Are you going to GenCon? Hey, me too! I’ll be running around the con quite a bit, but if you’re interested in meeting me, I’ve put together some of the events I’ll be attending while in Indy.
Update: I was recently in a car accident, which means I’m a bit sore and easily exhausted and will need quite a bit of downtime, so scheduling a time to see me is probably more effective than winging it. Thanks for your understanding!
Events I’m Hosting
So You Want to Build a Website
SEM1466787 | Thursday 4:00pm | Crowne Plaza : Pennsylvania Stn A
Interested in setting up your own website, but not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered. Come join Manda Collis and I as we discuss blog publishing, basic website set-up, “websites on a budget” and more.
Meet the Storium Team!
Saturday 1:00pm | Embassy Suites : Atrium
I’m hosting the official Storium meetup! Swing by and meet the Storium team and your fellow players! We’ll also have some prizes and giveaways. This is a laid-back meetup event; bringing your own lunch is encouraged. Please RSVP on our Eventbrite page, which has the full details.
Events I’m Attending
Introduction to Indie RPGs
SEM1456982 | Thursday 8:00pm | Crowne Plaza : Pennsylvania Stn C
Join a collection of indie game designers for a survey of the indie game market, including personal recommendations on games to watch! Presented by Jason Pitre of the Indie Game Developer Network. (I love indie RPGs!)
Gaming for Good: An Insider’s Guide to Playing Games for Charity
SEM1459505 | Friday 10:00am | Crowne Plaza : Pennsylvania Stn C
I have personal interest/experience in using gaming and geek culture as a platform for charity, and I’m pretty stoked to learn more about how to combine gaming with fundraising. This event has been organized by representatives from Gaming Hoopla, Extra Life, and Gamers for Cures.
Freelancing and Mental Health
SEM1465782 | Friday 12:00pm | ICC : 211
No matter your diagnosis or where you are in dealing with your mental health, knowing you’re not alone can make a difference. Come hear peers discuss how they get through the hard times. (Hosted by GoH Lillian Cohen-Moore)
d20Monkey & Dick Jokes 3: An Hour with Brian Patterson
SEM1454178 | Friday 5:00pm | Crowne Plaza : Victoria Stn C/D
Brian Patterson of the webcomic d20monkey will be doing his 3rd annual panel on gaming, comics, and of course, dick jokes. He’s a good friend of mine, and I’m also responsible for
making sure his website doesn’t fall apart designing his website. It’s always a pretty funny, laid-back panel, so come chillax and support a great webcomic artist. (He also has a Patreon, which you should check out!) There’s also rumors of a very important announcement with Tracy Barnett of Sand & Steam Productions (another website project of mine), which I promise you want to hear in person. (I might have been involved. Maybe. Okay yeah I totally was.)
Hacking as Women: Indie Hack Night
WKS1456969 | Saturday 6:00pm
LADIES! Wanna learn how to hack a game system? Come join the fantastic designers Cam Banks, Brian Engard, Marissa Kelly, Mark Diaz Truman, and others as they work us through Apocalypse World, Cortex Plus, & Fate.
Events I Recommend
Events I’d like to attend, but may not be able to due to scheduling conflicts.
Getting Started in the Industry: Freelancing and Self-Publishing
SEM1454025 | Thursday 3:00pm | Crowne Plaza : Grand Central A/B
One of the questions that gets asked a lot is how to get started in the industry. This panel of Freelancers and self-publishers will take your questions and swap stories from their own perspective. This is one of my favorite panels from last year; many of my friends are on it.
Freelancing for Fun and Profit
SEM1454744 | Friday 1:00pm | Crowne Plaza : Grand Central C
So, you want to get into the gaming industry. Maybe you want to make your own game, or there’s a company you want to write for. This panel will show you how to start and succeed in the industry. Presented by my friend John Adamus of the Indie Game Developer Network.
Creating Accessibility in Games
SEM1464509 | Friday 1:00pm | Crowne Plaza : Conrail Stn
Gaming accessibility is about making sure that disabled gamers can play just as many games as everyone else. My friend Elsa S. Henry, creator of Blind Lady Vs, will give GMs and game creators a chance to work with a disabled gamer and learn about making gaming spaces accessible for everyone.
Professor ShyGuy Concert
ENT1461091 | Saturday 8:00pm | ICC : 238–239
If you like nerdy music, chiptunes, songs about gaming, guitar solos, and any combination thereof, you should check out Professor ShyGuy. He’s actually a friend of mine who lives here in Nashville, but he’ll be stopping in Indy during his summer tour.