The 2017 Gen Con Games on Demand starts this week! We hope we’ll see you there, in our space at the Hyatt Regency hotel, second floor, ballroom A/B. Use the following map to find your way, and feel free to download and print copies to hand out to your friends!
We’ll be running games starting at 10am on Thursday and ending at 2pm on Sunday. For full details about the Gen Con show runs, see gamesondemand.github.io
If you’d like to know what games we’ll be offering, feel free to check out our 2-hour, 4-hour, and larp menus. Please note that these PDF files are pretty large!
We’re Fundraising for Gen Con 2017
Year after year, Games on Demand has been bringing you the best in indie games at various conventions. The event is entirely non-profit and run by volunteers, with funding from donations to cover expenses.
This year, we’re stepping up from our usual requests and using a GoFundMe campaign to ask for your help to make Games on Demand happen at Gen Con.
How Will We Use the Funds?
All of the money raised through donations will go back into making the event a success, at Gen Con this year and at future events. Here’s how we use the money:
- Signage and printing costs: we need to print signs and the “menus” for the games our GMs offer.
- Volunteer support: our volunteers put lots of their valuable convention time into bringing you Games on Demand. In return, we like to show our appreciation for their efforts by providing materials, games, and refreshments whenever we can.
- Badge ribbons: we intend to make available “Games on Demand” and “Games on Demand GM” ribbons. We also want to provide “my pronouns are” ribbons in four varieties: “she/her”, “he/him”, “they/their” and fill-in-the-blank. These will be available for anyone participating in the event.
When do we need it?
As of the start of this campaign Gen Con is just a few weeks away, so we need these funds soon! If you can, please throw a few bucks our way so we can make sure this year is the best year yet for Games on Demand!
On behalf of all the organizers of Games on Demand Gen Con 2017, thank you!
Thanks to everyone who came out to join us in Columbus for Origins 2017, and to all of our excellent volunteers for making the event a success! As usual, we’ve assembled our session records and wanted to share them with you.
If you’d like to give us your feedback about your experience with Games on Demand, we invite you to fill out our feedback survey!
If you had a good time at the show and want to support Games on Demand in the future, we encourage you to join us as a volunteer at an upcoming show or consider throwing us a donation for supplies!
This year we seated 454 players in 99 games with a staff of 38 staff, including seven who stepped in to help run games during the show.
In 2016, we seated 605 players in 121 games with a staff of 46 GMs.
In 2015, we seated 463 players in 103 games with a staff of 36 GMs.
In 2014, we seated 457 players in 101 games with staff of 44 GMs.
We had anticipated that overall attendance this year would be lighter based on our volunteer signups (and it turns out we were right, looking at the numbers), so we were happy to have people join in during the show!
The Call for Gen Con Volunteers is Now Open!
If you’ve been waiting for the opportunity to sign up for Gen Con Games on Demand, the time is now! This event will take place in Indianapolis, IN, August 17-20th. We hope that you’ll join us and help to make this year our best event so far!
To sign up, just fill out this form before June 5th, 2017:
Once you sign up, we’ll add your email to our volunteer mailing list and follow up with more information soon, including a request to gather details about the games you want to run. Read on for more details about the event!
The Call for Volunteers is Now Open!
To all of our past volunteers and enthusiastic friends, we invite you to come join us and help run another excellent Origins Games on Demand! If you’d like to join us, please fill out the volunteer submission form by April 15th!
For those that haven’t been before, the event will be hosting sessions of “indie” role-playing games in the Games on Demand room at the Origins Games Fair in Columbus, OH from June 14-18, 2017.
Midwinter Gaming Convention, taking place January 12-15, 2017, is looking for volunteers for a new Games on Demand event! The goal is to offer the Midwinter crowd a chance to try out a variety of creator owned/small press RPGs, especially those that are not already represented at the convention. In addition to Games on Demand, the Indie Game Designers Network will also be at the show, so there should be a good mix of indie games.
If you’re interested in volunteering, sign up using this Google form!
Midwinter website: http://www.midwintergamingconvention.com/
If you’re a GM or game designer interested in attending U-Con in Ann Arbor, Michigan, consider volunteering for the new Games On Demand room! Come with a prepared adventure, ready to run with a moment’s notice for a group of interested players. Games On Demand is a natural fit for improvisation-heavy games like Fate, Apocalypse World, Fiasco, 7th Sea, and more!
Volunteer to run 6 hours or more of Games On Demand content, and receive access to U-Con via a Game Master’s Badge. If you’re interested in signing up, you can register using the two-step process linked below:
1. GM Info: https://goo.gl/forms/ivqSNUd3E2tcBEjS2
2. Event Info: https://goo.gl/forms/IWArSGzmHpjDLBdv2
Please note that you do not need to follow the regular U-Con Event Submission process if only participating in Games on Demand. Deadline for submissions is October 16.
In just two days, starting at 10am on Thursday, the Games on Demand crew will be running a huge selection of their favorite games! If you’ll be at Gen Con, come join us in the Marriott Downtown Hotel, Ballroom 6 on the second floor!
What games are we running? See for yourself!
4-Hour Tabletop Games
2 Hour Tabletop Games
(Fair warning, the tabletop PDFs are large because they’re packed full of games.)
Follow @Games_On_Demand on Twitter for news during the show. We hope to see you there!
Did you know that this year you can pre-register for Freeform Larps on Demand? You can, and you should!
Gen Con Event Registration – Freeform Larps on Demand
Come try a variety of short, live-action games that blend LARP & tabletop gaming to produce amazing stories with a small group. Our diverse GMs will introduce you to some of the great freeform live-action games developed over the years around the world. These games aren’t your traditional boffer larp, but instead blend larp and tabletop gaming, allowing you to physically embody your character and play out a story with a small group.
Scenarios will be chosen by players at the beginning of the session. Nothing required but a sense of adventure!
Will you be at Gen Con this week? Would you like to know where to demo, play, and buy all the great independent and small press games? Check out our Indie Games Explosion map!
Feel free to download this image and print it out to show your friends where you’ll be at the show.
For more information about Games on Demand at Gen Con, see http://tinyurl.com/demandgames!