I’ve mentioned this on my blog, but in case people here have more thoughts:
One suggestion that we’ve been kicking around on the mud for PAX East is a sort of fair, as follows:
Authors have the opportunity to work on tech demonstrations during February, focusing on one of several themes. These would not have to be full games — a single scene or mockup would suffice, as long as it gets the idea across. The point is to share interesting new concepts, not to produce finished products.
During PAX, these will be on show on laptops so that people would have a chance to experience them individually.
On Saturday afternoon when we have the big room available, there will be a dedicated Demo Fair time when we get together and play through the demos on a projector, and discuss.
Authors will be invited to talk about why they did what they did, if they’re present. It’s still permitted to submit a demonstration if you’re not going to be there, and you’re welcome to accompany your demo with some authorial notes to be shared with everyone.
This is not a competition, in that there will be no official prizes, judges, or winners, and anyone is free both to enter and to offer feedback on other entries.
The currently proposed themes are:
- New styles of NPC interaction
- UI concepts
It sounds like this is of interest to enough people that we’re probably going to do something like it.
Before we do an official public announcement, though — are there other themes we should include? Concerns or suggestions?