Freeplay is in 10 days

If you haven’t heard, Freeplay is going to happen in Melbourne in about a week and half. It’s turning into a pretty significant event. Not only because of the stellar lineup of people. Not just because most major game conventions in Australia are slowly dying. But for me it’s the way the talks have been put together. Grab a bunch of people and take them out of their comfort zone. Then put an audience in front of them. What could go wrong.

Why am I mentioning this? Well I’m on a panel called “101 things I learnt in Game Design School”. The idea comes from this book, which is a personal favourite of mine (buy it, it’s really good). The way it’s working is that all the Freeplay speakers (there are about 600,000 of them) offer a thing they learnt. And then we panel about them. The last bit is a little hazy but Helen assures me that it’s under control.

Before my friends get out the pitchforks, it wasn’t my idea. I’m not a game designer. And I never went to a Game Design School. But I do run one (which might be the only reason I’m on the panel) and I hang around a lot of Design people so I’ve leached a lot of ideas though the years.

As prep I sat down to see if I could write out 101 things that I actually do know. I present them below as a way of throwing myself at the mercy of the court. If I’ve learnt anything it’s because people much smarter than I already figured it out and shared it with me. This talk is for them.

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AEAF- This place is not for you.

I’m in Sydney for the Aeaf and I have the distinct feeling that Computer Games are not their primary focus. In fact I feel quite out of place. Warren Ellis said it best

“Speaking at a convention where you don’t know anyone sucks arse”
(Well he said something like that)

Went to the award dinner last night and polar express won best-animated film. I overheard the guy next to me say.

“What do you know, the train of the dammed picked something up. They spoke here this morning right?”

And then I went back to bed.

Melbourne. insane building capital of the OZ

This image of me isn’t from Melbourne. But I was working at the time. And this trip is proving to be even more difficult to endure. And this time I’m not drinking.

AGDC in Melbourne, 2004. I’ve been in town for a week and it’s been a pretty crap week all told. Tomorrow is the big talking day. Three out of four sessions. I will own that room or go nuts. It’s a fine line. I have to get on a plane to go to Sydney on Sunday to talk at AEAF. Looks like I’m doing that one alone.

I’ll post some more when I can get my brain together.