Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Brace yourselves. GENCON is coming.



Its that time of year again, and why yes, I do have several seminars at Gencon that you are more than welcome to attend, thank you for asking. Oh what's that? You didn't ask. Sorry about that. I hope you decide to come to them anyways. I promise we will be talking about some really good "stuff". GM stuff, in particular.

First up is the oh so originally titled "GM Seminar". It was originally called the GM Workshop, as it has been in for the past 3 years, but the Gencon event folks informed me that its a seminar, not a workshop. Workshop is a different category. And while I think GM Workshop is a more apt name, its their show and their rules. So come on out to the GM Seminar, Thursday from 1-3pm. Here is an event description for your enjoyment.
SEM1452971 - GM Seminar 
Being a GM is more than just knowing the rules or following advice. It's part art, part science and part voodoo. Come and join your fellow GM's for a seminar on our trade. We will discuss what makes games good, bad, or great. Part seminar, part group therapy, part workshop, and all interactive, the GM's Workshop is sure to give you something to think about, talk about, and work on. The Gamer Assembly Panels are always interactive. The seminar wall between presenter and participants is torn down as we explore these topics together. With the speaker acting as moderator and guide through the topics, you're sure to fill your toolbox with great tips and tricks.

If you are new to GMing, I would recommend that you give my GM 101 seminar a try. I've been told its "not half bad" and "I didn't completely waste my time" - Truth be told, I just made those two quote up. People seem to have enjoyed this one in the past. I think you will too if you come on out.

SEM1452967 - Game Mastering 101 
Keeper, Dungeon Master, Game Master-there are many names for the job. Thinking about taking the reins at your game table? This seminar focuses on the issues common to new Game Masters. We'll talk about what works and what traps to avoid. Most importantly, we'll get right to the heart of why its great to GM a game, and how you can have a blast doing it. The Gamer Assembly panels are always interactive. The seminar wall between presenter and participants is torn down as we explore these topics together. With the speaker acting as moderator and guide through these topics, you're sure to learn a lot!

Finally, I would like to invite you to a brand new seminar for 2014. Many people have asked me to discuss improvisation at the table - so here is an entire seminar dedicated to just that. There is a very good chance that we will also have a featured panelist or two - Still working on the details and logistics for them, but the seminar itself is a go, and worst case scenario, you'll have me as your host. Wait a minute, how is that the WORST case?
SEM1457732 - Improvisation for Game Masters 
Does the unexpected give you cold sweats? Players want to go off the rails? This seminar will give you the tools you need to be more comfortable improvising and make your games more dynamic.Improvising while GMing a game is a skill many people think they will never have. The Gamer Assembly is here to show you that not only can you improvise - you already do, you just might not realize it! We will discuss the keys to good improvisation and how doing it more often can really take you r games to the next level. Maybe even Epic Level! The Gamer Assembly panels are always interactive. The seminar wall between presenter and participants is torn down as we explore these topics together. With the speaker acting as moderator and guide through these topics, you're sure to learn a lot!