Kent Davis

MisCon 30 Attending Professional

Kent Davis has spent most of his life making stories. He is a writer, game designer, actor, playwright, teacher, improvisational comedian, and unflappable vocation collector. He teaches in the Honors College at MSU and runs Dark Matter Studios with fellow Bozeman-ite Chris Organ. His first novel, A RIDDLE IN RUBY, a rowdy fantasy adventure featuring an imperfect girl, cobalt gearbeasts, and a sizeable helping of pluck and gumption, can be bought wherever books are sold. Book 2, THE CHANGER'S KEY, will be out from Harper/Greenwillow in September. He lives with his stunningly brilliant wife and a bold but wily dog ninja named Bobo in Bozeman, MT. His life as a gamer began when he discovered blue book D&D with friends in elementary school. He co-designed Epic Role Playing with collaborators Andrew Merz, Andy Monroe, and Chris Organ. His primary gaming interests include long, plot-driven campaigns, culturally driven character development, and the intersection between improvisation and wendigos.

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Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Politics of Steampunk, Gallatin
    Moderator: Peter Wacks (pjwacks); Panelists: David Boop, Kent Davis, Ann Gimpel, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Letís talk about diversity in steampunk. If steampunk primarily takes place in Victorian England, how can you add more diversity to your story? What authors do it well? Are there ways to write around the politics of that time without losing the essence of captured history?

  • panel Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, The Best of Games, the Worst of Games, Montana Boardroom
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Kent Davis, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Erik Evjen

    What are your favorite board and card games? Why? What makes a game good? What makes it bad? What are great games for newbies or those who havenít played before?

  • Break Fri 5:50 - Sat 1:00
  • panel Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, World Building 101, Ballroom C
    Panelists: Kent Davis, Deby Fredericks, Julie Frost, Hugh S. Gregory

    Let's talk about world building. Is it better to start with a fully fleshed out world or one that evolves as you write? Setting is still world building. How do you make it a living, breathing entity within your book? What elements do you need? Religions, cultures, races, diseases, economics?

  • Break Sat 1:50 - Sun 11:00
  • panel Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Interdisciplinary Projects and Creators, Glacier
    Moderator: Vandy Hall; Panelists: Kent Davis, Vandy Hall, L.F. Patten (Laurey), Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    More and more writers, artists, and publishers are doing a little bit of everything. Letís take a look at creators who dabble in multiple areas, what projects have been successful, and where and why they work well.

  • Break Sun 11:50 - Sun 5:00
  • panel Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Writing YA Fiction, Glacier
    Moderator: Meradeth Houston; Panelists: Kent Davis, Steve Diamond, Meradeth Houston, Brian Rathbone, April White

    Let's talk about young adult fiction. How does it differ from adult fiction? What are the major emotional expectations inherent in YA fiction? What are the responsibilities YA authors face that adult authors do not?

  • Break Sun 5:50 - Mon 11:00
  • panel Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, GM: Being Prepared for Anything, Montana Boardroom
    Moderator: Justin Farrington; Panelists: Kent Davis, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Justin Farrington

    As a GM, you must be flexible and ready to handle anything. How can you prepare to be flexible? Learn some tips and tricks from veteran GMs.

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