Tracking the Game Designer in the Wild

If you’re looking to meet and talk with your favorite game designer, there’s no better place than Gen Con, probably the best hunting ground in the world short of Essen. If you’re looking to meet and talk with me in particular, I’m going to make it even easier by telling you where you can make sure our paths cross.

Thursday, 1:00 PM: Intelligent Design: Evolution of Rules
As a game goes through more than one edition, or even more than one printing, the rules evolve away from the originals. Our panel of industry pros talk about how to keep the rules changing for the better.

If you want to hear me talk about the evolution of the HeroClix rules, come on by. Also on the panel are Tim Kask (the first employee of TSR!) and Lew Pulsipher, the designer of the classic board game “Brittania”, so I’ll be the young turk(!) on the panel.

Friday, 10:00 AM: Playing with Other People’s Toys: Licensed Games
Making a game based on your favorite movie or comic book can be a process with both pleasures and pitfalls. Designers of games based on TV, novels, toys and even other games tell their tales.

Odds are that I, Matt Forbeck, and Mitch Gittleman have worked with your favorite at some point, and this panel should be a mix of the fun of working with them and something akin to the scene in Jaws where Quint and Hooper are comparing scars.

Friday, 1:00 PM: Game Development from Prototype to Publication
Taking your game from a design to a prototype that you can show to a manufacturer or publish yourself. Join our Industry guests as they discuss the ins and outs!

A full lineup at this panel, where I’ll be joined by Eric Lang, Paul Peterson, Devin Low and Jeff Quick. I have plenty to share, but I also can’t wait to hear what the other designers on the panel have to say.

Saturday, 3:00 PM: Time Management for Creatives
How to get the most bang for your buck out of your 168 hours a week, as well as sleep and pay the bills.

I’ll have tips, Stan! will have tricks, and the uber-productive father-of-five Matt Forbeck will give us all his secrets or the panel and audience will eat his brain to steal his power. You don’t want to miss that.

Outside of those panels I’ll be showing my wife around her first Gen Con and we’ll probably slip away to play a few games, but you also have a good chance of catching up with me at any of the following places, which I tend to visit regularly:

You can also keep up with me and my doings, as per usual, via my Facebook and Twitter feeds. Feel free to send me a direct message on either if you’re having trouble tracking me down.

See you in Indy!