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Thursday, July 20


Code Switch: Diversity Behind the Scenes
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 18, 10:48PM
Jimmy Diggs (writer, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Voyager) and Gigi Edgley (Chiana on Farscape) lead a diverse panel of science fiction, fantasy, and gaming industry leaders as they share their perspectives from behind the scenes of your favorite franchises. African American, veteran, LGBTQ, and female creatives discuss diversity of background and thought. Learn how obstacles overcome, stereotypes broken, and glass ceilings shattered have fueled creative magic! Panelists to include Dan Evans (VP of creative affairs, DC Comics), Rebekah Ganiere (author, Dead Awakenings), Alison Haislip (actor, host, gamer), Mark O'Bannon (author, The Dream Crystal), and Morgan Romine (director of initiatives, anykey.org).

Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 25ABC


Crash Bandicoot Then and Now
Crash Bandicoot is back! One of the most iconic entertainment characters of the last 20 years, Crash is enhanced, entranced, and ready to dance at SDCC. This fan-focused panel celebrates the world-famous marsupial with a nostalgic look at the original games from the '90s and rich discussion of this year's Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, the newly remastered game collection. Panelists from key companies like Vicarious Visions, Naughty Dog, and Dark Horse will share stories from then and now. Topics include the N. Sane Trilogy development process, including the art and character modeling that transformed the beloved classic game into a modern experience. There will also be exclusive giveaways-and a special surprise for fans!

Thursday July 20, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 24ABC


Marvel Games
Look out, True Believer, the superheroes you love-and the supervillains you love to hate-are waging war on your consoles, PCs, and mobile devices! Be there as key members of the Marvel Games team take to the stage to share the latest and greatest with you . . . and open the floor to answer your questions!

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 6BCF


Creating Immersive Game Story
Game industry veterans George Krstic (head of story, creative development at Blizzard), Leah Hoyer (VP of creative, Telltale Games), and Guillaume Colomb (narrative lead at Bungie) discuss strategies for creating immersive game narrative. They'll share behind-the-scenes stories and lessons learned while making some of the industry's most successful games.

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 24ABC


Shroud of the Avatar
Richard "Lord British" Garriott (creative director) and Starr Long (executive producer) will discuss their latest venture, Shroud of the Avatar, currently the second highest crowdfunded video game of all time. Learn how they have developed the game while honing cutting-edge crowdfunding techniques.

Thursday July 20, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 24ABC


IGN's Game Changers: Nerds Win. What's Next?
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 18, 08:13PM
IGN brings together the most brilliant minds from the worlds of film, TV, games, and comics-the "game changers" for their industries-and has them talk about their craft, what they think are the most interesting trends in each medium, and where they see their respective industries going next. Geoff Johns (DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer), Cliff Bleszinski (Boss Key Productions co-founder and LawBreakers game director), Gale Anne Hurd (executive producer of The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, and Falling Water), and Carlton Cuse (executive producer of The Strain, Colony, Jack Ryan) will participate in a Q&A moderated by IGN's Terri Schwartz.

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 7AB


LGBTQ Geek Year in Review
The past year has been filled with key moments in comics, TV, movies, animation, and games that every queer geek should know about. The panel will discuss the significance of these events to the greater LGBTQ community. Hosted by Prism Comics and moderated by P. Kristen Enos (Prism Comics, Active Voice the Comic Collection), the panel includes Diane Anderson-Minshall (editorial director, The Advocate, Plus Magazine, and Tiny Living Chic), Nick Adams (director of programs, GLAAD's Transgender Media), Mike Ciriaco (LA Weekly, WeHoTV News), Amber Garza (director of international licensing, Sequential Rights; West Coast coordinator, Geeks OUT!), Chelsea Steiner (AfterEllen.com, Autostraddle.com), and Amelia Vaughn (Huffington Post, Riptide Publishing).

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 28DE


Writing for the Computer Gaming Industry
Some of the most talented storytellers today create worlds for the computer gaming industry. This panel of industry vets share insights gleaned from creating some of the best reviewed narrative-driven titles in gaming history. The panel includes Neal Hallford (Lily Bard Online), Neil Druckmann (Uncharted 4), Anne Toole (Horizon Zero Dawn), John Zuur Platten (Ingress), and Kimberly Unger (Dexter: Slice), moderated by Jana Hallford (Swords & Circuitry: A Designer's Guide to Computer Role-Playing Games).

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 25ABC


Simulated Worlds: Writing for Virtual Reality and Games
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 12, 09:23PM
Writers for games and virtual reality talk about the industry's next big thing. What's different about writing for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR)? And how does it change the way gamers interact with your games? Game writers and industry professionals discuss the potential pitfalls and challenges of this next leap in technology as well as the potential for new narratives moving forward. Panelists include Jonathan Callan (senior writer, Survios and "Raw Data"), Collin Kelly (writer, adviser to the USC Games Program), Andrew Robinson (senior writer, Animation and Cinematics at Blizzard Entertainment), Nathan Burba (chief executive officer, Survios), and James Iliff (co-founder/chief creative officer at Survios).

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 25ABC


Gunslingers, Half-Orcs, and Fireballs: A Super-Fun Guide to Dungeons & Dragons and Tabletop RPGs
Continuing last year's popular "Rogues, Half-Elves, and Magic Missile: A Beginner's Guide to Dungeons & Dragons" panel, this session focuses on tips and tricks to get the most enjoyment out of playing D&D or any other tabletop RPG. Panelists discuss how to have a super-fun time creating a character, roleplaying that character, crafting a fascinating story, and getting along with your fellow players, so you don't want to cast Meteor Swarm on them in real life! Moderated by Jeff Burns (Super Geeked Up, Monday Night Mayhem) and featuring Jennifer Muro (Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, Justice League Action), Elisa Teague (Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow's Walk, Geek Out!), Jennifer Kretchmer (Maze Arcana, Dollhouse), Trip Hope (League of S.T.E.A.M., Monday Night Mayhem), and Marx Pyle (GenreTainment, Monday Night Mayhem). Plus, join in immediately after the panel for a gaming session in Room 15AB with a demonstration of Fate Accelerated. So assemble your party and join in for an adventure!

Thursday July 20, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 28DE
Friday, July 21


Career Paths into Game Development
As the business of video games now surpasses the annual revenues of both film and music combined, public interest in finding a career in the game industry has staggeringly increased in recent years. This has spawned a wide variety of educational and vocational options for individuals to pursue game development, but how exactly does one get the knowledge needed and then find a job in this very competitive industry? Learn from seasoned game industry professionals (including from HR) about what it takes to launch a game development career and how there are many paths into the industry. Organized by the International Game Developers Association (IGDA).

Friday July 21, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 28DE


Tabletop Down
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 18, 03:38AM
"Top-down" game designs are based on properties and brands that already exist in pop culture. You don't have to dream up the characters, art style, or the setting, but you do have to give the fans, and the licensors, what they want. This panel will discuss the ins and outs of designing and developing such games with perspectives from gaming luminaries such as John Nee (Cryptozoic Entertainment, WildStorm), Matt Hyra (designer of Rick and Morty and DC Comics games), Jens Andersen (DC Universe Online, Star WArs: Battlefront), Flint Dille (Niantic Labs) and Barry Goldstein (psychologist, game designer). The panel will end with Shark Tank style pitches from you, the audience. So bring your prototypes and try to sell your games!

Friday July 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina


The 7 Comic (and Card) Shop Archetypes: Who Triumphs, Thrives, and Survives
This panel explores the basic categories of comic shops, provides analytical yet nostalgic insights on trends and changing consumer demographics, and invites panelists to forecast the future. They will also explore best practices for shops to sell and promote card games like Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Pokémon. Featuring an all-star cast of comics retailers and professionals including Chris Brady (4 Color Fantasies), Jeff Watkins (Cloud City), Jennifer Haines (The Dragon), Bill Schanes (Pacific Comics, Diamond Comic Distributors), and Rob Salkowitz (Forbes, ICv2). Moderated by Ed Catto (Bonfire Agency).

Friday July 21, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 26AB


Cards Against Humanity
The comedy show that is less bad than everyone thought it would be. The Cards Against Humanity writers’ room will improvise scenes based on rounds of the game played live on stage. Suggest your own black cards, and the best ideas will be used in the show. Bad ideas will be mercilessly ridiculed.

Friday July 21, 2017 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Room 6A


Using Technology to Create Immersive Worlds in Live Action Role-Play
Both common and unique technologies are being used to plunge live-action role-players and immersive theater audiences into fictional worlds of any genre, from distant futures to medieval fantasies. This panel of experts will show off some of the latest gadgets, software, and hardware being used or developed to enrich immersive and LARP experiences. They’ll provide a demonstration of some devices and an explanation of how to set up your own! With Kristin Brumley (Epic Armoury content manager), Brent Heyning (veteran specialty props and special effects designer; founder of toyshoppesystems.com), Stevenson Streeper (founder and grand puzzlemaster, Puzzalarium.com), Matthew Webb (founder and lead developer, Incognita Limited), and Maya Ziv (director of technology, Event Horizon LARP). Moderated by Aaron Vanek (producer, WaveOneLarp.com).

Friday July 21, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 23ABC


Tabletop Roleplaying Games in the Digital Era
Tabletop roleplaying games such as Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, FATE, and Dungeon World dominate kitchen tables across the world, but more and more new players are starting their adventures online. Sit down with the minds behind the popular virtual tabletop Roll20 to discuss how these games have migrated to the virtual sphere and what advancements (from character builders to board games) might come next. Additionally, expect talk about how the RPG industry has impacted pop culture from comic books to video games and beyond.

Friday July 21, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 8


Star Wars Trivia Game Panel
Members of the San Diego Star Wars Society, veteran hosts of trivia panels at Comic-Con International, have prepared an even more challenging contest this year for fans who think they know the galaxy far, far away. Returning this year will be a game round for kids ages 5-11, followed by three adult game rounds (ages 12 and up). All game rounds are conducted in a Last Man Standing format. Come test your knowledge, and you may win some of the thousands of dollars of prizes provided by Star Wars licensees. Trivia panel hosts are Leia Hornedo, Linda Crispien, Brendan Prout, Carlos Munoz, Jessica Woods, and Collin Gomez.

Friday July 21, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 7AB
Saturday, July 22


Talks Machina with the Cast of Critical Role
Brian W. Foster (host of Talks Machina) moderates a special episode featuring the cast of Critical Role : Matthew Mercer, Marisha Ray, Laura Bailey, Travis Willingham, Sam Riegel, Liam O'Brien, and Taliesin Jaffe. The cast will discuss the latest adventures of Vox Machina and answer your questions.

Saturday July 22, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 6BCF



Game Pitch Review
NEW: Sun, Jul 09, 05:48PM
New this year, we are pleased to present the Game Pitch Review. This pitch review will be a session conducted by a panel of professional game developers. Participants will have the opportunity to pitch a game for three minutes and then receive constructive criticism on how it went. This session will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis and sign-ups will be taken on site.

Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina



Game Creator Connection
NEW: Sun, Jul 09, 05:47PM
The Game Creator Connection is an opportunity for aspiring and learning game developers to receive valuable advice, insights, and mentoring from seasoned veterans of the game industry with diverse experiences in production, programming, art, business development, and more. The Game Creator Connection is organized and run by professional game developers, including a former executive director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) as well as representatives of the IGDA San Diego chapter. The GCC is a perfect opportunity to seek expert guidance on a wide range of topics pertaining to the development of your career. The Game Creator Connection is only available to those who have signed up in advance.

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina


Magic: The Gathering Panel, Blogatog Live
Magic head designer Mark Rosewater presents this one-man panel in which he re-creates his daily blog, answering the audience's questions about the making of the popular trading card game.

Saturday July 22, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 24ABC
Sunday, July 23


Introducing Nickelodeon Splat Attack from IDW Games
IDW Games invites fans of tabletop games and the classic '90s Nickelodeon cartoon lineup to join them in an in-depth discussion of the just announced board game Nickelodeon Splat Attack, an action-packed, all-out food-fight featuring many of your favorite Nickelodeon characters from the '90s. Attendees will not only get an inside look at how board games come to fruition but also get a sneak peek at the roster of characters that will make up Nickelodeon Splat Attack!

Sunday July 23, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 4


LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
Join creators of the smash-hit Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu television series and LEGO Ninjago toys for an in-depth look behind the scenes. Writers Kevin and Dan Hageman, showrunner Tommy Andreasen, senior creative director Simon Lucas, and IP lead Nelson Lamonica go under the hood and explore the Ninjago universe. Plus, sneak peeks and an appearance from voice talent of the hit show. Moderated by Brian Bowler (marketing director).

Sunday July 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 7AB


Social Connection via Tabletop Tournaments
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 21, 04:19AM
Adam Sblendorio (vice president of creative for Cryptozoic Entertainment), Nick Fiorillo (Ultra Pro), Darren Holt (Oomba, Inc.), and Michael Williams (CEO of Oomba, Inc.) discuss the growing appeal of tabletop tournaments and the ever increasing role they play in the social lives of people. The discussion and Q&A session will be moderated by John Nee (CEO of Cryptozoic Entertainment).

Sunday July 23, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 4