Schedule for Orycon 38


Game Mastering: How not to Lose Your Players

  • Fri Nov 18 3:00pm-4:00pm
  • Sunstone (3)
  • Why “Carpe GM” is a dangerous thing to hear.
  • Scott Woodard, Annie Bellet, Gibbitt Rhys-Jones, Peter Wacks

Writing and Art for the RPG Industry

  • Fri Nov 18 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • Sunstone (3)
  • A how-to workshop on what it is like to work for the RPG industry.
  • David Boop, Scott Woodard, Josh Vogt, Gibbitt Rhys-Jones

Running Petite Conventions

  • Fri Nov 18 8:00pm-9:00pm
  • Medford (LL1)
  • Advantages and pit falls from experienced, creative con runners.
  • Gibbitt Rhys-Jones, Stephen Couchman, Lupa, Julie McGowan

Handling Sexuality with Dignity

  • Fri Nov 18 10:00pm-11:00pm
  • Willamette (L)
  • Writing sex scenes so that everyone can hold their heads (or whatever) high afterward.
  • Peter Wacks, Gibbitt Rhys-Jones, Debra Stansbury, Peter Jones



Limits of Inclusivity

  • Sat Nov 19 10:00am-11:00am
  • Columbia (L)
  • In fandom we try to be inclusive, but some behaviors do not deserve to be included. How can we promote a welcoming con culture without making someone feel unwelcome?
  • Josh Boykin, Gibbitt Rhys-Jones, Elizabeth Adams, Andrew Nisbet

Social Media: time suck or revolution?

  • Sat Nov 19 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Willamette (L)
  • Social media plays an increasingly major role in world events. Some governments have turned off the internet. What role will social media play in future events?
  • Rob Wynne, Gibbitt Rhys-Jones, Creede Lambard, Andrew Mayer, Ari Goldstein

Using Outdated Game Systems

  • Sat Nov 19 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • Salon A (LL1)
  • What do you do when your system thinks the singularity happened in 1990? Is it still worth playing?
  • Gibbitt Rhys-Jones, Ari Goldstein, Brian Hunt, Scott Woodard

Paranoia Panel

  • Sat Nov 19 4:00pm-5:00pm
  • Sunstone (3)
  • What if Mulder was right? Our favorite conspiracies and conspiracy books. Which ones might lean toward the truth, and which ones are way out there?
  • Ari Goldstein, Gibbitt Rhys-Jones, Andrew Nisbet

Tabletop: Recent Favorites

  • Sat Nov 19 7:00pm-8:00pm
  • Salon A (LL1)
  • Tired of settling for Catan? We’ll discuss our favorite tabletop games of recent vintage.
  • Anthony Pryor, Dale Ivan Smith, Wendy Wagner, Gibbitt Rhys-Jones, Alexandre Muñiz

Star Trek: Momentum

  • Sat Nov 19 9:00pm-10:00pm
  • Columbia (L)
  • Even while the studios were trying to decide how to best leverage the franchise for more dollars from new and younger audiences, impatient fans and writers have kept moving things forward. Things took on a life of their own when fans started publishing their own stories, and this in part led to studio-authorized books, histories, and storylines (there are now well over a hundred). And, of course, this being the digital age, there are now fan *films* on youtube. In this panel we discuss this progression, and whether it’s helped or hindered the franchise. And, yes, we could hardly discuss this without offering up opinions on some successes and duds, be they fanfics, authorized novels, or fan films, so be prepared to discuss your picks.
  • Robert McGown, Rick Lindsley, Gibbitt Rhys-Jones, David Bara


  • Sat Nov 19 10:00pm-11:00pm
  • Salon A (LL1)
  • This paneled discussion will explore some of the forms that consensually non-monogamous relationships can take, as well as their strengths and weaknesses. Solo, partnered, friends-with-benefits, family, tribe, pod, line marriage, open marriage, webs, polyfidelity and more will be covered. Recommended local and national resources will also be addressed.
  • Jamie Bear, Theresa Reed, Lupa, Sean Robinson, Gibbitt Rhys-Jones



Gender and Gaming

  • Sun Nov 20 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Willamette (L)
  • Does a gamer’s gender matter? How to play with friends of all genders, regardless of your own
  • Rob Wynne, Gibbitt Rhys-Jones, Nick Dixon, Brian Hunt

The Changing Face of the Computer Interface

  • Sun Nov 20 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Sunstone (3)
  • Carpal tunnel is killing me! What advances are being made in user interfaces? When will they come out? Or are they already here, and if so, why can’t I get hold of them?
  • Stephen Savitzky, Gibbitt Rhys-Jones, Frank Hayes, Jeff Soesbe, Matt Huntley, Matt Huntley

Other Upcoming Conventions

  • Sun Nov 20 2:00pm-3:00pm
  • Salon A (LL1)
  • Those involved with various conventions or convention bids will be given a brief opportunity (10 to 15 minutes) to speak and answer questions from the audience.
  • Riona Abhainn, Stephen Couchman, Anthony Pryor, Gibbitt Rhys-Jones, Flori Lima-Steele



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