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Session Name: 'Blaseball': Game Development as Performance
Speaker(s): Gabe McGill, Joel Clark
Company Name(s): The Game Band, The Game Band
Track / Format: Design

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Overview: Blaseball is the wild, wacky, horrific baseball sim that probably took over your twitter at least once last year. It's also a game pushing the bounds of interactive narrative, by combining systemic story telling, emergent narrative, mass fan participation and performative game development to create a TTRPG-like massively multiplayer experience. This talk outlines the key principles and learnings that allow Blaseball to continue to function, explores some of the challenges and failures to be overcome, and provides case studies Blaseball's most successful moments -- the times when the Developers, Fans, and Simulation worked together to create deeply meaningful payoffs.

Game Developers Conference 2022

Gabe McGill

The Game Band

Joel Clark

The Game Band

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