It’s springtime, which means DEXCON will be upon us soon! DEXCON 14
will be held at the Morristown Hyatt in Morristown, NJ from Friday, July 6 to Sunday, July 10, 2011. Will you be there? Do you dare to have that much fun?
There will be an Indie Games Explosion at DEXCON. Dozens and dozens of the most blisteringly awesome independent games will be run at the con.
However, the Explosion needs your help! We need you to come to the con and play games. We need you to come to the con and RUN games! Here’s how:
Come and play
If you just want to come to Morristown and have a blast, here’s how you can help make the Explosion great:
1) Go to the registration page
and pre-register for the con.
2) Watch this thread for announcements of what events people are planning to run.
3) When the official schedule is up, around June 27 to June 29, register for the games you want to play.
4) Come to Morristown and bring your A-game!
Come and run
The nitroglycerin at the heart of every Indie Games Explosion are all the great folks who come out with a game in hand, ready to rock the house. If you’ve got a game session in your soul, burning to get out, here’s how you can help:
1) Post your event description here, or on your blog, or wherever the kids are chattering these days. Get people excited about your game.
2) Send an e-mail to the IGE gmail
At that point, Kat will send you a Google document that contains all the information we need from you in order to officially register the event. Fill it out and return it BEFORE May 15, 2011.
3) If you run at least three events, you will receive a GM badge to the convention. At some point in June, we will send you a code you can use on the registration page.
4) When the official schedule is up, around June 27 to June 29, register for the games you want to play.
5) Come to Morristown and revel!
A Note on Small Events
Games sessions for 4 players are a bit of a sticky situation. On the one hand, they take up an entire table for an entire gaming slot while only entertaining a few people. On the other hand, some of the best indie games are only built for 4 and create less fun for everybody if expanded. It’s a pickle.
I thought Dreamation went pretty well, so I'm going to do the same thing. I’m going to ask you to consider running sessions for 5 or 6 players. By “consider,” I don’t mean “you must” or “you should” or “you will be shunned unless.” I simply mean “think about it.” Step away from the Internet for a moment, look at your game shelf, and ask yourself if you have a 5 or 6 player game you’ve been wanting to run. Can you stretch your abilities in that direction? Do you want to? Can you run Game A for 6 players in addition to running Game B for 4 players?
I can’t answer those questions. I’d just like you to answer them for yourself and your own situation. If the answer is “I want to run a bunch of 4 player games,” then that’s great and we want you on-board for the Explosion.
While DEXCON can certainly host playtests, and has done so very successfully in the past, this year will see the dawn of METATOPIA
, a convention devoted completely to playtesting. If your game is ready, submit it with the word "playtest" in the description. If it still has some kinks, I'd suggest holding off until November.
Assorted Other Stuff
We have in the past held an Indie Games Roundtable on Sunday to discuss games in development and other matters. Is there anyone willing to facilitate it?
I’m posting this on Story Games, but there’s probably other places on the Internet that might want to get involved. If you know of such a place, please invite them to participate. The more, the merrier.
None of the above is set in stone. If you’ve got suggestions, I want to hear them. Kat and I will be doing our best to monitor these threads for questions and the like. However, if we haven’t responded in timely fashion, please e-mail the indiegamesexplosion address with a link to the question. Thanks for your help.
See you in July!