John’s DexCon schedule

It’s just about July 4th, which means it’s time for DexCon. This year, my schedule is pretty action-packed – I’m running Noir World (you know, that little game I Kickstarted  currently in-production?) every day, sometimes twice.

WEDNESDAY

Wednesday evening I’ll be in the lobby, hanging out. Maybe working-ish. Come say hello.

THURSDAY

R0199: Noir World; “Crime-tastic” by Back Alley Dealings; presented by John Adamus. An INDEPENDENTLY PUBLISHED GAME – Part of the Indie Games Explosion! In The City, it’s always a good time for bad people to bad things. Noir World is an Apocalypse World hack that features shared narration and tells a tragic drama set in a film noir-influenced world of the players’ creation. The story involves either a crime that has happened or will happen, and the players can be anything from the cops eager to solve it, or the criminals eager to get away with it. Thursday, 9:00AM – 1:00PM

FRIDAY

R0243: Noir World; “Crime-tastic” Friday, 9:00AM – 1:00PM THIS EVENT HAS BEEN FILLED! You may sign up as an Alternate at the convention.

SATURDAY

R0304: Noir World Saturday, 9:00AM – 1:00PM

R0350: Noir World Saturday, 8:00PM – 12:00AM

SUNDAY

D1225 – Writer’s Workshop – I’m doing a Q&A (you bring writing questions, you’ll get answers) in BoardRoom 2 from 10:00am – 12:00pm. If there are less than 3 people signed up, I’ll be in BoardRoom 2 working, and you should still come say hello.

R0377: Noir World; Sunday, 3:00PM – 7:00PM

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If you’re wondering “Hey John where will you be when it’s not those times?”

Check the hotel lobby. I’ll likely be on the couch or at a table working.

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If you’re wondering, “Can I squeeze into a game that I’m not signed up for, I really want to play!” my answer 90% of the time is going to be “No, I’m sorry, I can’t make that happen,” but it never hurts to ask me.

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And yes, absolutely, I would love to meet you. No, I am not planning on shaking your hand (fistbumps are cool though), but I’d be delighted to talk noir and work and who-knows-whatever-else (Bonus points if you ask me if I’ve found my joy)

 

See you then.

My DexCon Schedule

DexCon is fast approaching at the end of the month, and it’s one of my favorite conventions of the year. This year, there’s A LOT of Noir World.

If you’re asking what Noir World is, it’s the game I’ve written that features film noir and noir tropes in everything from 1920s gangster pictures to near-future Blade Runner tales, and everything in between. Get some people around a table and tell a wickedly sinful tale of emotion and tragedy.

Here’s my schedule:

R0194: Apocalypse World; “Noir World: A Good Day For Bad Stuff” presented by John Adamus. An INDEPENDENTLY PUBLISHED GAME – Part of the Indie Games Explosion! In The City, it’s always a good time for bad people to bad things. Noir World is an Apocalypse World hack that features shared narration and tells a tragic drama set in a film noir-influenced world of the players’ creation. The story involves either a crime that has happened or will happen, and the players can be anything from the cops eager to solve it, or the criminals eager to get away with it. Thursday, 9:00AM – 1:00PM

R0206: Apocalypse World; “Noir World: A Good Day For Bad Stuff” presented by John Adamus. See R0194. Thursday, 2:00PM – 6:00PM
R0233: Apocalypse World; “Noir World: A Good Day For Bad Stuff” presented by John Adamus. See R0194. Friday, 9:00PM – 1:00PM
R0251: Apocalypse World; “Noir World: A Good Day For Bad Stuff” presented by John Adamus. See R0194. Friday, 2:00PM – 6:00PM
R0319: Apocalypse World; “Noir World: A Good Day For Bad Stuff” presented by John Adamus. See R0194. Saturday, 2:00PM – 6:00PM
R0376: Apocalypse World; “Noir World: A Good Day For Bad Stuff”presented by John Adamus. See R0194. Sunday, 3:00PM – 7:00PM

Oh and don’t forget –

D1192: “The DEXCON 19 Writer’s Workshop” presented by John Adamus. Are you an aspiring writer? Have a story inside you and want to find out how to get it into print? Join our esteemed panel of authors and other professionals who will talk about how to get your wonderful ideas into the hands of millions! Sunday, 10am – 12pm

So, yes, that’s SIX games. For more information as the convention draws near, be sure to follow @noirworldrpg on Twitter.

No post on Friday, but I might try some Facebook Live stuff. I’m playing around with it.

My Updated Metatopia 2015 Schedule

I love Metatopia. And not just because I could walk home from it if I had to. And not just because it has pretty nice parking and it’s in a hotel with nice bathrooms. I love it because it’s a chance to help get more amazing games out in the world. I love it because it’s a chance to see my friends. I love it because it’s so many opportunities to meet and help people.

For those that don’t know what I’m talking about, Metatopia is (in my opinion) the best convention you could attend if you want to be a game designer, writer, or a creator of stuff. Its days of seminars, game playing, discussion, and education are unrivaled in terms of the offerings. This is of course a testament to its organizers, who are brilliant in ways that make brilliant seem like an inadequate word.

I maintain that if you attended Metatopia for the first time, with only the merest hint that you wanted to do something, you’d walk out of there armed with enough information to put together a first draft or prototype.

Here now is my 2015 schedule, and I’m quite excited by it.


FRIDAY

Help, I’m Making My First Game!” presented by John Adamus & Mark Richardson and Laura Sampson. So, you’ve decided to make your first game. How exciting! Discuss what pitfalls to avoid and what strategies can speed you toward success with designers also making their first games. Friday, 11:00AM – 12:00PM

Ask an Editor!” presented by Cat Tobin & John Adamus. You have questions, get answers. Ask about how to write, finish, organize, clean, trim, playtest…whatever help you need in the production of your idea, get it. Friday, 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Noir World – Come check out my awesome game! Friday, 2:00pm to 4:00pm (Game R190)

Writing Workshop and Publishing Q&A” presented by John Adamus. Let’s talk the nuts and bolts of writing, no matter what you’re writing. Ask your questions, get some answers, get some motivation, some clarification and some education. And then go make a thing happen. Friday, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Making Your Best Pitch” presented by John Adamus. Let’s say you have a great idea. Let’s say you want to produce that idea for a company. In order to do that though, you’re going to need to put together a pitch for that idea. And that can be daunting, if not downright nerve-wracking. But there’s hope. This panel will teach you more than a handful of techniques to produce pitches that excite publishers. Friday, 11:00PM – 12:00AM

SATURDAY

Learn From My Mistakes” presented by John Adamus & Brennan Taylor. We’ve made mistakes. Come hear about ours so you can avoid making them yourself. This panel will discuss topics in RPG and story game writing, editing and designing. Saturday, 11:00AM – 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

Noir World – Come check out my awesome game! Saturday, 2:00pm to 4:00pm (Game R434)

Effective Settings and Scenarios” presented by John Adamus & Meguey Baker. Come learn about the interplay between setting and scenario in this roundtable. Discussions include what makes for a compelling scenario, how to use setting to inform your scenario design and generally how to use the two to engage your players. Saturday, 10:00PM – 11:00PM;

SUNDAY

Why Do You Hate Your Readers or Players?” presented by John Adamus. When writing a game or project, it’s important that the language be clear and enjoyable, not just showing off how smart the author is. Learn techniques to keep your project readable and enjoyable. Sunday, 10:00AM – 11:00AM;

Publishing Workflow” presented by Jason Pitre, John Adamus, Cat Tobin & Chris O’Neill. Publishing a book is a complicated process involving playtesting, writing, editing, layout and art-direction. In this panel, we discuss how all of these components fit together and how various professionals can help each-other in the process. Sunday, 12:00PM – 1:00PM

What An Editor Can Do For You” presented by John Adamus. Editors are here to help. It’s their job. They’re tasked with making your project better. So why not use one? Get answers to what they do and how they can benefit you. Trust us, everyone needs one. Really. Sunday, 2:00PM – 3:00PM


How cool is that? If you’re attending, come say hello. I’d love to see you there.