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Lisa Smedman

Author Guest of Honor

Lisa Smedman is an accomplished author and game designer, with 24 books published to date, covering a wide range of topics: science fiction and fantasy novels, a murder mystery, alternative-history fiction, and non-fiction histories of Vancouver, the city she lives in. She has written novels set in the AD&D Forgotten Realms universe and the Shadowrun universe, as well as a number of original novels. Her latest novel, Windship: The Crazy Plague, is a hard science-fiction novel set on a colony world. Her most recent book is Weird Jam, a collection of short stories.

Lisa has designed adventures for the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons game (primarily for the Ravenloft and Dark Sun worlds), as well as for the Indiana Jones and Star Wars roleplaying games. She was one of the founders of Adventures Unlimited, a magazine for roleplaying game enthusiasts.

A newspaper journalist and editor for more than 20 years, she currently teaches game design at LaSalle College Vancouver.

Lisa facilitates a bi-weekly writers’ workshop and has been active in organizing science-fiction conventions. She has also written three one-act plays which were produced by an amateur Vancouver theater group.

Her real-time bidding card game, Merchants of the Sands, is due for publication soon by Rather Dashing Games. She has also designed several tabletop-miniatures combat games, including Trench Raid, a solo wargame to be published this summer by Compass Games.

Lisa takes part annually in the Global Game Jam, and hosts smaller game jams; one of these produced Co-opoly, a “conversion kit” (board game equivalent of a mod) that takes the Monopoly game back to its anti-capitalist roots. The game, which was nominated for Indiecade 2019, can be found at Monkey Mind Games.

Lisa loves exploring the intersection between narrative and interactivity, either in digital format (using the Twine or RPG Maker game engines) or in the form of board/card games. She does so as a member of The Papercut Arcade.

A complete list of Lisa’s books and games can be found on her website.

https://lisasmedman.wixsite.com/author

https://www.monkeymindgames.com/

https://thepapercutarcade.ca/

 

Noon | Location: Oklahoma E

Dragonflight

Build an origami dragon and take flight in a new game by Lisa Smedman (designed for Soonercon!) that that mixes RPG elements with improv storytelling.

In Dragonflight, each player is a helper to a newly hatched dragon bound for adventure. Players must seek each other out and combine their puzzle pieces to solve Tetris-like puzzles that unlock quests, then work cooperatively to overcome story-based challenges. Can your hatchling survive, thrive – and perhaps most importantly, start amassing a hoard of treasure?

Dragonflight can be played in small bursts over the course of the convention, whenever players have time. Participants can identify each other by the origami dragons each wears. The quests are designed to be tackled by ever-changing groups of three to twelve players (or even more!) and feature a real-time rock-paper-scissors mechanic to resolve challenges. The emphasis is on storytelling: how, exactly, will your little hatchling defeat opponents, triumph in a battle of wits, or negotiate hazards along the road to treasure? Participants in the game will be invited to enter their names for a prize.

The game is designed for up to 500 players. Components (character card, puzzle pieces, link to the rules) will be available from Lisa Smedman's table in the Exhibtors Hall – or, for that matter, anywhere she happens to be during the convention. Feel free to ask her for everything you need to get into the game – and don't forget to ask her to autograph your dragon's character card while you're at it!

Moderator: Lisa Smedman

Panelists: Lisa Smedman

Tracks: Gaming, Writing & Publishing

Noon | Location: Oklahoma E

Autographs

Meet Lisa Smedman at her table in the Exhibitors Hall. (1 hour)

Profile: Lisa Smedman

Tracks: Autographs

02:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma G

A Fantastic Time: Time and Storytelling

How does time as a thematic element play into fantasy and adventure stories? Quests are races against time, time has magical properties, the Nothing is nothing ... Debate mythical or religious beliefs regarding time and its influence on characters and plots. Is it cyclical or linear, or altogether something else?

Moderator: Stephen Patrick

Panelists: Lisa Smedman, David J. Pedersen, vickey malone kennedy, Stephen Patrick, Ted Pennella

Tracks: Fantasy, Pop Culture & Entertainment

03:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma E

Autographs

Meet Lisa Smedman at her table in the Exhibitors Hall. (1 hour)

Profile: Lisa Smedman

Tracks: Autographs

05:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

Building Your Own Fantasy World

Embark on a quest to create the perfect realm! Whether you're a Dungeon Master, game designer, or author, a vibrant world can breathe life into your story. Our panelists discuss developing cultures, lore, geography, and magical systems that will make your world a fantastic experience. We'll give you the knowledge and tools to unleash your creativity and imagination.

Moderator: Lisa Smedman

Panelists: David Carrico, J.H. Fleming, Lisa Smedman, Selina Rosen

Tracks: Fantasy, Writing & Publishing, Gaming

06:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma HIJ presented by Fowler Automotive

Opening Ceremonies

Soonercon 32's official opening. Emcee John Eads/Jim Shorts will show us that Adventure Awaits!

Moderator: John Eads/Jim Shorts

Panelists: Thousand Faces Cosplay, Alex Organ, Casey Alden aka eBay Miniature Rescues, Matt Cavanaugh, Noah Hathaway, Crash Thunderpants, Megan Shipman, John Eads/Jim Shorts, Lisa Smedman, Sentinelbait, TKM Cosplay, Aislinn Burrows, Miss OoLaLa, Dawn Frost Cosplay, Natalie Van Sistine, Halite, Crystal Sully

Tracks: General Interest, Meetup

07:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma G

VIP Friends of Soonercon Reception

VIP Friends of Soonercon membership-exclusive social event with Soonercon 32 guests of honor and featured guests. Refreshments and beverages provided. Thank you to our 2024 VIP Friends of Soonercon!

Moderator: -

Panelists: Thousand Faces Cosplay, Alex Organ, Casey Alden aka eBay Miniature Rescues, Noah Hathaway, Megan Shipman, John Eads/Jim Shorts, Lisa Smedman, Miss OoLaLa, Dawn Frost Cosplay, Doug Cockle, Natalie Van Sistine, Halite, Crystal Sully

Tracks: Meetup

10:00 AM | Location: Oklahoma E

Autographs

Meet Lisa Smedman at her table in the Exhibitors Hall. (2 hours)

Profile: Lisa Smedman

Tracks: Autographs

10:00 AM | Location: Oklahoma E

Dragonflight

Build an origami dragon and take flight in a new game by Lisa Smedman (designed for Soonercon!) that that mixes RPG elements with improv storytelling.

In Dragonflight, each player is a helper to a newly hatched dragon bound for adventure. Players must seek each other out and combine their puzzle pieces to solve Tetris-like puzzles that unlock quests, then work cooperatively to overcome story-based challenges. Can your hatchling survive, thrive – and perhaps most importantly, start amassing a hoard of treasure?

Dragonflight can be played in small bursts over the course of the convention, whenever players have time. Participants can identify each other by the origami dragons each wears. The quests are designed to be tackled by ever-changing groups of three to twelve players (or even more!) and feature a real-time rock-paper-scissors mechanic to resolve challenges. The emphasis is on storytelling: how, exactly, will your little hatchling defeat opponents, triumph in a battle of wits, or negotiate hazards along the road to treasure? Participants in the game will be invited to enter their names for a prize.

The game is designed for up to 500 players. Components (character card, puzzle pieces, link to the rules) will be available from Lisa Smedman's table in the Exhibtors Hall – or, for that matter, anywhere she happens to be during the convention. Feel free to ask her for everything you need to get into the game – and don't forget to ask her to autograph your dragon's character card while you're at it!

Moderator: Lisa Smedman

Panelists: Lisa Smedman

Tracks: Gaming, Writing & Publishing

01:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma E

Autographs

Meet Lisa Smedman at her table in the Exhibitors Hall. (1 hour)

Profile: Lisa Smedman

Tracks: Autographs

02:00 PM | Location: Sooner A

RPG & Board Game Design

Do you have an idea for a game you'd like to make, or even a prototype? We'll cover basic design elements, game structure, and what has led to success for games in the past, as well as the business side of licensing, publishing, and marketing!

Moderator: Lisa Smedman

Panelists: Jeff Provine, Lisa Smedman, DM Dave, Mark Finn

Tracks: Gaming, Business & Marketing, General Interest

04:00 PM | Location: University B

Worlds of Words and Wonder: Q&A with Author and Game Designer Lisa Smedman

Imagine a world where science-fiction novels transport you to distant galaxies, and board games spark lively conversations. This is the creative realm of Lisa Smedman, a multifaceted creator who thrives at the intersection of storytelling and interactivity. A prolific author with 24 books across various genres, Lisa is also an experienced RPG-game designer. Her work bridges the gap between traditional narratives and interactive experiences. In this presentation, join Lisa for a Q&A where she will delve into her works and the creative approach that fuels her passion for fostering imaginative communities.

Moderator: Lisa Smedman

Panelists: Lisa Smedman

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, Gaming, Fantasy

05:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma E

Autographs

Meet Lisa Smedman at her table in the Exhibitors Hall. (2 hours)

Profile: Lisa Smedman

Tracks: Autographs

10:00 AM | Location: Oklahoma E

Autographs

Meet Lisa Smedman at her table in the Exhibitors Hall. (1 hour)

Profile: Lisa Smedman

Tracks: Autographs

10:00 AM | Location: Oklahoma E

Dragonflight

Build an origami dragon and take flight in a new game by Lisa Smedman (designed for Soonercon!) that that mixes RPG elements with improv storytelling.

In Dragonflight, each player is a helper to a newly hatched dragon bound for adventure. Players must seek each other out and combine their puzzle pieces to solve Tetris-like puzzles that unlock quests, then work cooperatively to overcome story-based challenges. Can your hatchling survive, thrive – and perhaps most importantly, start amassing a hoard of treasure?

Dragonflight can be played in small bursts over the course of the convention, whenever players have time. Participants can identify each other by the origami dragons each wears. The quests are designed to be tackled by ever-changing groups of three to twelve players (or even more!) and feature a real-time rock-paper-scissors mechanic to resolve challenges. The emphasis is on storytelling: how, exactly, will your little hatchling defeat opponents, triumph in a battle of wits, or negotiate hazards along the road to treasure? Participants in the game will be invited to enter their names for a prize.

The game is designed for up to 500 players. Components (character card, puzzle pieces, link to the rules) will be available from Lisa Smedman's table in the Exhibtors Hall – or, for that matter, anywhere she happens to be during the convention. Feel free to ask her for everything you need to get into the game – and don't forget to ask her to autograph your dragon's character card while you're at it!

Moderator: Lisa Smedman

Panelists: Lisa Smedman

Tracks: Gaming, Writing & Publishing

11:00 AM | Location: Boomer A

Build Your Own Pantheon

How to create your own array of gods and goddesses for a new world. Will you have a god of hiccups, or a goddess of lint? How will your divinities be served or worshipped? What is their role and how does a religious system enhance the worlds fantastic?

Moderator: Chaz Kemp

Panelists: David Carrico, Lisa Smedman, Paul Carlson, Selina Rosen, Chaz Kemp, Laura J. Underwood

Tracks: Fantasy, Writing & Publishing

01:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

Magical Rules: Writing Systems of Magic

How would you create a world with magic? Will the magicians cast spells by speaking, making gestures with their hands, praying to a god? How does magic interact with the rest of the world? Inventing systems of magic requires creativity and an incredible attention to detail. Creatives discuss their approach to creating memorable magical worlds.

Moderator: Daniel Erickson

Panelists: A. Lee Martinez, Daniel Erickson, Lisa Smedman, Sally Hamilton, Magician Michael Corley

Tracks: Fantasy, Writing & Publishing

02:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma E

Autographs

Meet Lisa Smedman at her table in the Exhibitors Hall. (1 hour)

Profile: Lisa Smedman

Tracks: Autographs

04:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma HIJ presented by Fowler Automotive

Closing Ceremonies

Soonercon 32's official closing. Emcee John Eads/Jim Shorts launches us into Soonercon 33, coming 2025.

Moderator: John Eads/Jim Shorts

Panelists: Thousand Faces Cosplay, Alex Organ, Casey Alden aka eBay Miniature Rescues, Matt Cavanaugh, Noah Hathaway, Crash Thunderpants, Megan Shipman, John Eads/Jim Shorts, Lisa Smedman, Sentinelbait, TKM Cosplay, Miss OoLaLa, Dawn Frost Cosplay, Natalie Van Sistine, Crystal Sully

Tracks: General Interest, Meetup