Gen Con 2014 Schedule!

It’s been a busy week getting ready for Gen Con – I hope I’ll see some of you there! If you’re going, here’s a few places you can find me.



Kenneth Hite, Ray Winninger and I will be providing our best GMing tips.


4 PM, Room 210: PLAYING GOD

The role of the divine is an interesting part of world design. How do you make faith matter in a setting? How do you involve deities without making mortals feel irrelevant? I’ll be discussing these topics and more with Greg Stafford and Steve Kenson!



Horror campaigns can be tricky to pull off in RPGs. How do you overcome player knowledge? How to you address the fact that people playing a horror RPG are expecting the unnatural? I’ll be exploring the subject with Kenneth Hite, Shane Hensley, and Andrew Hackard.

5 PM – 7 PM, Hyatt Lobby: GEN CON MEETUP!

One of my favorite things about Gen Con is getting a chance to catch up with old friends and meet new people. I’ll be hanging out in the Hyatt Lobby for two hours, and happy to talk about Gloom, Eberron, or any of the projects I’m working on now!


If you’re not going to make it to Gen Con, I’m also going to be at PAX Prime, Rose City Comic Con, and Geek Girl Con. If you are going to be at Gen Con and plan to attend one of more of these events, leave a note below… especially if you have a topic you’d like to see covered at one of the panels!

GenCon 2013: My Schedule

If you’re going to Gen Con 2013 and wondering “But where can I see the legendary Keith Baker,” I have the all the answers you need.

If you’d just like a chance to hang out with me, your best bet will be at the Informal Hangout I’m hosting in the Hyatt Lobby from 5-7 PM Friday the 16th. This is a chance to talk about Eberron, Gloom, or Doom, and your best opportunity to hear about my new project, Phoenix. Depending on interest, I may hang out longer – but I’ll certainly be there from 5-7 PM. Please spread the word – this is certainly the best chance to talk!

Beyond that, I’m appearing in the following places and panels:

THURSDAY 4 PM – 5 PM: Putting More History In Your Story. Both RPGs and fiction draw heavily on historical cultures and narratives, even for a new setting. Our Industry Insider Guests of Honor will talk about how to use primary sources to enrich your play. With me, Jessica Banks, Kenneth Hite, and Lewis Pulsipher.

THURSDAY 6 PM – 7 PM: RPG Design and Development. Our Industry guests talk all about the process from theory, to concept, to design, to publication. With me, Timothy Kask, Jared Sorensen, and Darren Watts.

FRIDAY 10 AM – 12 PM: TableTop Gloom – Play with Keith! This will be at the TableTop area in Gaming Hall E. Four unfortunate people will get to play a round of Gloom with me! Afterwards I’ll be hanging out at the TableTop booth until noon to discuss all things Gloomy.

FRIDAY 12 PM – 1 PM: More Drama, More Comedy – Theatre Lessons for RPGs. Steal a few tips from the Actor’s Studio: entrances, exits, and improv tools, among others. Our panel of luminaries walks you through the basics & the advanced techniques to make your RPG night shine! With me, Wolfgang Baur, Matt James, and Lizzie Stark.

FRIDAY 2 PM – 5 PM: The Doom That Came To Atlantic City. I’ll be spending the afternoon over at the Cryptozoic Entertainment booth, running demos of Doom and talking about the game.

FRIDAY 5 PM – 7 PM: Hang Out at the Hyatt! I’ll be cooling my heels in the lobby of the Hyatt for a few hours, and look forward to talking about anything with whoever comes by. If you want to hear more about Phoenix and what I’m doing next, this is the place!

SATURDAY 10 AM – 11 AM: Cooperative Worldbuilding. How do we create a world from scratch? This panel looks behind the scenes with the creative forces and process behind worldbuilding. With me, Jennifer Clarke Wilkes, Kenneth Hite, and Darren Watts.

SATURDAY 12 PM – 2 PM: Emerald Spire All-Stars. Join a jaw-dropping panel of the game design superstars behind the Emerald Spire Superdungeon, a cornerstone of Pathfinder Onlineā€™s $1.4 million Kickstarter campaign earlier this year. Panelists will discuss their original dungeon levels and share dungeon-themed anecdotes from their career in gaming, followed by a Q&A and signing. Panelists: Ed Greenwood, Frank Mentzer, Richard Baker, Wolfgang Baur, Mike Stackpole, Jordan Weisman, Chris Pramas, Lisa Stevens, Erik Mona, F. Wesley Schneider, James Jacobs, Jason Bulmahn, and Sean K Reynolds!

SUNDAY 10 AM – 11 AM: Fear of the Unknown. Unlike most horror protagonists, roleplayers KNOW that they are in a horror story and are often well versed in the lore of the setting. As a designer or GM, how can you bring suspense to the table? With me, Kenneth Hite, and Jared Sorensen.

I think that’s it! I hope to see you there!