Thursday, November 29, 2018

Crafter Con is our very own game design convention. Its focus is on education to make you a better game designer. It features a track of seminars and workshops with industry experts. As well as a play testing room where you can work out some kinks with other designers 1 on 1.


Time Title Presenter
8am Registration opens
9am Component.Studio Workshop JT Smith
11am What do retailers expect from Kickstarted games? Bryan Winter
Noon Lunch break On your own
1:30pm TBA Jay Little
2:30pm TBA
3:30pm TBA
4:30pm TBA
6pm Dinner break On your own
8pm Component.Studio with Your Projects JT Smith

During the main schedule, there will also be a separate room open and set up for play testing. So if you are not interested in one of the seminars or workshops you always have something to do. This room will remain open until midnight.

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Session Descriptions

This is the list of sessions available at Crafter Con 2018.

Component Studio Workshop

Learn how to use Component.Studio from the guy who invented it. In this session, we'll work together to create a new game from scratch in Component.Studio. You can either just watch, or if you bring a computer you can build want we build in real-time so that you have some hand's on experience with Component.Studio.

JT Smith is the creator of The Game Crafter and the designer of The Captain is Dead.

What do retailers expect from Kickstarted games?

Master retailer Bryan Winter will tell you what he expects from kickstarted games in order to add them to his retail shop. He'll discuss packaging, stretch goals, promotions, and more. If you plan to publish your own games, this is a must attend event.

Bryan Winter is the owner of the friendly local game store I'm Board, one of the most popular games stores in the midwest.


Jay Little is an award-winning game designer and passionate game enthusiast with more than 20 years of experience in the hobby gaming industry. In addition to designing his own games, Jay also teaches video and board game design for the University of Wisconsin - Stout.

Component.Studio with Your Projects

You can work on your projects in Component.Studio, and JT will answer your questions and help you work through building out your projects live. You will need a computer for this session. It will go until 10pm or until everyone's questions are answered, whichever comes first.

JT Smith is the creator of The Game Crafter and the designer of The Captain is Dead.