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Wednesday, July 22

3:00pm PDT

GeekED: Re-storied: Re-imagining creative privilege
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YouTube: https://youtu.be/wo5ukr8575s

History is a story told by the victors: until it's not. The story landscape is changing. There is more space in the narrative world for stories both by and about people with diverse experiences. Join our lively panel debate to see how that re-storying is emerging; in academic institutions, in live performance, in digital experiences, and in a proliferation of creative tools that empower people to tell their stories.

Introduction by Brian MacDonald, UCLA, GeekED (ucla.edu)
Moderated by Asha Eaton, KTN manager ImmerseUK (immerseuk.org)
Pip Brignall, co-director Reality Check Productions (realitycheckproductions.co.uk)
Sarah Ellis, director of digital development at Royal Shakespeare Company (rsc.org.uk)
Juliette Levy, University of California, Riverside, Dept of History (juliettelevy.org)
Linda Sellheim, education program manager at Epic Games (epicgames.com
Tess Tanenbaum, University of California, Irvine, Transformative Play Lab (transformativeplay.ics.uci.edu)

Special thanks to Comic-Con and GeekED for inviting us to share our thinking, and to Epic Games for their financial support of alt: a world-scale Augmented Reality multi-player game for the discovery of alternative civilizations in the real world (alt-history.com)

Wednesday July 22, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Thursday, July 23

10:00am PDT

Transforming Together Time: Family Gaming and the Future of Play
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YouTube: https://youtu.be/YdC6MOGFElI

Video games have been an influential part of our culture, creativity, and connection for decades; from numerous console wars, memorable mobile gaming moments, gamifying the world with augmented reality, blasting into incredible immersive worlds with VR, voice, and beyond. The global gaming market is booming, families are spending more time gaming together than ever before. This panel will share real-world examples behind some of the most beloved family gaming experiences and latest announcements. Join Tommy Tallarico (President, CEO Intellivision), Tommy Palm (CEO of Resolution Games), and connected experiences innovator Valerie Vacante (LiveArea // Collabsco) in a discussion on how creators are designing new experiences across various platforms and emerging technologies to shape the future of family gaming and play.
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Thursday July 23, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am PDT

1:00pm PDT

The Women Behind Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet - Collaboration Across Gaming & Television to Create A Successful Crossover
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YouTube: https://youtu.be/ZxSB-JdWovc

In February, Apple TV+ released the series Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet in partnership with Lionsgate, 3 Arts Entertainment, and Ubisoft Film & Television. In this moderated panel, the female powerhouses behind Mythic Quest, Ubisoft Film & Television, and Red Storm Entertainment, will share how they came together and leveraged their particular expertise in the gaming and television worlds to create and tell an authentic story. Through this discussion, the panelists will also address their experience working and being leaders in their respective fields in historically male-dominated industries and their advice for the next generation.

Megan Ganz, co-creator & executive producer, Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet
Danielle Kreinik, director of TV development, Ubisoft Film & Television, and Executive Producer
Ashly Burch, writer & actor, Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet
Elizabeth Loverso, VP product development, Ubisoft Red Storm
Erin Ashley Simon, host & producer, esports & gaming (moderator)

Thursday July 23, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT

3:00pm PDT

Prototype and Game Pitches: Publishing Your Tabletop Game
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YouTube: https://youtu.be/_fF0R9p8jf0

Learn from tabletop game industry professionals as they share tips and experience on how to publish your tabletop game. From general best practices, how and where to pitch to publishers and self-publishing advice. Find out how to get your game in front of a publisher. Panelists include Pat Marino (senior game designer at The Op Games), Jon Cohn (game designer at Bread and Circuses), Juliana Ariel (game designer at Wild Optimists), Eric Slauson (game designer at Slauson Designs), and Ariel Rubin (game designer at Wild Optimists).

Thursday July 23, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Friday, July 24

10:00am PDT

Pixel Stories - Reimagining Video Game Narrative
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YouTube: https://youtu.be/QZd1H5TkAfg

Ever wanted to go behind-the-scenes on storytelling for games? Meet the industry's most innovative writers working on today's fan-favorite video games in this exclusive virtual Comic-Con panel! Take a closer look into their creative writing process, character development, world-creation, and production to hear how it's all done. Learn from Aaron Contreras (Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order), Clay Murphy (Control), Amelia Gray (Telling Lies), Jennie Kong (Sky) as they chat with moderator John Wie. (Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences) about their approach to narrative in blockbuster and indie games.

Follow the moderator and panelists: @Official_AIAS @jwie86 @AaronContreras @grayamelia @jenniekong @yourpalclay

Friday July 24, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am PDT

3:00pm PDT

Get It On the Table: Designing Your Tabletop Game
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YouTube: https://youtu.be/t5A3TXxG_oI

Come hear advice from veterans in the Tabletop Industry on how to design games, game design theory, where game design is headed and what kinds of games people are making. Learn about game design in 2020 and what games are moving the industry forward. Panelists include Eric Lang (game director at CMON), Emerson Matsuuchi (game designer at Nazca Games), Kathleen Mercury (game designer), Sen-Foong Lim (game designer at Bamboozle Brothers), and Elisa Teague (freelance game designer, designer for Dungeons & Dragons).

Friday July 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Saturday, July 25

10:00am PDT

Narrative Design For Computer Games
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YouTube: https://youtu.be/UfEfKXuZl20

Industry vets Neal Hallford (Betrayal at Krondor), Haris Orkin (Call of Juarez), Anne Toole (Horizon Zero Dawn), and Xalavier Nelson Jr. (We Are the Caretakers) break down how narratives are crafted and executed in the gaming industry. Moderated by Jana Hallford (Swords & Circuitry: A Designer's Guide to Computer Role-Playing Games).

Saturday July 25, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am PDT

12:00pm PDT

Magic: The Gathering Panel with Mark Rosewater
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YouTube: https://youtu.be/NqoFes1rJ0c

Mark Rosewater (Magic: The Gathering head designer) will give the first sneak peek of Zendikar Rising, Magic's September expansion.

Saturday July 25, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT

4:00pm PDT

Learning Through Role-Playing Games
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YouTube: https://youtu.be/UqgWBywH0fo

Role-playing games are an invaluable tool for learning, either in person or online. Members of The Game Academy, a 501c3 educational non-profit organization, will show clips from and talk about a language arts tabletop role-playing game as an example of how teachers and parents can use RPGs for different scholastic subjects as well as social-emotional learning (SEL), while having fun! With Emily Nguyen-Hoai (social media coordinator, The Game Academy), Keenan Kibrick (game master, The Game Academy), Fiona Rene (board member, The Game Academy), and Aaron Vanek (board secretary, The Game Academy).


Saturday July 25, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT

5:00pm PDT

Professional Storytelling: RPGs in 2020
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YouTube: https://youtu.be/NS10RP-tthI

Hear from professional Dungeon Masters as they share about rolling dice, storyboards and producing role-playing games on different mediums full time. Find out what it takes to become a professional Dungeon Master in 2020. Panelists include Ash Minnick (producer at D&D in a Castle), Malika Lim Eubank (CEO at HyperRPG), Ivan Van Norman (game designer at Hunters Entertainment), and B Dave Walters (comic author, author at IDW Publishing for Dungeons & Dragons).

Saturday July 25, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Sunday, July 26

11:00am PDT

State of the Tabletop Industry
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YouTube: https://youtu.be/n68bUl3O2-M

What is happening in the tabletop industry in 2020 and what does the future hold for gaming? Hear from tabletop industry experts in publishing, crowdfunding, and event management as they share their thoughts on the gaming industry in 2020. Panelists include Scott Gaeta (president of Renegade Games), Eric Lang (game director at CMON), Mandi BG Pinup (contributor at The Dice Tower), Tony Serebriany (director of new product development at The Op Games), and Mary Couzin (president at Chicago Toy & Game Week).

Sunday July 26, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT

3:00pm PDT

World-Builders: The Evolution of Immersive Entertainment
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YouTube: https://youtu.be/LLbqsEprLLU

The hunger for unique content and the current challenges global content creators face to establish safe production solutions have pushed technology to evolve. Join the creative drivers who are introducing remarkable virtual production and content creation solutions in projects like Lion King and The Mandalorian; Isabelle Riva (head of media and entertainment innovations, Unity Technology), Ted Schilowitz (futurist, Paramount Pictures), Emilie Jolie (co-founder & CEO Apelab - Zoe in-VR Creation Software), Brooks Brown (co-founder & CCO, ViRvi--Bringing Virtual Reality to Art), Kwaku Aning (director, Center for Innovation and Entreprenaurial Thinking - CIET), and Asad Malik (founder 1RIC, Jadu AR app). Moderated by David Bloom (Forbes). You can check out experiences from these companies virtually in the FutureTechLive! activation space, powered by Unity.

Sunday July 26, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
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