So here's one we're rather pleased with. Bringing PGC San Francisco (June 27th to 28th) to a near-close on Day 2 of the conference is The Walking Dead – Road To IP Success panel, set within the Indie Sucess track.
Featuring the magnificent trio of Skybound's Dan Murray, Scopely's Jori Pearsal and Telltale Games's Job Stauffer, the discussion will take The Walking Dead as the core premise to delve into the art of making IP work both longterm and cross medium.
"I believe that the way The Walking Dead games have evolved, retaining their own distinct voice as playable experiences and yet still being so clearly tied into the integrity of the IP, hold important lessons for any developer," said moderator Oscar Clark, Unity Technologies evangelist and lover of all things zombified.
The audience will be treated to the stories behind how each of the panelists became involved with the projects, how the teams developed the game concept, and, crucially, what the interaction between the studios and IP holder Skybound.
In doing so, the discussion should also explore the challenges faced and how the issues of working with such an iconic IP were resolved.
It should prove a fascinating session for developers looking for universal lessons on working with IP, of course, but the experience and knowledge of these fine participants should also ensure it's a damn good panel.
The 'IP' element is a particular focus for the PGC programme this year which for San Francisco also includes monetisation, eSports, IP, influencers, social casino, big data, design methodology, market overviews, live ops, business strategy, publishing, social platform gaming, F2P mechanics knowhow, funding, analytics and plenty more courtesy of our gorgeous 100 speakers.
Surrounding this core content are our fringe events in the form of a Badge Pick Up party, the Very Big Indie Pitch competition, SpeedMatch session, Samsung Indie Lounge, Day One Party (preceded by the exclusive Speaker Reception), and our handy dedicated Meeting System.
Plus, it's not just mobile. Anyone who crosses over to virtual, augmented, or mixed realities is welcome to check out sister-conference VR Connects SF. PGC SF delegates automatically get full and free access.
Best of all, for those thinking of joining us, as a PG.biz reader you can grab a 15% discount if you register using code PGBIZ15.