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Thursday, July 18
 

10:00am

Unreal Gaming
A panel of leading game developers discuss the ins and outs of designing and building impactful and exciting games on the remarkable Unreal Engine. Join them for this deep-dive. Moderated by Sinclair Fleming.

Thursday July 18, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

11:45am

[CANCELLED] Building a Legend Inside and Out
CANCELLED: Mon, Jul 08, 08:40PM
We regret to announce that this program has been cancelled.

Thursday July 18, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Room 6BCF

12:00pm

Hearthstone's Next Expansion
Hearthstone game developer Dave Kosak and voice actors Terrence Stone (Sir Finley), Amy Walker (Elise Starseeker), and Carlos Larkin (Brann Bronzebeard) share stories about the iconic characters starring in Saviors of Uldum, the upcoming expansion for Blizzard Entertainment's blockbuster digital card game Hearthstone. The panelists will reflect on how they brought their characters to life—from their first audition to the process of finding their true voices—and even share a sneak peek at some of the cards coming in the expansion. Panel and Q&A session moderated by Blizzard's senior casting and voice director Andrea Toyias.

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 5AB

1:00pm

State of the Tabletop Industry
Tony Serebriany, Justin Gary, Scott Gaeta, Elisa Teague, and Satine Phoenix, working in different roles in publishing, design, and media in the tabletop industry discuss growing trends, the changing market landscape, and how Kickstarter, Twitch, and social media are changing the shape of the industry.

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

1:30pm

Marvel Games Panel
Get an inside look at the latest and greatest from Marvel Games. Attendees will see exciting new content from Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, Marvel's Iron Man VR, and Marvel's Avengers, with many unannounced surprises and panel exclusives. Moderator Greg Miller (loudmouth at KindaFunny.com) will be joined by Bill Rosemann (VP and creative director, Marvel Games) and other panelists from titles throughout the Marvel Games family.

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Hall H

2:00pm

Gnomes, Gunslingers, and Gelatinous Cubes: A Super-Fun Guide to Dungeons & Dragons and Tabletop RPGs
Welcome to a new edition of this popular panel series on everything to do with the wonderful world of Dungeons & Dragons and Tabletop RPGs. Both new and veteran players will be right at home as the panelists provide tips on roleplaying great characters, finding the right game for your playstyle, and making sure players and GMs are working together to create a fun gameplay experience. Plus, tips on the coolest RPGs to check out! Moderated by Jeff Burns (Super Geeked Up, Super Knocked Up) and featuring Omar Najam (co-host on El Rey Nation, Thank You For Questing!), Malika Lim Eubank (CEO of Hyper Rabbit Power Go), Stacy Dellorfano (founder of The ConTessa Foundation), Chris Czerniak (organizer of The San Diego Roleplaying Association, co-organizer of RPG's at Kingdom-Con), and Trip Hope (actor/producer – The League of S.T.E.A.M., The Human Race). And don't miss the opportunity to play RPGs with the panelists! They'll be running a gameplay session immediately after the panel in Pacific Ballroom 21 of the Marriott Marquis and another session on Saturday night at 8:00 in the same room. Join the adventure!

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

2:00pm

Other People's (Intellectual) Property
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 10, 11:17PM
Pop culture is virtually built upon the foundation of intellectual properties, and geek fandom loves to delve deep into the lore of beloved fictional worlds. So how do companies get the chance to create products with other people's IPs, and what does it take to make sure a product is going to please die-hard fans? Jerry Bennington and Spencer Reeve of IDW Publishing and David Preti and Geoff Skinner of CMON Inc., and Chalie Chu of Oni Press discuss creating games and merchandise based on beloved IPs like Batman: The Animated Series, God of War, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, bloodborne, and Dragon Ball Z.

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 9

3:00pm

Creating, Maintaining, and Growing a Free Community
With years of experience in keeping Streetpass San Diego going as the largest Nintendo meetup group in the nation, hear from Adolfo Coronel, Michelle Hernandez, Ben Avecilla, Jahaziel Aguilera, and Chris McAtamney for a how-to guide and tips on starting and keeping a community going as well as holding events for free. Learn how to get sponsorships, promotional materials, venues, and most important, community members. There will be a Q&A dedicated to helping anyone with questions or struggles with their group, community, or events.

Thursday July 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:00pm

D&D: All Bards
Comic-Con special guest Sam Sykes (Seven Blades in Black) will DM a bunch of authors playing an hour-long D&D session where everyone is a Bard and combat isn't allowed. The bold adventurers include Chuck Wendig (Wanderers), Paul Krueger (Steel Crow Saga), Pierce Brown (Dark Age), E. K. Johnston (Star Wars: Queen's Shadow), and Jim Zub (Monsters & Creatures; Warriors & Weapons).

Thursday July 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

5:00pm

All Things RPG-E: Geek & Sundry
Role-playing game entertainment (or RPG-E) has never been more popular, and Geek & Sundry has been a pioneer in creating much of the RPG-based programming fans love. This panel will cover the range of G&S's RPG-E content and delve into this popular style of collaborative game-based storytelling, fueled by imagination and presented as content for an audience of gaming enthusiasts as well as anyone who likes a good story. Hear from both the creators and the talent as they share personal stories, insider advice, and thoughts on the future of this new and exciting entertainment format. Moderated by Denise Pantoja (producer, Relics and Rarities) and featuring Deborah Ann Woll (Relics and Rarities, Marvel's Daredevil, True Blood), Jason Charles Miller (Starter Kit), Amy Dallen (Callisto-6. TBD RPG), B. Dave Walters (Vampire: The Masquerade: LA by Night; writer; Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish), and Eric Campbell (Callisto*6, Shield of Tomorrow).

Thursday July 18, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 7AB

5:00pm

Games Changers: Women Entrepreneurs Rewriting the Rules of the Games Industry
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 15, 05:32PM
Video games have changed a lot over the past decade. But the games industry and studio culture have been slow to change. This panel presents several women, each with years of experience working on successful game titles, who have decided to shape their own careers and reshape the industry they love. Leah Hoyer (Level Headed Games, Telltale, Xbox), Jessie Quinn (Leaftail Labs, Xbox, Bungie), Genese Davis (Omensight, The Holder's Dominion), Kate Edwards (Geogrify, IGDA), and Theresa Duringer (Temple Gates Games) talk about working in games and the future they see for the industry.

Thursday July 18, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 5AB

6:00pm

The Ever-Expanding World of Esports
To say this expansion is fast and furious would not be an understatement. Tournaments and sponsorships continue to grow. This panel of gamers, producers, and sponsors will discuss its massive engagement and where the future leads. Featuring representatives from Blizzard, Hyper-X, Axiomatic/Team Liquid, CVRE League, Dreamleague, the TV Academy, and Dell/Alienware. Moderated by Anastasia Staten, executive director at ESA Foundation.

Thursday July 18, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 5AB

7:00pm

The d20 Dames: Building Inclusive Gaming Adventures for All
Are you ready to move past the pre-gen table top adventures and build a nightmare landscape (or delicious pie-scape) for your friends? These panelists are here to help! Build an adventure with live-play D&D podcast d20 Dames Jen Vaughn and Kat Kruger, plus some mysterious guest NPCs. They've written a little bit of everything from D&D adventures to YA novels to comic series. They'll cover some of the basics on what makes a great RPG/D&D campaign in addition to highlighting some of their favorites from this past year.

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 32AB

8:00pm

Swipe Right for Superheroes
Would you date a superhero, villain, anime character, or show protagonist? Let the Ready Set Geek! team convince you one way or the other on a fictional character's date-ability! Alix Catherine (host, Ready Set Geek!), Cole Garrison (host, Saturday Night Geek), and JPG (CEO, Geek Say What? Network) will present a comedy panel performed alongside the puppet cast of Perception Studio (Art Vega, Amber Reeder-Vega, and Danny Montooth).

Thursday July 18, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

8:00pm

The Storyteller's Guide with Satine Phoenix
Moderator Satine Phoenix and dungeonmasters Travis McElroy (Adventure Zone) and Kailey Bray (Damsels, Dice and Everything Nice) will create a fantasy adventure before your eyes using storytelling and improv techniques.

Thursday July 18, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 32AB
 
Friday, July 19
 

10:00am

Pinball and Comics
Michigan State University professor and award-winning comics creator Ryan Claytor outlines Coin-Op Carnival, a new 64-page magazine offering full-color, completely illustrated content documenting the history and stories surrounding electro-mechanical coin-operated amusement devices (pinball and pre-video arcade games manufactured prior to 1978). Every page of the publication features new full-color illustrations and comics from Claytor, with articles written by both Claytor and Nick Baldridge, host of For Amusement Only, the E.M. and Bingo Pinball Podcast and creator of the custom-built Multi-Bingo pinball machine.

Friday July 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

11:00am

Build a Better World Through Gaming (A Women in Gaming Panel)
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 16, 07:44PM
Sarah Hebbler (executive producer, Psyonix), Janessa Christine (account manager, Online Performer's Group), Candela S. Rebot (founder/chief creative officer, Sparkd Studios), and Helen Theriault (store manager, Microsoft) are the panelists who will be discussing the ways to improve the cultural differences and experiences of women in the gaming industry. A Q&A session will follow the panel discussion. Moderated by Donnell Hilliard (assistant store manager, Microsoft).

Friday July 19, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

1:00pm

Becoming a Board Game Designer
Learn from board game industry professionals Jon Cohn, Matt Fantastic, Jonathan Ying, Pat Marino, Kami Mandell, and Ta-Te Wu as they share stories about how they become board game designers and provide tips on how to pitch to publishers, how to build prototypes, and general best practices. They will share tips and stories from the Industry!

Friday July 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

2:15pm

Finding Your Way in the Current Middle Ages
With the continued rise of role-playing games, costuming, and active events, learn how the Current Middle Ages has found its foothold in the modern era. Listen to Scott Farrel, Kristina Gundersen-Rudmann, Makoto Mason, and Alyssa Kollgaard, leaders from various Southern California medieval organizations share how to get involved, how each club and organization has grown, and how pop culture has helped grow current medieval reenactment groups across the United States. From the Battle of Nations, Society for Creative Anachronism, Historical European Medieval Arts, LARP, and more, come find your way in the Current Middle Ages!

Friday July 19, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:30pm

Tabletop Game Design: From Idea to Reality
Luke Laurie (designer of Dwellings of Eldervale), Sarah Graybill (project manager, Panda Game Manufacturing), Sen-Foong Lim (The Meeple Syrup Show), and Kevin Hamano (Ignite Wonder Games) take attendees on a journey where tabletop game ideas are cultivated and turned into playable games. Panelists will explore various steps of tabletop game development, including playtesting, publishing, and getting one's game self-published. The panel will end with audience Q&A.

Friday July 19, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

9:00pm

Let's Learn Through Live-Action Role Playing
Experts in the educational role-playing field offer an audience-driven demonstration. They'll give you an overview of role playing and games used for learning, then demonstrate and deconstruct the process by running a simple sample game with the audience as participants (voluntary). Learn about the educational benefits and how to design and run role-play exercises and games in different learning environments like classrooms, home schools, and adult education. With Jade Asher (engineer), Shawn Crosby (NASA Immersive Education lecturer), Emily Nguyen-Hoai (social media coordinator, The Game Academy), Scott Stubbe (co-founder, Angeles Workshop School), Fiona Rene (actor/director, Method for Being Masterclass), and and Aaron Vanek (board secretary, The Game Academy).

Friday July 19, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 23ABC
 
Saturday, July 20
 

10:30am

Game Pitch Review
This pitch review will be conducted by a panel of professional game developers who will offer their advice and insight to those seeking to further their dreams of making their game a reality. Participants will have the opportunity to pitch a game for 3 to 5 minutes and then receive constructive criticism on the concept and the pitch. This session will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis, and sign-ups will be taken on site for the six pitch slots. To participate in the Game Pitch Review, you must be prepared before you sign up. Those not prepared will forfeit their pitch session. Preparation includes: (1) A well-practiced, 3- to 5-minute verbal pitch that clearly explains the game concept, how it's unique to the marketplace, why it would be worth funding, etc.; (2) any hardcopy or digital visuals (images, video, etc.) that help illustrate the concept and viability of the idea (you must bring the device on which you will display the visuals); (3) being imaginative and passionate-imagine you're making a very quick pitch to receive funding for your idea. Sign-ups will begin at 10:00 am.

Saturday July 20, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:00pm

Fictional Games IRL
What is it like to adapt a sport or game from a fictional universe? Panelists will talk about the fun challenges and unique aspects of activities that start in make-believe and end up in real life. Panelists include Brandi Cannon and Eric Schnier (US Quidditch), Salvador Solis and Alex Tait (Belegarth Medieval Combat Society), Robb Yanagihara and Alexandra Vann (Saber Guild), and Judd King (Starlux Games) with Anna Brisbin and Tessa Netting (Fantastic Geeks and Where to Find Them Podcast) moderating.

Saturday July 20, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Theater, Comic-Con Museum

4:30pm

A Fireside Chat with Cuphead's Creators: Chad and Jared Moldenhauer
Brothers Chad and Jared Moldenhauer, creators of Cuphead, discuss the inspiration and cultural phenomenon around the unique quadruple platinum video game and what's next for the hit franchise. Chad and Jared will participate in a chat moderated by C. J. Kettler (president of King Features and executive producer of Netflix's Carmen Sandiego and The Tick).

Saturday July 20, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 5AB

5:00pm

Rolling the Dice: Where Comics and Role Playing Collide
Role-playing games of all genres and types are making a strong comeback, but did you know some of your favorite comic creators not only play these games but also create and run them? This panel of secret and not-so-secret role-playing comics creators includes Kieron Gillen (DIE, The Wicked + The Divine), Jim Zub (Stone Star, Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons), Spike Trotman (Delver, Iron Circus Comics), and M. K. Reed (Delver), who will discuss the mind-bending intersection between creating comics, diving into the make-believe world of RPGs, and how one creative world influences the other. DMed by comiXologists Ivan Salazar and Jose Sagastume.

Saturday July 20, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 28DE

5:15pm

Hideo Kojima: Master Storyteller
Visionary creator Hideo Kojima discusses his process as a game director and storyteller, most notably for his upcoming project Death Stranding. Moderated by The Game Awards creator Geoff Keighley, with special guest Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Too Old to Die Young).

Saturday July 20, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Room 6BCF

5:30pm

IP in Board Games
Chris Castagnetto (DJ Helsing) and B&B Games Studio are proud to be hosting the IP in Board Games panel. Learn about intellectual property in board gaming and how IP can influence game design and testing. Bring your questions and participate in an open forum fireside chat.

Saturday July 20, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 24ABC

5:30pm

Diversity in Writing: Women Writers and Producers Take Charge in TV, Animation, Comics, Games, Online
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 09, 07:37PM
Award-winning diverse women writers and producers will discuss creating stories with strong diverse female characters across TV, animation, comics, and games; they'll also address the importance of diverse representation, getting started in writing, and their career paths from writing to executive producing top shows. Panelists include Nicole Dubuc (Star Wars Forces of Destiny, Rebels; producer of Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy; winner of WGA Animation Writing Award), Denise Downer (Marvel's Avengers Black Panther's Quest, Power Rangers: Beast Morphers), Keto Shimizu (DC's Legends of Tomorrow, executive producer and writer; Arrow), Silvia Olivas (Disney's Elena of Avalor, producer and writer; Moesha), Anne Toole (Horizon Zero Dawn, WGA Video Game Award winner; The Lizzie Bennet Diaries), Joelle Sellner (DC Super Hero Girls, Sonic Boom), and Gloria Shen (Disney Channel's Amphibia). Moderated by Kevin Winston, Digital LA, CEO.

Saturday July 20, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 26AB

6:00pm

Psychology and Learning in TTRPGs
Tom, Joe, and Dr. B discuss the ways in which a growing number of people in multiple fields see the value in the applications and usages of games for real-world benefit. Panelists are Tom Conmy (doctoral candidate, Learning and Instruction, University of San Francisco), Joe Lasley (doctoral candidate, Leadership Studies, University of San Diego), and Raffael Boccamazzo, Psy.D. ("Dr. B," clinical director, Take This, Inc.).

Saturday July 20, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

6:30pm

Magic: The Gathering Panel, Blogatog Live
Magic head designer Mark Rosewater presents this one-man program in which he re-creates his daily blog, answering the audience's questions about the making of the popular trading card game.

Saturday July 20, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 24ABC

7:00pm

Meet the Story Innovators of Multi-Branching Games
UPDATED: Sun, Jul 07, 05:12PM
Love "Choose Your Own Adventure" genre video games? Find out more from the cast, writers, and directors behind some of the fan favorite multibranching games series ever made, as this panel dives into the writing, process, mo-cap, production, and memories along the way. Hear Chris Rebbert (The Walking Dead), Bryan Dechart and Amelia Rose Blaire (Detroit), Raoul Barbet (Life Is Strange), Ella Lentini (Until Dawn), and L. K. Shelley (Aggretsuko Moment) chat with moderator Jennie Kong (Summerland) about the future of this genre in games.

Saturday July 20, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 9

7:30pm

The Official Gaia Online Panel
Derek Liu (Lanzer, founder of Gaia Online) will share information on all things Gaia, sneak peeks, and more. TThose who attend will get a convention card that grants a brand-new convention badge item, bonus platinum, and the Conventioneer achievement.

Saturday July 20, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 24ABC
 
Sunday, July 21
 

10:00am

GeekEd: Esports, Gaming, and Playing with Gender
For generations, subcultures of gamers have fostered community and learning on college campuses and at Comic-Con. As esports, board games, LARP, and video games gain more mainstream attention, how can college campuses maximize the power of play to address issues of gender inside and outside the classroom? Panelists include Brian MacDonald (UCLA), Sarah Harker (UCSC), Aaron Trammell (UC Irvine), Cherie Lin (UC Berkeley), and David Surratt (University of Oklahoma).

Sunday July 21, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm

I'll Take Muggles for $500: A Fan Game Show (Pop Culture Edition)
Can you name every ingredient contained in Polyjuice Potion? How about recite every line from Mean Girls (so fetch!) and Back to the Future (Great Scott!)? When watching movies, do you find yourself always saying “the book was better”? Check out this game show where SDCC fans test their knowledge, competing head to head with Adam Christopher (author of Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town), Rob Hart (author The Warehouse), and Janina Gavankar (voice of Iden Versio, narrator of Inferno Squad), in "Pop Culture" themed categories, using audio clips from our popular audiobooks with movie, TV, and streaming tie-ins. Hosted by audiobook narrator Jorjeana Marie.

Sunday July 21, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

2:45pm

Starship Smackdown: We Built This Starship on Rock and Roll Edition
The ultimate way to say sayanora to SDCC 50 will be with this legendary panel in which these experts determine who will win the highly coveted Smackdown title. Can the Starship Enterprise defeat an Imperial Star Destroyer? Will the Battlestar Galactica be assimilated by a Borg Cube? Will the Nostromo be taken over by Rathars? And will the Jefferson Starship disappear forever after Thanos snaps his fingers? Only if you're lucky. This panel of sage spaceshipologists includes Ashley E. Miller (Red Sonja, Thor), Steven Melching (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars Resistance), Kay Reindl (Freakish, Millennium), Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, Agent Cody Banks), Daren Dochterman (Westworld, Master and Commander), Jeff Bond (The World of The Orville, The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen), Shawna Benson (The 100, Green Arrow), and your jocular host, the Mr. Rourke of the stars, Mark A. Altman (Pandora, The Librarians). 12 ships enter. One starship survives. Accept no substitute, this is the one, the only San Diego Comic-Con Starship Smackdown-and there can be only one.

Sunday July 21, 2019 2:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 6A

3:00pm

Super-Abled: Disability Representation in Comics, Movies, Games, and More
Diversity is bigger than ever in the world of superheroes and fan culture but there's one group that tends to be overlooked in the medium: people with disabilities. Travis Rivas (editor, Super-Abled Comics), Angel Giuffria (actress, Goliath, Green Lantern), Jay Justice (editor/co-founder of LGBT HQ), Trace Wilson (author, Uniquely Me), Sarah Tuberty (Disarming Disability podcast), and Jennifer Kretchmer (executive producer, cast member Monsters & Fables) take a look at how to accurately create fully realized characters while trying to avoid the stereotypes typically associated with disability while also discussing how to navigate the industry while having a disability, how disability can be a superpower, and about advocating for the disabled community at large.

Sunday July 21, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 4

3:00pm

The Video Game Industry: Creating Fun
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 16, 10:28PM
Today’s fast-evolving video game industry produces some of the most immersive and fun experiences to date. But how do these studios know what they’re making is fun? Genese Davis (Omensight; The Holder's Dominion), Leanne Loombe (Riot Games), Eric Kieron Davis (Cloud Imperium Games), and Leah Hoyer (former VP of Creative at Telltale) will share insights about the creative design process and to just what lengths developers go to ensure their players are having fun. Just what brings it all together and to life?

Sunday July 21, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 29AB

3:30pm

Trivia for Chocolate
Trivia mavens Tom Galloway (Pro/Fan Trivia Match) and Derek McCaw (Fanboy Planet podcast) will ask lots of short comics trivia questions. You in the audience will try to answer them. First to yell out the correct answer is awarded a small piece of chocolate. At the end, the person who has won the most small pieces of chocolate gets a really big piece of chocolate.

Sunday July 21, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 26AB