ConGlomeration’s 2017 Tabletop Gaming Program Panels and Workshops

Tools of the game masterConGlomeration’s 2017 Gaming and Game-Mastering program lineup includes panels and workshops to help you generate story ideas, manage different types of players and different systems, build better maps and miniatures, and channel the spirit of Gygax.

(Also, we have actual gaming, including the Artemis Starship Simulator.)

If you want to be a better player, run a better game, or just break out of your dungeon-crawl rut, these are the panels for you.

You can view our complete program lineup here.


Want to attend these awesome panels? Register for ConGlomeration 2017!


FRIDAY, APRIL 7

12pm-10pm: Artemis Starship Bridge Simulator
Teams of six join forces to crew a Star Trek-style starship on brief missions of exploration and combat. It’s a real-life Kobayashi Maru (but winnable).

4pm-6pm: “Advanced Miniature Painting”
Hosted by LEGENDS Game shop, join Dave for tips and techniques to make your gaming miniatures the best on any table top anywhere. This is hands-on so bring your own minis. Focus here is on the experienced painter and taking it to the next level.

5pm-7pm: KIDCON: Gaming”
The merry crew from LEGENDS game shop will be demonstrating and running games designed to capture the imagination of kids of all ages, but especially those under 12. No console (or batteries) required.

6pm: “All Games Considered Live Podcast”
Carol, Mags, Mark and the whole crew from the Ennie Award-winning All Games Considered will record an episode of their gamer-guided podcast live, in front of a studio audience. (Laugh track not included.)

6pm-12am: “Live-Action Roleplaying (LARP) – Vampire: The Masquerade, Blood and Bourbon”
“For quite some time the Independent Alliance has had a negligible influence on the events in Louisville, Kentucky. The Giovanni have decided to fix that. In honor of his recent arrival Don Antonio Giovanni will be hosting a Salon on Friday evening. All guests are requested to RSVP, but exceptions will be allowed on a case by case basis. The Don looks forward to seeing everyone soon.”
Hosted by The Underground Theater. Sign-up information in the Game Room.

7pm: Dinner Break

8pm: ConGlomeration 2017 Opening Ceremonies
And so it begins: Welcome all our Guests of Honor to ConGlomeration 2017, meet a few of the staff responsible (for better or for worse) for this year’s convention, and maybe even get the skinny on a few “unofficial” parties and events.

9pm-11pm: “Let’s Play Otome!”
Can’t watch anime and play games at the same time? Then try otome games! Tons of genres, multiple endings, and hours of fun! Come hang out, try some games, and get help beating them! (PG-13 games included; audience be advised)

9pm-11pm: “Annual Game Master Panel”
The Audience brings their questions to a panel of experienced GMs who do their best to impart their hard-earned wisdom.

9pm-12am: “Murder Mystery Interactive Theater”
Hosted by LEGENDS. Sign-up information in the Game Room.

SATURDAY, APRIL 8

8am-10: “Intro to Miniature Painting”
Hosted by LEGENDS Game shop, join Dave for tips and techniques to make your gaming miniatures the best on any table top anywhere. This is hands on so bring your own minis. Focus is on the BEGINNER and learning the basics and easy techniques to make it fun.

9am:KIDCON: Miniature Painting”
The merry crew from LEGENDS game shop will be painting game miniatures with kids of all ages, but especially those under 12. 

10am-10pm: Artemis Starship Bridge Simulator
Teams of six join forces to crew a Star Trek-style starship on brief missions of exploration and combat. It’s a real-life Kobayashi Maru (but winnable).

10am-12pm: KIDCON: Games with Steve Jackson’s Men in Black
Join the crew from Steve Jackson Games (the Men in Black) as they demo games for the younger imaginations. Fun for all ages.

11am: “Gaming in a Media Property”
Fandom is interactive. We see that in social media and expanded media with books, video games, and tabletop roleplaying games. Games are a growing outlet for media tie-ins. This panel discusses the pros and cons of playing and running in these established worlds.

12pm: Lunch Break
Eat; it’s good for you. Also, eat something good for you.

1pm: “Building Characters with Class”
Great characters are the single most important thing players need to have fun in an RPG. Even the worst game can be tolerated if your character is awesome. Learn tips and tricks and gain expert advice on how to develop a good character into a great character in any role-playing game setting.

1pm-6pm: “Live-Action Roleplaying (LARP) – Dystopia Rising”
Set generations after the apocalypse, Dystopia Rising is a game of survival and making a life in the wastes. Join us in the ‘Ville as we try to find a bit of rest from the Zed and Raiders!”
Sign-up information in the Game Room.

2pm: “Raising Gamers”
There are several games out there that are tailor-made to engage our kids. Teaching them critical thinking, cultivating their imagination, and encouraging teamwork. This panel discusses the kid-friendly games out there and the publishers who make them, as well as gaming in libraries and schools.

3pm: “The Art of Playing
Experienced players talk about what to do beyond building a good character. Being a good Player helps the GM as much as creating a kickass character. Listening to the other players, being considerate, and removing some of the burdens on the GM by helping less experienced players without stepping on the GM’s authority.

4pm: “The Art of Game Mastering”
What to do when a GM faces problem players both inside and outside the game world. Real-life issues disrupting the game, or even preventing it from coming together. Some of these might have been covered in the GM panel on Friday night, but this panel focuses more on GM’ing people and less on the story/system/etc.

5pm: “Werewolf: The Party Game”
A 20-player(!) game hosted by LEGENDS. Sign-up information in the Game Room.

5pm: “Anime Card Gaming”
Hosted by the Louisville Anime Community – An intro to anime-based card games. Tired from all this learning already?! Sit for a spell and play anime-themed card games with us, some based on Cards Against Humanity.

6pm: Dinner Break
Leave the building; consume healthy foodstuffs. It’s go-time.

7pm-12am: “Live-Action Roleplaying (LARP) -Vampire: The Masquerade, Community of Corpses”
“A modern take on the Vampire mythos, Blood and Bourbon is the story of Louisville after the sun goes down. It is a game of treachery, danger, and the ultimate question. What makes us human?”
Hosted by The Underground Theater. Sign-up information in the Game Room.

8pm: Cosplay Masquerade Break
This year’s Masquerade will be epic. After all, the Klingon High Chancellor is one of the judges and Il Troubadour is performing the half-time show. Being less than stellar might be painful this year. Bring on your best act and cosplay to win the day…er, night!!

8pm-12am: “Murder Mystery Interactive Theater”
Hosted by LEGENDS. Sign-up information in the Game Room.

SUNDAY, APRIL 9

8am-10am: “Miniature Painting: It’s All in the Details”
Hosted by LEGENDS Game shop, join Dave for tips and techniques to make your gaming miniatures the best on any table top anywhere. This is hands on so bring your own minis. Focus is on the Advanced Painter and learning the techniques to make it awesome.

10am-1pm: Artemis Starship Bridge Simulator
Teams of six join forces to crew a Star Trek-style starship on brief missions of exploration and combat. It’s a real-life Kobayashi Maru (but winnable).

11am: “No ‘One True Way’ to Game”
Old School Gaming, Narrative Play, Diceless Gaming, GM-less Gaming, Story Gaming – there is no “One True Scotsman” way to game, outside of being a decent person to your GM and fellow players. Discuss the different styles of gaming, their pros and cons, and how to figure out which one works best for your group during any given campaign.

12pm: ConGlomeration 2017 Closing Ceremonies
Come bid adieu to all our Guests of Honor and send ConGlomeration 2017 out with a hearty fare-thee-well.

12pm-2pm:KIDCON: Gaming”
The merry crew from LEGENDS game shop will be demonstrating and running games designed to capture the imagination of kids of all ages, but especially those under 12. No console (or batteries) required.

1pm: “Adding Audio-Visuals to Your Game”
Props, Soundtracks, and Tech in your games. Art, Music, Sound Effects, and using technology to enhance, not derail your games. Can it be done? What are the restrictions, how do you incorporate these things without breaking the mood? How does technology facilitate gaming (Roll20, for example) for when you and your group are spread throughout the country or the world?


Want to attend these awesome panels? Register for ConGlomeration 2017!


Programming questions?
Contact Keith Bratcher, Programming Chair [programming@conglomeration.info]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.