Seminars

Saturday

10:00 – Agile Worldbuilding: A New Approach To Worldbuilding for Tabletop RPG’s

Talk By: World Anvil

Dimitris and Janet, the husband-and-wife team behind the worldbuilding platform and campaign manager World Anvil (www.worldanvil.com) present a new approach to designing settings for tabletop games. Inspired by Agile development principals, this practical approach will have you building what you need, when you need it, without succumbing to the dreaded Worldbuilder’s disease! Keep your worldbuilding focussed on the tone and principals of your campaign, without it spiraling out of control. This talk is perfect for Game Masters who love to homebrew their worlds, but have no time to do so!

11:30 – An Introduction to Photographing Miniatures

Talk By: Richard Gale

Richard Gale runs a small optical engineering company in Bristol and in his spare time he enjoys fantasy miniature painting/converting and photography. Over the years working as a model maker, product photographer and engineer he’s gained a deep understanding of the technical and creative aspects that need to be considered when photographing small objects.

Richard will be demonstrating how to get creative when photographing your prized miniatures using equipment ranging from basic right up to highly advanced macro photographic setups. He’ll be doing Q+A and will give advice, show you some techaniques and just geek out about all things warhammer and photographic.

13:00 – Worldbuilding for GMs: How to get your Players Hooked

Talk By: World Anvil

Nothing gets a player more excited than feeling like they have some impact over your world – both as a character and as a player! In this talk, Janet and Dimitris from World Anvil, the ultimate worldbuilding platform for Game Masters and Players, go through how to get your players excited about the world behind your game. Using moments like Session Zeros, Player Interviews and Surprise Twists, make your players beg for the next session!

14:30 – How anyone can design a tabletop game. (And have fun doing it!)

Talk By: Rob Sparks

Getting started in the tabletop game design space can seem like quite the challenge – but it’s easier than you might think! In his talk, Rob Sparks (@boardgamebud) will walk you through the tips and tricks he used to become a published game designer in a year. If you’re interested in picking up a new hobby, love creative problem solving, and want to broaden your horizons through the thrill of game design – join us for this introduction to the craft!

16:00 – Quit Work and be a Ninja: Succeeding in the World of Professional Tabletop

Talk By: World Anvil

Dimitris has worked for years in the advertising industry and, combined with his degree in social psychology, fully understands what it takes to succeed in today’s crowded Tabletop Market. Janet is a professional Dungeons and Dragons streamer for Wizards of the Coast (you can catch her live on Saturdays at 8pm on twitch.tv/dnd) and previously ran a successful business as a free-lance performer. Together they go through the basics of how to go pro in the field of Table Top Gaming.

Sunday

10:00 – Worldbuilding for GMs: How to get your Players Hooked

Nothing gets a player more excited than feeling like they have some impact over your world – both as a character and as a player! In this talk, Janet and Dimitris from World Anvil, the ultimate worldbuilding platform for Game Masters and Players, go through how to get your players excited about the world behind your game. Using moments like Session Zeros, Player Interviews and Surprise Twists, make your players beg for the next session!

11:30 – How anyone can design a tabletop game. (And have fun doing it!)

Getting started in the tabletop game design space can seem like quite the challenge – but it’s easier than you might think! In his talk, Rob Sparks (@boardgamebud) will walk you through the tips and tricks he used to become a published game designer in a year. If you’re interested in picking up a new hobby, love creative problem solving, and want to broaden your horizons through the thrill of game design – join us for this introduction to the craft!

13:00 – An Introduction to Photographing Miniatures

Talk By: Richard Gale

Richard Gale runs a small optical engineering company in Bristol and in his spare time he enjoys fantasy miniature painting/converting and photography. Over the years working as a model maker, product photographer and engineer he’s gained a deep understanding of the technical and creative aspects that need to be considered when photographing small objects.

Richard will be demonstrating how to get creative when photographing your prized miniatures using equipment ranging from basic right up to highly advanced macro photographic setups. He’ll be doing Q+A and will give advice, show you some techaniques and just geek out about all things warhammer and photographic.

14:30 – Autism and Roleplay: DMing for ASC Players

Talk by: Jamie Ross from Bristol Adventurers Guild

Tabletop RPGs can be a great way to bring people out of their shell, who otherwise struggle in social situations. Join Jamie Ross, who runs the Bristol Adventurers’ Guild and specialises in working with ASC young people, for an in depth discussion on the benefits of gaming and how to meet the needs of players with ASC and other additional needs.