The Best and Worst of Times

This is a guest post by Camdon Wright, one of the winners of the IGDN Metatopia Diversity Scholarship and designer of the RPG, One Child’s Heart, about his experience at Metatopia 2017.

Trigger warning: Childhood depression and suicide


I have loved gaming since I first stole my cousin’s expert Dungeons and Dragons blue box (sorry, Steven). I never played the game but I spent hours reading through everything it contained. I have obsessed over characters, stories, moments of sadness and joy, and how to create honest moments at a gaming table for most of my life.

I’ve lived all over the west coast but spent most of my childhood in Alaska. When we moved to Denver, Colorado 8 years ago I discovered a substantial and supportive gaming community. I began to seriously focus on my writing and game design five years ago, and in the last year that work has borne fruit. I’ve finished my first game, Madness and Desire, and sold my first adventure to a publisher.

When I submitted my application to the IGDN Metatopia Diversity Scholarship, I didn’t really consider the possibility that I might win. Everything I put in that form was as authentically me as I could make it. I thought that was enough to ensure I would never win. Continue reading

2017 Metatopia Scholarship Winners

Becoming a successful game designer and self-publisher is not an easy task, one each of us struggles with on a daily basis. Getting your foot in the door to start a burgeoning career designing board games, card games, and tabletop roleplaying games can be daunting for many and some traditionally have a harder time than others. It’s for this reason the IGDN, in partnership with Double Exposure Inc., created the Metatopia Scholarship program.

The goal of the program is to help expand the diversity of talent in the independent market by providing them with travel expenses, accommodation, and badges to this year’s Metatopia, an annual game design and publishing conference located in New Jersey. You can learn more about Metatopia on their website.

Thanks to donations from people like yourself and our 2017 partners (Ottawa Story Games, Big Bad Con, Nerd ABQ, and Games To Gather), we’re extremely pleased to announce this year’s eight Scholarship winners. That’s right – eight brand new faces are going to Metatopia! It’s the most we’ve ever been able to assist with the Scholarship and we want to thank all of our donators and the committee members who sifted through the 30+ applications to make these difficult final decisions. Continue reading