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Writer and game designer living in the Greatest City in the World.
Writer and game designer living in the Greatest City in the World.

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In plenty of time for Halloween, join +Liam Stevens and I as we interview TTRPG legend +Kenneth Hite about how to effectively use horror in your games.

Genuinely one of our favourite episodes to record to date!

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Once more the good people of +Dragon Con have seen fit to make me an ornament of their program, and if you can spare any time from shouldering your way through the humidified masses perhaps I shall be an ornament of yours as well. This year, the beloved Ken and Monte Show adds a second session! Also, as of this writing, THREE of my panels look to be solo affairs, although I suspect ringers, backups, and reinforcements shall be provided come the day.

As always, nobody tells me (and nor should they) whether any of these panels shall be recorded, streamed, beamed, or choreographed in the terpsichorean language of the bees.

Friday, August 31

Title: The Elder Gods
Time: Fri 01:00 pm Location: Augusta 1-2 - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: How does one portray a supreme, malevolent being in the context of a roleplaying game? If player cannot hope to defeat or fathom such a being, is there a point to the game? Find out here in this panel! [Kenneth Hite, +Monte Cook]

Saturday, September 1

Title: Cults, Conspiracies, & Other Craziness!
Time: Sat 11:30 am Location: Augusta 1-2 - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: Find out about the crazy, the weird...& all of the things your history teacher didn't talk about! With our two published authors who are experts on all things occult, mystical, cult-y, & conspiratorial! [Monte Cook, Kenneth Hite]

Title: Roll for Madness!
Time: Sat 05:30 pm Location: Augusta 1-2 - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: An Elder Gods-themed panel! How does madness work in a game? How do you roleplay insanity or mental disorders? How can we use this to enhance our understanding of roleplaying? Join our award-winning game designers to find out! [Kenneth Hite]

Title: Horror in Gaming
Time: Sat 07:00 pm Location: Augusta 1-2 - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: An Elder Gods-themed panel! Find out about how to scare players, what makes a horror game tick, & the great secrets of the dark. From some of the masters of horror gaming! [Kenneth Hite]

Sunday, September 2

Title: Help! My Game Is on Fire!
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: Augusta 3 - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: Talk to industry experts Car Talk-style about the problems in your game! Obnoxious player? No place to play? Is the party too powerful? Bring your questions to the experts! [+Jason Bulmahn, Monte Cook, Kenneth Hite]

Title: Kill, Stab, Squash! Character Death in the Campaign!
Time: Sun 01:00 pm Location: Augusta 1-2 - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: An Elder Gods-themed panel! We talk about character death in the campaign. How do different people handle it? How often should it be present in a campaign? Is there such a thing as a game that is too lethal--or one that is not lethal enough? [Jason Bulmahn, Kenneth Hite, +Keith Baker]

Title: Vampire the Masquerade, 5th edition
Time: Sun 02:30 pm Location: Augusta 1-2 - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: Talk with the game's lead designer about the resurrection of the game that started a revolution. The Masquerade is back! [Kenneth Hite]

Title: The Investigative Game
Time: Sun 05:30 pm Location: Augusta 1-2 - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: An Elder Gods-themed panel! How do you set up a mystery? How do you create clues for players to follow? What about investigative characters? Can investigative games exist in a magical universe like in D&D? Find out! [Keith Baker, Kenneth Hite]
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Some delightful scamp has moved GenCon up by a week or two again, oh hilarity! The good news is that leaves my schedule for the Noir City Chicago Film Fest free and clear this year. The bad news is that it leaves me just a weensy bit slammed, explaining the late nature of this, my annual Ken's GenCon Schedule Post.

As always, nobody in their right mind tells me if anything at all ever is being recorded, streamed, or laboriously chiseled into cuneiform for the delectation of Innanna. Except my podcast, I'm pretty sure Robin's recording that one. So herewith, said Schedule Post!

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 1

9:00 p.m.-??: Diana Jones Awards Party
Be there to see storied game-design luminaries act remarkably like regular old drunks! [Undisclosed Location]

FRIDAY AUGUST 3

1:00-2:00 p.m.: Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff LIVE!
Robin D. Laws & Kenneth Hite talk roleplaying, history, conspiracy, occultism, writing, food, movies & whatever you ask them about in this live edition of their award-winning podcast. [Lucas Oil : Mtg Rm 5]

4:00-5:00 p.m.: Investigative Roleplaying MasterClass
Mystery scenario masters Kenneth Hite and Robin D. Laws train their magnifying glasses on clue-gathering adventures to reveal the unlikely suspects behind your tabletop woes. [Lucas Oil : Mtg Rm 5]

6:00-7:00 p.m.: Introducing Vampire: the Masquerade 5th Edition
The Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition development team hosts a panel discussion on meta-plot & game design of Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition. [Lucas Oil : Mtg Rm 3]

7:00-8:00 p.m.: ENnie Awards Pre-Show
Drinking and my beloved fellow nominees, what could be better? [Union Station]

8:00-10:00? p.m.: ENnie Awards Ceremony
I'd like to thank all of you for voting for Delta Green: the Role-Playing Game. Ideally, I shall do so from on stage, while holding one to three ENnies. [Union Station]

SATURDAY AUGUST 4

2:00-3:00 p.m.: Swords, Spies & Shoggoths: The Pelgrane Press Panel
Join Simon Rogers, Cat Tobin & others from the Pelgrane team for a behind-the-scenes look at what the award-winning UK publisher's been up to this year, & what they've planned for the coming year. [Lucas Oil : Mtg Rm 5]

7:00-8:00 p.m.: Delta Green: Inside the Conspiracy
The authors of the award-winning Delta Green: The Role-Playing Game talk about playing & running cosmic horror & conspiracies. Learn what's coming up & ask questions of your own. [Lucas Oil : Mtg Rm 2]

Apart from those brilliant moments in time, if you seek me, seek me out at the old familiar Pelgrane Press stand, located at Booth #1317, or in a bar. I'm always happy to sign books or say "Hi" or just nod briskly as we pass each other in a ginormous crowd of people on their way to play elf games.
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It's ENnie Awards voting time again, oh joy oh joy! Once more, I'm in the running, albeit with a few decorous fractional nominations: one-sixth of an ENnie each for Best Game (Delta Green: The RPG), Best Rules (really mostly +Greg Stolze and +Shane Ivey but I'll take my sixth of an ENnie anyway), and Product of the Year (Delta Green: The RPG). So please do vote Delta Green: The RPG those coveted '1's across the board.

Robin and I have finally been overturned by a judicial coup d'etat so no Best Podcast nomination to crow over, but +Robin Laws is still very much in it for Cthulhu Confidential (a well-deserved Best Rules nod).

Other matters: I also commend to your attention #feminism, which despite being in the wrong category (it's an anthology of RPGs and should be in Best Game) and from 2016 so ineligible to boot should get a similarly devil-may-care nod for Best RPG Related Product.

Actually in the right category and year and also deserving of your various votes is Harlem Unbound (Best Setting, Best Writing, Product of the Year) by +Chris Spivey. And also now that I think of it I'm a Guide (Best Family Game) by +Shanna Germain who is also up for Uh-Oh Monsters (Best Monster/Adversary) and Predation (Best Setting).

The Best Cover Art is so clearly +Brennen Reece's Harlem Unbound cover that I surely didn't have to tell you that. Likewise +Zak Sabbath for Best Interior Art for Frostbitten and Mutilated.

So go vote for me and (to an only slightly lesser extent) for all these other great folks!
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All y'all central-ish Texans do try your darnedest to join me at Chupacabracon V in beeyootiful Austin, Texas (technically near beeyootiful Austin and in perfectly presentable Round Rock) this very weekend, May 4-6!

As always with shows and cryptids and cryptid-named shows perhaps especially, my schedule as I understand it may be subject to even wilder diversions from the expected than, er, expected. But that said, here is where I will be when, then.

SATURDAY MAY 5

9am-10am: Cthulhu & Donuts Breakfast Special
_Kenneth Hite, +Mark Carroll _
Come have donut breakfast with Ken Hite and friends! Drink coffee! Ask anything about everyone's favorite mashup genre. Have a donut! Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn! [Bastrop]

11am-Noon: Dark Campaigning: Beyond the TPK Horror One Shot
Kenneth Hite, Mark Carroll
Well, I've killed all the players again with multitentacular eldritch entities. Now what? [Bastrop]

So if you like me, donuts, tentacles, or Mark Carroll, be sure to block out Saturday morning in the Bastrop Room, I guess. Hope to see you all there, then!
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Hey my droogies, hip webcats We Are The Mutants have a great review of The Fall of DELTA GREEN and an interview with moi:

https://wearethemutants.com/2018/04/16/the-fall-of-delta-green-review-and-interview-with-kenneth-hite/
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Hey, Bay Areans! Dream deep of seeing me in the semi-sunny climes of San Ramon California on the President's Day Weekend, specifically February 16-19, even more specifically at DunDraCon!

SATURDAY FEB 17

City Building
2:00-3:00 PM in Tri Valley 2
Presenters: Michael Blum, Kenneth Hite, Anders Swenson

The long-running seminar about the nuts and bolts of creating and using cities in RPGs. This year we’ll discuss how cities physically divide social and cultural groups with ghettos, forbidden zones, caravanserais, tax or legal havens, and develop a few examples on our whiteboard.

Alternate Histories
6:00-7:30 PM in Salon C
Presenters: Kenneth Hite and Dana Lombardy

The very popular War College panel discussion continues! Authors and game designers Dana Lombardy and Ken Hite examine possible alternate histories and what their impact might have been. Audience participation is encouraged.

SUNDAY FEB 18

What's Cool
10:00-11:00 AM in Tri Valley 2
Presenters: Bruce Harlick, Kenneth Hite

2 icons of the gaming industry present their unique viewpoints on the best in current game products, straight from the dealer room.

Pericles Demo Game
1:30-3:30 PM in Salon C
Presenters: Chris Klug, Kenneth Hite, Bruce Harlick, and Dana Lombardy

During last year’s “Best games of 2016” Seminar, led by Ken Hite and Chris Klug, Ken made reference to how, in his mind, there existed a point in the history of war games where they became relevant again. That point was when the use of card play, in various forms, joined the arsenal of tools used by war-game designers. Exemplified at first by Mark Herman’s We the People, these games added new life, “juice,” and playability to the old counters-and-maps style war-games. Chris, it turned out, had worked for years with Mark Herman at Victory Games, and knew the history of these games and was a big fan of them as well. Thus was born this seminar’s idea.

This seminar will present a live “think aloud” four-player version of a Mark Herman game played by four game designers who will talk while they play. Hopefully their insights into what makes these kinds of games tick, why they are a heady mix of war-game and card game, yielding something new, will be discussed between the four designers live with an attentive audience.

http://www.dundracon.com/
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The latest episode of the #RPGDesignPanelcast is called "It Won't Fit", featuring +Fred Hicks+Kenneth Hite​ and Marissa Kelly. In this episode from 2016, we discuss when you should create your own system for a game rather than adapting an existing one. Enjoy!
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Hey come out this weekend to AcadeCon in scenic Dayton Ohio and revel in panels such as these, featuring me and Will Hindmarch can you believe your luck:

Play Great and Have More Fun (Panel)
Fri 2:00 PM - Fri 3:00 PM at Panel Room 1
Ken and Will talk about ways to be great, stirring RPG players at the game table, raising the bar for fellow players and helping everyone at the table to up their game.

When & How to Prep RPG Play (Panel)
Fri 3:00 PM - Fri 4:00 PM at Panel Room 1
Ken and Will talk about how and when to prep for play, and how much of prep can be moved out of the traditional responsibility of the GM to prep (and how). Is prep ever wasted? How much is enough to prep for a session of play?

The Best Worlds for RPG Play (Panel)
Sat 12:00 PM - Sat 1:00 PM at Panel Room 1
Ken and Will verbally duke it out over the virtues of Earth versus secondary worlds as settings for gameplay. Ken defends Earth's title as Best Setting for RPG Play, Will represents the power of secondary worlds as challengers in the bout.

As always I have no idea if any of these will get recorded or streamed later or flashed into the silent sky by Aldiss lamp. So maybe come out and make sure!
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For my fellow fans of the Sage of Providence, of horror film, or of the Rose City, here's my schedule as I know it for the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon this weekend!

I'll be at the Thursday night VIP gathering, so I hope to see you there -- I may be doing some reading of Lovecraftian poetry, even, so fair warning.

Friday, October 6

4pm: Meet 'n' Greet with Filmmakers and Guests (Sam's Billiards)

7pm - 8pm: Primer to the Cthulhu Mythos
A novice in the ways of Cthulhu? Been a bit since you've cracked a forbidden text? Join us for a lively discussion on everyone's favorite Old One. (D.B. Spitzer, Kenneth Hite, Tim Uren, Dominique Lamssies, Cody Goodfellow; EOD Center)

10pm-11pm: Fears We All Share
Some fears are innate and inescapable! Join us for an exploration of weird themes in foreign horror films from of any era. (Dominique Lamssies, Orrin Grey, Phillip Gelatt, Jeff Burk; EOD Center)

Saturday, October 7

10am-Noon: Carbload for Cthulhu Mass Author Signing Event (EOD Center)

8:30pm-9:30pm The Dreamlands, HPL's inspirations
Classical myth and mental landscape - join us for a discussion of Lovecraft's inspirations. (Heather Hudson, A. Scott Glancy, Kenneth Hite, Nathan Carson)

http://www.hplfilmfestival.com/hplfilmfestival-portland-or
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