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Subject:My Worldcon Schedule
Time:09:56 am
 On two panels, one on gaming, the other on fanfic. The first is well within my area of expertise, the other is something I can probably talk about though I tend not to write it.

Horror in Roleplaying Games

Thursday 18:00 - 19:00, 101c (Messukeskus)

Roleplaying games can be all about amosphere. Does dice rolling take away from the horrific feeling? What tips players and game masters have for making sure the players are immersed in the game? In short: how to scare the pants off your players!

Marcus Rowland, David Damerell, Terilee007 (M)


Genderswapping in Fan Fiction

Saturday 17:00 - 18:00, 206 (Messukeskus)

Genderswapping happens quite often in fan fiction and very often it can offer something new to the readers and even reveal aspects of the original work the reader would not have thought about otherwise. The panelists discuss the difficulties in genderswapping in fan fiction and why they like to read and write about genderswapped characters.

Hanne Martelius, Marcus Rowland, Arwen Grune

 

 

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whswhs
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Time:2017-07-26 06:28 pm (UTC)
Did they send you a list of panel topics and ask you which ones you felt able to talk about, and perhaps which ones you really, really liked? Or did they just assign you to topics? Or something in between like "please list your areas of expertise"? (I have an interest in this because I used to do convention programming,)
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ffutures
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Time:2017-07-27 01:30 am (UTC)
These were the only ones they offered me - at this stage I suspect that trying to make any change would be a nightmare, and it isn't going to kill me to be the "yes, but what's the point?" person on the fanfic panel.
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ffutures
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Time:2017-07-27 01:30 am (UTC)
Sorry, this was after I sent in a list of my interests which included fanfic and RPG writing.
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whswhs
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Time:2017-07-28 12:47 am (UTC)
I've run into cons that did that. In fact I remember a San Diego con that found out I was interested in gaming and a couple of other topics, and just picked panels to put me on. I asked their program head why they did it that way, instead of sending out an actual list of topics and seeing what people said they were interested me in, and she assured me that her approach was The Way It Was Done. Since I had send out lists of proposed topics for many cons by then, from the San Diego Comic-Con down to local cons with two or three hundred attendance, and had good results, I didn't find that a convincing argument, but she seemed to have her mind made up, so I let it go. But I'm surprised that a WorldCon is using such a crude hit or miss approach. Maybe that really is the established Fannish Way To Do It.
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