she transitioned to American comics with 30 DAYS OF NIGHT: EBEN AND STELLA, for Steve Niles and IDW. Work for... Read More →
avatar for Matt Fraction

Matt Fraction

Matt Fraction writes comic books out in the woods and lives with his wife, the writer Kelly Sue Deconnick, his two children, a dog, a cat, a bearded dragon, and a yard full of stags and coyotes. He won the first-ever PEN USA Literary Award for Graphic Novels; he, or comics he’s... Read More →


Monday February 19, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

10:00am

Beginning Swing Dance Lesson and Dance Party!
Hour 1: Learn the basics of swing dancing! No experience or partner required.

Hour 2: Swing Dance Party! Dance to nerdy swing/jazz music and practice the skills you just learned, or show off the moves you already know!

Monday February 19, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Crow's Nest ("Ten Forward") Deck 10, Forward

10:00am

Filk Song Circle
Bring instruments and songs; we'll go around the room and sing/play/listen together. All instruments and music genres welcome; no prior experience necessary.

Monday February 19, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ocean Bar Deck 3, Midship

10:00am

Play Republic of Rome
Popular board game Republic of Rome. Its a long game (most of the day) for 6 Players

Monday February 19, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

10:00am

The Hero Instant (mini-campaign)
The Hero Instant is a indie super-hero Role-playing game in an extended beta-test period. It's easy to learn, quick to create characters, and includes a novel initiative system. I'd like to get a group of people together to to run a short (3-session) campaign during JoCo this year. In the first session, we'll create characters, and run through the 1st 'act' of the adventure. In later sessions, new players are encouraged to drop by and see if there is room at the table. We'll catch you up quickly!

Monday February 19, 2018 10:00am - 2:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

10:30am

Modes of Storytelling
There's more than one way to tell a story, and how a story is told is as much about its medium as its message. In this wide-ranging discussion, creators from several disciplines get together to get into the nuts and bolts of story telling, and to share what's different—and the same—across media.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Amy Berg

Amy Berg

Amy Berg is a feature writer and television showrunner. She began her career writing for Nickelodeon before leaving to fulfill a passion to work in one-hour TV. She wrote for BOOMTOWN (NBC), THRESHOLD (CBS), and THE 4400 (USA) before graduating to producer on LEVERAGE (TNT) and PERSON... Read More →
avatar for Open Mike Eagle

Open Mike Eagle

Open Mike Eagle might not have all the answers, but few artists in hip-hop, music, or American life are asking smarter questions. In a landscape governed by ceaseless babble, flashing lights, and hollow lies, Eagle harmonizes into the void so we don’t have to.On this descent into... Read More →
avatar for John Scalzi

John Scalzi

Author, "The Consuming Fire", 1969
John Scalzi is a fan of pie and oxygen, not necessarily in that order.
avatar for Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton began acting in commercials at the age of seven, and by the age of ten had appeared in numerous television and film roles. In 1986, his critically acclaimed role in Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me put him in the public spotlight, where he remains to this day. In 1987, Wil was... Read More →


Monday February 19, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

10:30am

Daily Table Tennis
Every morning, at sea or port, show up at the ping pong tables between 10:30am and noon and let's play! Not a structured tournament, but do bring your own paddle if you have one.

Monday February 19, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lido Pool Port Deck 9, Forward

10:45am

Boardgames: Show me the money!
Following the success of last year's Business of Boardgaming panel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VENpnDyZ_bM), we'll talk to people in the industry about money: What costs go into a boardgame? How are prices determined? Who makes what profit (when there is any)?

Monday February 19, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Stuyvesant Room Deck 3, Forward

11:00am

Pandemic Legacy: Legacy
Together, Sea Monkeys save the world tag team style. A single game- but each session of Pandemic Legacy: Legacy will be played by different team of people. We’re only as strong as our weakest link.

Monday February 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

11:00am

American Sign Language Meet Up
Do you know American Sign Language and want a place to practice your skills with other signers? Come join us for a Silent Meetup- voices off please!

All are welcome, but we are not sign languages teachers, and we will not be teaching people how to sign.

Monday February 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Pinnacle Bar Deck 2, Midship

11:00am

Playing with Clay
Back by popular demand! Come and make a decorative magnet, mini sculpture or just enjoy playing with clay. Participants are limited to 1 (one) item per person per class due to the time it takes to bake all of your creations in our tiny toaster oven.

Monday February 19, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
Digital Workshop (Crafting Room) Deck 3, Forward

11:15am

Fun Social Theatresports
An hour of improvised fun doing Theatresports-style games. Come along as an improviser, a judge, a musician, or as an audience member.

Monday February 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
Explorer's Lounge Deck 2, Aft

11:30am

Game Prototype Parade
Game designers will display their game prototype and give you a quick pitch. Players can sign up to playtest the games later on the cruise.

Monday February 19, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

11:30am

Shmanners
Every week on MaximumFun.org, husband host and wife host Travis and Teresa McElroy walk you through the history of manners and their modern day application! Now they are taking the show on the road (ocean?) to bring you a very special episode! Wha makes it so special? Well, YOU are going to be there! What's more special than that? Also, they will be discussing a wonderfully/horribly appropriate topic: The Etiquette of The Titanic! No audio/video recording permitted at this event.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Teresa McElroy

Teresa McElroy

Teresa McElroy is a lifeguard turned actress turned artist turned podcaster! When she’s not podcasting, she is keeping her daughter, the joy of her life, from terrorizing her dog and cat. Amidst all the changes, she has always loved writing thank-you notes and will never stop trying... Read More →
avatar for Travis McElroy

Travis McElroy

Travis McElroy is a full-time Podcast Host/Producer who works on way more projects than he has time for. He started podcasting in 2010 with the comedy advice show My Brother, My Brother and Me. Since then, he has gone on to co-host The Adventure Zone, Shmanners, The Kind Rewind, Bunker... Read More →


Monday February 19, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

11:45am

Steel Don't Float: All About Ships
Returning from 2017, two Naval Architects lead a discussion and Q&A on the inner workings of hull/structural design, installed systems, and daily operation of ships (like ours!). In addition to answering your questions, we will venture into the uncharted waters of 'what-if' questions about unconventional ship designs and discuss some major boating incidents and mistakes.

Monday February 19, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
Hudson Room Deck 3, Midship

12:00pm

Learn to play Sparkle Kitty (SPONSOR EVENT)
Nobody puts princess in a tower! Sparkle*Kitty is an adorably fun, social, and magical spell card game for all ages, sizes and genders. Once upon a time, a group of powerful princesses were captured and locked away in Cursed "No Cursing" towers by the evil queen Sparkle*Kitty! All their words and magic spells vanished and became sugar & spice... almost everything nice.

Luckily these are no ordinary princesses and you are no ordinary player! Take matters into your own hands and harness the simple and sweet words into special spell combinations to set yourself free! The first to escape, wins!

Monday February 19, 2018 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

12:00pm

Indonesian Rijsttaffel Specialty Lunch
The Oosterdam's culinary staff are preparing this Indonesian specialty meal (from a Dutch word literaly translated as "rice table") as a one-time-only event for our passengers. Seating is limited, so sign up early if you are interested.

This specialty lucheon costs $10, and you can sign up by calling 88 from any phone.

Monday February 19, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Lower Main Dining Room Deck 2, Aft

12:00pm

Worldbuilding: Macro to Micro
How do you create and populate a cohesive, complex secondary (i.e. not-Earth) world? Join N. K. Jemisin for an intensive session during which attendees will perform a shared-world creation exercise! Bring paper and pen/pencil to make the most of this event!

Performers / Speakers
avatar for N.K. Jemisin

N.K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin is a Hugo- and Locus-Award-winning Brooklyn author whose works have also been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and the Nebula.  The final novel of her Broken Earth trilogy, THE STONE SKY, came out in August 2017.  Her website is nkjemisin.com.


Monday February 19, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

12:30pm

The Dork Forest
Dork on Dork Dialog with Jackie Kashian. I am interested in whatever dorky thing you want to talk about. Guests speak to their love of books, TV, Movies, Comic books, websites, food, wrestling, cars, action figures and bees. There is room for all in The Dork Forest. This is a safe space. No audio/video recording permitted at this event.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Open Mike Eagle

Open Mike Eagle

Open Mike Eagle might not have all the answers, but few artists in hip-hop, music, or American life are asking smarter questions. In a landscape governed by ceaseless babble, flashing lights, and hollow lies, Eagle harmonizes into the void so we don’t have to.On this descent into... Read More →
avatar for The Dork Forest

The Dork Forest

Dork on Dork Dialog with Jackie Kashian. I am interested in whatever dorky thing you want to talk about. Guests speak to their love of books, TV, Movies, Comic books, websites, food, wrestling, cars, action figures and bees. There is room for all in The Dork Forest. This is a safe... Read More →
avatar for Jackie Kashian

Jackie Kashian

Stand Up Comedian
Join the fan page if you're a fan. This page is full https://www.facebook.com/TheDorkForestPodcast standup and podcast info there. Run by me...I will talk to you WEBSITE full of info about all shows in and out of LA @ www.jackiekashian.com Just Email me if you want to ask something... Read More →


Monday February 19, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

12:30pm

Belly Dance Jam
Get in your comfy workout/dance clothes and come belly dance with Teri (ATS® certified instructor). Dance as much as you want and rest when you like. Every body is welcome, just come with an open mind and ready to have fun. (This is a dance jam, not a class - although there will be a few instructions to get us started - and we WILL be dancing to nerdy/geeky music favorites.)

Monday February 19, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Crow's Nest ("Ten Forward") Deck 10, Forward

12:30pm

Comic Swap!
Got a comic you love & more people need to read? Just like the penny jar: bring a comic, take a comic! Comic, TPB, 'zine...bring something to the reading pile, Leave with something new & shiny!

Monday February 19, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Half-Moon Room Deck 3, Midship

12:30pm

Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All!
Since November 9th, 2016 everyday people are fired up and looking for ways to be the change they want to see. Two challenges: 1. Focusing only on national politics ignores how it ladders up from grassroots advocacy and local politics. 2. Our national situation didn't happen overnight...it won't be fixed in 2018. The chance of burnout is high. How can you manage your activism and expectations to make change for the long haul? How can you leverage technology and game strategy to triage, personalize, activate, and track your corner of the resistance?

Monday February 19, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Explorer's Lounge Deck 2, Aft

12:30pm

Seamonkey Slimdown Meetup
Seamonkeys that have had, are in the process of having, or are considering weight loss surgery. Meet up with other seamonkeys and get some tips on how and where to eat on a cruise to meet your protein needs and avoiding dumping syndrome while on vacation.

Monday February 19, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Pinnacle Bar Deck 2, Midship

12:30pm

Hardly Strictly Sea Chanteys and Irish Music Session
Get together with like-minded musicians to sing sea chanteys and other folk music, and jam on Irish tunes! We will have sheet music available.

Monday February 19, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Ocean Bar Deck 3, Midship

1:00pm

JoCo Games Library Cardboard Concierge Office Hours
Not sure what game to play? We’ve got you covered. Press your luck on the Gametron 9000(™). If that’s not enough, ask a friendly Cardboard Concierge in the game library during posted hours to help you find the perfect game to suit your mood and taste.

Monday February 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

1:00pm

Get the MacGuffin
Come play the newest card game from Looney Labs (Fluxx, Pyramid Arcade, Zendo) – not yet for sale, but we snagged a few preview copies. 2-11 players, ~2-11 minutes, all ages, easy to learn, superaddictively fun!

Monday February 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

1:00pm

Locksport - Lock picking for New Monkeys!
This session will be aimed at New Monkeys, based on an honor system. Please allow first-time cruisers to have access to the event. Have you ever been interested in how locks work? Do you want to learn a cool hobby that will impress your friends? If so, then Locksport is for you! See FB for details. Limited Places!

Monday February 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hudson Room Deck 3, Midship

1:00pm

Crafting Free-for-all/Meetup with Bonnie Burton
Chat with craft book author Bonnie Burton about all things glitter and googly eyes!

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Bonnie Burton

Bonnie Burton

Bonnie Burton is the bestselling author of “J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World: Movie Magic Volume Three: Amazing Artifacts” (Insight Editions), “Crafting With Feminism” (Quirk Books), “The Star Wars Craft Book” (Random House), “Girls Against Girls: Why We Are Mean to... Read More →


Monday February 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Digital Workshop (Crafting Room) Deck 3, Forward

1:00pm

Party Game Mixer
Mix it up and meet new people while playing some fun party games. We’ll randomize all participants into sub groups and teach them party games.

Monday February 19, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

1:00pm

Movie: "Wonder Woman"
Monday February 19, 2018 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Screening Room Deck 3, Forward

1:15pm

Insiders View: Investing, Wall Street & the 1%!
An insider’s view of the problems in the financial industry. What financial professionals talk about, but never disclose to the public. What to avoid and the best ways to invest. A unique perspective from someone who lead government economic studies, conducted financial crime investigations and worked as a stock broker/financial advisor for one of the largest financial institutions in the USA. Knowledge is the difference between being a millionaire or a burden to your family.

Monday February 19, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Stuyvesant Room Deck 3, Forward

1:45pm

Maker's Exchange
An in person event where previously-signed-up participants will exchange items they've created! These can be hand painted/sculpted/draw/crocheted/knitted/etc, or they can be design objects that have been printed through a secondary source such as glasses/t-shirts/pins/stickers/temp tattoos/etc.

If you did not sign up previously, you're still welcome to come and see all the cool things other people have made. If by some chance you made cool things yourself that you'd like to exchange with others, that's cool too, bring them with you!

Monday February 19, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Half-Moon Room Deck 3, Midship

2:00pm

Sassenach Support group
Have an obsession with Outlander by Diana Galbaldon & you need some support from others like you, then this is your space to be. Simple group chat. Perhaps chat show first half then books.

Monday February 19, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Explorer's Lounge Deck 2, Aft

2:00pm

Game Designers Salon
Come meet and hang out with some of the fascinating folks who create and make amazing and popular tabletop games.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Andrew Hackard

Andrew Hackard

Munchkin Line Editor, Steve Jackson Games


Monday February 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Pinnacle Bar Deck 2, Midship

2:00pm

Diceborn Heroes boardgame event
Play an early access of the cooperative fantasy boardgame with the designer. Diceborn Heroes pits up to 4 players on an adventure in about 60mins.

Monday February 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

2:00pm

Girl Genius: The Works preview w/James Ernest (SPONSOR EVENT)
Come check out a preview of Cheapass Games' updated "Girl Genius: The Works" card game, based on Phil & Kaja Foglio's Hugo Award-winning "Girl Genius" webcomic. James will explain the rules, get a few games running, and talk about the design process.

Monday February 19, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

2:30pm

Women at Work
Oh shit, things are boiling over. From #metoo to Time’s Up to living our daily lives, where are we failing, where are we succeeding & what do we do next? Moderated by Cameron Esposito. No audio/video recording permitted at this event.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Rhea Butcher

Rhea Butcher

Rhea Butcher is a Los Angeles-based stand-up comic, actor and writer. Originally from the Midwest, Rhea grew up skateboarding the mean streets of Akron, Ohio. Her blue collar brand of cool has endeared her to audiences nationwide, as she appears on shows such as @Midnight, Conan... Read More →
avatar for Cameron Esposito

Cameron Esposito

Recently named one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch of 2016, comedian Cameron Esposito has been called “the Future of Comedy” by Jay Leno, and has appeared on CONAN (TBS), Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC), @midnight (Comedy Central), Maron (IFC), Adventure Time (Cartoon Network... Read More →
avatar for Jean Grae

Jean Grae

Critically acclaimed lyricist, producer, writer, director, cinematographer and all around consummate entertainer Jean Grae has been challenging the boundaries of artistry since her debut in 1996. Whether creating music with imaginative narratives that immerse the listener in a dark... Read More →
avatar for Jackie Kashian

Jackie Kashian

Stand Up Comedian
Join the fan page if you're a fan. This page is full https://www.facebook.com/TheDorkForestPodcast standup and podcast info there. Run by me...I will talk to you WEBSITE full of info about all shows in and out of LA @ www.jackiekashian.com Just Email me if you want to ask something... Read More →
avatar for Anita Sarkeesian

Anita Sarkeesian

Feminist Frequency
Anita Sarkeesian is an award-winning media critic and the creator and executive director of Feminist Frequency, an educational nonprofit that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Her work focuses on deconstructing the stereotypes and tropes associated with... Read More →


Monday February 19, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

2:30pm

Android: Netrunner meet-up
A chance to meet up with fellow players and play some casual games of Netrunner. Bring your own decks or borrow some. Come for some or all of the session. New players are welcome (also look out for teaching sessions during the week).

Monday February 19, 2018 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

2:30pm

Improv Drop-In
This is an introduction to Improvisation. We will be playing improv games and tropes which demonstrate the basics of "Yes And" the foundation of improv. Elements of both Short Form and Long Form improv will be conveyed.

Monday February 19, 2018 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Hudson Room Deck 3, Midship

2:30pm

Live podcast taping of KITTsplaining
A live taping of KITTsplaining (a Knight Rider podcast by two women: one who grew up obsessed with the show, and one who has never seen it). This special episode will feature a viewing of the film Knight Rider 2000, followed immediately by the podcast taping.

Monday February 19, 2018 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Stuyvesant Room Deck 3, Forward

2:30pm

PORTAL: the Musical!
Last year's shadowy smash hit Portal: the Musical! returns to the stage for JoCo 2018! Featuring the music of Jonathan Coulton, and inspired by the beloved video game "Portal" by the Valve Corporation, this staged musical reading of Kirk Shimano’s play is sure to check all of your showtune-loving, GLaDOS-battling boxes... or shall we say cubes?

Monday February 19, 2018 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

2:30pm

Time Empire Playtest
Time Empire is a sci-fi strategy board-game about going back in time to fix the future. An earlier version was playtested (with my immense gratitude to you all) on JoCo in 2017, and it's come a long way since then.

Monday February 19, 2018 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

2:30pm

Wine sharing: Cabin 7054
Bring a bottle and share with your new best friends! Little informal get-together in our suite on the first at-sea day of the cruise. Please bring approx. one bottle of wine per couple; adults only. Snacks will be provided by way of HAL's room service.

Monday February 19, 2018 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Cabin 7054 Deck 7, Forward

3:00pm

Two Rooms and a Boom
In this social game of hidden roles and deduction, players are divided into 2 different rooms. Find your teammates, establish trust, and exchange hostages before time runs out and the bomb explodes! It's the party game that's always a blast. New players welcome!

Monday February 19, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

3:00pm

Afternoon Tea
Monday February 19, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Ocean Bar Deck 3, Midship

3:00pm

Scotch Tasting
Enjoy a flight of five high-quality scotches, because you're fancy and you like nice things. Hosted by Christopher Badell. Attendance is $25; sign up via any bartender or bar server, or at the ship's Guest Services Desk. Seating is limited!

Performers / Speakers

Monday February 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Pinnacle Bar Deck 2, Midship

3:00pm

Learn to play Rise of Tribes (SPONSOR EVENT)
Rise of Tribes is a 2-4 player board game. You are a prehistoric people, looking to grow in number, gather resources and lead your people to victory. Build villages, discover advancements and control territories to win! Design by Brad Brooks (Letter Tycoon), published by Breaking Games. Thanks to Kickstarter, this game is full of upgraded components, more art and epic bonus content. Latest prototype will be featured.

Monday February 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

3:00pm

Make-A-Fez Workshop
Still searching for the perfect headwear for formal night? Come craft your own paper fez with experienced fez-maker Sara Chicazul! Tools and supplies such as paper and craft foam will be provided. Bring your best ideas and special embellishments!

Monday February 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Digital Workshop (Crafting Room) Deck 3, Forward

3:00pm

Sponsor Spotlight - Twogether Studios (SPONSOR EVENT)
Stop by the display area in the ship's Shopping Arcade (Deck 3 Forward) to check out Twogether Studios' products—and meet the friendly folks who make them. (No purchase necessary, but you'll probably want to!)

Monday February 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Shopping Arcade Deck 3, Midship

3:00pm

1890s Jacket custom fit pattern
Want to make your own clothes but don't want to make costly mistakes?
Use free and open source software to make your custom fit patterns!
This workshop will teach you how!
You will leave this workshop with your custom fitted digital pattern.
Attendees should bring a laptop, but if they don't have a laptop they can have a pattern emailed to them.
Attendees will pair up and measure each other with tape measures.

Monday February 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Half-Moon Room Deck 3, Midship

3:00pm

SeaMonkey Speed Meeting
Back by popular demand!: Join us for a facilitated and casually structured event where you will get to meet all sorts of people! In each 15-minute round you will have the opportunity to meet 3 new strangers and find out all about them. Nametags and prompt cards will be provided. Open to new AND experienced SeaMonkeys, so long as they’re ready to meet new people!

Monday February 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Crow's Nest ("Ten Forward") Deck 10, Forward

3:30pm

Poolside Happy Hour
Happy Hour! Your second drink is only $2!

Monday February 19, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Lido Bar (Midship) Deck 9, Midship

3:30pm

Shadow Cruise Stand-Up Showcase!
Los Angeles comedian Patrick Susmilch ("Last Comic Standing", contributor to "The Hard Times") hosts an hour of stand-up comedy!

Monday February 19, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Explorer's Lounge Deck 2, Aft

4:00pm

Pandemic Legacy: Legacy
Together, Sea Monkeys save the world tag team style. A single game- but each session of Pandemic Legacy: Legacy will be played by different team of people. We’re only as strong as our weakest link.

Monday February 19, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

4:00pm

Blerds on the Boat! Or: Top Secret Wakanda Meetup
Join us for a meetup of the blerds and non-black SMOC (Sea Monkeys of Color, I just invented that term) for some chatting and general enjoyment of each other’s company. We can keep it as light or as deep as we want! Hosted by JoCo Cruise social media manager Sarah Rodriguez and writer and comics encyclopedia Tamara Brooks (co-hosts of the Women Wrestling Friends Podcast).

This event is open to anyone and everyone who would like to attend.

Monday February 19, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Billboard Onboard Deck 2, Forward

4:15pm

Fancy Pants Parade
An annual tradition. Bring your fanciest pants and vie for the trophy. Who will be the best in terms of pants?

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton is from the Internet. While a struggling music industry fell to pieces over file sharing and shifting business models, he quietly and independently amassed a small army of techies, nerds, and dedicated superfans. Featured in the New York Times, NPR and slashdot, his... Read More →


Monday February 19, 2018 4:15pm - 4:30pm
Lido Pool Area Deck 9, Midship

4:20pm

Movie: "The Big Lebowski"
Monday February 19, 2018 4:20pm - 6:20pm
Screening Room Deck 3, Forward

5:00pm

JoCo Games Library Cardboard Concierge Office Hours
Not sure what game to play? We’ve got you covered. Press your luck on the Gametron 9000(™). If that’s not enough, ask a friendly Cardboard Concierge in the game library during posted hours to help you find the perfect game to suit your mood and taste.

Monday February 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

5:00pm

Dinner (Red Team)
Monday February 19, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Main Dining Room (Both Floors) Decks 2 & 3, Aft

5:00pm

Main Concert (Gold Team) - Jackie Kashian; Michael Ian Black; Maria Bamford
No audio/video recording permitted at this event.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford stars in the semi-autobiographical Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite, lauded as “revelatory” by Entertainment Weekly and one of 2016’s must-see shows by Variety and Rolling Stone. The series was created by Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) and Pam Brady (South... Read More →
avatar for Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black is a multi-media talent who’s starred in numerous films and TV series, written and/or directed two films, is a prolific author and commentator, and regularly tours the country performing his ribald brand of jokes and observations. He most recently starred in TVLand’s... Read More →
avatar for Jackie Kashian

Jackie Kashian

Stand Up Comedian
Join the fan page if you're a fan. This page is full https://www.facebook.com/TheDorkForestPodcast standup and podcast info there. Run by me...I will talk to you WEBSITE full of info about all shows in and out of LA @ www.jackiekashian.com Just Email me if you want to ask something... Read More →


Monday February 19, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

7:30pm

Dinner (Gold Team)
Monday February 19, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Main Dining Room (Both Floors) Decks 2 & 3, Aft

7:30pm

Main Concert (Red Team) - Jackie Kashian; Michael Ian Black; Maria Bamford
No audio/video recording permitted at this event.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford stars in the semi-autobiographical Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite, lauded as “revelatory” by Entertainment Weekly and one of 2016’s must-see shows by Variety and Rolling Stone. The series was created by Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) and Pam Brady (South... Read More →
avatar for Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black is a multi-media talent who’s starred in numerous films and TV series, written and/or directed two films, is a prolific author and commentator, and regularly tours the country performing his ribald brand of jokes and observations. He most recently starred in TVLand’s... Read More →
avatar for Jackie Kashian

Jackie Kashian

Stand Up Comedian
Join the fan page if you're a fan. This page is full https://www.facebook.com/TheDorkForestPodcast standup and podcast info there. Run by me...I will talk to you WEBSITE full of info about all shows in and out of LA @ www.jackiekashian.com Just Email me if you want to ask something... Read More →


Monday February 19, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

9:30pm

Billboard Onboard Happy Hour
Happy Hour! Your second drink is only $2!

Monday February 19, 2018 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Billboard Onboard Deck 2, Forward

9:30pm

Polymonkey Meetup & Mixer
Are you a polyamorous seamonkey? Would you like to spend time with other polymonkeys? Let's all hang out, drink delicious drinks (if that's your thing), and chat about our experiences with polyamory.

Monday February 19, 2018 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Billboard Onboard Deck 2, Forward

9:30pm

Late Night Snickety Snacks
Free hot appetizers, snacks, and "Later Taters" in the Billboard Onboard bar! (After 11:30pm, grab-and-go sandwiches will be available.)

Monday February 19, 2018 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Billboard Onboard Deck 2, Forward

9:45pm

Sea Monkey Karaoke
Get your sing on in the Queen's Lounge with this JoCo Cruise tradition.

Monday February 19, 2018 9:45pm - 11:15pm
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

10:00pm

Learn to play Fake News (SPONSOR EVENT)
Just the news you want to hear!

Score points for the most hilariously believable headlines using Image and Topic cards. The catch is that you are playing to a hidden audience which is not revealed until it is time to judge the headlines you have created.

Monday February 19, 2018 10:00pm - 10:30pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

10:00pm

Star-gazing
I will point at stars, planets, and anything else of interest in the sky and tell you about them! Included are actual facts, mythology behind the names, random trivia, and if conditions are right, stars and constellations not viewable from your hometown. Event is of course weather-dependent. I have hosted star-gazing events on every JoCo since JoCo 4. Please only use night-vision friendly (aka red colored) lighting in the area during the class.

Monday February 19, 2018 10:00pm - 10:30pm
Sky Deck Deck 11, Forward

10:00pm

Choose Your Own Adventure Story Time with Wil
Performers / Speakers
avatar for Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton began acting in commercials at the age of seven, and by the age of ten had appeared in numerous television and film roles. In 1986, his critically acclaimed role in Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me put him in the public spotlight, where he remains to this day. In 1987, Wil was... Read More →


Monday February 19, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

10:00pm

Late Night Dub Fight
Relive moments from your favourite cartoons, video games, movies, TV shows, and anime, in a new and hilarious light. The Late Night Dub Fight pits panelists against each other to find out who can “improve” classic clips by redubbing them live with their imposing improv skills. No one knows what show host Ian Horner has up his sleeves, or what the cast members will say in this all-out assault on your funny bone.

Monday February 19, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Stuyvesant Room Deck 3, Forward

10:00pm

Night Writers
We write in the shadows, in the spaces in-between: while the baby sleeps, in the wee hours of the morning, huddled over our laptop in bed at night.

Let's get together, and talk about writing, publishing, and surviving the day job.

Monday February 19, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Explorer's Lounge Deck 2, Aft

10:00pm

Pub Quiz of DOOM
Sharpen your wits! Hone your trivia knowledge! The Pub Quiz of DOOM is coming to the high seas. Six rounds of trivia questions, pitted against the quick-witted minds of your fellow JoCo cruise participants, hosted by Haje. Are you feeling smart? Well are you, punk?

Monday February 19, 2018 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Crow's Nest ("Ten Forward") Deck 10, Forward

10:00pm

Johann Sebastian Joust
Johann Sebastian Joust is a no-graphics, digitally-enabled playground game designed for motion controllers.

The goal is to be the last player remaining. When the music — J.S. Bach's ‌Brandenburg Concertos — plays in slow-motion, the controllers are very sensitive to movement. When the music speeds up, the threshold becomes less strict, giving the players a small window to dash at their opponents. If your controller is ever moved beyond the allowable threshold, you're out! Try to jostle your opponents' controllers while protecting your own.

Monday February 19, 2018 10:00pm - Tuesday February 20, 2018 12:00am
Hudson Room Deck 3, Midship

10:00pm

Let's Build a Rube Goldberg Machine
We will attempt (and probably fail) to build a Rube Goldberg / Chain Reaction machine in only two hours. If you've got supplies or pre-built components, bring them with! (Nothing hot, sharp, heavy, or messy, please.) If not, you can still help, take videos, or just spectate.

Monday February 19, 2018 10:00pm - Tuesday February 20, 2018 12:00am
Half-Moon Room Deck 3, Midship

10:00pm

Sea Werewolf
We'll be doing a few games of long-form (not One Night) Ultimate Werewolf! Come and lynch your friends!

Monday February 19, 2018 10:00pm - Tuesday February 20, 2018 12:00am
Pinnacle Bar Deck 2, Midship

11:30pm

Stacey Jambles: Ace Detective With No Short Term Memory
An audience interactive, old school detective “radio” show. Join Stacey on her journey to solve a crime, and join Stacey on her journey...to solve a crime.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Jean Grae

Jean Grae

Critically acclaimed lyricist, producer, writer, director, cinematographer and all around consummate entertainer Jean Grae has been challenging the boundaries of artistry since her debut in 1996. Whether creating music with imaginative narratives that immerse the listener in a dark... Read More →


Monday February 19, 2018 11:30pm - Tuesday February 20, 2018 12:30am
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

1:00am

Afterhours Bluegrass Jam
All instruments & skill levels welcome. Standard bluegrass jam etiquette; lead rotates around the circle. Bring a few simple songs (2-4 chords, bluegrass or otherwise) to lead, or just come to listen/play/sing along.

Tuesday February 20, 2018 1:00am - 2:00am
Explorer's Lounge Deck 2, Aft
 
Tuesday, February 20
 

7:00am

Theme: Cosplay Day
We have a bunch of terrifically talented cosplayers every year, and today is your day to really pull out all the stops. Sky's the limit; show off your best!

Tuesday February 20, 2018 7:00am - Wednesday February 21, 2018 7:00am
Whole Ship

7:30am

Quiet Space - 24x7
No gaming, no meetings, no loud noises, please! (But there's not really anything we can do about the coffee bar.)

Tuesday February 20, 2018 7:30am - Wednesday February 21, 2018 7:30am
Explorations Cafe Deck 10, Forward

8:00am

Maria Bamford Public Rehearsal
Maria Bamford is workshopping her new hour of standup material in a casual, intimate setting. Come be her audience, early birds! No audio/video recording permitted at this event.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford stars in the semi-autobiographical Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite, lauded as “revelatory” by Entertainment Weekly and one of 2016’s must-see shows by Variety and Rolling Stone. The series was created by Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) and Pam Brady (South... Read More →


Tuesday February 20, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

8:30am

ROOM UNAVAILABLE
We need to use this room for administrative duties, so don't plan on using it for an off-the-record Shadow Event during this time.

Tuesday February 20, 2018 8:30am - 10:30am
Stuyvesant Room Deck 3, Forward

9:00am

Religious Services
Tuesday February 20, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Board Room Deck 2, Aft

9:00am

Sock Puppets!!!
Come by to learn the steps to making a simple “sock-style” puppet! Model your character off the sample or create your own! All materials will be provided including patterns but feel free to bring your own embellishments. Sewing experience is a plus, but not required. We will be using hot glue and sharp shiny scissors

Tuesday February 20, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
Digital Workshop (Crafting Room) Deck 3, Forward

9:30am

Good Mourning! with Yeshmin Blechin
Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 1947 goes deep inside the cruise’s hottest special guests. 
(with his interviews)

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Greg Benson

Greg Benson

Mediocre Films
Well hello there, nice person!


Tuesday February 20, 2018 9:30am - 9:45am
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

10:00am

Friends of Bill W.
Tuesday February 20, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Board Room Deck 2, Aft

10:00am

JoCo Games Library Cardboard Concierge Office Hours
Not sure what game to play? We’ve got you covered. Press your luck on the Gametron 9000(™). If that’s not enough, ask a friendly Cardboard Concierge in the game library during posted hours to help you find the perfect game to suit your mood and taste.

Tuesday February 20, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

10:00am

Port of Call - Cabo San Lucas
Tuesday February 20, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

10:30am

Daily Table Tennis
Every morning, at sea or port, show up at the ping pong tables between 10:30am and noon and let's play! Not a structured tournament, but do bring your own paddle if you have one.

Tuesday February 20, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lido Pool Port Deck 9, Forward

11:00am

Pandemic Legacy: Legacy
Together, Sea Monkeys save the world tag team style. A single game- but each session of Pandemic Legacy: Legacy will be played by different team of people. We’re only as strong as our weakest link.

Tuesday February 20, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

1:00pm

JoCo Games Library Cardboard Concierge Office Hours
Not sure what game to play? We’ve got you covered. Press your luck on the Gametron 9000(™). If that’s not enough, ask a friendly Cardboard Concierge in the game library during posted hours to help you find the perfect game to suit your mood and taste.

Tuesday February 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

1:00pm

Movie: "Raiders of the Lost Ark"
Tuesday February 20, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Screening Room Deck 3, Forward

1:30pm

Basic Beach
Maybe the port of Cabo San Lucas isn't your thing. Maybe you're more interested in the simple things in life.  We're going on a 10-minute walk to a basic beach! There are no umbrellas or chairs. Just sand, sun, waves, and a lovely view of the Oosterdam. Meet at the Pier at 1:30 and for goodness sake remember your sunblock. 

Tuesday February 20, 2018 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

2:30pm

Two Rooms & A Boom!
Tuesday February 20, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

2:30pm

Ultimate Werewolf
Tuesday February 20, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

3:00pm

Afternoon Tea
Tuesday February 20, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Ocean Bar Deck 3, Midship

3:30pm

Poolside Happy Hour
Happy Hour! Your second drink is only $2!

Tuesday February 20, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Lido Bar (Midship) Deck 9, Midship

4:00pm

Pandemic Legacy: Legacy
Together, Sea Monkeys save the world tag team style. A single game- but each session of Pandemic Legacy: Legacy will be played by different team of people. We’re only as strong as our weakest link.

Tuesday February 20, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

4:00pm

Deep Learning Meetup: All Welcome
Deep Learning Meetup: All Welcome

Tuesday February 20, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Pinnacle Bar Deck 2, Midship

4:20pm

Movie: "The Big Lebowski"
Tuesday February 20, 2018 4:20pm - 6:20pm
Screening Room Deck 3, Forward

5:00pm

JoCo Games Library Cardboard Concierge Office Hours
Not sure what game to play? We’ve got you covered. Press your luck on the Gametron 9000(™). If that’s not enough, ask a friendly Cardboard Concierge in the game library during posted hours to help you find the perfect game to suit your mood and taste.

Tuesday February 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

5:00pm

Dinner (Red Team)
Tuesday February 20, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Main Dining Room (Both Floors) Decks 2 & 3, Aft

5:00pm

Main Concert (Gold Team) - Hastily-assembled Entertainment Burrito with Cameron & Rhea
A fun variety grab-bag evening of events, hosted by JoCo Cruise favorites, the inimitable Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Rhea Butcher

Rhea Butcher

Rhea Butcher is a Los Angeles-based stand-up comic, actor and writer. Originally from the Midwest, Rhea grew up skateboarding the mean streets of Akron, Ohio. Her blue collar brand of cool has endeared her to audiences nationwide, as she appears on shows such as @Midnight, Conan... Read More →
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Cameron Esposito

Recently named one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch of 2016, comedian Cameron Esposito has been called “the Future of Comedy” by Jay Leno, and has appeared on CONAN (TBS), Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC), @midnight (Comedy Central), Maron (IFC), Adventure Time (Cartoon Network... Read More →


Tuesday February 20, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

7:30pm

Dinner (Gold Team)
Tuesday February 20, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Main Dining Room (Both Floors) Decks 2 & 3, Aft

7:30pm

Main Concert (Red Team) - Hastily-assembled Entertainment Burrito with Cameron & Rhea
A fun variety grab-bag evening of events, hosted by JoCo Cruise favorites, the inimitable Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Rhea Butcher

Rhea Butcher

Rhea Butcher is a Los Angeles-based stand-up comic, actor and writer. Originally from the Midwest, Rhea grew up skateboarding the mean streets of Akron, Ohio. Her blue collar brand of cool has endeared her to audiences nationwide, as she appears on shows such as @Midnight, Conan... Read More →
avatar for Cameron Esposito

Cameron Esposito

Recently named one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch of 2016, comedian Cameron Esposito has been called “the Future of Comedy” by Jay Leno, and has appeared on CONAN (TBS), Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC), @midnight (Comedy Central), Maron (IFC), Adventure Time (Cartoon Network... Read More →


Tuesday February 20, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

9:30pm

Billboard Onboard Happy Hour
Happy Hour! Your second drink is only $2!

Tuesday February 20, 2018 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Billboard Onboard Deck 2, Forward

9:30pm

Cosplayers & Costumers Cocktail Mixer
Mixer for the costumers & cosplayers & admirers on the ship to get to know each other better. Come catch up with old friends and make new friends over drinks.

Tuesday February 20, 2018 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Billboard Onboard Deck 2, Forward

9:30pm

Late Night Snickety Snacks
Free hot appetizers, snacks, and "Later Taters" in the Billboard Onboard bar! (After 11:30pm, grab-and-go sandwiches will be available.)

Tuesday February 20, 2018 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Billboard Onboard Deck 2, Forward

9:45pm

Sea Monkey Karaoke
Get your sing on in the Queen's Lounge with this JoCo Cruise tradition.

Tuesday February 20, 2018 9:45pm - 11:15pm
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

10:00pm

ROOM UNAVAILABLE
We need to use this room for administrative duties, so don't plan on using it for an off-the-record Shadow Event during this time.

Tuesday February 20, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Hudson Room Deck 3, Midship

10:00pm

Geek Out! Team Tournament (SPONSOR EVENT)
Tournament-style Geek Out! trivia hosted by game designer Elisa Teague! Come in groups of 3-4 or we will put you on a team!

Tuesday February 20, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Crow's Nest ("Ten Forward") Deck 10, Forward

10:00pm

Comedians Sit in a Semicircle and Ask Each Other Questions
The title pretty much covers it.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black is a multi-media talent who’s starred in numerous films and TV series, written and/or directed two films, is a prolific author and commentator, and regularly tours the country performing his ribald brand of jokes and observations. He most recently starred in TVLand’s... Read More →
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Cameron Esposito

Recently named one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch of 2016, comedian Cameron Esposito has been called “the Future of Comedy” by Jay Leno, and has appeared on CONAN (TBS), Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC), @midnight (Comedy Central), Maron (IFC), Adventure Time (Cartoon Network... Read More →
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hodgman

I am John Hodgman.
avatar for Jackie Kashian

Jackie Kashian

Stand Up Comedian
Join the fan page if you're a fan. This page is full https://www.facebook.com/TheDorkForestPodcast standup and podcast info there. Run by me...I will talk to you WEBSITE full of info about all shows in and out of LA @ www.jackiekashian.com Just Email me if you want to ask something... Read More →


Tuesday February 20, 2018 10:00pm - 11:30pm
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

10:00pm

Realistic Nanotechnology Spacecraft
Workshop for a general audience on molecular nanotechnology for operations in space. Of most interest to someone who wants to reach towards realism when using nanotechnology-based ideas as part of a science-fiction story, game or other media with science-fictiony themes, or who just thinks nanotechnology and/or space is cool.

Tuesday February 20, 2018 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Stuyvesant Room Deck 3, Forward

10:00pm

Logic Puzzle Solving Club
Pavel will bring lots of copies of a wide range of Japanese-style logic puzzles (e.g., Sudoku, KenKen, Kakuro, Masyu, etc.) and we'll solve them together! All skill levels are totally welcome!

Tuesday February 20, 2018 10:00pm - Wednesday February 21, 2018 12:00am
Half-Moon Room Deck 3, Midship

11:00pm

Transgender Meetup
Meetup for transgender, genderqueer, and non-binary individuals. Allies welcome as well.

Tuesday February 20, 2018 11:00pm - Wednesday February 21, 2018 12:00am
Ocean Bar Deck 3, Midship

11:30pm

Multibowl
Watch combatants get clobbered with 80s/90s nostalgia in the virtual arena of MULTIBOWL, a compilation of minigames by Bennett Foddy and AP Thomson. Hosted by Molly Lewis.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Storm DiCostanzo

Storm DiCostanzo

Storm, Paul and Storm
I was born with seawater in my veins and music, spreadsheets, and a lot of weird stuff in my head. I will discuss pretty much anything* with anyone (time permitting.) See if you can tell whether or not I actually know what I'm talking about! | | *except secret stuff
avatar for Molly Lewis

Molly Lewis

Please hold your ukulele questions until you have had a chance to Google them.
avatar for Travis McElroy

Travis McElroy

Travis McElroy is a full-time Podcast Host/Producer who works on way more projects than he has time for. He started podcasting in 2010 with the comedy advice show My Brother, My Brother and Me. Since then, he has gone on to co-host The Adventure Zone, Shmanners, The Kind Rewind, Bunker... Read More →
avatar for Paul Sabourin

Paul Sabourin

Paul, Paul and Storm
Paul Sabourin is one half of comedy/music duo Paul and Storm. He is a co-founder of the geek-oriented variety show w00tstock (along with Storm, Wil Wheaton and Adam Savage), and a co-producer of the annual JoCo Cruise. He is a staff writer and co-producer on the 2017 season of Mystery... Read More →
avatar for Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton began acting in commercials at the age of seven, and by the age of ten had appeared in numerous television and film roles. In 1986, his critically acclaimed role in Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me put him in the public spotlight, where he remains to this day. In 1987, Wil was... Read More →


Tuesday February 20, 2018 11:30pm - Wednesday February 21, 2018 12:30am
Screening Room Deck 3, Forward

11:30pm

Release the Bats
Who wants to get some gothystomp on? Get out the ya-yas with some goth/industrial. Dress up, or don't -- ain't a thing. You like the oontz, we like the oontz. Let's dance.

Tuesday February 20, 2018 11:30pm - Wednesday February 21, 2018 1:30am
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

12:00am

Jason Hatrick Presents: Comedy!
After performing stand-up comedy for the first time on the open mic on JoCo Cruise 2 (back when things were still Crazy), Jason has gone on to become a professional stand-up comedian. He's been a finalist in multiple comedy competitions, won awards, and been invited to participate in numerous festivals. And it all started here at JoCo Cruise! Come celebrate his unofficial comedy anniversary with him -- and possibly some invited guests as well!

Wednesday February 21, 2018 12:00am - 1:00am
Explorer's Lounge Deck 2, Aft
 
Wednesday, February 21
 

7:00am

ROOM UNAVAILABLE
We need to use this room for administrative duties, so don't plan on using it for an off-the-record Shadow Event during this time.

Wednesday February 21, 2018 7:00am - 9:00am
Stuyvesant Room Deck 3, Forward

7:30am

Quiet Space - 24x7
No gaming, no meetings, no loud noises, please! (But there's not really anything we can do about the coffee bar.)

Wednesday February 21, 2018 7:30am - Thursday February 22, 2018 7:30am
Explorations Cafe Deck 10, Forward

8:00am

Maria Bamford Public Rehearsal
Maria Bamford is workshopping her new hour of standup material in a casual, intimate setting. Come be her audience, early birds! No audio/video recording permitted at this event.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford stars in the semi-autobiographical Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite, lauded as “revelatory” by Entertainment Weekly and one of 2016’s must-see shows by Variety and Rolling Stone. The series was created by Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) and Pam Brady (South... Read More →


Wednesday February 21, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

8:00am

Port of Call - Loreto
Wednesday February 21, 2018 8:00am - Thursday February 22, 2018 1:00am
Loreto, Mexico

9:00am

Religious Services
Wednesday February 21, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Board Room Deck 2, Aft

9:00am

Make Your Own Monster
Make your very own plushy monster to hug and squeeze and call your own. Patterns are available for several monsters along with images for inspiration to design your own! Needle and thread sewing skills are necessary to complete this project. Can't make the class? That's ok. Patterns and instructions will be available in the crafting room

Wednesday February 21, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
Digital Workshop (Crafting Room) Deck 3, Forward

9:30am

Good Mourning! with Yeshmin Blechin
Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 1947 goes deep inside the cruise’s hottest special guests. 
(with his interviews)

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Greg Benson

Greg Benson

Mediocre Films
Well hello there, nice person!


Wednesday February 21, 2018 9:30am - 9:45am
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

10:00am

Friends of Bill W.
Wednesday February 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Board Room Deck 2, Aft

10:00am

Johann Sebastian Joust
Johann Sebastian Joust is a no-graphics, digitally-enabled playground game designed for motion controllers.

The goal is to be the last player remaining. When the music — J.S. Bach's ‌Brandenburg Concertos — plays in slow-motion, the controllers are very sensitive to movement. When the music speeds up, the threshold becomes less strict, giving the players a small window to dash at their opponents. If your controller is ever moved beyond the allowable threshold, you're out! Try to jostle your opponents' controllers while protecting your own.

Wednesday February 21, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Hudson Room Deck 3, Midship

10:30am

Daily Table Tennis
Every morning, at sea or port, show up at the ping pong tables between 10:30am and noon and let's play! Not a structured tournament, but do bring your own paddle if you have one.

Wednesday February 21, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lido Pool Port Deck 9, Forward

11:00am

Pandemic Legacy: Legacy
Together, Sea Monkeys save the world tag team style. A single game- but each session of Pandemic Legacy: Legacy will be played by different team of people. We’re only as strong as our weakest link.

Wednesday February 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

12:00pm

Loreto Food Festival
The town of Loreto and the Loreto Restaurant Association present a food festival, featuring 15 food tents (two dedicated to vegetarian offerings). Tickets may be purchased at the tender pier in Loreto; $25 for 7 tickets redeemable at any of the tents. US CASH ONLY! Drink tickets sold separately on site.

Wednesday February 21, 2018 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Loreto, Mexico

3:45pm

Group Photo
We are taking the official 2018 group photo just before the land concert starts. If you want to take part, be in the plaza at 3:45.

Wednesday February 21, 2018 3:45pm - 4:00pm
Loreto, Mexico

4:00pm

Loreto Land Concert - MC Frontalot
Performers / Speakers
avatar for MC Frontalot

MC Frontalot

MC Frontalot (née Damian Hess) is the original mastermind of Nerdcore Hip-Hop and still its Final Boss.Front was born in San Francisco and grew up in Berkeley. He was tall and scrawny, had trouble breathing, and could not see well. A special teacher was called in to help him attain... Read More →


Wednesday February 21, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Loreto, Mexico

4:00pm

Pandemic Legacy: Legacy
Together, Sea Monkeys save the world tag team style. A single game- but each session of Pandemic Legacy: Legacy will be played by different team of people. We’re only as strong as our weakest link.

Wednesday February 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

4:20pm

Movie: "The Big Lebowski"
Wednesday February 21, 2018 4:20pm - 6:20pm
Screening Room Deck 3, Forward

5:00pm

Loreto Land Concert - Paul and Storm
Performers / Speakers
avatar for Storm DiCostanzo

Storm DiCostanzo

Storm, Paul and Storm
I was born with seawater in my veins and music, spreadsheets, and a lot of weird stuff in my head. I will discuss pretty much anything* with anyone (time permitting.) See if you can tell whether or not I actually know what I'm talking about! | | *except secret stuff
avatar for Paul Sabourin

Paul Sabourin

Paul, Paul and Storm
Paul Sabourin is one half of comedy/music duo Paul and Storm. He is a co-founder of the geek-oriented variety show w00tstock (along with Storm, Wil Wheaton and Adam Savage), and a co-producer of the annual JoCo Cruise. He is a staff writer and co-producer on the 2017 season of Mystery... Read More →


Wednesday February 21, 2018 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Loreto, Mexico

5:00pm

Dinner (Open Dining)
Dinner on this evening is "Open Dining". While most of the ship will ostensibly be at the Loreto Land Festival, if you remain on board you can come to the dining room anytime between 5 pm and 9 pm. NOTE: Fixed Seating table assignments will still apply.

Wednesday February 21, 2018 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Main Dining Room (Both Floors) Decks 2 & 3, Aft

6:00pm

Loreto Land Concert - Aimee Mann
Performers / Speakers

Wednesday February 21, 2018 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Loreto, Mexico

7:00pm

Loreto Land Concert - Open Mike Eagle
Performers / Speakers
avatar for Open Mike Eagle

Open Mike Eagle

Open Mike Eagle might not have all the answers, but few artists in hip-hop, music, or American life are asking smarter questions. In a landscape governed by ceaseless babble, flashing lights, and hollow lies, Eagle harmonizes into the void so we don’t have to.On this descent into... Read More →


Wednesday February 21, 2018 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Loreto, Mexico

8:00pm

Loreto Land Concert - Jonathan Coulton (Full Band Show)
Performers / Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton is from the Internet. While a struggling music industry fell to pieces over file sharing and shifting business models, he quietly and independently amassed a small army of techies, nerds, and dedicated superfans. Featured in the New York Times, NPR and slashdot, his... Read More →


Wednesday February 21, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Loreto, Mexico

9:30pm

Loreto Dance Party with Riz Rollins
Performers / Speakers
avatar for Riz Rollins

Riz Rollins

on air host, kexp
' i want to give you the beats to make your pants itch' | lynda barry | . they been letting me help people dance for almost 3 decades. all ages, sizes, hues, and abilities ( please don't tell me ' i cain't dance'..just please don't. ) you don't hafta dance if you don't want to. we... Read More →


Wednesday February 21, 2018 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Loreto, Mexico
 
Thursday, February 22
 

7:30am

Quiet Space - 24x7
No gaming, no meetings, no loud noises, please! (But there's not really anything we can do about the coffee bar.)

Thursday February 22, 2018 7:30am - Friday February 23, 2018 7:30am
Explorations Cafe Deck 10, Forward

8:00am

Maria Bamford Public Rehearsal
Maria Bamford is workshopping her new hour of standup material in a casual, intimate setting. Come be her audience, early birds! No audio/video recording permitted at this event.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford stars in the semi-autobiographical Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite, lauded as “revelatory” by Entertainment Weekly and one of 2016’s must-see shows by Variety and Rolling Stone. The series was created by Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) and Pam Brady (South... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

9:00am

Religious Services
Thursday February 22, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Board Room Deck 2, Aft

9:00am

ROOM UNAVAILABLE
We need to use this room for administrative duties, so don't plan on using it for an off-the-record Shadow Event during this time.

Thursday February 22, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Stuyvesant Room Deck 3, Forward

9:00am

Painting with colored Pencils
Learn to use colored pencils in a new way. Create an impressionist masterpiece of your own! No experience necessary. All supplies provided.

Thursday February 22, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
Digital Workshop (Crafting Room) Deck 3, Forward

9:30am

Good Mourning! with Yeshmin Blechin
Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 1947 goes deep inside the cruise’s hottest special guests. 
(with his interviews)

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Greg Benson

Greg Benson

Mediocre Films
Well hello there, nice person!


Thursday February 22, 2018 9:30am - 9:45am
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

10:00am

Friends of Bill W.
Thursday February 22, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Board Room Deck 2, Aft

10:00am

JoCo Games Library Cardboard Concierge Office Hours
Not sure what game to play? We’ve got you covered. Press your luck on the Gametron 9000(™). If that’s not enough, ask a friendly Cardboard Concierge in the game library during posted hours to help you find the perfect game to suit your mood and taste.

Thursday February 22, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

10:00am

Port of Call - Pichilingue (La Paz)
Thursday February 22, 2018 10:00am - 6:00pm
Pichilingue (La Paz), Mexico

10:30am

Daily Table Tennis
Every morning, at sea or port, show up at the ping pong tables between 10:30am and noon and let's play! Not a structured tournament, but do bring your own paddle if you have one.

Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lido Pool Port Deck 9, Forward

11:00am

Pandemic Legacy: Legacy
Together, Sea Monkeys save the world tag team style. A single game- but each session of Pandemic Legacy: Legacy will be played by different team of people. We’re only as strong as our weakest link.

Thursday February 22, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

11:00am

Sock Puppets!!!
Come by to learn the steps to making a simple “sock-style” puppet! Model your character off the sample or create your own! All materials will be provided including patterns but feel free to bring your own embellishments. Sewing experience is a plus, but not required. We will be using hot glue and sharp shiny scissors.

Thursday February 22, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
Digital Workshop (Crafting Room) Deck 3, Forward

1:00pm

JoCo Games Library Cardboard Concierge Office Hours
Not sure what game to play? We’ve got you covered. Press your luck on the Gametron 9000(™). If that’s not enough, ask a friendly Cardboard Concierge in the game library during posted hours to help you find the perfect game to suit your mood and taste.

Thursday February 22, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

2:00pm

Office Hours: Nora Jemisin Group Write-and-Chat
Performers / Speakers
avatar for N.K. Jemisin

N.K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin is a Hugo- and Locus-Award-winning Brooklyn author whose works have also been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and the Nebula.  The final novel of her Broken Earth trilogy, THE STONE SKY, came out in August 2017.  Her website is nkjemisin.com.


Thursday February 22, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Half-Moon Room Deck 3, Midship

2:30pm

Johann Sebastian Joust
Johann Sebastian Joust is a no-graphics, digitally-enabled playground game designed for motion controllers.

The goal is to be the last player remaining. When the music — J.S. Bach's ‌Brandenburg Concertos — plays in slow-motion, the controllers are very sensitive to movement. When the music speeds up, the threshold becomes less strict, giving the players a small window to dash at their opponents. If your controller is ever moved beyond the allowable threshold, you're out! Try to jostle your opponents' controllers while protecting your own.

Thursday February 22, 2018 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Hudson Room Deck 3, Midship

3:00pm

Afternoon Tea
Thursday February 22, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Ocean Bar Deck 3, Midship

3:30pm

Poolside Happy Hour
Happy Hour! Your second drink is only $2!

Thursday February 22, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Lido Bar (Midship) Deck 9, Midship

3:30pm

Podcaster Meetup
Do you have a podcast or plan to start one? Let's talk about process, content, gear, tips, and more.

Thursday February 22, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Pinnacle Bar Deck 2, Midship

4:00pm

Monikers
Thursday February 22, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

4:00pm

Pandemic Legacy: Legacy
Together, Sea Monkeys save the world tag team style. A single game- but each session of Pandemic Legacy: Legacy will be played by different team of people. We’re only as strong as our weakest link.

Thursday February 22, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

4:00pm

Secret Hitler
Thursday February 22, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

4:20pm

Movie: "The Big Lebowski"
Thursday February 22, 2018 4:20pm - 6:20pm
Screening Room Deck 3, Forward

5:00pm

JoCo Games Library Cardboard Concierge Office Hours
Not sure what game to play? We’ve got you covered. Press your luck on the Gametron 9000(™). If that’s not enough, ask a friendly Cardboard Concierge in the game library during posted hours to help you find the perfect game to suit your mood and taste.

Thursday February 22, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

5:00pm

Rappers Sit in a Semicircle and Ask Each Other Questions and Also You Can Ask Them Questions Too
Performers / Speakers
avatar for Quelle Christopher

Quelle Christopher

Having soaked up game all over the country, Quelle has a style with no obvious lineage and sounds like nobody else. Few other MC/producers can leap from humor to intense personal reflection, from hardcore rhyming to serious experimentation and make sense of it all. More succinctly... Read More →
avatar for Open Mike Eagle

Open Mike Eagle

Open Mike Eagle might not have all the answers, but few artists in hip-hop, music, or American life are asking smarter questions. In a landscape governed by ceaseless babble, flashing lights, and hollow lies, Eagle harmonizes into the void so we don’t have to.On this descent into... Read More →
avatar for MC Frontalot

MC Frontalot

MC Frontalot (née Damian Hess) is the original mastermind of Nerdcore Hip-Hop and still its Final Boss.Front was born in San Francisco and grew up in Berkeley. He was tall and scrawny, had trouble breathing, and could not see well. A special teacher was called in to help him attain... Read More →
avatar for Jean Grae

Jean Grae

Critically acclaimed lyricist, producer, writer, director, cinematographer and all around consummate entertainer Jean Grae has been challenging the boundaries of artistry since her debut in 1996. Whether creating music with imaginative narratives that immerse the listener in a dark... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

5:00pm

LGBTQ+ Cocktail Meetup and Dance Party
Begun on the ms Westerdam during JoCo Cruise 2012, the annual LGBTQ+ cocktail meetup celebrates its 7th year of hoping it has a long enough initialism and being a low key get together for Sea Monkeys of all persuasions. Music provided by Riz Rollins.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Riz Rollins

Riz Rollins

on air host, kexp
' i want to give you the beats to make your pants itch' | lynda barry | . they been letting me help people dance for almost 3 decades. all ages, sizes, hues, and abilities ( please don't tell me ' i cain't dance'..just please don't. ) you don't hafta dance if you don't want to. we... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Sea View Pool Area Deck 9, Aft

5:00pm

Dinner (Open Dining)
Dinner on this evening is "Open Dining". We'll be at port in La Paz until 6 pm. Feel free to come to the dining room anytime between 5 pm and 9 pm. NOTE: Fixed Seating table assignments will still apply.

Thursday February 22, 2018 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Main Dining Room (Both Floors) Decks 2 & 3, Aft

6:00pm

Ask All Your Writing/Publishing 101 Questions
You have questions about writing and publishing—and guess what? We have answers. Boy, do we have answers. Answers based on literally decades of writing and publishing experience. No question too basic! No answer too convoluted and detailed!

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Kelly Sue DeConnick

Kelly Sue DeConnick

Kelly Sue DeConnick got her start in the comic industry adapting Japanese and Korean comics into English. Five years and more than ten thousand pages of adaptation later, she transitioned to American comics with 30 DAYS OF NIGHT: EBEN AND STELLA, for Steve Niles and IDW. Work for... Read More →
avatar for Matt Fraction

Matt Fraction

Matt Fraction writes comic books out in the woods and lives with his wife, the writer Kelly Sue Deconnick, his two children, a dog, a cat, a bearded dragon, and a yard full of stags and coyotes. He won the first-ever PEN USA Literary Award for Graphic Novels; he, or comics he’s... Read More →
avatar for N.K. Jemisin

N.K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin is a Hugo- and Locus-Award-winning Brooklyn author whose works have also been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and the Nebula.  The final novel of her Broken Earth trilogy, THE STONE SKY, came out in August 2017.  Her website is nkjemisin.com.
avatar for John Scalzi

John Scalzi

Author, "The Consuming Fire", 1969
John Scalzi is a fan of pie and oxygen, not necessarily in that order.


Thursday February 22, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

6:00pm

Sea Monkey Open Mike Night
An annual JoCo Cruise tradition: Sea Monkeys get to show off their performing skills at our annual Open Mike session.

5 minute/1 song limit per performer. Sign-up sheets will be available at the Helper Monkey Info Desk (Atrium, Deck 1 midship).  

Thursday February 22, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

6:30pm

Amateur Card Magician Meet-up with Mark Frauenfelder
Are you an amateur card-/sleight of hand-magician? Just like to watch card tricks? Come meet up for an informal gathering with Mark Frauenfelder to chat, practice and hang out. Bring your own deck if you have one, but Mark will have a few extras, too.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder is the founding editor-in-chief of Make magazine, the founder of Boing Boing, and the author of 8 books on technology, pop culture, and magic tricks.


Thursday February 22, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Half-Moon Room Deck 3, Midship

7:00pm

Feminist Frequency Radio
Feminist Frequency Radio is the show that asks you to be critical of the media you love or alternatively, we’re the Feminist Killjoys coming for your medias, depending on your perspective. Each week we bring you dispatches from the pop culture wars and invite listeners to join in our our take-no-prisoners conversations about the latest films, games and tv shows. In this very special, first-ever, live episode, Anita Sarkeesian will be joined by special guests Felix Kramer and Rhea Butcher. No audio/video recording permitted at this event.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Rhea Butcher

Rhea Butcher

Rhea Butcher is a Los Angeles-based stand-up comic, actor and writer. Originally from the Midwest, Rhea grew up skateboarding the mean streets of Akron, Ohio. Her blue collar brand of cool has endeared her to audiences nationwide, as she appears on shows such as @Midnight, Conan... Read More →
avatar for Felix Kramer

Felix Kramer

Felix is a producer and bizdev consultant in the independent video game industry, working with teams from all over the world. Currently they’re working on TUNIC, a game about a tiny fox in a big world—and the next big (secret) thing from Polytron, creators of FEZ! Past projects... Read More →
avatar for Anita Sarkeesian

Anita Sarkeesian

Feminist Frequency
Anita Sarkeesian is an award-winning media critic and the creator and executive director of Feminist Frequency, an educational nonprofit that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Her work focuses on deconstructing the stereotypes and tropes associated with... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

7:00pm

Game Designers Salon
Come meet and hang out with some of the fascinating folks who create and make amazing and popular tabletop games.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Dave Chalker

Dave Chalker

Game designer of Get Bit!, Heat, Thief's Market, That Snow Moon, Sentinel Comics Roleplaying Game, and more. Brutal playtesting services provided.
avatar for Jenn Ellis

Jenn Ellis

Owner, Twogether Studios
avatar for James Ernest

James Ernest

President, Cheapass Games
James Ernest is a famous tabletop game designer, so you should talk to him about hockey, deep sea diving, glucocorticoids in perinatal medicine, and whether anyone actually reads bios in SCHED.
avatar for Andrew Hackard

Andrew Hackard

Munchkin Line Editor, Steve Jackson Games


Thursday February 22, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Pinnacle Bar Deck 2, Midship

7:00pm

Movie: "WALL·E"
Thursday February 22, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Screening Room Deck 3, Forward

8:00pm

Scarface and Henchpeople Staff Talent Show
You've heard vague whispers of rumor and innuendo that somewhere on the ship lurks a team of people working behind the scenes to make a JoCoCruise. Who are they? What do they look like? Do they have any unique performable talents? This may be your only chance to find out, short of breaking into The Home Office. (Don't break into The Home Office).

Thursday February 22, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

8:00pm

Mental Health
Traditional data tells us that as many as one in four people suffers from some sort of mental illness, and new studies are indicating that the percentage might be higher than that, especially among creative communities. Come listen as panelists talk about how the came to discover that they weren't neuro-typical, as well as sharing tips, tricks, and personal coping mechanisms. We work toward busting the myth of the tortured genius while being honest about how mental illness is part of our lives. Moderated by Patrick Rothfuss.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Amy Berg

Amy Berg

Amy Berg is a feature writer and television showrunner. She began her career writing for Nickelodeon before leaving to fulfill a passion to work in one-hour TV. She wrote for BOOMTOWN (NBC), THRESHOLD (CBS), and THE 4400 (USA) before graduating to producer on LEVERAGE (TNT) and PERSON... Read More →
avatar for Matt Fraction

Matt Fraction

Matt Fraction writes comic books out in the woods and lives with his wife, the writer Kelly Sue Deconnick, his two children, a dog, a cat, a bearded dragon, and a yard full of stags and coyotes. He won the first-ever PEN USA Literary Award for Graphic Novels; he, or comics he’s... Read More →
avatar for Jean Grae

Jean Grae

Critically acclaimed lyricist, producer, writer, director, cinematographer and all around consummate entertainer Jean Grae has been challenging the boundaries of artistry since her debut in 1996. Whether creating music with imaginative narratives that immerse the listener in a dark... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss was born in Madison, Wisconsin to awesome parents who encouraged him to read and create through reading to him, gentle boosts of self-esteem, and deprivation of cable television. During his formative years, he read extensively and wrote terrible short stories and... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

9:30pm

Billboard Onboard Happy Hour
Happy Hour! Your second drink is only $2!

Thursday February 22, 2018 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Billboard Onboard Deck 2, Forward

9:30pm

Disney Sing-along with Travis
Hey, gang; Travis here...Listen, I could give you some kind of clever reason I wanted to do a Disney sing along on the cruise, but the truth is, I JUST WANTED TO. So, join me as I lead you in song with some of your favorites from the Disney catalogue! I've got videos of the songs with the words RIGHT THERE ON SCREEN! Plus, I'm going to try to trick some of my other performer friends into joining me on stage! It's going to be fun gosh darn it!

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Clint McElroy

Clint McElroy

CLINT McELROY…Has fathered (an estimated) three childrenWas senior class president for Ironton High School Class of ’73 (1973, wise-ass, not 1873)Wrote Green Hornet comic books…for money.Is the most popular teacher at Marshall University because he is an easy A and never takes... Read More →
avatar for Travis McElroy

Travis McElroy

Travis McElroy is a full-time Podcast Host/Producer who works on way more projects than he has time for. He started podcasting in 2010 with the comedy advice show My Brother, My Brother and Me. Since then, he has gone on to co-host The Adventure Zone, Shmanners, The Kind Rewind, Bunker... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 9:30pm - 10:30pm
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

9:30pm

Late Night Snickety Snacks
Free hot appetizers, snacks, and "Later Taters" in the Billboard Onboard bar! (After 11:30pm, grab-and-go sandwiches will be available.)

Thursday February 22, 2018 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Billboard Onboard Deck 2, Forward

9:30pm

BarCitizen @ SEA!
A gathering of fan/backers/supporters of the Star Citizen PC game.

Thursday February 22, 2018 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Billboard Onboard Deck 2, Forward

10:00pm

Star-gazing
I will point at stars, planets, and anything else of interest in the sky and tell you about them! Included are actual facts, mythology behind the names, random trivia, and if conditions are right, stars and constellations not viewable from your hometown. Event is of course weather-dependent. I have hosted star-gazing events on every JoCo since JoCo 4. Please only use night-vision friendly (aka red colored) lighting in the area during the class.

Thursday February 22, 2018 10:00pm - 10:30pm
Sky Deck Deck 11, Forward

10:00pm

Get the MacGuffin
Come play the newest card game from Looney Labs (Fluxx, Pyramid Arcade, Zendo) – not yet for sale, but we snagged a few preview copies. 2-11 players, ~2-11 minutes, all ages, easy to learn, superaddictively fun!

Thursday February 22, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

10:00pm

Locksport - Lock picking for beginners!
Have you ever been interested in how locks work? Do you want to learn a cool hobby that will impress your friends? If so, then Locksport is for you! See FB for details. Limited Places!

Thursday February 22, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Half-Moon Room Deck 3, Midship

10:00pm

SpinTunes Songwriting Challenge: Artists and Inspirations
SpinTunes panelists discuss their thoughts on song creation when using a challenge prompt as inspiration. They'll give insight on their work process, and workshop a new song idea with audience participation.

Hosted by Tom Giarrosso of the Boffo Yux Dudes. Scheduled to appear: Brian Gray, Zoe Gray, Glen Raphael, and Spenser Sokol.

SpinTunes is an internet songwriting competition started in 2010, and has spawned 1300+ original songs to a prompt. Round #14 starts February 25!

Thursday February 22, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Stuyvesant Room Deck 3, Forward

10:00pm

Live Action Role-playing Chess
A variation on chess, where the players are the pieces, and assume the roles of royalty, warriors, priests, thieves, and wizards in a battle for points based on creativity of play. Previously hosted at GenCon.

Thursday February 22, 2018 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Hudson Room Deck 3, Midship

10:00pm

Dance Party with Riz Rollins - "Around the World with Riz"
From Riz: dance music from us to them and back, latin, afrobeat, bolly, caribbean, eastern. bring your own bongos, congas, tambourines, drums, rattlers, and sticks, percussion participation is encouraged.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Riz Rollins

Riz Rollins

on air host, kexp
' i want to give you the beats to make your pants itch' | lynda barry | . they been letting me help people dance for almost 3 decades. all ages, sizes, hues, and abilities ( please don't tell me ' i cain't dance'..just please don't. ) you don't hafta dance if you don't want to. we... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:00pm - Friday February 23, 2018 12:00am
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

10:00pm

Sea Werewolf
We'll be doing a few games of long-form (not One Night) Ultimate Werewolf! Come and lynch your friends!

Thursday February 22, 2018 10:00pm - Friday February 23, 2018 12:00am
Pinnacle Bar Deck 2, Midship

11:00pm

The Church of the Infinite You
Sermons. Drinks. Food. Music. Being Amazing. Nondenominational...only Motivational.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Jean Grae

Jean Grae

Critically acclaimed lyricist, producer, writer, director, cinematographer and all around consummate entertainer Jean Grae has been challenging the boundaries of artistry since her debut in 1996. Whether creating music with imaginative narratives that immerse the listener in a dark... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 11:00pm - Friday February 23, 2018 12:00am
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

12:00am

"Rothfuss after Dark" Reading and Q&A
Performers / Speakers
avatar for Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss was born in Madison, Wisconsin to awesome parents who encouraged him to read and create through reading to him, gentle boosts of self-esteem, and deprivation of cable television. During his formative years, he read extensively and wrote terrible short stories and... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 12:00am - 1:00am
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship
 
Friday, February 23
 

7:00am

Theme: Formal Night
Formal wear is encouraged, but not required, at dinner. "Formal wear" is defined VERY flexibly. Tuxedo and cocktail dress? Fine. Sport coat and slacks? Sure. Starfleet uniform? Awesome. Full Scottish regalia? Bonnie. You get the idea. Fezzes and tiaras are encouraged—but not required. (The wearing of fezzes and tiaras on Formal Night has become a sort of JCC tradition for many.)

No full face masks (HAL regulation).

Friday February 23, 2018 7:00am - Saturday February 24, 2018 7:00am
Whole Ship

7:30am

Quiet Space - 24x7
No gaming, no meetings, no loud noises, please! (But there's not really anything we can do about the coffee bar.)

Friday February 23, 2018 7:30am - Saturday February 24, 2018 7:30am
Explorations Cafe Deck 10, Forward

8:00am

Maria Bamford Public Rehearsal
Maria Bamford is workshopping her new hour of standup material in a casual, intimate setting. Come be her audience, early birds! No audio/video recording permitted at this event.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford stars in the semi-autobiographical Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite, lauded as “revelatory” by Entertainment Weekly and one of 2016’s must-see shows by Variety and Rolling Stone. The series was created by Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) and Pam Brady (South... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

9:00am

Religious Services
Friday February 23, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Board Room Deck 2, Aft

9:00am

Hair Clip Facinators
Get fancy with a facinator -Absolutely perfect for a formal night on a nerd cruise. Basic supplies and instructions provided but feel free to bring your own fez or facinator to embellish.

Friday February 23, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Digital Workshop (Crafting Room) Deck 3, Forward

9:30am

Good Mourning! with Yeshmin Blechin
Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 1947 goes deep inside the cruise’s hottest special guests. 
(with his interviews)

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Greg Benson

Greg Benson

Mediocre Films
Well hello there, nice person!


Friday February 23, 2018 9:30am - 9:45am
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

9:30am

Black holes, giant lasers, and the biggest explosions in the Universe
Learn about LIGO, the gravitational-wave experiment that revolutionized astronomy and snagged the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics. We'll discuss Einstein, celestial corpse collisions, violently warped spacetimes, laser interferometry, and what we have learned.

Friday February 23, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Stuyvesant Room Deck 3, Forward

10:00am

Friends of Bill W.
Friday February 23, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Board Room Deck 2, Aft

10:00am

JoCo Games Library Cardboard Concierge Office Hours
Not sure what game to play? We’ve got you covered. Press your luck on the Gametron 9000(™). If that’s not enough, ask a friendly Cardboard Concierge in the game library during posted hours to help you find the perfect game to suit your mood and taste.

Friday February 23, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

10:00am

Management Q&A
The JoCo Cruise Management sit on a stage and answer your questions about JoCo Cruise. Pretty straightforaward, actually.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton is from the Internet. While a struggling music industry fell to pieces over file sharing and shifting business models, he quietly and independently amassed a small army of techies, nerds, and dedicated superfans. Featured in the New York Times, NPR and slashdot, his... Read More →
avatar for Storm DiCostanzo

Storm DiCostanzo

Storm, Paul and Storm
I was born with seawater in my veins and music, spreadsheets, and a lot of weird stuff in my head. I will discuss pretty much anything* with anyone (time permitting.) See if you can tell whether or not I actually know what I'm talking about! | | *except secret stuff
avatar for Paul Sabourin

Paul Sabourin

Paul, Paul and Storm
Paul Sabourin is one half of comedy/music duo Paul and Storm. He is a co-founder of the geek-oriented variety show w00tstock (along with Storm, Wil Wheaton and Adam Savage), and a co-producer of the annual JoCo Cruise. He is a staff writer and co-producer on the 2017 season of Mystery... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

10:00am

Diceborn Heroes boardgame event
Play an early access of the cooperative fantasy boardgame with the designer. Diceborn Heroes pits up to 4 players on an adventure in about 60mins.

Friday February 23, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

10:00am

Office Hour with Carol Monahan
Want to hear game industry war stories? Got questions about publishing games, or running a small business? Come hang out with Carol Monahan, vice-president and co-owner of Cheapass Games (and veteran of Wizards of the Coast, 1993-2000).

Friday February 23, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Explorer's Lounge Deck 2, Aft

10:00am

Reading - Jenn Lyons
Author Jenn Lyons will read from her upcoming fantasy novel, The Ruin of Kings (Tor Books, Winter 2019.) She may or may not get to the dragon, but she'll almost certainly read from the section about the kraken. What could be better for a sea cruise?

Friday February 23, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Hudson Room Deck 3, Midship

10:00am

Reflective Journaling Workshop
Bring a journal and writing implements (Wendy can provide a very few extra) and explore a challenge or goal in a quiet, organized way view guided writing prompts (plus! receive a few gentle nudges to do the thing).

Friday February 23, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Half-Moon Room Deck 3, Midship

10:00am

Beginning Swing Dance Lesson and Dance Party!
First 45 minutes: Learn the basics of swing dancing! No experience or partner required.

Second 45 minutes: Swing Dance Party! Dance to nerdy swing/jazz music and practice the skills you just learned, or show off the moves you already know!

Friday February 23, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

10:00am

Games Perfect for Two 2: The Re-Games-Perfect-for-Two-ening
[Due to popular demand, this event is now a second session of the Monday 2 player games event.]

Looking for the perfect game to play with a friend or partner? Come and peruse our smorgasbord of two-player games. The Cardboard Concierge team will assist as you learn a wide assortment of games that are perfect for two.

Friday February 23, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

10:00am

Hardly Strictly Sea Chanteys and Irish Music Session
Get together with like-minded musicians to sing sea chanteys and other folk music, and jam on Irish tunes! We will have sheet music available.

Friday February 23, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ocean Bar Deck 3, Midship

10:00am

LARP on a Boat! "Unheroes"
"Unheroes" is a 2-hour live roleplaying game written by Joanna Piancastelli, run by Andrea Humez and Jan-Willem Maessen. If you want to play, please plan to stay for the entire game. Max 9 players.

You’re all normal people, here, enjoying a perfectly normal vacation. Everyone around you is perfectly normal, just like you. Except that you weren't normal before. You were superheroes, the saviours of Herotopia, though you don’t remember it. The whole world was changed, and the history that you used to know no longer exists, and never existed. But it’s trying to reassert itself.

Friday February 23, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Pinnacle Bar Deck 2, Midship

10:00am

Old School Monopoly
Just like the good old days. A board, dice, fake money. Passion. Intrigue. Real estate! I love to play and need competitors.

Friday February 23, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

10:00am

Magic: the Gathering: Learn to Draft
Come learn to “draft” Magic: the Gathering! Players will construct decks out of provided cards and play a casual three round tournament. Open to the first 48 players, with priority sign-up for participants in the Learn to Play event on Monday. Sign-ups for any additional slots will be posted in the Game Library on Monday afternoon.

Friday February 23, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

10:00am

Comics Writing Workshop
Comics writing exercises and discussion of 4 arenas: Artistic Practice, Craft, Business Practice and Comic Industry. Recommended as a follow-up to The Rules of Writing Comics and How to Break Them.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Kelly Sue DeConnick

Kelly Sue DeConnick

Kelly Sue DeConnick got her start in the comic industry adapting Japanese and Korean comics into English. Five years and more than ten thousand pages of adaptation later, she transitioned to American comics with 30 DAYS OF NIGHT: EBEN AND STELLA, for Steve Niles and IDW. Work for... Read More →
avatar for Matt Fraction

Matt Fraction

Matt Fraction writes comic books out in the woods and lives with his wife, the writer Kelly Sue Deconnick, his two children, a dog, a cat, a bearded dragon, and a yard full of stags and coyotes. He won the first-ever PEN USA Literary Award for Graphic Novels; he, or comics he’s... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm
Crow's Nest ("Ten Forward") Deck 10, Forward

10:00am

The Hero Instant (mini-campaign)
The Hero Instant is a indie super-hero Role-playing game in an extended beta-test period. It's easy to learn, quick to create characters, and includes a novel initiative system. I'd like to get a group of people together to to run a short (3-session) campaign during JoCo this year. In the first session, we'll create characters, and run through the 1st 'act' of the adventure. In later sessions, new players are encouraged to drop by and see if there is room at the table. We'll catch you up quickly!

Friday February 23, 2018 10:00am - 2:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

10:30am

Daily Table Tennis
Every morning, at sea or port, show up at the ping pong tables between 10:30am and noon and let's play! Not a structured tournament, but do bring your own paddle if you have one.

Friday February 23, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lido Pool Port Deck 9, Forward

10:45am

Un/Under Employed Monkees
Are you job hunting? Come to this meetup. Does your org have open positions? Come and hire someone!

Everyone will get a few minutes to introduce themselves, tell us what their looking for, and ask questions about the job hunting process. Our goal is to share wisdom, support, and opportunities as we all work to feed our addiction to food, shelter, clothing, and cruising.

Feel free to bring resumes to share, get feedback on, and more.

In some respects, this is what muggles might call a structured "networking event." But without the awkwardness and smarminess many of us fear.

Friday February 23, 2018 10:45am - 12:15pm
Stuyvesant Room Deck 3, Forward

11:00am

Learn to play Rise of Tribes (SPONSOR EVENT)
Rise of Tribes is a 2-4 player board game. You are a prehistoric people, looking to grow in number, gather resources and lead your people to victory. Build villages, discover advancements and control territories to win! Design by Brad Brooks (Letter Tycoon), published by Breaking Games. Thanks to Kickstarter, this game is full of upgraded components, more art and epic bonus content. Latest prototype will be featured.

Friday February 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

11:00am

Pandemic Legacy: Legacy
Together, Sea Monkeys save the world tag team style. A single game- but each session of Pandemic Legacy: Legacy will be played by different team of people. We’re only as strong as our weakest link.

Friday February 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

11:00am

Trans Elevensies
Elevensies (Brunch) for any and all transgender, non-binary, genderqueer, etc. individuals and allies.

(The Lido Market is a big area, so try to meet up near Canaletto, which is at the forward end of the Market on the starboard side.)

Friday February 23, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
Lido Market Deck 9, Aft

11:15am

Anne Wheaton Reads Her New Children's Book
Anne Wheaton has written a new children's book! It's called Piggy and Pug, and is written for 5-8 year old readers. Come hear a reading of Piggy and Pug and see the accompanying illustrations!

Friday February 23, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
Hudson Room Deck 3, Midship

11:30am

Reading - John Scalzi
John Scalzi will read from at least one of his upcoming novels! Maybe two! We'll see! Plus he'll read some other stuff which will be cool, and he will also totally do a Q&A session and possibly a song on the ukulele. You never know!

Performers / Speakers
avatar for John Scalzi

John Scalzi

Author, "The Consuming Fire", 1969
John Scalzi is a fan of pie and oxygen, not necessarily in that order.


Friday February 23, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

11:30am

Office Hour with James Ernest
Got burning questions for game designer - and former professional juggler - James Ernest? Come have a tasty beverage, and get some answers!

Friday February 23, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Explorer's Lounge Deck 2, Aft

12:00pm

It's a Craft! Making Admiral Sackbar with Bonnie Burton
Learn how to make a jaunty Admiral Ackbar paper bag puppet from the book "The Star Wars Craft Book" by author Bonnie Burton. It's easy, fun and very geektastic.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Bonnie Burton

Bonnie Burton

Bonnie Burton is the bestselling author of “J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World: Movie Magic Volume Three: Amazing Artifacts” (Insight Editions), “Crafting With Feminism” (Quirk Books), “The Star Wars Craft Book” (Random House), “Girls Against Girls: Why We Are Mean to... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Digital Workshop (Crafting Room) Deck 3, Forward

12:00pm

Indian Specialty Lunch
The Oosterdam's culinary staff are preparing this specialty meal of Indian cuisine as a one-time-only event for our passengers. Seating is limited, so sign up early if you are interested.

This specialty lucheon costs $10, and you can sign up by calling 88 from any phone.

Friday February 23, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Lower Main Dining Room Deck 2, Aft

12:00pm

Joke Writing Workshop
Our professional standup panelists will hold a workshop on the mechanics of writing and telling jokes. At the end, everyone who wants is encouraged to come up on stage and tell the joke they've written that day!

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford stars in the semi-autobiographical Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite, lauded as “revelatory” by Entertainment Weekly and one of 2016’s must-see shows by Variety and Rolling Stone. The series was created by Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) and Pam Brady (South... Read More →
avatar for Rhea Butcher

Rhea Butcher

Rhea Butcher is a Los Angeles-based stand-up comic, actor and writer. Originally from the Midwest, Rhea grew up skateboarding the mean streets of Akron, Ohio. Her blue collar brand of cool has endeared her to audiences nationwide, as she appears on shows such as @Midnight, Conan... Read More →
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Cameron Esposito

Recently named one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch of 2016, comedian Cameron Esposito has been called “the Future of Comedy” by Jay Leno, and has appeared on CONAN (TBS), Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC), @midnight (Comedy Central), Maron (IFC), Adventure Time (Cartoon Network... Read More →
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Jackie Kashian

Stand Up Comedian
Join the fan page if you're a fan. This page is full https://www.facebook.com/TheDorkForestPodcast standup and podcast info there. Run by me...I will talk to you WEBSITE full of info about all shows in and out of LA @ www.jackiekashian.com Just Email me if you want to ask something... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

12:00pm

Physical Puzzle Party
Pavel will bring several (non-jigsaw) physical puzzles from his collection, and you are encouraged to do the same! We'll lay everything out on tables and just have fun playing with them for a while! All skill levels are totally welcome!

Friday February 23, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Half-Moon Room Deck 3, Midship

12:30pm

Reading - Michael Ian Black
Performers / Speakers
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Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black is a multi-media talent who’s starred in numerous films and TV series, written and/or directed two films, is a prolific author and commentator, and regularly tours the country performing his ribald brand of jokes and observations. He most recently starred in TVLand’s... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

12:30pm

Grad School Survivors Group
Meet up with others who have survived--I mean, experienced a complete and comprehensive education experience. Swap war stories, inflict your research interests on others, and make new overeducated friends!

Friday February 23, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Pinnacle Bar Deck 2, Midship

12:30pm

Sponsor Spotlight - Greater Than Games (SPONSOR EVENT)
Stop by the display area in the ship's Shopping Arcade (Deck 3 Forward) to check out Greater Than Games' products—and meet the friendly folks who make them. (No purchase necessary, but you'll probably want to!)

Friday February 23, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Shopping Arcade Deck 3, Midship

12:30pm

Speaking Monkees
Are you interested in public speaking? Come meet with us!

At this event everyone will get 5 minutes of stage time to give a talk about something the learned or relearned in the past year. The idea is to share something valuable to you that you feel may be valuable to others. It could be a tip, a process, a life lesson, a cool travel destination, etc.

The primary goal, though, is to speak in front of a group. The group will also provide feedback about what you did well, and offer some tips on becoming even better the next time.

PowerPoint/Keynote/Slides optional.

Friday February 23, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Stuyvesant Room Deck 3, Forward

12:30pm

Alexander Jamilton
Sing along with other Sea Monkeys to selections from Hamilton: An American Musical. Bring an instrument and play along or just bring your voice and enthusiasm.

Friday February 23, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Ocean Bar Deck 3, Midship

1:00pm

JoCo Games Library Cardboard Concierge Office Hours
Not sure what game to play? We’ve got you covered. Press your luck on the Gametron 9000(™). If that’s not enough, ask a friendly Cardboard Concierge in the game library during posted hours to help you find the perfect game to suit your mood and taste.

Friday February 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

1:00pm

Locksport - Lock picking for beginners!
Have you ever been interested in how locks work? Do you want to learn a cool hobby that will impress your friends? If so, then Locksport is for you! See FB for details. Limited Places!

Friday February 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Hudson Room Deck 3, Midship

1:00pm

Movie: "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home"
Friday February 23, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Screening Room Deck 3, Forward

1:30pm

Learn to play Sparkle Kitty (SPONSOR EVENT)
Nobody puts princess in a tower! Sparkle*Kitty is an adorably fun, social, and magical spell card game for all ages, sizes and genders. Once upon a time, a group of powerful princesses were captured and locked away in Cursed "No Cursing" towers by the evil queen Sparkle*Kitty! All their words and magic spells vanished and became sugar & spice... almost everything nice.

Luckily these are no ordinary princesses and you are no ordinary player! Take matters into your own hands and harness the simple and sweet words into special spell combinations to set yourself free! The first to escape, wins!

Friday February 23, 2018 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

1:30pm

Reading - Wil Wheaton
Performers / Speakers
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Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton began acting in commercials at the age of seven, and by the age of ten had appeared in numerous television and film roles. In 1986, his critically acclaimed role in Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me put him in the public spotlight, where he remains to this day. In 1987, Wil was... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

1:30pm

Costuming: Intro to Vintage Hair & Make-up Styling
Learn a few basic hairstyles for vintage/retro costuming and to style your make up to accompany your vintage look. Please feel free to bring your make up & hairstyling tools (e.g. brush, hair bands, bobby pins, u-shaped hair pins, hair spray, gel.) Highly recommend bringing a vanity mirror if you want to try to follow along during class.

Friday February 23, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Digital Workshop (Crafting Room) Deck 3, Forward

1:30pm

Pub Quiz of DOOM
Sharpen your wits! Hone your trivia knowledge! The Pub Quiz of DOOM is coming to the high seas. Six rounds of trivia questions, pitted against the quick-witted minds of your fellow JoCo cruise participants, hosted by Haje. Are you feeling smart? Well are you, punk?

Friday February 23, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Crow's Nest ("Ten Forward") Deck 10, Forward

2:00pm

Two Rooms and a Boom
In this social game of hidden roles and deduction, players are divided into 2 different rooms. Find your teammates, establish trust, and exchange hostages before time runs out and the bomb explodes! It's the party game that's always a blast. New players welcome!

Friday February 23, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

2:00pm

Game Designers Salon
Come meet and hang out with some of the fascinating folks who create and make amazing and popular tabletop games.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Andrew Hackard

Andrew Hackard

Munchkin Line Editor, Steve Jackson Games


Friday February 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Pinnacle Bar Deck 2, Midship

2:00pm

Cripmonkeys
A gathering for SeaMonkeys with any and all types of disabilities. If you think you might belong here, you do!

Friday February 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Billboard Onboard Deck 2, Forward

2:00pm

Zoe Gray's Suburban Gothic
Presenting you with a full live performance of Zoe Gray's new album, Suburban Gothic, a concept album set in a strange small town. Come visit Lullaburbia, where vampires haunt the local 7-11, the cool girls at school are all witches, and the forest is not what it seems.

Friday February 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

2:00pm

Game Startup - Cows to the Moon
For the past year I (Tomas) have been working and developing a card game called Cows to the Moon. Cows is a fun and sometimes silly game involving your cow's quest to find greener pastures on the moon. I would love to have you come by and play it, have a great time, and give me feedback. There will be prizes!

Friday February 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

2:00pm

Signing - Matt Fraction
Performers / Speakers
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Matt Fraction

Matt Fraction writes comic books out in the woods and lives with his wife, the writer Kelly Sue Deconnick, his two children, a dog, a cat, a bearded dragon, and a yard full of stags and coyotes. He won the first-ever PEN USA Literary Award for Graphic Novels; he, or comics he’s... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Lido Pool Area Deck 9, Midship

2:00pm

Signing - Pat Rothfuss
Performers / Speakers
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Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss was born in Madison, Wisconsin to awesome parents who encouraged him to read and create through reading to him, gentle boosts of self-esteem, and deprivation of cable television. During his formative years, he read extensively and wrote terrible short stories and... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Lido Pool Area Deck 9, Midship

2:00pm

Lido Deck "Penultimate Chance" Merch Sale
A satellite store will be set up in the Lido Pool Area for all your JoCo Cruise merch needs.

Friday February 23, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Lido Pool Area Deck 9, Midship

2:15pm

Taking Photography Beyond Point & Shoot
Anybody can take a great photo on occasion. But with a little knowledge about your camera and how it does what it does, you can take control and make better, more interesting pictures. We'll talk about what all those camera settings do and why and when we might use them.

Friday February 23, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Stuyvesant Room Deck 3, Forward

2:30pm

Learn to play Asking for Trobils (SPONSOR EVENT)
Asking for Trobils is a 2-7 player wacky sci-fi worker placement game, where you play a trobil hunter, ridding the galaxy of space vermin. Upgrade your ship, bump into others or fly through the wormhole to copy yourself. Collect space carrots, crystals and build mega traps to save planet Paradise from all its Trobils!

Friday February 23, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

2:30pm

Office Hours: Amy Berg, Bonnie Burton, John Scalzi, Jackie Kashian
Performers / Speakers
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Amy Berg

Amy Berg is a feature writer and television showrunner. She began her career writing for Nickelodeon before leaving to fulfill a passion to work in one-hour TV. She wrote for BOOMTOWN (NBC), THRESHOLD (CBS), and THE 4400 (USA) before graduating to producer on LEVERAGE (TNT) and PERSON... Read More →
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Bonnie Burton

Bonnie Burton is the bestselling author of “J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World: Movie Magic Volume Three: Amazing Artifacts” (Insight Editions), “Crafting With Feminism” (Quirk Books), “The Star Wars Craft Book” (Random House), “Girls Against Girls: Why We Are Mean to... Read More →
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Jackie Kashian

Stand Up Comedian
Join the fan page if you're a fan. This page is full https://www.facebook.com/TheDorkForestPodcast standup and podcast info there. Run by me...I will talk to you WEBSITE full of info about all shows in and out of LA @ www.jackiekashian.com Just Email me if you want to ask something... Read More →
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John Scalzi

Author, "The Consuming Fire", 1969
John Scalzi is a fan of pie and oxygen, not necessarily in that order.


Friday February 23, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Lido Bar (Midship) Deck 9, Midship

2:30pm

Logic Puzzle Construction Workshop
Pavel has constructed a lot of Japanese-style logic puzzles (e.g., Sudoku, KenKen, Kakuro, Masyu, etc.) and now you can learn how to do it too! We'll co-solve one or more puzzles together and then collaboratively create a brand new one from scratch, right in front of your eyes! Then it gets really fun: you will each get the chance to create your very own puzzle, on your own, all starting from a common seed provided by Pavel!

Friday February 23, 2018 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Half-Moon Room Deck 3, Midship

2:30pm

Time Empire Playtest
Time Empire is a sci-fi strategy board-game about going back in time to fix the future. An earlier version was playtested (with my immense gratitude to you all) on JoCo in 2017, and it's come a long way since then.

Friday February 23, 2018 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

3:00pm

Afternoon Tea - Hosted by Shmanners
Travis and Teresa guest-host this very proper, formal night afternoon tea.

Performers / Speakers
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Teresa McElroy

Teresa McElroy is a lifeguard turned actress turned artist turned podcaster! When she’s not podcasting, she is keeping her daughter, the joy of her life, from terrorizing her dog and cat. Amidst all the changes, she has always loved writing thank-you notes and will never stop trying... Read More →
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Travis McElroy

Travis McElroy is a full-time Podcast Host/Producer who works on way more projects than he has time for. He started podcasting in 2010 with the comedy advice show My Brother, My Brother and Me. Since then, he has gone on to co-host The Adventure Zone, Shmanners, The Kind Rewind, Bunker... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Ocean Bar Deck 3, Midship

3:00pm

Make-A-Fez Workshop
Still searching for the perfect headwear for formal night? Come craft your own paper fez with experienced fez-maker Sara Chicazul! Tools and supplies such as paper and craft foam will be provided. Bring your best ideas and special embellishments!

Friday February 23, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Digital Workshop (Crafting Room) Deck 3, Forward

3:00pm

Live Action Role-playing Chess
A variation on chess, where the players are the pieces, and assume the roles of royalty, warriors, priests, thieves, and wizards in a battle for points based on creativity of play. Previously hosted at GenCon.

Friday February 23, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Hudson Room Deck 3, Midship

3:30pm

American Sign Language Meet Up
Do you know American Sign Language and want a place to practice your skills with other signers? Come join us for a Silent Meetup- voices off please!

All are welcome, but we are not sign languages teachers, and we will not be teaching people how to sign.

Friday February 23, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Pinnacle Bar Deck 2, Midship

3:30pm

Insiders View: Investing, Wall Street & the 1%!
An insider’s view of the problems in the financial industry. What financial professionals talk about, but never disclose to the public. What to avoid and the best ways to invest. A unique perspective from someone who lead government economic studies, conducted financial crime investigations and worked as a stock broker/financial advisor for one of the largest financial institutions in the USA. Knowledge is the difference between being a millionaire or a burden to your family.

Friday February 23, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Stuyvesant Room Deck 3, Forward

3:30pm

Character: External to Internal
You've got a plot and a world. Now, who should your protagonist be? How do you make them interesting and realistic while avoiding cliches? Should you give your secondary characters the same degree of attention? We'll talk about this and more.

Please bring pens and paper!

Performers / Speakers
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N.K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin is a Hugo- and Locus-Award-winning Brooklyn author whose works have also been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and the Nebula.  The final novel of her Broken Earth trilogy, THE STONE SKY, came out in August 2017.  Her website is nkjemisin.com.


Friday February 23, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

3:30pm

Poolside Fancy Fez-Tiara-Moustache Formal Happy Hour-stravaganza
Come up to the Lido Deck in your Fancy Clothes (or whatever you feel like wearing) for the fanciest happy hour there ever was! Admire others' finery and be admired in turn. Fezzes, tiaras and/or moustaches encouraged, but not required. Moustaches available as needed. (Happy Hour ends at 4:30; your second drink is only $2 during happy hour!)

Friday February 23, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Lido Bar (Midship) Deck 9, Midship

4:00pm

Bowties: a how-to!
Tying a bowtie is a finger-twisting exercise. Come and maybe learn how to tie one!

Friday February 23, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Explorer's Lounge Deck 2, Aft

4:00pm

Pandemic Legacy: Legacy
Together, Sea Monkeys save the world tag team style. A single game- but each session of Pandemic Legacy: Legacy will be played by different team of people. We’re only as strong as our weakest link.

Friday February 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

4:00pm

Whist Party
Bring a beverage, dress in your finest, and learn to play the classic parlor card game Whist. 
Don't worry, no one knows how to play...we’ll teach you! 

Friday February 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ocean Bar Deck 3, Midship

4:20pm

Movie: "The Big Lebowski"
Friday February 23, 2018 4:20pm - 6:20pm
Screening Room Deck 3, Forward

5:00pm

JoCo Games Library Cardboard Concierge Office Hours
Not sure what game to play? We’ve got you covered. Press your luck on the Gametron 9000(™). If that’s not enough, ask a friendly Cardboard Concierge in the game library during posted hours to help you find the perfect game to suit your mood and taste.

Friday February 23, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

5:00pm

Kabbalat Shabbat*
*This will NOT be a typical Shabbat service so that anyone with an interest can participate (and because I don't know enough to lead a full service).*

Come and welcome Shabbat, the weekly day of peace that occurs Friday at sundown(ish) through Saturday sundown (or when three stars are in the sky - I know, we're a little nuts). Still, a day of peace sounds nice, right? So come, join in. We will bless the candles, set our intentions for our peaceful day with a short discussion, bless some wine (and then drink it or grape juice), capping it all off with a blessing of the bread and then, like all good Jews around the world, we will eat! All in, it shouldn't be more than 40 minutes and will make your mother proud!

Friday February 23, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Board Room Deck 2, Aft

5:00pm

Dinner (Red Team)
Friday February 23, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Main Dining Room (Both Floors) Decks 2 & 3, Aft

5:00pm

Main Concert (Gold Team) - Jean and John (Jean Grae and John Hodgman); Anita Sarkeesian; Jim Boggia
Performers / Speakers
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Jim Boggia

For more than 20 years, Jim Boggia has been winning over fans, critics, contemporaries and luminaries alike with his uncompromising devotion to the sort of winsomely nostalgic, emotionally direct songcraft that’s impervious to age. His sonically intelligent retro-pop manifesto informs... Read More →
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Jean Grae

Critically acclaimed lyricist, producer, writer, director, cinematographer and all around consummate entertainer Jean Grae has been challenging the boundaries of artistry since her debut in 1996. Whether creating music with imaginative narratives that immerse the listener in a dark... Read More →
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hodgman

I am John Hodgman.
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Anita Sarkeesian

Feminist Frequency
Anita Sarkeesian is an award-winning media critic and the creator and executive director of Feminist Frequency, an educational nonprofit that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Her work focuses on deconstructing the stereotypes and tropes associated with... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

5:30pm

ROOM UNAVAILABLE
We need to use this room for administrative duties, so don't plan on using it for an off-the-record Shadow Event during this time.

Friday February 23, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Hudson Room Deck 3, Midship

7:30pm

Dinner (Gold Team)
Friday February 23, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Main Dining Room (Both Floors) Decks 2 & 3, Aft

7:30pm

Main Concert (Red Team) - Jean and John (Jean Grae and John Hodgman); Anita Sarkeesian; Jim Boggia
Performers / Speakers
avatar for Jim Boggia

Jim Boggia

For more than 20 years, Jim Boggia has been winning over fans, critics, contemporaries and luminaries alike with his uncompromising devotion to the sort of winsomely nostalgic, emotionally direct songcraft that’s impervious to age. His sonically intelligent retro-pop manifesto informs... Read More →
avatar for Jean Grae

Jean Grae

Critically acclaimed lyricist, producer, writer, director, cinematographer and all around consummate entertainer Jean Grae has been challenging the boundaries of artistry since her debut in 1996. Whether creating music with imaginative narratives that immerse the listener in a dark... Read More →
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hodgman

I am John Hodgman.
avatar for Anita Sarkeesian

Anita Sarkeesian

Feminist Frequency
Anita Sarkeesian is an award-winning media critic and the creator and executive director of Feminist Frequency, an educational nonprofit that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Her work focuses on deconstructing the stereotypes and tropes associated with... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

9:30pm

Billboard Onboard Happy Hour
Happy Hour! Your second drink is only $2!

Friday February 23, 2018 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Billboard Onboard Deck 2, Forward

9:30pm

Geek Out About Tattoos
Interested in talking about or showing off tattoos? This is the meet up for you! Come share the ongoing story of how you are decorating your body canvas (or might in the future).

Friday February 23, 2018 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Billboard Onboard Deck 2, Forward

9:30pm

Jason Hatrick Presents: Comedy!
After performing stand-up comedy for the first time on the open mic on JoCo Cruise 2 (back when things were still Crazy), Jason has gone on to become a professional stand-up comedian. He's been a finalist in multiple comedy competitions, won awards, and been invited to participate in numerous festivals. And it all started here at JoCo Cruise! Come celebrate his unofficial comedy anniversary with him -- and possibly some invited guests as well!

Friday February 23, 2018 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Explorer's Lounge Deck 2, Aft

9:30pm

Late Night Snickety Snacks
Free hot appetizers, snacks, and "Later Taters" in the Billboard Onboard bar! (After 11:30pm, grab-and-go sandwiches will be available.)

Friday February 23, 2018 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Billboard Onboard Deck 2, Forward

9:45pm

Sea Monkey Karaoke
Get your sing on in the Queen's Lounge with this JoCo Cruise tradition.

Friday February 23, 2018 9:45pm - 11:15pm
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

10:00pm

Learn to play Fake News (SPONSOR EVENT)
Just the news you want to hear!

Score points for the most hilariously believable headlines using Image and Topic cards. The catch is that you are playing to a hidden audience which is not revealed until it is time to judge the headlines you have created.

Friday February 23, 2018 10:00pm - 10:30pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

10:00pm

Illimat Luminaries (SPONSOR EVENT)
Join creators and your fellow members of the Society of Luminares for a game of Illimat, prizes, and general frivolity. Illimat is a new game that feels like something you might find in your grandfather’s attic. New players and individuals welcome.  As tradition, bring your own Okus token, a personal trinket you use in the game as a symbol of you as a player. Due to their history of  tragedies at sea, The Decemberists were unable to make it in person for this meetup.

Friday February 23, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

10:00pm

Bar Crawl
Four drinks, four bars (Crow's Nest Bar, Lido Pool  Bar, Seaview Pool Bar and Billboard Onboard), lots of people making friends. Hop, hop, hop, hop! Sign up via any bartender or bar server, or at the ship's Guest Services Desk. (This event is run by the ship's staff; Cost is $22, plus bar service charges; it will be charged to your onboard account)

Friday February 23, 2018 10:00pm - 11:15pm
Crow's Nest ("Ten Forward") Deck 10, Forward

10:00pm

"Dubbled Over" - Screening and Q&A
TV with no rules...or the original sound.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Quelle Christopher

Quelle Christopher

Having soaked up game all over the country, Quelle has a style with no obvious lineage and sounds like nobody else. Few other MC/producers can leap from humor to intense personal reflection, from hardcore rhyming to serious experimentation and make sense of it all. More succinctly... Read More →
avatar for Jean Grae

Jean Grae

Critically acclaimed lyricist, producer, writer, director, cinematographer and all around consummate entertainer Jean Grae has been challenging the boundaries of artistry since her debut in 1996. Whether creating music with imaginative narratives that immerse the listener in a dark... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Screening Room Deck 3, Forward

10:00pm

1890s Jacket custom fit pattern
Want to make your own clothes but don't want to make costly mistakes?
Use free and open source software to make your custom fit patterns!
This workshop will teach you how!
You will leave this workshop with your custom fitted digital pattern.
Attendees should bring a laptop, but if they don't have a laptop they can have a pattern emailed to them.
Attendees will pair up and measure each other with tape measures.

Friday February 23, 2018 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Half-Moon Room Deck 3, Midship

10:00pm

Improv Drop-In
This is an introduction to Improvisation. We will be playing improv games and tropes which demonstrate the basics of "Yes And" the foundation of improv. Elements of both Short Form and Long Form improv will be conveyed.

Friday February 23, 2018 10:00pm - Saturday February 24, 2018 12:00am
Hudson Room Deck 3, Midship

10:30pm

Sea Monkey Poker
Joins us as we explore the wonders of Texas Holdem using Holland America's weird digital poker table. If we get enough players together, maybe we can get a real dealer.

Friday February 23, 2018 10:30pm - Saturday February 24, 2018 12:00am
Casino Deck 2, Forward

11:30pm

'80s Prom Dance Party with DJ Scalzi
Tease your hair, put on your neon leggings and acid washed denim jacket and Let's Go Crazy—it's time for the best 80s dance party on the seven seas, featuring DJ Scalzi, class of '87 himself! Everyone welcome!

Performers / Speakers
avatar for John Scalzi

John Scalzi

Author, "The Consuming Fire", 1969
John Scalzi is a fan of pie and oxygen, not necessarily in that order.


Friday February 23, 2018 11:30pm - Saturday February 24, 2018 1:30am
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

1:00am

Middle-of-the-Night MacGuffin
Up late? Sleevs the Shrug Master invites you to meet fellow night owls & see who can Get the MacGuffin.

Saturday February 24, 2018 1:00am - 1:30am
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft
 
Saturday, February 24
 

7:00am

Theme: Jammies Day
Everyone's running out of clean clothes anyway, so today is one big day-long celebration of the fact that nobody can make us put on "real" clothes if we don't want to!

Saturday February 24, 2018 7:00am - Sunday February 25, 2018 7:00am
Whole Ship

7:30am

Quiet Space - 24x7
No gaming, no meetings, no loud noises, please! (But there's not really anything we can do about the coffee bar.)

Saturday February 24, 2018 7:30am - Sunday February 25, 2018 7:30am
Explorations Cafe Deck 10, Forward

8:00am

Maria Bamford Public Rehearsal
Maria Bamford is workshopping her new hour of standup material in a casual, intimate setting. Come be her audience, early birds! No audio/video recording permitted at this event.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford stars in the semi-autobiographical Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite, lauded as “revelatory” by Entertainment Weekly and one of 2016’s must-see shows by Variety and Rolling Stone. The series was created by Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) and Pam Brady (South... Read More →


Saturday February 24, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

9:00am

Religious Services
Saturday February 24, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Board Room Deck 2, Aft

9:00am

Dice Cup (Leather project)
Assemble and personalize your own leather dice cup. No sewing skills or prior experience necessary. Sorry, this class is limited to the first 40 people.

Saturday February 24, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
Digital Workshop (Crafting Room) Deck 3, Forward

9:30am

Good Mourning! with Yeshmin Blechin
Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 1947 goes deep inside the cruise’s hottest special guests. 
(with his interviews)

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Greg Benson

Greg Benson

Mediocre Films
Well hello there, nice person!


Saturday February 24, 2018 9:30am - 9:45am
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

10:00am

Friends of Bill W.
Saturday February 24, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Board Room Deck 2, Aft

10:00am

JoCo Games Library Cardboard Concierge Office Hours
Not sure what game to play? We’ve got you covered. Press your luck on the Gametron 9000(™). If that’s not enough, ask a friendly Cardboard Concierge in the game library during posted hours to help you find the perfect game to suit your mood and taste.

Saturday February 24, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

10:00am

Mark Frauenfelder Talks about Making (and Probably Lots of Other Stuff, Too)
Mark's slideshow presentation presents an entertaining rise and fall and re-rise of the maker movement over the last 100 years and showcases the new tools and techniques that allow anyone to make anything they can think of.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder is the founding editor-in-chief of Make magazine, the founder of Boing Boing, and the author of 8 books on technology, pop culture, and magic tricks.


Saturday February 24, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

10:00am

Belly Dance Jam
Get in your comfy workout/dance clothes and come belly dance with Teri (ATS® certified instructor). Dance as much as you want and rest when you like. Every body is welcome, just come with an open mind and ready to have fun. (This is a dance jam, not a class - although there will be a few instructions to get us started - and we WILL be dancing to nerdy/geeky music favorites.)

Saturday February 24, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Crow's Nest ("Ten Forward") Deck 10, Forward

10:00am

Sip & Stitch
Come join other knitters, crocheters, string crafters (or other kinds, too!) as we gather to chat while keeping our hands busy. Intended primarily as social crafting time, but we tend to be a helpful bunch so I'm sure we can offer some basic instruction and/or troubleshooting. Come for any or all of the time. We'll likely try to repeat the gathering on other days (informally or otherwise).

Saturday February 24, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Explorer's Lounge Deck 2, Aft

10:00am

Beginner Acroyoga
Find a way to connect with a partner, friend, or a soon-to-be friend! Wear athletic-ish clothing and be ready for fun!

Saturday February 24, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Half-Moon Room Deck 3, Midship

10:00am

Cardboard Concierge Game Jam!
Members of the Cardboard Concierge team will set out some of their favorite games and teach you how to play.

Saturday February 24, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

10:00am

PORTAL: the Musical!
Last year's shadowy smash hit Portal: the Musical! returns to the stage for JoCo 2018! Featuring the music of Jonathan Coulton, and inspired by the beloved video game "Portal" by the Valve Corporation, this staged musical reading of Kirk Shimano’s play is sure to check all of your showtune-loving, GLaDOS-battling boxes... or shall we say cubes?

Saturday February 24, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

10:00am

The Hero Instant (mini-campaign)
The Hero Instant is a indie super-hero Role-playing game in an extended beta-test period. It's easy to learn, quick to create characters, and includes a novel initiative system. I'd like to get a group of people together to to run a short (3-session) campaign during JoCo this year. In the first session, we'll create characters, and run through the 1st 'act' of the adventure. In later sessions, new players are encouraged to drop by and see if there is room at the table. We'll catch you up quickly!

Saturday February 24, 2018 10:00am - 2:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

10:00am

ROOM UNAVAILABLE
We need to use this room for administrative duties, so don't plan on using it for an off-the-record Shadow Event during this time.

Saturday February 24, 2018 10:00am - Sunday February 25, 2018 11:00am
Hudson Room Deck 3, Midship

10:30am

Daily Table Tennis
Every morning, at sea or port, show up at the ping pong tables between 10:30am and noon and let's play! Not a structured tournament, but do bring your own paddle if you have one.

Saturday February 24, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lido Pool Port Deck 9, Forward

10:30am

Sea Werewolf
We'll be doing a few games of long-form (not One Night) Ultimate Werewolf! Come and lynch your friends!

Saturday February 24, 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
Pinnacle Bar Deck 2, Midship

11:00am

Pandemic Legacy: Legacy
Together, Sea Monkeys save the world tag team style. A single game- but each session of Pandemic Legacy: Legacy will be played by different team of people. We’re only as strong as our weakest link.

Saturday February 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

11:00am

Reading - N. K. Jemisin
Performers / Speakers
avatar for N.K. Jemisin

N.K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin is a Hugo- and Locus-Award-winning Brooklyn author whose works have also been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and the Nebula.  The final novel of her Broken Earth trilogy, THE STONE SKY, came out in August 2017.  Her website is nkjemisin.com.


Saturday February 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

11:00am

Office Hours: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Join Kelly Sue DeConnick for her office hours. She has supplies for face painting, so she will be painting faces!

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Kelly Sue DeConnick

Kelly Sue DeConnick

Kelly Sue DeConnick got her start in the comic industry adapting Japanese and Korean comics into English. Five years and more than ten thousand pages of adaptation later, she transitioned to American comics with 30 DAYS OF NIGHT: EBEN AND STELLA, for Steve Niles and IDW. Work for... Read More →


Saturday February 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Lido Pool Area Deck 9, Midship

11:00am

Swag Swap Meet/Recycling Center
If you have JoCo Cruise swag that you definitely will not be taking home with you, drop it off in the Board Room today; JoCo Cruise will take care of donating and recycling it, as applicable. Alternately, if you want extras of any of your JoCo Cruise Swag, drop by the Board Room today and pick up extras as you see fit!

Saturday February 24, 2018 11:00am - 5:00pm
Board Room Deck 2, Aft

11:30am

Madrigal Monkeys
Come sing through some of the greatest hits of the 16th and 17th centuries! No experience necessary.

Music will be provided.

Saturday February 24, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Stuyvesant Room Deck 3, Forward

11:30am

Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All!
Since November 9th, 2016 everyday people are fired up and looking for ways to be the change they want to see. Two challenges: 1. Focusing only on national politics ignores how it ladders up from grassroots advocacy and local politics. 2. Our national situation didn't happen overnight...it won't be fixed in 2018. The chance of burnout is high. How can you manage your activism and expectations to make change for the long haul? How can you leverage technology and game strategy to triage, personalize, activate, and track your corner of the resistance?

Saturday February 24, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Explorer's Lounge Deck 2, Aft

12:00pm

Two Rooms and a Boom
In this social game of hidden roles and deduction, players are divided into 2 different rooms. Find your teammates, establish trust, and exchange hostages before time runs out and the bomb explodes! It's the party game that's always a blast. New players welcome!

Saturday February 24, 2018 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

12:00pm

My Favorite Failure
Dirty secret: Everybody fails—sometimes creatively, sometimes in business, sometimes personally. But failure isn't the end—and learning from failure can surprisingly sometimes open doors and possibilities that were closed before. Our panelists will talk about their own failures in life, and how those failures set them up for success afterward.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Amy Berg

Amy Berg

Amy Berg is a feature writer and television showrunner. She began her career writing for Nickelodeon before leaving to fulfill a passion to work in one-hour TV. She wrote for BOOMTOWN (NBC), THRESHOLD (CBS), and THE 4400 (USA) before graduating to producer on LEVERAGE (TNT) and PERSON... Read More →
avatar for Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black is a multi-media talent who’s starred in numerous films and TV series, written and/or directed two films, is a prolific author and commentator, and regularly tours the country performing his ribald brand of jokes and observations. He most recently starred in TVLand’s... Read More →
avatar for Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder is the founding editor-in-chief of Make magazine, the founder of Boing Boing, and the author of 8 books on technology, pop culture, and magic tricks.
avatar for Jean Grae

Jean Grae

Critically acclaimed lyricist, producer, writer, director, cinematographer and all around consummate entertainer Jean Grae has been challenging the boundaries of artistry since her debut in 1996. Whether creating music with imaginative narratives that immerse the listener in a dark... Read More →
avatar for John Scalzi

John Scalzi

Author, "The Consuming Fire", 1969
John Scalzi is a fan of pie and oxygen, not necessarily in that order.


Saturday February 24, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

12:00pm

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Guide/Service Dogs
Hey, there's a dog on the ship! How'd she get here? Why can't I pet her? What happened to the dog from two years ago? What are service dogs, anyway? Rachel (and Echo) will explain the exciting life and training of guide dogs, talk about their adventures, and highlight how service dogs can change lives (and not just by drooling on the mousepad while I type this; thanks, Echo). Want to raise guide dog puppies? We can hook you up. Fans of Salem, Poodle of Destiny will also get an update as to his whereabouts!

Saturday February 24, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Stuyvesant Room Deck 3, Forward

12:00pm

Magic: the Gathering Showcase: Archenemy
Come watch as courageous Sea Monkeys battle Gavin Verhey in Archenemy, the 3v1 Magic collection he designed! Our heroes will be randomly selected from Magic events held during the week.

Saturday February 24, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Crow's Nest ("Ten Forward") Deck 10, Forward

12:00pm

Lido Deck "Last Chance" Merch Sale
Your last chance to buy JoCo Cruise and performer merch! A satellite store will be set up in the Lido Pool Area. Act now or forever hold your peace, or something like that!

Saturday February 24, 2018 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Lido Pool Area Deck 9, Midship

12:30pm

Learn to play Rise of Tribes (SPONSOR EVENT)
Rise of Tribes is a 2-4 player board game. You are a prehistoric people, looking to grow in number, gather resources and lead your people to victory. Build villages, discover advancements and control territories to win! Design by Brad Brooks (Letter Tycoon), published by Breaking Games. Thanks to Kickstarter, this game is full of upgraded components, more art and epic bonus content. Latest prototype will be featured.

Saturday February 24, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

12:30pm

Glen Raphael concert: Musical Nerdity
Back by popular demand, award-winning nerd-folk singer-songwriter Glen Raphael will have new songs, old songs, funny songs, thoughtful songs, songs about physics, love, monkeys and more. Be there, or be quadrilateral!

Saturday February 24, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

1:00pm

Feminist Frequency Meet & Greet
Performers / Speakers
avatar for Felix Kramer

Felix Kramer

Felix is a producer and bizdev consultant in the independent video game industry, working with teams from all over the world. Currently they’re working on TUNIC, a game about a tiny fox in a big world—and the next big (secret) thing from Polytron, creators of FEZ! Past projects... Read More →
avatar for Anita Sarkeesian

Anita Sarkeesian

Feminist Frequency
Anita Sarkeesian is an award-winning media critic and the creator and executive director of Feminist Frequency, an educational nonprofit that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Her work focuses on deconstructing the stereotypes and tropes associated with... Read More →


Saturday February 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Billboard Onboard Deck 2, Forward

1:00pm

Game Designers Salon
Come meet and hang out with some of the fascinating folks who create and make amazing and popular tabletop games.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Dave Chalker

Dave Chalker

Game designer of Get Bit!, Heat, Thief's Market, That Snow Moon, Sentinel Comics Roleplaying Game, and more. Brutal playtesting services provided.
avatar for James Ernest

James Ernest

President, Cheapass Games
James Ernest is a famous tabletop game designer, so you should talk to him about hockey, deep sea diving, glucocorticoids in perinatal medicine, and whether anyone actually reads bios in SCHED.
avatar for Andrew Hackard

Andrew Hackard

Munchkin Line Editor, Steve Jackson Games


Saturday February 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Pinnacle Bar Deck 2, Midship

1:00pm

Office Hours: MC Frontalot
Performers / Speakers
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MC Frontalot

MC Frontalot (née Damian Hess) is the original mastermind of Nerdcore Hip-Hop and still its Final Boss.Front was born in San Francisco and grew up in Berkeley. He was tall and scrawny, had trouble breathing, and could not see well. A special teacher was called in to help him attain... Read More →


Saturday February 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Lido Pool Area Deck 9, Midship

1:00pm

Working in TV and Movies
Our panel of creators discuss the unique challenges and unexpected (and expected!) joys and sorrows of working on projects in film and television, and how the are different (ad similar!) to other work they do. Moderated by Pat Rothfuss.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Amy Berg

Amy Berg

Amy Berg is a feature writer and television showrunner. She began her career writing for Nickelodeon before leaving to fulfill a passion to work in one-hour TV. She wrote for BOOMTOWN (NBC), THRESHOLD (CBS), and THE 4400 (USA) before graduating to producer on LEVERAGE (TNT) and PERSON... Read More →
avatar for Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black is a multi-media talent who’s starred in numerous films and TV series, written and/or directed two films, is a prolific author and commentator, and regularly tours the country performing his ribald brand of jokes and observations. He most recently starred in TVLand’s... Read More →
avatar for Rhea Butcher

Rhea Butcher

Rhea Butcher is a Los Angeles-based stand-up comic, actor and writer. Originally from the Midwest, Rhea grew up skateboarding the mean streets of Akron, Ohio. Her blue collar brand of cool has endeared her to audiences nationwide, as she appears on shows such as @Midnight, Conan... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss was born in Madison, Wisconsin to awesome parents who encouraged him to read and create through reading to him, gentle boosts of self-esteem, and deprivation of cable television. During his formative years, he read extensively and wrote terrible short stories and... Read More →


Saturday February 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

1:30pm

Furry Monkey Meetup
Whether you know what a woof, yeen, birb, zeeb, or durg is, or simply have an interest in anthropomorphism, this is an opportunity for Sea Monkeys (and otherwise) to socialize and share their love for all things fuzzy (and otherwise).

Saturday February 24, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Billboard Onboard Deck 2, Forward

1:30pm

Tampon Dolls: Crafting with Feminism, with Bonnie Burton
Turn tampons into adorable worry dolls (or even a mouse) with this easy craft from the book "Crafting With Feminism" by author Bonnie Burton.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Bonnie Burton

Bonnie Burton

Bonnie Burton is the bestselling author of “J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World: Movie Magic Volume Three: Amazing Artifacts” (Insight Editions), “Crafting With Feminism” (Quirk Books), “The Star Wars Craft Book” (Random House), “Girls Against Girls: Why We Are Mean to... Read More →


Saturday February 24, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Digital Workshop (Crafting Room) Deck 3, Forward

1:45pm

STEM songs with Tim Griffin
Tim Griffin is a STEM teacher, an award-winning singer/songwriter, and director of a small educational nonprofit (GriffinEd.org) using music to teach STEM and other subjects for kinder to 8th grade. Think "Schoolhouse Rock" and you'll have the basic idea. Kid-friendly, serious fun.

Saturday February 24, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

2:00pm

How To Raise McElroys In Captivity
The care and feeding of creative children. Tips on how to nurture them, encourage them, and then ultimately leech off their success like some kind of remora. Kidding about that last part...but not really.

Performers / Speakers
avatar for Clint McElroy

Clint McElroy

CLINT McELROY…Has fathered (an estimated) three childrenWas senior class president for Ironton High School Class of ’73 (1973, wise-ass, not 1873)Wrote Green Hornet comic books…for money.Is the most popular teacher at Marshall University because he is an easy A and never takes... Read More →


Saturday February 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Crow's Nest ("Ten Forward") Deck 10, Forward

2:00pm

Locksport 201 - Lock Picking Practice
Let's practice what we learned in earlier sessions! There will be no instruction this session, all of the locks will be laid out so that so that people can just grab and have a go.

Saturday February 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Half-Moon Room Deck 3, Midship

2:00pm

Signing - Jackie Kashian
Performers / Speakers
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Jackie Kashian

Stand Up Comedian
Join the fan page if you're a fan. This page is full https://www.facebook.com/TheDorkForestPodcast standup and podcast info there. Run by me...I will talk to you WEBSITE full of info about all shows in and out of LA @ www.jackiekashian.com Just Email me if you want to ask something... Read More →


Saturday February 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lido Pool Area Deck 9, Midship

2:00pm

Signing - Kelly Sue DeConnick
Performers / Speakers
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Kelly Sue DeConnick

Kelly Sue DeConnick got her start in the comic industry adapting Japanese and Korean comics into English. Five years and more than ten thousand pages of adaptation later, she transitioned to American comics with 30 DAYS OF NIGHT: EBEN AND STELLA, for Steve Niles and IDW. Work for... Read More →


Saturday February 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lido Pool Area Deck 9, Midship

2:00pm

Signing - Mark Frauenfelder
Performers / Speakers
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Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder is the founding editor-in-chief of Make magazine, the founder of Boing Boing, and the author of 8 books on technology, pop culture, and magic tricks.


Saturday February 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lido Pool Area Deck 9, Midship

2:00pm

Signing - Matt Fraction
Performers / Speakers
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Matt Fraction

Matt Fraction writes comic books out in the woods and lives with his wife, the writer Kelly Sue Deconnick, his two children, a dog, a cat, a bearded dragon, and a yard full of stags and coyotes. He won the first-ever PEN USA Literary Award for Graphic Novels; he, or comics he’s... Read More →


Saturday February 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lido Pool Area Deck 9, Midship

2:00pm

Signing - Michael Ian Black
Performers / Speakers
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Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black is a multi-media talent who’s starred in numerous films and TV series, written and/or directed two films, is a prolific author and commentator, and regularly tours the country performing his ribald brand of jokes and observations. He most recently starred in TVLand’s... Read More →


Saturday February 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lido Pool Area Deck 9, Midship

2:00pm

Signing - N. K. Jemisin
Performers / Speakers
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N.K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin is a Hugo- and Locus-Award-winning Brooklyn author whose works have also been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and the Nebula.  The final novel of her Broken Earth trilogy, THE STONE SKY, came out in August 2017.  Her website is nkjemisin.com.


Saturday February 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lido Pool Area Deck 9, Midship

2:00pm

Sponsor Spotlight - The Broken Token (SPONSOR EVENT)
Stop by the display area in the ship's Shopping Arcade (Deck 3 Forward) to check out The Broken Token's products—and meet the friendly folks who make them. (No purchase necessary, but you'll probably want to!)

Saturday February 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Shopping Arcade Deck 3, Midship

2:00pm

Signing - Pat Rothfuss
Performers / Speakers
avatar for Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss was born in Madison, Wisconsin to awesome parents who encouraged him to read and create through reading to him, gentle boosts of self-esteem, and deprivation of cable television. During his formative years, he read extensively and wrote terrible short stories and... Read More →


Saturday February 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Lido Pool Area Deck 9, Midship

2:30pm

Learn to play Sparkle Kitty (SPONSOR EVENT)
Nobody puts princess in a tower! Sparkle*Kitty is an adorably fun, social, and magical spell card game for all ages, sizes and genders. Once upon a time, a group of powerful princesses were captured and locked away in Cursed "No Cursing" towers by the evil queen Sparkle*Kitty! All their words and magic spells vanished and became sugar & spice... almost everything nice.

Luckily these are no ordinary princesses and you are no ordinary player! Take matters into your own hands and harness the simple and sweet words into special spell combinations to set yourself free! The first to escape, wins!

Saturday February 24, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

2:30pm

Scotch Tasting
Enjoy a flight of five high-quality scotches, because you're fancy and you like nice things. Hosted by Christopher Badell. Attendance is $25; sign up via any bartender or bar server, or at the ship's Guest Services Desk. Seating is limited!

Performers / Speakers

Saturday February 24, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Pinnacle Bar Deck 2, Midship

2:30pm

Time Empire Playtest
Time Empire is a sci-fi strategy board-game about going back in time to fix the future. An earlier version was playtested (with my immense gratitude to you all) on JoCo in 2017, and it's come a long way since then.

Saturday February 24, 2018 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

3:00pm

Afternoon Tea
Saturday February 24, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Ocean Bar Deck 3, Midship

3:00pm

Signing - Travis McElroy
Performers / Speakers
avatar for Travis McElroy

Travis McElroy

Travis McElroy is a full-time Podcast Host/Producer who works on way more projects than he has time for. He started podcasting in 2010 with the comedy advice show My Brother, My Brother and Me. Since then, he has gone on to co-host The Adventure Zone, Shmanners, The Kind Rewind, Bunker... Read More →


Saturday February 24, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lido Pool Area Deck 9, Midship

3:00pm

Zoe & Brian 3: The Musickening
Ladies, gentlemen, and esteemed members of the audience, come join us for the third installment of Brian and Zoe Gray's musical funfest, a most lamentable comedy ensured to laugh your socks off, knock your eyes out, and cry your head off… or something like that? We’ll sing our own songs, sing each other’s songs, sing other people’s songs, sing things that shouldn’t be classified as songs in the first place, and hopefully leave you with some sort of greater understanding of the world, if only the realization that they really need to stop letting these two hooligans have shadow concerts.

Saturday February 24, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Queen's Lounge/CAC Deck 2, Midship

3:00pm

ROOM UNAVAILABLE
We need to use this room for administrative duties, so don't plan on using it for an off-the-record Shadow Event during this time.

Saturday February 24, 2018 3:00pm - Sunday February 25, 2018 10:00am
Half-Moon Room Deck 3, Midship

3:30pm

Sea Monkey Mail Meetup
Sea Monkey Mail is a small white elephant-type gift exchange between cruisers. Lets have a meetup to socialise and meet the faces behind the mailboxes.

Saturday February 24, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Lido Bar (Midship) Deck 9, Midship

3:30pm

Poolside Happy Hour
Happy Hour! Your second drink is only $2!

Saturday February 24, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Lido Bar (Midship) Deck 9, Midship

3:30pm

Pandemic Legacy: Legacy Finale
A dramatic public reading from the character journals of  Pandemic Legacy highlighting the sweet victories and bitter defeats of previous playthroughs as we usher in the final game.

Saturday February 24, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Crow's Nest ("Ten Forward") Deck 10, Forward

3:30pm

Diceborn Heroes boardgame event
Play an early access of the cooperative fantasy boardgame with the designer. Diceborn Heroes pits up to 4 players on an adventure in about 60mins.

Saturday February 24, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Upper Main Dining Room Deck 3, Aft

3:30pm

Pacific Quest wrap party
Players of "Pacific Quest: Déjà Cruise" submit final answers, meet the organizers and share stories

Saturday February 24, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Explorer's Lounge Deck 2, Aft

4:20pm

Movie: "The Big Lebowski"
Saturday February 24, 2018 4:20pm - 6:20pm
Screening Room Deck 3, Forward

5:00pm

Dinner (Red Team)
Saturday February 24, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Main Dining Room (Both Floors) Decks 2 & 3, Aft

5:00pm

Main Concert (Gold Team) - Jonathan Coulton and Friends
Performers / Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton is from the Internet. While a struggling music industry fell to pieces over file sharing and shifting business models, he quietly and independently amassed a small army of techies, nerds, and dedicated superfans. Featured in the New York Times, NPR and slashdot, his... Read More →


Saturday February 24, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

7:30pm

Dinner (Gold Team)
Saturday February 24, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Main Dining Room (Both Floors) Decks 2 & 3, Aft

7:30pm

Main Concert (Red Team) - Jonathan Coulton and Friends
Performers / Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton is from the Internet. While a struggling music industry fell to pieces over file sharing and shifting business models, he quietly and independently amassed a small army of techies, nerds, and dedicated superfans. Featured in the New York Times, NPR and slashdot, his... Read More →


Saturday February 24, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
The Main Stage Deck 2, Forward

10:00pm

"Let's Always Stay Friends" Farewell Reception
Our traditional end-of-cruise gathering to share memories, and enjoy each other's company one last time. Cash bar.

Saturday February 24, 2018 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Lido Deck Deck 9

11:00pm

Dead Dog Jam/Music Circle
Late into the night, let's keep singing songs and making music until we all fall asleep or it's time to go home!

(Please keep this event near the forward windows and as close to the Port [left] side as possible, to leave a buffer for the Quiet Area and the rooms outside the venue.)

Saturday February 24, 2018 11:00pm - Sunday February 25, 2018 4:00am
Crow's Nest ("Ten Forward") Deck 10, Forward