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Friday, March 23

6:30pm PDT

The Golden Age of Tabletop
Board games have come a long way since Monopoly, Jenga, and Sorry, and with the popularity of Kickstarter anybody can publish their own game. Will Pasquin (head of gaming, High Voltage), John D. Clair (game designer, Edge of Darkness), Brian Henk (president, Overworld Games), Ross Thompson (games marketing & events manager, IDW Games), Becca Scott (co-host, Geek & Sundry’s Game The Game), and Peter Vaughan (director of development at Breaking Games) discuss this growing community and tabletop trends, and they answer your questions about designing your own game or creating a community to help everyone play more games.

Friday March 23, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm PDT
Room 213AB

7:30pm PDT

Fanbase Press: Art of Trading Cards
Themed collector cards have been around for over 100 years, originally packaged with cigarettes. By the 1950s, bubble gum was packaged with trading cards that began to spotlight media-based subjects such as popular television shows and films. Trading card sets typically include sketch cards, which feature the work of established and aspiring artists. Led by Michele Brittany (editorials manager, Fanbase Press), panelists Daniel Cooney (Star Wars: Rogue One), Chris Thorne (DC Comics's New 52), and Ashleigh Popplewell (The Walking Dead) talk about their experiences working with Topps, Cryptozoic Entertainment, and other companies to create trading cards that celebrate some of your favorite franchises.

Friday March 23, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm PDT
Room 213AB

8:00pm PDT

StreetPass OC: Nintendo Quiz Bowl
Are you the biggest Nintendo fan? Are you the Hero of Time everyone has been waiting for? Prove it by competing with other Nintendo fans to showcase your knowledge of all things Nintendo! Join Nintendo quizmasters Kiet Pham and Ryan Van Lu to see if you have what it takes to be a Nintendo Master. Compete alone or in teams for fabulous prizes, but remember there could only be one Ultimate Nintendo Fan. Are you the one?

Friday March 23, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Room 209
Saturday, March 24

12:00pm PDT

Game Pitch Review
This pitch review will be conducted by a panel of professional game developers who will offer their invaluable advice and insight to those seeking to further their dreams of making their game a reality. Participants will have the opportunity to pitch a game for 3 minutes and then receive constructive criticism on how it went. This session will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis and sign-ups will be taken onsite. To participate in the Game Pitch Review, you must be prepared before you sign up. Preparation includes (1) a well-practiced, 3-minute verbal pitch that clearly explains the game concept, how it's unique to the marketplace, why it would be worth funding, etc.; (2) any hardcopy or digital visuals (images, video, etc.) that help illustrate the concept and viability of the idea (you must bring the device on which you will display the visuals); and (3) imagination and passion; imagine you're making a very quick pitch to receive funding for your idea.

Saturday March 24, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Room 206B

12:30pm PDT

Mythology in Final Fantasy
From the basis of the four elements to the summons we all love, there are many legends and myths that the Final Fantasy series pays homage to. This panel will explore those myths and legends, ensuring that the fantasy worlds that have given us countless hours of game play will never be final.

Saturday March 24, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 213AB

2:00pm PDT

Gaming Creator Connection
The Gaming Creator Connection is an opportunity for aspiring and learning game developers to receive valuable advice, insights, and mentoring from seasoned veterans of the game industry with diverse experiences in production, programming, art, business development, and more. The Gaming Creator Connection is organized and run by professional game developers, including a former executive director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA). The GCC is a perfect opportunity to seek expert guidance on a wide range of topics pertaining to the development of your career. The Gaming Creator Connection is only available to those who have signed up in advance.

Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 204C

3:00pm PDT

Learning Through Role-Playing Games
Role-playing has created thriving learning environments across all levels and areas of education. Tabletop RPGs, LARPS, and escape rooms are being used in classrooms and other learning facilities as a welcome departure from traditional pedagogues like lectures. Get an overview of these non-digital methods from a panel of teachers and instructors using game-based learning. Be sure to bring your questions on how you can use fun, engaging games to boost your own educational goals. Moderated by Aaron Vanek (vice-president, The Game Academy). p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Verdana}

Saturday March 24, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 209

8:00pm PDT

Dex Checks, Dungeon Crawls, and Dryads: A Super-Fun Guide to Dungeons & Dragons and Tabletop RPGs
The session will focus on how to get started if you're new to D&D and Tabletop RPGs, how to make a character you'll love playing, tips for having fun while role playing, and some great recommendations for RPGs to try out. Grab your magic tomes and join your fellow adventurers (and Dungeon Masters) Jennifer Kretchmer (Dollhouse, Maze Arcana), T. J. Storm (Godzilla, Deadpool), Molly Knox Ostertag (The Witch Boy, Strong Female Protagonist), and Trip Hope (The League of S.T.E.A.M. ), and friends for an action-packed panel!

Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Room 211
Sunday, March 25

11:30am PDT

Arena of Valor
This is your chance to meet the staff, get your questions answered, and take a sneak peek at some of the great stuff upcoming in Arena of Valor. Bring your phone to participate in live matches, and expect plenty of fun and some great prizes. Hosted by Chris Castagnetto (DJ Helsing).

Sunday March 25, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Room 300D

1:00pm PDT

Career Paths into Game Development
Kate Edwards (executive director of Take This, former exec. director of the International Game Developers Association)moderates a panel of veteran game industry professionals about what it takes to launch a career in game development. They will discuss the various potential paths into the industry and share insights, anecdotes, and advice about their own experiences.

Sunday March 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 207