SiglerFest 2014, the fourth SiglerFest, took place October 10 through 11, 2014, 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 2014 was Gettin' Siggy With It, a play on the Will Smith Song Gettin' Jiggy Wid It, which had a roof-raising performance by Junkie Jerome Bird at SiglerFest 2013's karaoke.
|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: Dead Son 2: Red vs. Dead or Kite||Orleans Century 18, upstairs at The Orleans|
|11:30 PM||End of programming day|
|10:00 AM||Welcome!||Overview, hotel rules, notes on the day. Coffee & tea provided.|
|10:15 AM||Live reading: ALIVE||Sigler reads from new year's Del Rey release.|
|11:30 AM||Krakens Roster Discussion||Every SiglerFest-goer required to attend.|
|1:00 PM||Lunch (Orleans Food Court)||Watch Scott eat as many as four Whoppers!|
|2:30 PM||Siglerism Family Feud||Oh, hell yes.|
|4:30 PM||Break/Dinner on your own||Be sure to rest your singing voices!|
|7:00 pm||Karaoke in the Orleans Bowling Center||You only sing if you want to but must clap for anyone who does! Also, Scott will likely sing with you.|
|11:00 pm||End of Programming Day|
|10:00 AM||Morning announcements/updates||A has the info! Coffee & tea provided.|
|10:15 AM||Live reading: Hippo||Scott's new story from V-Wars. (It's pretty gross, y'all.)|
|11:30 AM||Sigler Online Community||GoodReads, G+, Facebook oh my!|
|12:30 PM||Lunch||Orleans Food Court|
|2:00 PM||Impending DØM||What's cooking at Empty Set (plus open Q & A)|
|3:00 PM||Sigler Jeopardy||The triumphant return!|
|4:45 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 2K14 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
- During Saturday's Lunch, Junkie Nelson McClintock created the Facebook group Sigler Junkies to help provide a social outlet independent of the Scott Sigler website.
- First Siglerism Family Feud
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.
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.