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13th Age Monster Workshop

Join Rob Heinsoo and seasoned 13th Age designers to build a brand-new monster that takes advantage of the game's mechanics to deliver some nasty surprises at the table.

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3D Printing Panel

Panel discussion from current 3D printers (FDM and resin) on applications, concerns, and future of the industry discussion. Guests will be welcome to ask questions to the panelist.

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3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons: Creation of a Masterpiece

How 3rd Edition rose from the ashes of TSR to become an epic phenomenon. RPG historian Ben Riggs has interviewed the creators, & brings you the true inside story of the game's creation!

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9th Annual Live Kickstarter Advice Panel

Gen Con's longest running Kickstarter seminar: a Q&A event with top industry experts across design, publishing, manufacturing, pledge management, fulfillment, distribution, & retail sales. 1 day only!

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A Character's Journey - Beyond Character Creation

A character's growth is not measured just by a level, or how much loot they have, or their XP. We aim to discuss developing your character's journey beyond just stats.

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A Crash Course in Game Manufacturing

A crash course for game designers and publishers on game manufacturing. Tips on component choices and the production process. Ideas for running your crowd-funding campaign will be up for discussion.

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Adding Maps to your Writing

The plusses and minuses to having maps in your book. Paul Weimer, Patrick S. Tomlinson

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Aftermath of the Seven Years' War

The 1756-1763 conflict changed the world balance, but left issues, some of which brought Britain's thirteen American colonies to rebellion and war. Presented by Merle Robinson of the NSDM staff.

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Ally 101

What does it mean to be an "Ally" to the LGBTQIA+ community? How do I make my games "inclusive and welcoming" for everyone? Find answers to these questions and more.

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And . . . action!

Writing action scenes, and how that doesn't have to mean combat. Michael R. Underwood, Mary Fan, Jerry Gordon, Howard Andrew Jones

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An Hour with Wolfgang Baur

Join Little Red Dot for an hour with Wolfgang Baur, founder of Kobold Press. Learn about the past, present, & future of Kobold Press. Get your burning questions answered during the Q&A at the end.

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Announcing the Lok! From Creation to a Real Game!

Author, Football Player and Game designer Tommy Rice discusses making his game, The LOK, with CEO of Gale Force 9 John-Paul Brisigotti!!! Then takes questions on how to put your ideas on the table.

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Artwork of Appendix N

Explore pre-D&D artwork as well as more modern fantasy works that inspired the artists working on classic D&D. The same artwork continues to inspire the art seen in Goodman Games publications.

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Attack and Dethrone God with Uncaged

The Uncaged Anthology has tackled feminist reimaginings of classic monsters and now they're going for the gods themselves. A retrospective on feminism in the ttrpg space and where we go next.

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Author Horror Stories

Hear about some of our worst writing/publishing experiences. Dan Jolley, Toiya Kristen Finley, Mary Fan, David Mack

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Back to Pulp

Pulp is back! Why? And how do you do it right? Jaym Gates, Richard Lee Byers: Howard Andrew Jones; Jason Ray Carney, S.E. Lindberg (M)

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Battlezoo 2022 Future Products, Spoilers and Q&A

Join Pathfinder 2nd edition co-creator Mark Seifter and Stephen Glicker from Roll For Combat for details about Roll For Combat's Battlezoo line-up for products for this year and next!

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Blackbirds & The Illusion of Cruelty

A discussion on the development of a modern horror fantasy IP with creator Ryan Verniere and developers Joseph Limbaugh, Ed Hall, Jared Rosen, Rob Sather, and Marguerite Dabaie.

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Blank Page Blues

Tips and tricks for getting past that dreaded blank first page. Jennifer Brozek, Bryan Young, Toiya Kristen Finley, Jerry Gordon, David Mack

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Blurbs for Writers

What is a good blurb, where does it go, and how do you get one? Gini Koch, Michael R. Underwood, C. S. E. Cooney

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Boston Massacre, 250 Years Ago: Roots, Outcomes

Boston Massacre as a root of the Revolution. The basis for conflict. What happened that night, and how things evolved from that. Capt. Mark McDonagh, USN/ret., on NSDM staff.

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Breaking into Fantasy Writing Made Easy

Join Alphinius Goo, Director of Gooey Cube, and a panel of community writers who tell the story of why it’s easy and awesome to write for Gooey Cube.

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Bringing Game Writing Tropes into Prose

What are some tropes you find in games, and how can you translate those into your fiction? Toiya Kristen Finley, Matt Forbeck, Gregory A. Wilson, Lucien Soulban

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Causes of the American Revolution

Examines factors and events that transformed the American Colonists from mostly-loyal British citizens to the brink of armed revolt in eleven years. By Merle Robinson of the NSDM staff.

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Character Design For Puppets

Learn what it takes to make dynamic-looking characters in your puppet designs. Let the puppet pros show you how different shapes & colors affect your character's mood & up your design game.

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Chrisitanity and Gaming Panel

Join in this Q&A event discussing the intricacies of living life as a Christian who games. Come ready with a question or two as we seek insight together.

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Closing Ceremonies

Join us as we close out the Symposium for another year.

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Coloring Within the Lines: 5e Freelancing

Join Zac Goins, Andrew Bishkinskyi, and other hosts as they chat about navigating 5e freelancing from both the designer and publisher angles. Hosted by World of Game Design.

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Content Creation and Production for Puppetry

Do you want to create production-quality videos and live streams for your puppet characters? We're here to help!

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Continuing a Legacy

Sometimes, authors die before their current story is done and someone else is asked to step in and help finish it. What does that entail, and why is it worth doing? Christopher Morgan, Aaron Rosenberg

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Contract Woes

Authors talk about things to watch for in contracts--and past experiences of their own. James Lowder, Jaym Gates, Marie Bilodeau, Steve Diamond, Christopher Bell (M)

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Cosplay Photography - Be Dynamic & Make Magic!

Want to create amazing movement and dynamic actions in your photos? Come learn from Professional Photographer Lacy Clagg. Great for aspiring photographers & cosplayers!

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Course Corrections in Stories

What do you do when you're mid-novel (or post first draft) and the IP holder completely changes direction? Matt Forbeck, Chris A. Jackson, Aaron Rosenberg

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Creating 3rd Party Content for Mörk Borg

Join a group of creators who have published 3rd party content for Mörk Borg as they discuss the projects they've worked on and the community who supports them.

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Creating a Winning Monster for RPG Superstar (and D&D and Pathfinder)!

Join Pathfinder 2nd edition co-creator Mark Seifter and Stephen Glicker from Roll For Combat as they explain how to build a better monster for your RPG game (and RPG Superstar!).

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Creating WebComics & Graphic Novels from an RPG setting

Don Higgins is the creator of Ha'Penny Pie and Champions Challenge for FASA Games, and will discuss working on these titles for the past 3 years and what he has learned along the way.

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Creative Resumes

How to turn your creative writing talents into corporate ones. Jaym Gates, LaShawn M. Wanak, Aaron Rosenberg, Jerry Gordon, Lucien Soulban

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Cyberpunk Q&A

Join Maximum Mike Pondsmith and the Cyberpunk crew as they discuss Cyberpunk RED and preview what's coming up for the classic TTRPG of the Dark Future!

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Cyberwar, Contemporary Issues and Explanations

Framework for grasping cyberwar & issues critical to understanding this new domain of war. Dr. Craig Greathouse, Professor of Political Science specializing in Security & Defense Policy, NSDM staff.

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Decolonize Your Gaming

Storytelling can be a place of creativity and imagination that goes beyond the games we play.

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Describing the Iceberg

How much detail in writing is too much, and does it vary? Bryan Young, Gregory A. Wilson, Christopher Morgan (M)

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Desiging for Evil Genius Games

This panel explores tips, tricks, and fresh ideas for writing good RPG adventures for the modern setting in Everyday Heroes.

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Designing the American Revolution

Discusses modeling of the state of affairs, events and personalities that incited the American Revolution for RPG play. By Merle Robinson, lead game designer on the NSDM staff.

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Dieppe 1942 Raid Revisited

After 80 years, more details are coming to light about this disastrous Allied raid. Did Intelligence interests or personal ambition overrule common sense? By Michael Tucker of the NSDM staff.

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Dinner & Dice Rolls - On Feeding your Adventuring Party

This panel explores food's role in world-building and story development. Whether you're a writer, DM, or player, we'll help you go beyond the basic stew and brew with tips and free recipe cards!

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Ditch the Table and Join a LARP!

Join us as we answer your question about LARP! What is LARP? How do I join? What do I need? Ask all your questions so you can be ready to start your Live Action Role-Playing Adventure!

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Diversifying Existing Genres

How to incorporate inclusiveness in the old sandboxes. Cat Rambo, Tanya DePass, Mary Fan

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Earthdawn Developer Seminar

Meet with the Earthdawn development team, listen to them talk about upcoming projects, and answer questions from the audience.

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Editing Others

What's it like to work with writers? How can you help them improve their work? Jaym Gates, LaShawn M. Wanak, Toiya Kristen Finley, Christopher Morgan (M)

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Educator Panel Discussion: RPG's and the Classroom

Come join a panel including lead game designers and professional educators as they discuss the nuances of combining immersive history and tabletop roleplaying in a classroom or educational setting.

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Empathy for your Other

How do you write a sympathetic character who's nothing like you? Dan Jolley, Gini Koch, Chris A. Jackson, Richard Lee Byers, John Wiswell

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Entering the Jianghu: A Beginner's Guide to Chinese Fantasy Drama

More than half the world's TV dramas are produced in China, with some titles achieving international mainstream popularity. Learn about the wuxia and xianxia genres in this beginner-friendly overview!

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Esper Genesis: Using Sci-Fi in your 5E Game

Esper Genesis designers discuss options and methods for creating sci-fi and modern themed campaigns using the 5E rules system.

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Finding Novels a Home

Tips on how and where to submit novels. Cat Rambo, Michael R. Underwood, Jason Sanford

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Finding Short Stories a Home

Tips on how and where to send stories. Cat Rambo, LaShawn M. Wanak, John Wiswell, Jason Sanford, Karen Bovenmyer

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Football for Game Designers

Football is a sport, but it is also a game…with a massive, complex, constantly evolving ruleset. Sam Roberts (USC) and Luke Crane (Burning Wheel) discuss sport from the perspective of game designers.

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Freelancing 201: Advance TTRPG Topics

Ever wanted to write, illustrate, or produce for your favorite tabletop RPGs? Then join our team of panelists as they break down what it takes. This panel will also include a Q&A at the end.

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Freelancing, Hustles, and Side Gigs

Ways to work without derailing your writing. Cat Rambo, Toiya Kristen Finley, Katherine Monasterio, Marie Bilodeau

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Free League Showcase

Award-winning RPG publisher Free League, voted Fan Favorite Publisher at the ENNIES last year, invites you to a special Gen Con showcase to reveal news for the coming year and answer your questions!

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From Fiction to . . .

Writing in other industries, pros and cons and how-tos. Jaym Gates, Matt Forbeck, Toiya Kristen Finley, Richard Dansky, Lucien Soulban

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Gamifying Stories and Storifying Games

Translating from one media to the other. Jennifer Brozek, Byron Leavitt, Matt John, Lucien Soulban, S.E. Lindberg (M)

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Gamifying Stories and Storifying Games II

Translating from one media to the other. Toiya Kristen Finley, James Lowder, Matt Forbeck, Richard Dansky

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Gen Con and CMU Applied Game Design Course Launch

Come learn about the CMU- Gen Con online applied game design courses kicking off during the 2022-2023 academic year. Meet some of the designers behind the courses.

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Gen Con Event Team Info Session

Come learn how YOU can help run Gen Con by being part of the Event Team! Gen Con's Senior Operations Manager will tell you everything you need to know about this awesome program, so don't miss it!

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Getting Past Diversity 101 in Writing

Carlos Hernandez, LaShawn M. Wanak, and Tanya DePass (M) discuss how to handle diversity in your writing.

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Ghost Writing, Pros and Cons

All about ghost writing, and why you should or shouldn't do it. Donald J. Bingle, Aaron Rosenberg, Marie Bilodeau

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Global Hotspots 2022

The National Security Decision Making Game staff reviews recent changes and things to watch next year, including hotspots: Russia, Europe, China, Iran, Israel, North Korea. What's CNN missing?

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Global Hotspots 2022 Q&A

National Security Decision Making Game staff-led discussion of global hotspots, things to watch out for next year, including hotspots: Russia, Europe, China, Iran, Israel, North Korea.

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GM 101: Introduction to Gamemastering

Keeper, Dungeon Master, Game Master…there are many names for the job. Thinking about taking the reins at your game table? This seminar focuses on the issues and concerns common among new Game Masters.

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GM Tips with Alphinius Goo

Join the master RPG wizard Alphinius Goo, Director of Gooey Cube and 40+ year veteran of TTRPs, for tips he's found to ensure his players are immersed, enthralled, and entrained while playing.

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Go West! The Journey to the West Legend

From Dragon Ball to Saiyuki, there are many adaptations of the world's most popular folk tale! Learn the cultural context of the 16th century novel, plus the true history that inspired it.

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Greater Than Games Annual (and more!) Review

Leadership of Greater Than Games will discuss the past year (and other past years) as well as their upcoming plans for the next. A short Q&A will follow.

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Hang with Authors

A chance to hang out and ask what YOU want to ask. Bryan Young, Cat Rambo, Matt Forbeck, David Mack

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Hickman's Skyraiders of Abarax 5e RPG

To the winds, buccaneers! To the skies! Tracy & Laura Hickman present their all new, app-assisted, 5e campaign setting -- their first since Dragonlance -- that successfully Kickstarted last year. Q/A

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Hickman's XDM 2nd Edition

XDM: Xtreme Dungeon Mastery by Tracy Hickman & Curtis Hickman now is available in its 2nd Edition form! Learn about the changes and the how the book that inspired a revolution is even MORE Xtreme!

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How Did the Landscape Change Our D&D Adventure?

Twelve Ball State University students came together to create a Dungeons & Dragons module based off the Moab desert in Utah...then they visited the desert.

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How Not to be Kidnapped by Cow-Women - Norwegian Fairytales & Folklore for your RPG campaign

Tired of boring orcs and goblins? How about cow-tailed women, talking polar bears, and troll eating contests? Get inspiration from Norwegian folklore, from an actual Norwegian!

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How to Avoid Cosplay Malfunctions with the Costume Corpsman

This seminar will help give cosplayers, new and old, some tips to avoid having cosplay malfunctions.

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How to Become a Professional Game Master

Looking to learn more about being a Pro for your favorite hobby? Come listen to several different Pro-GMs talking about how they got started, their work in the industry, and their advice.

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How to Keep a Campaign Fresh for 35+ Years

Join us for a discussion on how to keep a role-playing game interesting and engaging for your players from game to game, year to year, and even decade upon decade.

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How to Launch a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Planing to launch a crowdfunding campaign for your tabletop game? Learn how to best set yourself up for success by building a community, creating an expert campaign page, and using BackerKit Launch.

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How to Use RPG Concepts to Drive Engagement in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in a Corporate Space

Tired of the other characters at work not getting involved in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) at work? Don't know where to start? Learn how Morningstar turned NPCs into players in the DEI Realm.

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Imagining Alternate Futures

How to extrapolate a future for your setting. Gini Koch, Donald J. Bingle, Paul Weimer, Jason Sanford

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Introduction to DMing for D&D

The presenter(s) will cover introductory DMing advice and offer tips/tricks learned from many years behind the screen. Perfect for brand new DMs or those ready to take the plunge.

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Invitation to the Ball: A History of Ballroom Dance and Culture

The masquerade ball is a classic trope of film & fantasy. Learn the culture and find out what makes a waltz Viennese, how to behave when the Duke asks you to dance, and why vampires love tango.

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Juggling Art and Art Direction for FASA Games

Art Director/Illustrator/and Story Teller Don Higgins talks about working with FASA Games as a lead artist and art director, and discusses the things he's learned and how he got to where he is now.

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Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff

Robin D. Laws & Kenneth Hite talk roleplaying, history, conspiracy, occultism, writing, food, movies, & whatever you ask them about in this live edition of their award-winning podcast.

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Kickstarter & Crowdfunding 101

After 28 successful campaigns, Kobold Press has knows what it takes for a successful Kickstarter. The Kobold Press creative team breaks down what it takes & answers your questions directly.

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Know Thy Weapons

What to do in writing if you're not a gun or sword expert but your character is. Richard Lee Byers, Chris A. Jackson, Patrick S. Tomlinson

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Landing Your Character Arcs

How to make sure your characters grow, learn, and change by your novel’s end. Katherine Monasterio, Erin M. Evans, Gregory A. Wilson, Nick Martell

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LegalGeek Q&A About IP Law for Game Designers

We are two gamers & legal professionals who love to serve game designers, having presented educational seminars at GenCon for about 10 years. Come ask questions & hear some war stories!

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Let's make an RPG

Join our group of game developers and RPG enthusiasts as we work with the crowd to build a rules-light RPG over the course of the panel.

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Let's Talk About Harassment: Community Safety and Solutions with CSSN

Join Greater Than Games and the Cosplayer Survival Support Network in an introduction to CSSN's goals and ways to find support in our communities.

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Marketable Genres

What's hot and what's not--and how to make the latter the former. Michael R. Underwood, Nick Martell

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Mechanics of Secrecy: Military Cipher Machine Demo

Learn how historical military cipher machines like the German Enigma work. See historical specimens and replicas from the Civil War to the Cold War. By Ryan of the NSDM staff.

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Morning with FASA

We're back at Gen Con this year! Stop by and meet the FASA Games crew, hear about our new and upcoming projects, & ask questions.

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My Book Has a Soundtrack

Some writers build soundtracks to their books. Find out why--and how. Toiya Kristen Finley, Gini Koch, David Mack, Karen Bovenmyer

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News from Corvus Belli

Carlos "Bostria" Llauger and Laura "Hoopoe" will present the updates on Infinity and the new project of Corvus Belli. News and surprises from the company with the best miniatures on the market.

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NFTs and the Future of Fiction

Can writers benefit from introducing NFTs into their writing? Or are NFTs a detriment to the author's creativity and agency? Cat Rambo, Lucien Soulban, Jason Sanford, Christopher Bell (M)

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Objectivity in Reviewing

Being a Friend, a Fan, and a Fair Reviewer for writing. Paul Weimer, Brandon O'Brien, Tanya DePass, Katherine Monasterio

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Obsidian Brews: A Black TTRPG Experience

Join veteran TTRPG players as we go over the ever evolving rules and elements, the concept of homebrew gaming, and the future of Table Top Role Playing Games in a post-pandemic world.

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Opening Ceremonies

Start off this year's Writer Symposium properly!

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Parent Lunchtime Talk: GM'ing with Kids

Bring your littles and your lunch; we’ll get together and spend an hour of unscripted Parent Time with the Motley Kids talking about running role-playing games for kids.

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Pay Rates for Writers

How much should you get for a novel? A short story? What about "exposure"? Cat Rambo, Chris A. Jackson, Erik de Bie, Steve Diamond, Christopher Bell (M)

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Picking Your Path as a Creator

What do you want from your writing career and how can you maximize your chances of success, whatever that looks like to you? Michael R. Underwood, Gini Koch, Gregory A. Wilson, Marie Bilodeau

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Poisons in Gaming/Literature: Venoms of Land, Air & Sea

A new, system-neutral presentation on the venomous effects of select land, air, and sea creatures by a physician toxicologist with suggestions for game world incorporation. 7th year at Gen Con.

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Post-pandemic Fan-Fest Survivor’s Guide

How are cons going to survive post-pandemic?

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POV Story Pandemonium

How many points of view does your story really need? Katherine Monasterio, Richard Byers, Gini Koch, Erin M. Evans, Bryan Young

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Protect Yourself: Why Game Designers Need to Know Patents, Copyrights & Trademarks

Learn about patents, copyrights, & trademarks (and how they fit in a normal design cycle) with 2 gamers & IP professionals who've educated on these topics at Gen Con for about 10 years.

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Puppet Arm Rod Symposium

Pro puppet builders will discuss the various types of arm-rod construction with methods and benefits of each. (That's the stick that the puppeteer holds to control the hands) Ask questions!

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Puppet Building Techniques

Puppet building pros with seriously great credits will talk about various puppet building techniques, such as the wedge method, flat patterning, sculpting, and more!

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Puppet Mouth-Plate Symposium

Pro puppet builders will discuss the various types of mouth-plate construction with methods and benefits of each. (That's the bit that the puppeteer holds onto inside a puppet.) Ask questions!

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Putin and Russia

A Great Power or a wannabe? The role of Russia and the goals of Putin in the current international system are examined and its unique position discussed. By Dr. Craig Greathouse, NSDMG staff.

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Q & A with Brandon O'Brien

Brandon O’Brien is a writer, performance poet, teaching artist and game designer from Trinidad and Tobago. Join us to learn more about him and his work.

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Q & A with Carlos Hernandez

Carlos Hernandez is a science fiction and fantasy author, a game designer, and a college professor. Come find out more about him and his work.

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Queernorm Worlds

Writing and imagining worlds where queerness is the default. E.D.E. Bell, Brandon O'Brien, Cat Rambo

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Query Letters—A No Nonsense, Low Stress Approach to Breaking Down Publishing Walls

Part introduction and part terrifying, the query letter is the most misunderstood yet essential component of getting your work published. Join us as we break down the ins and outs of querying.

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Reading Appendix Next: Additional Inspirational Fantasy Literature

The GG crew discusses underappreciated and overlooked fantasy literature beyond Appendix N. Consider this an advanced studies course in inspiration literary sources for DCC RPG and other fantasy RPGs.

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Repulsive Appeal

How do we make horror appealing? Maurice Broaddus, Richard Dansky, Byron Leavitt, Jason Ray Carney, Steve Diamond, S.E. Lindberg (M)

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Rewriting Inequalities

How (and when) to make your historical fantasy setting more diverse and inclusive. Cat Rambo, Tanya DePass, Mary Fan, Howard Andrew Jones

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RPG Curriculum Design

Is there a right way to teach RPG design? Sam Roberts (USC) and Luke Crane (NYU) discuss designing collegiate-level curriculum specifically to teach roleplaying game design.

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RPG Freelance Mentorship

This seminar is for anyone looking into freelancing in the gaming industry, newer freelancers who might need some advice, or anyone else curious about the industry.

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RPGs: Controlling the Table in a Positive Way

This event is for any DM that wants to discuss or learn about running the game. Each table and each group needs a different type of table control. We'll learn about these factors.

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Shadowrun GM Boot Camp

Learn how to be a more effective GM, how to deal with disruptive personalities, & how to ensure that everyone has a good time. Covers basic & advanced rules & gamemastering techniques.

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Shared Worlds in Writing

Working with other people within an IP. James Lowder, Jaym Gates, Aaron Rosenberg, Richard Dansky, Lucien Soulban. R.A. Salvatore

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Shoot Your (One) Shot

One-shots: what are they good for? Starting campaigns, trying out new systems, trying out new character builds, and more! Maximize one-shots at your table with the team that knows them best!

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Social Media Basics for Writers

Learn how to make the most of your social media. Cat Rambo, John Wiswell, Gregory A. Wilson, Patrick S. Tomlinson, Steve Drew (M)

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So You Want to Write

Find out how our authors each got started, and what they recommend to new writers. Toiya Kristen Finley, Gregory A. Wilson, Jerry Gordon, Howard Andrew Jones, Steve Diamond, R.A. Salvatore

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Spit and Polish

Once you finish your manuscript, what's next? Jennifer Brozek, LaShawn M. Wanak, Katherine Monasterio, Patrick S. Tomlinson, Howard Andrew Jones

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State of the Wheel

Catch up with the Burning Wheel crew for our annual report on what we've done and what we hope to do. We'll talk Burning Wheel, Torchbearer and Miseries & Misfortunes.

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Submitting Your Work: Bye-bye, SASE!

Modern methods of submitting writing work, the good and the bad. Howard Andrew Jones, Jason Sanford, Carlos Hernandez, Steve Diamond

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Supplemental Materials

When does a book need a glossary, cast list, world guide, etc.? Paul Weimer, C. S. E. Cooney, Nick Martell

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Sword & Sorcery Pastiche

How to adopt someone's writing style, and where to blur the line to original. Howard Andrew Jones; Matt John, S.E. Lindberg (M)

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Sword & Sorcery Renaissance in Writing

Is the genre coming back? Did it ever go away? Jaym Gates, Howard Andrew Jones, Matt John; Jason Ray Carney, Paul Weimer, S.E. Lindberg (M)

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Swords, Spies & Shoggoths: The Pelgrane Press Panel

Join Simon Rogers, Cat Tobin & others from the Pelgrane team for a behind-the-scenes look at what the award-winning UK publisher's been up to this year, & what they've planned for the coming year.

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Tax Time for Writers

Learn how best to handle taxes for your writing. Nick Martell, Christopher Bell, Steve Diamond

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The Art of DCC RPG

Join a discussion of the evolution of DCC and its iconic art styles with Doug Kovacs, Stefan Poag, and others.

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The Full-Time Myth

Does every writer really want to do this full-time? Jennifer Brozek, Erik de Bie, Jason Sanford, C. S. E. Cooney, Jerry Gordon

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The Gamers: 20th Anniversary Retrospective & Cast Conversation

20 years after the short film "The Gamers" debuted at Gen Con, come join cast members from across the franchise for conversation, reflection, and a Q&A like only ZOE can provide!

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The Science of Science Fiction

Join our panel of scientists & engineers in a discussion focused on the real science behind your favorite science fiction & fantasy shows, movies, stories, & games.

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Tie-in Fiction

The ins and outs--and dos and don'ts--of writing in someone else's IP. Matt Forbeck, Richard Lee Byers, Richard Dansky, Lucien Soulban, Steve Diamond, R.A. Salvatore

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To Brew Or Not To Brew: Writing Homebrew Monsters for 5e

The Cantrip Cast is back at Gen Con again with "To Brew or Not To Brew"! Come join us for an hour of fun and monster making!

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Towards A More Diverse & Inclusive Gen Con

Join Gen Con Staff & DEI Advisory Committee members as we talk about the changes we’ve made, our goals for improvement, mission & values in creating a more diverse, inclusive, & equitable Gen Con.

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Transgender 101

What does it mean to be "Trans"? How do I support a friend who is Transgender? What does being trans have to do with playing games? Find answers to these questions and more.

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Trope or Nope?

Is it ever okay to use a trope? When, why, and how? Chris A. Jackson, Erik de Bie, Carlos Hernandez, Brandon O'Brien

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Trouble . . . or Paradise in Writing

Dystopia vs. utopia, which is better/more fun to write and why? Gini Koch, Erik de Bie, Nick Martell

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Trunk Novels

Most writers have at least one book they wrote but doubt they'll ever publish. Hear about some of ours. Erik de Bie, Patrick S. Tomlinson

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Ukraine in History

History of Ukraine in context of European international relations, diplomacy, natural resources and strategic position. By Merle Robinson of the NSDM staff.

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Using Afrofuturism to Create Real World Change

How local writers are applying their art to real-life worldbuilding. Tanya DePass, Maurice Broaddus, Corey Ewing, Januarie York

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Vacation Memories of Sunny Chernobyl

Two nuclear explorers share photos, videos and stories from their trips to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, including a peek inside the Sarcophagus. Ryan and Elizabeth of the NSDM staff.

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Victor Yerrid: Oh the Places You’ll Puppeteer

Join a delightful conversation with Victor Yerrid about his adventures in film and television. From The Jim Henson Company to Adult Swim and all of the silly in between, there's load of fun to be had!

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Wanderhome Q&A

Meet the creators behind Wanderhome as they answer your questions about one of the best games of 2021.

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War Magic, Aerial Combat

This seminar discusses what the history of air warfare, aerial combat, air-to-ground/sea warfare, and Isaac Newton, can tell us about the use of magic in air war. By Robert Mosher of the NSDM staff.

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War Magic, How Armies Work

Past seminars discussed how armies fight, this examines how armies are raised, organized, fed, paid, etc., who, what, where, when and how armies do what they do. By Robert Mosher of the NSDM staff.

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Washington Naval Treaty 100th Anniversary

The Washington Naval Treaty averted an arms race, limited capital ship, carrier & cruiser design & production, shaping naval forces at the start of WW II. Capt. Mark McDonagh, USN/ret., on NSDM staff.

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What's New With Goodman Games

Join Joseph Goodman and various RPG creators for an update on future release plans from the publisher.

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What's up with Posthuman Studios & Eclipse Phase?

The Posthuman crew talks about the coming year, our Eclipse Phase announcements, and more. Bring your questions! We might even ask about your characters!

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What Tabletop RPGs can Learn from Video Games

Industry leaders in tabletop gaming and video gaming discuss how TTRPGs can use lessons from video games.

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What to Do for a New Book Release

How do you prep for an upcoming book, both with promotion and for your own mental state and expectations? Erin M. Evans, Michael R. Underwood, C. S. E. Cooney, Carlos Hernandez, Christopher Bell (M)

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When One Book Becomes Many

Making a stand-alone novel into a trilogy or more. Patrick S. Tomlinson, Jennifer Brozek, Marie Bilodeau

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Who Cares, it's Magic!

Should magic in a book make sense? Why or why not? Dan Jolley, Chris A. Jackson, Erin M. Evans, David Mack, Paul Weimer, Steve Drew (M)

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Why TSR Failed

How did a $40 million company that started the tabletop RPG industry go belly up? Dozens of interviews and anonymously-sent secret documents tell the surprising truth of what happened to TSR.

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WizKids Preview and Fan Appreciation Event

Join WizKids as they preview what new and exciting things are in store for late 2022 and into 2023! Previews for HeroClix, Dice Masters, board game and much, much more! Door prizes awarded!

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Working with Editors

What should you know and what can you do to improve the process? LaShawn M. Wanak, Katherine Monasterio, David Mack, Patrick S. Tomlinson

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Working with Fiction Publishers

What should you know and what can you do to improve the process? James Lowder, Michael R. Underwood, Maurice Broaddus, Nick Martell, Steve Drew (M)

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Write Comprehensible Game Rulebooks

Dr. Niecikowski will present research on rulebook comprehensibility and provide a rulebook evaluation performance list of 92 weighted comprehensibility features organized into 10 categories.

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Writing: Business vs. Art?

Which one is writing? Or is it both? How do you balance them? Jaym Gates, Michael R. Underwood, Gregory A. Wilson, Marie Bilodeau, Brandon O'Brien, Christopher Morgan (M)

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Writing for Anthologies

How to write for them, how to find them . . . and how to put them together. James Lowder, Cat Rambo, Tanya DePass, Maurice Broaddus, Jerry Gordon, Steve Diamond (M)

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Writing for Evil Genius Games

This panel explores tips, tricks, and fresh ideas for writing good RPG adventures for the modern setting in Everyday Heroes.

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Writing in 3D

How to make sure your scenes have a feeling of physical space. Jennifer Brozek, Gini Koch, Erin M. Evans, Patrick S. Tomlinson

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Writing in Famous Worlds

How do you step into a major IP with a ton of history and a huge fanbase? How do you keep from being overwhelmed? Bryan Young, Richard Lee Byers, Erin M. Evans, Richard Dansky, Christopher Morgan (M)

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Writing Tools

Tools to help organize your writing. Katherine Monasterio, Marie Bilodeau, Jason Sanford, Howard Andrew Jones, LaShawn Wanak (M)

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Writing Tricky Titles

Sometimes, the title is the hardest part. Donald J. Bingle, Carlos Hernandez, C. S. E. Cooney, Nick Martell, Chris Bell (M)

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Your First Kickstarter

Lessons learned from Kickstarting your first book or game: Matt Forbeck, Christopher Bell, Sandra Tayler, Tanya DePass (M)

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Zero-Point Energy (ZPE), Fact versus Fiction

ZPE, energy quantum theory says is all around us. It may not be real, but SciFi writers use it as limitless "free" energy. What's real vs. SciFi? Capt. Mark McDonagh, USN/ret., physicist on NSDM staff

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3D Printing Basics

This seminar will cover a high level overview of 3D printing basics such as: 3D printing concepts, differences between resin and FDM, 3D print materials, and 3D print recommendations.

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Building a Kickstarter: An Insider's Guide

Join Zac Goins of World of Game design, along with his peers as they put their ignorance on display, chat about the process, and go behind the scenes on all this foolishness. Q&A to follow.

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Candlekeep Presents: Ten and Counting

Join us for the tenth anniversary of celebrating the Forgotten Realms among friends. Chats with creators, speculation about the future, and perhaps the revelation of a secret or three…

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Cozy Chat with R. Talsorian Games

Join the RTG crew as we talk about our games, past and present, and sign autographs. This isn't a news and information session. Just a bunch of gamers hanging out.

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Defining Traits in Writing

How to distinguish one character from another without overdoing it: Jennifer Brozek, Erin M. Evans, Dan Jolley, Jason Sanford, David Mack

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Dice: Everything You Always Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask

Some dice are fairer than others. How do you test your dice? Are metal or plastic dice better? These questions and more will be answered.

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Gen Con 101

New to Gen Con? Join a panel of experienced convention attendees to learn some tips and tricks and have your questions answered.

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Horror in Gaming

Join Darker Days Radio & guests as we talk about how to use horror in your roleplaying games, including different types of horror, safety mechanics, & why people enjoy playing horror games.

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How to Write Even Better Adventure Modules

Join a panel of Goodman Games writers as they discuss how to write exciting adventures both professionally and personally, and answer questions relating to game design and working in the RPG industry.

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Inclusive Language

From ableist language to triggering phrases, what are some problematic language choices? Cat Rambo, Tanya DePass, E.D.E. Bell, Chris Bell (M)

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James Webb Space Telescope

The JWST is designed to view objects 100x fainter than Hubble. We'll discuss the telescope's planned mission of observing the oldest and most distant objects, and look at images if available.

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Local Flavor

How to write believable locations, both real and fictitious. Donald J. Bingle, Chris A. Jackson, Erin M. Evans, Jerry Gordon, R.A. Salvatore

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Making a Great Villian

Want to learn how to make the best villain for your RPG campaign? This is the panel for you. Famous designers/writers will discuss what makes a great villain and how to make your players love them.

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Plot It Out

How do you plot out your novel, anyway? Howard Andrew Jones, Jerry Gordon, Bryan Young, Dan Jolley, David Mack, Steve Diamond (M)

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Politics for World Builders (Domestic)

Building a world for your RPG campaign, game, book, or screenplay? Learn about how you can use real-world concepts of domestic politics to help bring your world to life!

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Politics for World Builders (International)

Building a world for your RPG campaign, game, book, or screenplay? Learn about how you can use real-world concepts from international politics to help bring your world to life!

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Produce a TTRPG Stream 101 (or How to Hit the Buttons)

Join Producer DC Lasair as he guides you through the maze of skills needed to produce a TTRPG stream.

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Q & A with R.A. Salvatore

One of the fantasy genre’s most successful authors, R.A. Salvatore enjoys an ever-expanding and tremendously loyal following. Come learn more about this New York Times Bestselling author and his work.

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Quiet Fantasy

What are the stakes in a low-violence story? How does one excite the reader in stories centered on personal relationships? Brandon O'Brien, Cat Rambo, Gini Koch, John Wiswell, Karen Bovenmyer

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Rated R: Writing Sex Scenes

When, why, and how to do this properly. Jennifer Brozek, Gini Koch, Chris A. Jackson

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Self-Publishing 101

Dos and don'ts as you set out to self-pub your book. Chris A. Jackson, Michael R. Underwood, Marie Bilodeau, Christopher Bell (M)

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Storytime from Japanese History

As the oldest monarchy on Earth, Japan’s had some amazing moments in history. Hear the most important, most famous, or most fun with illustrations, photos, anime/manga ties, and plenty of geekery.

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The Witcher Q&A

Join lead designer Cody Pondsmith in a discussion about all things Witcher, including insights into the game and his love of the franchise. All Witcher fans welcome!

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What Is Cosplay? More Than A Costume

Is your child building armor in their room late at night? Are you that said child building armor in their room late at night? Do you have a creative brain and no outlet for it? Find the answers here!

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Worldbuilding 101

Building an exciting and functional world for your TTRPG games can be daunting. Join the industry’s leading GMs & writers for info on creating vibrant worlds. This panel will include a Q&A at the end.

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