Game Designers, Developers, Players, and Aficionados

Penguicon 2021 is looking for you to come present this year. The conference is from April 22nd to 25th (EDT).

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We're looking for presentations from all stripes of gaming. Our theme this year is diversity and I'm looking to go beyond traditional games and game designers.

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@craigmaloney Will Penguicon have events this year for those of us who have Table Top Simulator on Steam?

@matt I'd like to get that set up but my experience with Tabletop Simulator is rather limited. If you have ideas on how that might work I'd love to learn more. Doubly so if there's a walk-through on how to host and participate and what to expect.

@craigmaloney Yeah, my experience with online Protospiels have been really extensive, so I could come up with a detailed HOWTO run a board game room at a virtual con, organized through Discord.

However, there's no telling whether it would get any players. The thing about Protospiel is that every person virtually attending it, plans to play on Table Top Simulator, so there are people to play with.

@matt If you think you can have something put together in the next week that would be awesome. Otherwise it'll need to be a little more ad-hoc. I'm willing to put them on the schedule with links to learn more, but time isn't on our side for something fancy. 😁

@craigmaloney There's no non-fancy way to organize a board game track for a virtual convention. It's not an "event", it's its own track with its own fancy process of participation, different from everything else. I can absolutely put together the instructions for how the track would work, but there's no telling if gamemasters would step up, or if a sufficient number of attendees would buy Table Top Simulator.

@matt Right. I know with GenCon and Metatopia they had ways of handling games and playtesting that used tickets. Unfortunately I didn't participate with those because a) intimidated by the whole process, and b) my interests were more with the panels on game design. I could definitely use the help in navigating this space, because otherwise it's just going to be hours of me live-streaming Pixel knocking various games off of a table.

@craigmaloney Well, I'll tell you what. I don't think a board game track through Discord and Table Top Simulator can take off under these circumstances. But what I can do is submit a demo on how to use Table Top Simulator. It's really taken off during quarantine, and anyone who is curious will find it will pay off even more in the future. I'll submit the event through the panel submission form.

@matt That would be awesome. I know you'll have at least one participant for your talk. And perhaps we can do some more ad-hoc gaming rather than scheduled. That's in part why I'm focusing on getting designers to talk about their games, their process, and what-not. And perhaps we could do panels about specific types of games like solo RPGs / board games, adventure games, and the like.

@craigmaloney Submitted to the form for your perusal:

"Tabletop Simulator HOWTO"

Presenter: Matt Arnold

Online board game software has seen a surge in its user base which won't go away after the pandemic. Tabletop Simulator is a 3D physics application distributed through Steam, which lets us play any board game we wish. Each game is a "module". I'll show you how to get modules, how to connect your friends to it, and how I used the editing tools to create new modules for games I designed.

@matt That's awesome. Thank you so much for submitting this!

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