Metatopia 2018: The Game Design Festival

The Bully Pulpit team will be in New Jersey this week for Metatopia 2018 and we hope to see you there! We’ll be running playtests of Fiasco in a Box (focusing on people who’ve never played Fiasco before, ideally) and participating in a number of panels. Please join us and ask questions! The panel descriptions are below.

If you’d like to meet with Steve, Jason, or Alex at the show, let us know and we’ll make time where we can in our schedules.

D008: “Now What?” presented by Steve Segedy, Christopher Badell, Mark Richardson, Cat Tobin. Once you’ve created a game, what are your options for getting it out into the world? Come ask questions and find out about printing, distribution, and fulfillment options for independent designers and small publishers. We could also include discussion of Kickstarter, BackerKit, contracts, licensing, etc. Friday, 12:00PM – 1:00PM;

D014: “Kickstarting in 2019” presented by Chandler Copenhaver, Steve Segedy. Kickstarter today is a different animal than it was a year or five years ago. Let’s talk about the things you need to know if you’re launching a campaign next year. Friday, 2:00PM – 3:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D020: “LARP for Tabletop Designers, Tabletop for LARP Designers” presented by Jason Morningstar, Jay Treat, Jacqueline Bryk, Tim Hutchings, Anna Kreider. Live action role playing offers all sorts of interesting insights and techniques that are ripe for poaching for tabletop games – and vice versa. We’ll discuss the affinities, differences, and edge cases in these related mediums. Hopefully you will leave with some new ideas, regardless of which design space you think you operate in. Friday, 4:00PM – 5:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D025: “So You Want To Be A Good Male Ally” presented by Jason Morningstar, Rob Donoghue, Jonathan Gilmour, Brand Robins. Have you heard your fellow designers and players speaking out against sexism and harassment in gaming and wondered what you could do as a man to help? Join us for a lively and surprising conversation about being a better ally. Friday, 6:00PM – 7:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D027: “Golden Cobra Announcement” presented by Jason Morningstar. The Golden Cobra Challenge is a friendly contest open to anyone interested in writing and playing freeform games that ran through the month of October. Now we’re ready to discuss our methodology, submission trends, and what we’ve learned about freeform in the process. And, of course, announce the winners! Join us for an informal discussion and awards ceremony. The winning games will be offered throughout METATOPIA, so come play with the judges as well. Friday, 8:00PM – 9:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D059: “Immersive Theater, Interactive Theater and Public Play: What We Can Steal” presented by Jason Morningstar, Nicholas Fortugno, Amy Ashton, Marshall Bradshaw. Immersive theater, interactive theater, and public games all offer weird untapped potential for designers of all kinds of games. We’ve assembled a panel of experts in these disciplines that are adjacent to our own, and we’ll see what we can learn and borrow from them. Saturday, 7:00PM – 8:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D074: “Designing RPGs With Safety Tools Included” presented by Philip Vecchione, Senda Linaugh, Alexzandra Roberts. Let’s talk about integrating safety tools into your design process from the foundation. Yes, the x-card is valuable. Let’s talk about design that builds the next generation of tools in from the beginning. Sunday, 12:00PM – 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

Join us at Metatopia 2018
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