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2017: Official

Orientation: A basic walkthrough of the main logistics of JoCo Cruise. We'll give a ~10 min. overview at the beginning, middle and end of the orientation, and take your questions inbetween. Show up when you can, leave when you wish. Recommended for new Sea Monkey(Δ)s, but open to everyone. Featuring: Jonathan Coulton; Paul Sabourin; Storm DiCostanzo

The Morning Show with Greg Benson: Join Greg Benson and Special Guests

Rijsttafel Specialty Lunch: The Westerdam'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 luncheon costs $10.

Scotch Tasting: Enjoy a flight of five high-quality scotches, because you're fancy and you like nice things. Hosted by Christopher Badell and Benjamin Soileau. Attendance is $25; sign up available at the Westerdam Front Desk (Atrium, Deck 1 midship). Seating is limited!

Worldbuilders Gaming Fundraiser: Pat Rothfuss and Worldbuilders present a fun evening of gaming and charity. Play tabletop games with Pat and a passel of our performers and special guests, with all proceeds going to benefit Worldbuilders. Attendance is $25 per person; signup sheets will be available at the Helper Monkey(Δ) Info Desk (Atrium, Deck 1 midship). Availablity is limited, so don't delay!

Worldbuilders Charity Silent Auction: A silent auction of cool items; proceeds to benefit the Worldbuilders charity.

Ask the Captain: Come ask the Captain of the ms Westerdam your nautical questions! We'll tie him down for an hour and make him talk to you, or we'll take over the helm!

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!

Wine Tasting: The Westerdam is presenting a wine tasting in the Pinnacle Grill; cost is $35 per person. Dial 88 for reservations.

2017: Party (T)

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

The JoCo Cruise Fancy Fez-Tiara-Moustache Formal Picnic-stravaganza (T): Come up to the Lido Deck in your Fancy Clothes (or whatever you feel like wearing) for the fanciest picnic there ever was! Admire others' finery and be admired in turn. Fezzes, tiaras and/or moustaches encouraged, but not required. Moustaches available as needed. Dinner service (picnic foods) provided from 6 to 9 pm on deck.

Late-night Prom-themed Dance Party with the Doubleclicks (T): The Doubleclicks host the prom they always wanted. Dance to music from your (and our) high school years with new friends at this “prom themed” late-night dance party! Prom dress, dates, and corsages encouraged but not at all required.

LGBTQ+ Cocktail Meetup (T): Begun on the ms Westerdam during JoCo Cruise 2012, the annual LGBTQ+ cocktail meetup celebrates its 6th year of hoping has a long enough initialism and being a low key get together for Sea Monkey(Δ)s of all persuasions. Music provided by Riz Rollins.

Dance Party w/Riz Rollins - 'JoCo is Burning' Disco (T): From Riz: “not 'american bandstand' disco but ' soul train' disco' . solid gold disco, sissy disco.and some house..we are family .you can vogue if you want to. anybody wanna do a diva death drop ?”

DJ Riz's Pool Party (T): DJ Riz Rollins spins tunes out by the Sea View Pool. Dance, swim, dance-swim, whatever works for you.

'Let's Always Stay Friends!' Farewell Reception (T): Our traditional end-of-cruise gathering to share memories, and enjoy each other's company one last time. Cash bar.

2017: Performance (F)

Close-up Magic: Mike Pisciotta

Close-up Magic: Eric Jones

Close-up Magic: Jared Kopf

Ted (Leo) Conference: Punk: Join Ted Leo and game designer Chris Pramas as they discus their backgrounds in the NYC punk scene and fabled performance space ABC No Rio, the DIY ethos, and how punk has informed their lives and careers.

My Brother, My Brother and Me - TV Show Screening: A live screening of two episodes of the popular podcast's new TV show incarnation, hosted by Justin McElroy.

Orange Tuxedo: Orange Tuxedo is a two person improv show from a husband and wife team who, collectively, have been doing improv for seven hundred years. In this show they aim to create grounded relationships formed by eccentric characters. Craig teaches improvisation at iO West, Carla teaches at The Second City in Hollywood. If you like comedy, you may have seen Craig wear various mustaches and costume pieces on Comedy Central’s Drunk History. If you like drunken history, you may have seen Carla drink various beers on Instagram. They perform regularly at The Second City in Hollywood and recently traveled to Austin for the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival (2015), SF Sketchfest (San Francisco 2016, 2017), Phoenix Improv Festival (2016), Del Close Marathon (NYC 2016), Stumptown Improv Fest (Portland 2016), Detroit Improv Festival (2016), IF Cincinnati (2016), Denver Improv Festival (2016) and London, UK (2016).

Mary and Pat and Wil and John Mess Around on Stage for an Hour

Cards Against Humanity Live: Join Cards Against Humanity for our late night writers room! You’ll pitch your card ideas to the game's creators and writers, and the best suggestions will be acted out live. The worst suggestions will be mercilessly ridiculed. Come enjoy the sold-out show at Chicago's famous iO theater, performed on a huge boat for the first time. Featuring Alison Barthwell, Joe Gennaro, Michael Jando, Alex Kliner, Becca Levine, Kevin Reader, Mary Beth Smith, Max Temkin and Julia Weiss.

The Church of the infinite You - with Jean Grae: Sermons. Drinks. Food. Music. Being Amazing. Nondenominational… only Motivational.

Choose Your Own Adventure Story Time with Wil

The Both After Dark: Ted Leo and Aimee Mann (a.k.a., The Both) take us past midnight with a cool vibe of music, sophisticated and smoky banter, and possibly a smoking jacket or two. Very likely: new songs and special guests. Far less likely: appearances by Buddy Rich, Moms Mabley or Norman Mailer.

Nerf Herder - Acoustic Kids Show YEAH!: Nerf Herder present a special acoustic show for kids. But just because things aren't plugged in, that doesn't mean the show won't still rock super-hard. YEAH!

Sea Monkey(Δ) Open Mic Night

2017: Live Podcast (L)

Peanuts Gallery Live Podcast: Life-long Peanuts fans and professional fussbudgets Molly Lewis & Josh A. Cagan discuss and dissect the animated specials.

Song Exploder, featuring Aimee Mann: Artists: Jonathan Coulton, Song Exploder, Hrishikesh Hirway, Aimee Mann. Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Host Hrishikesh Hirway will interview Aimee Mann about her song “Patient Zero,” breaking down the layers of the song as they go. Jonathan Coulton, who co-wrote the song with Aimee, will also be part of the conversation.

Craig's List Podcast: Craig Cackowski has kept (and obsessively updated) a list of his 100 favorite movies for over 30 years. Surprisingly, his wife Carla is not impressed by that. But what Craig made Carla watch those movies in sequential order? And what if he made her talk about it on a podcast? Would she like them? Would she hate them? CAN THIS MARRIAGE POSSIBLE SURVIVE THIS PODCAST?!

Gosh Darn Fiasco: Gosh Darn Fiasco is an improvised storytelling show that uses the role-playing-game Fiasco as a fun framework! Join us as hosts Angela M Webber (The Doubleclicks) and Richard Malena (Atomic Game Theory), along with celebrity guests Gail Simone and Jackie Kashian, tell an all-new story full of drama, dice, and almost certain death.

Unattended Consequences: A conversation between Patrick Rothfuss (Name of the Wind) and Max Temkin (Cards Against Humanity).

The JV Club: Remember what it was like to be an awkward teenager? And remember how some things haven’t really changed that much for you since then? Join proud dork Janet Varney as she explores the highs and lows of the bygone years with some of her favorite women as they talk their way through the terrible teens into adult-lescence. Warning: This Podcast Contains Sincerity. - with Janey Varney

We Got This with Mark and Hal: Mark and Hal are joined by their Night Vale pals as they clean the slate with a quick fire series of mini-topics! - with Disparition, Cecil Baldwin, Jeffrey Cranor, Mark Gagliardi, HalLublin, Symphony Sanders

Sawbones: Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin welcome you to Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine. Every Friday, they dig through the annals of medical history to uncover all the odd, weird, wrong, dumb and just gross ways we've tried to fix people over the years. Educational? You bet! Fun? We hope!

2017: Office Hours (O)

Drunk History Office Hours: Hang out—and maybe get drunk with—two of Drunk History's regular cast members, Mark Gagliardi and Craig Cackowski.

Jeanpool: Hang out by the pool with Jean Grae. There's a bar nearby, too. Just sayin'.

Welcome to Night Vale Meetup: Artists: Disparition, Cecil Baldwin, Jeffrey Cranor, Hal Lublin, Symphony Sanders. Come and mingle Office Hours-style with some of the cast and creators of Welcome to Night Vale.

Magicians' Meetup: Come meet and hang out with our resident magicians: Eric Jones, Jared Kopf and Mike Pisciotta.

Your Guide To Giving Zero F#%$s with Jean Grae: Jean Grae takes your questions, gives sound advice, and very probably says a lot of cuss words.

Hoops with Hal: Let’s hoop it up! Wanna play Around The World? Fine! Horse? OK! Will we have enough to play a full game? MAYBE! Let’s get our hearts pumping and create some Sportscenter worthy highlights as we combine our nerdery and sportsery to create a Voltron of fun! - with Hal Lublin

Maureen Tells Your Future: Would you like to know your future? Good news! Maureen Johnson, YA author and part-time Stevie Nicks, has her magic cards with her and is prepared to look into the MIST and tell you what’s in store for you. They’re not Tarot cards—they’re Maureen’s special cards. Are you ready? Well, are you? THEN ENTER THE TENT. - with Maureen Johnson

Ellen McLain and John Patrick Lowrie

Work Juice Sea Org Office Hours

2017: Panel / Q&A (P)

Podcasters Talk about Podcasting: We realized we have a bunch of great podcasters on board this year. So it seemed natural to give them a panel to discuss the format. Moderator John Roderick leads what will assuredly be a lively conversation.

Songwriters Talk about Things, Including Songwriting: A panel of our guest musicians get together to discuss songs, songwriting, songing and writing things that are songs. Artists: Disparition, Parry Gripp, Zoë Keating, Ted Leo

Writing Implosions Panel: Artists: Chelsea Cain, Maureen Johnson, Patrick Rothfuss. Professional writers do their thing for a living—by now, they should have every part of their writing process running smoothy, right? BWA HA HA HA HAH HA yeah no that's not how it works. Our panelists will discuss the various struggles and pitfalls they've experienced getting their words out into the world—and how those words made it out there anyway.

'You're Funny, but How is That a *Real* Job?': Artists: Carla Cackowski, Craig Cackowski, Jackie Kashian, Tawny Newsome. Our panelists discuss how they turned “being funny” into an actual job, and the positives and negatives that come along with making comedy (in various different forms) a profession.

Pat Talks Tak: Bringing the World of Temerant to Life through Gaming: Patrick Rothfuss and game designer James Ernest talk about Tak. This board game was first described in The Wise Man's Fear, and now Pat and James have made it a real thing. Tak is an abstract strategy game for two players, falling somewhere between classic games like chess, go, and mancala. Learn about the design processes behind creating a new classic game.

Rebecca Sugar, in Conversation with Angela Webber: There are two types of people: Those of have seen Steven Universe and know that it is genuinely one of the most amazing animated series in the history of ever, and those who haven't seen, but have been told how amazing it is by all their friends. The Doubleclicks' Angela Webber, who knows how amazing the show is, sits down to talk with series creator Rebecca Sugar for an hour of universal exploration.

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

Voice Acting: They're the voices behind the characters you love—and if you think making those voices is as easy as blabbering into a microphone, a) you're wrong, b) you'll really want to come to this panel, where our panel of experts delve into everything you didn't know you didn't know about the craft. - with Cecil Baldwin, Mark Gagliardi, John Patrick Lowrie, Hal Lublin, Ellen McLain, Janet Varney

Comic Books Panel: Our amazing panel of comic book creators is here to get you up to speed on the state of the comics industry, what they create and how they create it, and where things are heading in the field. Bring your curiosity and your questions! - with Chelsea Cain, Gail Simone

Writing for TV and Film: Television and film—you watch it! And people write what you watch! And some of them are here on the boat! And in this panel they'll talk about what it's like to write in the industry today: What's changed, what stays the same and what they'd like to have happen moving forward. - with Patrick Rothfuss, Gail Simone, Rebecca Sugar

Women at Work

“What's Your F___ing Problem?” - Advice from Ted Leo, Aimee Mann and Aparna Nancherla

2017: Reading (R)

Reading - Chelsea Cain: Chelsea Cain is a kickass New York Times bestselling writer of thrillers, humor and comics, and she is going to read awesome stuff at you, and you are going to love it. Because why wouldn't you? (NOTE: There is no reason why you would not.)

Reading - Pat Rothfuss: Hey, everybody, it's Pat! And he'll be bringing is own special Patness onto the stage for you, with readings and meanderings and just that plain ol' Rothfussness you've come to know and love over the years.

Reading - John Patrick Lowrie

Reading - Gail Simone: From Deadpool to Red Sonja, Gail Simone has written some of your favorite comic book characters—and written about the comics industry with wit, fire and wisdom. All of that will be on display in this can't-miss reading.

Reading - Mary Robinette Kowal: Mary's writing has won awards, and in her spare time she's a professional audiobook narrator, and she's known to give amazing readings, so basically what we're saying here is that you're going to want to listen to her read. Yup, that's it exactly.

Reading - John Scalzi: Pfffft, Scalzi. He says he's going to read from his upcoming novel, OR SOMETHING, and then maybe some other stuff. I mean, go see him read if you want to, I guess. If there's nothing better to do. Just don't let him near a ukulele. Trust me on this one.

2017: Signing (G)

Signing: Chelsea Cain

Signing: Ellen McLain

Signing: John Patrick Lowrie

Signing: Pat Rothfuss

Signing: Mary Robinette Kowal

2017: Workshop (W)

A More Perfect World: Need help building a complex world for your campaign or Great Novel? Want to populate it with peoples who are three-dimensional, non-stereotypical, and more than just Humans With Scales/Wings/Weird Faces? Learn from a pro! Mary Robinette Kowal will give a talk and guided worldbuilding exercise that should give you the tools to create a complete fictional world.

Short Story Structure: Artists: Mary Robinette Kowal. When people are struggling to write short fiction, the problem usually begins with the idea. It often leads to a story that is too long, really the beginning of a novel, or so simplistic that it's dull. In this workshop, we'll walk through how to create and structure a short story idea.

Amateur Card Magic Workshop: In this one-hour workshop, magician Jared Kopf teaches three high-impact card tricks. Students will learn thetechnical and presentational details of each trick. Skill Level: Beginner (ages 12 and up). Supplies: For $36 attendees can purchase a deck of playing cards by artisans Dan & Dave along with a workshop booklet that explains each trick in detail. (Available in the ship's store.) For $0 attendees can bring theirown deck of playing cards and a pad and pencil for note-taking.

Armpit Farting Colloquium with Zoë Keating: Learn the ancient and noble art of making fart noises with your armpit, with instructor and internationally acclaimed musician Zoë Keating. Share regional favorite techniques. Maybe a jam session? Wear a short-sleeved or loose-fitting shirt. (In case of inclement weather, backup location is Lido Deck Pool area)

2017: Shadow (S)

Swing and One-Step Dance Lesson: Back by Popular Demand! Renée Camus (JCC 1 through 4 and 6) once again teaches the basics of swing and one-step dancing, two fun couple dances that are easy to pick up and lots of fun to dance to the music of JoCo and other cruise performers! Learn clear leading and following techniques, easy cool moves, and good rhythm so you can use what you've learned and enjoy the music and your partners during the rest of the week. No partner or experience necessary for the class. (Shadow)

Speed Meeting

Poi, Spinning, and All Flow Arts: If you spin poi, flags, or staff. If you juggle or hula hoop… bring your prop and come spin with us. Music will be provided! This event was run during the 2015 cruise with great success. Please join us again or for the first time! Whether you spin or just want to watch, please come! All are welcome here! Many of us have LED toys and the lights will be kept low so the lights can be enjoyed. But there will be enough light for those of you who do not have LED toys. (Shadow)

Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator: Ever wanted to operate the Helm of a spaceship? How about manning the weapons, defending the galaxy from ne'er-do-wells? Maybe you're better down in Engineering, keeping that garbage scowl of yours sailing through the cosmos? Or are you up for Command? Come and play Artemis!! (Shadow)

Frankly, My Beer, I Don't Give Adam: If you’re a lover of great beer and terrible puns, this is the event for you. Stop by to enjoy a health serving of both. We’ll even have surprise guests! (Shadow)

Divers' and Snorkelers' breakfast: Meet at the Lido Buffet, port side, at 8:15 and we'll have breakfast on the first sea day (March 5). The organizer, Steph, will wear a snorkel mask or do some other silly thing so we can find one another. Just a fun event where we can swap stories and anything we know about the area. If you're into this stuff, there's also a facebook group, by the way. (Shadow)

Morning Meditation: A combination of mindfulness and loving-kindness (metta) meditation to start your day. Led by Juliana Finch. All levels welcome! (Shadow)

Hackathon (+ Intro Programming Crash Course): Meet fellow hackers and build something fun! Show and Tell for shiny prizes on the last night. Don't know how to code? That's ok, we'll teach you Python! You must bring a laptop with a dev environment and libraries already installed. (Shadow)

Make your own 1/2 Pony1/2 Monkey(Δ) monster (or any other monster) that pleases you: This will be a chance to create that awesome creature of your dreams using the available materials. Existing stuffed animals will be repurposed or you can start from scratch. (Shadow)

Life Drawing: Participants will practice drawing human models. Models will be clothed. Bring your own drawing implements and sketchbook. If all you have is a Holland America notepad and a ball-point pen, that still works. All levels welcome. Your host will provide some guidance for newbies, but she is not an experienced instructor, and at best a skilled amateur. If you'd like to volunteer either as a model or an instructor, please let Jen know! (Shadow)

Johann Sebastian Joust: This is a sea Monkey(Δ) favorite! JS Joust pairs music with motion controllers; the music sets the pace, while the players try to knock their opponents out of the game by making a controller move faster than the music. Drop in at any time to enjoy this fun, easy to learn game. Recommended Age: 8+. Get ready to Joust…go! (Shadow)

Portal: The Musical: Written by Kirk Shimano and featuring the music of Jonathan Coulton, PORTAL: THE MUSICAL follows the story of Sam, a code Monkey(Δ) cubical dweller, and Rob, her overeager middle manager, dealing with life at Aperture Science. Sam encounters a cryogenically frozen woman and quickly becomes enamored with GLaDOS's latest test subject as the feisty (and foul-mouthed) Chell takes on the Enrichment Center. But will Sam be able to help Chell and get everyone out while… still alive? (Shadow)

Music Discovery: 'Happy Leviathan' - Live Original Music: A casual concert, with live original music by Happy Leviathan, a genuinely unique (see: “nerdy”) alternative rock band, formed by singer-songwriter Ender Smith. (Shadow)

Kayla Cagan and her debut YA novel Piper Perish: Kayla discusses her first novel, PIPER PERISH, which releases online and in bookstores everywhere, on March 7, 2017 - while we're all on the boat! Discuss the techniques for different writing pieces - from short plays to long novels. How do you know what to cut? What do you do when you think something works and it just doesn't? How do you query an agent or publishing house? And most importantly, does tequila help the writing process? (Possible slide show if equipment is available.) (Shadow)

Putting Things on your Head: Originally designed to be a fez enhancement workshop, since we have all the materials, we are opening this up to whatever hat, or crown or tiny elephant you wish to put on top of your head. Feel free to bring hat blanks and fezzes to embellish or start from scratch. (Shadow)

Exits Are Out: Escape Station!: Exits Are Out: Escape Station! is a live-action text adventure where the players control the input. Twitch Plays Zork would be a modern analogy for the fun chaos of ten or fifteen players trying to navigate through the treacherous environment of an early '80's Infocom game. (Shadow)

Sea Monkey Mail: Those who participated in Sea Monkey(Δ) Mail can gather in person (Shadow)

Spanish Language Lunch: Aboard ship, meet Spanish language and culture lovers for conversation and fun! Make new friends as you practice speaking, discover new phrases, and finally figure out verb conjugations! All ages and levels welcome. (Shadow)

From Frogfish to Whalesharks - sea life of the Sea of Cortez: The Sea of Cortez is one of the richest marine environments on the planet. Join biologists and divers for a rundown on some of the plants and creatures you may see if you look beneath the waves. note - we are just planning one all ages session, but could split it into two if the demand was there, one for adults and one for kids. (Shadow)

Playing with Clay: Come learn how to make your own polymer clay magnets. Create your own or use one of many provided molds and to help you craft a unique magnet to commemorate your JCC experience. Squish your fingers into the clay, pinch and pull your way to inspiration! *size limitations, finished creations will be (hopefully) baked on board and available later in the week. (Shadow)

Escape Room (in a box): “It's Gonna Be The Future Soon” escape room. The bands are almost ready to go on stage; showtime is in 30 minutes. But we just discovered that the precocious grandchildren of some of our favorite performers have locked away several of the essential instruments that they need to go on. How many instruments can you recover before it is showtime? (Shadow)

Anne Wheaton Reads Her Forthcoming 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. It's due to be released by summer 2017, but she'd like you to get a preview! Come hear a reading of Piggy and Pug and see the accompanying illustrations! (Shadow)

Color Me Monkey(Δ): The returning event for those of us Monkey(Δ)s that need to chill or have a hard time interacting with others if there's not an activity involved. Bring a coloring book or pages to swap and something to color with. (Shadow)

GeekThinking Trivia: an Homage to ThinkGeek Trivia: A team trivia event to win fabulous prizes. No entry fee! Trivia from all sectors of the geek spectrum. Teams of 6 players. Singles will be grouped together. Walk-ups welcome, and will be seated if seats are available on a first come first serve basis. Please arrive at start time, late comers will lose their seat if they have not arrived after 10 minutes. No spectators, please! Trivia will be different at both sessions. (Shadow)

Spin Wool- learn or do: Come try out spinning. Materials supplied or bring your own and just hang out and spin. I will teach new spinners. (Shadow)

Beginning Contact Juggling Class: Have you ever wanted to fondle balls like The Goblin King in Labyrinth? Well, now is your chance! Learn the basics of the art of contact juggling. I will have balls to loan out in various sizes, but feel free to bring your own! (Shadow)

Locksport - Lock picking and handcuffs: Locksport is the sport or hobby of defeating locking systems. You can learn a variety of skills including picking locks, padlocks, and handcuffs. This is a quick intro to theory, and some practical. There will hopefully be a lock pick table running at various times too. (Shadow)

Pagan Star Circle: For those of old faiths, neo-pagan faiths, Wiccan, Dharma Pagan, UU, Buddhist, Hindus, eclectics, or those who are just curious and interested… Come sit with us Under the stars to hold space in a circle and celebrate as we do. No judgement and nothing but love. (Shadow)

A Gamer's Guide to the Casino: So, you're on a cruise ship, and it has a casino. What's that all about, anyway? Game inventor James Ernest (Cheapass Games) reprises his entertaining talk about the ins and outs of casino games, from a “real” gamer's perspective. Learn about rules, odds, and even a little game theory in this joyful romp through the world of gambling games. (Shadow)

Creative Stabbery: Teaching needle felting to beginners and having fun with the more experienced. (Shadow)

Geocaching in Cabo: We will meet on the pier between 11 and 11:30 near these coordinates N 22° 52.823 W 109° 54.696 (by Captain Tony's). Then we'll wander off to do some high tech scavenger hunting! We will probably just try to find the 4 geocaches in town within a mile of the marina, but some people may attempt the more difficult ones that involve more of a hike. Pre downloading of maps and caches is a good idea, but not required, as many will have devices to share. This is also an official event. (Shadow)

Ukulele Melee with Molly Lewis

Say Hello to Jinx White: Jinx White, a doctor in biology from ViroCen, will explain how communicable diseases function and what we can all do to stop them. You will want to use hand sanitizer after this panel, trust us. (Shadow)

Acoustic Song Circle: Bring instruments and voices and let's sing songs together! Meet other musicians, try out new material, sing and play along or just listen. No pressure! (Shadow)

Sock Knitting Class & Social: Are you a knitter who has never ventured into socks and don't know what the big deal is? Come find out! Are you already a sock knitter but interested in new techniques? Come and learn some! Are you already the sultan or sultana of socks? Come share what you know! Toe-up, Cuff-down, Magic Loop, Heel techniques, we can go through it all! I will bring a few patterns from beginner to advanced level knitters, or you can bring a pattern you want to work with. You should already know basic knitting techniques such as how to knit, purl, increase and decrease. Materials Required: Fingering or Sport weight yarn sock yarn. Size 0-2 40“ circular needle if you want to learn two-at-a-time Magic Loop technique, otherwise a Size 0-2 9” circular or 4-5“ double pointed needles. I may have a few extras to share but the more people who bring their own the better. Or, just bring whatever you want to work on and just listen! (Shadow)

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 puzzle 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 create your very own puzzle, on your own, all starting from a common seed provided by Pavel. At the end, we'll all take a look at some of the ones you've made and marvel at our diversity and creativity! (Shadow)

Steel Don't Float: Ship Design and Operations: Two Naval Architects lead a brief discussion and Q&A on the inner workings of hull/structural design, installed systems, and daily operation of ships (like ours!). Whether you wish to know where fresh water comes from, what is a fo'c'sle, or what keeps a ship stable, we can probably tell you something about it! (Shadow)

Cancer Sucks: A meet and greet event for SeaMonkey(Δ)s impacted by cancer. Whether you've battled cancer yourself or in your family, been a caregiver, lost a friend or loved one - come and connect with people that have been through similar times. (Shadow)

A Bunch of Monkey(Δ)s Read Some Stuff: Angela Brett, Bry Young, Jill Webb, Joseph Camann, Melanie Cassidy, and Richard Crawford read original short stories / poetry. (Shadow)

The Jason Hatrick Comedy Hour*: *Not literally a full hour. Jason first performed stand-up comedy on this boat 5 years ago and has since gone on to become a professional comedian, with several festival credits and contest wins under his belt. Expect some of his material to be intended for a mature audience (but not too mature). (Shadow)

How To Be In A Songwriting Contest: SpinTunes Songwriting contest panel discussion with past and current ST artists Glen Raphael, Brian and Zoe Gray, The Boffo Yux Dudes, and Adam Sakellarides. Interested in songwriting? Learn how unique challenge prompts have generated 1200+ original songs since 2010, including songs being created on the cruise for the final round of Spin Tunes 12. Hosted by Tommy G, attendees will receive a free, limited edition sample disk! (Shadow)

Craftivism (shadow)

Realistic Nanotechnology Spacecraft: Discussion for a general audience of 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 sciencefiction story, game or song about science-fictiony themes, or who just thinks nanotechnology and/or space is cool. Based on my much, much too long Ph.D. dissertation _Technical and Operational Assessment of Molecular Nanotechnology for Space Operations_. (Shadow)

Star Party: Come tour the night sky with a professional astronomer! Bring your questions about planets, stars, galaxies, and the Universe for a casual star party in the darkest spot we can find. The captain has arranged for the lights to be turned off on the Observation Deck for this event. In the case of inclement weather, this event will be canceled. Note: Observation Deck is only accessible via stairs. Side Note: the captain refers to this deck as the “Monkey(Δ) Deck.” (Shadow)

Mobile Gaming: 'Fail Whale' and 'Doodle Army 2 Mini Militia': Come play a couple indie mobile games developed out of the Pacific Northwest. Currently in private beta “Fail Whale,” is an underwater narwhal vs narwhal combat simulator and Doodle Army 2: Mini Militia (released 2011) is a real-time (vs., team, and co-op) 2d platform shooter with a cartoonish modern military theme. Both multiplayer games are playable for up to 8 people (~10 min per game) and specialize in running offline on isolated LAN WIFI networks. We'll have devices and networks to play on or you can download your own copy prior to leaving signal range to come and join the fun with your own mobile device ( (Shadow)

Reading from The Book of Etta: I’m a Bay Area science fiction author and feminist essayist. My debut novel, The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, won the Philip K. Dick Award and was listed as a recommended work by the James A. Tiptree Award Committee. The book was also included in the 100 Best Books of the Year list by Publisher’s Weekly, and the same list issued by Amazon. I have published essays and short fiction with McSweeney’s, The Establishment, Everyday Feminism,, LitHub, Motherboard, Compelling Science Fiction, and many other outlets. I’m part of the writer’s room for The Mess, an East Bay sketch comedy group. My second novel, The Book of Etta, will be released by 47North just before the JoCo Cruise, and I'd like to do a reading from my new book for my fellow floating nerds. (Shadow)

A JoCo Magic show (shadow)

emotions anonymous 12 step meeting: Emotions Anonymous ( EA) is for any one who wants to become more well emotionally. A 12 step program open meeting (Shadow)

Leather stamping and carving on luggage tags: This is your chance to learn basic stamping and carving of leather. We will be bringing the blanks for luggage tags and providing hands on instruction and assistance with turning them into personal works of art. (Shadow)

Secret Games with James Ernest: It's rare we let James Ernest out of the basement, where he's been locked away designing new games since Tak's release. Come see what he's been up to. (Shadow)

Scavenger Hunt: The geekiest scavenger hunt of them all! Teams of 3-5 race the clock and each other to collect a unique list of items found in abundance only on board the JoCo vessel. Come ready to join/create a team, or with your team already formed. (Shadow)

Acoustic Song Circle: Bring instruments and voices and let's sing songs together! Meet other musicians, try out new material, sing and play along or just listen. No pressure! (Shadow)

Game Chat: Keith Baker & Jenn Ellis: Keith answers questions about his upcoming [ super secret game that will be announced pre boat]. Ask us anything including questions about games we've been a part of making - Gloom, Eberron, Phoenix Dawn Command, Illimat. We ask you about the games you love and to show us pictures of your cats. (Shadow)

Sirai: An Accessible, Strategic, Political LARP: The sci-fi city of Sirai is divided between many factions, each with their own agenda to seize or keep power. Maybe you'll be the government or the rebels, the church or heretics, or even the meddling offworlders just looking to make money. Whatever the allegiance, each character has ties to other factions and personal motivations that ensure tensions will boil over. An accessible, straightforward LARP with a twist: a map players walk across and move units around on. (Shadow)

An Hour with James Ernest: James Ernest is a famous game inventor and loves to talk about himself. Give him the chance to do that, in this random-sized event. If we only have a few people, we'll play a game together (probably something you've never seen before). If we have more people, we can ask James questions about his life: Cheapass Games, game design in general, working with Pat Rothfuss, being a professional juggler. (Shadow)

Surviving Cancer (Gamma Gals & Guys): Meet and connect with other SeaMonkey(Δ)s who have been diagnosed with cancer. Open to cancer survivors and those living with cancer - the Gamma Gals & Guys who have battled it all. (Separate event scheduled for those impacted by cancer, either personally or with family/friends.) (Shadow)

Nerd Pub Trivia: Trivia for nerds by nerds. (Shadow)

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. Bring pencils and erasers if you can! (Shadow)

Puzzle Quest Finale: Wrap-up party for players of the week-long Puzzle Quest self-paced puzzle hunt. Report your final score and swap stories. (Shadow)

The Night Everything Broke: Something big went down on November 8. We call it “America.” A lot of us artistic types (Mike Selinker, Ted Leo, John Roderick, and Max Temkin) put a lot of effort into trying not to have a Trumpocracy and—well, things didn't go as planned. We'll talk about the lead-up to election day, the night in question, and what we do now. Crying is allowed. (Shadow)

Extreme Improv Trivia with Mike Selinker and Molly Lewis (shadow)

Bag of Holding: Make a messenger style bag. The pattern for this bag will already be cut out and samples will be provided for possibilities for embellishing and making it your own personal style statement. (Shadow)

Hardly Strictly Sea Shanties and Irish Music Session: Bring your instruments and voices and join us for a session of Sea Shanty singing and the “old trad” Irish music. Lyrics and music can be provided on a limited basis. Those who already know sea shanties, sailing-themed drinking songs, and/or Irish music encouraged to lead a song or two (or 3 or 4). Format: take turns leading a tune (instrumental or vocal). If you want to lead a sea shanty or drinking song, please pick one with an easy chorus to follow so everyone can sing along. Irish music tempo depends on who shows up. (Shadow)

Music Discovery: 'Happy Leviathan' - Live Original Music: A casual concert, with live original music by Happy Leviathan, a genuinely unique (see: “nerdy”) alternative rock band, formed by singer-songwriter Ender Smith. (Shadow)

Co-ed Rec Soccer: Small-sided co-ed recreational soccer on the basketball courts and/or at (one/all of the port(s). Players should bring a white shirt and a dark shirt so we can easily split into teams. Small goals, no keepers. Emphasis on safe, friendly play. (Shadow)

Creating and Consuming Fanworks: Fanlore defines Fanworks as, ”…a creative work produced by one or more fans, generally intended for other fans. A common defining phrase used in fandom is “by fans for fans,”[1] or something similar,[2] though this definition might incorporate other fan activity as well.“ Why do we create/consume fanworks works (fanfic, vids, podcasts, etc.) What needs do these works fulfill? Where is the line between copyright and creativity? What role does the individual fandom community that work is created within play? How does fandom as an overall community play a role in these works? How is the perception of fanworks and the definition above evolving? (Shadow)

Spanish Language Lunch: Aboard ship, meet Spanish language and culture lovers for conversation and fun! Make new friends as you practice speaking, discover new phrases, and finally figure out verb conjugations! All ages and levels welcome. (Shadow)

Cody Wymore's Musical Mad Science Piano Laboratory: Cody is back with a whole new batch of songs to play and sing! Plenty of banter and surprises as well - come check it out! (Shadow)

Creating a Paper Prototype for a video game (shadow)

Spin Wool- learn or do: Come try out spinning. Materials supplied or bring your own and just hang out and spin. I will teach new spinners. (Shadow)

International Women's Day Photo (shadow)

Ninja Concert - Little Bobby Tables: Little Bobby Tables is a five-piece San Francisco-based band that plays original songs about lonely spacecraft, Mexican cryptids, confused superheroes, and Star Trek characters who may or may not be employees at tech startups. (Shadow)

Poly Monkey(Δ) Meetup & Mixer (shadow)

Sentinel Comics Office Hours with Christopher Badell: Have questions about the world of Sentinel Comics? Want to know more about Sentinels of the Multiverse, Sentinel Tactics, or the upcoming Sentinel Comics RPG? Curious about game creation and bringing games to life via design, writing, development, and even Kickstarter? Well this is the place for you! Come hang out for an informal hour of questions and answers with Sentinel Comics creator and Greater Than Games owner Christopher Badell. (Shadow)

Slow Jam & Singalong on Songs We All Know!: Want to enjoy playing great familiar tunes with other SeaMonkey(Δ)s? Bring the chords or chart for a simple classic or standard song you think most people already know, or pick one from the host's songbook, or just sing along. We'll quickly break down each song into arrangements, review the rhythm chords, and take turns playing lead, fills or solo breaks. Guitar, uke, mando, bass, keys, rhythm, voice, harmonica, ocarina, kazoo, whatever: all welcome. (Shadow)

Brian & Zoe's Excellent Musical Adventure: So we like, play music. And stuff. And sing, if you're into that kind of thing. To be honest, we're probably going to sing even if you're not into it, but in that case please hold the Yelp review. - Brian. it's gonna be lit - Zoe (Shadow)

Costume English / Contra / Square Dance Party (shadow)

Alexander Jamilton: Building on last year's highly successful Alexander Hamilton singalong activity, but this year we have a special weapon… the printed songbook has been released! We'll sing through everyone's favorite Hamilton songs together with piano accompaniment. BYO instruments to jam along. (Shadow)

The Adam Sakellarides and Friendellarides Music Show (shadow)

Juliana Finch - #AllTheFeels Live!: Singer/songwriter and extreme bedhead practitioner Juliana Finch plays the album she wrote that was funded almost entirely by SeaMonkey(Δ)s. Come ready to have some feelings. Pajamas encouraged. (Shadow)

Metagaming Meetup (shadow)

Keith Explains!: On shore, Keith has a TV show where he talks about stuff. On a boat, he'll probably do the same thing, and maybe tape it. (Shadow)

Songs of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones Concert with Zoe Gray (shadow)

Cocktail Meetup of Cosplayers & Costumers: Come meet your follow Cosplayers & Costumers on the ship for a cocktail or two. This is an opportunity to meet other SeaMonkey(Δ)s, chat, and sport your costuming/cosplay ensembles who share the same love of the craft. (Shadow)

Geek Out About Tattoos (shadow)

Joss Whedon (Buffy and Dr. Horrible) Sing-Along! (shadow)

How To Play: Illimat: A card game that feels like you found it in your grandfathers attic, but with a dynamic modern twist. Illimat is designed by Keith Baker ( Gloom, Eberron ) in collaboration with the band The Decemberists with art by Carson Ellis. (Shadow)

Newbie Initiative Games: Come meet fellow first-time Sea Monkey(Δ)s and accelerate new friendships with Initiative Games! Perfect for people who are nervous about unstructured interaction. Work together in shifting teams to meet a variety of challenges. Veteran Monkey(Δ)s welcome too! (Shadow)

The Hero Instant! A new, super-heroic RPG!: The Hero Instant is a new, indie super-hero RPG. During this 4-hour game session, players will quickly create a brand new team of super-heroes who are thrown into an adventure that will include drama, suspense, a mysterious underwater city and the strange beings who live there! Who are they? What are they after? Most importantly, how long have they been here on Earth? (Shadow)

How To Play: Fuse (Board Game): A beat the clock cooperative game that employs 25 dice and 65 cards. Each game is set to a ten-minute timer, and players must work together in that ten minutes to defuse all of the bombs. Each bomb is represented by a card which needs a certain combination of dice in order to defuse it. A player will draw a number of dice equal to the number of players out of a bag and roll them. Players must then decide who will get which dice, but each player must take one and only one. Ages 11+ (Shadow)

Sentinel Comics: The Roleplaying Game Character Creation: Create your own hero! The upcoming Sentinel Comics Roleplaying Game has a fun heroic character creation system, and Sentinel Comics creator Christopher Badell is here to show it of.! Bring your ideas, or let the process help you make a hero on the fly! (Shadow)

Sentinel Comics: The Roleplaying Game Demo: Come play in a super-powered tabletop RPG, run by Sentinel Comics creator Christopher Badell! Play as a stalwart hero in this new RPG system, which will be coming to Kickstarter later this year. Band together with your fellow heroes! Fight crime! Save the day! Only 6 players each session; first come, first served. But there are multiple sessions! (Shadow)

How To Play: Lotus: Lotus is a beautiful game that grows into a unique work of art every time you play.Clear your head and take in the quiet strength of the lotus garden. It takes skillful care and nurturing to grow these flowers to their full potential, but, once picked, they provide their owner with wisdom. Beware, for there are others who will do anything they can to get their hands on these mystical flowers. You'll need to enlist the help of creatures native to this land to take control of the lotus garden and achieve true enlightenment. Ages 8+ (Shadow)

How To Play: Dragoon: Dragoon is an action strategy game with an ever-changing landscape. Village and city tiles populate the map each round using a coordinate system. During your turn, choose between claiming villages and cities that pay you tribute, or destroying them out right for instant gold. Challenge other players in dragon-to-dragon combat before they lay waste to your empire or enter your cave to steal your riches. You?re never out of the game until the last gold coin is snatched up! Ages 13+ (Shadow)

Test Rochi with James Ernest: Help playtest Rochi, a new gambling game which will be part of the next fantasy novel by Sonia Lyris, her sequel to The Seer. Rochi is a gambling game for 2-8 players, played with a Tarot-style deck with six suits of different sizes. It’s a completely whole deck design, and it’s a completely different way to think about how gambling games should work. There is no betting, very little bluffing, and six different pots! We'd like your feedback on the rules of the game, both in clarity and fun value. Come give it a try! (Shadow)

Maybe Capital Board Games: Maybe Capital, the most important Venture Capital firm in Silicon Valley invites to become an honorary board member for one hour of the cruise! We'll meet to pitch important startups like “Uber for Puppies” and “Twitter for Short Trips To The Grocery Store” while investing in each other's companies. The winner is the one with the most companies and investment, who, of course, gets to throw Million Dollar bills in the air while their friends film it in slow motion. Maybe Capital: The Only Game Where Nothing Is Fair. (Shadow)

How To Play: Secret Hitler: Secret Hitler is a social deduction game for 5?10 people about finding and stopping the Secret Hitler.The majority of players are liberals. If they can learn to trust each other, they have enough votes to control the table and win the game. But some players are fascists. They will say whatever it takes to get elected, enact their agenda, and blame others for the fallout. The liberals must work together to discover the truth before the fascists install their cold-blooded leader and win the game. (Shadow)

You, too, can play D&D. (shadow)

Letter Tycoon: Learn how to play Letter Tycoon - the Mensa winning game where you build an alphabet empire! More of a strategy game than a word game - in Letter Tycoon - you can buy a Patent for one of the letters you use when you spell a word! Lesser frequency letters have special powers - longer words earn both money and stock. Collect stock and money to become the Letter Tycoon. (Shadow)

Office Hours with Mike Selinker (shadow)

How To Play: Monikers: A simple and fun party game where you guess the name on a card. Each team has 60 seconds to get through as many weird, inappropriate names as they can. In the first round, you can say anything you want. In the second, you can only use one word. And in the third, you can?t say anything at all ? just charades. The same cards are used in each round, so by the end of the game, you?ve made up a bunch of hilarious jokes together. (Shadow)

Traditional Card Games - teaching & playing: I plan on bringing the following for traditional card games: - playing cards, - rule sheets, - score sheets, - signup sheets for teaching sessions and playing sessions for myself or others who want to. For these games: - Double deck pinochle, - Hand & Foot, - 2 player pinochle, - Crazy Eights, - Hearts, - Klondike Solitaire, - Gin Rummy (Shadow)

Business of Boardgames (shadow)

Projector and Retro-games!: A projector and a small computer with controllers. Left out for public use. Enjoy! (Shadow)

Bridge Card Game Play: Please join us in the Game Room for Bridge games and instruction! All skill levels encouraged and welcomed! (Shadow)

Time Empire - a board-game playtest: Time-travel! Empire-building! Please help me play-test a board-game prototype! Time Empire is a mid-level strategy game in which the players build up their competing empires through a series of seven Ages. When Time Travel is invented, you can send Agents back to previous turns to change the course of history! (Shadow)

Learn to play Tak!: Imagined in Patrick Rothfuss's The Wise Man's Fear and made reality by James Ernest, Tak is a truly beautiful game. Learn more about Tak at, and drop by for quick Tak lesson! (Shadow)

Competitive Tak: Know how to play Tak: A Beautiful Game? Test your mettle against other players for the chance to win shiny, shiny prizes. (Shadow)

Parsely Games with Andy Looney:

  • Andy Looney will be your personal computer as you play a classic-style text adventure game in discussion-group format. 4 different games will be played in 3 sessions on Sea Days:
  • Day 2: MUFFINS You've stumbled into the secret underground headquarters of the McFeezle's Muffins Company. So, what's down here?
  • Day 6: FUN WORLD You are inside the Fun World amusement park after they close the gates. What mysteries will you uncover?
  • Day 7: ALICE'S ADVENTURES UNDER THE TABLE That juice you just drank has made you shrink to the size of a mouse! Now what?
  • Bonus Game (time permitting): BACK IN 5 MINUTES That crazy scientist's body was just taken away, and you are all alone in his lab. So, what's that mysterious portal all about? (Shadow)

Pyramid Arcade Experiment #2:

  • Hypothesis One: At least 50 JoCo2017 Cruisers will want to play our new game, Pyramid Arcade, given 100+ people did on the DiceTower Cruise in December 2016 (No pressure :)
  • Hypothesis Two: At least 3 people will have learned Homeworlds and challenge Andy to a game (Did you know you can win a medal if you beat Andy at Homeworlds?)
  • Andy Looney (and his companion Dr. Leila) will be playing/teaching pyramid games at various times throughout the cruise. Check the Looney Labs Pyramid Arcade poster in the game room, look on the door of cabin 8005, or check wherever Home Office decrees schedules shall be.
  • Find Dr. Leila to get an Exp# sticker for your badge. We will be playing the 22 games that come in Pyramid Arcade + Zendo, and recording which games each person plays in our Experiment Logbook. We will have a demo copy and there will be another one in the game library. If you play a game while Dr. Leila is not around, snap a picture showing the end game, your # on your badge, and a thumbs up or down depending on if you won the game. Each game you play is a chance to win!
  • We will raffle off the two demo copies of Pyramid Arcade on the last day of the cruise. Games played must be recorded in our Experiment Logbook to count. You get a raffle entry for each of the 23 games you play + an entry for each you won! Learn 10 games for a bonus 10 raffle entries and a Starship Captain sticker! (Shadow)

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

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