Doxacon is the brainchild of Rev. Father David G. Subu and Mr. Daniel Silver of Protection of the Holy Mother of God Orthodox Church in Falls Church, VA. Doxacon came about from a conversation that they had together following a podcast on Ancient Faith Radio about zombies. They found it underwhelming. They then listened to another podcast by John Granger on Harry Potter. They were impressed with the scope and quality of the lecture. Jokingly, it was said there needs to be some kind of gathering where Orthodox fans of the science fiction and fantasy genres could discuss their mutual interests in the framework of Orthodox Christianity. Daniel thought nothing of it until Father David mentioned that his wife, Preoteasa Stephanie, loved the idea and wanted to actually move ahead with this gathering. They quickly moved to define Doxacon. 

At Doxacon 2021, we want to explore virtuous decisions we make about fiction and in fiction: whether about what fiction we choose to consume, in what ways we create fiction, or about what decisions we make in fictional situations like roleplaying games.
 
Join us virtually this November 5th & 6th. We’re excited to have you from all across the globe!
 

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Friday November 5 (All times are in Eastern Daylight Time)

9:00-9:30 am Akathist: Glory to God for All Things

9:30-9:40 am Welcome (Fr. David Subu)

9:45-11:00 am: Session One

Speakers will each present in turn and then take questions from the audience

  • Eve Tushnet: Beyond Kicking Butt: Countercultural Representations of Strength and Victory

  • Mat. Sarah Begley: Shadows and Mirrors in Time and Space

11:00-11:30 am: Breakout Sessions

There will be two breakout rooms. You can join either after the presentations to meet old friends and make new ones. No registration ahead of time is needed for the breakout rooms.

11:30-12:30 pm: Break

12:30 pm to 5:00 pm: Activity Sessions

  • Erin Lazzari: Glory in His Shame: Zuko on the Road to Honor (12:30pm-1:00pm) [Pre-Recorded] 

  • Alexi Sargeant: Back Again from the Broken Land(12:30pm-2:30pm) [Demonstration] 

  • Artists Group Discussion (1:00pm-2:00pm) [Live] 

  • Rae Grabowski: What's the Point of Back Again? Neverwhere's Dislocation against The Hobbit's Contentment (2:00pm-2:30pm) [Pre-Recorded] 

  • Writers Group Discussion (2:30-3:30pm) [Live] 

  • Joy Clarkson: Breaking the Spell: Fairy Stories in the Secular Age (3:30pm-4:00pm) [Pre-Recorded] 

  • Zac Porcu: Tales of the Round Table (3:00pm-5:00pm) [Pre-Recorded]

5:00-7:00 pm: Break

7:00-8:00 pm: Clergy Keynote

  • Fr. David Subu: One More Blasphemy Remains: Memory, Prescience, Possession, and Abomination in Frank Herbert’s Dune Saga.

8:00-8:30 pm: Breakout Sessions

8:00-11:00 pm: Gaming (scroll down to end of page for sign-ups.)

Gaming has become a big part of Doxacon and we’re doing our best to bring you games old & new during Doxacon Online. You will sign up for a game during our gaming times, we will then put you in contact with the game runner who will let you know what online platform you’ll be using for the game and what, if anything, you need to prep ahead of time. There are only a few slots for each game so sign up now!


Saturday, November 6

8:30-9:30 am: Liturgy at St. Mary's or Attend Virtually

9:30-11:00 am: Welcome Remarks & Lay Keynote Speaker

  • Mat. Frederica Mathewes-Green: Exploring Virtuous Decisions in Fiction

11:00-11:30 am: Breakout Sessions

11:30-12:30 pm: Break/Lunch

12:30-1:30 pm: Session Two

Erin Lazzari, Rae Grabowski, and Joy Clarkson will be releasing their talks ahead of time for attendees to watch. Cindy Collins Smith on the day of will responding to the talks, tying together similar themes and expanding on the topics. There will then be a Q&A with all four of the speakers.

  • Erin Lazzari: Glory in His Shame: Zuko on the Road to Honor

  • Rae Grabowski: What's the Point of Back Again? Neverwhere's Dislocation against The Hobbit's Contentment

  • Joy Clarkson: Breaking the Spell: Fairy Stories in the Secular Age

  • Cindy Collins Smith: Respondent  

1:30-2:00 pm: Breakout Sessions

2:30-3:30 pm: Session Three

  • Anne M. Carpenter, Ph.D. & Lyle Enright, Ph.D.: Action and Mimesis in This Is How You Lose the Time War

  • Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell & Rev. Paul Schneider: Hopepunk Theology: Weaponizing Optimism in Resistance to a Grimdark World

3:30-4:00 pm: Breakout Sessions

4:00-5:00 pm: Break

5:00-6:00 pm: Vespers at St. Mary's or attend virtually

6:00-10:00 pm: Gaming (See below for signups)

Gaming Sessions (You may only register for one)

  • 11/5, 8 -11 pm: Peter Fendrich: War, Rumors of War, and the Threat of War.... and mischief... (a The Expanse adventure) [Sold Out]

    Years before the system-shattering events of the Eros Incident, Mars and Earth stood on the brink of plunging the Sol System into total war and chaos. With the Cold War getting hot, members of the UN high command have reached out to a covert group of "independent contractors" for a high risk plausible deniability mission on the abandoned Loki Station. Maybe you're here to try and do some good for the system, maybe you're here to atone for past sins, or maybe it really is just about the money... but one thing is for certain, the credits are good, but the risk is just as big.

    This adventure uses The Expanse version of the AGE ttrpg, as well as the setting. The game takes place before the events of The Expanse, so no prior knowledge is required. Pre-Gen characters will be provided, or the GM is willing to work with individuals before the session to make their own characters, so long as they allow for enough time.


  • 11/5, 8-11 pm: Zac Porcu: Tales of the Round Table [3 remaining]

    Arthur, Guinevere, Merlin, and the Faerie Queen confront the problems facing Britain, but will they live happily ever after or fall into tragedy?

    Tales of the Round Table is an Arthurian action-romance about matters of the heart, the edge of the blade, and the fate of Britain. Enjoy a complete roleplaying experience in bite-size: in one hour you will play through a full arc of your own version of Arthurian legend, culminating either in a beautiful finale, heartbreaking tragedy, or anything in between.


  • 11/5, 8-11 pm: Dn Thomas Weaver: The Tower (Savage Worlds) [7 remaining]

    The PCs find themselves somehow transported to the Tower. Outside, nothing can be seen except a twilight sky above, and endless white clouds below, which obscure the ground and base of the Tower. The PCs appear to be the only beings inside the Tower, but they can’t tell for certain. The clouds outside are rising! What will this mean for the PCs when it reaches the floor they are on? How did they get in the Tower? How will they get out? The PCs must find answers if they hope to escape the Tower and get home again.

    Pre-generated characters will be provided, but players may choose their Skills, Edges and Hindrances.


  • 11/6, 6-10 pm: Zac Porcu: Tales of the Round Table [4 remaining]

    Arthur, Guinevere, Merlin, and the Faerie Queen confront the problems facing Britain, but will they live happily ever after or fall into tragedy?

    Tales of the Round Table is an Arthurian action-romance about matters of the heart, the edge of the blade, and the fate of Britain. Enjoy a complete roleplaying experience in bite-size: in one hour you will play through a full arc of your own version of Arthurian legend, culminating either in a beautiful finale, heartbreaking tragedy, or anything in between.


  • 11/6, 6-10 pm: Peter Fendrich: The Lost Oasis - Playtest Session for the Tales of Xadia [4 remaining]

    This spring Fandom announced their forthcoming Tales of Xadia ttrpg, giving players the opportunity to continue adventures of the rich world of Xadia introduced in the animated series The Dragon Prince. The Lost Oasis is the first of a playtest rollout leading up to the Spring 2022 release of the core book. This scenario offers everything one would expect from a Dragon Prince story: thrilling adventure, snappy action, compelling NPCs, and, of course, lovable animal companions.

    Tales of Xadia uses Cortex, an exciting dice pool system. Pregen characters will be made available, but character creation tools are not yet finished. Free rule primers and other resources are available, but kindly avoid The Lost Oasis playtest scenario if you plan on playing in the session.


  • 11/6, 6-10 pm: D’Arcy Kenworthy: Palanquin [2 remaining]

    The Queen of the Ulunaki was slain in a palace coup last night, along with her royal consort, and most of her children. Only the Queen’s youngest daughter was rescued from the massacre by unlikely hands. You will play as the Bearers, the unseemly, skillful, and flawed adults who have come together to escort the Heir to safety. By the end of the journey will the Heir regard you as a friend? Fear you as a threat? Your actions will decide!

    Link: https://www.nobleknight.com/P/2147849957/Palanquin


  • 11/6, 6-10 pm: Stan Shinn: Firefly: A Shot (and a Beer) In The Dark [1 remaining]

    Life is hard in the ‘Verse. It’s well after the Unification War ended, and you and a ragtag group of recently made friends find yourselves destitute on a backwater asteroid base and in big need of credits before your creditors decide to shove you out of an airlock! A legless old drunkard ex-prospector is your key to survival and riches, but will you be able to live through the dangers that await?

    This online tabletop RPG game will be set in the Firefly TV series universe. The game will be played on Zoom and will use a custom easy-to-learn D6 RPG system. Pre-generated characters will be provided. Having a handful of six-sided dice would be nice, but there will be an online dice roller available as well.



All sales are final. There will be no refunds, but substitutions will be accepted at any time. Doxacon cannot accept responsibility for no-shows. If a registered attendee does not attend the conference, their payment will not be refunded.
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