Oct 282012
 

So, Metatopia is this coming weekend, and I’ll be there, helping out with panels, pitch sessions, and playtests. Its first year, last year, was very promising, and the panels always bore much fruit even if they were not heavily attended. It’s a small, intimate con, attended by an astonishing number of talented folks, utterly focused on design and testing and getting games ready for go-time, run by the same folks who do Dreamation and Dexcon.¬†For a design-junkie like me, Metatopia is the best thing out there.

Here’s the current (not final) list of panels and times — if you’re coming and have some audio and/or video recording equipment, please feel free to record and share these things. Folks everywhere should get a chance to benefit from them, and spreading the word about Metatopia sure wouldn’t hurt.

I’ve boldfaced the panels I’m due to be on, but look out for other Evil Hat names (such as Rob Donoghue and Amanda Valentine), as well as many other noteworthies.¬†Audience participation tends to be high!

“The Coolest Game You Never Heard Of” presented by James Ernest, Kenneth Hite, Jason Morningstar, Cam Banks, Nathan Paoletta, Brennan Taylor & Others. Friday, 7:00PM – 8:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Cairo.

“Intellectual Property – Protect Yourself and Your Product” presented by Caity Ross. Friday, 8:00PM – 9:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Headquarters A.

“My Dearest Failure: Games That Didn’t Work and Why” presented by Jason Morningstar, Kenneth Hite & Rob Donoghue. Friday, 8:00PM – 9:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Cairo.

“Intellectual Property – Freelancing, Contracts and Negotiations” presented by Caity Ross. Friday, 9:00PM – 10:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Headquarters A.

“Self-Publishing: Production and Fulfillment” presented by Darren Watts & Jim Crocker. Friday, 9:00PM – 10:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Cairo.

“An Introduction to Productive Playtesting” presented by John Stavropolous. Friday, 10:00PM – 11:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Headquarters A.

“Team Building for Game Design” presented by Amanda Valentine, Brennan Taylor & Hal Mangold. Friday, 10:00PM – 11:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Cairo.

“How Do You Know It Works? Questioning Playtesting Assumptions” presented by Jason Morningstar, Bill White & Curt Covert. Friday, 11:00PM – 12:00AM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Headquarters A.

“How To Work With An Editor” presented by John Adamus, Amanda Valentine & Brian Engard. Friday, 11:00PM – 12:00AM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Cairo.

“The Paranormal in Gaming” presented by Kevin Meares. Friday, 12:00AM – 2:00AM; One Session; 18 & Over ONLY. Location: Cairo.

“Addressing Controversial Topics” presented by John Stavropolous, Bill White & Brennan Taylor. Saturday, 9:00AM – 10:00AM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Cairo.

“Bits and Pieces: Building Your Board or Card Game” presented by Jason Tagmire, Curt Covert & Geoff Bottone. Saturday, 9:00AM – 10:00AM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Concord.

“An Hour With James Ernest” presented by James Ernest. Where do game ideas come from? Join our
Card & Board Game Guest of Honor, James Ernest, as he discusses his approach to theme-based game design. Saturday, 10:00AM – 11:00AM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Concord.

“Mission Statements and Elevator Pitches” presented by Kenneth Hite & Bill White. Saturday, 11:00AM – 12:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Cairo.

“The Board and Card Game Design Roundtable” presented by James Ernest, Curt Covert, Stephen Buonocore & Zev Shlasinger. Saturday, 11:00AM – 1:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Concord.

“Women in Gaming – Shaping the Future” presented by Shoshana Kessock, Amanda Valentine, Avonelle Wing & El Wood. Saturday, 12:00PM – 1:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Cairo.

“An Introduction to Kickstarter” presented by Cindy Au. Saturday, 1:00PM – 2:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Concord.

“The Care and Feeding of Artists” presented by Ed Bell, Jen Christiansen & Fred Hicks. Saturday, 1:00PM – 2:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Cairo.

“An Hour With Kenneth Hite” presented by Kenneth Hite. Saturday, 2:00PM – 3:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Concord.

“Kickstarter Roundtable” presented by Cindy Au, Fred Hicks & Brennan Taylor. Saturday, 2:00PM – 4:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Cairo.

“An Hour With Jason Morningstar” presented by Jason Morningstar. Saturday, 3:00PM – 4:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Concord.

“Prototypes For Your Game” presented by Jason Tagmire, Tim Rodriguez, Chris Kreuter & Geoff Bottone. Saturday, 4:00PM – 5:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Cairo.

“The Role Playing and Story Games Roundtable” presented by Kenneth Hite & Jason Morningstar. Saturday, 4:00PM – 6:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Concord.

“Probability and Game Design” presented by James Ernest & Geoff Bottone. Saturday, 5:00PM – 6:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Cairo.

“Hot Seat” by Game Show Bros; presented by Bruce Neiger. Saturday, 6:00PM – 8:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Concord; Minimum Players: 8; Maximum Players: 14.

“Should You Self-Publish?” presented by Kenneth Hite, Amanda Valentine, Nathan Paoletta & Darren Watts. Saturday, 6:00PM – 7:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Cairo.

“Using Adobe Software” presented by Ed Bell & Jen Christiansen. Saturday, 6:00PM – 7:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Headquarters A.

“The Retailers’ View: What Sells, What Doesn’t, and Why” presented by Jim Crocker, Brian Dalrymple & Mark Whittaker. Saturday, 7:00PM – 8:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Cairo.

“The Writing Workshop” presented by John Adamus. Saturday, 7:00PM – 8:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Headquarters A.

“Building Communities For Your Games” presented by Dave Chalker, Joshua A. Saturday, 8:00PM – 9:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Cairo.

“Blind Playtesting” presented by John Stavropolous & Joshua A. Saturday, 9:00PM – 10:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Cairo.

“Evil Hat: How It Works” presented by Fred Hicks, Rob Donoghue, Clark Valentine & Amanda Valentine. Saturday, 10:00PM – 11:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Cairo.

“Hiring and Firing People” presented by John Stavropolous. Saturday, 11:00PM – 12:00AM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Cairo.

“Folklore and Gaming” presented by Kevin Meares. Saturday, 12:00AM – 2:00AM; One Session; 18 & Over ONLY. Location: Cairo.

“Stealing Ideas From Other Games” presented by Joshua A. Sunday, 10:00AM – 11:00AM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Cairo.

“The Graphic Design and Layout Roundtable” presented by Hal Mangold, Nathan Paoletta & Ben Morgan. Sunday, 10:00AM – 12:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Headquarters A.

“How Not To Be A Jerk” presented by John Stavropolous, Amanda Valentine & Brennan Taylor. Sunday, 11:00AM – 12:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Cairo.

“It’s a Hit! Now What? Dealing With Unexpected Success” presented by Fred Hicks & Curt Covert. Sunday, 12:00PM – 1:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Cairo.

“The LARP Roundtable” presented by Ben Walker, Shoshana Kessock, Warren Morrison, Avonelle Wing & Lizzie Stark. Sunday, 12:00PM – 2:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Headquarters A.

“Editing and Organizing Game Text” presented by Amanda Valentine, Fred Hicks & Jason Pitre. Sunday, 1:00PM – 2:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Cairo.

“Women in Gaming – Handling Sexist Confrontations” presented by Shoshana Kessock, Amanda Valentine, Avonelle Wing & El Wood. Sunday, 2:00PM – 3:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Cairo.

“Writing History Into Game Design” presented by Kenneth Hite & Bill White. Sunday, 2:00PM – 3:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Headquarters A.

“Indie Ideas In Mainstream Design” presented by Fred Hicks, Rob Donoghue & Brennan Taylor. Sunday, 3:00PM – 4:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Cairo.

“Art and Design for Non-Artists” presented by Hal Mangold, Nathan Paoletta & Ben Morgan. Sunday, 4:00PM – 5:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Cairo.

“Licensing Popular Intellectual Property” presented by Amanda Valentine, Fred Hicks & Rob Donoghue. Sunday, 5:00PM – 6:00PM; One Session; All Ages. Location: Cairo.

 

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