Writing For Games: Creating Your Own Scenario

Would you like to learn about how to write (computer) game scenarios?  Check out this meeting of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) – Puget Sound.  Some of the information may be transferable to tabletop.

Writing For Games: Creating Your Own Scenario

Date: October 18

Game scenario writing is more than a game; it can also be a great career. The next STC Puget Sound meeting will help turn your interest in gaming into a career writing game scenarios. Local game scenario writers Mark Schuldt, John Sutherland and Hal Milton will explain how to create narratives, game mechanics and scenarios. They will also discuss how to make the mental switch from technical writing to game writing and the state of the video game industry.
To register, http://stcoct2011.eventbrite.com/


Game Convention Blurbs

On his blog, Ryan Macklin — game writer, podcaster, and producer — has some very good thoughts about how to write a good game “blurb”  for advertising at a convention and, I would add, for weekly games too.

I’m not going to repeat his ideas here, I’d rather you read it from him, but I also want to point quickly to some thoughts I jotted down here some time ago on running a con game, including writing game blurbs.

Having recently prepared the convention for Dragonflight for the fourth year in a row, I can tell you that most GMs don’t put enough effort into their game pitch.  It’s often unclear, too long and verbose, or merely grabbed from an online review (like those from RPG Geek and Board Game Geek).  When you scroll through the list of games, it doesn’t make your eye and brain stop on the description.

Despite what Ryan describes, I get most of my convention players from people who liked the game description (and friends, of course.)  I always make sure my game blurb doesn’t look like “second verse, same as the first!”

Emerald City Gamefest is here

This year’s Emerald City Gamefest, Seattle’s foremost free, family, fun gaming event will be held on July 2nd from 10:00 am – 6:30 pm in the undercroft of the Church of the Redeemer, 6211 Northeast 182nd Street in Kenmore.  This year we are pleased to announce that we will be offering our gamer garage sale at the same time, so if you are looking to sell games you don’t want, or give a good home to someone else’s unwanted games, come on by and check it out!

As always, we are looking for people to run games at our event.  If you want to run a board, card, or roleplaying game at the gamefest, see the information on game registration

SmiteFest 3: The Hallowing!

The greatest game event ever held in a Seattle-area Episcopal church returns! On Saturday, October 17th Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Kenmore is proud (we will assume) to host SmiteFest 3: The Hallowing, an all-ages evening of videogames, movies, pizza and awesome.

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East End RPG Meetup group

Meetup Reminder
The Eastside RPG Meetup Group
Your group has a Meetup tomorrow!
You still need to RSVP.

Gamers gathering

Saturday, July 18, 2009 12:00 PM


Wizards Toy Box Game Club
16213 NE 18th St. Belleuve
Bellevue WA 98008

For more information, to subscribe, or to RSVP, go to the East End RPG Meetup group website.

Dragonflight coming to you in August!

Have you seen the new ads for Dragonflight on Metro Seattle buses? I think they look pretty darn cool. They’re reminding you that the oldest game convention in the Northwest — celebrating its 30th edition this year! — is coming in just four weeks. You can pre-register for $40 for the entire weekend until July 31; it will be $50 at the door. Day passes and children discounts available.

It’s the Gamer’s Garage Sale!

Games Galore!

On July 4th, the Emerald City Gamefest will hold a Gamers Garage Sale at theYardsale3Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Kenmore. Role playing games, board games, card games, all will be on sale from 10AM to 5PM! The proceeds from this sale will go to pay for this year’s Emerald City Gamefest in November!

Open Gaming!

Try before you buy! Or bring a game and your friends and play a game or two! We’ll have table space set aside so that you and your friends can stop on by and play a couple of games on the 4th of July!

Participate in the Sale!

There are three ways that you can participate in the yard sale

  • Stop by and browse!
  • Bring your games by and we will sell them for you! *
  • Donate your unloved and unwanted gaming items to the Gamefest!

*Just bring whatever you want to sell by or contact us to pick it up.  List the price you are willing to accept for the item and we will sell it for you and split the profits, 50/50.  Any unsold items will be returned to you.

When: July 4th, 2009
Where: Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
6211 NE 182nd Street
Kenmore, WA, 98028
Phone: (425) 486-3777
Time: 10am – 5pm
Email: yardsale@emeraldcitygamefest.org

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