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September 13, 2020, Online, USA
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Conversations around sex and sexuality shouldn’t be shied away from. How can we bring these topics into games? What are the design and safety considerations? How can we design an enjoyable experience that is not offensive and embarrassing? This panel will provide examples of games that have new and unique mechanics inspired by the topic of sex and kink. Robert Yang, designer of The Tea Room, Hurt Me Plenty, and the newly released, Hard Lads, will be joined by Lucian Kahn, co-editor of the “Honey and Hot Wax: An Anthology of Erotic Art Games” (Pelgrane Press), Kat Jones & Will Morningstar, designers of the alien-sex game You Inside Us, and Mary Georgescu and Yuxin Gao, two of the three founders of Eat Melon Studio, publishing the card game, Nothing to See Here!. Together they will review their design inspirations, process, and challenges.

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Robert Yang
Game Designer at NYU GAME CENTER
Kat Jones
Game Designer at Independed
Mary Georgescu
Founder at Haiduc
Yuxin Gao
Game Designer at Independed
Lucian Kahn
Game Writer at Independed
Will Morningstar
Game Designer at Independed
Cyril Focht
Independent game developer at Freelance

Robert Yang makes surprisingly popular games about gay culture and intimacy — he is most known for his historical bathroom sex simulator The Tearoom and his male shower simulator Rinse and Repeat, and his gay sex triptych Radiator 2 has over 150,000 users on Steam. He is currently an Assistant Arts Professor at NYU Game Center.

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Kat Jones (she/they) is a queer Latina game designer and scholar. Kat is the co-author of two games in Honey & Hot Wax: An Anthology of Erotic Games, The Sleepover with Julia B. Ellingboe and You Inside Us with Will Morningstar.

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Mary Georgescu is a narrative game designer and founder of Haiduc. She is currently working with Eat Melon Studio to launch a card game and has two zine ttrpgs that have fully funded and are being fulfilled on kickstarter.

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Yuxin Gao is a game developer, designer, and curator based in NYC. Her work explores interactive media for social change with a focus on social issues in China and the U.S. In addition to her love of digging into emerging technologies, she actively crafts new interfaces to make these experiences accessible to a wider audience.

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Lucian Kahn is best known for designing Visigoths vs Mall Goths (ENnie-nominated Best Writing, 2020) and Dead Friend: A Game of Necromancy (IGDN-nominated Most Innovative, 2019), and for co-editing Honey & Hot Wax: An Anthology of Erotic Art Games (Pelgrane Press, 2020)

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Will Morningstar (xe/they) is a trans designer of games and rituals. Their work includes A Gentle Spirit, a solo game about an interaction with a strange and friendly creature, and The Blood Sings, a game for two about monster hunters stalking each other. Their particular fascinations include fear, tenderness, monstrosity, healing, and the fragile borders of the self.

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Cyril Focht is an independent developer who recently finished a master’s in computational media from UCSC, where his focus was in interactive narrative. The year since he graduated, until the pandemic, had been spent living on the road, connecting more deeply with people who have been physically distant in his life, and using those experiences to inform his design practice.

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