Summer camp for nerds? The greatest vacation you’ll ever have? All the best parts of cons and music festivals—gaming, concerts, comedy, hanging out with your tribe—with absolute dominion over an entire cruise ship filled with free food, fruity drinks and swimming pools? Yes, yes, and yes.
Join our annual gathering of creative makers, artists and technorati, celebrating their favorite things and discovering new ones. All week long there are live performances large and small, parties and hangouts, writing and gaming events, and much, much more—all hosted by singer-songwriter and Internet-famous person Jonathan Coulton. (a.k.a. "JoCo.")
JoCo Cruise has had all types of performers, including:
Beyond the daily main performances, there's LOTS more to occupy your time while you're on JoCo Cruise. Below is just a sampling of the many other exclusive events we offer our attendees:
Meetups and drinkups with JoCo Cruise performers, gaming battles (some featuring the game designers themselves!), and much, much more!
Join discussions with and by all manner of smart and interesting people, including bestselling authors, award-winning musicians and songwriters, professional comedians, actors, web creators, and other creative professionals.
Get up on stage and belt out your favorite songs.
Put on your dancing shoes (or flip-flops, or whatever your desired footwear for dance purposes) and spend the night grooving with your fellow Sea Monkeys. Featuring celebrity DJs!
Show off your own talents in front of the most supportive audience you’ll ever have: your fellow Sea Monkeys!
Mingle with the JoCo Cruise performers, meet up with old friends, make new friends, and get into the proper cruising spirit. Fez-optional.
Sit (or possibly hot tub) under the stars with your fellow Sea Monkeys and watch some of your favorite movies the way they were intended to be seen: on a giant screen, near a big pool, with drink service.
JoCo Cruise 2017 will feature a vast array of tabletop, RPG and card gaming opportunities: in addition to a dedicated, 24-hour gaming area with an enormous library of games, there’s free play throughout the ship, plus tournaments, new game playtesting, Q&A sessions, and meetups with some of the top game creators currently working. (In previous years, attendees got early access to Exploding Kittens, Sentinels of the Multiverse and Phoenix: Dawn Command, to name a few.) You will be SO SICK OF GAMES by the time you are done with this cruise!
Game companies/folks who’ve sailed with us include:
Meet and learn from the greats! Curated by New York Times bestselling authors John Scalzi and Patrick Rothfuss, JoCo Cruise’s Writing Track will feature panels, readings, and hangouts throughout the week with some of the most creative minds currently working in fiction, comics, webcomics, music, film and television, and more.
Writing Track event participants in the past have included:
Listen, we can’t possibly be lying about how much fun this thing is, because there’s no way we could plant this much stuff all over the internet. If you’re interested and want further details, here’s a few places to get them:
Seriously, this is the most fun thing we do all year, and we’re professional entertainers. We really hope you’ll join us.