Convergence 2013 schedule

Convention season is truly here: Just finished writing up WisCon 37, but it’s already time to look forward to Convergence 2013. Convergence is the second-largest con in the Twin Cities, second only to Anime Detour. Convergence will probably pull in around 7000 people this year. It’s huge! If you can deal with a con that big and you’re in the area, you owe it yourself to go.

The schedule has a lot of good stuff. I’m going to be on five panels:

LGBT Gaming

Gay and a gamer? When real life drama from being gay gets to be too much, where do you turn? Gaming is a great outlet and there are plenty of like minded people. Which games are good to play for lgbt players, and where to start to look. Friday July 5, 2013 8:30pm – 9:30pm; Atrium 2

Should be a good discussion. It’s certainly an important one, especially given the recent blow-up with Penny Arcade and transphobia.

Best RPGs You’ve Never Heard Of

What are some of the more obscure role-playing games that are buried on the back shelves of the gaming store? Saturday July 6, 2013 11:00am – 12:00pm; Atrium 2

I hope we can get into some truly obscure ones here, though one person’s ‘obscure’ is another person’s ‘common knowledge’. Hopefully we’ll also talk largely about games we recommend. I’ll probably suggest all the games my weekly group uses as one-shots and quite a few more. But if you have any ideas, suggestions are welcome!

Civility in Fandom

How to remain objective and polite when discussing the relative merits of Star Wars vs. Star Trek. What are some of your favorite moments when an argument could have gone south but didn’t? What are some hilarious nerd resolutions to an argument? Saturday July 6, 2013 8:30pm – 9:30pm; Sofitel Bordeaux

Not directly related to gaming, but still important. I hope we can discuss how to take pleasure in other people’s fun, even when it’s very different from your own.

So You Want to be a Game Designer?

What goes into being a Game Designer? How do you successfully publish a game? What is Kickstarter and how can you run a successful kickstarter campaign to raise money for your project? We’ll explore these questions and more. Sunday July 7, 2013 11:00am – 12:00pm; Atrium 2

This will hopefully focus on smaller publishers and designers; last year’s iteration of this general topic was almost entirely focused on Fantasy Flight and their large-scale process.

I’m Getting Too Old to Find Time to Game

As you get older, life gets busier. How can you have a life and still squeeze in gaming. Sunday July 7, 2013 2:00pm – 3:00pm; Atrium 2

An important topic for all of us! We’re probably going to give a lot of practical advice, as well as looking at the causes of this ever-present problem.

In addition to being on panels, I’ll also have Blade & Crown for sale. I won’t be running any scenarios, as they’re too hard to schedule at Convergence, but I’d be happy to do a pick-up demo. Look me up!


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