Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sandboxes and Seminars

During our 2009 GM’s Jam Seminar at this year’s Gen Con, Michael (Chgowiz), along with perhaps one or two of our other panelists, used the term “sandbox” or “sandbox gaming”. After the panel, I had two separate attendees (including one in my own expanded gaming circle) express an interest in learning more about sandbox gaming, having near heard the term before.

Obviously, guys like Chgowiz, Rob Conley, and others have written loads on the topic, but I’m also thinking that it might be a good seminar topic for next year’s Gen Con. I think it’s a fun, often misunderstood concept of play that could do with a bit of fresh air.

What other Gen Con seminars would you like to see? For attendees, what were your favorite seminars?

6 comments:

PatrickWR said...

Hey Zach—as the GM of a fantasy sandbox and a big proponent of location-based gaming, I would love the chance to sit on that panel with you.

Zachary The First said...

Sounds great, Patrick! Remind me when I start to look at seminars for next year! I'm sure we'd love to have you!

Rob Conley said...

I wouldn't mind being on that panel. I think it is a great idea.

Zachary The First said...

@Rob: You have no idea how happy I am to have you say that, Rob. Does this mean you may be attending GC Indy next year?

I was also thinking it would be cool to have a recorded tuitorial or seminar online for folks interesting in sandbox play to listen to...

Rob Conley said...

Seriously considering it. Tim of Gothridge Manor and I were talking about it and your liveblog was to blame for sparking our interests ;) It just looks like a fun place to be.

I will know better by the winter when Kelly Anne, my wife, has some dates on her gardening events. Likely it will just be late Friday and all-day Saturday.

Zachary The First said...

It is a tremendous experience, and it would be a lot of fun to see you guys there.

If you don't end up going with Goodman or somesuch, drop me a line when you know better--I may be able to help with badge and lodging arrangements.