Here are the panels and events I’ll be participating in at the show.
Thursday, August 18 15:00 – 16:00, 2210 (Kansas City Convention Center)
Launch Pad is an annual event whereby a group of invited writers, editors, and creatives learn about modern science, specifically astronomy, so that they can in turn use it in their work and inspire others. Members who have attended Launch Pad discuss how it has affected their writing and ideas.
Changing the Medium
Friday, August 19 14:00 – 15:00, 2206 (Kansas City Convention Center)
A look at what is involved when adapting a property from its original medium to another. How does a movie become a game or a book turn into a television show? What artistic licenses must be taken and how do you remain true to the spirit of the original?
The Golden Age of Firefly
Friday, August 19 18:00 – 19:00, 2206 (Kansas City Convention Center)
Although there hasn’t been a new episode in 13 years or a movie in 11, Firefly fandom is going strong with comics and a myriad games ranging from Fluxx to Tall Card to Firefly: The Boardgame and more. Is this fandom even more stubborn than Mal Reynolds and the Browncoats?
The Build-A-World Game Show
Friday, August 19 21:00 – 22:00, 2503A (Kansas City Convention Center)
The Build-a-World Game Show is a live action worldbuilding game designed and run by Monica Valentinelli. Two teams of panelists compete to build a fantastic world in under an hour for fun and prizes. The Build-a-World Game Show incorporates audience participation, takes place in three rounds, and results in a fan-voted winner!
Developing a Tabletop Roleplaying Game
Saturday, August 20 13:00 – 14:00, 3501D (Kansas City Convention Center)
Monica Valentinelli discusses how RPG games are developed, examining some of the processes and differences in making a roleplaying game. Come along and find out about the process, from pre-production to playtesting!
Game World, Fictional World: RPGs and Authorship
Saturday, August 20 14:00 – 15:00, 2504B (Kansas City Convention Center)
In Roleplaying Games, things don’t always go to plan. What happens when our games become fiction? Authors who love RPGs, have used them as a basis for their work, or have had their work made into RPGs discuss how roleplaying can help the creative process…or make it go horribly, horribly wrong.
Sunday, August 21 11:00 – 14:00, Gaming (Kansas City Convention Center)
Come and learn how to play the story-centric Firefly RPG with developer/lead writer Monica Valentinelli. Players will play as the main cast; materials will be provided. Please sign up for this event in advance at the Games area or online on the MAC2 Warhorn page.