ILLOGICON 2017 schedule

Illogicon is a community based convention dedicated to Science Fiction & Fantasy in all media — books, TV, movies, animation, comics, the visual arts, pod casts, video games and more.

I’m appearing on the What is a “Real Game”? panel 8pm Friday with Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy writer Richard Dansky, convention guest of honor, author and video game writer Dave Ellis, game designer John Lapoint, and Justin Achilli, who developed Vampire: The Masquerade and the VR game Werewolves Within.

We’ll discuss what makes a video or digital based game a game, and how people who spend four or five hours a day playing Candy Crush may have more in common with die-hard Halo players than they think. (Or, at least, that’s what the official schedule tells me.)

Why the hell am I on this illustrious panel of game writers and developers? Well, I’ve known Richard Dansky for several years but up until now haven’t had the chance to be on a panel with him, so I seized the opportunity. Plus, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to have a woman on the panel who defies the stereotype of the middle-aged female gamer who only plays Farmville.

From 10am to noon Sunday, I’ll be offering jewelry making lessons during the Geek Arts and Crafts workshop.

~ J.L. Hilton

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