James Simpson

James Simpson has been developing games, websites, and apps for nearly two decades. As the founder of Oklahoma City’s first game studio, GoldFire Studios, he’s directed, written, and led development on a wide range of games on all major platforms, spanning from massively multiplayer to single-player narrative adventures. James is also the founder of the Oklahoma Game Developers meetup, which is a group focused on growing the Oklahoma game-development community through learning and networking.

Noon | Location: Sooner A

The Magic of Plotting

How do you develop a novel's plot? Is it luck, trial and error, or are there classic approaches and outline techniques to bring out your best story? Learn to give your story form in the world. Bring forth your creativity to deliver a cohesive storyline and satisfying tale!

Moderator: vickey malone kennedy

Panelists: vickey malone kennedy, J.H. Fleming, Rie Sheridan Rose, James Simpson, Mario Wytch

Tracks: Writing & Publishing

2:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Bedlam 2 Boardroom

Demo: Arctic Awakening Video Game

What's it take to make a video game? Find out from local game developer James Simpson in this demo session featuring the upcoming narrative adventure game, Arctic Awakening (releasing late 2022 or early 2023 on PC, Xbox and PlayStation). (1 hour. Limit 14 participants in room at one time.)

Moderator: James Simpson

Panelists: James Simpson

Tracks: Gaming

7:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Interior Courtyard - Atrium

Literary Beers

Join panelists in the hotel lounge for lively conversation. BYO beverages, please.

Moderator: Julie Barrett

Panelists: Julie Barrett, La Blanke, Brook Bullock, Charles Dane Clark, Dr Paisley, Phillip Drayer Duncan, J.H. Fleming, Tim Frayser, Caleb Haldane, Nick Johnson, Bekah June, Mike Kennedy, Kimber, Dennis McDonald, Paula Helm Murray, Pigeon, Alan J Porter, James Simpson, Bradley H Sinor, Sue Sinor, A C Smart, Stevo the Gutter Nerd, ET Wardwell, Steven E. Wedel, Mario Wytch

Tracks: General Interest, Writing & Publishing, Meetup, Food & Drink

Noon | Location: Embassy Hotel: Bedlam 2 Boardroom

Demo: Arctic Awakening Video Game

What's it take to make a video game? Find out from local game developer James Simpson in this demo session featuring the upcoming narrative adventure game, Arctic Awakening (releasing late 2022 or early 2023 on PC, Xbox and PlayStation). (1 hour. Limit 14 participants in room at one time.)

Moderator: James Simpson

Panelists: James Simpson

Tracks: Gaming

11:00 AM | Location: Sooner A

Grab Your Tea & Slippers: Why Cozy Video Games Are Taking Over

Let’s get comfy and discuss why cozy, wholesome games are an upcoming force in the industry, share examples of our favorites, and discuss why we shouldn't hide the fact that we want kinder, gentler titles to enjoy!

Moderator: Michael Mosley

Panelists: Michael Mosley, J.H. Fleming, Lollalotus, James Simpson, Stevo the Gutter Nerd, the Lo-Fi Ky

Tracks: Culture & World Affairs, Gaming

1:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Bedlam 1 Boardroom

Demo: Arctic Awakening Video Game

What's it take to make a video game? Find out from local game developer James Simpson in this demo session featuring the upcoming narrative adventure game, Arctic Awakening (releasing late 2022 or early 2023 on PC, Xbox and PlayStation). (1 hour. Limit 14 participants in room at one time.)

Moderator: James Simpson

Panelists: James Simpson

Tracks: Gaming