Pendleton Ward and ‘Mountain’ Creator Headline IndieCade 2014

IndieCade has revealed a few of the conference speakers for this year’s IndieCade Festival, which will return to downtown Culver City, CA October 9-12. Additional speakers and topics will be announced soon, as well as the final list of games to be showcased at the festival.

IndieCade also announced the first participants for the IndieCade Festival Keynote Discussion. They will be David O’Reilly, creator of the independent game Mountain, and director of the video game sequences included the 2013 hit film by Spike Bonze, Her; and Pendleton Ward, creator of the hit animation series Adventure Time.

The initial list of speakers and topics include:

  • Jon Peterson, author of Playing with the World, and Sam Roberts, IndieCade Festival Director, discuss the 40th anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons and its impact on indie games
  • A panel conversation on sustainable business models for indie developers featuring Kellee Santiago (Ouya, Indie Fund), Greg Rice (Double Fine), and Robin Hunicke (Funomena)
  • An exploration of emerging narrative strategies in games including Tracy Fullerton (Walden), and Peter Brinson and Kurosh ValaNejad (The Cat and the Coup)
  • A panel about race and racism in games moderated by Shawn Allen (Treachery in Beatdown City)
  • A talk on the fifth anniversary of Toronto’s Hand Eye Society.
  • A session full of short talks on the secret history of indie games
  • "Why __ Matters”, a series of short talks by developers and critics on important topics indie games are missing out on. Speakers include Ian Bogost, Beth LaPensee and Diana Santiago
  • A community conversation moderated by Raph Koster and Greg Costikyan on the economic structures of the game industry

In addition, tickets for the festival are now available on the IndieCade website at The All Access pass grants admission to the Awards, the GameSlam, the Beer Garden Party, the Keynote Discussion, and much more.

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