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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Crafter Con is The Game Crafter's 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.

Schedule

Time Title Presenter
8am Registration opens
9am TBD Kirk Dennison
10am Intellectual Property for Game Designers Mike Wokasch
11am TBD Nicole Fende
Noon Lunch break On your own
1:30pm Hobby Tabletop Industry by the Numbers Milton Griepp
2:30pm TBD Jay Little
3:30pm TBD Cassie Friedman
4:30pm TBD
6pm Dinner break On your own
8pm I successfully funded, now what? Mike Wokasch

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 2019.

Intellectual Property for Game Designers

Games and game design raise interesting issues about copyright, patents and trademarks. Mike will examine the intellectual property issues faced by game designers when they're designing, developing and attempting to license their board games.

Mike Wokasch is a father, intellectual property attorney, and game designer/publisher. He's a two-time TGC contest winner. He successfully Kickstarted his own game Starving Artists which he also licensed to a publisher for a second print this last summer.

Hobby Tabletop Industry by the Numbers

Milton will show you detailed numbers about what is selling and what isn't; how big the industry is; whether or not it is growing or shrinking; and a whole host of other information based upon intense research and interviews. Knowing this information will be useful whether you are pitching a game to a publisher, or running a Kickstarter.

_Milton Griepp has been in the geek culture business for over 40 years, beginning in distribution in 1976. As a Co-Founder, officer and beginning in 1984 as CEO of Capital City Distribution, he grew sales for 14 consecutive years, building Capital into a profitable international company with over $150 million in annual sales of geek culture products, especially comics and games, to retailers around the world. Capital was the source of many innovations in geek products distribution, including the advance solicitation mag-a-log, still in use today in both the comics and games fields.

Since selling Capital to Diamond Comic Distributors in 1996, Griepp has continued using his expertise in the industry as a consultant in the business of geek culture. He founded ICv2, the #1 information source on the business of geek culture, in 2001. ICv2 publishes a website, ICv2.com, with daily business news; and Internal Correspondence, a magazine with in-depth market analysis, bestseller charts, and other features on the hobby game and graphic novel categories._

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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.

I successfully funded, now what?

So you've successfully raised a boatload of money on Kickstarter, but now the hard part: production, fulfillment, and customer service. Mike will talk about his experience as a first time publisher and creator bringing Starving Artists to his backers.

Mike Wokasch is a father, intellectual property attorney, and game designer/publisher. He's a two-time TGC contest winner. He successfully Kickstarted his own game Starving Artists which he also licensed to a publisher for a second print this last summer.

Room Layouts & Maps

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Crafter Con Seminars

The Crafter Con Seminars will be held in room KO. If you come in the main entrance you can get their by taking an immediate right on the 4th floor. It will be open from 8am until 10pm.

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Crafter Con Play Test Room

The Crafter Con Play Test Room can be found on the second floor in the Hall of Fame Room. It will be open from 8am until Midnight.

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