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Four Pathfinder Members Among Gen Con’s Industry Insider Panels [Gen Con 2016]

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Paizo is happy to announce that four of their esteemed Pathfinder writers will be taking part in the series of Gen Con Industry Insider panels this year during The Best Four Days in Gaming. The members of the Industry Insider panels will be offering an inside look at the gaming industry and providing their experience, expertise, and adventures with you from where they started to where they are at this very moment. Direct from Paizo, here are the chosen members and their panel details:

F. Wesley Schneider is Paizo’s editor-in-chief and Pathfinder co-creator. Schneider is the author of dozens of Pathfinder game books, novels, and comics, and formerly served on the editorial staff of Dragon Magazine. A noted expert on horror, world-building, and storytelling, Schneider has also spoken at length on inclusivity and GLBTQ topics in gaming.

Wes’s Industry Insider panels include:

Worldbuilding (11 a.m. Thursday, Room 240; SEM1610024)
The Freelancer’s 10 Commandments (10 a.m. Friday, Room 240; SEM16100235)
Storytelling & Self Censorship (5 p.m. Friday, Room 201; SEM16100234)
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 game worlds where everyone can see themselves reflected. She is a survivor of both the Art Institute of Seattle and New College of Florida, and pulls heavy inspiration for her work from European, Central American, and African history as well as the works of L. Frank Baum and Lewis Carroll.

Crystal’s Industry Insider panels include:

Inclusive Gaming: How to Host & Create a Safe & Welcoming Space for All  (1 p.m. Friday, Room 241; SEM16100219)
Writing Trans Characters for Games & Fiction (12 p.m. Saturday, Room 241; SEM16100242)
Designing Better Adventures (5 p.m., Room 212; SEM1699494)
Gaming Needs You! (11 a.m. Sunday, Room 240; SEM16100213)
Amanda Hamon Kunz is a Pathfinder RPG staff developer and freelance contributor at Paizo, Inc. She is also an award-winning freelance game designer, developer, and editor whose work has been featured by third-party publishers such as Hammerdog Games, Kobold Press, Legendary Games, and Mechanical Muse, including Kobold Press’ ENnie-winning Deep Magic, for which she served as lead developer and editor.

Amanda’s Industry Insider panels include:

Worldbuilding (11 a.m. Thursday, Room 240; SEM1610024)
Inclusive Gaming: How to Host & Create a Safe & Welcoming Space for All  (1 p.m. Friday, Room 241; SEM16100219)
Gaming Needs You! (11 a.m. Sunday, Room 240; SEM16100213)
Jessica Price Jessica Price has worked in video games, alternate reality games/transmedia entertainment, and tabletop roleplaying games as a writer, editor, game designer and producer on everything from MMOs to Xbox titles to games involving a lot of dice. After helping create the Kinect launch portfolio as a writer/editor at Microsoft Studios, she moved to Paizo Publishing, where she is the project manager for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. In addition to keeping Paizo’s production processes running smoothly, she has been the lead developer on major Pathfinder releases such as the Strategy Guide, Inner Sea Gods, and Inner Sea Races, and an author for the Pathfinder Campaign Setting line.

Jessica’s Industry Insider panels include:     

Starting Out: Getting Into the Games Industry (11 a.m. Thursday, Room 241; SEM16100232)
It’s a Jungle Out There: Safety for Gamers (1 p.m. Thursday, Room 240; SEM16100220)
Beyond 101: Evolving Discussions of Women in Games (5 p.m. Thursday, Room 240; SEM16100195)
5 Ways of Finding Your Spark (2 p.m. Friday, Room 240; SEM16100170)
If you’ve ever wanted to get a closer scoop into what it’s like to be a part of the business, then there’s no better way to do so than attending the Insider panels! Being seminars, they won’t cost you a thing and you can still grab some tickets on the Gen Con events page. Make sure you don’t skip out on these panels, especially if you see yourself in the industry one day!

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