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Friday Seminars for Texicon 2012
(M) Presenter: Karl Pajak
Day:
Friday 11:00pm - Noon
Location: Miniatures Magnate Table
Seminar Type: Teaching - Terrain Making out of Foam
Seminar Name: Foam, our Wonderful Friend
Number of registrants: 1 to15 plus 2-6 Standing room.
Description:
In this seminar, Vice President Karl Pajak explores new techniques for cutting and using foam for
terrain making.  Come and learn about the fabulous new tools available to miniaturists.  Some of these
producers may be so cutting edge ;) that a lot of people may not know about these wonderful producers of
foam working tools.  Karl will be demonstrating and using tools from
FoamWerks.
Saturday Seminars for Texicon 2012
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"Where the West Begins"
2012
(RP) Presenter: Rollin Kearley
Day:
Friday 1:10pm - 1:50pm
Location: Seminar Table
Seminar Type: Teaching
Seminar Name: RPG 101: How to be a Good Player
Number of registrants: 1 to15 plus 2-6 Standing room.
Description:
In this seminar, RPG Magnate Rollin Kearley will talk about how to be a player that any GM would love to have in his game. This includes
not only pre-game preparation, but in game play--including player conduct. Attendees will discuss what materials besides books and a character
sheet that players might need.  They will also learn some techniques and tools to preparing to play their roles as well, including staying in
character and when it is appropriate to speak out of character as well. Attendees will also discuss the when, why and how to questioning a GMs
ruling or decision.
(MN) Presenter: Premier GM Brian Guarnieri
Day:
Friday 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Seminar Table
Seminar Type: Teaching
Seminar Name: Terrain on the cheap: Gamer to Hobo in 20seconds
Number of registrants: 1 to15 plus 2-6 Standing room.
Description:
Tired of running games and that fat little kid with chubby digits gets angry taking it out you nice expensive piece of scenery. Tired of
your mates spilling beer on your buildings ruining them, don’t fret! I’ll show you how to take bits, modeling putty and some imagination and turn
trash into terrain. You’ll learn skills like, “Hey don’t throw that away I could use that in my Sci-Fi set”. Or “oh looky there that would make a great
Dalek console of doom, all I need is some twine and plasticard”. My entire set of terrain I’m using for Doctor Who I only spent money on paint and
glue. I’ll teach you what I know about making scenery on the cheap and how to keep it cheap. I’ll show you how to turn a derelict sand pile on the
side of the road into post-apocalyptic gold. (Possible tips from Jamie Mathews who is the master and sensei of attractive terrain on the cheap.)
(RP) Presenter: Daniel Burrow & Staff of Cracked Monocle
Day:
Friday 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Seminar Table
Seminar Type: Q&A
Seminar Name: RPG Design Fundamentals
Number of registrants: 1 to15 plus 2-6 Standing room.
Description:
Daniel Burrow, lead designer for Tephra: the Steampunk RPG, will be answering any questions on how to design a pen-and-paper RPG,
ranting about topics that infuriate him and his staff about the RPG industry, and generally trying to make everyone more knowledgeable about the
way RPGs should and can be designed. Questions will be encouraged, and advice will be given.
(RP) Presenter: Special Guest, Bill Underwood
Day:
Friday 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Seminar Table
Seminar Type: Lecture + Discussion
Seminar Name: C.A.R.P. Computer Aided Role Play?
Number of registrants: 1 to15 plus 2-6 Standing room.
Description:
In this seminar author Bill Underwood discusses the evolution of computer aided role play gaming, from a DM and game designer's
perspective. Bill worked on a program called "ERNie" (the Electronic Referee's Notebook) from about 1983 until sometime in the mid 1990's
(starting the coding on an ATARI 800!).

Computers can be both a blessing and a curse to traditional paper-and-pencil rold-play games. While there are great powers available to the
gamers when technology is brought to the gaming table, there are some surprising risks as well. Perhaps the biggest risk is that of turning a fun
game of "D&D" with your friends into something more like a video game.

There will be a discussion of what tools contribute to the "fun" of traditional role-play games and what tools tend to distract instead from the
experience.
(RP) Presenter: Attendee of note, Paul Cardwell of CAR-PGa.
Day: Saturday 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Seminar Table
Seminar Type: Character Creation
Seminar Name: Developing More Realistic Characters
Number of registrants: 1 to15 plus 2-6 Standing room.
Description:
Player Characters and NPCs alike, too many RPG characters are cookie-cutter stereotypes with only minor differences. This seminar will
investigate ways to avoid stereotypes so that GMs and Players can produce real personalities.  We will begin the discussion by looking at the
character prior to the character sheet. The most vital place to begin because it sets the stage for everything else.  We will also examine humans
and non-humans in depth.  All too often, players and GMs just say "He is on a horse," but this reduces the flavor of characters.  Why only horses?  
Thus, we will also delve into how mounts and familiars bring a character to life.  Our endeavors to bring realism the character will involve looking
at everything.  The structure of the character's family is important.  Is it a clan structure?  Does the character have loose familial associations.  Is
he an orphan, thus holding his friends to be his family.  How does this affect the way he treats people who threaten his family or friends? What
style of clothing does the character wear.  Does he have favorite colors or patterns?  Everyone wants the strongest armor, sure nobody wants his
character to get hurt.  However, if we make the type of armor a character favors match his outlook on life, then he may never wear the strongest
armor.  Survival needs to be considered.  How to make fire, to how carry gear or infants.  "I personally had a character that always had a baby with
him and he grew up as we adventured.  That was a challenge, but fun.  Can you say adventurer day care?  What is that like?" ~ Kevin Pajak  To a
significant degree, the success of Lewis and Clark was partly due to York's "magical" black skin, and a woman and baby being in the party.

How does the character's society dispose of its dead.?  All this can be combined in an anthropologically realistic manner with a minimum of
research.

Come discover how to make your characters come to life.  Aren't you tired of Gurg the barbarian and his same ole war axe?  The original barbarians
(Scythians) used short bow, javelin, sword, and rarely a mace or war pick - and had only face and hands exposed.  Have you wondered why your
group ends up chatting more than role-playing?  The answer could very well be that you don't have real characters.  Now you can.
(MN) Presenter: Patrick Keith
Day: Saturday Noon - 1:00pm & 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Demonstration will occur in the miniatures room next to Lyn Stahl.
Seminar Type: Sculpting demo
Seminar Name: Sculpting by Patrick
Number of registrants: 1 to15 plus 2-6 Standing room.
Description:
One of the famous sculptors who works with Reaper Miniatures will be giving two sculpting demonstrations.  Come for one or both and
learn the various techniques, tips, and tricks to sculpting great miniatures.  He will be here along with one of his fellow compatriots, Michael
Brower.  Texicon is excited about having both of these fabulous and talented individuals.  Don't miss your chance to learn from one or both of
these sculpting greats.
2012 Special Guest:
Bill Underwood
(MN) Presenter: Michael Brower
Day: Saturday 1:00pm - 2:00pm & 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Demonstration will occur in the miniatures room next to Lyn Stahl.
Seminar Type: Sculpting demo
Seminar Name: Sculpting by Michael
Number of registrants: 1 to15 plus 2-6 Standing room.
Description:
One of the famous sculptors who works with Reaper Miniatures will be giving two sculpting demonstrations.  Come for one or both and
learn the various techniques, tips, and tricks to sculpting great miniatures.  He will be here along with one of his fellow compatriots, Patrick Keith.  
Texicon is excited about having both of these fabulous and talented individuals.  Don't miss your chance to learn from one or both of these
sculpting greats.
(MN) Presenter: Role-Play Magnate, Rollin Kearley
Day: Saturday 3:10pm - 3:50pm
Location: Seminar Table
Seminar Type: Teaching
Seminar Name: GM 101: How to be a good Game Master
Number of registrants: 1 to15 plus 2-6 Standing room.
Description:
Attendees will learn about and discuss the ways in which a GM can provide a memorable and enjoyable gaming experience for their
players with RPG Magnate Rollin Kearley.  Discussions about preparation techniques and styles, game styles and player interaction will be
discussed, as well as how to be a good adjudicator of the rules without bogging down the game. Their will also be some tips on scenario pacing,
setting the mood, genre consistency and good NPC development.
(RP) Presenter:  Stan Shin, (Board Game Magnate) Tiffany Franzoni, Mike Badolato, and Kevin Pajak
Day: Saturday 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Seminar Table
Seminar Type: Teaching
Seminar Name: Finding and Building Awesome RPG Groups
Number of registrants: 1 to15 plus 2-6 Standing room.
Description:
Want to play role-playing games but you’re having trouble finding players or a gamemaster? Want to build a long-running RPG club? This seminar will give you
practical, easy tools to expand your gaming experience both as a gamemaster and as a player.

Topics include:
Advertising Games — Finding existing game groups. How to effectively advertise your game group for free. Writing an eye-catching game group description. Running public
games to recruit players. Running events at game stores. Running a powerful convention game to meet players. Writing a compelling con game description.

Running Great RPG Games — Best places for game groups to meet. Effectively managing a game schedule. Software tools for scheduling. Becoming a great GM.
Winning tips for new gamemasters. Handling problem players. Creating game group chemistry by understanding player psychology. Understanding the five types of
roleplayers. How rules system and genre choices affect gaining new members.

Managing an Ongoing Game Club — Tools to support a gaming group. Choosing an ideal game group size.  Structuring game sessions to support rotating and
absent players. How using rotating GMs and GM awards can extend your campaign by years.

Tiffany's subjects will cover concepts such as:
Working with a location.
1. The advantages and disadvantages for gaming in homes, libraries, public places, and game stores.
2. Games stores: setting them up (Feng shui), setting expectation and limits upfront can establish a great relationship between store and gaming group.  Offer
assistance with mentoring programs. It's time to get new folks into the hobby.  Get involved with other venues (short run RPG tournaments, casual gaming in
between). Think of it like community service points.
3. Getting what you need from game stores: Stores want to know what's in it for them.  In addition to communicating what systems to have the store stock, tell the
stores what gaming supplies, accessories, paper pads, drinks and snacks you want/need, that way you'll buy it.   If you're buying the books online, cause it's
cheaper, no problem, stores can benefit in other areas and can offer other things to make the gaming experience awesome!  
4. The Role of Gaming groups as promoters of their local Brick-and-Mortar Store.  Talk up the store with other groups, friends, family, etc and the store will bend
over backwards for you.
5.  Gaming Groups need to work with their store: Plan events ahead of time.  Joint ownership of the store.  Think of it as your home base.

Stan Shin (www,dfwroleplayers.com) a long time veteran of gaming will be the moderator for this seminar.   Joining him will be Tiffany Franzoni (http://www.roll2play.
com) of Roll2Play fame, Mike Badolato (NTRPG Con) one of the two organizers of North Texas Role-Play Con, and Kevin Pajak (Texicon) in an hour extravaganza.


There will be a question and answer period after the panel concludes.