My 2015 GenCon schedule (updated!)

Today’s a good day. The air is warm and humid, I took a nap, I’m wearing shorts and a t-shirt. Seems like the perfect time to write up my GenCon schedule.

It’s worth pointing out that Gencon is a little earlier this year, from July 30 to August 2. I’m totally okay with the change, since it gives me a chance to stay in town a little longer and doubles up my conventions in July, which is a nice bonus.

So here’s what I’m doing. It just the right amount of busy and relaxed and very very full of awesome things.

THURSDAY

SEM1569497     Making Your First Game: From Idea to In Print     Thu @ 10:00 AM
Location: Crowne Plaza :: Pennsylvania Station C

Mark Richardson and I are going to talk at you for an hour about what it’s been like to take our games from some abstract ideas that we make jokes about to things we’ve playtested and have actual spent money on. We’ll cover the scary stuff and the fun stuff and lay out a lot of the problems we faced along the way. Also, I’ll give him grief for being Canadian.

RPG1569129     Noir World: A Crime To Kill     Thu @ 3:00 PM
Location: Marriott :: Marriott Ballroom 8  SOLD OUT!!

Noir World is back at GenCon, and this time, I actually know what I’m doing! This is really exciting for me, because the game in some ways doesn’t resemble what people last year got to see. The game has grown and matured and it’s in excellent shape. I’m really proud to show it off.

FRIDAY
SEM1569493     Mental Health 2015: How Are You?     Fri @ 10:00 AM
Location: Crowne Plaza :: Pennsylvania Stn C

I’m back to do another mental health panel, sharing my story (a lot has happened since last year), with a not-entirely finalized guest hanging out with me, and I/we’ll talk about our experiences with mental illness while be in the industry as well as being avid gamers ourselves. It’s a candid discussion of scary things to make them less scary. And it’s a chance to not feel alone.

RPG1569128     Noir World: One Day At A Crime     Fri @ 1:00 PM
Location: Marriott :: Marriott Blrm 9 :: 7 SOLD OUT!!

More Noir World goodness. You’ll want a seat at this table.

SEM1569494     Getting Started In The Industry: How Do I Do This?     Fri @ 3:00 PM
Location: Crowne Plaza :: Victoria Stn C/D

I love helping people get started in this industry, demystifying it, given people good answers to tough questions and helping them figure out how to do what they want. Friday afternoon, me and my dear friend Matt Jackson (who you probably aren’t following on Twitter, but seriously need to be) are going to talk about how to get into this industry and what strategies we use to stay in it and even more than occasionally pay our bills because of it. Also, this is a great chance to get questions answered if you’re just not sure what to do. Bonus points if you come to hear Matt and I laugh for an hour.

SATURDAY

SEM1569495     Getting Your Game Out The Door     Sat @ 10:00 AM
Location: Crowne Plaza :: Victoria Stn A/B

I have terrible luck picking co-panelists. We figure out what panel we’re going to do, then they go and get themselves voted GenCon Guest of Honor (really you guys, vote me in for 2016). So, I don’t know who’s on this panel with me, but someone will be. And we’ll be talking about how to make a thing and finish a thing and then make that thing available for other people to play and purchase.

SEM1569496     Publishing Your Fiction: Getting Yourself Out There     Sat @ 11:00 Location: Crowne Plaza :: Victoria Stn A/B

This is the companion panel to “Getting your Game out the door”, only this time I’m/we’re focused on working with fiction, no matter if that’s game fiction, your fiction, anthologies or whatever kind of word-awesome you’re working with. And just like the above panel, I have no idea who my co-panelist is, but it will be awesome all the same.

RPG1569130     Noir World: Crime Is On Your Side     Sat @ 3:00  Location: Marriott :: Marriott Blrm 8 :: 7  SOLD OUT!!

The final installment of Noir World at Gencon 2015 is Saturday afternoon. If you haven’t played yet, and you want to, this is a great chance to do that. (The next time Noir World will see players, it’ll be Metatopia 2015)

Of course, as this schedule gets more clarified (if I find co-panelists or if they change rooms or whatever), this will get updated.

Now, back to your regularly scheduled May evening.

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