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Friday, May 25
 

12:00pm EDT

Cosmic Encounter World Champion Jack Reda’s Home Brews
Jack Reda is the creator and curator of The Warp, the most comprehensive Cosmic Encounter resource in the cosmos (redamedia.com/warp).  His collection of homebrew Cosmic components includes reimagined versions of moons, aliens, space station, hazards, technology and more. He will also showcase outrageous variants like Cosmic Stars, Lucre Rewards, Subterfuge, Asteroids, and other surprises.

Speakers
avatar for Jack Reda

Jack Reda

Cosmic Encounter's number one fan, Jack Reda has also been a contributor to Fantasy Flight's edition, as well as a designer on Cosmic Dominion.  He is currently the Cosmic Encounter World Champion.


Friday May 25, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Exhibit Hall - Booth A2 (Cosmic Encounter)

12:00pm EDT

Cosmic Encounter®: Quick Start / Alien Combos / Play Designers
  • New to Cosmic?  Learn in a few minutes. Check out Cosmic Quick Start & Alien Combos
  • Play Game of Thrones, the iron throne. It’s like being in your own HBO episode. (based on the Cosmic game system)
  • Join or watch games with Cosmic pros and Cosmic designers.
  • Check out Cosmic Encounter on TableTop Simulator - take a trip into a live TTS game.
  • “The Ultimate Answer to Life, The Universe and Everything is...42!” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Speakers
avatar for Peter Olotka

Peter Olotka

Game Designer, Future Pastimes
Game Designer: Cosmic Encounter, Game of Thrones the Iron Throne, Frank Herbert's Dune, Isaac Asimov's Robots, HOAX, Gearworld, Twilight Imperium REX & four dozen other published titles. Peter works together with his son Greg Olotka and design partner Bill Eberle as Future Pastimes... Read More →
avatar for Greg Olotka

Greg Olotka

Greg has been a Cosmic Encounter contributor since writing his first alien history (Warpish) when he was 10 years old. Since then he has been wrangling the swarm of 196 alien images into a multitude of digital formats. He produced Cosmic Encounter Online starting with the 1997... Read More →
avatar for Jack Reda

Jack Reda

Cosmic Encounter's number one fan, Jack Reda has also been a contributor to Fantasy Flight's edition, as well as a designer on Cosmic Dominion.  He is currently the Cosmic Encounter World Champion.


Friday May 25, 2018 12:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Exhibit Hall - Booth A2 (Cosmic Encounter)

5:00pm EDT

Simulating Near-Future Conflicts
Come learn how game designers think about the future of warfare and political conflict. Jason Matthews (co-designer of Twilight Struggle), Christopher Weuve (career naval analyst and wargame designer), and Merle Robinson (DOD analyst and wargame designer) talk about challenges of designing conflict simulations for both the commercial market and for the military and intelligence communities.

Moderators
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jason Matthews

Jason Matthews

Designer, Twilight Struggle
Jason Matthews is a boardgame designer most famous for the award-winning Twilight Struggle by GMT games, which topped the ratings list of Board Game Geek for seven years. Jason’s designs have won numerous awards including the International Gamers Award, multiple Golden Geek Awards... Read More →
avatar for Merle Robinson

Merle Robinson

DoD Civilian Analyst (retired), NSDMG
Merle S. Robinson is the Lead Wargame Designer for the National Security Decision-Making Game since 2001 (NSDMG premiered at DragonCon 1990). NSDMG is a Department of Defense style economic/political/military game covering past, present and future geopolitical situations where participants... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Weuve

Christopher Weuve

President and Designated Extrovert, BuNine
Christopher Weuve is one of the founding members of BuNine (David Weber’s Honorverse technical support team), and currently serves as BuNine’s president and designated extrovert. A professional naval analyst and wargame designer, Chris spent six years at the Center for Naval... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 5:00pm - 5:50pm EDT
 Woodrow Wilson B

6:00pm EDT

Fantasy Flight Games Presents: Cosmic Encounter®
Come hear from Fantasy Flight Games, learn what's next for Cosmic Encounter, and take a sneak peek behind the design process of the world's premier tabletop games.

Moderators
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Molly Glover

Molly Glover

Fantasy Flight Games Studio
Molly Glover is a board and card game producer and developer for FFG Studio. She has worked on Cosmic Encounter, Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne – The Wars to Come, Fallout: The Board Game,  Star Wars: Rebellion – Rise of the Empire, Android: Mainframe, and many more. She... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 6:00pm - 6:50pm EDT
 Annapolis 4

8:30pm EDT

Gaming After Dark
The fun at Escape Velocity continues after the sun sets! Come to our Gaming After Dark event, where we will have various board games and video games on hand for you to play. Play an old favorite or discover a new adventure! Volunteers will be on hand to guide you through the games if you have any questions.


Staff
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 8:30pm - 11:30pm EDT
 Baltimore 3
  Gaming & Simulation

8:30pm EDT

Ogre Battles in Washington, DC
Back for its second year! Play Steve Jackson’s classic game of science fiction warfare on a scale map of Washington DC.

In the 22nd century, the world is at war.

Jet-pack-equipped, battlesuit-armored infantry launch shoulder-fired nukes, combat hovercraft skim the ground at 150 kph, while semi-autonomous tanks loose tac-nuke smartshells from electromagnetic cannons.

And the most powerful weapon of all has no human crew – the battlefield is ruled by gigantic sentient cybertanks called ‘Ogres’.

The year is now 2115. The world’s great empires are destroyed. After a twenty-year war with the Paneuropean Federation, the North American Combine has shattered into a thousand competing factions – The Factory States, ruled not by humans, but by Artificial Intelligences, some benevolent, some not.

Now, the last of the emergency power reactors has failed, and the automated defenses surrounding the former Combine Eastern Regional Capitol are clear. The long-abandoned city lies ripe for plunder. Six competing Factory States now send their forces to loot and burn Washington, D.C.

Order your tanks to roll up Route 66! Nuke the Wilson Bridge! Reduce your office building to radioactive rubble!

No rules familiarity required; all materials provided.

Speakers
Staff
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 8:30pm - 11:30pm EDT
 Baltimore 3
 
Saturday, May 26
 

9:00am EDT

Video Game Programming and Development: It's More than Syntax
When you want to program a video game, what tool and programming language should you choose? There are a plethora of accessible video game-making tools available to developers of all ages. Join video game developers Eric Guadara and Daniel Greenberg to learn your options and why, in the end, the language isn't what makes the game.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Greenberg

Daniel Greenberg

Founder, Winterion Game Studios, George Mason University
Daniel Greenberg teaches in the Computer Game Design program at George Mason University, with a focus on history and analysis. His research tackles the emerging topics surrounding digital games, including their defined role as an art form, the language used to describe them, the manner... Read More →
avatar for Eric Guadara

Eric Guadara

The Administrator of This Facility, Dashing Cape Games
Eric Guadara has been working in games since 2010.  He started out as a journalist and has been published in Well Played, an academic games journal.  Eric has been making games for two years, specializing in audio production and programming.  His notable works can be found at ... Read More →

Staff

Saturday May 26, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
 Annapolis 4

10:00am EDT

Cosmic Encounter®: Quick Start / Alien Combos / Play Designers
  • New to Cosmic?  Learn in a few minutes. Check out Cosmic Quick Start & Alien Combos
  • Play Game of Thrones, the iron throne. It’s like being in your own HBO episode. (based on the Cosmic game system)
  • Join or watch games with Cosmic pros and Cosmic designers.
  • Check out Cosmic Encounter on TableTop Simulator - take a trip into a live TTS game.
  • “The Ultimate Answer to Life, The Universe and Everything is...42!” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Speakers
avatar for Peter Olotka

Peter Olotka

Game Designer, Future Pastimes
Game Designer: Cosmic Encounter, Game of Thrones the Iron Throne, Frank Herbert's Dune, Isaac Asimov's Robots, HOAX, Gearworld, Twilight Imperium REX & four dozen other published titles. Peter works together with his son Greg Olotka and design partner Bill Eberle as Future Pastimes... Read More →
avatar for Greg Olotka

Greg Olotka

Greg has been a Cosmic Encounter contributor since writing his first alien history (Warpish) when he was 10 years old. Since then he has been wrangling the swarm of 196 alien images into a multitude of digital formats. He produced Cosmic Encounter Online starting with the 1997... Read More →
avatar for Jack Reda

Jack Reda

Cosmic Encounter's number one fan, Jack Reda has also been a contributor to Fantasy Flight's edition, as well as a designer on Cosmic Dominion.  He is currently the Cosmic Encounter World Champion.


Saturday May 26, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Exhibit Hall - Booth A2 (Cosmic Encounter)

1:00pm EDT

Cosmic Encounter® Alien Secrets
Decades of designing hundreds of aliens, with Cosmic Encounter Designer Peter Olotka:

  • The secret of alien combos

  • Where on earth did these 195 aliens come from?

  • Inventing Expansion Sets

  • Alien art over the decades and around the world

  • How to come up with new ideas

  • No Fair! The basis of Alien design

  • Let's design some aliens right now


Moderators
avatar for Peter Olotka

Peter Olotka

Game Designer, Future Pastimes
Game Designer: Cosmic Encounter, Game of Thrones the Iron Throne, Frank Herbert's Dune, Isaac Asimov's Robots, HOAX, Gearworld, Twilight Imperium REX & four dozen other published titles. Peter works together with his son Greg Olotka and design partner Bill Eberle as Future Pastimes... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
 Annapolis 4

2:00pm EDT

Exoplanets as Seen Through Video Games
Exploring the worlds beyond Earth remains one of the primary objectives of science. Thus, science fiction has always taken up the challenge of imagining what these worlds might be like. But through the medium of video games, whole new opportunities arise. Gone is the necessity of Earth-like worlds. Indeed, the more alien and bizarre the world, the better. Join this discussion of Metroid, Xardion, Gradius, and many others across gaming’s history to see just what types of worlds might await us among the stars.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Aldrich

Robert Aldrich

Robert V. Aldrich is a novelist and writer based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. He writes mostly sci-fi/fantasy, and draws inspiration from anime, video games, comics, lucha libre, and even opera (no really, it’s true). Robert has three books published through Caffeine & Ink Books... Read More →

Staff

Saturday May 26, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
 Baltimore 3

2:00pm EDT

Cosmic Encounter®: Play in TableTop Simulator with Cosmic Encounter Designer Bill Eberle
  • Play in a TableTop Simulator game with Cosmic Designer Bill Eberle
  • One seat available (swap out with other players at timed intervals)
  • Watch live stream twitch of the game


Speakers
avatar for Bill Eberle

Bill Eberle

Bill Eberle first got involved with the ideas which led to Cosmic Encounter when he was 25 in the summer of 1971, on a beach in Orleans Massachusetts. He says, “The ideas, the quest for what Peter Olotka and I thought would be a perfect game, and then the proof: a game where... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Exhibit Hall - Booth A2 (Cosmic Encounter)

3:00pm EDT

Cosmic Encounter®: Into The Future
Discuss with the Cosmic Insiders:

  • Player ideas for Cosmic Encounter's future

  • Learn the Nitty Gritty of Cosmic on TTS

  • Cosmic on Patreon - help with our Cosmic planning

  • Organizing Cosmic Encounter games locally


Speakers
avatar for Peter Olotka

Peter Olotka

Game Designer, Future Pastimes
Game Designer: Cosmic Encounter, Game of Thrones the Iron Throne, Frank Herbert's Dune, Isaac Asimov's Robots, HOAX, Gearworld, Twilight Imperium REX & four dozen other published titles. Peter works together with his son Greg Olotka and design partner Bill Eberle as Future Pastimes... Read More →
avatar for Greg Olotka

Greg Olotka

Greg has been a Cosmic Encounter contributor since writing his first alien history (Warpish) when he was 10 years old. Since then he has been wrangling the swarm of 196 alien images into a multitude of digital formats. He produced Cosmic Encounter Online starting with the 1997... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Exhibit Hall - Booth A2 (Cosmic Encounter)

8:30pm EDT

Gaming After Dark
For the second night in a row, the fun at Escape Velocity continues after the sun sets! Come to our Gaming after Dark event, where we will have various board games and video games on hand for you to play. Play an old favorite or discover a new adventure! Volunteers will be on hand to guide you through the games if you have any questions.

Staff
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 8:30pm - 11:30pm EDT
 Baltimore 3
  Gaming & Simulation

9:00pm EDT

The National Security Decision-Making Game (Science Fiction Edition)
Explore the boundaries between science–fact and science-fiction. Experience new technologies, world crises and experience mysterious events our near future 2035 scenario. Help deal with world challenges as leaders. Expect anything from crazed dictators, revolutions, pandemics, global warming, uncontrolled artificial intelligence, universal state surveillance,  new technologies, new genetic breakthroughs, artificial intelligences, or other surprises in our world that is not quite “as-you-know-it”. 

NSDMG is an intense face-to-face immersive multiplayer seminar role-playing game. Players represent large social, industrial, political and military groups in real-world nations experiencing major domestic and international challenges where their interaction/negotiations with others drive world changing events.

Our staff’s in-depth knowledge of the military, political, economic and social aspects of world events allow for engaging believable and exciting play. In our games, player decisions make a difference—there are no inevitable outcomes. 

NSDMG provides a synthetic learning experience where participants can gain insights into the basics of international relations AND experience some aspects of the governance, culture, and circumstances impacting how other nations work.

Well-loved Sci-fi prizes (used sci-fi books and DVDs) for all participants in the game.

Tickets: $5 for Escape Velocity pass holders, $20 for the general public. Click here for tickets: https://www.universe.com/embed2/events/the-national-security-decision-making-game-science-fiction-edition-tickets-oxon-hill-D7MQBV

Speakers
avatar for Mark McDonagh

Mark McDonagh

USN Captain (retired)
Mark has a BA & MA in Physics, and does research in submarine analysis/support. He worked for Sonalysts. Mark is also a former Naval War College instructor, including being a operator/participant in various military exercises and wargames. Mark is also the co-founder of the National... Read More →
avatar for Robert Mosher

Robert Mosher

US Foreign Service (retired)
Robert is Retired US Army (Armor); Retired US Foreign Service (State Department) Robert participated in scenario design and execution of exercises, conflict simulations, and models, including Cold War Continuity of Government; NATO exercises, Center for Army Analysis Strategic Mobility... Read More →
avatar for Merle Robinson

Merle Robinson

DoD Civilian Analyst (retired), NSDMG
Merle S. Robinson is the Lead Wargame Designer for the National Security Decision-Making Game since 2001 (NSDMG premiered at DragonCon 1990). NSDMG is a Department of Defense style economic/political/military game covering past, present and future geopolitical situations where participants... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Charles Hildebrandt

Charles Hildebrandt

Production Counsel, Museum of Science Fiction
Charles represents, advises, and litigates on behalf of clients in commercial, copyright, and entertainment law matters, including film, television, publishing, games, and music production, licensing, and distribution. Charles has over 20 years of experience negotiating and drafting... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 9:00pm - 11:59pm EDT
 Woodrow Wilson D
 
Sunday, May 27
 

10:00am EDT

Cosmic Encounter®: The Days of Future Past
  • Get the designer's tall tales of how Cosmic made it to 42.
  • REJECTED dozens of times
  • Poke around the Cosmic Archives see 1972 “Universe Game”
  • Tell us about your first Cosmic game
  • What’s it like living with six aliens for five years?
  • The history of digital Cosmic from 1986 to 2018
  • The Fantasy Flight revival

Speakers
avatar for Peter Olotka

Peter Olotka

Game Designer, Future Pastimes
Game Designer: Cosmic Encounter, Game of Thrones the Iron Throne, Frank Herbert's Dune, Isaac Asimov's Robots, HOAX, Gearworld, Twilight Imperium REX & four dozen other published titles. Peter works together with his son Greg Olotka and design partner Bill Eberle as Future Pastimes... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Exhibit Hall - Booth A2 (Cosmic Encounter)

10:00am EDT

Cosmic Encounter®: Quick Start / Alien Combos / Play Designers
  • New to Cosmic?  Learn in a few minutes. Check out Cosmic Quick Start & Alien Combos
  • Play Game of Thrones, the iron throne. It’s like being in your own HBO episode. (based on the Cosmic game system)
  • Join or watch games with Cosmic pros and Cosmic designers.
  • Check out Cosmic Encounter on the TableTop Simulator - take a trip into a live TTS game.
  • “The Ultimate Answer to Life, The Universe and Everything is...42!” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Speakers
avatar for Peter Olotka

Peter Olotka

Game Designer, Future Pastimes
Game Designer: Cosmic Encounter, Game of Thrones the Iron Throne, Frank Herbert's Dune, Isaac Asimov's Robots, HOAX, Gearworld, Twilight Imperium REX & four dozen other published titles. Peter works together with his son Greg Olotka and design partner Bill Eberle as Future Pastimes... Read More →
avatar for Greg Olotka

Greg Olotka

Greg has been a Cosmic Encounter contributor since writing his first alien history (Warpish) when he was 10 years old. Since then he has been wrangling the swarm of 196 alien images into a multitude of digital formats. He produced Cosmic Encounter Online starting with the 1997... Read More →
avatar for Jack Reda

Jack Reda

Cosmic Encounter's number one fan, Jack Reda has also been a contributor to Fantasy Flight's edition, as well as a designer on Cosmic Dominion.  He is currently the Cosmic Encounter World Champion.


Sunday May 27, 2018 10:00am - 3:00pm EDT
Exhibit Hall - Booth A2 (Cosmic Encounter)

1:00pm EDT

No Man's Sky - Every Developer's Dream and Nightmare
No Man's Sky, released in 2016, was a highly anticipated game from the highly acclaimed indie game developer Hello Games. Despite the acclaim and strong anticipation, the development and release of this game was met with much frustration and criticism. In this panel, Eric Guadara will present the details of No Man's Sky, including the success No Man's Sky inital development brought to Hello Games, the ensuing nightmare of the game's development and release, and ultimately the lessons learned.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Guadara

Eric Guadara

The Administrator of This Facility, Dashing Cape Games
Eric Guadara has been working in games since 2010.  He started out as a journalist and has been published in Well Played, an academic games journal.  Eric has been making games for two years, specializing in audio production and programming.  His notable works can be found at ... Read More →

Staff

Sunday May 27, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
 Baltimore 3

2:00pm EDT

Board Games... in SPAAAAAACE!!!
You wake up on a dreadnought, looking over your empire to assess the damage. One sector was hit with a heavy push but your fighters held their ground. You examine the center of the galaxy, and with the latest fleetwide upgrade installed you decide to break a treaty and take it for yourself. The resources to be obtained are worth it and you have enough firepower and computer assistance to hit your target.

Not bad for a single turn of a board game, is it?

Board games have been exploring the concepts of space travel, discovery, and combat for decades now, but have had to overcome the physical limitations of an analogue 2-D medium to do it. How do these boxes of assorted bits of cardboard, plastic, and wood transport us into the deepest parts of the galaxy? We will discuss the good and the bad, and what we can do better to add a little sci-fi to your table.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Hyre

Tom Hyre

Director of Panel Operations, MAGFest
Tom Hyre is on loan to Escape Velocity from MAGFest, where he's been Director of Panels for six years, and often steps in as a discussion moderator to keep the qualified experts from wandering off-topic or degenerating into unintelligible jargon.  In real life he's a specialist in... Read More →

Staff

Sunday May 27, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
 Woodrow Wilson B

3:00pm EDT

A Brave New World - For Video Games
Video games have come a long way form the early days of Atari 2600 and and video arcades. Technology is poised to bring today's players an immersive virtual or augmented reality with procedurally-generated worlds of breathtaking detail and AI driven inhabitants to encounter during play. But are we prepared for the generation of games that will be built on these advances? We're still using joysticks with buttons to control them, but not for long if we demand more realistic controls to match the visual experiences we receive. Join us as we discuss how recent technology like the Nintendo Switch is changing how we play video games and the challenges future game designers will face fulfilling player expectations in this brave new world.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Hyre

Tom Hyre

Director of Panel Operations, MAGFest
Tom Hyre is on loan to Escape Velocity from MAGFest, where he's been Director of Panels for six years, and often steps in as a discussion moderator to keep the qualified experts from wandering off-topic or degenerating into unintelligible jargon.  In real life he's a specialist in... Read More →
avatar for Carl Rauscher

Carl Rauscher

When Carl was young, his mother told him he could be anything he wanted and he's tried hard to accomplish just that. He's driven a nuclear submarine, landed a Cessna plane, hunted squirrels with a slingshot, shook an astronaut’s hand, got kicked out of a midnight showing of Rocky... Read More →

Staff

Sunday May 27, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
 Baltimore 3