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Another Crazy idea

Postby simonpaulburley » 2:07pm on 18 Aug 17

There's a great convention in Scotland - Conpulsion. One of its USPs used to be that they had shorter gaming slots with 2 hour breaks between where all the seminars, quizzes, auctions and other stuff took place.

Now with Dragonmeet having a 2 hour lunch and me not having a lot of interest in the trade hall or extended socialising, I was wondering if we could put something together during the lunch break at DM.

I've already been warned that the "major sponsors" will be "all over" that slot with seminars of their own. (And, no, I don't think I'll be interested in any of those. They tend to be a list of what they're intending to publish in the forthcoming year, aren't they?)

What do you think? 1:30-2:30. Possible topics could be:

- Writing an RPG. Why, how and pitfalls to avoid.
- Publishing an RPG. Preparation, printing, promotion, distribution
- What's hot in the Independent RPG world. (Our version of the "big boys" "this is what we're bringing out next year".)
- Undiscovered gems of independent publishing.

Any other suggestions?

Full disclosure: I'm not suggesting this in order to promote my own stuff. I just want something interesting to do during the long lunch break. I'm not even angling to lead the panel or even be on it - though I wouldn't say "no". I reckon we just need 3 or 4 interesting and opinionated independent publishers and an agreed agenda. And I reckon you could all come up with loads of names for me to contact.

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Re: Another Crazy idea

Postby Epistolary Richard » 12:42am on 19 Aug 17

I've run a what's hot/year in review panel focused on indie/story stuff since Dragonmeet 2012 and I've always taken whatever time I've been given (typically either at the end or at the beginning of the day) so I've always fit in other events around it. 

IIRC they had just the one seminar room in 16; I don't know if they have plans to expand on that this year, but if not I would guess it would be tough to pitch a seminar which would have to be in a specific slot that was already under high demand by the publishers.

I wonder if there is other space available during that time slot? Do you know if anything's happening in the gaming rooms during the lunch break? They would be good for more of a workshop style session.

Another idea as to what could be put on easily would be something like a showcase session. Get a popular but harder to grok system and a GM who really knows their stuff and have them run a part of a game for an hour with an audience who can watch while they eat their lunch. People watch GMs and gaming groups on Twitch these days, this would just be an in person version. I've certainly found watching GMs like Scott and Lloyd or players like the Smart Party quite entertaining.
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Re: Another Crazy idea

Postby Evilgaz » 10:12pm on 20 Aug 17

We could get Friends of Jackson Elias to run a game of Cthulhu for The Smart Party
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Re: Another Crazy idea

Postby Evilgaz » 10:13pm on 20 Aug 17

Or vice versa
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Re: Another Crazy idea

Postby Baz King » 10:15pm on 20 Aug 17

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Re: Another Crazy idea

Postby Darran » 10:24pm on 20 Aug 17

You could hold informal seminars in the bar?
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Re: Another Crazy idea

Postby satbunny » 9:37am on 21 Aug 17

Continuum and the New Hall cons always had such seminars, oftened organised by Darran

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Re: Another Crazy idea

Postby Mick Red » 10:10pm on 22 Aug 17

Keep the noise down in the bar please gents as ill be there running The Ghost Tower of Inverness and getting wasted, so if you start banging on about game theory and **** it will be on!!!! :)
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