Oct 282013

I’ll be at Metatopia this weekend! Here are the panels where you can catch me running my damn mouth.

D025: “Planning Your Crowdfunding Campaign” presented by Fred Hicks & Joshua A.C. Newman. Everything from soup to nuts you need to know before even considering crowdfunding your game. Our panel of experts will make sure you’re ready to face the world and ask for cash. Friday, 5:00PM – 6:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D038: “Book Design 101: First Principles” presented by Fred Hicks, Hal Mangold & Brennan Taylor. The panelists look at the book as an object of design. Whether it’s conveying rules or setting, the look and feel of the book itself is crucial to the experience of play. Our experts will draw on their own experiences to explain why books look the way they do. Saturday, 10:00AM – 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

D040: “Legalese: How To Create And Negotiate Contracts” presented by Fred Hicks, Justin Jacobson & John Stavropoulos. Join our panelists for an in-depth look at the art and science of contracts, from freelancers to manufacturers and from both sides of the table. Saturday, 11:00AM – 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D058: “Using Social Media To Market Your Game” presented by Fred Hicks, Josh Harrison & Angela Craft. Whether its Facebook, G+, Twitter or any other format, social media are crucial for marketing and publicizing your game. Saturday, 8:00PM – 9:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D064: “Open Licenses: Why, Why Not, and How” presented by Fred Hicks, Cam Banks, Rob Donoghue & Justin Jacobson. What are the various options available for licensing your game to others (or from others), and what are the creative reasons and financial imperatives for choosing between them? Saturday, 10:00PM – 11:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D079: “Graphic Tips for Non-Designers” presented by Fred Hicks, Hal Mangold & Christian N. St. Pierre. Color, space, type – the secrets of good graphic design sometimes seem impenetrable to the non-initiated. Never fear, our panel is here to help! Sunday, 1:00PM – 2:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D081: “Criticism And Community: How To Handle Your Public” presented by Fred Hicks, Daren Watts & John Stavropoulos. Once your game(s) have found an audience, the next step is keeping it. How do you build a community of fans? And how do you deal with the inevitable public scrutiny and criticism that comes with that exposure? Sunday, 2:00PM – 3:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

I can see from how these got scheduled that my request to the schedule-fairies to keep my evenings open was somewhat ignored as far as Saturday goes, but given the huge number of panels on offer at Metatopia, I’m not sure how feasible my request was in the first place!

Given the drive back to DC afterwards, I expect to leave not too long after that last panel wraps up on Sunday.


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