Episode 193 - Intersectional Feminism

February 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Julia Ellingboe, Moyra Turkington, Jonaya Kemper, and Misha Bushyager.

"Intersectional Feminism: Game Design That Tackles Topics that Matter". Designing historical games is complicated, especially when we're telling the stories of people who are often forgotten. How do we handle those stories without accidentally perpetuating or compounding existing damage?

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Episode 192 - Metaphorical Games

February 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Jason Pitre, Mark Diaz Truman, Kate Bullock

Games are art, and can explore challenging subject material. It can often be useful to use fictional metaphors to recontextualize these difficult topics and make them easier to to examine with a layer of emotional distance. On this panel, the speakers will explore how and when to use metaphors in your game design, and the pitfalls to avoid.

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Episode 191 - We Want to Sign your Game

February 2, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Nicole Perry, Peter Hayward, & Curt Covert.

Every publisher is looking for the next big hit. Every time they sit down with you, they want your game to be that hit. Here are some simple tips to making games that publishers are excited to sign.

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Episode 190 - Success Through Iteration

January 26, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Jay Treat, Mark Richardson.

How much do you change your game between tests? Which way do you change it? How do you evaluate playtester feedback and suggestions against your design goals? When do you stop tweaking or abandon a path? Iteration is the key to success not just in a single project but in your design career. Let's talk about how, how to do that better, and what not to do.

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Episode 189 - Expanding Fantasy

January 19, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by DC

Participate in a discussion about expanding the narrative fantasies applied to tabletop RPGs. The standard "set" of explored backgrounds and settings are not only old, but also fundamentally structured around a singular perspective. Inspecting the foundation of our fiction allows us to better understand the values or pitfalls of those choices, and how they may affect who decides to, or not to, join us at our table

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Episode 188 - Productive Playtesting

January 12, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Isaac Shalev, Gil Hova, Jennifer Graham-Macht.

Join us for a roundtable conversation about how to get the best data from your time at the playtesting table. We'll discuss our experiences running playtests, and talk about common mistakes and how to avoid them

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Episode 187 - Face your Fears

January 5, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Kiva Fecteau, David Beever, Jim Dagg , Kate Beaman-Martinez, Beth Rimmels.

Congratulations. You screwed up the courage and got yourself to METATOPIA! Prepare to panic... or not. Talk with fellow participants in small groups to identify your fears and where they come from. You'll probably discover a lot of commonalities. Our workshop leaders have begun to overcome their own fears, and have seen success at METATOPIA. They'll share tips and techniques to help you stay afloat during the weekend.

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Episode 186 - Understanding Financial Regulation

December 29, 2018 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Bradley Hausman.

A brief overview of SEC and some state regulations regarding crowdfunding, and other forms of raising capital, and registering your campaign. In this roundtable, feel free to discuss your experiences and how others can learn from them

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Episode 185 - Navigating Consent in Gaming

December 22, 2018 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Sam Saltiel, Brand Robins, Camdon Wright, Eli Eaton

Good consent practice requires that consent is enthusiastic and informed. Let's talk about how to encourage a higher level of consent. We will discuss tools you can add at the table, but then we'll explore ways to integrate consent into the foundations of your design.

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Episode 184 - Podcasting for Promotion

December 15, 2018 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by James D'Amato and Senda Linaugh.

Being a guest on podcasts is a fantastic way to promote your game and build your brand. Our moderators will talk about how this might work and things you should know in advance to be a good guest. This will be run as a roundtable discussion.

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