SiglerFest 2013, the third SiglerFest, took place October 11 through 12, 2013, at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Although official programming was Friday and Saturday, SiglerFest was bookended by some pre-fest frivolity and some post-fest football camaraderie.
The theme of SiglerFest 2013 was Agents of S.I.G.L.E.R., a play on the popular Marvel Cinematic Universe television show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
|5:00 PM||Junkie Meet n' Greet||Brendan's Irish Pub, Main Floor|
|7:00 PM||Dinner||Coasta Cantina, Main Floor|
|~9:45 PM||Movie: Gravity or Machete Kills||Orleans Century 18, upstairs at The Orleans|
|9:30 AM||Welcome!||Overview, hotel rules, notes on the day.|
|9:45 AM||Human Experimentation||Yes, for real. Yes, on you.|
|10:15 AM||Live reading: Young Author's Showcase||Sigler reads young Sigler. We giggle.|
|11:00 AM||Snack Break!|
|12:00 PM||Lunch||Orleans Food Court|
|12:30 PM||Board bus for field trip||Meet at Front Desk Waiting Area, Main Floor|
|12:45 PM||Depart Orleans||Transit to Neon Museum|
|1:30 PM||Neon Museum||Scott's paid for your entry, you must wear closed toe shoes.|
|3:00 PM||Depart museum||Transit to Orleans|
|6:00 pm||Karaoke in the Orleans Bowling Center (you can sing if you want to and must clap for anyone who does!)||DØM buys you turkey wraps, other snacks and sings karaoke until 8:00pm. Drinks are your obligation! We have the room after that until 11:00pm|
|11:00 pm||End of Programming Day|
|9:30 AM||Morning announcements/updates||A has the info!|
|10:00 AM||CHAMPION sneak peek||Scott will read a bit of the first draft!|
|11:00 AM||Sigler Jeopardy!||Not as hard as last time!|
|12:00 PM||Lunch||Orleans Food Court|
|1:30 PM||Junkie Contributors & Creations||Scott talks with Pondy, Kelly & Steve about working in the DØM mines ...|
|2:45 PM||Cards Against Siglerism||Group game, with prizes, NSFW|
|4:30 PM||Impending DØM/Q & A||Recording for podcast feed|
|5:15 PM||Orangeslaught Group Photo!||Go Krakens!|
|6:00 PM||Bowling with the FDØ (and pizza party!)||DØM buys your bowling, shoe rental, pizza & pop.|
|9:00 PM||End of programming day|
|10:00 AM||Football watching||Brendan's Irish Pub, Main Floor|
|12:00 pm||SiglerFest 2K13 ends|
As with every SiglerFest, each registered attendee received some swag.
In addition, registered attendees received:
- A box of Reeses Pieces
- A length of beads to wear
- First Karaoke
- Jerome Bird's rendition of Gettin' Siggy Wid It
- First electronic Junkie Jeopardy
Thursday Night Activity
In established tradition, early arrivers met at Brendan's Irish pub for some drinks and meet and greet. SiglerFest veterans, rookies, A Kovacs and Scott Sigler all gathered to rub elbows and kick off the 'Fest. Dinner was hosted by DØM at Coasta Cantina Express and many full and satisfied junkies went to the onsite movie theater to watch Machete Kills.
Friday morning's programming kicked off with Human Experimentation, during which Junkies volunteered to imbibe a variety of disgusting flavored soft drinks, such as Candy Corn and Ranch Dressing. Afterwards, Sigler read another story from his youth, [Need Story Name].
In short order, the year's cake was revealed: A beautiful giant triangle with creepy eyes, accompanied by Hydra cupcakes.
After lunch, the SiglerBus™ boarded and took junkies for an off-site excursion to The Neon Museum for a self-guided tour of Vegas neon signs of years past.
Upon returning to The Orleans, everyone took a break before meeting up for Karaoke. Though it was a slow start, Junkie Jerome Bird got the party jumping by singing Will Smith's Gettin' Jiggy Wid It with the substituted lyrics Gettin' Siggy Wid It. The performance brought down the house, and the clever wordplay ended up being the theme for SiglerFest 2014.
Saturday's programming began with Sigler reading some of the first draft of his work-in-progress, The Champion.
Next up was a round of Junkie Jeopardy, prepared by BigJohn Vizcarra.
After lunch, Sigler hosted an interview panel, featuring Scott E. Pond, the in-house designer for DØM, Steve "The Iceberg" Riekeberg, DØM's audio engineer, and Kelly "The Builder" McArdle. Scott and Steve talked about what is involved in producing content for DØM, and Kelly described his creation, a Lego version of The PUV James Keeling he brought to display.
After a break, Scott and A held a Q&A session coupled with "Impending DØM," where they outlined some of the forthcoming activity expected from Dark Øverlord Media in the upcoming months. The next event was the Orangeslaught and BlackOut photos. The Orangeslaught is a picture of junkies wearing their Ionath Krakens away jerseys, which are colored orange. The BlackOut photo is a photo of junkies wearing the Krakens home colors, black.
After pictures, everyone retreated for a break prior to meeting up at the onsite bowling alley for the bowling celebration. Once again, Scott wasn't feeling well so he stayed in his hotel room. Luckily, his cousin Francis Dominic Olivieri was on-hand to host the festivities and bowl everywhere.
On Sunday morning, junkies gathered in Brendan's to watch their favorite football teams prior to saying their goodbyes and beginning their journeys home.
Junkie Stephanie Harvey once again worked with Las Vegas Custom Cakes to create a gorgeous cake baed on the Triangles from Infected. To accompany the cake were cupcakes with a Pandemic Hydra sticking out of it.
The field trip for SiglerFest 2013 was to the Vegas Neon Museum, a self-guided tour through a graveyard of old signs for Vegas attractions that have either closed or been remodeled.
Sigler did a live reading during the Fest. He read one of the stories from his youth, [Need Story Name]. He also read from the first draft of The Champion.