At the Morristown Hyatt & Conference Center in Morristown, New Jersey


Complete Schedule for METATOPIA 2013

Updated 10/30/13 at 6:00PM

METATOPIA Event Registration works differently from other Double Exposure events. While there are no advancement rounds, some of the events are red to start with because they are "invitation only". This does NOT mean that you are completely excluded from playing in them, only that you need to be invited. So when you send an eMail to us, you may ask to be included in those events. We will probably call you and discuss your choices with you.

All non-panel events are classified as one of three different levels of Playtest:

[FOCUS GROUP]: The game is still in the concept stage and players should be expecting to discuss ideas and opinions about how the game should be created, but not actually test much.

[ALPHA TEST]: The game is in early development and not quite ready to play from beginning to end. Players should be expecting to play parts of the game, and perhaps replay those parts or focus on one section of the rules at a time.

[BETA TEST]: The game is in late development and is ready to be played all the way through. Players should be expecting to give feedback and criticism about the game while playing it.

If an event is tagged by the phrase "[NDA REQUIRED]", the Designer has asked that details about his/her game design be kept quiet. The Designer may ask players to sign an actual NDA form, or to just verbally promise not to discuss the game after the playtest.

PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR PHONE NUMBER(S) IN YOUR EMAIL SO WE CAN REACH YOU IF NECESSARY!

So send eMail with the events you would LIKE to play in, whether you are a Designer, a Helper or a Player. We will do our best to match you up with the events that you are interested in. There WILL be a Big Board at METATOPIA, and any seats which are not filled in advance CAN be filled at the convention.

You are also allowed to submit a second and third choice for events in the same time slot, which will save us time in negotiating what you can get into if your primary choice is filled already. Just make it clear what is an alternate choice so we can enter things quickly.

Also, PLEASE put down "D" events (panels and seminars) along with others - it is important that we track interest in the various panels, and that we know where you have holes in your schedule.

Send your reservation eMail to us at m2013@dexposure.com

You may ONLY reserve seats in METATOPIA 2013 events if you are pre-registered. Click here to pre-register for METATOPIA 2013 if you have not already done so.

We will reply within 48 hours with a confirmation that your requests were received. If you do NOT get a confirmation, assume that your codes are NOT received and try again. Note that you MUST include a valid eMail reply-to address for us to reach you to confirm!


The MASTER INDEX OF EVENTS


D001: "The Eye of Argon - Dramatic Reading Contest" presented by Ben Walker. "Prepare to embrace your creators in the stygian haunts of hell, barbarian!" Follow the adventures of Grignr the barbarian as he scowls, rivets and wenches his way through eight chapters of awful. This will be a round-robin contest with prizes for the last reader standing - you laugh, you lose! Thursday, 12:00AM - 2:00AM; Silly, All Ages.

D002: "Playtesting 101" presented by Rob Donoghue & Jason Pitre. Playtesting is an absolute requirement for any game to be successful. This panel shows how to get the most out of your playtesting efforts no matter what kind of game you've designed. Friday, 9:00AM - 10:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

D003: "Antholojam: A Game Jam About Short Stories" presented by Quinn Murphy & Dev Purkayastha. You can make a great tabletop game in a short amount of time - and what better inspiration than short stories? Quinn Murphy and Dev Purkayastha are hosting a game jam with a key theme: a collection of short stories, hand-selected by Carl Engle-Laird of Tor.com. Come by, read a story, find a group, and within two hours you'll have a complete game to show for it - ready for playtest! This is a great experience, whether you're a novice designer, a non-designer, or anyone who wants to stretch creatively. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

D004: "Tell Us Why You Can't, We'll Tell You Why You Can!" presented by John Stavropoulos. METATOPIA kicks off with a seminar on how to overcome negative thinking and force your way past all the obstacles between you and the successful publication of your game, led by Cheerleader-In-Chief John Stavropoulos! Friday, 9:00AM - 10:00AM; Fun, All Ages.

D005: "Teaching Your Game the Japanese Way: Replay and the Pedagogy of RPGs" presented by Andy Kitkowski. Japan has a game scene that's survived and thrived despite the pull of console games and the cloud of obscurity. The key to gaining new players and teaching the rules and fun of gaming is the "Replay", a Japanese gaming invention. Andy Kitkowski discusses what replays can do for Western gaming, shows how they are created, explores different kinds of replays, and demonstrates how they are a powerful pedagogical and marketing tool for your game. Friday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

D006: "The Care and Feeding of Freelancers" presented by John Stavropoulos, Ryan Macklin & Amanda Valentine. You've reached the point where you're ready to hire some professional freelancers to help you complete your game, whether as writers, editors, or artists. How do you find freelancers, how do you work with them, and how do you keep them happy to work for you? Friday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

D007: "How To Pitch Your Game to Publishers" presented by Cam Banks & Bill White. So you've got a great idea for a game, but you've decided that self-publishing isn't for you. Or you want to make a product that involves IP belonging to somebody else. How do you get your ideas in front of the right people at an existing publisher, and how do you convince them of the brilliance of your idea? Friday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D008: "How To Be A Good Playtester For Others" presented by Will Hindmarch, Tim Rodriguez & John Adamus. Everyone agrees playtesting is crucial. But what kind of feedback is best for publishers? This panel looks at the necessary skills and mindset for being a good playtester from *this* side of the table. Friday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D009: "Translating LARP: From Tabletop to Live Action" presented by Shoshana Kessock & Ben Walker. This panel will take you through all the steps involved in turning a tabletop game into a live-action one, from rules adaptations to licensing. Friday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D010: "The Best Ideas To Steal From Other Games" presented by Kenneth Hite, Tim Rodriguez, John Adamus & Caias Ward. "Talent borrows, genius steals." No one designs in a vacuum. The panelists discuss how to ethically and profitably take what works from other games to use in your own. Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D011: "My First Year At Paizo" presented by Ryan Macklin. Working for one of the biggest game companies - one that has a physical office, even - is night and day compared to pretty much everyone else. Ryan will talk about the editorial process at Paizo, what working there is like, and what he's taken from there and incorporated into his own work. Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D012: "Working With Family And Friends" presented by Amanda Valentine, Cam Banks, Kat Miller & Michael Miller. The game designer life can be stressful, and sharing the tough times with loved ones can either make it better or worse. The panelists present several good ideas for maintaining your relationships while getting the job done. Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D013: "Probability In Game Design" presented by James Ernest. James Ernest gives a seminar on casino math, analyzing one-player games and basic odds as they apply to hobby games. Friday, 1:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D014: "How To Work With Editors" presented by Ryan Macklin, Amanda Valentine, Cam Banks & John Adamus. Everyone needs an editor. How do you hire one? Once you have one, how can you work with her most efficiently? How does somebody become a great game editor themselves? Friday, 1:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D015: "Role Playing Scenario Design" presented by Kenneth Hite, Darren Watts, Rob Donoghue, John Stavropoulos & Bill White. Our panel of experts drills down into the specifics of scenario-building for publication, whether it's showing off the game's basics with an introductory scenario, or stringing several together for a mini-campaign book. Friday, 1:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D016: "Making Your Rules Accessible" presented by Matt Weber. Your game may be full of great ideas, but are the rules comprehensible? Join us for a seminar on techniques for making a game's rules accessible, so that your players can minimize strain and maximize fun in the time they have with your design. Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D017: "How To Manage Adult Content" presented by Julia B. Ellingboe, Lillian Cohen-Moore, John Stavropoulos, Ajit George & Shoshana Kessock. Not every game is meant for every audience. If your game involves concepts that might not be for the kiddies, what are your responsibilities (to players, parents, and the marketplace) and what are the best strategies for making sure you do get to the right audience? Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

D018: "Self-Publishing On A Shoestring Budget" presented by Joseph Bloch. Forming your own game publishing company using Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, OneBookShelf or Game Crafter, and a surprisingly small amount of up-front cash. A discussion of just what you can do using modern crowdfunding and print on demand technologies, including some of the pitfalls and winning strategies you can use. Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D019: "Intellectual Property: The Legal Perspective" presented by Cam Banks & Justin Jacobson. Come join a discussion of all aspects of intellectual property, whether managing your own or licensing somebody else's. Friday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D020: "Publishing Fiction" presented by Amanda Valentine, Jocelyn Koehler & Nicholas Tulach. Learn how to go from premise to published novel from the folks at tiny press Hammer & Birch. This panel will show you every step in the life of one book: from settling on a concept to finishing the writing, the editing process, cover design and formatting, publishing, and selling it to strangers. Some things we'll talk about: the craft of writing, the value of beta readers, creating a realistic budget, how to do art direction, working with an editor, how to speak Amazon, where to market, how to engage readers, and what to do in the dark of night when you just want to give up. Friday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D021: "Using Adobe Software" presented by Steve Radabaugh. Steve Radabaugh, a professional graphic design teacher, will show the basics of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator to anyone who is interested in learning how to do design work themselves. Tips and tricks will be given to quickly layout and illustrate your prototype and/or polished product. Friday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Very Serious, All Ages.

D022: "The Art of Cover Design" presented by Hal Mangold, Jack Parra, John Carimando & Christian N. St. Pierre. What goes into making great, eye-catching cover art? Logos, text placement, shelf appeal - we'll cover all of them here! Friday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D023: "KristaCon: An Introduction to LongCons" presented by Krista White, Frank Hablawi, Mark Diaz Truman, M. P. O'Sullivan, Rachel Walton & Matt Weber. We will provide advice to interested folks in running their own LongCons, advice on techniques that work, which how to handle different games in a LongCon, and lessons we've learned since the the first KristaCon in October of 2012. We'll discuss what LongCon and KristaCon is, why we like it, how we think it can change gaming and the convention scene. Friday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D024: "New School Mechanics In Old School Games (And Vice Versa!)" presented by Cam Banks, Rob Donoghue & Joseph Bloch. The borders between story games and traditional role playing games have never been blurrier, and many recent games have blended the two traditions to grand effect. Come hear our panel muse on what both schools have to offer, and what they can still learn from each other. Friday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D025: "Planning Your Crowdfunding Campaign" presented by Fred Hicks & Joshua A.C. Newman. Everything from soup to nuts you need to know before even considering crowdfunding your game. Our panel of experts will make sure you're ready to face the world and ask for cash. Friday, 5:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D026: "Designing Games For Kids" presented by Amanda Valentine, Tim Rodriguez & Krista White. Designing games intended for younger audiences doesn't mean dumbing down. What are the additional challenges involved in making products to appeal to the younger set? Friday, 5:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D027: "Quality Control in Gaming Products" presented by Vincent Salzillo. Double Exposure president Vincent Salzillo presents a discussion about the presentation of your finished products. Topics include proper editing, presentation, fact checking and marketing. Learn how to ensure that you brand your product correctly. No matter how small a budget you are working with, you can always control the quality of your material. Friday, 5:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D028: "Designing Games for Spontaneity" presented by Kenneth Hite & Will Hindmarch. Guests of Honor and lifelong GMs Kenneth Hite and Will Hindmarch discuss game design as game prep, designing on the fly during games, and seeding games with decision points both before publication and as the dice are rolling. Friday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

D029: "Randomness In Games" presented by James Ernest. Guest of Honor James Ernest explains how to use randomness correctly in your game design. Friday, 7:00PM - 8:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

D030: "Collecting The Oral Histories of Women in Gaming" presented by Lillian Cohen Moore. Avonelle Wing sits down with Guest of Honor Lillian Cohen-Moore to discuss her latest project, an oral history of women in tabletop and live action role playing games, called "Makers, Schemers and Dreamers". Friday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

D031: "Mental Health In The Game Community" presented by Ryan Macklin & Elizabeth Sampat. Our hobby community is filled with people who suffer mental health issues in silence. Come hear Guest of Honor Elizabeth Sampat and Ryan Macklin share their stories and have a conversation about bringing mental health out of the shadows. They'll happily answer questions and hear your stories, if you want to share. Friday, 9:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

D032: "The Monster at the End of This Book...Is You" presented by Joe McDaldno & Julia Ellingboe. Joe and Julia have written games that explore sexuality, shame, betrayal. And monsters. In literature and folklore, spirits, otherworldly creatures, and monsters represent the unknown, the feared, the taboo, and the beautiful. They make for great characters and awesome themes, too. Joe and Julia will talk about designing for empathy, ways to create high-trust environments, and why monsters rock. Perhaps these things have something in common. Friday, 10:00PM - 11:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

D033: "My Little Exalted: Mixing Genres Wildly" presented by Ben Walker, Jacqueline Bryk & Stephen Tasker. Ever wanted to run Call of Cthulhu as a parlor farce? Thought about what would happen if you mixed My Little Pony and Exalted? Join Echoes of Empires and friends for this panel discussion on how to combine different genres to create an interesting and unique game! Friday, 11:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages.

D034: "Public Relations Principles" presented by Josh Seideman & Angela Craft. Learn the basics of principles managing PR for your game or company, regardless of size. Our panelists will address tools like mailing lists, social media, and face to face contact, as well as managing your public reputation and how to gracefully respond during PR disasters. Friday, 11:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

D035: "Designing To A Theme" presented by James Ernest. Guest of Honor James Ernest explains how to create board and card game mechanics out of story elements. Saturday, 9:00AM - 10:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

D036: "Accessibility Issues For Game Designers" presented by Russell Collins & Jason Pitre. Games are about imagination and creativity so the print medium shouldn't be a barrier to entry. Understanding the needs of persons with learning differences and the options that designers have will keep you from excluding people who are eager to enjoy our hobby. This seminar will focus on blindness, low vision, and dyslexia and strategies to present your game content for those with print disabilities in digital and audio media. Saturday, 9:00AM - 10:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

D037: "Prototyping Using 'Print on Demand' Vendors" presented by Jason Tagmire. In this seminar, Jason Tagmire will speak of his experiences with The Game Crafter, Superior POD, Print and Play Productions, Rolco Games and others to fulfill various projects. Topics will include how to find and meet the minimum requirements for each, and how to select the right vendor for your project. Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

D038: "Book Design 101: First Principles" presented by Fred Hicks, Hal Mangold & Brennan Taylor. The panelists look at the book as an object of design. Whether it's conveying rules or setting, the look and feel of the book itself is crucial to the experience of play. Our experts will draw on their own experiences to explain why books look the way they do. Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

D039: "Bits and Pieces: Manufacturing Decisions For Your Game" presented by Curt Covert, Stephen Buonocore & Larry Wickman. Bits, meeples, cards and minis: what pieces does your game require, and how does their cost and availability affect your design decisions, your packaging and your marketing? Saturday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D040: "Legalese: How To Create And Negotiate Contracts" presented by Fred Hicks, Justin Jacobson & John Stavropoulos. Join our panelists for an in-depth look at the art and science of contracts, from freelancers to manufacturers and from both sides of the table. Saturday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D041: "Dice to Distro: Getting Your Game To Market" presented by Larry Wickman. Just what does it take to get a game from concept to the game store shelf? Find out in this think-tank seminar by designer Larry Wick, where we come up with a brilliant idea for a game, walk it through the concept/design phase, distress over project deadlines, figure out how we are packaging it, where we are printing it, how we are going to pay for it, and uncover a multitude of channels to market it. Saturday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D042: "How To Work With Artists" presented by Ed Bell, Jack Parra & Christian N. St. Pierre. The panelists will touch on the process of how to find and approach artists, negotiate the contract, and then successfully work together. It's important that publishers get an artist's-eye-view of things so they can better understand what we do, the process, and the time involved and plan projects accordingly. Saturday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D043: "Starting a Small Business" presented by Philip Montalbano. In this seminar, Philip Montalbano (a retired CPA) will discuss what goes into establishing a small business. Decisions such as whether or not to incorporate, how to structure partnership agreements, etc. Saturday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM; Very Serious, All Ages.

D044: "An Introduction to Kickstarter" presented by Cindy Au & Luke Crane. Whether you're a seasoned game designer or just starting out in the field, independently producing and publishing a game can be a huge undertaking. More and more, game designers are turning to Kickstarter as a place to not only raise funding for their projects, but as a unique way to build fan support and reach out to new communities. Founded in 2009, Kickstarter has since grown into the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world, with over $100 million pledged to projects. Cindy Au, Community Director at Kickstarter, will be on hand to discuss how Kickstarter works, as well as tips, tools, and best practices for funding your next game design project. Saturday, 1:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D045: "Accounting For A Small Business" presented by Ascenza Montalbano. The accounting for a small business is different from managing household finances. Learn about the unique challenges, and get advice on how to set yourself up for success with Ascenza Montalbano, a financial management expert. Saturday, 1:00PM - 2:00PM; Very Serious, All Ages.

D046: "The Writing Workshop" presented by John Adamus. Here's a chance for authors and creators to get answers to their writing questions as they work on developing their first, or tenth project. Questions often include issues of layout, editing costs, the best way to write to the reader, and the best way to take an idea from the abstract idea phase to the down-on-paper phase. Saturday, 1:00PM - 2:00PM; Very Serious, All Ages.

D047: "What Goes Into Your GM Advice Chapter?" presented by Ryan Macklin, Kevin Kulp, Brennan Taylor, Amanda Valentine & John Stavropoulos. There's one in most every role playing and story game. How do you teach the art of Game Mastering? What assumptions do you make about your audience? Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D048: "Reaching Retailers: How To Get Stores Behind You" presented by Will Hindmarch, Jim Crocker & Brian Dalrymple. Your game is ready for market. Now you've got to get it in the hands of players, and the best way to do that is to convince stores to carry and promote it. How do you do that? Our panel of experts fills you in! Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D049: "Gaming As The Other: Race in Our Industry" presented by John Stavropoulos, Terry Romero, Ajit George & Mark Diaz Truman. As many "geek" activities have expanded over the last ten years, role-playing has often struggled to include the voices of racial and ethnic minorities. Join Ajit George, Mark Diaz Truman, and Terry Romero to discuss what challenges the industry faces including "Others", why increased diversity is valuable and important to the future of gaming, and what path both designers and players can take toward building a more robust, inclusive community. Saturday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Very Serious, All Ages.

D050: "Electronic Book Publishing 101" presented by Darren Watts, Jason Pitre & Joseph Bloch. What are the differences between publishing hard copy books and electronic publishing? This panel will fill you in on everything you need to know, from standards and tools to markets for reaching your audience. Saturday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D051: "Inclusivity: Inviting Women To The Table" presented by Julia B. Ellingboe, Lillian Cohen-Moore, Elizabeth Sampat & Shoshana Kessock. During last year's Gaming as Women panel at Metatopia, the conversation turned to how men can be good allies, encouraging women to join their gaming groups and supporting safe, inclusive space in their communities. Join us for more conversation on this topic. Shoshana Kessock will facilitate this round table, populated by our women Guests of Honor and other women from the community. We invite you to join us for a detailed conversation with practical advice on how to foster communities that are inclusive to women rather than alienating. Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM; Very Serious, All Ages.

D052: "Legalese: Copyrights, Trademarks and Patents" presented by Justin Jacobson & Jason Pitre. It's all about protecting yourself. Where and when do these legal concepts apply, and what do you need to do to make sure you're covered without spending a fortune unnecessarily? Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D053: "Challenging The Dominant Narrative" presented by Joe McDaldno, Julia B. Ellingboe, Elizabeth Sampat, Brennan Taylor & Krista White. A key way to spark social change is to plant yourself in the flow of conversation and art and deliberately, consciously divert it. The more voices speaking up with a perspective that varies from the murmur around them, the richer and more diverse our community will become. Join our panelists for a conversation on why challenging the dominant narrative is important social and political action in our gaming communities and how to execute it successfully. Saturday, 5:00PM - 6:00PM; Very Serious, All Ages.

D054: "My Game Will Cost What??" presented by Curt Covert & Stephen Buonocore. This panel will seek to explain why games cost what they do. What are the expenses, and what decisions must you as a designer make in order to hit your target price point? Saturday, 5:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D055: "Ryuutama Kickstarter - LIVE!" presented by Andy Kitkowski. Kickstarter is just one of many tools to get your game out in the open, and we're going to dig deep into what makes it special. We're going to look at the ins and outs of creating a project, explore what "success" and "failure" conditions truly mean for crowdfunding, and how not to get in over your head. As part of this discussion, we will go behind the scenes to bring a tabletop RPG project live, for real, to see how it all goes together. Saturday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D056: "Norse Meta-Techniques for LARPing" presented by James Stuart, Emma Waldron & Ajit George. Steal from Nordic LARP! Use their meta-techniques to improve your larp design. Learn more about how to increase drama, tension and risk in your game, using these techniques. Saturday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance.

D057: "Integrating Workshopping In LARP Design" presented by James Stuart, Emma Waldron, Ajit George & Avonelle Wing. Workshopping is a valuable tool for creating safe space in LARPs. It encourages players to determine mutual boundaries, co-create elements and practice meta-techniques. Your LARPs can only benefit by including workshopping as a deliberate design element. Saturday, 7:00PM - 8:00PM; Serious, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance.

D058: "Using Social Media To Market Your Game" presented by Fred Hicks, Josh Harrison & Angela Craft. Whether its Facebook, G+, Twitter or any other format, social media are crucial for marketing and publicizing your game. Saturday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D059: "Cognitive Biases in Players And How To Leverage Them" presented by Michael Keller. Cognitive biases have been measured to affect our decision making on a daily basis. If games are a series of interesting decisions, then these biases affect how players approach games without them knowing it. This presentation will examine these biases with an eye towards how a designer can either combat or take advantage of them to improve the player experience. Saturday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D060: "Playtesting Brutally" presented by Dave Chalker & John Stavropoulos. Your best friend, your spouse, and your grandma all say they like your game, so it must be ready to be published, right? WRONG. The most refined games come from an extended playtesting process, where your decisions are challenged and every mechanic is put through the burning forge of brutal playtesting. Learn how to examine games of your own design and others for ways to streamline, balance, and otherwise turn into a better game by "killing your darlings" and learning what red flags to watch out for in the playtesting process that could sink you after publication. Saturday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D061: "Dangerous Mechanics: Rules That Looked Good On The Surface" presented by Kenneth Hite, Will Hindmarch, Rob Donoghue & Jason Pitre. The panelists will deal with mechanics that look good on the surface but can have unforeseen negative consequences in play. Spending XP, no-effect rules, dice-generated currency - all have hidden dangers. Explore these and other light bulbs that didn't quite work out. Saturday, 9:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D062: "Print Production and Pre-Press For Board Games" presented by Curt Covert & Stephen Buonocore. Our panel of experts take you step by step through the production process for printing and manufacturing boardgames. Saturday, 9:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D063: "Your Kickstarter Just Funded; Now What?" presented by Andy Kitkowski & Caias Ward. Sometimes success just brings more problems. We've all heard stories of designers overwhelmed by the success of their Kickstarters. Our panel helps you avoid the missteps that can come from unplanned-for windfalls. Saturday, 9:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D064: "Open Licenses: Why, Why Not, and How" presented by Fred Hicks, Cam Banks, Rob Donoghue & Justin Jacobson. What are the various options available for licensing your game to others (or from others), and what are the creative reasons and financial imperatives for choosing between them? Saturday, 10:00PM - 11:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D065: "Self-Publishing: Learn From My Mistakes!" presented by Jason Tagmire. Jason Tagmire has self-published board and card games in short run (<250), and medium run (1000-2500). He has experienced a variety of trauma from art delays to overfunding on Kickstarter and still not having enough money to fulfill the project. In this panel, he hopes to help you avoid his mistakes. Saturday, 10:00PM - 11:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D066: "The Game Play Experience In Three Acts - CANCELED" presented by Jeff Tidball. Designer Jeff Tidball shows you how looking at your game play and designs through the lens of the Three-Act screenplay structure can provide unusual and useful insights. Saturday, 10:00PM - 11:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D067: "How To Pitch Your Game To PodCasters and Bloggers" presented by Angela Craft. There's only so many different ways you can tell people how AWESOME your game is. Solution? Get other people to say it for you! Bloggers and podcasters are valuable resources in your marketing arsenal. Do you know how to use them? Join the Fandible.com Role Playing Podcast crew to learn directly from your target market about how to use them to your advantage. Saturday, 11:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

D068: "GM-Less Role Playing (And Other Variations)" presented by Joe McDaldno, John Stavropoulos & Brennan Taylor. Role playing games have game masters, right? Well, not necessarily - plenty of interesting games have chosen not to assign that role, or share it between some or all of the players at the table. What goes into the decision whether to have one, many or no game masters? Saturday, 11:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

D069: "Designing Personal And Autobiographical Game Systems" presented by Elizabeth Sampat. "If you work hard, and your work matters to you, you leave parts of yourself behind." Integrating personal experiences and autobiographical information into your game design is a powerful tool for encouraging players to connect with the material, but it also leaves you vulnerable, as a designer, to internalizing criticism more deeply. Elizabeth Sampat speaks on her experiences designing games rooted in her personal life, and offers suggestions for bringing a higher level of bleed to your designs. Sunday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

D070: "Recruiting And Training Playtesters" presented by Stephen Buonocore, Brennan Taylor & Michael Keller. Everyone knows playtesting is crucial. So, where do you go to find them? How do you teach them how to provide useful feedback to you? And how do you reward them to keep them coming back? Sunday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

D071: "Starting a Small Business" presented by Philip Montalbano. In this seminar, Philip Montalbano (a retired CPA) will discuss what goes into establishing a small business. Decisions such as whether or not to incorporate, how to structure partnership agreements, etc. Sunday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Very Serious, All Ages.

D072: "Press Start: Embracing Video Games And Digital Tools For Analog Design" presented by Elizabeth Sampat, Dev Purkayastha, Quinn Murphy & Bret Gillan. Perhaps the greatest evolution in our industry might be happening in digital games: On the console, handheld, and every smartphone. Instead of keeping analog games in their own niche, what if we embraced video game culture and digital tools? What would happen next? Sunday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D073: "Accounting For A Small Business" presented by Ascenza Montalbano. The Accounting for a small business is different from managing household finances. Learn about the unique challenges, and get advice on how to set yourself up for success with Ascenza Montalbano, a financial management expert. Sunday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Very Serious, All Ages.

D074: "With Great Power: How To Run A One-Person Studio (Hint: You Can't!)" presented by James Ernest. James Ernest discuses the trials and tribulations of trying to make games by yourself. How and when to add other resources that you trust. Sunday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D075: "Public Displays Of Adventure: Running Demos" presented by Jim Crocker & Joshua A.C. Newman. Whether at conventions or in a store, demo games are the best way to sell. Our expert panel tells you the tips and tricks for drawing a crowd, working with the site, and showing off your game at its best! Sunday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D076: "Alternate Sexuality And Gender Identity In Your Design" presented by Julia Ellingboe & Avonelle Wing. As part of our conversation this convention about being inclusive, safe and encouraging to folks who identify as "other" when creating game space, our panelists talk about gender and sexual orientation as things to consider in design and in community conversations. Sunday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

D077: "Legalese: Contractural Pitfalls To Avoid" presented by Justin Jacobson & John Stavropoulos. Navigating the niceties of legal contracts isn't always easy. Let our panel of experts point out a few missteps that are all-too-easy to make, and show you the right way to maneuver through. Sunday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D078: "Role Playing Development From A To Z" presented by Kenneth Hite, Darren Watts, Dave Chalker & Amanda Valentine. The designer of an RPG makes the basic mechanics and structure. Then, the development comes in. Sometimes this is the same person, another person, or a whole team of people. Development then makes sure the RPG has everything it needs to be played, and also playtests the heck out of it to identify any flaws that need to be patched. Come learn what it's like being an RPG developer on games both big and small, how every RPG can benefit from a strong development cycle, and what to look for in game development. Sunday, 1:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D079: "Graphic Tips for Non-Designers" presented by Fred Hicks, Hal Mangold & Christian N. St. Pierre. Color, space, type - the secrets of good graphic design sometimes seem impenetrable to the non-initiated. Never fear, our panel is here to help! Sunday, 1:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D080: "Succeeding At Conventions And Trade Shows" presented by Avonelle Wing. Conventions are overwhelming, and setting yourself up for success involves many components: Branding yourself for visibility, interacting appropriately with the convention, maximizing the impact of your contact with your public, and other ideas. Double Exposure Senior Vice President, Avonelle Wing, will share her experiences, both as a convention organizer and as an attendee representing her own brands. Sunday, 1:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D081: "Criticism And Community: How To Handle Your Public" presented by Fred Hicks, Daren Watts & John Stavropoulos. Once your game(s) have found an audience, the next step is keeping it. How do you build a community of fans? And how do you deal with the inevitable public scrutiny and criticism that comes with that exposure? Sunday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D082: "Art On A Shoestring Budget" presented by Hal Mangold, John Carimando, Jack Parra & Christian N. St. Pierre. Getting high-quality art is key to making a product look professional. How do publishers do it without breaking the bank? Our panel makes with the tips and tricks. Sunday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D083: "Designer Vs. Publisher: Which Side Do I Really Want?" presented by Ryan Macklin, Amanda Valentine & Darren Watts. So you've got a game. Now you have a key question to answer- how much do I really want to be a small business owner? Is self-publishing really for me, or should I get somebody else to do that job? Sunday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

D084: "Actually Playable Actual Play: Best Practices For Bloggers And Podcasters" presented by Jim Crocker & Angela Craft. Actual play reports are great for determining if a given game is right for you. How can you make yours as useful as possible to your potential audience? Sunday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B085: [BETA TEST] "Westerly" by Analog Evolution Games; presented by Matthew Schwartz. A co-operative game that is set in the old west during westward expansion. You and your friends can climb into a covered Conestoga wagon and try to survive the journey out west to find fame and fortune. Westerly is all about the story of you and your friends trying their best to make it out west and all the ridiculous things that can go wrong along the way. If ya manage to get there you will absolutely have a wild story to tell. Think over-the-top Oregon Trail board game! Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages.

L086: [ALPHA TEST] "S.A.L.T." by SPQR Soft LLC; presented by Steve Radabaugh. S.A.L.T. is a proof of concept test for a new way play Live Action Role Playing games using the devices that most of us already have in our pockets. This test will have you play through a short scenario letting your phone keep track of all of the important details. Must have an iOS device with iOS7. Friday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

L087: [BETA TEST] Freeform; "The Greatest Loss" presented by Christopher Amherst. The greatest loss that any parent can experience is losing their child. A piece of you is forever lost and the future you dreamed of is no longer meant to be. The only ones who understand your grief are those who have experienced this tragedy for themselves. This is an American Freeform designed for mature audiences, and deals with subject matter such as death (accidental, suicide, and homicide), substance abuse, gun rights/control, physical /emotional abuse, sexism, racism, homophobia, and marital strife. Friday, 9:00AM - 1:00PM; Very Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R088: [BETA TEST] "Eternity" by Magpie Games; presented by Mark Diaz Truman. Eternity is a unique tabletop roleplaying game that allows player to tell an epic story in the style of The Iliad, The Bhagavad Gita, The Bible, and many other epics. In it, you play the Vast, godlike beings who are limited only by the metaphysical ties that result from their own actions. Friday, 9:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R089: [BETA TEST] Psi*Ops; "The Psi Who Loved Me" by Death Rattle Games; presented by Jody Kline. The war is over, and the tenuous alliance with the Soviet Union falls apart as the former allies scramble to partition the occupied territory and exploit Nazi technology. Imagine their surprise when they find that at the heart of Hitler's fanatical delusions lay a bit of truth... Play a new kind of spy, using classic tradecraft and a bit of the paranormal as you seek to thwart the Red Menace in post-war Europe. Friday, 9:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

B090: [BETA TEST] "Codename: Centauri" by Angry Duck Games. In Codename: Centauri, players run an interplanetary business where they find and gather valuable materials for planet-based corporations. You must find or trade for the best claims, effectively extract the resources, sell their materials for the best price, and invest in the most advanced fleet while navigating routes between the orbiting planets. The most profitable businesses not only run their operations efficiently but also leverage their influence and guile to keep ahead of the competition. Every choice has consequences! Friday, 10:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B091: [BETA TEST] "Wheel of War" by Roll For Surprise Games; presented by John Force & Janet Force. You have just been crowned as the Monarch of one of the Kingdoms in the realm. You are pitted against the other Kingdoms with the goal to be the monarch with the most points when the draw pile is depleted. Send your spies to sneak attack and your armies to battle your neighboring Kingdoms. Weaken their defenses and damage their Spoils Counter Line to receive the Spoils of War. Ready your Gates for battle for the Wheel of War dictates which Gate can battle at any given time. Claim your victory and win the game by being the Monarch with the most points at the end of the game. Friday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

[FILLED] R092: [ALPHA TEST] "Death May Die" by Robert Bohl Games; presented by Robert Bohl. Death May Die is a two-person Cthulhoid horror game. The Beast (designer Robert Bohl) and Victim player (you) work together to find the things that will freak out, unsettle, or scare the Victim player (again, you). Go to the dark places, and find out in the end how your brush with the unknowable will change you, and whether you will join the annihilating void as its trusty servant. This playtest is based on Emily Care Boss's Breaking the Ice. Friday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Very Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R093: [FOCUS GROUP] "Young Centurions: Final Stages" by Evil Hat Productions; presented by Clark Valentine. Author Carrie Harris is bringing the Young Centurions novels to the gaming table! Help the Evil Hat development team iron out some final decisions applying Fate Accelerated Edition to a world of teenage pulp heroes in the early 20th Century. Thrills! Action! Playing through a scene or two and talking details of adapting the Fate RPG system! Friday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

B094: [BETA TEST] "Epic Picnic" by Devious Devices; presented by Anthony Rando. Epic Picnic is a fast-paced card game based on a childhood verbal memory game, but using adult humor instead (17+ only). The game uses cards describing unusual things coupled with a stacking mechanic to hide card text, leaving only a single letter per card visible as a clue. As the stack grows, players take turns reciting cards from memory, one per player per turn, until someone forgets a card and is out of that round. The last player left wins the round and collects cards as points. After a number of rounds the player with the highest point total wins the game. Friday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

B095: [BETA TEST] "Planet 313" by Roll For Surprise Games; presented by John Force & Janet Force. The scientists of your planet have found a bright shiny planet that looks perfect for colonization. You guessed it! They call the planet…"Planet 313". You are charged with getting all four of your colony ships from the Launchpad to Planet 313. Easy enough, but beware: Your opponents are charged with the same mission. There will not be enough room for all of us. So, stop the other guys and get there quick! Friday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] B096: [FOCUS GROUP] "Storium" by Protagonist Labs; presented by Stephen Hood. Storium is the online storytelling game from Protagonist Labs (Will Hindmarch and Stephen Hood). Inspired by story games, card games, collaborative fiction, shared worlds, and more, it's a game where players write stories together online, assisted by a set of mechanics that foster collaboration, good storytelling, and fun. Storium is in limited alpha testing now and is actively evolving, so joining this session puts you among the very first people to see it in action. Since we will be conducting an accelerated live playtest of Storium during this session, attendees will need to bring their own WiFi-equipped laptop with an up-to-date web browser. If the hotel's WiFi does not cooperate we will instead use a projector to give you a full walk-through demo. The goal either way is to hear your feedback about the game's core concepts and mechanics, and to hear any suggestions you may have for how Storium should grow and evolve. Friday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B097: [BETA TEST] "Timelines" by 9 Kingdoms Publications; presented by Ivan Turner. Timelines is a board building card game where you move your token through different eras of time causing and changing events as you go. With a pattern building mechanic, your traveler must stack dailies or events in an effort to open up time locks. Open up 3 locks to become the master of the timelines. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R098: [ALPHA TEST] "Buffy-Themed Storytelling RPG" presented by Jay Treat. Create a character by drafting cards that define your personality, strengths and weaknesses. Evolve your character by adding and removing cards from your deck between sessions. There are no dice in this cinematic RPG; instead players choose a card and tell what happens next based on that choice. The setting for this weekend is based on Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe, but we'll be making our own team as if the 'real' one never existed. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R099: [ALPHA TEST] "Sojourn" by Saint Erebus Games; presented by Brendan Conway. A moving city, the definition of progress and technology and advancement. Sojourn crushes its way across the earth, destroying whatever it can in the process. It takes from the Wilds wherever possible, consuming and growing. The most beautiful woods and the most horrifying monsters are equally added to Sojourn's hungry belly...when the Wilds don't successful strike back against the city, using whatever tactics are necessary. In this session, players will be creating a setting for the Sojourn game - the very environment that Sojourn has come to consume. They will also be creating the characters for the Sojourn game - the people who will ultimately decide the fate of this region, either giving it over to Sojourn, or keeping it terrible and Wild...or finding a third path. We will specifically not be playing the game, but will instead be creating the setting and characters during this session. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R100: [BETA TEST] Monsterhearts (Hack); "The Long Orbit" presented by Rachel E.S. Walton. It’s the distant future. You are part of a modest crew aboard a freighter headed for a planet that’s being terraformed. You are awoken from stasis at the proper time, but a major storm on the planet's surface makes landing much too dangerous. Your ship will be stuck in orbit for days. A minor inconvenience, except that you haven't felt the same since waking up. You seem disquietingly capable of impossible things and you're pretty sure your fellow crew members are too... This is a partial session of a beta playtest. We will be focusing in on specific aspects of the scenario. It may include themes of isolation, body horror, romance, desperation, and survival. Friday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R101: [FOCUS GROUP] With Great Power...; "Super Character and Setting Creation" by Incarnadine Press; presented by Michael Miller. With Great Power is a game of melodramatic superheroes. Discuss how best to provoke super-creativity from players when creating their characters and settings. Friday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] B102: [BETA TEST] "Dungeon Dwellers" by S2 Adventures; presented by Scott Ostrander. Trapped rooms. Fiendish monsters. Treasure! Dungeon Dwellers is a cooperative game for up to 4 players. Adventurers with different Character types enter the dungeon, and fight three levels of monsters before facing the Boss. Each player builds a unique treasure deck containing armor, weapons, and abilities. Players need to use their Character resources wisely, to defeat the monsters, collect as much gold as they can – and survive! Friday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

B103: [BETA TEST] "Gter Ma" by Meltdown Games; presented by Doug Levandowski. In Gter Ma, an asymmetrical tile-placement game / bluffing game, one player plays the lone monk in a monastery laying traps for a thief to protect the sacred treasures in the temple. The other player plays the thief, who tries to sneak through the clear path in the traps, past the Tibetan mastiff guarding the door, and into the temple to steal the scrolls. Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B104: [BETA TEST] "New Strange Worlds" by J Squared; presented by Jim McMahon. A card game with dexterity, or a dexterity game with cards? New Strange Worlds is a cooperative game where players become the rookie crew of a starship exploring new strange worlds, trying to complete a series of missions without losing their crew or their ship. Friday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B105: [BETA TEST] "Planet 313" by Roll For Surprise Games; presented by John Force & Janet Force. The scientists of your planet have found a bright shiny planet that looks perfect for colonization. You guessed it! They call the planet…"Planet 313". You are charged with getting all four of your colony ships from the Launchpad to Planet 313. Easy enough, but beware: Your opponents are charged with the same mission. There will not be enough room for all of us. So, stop the other guys and get there quick! Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B106: [BETA TEST] "Quick Civ" by Masquerade Games; presented by Chris Kreuter. Quick Civ is a quick paced civilization game where players vie for victory by customizing their populations with careful hand management. React to World Events, Inspire Leaders, Create Art, Improve Skills, Enact Policies, Earn Fame, Conquer Territories and build Wonders on them, all in under 90 minutes! If you're still not sure if you want to try it: you get to kill dinosaurs too! Friday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B107: [BETA TEST] "Underprepared Heist Management" presented by Zachary Huff. Robbing a bank is a tall proposition for most; extensive planning is paramount to success. As luck would have it, you have discovered the perfect bank to stage a high-risk, high-reward heist. Unfortunately, several other like-minded individuals have reached the same conclusion. You have assembled a team of thirteen robbers who will blindly follow your plans as you give them. With your collective dreams of wealth and success suddenly in jeopardy, you do what any like-minded individual would do: rush in and make your plans up as you go. Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

B108: [BETA TEST] "Westerly" by Analog Evolution Games; presented by Matthew Schwartz. A co-operative game that is set in the old west during westward expansion. You and your friends can climb into a covered Conestoga wagon and try to survive the journey out west to find fame and fortune. Westerly is all about the story of you and your friends trying their best to make it out west and all the ridiculous things that can go wrong along the way. If ya manage to get there you will absolutely have a wild story to tell. Think over the top Oregon Trail board game! Friday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B109: [ALPHA TEST] "Collections" by Snowman Games; presented by Mike Schuller. In this session a concentration on scoring and balance and of course fun. If pressed this game might be described as trick taking, but not in the usually sense. Game has a unique card structure and mechanic. Status of cards tracked on the game board. Friday, 1:00PM - 3:00PM; Fun, All Ages. [NDA REQUIRED]

B110: [BETA TEST] "Gatchafighter" by Hydra Collaborative; presented by John Carimando. "My toys can beat up your toys!" The tabletop fighting game where your toys team up and battle against each other! Your Gatchafighters can use combo attacks, projectiles, dive attacks and Super Moves to score points and win! (Toys will be provided). Friday, 1:00PM - 3:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

B111: [BETA TEST] "Lair" by Wee Big Games; presented by Tam Myaing. Gain favor from the notorious Big Boss and vie for second-in-command within his new secret island base. Collectively build his lair and complete the rooms required to launch the Ultimate Weapon. Execute secret blueprints, recruit minions to backstab your rivals, and construct the best room arrangements to gain the most favor. Do you have what it takes to hatch Big Boss’s nefarious plans or will you become an afternoon snack for his pet sharks? Friday, 1:00PM - 3:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B112: [BETA TEST] "Sheep!" presented by David Wallin. It's time to put your sheep out to graze! Build fields and fill them with sheep. Outsmart your opponent and maximize your score. Sheep! is an area-enclosure game with a deck-upgrade mechanic. Friday, 1:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

L113: [BETA TEST] Witch Hunter; "Burning at the Stake" by Damocles Thread. West of New Amsterdam, along the rolling hills of Foster's Fields, a grim trial of demons sorcerers and innocents takes place. A witch in their midst is blighting the town. Morris Town will belong to New Netherlands no more if the paranoia and panic is not quelled, to say nothing of the problems if dark magics are found. Friday, 1:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R114: [BETA TEST] "Homeworld Project" by Artemesia Games; presented by Mendel Schmiedekamp. Homeworld Project is a fantasy space opera RPG intended for long term play. Game roles change fluidly, so some playtesters will have to opportunity to play GM-like roles. This playtest focuses on a session beginning just before a major climax of an ongoing saga. Friday, 1:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

B115: [BETA TEST] "Apothecary Square" by Angry Duck Games. Are you suffering from witch curses? Want to be the mightiest man in the melee? Are warts keeping the maidens away? Come to Apothecary Square, where the finest apothecaries in the fiefdom gather to sell solutions! Learn recipes, acquire reagents, entice customers, train assistants, and reap the rewards for besting your competition in this medieval market game. Friday, 2:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B116: [BETA TEST] "Edge of Space" by Black Oak Games; presented by Matthew O'Malley. An epic sci-fi game in which player interaction is not reduced to cosmic warfare. Explore star systems created on the fly; make money and influence aliens; develop the next big thing that doesn't necessarily go bang. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

B117: [BETA TEST] "Gnosis Conflict" by HitMouse Studios; presented by Warren Morrison. Gnonsis Conflict is a, squad based, tactical combat board game, set in the not so distant future. Players choose from five factions each with a unique play-style and abilities.Then they create their army and unique board setting. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B118: [BETA TEST] "Gothic Doctor" by Meltdown Games; presented by Doug Levandowski. A card game where you're a doctor from Gothic literature, treating patients from the famous ones - like Dracula and the Headless Horseman - to the lowly ones - like the run-of-the-mill lab assistant or werewolf. Doctors must collect the right set of treatments to cure patients and watch out for other doctors playing action cards to prevent you from treating. At the end of the night, the doctor who earned the most for the practice makes partner and wins! Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B119: [BETA TEST] "Heat" by Critical-Hits; presented by Dave Chalker. Recruit members of your crew to pull off some big scores- but be careful, because alerting the police means life is more difficult for everyone. A quick playing microgame with a small number of cards but high replayability. Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B120: [BETA TEST] "Khyber Station" presented by Jay Treat. Navigate and reshape the wreckage of Khyber Station after a sudden attack that killed most of the crew. Can your team of unprepared scientists find the escape teleporter before alien hunters find and kill you all? Earth and your family's lives depends on it. A space horror not for the weak of heart. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B121: [BETA TEST] "Lagoon" by Three Hares Games; presented by David Chott. Players explore the world of Lagoon with their druids, by drawing and placing hex tiles representing enchanted lands that offer unique powers to the druids occupying them. Each site resonates with one of three ancient spirits. So every decision about which new site to explore and which site to magically unravel alters the balance of power among these spirits, and hence the course of destiny. At game's end, one spirit will reign in the world, and the player most responsible for bending destiny to that outcome will be the victor! Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B122: [BETA TEST] "Mobile Frame Zero: Alpha Bandit" by the glyphpress; presented by Joshua A.C. Newman. Mobile Frame Zero: Alpha Bandit expands the Solar Calendar setting to fleets of clashing spacecraft. Launch companies of mobile frames at each other, capturing and destroying each other's ships before doomsday! This is the first full-length playtest of MF0:Alpha Bandit! We'll be playing with my playtest sketch materials, simpler even than LEGO! Friday, 2:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B123: [BETA TEST] "Operation Turbine - CANCELED" by Left Justified LLC; presented by Jeff Tidball. In the massive arenas of a hyper-corporate sci-fi future, gleaming hovertanks battle for galactic notoriety and the greater glory of their institutional sponsors. Customizable card decks merge pilot capabilities with vehicle systems and characteristics to drive miniature gameplay on a tabletop map. Friday, 2:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B124: [BETA TEST] "Yellow Press" by Brooklyn Indie Games; presented by Tim Rodriguez. As a reporter in New City, making a wave with headlines is critical. Luckily, you've got a fistful of cash and superheroes and villains alike who are happy to "do you a favor" for a reasonable fee. Bribe heroes and villains alike in order to arrange the best headlines in this Rummy-style card game. Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Silly, All Ages.

R125: [BETA TEST] "Edgecast: Sundered Nations" by Eschaton Media; presented by Ashton Bailey. Edgecast: Sundered Nations is a neo-primitive re-imagining of cyberpunk which combines advanced technological capabilities with primitive materials powered by arcane energy. The world is known as Taesium, a fragmented planet held together by a core of magical energy called Orenda. The current year is 2083, a time of political intrigue and corporate greed as ancient dark powers lurk in the shadows. All are competing for arcane power in an era wherein technological capabilities have reached a peak. Players will play their part as a clever bureaucratic agent, powerful Channeler of Orenda, skilled fighter, or just a curious adventurer. Friday, 2:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

R126: [ALPHA TEST] "Ghosts of Atlantis" by Parenthesis Press; presented by Neal Stidham. Classical tragedy meets high fantasy, powered by a diceless oracle system. On Atlantis, everyone was a magician. You survived the island's destruction - but at what cost? Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

[FILLED] R127: [BETA TEST] "TimeWatch" by Pelgrane Press; presented by Kevin Kulp. Time to save the world! TimeWatch is an upcoming GUMSHOE game of investigation and time travel. As an elite chronal agent, it's your job to fix historical sabotage, stop alternate histories and prevent reality from unraveling when things go wrong. Rules taught, characters provided! Friday, 2:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

R128: [BETA TEST] "Variance" by Curious Purpose Games; presented by Rishi Agrawal. A Story-telling game that takes place in parallel universes. The characters are alternate versions of the same heroes hopping between realities to save them from world-threatening crises. Friday, 2:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R129: [FOCUS GROUP] Apocalypse World (Hack); "Hudson City Police Department" by Magpie Games; presented by Mark Diaz Truman. The City needs protectors, but all it has is a Mask who breaks as many rules as the criminals do. You're part of the major crimes unit designed to restore the people's faith in the police in this Gotham City Police Department-inspired Apocalypse World hack. Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R130: [ALPHA TEST] FATE Core; "Iron Edda: War of Metal and Bone" by Sand & Steam Productions; presented by Tracy Barnett. Iron Edda: War of Metal and Bone is a Norse fantasy game using Fate Core. The dwarves have risen up against the whole of Midgard, and their gigantic constructs wreak havoc across the land. The Bonebonded, warriors bound to the bones of dead giants, offer hope... and fear. Warrior, and merchant, Jarl, and thrall, all have the chance to see the halls of Valhalla. Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R131: [BETA TEST] "The New World" by Pelgrane Press; presented by Bill White. This is a narrative RPG of historical fantasy where the players collectively imagine a quasi-historical setting--an alternate history, parallel Earth, or historical pastiche--that then becomes the backdrop against which their characters strive to leave a legacy that will last down the generations. It is a game about cultures in collision, and the choices made by individuals as they stand in the middle. Friday, 2:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B132: [BETA TEST] "Lair" by Wee Big Games; presented by Tam Myaing. Gain favor from the notorious Big Boss and vie for second-in-command within his new secret island base. Collectively build his lair and complete the rooms required to launch the Ultimate Weapon. Execute secret blueprints, recruit minions to backstab your rivals, and construct the best room arrangements to gain the most favor. Do you have what it takes to hatch Big Boss’s nefarious plans or will you become an afternoon snack for his pet sharks? Friday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B133: [BETA TEST] "Sheep!" presented by David Wallin. It's time to put your sheep out to graze! Build fields and fill them with sheep. Outsmart your opponent and maximize your score. Sheep! is an area-enclosure game with a deck-upgrade mechanic. Friday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B134: [BETA TEST] "Spell Dice" by Critical-Hits; presented by Dave Chalker. Using a unique drafting mechanism, players draft dice representing different elements that they’ll then use to acquire magical artifacts and spells. A medium-weight strategy game of dice drafting, combining effects, and choosing carefully when to steal. Friday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] B135: [FOCUS GROUP] "Tell Me About Your Game" by Genesis of Legend Publishing; presented by Jason Pitre. It’s a card game about role playing game designers. Your goal, if you choose to accept it, is to gain publication credits by pitching the most innovative RPG’s you can. Friday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Silly, All Ages.

B136: [BETA TEST] "Underprepared Heist Management" presented by Zachary Huff. Robbing a bank is a tall proposition for most; extensive planning is paramount to success. As luck would have it, you have discovered the perfect bank to stage a high-risk, high-reward heist. Unfortunately, several other like-minded individuals have reached the same conclusion. You have assembled a team of thirteen robbers who will blindly follow your plans as you give them. With your collective dreams of wealth and success suddenly in jeopardy, you do what any like-minded individual would do: rush in and make your plans up as you go. Friday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

R137: [BETA TEST] "Advanced Thieves & Thieves 2nd Edition" by Inside Games; presented by James Mendez Hodes. Advanced Thieves & Thieves 2nd Edition is the tabletop role playing game Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition would have been, were the only book in the game line the Complete Thief's Handbook. Enter the sprawling North African medieval megalopolis of Tanith City, where you'll play a team of bandits, con men, thugs, burglars, pickpockets, and more, combining your specialties to plan a heist, execute it, and deal with the fallout when it inevitably goes all to hell. In between heists you'll scheme and politick at your thieves' guild, dodging heat from the cops and cutthroat competitors from rival guilds while blowing your gold on booze, hookers, better lockpicks, and more durable henchmen. If you're ready to get rich or die trying, let's go to work! Friday, 3:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B138: [BETA TEST] "Behind the Mask" by Nazca Games; presented by Emerson Matsuuchi. Behind the Mask is a party style game of hidden roles, bluffing and deduction. Each player will have a secret role which can be one of Thief, Detective, Assassin, Lover, Reporter, Witch, Priest, Vampire, Werewolf, or Hunter. Each role will have two objectives. Either to complete your goal on the board by playing the right cards, or by revealing a specific role another player has. Friday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

R139: [BETA TEST] "Ill Counsel" presented by Keith Stetson. Ill Counsel is a story game of nobles making law in a sword-and-sorcery royal court. Players propose solutions for the issues facing the kingdom, argue points, maneuver for support, make deals, break deals, and backstab with abandon. But you can't press all of your proposals through, so which of them will you sacrifice for the greater good – or at least the lesser evil? Friday, 3:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R140: [BETA TEST] "Shadow Elite" by Little Octopus Games; presented by Dev Purkayastha. Modern espionage with a dash of ninja lore. A successful covert operation is about planning, investigation and secrecy. Are you good enough to be Agents of the Shadow Elite? Friday, 3:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

R141: [ALPHA TEST] "Unnamed" presented by Sebastian Teesdale. Unnamed is an early alpha build of an RPG about the connection between memory and identity. The Hunt, a procession of spirits that protects a small coastal region of the world, has lost its leader and fallen into disarray. Directionless and without a sense of self, the remaining spirits have been claimed by new masters and given new purposes. The players begin their adventure as spirits at the moment they become self-aware and regain their first memories. Friday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

R142: [ALPHA TEST] "Wanderlust" by Phoenix Outlaw Productions; presented by Shoshana Kessock. Wanderlust is a tabletop role playing game about finding your home and how you build your place among the stars. This fantasy space epic by designer Shoshana Kessock mixes ancient myth with space adventures and features a new system. Take the time to discover this new RPG and give feedback at this critical time in the project. Friday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R143: [BETA TEST] "The Toy Box" by Gopher Hole Productions; presented by Angela Craft. A game of epic adventure on a small scale. Play as beloved childhood toys working to protect your child from the things that go bump in the night, on a quest to be so loved that you become real. Friday, 3:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

B144: [BETA TEST] "Dragon Blast: Battlestorm" by Nightstalker Games; presented by Eddie Rodriguez. Dragon Blast: Battlestorm is a multi-player arcade style combat card game. You must use your cards strategically to attack and defend against the other players as well as move your character around a tactical game board. Battle to knock out your opponents while powering yourself up to unleash incredible, legendary attacks! Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B145: [BETA TEST] "FCOJ - Real-Time Financial Game" by Visible Hand Games; presented by Michael Keller. Players will compete to make the most money in real-time over three 15-minute rounds. Players are divided into two groups: Industrialists and Financiers. Industrialists make their money building factories to satisfy commodities market demand. Financiers make their money by lending money to Industrialists, funding independent businesses, and placing bets on commodities with futures contracts. All players have to watch out for market crashes which can make them go bankrupt. The Financier and Industrialist who each have the most money at the end of the game win! Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

B146: [BETA TEST] "Galactic Extermination" by CoM Games; presented by Stephen Wangner. The last in a series of Galactic Republics collapsed centuries ago. The galaxy is now divided into several smaller nations. All of these nations claim to be the sole legitimate heir of the largely forgotten Galactic Republic; none of them really are. The war has continued for nearly a century. Enormous fleets have smashed ineffectively and repeatedly against one another. Planets have been devastated and rebuilt literally dozens of times. All remain committed to the ultimate end of the war: extermination of all sentient alien life. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] B147: [ALPHA TEST] "Naptime Revolution" presented by Zachary Huff. A war for independence is waging in a Kindergarten classroom, and the time for action is now! The British, as traditional naptime enthusiasts, wish to force their practices of scheduled naps on the Americans. In turn, the Americans are fighting for the freedom to nap on their own terms by enforcing undesired naps on the British. The future of naptime for the classroom lies in the outcome of the battles fought today with toys, blankets and warm milk! This game is currently in Alpha, and is *mostly* playable with some of the mechanics functional; I would like to examine the mechanics in place for battle (using cards and dice) as well as the flow of turns and the overall victory conditions for the game. Friday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B148: [BETA TEST] "Political Capital" by Caddywampus Games; presented by Jonathan Moormann. The card game of government inaction! Take the role of a member of the senate and lie, cheat, and steal to get votes. The member with the most political capital wins, but you may have to pull some dirty tricks to get there. Friday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B149: [BETA TEST] "Sheep!" presented by David Wallin. It's time to put your sheep out to graze! Build fields and fill them with sheep. Outsmart your opponent and maximize your score. Sheep! is an area-enclosure game with a deck-upgrade mechanic. Friday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B150: [BETA TEST] "Tezlo" by Lots-o-Watts Games; presented by Todd Greenwood & Ruth Greenwood. Tezlo is a simple game that is easy to learn and flexible for on-the-go play. Players pick square cards from the deck, orient them to their direction, then fit them to an ever changing board to connect shape, color or both. Corners are high value locations and you can sabotage your opponents and strategize to win. Sounds easy? Well, we would love you to try it then! Friday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] B151: [BETA TEST] "Top Secret From Essen" by Stronghold Games. Stronghold Games, a leading publisher in the hobby game industry, is just back from the Spiel in Essen Germany! We have brought with us many games that we need to evaluate for possible publication in North America. Stronghold Games also has a number of prototypes from designers that are under consideration for publication. We can't tell you any of the game names now, and in fact we will ask that you do not tell anyone of the names of these games after you play them, since this needs to be kept confidential. If you would like to play a part potentially in a future publication of a game from Stronghold Games, join us for this slot! Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; All Ages. [NDA REQUIRED]

B152: [BETA TEST] "The Elementalists" by Journey Games; presented by Erik Herrington. Among wizards, the most fearsome are those who bend the very forces of nature to their will. When they clash, the very planet trembles. For you, an Elementalist of legend, this is just another opportunity to prove your own mastery of the elements. Part dice game and part deck strategy, every turn you will be presented with random elements to bend and shape to your will. You will have to carefully shape both the elements and your own skills to win this battle. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B153: [BETA TEST] Rampaging Jotuun; "The Winter War Expansion" by Knighthawk Games; presented by Matthias Bonnici. Rampaging Jotunn is a competitive fast paced board game for 2 players in which each player controls an army of Vikings trying to protect their villages while trying to destroy their opponents villages, all the while the Titan rampages across the island destroying everything in sight. With the Winter War Expansion we turn the game from 2 players to 4 players, complete with new land boards that expand the unnamed island. There are new rules, new components usable either with or without the Winter War expansion. And best of all two Jotunns! Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

L154: [BETA TEST] Monsterhearts LARP; "Sex, Horror, Teen Monsters and You!" presented by John Stavropoulos & James Stuart. "Hideous, horrible things hide in the shadows. You know… because you’re one of them." Featuring sex, horror, teenage monsters, supernatural romance, desperation, isolation, anxiety, and unexpected desire. We will play out teen sex horror stories BUT this isn’t about monsters. It’s about the confusion we feel as teenagers when our body and social world suddenly change without permission or warning. Friday, 4:00PM - 8:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

R155: [ALPHA TEST] "Past Perfect" presented by Sebastian Teesdale & Michael Consoli. In Past Perfect, you and your friends play as a band of retired adventurers reminiscing on your past exploits. This retrograde tabletop RPG begins at the end, as you recall your last quest, moving back towards your greatest accomplishments and humble origins. Friday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] R156: [ALPHA TEST] "Tokyo Rain" by Blue Devil Games; presented by Justin Jacobson. Tokyo Rain is a licensed story game emulating the fiction of bestselling author Barry Eisler. "James Bond as done by Quentin Tarantino," Eisler’s Rain series follows former CIA operative turned freelance assassin, John Rain, as he struggles between finishing the job and holding on to his humanity. Tokyo Rain is a competitive, two-player, story game, using a unique dice pool system designed by Leonard Balsera and Justin Jacobson. The system uses dice as resources that are risked and captured over the course of the game, concluding with a final resolution that determines Rain's fate. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R157: [ALPHA TEST] FATE Core; "Dreamdiver" by Phoenix Outlaw Productions; presented by Josh Harrison. Dreamdiver is a Fate Core game about your imagination. You play as a Diver, running the dreamscape to save the unconscious from the predations of the Night Terrors and the tightening grip of the mega-corp, MYOCLON. The dream itself comes alive as an original character each time you play. Together with your friends, you'll explore the thoughts, wishes, and ideas of a psychic apocalypse. Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B158: [BETA TEST] "CipherOps" by Nazca Games; presented by Emerson Matsuuchi. CipherOPS is a 'Stealth Action' board game of spy versus spy hunters. One player will take the role of a Cipher, a covert operative, sent on a mission to infiltrate a secret military base. The Cipher's goal is to complete the given mission objective and escape before time runs out. The other players will work together as a team of spy hunters to track down and stop the Cipher. Friday, 5:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

[FILLED] B159: [BETA TEST] "Petri Wars" by Angry Duck Games. The deadly C917 virus is rapidly bringing about the end of the human race. Scientists scramble to save humanity by engineering virus-based cures and pitting them against each other to find one strong enough to stand up to C917. In Petri Wars, you are one of those viruses, fighting for supremacy of the dish. Gather food to fuel your growth, infect and assimilate other cells, kill the deadly virus and save the world! Friday, 5:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B160: [BETA TEST] "Epic Picnic" by Devious Devices; presented by Anthony Rando. Epic Picnic is a fast-paced card game based on a childhood verbal memory game, but using adult humor instead (17+ only). The game uses cards describing unusual things coupled with a stacking mechanic to hide card text, leaving only a single letter per card visible as a clue. As the stack grows, players take turns reciting cards from memory, one per player per turn, until someone forgets a card and is out of that round. The last player left wins the round and collects cards as points. After a number of rounds the player with the highest point total wins the game. Friday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

B161: [FOCUS GROUP] "Monsters Village" by Learn to Rock Games; presented by Allen Yu. Once upon a time, there were a group of monsters living in a village called "Monsters Village". Then people came to visit the village and suddenly all the monsters disappeared. Nobody has seen the monsters since. One day, some people said they witnessed the monster in the village again... Monsters Village is a computer game in construction. In this focus group, the designer will present aspects of the game and ask for feedback. Friday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM; Fun, All Ages. [NDA REQUIRED]

[FILLED] B162: [BETA TEST] "Sheep!" presented by David Wallin. It's time to put your sheep out to graze! Build fields and fill them with sheep. Outsmart your opponent and maximize your score. Sheep! is an area-enclosure game with a deck-upgrade mechanic. Friday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] R163: [BETA TEST] Fortune Cookie Kung Fu; "The Mighty Wok" by Gorkwobble Games; presented by Russell Morrisey. Your talents will be recognized and suitably rewarded. Lucky Numbers: 41, 18, 19, 7, 9, 24. Will the Won Ton wrestler's swimming debut make a big splash? Can the Master of Leftovers defeat the forces of evil in a game of Street Fighter II? Use your fortune to create a character, and star in your own badly-dubbed martial arts flick. Help playtest new Kung Fu Power rules! This event will include a full Chinese Dinner - orders should be placed in advance. Extra fortune cookies will be provided. Friday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM; Silly, All Ages.

[FILLED] R164: [ALPHA TEST] "Rare, Strange Arts" by Wrecking Ball Game Labs; presented by Monica Speca & Henry Ulrich. Twelve shining cities rise from the dust of the Waste, home to those called Cultivators who test their gifts against the many dangers they live among. Rare, Strange Arts is a game of martial arts action in the wondrous and terrible reconstructed world of the future. Friday, 7:00PM - 9:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

B165: [ALPHA TEST] "Collections" by Snowman Games; presented by Mike Schuller. In this session a concentration on scoring and balance and of course fun. If pressed this game might be described as trick taking, but not in the usually sense. Game has a unique card structure and mechanic. Status of cards tracked on the game board. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages. [NDA REQUIRED]

B166: [BETA TEST] "Cottage Industry" by Cardboard Edison; presented by Chris Zinsli & Suzanne Zinsli. In Cottage Industry, players are contractors in the fairytale land of Fiscalia, "a magical place to do business" where everyone whistles while they work, waits patiently in line, and shares with each other...because it's the law! The kingdom's strict regulations aim to keep you in line, but clever business owners can find ways to adhere to the letter of the law, if not its spirit. Cottage Industry is a medium-weight game incorporating resource management, storytelling, bidding, bluffing, map building and a new take on worker placement called "worker displacement". Friday, 8:00PM - 11:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

[FILLED] B167: [BETA TEST] "Decoys" presented by Drew Dunaj. Decoys is a game of perception and deception. Win by collecting objectives before your opponent does, or by deducing their Spy's identity, all while hiding your own Spy in plain sight. Friday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B168: [BETA TEST] "Dragon Blast: Battlestorm" by Nightstalker Games; presented by Eddie Rodriguez. Dragon Blast: Battlestorm is a multi-player arcade style combat card game. You must use your cards strategically to attack and defend against the other players as well as move your character around a tactical game board. Battle to knock out your opponents while powering yourself up to unleash incredible, legendary attacks! Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B169: [BETA TEST] "FCOJ - Real-Time Financial Game" by Visible Hand Games; presented by Michael Keller. Players will compete to make the most money in real-time over three 15-minute rounds. Players are divided into two groups: Industrialists and Financiers. Industrialists make their money building factories to satisfy commodities market demand. Financiers make their money by lending money to Industrialists, funding independent businesses, and placing bets on commodities with futures contracts. All players have to watch out for market crashes which can make them go bankrupt. The Financier and Industrialist who each have the most money at the end of the game win! Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

B170: [BETA TEST] "Inside Joke" by Critical-Hits; presented by Dave Chalker. Start with a simple word, like "school" or "snow." Try and get your partner to guess it by saying anything you want. However, everyone else at the table is trying to guess it first. Can you communicate the idea to your partner without anyone else guessing first? A simple but raucous party game. Friday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM; Silly, All Ages.

B171: [BETA TEST] "Phraze-it!" by Lots-o-Watts Games; presented by Todd Greenwood & Ruth Greenwood. OK...what does A.S.T. stand for? Is it "A Small Tribe," "Art Student Tonality," "Amy's Ska Twins," or some other crazy phrase? In Phraze-It! players create 3-word phrases that are as surprising and unpredictable as a MadLibs. There is the categorical thinking that you find in Scattegories. And elements of round robin judging - just like Apples to Apples. Friday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B172: [BETA TEST] "Political Capital" by Caddywampus Games; presented by Jonathan Moormann. The card game of government inaction! Take the role of a member of the senate and lie, cheat, and steal to get votes. The member with the most political capital wins, but you may have to pull some dirty tricks to get there. Friday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B173: [BETA TEST] "Westerly" by Analog Evolution Games; presented by Matthew Schwartz. A co-operative game that is set in the old west during westward expansion. You and your friends can climb into a covered Conestoga wagon and try to survive the journey out west to find fame and fortune. Westerly is all about the story of you and your friends trying their best to make it out west and all the ridiculous things that can go wrong along the way. If ya manage to get there you will absolutely have a wild story to tell. Think over the top Oregon Trail board game! Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B174: [BETA TEST] "Wheel of War" by Roll For Surprise Games; presented by John Force & Janet Force. You have just been crowned as the Monarch of one of the Kingdoms in the realm. You are pitted against the other Kingdoms with the goal to be the monarch with the most points when the draw pile is depleted. Send your spies to sneak attack and your armies to battle your neighboring Kingdoms. Weaken their defenses and damage their Spoils Counter Line to receive the Spoils of War. Ready your Gates for battle for the Wheel of War dictates which Gate can battle at any given time. Claim your victory and win the game by being the Monarch with the most points at the end of the game. Friday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B175: [BETA TEST] "Who Said That?" by Gontza Games; presented by Ann Stolinsky. Players try to create a funny ending to a well-known, or not so well-known, quote. Players score points for the correct answer, the funniest answer, and for guessing Who Said That. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

B176: [BETA TEST] ApocalypZe; "The New World" by 9 Kingdoms Publications; presented by Ivan Turner. ApocalypZe is a deckmaking card game set in the world months after the zombie apocalypse. Waged on 2 fronts, you must both protect your stronghold with your survivors and attack your opponents' strongholds with your raiders and zombies. Using a variety of tactics, make your 60 card deck last just as long as possible. This session will feature a new expansion set. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B177: [BETA TEST] "The Wars of Trys" by Journey Games; presented by Erik Herrington. Surrounded by Spiderling Pawns, the Spider Queen sends them to outmaneuver the catapults as they move in closer. Finally, her nemesis is revealed: the Giant King. It is a feast she has planned on for a long long time. The Wars of Trys is a chess-like game where players take turns trying to capture enemy pieces. However, unlike chess, you can assign every piece on the board a specialty, giving it new ways of moving, hardened defenses, or special abilities that take the game in whole new directions. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

L178: [BETA TEST] Chronos System; "Devil Days: The Devil's Swing" by Eschaton Media; presented by Michael Pucci & Ashley Zdeb. Welcome to the swing party cats and kittens. The dark lords have demanded we collect the wounded souls of the mortal world so that we may open the basalt gates of damnation. Now it is time for us to leave behind the sock hops and malt shops so that we can harvest souls in the bars and clubs of 1959 middle America. Friday, 8:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. [NDA REQUIRED]

[FILLED] R179: [ALPHA TEST] "Death May Die" by Robert Bohl Games; presented by Robert Bohl. Death May Die is a two-person Cthulhoid horror game. The Beast (designer Robert Bohl) and Victim player (you) work together to find the things that will freak out, unsettle, or scare the Victim player (again, you). Go to the dark places, and find out in the end how your brush with the unknowable will change you, and whether you will join the annihilating void as its trusty servant. This playtest is based on Emily Care Boss's Breaking the Ice. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Very Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R180: [BETA TEST] "Giant Awesome Robot Builder Extreme GO!" by TaleSpinner Holdings; presented by Caias Ward. So what's one of the smartest kids in the known universe supposed to do with their spare time? Build a Giant Awesome Robot and have Giant Awesome Robot adventures, of course! Pair up with someone to play a genius kid and their custom-built Giant Awesome Robot, getting into all kinds of crazy adventures. This wacky playtest will include building characters and a scenario suited for kids and adults. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

R181: [FOCUS GROUP] "Head Space - Mechanics" by Green Hat Designs; presented by Mark Richardson. A Cyber Punk role playing game of shared consciousness with shared consequences. Characters are all highly competent corporate operatives able to share their elite skills with each other. By using someone else's skills, you must deal with their strong emotions associated to those skills. In this focus group, we will be discussing the mechanics dealing with a system of shared consciousness. Characters share skills and deal with each other's related emotional baggage. Focus will be on Emotions and their Stress effects. Participants familiar with Cortex+ and/or emotion themed games an asset. Friday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R182: [BETA TEST] "TimeWatch" by Pelgrane Press; presented by Kevin Kulp. Time to save the world! TimeWatch is an upcoming GUMSHOE game of investigation and time travel. As an elite chronal agent, it's your job to fix historical sabotage, stop alternate histories and prevent reality from unraveling when things go wrong. Rules taught, characters provided! Friday, 8:00PM - 11:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

R183: [BETA TEST] Apocalypse World (Hack); "Red Letters" by Apparatus 8; presented by Clinton Marchant. In Red Letters you play a courier jet set for metal, daring deeds and delivery to the survivors floating in the atmosphere among the remains of a broken world. You're no ordinary courier. You're a troubleshooter flying on the RLS-05, a ship in a fight against chaos and the death of human knowledge. Red Letters is an Apocalypse World hack that's Seven Samurai giving a high-five to Firefly. Friday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

R184: [BETA TEST] The Fifth World; "The People of the Green" presented by Jason Godesky. The People of the Skylands have slowly moved back down towards the ocean. You belong to the first generation to reach the banks of the Atlantic Ocean, near the ruins of a place your ancestors called Morristown. The Fifth World is a new story game about the lives and ways of feral humans flourishing in a world after civilization, set in the places that you know. Friday, 8:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

B185: [BETA TEST] "Codename: Centauri" by Angry Duck Games. In Codename: Centauri, players run an interplanetary business where they find and gather valuable materials for planet-based corporations. You must find or trade for the best claims, effectively extract the resources, sell their materials for the best price, and invest in the most advanced fleet while navigating routes between the orbiting planets. The most profitable businesses not only run their operations efficiently but also leverage their influence and guile to keep ahead of the competition. Every choice has consequences! Friday, 9:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

B186: [BETA TEST] "Decoys" presented by Drew Dunaj. Decoys is a game of perception and deception. Win by collecting objectives before your opponent does, or by deducing their Spy's identity, all while hiding your own Spy in plain sight. Friday, 9:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B187: [BETA TEST] "Elemental Masters: Vampires & Victims" by Brooklyn Indie Games; presented by Tim Rodriguez. Elemental Masters is the first in a series of trick-taking card games that builds on traditional games such as Hearts and Spades. Each adds new themed mechanics. Elemental Masters adds a dose of elemental magic. Vampires & Victims is built around four vampire clans, and the people on whom they feed. Friday, 9:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B188: [BETA TEST] "MechaMax" presented by Max Birkett. MechaMax is the world's only giant robot building and battling board game. Assemble a powerful steel behemoth from over seventy different parts and then take it into a knockdown, drag out, last-robot-standing fight! Friday, 9:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B189: [BETA TEST] "Secrets of the Lost Tomb" by Everything Epic Games; presented by Christopher Batarlis. Every 113 years a mysterious three-tailed comet appears in the sky bringing with it an ancient and mythical Tomb on an unknown island that materializes in the center of the Bermuda Triangle. You and your allies, all specialists in your various fields, travel to this Lost Tomb to investigate the unknown forces that hold back primordial powers surging within. Forbidden Artifacts, Elder Evils, and Long Forgotten Knowledge, from all known civilizations across the world, were hidden... locked in the tomb throughout time. These mysteries must be solved in order to protect the world, as we know it... It's up to You and your Team now... to Explore and Discover... the "Secrets of the Lost Tomb". Friday, 9:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] B190: [BETA TEST] "CipherOps" by Nazca Games; presented by Emerson Matsuuchi. CipherOPS is a 'Stealth Action' board game of spy versus spy hunters. One player will take the role of a Cipher, a covert operative, sent on a mission to infiltrate a secret military base. The Cipher's goal is to complete the given mission objective and escape before time runs out. The other players will work together as a team of spy hunters to track down and stop the Cipher. Friday, 9:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

[FILLED] R191: [BETA TEST] "Epyllion" by Magpie Games; presented by Mark Diaz Truman. Long ago, the Dragonlords banished the Darkness and saved the Dragon Kingdoms. You, the sons and daughters of the Dragonlords, must journey out into the wilds to learn the truth of the Darknesses return! Friday, 9:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R192: [BETA TEST] "Ill Counsel" presented by Keith Stetson. Ill Counsel is a story game of nobles making law in a sword-and-sorcery royal court. Players propose solutions for the issues facing the kingdom, argue points, maneuver for support, make deals, break deals, and backstab with abandon. But you can't press all of your proposals through, so which of them will you sacrifice for the greater good – or at least the lesser evil? Friday, 9:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R193: [BETA TEST] "Odyssey" presented by Will Hindmarch. Odyssey is a story game of characters in motion. Travel haunted seas, traverse the cold cosmos, or venture across a dangerous desert. Select one of Odyssey's exciting playsets and craft your own dramatic characters for a journey you won't soon forget! Friday, 9:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

B194: [BETA TEST] "Fhtagn & Furious - CANCELED" by Left Justified LLC; presented by Jeff Tidball. Cyclopean muscle cars, unfathomable rice burners, and even less likely Cthulhoid hot rods take their races to the streets for reasons that Man Was Not Meant to Know. A non-collectible card game, and stand-alone expansion for Atlas Games's Origins Award–winning Cthulhu 500. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages.

B195: [BETA TEST] "Gothic Doctor" by Meltdown Games; presented by Doug Levandowski. A card game where you're a doctor from Gothic literature, treating patients from the famous ones - like Dracula and the Headless Horseman - to the lowly ones - like the run-of-the-mill lab assistant or werewolf. Doctors must collect the right set of treatments to cure patients and watch out for other doctors playing action cards to prevent you from treating. At the end of the night, the doctor who earned the most for the practice makes partner and wins! Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages.

B196: [BETA TEST] "Lair" by Wee Big Games; presented by Tam Myaing. Gain favor from the notorious Big Boss and vie for second-in-command within his new secret island base. Collectively build his lair and complete the rooms required to launch the Ultimate Weapon. Execute secret blueprints, recruit minions to backstab your rivals, and construct the best room arrangements to gain the most favor. Do you have what it takes to hatch Big Boss’s nefarious plans or will you become an afternoon snack for his pet sharks? Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

B197: [BETA TEST] "Scoop" by Gontza Games; presented by Ann Stolinsky. Your mother is the CEO of your local newspaper and you want her job. She makes you start as a Cub Reporter and work your way up the ladder. Friday, 10:00PM - 11:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

B198: [BETA TEST] "Student Bodies" by Smirk & Dagger Games; presented by Curt Covert. An 'I just have to outrun YOU' game of horror survival in High school. You've already been bitten, your humanity is slipping away, And only one of you will escape before locking the door behind you to stop the spread of the zombie plague. Make sure it's YOU. Join Curt Covert as he puts the finishing touches on this new release from Smirk & Dagger Games! Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] B199: [BETA TEST] "Top Secret From Essen" by Stronghold Games. Stronghold Games, a leading publisher in the hobby game industry, is just back from the Spiel in Essen Germany! We have brought with us many games that we need to evaluate for possible publication in North America. Stronghold Games also has a number of prototypes from designers that are under consideration for publication. We can't tell you any of the game names now, and in fact we will ask that you do not tell anyone of the names of these games after you play them, since this needs to be kept confidential. If you would like to play a part potentially in a future publication of a game from Stronghold Games, join us for this slot! Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; All Ages. [NDA REQUIRED]

B200: [BETA TEST] "Westerly" by Analog Evolution Games; presented by Matthew Schwartz. A co-operative game that is set in the old west during westward expansion. You and your friends can climb into a covered Conestoga wagon and try to survive the journey out west to find fame and fortune. Westerly is all about the story of you and your friends trying their best to make it out west and all the ridiculous things that can go wrong along the way. If ya manage to get there you will absolutely have a wild story to tell. Think over the top Oregon Trail board game! Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages.

B201: [BETA TEST] Shuffling Horror; "Roswell" by GameWick Games LLC; presented by Larry Wickman. The Time: 1950. The Place: Roswell. The Problem: Outer Space Invasion! A mash-up of the 1950's invasion flicks and second installment of the Shuffling Horror trilogy. One player controls the aliens, while all others try to survive and save the world! A cooperative card game until it's not. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. [NDA REQUIRED]

R202: [ALPHA TEST] "Springfield" by TaleSpinner Holdings; presented by Caias Ward. In 1945 the world stopped progressing. For the people of Springfield, the Second World War is still going. Isolated and removed from the rest of the United States, the inhabitants go about their daily lives supporting the town and the war effort. In Springfield, the players take on the roles of ordinary citizens in Springfield who work for the greater good, while still trying to maintain their individual identity. God Bless the President. God Bless America. The playtest of this story game will involve character creation, town creation, a meeting with The Mayor and maybe more. Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

[FILLED] R203: [ALPHA TEST] Feng Shui; "The Golden Comeback" by Atlas Games; presented by Cam Banks. Join Atlas Games brand manager Cam Banks in a high octane workout with the current iteration of the Feng Shui RPG rules, in preparation for the game's exciting new edition. What works, what doesn't, and how does the game translate to tabletop? Character archetypes provided! Friday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages.

B204: [BETA TEST] "Lair" by Wee Big Games; presented by Tam Myaing. Gain favor from the notorious Big Boss and vie for second-in-command within his new secret island base. Collectively build his lair and complete the rooms required to launch the Ultimate Weapon. Execute secret blueprints, recruit minions to backstab your rivals, and construct the best room arrangements to gain the most favor. Do you have what it takes to hatch Big Boss’s nefarious plans or will you become an afternoon snack for his pet sharks? Friday, 12:00AM - 2:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

B205: [BETA TEST] "Worst Day Ever" by Meltdown Games; presented by Doug Levandowski. Last week, you had a day so bad that you blocked it out of your memory and need to ask your friends what the hell happened. Luckily, your good friends are more than happy to remind you of the awful things that happened on your Worst Day Ever. In this party game, players compete to get through their day first by telling their friends what horrible things have happened to them. The winner of each round gets to find out what happened to him or her in the next awful part of their horrible day. Friday, 12:00AM - 2:00AM; Silly, 18 & Over ONLY.

L206: [BETA TEST] FUDGE-Based System; "Mass Effect: Calm Before the Storm" by Damocles Thread & HitMouse Studios. The Heroniaon colonies, the first four colonized planets outside the Attican Traverse. Have forged military and trade treaties with each other and are presenting a petition for Membership to the council. A move heartily opposed by the Batarian Hegemony and certain Mercenary companies. With Commander Shepard's reappearance and rumored detention by the Human Alliance on Earth. Many of the delegates and their representatives present for this petitioning have found this the perfect opportunity to pursue their own personal agendas and perhaps investigate if there is any truth to the rumors about the Reapers. Especially after it was leaked to Galaxy Alliance News that the Ruler of Omega Aria T'alock might be making an appearance. Friday, 12:00AM - 4:00AM; Fun, Under 18 Requires Parental Clearance.

R207: [ALPHA TEST] "Eyeteeth" by Robot Claw Game Design; presented by Russell Collins. A horror game of sin, punishment, and retribution. The Tormentor knows you have sinned and in his Prison you will make your atonement by his Rules. You will pay in pain and skin and blood and bone and tears. This is your penance. Eyeteeth is a game in which the Sinners are forced to reveal their Secrets trough trial or torture. The game features semi-random character generation, collaborative scenario design, a custom card-based resolution system, and strict narrative control. Friday, 12:00AM - 2:00AM; Very Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R208: [FOCUS GROUP] "Untitled Horror Game" by Parenthesis Press; presented by Neal Stidham. Help develop a new modular game system for horror gaming, with plug-ins to cover a wide variety of sub-genres. We'll try playing out classic scenes from horror movie and literature to test the flexibility and flavor of the game. Friday, 12:00AM - 1:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

L209: [BETA TEST] "Backstage LARP: The Seattle Affair" presented by Nicolas Hornyak. At a club in the University District, staff members of WEREHAUS are working the festival of the year, and the biggest names in music have shown with groupies, managers, lucky fans and mobsters. But the supernatural presence is stirring on the West Coast, and it's clashing together behind the scenes with celebrities and normal folk alike. A playtest for a LARP adaptation experiment of the Fate Accelerated Edition rules. Saturday, 9:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

L210: [ALPHA TEST] "S.A.L.T." by SPQR Soft LLC; presented by Steve Radabaugh. S.A.L.T. is a proof of concept test for a new way play Live Action Role Playing games using the devices that most of us already have in our pockets. This test will have you play through a short scenario letting your phone keep track of all of the important details. Must have an iOS device with iOS7. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

L211: [BETA TEST] Freeform; "At What Cost" presented by Christopher Amherst. In the shadowy world of modern espionage, the questions that haunt you and your fellow agents are "Who do you trust?", "Who are you really?", "What is the truth?", and "How much is your loyalty to duty, country, and your fellow agents?" Now one of you has committed the cardinal sin in the world of covert ops: selling secrets to the enemy. How far are you willing to go to uncover the traitor? This is an American Freeform designed for mature audiences, and deals with subject matter such as the use of enhanced interrogation, pervasive surveillance, infidelity, and betrayal. Saturday, 9:00AM - 1:00PM; Very Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R212: [FOCUS GROUP] "Feng Shui System Mechanics" by Atlas Games; presented by Cam Banks. Join Atlas Games brand manager Cam Banks as we discuss the game rules of the Feng Shui RPG, from characters to conflict and everything in between. Special focus is on genre emulation and how the rules encourage cinematic Hong Kong action and adventure. Saturday, 9:00AM - 10:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

R213: [ALPHA TEST] "Head Space" by Green Hat Designs; presented by Mark Richardson. A Cyber Punk role playing game of shared consciousness with shared consequences. Characters are all highly competent corporate operatives able to share their elite skills with each other. By using someone else's skills, you must deal with their strong emotions associated to those skills. Playtest a unique and collaborative World Building/Character Creation system. Participants will cooperatively construct the Corporations, World Events/Issues and determine how they impact the skills of the Characters. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R214: [BETA TEST] "Homeworld Project" by Artemesia Games; presented by Mendel Schmiedekamp. Homeworld Project is a fantasy space opera RPG intended for long term play. Game roles change fluidly, so some playtesters will have to opportunity to play GM-like roles. This playtest focuses on the first session, including creating characters and the world and playing the first chapters of their story. Saturday, 9:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R215: [BETA TEST] "Pull List" by Gas Mask Games; presented by Bret Gillan. Based on Matt Wilson's Primetime Adventures, Pull List is a superpowered role playing game focusing on fast, single-issue stories. Conflict is simple, with more emphasis on a superhero's inner struggles than their powers. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

R216: [ALPHA TEST] "Sojourn" by Saint Erebus Games; presented by Brendan Conway. A moving city, the definition of progress and technology and advancement. Sojourn crushes its way across the earth, destroying whatever it can in the process. It takes from the Wilds wherever possible, consuming and growing. The most beautiful woods and the most horrifying monsters are equally added to Sojourn's hungry belly...when the Wilds don't successful strike back against the city, using whatever tactics are necessary. In this session, players will be playing the people who can tip the balance of a region either in favor of Sojourn, the Wild, or maybe to a third, free option. Players will be playing using a setting and characters created in a prior session. The objective is to test the in-game mechanics of Sojourn. Saturday, 9:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R217: [BETA TEST] "Variance" by Curious Purpose Games; presented by Rishi Agrawal. A Story-telling game that takes place in parallel universes. The characters are alternate versions of the same heroes hopping between realities to save them from world-threatening crises. Saturday, 9:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R218: [ALPHA TEST] Marvel Heroic RPG; "Role Playing During Transitions" presented by Krista White. Krista's experience with MHRPG at conventions has been that the transition scenes - meant to foster player character interaction and freeform roleplay - tend to simply become bookkeeping sessions. To ameliorate this, she's developed a soft system to foster role playing within the transition scene. "This session will concentrate on working out kinks in the the transition scene mechanics, which have yet to be tested. The game will start with all characters having just finished a combat and suffering from a wide variety of stresses. We will use the mechanic I've developed, and then move into an action scene based on the outcomes created during the playtest. Once the new action scene has been played out, we will playtest the transition scene mechanic again. That will complete the testing session." Saturday, 9:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] R219: [BETA TEST] Psi*Ops; "The Psi Who Loved Me" by Death Rattle Games; presented by Jody Kline. The war is over, and the tenuous alliance with the Soviet Union falls apart as the former allies scramble to partition the occupied territory and exploit Nazi technology. Imagine their surprise when they find that at the heart of Hitler's fanatical delusions lay a bit of truth... Play a new kind of spy, using classic tradecraft and a bit of the paranormal as you seek to thwart the Red Menace in post-war Europe. Saturday, 9:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R220: [BETA TEST] "Companions' Tale" by Little Octopus Games; presented by Laura Simpson. After the Hero is long gone, all we have are the stories told by the Companions who knew them best - but those stories do not always agree. What was the Hero's legacy? Saturday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

[FILLED] R221: [ALPHA TEST] "Death May Die" by Robert Bohl Games; presented by Robert Bohl. Death May Die is a two-person Cthulhoid horror game. The Beast (designer Robert Bohl) and Victim player (you) work together to find the things that will freak out, unsettle, or scare the Victim player (again, you). Go to the dark places, and find out in the end how your brush with the unknowable will change you, and whether you will join the annihilating void as its trusty servant. This playtest is based on Emily Care Boss's Breaking the Ice. Saturday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Very Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R222: [ALPHA TEST] "Five Fires" by Thoughtcrime Games; presented by Quinn Murphy. The five elements of hip hop culture have changed and influenced the world. Five Fires gives you the opportunity to play a crew of MCs, breakdancers, DJs, and graffiti artists who are expressing their joys and pain, changing themselves and also their world. It is a game about making art with mechanics that don't require you be rap star or graffiti artist yourself. Saturday, 10:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R223: [BETA TEST] "Posthuman Doorways" by Genesis of Legend Publishing; presented by Jason Pitre. Transhumanism. The idea that sufficiently advanced science and technology can change what it means to be human. This game invites you to explore those questions during play. You are forced to make hard choices and explore one potential future. Individuals knowledgeable about GM-less games and transhumanism are ideal. Saturday, 10:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R224: [BETA TEST] "Split Second Hero" by Pristine Noise Games; presented by James Stuart. Build an entire comics universe in a few short hours: inspired by games like Microscope, Split Second Hero is about creating a cast of heroes, villains, and world-changing plots. Play alternates between collaboratively building character, arcs, and universe-spanning events, and then roleplaying out Issues, with fast, dramatic conflict resolution rules. Saturday, 10:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] R225: [FOCUS GROUP] "Young Centurions: Final Stages" by Evil Hat Productions; presented by Clark Valentine. Author Carrie Harris is bringing the Young Centurions novels to the gaming table! Help the Evil Hat development team iron out some final decisions applying Fate Accelerated Edition to a world of teenage pulp heroes in the early 20th Century. Thrills! Action! Playing through a scene or two and talking details of adapting the Fate RPG system! Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

R226: [BETA TEST] FATE (Hack); "Narosia: Sea of Tears" by Legendsmiths; presented by Shane Harsch. Narosia is a gritty fantasy RPG of dramatic action, divine favor, high magic, and epic narrative - powered by the HERO System. Answering a call for adventurers, you discover the village of Stonehelm has been attacked by vile Endrori. Calming the villagers, you strike out to find the source of these dark creatures. http://www.narosia.com. Saturday, 10:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R227: [BETA TEST] FATE Accelerated; "Do: Fate of the Flying Temple" by Magpie Games; presented by Mark Diaz Truman. The Flying Temple has mysteriously drifted away from its home in the center of the sky. It's up to the Pilgrims to explore the worlds of Do to uncover the mystery while they raise a young dragon left behind after the temple's disappearance. Saturday, 10:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

R228: [BETA TEST] "The Toy Box" by Gopher Hole Productions; presented by Angela Craft. A game of epic adventure on a small scale. Play as beloved childhood toys working to protect your child from the things that go bump in the night, on a quest to be so loved that you become real. Saturday, 10:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R229: [BETA TEST] "Architects of the Twisted City" by Gas Mask Games; presented by Bret Gillan. The Twisted City is chaos, always changing and moving and shifting. You play the Architects, demigods with the ability to transform it to their will. Can you leave your mark on the City and reshape it in your image? Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R230: [ALPHA TEST] "Buffy-Themed Storytelling RPG" presented by Jay Treat. Create a character by drafting cards that define your personality, strengths and weaknesses. Evolve your character by adding and removing cards from your deck between sessions. There are no dice in this cinematic RPG; instead players choose a card and tell what happens next based on that choice. The setting for this weekend is based on Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe, but we'll be making our own team as if the 'real' one never existed. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

R231: [ALPHA TEST] FATE Core; "Smoke & Glass" by Phoenix Outlaw Productions; presented by Abigail Corfman. You are a group of professional criminals with a dangerous plan - you want to steal from Jonathan Farrow, a powerful businessman with connections to the Office of War. Your target: a stone knife that's reputedly a magical relic of the Royal Age. This job could make their names as thieves for hire in Kroy, but each of you have an ulterior motive for why you want to visit the manor. The game begins one week before the heist. In one week, Farrow will be hosting a masquerade ball at his estate. It's the perfect cover for a burglary. Smoke & Glass is a Fate Core setting about crime, punishment, and the difference between what's legal and what's right. It takes place in Kroy - a steam powered industrial city of factories and skyscrapers built on the wreckage of a magical kingdom. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

R232: [ALPHA TEST] FATE Core; "Iron Edda: War of Metal and Bone" by Sand & Steam Productions; presented by Tracy Barnett. Iron Edda: War of Metal and Bone is a Norse fantasy game using Fate Core. The dwarves have risen up against the whole of Midgard, and their gigantic constructs wreak havoc across the land. The Bonebonded, warriors bound to the bones of dead giants, offer hope... and fear. Warrior, and merchant, Jarl, and thrall, all have the chance to see the halls of Valhalla. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R233: [BETA TEST] Trigger Happy; "Bangers" by TaleSpinner Holdings; presented by Caias Ward. "If you can't Bang, you can't hang!" Bangers is a superpowered teen gang Add-On for the Trigger Happy action and crime RPG. Superpowers are an urban problem, where kid and teen Bangers stake out turf and demand respect for their gangs with blasts of lightning and thrown cars. This session will test the powers mechanics and how they interact with the Trigger Happy RPG mechanics in a scenario. Saturday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

[FILLED] R234: [ALPHA TEST] "Rare, Strange Arts" by Wrecking Ball Game Labs; presented by Monica Speca & Henry Ulrich. Twelve shining cities rise from the dust of the Waste, home to those called Cultivators who test their gifts against the many dangers they live among. Rare, Strange Arts is a game of martial arts action in the wondrous and terrible reconstructed world of the future. Saturday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] B235: [BETA TEST] "Dungeon Dwellers" by S2 Adventures; presented by Scott Ostrander. Trapped rooms. Fiendish monsters. Treasure! Dungeon Dwellers is a cooperative game for up to 4 players. Adventurers with different Character types enter the dungeon, and fight three levels of monsters before facing the Boss. Each player builds a unique treasure deck containing armor, weapons, and abilities. Players need to use their Character resources wisely, to defeat the monsters, collect as much gold as they can – and survive! Saturday, 1:00PM - 3:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] B236: [BETA TEST] "Jack and the Giant" presented by Dan Cassar. Jack and the Giant is a simple card game for two players based on the timeless fairy tale. One player is Jack, who needs to climb the beanstalk three times to retrieve the sack of coins, the singing harp, and the goose that lays the golden eggs. His opponent is the Giant, who is trying to catch him by saying "Fee, Fie, Foe, Fum!" A light game with an inventive core mechanic, it's simple to learn but challenging enough to play again and again! Saturday, 1:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B237: [BETA TEST] "MechaMax" presented by Max Birkett. MechaMax is the world's only giant robot building and battling board game. Assemble a powerful steel behemoth from over seventy different parts and then take it into a knockdown, drag out, last-robot-standing fight! Saturday, 1:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] B238: [BETA TEST] "Monster Kids" by Nightstalker Games; presented by Eddie Rodriguez. When the lights go out and monsters come creeping, who is going to stop them? Monster Kids! Monster Kids is a cooperative fast paced, action card & dice game. The players choose a character and work together to battle dangerous monsters. Players must use their cards carefully because the team wins, or loses, together! Saturday, 1:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, Recommended for Young Players.

[FILLED] B239: [BETA TEST] "Petri Wars" by Angry Duck Games. The deadly C917 virus is rapidly bringing about the end of the human race. Scientists scramble to save humanity by engineering virus-based cures and pitting them against each other to find one strong enough to stand up to C917. In Petri Wars, you are one of those viruses, fighting for supremacy of the dish. Gather food to fuel your growth, infect and assimilate other cells, kill the deadly virus and save the world! Saturday, 1:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] R240: [BETA TEST] "Interstellar Love Commander" by Little Octopus Games; presented by Dev Purkayastha. A human commander and a motley crew of aliens must unite to save the universe. Along the way, they'll have to reveal secrets, gain trust, and maybe start an ill-considered romance. By the way, you have a half hour. Inspired by the Mass Effect series of video games. Saturday, 1:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B241: [BETA TEST] "Agency" by CoM Games; presented by Stephen Wangner. In Agency, each player takes the role of the Director of an intelligence agency in a somewhat disfunctional government. The Agencies compete with each other for power, mostly by sabotaging the efforts of their sister agencies (hence the "disfunctional"). Players use the tactics of eavesdropping, blocking, planting, and destroying information to gain the upper hand against their competitors. Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] B242: [BETA TEST] "Cottage Industry" by Cardboard Edison; presented by Chris Zinsli & Suzanne Zinsli. In Cottage Industry, players are contractors in the fairytale land of Fiscalia, "a magical place to do business" where everyone whistles while they work, waits patiently in line, and shares with each other...because it's the law! The kingdom's strict regulations aim to keep you in line, but clever business owners can find ways to adhere to the letter of the law, if not its spirit. Cottage Industry is a medium-weight game incorporating resource management, storytelling, bidding, bluffing, map building and a new take on worker placement called "worker displacement". Saturday, 2:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B243: [BETA TEST] "Decoys" presented by Drew Dunaj. Decoys is a game of perception and deception. Win by collecting objectives before your opponent does, or by deducing their Spy's identity, all while hiding your own Spy in plain sight. Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

[FILLED] B244: [BETA TEST] "Edge of Space" by Black Oak Games; presented by Matthew O'Malley. An epic sci-fi game in which player interaction is not reduced to cosmic warfare. Explore star systems created on the fly; make money and influence aliens; develop the next big thing that doesn't necessarily go bang. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

B245: [BETA TEST] "Epic Picnic" by Devious Devices; presented by Anthony Rando. Epic Picnic is a fast-paced card game based on a childhood verbal memory game, but using adult humor instead (17+ only). The game uses cards describing unusual things coupled with a stacking mechanic to hide card text, leaving only a single letter per card visible as a clue. As the stack grows, players take turns reciting cards from memory, one per player per turn, until someone forgets a card and is out of that round. The last player left wins the round and collects cards as points. After a number of rounds the player with the highest point total wins the game. Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] B246: [BETA TEST] "Fire at Will" by Masquerade Games; presented by Chris Kreuter. Fire At Will is an easy to learn, fast paced 2 player game. Players control opposing sides of a skirmish line and must load, aim, and fire their weapons as quickly and accurately as possible to come out the victor! Games are fast and furious, so you can play a few in a row! Come help us test a few final tweaks as we prepare this game for production! Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] B247: [BETA TEST] "Jack and the Giant" presented by Dan Cassar. Jack and the Giant is a simple card game for two players based on the timeless fairy tale. One player is Jack, who needs to climb the beanstalk three times to retrieve the sack of coins, the singing harp, and the goose that lays the golden eggs. His opponent is the Giant, who is trying to catch him by saying "Fee, Fie, Foe, Fum!" A light game with an inventive core mechanic, it's simple to learn but challenging enough to play again and again! Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] B248: [BETA TEST] "KER-Thulhu: Tower of Horror" by Smirk & Dagger Games; presented by Curt Covert. Investigate Unspeakable Horrors, without losing your Marbles in this mash up of HP Lovecraft and Ker-Plunk. Work together to investigate 13 locations before Cthulhu wakes, but should you be driven insane you'll only win by plunging the others into madness. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B249: [BETA TEST] "Khyber Station" presented by Jay Treat. Navigate and reshape the wreckage of Khyber Station after a sudden attack that killed most of the crew. Can your team of unprepared scientists find the escape teleporter before alien hunters find and kill you all? Earth and your family's lives depends on it. A space horror not for the weak of heart. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B250: [BETA TEST] "New Strange Worlds" by J Squared; presented by Jim McMahon. A card game with dexterity, or a dexterity game with cards? New Strange Worlds is a cooperative game where players become the rookie crew of a starship exploring new strange worlds, trying to complete a series of missions without losing their crew or their ship. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B251: [BETA TEST] "Operation Turbine - CANCELED" by Left Justified LLC; presented by Jeff Tidball. In the massive arenas of a hyper-corporate sci-fi future, gleaming hovertanks battle for galactic notoriety and the greater glory of their institutional sponsors. Customizable card decks merge pilot capabilities with vehicle systems and characteristics to drive miniature gameplay on a tabletop map. Saturday, 2:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

[FILLED] B252: [BETA TEST] "Political Capital" by Caddywampus Games; presented by Jonathan Moormann. The card game of government inaction! Take the role of a member of the senate and lie, cheat, and steal to get votes. The member with the most political capital wins, but you may have to pull some dirty tricks to get there. Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B253: [BETA TEST] "Tempters" by Damocles Thread; presented by Ben Walker. A new board game from Damocles Thread. Players are Demons tempting the the souls of man as the world races towards Armageddon. Use your dark gifts, eye for strategy, or pure vengeful desire to see your neighbour suffer. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

B254: [BETA TEST] "Top Secret From Essen" by Stronghold Games. Stronghold Games, a leading publisher in the hobby game industry, is just back from the Spiel in Essen Germany! We have brought with us many games that we need to evaluate for possible publication in North America. Stronghold Games also has a number of prototypes from designers that are under consideration for publication. We can't tell you any of the game names now, and in fact we will ask that you do not tell anyone of the names of these games after you play them, since this needs to be kept confidential. If you would like to play a part potentially in a future publication of a game from Stronghold Games, join us for this slot! Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; All Ages. [NDA REQUIRED]

B255: [BETA TEST] "Underprepared Heist Management" presented by Zachary Huff. Robbing a bank is a tall proposition for most; extensive planning is paramount to success. As luck would have it, you have discovered the perfect bank to stage a high-risk, high-reward heist. Unfortunately, several other like-minded individuals have reached the same conclusion. You have assembled a team of thirteen robbers who will blindly follow your plans as you give them. With your collective dreams of wealth and success suddenly in jeopardy, you do what any like-minded individual would do: rush in and make your plans up as you go. Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

B256: [BETA TEST] "The Elementalists" by Journey Games; presented by Erik Herrington. Among wizards, the most fearsome are those who bend the very forces of nature to their will. When they clash, the very planet trembles. For you, an Elementalist of legend, this is just another opportunity to prove your own mastery of the elements. Part dice game and part deck strategy, every turn you will be presented with random elements to bend and shape to your will. You will have to carefully shape both the elements and your own skills to win this battle. Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B257: [BETA TEST] Rampaging Jotuun; "The Winter War Expansion" by Knighthawk Games; presented by Matthias Bonnici. Rampaging Jotunn is a competitive fast paced board game for 2 players in which each player controls an army of Vikings trying to protect their villages while trying to destroy their opponents villages, all the while the Titan rampages across the island destroying everything in sight. With the Winter War Expansion we turn the game from 2 players to 4 players, complete with new land boards that expand the unnamed island. There are new rules, new components usable either with or without the Winter War expansion. And best of all two Jotunns! Saturday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] B258: [BETA TEST] "Animus" by Nightstalker Games; presented by Eddie Rodriguez. Animus is a card-drafting battle game! Draft characters from different worlds, time periods and even other dimensions. To win you must take advantage of the various abilities and powers to maximize your resistances and strike at your opponents weaknesses. Tactical maneuvering is crucial as you battle for dominant positioning! This session will feature head-to-head games. Saturday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B259: [BETA TEST] "Hogger Logger" by Hogger Logger LLC; presented by Ryan Shapiro. Hogger Logger is a fun, fast-paced card game as quick to pick up as Uno, but as on-your-toes as Egyptian Ratscrew. It has been quoted as being "strikingly strategic for it's simplicity." Use Hog cards to change the odds in your favor, but watch out for those volatile Log cards which will change the rules of the game when you least expect it! Saturday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B260: [BETA TEST] "Nika" by Eagle Games; presented by Joshua Raab. You command a Greek city's hoplite soldiers who must force their way through enemy lines. Your troops can push or rout those who would block their way across the narrow battlefield. Coordinate attacks with your ally to secure victory, but make sure to watch your flanks! Saturday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B261: [BETA TEST] "Secrets of the Lost Tomb" by Everything Epic Games; presented by Christopher Batarlis. Every 113 years a mysterious three-tailed comet appears in the sky bringing with it an ancient and mythical Tomb on an unknown island that materializes in the center of the Bermuda Triangle. You and your allies, all specialists in your various fields, travel to this Lost Tomb to investigate the unknown forces that hold back primordial powers surging within. Forbidden Artifacts, Elder Evils, and Long Forgotten Knowledge, from all known civilizations across the world, were hidden... locked in the tomb throughout time. These mysteries must be solved in order to protect the world, as we know it... It's up to You and your Team now... to Explore and Discover... the "Secrets of the Lost Tomb". Saturday, 3:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] B262: [BETA TEST] "Sheep!" presented by David Wallin. It's time to put your sheep out to graze! Build fields and fill them with sheep. Outsmart your opponent and maximize your score. Sheep! is an area-enclosure game with a deck-upgrade mechanic. Saturday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] B263: [BETA TEST] "Tezlo" by Lots-o-Watts Games; presented by Todd Greenwood & Ruth Greenwood. Tezlo is a simple game that is easy to learn and flexible for on-the-go play. Players pick square cards from the deck, orient them to their direction, then fit them to an ever changing board to connect shape, color or both. Corners are high value locations and you can sabotage your opponents and strategize to win. Sounds easy? Well, we would love you to try it then! Saturday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B264: [BETA TEST] "Behind the Mask" by Nazca Games; presented by Emerson Matsuuchi. Behind the Mask is a party style game of hidden roles, bluffing and deduction. Each player will have a secret role which can be one of Thief, Detective, Assassin, Lover, Reporter, Witch, Priest, Vampire, Werewolf, or Hunter. Each role will have two objectives. Either to complete your goal on the board by playing the right cards, or by revealing a specific role another player has. Saturday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B265: [BETA TEST] "9 Kingdoms Miniatures Adventure Game" by 9 Kingdoms Publications; presented by Ivan Turner. 9 Kingdoms is a hex based miniatures adventure game where you take a party of Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Goblins, Orqs, or Skeletons and scour a dungeon for treasure and monsters. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B266: [ALPHA TEST] "Collections" by Snowman Games; presented by Mike Schuller. In this session a concentration on scoring and balance and of course fun. If pressed this game might be described as trick taking, but not in the usually sense. Game has a unique card structure and mechanic. Status of cards tracked on the game board. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages. [NDA REQUIRED]

[FILLED] B267: [BETA TEST] "Decoys" presented by Drew Dunaj. Decoys is a game of perception and deception. Win by collecting objectives before your opponent does, or by deducing their Spy's identity, all while hiding your own Spy in plain sight. Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B268: [BETA TEST] "Gatchafighter" by Hydra Collaborative; presented by John Carimando. "My toys can beat up your toys!" The tabletop fighting game where your toys team up and battle against each other! Your Gatchafighters can use combo attacks, projectiles, dive attacks and Super Moves to score points and win! (Toys will be provided). Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

B269: [BETA TEST] "Hobo Fun Time Adventure Game" by Critical-Hits; presented by Dave Chalker. An adventure game of hobos traveling a magical-realist version of depression-era America, heavily inspired by the works of John Hodgman. A board game in early development, featuring both competitive and cooperative play. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

B270: [BETA TEST] "Jack and the Giant" presented by Dan Cassar. Jack and the Giant is a simple card game for two players based on the timeless fairy tale. One player is Jack, who needs to climb the beanstalk three times to retrieve the sack of coins, the singing harp, and the goose that lays the golden eggs. His opponent is the Giant, who is trying to catch him by saying "Fee, Fie, Foe, Fum!" A light game with an inventive core mechanic, it's simple to learn but challenging enough to play again and again! This playtest session will be filmed for an episode of Michael Keller's "Gaming the Design" video series. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] B271: [BETA TEST] "Lagoon" by Three Hares Games; presented by David Chott. Players explore the world of Lagoon with their druids, by drawing and placing hex tiles representing enchanted lands that offer unique powers to the druids occupying them. Each site resonates with one of three ancient spirits. So every decision about which new site to explore and which site to magically unravel alters the balance of power among these spirits, and hence the course of destiny. At game's end, one spirit will reign in the world, and the player most responsible for bending destiny to that outcome will be the victor! This playtest is geared towards teenagers aged 10-18. Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, Recommended for Young Players.

B272: [FOCUS GROUP] "Mafiavelli" by Learn to Rock Games; presented by Allen Yu. Mafiavelli is a game of deceit and doubt where players use persuasion and politics to exploit greed, convincing other players to collaborate with them in order to succesfully complete heists and collect gold. Each player’s motivation to collaborate is influenced by risk/reward mechanism, with an added element of mistrust provided by the implementation of undercover cops which are used in attempts to foil the heist -thus counteracting other players' schemes. The players must attempt to successfully complete a heist determined by cards indicating the amount of resources needed and the reward for success. Can you scheme your way to victory by making others work for you? Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] B273: [BETA TEST] "Quick Civ" by Masquerade Games; presented by Chris Kreuter. Quick Civ is a quick paced civilization game where players vie for victory by customizing their populations with careful hand management. React to World Events, Inspire Leaders, Create Art, Improve Skills, Enact Policies, Earn Fame, Conquer Territories and build Wonders on them, all in under 90 minutes! If you're still not sure if you want to try it: you get to kill dinosaurs too! Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] B274: [BETA TEST] "SecOps" by Legendsmiths; presented by Shane Harsch. The deck-building card game of contemporary information security operations. Will you succeed in defending your enterprise from an ever-evolving threat landscape? Saturday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B275: [BETA TEST] "Wheel of War" by Roll For Surprise Games; presented by John Force & Janet Force. You have just been crowned as the Monarch of one of the Kingdoms in the realm. You are pitted against the other Kingdoms with the goal to be the monarch with the most points when the draw pile is depleted. Send your spies to sneak attack and your armies to battle your neighboring Kingdoms. Weaken their defenses and damage their Spoils Counter Line to receive the Spoils of War. Ready your Gates for battle for the Wheel of War dictates which Gate can battle at any given time. Claim your victory and win the game by being the Monarch with the most points at the end of the game. Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B276: [BETA TEST] "Yellow Press" by Brooklyn Indie Games; presented by Tim Rodriguez. As a reporter in New City, making a wave with headlines is critical. Luckily, you've got a fistful of cash and superheroes and villains alike who are happy to "do you a favor" for a reasonable fee. Bribe heroes and villains alike in order to arrange the best headlines in this Rummy-style card game. Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM; Silly, All Ages.

B277: [BETA TEST] "CipherOps" by Nazca Games; presented by Emerson Matsuuchi. CipherOPS is a 'Stealth Action' board game of spy versus spy hunters. One player will take the role of a Cipher, a covert operative, sent on a mission to infiltrate a secret military base. The Cipher's goal is to complete the given mission objective and escape before time runs out. The other players will work together as a team of spy hunters to track down and stop the Cipher. Saturday, 4:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B278: [BETA TEST] "Animus" by Nightstalker Games; presented by Eddie Rodriguez. Animus is a card-drafting battle game! Draft characters from different worlds, time periods and even other dimensions. To win you must take advantage of the various abilities and powers to maximize your resistances and strike at your opponents weaknesses. Tactical maneuvering is crucial as you battle for dominant positioning! This session will feature multiplayer games. Saturday, 5:00PM - 7:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B279: [BETA TEST] "Elemental Masters: Vampires & Victims" by Brooklyn Indie Games; presented by Tim Rodriguez. Elemental Masters is the first in a series of trick-taking card games that builds on traditional games such as Hearts and Spades. Each adds new themed mechanics. Elemental Masters adds a dose of elemental magic. Vampires & Victims is built around four vampire clans, and the people on whom they feed. Saturday, 5:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B280: [BETA TEST] "Epic Picnic" by Devious Devices; presented by Anthony Rando. Epic Picnic is a fast-paced card game based on a childhood verbal memory game, but using adult humor instead (17+ only). The game uses cards describing unusual things coupled with a stacking mechanic to hide card text, leaving only a single letter per card visible as a clue. As the stack grows, players take turns reciting cards from memory, one per player per turn, until someone forgets a card and is out of that round. The last player left wins the round and collects cards as points. After a number of rounds the player with the highest point total wins the game. Saturday, 5:00PM - 7:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

B281: [BETA TEST] "MechaMax" presented by Max Birkett. MechaMax is the world's only giant robot building and battling board game. Assemble a powerful steel behemoth from over seventy different parts and then take it into a knockdown, drag out, last-robot-standing fight! Saturday, 5:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B282: [BETA TEST] "Petri Wars" by Angry Duck Games. The deadly C917 virus is rapidly bringing about the end of the human race. Scientists scramble to save humanity by engineering virus-based cures and pitting them against each other to find one strong enough to stand up to C917. In Petri Wars, you are one of those viruses, fighting for supremacy of the dish. Gather food to fuel your growth, infect and assimilate other cells, kill the deadly virus and save the world! Saturday, 5:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] B283: [BETA TEST] "Gnosis Conflict" by HitMouse Studios; presented by Warren Morrison. Gnonsis Conflict is a, squad based, tactical combat board game, set in the not so distant future. Players choose from five factions each with a unique play-style and abilities.Then they create their army and unique board setting. This playtest session will be filmed for an episode of Michael Keller's "Gaming the Design" video series. Saturday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

[FILLED] B284: [BETA TEST] "Lair" by Wee Big Games; presented by Tam Myaing. Gain favor from the notorious Big Boss and vie for second-in-command within his new secret island base. Collectively build his lair and complete the rooms required to launch the Ultimate Weapon. Execute secret blueprints, recruit minions to backstab your rivals, and construct the best room arrangements to gain the most favor. Do you have what it takes to hatch Big Boss’s nefarious plans or will you become an afternoon snack for his pet sharks? Saturday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B285: [BETA TEST] "Nika" by Eagle Games; presented by Joshua Raab. You command a Greek city's hoplite soldiers who must force their way through enemy lines. Your troops can push or rout those who would block their way across the narrow battlefield. Coordinate attacks with your ally to secure victory, but make sure to watch your flanks! Saturday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

[FILLED] B286: [BETA TEST] "Top Secret From Essen" by Stronghold Games. Stronghold Games, a leading publisher in the hobby game industry, is just back from the Spiel in Essen Germany! We have brought with us many games that we need to evaluate for possible publication in North America. Stronghold Games also has a number of prototypes from designers that are under consideration for publication. We can't tell you any of the game names now, and in fact we will ask that you do not tell anyone of the names of these games after you play them, since this needs to be kept confidential. If you would like to play a part potentially in a future publication of a game from Stronghold Games, join us for this slot! Saturday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM; All Ages. [NDA REQUIRED]

B287: [BETA TEST] "Behind the Mask" by Nazca Games; presented by Emerson Matsuuchi. Behind the Mask is a party style game of hidden roles, bluffing and deduction. Each player will have a secret role which can be one of Thief, Detective, Assassin, Lover, Reporter, Witch, Priest, Vampire, Werewolf, or Hunter. Each role will have two objectives. Either to complete your goal on the board by playing the right cards, or by revealing a specific role another player has. Saturday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

R288: [BETA TEST] "Boneyard System" by Eschaton Media; presented by Michael Pucci & Ashley Zdeb. Using a set of Dominos, each player takes the role of storytelling in a round robin system to tell a collaborative story. Each person sets an aspect of the story setting and the role of storyteller swaps between players based on the dominos played. Saturday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY. [NDA REQUIRED]

[FILLED] R289: [BETA TEST] "Companions' Tale" by Little Octopus Games; presented by Laura Simpson. After the Hero is long gone, all we have are the stories told by the Companions who knew them best - but those stories do not always agree. What was the Hero's legacy? Saturday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

R290: [ALPHA TEST] "Ghosts of Atlantis" by Parenthesis Press; presented by Neal Stidham. Classical tragedy meets high fantasy, powered by a diceless oracle system. On Atlantis, everyone was a magician. You survived the island's destruction - but at what cost? Saturday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

[FILLED] R291: [BETA TEST] "Pull List" by Gas Mask Games; presented by Bret Gillan. Based on Matt Wilson's Primetime Adventures, Pull List is a superpowered role playing game focusing on fast, single-issue stories. Conflict is simple, with more emphasis on a superhero's inner struggles than their powers. Saturday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

R292: [ALPHA TEST] "Rare, Strange Arts" by Wrecking Ball Game Labs; presented by Monica Speca & Henry Ulrich. Twelve shining cities rise from the dust of the Waste, home to those called Cultivators who test their gifts against the many dangers they live among. Rare, Strange Arts is a game of martial arts action in the wondrous and terrible reconstructed world of the future. Saturday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R293: [ALPHA TEST] "Relic: Character Creation" by Redwind Games; presented by Joshua Meredith. Come experience an adventure in the unique fantasy world of Relic! This pen and paper RPG specializes in using simple mechanics loaded with combos waiting to be exploited, while at the same time being rich in story potential using classic fantasy images. This session will be devoted to character creation for the table-top RPG in the fantasy world of Relic. Be one of the first to try out modern takes on classic RPG, including the new Origin system. There will also be talks about the world itself, the lore, game mechanics, and plans for the future, so if you are interested in what Redwind Games has to offer, this is the place to be. Saturday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

R294: [BETA TEST] Fortune Cookie Kung Fu; "The Wizard of Moo Goo" by Gorkwobble Games; presented by Russell Morrisey. You have at your command the wisdom of the ages. Lucky Numbers: 3, 1, 17, 23, 35, 16. Can an ancient sauce packet discovered by Peanut Chu unlock the secrets of life and death? The Sorcerer of Soy will stop at nothing to find out! Use your fortune to create a character, and star in your own badly-dubbed martial arts flick. Help playtest new Kung Fu Power rules! This event will include a full Chinese Dinner - orders should be placed in advance. Extra fortune cookies will be provided. Saturday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM; Silly, All Ages.

[FILLED] B295: [BETA TEST] "Circus Divas" by Meltdown Games; presented by Doug Levandowski. In Circus Divas, you play one of two Depression-era circus managers touring the hick towns of the mid-West, bilking some rubes out of their hard-earned money as you go. But the circus circuit ain't big enough for two, so you and your competition have a gentleman's agreement that the first one of you to bank $100 will get the rights to the circuit once and for all. But, watch out for the tantrums your divas throw when they don't draw a big enough crowd - and choose wisely when one does. You can only console one per show... Saturday, 7:00PM - 8:00PM; Silly, All Ages.

[FILLED] B296: [ALPHA TEST] "Dino Alley" presented by Jay Treat. Can your team of cyborgs wend through an artificial primeval landscape and survive the ravenous clutches of cloned dinosaurs? Will you find the goal before the competition? Reality TV viewers of the future have just got to know. Saturday, 7:00PM - 8:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B297: [BETA TEST] "Galactic Extermination" by CoM Games; presented by Stephen Wangner. The last in a series of Galactic Republics collapsed centuries ago. The galaxy is now divided into several smaller nations. All of these nations claim to be the sole legitimate heir of the largely forgotten Galactic Republic; none of them really are. The war has continued for nearly a century. Enormous fleets have smashed ineffectively and repeatedly against one another. Planets have been devastated and rebuilt literally dozens of times. All remain committed to the ultimate end of the war: extermination of all sentient alien life. Saturday, 7:00PM - 9:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B298: [BETA TEST] "Phraze-it!" by Lots-o-Watts Games; presented by Todd Greenwood & Ruth Greenwood. OK...what does A.S.T. stand for? Is it "A Small Tribe," "Art Student Tonality," "Amy's Ska Twins," or some other crazy phrase? In Phraze-It! players create 3-word phrases that are as surprising and unpredictable as a MadLibs. There is the categorical thinking that you find in Scattegories. And elements of round robin judging - just like Apples to Apples. Saturday, 7:00PM - 8:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B299: [BETA TEST] "Who Said That?" by Gontza Games; presented by Ann Stolinsky. Players try to create a funny ending to a well-known, or not so well-known, quote. Players score points for the correct answer, the funniest answer, and for guessing Who Said That. Saturday, 7:00PM - 9:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

B300: [BETA TEST] "CipherOps" by Nazca Games; presented by Emerson Matsuuchi. CipherOPS is a 'Stealth Action' board game of spy versus spy hunters. One player will take the role of a Cipher, a covert operative, sent on a mission to infiltrate a secret military base. The Cipher's goal is to complete the given mission objective and escape before time runs out. The other players will work together as a team of spy hunters to track down and stop the Cipher. Saturday, 7:00PM - 8:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B301: [BETA TEST] "Catfight: The Prom Night Catastrophe" by Slightly Offensive Games; presented by Thomas Hornemann. You and your friends are the most beautiful girls at the prom. But there can only be one prom queen. Guess you'll just have to show them up, or maybe just drag them down... A kitsch card game about beautiful people being ugly to each other to look pretty themselves. Build yourself up, and have them tear each other apart. Saturday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM; Silly, All Ages.

B302: [BETA TEST] "Gnosis Conflict" by HitMouse Studios; presented by Warren Morrison. Gnonsis Conflict is a, squad based, tactical combat board game, set in the not so distant future. Players choose from five factions each with a unique play-style and abilities.Then they create their army and unique board setting. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B303: [BETA TEST] "Jack and the Giant" presented by Dan Cassar. Jack and the Giant is a simple card game for two players based on the timeless fairy tale. One player is Jack, who needs to climb the beanstalk three times to retrieve the sack of coins, the singing harp, and the goose that lays the golden eggs. His opponent is the Giant, who is trying to catch him by saying "Fee, Fie, Foe, Fum!" A light game with an inventive core mechanic, it's simple to learn but challenging enough to play again and again! Saturday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B304: [BETA TEST] ApocalypZe; "The New World" by 9 Kingdoms Publications; presented by Ivan Turner. ApocalypZe is a deckmaking card game set in the world months after the zombie apocalypse. Waged on 2 fronts, you must both protect your stronghold with your survivors and attack your opponents' strongholds with your raiders and zombies. Using a variety of tactics, make your 60 card deck last just as long as possible. This session will feature a new expansion set. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B305: [BETA TEST] "The Wars of Trys" by Journey Games; presented by Erik Herrington. Surrounded by Spiderling Pawns, the Spider Queen sends them to outmaneuver the catapults as they move in closer. Finally, her nemesis is revealed: the Giant King. It is a feast she has planned on for a long long time. The Wars of Trys is a chess-like game where players take turns trying to capture enemy pieces. However, unlike chess, you can assign every piece on the board a specialty, giving it new ways of moving, hardened defenses, or special abilities that take the game in whole new directions. Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

L306: [BETA TEST] Freeblades; "Treachery at Tulaan" by Damocles Thread. Pirates imperil the port! Counsellors clash in commercial conflict! Mercenary madmen make mayhem! You and your (arguably) noble band of (well armed) peacekeepers must untangle this amphibious imbroglio - all while avoiding the potential traitors in your midst. Saturday, 8:00PM - 11:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R307: [BETA TEST] "Architects of the Twisted City" by Gas Mask Games; presented by Bret Gillan. The Twisted City is chaos, always changing and moving and shifting. You play the Architects, demigods with the ability to transform it to their will. Can you leave your mark on the City and reshape it in your image? Saturday, 8:00PM - 10:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R308: [BETA TEST] "Call of Catthulhu Deluxe" by Catthulhu; presented by Joel Sparks. Be the first to give your feedback for the refined and expanded version of Call of Catthulhu, the rules-light RPG where ordinary cats must secretly defend civilization from the Chaos cults of the other animals. Playtests run during the Kickstarter campaign and playtesters will be eligible for special rewards! More at Catthulhu.com. Saturday, 8:00PM - 11:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

R309: [BETA TEST] "Edgecast: Sundered Nations" by Eschaton Media; presented by Ashton Bailey. Edgecast: Sundered Nations is a neo-primitive re-imagining of cyberpunk which combines advanced technological capabilities with primitive materials powered by arcane energy. The world is known as Taesium, a fragmented planet held together by a core of magical energy called Orenda. The current year is 2083, a time of political intrigue and corporate greed as ancient dark powers lurk in the shadows. All are competing for arcane power in an era wherein technological capabilities have reached a peak. Players will play their part as a clever bureaucratic agent, powerful Channeler of Orenda, skilled fighter, or just a curious adventurer. Saturday, 8:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

[FILLED] R310: [FOCUS GROUP] "Horsemen" by TaleSpinner Holdings; presented by Caias Ward. So the Horsemen of the Apocalypse aren't sure about ending the world so they tap you to ride for them, granting you Unearthly power. Your job: see the world as it really is and decide if it’s time to pull the trigger. Oh, and avoid the forces of Heaven and Hell who will kill you to stop the End of Days. This focus group will include setting discussion as well as an overview of rough mechanics. Saturday, 8:00PM - 9:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R311: [BETA TEST] Monsterhearts (Hack); "The Long Orbit" presented by Rachel E.S. Walton. It’s the distant future. You are part of a modest crew aboard a freighter headed for a planet that’s being terraformed. You are awoken from stasis at the proper time, but a major storm on the planet's surface makes landing much too dangerous. Your ship will be stuck in orbit for days. A minor inconvenience, except that you haven't felt the same since waking up. You seem disquietingly capable of impossible things and you're pretty sure your fellow crew members are too... This is a full session of a beta playtest. Includes themes of isolation, body horror, romance, desperation, and survival. Saturday, 8:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R312: [BETA TEST] "The New World" by Pelgrane Press; presented by Bill White. This is a narrative RPG of historical fantasy where the players collectively imagine a quasi-historical setting--an alternate history, parallel Earth, or historical pastiche--that then becomes the backdrop against which their characters strive to leave a legacy that will last down the generations. It is a game about cultures in collision, and the choices made by individuals as they stand in the middle. Saturday, 8:00PM - 11:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

R313: [BETA TEST] The Fifth World; "The People of the Green" presented by Jason Godesky. The People of the Skylands have slowly moved back down towards the ocean. You belong to the first generation to reach the banks of the Atlantic Ocean, near the ruins of a place your ancestors called Morristown. The Fifth World is a new story game about the lives and ways of feral humans flourishing in a world after civilization, set in the places that you know. Saturday, 8:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] B314: [BETA TEST] "Apothecary Square" by Angry Duck Games. Are you suffering from witch curses? Want to be the mightiest man in the melee? Are warts keeping the maidens away? Come to Apothecary Square, where the finest apothecaries in the fiefdom gather to sell solutions! Learn recipes, acquire reagents, entice customers, train assistants, and reap the rewards for besting your competition in this medieval market game. Saturday, 9:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

B315: [BETA TEST] "Codename: Centauri" by Angry Duck Games. In Codename: Centauri, players run an interplanetary business where they find and gather valuable materials for planet-based corporations. You must find or trade for the best claims, effectively extract the resources, sell their materials for the best price, and invest in the most advanced fleet while navigating routes between the orbiting planets. The most profitable businesses not only run their operations efficiently but also leverage their influence and guile to keep ahead of the competition. Every choice has consequences! Saturday, 9:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

B316: [BETA TEST] "Dungeon Dwellers" by S2 Adventures; presented by Scott Ostrander. Trapped rooms. Fiendish monsters. Treasure! Dungeon Dwellers is a cooperative game for up to 4 players. Adventurers with different Character types enter the dungeon, and fight three levels of monsters before facing the Boss. Each player builds a unique treasure deck containing armor, weapons, and abilities. Players need to use their Character resources wisely, to defeat the monsters, collect as much gold as they can – and survive! Saturday, 9:00PM - 11:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

B317: [BETA TEST] "Secrets of the Lost Tomb" by Everything Epic Games; presented by Christopher Batarlis. Every 113 years a mysterious three-tailed comet appears in the sky bringing with it an ancient and mythical Tomb on an unknown island that materializes in the center of the Bermuda Triangle. You and your allies, all specialists in your various fields, travel to this Lost Tomb to investigate the unknown forces that hold back primordial powers surging within. Forbidden Artifacts, Elder Evils, and Long Forgotten Knowledge, from all known civilizations across the world, were hidden... locked in the tomb throughout time. These mysteries must be solved in order to protect the world, as we know it... It's up to You and your Team now... to Explore and Discover... the "Secrets of the Lost Tomb". Saturday, 9:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages.

L318: [BETA TEST] Freeform; "Service" by Phoenix Outlaw Productions; presented by Shoshana Kessock. The United States is at war and they need every soldier they can get to support the troops. Namely, they need YOU! Come workshop this new freeform LARP from designer Shoshana Kessock of Phoenix Outlaw Productions about being drafted, saying goodbye to what you knew, and the responsibilities to your country. Meant as introductory scenario for freeform LARP, workshop before and debrief afterwards to follow. Saturday, 9:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages.

R319: [BETA TEST] "Advanced Thieves & Thieves 2nd Edition" by Inside Games; presented by James Mendez Hodes. Advanced Thieves & Thieves 2nd Edition is the tabletop role playing game Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition would have been, were the only book in the game line the Complete Thief's Handbook. Enter the sprawling North African medieval megalopolis of Tanith City, where you'll play a team of bandits, con men, thugs, burglars, pickpockets, and more, combining your specialties to plan a heist, execute it, and deal with the fallout when it inevitably goes all to hell. In between heists you'll scheme and politick at your thieves' guild, dodging heat from the cops and cutthroat competitors from rival guilds while blowing your gold on booze, hookers, better lockpicks, and more durable henchmen. If you're ready to get rich or die trying, let's go to work! Saturday, 9:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages.

B320: [BETA TEST] "Fantazarq: The Mega Arcade Quest" by GameWick Games LLC; presented by Larry Wickman. It's 1985. You head down to the arcade with a couple of bucks in your pocket and the hopes to grab the High Score on that new sword-n-sorcery game, Fantazarq! You drop some coin in the slot and enter a world where the only thing that matters is hacking, slashing, computer generated taunts, and credits. That's right – CREDITS. When you run out, you better hope your friends front you to keep your hero alive! Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. [NDA REQUIRED]

B321: [BETA TEST] "Gatchafighter" by Hydra Collaborative; presented by John Carimando. "My toys can beat up your toys!" The tabletop fighting game where your toys team up and battle against each other! Your Gatchafighters can use combo attacks, projectiles, dive attacks and Super Moves to score points and win! (Toys will be provided). Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

B322: [BETA TEST] "KER-Thulhu: Tower of Horror" by Smirk & Dagger Games; presented by Curt Covert. Investigate Unspeakable Horrors, without losing your Marbles in this mash up of HP Lovecraft and Ker-Plunk. Work together to investigate 13 locations before Cthulhu wakes, but should you be driven insane you'll only win by plunging the others into madness. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages.

B323: [BETA TEST] "Political Capital" by Caddywampus Games; presented by Jonathan Moormann. The card game of government inaction! Take the role of a member of the senate and lie, cheat, and steal to get votes. The member with the most political capital wins, but you may have to pull some dirty tricks to get there. Saturday, 10:00PM - 11:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B324: [BETA TEST] "Quick Civ" by Masquerade Games; presented by Chris Kreuter. Quick Civ is a quick paced civilization game where players vie for victory by customizing their populations with careful hand management. React to World Events, Inspire Leaders, Create Art, Improve Skills, Enact Policies, Earn Fame, Conquer Territories and build Wonders on them, all in under 90 minutes! If you're still not sure if you want to try it: you get to kill dinosaurs too! Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages.

B325: [FOCUS GROUP] "Storium" by Protagonist Labs; presented by Stephen Hood. Storium is the online storytelling game from Protagonist Labs (Will Hindmarch and Stephen Hood). Inspired by story games, card games, collaborative fiction, shared worlds, and more, it's a game where players write stories together online, assisted by a set of mechanics that foster collaboration, good storytelling, and fun. Storium is in limited alpha testing now and is actively evolving, so joining this session puts you among the very first people to see it in action. Since we will be conducting an accelerated live playtest of Storium during this session, attendees will need to bring their own WiFi-equipped laptop with an up-to-date web browser. If the hotel's WiFi does not cooperate we will instead use a projector to give you a full walk-through demo. The goal either way is to hear your feedback about the game's core concepts and mechanics, and to hear any suggestions you may have for how Storium should grow and evolve. Saturday, 10:00PM - 11:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B326: [FOCUS GROUP] "Sweet Porridge" by Learn to Rock Games; presented by Allen Yu. In a small village, the magic pot will begin to cook porridge when a magic phrase is uttered. It won't stop cooking until someone says a different magic phrase. One day, someone set the pot cooking but couldn't remember the magic phrase. The villagers have to guess the phrase before their homes are engulfed in porridge! Porridge is a game for two players. One player plays at the Magic Pot and the other plays as the Villagers. The Magic Pot chooses the secret phrase and responds to the Villagers' attempts with oozing porridge. The Villagers make a series of guesses to figure out the phrase as quickly as possible. Both players will have a chance to play both roles. The one who stops the pot the fastest is the winner! Saturday, 10:00PM - 11:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

R327: [ALPHA TEST] "Relic: Character Creation" by Redwind Games; presented by Joshua Meredith. Come experience an adventure in the unique fantasy world of Relic! This pen and paper RPG specializes in using simple mechanics loaded with combos waiting to be exploited, while at the same time being rich in story potential using classic fantasy images. This session will be devoted to character creation for the table-top RPG in the fantasy world of Relic. Be one of the first to try out modern takes on classic RPG, including the new Origin system. There will also be talks about the world itself, the lore, game mechanics, and plans for the future, so if you are interested in what Redwind Games has to offer, this is the place to be. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

R328: [ALPHA TEST] "Sojourn" by Saint Erebus Games; presented by Brendan Conway. A moving city, the definition of progress and technology and advancement. Sojourn crushes its way across the earth, destroying whatever it can in the process. It takes from the Wilds wherever possible, consuming and growing. The most beautiful woods and the most horrifying monsters are equally added to Sojourn's hungry belly...when the Wilds don't successful strike back against the city, using whatever tactics are necessary. In this session, players will be playing the people who can tip the balance of a region either in favor of Sojourn, the Wild, or maybe to a third, free option. Players will be playing using a setting and characters created in a prior session. The objective is to test the in-game mechanics of Sojourn. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R329: [ALPHA TEST] "Springfield" by TaleSpinner Holdings; presented by Caias Ward. In 1945 the world stopped progressing. For the people of Springfield, the Second World War is still going. Isolated and removed from the rest of the United States, the inhabitants go about their daily lives supporting the town and the war effort. In Springfield, the players take on the roles of ordinary citizens in Springfield who work for the greater good, while still trying to maintain their individual identity. God Bless the President. God Bless America. The playtest of this story game will involve character creation, town creation, a meeting with The Mayor and maybe more. Saturday, 10:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

[FILLED] R330: [FOCUS GROUP] With Great Power...; "Super Character and Setting Creation" by Incarnadine Press; presented by Michael Miller. With Great Power is a game of melodramatic superheroes. Discuss how best to provoke super-creativity from players when creating their characters and settings. Saturday, 10:00PM - 11:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B331: [BETA TEST] "Catfight: The Prom Night Catastrophe" by Slightly Offensive Games; presented by Thomas Hornemann. You and your friends are the most beautiful girls at the prom. But there can only be one prom queen. Guess you'll just have to show them up, or maybe just drag them down... A kitsch card game about beautiful people being ugly to each other to look pretty themselves. Build yourself up, and have them tear each other apart. Saturday, 11:00PM - 12:00AM; Silly, All Ages.

B332: [BETA TEST] "Elemental Masters: Vampires & Victims" by Brooklyn Indie Games; presented by Tim Rodriguez. Elemental Masters is the first in a series of trick-taking card games that builds on traditional games such as Hearts and Spades. Each adds new themed mechanics. Elemental Masters adds a dose of elemental magic. Vampires & Victims is built around four vampire clans, and the people on whom they feed. Saturday, 11:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages.

R333: [FOCUS GROUP] "Feng Shui Setting and Story" presented by Cam Banks. Join Atlas Games brand manager Cam Banks as we discuss the background, story elements, and setting of the Feng Shui RPG. We'll talk about junctures, character types, and how the game presents the world of Hong Kong cinema as a campaign setting. Saturday, 11:00PM - 12:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

R334: [BETA TEST] "Interstellar Love Commander" by Little Octopus Games; presented by Dev Purkayastha. A human commander and a motley crew of aliens must unite to save the universe. Along the way, they'll have to reveal secrets, gain trust, and maybe start an ill-considered romance. By the way, you have a half hour. Inspired by the Mass Effect series of video games. Saturday, 11:00PM - 12:00AM; Fun, All Ages.

B335: [BETA TEST] "Lair" by Wee Big Games; presented by Tam Myaing. Gain favor from the notorious Big Boss and vie for second-in-command within his new secret island base. Collectively build his lair and complete the rooms required to launch the Ultimate Weapon. Execute secret blueprints, recruit minions to backstab your rivals, and construct the best room arrangements to gain the most favor. Do you have what it takes to hatch Big Boss’s nefarious plans or will you become an afternoon snack for his pet sharks? Saturday, 12:00AM - 2:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

L336: [BETA TEST] Freeform; "The Greatest Loss" presented by Christopher Amherst. The greatest loss that any parent can experience is losing their child. A piece of you is forever lost and the future you dreamed of is no longer meant to be. The only ones who understand your grief are those who have experienced this tragedy for themselves. This is an American Freeform designed for mature audiences, and deals with subject matter such as death (accidental, suicide, and homicide), substance abuse, gun rights/control, physical /emotional abuse, sexism, racism, homophobia, and marital strife. Saturday, 12:00AM - 4:00AM; Very Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R337: [ALPHA TEST] "Eyeteeth" by Robot Claw Game Design; presented by Russell Collins. A horror game of sin, punishment, and retribution. The Tormentor knows you have sinned and in his Prison you will make your atonement by his Rules. You will pay in pain and skin and blood and bone and tears. This is your penance. Eyeteeth is a game in which the Sinners are forced to reveal their Secrets trough trial or torture. The game features semi-random character generation, collaborative scenario design, a custom card-based resolution system, and strict narrative control. Saturday, 12:00AM - 2:00AM; Very Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

B338: [BETA TEST] "Cottage Industry" by Cardboard Edison; presented by Chris Zinsli & Suzanne Zinsli. In Cottage Industry, players are contractors in the fairytale land of Fiscalia, "a magical place to do business" where everyone whistles while they work, waits patiently in line, and shares with each other...because it's the law! The kingdom's strict regulations aim to keep you in line, but clever business owners can find ways to adhere to the letter of the law, if not its spirit. Cottage Industry is a medium-weight game incorporating resource management, storytelling, bidding, bluffing, map building and a new take on worker placement called "worker displacement". Sunday, 10:00AM - 1:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B339: [BETA TEST] "Fire at Will" by Masquerade Games; presented by Chris Kreuter. Fire At Will is an easy to learn, fast paced 2 player game. Players control opposing sides of a skirmish line and must load, aim, and fire their weapons as quickly and accurately as possible to come out the victor! Games are fast and furious, so you can play a few in a row! Come help us test a few final tweaks as we prepare this game for production! Sunday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages.

B340: [BETA TEST] "Jack and the Giant" presented by Dan Cassar. Jack and the Giant is a simple card game for two players based on the timeless fairy tale. One player is Jack, who needs to climb the beanstalk three times to retrieve the sack of coins, the singing harp, and the goose that lays the golden eggs. His opponent is the Giant, who is trying to catch him by saying "Fee, Fie, Foe, Fum!" A light game with an inventive core mechanic, it's simple to learn but challenging enough to play again and again! Sunday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, All Ages.

B341: [BETA TEST] "New Strange Worlds" by J Squared; presented by Jim McMahon. A card game with dexterity, or a dexterity game with cards? New Strange Worlds is a cooperative game where players become the rookie crew of a starship exploring new strange worlds, trying to complete a series of missions without losing their crew or their ship. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B342: [BETA TEST] "Scoop" by Gontza Games; presented by Ann Stolinsky. Your mother is the CEO of your local newspaper and you want her job. She makes you start as a Cub Reporter and work your way up the ladder. Sunday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

B343: [BETA TEST] "SecOps" by Legendsmiths; presented by Shane Harsch. The deck-building card game of contemporary information security operations. Will you succeed in defending your enterprise from an ever-evolving threat landscape? Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B344: [BETA TEST] "Steampulp: King of the Hill - CANCELED" by Left Justified LLC; presented by Jeff Tidball. Word has spread that the greatest scientific mind of the day has passed. The steampulp masterminds and arch-villains of the day assemble their forces and race to be the first to plunder his mountaintop lair for its secrets and technologies. A "take-that!" style card game of battling steampulp apparatuses. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B345: [BETA TEST] "Wheel of War" by Roll For Surprise Games; presented by John Force & Janet Force. You have just been crowned as the Monarch of one of the Kingdoms in the realm. You are pitted against the other Kingdoms with the goal to be the monarch with the most points when the draw pile is depleted. Send your spies to sneak attack and your armies to battle your neighboring Kingdoms. Weaken their defenses and damage their Spoils Counter Line to receive the Spoils of War. Ready your Gates for battle for the Wheel of War dictates which Gate can battle at any given time. Claim your victory and win the game by being the Monarch with the most points at the end of the game. Sunday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, All Ages.

B346: [BETA TEST] "The Elementalists" by Journey Games; presented by Erik Herrington. Among wizards, the most fearsome are those who bend the very forces of nature to their will. When they clash, the very planet trembles. For you, an Elementalist of legend, this is just another opportunity to prove your own mastery of the elements. Part dice game and part deck strategy, every turn you will be presented with random elements to bend and shape to your will. You will have to carefully shape both the elements and your own skills to win this battle. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B347: [BETA TEST] Rampaging Jotuun; "The Winter War Expansion" by Knighthawk Games; presented by Matthias Bonnici. Rampaging Jotunn is a competitive fast paced board game for 2 players in which each player controls an army of Vikings trying to protect their villages while trying to destroy their opponents villages, all the while the Titan rampages across the island destroying everything in sight. With the Winter War Expansion we turn the game from 2 players to 4 players, complete with new land boards that expand the unnamed island. There are new rules, new components usable either with or without the Winter War expansion. And best of all two Jotunns! Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

L348: [ALPHA TEST] "S.A.L.T." by SPQR Soft LLC; presented by Steve Radabaugh. S.A.L.T. is a proof of concept test for a new way play Live Action Role Playing games using the devices that most of us already have in our pockets. This test will have you play through a short scenario letting your phone keep track of all of the important details. Must have an iOS device with iOS7. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

L349: [BETA TEST] Monsterhearts LARP; "Sex, Horror, Teen Monsters and You!" presented by James Stuart. "Hideous, horrible things hide in the shadows. You know… because you’re one of them." Featuring sex, horror, teenage monsters, supernatural romance, desperation, isolation, anxiety, and unexpected desire. We will play out teen sex horror stories BUT this isn’t about monsters. It’s about the confusion we feel as teenagers when our body and social world suddenly change without permission or warning. Sunday, 10:00AM - 2:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

R350: [BETA TEST] "Call of Catthulhu Deluxe" by Catthulhu; presented by Joel Sparks. Be the first to give your feedback for the refined and expanded version of Call of Catthulhu, the rules-light RPG where ordinary cats must secretly defend civilization from the Chaos cults of the other animals. Playtests run during the Kickstarter campaign and playtesters will be eligible for special rewards! More at Catthulhu.com. Sunday, 10:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] R351: [FOCUS GROUP] "Head Space - Mechanics" by Green Hat Designs; presented by Mark Richardson. A Cyber Punk role playing game of shared consciousness with shared consequences. Characters are all highly competent corporate operatives able to share their elite skills with each other. By using someone else's skills, you must deal with their strong emotions associated to those skills. In this focus group, we will be discussing the mechanics dealing with a system of shared consciousness. Characters share skills and deal with each other's related emotional baggage. Focus will be on Emotions and their Stress effects. Participants familiar with Cortex+ and/or emotion themed games an asset. Sunday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R352: [BETA TEST] "TimeWatch" by Pelgrane Press; presented by Kevin Kulp. Time to save the world! TimeWatch is an upcoming GUMSHOE game of investigation and time travel. As an elite chronal agent, it's your job to fix historical sabotage, stop alternate histories and prevent reality from unraveling when things go wrong. Rules taught, characters provided! Sunday, 10:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] R353: [ALPHA TEST] "Tokyo Rain" by Blue Devil Games; presented by Justin Jacobson. Tokyo Rain is a licensed story game emulating the fiction of bestselling author Barry Eisler. "James Bond as done by Quentin Tarantino," Eisler’s Rain series follows former CIA operative turned freelance assassin, John Rain, as he struggles between finishing the job and holding on to his humanity. Tokyo Rain is a competitive, two-player, story game, using a unique dice pool system designed by Leonard Balsera and Justin Jacobson. The system uses dice as resources that are risked and captured over the course of the game, concluding with a final resolution that determines Rain's fate. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R354: [ALPHA TEST] FATE Core; "Dreamdiver" by Phoenix Outlaw Productions; presented by Josh Harrison. Dreamdiver is a Fate Core game about your imagination. You play as a Diver, running the dreamscape to save the unconscious from the predations of the Night Terrors and the tightening grip of the mega-corp, MYOCLON. The dream itself comes alive as an original character each time you play. Together with your friends, you'll explore the thoughts, wishes, and ideas of a psychic apocalypse. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

R355: [BETA TEST] The Fifth World; "The People of the Green" presented by Jason Godesky. The People of the Skylands have slowly moved back down towards the ocean. You belong to the first generation to reach the banks of the Atlantic Ocean, near the ruins of a place your ancestors called Morristown. The Fifth World is a new story game about the lives and ways of feral humans flourishing in a world after civilization, set in the places that you know. Sunday, 10:00AM - 2:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

R356: [BETA TEST] Trigger Happy; "Enter the Protagonist" by TaleSpinner Holdings; presented by Caias Ward. Enter a world of chi-powered thuggery and modern wuxia action in Enter the Protagonist, an Add-On for the Trigger Happy action and crime RPG. This session will include a scenario where we test out the new mechanics in Enter The Protagonist and how they work with the Trigger Happy RPG mechanics. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] R357: [ALPHA TEST] What Came Before; "Rogues Gallery" by Genesis of Legend Publishing; presented by Jason Pitre. This game is meant to be played during an ongoing Pathfinder/D&D or Dungeon World campaign when you don't have everyone show up for a session. The adventurers sit around a campfire and a rogue tells a story of her mentors' great deeds of larceny. You play through that flashback-adventure as an all-rogue party. All players must have experience with Pathfinder/D&D or Dungeon World. Bonus points if you have read the 2nd ed Complete Book of Thieves, or if you have OSR experience. Sunday, 10:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B358: [BETA TEST] "9 Kingdoms Miniatures Adventure Game" by 9 Kingdoms Publications; presented by Ivan Turner. 9 Kingdoms is a hex based miniatures adventure game where you take a party of Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Goblins, Orqs, or Skeletons and scour a dungeon for treasure and monsters. Sunday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B359: [BETA TEST] "Blogger" by Gontza Games; presented by Debra Webb. In this party game, players are given a headline and have to come up with a summary of the story that would go with that headline. Players are encouraged to be imaginative, silly and creative. Sunday, 11:00AM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B360: [BETA TEST] "Circus Divas" by Meltdown Games; presented by Doug Levandowski. In Circus Divas, you play one of two Depression-era circus managers touring the hick towns of the mid-West, bilking some rubes out of their hard-earned money as you go. But the circus circuit ain't big enough for two, so you and your competition have a gentleman's agreement that the first one of you to bank $100 will get the rights to the circuit once and for all. But, watch out for the tantrums your divas throw when they don't draw a big enough crowd - and choose wisely when one does. You can only console one per show... Sunday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Silly, All Ages.

B361: [BETA TEST] "Nika" by Eagle Games; presented by Joshua Raab. You command a Greek city's hoplite soldiers who must force their way through enemy lines. Your troops can push or rout those who would block their way across the narrow battlefield. Coordinate attacks with your ally to secure victory, but make sure to watch your flanks! Sunday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B362: [BETA TEST] "Phraze-it!" by Lots-o-Watts Games; presented by Todd Greenwood & Ruth Greenwood. OK...what does A.S.T. stand for? Is it "A Small Tribe," "Art Student Tonality," "Amy's Ska Twins," or some other crazy phrase? In Phraze-It! players create 3-word phrases that are as surprising and unpredictable as a MadLibs. There is the categorical thinking that you find in Scattegories. And elements of round robin judging - just like Apples to Apples. Sunday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B363: [BETA TEST] "Planet 313" by Roll For Surprise Games; presented by John Force & Janet Force. The scientists of your planet have found a bright shiny planet that looks perfect for colonization. You guessed it! They call the planet…"Planet 313". You are charged with getting all four of your colony ships from the Launchpad to Planet 313. Easy enough, but beware: Your opponents are charged with the same mission. There will not be enough room for all of us. So, stop the other guys and get there quick! Sunday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B364: [BETA TEST] "Secrets of the Lost Tomb" by Everything Epic Games; presented by Christopher Batarlis. Every 113 years a mysterious three-tailed comet appears in the sky bringing with it an ancient and mythical Tomb on an unknown island that materializes in the center of the Bermuda Triangle. You and your allies, all specialists in your various fields, travel to this Lost Tomb to investigate the unknown forces that hold back primordial powers surging within. Forbidden Artifacts, Elder Evils, and Long Forgotten Knowledge, from all known civilizations across the world, were hidden... locked in the tomb throughout time. These mysteries must be solved in order to protect the world, as we know it... It's up to You and your Team now... to Explore and Discover... the "Secrets of the Lost Tomb". Sunday, 11:00AM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

R365: [BETA TEST] "The Toy Box" by Gopher Hole Productions; presented by Angela Craft. A game of epic adventure on a small scale. Play as beloved childhood toys working to protect your child from the things that go bump in the night, on a quest to be so loved that you become real. Sunday, 11:00AM - 2:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R366: [BETA TEST] With Great Power...; "A League of Their Own" by Incarnadine Press; presented by Michael Miller. The Liberty League may have disbanded years ago, but the citizens of Omnidelphia still face deadly threats. Can a group of unlicensed superheroes band together and claim the mantle of the League, while saving the city and keeping their personal lives from falling to pieces? Sunday, 11:00AM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B367: [BETA TEST] "Cutthroat Caverns: Death Incarnate" by Smirk & Dagger Games; presented by Curt Covert. Without Teamwork, you'll Never Survive. Without Betrayal, you'll Never Win. Our game of cooperative backstabbing is back with a focus on the most horrific of encounters, The Incarnations, and a showdown with Death himself. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B368: [BETA TEST] "Edge of Space" by Black Oak Games; presented by Matthew O'Malley. An epic sci-fi game in which player interaction is not reduced to cosmic warfare. Explore star systems created on the fly; make money and influence aliens; develop the next big thing that doesn't necessarily go bang. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] B369: [BETA TEST] "FCOJ - Real-Time Financial Game" by Visible Hand Games; presented by Michael Keller. Players will compete to make the most money in real-time over three 15-minute rounds. Players are divided into two groups: Industrialists and Financiers. Industrialists make their money building factories to satisfy commodities market demand. Financiers make their money by lending money to Industrialists, funding independent businesses, and placing bets on commodities with futures contracts. All players have to watch out for market crashes which can make them go bankrupt. The Financier and Industrialist who each have the most money at the end of the game win! Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

B370: [ALPHA TEST] "Naptime Revolution" presented by Zachary Huff. A war for independence is waging in a Kindergarten classroom, and the time for action is now! The British, as traditional naptime enthusiasts, wish to force their practices of scheduled naps on the Americans. In turn, the Americans are fighting for the freedom to nap on their own terms by enforcing undesired naps on the British. The future of naptime for the classroom lies in the outcome of the battles fought today with toys, blankets and warm milk! This game is currently in Alpha, and is *mostly* playable with some of the mechanics functional; I would like to examine the mechanics in place for battle (using cards and dice) as well as the flow of turns and the overall victory conditions for the game. Sunday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B371: [BETA TEST] "Top Secret From Essen" by Stronghold Games. Stronghold Games, a leading publisher in the hobby game industry, is just back from the Spiel in Essen Germany! We have brought with us many games that we need to evaluate for possible publication in North America. Stronghold Games also has a number of prototypes from designers that are under consideration for publication. We can't tell you any of the game names now, and in fact we will ask that you do not tell anyone of the names of these games after you play them, since this needs to be kept confidential. If you would like to play a part potentially in a future publication of a game from Stronghold Games, join us for this slot! Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY. [NDA REQUIRED]

L372: [BETA TEST] System Inspired by Jeepform; "Stances" by Damocles Thread. An exploration of how much of our communication is done solely with body positioning set during the fall of the tower of Babel. Live the experiences of friends, lovers and families torn asunder by the shattering of mankind's greatest work. Tell a story without words. Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R373: [ALPHA TEST] Feng Shui; "The Golden Comeback" by Atlas Games; presented by Cam Banks. Join Atlas Games brand manager Cam Banks in a high octane workout with the current iteration of the Feng Shui RPG rules, in preparation for the game's exciting new edition. What works, what doesn't, and how does the game translate to tabletop? Character archetypes provided! Sunday, 12:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B374: [BETA TEST] "Decoys" presented by Drew Dunaj. Decoys is a game of perception and deception. Win by collecting objectives before your opponent does, or by deducing their Spy's identity, all while hiding your own Spy in plain sight. Sunday, 1:00PM - 2:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B375: [BETA TEST] "Gter Ma" by Meltdown Games; presented by Doug Levandowski. In Gter Ma, an asymmetrical tile-placement game / bluffing game, one player plays the lone monk in a monastery laying traps for a thief to protect the sacred treasures in the temple. The other player plays the thief, who tries to sneak through the clear path in the traps, past the Tibetan mastiff guarding the door, and into the temple to steal the scrolls. Sunday, 1:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B376: [BETA TEST] "Sheep!" presented by David Wallin. It's time to put your sheep out to graze! Build fields and fill them with sheep. Outsmart your opponent and maximize your score. Sheep! is an area-enclosure game with a deck-upgrade mechanic. Sunday, 1:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] B377: [BETA TEST] "Underprepared Heist Management" presented by Zachary Huff. Robbing a bank is a tall proposition for most; extensive planning is paramount to success. As luck would have it, you have discovered the perfect bank to stage a high-risk, high-reward heist. Unfortunately, several other like-minded individuals have reached the same conclusion. You have assembled a team of thirteen robbers who will blindly follow your plans as you give them. With your collective dreams of wealth and success suddenly in jeopardy, you do what any like-minded individual would do: rush in and make your plans up as you go. Sunday, 1:00PM - 2:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R378: [BETA TEST] "Companions' Tale" by Little Octopus Games; presented by Laura Simpson. After the Hero is long gone, all we have are the stories told by the Companions who knew them best - but those stories do not always agree. What was the Hero's legacy? Sunday, 1:00PM - 3:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

[FILLED] B379: [BETA TEST] "Agency" by CoM Games; presented by Stephen Wangner. In Agency, each player takes the role of the Director of an intelligence agency in a somewhat disfunctional government. The Agencies compete with each other for power, mostly by sabotaging the efforts of their sister agencies (hence the "disfunctional"). Players use the tactics of eavesdropping, blocking, planting, and destroying information to gain the upper hand against their competitors. Sunday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B380: [BETA TEST] "Auction Junktion" by Nightstalker Games; presented by Eddie Rodriguez. When storage lockers go unpaid or abandoned, the property goes up for auction to the highest bidder! Players use bidding, bluffing and other underhanded skills to win the best treasures while leaving everyone else wallowing in useless junk! Put your negotiating skills to the test as you work deals with the other players to rake in big profits! Sunday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Silly, All Ages.

B381: [BETA TEST] "Catfight: The Prom Night Catastrophe" by Slightly Offensive Games; presented by Thomas Hornemann. You and your friends are the most beautiful girls at the prom. But there can only be one prom queen. Guess you'll just have to show them up, or maybe just drag them down... A kitsch card game about beautiful people being ugly to each other to look pretty themselves. Build yourself up, and have them tear each other apart. Sunday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Silly, All Ages.

B382: [BETA TEST] "MechaMax" presented by Max Birkett. MechaMax is the world's only giant robot building and battling board game. Assemble a powerful steel behemoth from over seventy different parts and then take it into a knockdown, drag out, last-robot-standing fight! Sunday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B383: [FOCUS GROUP] "Storium" by Protagonist Labs; presented by Stephen Hood. Storium is the online storytelling game from Protagonist Labs (Will Hindmarch and Stephen Hood). Inspired by story games, card games, collaborative fiction, shared worlds, and more, it's a game where players write stories together online, assisted by a set of mechanics that foster collaboration, good storytelling, and fun. Storium is in limited alpha testing now and is actively evolving, so joining this session puts you among the very first people to see it in action. Since we will be conducting an accelerated live playtest of Storium during this session, attendees will need to bring their own WiFi-equipped laptop with an up-to-date web browser. If the hotel's WiFi does not cooperate we will instead use a projector to give you a full walk-through demo. The goal either way is to hear your feedback about the game's core concepts and mechanics, and to hear any suggestions you may have for how Storium should grow and evolve. Sunday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B384: [BETA TEST] "Tezlo" by Lots-o-Watts Games; presented by Todd Greenwood & Ruth Greenwood. Tezlo is a simple game that is easy to learn and flexible for on-the-go play. Players pick square cards from the deck, orient them to their direction, then fit them to an ever changing board to connect shape, color or both. Corners are high value locations and you can sabotage your opponents and strategize to win. Sounds easy? Well, we would love you to try it then! Sunday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

[FILLED] B385: [BETA TEST] "Timelines" by 9 Kingdoms Publications; presented by Ivan Turner. Timelines is a board building card game where you move your token through different eras of time causing and changing events as you go. With a pattern building mechanic, your traveler must stack dailies or events in an effort to open up time locks. Open up 3 locks to become the master of the timelines. Sunday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

L386: [BETA TEST] Freeform; "At What Cost" presented by Christopher Amherst. In the shadowy world of modern espionage, the questions that haunt you and your fellow agents are "Who do you trust?", "Who are you really?", "What is the truth?", and "How much is your loyalty to duty, country, and your fellow agents?" Now one of you has committed the cardinal sin in the world of covert ops: selling secrets to the enemy. How far are you willing to go to uncover the traitor? This is an American Freeform designed for mature audiences, and deals with subject matter such as the use of enhanced interrogation, pervasive surveillance, infidelity, and betrayal. Sunday, 2:00PM - 6:00PM; Very Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

R387: [BETA TEST] "Advanced Thieves & Thieves 2nd Edition" by Inside Games; presented by James Mendez Hodes. Advanced Thieves & Thieves 2nd Edition is the tabletop role playing game Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition would have been, were the only book in the game line the Complete Thief's Handbook. Enter the sprawling North African medieval megalopolis of Tanith City, where you'll play a team of bandits, con men, thugs, burglars, pickpockets, and more, combining your specialties to plan a heist, execute it, and deal with the fallout when it inevitably goes all to hell. In between heists you'll scheme and politick at your thieves' guild, dodging heat from the cops and cutthroat competitors from rival guilds while blowing your gold on booze, hookers, better lockpicks, and more durable henchmen. If you're ready to get rich or die trying, let's go to work! Sunday, 2:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

R388: [ALPHA TEST] "Relic: Main Session" by Redwind Games; presented by Joshua Meredith. Come experience an adventure in the unique fantasy world of Relic! This pen and paper RPG specializes in using simple mechanics loaded with combos waiting to be exploited, while at the same time being rich in story potential using classic fantasy images. This low-level session will use the 4 best characters of the earlier character Creation sessions as characters to play as. Any players are welcome, whether they attended a Creation Session or not. Hired by the illustrious Vigil to scout out a possible gathering point of undercreatures, our heroes will discover much more than what they bargained for within the Halls of Unrest. Sunday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

R389: [BETA TEST] Apocalypse World (Hack); "Red Letters" by Apparatus 8; presented by Clinton Marchant. In Red Letters you play a courier jet set for metal, daring deeds and delivery to the survivors floating in the atmosphere among the remains of a broken world. You're no ordinary courier. You're a troubleshooter flying on the RLS-05, a ship in a fight against chaos and the death of human knowledge. Red Letters is an Apocalypse World hack that's Seven Samurai giving a high-five to Firefly. Sunday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

R390: [BETA TEST] FATE (Hack); "Narosia: Sea of Tears" by Legendsmiths; presented by Shane Harsch. Narosia is a gritty fantasy RPG of dramatic action, divine favor, high magic, and epic narrative - powered by the HERO System. Answering a call for adventurers, you discover the village of Stonehelm has been attacked by vile Endrori. Calming the villagers, you strike out to find the source of these dark creatures. http://www.narosia.com. Sunday, 2:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

B391: [BETA TEST] "Cutthroat Caverns: Death Incarnate" by Smirk & Dagger Games; presented by Curt Covert. Without Teamwork, you'll Never Survive. Without Betrayal, you'll Never Win. Our game of cooperative backstabbing is back with a focus on the most horrific of encounters, The Incarnations, and a showdown with Death himself. In this session, Curt Covert will be focusing on running through an adventure module. Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B392: [BETA TEST] "Decoys" presented by Drew Dunaj. Decoys is a game of perception and deception. Win by collecting objectives before your opponent does, or by deducing their Spy's identity, all while hiding your own Spy in plain sight. Sunday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

B393: [BETA TEST] "Dungeon Dwellers" by S2 Adventures; presented by Scott Ostrander. Trapped rooms. Fiendish monsters. Treasure! Dungeon Dwellers is a cooperative game for up to 4 players. Adventurers with different Character types enter the dungeon, and fight three levels of monsters before facing the Boss. Each player builds a unique treasure deck containing armor, weapons, and abilities. Players need to use their Character resources wisely, to defeat the monsters, collect as much gold as they can – and survive! Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, 18 & Over ONLY.

B394: [BETA TEST] "Political Capital" by Caddywampus Games; presented by Jonathan Moormann. The card game of government inaction! Take the role of a member of the senate and lie, cheat, and steal to get votes. The member with the most political capital wins, but you may have to pull some dirty tricks to get there. Sunday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B395: [BETA TEST] "Prime Time" by Gil Hova Games; presented by Gil Hova. Prime Time is an economic strategy game set in the early Eighties, in the dawn of the Cable Era. You are running a new cable network, and you must acquire stars and programming to fill out the best prime time schedule. As the years go on, your older shows don't always keep their high ratings, so you will have to constantly turn over your lineup to keep all your viewers. The player with the most viewers at the end of five seasons wins. Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

B396: [BETA TEST] "Sheep!" presented by David Wallin. It's time to put your sheep out to graze! Build fields and fill them with sheep. Outsmart your opponent and maximize your score. Sheep! is an area-enclosure game with a deck-upgrade mechanic. This playtest session will be filmed for an episode of Michael Keller's "Gaming the Design" video series. Sunday, 3:00PM - 5:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B397: [BETA TEST] "Wheel of War" by Roll For Surprise Games; presented by John Force & Janet Force. You have just been crowned as the Monarch of one of the Kingdoms in the realm. You are pitted against the other Kingdoms with the goal to be the monarch with the most points when the draw pile is depleted. Send your spies to sneak attack and your armies to battle your neighboring Kingdoms. Weaken their defenses and damage their Spoils Counter Line to receive the Spoils of War. Ready your Gates for battle for the Wheel of War dictates which Gate can battle at any given time. Claim your victory and win the game by being the Monarch with the most points at the end of the game. Sunday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

R398: [BETA TEST] "Edgecast: Sundered Nations" by Eschaton Media; presented by Ashton Bailey. Edgecast: Sundered Nations is a neo-primitive re-imagining of cyberpunk which combines advanced technological capabilities with primitive materials powered by arcane energy. The world is known as Taesium, a fragmented planet held together by a core of magical energy called Orenda. The current year is 2083, a time of political intrigue and corporate greed as ancient dark powers lurk in the shadows. All are competing for arcane power in an era wherein technological capabilities have reached a peak. Players will play their part as a clever bureaucratic agent, powerful Channeler of Orenda, skilled fighter, or just a curious adventurer. Sunday, 3:00PM - 7:00PM; Serious, All Ages.

R399: [BETA TEST] "HYPERREALITY" by Brooklyn Indie Games; presented by Tim Rodriguez. HYPERREALITY is a satirical comedy roleplaying game about the best and worst of the new wave of reality TV. Chaos, controversy, adrenaline, sex, violence, and even death are just par for the course. It's time to win big, so put on your game face and take this chance to get anything and everything you ever wanted. Sunday, 3:00PM - 6:00PM; Silly, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R400: [BETA TEST] "Ill Counsel" presented by Keith Stetson. Ill Counsel is a story game of nobles making law in a sword-and-sorcery royal court. Players propose solutions for the issues facing the kingdom, argue points, maneuver for support, make deals, break deals, and backstab with abandon. But you can't press all of your proposals through, so which of them will you sacrifice for the greater good – or at least the lesser evil? Sunday, 3:00PM - 6:00PM; Serious, 18 & Over ONLY.

[FILLED] R401: [BETA TEST] "Split Second Hero" by Pristine Noise Games; presented by James Stuart. Build an entire comics universe in a few short hours: inspired by games like Microscope, Split Second Hero is about creating a cast of heroes, villains, and world-changing plots. Play alternates between collaboratively building character, arcs, and universe-spanning events, and then roleplaying out Issues, with fast, dramatic conflict resolution rules. Sunday, 3:00PM - 6:00PM; Fun, All Ages.

B402: [BETA TEST] "Auction Junktion" by Nightstalker Games; presented by Eddie Rodriguez. When storage lockers go unpaid or abandoned, the property goes up for auction to the highest bidder! Players use bidding, bluffing and other underhanded skills to win the best treasures while leaving everyone else wallowing in useless junk! Put your negotiating skills to the test as you work deals with the other players to rake in big profits! Sunday, 5:00PM - 7:00PM; Silly, All Ages.


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