2015 Video Gaming Track Schedule

Our events will be in the following locations unless otherwise indicated.

Hilton – Grand Salons D and E
Marriott – Imperial Ballroom
Sheraton – Grand Ballroom

Friday – 9/4

10:00 am, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
Camelot Unchained – Sneak Preview
Camelot Unchained is an upcoming fantasy MMORPG from City State Entertainment which was partially funded through Kickstarter. Guests Brian Green, Mark Jacobs

10:00 am, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
The State of the World… of Warcraft
Blizzard’s Senior Designer talks about the latest goings on in Azeroth (and Draenor, and Outland, and…) Guests: Jonathan LeCraft

11:30 am, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
Designing Games for Mobile Platforms
A discussion of the unique challenges facing game development on mobile platforms. Guests: Alison Carrier, Brian Stabile, Matt Woomer, Elonka Dunin

11:30 am, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
The Psychology of Online Bullying
Why do people exhibit behavior behind a keyboard that they would never show in person? Are online communities inherently harmful? Panelists: Amanda Howell, Kevin Stallard, HiRezAmanda

01:00 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Gaming with Disabilities
Experts discuss accessible game design and the challenges of gaming with disabilities. Guests Mark Barlet, Ben Jacobs

01:00 pm, Imperial Ballroom, 1 Hour
Mass Effect – Voice Actors Q&A
Commander Shepard, LEGION, Jack, and Mordin Solus walk into a bar… Guests: Mark Meer, Courtenay Taylor, William Salyers, Colin Campbell, DC Douglas

02:30 pm, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
An Hour with Lord British
Ultima, second generation astronaut, and Shroud of the Avatar, what’s next for one of the most legendary figures in computer gaming history? Guest: Richard Lord British Garriott de Cayeux

02:30 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
HiRez Studios – SMITE Q&A
HiRez Studios answers your questions about their popular MOBA and give hints as to what’s coming next. Guests: John Bridges, HiRez Fish, John Ngoc Nguyen, HiRezAmanda, Chris Rickwood

04:00 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
World of Warcraft Costume Contest – Pre Registration
All contestants must be pre-judged during this session.

04:00 pm, Imperial Ballroom, 1 Hour
Interview with Felicia Day
Full-time gamer, The Guild, Geek and Sundry, too many other web shows to count. Felicia is the busiest nerd in the world.

05:30 pm, Grand Ballroom West, 1 Hour
World of Warcraft Costume Contest
It’s time for another edition of “Azeroth’s Next Top Model”

07:00 pm, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
Star Wars: The Old Republic – Player Gathering
Huttball for everyone! Come and meet your fellow SWTOR players and expect a surprise guest or two. Panelists: DC Douglas, Mark Cogan, Stephanie Watson

07:00 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Shroud of the Avatar
Lord British gives an update on the latest developments in the upcoming Shroud of the Avatar. Guests: Richard Lord British Garriott de Cayeux

08:30 pm, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
BioWare Fan Meetup
Meet the people responsible for your favorite Bioware games. Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Star Wars: The Old Republic and more… Guests: Ian S. Frazier, Mark Wilson, Colin Campbell, Patrick Weekes, Karin Weekes

08:30 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Kingdom Hearts Jeopardy
Think you know your Heartless from your Nobodies? Brushed up on the many incarnations of Xehanort? Keyblade names? Prove it. Presenters: Peter L Brown, Penina, Noble

10:00 pm, Grand Salon E, 7 Hours
Bad Video Game Movie Marathon
Few movie genres have more examples of “bad” films than video games. Like a train wreck, you can’t look away!

10:00 pm, Imperial Ballroom, 4 Hours
Darkmoon Tavern
Hearthstone gatherings, the return of the dance contest, and a chance to meet and mingle with your fellow travelers in Azeroth. Guest: Jonathan LeCraft

Saturday – 9/5

10:00 am, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
Brawlhalla – Sneak Preview
A 2D platform fighter where the best of the baddest warriors in history battle each other in an eternal tourney of champions for bragging rights. Guest: Matt Woomer

10:00 am, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Saturday Morning Machinima
Enjoy the latest comedy and action machinima movies. Including new engines, avatars, and fresh looks. Presenter: Romily

11:30 am, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
The Science of Mass Effect
Eric is back with even more scientific goodness. How does Mass Effect deal with everything from Genetics to Quantum Physics? Panelists: Eric P Spana, Ian S. Frazier

11:30 am, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Inside the Business of Video Games
Like “How It’s Made” for Video Games, but with less cool heavy machinery. Guests: Mike Capps, Mark Wilson, Miss Mecha Zero, John C O’Neill

01:00 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Developing Games for Kids
Developing video games for children has unique challenges and requires an even more unique set of skills. Learn from the pros. Guests: Jennifer Estaris, Matt Woomer

01:00 pm, Imperial Ballroom, 1 Hour
Storytelling in Video Games
REAL writers dream up dozens of different endings and hundreds of hours of branching dialogue! Moderator: Felicia Day, Panelists: David Haddock, David Ladyman, Richard Lord British Garriott de Cayeux, Patrick Weekes

02:30 pm, Grand Ballroom West, 1 Hour
Dragon Age – Developer Q&A
Gather your party and venture forth for insight into the world of Thedas from the minds that helped create it. Guests: Mark Wilson, Patrick Weekes, Karin Weekes

02:30 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Video Game Costume Contest – Pre Registration
All contestants must be pre-judged during this session.

04:00 pm, Grand Ballroom West, 2.5 Hours
Video Game Costume Contest
Lots of tracks write pithy, catchy descriptions for their events. Not us. Everything you need to know about this event is in the title.

05:30 pm, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
Cloud Imperium – Star Citizen Q&A
The most crowdfunded game in history is getting closer to reality. Cloud Imperium shows off the latest milestones in their development effort. Guests: David Haddock, David Ladyman, Ben Lesnick

05:30 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Challenges for Women in Video Game Development
The struggles of women in the video game industry have been well publicized recently. How are things in the industry today? Guests: Alison Carrier, Jennifer Estaris, Miss Mecha Zero, Karin Weekes, Michelle Davies

07:00 pm, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
Lore of Mass Effect
Creators of lore and gameplay unite to share the amazing, complex story of one of the most epic sci-fi space video games of our lifetime. Guests: Ian S. Frazier, Colin Campbell, Patrick Weekes, Karin Weekes

07:00 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Assassin’s Creed Trivia
From Altair to Evie Frye, test your knowledge of the Creed. Nothing is true (except the right answers), everything is permitted (if correct answers). Presenters: Peter L Brown, Penina, Noble

07:00 pm, Marriott – Room A706, 1 Hour (Star Wars Track)
A Brief History of Star Wars Video Games
A review of all of the video games in the Star Wars franchise including speculation on upcoming titles.

08:30 pm, Sheraton Stairway, 1 Hour
The Heroes and Villains Costume Reception
We will be pre-checking ID’s for the Heroes and Villains Ball as well as providing an opportunity to take pictures of all of the outstanding costumes.

10:00 pm, Grand Ballroom A-F, 4 Hours
The Heroes and Villains Ball
The biggest and baddest party at Dragon Con is back and bigger… and badder… and some other word that starts with B. Music: DJ Spider

Sunday – 9/6

10:00 am, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
Online Gaming Communities Using Social Media
From forums and bulletin boards to Facebook groups and Twitter feeds, how do video games promote community today? Panelists: Ben Lesnick, Jason Pace

10:00 am, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Starting an Indie Game Studio
What does it take to publish a video game when you don’t have much more than a shoe-string budget and a vision? Guests: Brian Green, Miss Mecha Zero, John C O’Neill, Matt Woomer

11:30 am, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
How D&D Made Us Better Designers
What we learned about video game design and development through the experience of co-DMing a multi-year Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Presenters: Ian S. Frazier, Colin Campbell

11:30 am, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
All Things Halo
The crew from Digital Veda Games presents a Halo-themed game show where everyone gets to play. Presenters: Peter L Brown, Penina, Noble

01:00 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Voice Acting Q&A – Breaking into the Business
Advice from the experts on how to succeed as a voice actor. Guests: Courtenay Taylor, Dino Andrade, Yuri Lowenthal, Tara Platt, Dave Fennoy

01:00 pm, Imperial Ballroom, 1 Hour
Geek and Sundry – Q&A
A hub for the geek community, to celebrate individuals and let geek voices to share their love of everything online and in real life. Moderator: Mike Capps, Guest: Felicia Day

02:30 pm, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
Artix Entertainment
They’re BACK! The gang that brought you AdventureQuest, MechQuest, DragonFable, and HeroSmash bring you more hijinks and surprises. Guests: Cysero, Stryche, Zazul, Artix Von Krieger

02:30 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Bad Science in Video Games
This panel occupies a special place in our hearts just for giving us the phrase “Dammit, lizards do NOT have boobs!” Presenters: Dr. Stephen Granade, Eric P Spana, Lali DeRosier

04:00 pm, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
World of Warcraft – Voice Actor Q&A
Vol’jin and High Tinker Mekkatorque walk into a bar… (Have you ever noticed how our voice actor panels always involve walking into a bar?) Moderator: Jonathan LeCraft, Guests: Dino Andrade, Dave Fennoy, Michael McConnohie

05:30 pm, Grand Salon D, 1 Hour
Gender and Sexual Issues in Video Games
With increasing diversity in the audience for video games, how do developers work to embrace all corners of their fandom? Guests: Alison Carrier, Miss Mecha Zero, Karin Weekes, Michelle Davies, HiRezAmanda

05:30 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
The Art of Video Games
Learn about the rapidly evolving world of videogame art, and what it’s like to build characters and worlds that players love to blow up. Guests: John Bridges, Colin Campbell, John Ngoc Nguyen

07:00 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Introducing: Firefly Online
You’ve waited for the chance to put on your browncoat and explore the verse. Get the lowdown on this shiny RPG from the source! Guests: Adam Cogan, John C O’Neill

08:30 pm, Grand Salon D, 2.5 Hours
Geek Trivia for Charity
The most hardcore trivia contest in the known universe is back. ($5.00 donation to play. If you’re solo, we’ll help you find a team.)

08:30 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Free to Play – Here to Stay?
“Free-to-play” once meant a game was failing… now it’s the most successful business model in the industry. Find out why. Guests: Jonathan LeCraft, Alison Carrier, Ben Lesnick, Matt Woomer

10:00 pm, Grand Salon E, 2.5 Hours
D.C. After Dark
Join the voice of Wesker, Legion, and many others as he embarks on an erotic journey of language. (17+ NSFW, NO LATE SEATING). Presenters: D.C. Douglas

11:30 pm, Grand Salon D, 7 Hours
Video Game Movie Marathon – Part Deux
Good, bad, and really ugly; we’re back with more video game movies you love and love to hate.

Monday – 9/7

11:30 am, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
Making Indie Games – The Reality
An honest inside look at the current state of indie game development. Presenters: Brian Stabile

02:30 pm, Grand Salon E, 1 Hour
The End Boss – Survivor’s Gathering
To paraphrase Ed Koch, “How’re we doing?” Your chance to tell us what you liked, didn’t like, or what you want to see next year. Punching Bag: Kevin Stallard