Boskone 2018!

Join me at Boskone (February 16-18, 2018) in Boston, MA for New England’s longest running science fiction and fantasy convention!

I will be moderating two panels and involved in two different group readings. AND, to my delight, I have been given a solo slot to give a talk on applying live action design principles to augmented reality games! It’s a shortened version of the talk I gave at the East Coast Game Conference last April, so if you’re a Boston local who’s interested in the topic but found Raleigh an untenable commute, I’d just like to point out that the Westin Waterfront is closer. 🙂

Curse Your Inevitable Romantic Subplot!

16 Feb 2018, Friday 16:00 – 17:00, Burroughs (Westin)

Just when things are getting good, somebody has to go and fall in love. Are romantic subplots required? And what makes them work or fail in the larger storyline?

Heather Albano (M), Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert, J. Kathleen Cheney, Kevin McLaughlin, Juliana Spink Mills


The Sword in the Stone: A New Beginning for the Arthurian Legends?

16 Feb 2018, Friday 18:00 – 19:00, Marina 2 (Westin)

First published in 1938 as a stand-alone tale, T. H. White’s The Sword in the Stone departs from older sources to (wonderfully) imagine King Arthur as a boy in Merrie Olde England. What did it bring to now-popular tropes such as shapeshifting, the hidden prince, or the magical education? Later incorporated into the first part of White’s 1958 novel The Once and Future King, it helped spark the musical Camelot. (And, of course, Spamalot.) Would we remember much about King Arthur, his Knights, and their Round Table without these books? How did they influence the wider fantasy genre? Have they been replaced by the stories they inspired?

Faye Ringel, Elizabeth Bear, E. Ardell, Auston Habershaw, Heather Albano (M)

Group Reading: Cambridge SF Workshop

16 Feb 2018, Friday 20:00 – 21:30, Griffin (Westin)

A rapid-fire reading by the members of the long-running Cambridge SF Workshop, featuring writers Heather Albano, James L. Cambias, F. Brett Cox, Gillian Daniels, Alex Jablokov, Steve Popkes, Ken Schneyer (M), Sarah Smith, and Cadwell Turnbull.

Group Reading: Broad Universe

17 Feb 2018, Saturday 17:00 – 18:00, Griffin (Westin)

Join members of Broad Universe — a nonprofit association dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and promoting female authors of science fiction, fantasy, and horror — as they read tidbits of works and works in progress. Celebrate 17 years of “Broads” with Elaine Isaak, Heather Albano, Roberta Rogow, LJ Cohen, and more!

Beyond Pokemon Go: Writing For Augmented Reality Games

17 Feb 2018, Saturday 20:00 – 21:00, Marina 1 (Westin)

Location-based augmented reality games are becoming increasingly popular in the mobile marketplace, and their unique structure offers new and exciting storytelling opportunities to writers and game designers alike. But AR games are not the first to incorporate the real world as a design element; live action roleplaying games have been doing this for decades. Veteran LARP designer Heather Albano will discuss how the best practices of live action design are being applied to early augmented reality games right now, and how game writers can leverage these design principles to create memorable (and successful!) AR games in the near future.


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