Future Play – Game Conference


When: Friday May 4th – Sunday May 6th

Attendance: Limited to 35

Where: Heart of the Deernicorn Workshop 207 4th ave E, Olympia WA 98506

Cost: $50 (Diversity scholarships available. See below.)

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Join us for an intimate weekend of tabletop and live action role play with celebrated designer Jason Morningstar as we explore the science fiction world of SIRAI. This collection of 7 games uses an array of live action, tabletop, and hybrid design techniques to interrogate history through the lens of science fiction.

Topics covered include:

  • The post-war partitioning of the Middle East in (Apportionment)
  • The plight of combat interpreters in Afghanistan (Terps)
  • The colonization of Australia (Durance)
  • The modern day refugee crisis in Lesbos (The Line)

and others.


Over the course of three days you and your fellow players will immerse yourself in this shared world adding depth and fluency to the experience of play.
There will be 2-3 pre-assigned slots each day with plenty of space to socialize and have casual discussions with fellow attendees. We will schedule it so everyone has an opportunity to play a variety of games with different people.


2pm Opening Ceremony

3-6pm Slot01

6-8pm Dinner

8-11pm Slot02



10am-1pm Slot03

1-3pm Lunch

3-6pm Slot04

6-8pm Dinner

8-11pm Slot05



10am-1pm Slot06

1-3pm lunch

3-6pm Slot07

6pm Closing Ceremony

About Jason Morningstar

Jason Morningstar (left)

Jason Morningstar is a game designer who lives and works in Durham, North Carolina, USA. In addition to tabletop and live action roleplaying games, he has also made games for clients like Google and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His collaborations include the #feminism collection, Fastaval nominee Old Friends with Ole Peder Giæver, and the popular Love in the Time Of… games with Matthijs Holter.

Jason’s games have been featured at Indiecade and in the Gen Con 50th anniversary museum. He has been a guest at a variety of events, including Ropecon, Gen Con, Lucca Comics and Games, and Dragon Con. Jason was a keynote speaker at the 2016 Living Games conference.

Beyond roleplaying, Jason consults on the use of games for teaching and learning, most recently with the University of California, University of Michigan, Kaiser-Permanente Health Care, and the Innovation Learning Network.

In addition to design, Jason has written extensively on game-related topics. His articles have appeared in the anthologies Analog Game Studies, States of Play and Unframed.



Heart of the Deernicorn strives to foster a safe space for all of its attendees. By attending our events you agree to treat other attendees and staff with respect and compassion. If you are experiencing harassment of any kind, speak to our on-duty staff and they will make sure you are taken care of. Harassment of any kind is not welcome and may result in the offending party being removed from the event without a refund.


Diversity Scholarships and Accommodations

Heart of the Deernicorn recognizes that in order to make game spaces feel welcoming to everyone, work must be done to lower the barriers to attending. One way we hope to address this is by offering scholarships to anyone who is experiencing identity-based oppression. We define this as oppression that targets people of color, non-cis, non-male, indigenous identities, and/or people who have disabilities. If you would like to a full or partial scholarship or any other kind of accommodation please email ross@heartofthedeernicorn.com and I will do what I can to help out.


One of the play spaces we will be using is up a flight of stairs, if you need accommodation let us know and we will make sure your games are all scheduled on the ground floor. Our bathroom is on the ground floor but kind of small and dosen’t have bars.