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Saturday, March 24 • 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Apotheosis: The Epic Quest

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Everyone who has ever cracked a roleplaying book has seen themselves in the role of a hero of a grand epic, a world – shattering, high – stakes game of dice with destiny, to wage epic wars of conquest, to slay rampaging monsters of legend, to win fortunes and lose them again, and to combat evil on an epic scale where the entire world is at stake. This is because most of us have been fed a steady diet of One – Person – Against – The – World Epics, and we carry these expectations with us when we step into the shoes of our Player Characters, whether we admit to it or not. As the Game Master, it is the very core of our chosen role in the roleplaying troupe to provide this adventure. But there is a huge obstacle to the Game Master's ability to plan out and execute a coherent plot: The other members of the troupe, whose Player Characters represent uncontrollable elements of chaos whose actions are constantly changing the world around them in unexpected ways, and who see it as nothing less than their divine right to go anywhere they want and do anything they want. Executing a coherent plot with these creatures of chaos running around intent on disrupting your carefully laid plans has been compared to the problem of herding cats, but believe it or not, it can be done. To learn some of the better ways of persuading the PCs to stop burning down villages at random and take up arms against the world – ending horror you have planned for them to defeat, come to this panel, and let the experienced plot – weaver Jim Deeley show you some of his favorite tricks for convincing PCs to become the Heroes they are meant to be, as well as how to write an Epic Plot worthy of the PCs involvement, to write in everyone's PCs throughout the narrative arc, how to work epic twists and turns into the plot that no one will see coming, and how to set up the Epic Finale that leaves everyone walking away feeling like they saved the world! Come, and learn how to write the next great epic – starring none other than your Player's Characters. (Author's Note: Writing the plots of great stories is key to the Game Master's craft, but it is also at the heart of the work of every other creative medium involving the art and craft of storytelling. Authors, playwrights, webcomic writers, screenwriters, and many other creative types can benefit from the insights of this panel, and we welcome you to come and participate!)

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Jim Deeley

Founder & Lead Writer, Apotheosis Games & Publishing
Veteran Game Master Jim Deeley is the founder and lead writer at Apotheosis Games & Publishing. A passionate fan of fantasy, science fiction, and history since his early boyhood days of playing amongst dusty, crumbly castle ruins all across England, Jim has developed and presented... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Panel Room 2 Salon M

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