2021 EVENT DIRECTORY

KEYNOTE SPEAKER BIOS

APRIL-LYN CAOUETTE

Love Thy Nerd

10.16.21 | 11a ET

April-Lyn Caouette is one of the co-founders of Love Thy Nerd. With seven years of experience in nerd culture ministry (and a lifetime’s experience of being a nerd herself) her passion is for connection—learning how to grow authentic relationships where talking about faith and life comes naturally. As LTN’s Chief Resource Nerd, she works to equip people with tools to help them better love and serve the nerds in their midst. She has also written for GROW Curriculum and Lifeway Students.

DREW DIXON

Love Thy Nerd

10.16.21 | 5p ET

Drew Dixon is co-founder and Chief Content Nerd at Love Thy Nerd and author of the forthcoming book Know Thy Gamer: A Parent’s Guide to Video Games (Summer 2022, B&H Publishing). Drew is the Team Leader for Student Ongoing Bible Studies at Lifeway and has written for Christianity Today, World Magazine, Relevant Magazine, Paste Magazine, Think Christian, and The Christian Research Journal. Drew and his wife Jennifer have three children and live in the Nashville Tennessee area.

ALEXANDER JAMES

Urban Youth Workers Institute

10.17.21 | 11a ET

Alexander James (Urban Youth Workers Institute) is a Los Angeles born speaker, poet, husband and father who has shared his heart on countless stages over his ten-year career. Trained and sculpted by the rough streets of South LA. Alexander gained a sharp wit and a natural curiosity that gives him a unique perspective on issues of justice, love, marriage, fatherhood, and faith. He seeks to use his creative and inquisitive mind to shape the leaders that will turn the world upside down for Christ!

@_bhonest | @bhonest_ | uywi.org

JAMIE HARRIS

Satellite Gaming

10.17.21 | 5p ET

Jamie is a daddy, hubby, Jesus lover, and of course, he’s a nerd. Jamie is the founder of Satellite Gaming and has a passion to reach youth through nerd culture.

BREAKOUT SPEAKERS

JACLYN PARRISH

South Western Baptist Theological Seminary

10.16.21 | 2p ET

Jaclyn S. Parrish is the Director of Marketing at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where her coworkers look upon her interest in Dungeons & Dragons with amused curiosity, and no one accuses her of worshiping Satan. She has written for platforms such as The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, Whedon Studies Association, and Christianity and Literature, and has been playing D&D with the same party for more than four years.

MIKE PERNA

Innroads Ministries

10.17.21 | 2p ET

Mike Perna is the founder and president of InnRoads Ministries, a ministry dedicated to helping church and community groups build relationships that change lives and demonstrate the love of God across the gaming table. He is the host of the Game Store Prophets and Bard & Bible podcasts, and when he’s not doing any of that he is raising his son up to be a nerd like his father before him.

HECTOR MIRAY

Faith & Fandom

10.16.21 | 4p ET

Hector Miray is a geeky pastor from Lumberton, NC. He is the author of the Faith & Fandom book series, and co-host of the Pull List Podcast. Hector travels to 20+ cons a year when the world is “normal,” doing ministry of various kinds. Other nerd creds: Hector recently became a writer for the Comic Book Aceblade, was a screenwriter for Clevver/Screen Junkies/Fandom, and was on the TV show Swamp Thing for like 3 seconds.

JAMES MEEHAN

Life.Church

10.17.21 | 1p ET

James Meehan is the Director of Student Ministry Content at Life.Church, a Soulsborne aficionado, Tolkien fanboy, and a part-time dungeon master. The first time he watched the Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Trilogy, he cried for probably 60% of the 11ish hour journey. It was glorious. On top of that, he thinks God of War (2018) is the best father-son story in media.

DERRICK WHITMORE

Shattered Studios

10.16.21 | 1p ET

Derrick Whitmore is a storyteller, creative arts minister, geek culture lover, pastor, missionary and Executive Director of Shattered Studios, a nonprofit organization that shares hope and faith through the performance, creative, and media arts.

JOHN WEIAND

Shattered Studios

10.16.21 | 1p ET

John Weiand (Shattered Studios) is a pastor, writer, Dungeon Master, lover of all things godly and geeky, and firm believer that faith is fun.

JATE EARHART

[LOVE] Clan

10.17.21 | 3p ET

Jate Earhart ([LOVE] Clan) worked in the motion design industry with companies like Google, Nike, & ESPN until he began asking God for a life of purpose, rather than money. He spent five years learning & growing while working with churches & church plants, and in 2020, began live streaming full time.

BRET CHAPMAN

The Enthusia Project

10.16.21 | 3p ET

Bret “Chaplain” Chapman (The Enthusia Project) is emerging from a 25-year career in pastoral ministry that focused on youth and family development to inhabit the eSports community as a player development coach. Chaplain’s unique approach in eSports performance focuses on building healthy team dynamics through individual mental skills and self-mastery.

LTN CON SCHEDULE

CALENDAR

FRIDAY | DAY 0

10a ET

DINOSAUR WORLD

Pandasaurus Games

LIVE PLAY

Each round, you’ll draft a group of Workers from the Worker Database to run your park for a full season. Then you’ll divide up those Workers to take on the various tasks of building and running your Park — gathering ancient DNA, cloning new dinos, buying new attractions, and keeping your patrons safe from a toothy demise. The better you run your park, the more Victory Points you’ll score!

12p ET

FURNACE

Arcane Wonders

LIVE PLAY

Furnace is an engine-building Eurogame in which players take on the roles of 19th-century capitalists building their industrial corporations, aspiring to make as much money as they can by purchasing companies, extracting resources, and processing them in the best combinations possible.

1p ET

MARVEL UNITED | X-MEN

CMON

LIVE PLAY

Take the role of iconic Marvel heroes cooperating to stop the master plan of a powerful Villain controlled by the game. Each Villain unveils their unique master plan, while Heroes choose the cards to play from their unique decks that not only offer different actions and superpowers to use, but also combine with the actions of other Heroes to do the impossible. Build your storyline, unite your powers, save the day!

2p ET

THE NIGHT CAGE

Smirk & Dagger Games

LIVE PLAY

The Night Cage is a fully cooperative, horror-themed, tile-placement game that traps 1 to 4 lost souls within an otherworldly labyrinth of eternal darkness.

3p ET

POWER RANGERS: ZEO

Renegade Games

LIVE PLAY

In this standalone but fully compatible deck-building game expansion, some players will be Heroes and some will be Villains.  You’ll start with a meager deck that will become increasingly powerful as the game progresses, until you can unleash a powerful Megazord or Master attack.

4p ET

KHORA

iello Experts

LIVE PLAY

You are the ruler of a resplendent city in Ancient Greece. It is up to you to develop it faster and better than your opponents! Optimize your dice roll, collect taxes, send your army to colonize foreign lands, unlock achievements… and make sure your City will shine throughout the whole of Greece!

6p ET

LTN SUPPORTER CALL

Fellowship of the Nerd

ZOOM

We love to chat with our supporters to tell them about things that we’ve have been working on and ideas that we have for the future of Love Thy Nerd. This is where we share that information.

7p ET

LTN SUPPORTER GAME

Quiplash

ZOOM

If you’re a regular financial supporter of Love Thy Nerd then we would like to invite you to join us for one of our all-time favorite group games: QUIPLASH! All you will need is your phone!

7p ET

THE STARRY SEA

Tabletop

3 – 4 hrs

FULL

D&D 5E One Shot

Host: Colby Whittaker

A D&D 5E one shot in a homebrew world of infinite ocean and strange tides.

8p ET

LOST RUINS OF ARNAK

Czech Games Edition (CGE)

LIVE PLAY

Lead rival expeditions to a newly discovered island. Explore jungles, find artifacts, and discover the Lost Ruins of Arnak in this unique combination of worker placement and deckbuilding.

10p ET

RETRO VIDEO GAMES

Various

LIVE PLAY

We LOVE playing video games from the good ol’ days. They activate our nostalgia and make us feel pretty good about ourselves… generally speaking. Join us as we play through a few of our favorites.

10p EST

BACK 4 BLOOD

Video Games

2 hrs

FULL

Cooperative Video Game

Host: Michael D. Brown II

Back 4 Blood is a thrilling cooperative first-person shooter from the creators of the critically acclaimed Left 4 Dead franchise. Crossplay.

10p ET

NIGHTBOOKS

Watch Party

2 hrs

Watch Party

Host: Madeline Turnipseed – LTN Book Club Podcast

Come watch Nightbooks and get ready for the spooky season! Scary story fan Alex must tell a spine-tingling tale every night – or stay trapped with his new friend in a wicked witch’s magical apartment forever. Rated PG.

10p ET

DELIVERANCE

Tabletop

2-3 hrs

Tabletop Game

Host: Wesley Cone

Deliverance is a cooperative tactical adventure board game about angels, demons and the saints caught between… Take on the role of elite angelic warriors and discover the mystery of the demonic obsession with the small town of Fallbrook.

10p ET

GOOSE GOOSE DUCK

Video Games

1-2 hrs

Free-to-Play Video Game

Host: Matthew Coker

It’s your standard Among Us-style whodunnit game with fun extra roles like Sheriff, Dodo and Morphling!

12a ET

MIDNIGHT DICE THRONE

Tabletop

2 hrs

Tabletop Game

Host: Roosevelt Cooper

Dice Throne is a heart-pumping, fast-playing game of skilled card play & dice manipulation that will have your game nights cheering. Often described to new players as “Yahtzee meets Magic: The Gathering,” Dice Throne is a fast and strategic game of card play and dice manipulation for 2-6 Players.

SATURDAY | DAY 1

10a ET

WELCOME TO LTN CON

Matt & Bubba

It’s finally here! LTN Con is officially underway and Matt & Bubba are here to open day one with a cup of the exclusive Love Thy Nerd Blend from This Little Bean of Mine and some of the best conversations you’ll have heard all day.

11a ET

APRIL-LYN CAOUETTE

Love Thy Nerd

KEYNOTE

Finding Affinity: Nerds of a Feather

Learn why finding common ground is an important first step for effectively loving and serving within nerd culture.

Registered LTN Con attendees can join us on Discord after the keynote for a Q&A session with our speaker.

11:30a ET

THE QUEEN’S EDICT

Tabletop

3 hrs

FULL

Narnia D&D 5E Adventure

Host: Lisa Eldred

Narnia is recovering from the White Witch’s 100 year reign, and the young Queen Susan has just given her first edict: to rebuild! Everyone is willing and eager, but not everything is as straightforward as it should be….

Characters will be provided. A basic knowledge of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is helpful.

12:30p ET

CODENAMES

Tabletop

2 hrs

Tabletop Game

Host: Bryan Falk

Team-based word association game. Find all the spy operatives on your team before the other team does—but don’t pick the assassin or it’s game over!

1p ET

DERRICK WHITMORE, JOHN WEIAND, & JEFF GRANT

Shattered Studios

BREAKOUT

Crossing the Streams of Geekiness and Godliness

Discover how God can use your nerdy passions and your faith together.

Registered LTN Con attendees can join us on Discord after the breakout for a Q&A session with our speakers.

2p ET

JACLYN PARRISH

South Western Baptist Theological Seminary

BREAKOUT

How D&D Helps Us Build Authentic Community

We’ll explore how relationships forged in tabletop RPGs can shape us into people better capable of making and maintaining real friendships.

Registered LTN Con attendees can join us after the breakout for a Q&A session with our speaker.

3p ET

BRET CHAPMAN

The Enthusia Project

BREAKOUT

The Reverse Gospel

A dynamic understanding of being last. You are the hope of the gospel!

Registered LTN Con attendees can join us after the breakout for a Q&A session with our speaker.

3p ET

CHAOS RISING

LTN Book Club

2 hrs

Book Club Discussion

Host: Madeline Turnipseed – LTN Book Club Podcast

Join the LTN Book Club as we discuss Chaos Rising, the first book in the Star Wars Thrawn Ascendancy trilogy by Timothy Zahn! You’re welcome to join even if you haven’t read the book, just know we’ll be spoiling it.

4p ET

HECTOR MIRAY

Faith & Fandom

BREAKOUT

20 Pro Tips to Loving Like Jesus at a Con

Hector provides some practical suggestions and examples to loving the con community like Jesus.

Registered LTN Con attendees can join us after the breakout for a Q&A session with our speaker.

5p ET

DREW DIXON

Love Thy Nerd

KEYNOTE

Creating Proximity: Neighboring Nerds in a Deeply Divided Culture

Jesus calls us to the counter-cultural task of neighboring rather than labeling, and nerd culture provides us a starting place to do just that.

Registered LTN Con attendees can join us after the breakout for a Q&A session with our speaker.

6p ET

MINECRAFT LEAGUE FINALS

LTN + Satellite Gaming

FINAL ROUND

The past seven rounds of the Minecraft League have all led up to this point—the FINALS! We have seen some absolutely KILLER builds and for the finale we will see how the teams did with the theme of “Free Style.” Who will walk away with the grand prize!?

7p ET

JACKBOX WITH FRIENDS!

Video Games

2-3 hrs

FULL

Social Video Game

Host: Rachel Knight

Come and play some Jackbox games with us! Packs 1-7 are all available.  Jackbox Games are online party games. Only the person running things has to own the game, and everyone else plays from their own devices. 

7:30p ET

LTN STREAM TEAM PLAYS D&D

LTN Stream Team

LIVE PLAY

Watch the LTN Stream Team play D&D together. Some of them have little to no idea what they’re doing. What can possibly go wrong?

8p ET

SECRET HITLER

Tabletop

2 hrs

Tabletop Game

Host: Bryan Falk

Secret Hitler is a social deduction game for 5-10 people about finding and stopping the Secret Hitler.

10p ET

RETRO VIDEO GAMES

Various

LIVE PLAY

We LOVE playing video games from the good ol’ days. They activate our nostalgia and make us feel pretty good about ourselves… generally speaking. Join us as we pay through a few of our favorites.

10p ET

Mechanicus

Tabletop

3-4 hrs

Stargate SG-I RPG Cosmic Horror One Shot

Host: Jonathan Reedy

“It’s a beacon, it predates the Stargate by several million years– and we activated it.”

Side Mission: Mechanicus is a cosmic horror themed one shot adventure set in the world of Stargate SG-1! Whether you’re a fan of the show, a TTRPG Veteran, brand new to rolling dice, or have never heard of the show at all, this game is open to anyone!

10p ET

DELIVERANCE

Tabletop

2-3 hrs

Tabletop Game

Host: Wesley Cone

Deliverance is a cooperative tactical adventure board game about angels, demons and the saints caught between… Take on the role of elite angelic warriors and discover the mystery of the demonic obsession with the small town of Fallbrook.

SUNDAY | DAY 2

10a ET

DAY 2 MORNING SHOW

Matt & Bubba

LTN CON DAY 2 KICKOFF

I know that it feels like we’ve only just begun, but Matt & Bubba are here to kick off the final day of LTN Con 2021. So grab your coffee, a donut (or whatever pairs perfectly with your roast) and let’s settle in for a great day!

11a ET

ALEXANDER JAMES

Urban Youth Workers Institute

KEYNOTE

Growing Influence: PLUS ULTRA!

The goal of this session is to become intentional influencers that inspire incredibly innovative individuals! 

Registered LTN Con attendees can join us after the breakout for a Q&A session with our speaker.

 

11a ET

WINGSPAN

Tabletop

2-3 hrs

FULL

Tabletop Game

Host: Lisa Eldred

An early(ish) game for the earlybirds. Build a diverse habitat and attract birds in this beautiful game.

1p ET

JAMES MEEHAN

LIFE.CHURCH

BREAKOUT

A Dead Messiah, A Failed Hero, and the End of Evil

How Frodo’s failure to resist the temptation of the ring sheds light on why Jesus had to die.

Registered LTN Con attendees can join us after the breakout for a Q&A session with our speaker.

 

2p ET

MIKE PERNA

Innroads Ministries

KEYNOTE

The Best Seat by the Fire

A reflection on the application of the “no preaching rule” and discussion on how to share the gospel effectively as invitation through story rather than through presentation of the gospel in a message.

Registered LTN Con attendees can join us after the breakout for a Q&A session with our speaker.

 

2p ET

DELIVERANCE

Tabletop

2-3 hrs

Tabletop Game

Host: Roosevelt Cooper

Deliverance is a cooperative tactical adventure board game about angels, demons and the saints caught between… Take on the role of elite angelic warriors and discover the mystery of the demonic obsession with the small town of Fallbrook.

2p ET

MINECRAFT LEAGUE AFTER PARTY!

Video Games

2 hrs

Sandbox Video Game

Host: Matthew Selfors

Let’s relax and have some fun in Minecraft now that MCL is done! No submission deadlines and you can build whatever you want. All players welcome—this is not limited to only MCL participants. We will be playing on the Satellite Gaming Minecraft server (which supports Java AND Bedrock)

3p ET

HONEY HEIST

Tabletop

3-4 hrs

FULL

Tabletop RPG – An LTN Con Tradition! (3rd Annual)

Host: Jonathan Reedy

You. Are. A. Bear. And you are constantly in search of that liquid gold, that sticky nectar of life, that good ol’ fashioned bee juice! I’m talking about HONEY. You and a team of other criminal bears must execute the most outrageous and convoluted heist you can come up with! Honey Heist is a very fun and simple TTRPG for all ages and is great for beginners and veterans alike.

4p ET

LTN Q & A

LTN Founders

1 hr

You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers.

Join the LTN Founders as they answer your questions regarding Love Thy Nerd, their philosophy of ministry, and all things related to nerd culture. If you’re in the Twitch they would love to hear from you!

5p ET

JAMIE HARRIS

Satellite Gaming

KEYNOTE

Lasting Impact: Empowering Disciples

Every time we disciple someone we leave a lasting impact on their life. How do leave the right one?

Registered LTN Con attendees can join us after the breakout for a Q&A session with our speaker.

 

Official Con Closer

Every year at LTN Con we close our show out with a beautiful and powerful moment of Communion. All are welcome to participate and we encourage you to grab whatever you have on hand to engage in this communal remembrance of Jesus love for us.

7p ET

RETRO GAMES

VARIOUS

LIVE PLAY

We LOVE playing video games from the good ol’ days. They activate our nostalgia and make us feel pretty good about ourselves… generally speaking. Join us as we play through a few of our favorites.

7p ET

DUNE: IMPERIUM

Tabletop

2-3 hrs

1 SPOT LEFT!

Tabletop Game

Host: Jared Bangs

Dune: Imperium was a big hit in 2020 and has held its spot near the top of the BGG “hotness” list since its release. It is a really fun combination of worker placement and deck building, with excellently done thematic integration into the world of Dune. Before you check out the new movie opening later this month, give this game a try!

7:30p ET

DIXIT

Tabletop

1 hr

1 SPOT LEFT!

Tabletop Game

Host: April-Lyn Caouette

Take some time to relax with a game of Dixit! Dixit is a beautiful card game that is easy to learn and fun for all ages. Using a deck of cards illustrated with dreamlike images, players select cards that match a title suggested by the Storyteller, and attempt to guess which card the storyteller selected. 

8p ET

AWAKEN

Tabletop

3-4 hrs

1 SPOT LEFT!

D&D 5e Adventure

Host: Roosevelt Cooper

Far out in the middle of the ocean stands an island of sand, rock, jungle, and creatures. This island isn’t on any map. It isn’t in any history books. No sea shanties share songs of its existence. No, this island is a total mystery. For centuries, it’s trapped explorers, both domestic and extraterrestrial, within its watery borders. Humanoid, animal, fiend, or celestial, no one has ever been able to escape Mystery Island.

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