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Thursday, December 2, 2021

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 Pitching To Publishers Brett Myers and Nick Bently
10am Playtesters: Your Secret Weapon in a Changing Market Nicole Fende
11am Games That Need More Than Brains Alex Yeager
Noon Lunch break On your own
1:30pm 3D Printing For Game Design Dave Garacci
2:30pm Starting a Game Publishing Biz: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Nicole Fende
3:30pm Laser Cutting For Game Design Marcin Zarycki
4:30pm Concierge or Commission Alisha Volkman
6pm Dinner break On your own
8pm Component.Studio 2 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 2021.

Pitching To Publishers

TBD

Brett Myers and Nick Bentley are both published game designers.

Playtesters: Your Secret Weapon in a Changing Market

How to find, recruit, and leverage playtesters beyond the usual suspects. Proven techniques with an innovative twist will create raving fans, access niche markets, and reach untapped influencers. Supercharge your marketing on a shoestring budget.

Nicole Fende, A.S.A. has successfully self-published two books with her second premiering at GenCon Authors’ Avenue in 2016, is a Book Yourself Solid Certified Coach, and hosts the podcast “The Sci-Fi Biz Show.”

Games That Need More Than Brains

Alex will speak about using sound and tactile sensation in board games to make them stand out from the crowd.

Alex Yeager is an industry veteran who has worked at many amazing companies including MayFair Games, Steve Jackson Games, and Amigo Games

3D Printing For Game Design

Ever wanted to make your own game components with a 3d printer? Dave will talk about tricks and techniques he's used to do just that.

Dave Garacci is a game designer and member of The Game Crafter community since the very beginning.

Starting a Game Publishing Biz: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Thinking of starting your own publishing company for games? Nicole will share her experiences launching Tesseray Games, the questions you should ask yourself, and the challenges you can expect. Bring your questions!

Nicole Fende, A.S.A. is the designer of the game Body Be Gone, founder of Tesseray Games, and has successfully coached small businesses for over a decade as The Numbers Whisperer®.

Laser Cutting for Game Design

Ever wanted to make your own game components with a laser cutter? Marcin will talk about tricks and techniques he's used to do just that.

Marcin Zarycki is a game designer and member of The Game Crafter community since the very beginning.

Concierge or Commission

In this talk, I will go over the pros and cons of using Concierge through TGC and of commissioning an artist. I will cover what I do in Concierge, what I do as an artist, and which you should choose for your project.

Alisha Volkman is a professional Illustrator and also works as a Concierge at The Game Crafter.

Component.Studio 2

Want to learn what is new in the world of Component.Studio? JT will show off the new features of Component.Studio 2 and afterwards will help get you started with your own designs so bring your laptop!

JT is the creator of The Game Crafter and Component.Studio

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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