The XPO Game Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever this year. Following its inaugural event in 2016, XPO boasts a jam-packed weekend where attendees will have opportunities to attend panels, demo games, compete in tournaments, enjoy tabletop games, join cosplay contests, relax in a retro gaming lounge, and more. Scroll down for a complete schedule – and be sure to check out our Guidebook!

Show Floor Hours

Friday, October 13: 12:00pm-7:00pm [musical performances end at 10pm]
Saturday, October 14: 10:00am-7:00pm [musical performances end at 10pm]
Sunday, October 15: 10:00am-4:00pm

All-Day Events

Friday-Sunday    October 13-15

Event Partner  Location Description
PC & Console Free Play Oklahoma eSports  eSports Arena Oklahoma eSports will have free PC and Console game stations available all weekend
Console Fighting Game Free Play Game Over Entertainment  Main Floor – Console Area Come throw down in Smash Bros Wii U and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite!
Retro Lounge OKgamers  Main Floor OKgamers has packed XPO to the brim with full-size arcade cabinets and retro game consoles running on CRT televisions. It’s a retro gamer’s paradise – no quarters required!
Laser Tag Bad Wolf Ops  Laser Tag Arena Unlimited laser tag for all XPO attendees, brought to you by Bad Wolf Ops
Cosplay Mythos Creations  Contest registration in XPO lobby area Register for the cosplay contest on Saturday, or just strut your stuff on the show floor.
VR Showcase See “VR Showcase” Below  Main Floor Try the latest in virtual reality and explore a new gaming frontier
XPO Awards Voting  Voting station in the XPO lobby
Head to registration to vote for your favorite game at XPO!
Indie Alley Indie Alley Independent game developers from around the world will be on the floor, showing off their games. Stop by, say hi, and try out amazing games you’ve never seen before.
Made in Oklahoma Showcase (Closes at 7pm)  Main Floor Check out games being made right here in Oklahoma and meet their creators.
Tournament Broadcasting (Ends at 8pm) Oklahoma eSports  Main Stage Overwatch and League of Legends tournaments kick off today. Come watch the play-by-play
PC and Console Tournaments Oklahoma eSports  eSports Arena Register on-site to compete in games like Rocket League and Hearthstone
Tabletop Gaming Free Play Alien Games  Tabletop Area Alien Games will have a full library of tabletop games to try out. Pull up a seat to play an old favorite with friends, or try something new!
Tabletop Tournaments and Demos Alien Games  Tabletop Area Register on-site to compete in in games like Magic: The Gathering, demo new games and more. Win decks and promos from Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, Vanguard, Weiss Schwarz and Buddy Fight!
Magic: The Gathering Draft Tournaments (Friday & Saturday) Alien Games  Tabletop Area Register on site to compete in Magic: The Gathering drafts all day until 4pm on Friday & Saturday.

Schedule

Friday, October 13    12:00pm-7:00pm

Time Title Participants Location Description
12:00PM XPO OPENS Welcome to XPO!
12:30PM-1:15PM From Journalism to Content Creator  Michael “Zafmod” Mosley  Main Panel Room How does a freelance video game journalist survive in the era of YouTube and Twitch, what are some of the hardest adjustments they face and how does the change in audience affect gaming journalism as a whole? Freelance journalist and podcast creator, Michael Mosley AKA Zafmod, talks about these things and how everybody can become both.
1:00PM League of Legends Tournament Start Oklahoma eSports eSports Arena Come watch top university, professional and amateur League of Legends teams duke it out, with thousands of dollars on the line!
1:30PM-2:30PM Chiptune & Gaming Music! Michael Blanton AKA Metroyd Myk Main Panel Room Are you a lover of retro video game music? Have you ever wanted to learn to make your own?! METROYD MYK CAN SHOW YOU HOW! See how much fun it is to get down and dope with a local chiptune artist who makes all his music right off a Nintendo GAMEBOY!
2:30PM-3:15PM Just Say Yes: My path from hobbyist to full time Indie Dev Riley Dirksen, Creator of Graveball Game Creators Panel Room Ben Cook of Well Bred Rhino will lead a deep dive into basic design concepts of the Metroidvania, exploring what makes this particular genre so unique and powerful and how to successfully implement aspects of it in your own game. Ben will also talk about the valuable lessons that these games have to teach us about creating varied experiences in a fleshed out world, and how these teachings can be applied to virtually every genre you may be developing.
3:00PM-4:00PM Growing Up Destructoid: From One Side of the Game Industry to the Other Nick Chester, Epic Games; Rey Gutierrez, Murder Palace Main Panel Room After starting at legendary gaming website Destructoid, Nick Chester and Rey Gutierrez have seen their careers span all across the game industry. From Destructoid to Microsoft, PlayStation, Harmonix, Epic Games and beyond, it’s been an amazing ride. In this panel, hear their stories, ask them questions, and probably see some embarassing video footage of Nick (that was shot by Rey, of course).
3:30PM-4:15PM Game Design Contrast and the Metroidvania Ben Cook, Well Bred Rhino Game Creators Panel Room Ben Cook of Well Bred Rhino will lead a deep dive into basic design concepts of the Metroidvania, exploring what makes this particular genre so unique and powerful and how to successfully implement aspects of it in your own game. Ben will also talk about the valuable lessons that these games have to teach us about creating varied experiences in a fleshed out world, and how these teachings can be applied to virtually every genre you may be developing.
4:30PM-5:30PM My Favorite Terrible Game Bill Gardner, The Deep End Games; Jim Bonney, The Deep End Games; Michael Futter, Bithell Games; Moise Breton, Gamesbymo Main Panel Room It’s easy to praise games that are well-made, exciting, and timeless, but let’s be honest: we all have that one truly awful game that we just adore. A game that is objectively, unquestionably terrible, and yet it has a permanent place in our hearts. It’s time to bring those wonderfully dreadful experiences out into the light and celebrate them together! Join our panelists as they discuss their personal favorite terrible games.
4:30PM-5:15PM The ramifications of shipping our first game: A postmortem of Ramify. Daniel Jackson, Create Something Interesting LLC Game Creators Panel Room From starting a new company to shipping a new IP, a lot of decisions are made along the way when making a game. Come learn why the team behind Ramify made those decisions.
5:30PM-6:15PM Write Your Own Adventure: Creating & Sharing Interactive Fiction Games Kevin Snow, Bravemule Game Creators Panel Room Interactive fiction is a type of game where the player makes choices to advance a story. Kevin Snow (Bravemule) will demonstrate how anyone with access to a computer, regardless of their current coding experience, can write their own interactive stories using free modern software such as Twine, Ren’Py, and Unity. Snow will then discuss popular ways to share those finished stories with diverse communities on the Internet.
6:00PM-7:00PM From Passion to Paycheck: Kasper’s Personal Quest for the Cause iKasperr, Twitch Partner Main Panel Room Counter Logic Gaming’s all-star streamer iKasperr has been climbing the ranks of livestreaming stardom since 2012. With championship titles, speedrunning world records, and millions of dollars raised for a plethora of charitable causes, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone that does not respect the work that he does. But 5 years ago, just before he started his broadcasting career, Kasper had absolutely no interest in playing video games for a living – he just wanted to make a positive difference in the world. During this panel, Kasper will be sharing his personal journey from young charity advocate to rising superstar and how the melding of those two worlds – his passion for video games and charity fundraising – helped skyrocket him to become the successful broadcaster he is today.
6:30PM-7:15PM Developer Round Table: Breaking Into Game Creation Matt Raithel, Graphite Lab; John Torkington, White Lotus Interactive; Andy Nguyen, Pocketwatch Games; Jeff Giasson, M4 Game Creators Panel Room Breaking into game creation is one the hardest things you may ever do. Join Matt Raithel, Studio Director of Graphite Lab, for a look at how to not only break into the industry, but how to stay in it. John Torkington of White Lotus Interactive (XING: The Land Beyond), Andy Nguyen of Pocketwatch Games (Monaco, Tooth & Tail), and Jeff Giasson of M4 (Aftergrinder) provide their perspectives as well.
7:00PM-8:30PM Entertainment: Music Metroyd Myk Main Stage Tulsa artist Metroyd Myk takes the stage to perform original chiptune music, played live on a Nintendo Game Boy!
8:30PM-10:00PM Entertainment: Music The Returners Main Stage Listen to this amazing band play your favorite game music like you’ve never heard it before – from Zelda to Undertale!
10:00PM XPO CLOSES See you tomorrow!

Saturday, October 14    10:00am-7:00pm

Time Title Participants Location Description
10:00AM XPO OPENS Welcome back to XPO!
10:00AM Fighting Game Tournament Registration Game Over Entertainment Main Floor – Console Area Register to compete in the Smash Bros Wii U and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite tournaments. Free registration for XPO attendees!
10:15AM-11:00AM Overcoming Shyness and Making Friends Lauren Liebowitz, The Returners Main Panel Room If the thought of talking to strangers makes you uncomfortable, but you really want to make new nerdy friends, this is the session for you! We’ll go over tips on meeting new people and having conversations, and then we’ll practice them together in a safe space. Whether you just need a little nudge or the thought of talking to strangers makes you anxious, you’ll be among people who understand and are here to support you. It’s like the tutorial level of making friends!
10:15AM-11:00AM Sound is our Sight – Perception’s Audio and Echolocation Bill Gardner and Jim Bonney, The Deep End Games Game Creators Panel Room Sound design is often overlooked in video games, but it makes up the terrifying core of the new horror game, Perception. Join Bill Gardner and Jim Bonney of The Deep End Games as he discusses the creation of Perception, a game starring a blind protagonist who can only “see” using sound and echolocation. Filled with indsutry veterans who have worked on the BioShock series and Dead Space, The Deep End Games knows a thing or two about making you afraid to turn off the lights.
11:15AM-12:45PM To the Point: Industry Pros Discuss the Biggest Gaming Trends Michael Futter, Bithell Games; Andrea Rene, What’s Good Games; Nick Chester, Epic Games; Ben Myres, Nyamakop; Mat Milizia, Frostkeep Studios Main Panel Room The games industry is always changing, with today’s innovation rapidly becoming tomorrow’s cliche. Our panel of industry insiders will take a look at where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going. We’ll discuss the big current trends (Early Access, the resurgence of PC gaming, the triple-I revolution, and the reign of DLC) and gaze into the crystal ball to figure out where we’re headed in the coming years.
2:00PM Yu-Gi-Oh Battle City Tournament Alien Games Tabletop Area Head over to the Tabletop area to compete in Yu-Gi-Oh! Battle City. Winner takes home a special play mat! See tabletop area for registration.
1:00PM-2:00PM Keynote: Development & Design with Chris Avellone Chris Avellone, Writer & Creative Director Main Stage Join legendary writer Chris Avellone for the XPO keynote address. Chris’ talk will focus on game development lessons accumulated through trial and error (and a little success). These lessons are intended to help developers and designers avoid the same mistakes and improve the quality of their games. From early foundations in school to managing scope on larger projects, Chris Avellone will run through a variety of topics that can help the workflow of games currently in development.
2:15PM-3:00PM Jigsaw: What makes good puzzle games great Ben Myres, Creative Director of Nyamakop Game Creators Panel Room A good puzzle game allows us to ride a wave of challenge and success to a cathartic feeling of achievement. Some of the most beloved games of all time, from Braid to Portal utilise puzzles to entertain players. In this talk, Nyamakop game designer, Ben Myres, will take you under the hood of great puzzle games to show you how from puzzle-to-puzzle and level-to-level, these games keep you interested, while avoiding frustration. The talk will allow both players and designers to grasp how the controls, tutorials, and level element design must all be in perfect balance to create a balanced experience that players adore
2:15PM-3:15PM How To Make It in the Gaming Industry Jenny Gibbons, Woodsy Studio; Kintinue, Partnered Twitch Streamer; Kristine Steimer, What’s Good Games; Brittney Brombacher, What’s Good Games Main Panel Room Hear the stories of four people who found success in four very different parts of the game industry! Featuring Kristine Steimer and Brittney Brombacher of What’s Good Games, partnered Twitch streamer Kintinue, and Jenny Gibbons, owner and operator of Woodsy Studio.
3:00PM Cardfight!! Vanguard Tournament Alien Games Tabletop Area Compete in Cardfight!! Vanguard. Winner takes home a special play mat! See tabletop area for registration.
3:15PM-4:00PM Here There Be Monsters: Uncharted Waters of Storytelling David Condolora, Brain&Brain Game Creators Panel Room Stories have been part of video games from the beginning, but with games still such a young medium, interactive storytelling techniques continue to develop. David Condolora, developer of Burly Men at Sea and a former Pixar editor, will examine the past and present of video game storytelling, and discuss where it may be going and how developers can fulfill the creative and emotional potential of interactivity.
3:30PM-4:30PM Finding Success in the Streaming Biz: A Roundtable with iKasperr, Kintinue, Toothpickvic, and Shoagie Streamers iKasperr, Kintinue, Toothpickvic and Shoagie Main Panel Room Becoming a big streamer on Twitch seems like every gamer’s dream, these days. Playing video games for a living (even part-time) certainly sounds like a dream, but it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to make it as a streamer. Join In this panel, Twitch icons iKasperr, Kintinue, Toothpickvic and Shoagie share their stories and offer a peek into their lives as streamers. Stay for their advice on how to build a community and put yourself out there, and ask some questions during the Q&A!
4:15PM-5:00PM Developer Round Table: Building Game Development Communities in Tulsa and Beyond Host: Richard Mitchell, Tulsa Game Developers & XPO| Panelists: Ben Myres, Nyamakop; Mary McKenzie, Volcano Bean; Daniel Jackson, Create Something Interesting LLC; Royce Rogers, Overhook Games Game Creators Panel Room Join indie developers from Tulsa to St. Louis to South Africa for a discussion on how their game development communities got started, and how to join our game development community right here in Tulsa!
4:45PM-5:45PM Taking Over the World with What’s Good Games Andrea Rene, Brittney Brombacher, and Kristine Steimer of What’s Good Games Main Panel Room Join Andrea Rene, Brittney Brombacher and Kristine Steimer for a look at the creation of their gaming media powerhouse, What’s Good Games. Learn how the girls got their start in the games industry, and what brought them together. Writing, podcasting, video production, streaming, community building – WGG does it all, and the team has a breadth of experience in every corner of the industry. This panel will also feature audience Q&A. Come have fun and learn from some of the best!
5:15PM-6:00PM Telltale and the Power of Choices in Games Chris Schroyer, Telltale Games Game Creators Panel Room Games are full of choices. While some games are content solely to let you choose which alien to shoot first, others offer more compelling decisions. Few developers know this as well as Telltale Games, creator of amazing games like The Walking Dead, Tales from the Borderlands, The Wolf Among Us, and Minecraft: Story Mode. Join Telltale Game Narrative Designer Chris Schroyer for a discussion on the power of choices in video games. What makes a “good” choice good? What makes a “bad” choice bad? Chris will offer a quick primer on what Telltale does in the design department by dissecting a handful of examples in detail. Sound good? Just remember, if you choose not to attend this panel Chris will remember this.
6:00PM Cosplay Contest Winners’ Ceremony Mythos Creations Main Stage Head to the main stage to see which cosplayer will be taking home the trophy!
6:15PM-7:00PM Sound is our Sight – Perception’s Audio and Echolocation Bill Gardner and Jim Bonney, The Deep End Games Game Creators Panel Room Sound design is often overlooked in video games, but it makes up the terrifying core of the new horror game, Perception. Join Jim Bonney of The Deep End Games as he discusses the creation of Perception, a game starring a blind protagonist who can only “see” using sound and echolocation. Filled with indsutry veterans who have worked on the BioShock series and Dead Space, The Deep End Games knows a thing or two about making you afraid to turn off the lights.
7:00PM-8:30PM Music: Heatbox Heatbox Main Stage Heatbox, the epitome of the one man show, takes the stage to deliver an incredible beatboxing performance. Listen for some of your favorite gaming tunes and amazing original songs.
8:30PM-10:00PM Music: Bit Brigade Bit Brigade Main Stage Speedrun rockers Bit Brigade return to XPO for an incredible encore performance. Watch them speed through classic Nintendo games while playing the soundtrack live! On the menu tonight: Castlevania, Batman, and … DuckTales!
10:00PM XPO CLOSES See you tomorrow!

Sunday, October 15    10:00am-4:00pm

Time Title Participants Location Description
10:00AM XPO OPENS Welcome to XPO!
10:15AM-11:00AM Tooth and Tail: A Psychological Approach to Re-Designing RTS Andy Nguyen, Producer/Designer at Pocketwatch Games Game Creators Panel Room Tooth and Tail was built on the premise of making a game that could appeal to hardcore Real Time Strategy gamers and new players alike. Co-Designer Andy Nguyen will talk us through the various thought processes and iterations of Tooth and Tail, which became an epic 4 year journey to discover what Real Time Strategy meant for us, and how we could improve it for future audiences.
10:15AM-11:15AM What Kind of Pokémon Are You? Summer Rain Main Panel Room We’re going to take a closer look at your personality traits and daily habits to discover your Pokémon type, explore your strengths and weaknesses, and give you some insight on how to “battle” through life even when you might not be “super effective!” Join life-long Pokémon fan and higher education professional Summer Rain to learn more about yourself, through the Pokémon world!
11:30AM-12:30PM Intro to Cosplay Materials Lori, Heathery, and Sheila, Mythos Creations Main Panel Room Join Mythos in a discussion about the various materials used in cosplay, such as fabrics, Worbla, craft foam, Wonderflex, resin, clays, and more. The discussion will cover the debunking of myths and will exhibit physical examples of the various materials.
11:15AM-12:00PM Surviving Indie: My 14 Year Path in Game Dev Richard James Cook: Game Developer, Filmmaker, Speaker Game Creators Panel Room One doesn’t typically take 14 years to achieve their goals. Sometime it takes a lifetime of work. I can now see what that might be like with most of mine having been dedicated to looking for success in game development. Come talk with me as I take you through my career, from my early beginnings at Full Sail, to my movie signing with Devolver Digital, working with Rooster Teeth, and beyond. Learn from the failures I’ve made, the risks I took, and what I had to consider when I had to start over.
12:00PM Yu-Gi-Oh Battle City Tournament Alien Games Tabletop Arena Head over to the Tabletop area to compete in Yu-Gi-Oh! Battle City. Winner takes home a special play mat! See tabletop area for registration.
12:15PM-1:00PM Bullet Hell: The Creation of Blasters of the Universe Josh Manricks, Secret Location Game Creators Panel Room From inception to launch, Technical Director Joshua Manricks will recount the development cycle of Blasters of the Universe from its early days as a tech demo complete with hacked motion capture gloves through its early access launch and full release. Touching on team composition, process, tools, interaction design, optimization and public demos, this all encomposing talk will recount the journey and learnings of Secret Location’s first large scale VR game.
12:30PM-1:30PM Cardfight!! Vanguard Tournament Alien Games Tabletop Arena Compete in Cardfight!! Vanguard. Winner takes home a special play mat! See tabletop area for registration
12:45PM-1:45PM The House That Game Attack Built: An Hour with Craig & Bolen Craig Skistimas and Shaun Bolen, Game Attack Main Panel Room Join Craig and Bolen, the crew from YouTube sensation Game Attack, as they discuss their careers in gaming media. The Game Attack crew will also offer advice for anyone looking to get into the industry, build communities and get their voices heard. Be sure to stick around for audience Q&A!
1:15PM-2:00PM Make Games Not Excuses Jaycee Salinas, Ask An Enemy Studios; Dano Harry, Prismic Studios; Riley Dirksen, Goin’ Yumbo Games Game Creators Panel Room To College or not to College. That isn’t the question. Are you an artist? A musician? Can you make people laugh? Tell interesting stories? What is your skillset? Do you have anything to show off that skillset? I dropped out of a “game design” school to create Ask An Enemy Studios in my hometown of El Paso, Texas. I’m now working on A Duel Hand Disaster: Trackher for Consoles and PC. It wasn’t easy. Let’s discuss the pros and cons. It’s not about what’s right or wrong, but what’s best for you.
2:00PM-2:45PM Toner Low Podcast Cory “Kaz” Hunt, Ron “Nox” Teel, Lucas “TC” Dewoody Main Stage Join the crew from Tulsa’s own Toner Low Network once again for a live podcast.
2:00PM-3:00PM Beware and Warning: A LIVE Choose Your Own Adventure Game Show! Allen M Jenkins, Pagemaster, Host
Drew Joseph Allen, Co-Host, Writer for Geek Melee
Joe Flanders, Co-Host, Artist and Creator of Ninja and Pirate Webcomic
Jessica Doll, Co-Host and Animator
Main Panel Room Beware and Warning is a Choose Your Own Adventure Game Show podcast, and the live version is even more fun. Join your Pagemaster Allen Jenkins and his guests as they navigate through a Super Mario themed Choose Your Own Adventure book with YOUR help. The audience makes the decisions!
2:15PM-3:00PM Creating English-Language Visual Novels From Scratch Malcolm Pierce, Jenny Gibbons, Woodsy Studio Game Creators Panel Room While popular in Japan, western developers have traditionally ignored the visual novel format. Very few original English-language visual novels have been widely released, even though other genres have borrowed liberally from the format. Learn more about the format and Woodsy Studio’s journey from creating traditional VNs in Ren’Py to building their current project, an adventure game/VN hybrid developed in Unreal Engine 4.
3:00PM-4:00PM XPO CLOSING CEREMONIES Main Stage Join us at the main stage for some closing remarks, and the presentation of the XPO Audience Awards.
4:00PM XPO CLOSES See you next year!

eSports Tournament Schedule

Game Day Time
League of Legends
Registration
Friday, October 13 – Saturday, October 14 1:00pm start (Fri) – 4:00pm end (Sat)
Overwatch
Registration
Saturday, October 14 – Sunday, October 15 4:00pm start (Sat) – 1:00pm end (Sun)
Hearthstone
Registration
Saturday, October 14 1:00-5:00pm
Rocket League
Registration
Saturday, October 14 2:00-4:00pm
Halo 5
Registration
Saturday, October 14 3:00-5:00pm
Super Smash Bros. 4
Registration Onsite
Saturday, October 14 1:00-5:00pm
Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite
Registration Onsite
Saturday, October 14 3:0054:00pm

 

 

Pricing & Availability

Tickets are available for purchase online through Eventbrite. Early Bird Weekend Passes are available for $65 until September 1, 2017. Single Day Passes (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) can be purchased for $35 each. All ages are welcome!