2014 Video Gaming Track Schedule *TENTATIVE*

As always, folks, nothing is set in stone until it actually happens. We’ve made plans, but the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. Lots and lots of panels, so lots of room for wiggle. Did I say this was tentative? This is tentative. TENTATIVE. The new combined Video Gaming Track runs two rooms and has ballroom events too. So, without further ado…

(Oh, and in case you didn’t get this this first time… THIS IS A TENTATIVE SCHEDULE AND MIGHT CHANGE AT ANY TIME!)

Friday – 8/29

10:00 am, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
Technology Trends in Video Games
There are many trends in video games today that will influence and even dominate the next 10 years. What’s coming? and What does that mean for gamers? Guests: Starr Long

11:30 am, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
Turbine Presents – Infinite Crisis
If you ever wanted to know who would win in a fight between Superman, Batman, Aquaman, and the Legion of Doom… Take it to the MOBA and find out! Guests: Seraphina Brennan

11:30 am, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
World Design – Video Game vs Table Top
A discussion of the similarities, differences, and nuances of designing worlds for video games and for table top games. Guests: Richard Garriott, Jason Bulmahn, Ian Frazier, Clint Black, Bill Bridges

11:30 am, Grand Ballroom West, 1 Hour
Voice Actors – World of Warcraft
Vol’jin and High Tinker Mekkatorque discuss life, the universe, and King Varian Wrynn’s personal grooming habits. Guests: Dino Andrade, Courtenay Taylor, David Blue, Host: Chad Tindale

01:00 pm, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
Designing Awesome Video Games
A roundtable discussion of the ins and outs of video game design. Guests: Mike Capps, Jonathan LeCraft, Michael Sellers, Chris Avellone, Ian Frazier

01:00 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Lessons in Lore – Old School
Lessons in Lore retell the story of Warcraft up to World of Warcraft, in their irreverent and animated way. Presenters: Chad Tindale, Megan Tindale

02:30 pm, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
Women in the Video Game Industry
A roundtable discussion of the issues that women face behind-the-scenes in the video gaming industry. Guests: Ann Lemay, Cameron Harris, Colette Murphy, Seraphina Brennan

02:30 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
E-Sports Announcer – Q&A
There are numerous channels where modern-day Maddens call the action of your favorite video games. What’s it like to be an “E-Sportscaster”? Guests: Brian “Lionheart” Grayson, Adam Mierzejewski, Drybear

02:30 pm, Grand Ballroom East, 1 Hour
Inside The Guild
Vork and Zaboo give you the inside view of six seasons of The Guild. Guests: Jeff Lewis, Sandeep Parikh

04:00 pm, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
Designing Games for Mobile Platforms
First, there were giant computer monitors. Then, there were laptops. Now, you can play video games on a device that fits in the palm of your hand. Guests: Alison Carrier, Ian Bogost

04:00 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
WoW Costume Contest – Pre-Judging
If you want to be in the contest, you need to come here first.

05:30 pm, Grand Ballroom East, 1 Hour
WoW Costume Contest
Once again, it’s time for “Azeroth’s Next Top Model”. (You must attend pre-judging to compete) Judges: Jonathan LeCraft, Kamui, Alexis Montclaire, Alex Mayberry. Host: Megan Tindale

05:30 pm, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
HiRez Studios – SMITE Q&A
Who says you can’t play God(s)? Guests: Brian “Lionheart” Grayson, Adam Mierzejewski, Drybear, Mick Larkins, HirezChris, Scott Zier, Bryan Wynia

05:30 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Star Wars: The Old Republic – Fan Meetup
Steph and Mark are back with more Huttball, more games, and more surprises. Bioware heard about last year and decided to join in the fun! Guests: Cameron Harris, Panelist: Stephanie Watson, Mark Cogan

07:00 pm, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
Game on Girl Presents – What’s Your Gamer Type?
Are you a goal-driven gamer who collects achievements? Do you make up backstories for your game characters? Learn what your gamer type says about you. Guests: Rhonda Oglesby

07:00 pm, Grand Salon E, 2.5 Hours
Machinima Achievements
The genre of machinima is changing – new engines, avatars, and fresh looks. We have the best of the newest films by directors from around the globe. Host: Romily

08:30 pm, Imperial Ballroom, 4 Hours
World of Warcraft – Darkmoon Faire
Celebrate WoW’s 10th anniversary with carnival games, trivia, a dance contest, and the rest of the WoW Community. Family friendly before 10pm.

Saturday – 8/30

10:00 am, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
So You Want to be a Video Game Writer?
Industry professionals provide insight and information on writing for video games. Guests: Tracy Hickman, David Haddock, Ann Lemay, Randy Begel, Bill Bridges

10:00 am, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Saturday Morning Cartoons
Wear your jammies and bring your cereal! Romily presents your favorite light machinima comedy videos from over the years to brighten your morning. Host: Romily

11:30 am, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
“Why did they do THAT?” – Tales from the Professionals
Industry veterans discuss behind-the-scenes stories and thought processes that lead to some great (and not-so-great) moments in video gaming history. Guests: Starr Long, Mike Capps, Alex Mayberry

11:30 am, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Crowdfunding Video Games
Shroud of the Avatar and Star Citizen. Are they the way of the future when it comes to financing game development? What have we learned so far? Guests: Richard Garriott, Ben Lesnick, Ian Bogost, Chris Avellone

01:00 pm, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
Console Wars: The Next Generation
XBox One, PS4… Who won? What’s next? Where did it all go wrong (or right)? Guests: Mike Capps, Ian Bogost, Alex Mayberry

01:00 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Blizzard – World of Warcraft Q&A
What’s next in Azeroth? Are they finally going to nerf Warlocks into the oblivion they so richly deserve. (Why, yes, I play a mage. Why do you ask?) Guests: Jonathan LeCraft

02:30 pm, Grand Salon D, 2.5 Hours
Meet Artix Entertainment
They’re BACK! The gang that brought you AdventureQuest, MechQuest, DragonFable, and HeroSmash bring you more hijinks and surprises. Guests: Cysero, Zazul

02:30 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Missing Worlds Media Presents – City of Titans
CoT is the spiritual successor to City of Heroes, being put together by a group of volunteer developers left homeless by the closure of the game. Guests: Stephanie “Conundrum of Furballs” Smith, KT Morris, Jack Snyder

02:30 pm, Imperial Ballroom, 1 Hour
Voice Actors – Mass Effect
Commander Shepard, EDI, and Commander Bailey walk into a bar…Which is a neat trick considering that one of them is a computer. Guests: Michael Hogan, Tricia Helfer, Mark Meer, Courtenay Taylor, Kimberly Brooks

04:00 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Introducing Pathfinder Online
One of the most popular pen-and-paper gaming systems is making its way into the online world. Guests: Jason Bulmahn, Erik Mona

04:00 pm, Grand Ballroom West, 1 Hour
Halo Voice Actor Q&A
Master Chief and friends answer your questions on all things Halo. Guests: Steve Downes, Courtenay Taylor, Tim Dadabo

05:30 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Cloud Imperium – Star Citizen Q&A
With nearly $50 million in crowdfunded support, Star Citizen is one of the most anticipated titles in years. Guests: Ben Lesnick, David Haddock, David Hobbins, David Ladyman, Alex Mayberry

05:30 pm, A601-602, 1 Hour
The Rise of Webseries in Entertainment
Jeff Lewis, Sandeep Parikh, Alisa Stern

07:00 pm, Grand Salon D, 2.5 Hours
Geek Trivia
The Annual Quest for the Bling Gnome is in its 6th year, now expanded to include all facets of geekdom. Immortality awaits for our champions. Hosts: Kevin Stallard, Phil Collins

10:00 pm, Grand Ballroom A-F, 4 Hours
Heroes and Villains Ball
Good Guys (Video Games) and Bad Guys (Brit Track) dancing til we drop. DJ Jennocide spins tunes for the very last time in her farewell gig.

Sunday – 8/31

10:00 am, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
Community Relations Q&A
Strategies for the avoidance of choking the life out of snot-nosed, whiny, entitled gamers… and other fun stories about life in the trenches. Guests: Ben Lesnick, Tony Jones, Drybear

10:00 am, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Designing Video Games for E-Sports
What do developers have to do differently to make a game suitable for “E-Sports”? What features are a must and what mistakes must you avoid? Guests: HirezChris, Pilar Gut-Rod, Rudi Bonaparte

10:00 am, A601-602, 1 Hour
Beyond “The Guild”
Vork and Zaboo talk about life after “The Guild” and some of the things they’ve been doing lately. Guests: Jeff Lewis, Sandeep Parikh

11:30 am, Grand Ballroom East, 1 Hour
Linear vs Non-Linear Narrative in Shroud of the Avatar
Tracy & Richard discuss Blade of the Avatar (novel) and Shroud of the Avatar (game) and how they interact with each other. Guests: Richard Garriott, Tracy Hickman, Starr Long

11:30 am, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
The Science of Mass Effect
A discussion of the biodiversity of Mass Effect. (aka We can explain why “Lizards with Boobs” is a silly idea.) Guests: Eric P Spana

11:30 am, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
World of Warcraft Lore with Christie Golden
What’s next for Garrosh? How are the Pandaren going to rebuild? Who is pulling the strings for the bad guys on Azeroth? Guests: Christie Golden. Host: Megan Tindale.

01:00 pm, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
Riot Games – Many roads into the games industry
Rioters will share their journeys — both traditional and non-traditional — into the world of making games. Guests: Pilar Gutierrez, Randy Begel, Myke Hoff, Rudi Bonaparte

01:00 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Video Game Costume Contest – Pre-Judging
If you want to be in the contest, you have to come here first.

02:30 pm, Grand Ballroom East, 2.5 Hours
Video Game Costume Contest
Your favorite video game characters are brought to life through amazing costumes on a big stage! (Pre-registration required to compete) Judges: Mike Capps, Zonbi, Courtenay Taylor, Bill Watters

02:30 pm, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
Video Games as a Tool for Social Change
It’s all fun and games, except when it isn’t. How can video games make a real difference in the real world? Guests: Ian Bogost

02:30 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
15 Years of EverQuest
A celebration of all things Norrath. It may not have been the first MMORPG, but after 15 years, EverQuest is still going strong. Guests: Tony Jones, Colette Murphy, Ted Stone, Tiffany Spence

04:00 pm, Grand Salon D, 2.5 Hours
Shroud of the Avatar – Roundtable
Portalarium Games answers questions about the upcoming Shroud of the Avatar and provides an intimate look into the development process. Guests: Richard Garriott, Tracy Hickman, Starr Long

04:00 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Sony Online Entertainment Presents – Landmark
Floating pyramids, giant fire breathing dragon head statues, and mighty ice castles. Just some of the things that you can build in Landmark. Guests: Colette Murphy, Tony Jones, Ted Stone, Tiffany Spence

05:30 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Lessons in Lore – New School
Lessons in Lore delivers a humorous retelling of the story that’s happened since World of Warcraft began. Presenters: Chad Tindale, Megan Tindale

07:00 pm, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
All Things Halo – An Interactive Trivia Game
Do you know what the difference is between the UNSC and Covenant? All Things Halo is a celebration of… well, you get the idea, right? Host: Travis Herring. Guests: Steve Downes, Courtenay Taylor, Tim Dadabo

07:00 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Gender/Sex issues in Video Games
A frank discussion of issues surrounding gender and sexuality in video games and video game culture. Guests: Rhonda Oglesby, Seraphina Brennan

08:30 pm, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
Construct Your Fandom: Building Halo Armor
Old school with a Halo: Combat Evolved Master Chief? Go with Halo 4 style? Learn how to build with Pepakura Designer, fiberglass, EVA foam and more. Presenters: Travis Herring

Monday – 9/1

10:00 am, Grand Ballroom West, 1 Hour
An Hour with Lord British
From Ultima to Shroud of the Avatar, Richard “Lord British” Garriott shares his wit and wisdom. Guests: Richard Garriott. Host: Chad Tindale

10:00 am, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
So You REALLY Want to Work in the Video Games Industry?
Fun and games aren’t all… fun and games. Industry pros answer questions about what it’s really like to work on video games for a living. Guests: Cameron Harris, Chris Larson, Collette Murphy, Seraphina Brennan

11:30 am, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Gaming Etiquette School
How does one survive in an video game without becoming part of the problem? Where is the line between acceptable behavior and intolerable harassment? Guests: Ben Lesnick, Adam Mierzejewsi

01:00 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Portalarium Games Presents – Shroud of the Avatar
Shroud is crowd funded and crowd sourced so players can submit Unity compatible content. Developed by the creators of Ultima and DragonLance. Guests: Richard Garriott, Starr Long

02:30 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
The End Boss – Survivor’s Gathering
Host: Kevin Stallard

And there you have it, the extremely tentative not written in stone best guess schedule that could totally change at any time. Get excited! But not too excited! No, go ahead, get really excited! But cautiously.

Jhaer