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Saturday, January 12 • 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Working in Games Real Talk

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Working in games is fun! I should start a game company! Freelancing is great! All of these CAN be true, but let's real-world for a moment. Taxes are a thing. Your enthusiasm can/will be turned against you. Many game companies (big and small) pull some REAL sketchy shit because you'll endure it for your "dream-job." "Following your Dream" doesn't need to mean being abused. It might also mean keeping your day job. I'd like people to leave a panel with this not disheartened, but with an arsenal of questions they should know to ask potential employers, a sense of what reasonable rates for work are, and what contract terms are red flags. (A 48-hour-long panel.)

Moderators
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Wes Schneider

Pathfinder RPG Co-Creator, Writer, Editor
Co-creator of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, F. Wesley Schneider writes and edits for numerous tabletop and video games. Aside from having passionate opinions about horror, world-building, and storytelling, he's spoken at length on inclusivity and LGBTQ topics in gaming. You can... Read More →

Speakers
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Shana T Bryant

Senior Producer, Private Division (Take-Two Interactive)
Producer and 16-year industry veteran, Shana T Bryant has had a hand in crafting some of your favorite videogames (and may have even canceled a few!). Shana is a published author, avid comic artist, prolific speaker, and all-around inclusive design geek, expounding ideas with a spoonful... Read More →
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Crystal Frasier

Developer, Paizo Publishing
Crystal Frasier is a writer, game developer, and graphic designer with eighteen years’ experience, best known for her work on the Pathfinder line of roleplaying games and adventures. She strives to make games worlds where everyone can see themselves reflected. She is a survivor... Read More →
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Kiva Maginn

Lead Designer, Harebrained Schemes
Kiva is the Lead Designer for BattleTech at Harebrained Schemes, where she's making giant robots fight and making their pilots kiss. She's been in the video game industry for 15 years, doing game system design and battling her impostor syndrome. She's worked on large-scale MMOs and... Read More →


Saturday January 12, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Vancouver Room

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