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Tabletop Summit: 'Deadbolt': A 10-Year Retrospective

Elizabeth Sampat  (Game Director, Electric Square / Lively)

Location: Room 3016, West Hall

Date: Monday, March 20

Time: 1:20 pm - 1:50 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Design

Format: Lecture

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

In 2012, Elizabeth Sampat sat down with seven friends in a Seattle park and played the first session of a game she'd just made called Deadbolt. Ten years later, she's run Deadbolt in five countries for hundreds of people.

A game about intimacy, vulnerability, and truth, Sampat designed Deadbolt to teach herself how to connect to others by giving of herself, and being receptive to others in turn. In this retrospective, she explains what she's learned from this experience—about game design, about humanity, and about herself.


Attendees will be inspired to see the systems in everything around them, and to perhaps make their own games using the same principles that inspired Deadbolt.

Intended Audience

This is for anyone in game development—especially those with an interest in developing emotional or serious games.