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Kobold Events at Gen Con: UPDATED

Holy dire weasels, Gen Con is next week! New Midgard postcards have just been shipped out, along with Midgard t-shirts that the Kobold crew will be wearing at the con. The backs of the shirts will have the Midgard motto that Midgard Campaign Setting patrons voted on earlier — we’ll post photos so you can see which tagline won.

[EDIT 8/16: Brandon Hodge will be coming, so we’ve added him to several panels below. Hooray!]

Two big changes to our Gen Con program:

  • Everything You Don’t Need to Know about the RPG Industry has been cancelled because our Kobold-in-Chief is instead going to appear on the Rise of the Runelords 5th Anniversary Round Table panel in ICC room 243
  • We’ve also had to cancel Wolfgang’s Saturday night game Midgard Adventures: Who Watches the Watchtower? Our apologies to those who signed up.

Here’s the curent lineup of seminars for Kobold Press and Open Design:

Homebrewers Guide to RPG Worldbuilding
Admit it: Sometimes the fun of a game is not playing the game–it’s building the world! RPG designers sit down and talk about how to make your world sharper, more exciting, and 10 pounds lighter.
Panelist(s): Wolfgang Baur, Kenneth Hite, T.S. Luikart, Richard Thomas, Rodney Thompson
Time/Place: Thursday, 12 Noon, Room 210

Better Adventures
Bored with store-bought adventures? Want to write better adventures quickly? Learn some of the techniques that RPG freelancers use when writing or prepping for a game! Practical advice any GM can use.
Panelist(s): Wolfgang Baur
Time/Place: Thursday, 2 PM, Room 211

RPG Freelancing 101
Come talk with established and emerging RPG freelancers about what it takes to break into print, in venues like Kobold Quarterly, Open Design, and other markets.
Panelist(s): Ben McFarland, Wolfgang Baur, Christina Stiles, Brandon Hodge
Time/Place: Friday 9 AM, Crowne Plaza : Grand Central Bllrm

Creating and Improving Your Homebrew RPG Setting
Come hear about developing a larger setting and talk about the considerations, scope, details, and pitfalls learned through the Midgard Setting project.
Panelist(s): Wolfgang Baur, Brandon Hodge, Ben McFarland
Time/Place: Friday, 10 AM, Crowne Plaza : Grand Central Bllrm

+5 Sword of Epublishing
The games industry was an early adopter of the digital publishing business model. Join our Industry Insider Guests as they discuss ways you can bring your game project to life as a digital release.
Panelist(s): Wolfgang Baur, Susan Morris, Gareth-Michael Skarka, Stan!
Time/Place: Friday, 1 PM, room 210

Fund Your Game Project With Kickstarter
From publishing your RPG or board game to opening a gaming café, learn how crowdfunding can help you achieve your dream from those who have succeeded (and failed) with Kickstarter.
Panelist(s): Tavis Allison, Wolfgang Baur, T.S. Luikart
Time/Place: Friday 3 PM, Room 211

Meet the KQ Minions!
Ever wonder what’s keeping a small publishing company like KQ or the Open Design community running smoothly? Minions are the answer! Come meet several of the KQ minions and hear how they do it!
Time/Place: Saturday at 9:00 AM, Crowne Plaza : Victoria Stn C/D
Panelist(s): Ben McFarland, Christina Stiles, Wade Rockett, Brandon Hodge

How to Start an RPG Publishing Company
Ever wanted to start an RPG Publishing company, but didn’t know where to begin? Come listen to Wolfgang Baur share his experiences as he explains how he started Open Design and Kobold Quarterly— and what you need to know to start publishing yourself!
Panelist(s): Wolfgang Baur, Brandon Hodge
Time/Place: Sat 10 AM, Crowne Plaza : Victoria Stn C/D

Hope to see you there!

9 Replies to "Kobold Events at Gen Con: UPDATED"

Joddie Noblit

August 10, 2012 at 7:04pm

cant go to gen con but i would like to see some pod casts of some of these seminars.

Matthew J. Hanson

August 11, 2012 at 4:15pm

Regarding “Who Watches the Watchtower,” I’m signed up for a game with that name, but it lists Ben McFarland as GM. Is that the one that’s canceled or was there another of the same name?

Wade Rockett

August 11, 2012 at 8:31pm

That is the one — Ben is listed as GM for all of the Kobold game sessions, because he registered them all. Let me know if you haven’t gotten a cancellation notice by email yet and I’ll check with Ben.


August 12, 2012 at 7:28am

It’s been cancelled, Gencon is just processing it. Sorry!


Christina Stiles

August 12, 2012 at 5:21pm

I’m supposed to be on the Friday one at 10, as well, though I may have to leave early to find a panel following that one.

Christina Stiles

August 13, 2012 at 3:51am

Here’s my schedule for GenCon:

15:30 Kobolds Meetup at the Hard Rock Cafe

1100-1200 The Art of the Pitch (with James Ernest, Jess Hartley, etc)
1400-1800 Journeys into the West–Pathfinder game

0900-1000 RPG Freelancing 101 (with Ben McFarland)
1000-1100 Making your World (with Wolfgang Baur and Ben McFarland)
1200-1300 How to Get a Woman (To Play Your Game) (with Jess Hartley, Michelle Lyons-McFarland, Susan Morris, and more women of the industry)
1400-1500 Freelancing in the Game Industry (with Matt Forbeck, Steve Kenson, Ryan Macklin, and Gareth-Michael Skarka)

0900-1000 Meet the Minions (with Ben McFarland and Wade Rockett)
1100-1200 Pink Dice And Pony Dungeons (with Stan! and Jess Hartley)
1300-1400 RPG / Fiction Crossovers (with James Wyatt, Michelle Lyons, and Jess Hartley)

1000-1100 Myth, Folklore, And Religion As GM Tools (with James Wyatt and Steve Kenson)

Brian Liberge

August 13, 2012 at 6:31am

Well since I was planning to attend ‘Everything You Don’t Need to Know about the RPG Industry’ I’ll have some time on my hands during that block. Any wandering Kobolds are welcome to join me for:

‘Everything You Don’t Need to Know about the RPG Industry’ a Fiasco Game! It’s a great scenario. You’re all people “working” in the “RPG Industry” or trying to when everything goes wrong!



August 13, 2012 at 7:25am

Homebrewers Guide to RPG Worldbuilding

Ken Hite and Wolfgang Baur on one panel? PLEASE tell me this will be taped for later viewing…


August 14, 2012 at 1:24pm

I would also love some pod-casts of these great panels since I can’t make it to gen con :/