Schedule of Events

Panels

The weekend’s lineup of informative discussions will be held on the main stage in the William W. Philip Hall. Each panel runs for one hour, with half-hour breaks in between.

Friday

1:00PM : Narrative Design Chat
Join us for an hour-long discussion with prominent game developers Charles Cecil (Broken Sword, Beneath a Steel Sky), Dave Gilbert (Unavowed, the Blackwell series), Matt Costello (The 7th Guest, The 11th Hour), Deborah Todd (Reader Rabbit, Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego), and Emil Pagliarulo (Starfield, Fallout). Mat Van Rhoon leads the chat about their experiences and lessons learned while crafting stories for games.
2:30PM : That’s Edutainment!
What goes into making a game both entertaining and educational? Daniel Greenberg (George Mason University) hosts a discussion with creators Deborah Todd (Reader Rabbit, Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego), Robert Eric Heitman (Story Maker, Mixed-Up Mother Goose), and Lori and Corey Cole (Mixed Up Fairy Tales, Castle of Dr. Brain) on the pitfalls and possibilities of edutainment titles.
4:00PM : The 7th Guest Retrospective
Join The 7th Guest creators Matt Costello, Graeme Devine, and George “The Fat Man” Sanger as they discuss stories from creating the original CD-ROM horror classic, as well as the sequel, The 11th Hour. Led by Phantasmagoria 2‘s own Paul Morgan Stetler, you’ll hear tales about writing the puzzles, working with the actors to create haunting FMV scenes, and ask your own burning questions!

Saturday

10:00AM : Composing for Games
Join Space Quest Historian for a chat with illustrious game composers Al Lowe, Ken Allen, George “The Fat Man” Sanger, and Robert Holmes for a discussion that covers everything from mood and feelings to the nitty-gritty technical details. From the early days of single-tone PC speaker and FM synthesizers to the lush orchestral scores of today, this panel takes you on a historical journey through the magic of game music.
11:30AM : AMA with the Williams
Find out what you’ve always wanted to learn about the legendary founders of Sierra On-Line! Metal Jesus Rocks and Drunken Master Paul will kick off an impromptu discussion with Ken and Roberta Williams, and then pass the mic onto our audience to ask all their burning questions.
1:00PM : Sierra Days
Now that the bosses are out of the room, it’s time to hear all about what REALLY went on within (and beyond) the hallowed halls of Sierra, led by host Paul Quinn (aka Drunken Master Paul). You will not want to miss this who’s who reunion of adventure game giants, including Al LoweJane Jensen, Robert HolmesLori and Corey ColeRichard Aronson and more! 
2:30PM : Meet the Voices
You’ve heard their voices, but now meet the people behind many of your favorite gaming roles! Acclaimed indie developer Francisco González (RosewaterLamplight City) hosts a star-studded voice acting lineup including Dominic Armato (the voice of Guybrush Threepwood), Ivy Dupler (UnavowedWhispers of a Machine), Melissa Medina (StarfieldReturn to Monkey Island) and Richard Aronson (King’s Quest‘s own Cedric the Owl!). 
4:00PM : King’s Quest 40th Anniversary Retrospective
You feel a strange pulling sensation to this panel, as we discuss the legendary series King’s Quest with some of its many creators. We’ll take an hour-long stroll through Daventry, chatting about its many inspirations and challenges along the way. Who better to reminisce and take us all back to where it started than Ken and Roberta WilliamsJane Jensen, Lorelei Shannon, Richard Aronson, and (remotely) Josh Mandel.  

Sunday

10:00AM : Engineering Empathy
Dave Gilbert, founder of Wadjet Eye Games, talks about the importance of evoking empathy by the example of the Blackwell series and his new game Unavowed. Why should the player feel invested in your game, if they don’t care for the characters? Take away useful tips to avoid this pitfall.
11:30AM : Save Early, Save Often
Cade Peterson (Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER) and Alex Greenberg (aka GalexQuest, of Bethesda Game Studios) join a collection of familiar writers, YouTubers, podcasters and more to explore the why we die in games, relive some of their favorite deadly encounters, and chat about some themes and frustrations that surface when delving into the “great beyond.” 
1:00PM : Pixel Panel
Once upon a time, pixel art was just art, and cutting-edge art at that. But now, with all the bells and whistles of modern technology, there’s still something comfortably nostalgic about those wonderful blocky designs. So much so, they may be more popular than ever, and here to tell us all about it are several of the top modern indie game developers: Meredith Gran (Perfect Tides), Tom Hardwidge (Lucy Dreaming), Julia Minamata (The Crimson Diamond), and emcee Paul Korman (The Phantom Fellows).
2:30PM : Tex Murphy: Tesla Effect Retrospective
Join Mat Van Rhoon and Aaron Conners as they discuss stories from creating the latest Tex Murphy adventure with host Space Quest Historian. Hear insider stories about your favorite post-nuclear private investigator, and what it was like to be behind the scenes of this cyberpunk noir.
4:00PM : Live Speedrun
This might be over quickly! Popular YouTuber and speedrunner extraordinare OneShortEye shows us how to whiz through a game at breakneck speed without hurting ourselves. You’ll have to see it to believe it – just don’t blink or you might miss it. Cheering him on and probing for details about the secrets of successful speedrunning will be none other than Julia Minamata

Events

Each evening of the weekend features a unique showcase following the last panel. Locations for each event are specified in the description below.

Friday

6:00PM : Variety Show (Main Stage, William W. Philip Hall)
It’s a veritable buffet of entertainment, with features including a trivia game show, a cosplay contest, and a number of live game-themed musical performances by Al LoweErik Elsom, and Error 47
8:30PM : Late Night Panel (Greater Tacoma Convention Center)
Follow along with Joshua Cleveland, Matt Aukamp, and Paul Korman as we watch a cut of Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties, and take a deep dive into the… plot. This unscripted panel is sure to take quite the journey. Come for the panel, stay for the Afterparty!
9:30PM : Afterparty (Greater Tacoma Convention Center)
Once the distilled and fermented juices start flowing (and with a bar at the venue, you know they will!), it’s time to let our hair down for a live DJ set and singing ourselves silly at marioke (That’s exactly like karaoke, but with rewritten songs about our favorite video games)! The party runs until midnight.

Saturday

6:00PM : Adventure Game Awards & Hall of Fame Inductions (Main Stage, William W. Philip Hall)
We close out Saturday by recognizing the best of the best, beginning with awards for the top modern games of the last few years, followed by the best EVER with the inaugural inductions into the officially licensed Adventure Game Hall of Fame! You’ll want to dress up for this evening gala, interspersed with a variety of musical interludes, including never-before heard pieces and medleys created especially for this evening.

Sunday

5:00PM : Send-Off (Main Stage, William W. Philip Hall)
Alas, all good things must come to an end, and this last little gathering wraps up the Adventure Game Fan Fair 2024. With drives home ahead and planes to catch, we won’t keep you long — just enough to offer our sincere thanks, shed a few tears at the parting, allow time for photos, and then kick you all out. After all, someone’s gotta clean up the place!