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Welcome to DunDraCon

Friday Noon in Tri Valley 2 for 1.5 hours
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Presenter(s): Steve Perrin
Type: Seminar

Steve Perrin and other members of the DunDraCon Committee welcome attendees to the convention, give a quick summary of what we do and answer questions.

Let's Build a Town

Friday 2:00 PM in Tri Valley 2 for 1 hours
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Presenter(s): Doc Cross
Type: Seminar

Go through the steps of establishing a settlement and creating a town. We'll call it Dundraville! The audience will vote on some things and suggest others. Some things we'll discuss: Location, location, location! Type of initial settlers (Military? Farmers? Religious Group? Something Else?) Various necessary buildings & businesses. Defense. Trade routes.

Enhancing the experience for others at LARPS

Friday 3:00 PM in Tri Valley 2 for 1 hours
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Presenter(s): Mark Mensch
Type: Seminar

Discussion of the various techniques and policies that are being implemented in larps today to help increase the overall experience of the game while creating a more welcoming environment. Veteran larper Mark Mensch will be discussing policies and play styles being adopted by various national games as well as independent ones to foster a 'safer' environment for all participants within the game.

Improv for Gamers Workshop

Friday 4:00 PM in Tri Valley 2 for 1 hours
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Presenter(s): Randy Angle
Type: Seminar

Improvisation for both players and game masters. Learn to riff off of other players and generate collaborative stories, better gameplay, and increasing fun. Discussion & Audience participation.

Bugging Out or Hunkering Down in D20 v Real Life

Friday 5:00 PM in Tri Valley 2 for 1 hours
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Presenter(s): Karl Reichold and Karen Kelly
Type: Seminar

Gain practical advice for using in-game or out when disasters occur be it fires, hurricanes or the zombie apocalypse!

Get an idea for what you need to have at home or on the road to help you survive.

Introduction to the War College

Friday 6:00 PM in Tri Valley 2 for 1 hours
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Presenter(s): Dana Lombardy
Type: Seminar

Dana Lobardy describes the background and function of the War College seminars scheduled for Saturday and Sunday Afternoons

How The World Hears of the Heroic or Infamous Players and Vice Versa

Saturday 9:00 AM in Tri Valley 2 for 1.5 hours
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Presenter(s): Arthur Gonzalez-martin
Type: Seminar

Have you wondered how news gets around in the mideval setting? Are there other ways to hook players in than rumors at the local bar? Or even how to use information as a weapon to spice up the game?

Gameplaying and Game Design in Educational Setting

Saturday 10:30 AM in Tri Valley 2 for 1 hours
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Presenter(s): Jeffrey W Brain
Type: Seminar

Are you a teacher or interested in supporting games in schools? I've been teaching game design in middle school for a decade, and using games in the classroom for 25 years. Let's have a conversation about game in education! As a KQED teacher ambassador, I use PBS Learning materials to enhance game design. I wrote the curriculum for WordsWithFriends EDU, and have been writing curriculum for beta versions of StoriumEDU. My rpg design presentation has been given at CUE, ISTE and ComicCon San Diego.
Website: brainconferencematerials.weebly.com/

How to start a tabletop streaming channel

Saturday 11:30 AM in Tri Valley 2 for 1 hours
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Presenter(s): Thomas Koch and Quests and Chaos Associates
Type: Seminar

Join the cast and crew of Quests and Chaos as we discuss everything from tech to story and answer any questions.

Quests and Chaos is a streaming tabletop rpg and boardgame streaming channel featuring Dungeons and Dragons, Call of Cthulhu, and popular board games such as Gloomhaven and Betrayal Legacy.
Website: www.youtube.com/QuestsChaos

Is there a Solo Mode?

Saturday 12:30 PM in Tri Valley 2 for 1 hours
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Presenter(s): JonnyPac Cantin
Type: Seminar

This question always pops up on BGG as soon as a new game gets listed. This seminar will cover many valuable tenants and tips for creating good solitaire variants.

'Is there a solo mode?' This question always pops up on BGG as soon as a new game gets listed. So as a designer, you may need to create a solitaire variant of a game at some point. This seminar will cover many tenants and tips for making a truly good solo mode.

My upcoming games Coloma and Sierra West both have solo modes co-created with famed designer, David Turczi (Anachrony, Teotihuacan, Dice Settlers). I have learned many valuable lessons from our recent development sessions and would be delighted to share them with others.

City Building

Saturday 1:30 PM in Tri Valley 2 for 1.5 hours
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Presenter(s): Michael Blum, Kenneth Hite Doc Cross
Type: Seminar

The long-running seminar about the nuts and bolts of creating and using cities in RPGs. This year we’ll discuss how uninhabited cities change and decay.

What's Cool

Sunday 10:00 AM in Tri Valley 2 for 1 hours
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Presenter(s): Bruce Harlick, Kenneth Hite
Type: Seminar

2 icons of the gaming industry present their unique viewpoints on the best in current game products, straight from the dealer room.

RuneQuest - The Future of Glorantha

Sunday 11:00 AM in Tri Valley 2 for 1 hours
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Presenter(s): Steve Perrin
Type: Seminar

Steve Perrin offers a peak into the coming year of RuneQuest and what is planned. Also, rules questions answered, if possible.

Heraldic Armory Design

Sunday Noon in Tri Valley 2 for 1 hours
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Presenter(s): Krysta Scott
Type: Seminar

Your character had earned noble rank! You have been granted Arms! Now what? We will talk about the rules used by the SCA for designing heraldic 'arms'. The rules have been developed based on European heraldic rules from the middle ages. We will review the basics - tinctures, field treatments, ordinaries, and the positions and orientations most often used in real-world armory. If there is time, we can explore some of the more rarely used 'charges' from the period, and brainstorm some design ideas for your character.
Website: heralds.westkingdom.org/ClassHandouts/FallCollegium2017/HeraldicDesignCoreStyle_SCA.pdf

Staying Alive in the Game Publishing Biz

Sunday 1:00 PM in Tri Valley 2 for 1 hours
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Presenter(s): Rick Loomis
Type: Seminar

Experienced entertainment entrepeneurs give you the lowdown on whether you can make a living in the games business.

E = Effort. Math in Game Design

Sunday 4 PM in San Ramon for 1 hours
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Presenter(s): JonnyPac Cantin
Type: Seminar
Rules Knowledge: Beginners Welcome
Game Content: Family

Is there a lot of math in board game design? Yes and no. But it is very important to know when it is needed and when it's not. This seminar will cover opportunity costs (E = Effort), ROI (return on investment), probabilities with random elements, 'satisficing', guesstimation, and the simple virtues of counting on your fingers...

Board Game Development: Prototypes to Products

Sunday 5 PM in San Ramon for 1 hours
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Presenter(s): John Breiger, Sarah Graybill, John Shulters
Type: Seminar

Boardgame developers are brought in to turn prototype games into final products. Join three developers as they shine a spotlight on this important behind-the-scenes role. In addition to stories from the development trenches, this panel will cover how the role of a boardgame developer differs from that of a designer, what designers can learn from the ways developers approach games, and a high level view of working and acquiring projects in the boardgame industry.

Get Hooked on Crochet

Monday 10:00 AM in Tri Valley 2 for 2 hours
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Presenter(s): Donnamarie Fuller
Type: Seminar

Learn crochet terminology and pattern abbreviations for basic crochet stitches. Practice the slip knot, chain, single crochet, the double crochet stitch. Whether you are a beginner or just need a refresher, you are welcome to join in the fun. Hook and worsted weight yarn provided.