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Panels

DreamHack events give the community a chance to discuss the topics they care about. Learn something new by attending a panel where experts go into detail on topics like: gaming, esports, cosplay, tabletop, technology, industry, coding, and general geek culture! Most panels are interactive, allowing questions from the audience and time to talk with panelists at the conclusion of the panel.

If you don’t want to miss any of the panels, keep track of them on event.dreamhack.com.

Schedule
10:00 am – Dreamhack ATL Kickoff (Main Room – Dream Arena)
Panelist: Jimmy Liang
What is DreamHack? What are these crazy panels going on? Factions!!? Whaaat?

10:00 am – The Business of eSports (Panel Room – Dream Revenant)
Panelists: Keith Weisglas, Walter Smith, Erich Thomas, Kevin Wallace
Feature people who own gaming-focused entertainment businesses.

10:00 am – Workshop: Using Unity Engine for Game Development (90 min session)
Panelist: Justin Greenfield (Workshop & Panel Room – Dream Order)
Will introduce participants to the Unity Game Engine including the development environment, features, and functionality. Participants will develop a simple game as they interact with the engine.

11:00 am – Workshop: Using Unity Engine for Game Development (Cont) (Workshop & Panel Room – Dream Order)
Panelist: Justin Greenfield
Will introduce participants to the Unity Game Engine including the development environment, features, and functionality. Participants will develop a simple game as they interact with the engine.

11:00 am – GamerU (Main Room – Dream Arena)
Panelist: Jimmy Liang
Will explore the experiences of students who are majoring in eSports related majors at colleges/universities in Georgia

11:00 am – E3 2017 (Panel Room – Dream Revenant)
Panelists: Jimmy Liang, Sean Hillman
Come discuss our favorite announcements from E3. What games excite you? What have you heard but wasn’t announced

12:00 pm – ProCon: How to Sustain Year-round Con-going (Main Room – Dream Arena)
Panelist: Sean Weiland
How does one survive a week of talks, exhibiting, gaming, cosplay, and partying after hours? What if you have to get up the next morning and be a professional showing a game, or networking to get your next gig? Learn about everything from attire, to hydration, and how to properly dose caffeine for maximum effect. Veteran game developer and world class bartender Sean Weiland takes you through tips and hazily remembered anecdotes from the last 7 years of attending conferences.

12:00 pm – Games they should have made (Panel Room – Dream Revenant)
Panlist: Jimmy Liang
Companies have released games that have both been unfinished or falling short on a lot of promises made during their development. What are some of those games. What are the games they should have made

12:00 am – Adventures in Indie Game Development (Workshop & Panel Room – Dream Order)
Panelists: Marcus Howard, Christian Fowler, Keith Weisglas, Andrew Greenburg
Indie game development is an adventure! Are you ready for the journey? Join our panelists as they share stories about their personal experiences as indie devs, and offer advice.

1:00 pm – Designing a board game (Main Room – Dream Arena)
Panelists: Will Kenyon, David Lupo, David Baumgarter, Keren Philosophales, Matt Link
Join us for a round table discussion with a number of published board game designers from the Southeast. Where did they get their ideas? What was their experience? Can you do it, too?

1:00 pm – Good Forces in Gaming (Panel Room – Dream Revenant)
Panelist: Kevin Wallace, Chris Haselage, John Ledger, Chris “TheGameCase” Case
Have you always wanted to help your fellow gamers, but were unsure how? Do you have volunteer hours for your school or another program that you need to complete? Stop by to hear how hese Non-Profit organizations are bettering the lives of gamers around the globe, across many different causes, ranging from Veterans to Kids!

2:00 pm – eSports: From Pub to Pro (Main Room – Dream Arena)
Panelists: Andrew Greenberg, Asante Bradford, Erich Thomas, Jeremy “Lambzy” McLamb
Will introduce participants to eSports as an industry and ecosystem and will help them understand how they can participate in as well as move from amateur to professional within the eSports industry. The panel will feature professional game designers, shout casters, hardware and software developers, and others within the eSports ecosystem.

2:00 pm – Are MMOs dead? (Panel Room – Dream Revenant)
Panelist: Jimmy Liang
What do you think “Are MMOs dead?” I certaily feels over the past 10 years they hvae been on the decline.

3:00 pm – Exploring Immersive Technologies (Main Room – Dream Arena)
Panelists: Dean Velez, Annie Eaton, Scott Driscoll, Holly Beilin
Immersive technology” refers to tech that blurs the line between the physical and digital world— in other words, enabling mixed reality. In this panel, three pioneers leading the way in Virtual Reality, Augmented Really, and 360 degree video discuss the potential of this technology for gaming, entertainment, art, healthcare and other industries. They share best practices on how to get started if you’re seeking a career in these industries and provide a glimpse into the future of alternative reality.

3:00 pm – CyberPunk 2077 (Panel Room – Dream Revenant)
Panelist: Sean Hillman
CD Projekt Red, folks behind the Witcher, are doing a port of the Cyberpunk 2020 rpg(table top)into a computer game. Come talk about what we hope to see

3:00 pm – Workshop: VR/AR (90 minute session) starts at 3:30 (Workshop & Panel Room – Dream Order)
Panelist: Jaycee Holmes
Explore the world of augmented and virtual reality. Develop a simple app or game and experience it using AR and VR technology.

4:00 pm – Total War (Main Room – Dream Arena)
Panelist: Sean Hillman
The Total War series revolutionized strategy gaming in the first two decades of this century. From the original Shogun the massively popular Warhammer, the game has evolved though never quite losing sight of it’s core values. Where is this popular series going? What have been some of the roadbumps along the way? Will they ever mae an AI that isn’t a treacherous ally?

4:00 pm – Gaming Morality (Panel Room – Dream Revenant)
Panelist: Jimmy Liang
Moral choices in gaming. What are some of the most lackluster or impactful choices games have left up to the player. What did you choose and why?

4:00 pm – Workshop: VR/AR (Cont) (Workshop & Panel Room – Dream Order)
Panelist: Jaycee Holmes
Explore the world of augmented and virtual reality. Develop a simple app or game and experience it using AR and VR technology.

5:00 pm – (RPG) Publishing your (Indie?) Table Top Role Playing Game (Main Room – Dream Arena)
Panelist: Sean Hillman
So have this great system and a world and a story and enough time on your hands to put it together into a book of some sort. Now the question is, how do you do it? We will discuss some avenues and some of the pitfalls of self publishing as well as working for or with a major publisher. This a great time to be a designer and or content creator, now you just need to know how to get it published.

5:00 pm – Southeast Gamers (SEG) (Panel Room – Dream Revenant)
Panelists: Christopher Carter, Chris Sands, Brad Newton, Dave Silva, Ryan Gilbert
Come join the largest BYOC LAN in the Atlanta area. They host monthly events of 30+ per event, have over 400 members and growing everyday. They will talk about their monthly events, planning and running LANfest So come meet the founders of the group and learn how to be a part of the community!

5:00 pm – Games and Movies, Movies and Games (Workshop & Panel Room – Dream Order)
Panelists: Jimmy Liang, Cornelius Singleton
Movies based on games. Games based on movies. Which ones should they have made, which ones shouldn’t they have made. What should they have done differently

6:00 pm – CODumentary Exclusive Debut Screening (90 minute runtime) (Main Room – Dream Arena)
In this exclusive debut screening @ DreamHack Atlanta, CODumentary charts the meteoric rise of Call of Duty. Developers, fans, professional players & numerous industry experts describe how the game evolved, what makes it so special, and why it continues to be so successful. From WWII to World League, the Call of Duty juggernaut has stayed on track through a series of historic backdrops from 1939 to present day and forward into the future.

6:00 pm – Avatar: The Last Air Bender Trivia! (Panel Room – Dream Revenant)
Panelists: Thom DeSimone, Erin DeSimone
Come test your knowledge of Nickelodeon’s Avatar! Questions will be Easy to hard and weill be based off the adventures of Ang!

6:00 pm – Party Chat (Workshop & Panel Room – Dream Order)
Panelist: Austin Allen
Do you like to party? Do you like to chat? Why not both? At this panel you will have the epic experience of hanging out with the Enforcing Games crew, and raving to epic music. Party with the best while talking with the crew who run the show! 18+

10:00 am – Creating Gods in Smite (Main Room – Dream Arena)
Panelists: Chuk Vinson, AJ Walker, Daniel Cooper
Smite, the #1 action MOBA game, allows players to control mythological gods on a multiplayer battleground. Join designers and developers from Smite as they describe the process of creating new gods and goddesses

10:00 am – Elder Scroll 6 Speculations (Panel Room – Dream Revenant)
Panelist: Sean Hillman
Bethesda has been vague about it’s Elder Scrolls follow up to Skyrim. When will it be released? Where will it be located? What do people think it will be about? If you have thoughts or rumors stop on in and share them.

10:00 am Workshop: Creating YOU in Esports (90 minute session) (Workshop & Panel Room – Dream Order)
Panelists: Jayson Graham, Caitlin Nixon
Are you ready to create your own comic book universe? This interactive seminar will outline the process from page to screen. Moderated by the heads of Upyri’s Creative Teams, learn the basic tools needed to take your story concept from development of the fictional world to visual panel styling.

11:00 am – The Metagame of Puyo Puyo (Main Room – Dream Arena)
Panelist: Phong Tran
You know about Tetris, but what about Puyo Puyo? It’s a puzzle game by SEGA that has a metagame that’s surprisingly similar to fighting games and the like. Learn from one of the best in America about its metagame!

11:00 am – Workshop: Creating YOU in eSports (Cont) (Workshop & Panel Room – Dream Order)
Panelists: Jayson Graham, Caitlin Nixon
Are you ready to create your own comic book universe? This interactive seminar will outline the process from page to screen. Moderated by the heads of Upyri’s Creative Teams, learn the basic tools needed to take your story concept from development of the fictional world to visual panel styling.

11:00 am – A Hero’s Journey (Panel Room – Dream Revenant)
Panelists: Darin Bush, A. R. Cook
Using the classic formula of storytelling, we will discuss this popular method in game plays like Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, DragonAge, etc

12:00 pm – Tripwire Interactive – Studio Overview and Audience Q&A (Main Room – Dream Arena)
Panelists: Alan Wilson, Tripwire Interactive staff
Come meet some of the development team from Georgia based Tripwire Interactive and hear about our history and game releases. Audience Q&A driven session with swag and surprises!

12:00 pm – Costume Contest Pre-Judging (Panel Room – Dream Revenant)

12:00 pm – Sorting Hat: Blizzard Edition (Workshop & Panel Room – Dream Order)
Panelists: Thom DeSimone, Erin DeSimone, Darin Bush, Erin McGourn
The Sorting Hat panel is where we sort some of our favorite characters from our favorite Blizzard games into Harry Potter Houses. Names of characters will be thrown out for discussion on what house they belong in and then there will be a vote. Majority Rules

1:00 pm – Caster’s Roundtable (Main Room – Dream Arena)
Panelists: D’Juan “DeeJay Knight” Irvin, Nick “Vodible” Ambrozic, James “Plague” Inks, Chris “TheGameCase” Case, Cody “Kaldrath” Bilbrey
Will explore the journey of casters including how they got started, how they grew, and lessons learned. (sponsored by Infirmary Gaming)

1:00 pm – Costume Contest Pre-Judging (Panel Room – Dream Revenant)

1:00 pm – Remember the Classics (Workshop & Panel Room – Dream Order)
Panelist: Jimmy Liang
Come take a stroll down memory lane as we discuss the classics. What got us into gaming, was it the game or the community

2:00 pm – Create your own LAN (Main Room – Dream Arena)
Panelist: Mike Koltz
Come hear from RGBLAN, a BYOC LAN out of Philadelphia who created and run their own events on a yearly basis. Hear from their network admin and their top two staff as they walk you through the process, hurdles, excitement, and answer questions about running your own event.

2:00 pm – Costume Contest Pre-Judging (Panel Room – Dream Revenant)

2:00 pm – Workshop: Casting 101 (90 minute session) (Workshop & Panel Room – Dream Order)
Panelists: Brandon Stennis, Victor Fontanez
Show participants how to set up to cast as well as how to use various industry tools to stream. Participants will record a brief streaming session and receive feedback and insights from professional casters on how to improve their on-screen presence and how to engage viewers. (Sponsored by xSplit)

3:00 pm Workshop: Casting 101 (Cont) (Workshop & Panel Room – Dream Order)
Panelists: Brandon Stennis, Victor Fontanez
Show participants how to set up to cast as well as how to use various industry tools to stream. Participants will record a brief streaming session and receive feedback and insights from professional casters on how to improve their on-screen presence and how to engage viewers. (Sponsored by xSplit)

3:00 pm – Women in Gaming (Main Room – Dream Arena)
Panelists: Yolanda Rankin, Jaycee Holmes, Jakita Thomas, Nadyne Neff
Women in Gaming will explore the trails and triumphs of women in the gaming and eSports ecosystem (co-sponsored by Project MQ & GGDA)

4:00 pm – Creating Champions in Paladins (Main Room – Dream Arena)
Panelists: Garrett Martini, Thomas Holt, Alyssa Huskey
Paladins is a fantasy shooter that was the top new Steam game of 2016 and has recently come to Xbox One and Playstation 4. Join designers and developers from Paladins as they describe how a new Champ is created

4:00 pm – Star Wars Episode 8 and Beyond! (Panel Room – Dream Revenant)
Panelists: Thom DeSimone, Erin DeSimone, Darin Bush, Gary Mitchell, Nadyne Neff
A discussion on the upcoming Star Wars episode 8 film and the many planned A Stor Wars stories rumored!

4:00 pm – Gaming as an Educational Tool (Workshop & Panel Room – Dream Order)
Panelists: Jennifer Liang, Stacy Gelbaum, Jesse Gelbaum
From gamifying the classroom to using games as a learning tool

5:00 pm – Board Game Demos and Discussion (Main Room – Dream Arena)
Panelists: Will Kenyon, David Lupo, David Baumgarter, Keren Philosophales, Matt Link
First, join a number of published board game designers in the Tabletop area from 10 AM until 4:30 PM Saturday. Learn how to play the games from the designers themselves. Then come to this panel and get insight into the things that inspired each game. More demos to follow at the Tabletop area afterwards.

5:00 pm – Upyri Presents: Story and Character Creation (Panel Room – Dream Revenant)
Panelists: Caitlin Nixon, Jayson Graham
“Are you ready to create your own comic book universe? This interactive seminar will outline the process from page to screen. Moderated by the heads of Upyri’s Creative Teams, learn the basic tools needed to take your story concept from development of the fictional world to visual panel styling.”

6:00 pm – Magic Systems (Main Room – Dream Arena)
Panelists: Thom DeSimone, Erin DeSimone, A. R. Cook, Darin Bush
Video games, books, RPGs, movies….what are your favorite magic systems? What are the most unique magic systems you’ve come across? Which are the most absurd? What would you like to see a magic system based on that you’ve never seen before?

6:00 pm – Making People Care: Designing Games for Prosocial Outcomes (Panel Room – Dream Revenant)
Panelist: Sean Weiland
Using the most up-to-date scholarship in neuroscience, social psychology and game design, iThrive Games is breaking new ground for developers who are interested in making games that help people increase self-care and altruistic practices such as empathy, kindness and growth mindset, to help teens thrive. Hear iThrive panelists discuss case studies in games they’ve funded and tested, the work that iThrive is doing to advance this field, practical tips on how to design for prosocial outcomes, and why these tips are important from a scientific standpoint.

10:00 am – The Dresden Files (Main Room – Dream Arena)
Panelists: Thom DeSimone, Erin DeSimone, Darin Bush, Gary Mitchell
An amazing Urban Fantasy by Jim Butcher. Wizards, werewolves,and the Chicago PD, This series follows the adventures of a snarky, nerdy Wizard of the white council who often bucks against the establishment.

10:00 am – Apps (Panel Room – Dream Revenant)
Panelist: Jimmy Liang
Which of your favorite board games has been turned into a mobile app video game? How did they do? Do you like it better or worse than the physical game? What games that you play have companion apps that augment the board game in some way? Are they worth the trouble? Are there any that you would never play without?

11:00 am – Wheel of Time Discussion (Main Room – Dream Arena)
Panelists: Jennifer Liang, Joe O’Hara, Thom DeSimone, Erin DeSimone
An epic fantasy series began by Robert Jordan and finished by Brandon Sanderson. An introduction to the series as well as discussions on theories and ideas. As spoiler free as possilbe!

11:00 am – “(RPG) Make My Fandom an RPG!
” (Panel Room – Dream Revenant)
Panelists: Sean Hillman, Jimmy Liang
Are you one of the millions of table top RPG players around the world whose favorite fandom isn’t already a game? Tired of hearing about “Dresden” when your far superior series languishes in obscurity? Well fret no more, bring your best pitch about a fandom or time period or legend that needs it’s own RPG and we will put together our top 10 list and what Systems we think they should use.

12:00 pm – CODumentary Exclusive Debut Screening (90 minute runtime) (Main Room – Dream Arena)
In this exclusive debut screening @ DreamHack Atlanta, CODumentary charts the meteoric rise of Call of Duty. Developers, fans, professional players & numerous industry experts describe how the game evolved, what makes it so special, and why it continues to be so successful. From WWII to World League, the Call of Duty juggernaut has stayed on track through a series of historic backdrops from 1939 to present day and forward into the future.

12:00 pm – Game of Thrones Discussion (Panel Room – Dream Revenant)
Panelists: Jessa Phillips
Winter is here and the white ravens have flown frpm the Citadel. The time is now to discuss HBO’s interpretation of George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series. What is your take on HBO’s vision of the series? What do you love, hate, and would change if given the chance?

12:00 pm – Steampunk (Workshop & Panel Room – Dream Order)
Partner: Jimmy Liang
Steampunk is an interesting genre. What are your favorite Steampunk worlds? Books, games, movies. What makes them unique? Have you done a Steampunk cosplay? If not, what would you do? What’s the coolest Steampunk cosplay you’ve seen? What is Steampunk, and why do we like it?

1:00 pm – CODumentry Exclusive Debut Screening (Cont) (Main Room – Dream Arena)
In this exclusive debut screening @ DreamHack Atlanta, CODumentary charts the meteoric rise of Call of Duty. Developers, fans, professional players & numerous industry experts describe how the game evolved, what makes it so special, and why it continues to be so successful. From WWII to World League, the Call of Duty juggernaut has stayed on track through a series of historic backdrops from 1939 to present day and forward into the future.

1:00 pm – Virtual Technology (Panel Room – Dream Revenant)
Panelist: Jimmy Liang
How is VR technology changing gaming? Which games have you played? What did you think? What would you like to see in VR?

1:00 pm -DC vs. Marvel: Games Edition (Workshop & Panel Room – Dream Order)
Panelist: Darin Bush, Gary Mitchell
Comic books, movies, TV shows, so what? How do they compare on the table top and on the console?

2:00 pm – Cooperative Board Games (Main Room – Dream Arena)
Panelists: Darin Bush, Gary Mitchell, Will Kenyon, Erin McGourn
Coop board games get a bad rap in some gaming circles. Let’s explore some examples that are fun to lose, fun to fear, and fun to share.

2:00 pm – Warcraft: Then and Now (Panel Room – Dream Revenant)
Panelist: Jimmy Liang
Comparing “vanilla” WoW to the current state of the game. What features have you come to love, what do you hate, what do you miss? What are your favorite classes? Where do you think the game is going?

2:00 pm -Elemensional Rift First Official Tournament (Workshop & Panel Room – Dream Order)
Panelist: Patrick Durbin
First official Elemensional Rift tournament at DreamHack is a free tournament with prize support. Come be part of the initial shaping of the Elemensional Rift tournament environment. Tournament settings will be decided on participants’ preferences at the start of the tournament.

3:00 pm – Sorting Hat: Nintendo Edition (Main Room – Dream Arena)
Panelists: Darin Bush, Erin DeSimone, Thom DeSimone, Jessa Phillips
The Sorting Hat panel is where we sort some of our favorite characters from our favorite Blizzard games into Harry Potter Houses. Names of characters will be thrown out for discussion on what house they belong in and then there will be a vote. Majority Rules

3:00 pm – So you wanna. YouTube / Podcast eh? (Panel Room – Dream Revenant)
Panelists: Hashim Clark, Charlie Hawkins, Sean Hillman, Drew Chiang
“You love watching YouTube channels or listening to Podcasts and now you feel inspired to start y our own. Come listen to a few internet content creators tell their stories and give advice on how you can become an Internet sensation of your own!”

4:00 pm – Star Wars: What do we want? (Main Room – Dream Arena)
Panelists: Thom DeSimone, Darin Bush, Gary Mitchell
From movies to comics, toys, and games, (both on the table and on the tv) Star Wars has a huge presences on all fronts. What do we want to see? On the silver screen, console, monitor, or table top what are some of the times, places, or characters you wish them to delves into.

4:00 pm – Tabletop vs TV (Panel Room – Dream Revenant)
Panelists: Jimmy Liang, Josh Scoggins
Boardgames are starting to go digital, where you can play on the go or with friends online. Come discuss this new trend and whether this is a good idea or a bad idea. Which do you prefer?

5:00 pm – RPGs ITable Top and Video): The Problems of Color and Culture (Main Room – Dream Arena)
Panelists: Sean Hillman, Hashim Clark
Why do role playing games, both video and table top, continue to have a color and culture problem? What has been done to correct this and what more can be done?

5:00 pm – Are Video Games Art? (Panel Room – Dream Revenant)
Panelists: Thom DeSimone, Erin DeSimone, Darin Bush
Rodge Ebert once said in an article that video games “Can never be art”. What do you think?

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