GoD at Dexcon (July 5th – July 9th)

Originally shared by Kathryn Miller

Dexcon Morristown New Jersey July 5th – July 9th

I am organizing a GAMES on DEMAND at Dex con.

We have no formal space yet, but I’m planning on using the little cove facing the Manhatten rooms as an HQ.

If you find you have slots of nothing to do and want to run more games, find GoD fill out a Call for Games sheet. With your intended Game . I will post this on the Wall of GoD somewhere.

If you find you have slots with no games and want to play check out the Wall of GoD where Gms are hoping to offer up some good gaming.

This is Happening people. Let the Cheering of the Crowds Commence

Games on Demand at Kapcon 2017

Originally shared by Michael Sands

This is for people within reach of Wellington, New Zealand in January:

Would you like to help facilitate Games on Demand at Kapcon 2017? (see http://kapcon.rpg.net.nz/)

Necessary qualifications are:

– You would like to run some games, and okay with exactly which game it is being decided right then on the day.

Low-preparation games are obviously stars here, but games/adventures with prep done in advance are great too (as long as it can be played on demand!) You also get to claim the GM’s reduced entry fee and preferential game picks.

My plan this year is to have each facilitator offer either 2 or 4 games, which I’ll use to make a menu of games, with a picture and game info.

I’ll be aiming to do something like this: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5pV27F3R0veSkNFWTBZWUhzM1k

Have a think about if you’d like to take part, and let me know (either PM here or email to mike@genericgames.co.nz).

No need to decide which games or how many sessions you would like to facilitate yet – we’ll do that later.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5pV27F3R0veSkNFWTBZWUhzM1k

GoD at PAX South

GoD at PAX South

Hey everyone! Who here is interested in seeing Games on Demand at PAX South? Andi Carrison would like to help us make that happen!

“I manage the Tabletop department for PAX South, and I’m looking to find the right folk to lead and coordinate a Games on Demand presence there. Last year (its inaugural year), there was no GoD at PAX South. I want to remedy that going forward, as it’s important to me that GoD has a presence at PAX. In short, I’d like to invite GoD to PAX South.

PAX South is January 29th-31st in San Antonio, TX at the Henry B

Gonzalez Convention Center. I’d love to talk about what this could look like.”

So who’s interested in stepping up to make this happen? 

Games on Demand at U•Con in Ann Arbor, MI

Games on Demand at U•Con in Ann Arbor, MI

Shane Harsch is part of the U•Con event staff and is currently trying to recruit volunteers to organize an instance of Games on Demand there.

https://www.ucon-gaming.org/

Are you a local, or someone interested in attending to help make this happen? Have you volunteered (or even organized) for one of the other shows? 

This would be a great opportunity to create a fun, new event and broaden the exposure for a bunch of great, small games. If you’re interested in helping to lead this effort, Contact Shane and sign up!

https://www.ucon-gaming.org

Organizing a Games on Demand Event

I get asked regularly about how to start up new instances of Games on Demand for other conventions. I thought I’d write up some of the most recent advice for getting things off the ground as a first lesson, with more to follow.

Other organizers, feel free to comment with your own wisdom and experiences!

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My assumption is that you are an enthusiastic attendee who wants to organize a Games on Demand event (rather than a member of the convention staff).

In that case, my first suggestion for getting started is to talk to the convention events staff to see what they can offer to help you run the event- quiet space in a good location, free badges for GMs, maybe hotel rooms to encourage volunteers to come help, etc. 

If you have trouble selling them on why they should help you, point out that you want to assemble a team of enthusiastic volunteers and run an event for free to entertain attendees at their show. 

After that, make a guess about how many volunteers you need for the size of the show and start recruiting. How big is the show? Do you have any idea how many attendees to expect for the event based on attendance?

For a first-time event, 4-6 tables is a reasonable starting point. You’ll need to decide what the hours for the event will be and break that up into shifts for a volunteer schedule. You may not be busy enough to keep all the tables running for all shifts, but start with that assumption. 

If you have the option, the Origins model is a great one to follow- 2 or 3 four-hour shifts with breaks for meals in between. 

So assuming you run three four-hour shifts a day over 3 days — probably less on the last day, so let’s call it 8 shifts — with four tables at a time, that’s 32 shifts for GM volunteers. Add 8-16 more for a host or two to coordinate getting players into games during each shift, and that’s 48 shifts for a total of 192 person-hours.

At Gen Con we typically ask volunteers to work 16 hours to get a free badge. Some people do part-time and work just a shift or two. You can set that dial wherever you like, but if we assume a 16-hour commitment, that means you’ll need about 12 full-time volunteers.

Originally shared by Nathan Paoletta

Originally shared by Nathan Paoletta

Origins Games on Demand 2015 Info

This is a volunteer effort and transparency is one of our values! The organizing committee is still working through our internal conversation before opening up a formal feedback survey, but for now, here’s the numbers.

Overall Numbers

We seated 463 players in 103 games with a staff of 36 GMs (including non-game-facilitating Hosts). 

Last year we seated 457 players in 101 games with a staff of 44 GMs.

A slight increase in butts in seats, but with that lower staff count we’re pretty sure that means that we served an appreciable amount of new faces! Anecdotally this seemed to be the case. We also saw a lot of groups come through who all wanted to play a game together.

Time Slots and Capacity

Our busiest slots were Saturday night and afternoon (62 and 61 players), Friday afternoon (59) and Thursday night (58). We had 10 tables in our room plus 2 official overflow tables elsewhere and 3 unofficial-but-often-available tables next door, plus the Larp room downstairs in the afternoons.

We basically got close to or met capacity (using those overflow tables) 6 of our 10 time slots. 

Games Played

Games on Demand played 48 different individual game titles, 43 tabletop and 5 Larps, across the weekend.

Game Title – # of games player – total # of players – (system notes)

Infinite Galaxies –  5 –  24 –  (PbtA)

Dungeon World – 5 – 23 – (PbtA)

Fate Core – 5 – 23 – (Fate)

The Warren – 4 – 21 – (PbtA)

Dogs in the Vineyard – 4 – 19

Urban Shadows – 4 – 18 – (PbtA)

Cartel – 4 – 16 – (PbtA)

Iron Edda –  3 – 21

World Wide Wrestling – 3 – 19 – (PbtA)

Laser Kittens – 3 – 18

Microscope – 3 – 16

No Country for Old Kobolds – 3 – 15 – (PbtA)

Kagematsu – 3 – 14

The Sprawl – 3 – 13 – (PbtA)

Save Game – 3 – 12 – (Fate)

OxCrunch – 3 – 8 – (PbtA)

Feng Shui 2  – 2 – 10

Mouse Guard – 2 – 10

Nights Black Agents – 2 – 10

Polaris – 2 – 9

Masks of the Mummy Kings – 2 – 9

Project: Dark – 2 – 9

Masks – 2 – 8 – (PbtA)

Fiasco – 2 – 8

Swords Without Master – 2 – 8

USMC Torchbearer – 2 – 8

The Mesopotamians – 2 – 7

Hour b/w Dog and Wolf – 2 – 4

The Tribunal – 1 – 8  –  (Larp)

Firefly – 1 – 7

Warriors of Crown Heights – 1 – 6 – (Feng Shui)

Dungeon Crawl Classics – 1 – 6

Kayfabe – 1 – 5

Mobilize – 1 – 5 –  (Larp)

Wrath of the Autarch – 1 – 5

Monster of the Week – 1 – 5 – (PbtA)

Neo Shinobi Vendetta – 1 – 5

The Fifth World – 1 – 5

Hope Inhumanity – 1 – 5

Traveller – 1 – 4

Durance – 1 – 4

Guards of Abashan – 1 – 4

Juggernaut – 1 – 4  – (Larp)

A Family Affair – 1 – 4 – (Larp)

Damned Love – 1 – 3 – (Larp)

Vault Hunters – 1 – 3

Misspent Youth – 1 – 3

Psi Run – 1 – 2

Thanks again everyone!

Come Volunteer with us at Gen Con 2015 Games on Demand!

Come Volunteer with us at Gen Con 2015 Games on Demand!

The time has finally come to officially sign up for Games on Demand at Gen Con! We’re looking for people to help us welcome attendees, organize seating, and run games for enthusiastic players!

The show runs from July 30 to August 2, 2015, and we’ll be running games from Thursday through Sunday morning. Free badges are available for those volunteering for 16 or more hours.

If you’re interested in joining us, fill out this form and let us know!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1fB0mAISUb1RQ_dBYlu0VIK2VHeRCN9E8LEq_uc8ByKc/viewform

Diversity is an important part of Games on Demand so we especially encourage women, people of color, and gamers of all ages, genders, races, and backgrounds to join us! We’ll provide training and support as needed.

Please share this post and link with anyone you think would like to join us.

NewMexiCon 2014

Here are some details about a cool new con with a Games on Demand-style event!

Originally shared by Mark Diaz Truman

NewMexiCon 2014

It’s coming… in just 3 weeks! We’re bringing indie gaming to New Mexico, and we’d love to see you there. Registration is just $35 for the whole weekend (and it includes breakfast and coffee each morning) and hotel rooms are $150 for a double for the whole weekend! Cheep cheep cheep…

You can find out more information and sign up here:

http://www.newmexicon.com/

We can’t wait to see you!

http://www.newmexicon.com