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rsnail
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Hello,

I am looking for a list of conferences.

Thank-you

Dralius
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What Kind?

Did you have anything specific in mind?

For Game designers: www.protospiel.org

For Game Publishers: http://www.gama.org/shows-and-events/gts

Is this the sort of thing you’re looking for?

jeffmeckley
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Protospiel

What is the atmosphere like at Protospiel as far as new guys? Something like this would seem intimidating to newcomers but incredibly productive and resourceful. I for one am looking to connect with a group who develops and tests new games and this seems to be the right thing. I'm a no name so I don't want to feel like a wedding crasher. Any ideas?

JM

Dralius
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Yes you can

You certainly can become part of the community. I attended for my first time 5 years ago and now I run the event.

There are many published and unpublished designers that attend regularly with 2 or 3 first timers every year. The atmosphere is casual and people are sincere in their desire to help each other with design and development.

The only problem I have seen with new designers is when they shows up with a game and expects everyone to tell them how great it is. What really goes on at Protospiel is you get a group to play your game and they tell you everything they think is wrong with it and propose solutions for you to consider. Praise won’t improve your game but constructive criticism will. Designers that can’t handle this part of the refinement process are doomed to failure. I always like to say “Don’t tell me my game sucks; tell me why my game sucks!”

This isn’t to say that the games you test are bad, quite the opposite on average. I’ve seen some great designs that just need work to make them marketable. In fact many games now on the market were tested at Protospiel.

gameprinter
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No comprehensive list

The new DeLano site will have a big (but far from comprehensive) list under the "Recommended Reading" link in the First Time Game Designer area. We're throwing the switch today, but given the vagaries of name server changes it probably won't be visible until Tuesday November 25th, 2008 sometime.

I tried to comment on most of the links and I included some links to "omnibus" lists. The problem is that the bigger the list, the more chaff is in it. For instance, most mass market companies do not care to attend DragonCon or most of the hobby market shows. If you have a game that focuses on couples, you might also want to attend Bridal shows, but you wouldn't want those shows on a normal "game" list.

In any case, the link to our list is http://www.delanoservice.com/game_links.asp. Like I said, it probably won't work until sometime on Tuesday though since we're migrating servers. :)

(Edited to show new link location)

jeffmeckley
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Good Reading

Dralius
Thanks for the info. I have been consuming all the info on the Protospiel site, excellent reading. I am right at that point where I want to "jump" in, just trying to find the right body of water.

Gameprinter
The Delano site is an awesome resource. I will definitely put this in my bookmarks. Thanks.

JM

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