Seigecon Atlanta 2011!!!!

Ellen and I just got back from Georgia where we took part in a great con!  It’s designed to help students and young people who are interested in designing games meet professionals in the industry and learn how it works.  It’s called SeigeCon, and if you are someone who wants to get into writing, 3d modeling, level design, character modeling, programing, sound design, composing or acting in computer games I highly recommend it.  It was very well run and everyone had a great time as well as getting to hear from professionals involved in every discipline involved in making computer games.

We met some wonderfully talented young people and took part in three panels: Superstars of Game Audio and How They Got That Way, Secrets of Getting into Game Audio, and Rickwood Music Presents the voices of Portal and Team Fortress 2.  Jesse James Allen, Bryan Higa, Chris Rickwood and Watson Wu joined us on the first two panels — all of them wonderful composers and sound designers.  Together we were able to present the various challenges of getting into all aspects of game audio, from music composition and sound design to writing and acting.

I was also able to show off that I was the author of a new novel, Dancing with Eternity (available now on! Check it out!) and Ellen and I signed copies for fans.  They were really stoked to meet us and excited that I’d written a science fiction novel.  We were able to spend a good amount of time with each person there, counseling them on how we got into the biz and what they should have to improve their chances.

All in all it was a great weekend and we had a marvelous (read ‘exhausting’) time!  I brought the banjo and we had a GLaDOS hootenanny, with Ellen singing both “Want You Gone” and “Still Alive” by Jonathan Coulton.  For those of you who have been visiting other universes for the last couple of years, those are Ellen’s hit songs from Portal and Portal 2.

Keep snipin, mates!

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6 Responses to Seigecon Atlanta 2011!!!!

  1. Stacy says:

    I just finished your book a day ago and I tracked down your blog just to tell you ‘thank you’ for such a phenomenal read! It was one of the best books I’ve picked up in ages!

    Now my only question for you is: are you planning on coming to Minneapolis anytime in the near future? It would be an honor to get your signature on my copy of your book! 🙂

    • john says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed Dancing with Eternity! I’m not sure when Ellen and I will be in Minneapolis, but I have worked at the Ordway in St. Paul and we have friends there. If there is a FanCon for computer game fans there have them invite us. We’d love to come!

  2. Jeremiah Clark says:

    Any plans for an audiobook version of Dancing with Eternity? I find I don’t have much time to sit and read, but I can listen while I’m doing other things. has been working directly with authors lately, might be an option. I mean, it’s not as though you’ll have to find someone to read it 🙂

    • john says:

      I can neither confirm nor deny that an audiobook of DWE is in the works. I can neither confirm nor deny that the recordings are going very well. I can neither confirm nor deny that Ellen is helping me.

  3. Hello! I’m Akira. (aka that eleven year old from Dragoncon who wouldn’t stop talking to you guys and came back to your booth again because i saw a BLU spy and hoped you guys were safe.) your website is awesome 😀 (much better than mine. all we have there are some stories that my friend makes up.) I do have a question to ask, though. Will you be coming to Dragoncon (or anywhere near Georgia) again? Because besides Stephen Merchant and David Tennant, you and Ellen are like the only people i actually get excited about. 😛

    • john says:

      Ellen will be at SeigeCon in Atlanta in October. I’m sure we’ll try to get back to DragonCon. We won’t be able to make it to Momocon this year. It was great to meet you!

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