A number of us tabletop gaming people were present and part of Gunita: A Pursuit of Memory, the 10th Philippine International Literary Festival held this June 14-15, 2019 at the Great Eastern Hotel, Diliman, Quezon City. It was a joy to know that the National Book Development Board was happy to have tabletop games represented in the two day festival.
Present were Nathan of Project Tadhana, Lanz of the Greasy Snitches, Adrian who also represented Ambedo Art with Jonette. In addition, Daniel and Angela of Hey Meepling was also present!
For this event, I proposed a panel on Tabletop Role-playing Games: Better Self through Play.
I wanted to share to more people the fact that through role-playing games one can find numerous opportunities to better oneself. For the panel to work, however, I knew I needed more than just me to talk about it. Adrian was to help give a chronological perspective on how the hobby has grown, faded, then resurged in the country. Lanz was to share how communities have formed and even gone beyond just gaming; they are helping others better their own lives too. And Nathan was to share the importance of empathy in game design and how this in inherently present when one seeks to create something.
For those who weren't able to go, you can catch the recorded panel here:
This comes from being part of the AUTHOR(ities) event last year at the CCP. This is the second time tabletop games has become part of the literary festival in the country! I do hope its a trend that continues on so even more people can find opportunities to learn about gaming.
Also present were Thomas of The Epic Gaming Regiment and Marx of Balangay Entertainment who then were among the speakers in the panel on Crossing-over: Translating Literary Works to Different Media Forms. While I was originally asked to also be in that panel, I recommended Thomas instead to take my seat as I felt he had much more to contribute to the topic.
You can catch that panel discussion here:
Special love to the people who attended and showed their support and interest. To the people who asked questions, thank you for throwing out questions that really got us thinking about things. To the dad-daughter duo who were very interested in the panel, I do hope you get a chance to try the tabletop rpgs we recommended you, especially this Free RPG Day. To the staff, thank you so much for the kindness and generosity.
Thank you so much again to the NBDB for having us this year! And we look forward to hearing from you if you want us to be part of even more events in the future! Yay to reading and to enjoying stories even beyond books!