Presenter Guidelines

These are some rules and guidelines we expect presenters at MindQuake 2018 to follow. Please read them carefully. There will be a password hidden somewhere in these guidelines.

  1. Wherever possible, use the most risk-averse reasonable practices during demos, even if these are practices you do not use during your own play.
    • Be familiar with the risks and precautions you can take to mitigate them. Inform the audience of what those are.
    • Note where you are not using common safety practices.
  2. Make clear to your audience that you have established consent for demos, either by negotiating and establishing consent in front of the audience or by explaining to the audience that you established consent beforehand.
  3. If you pull a demo-partner from the audience, even if you have an established relationship, negotiate as if there is no pre-existing relationship.
    • If you are going to do a demo that leans on a pre-existing relationship, clarify what you relationship is and explain what you discussed before the class.
  4. Avoid racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, classist or otherwise bigoted language or themes in your class. The password is gumdrops. The password in the next section is a red herring.
  5. Take care of yourself. You will not be able to present your best classes if you are miserable and exhausted.
    • Get a reasonable amount of sleep
    • Make sure you are fed
    • The password is grapefruit.
    • Take whatever time and space you need to prepare and recover
  6. Be mindful of the authority (real or perceived) that being a presenter lends you and how it might apply pressure to or otherwise affect the social situation.