Episode 67 – Information Organization in Roleplaying Games

September 12, 2015

The Best Practices for Information Organization in Tabletop RPGs

Recorded at Metatopia 2014

Presented by Brennan Taylor, Matt Wilson, Meredith Reitman, Krista White & John Stavropolous

Tabletop RPGs serve as both a “let’s play!” and a reference document. RPGs designers and writers often attend to one of these goals at the expense of the other. Come to this panel to learn about professional theories of information organization, best practices for making the important information in your games findable and learn lessons from experienced game designers who have made information organization innovations and mistakes in their own games.

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Episode 59 – Style Guides are your Friend

June 27, 2015

Style Guides are your Friend

Recorded at Metatopia 2014

Presented by Amanda Valentine and John Adamus

Style guides are one of the indispensable tools an editor uses to help make your project the best it can be. Learn more about them and the other must-have tools an editor uses, and find out why following the style guide can mean the difference between making “a thing” and “a game”.

 
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Episode 56 – What Editors Do

May 30, 2015

What Editors Do

Recorded at Metatopia 2014

Presented by John Adamus, Jeremy Morgan & Amanda Valentine.

Cleaning up your tortured syntax and fixing your punctuation is only the beginning. A good editor can help you improve the presentation of your game on many levels

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Episode 48 – The Writer’s Workshop

February 28, 2015

The Writer’s Workshop

Recorded at Metatopia 2013

Presented by John Adamus.

Here’s a chance for authors and creators to get answers to their writing questions as they work on developing their first, or tenth project. Questions often include issues of layout, editing costs, the best way to write to the reader, and the best way to take an idea from the abstract idea phase to the down-on-paper phase

 
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Episode 33 – How to Work with Editors

April 18, 2014

How to Work with Editors

This seminar was originally presented at Metatopia 2013 in Morristown NJ. This panel was led by
Ryan Macklin, Amanda Valentine, Cam Banks and John Adamus.

Everyone needs an editor. How do you hire one? Once you have one, how can you work with her most efficiently? How does somebody become a great game editor themselves?

 
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Episode 5: Editing and Organizing Game Text

November 24, 2012

“Editing and Organizing Game Text” presented by Amanda Valentine, Fred Hicks, Jason Pitre & John Adamus. Successful game text requires clarity, structure and style. Learn the secrets of this dark art at this roundtable discussion.

 
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