Get ready to roll at Origins 2013

We’re starting to get excited about Origins! We’ve got an A list of GMs ready to run all of the games, at your demand. We’re up on the Master Event Grid as Indie Games on Demand, and pre-registration for games should be up any day now on the Origins site.

The event will take place in the Hyatt-Fairfield room and will run in three sessions each day, from 9am-1pm, 2pm-6pm, and 8pm-midnight on Thursday through Saturday and 9am-1pm on Sunday.

For more information, join our Facebook group to meet the community of GMs and players: Indie Games on Demand – Origins.

This year we’ve got pretty banners, new game menus to easily find new exciting games, nanogames, new playtests, Marvel Heroic and Monsterhearts which are both up for Origins Awards, and an exciting Jeepform larp schedule running in addition to the main event.

Also, keep your eyes peeled for a PDF game menu to appear on this site. We’re making your demanding even more accessible!

We look forward to seeing you all in Columbus Ohio, rolling dice and playing games!

The Origins Indie Games on Demand Organizers,

PAX East 2013 – Games We Played

Somewhat belatedly, here are the stats we gathered during the Games on Demand event at PAX East 2013. Overall it was a very popular event and we stayed busy most of the time. We started each day a little later than last year (around 2pm) and ran until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

In that time, we ran roughly 99 games for 443 players over the 26 hours or so that we were open. We had 21 official volunteers, but we were joined on the ground by other great, enthusiastic friends who helped us hold down the host table and fill in the gaps in our schedule.

Here are the games run over the whole event, ordered by frequency:
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Games on Demand – Gen Con 2013

GoD_logo.jpgIt’s coming!

Indie Games Explosion will be a premier event group for Gen Con 2013 this August 15th-18th!

This means that our Games On Demand (GoD) event will have the opportunity to be highlighted in Gen Con’s 2013 program guide. As well as priority placement, premium event chart listings, email blast advertising, and mentions on Gen Con’s website.

GoD this year is going to be an amazing opportunity. In 2012 we reached almost 1,400 player tickets and this year is only going to be bigger. But bigger isn’t always better, we also have many improvements on the way as we collected a ton of feedback last year.

Gen Con?
The biggest Gaming Con in the US with an attendance of around 40,000 people! More here: http://www.gencon.com/

Games on Demand?
Games on Demand is an open-gaming event put on at conventions where we run a variety of independent and cutting edge games.

Why?
Gaming conventions typically focus on scheduled games- you buy a ticket for an event, you find your seat, you play that game.  But sometimes slots fill up, you can’t find the games you want, or you don’t want to have to plan your schedule months in advance. Games on Demand gives you the opportunity to drop by and play!

Which games?
Games on Demand focuses on small press and independent games but we’re pretty open. If there isn’t a place for your RPG at Gen Con, bring it to Games On Demand! We especially love different, new, and old gems that feel new again. And we love supporting indie and new small press publishers and game designers.

Who’s in charge?
Games on Demand is organized and run by friendly volunteers. We’re not in it for money or fame. We just love games and want to share the love. Different people lead Games on Demand at different conventions. At Gen Con, our leader is +Steve Segedy.

How do I play?
If you want to play, just show up before the slot begins (typically starting every even hour of the event), bring a generic ticket, talk with the hosts to find a game, and then sit down and play!

How do I volunteer to GM or Host?
We’re still planning things out, but you can sign up to volunteer right now! When you’re ready, drop us a line using the Contact Us form.

Do I get anything for GMing or Hosting?
Yes! If you volunteer to GM or Host at specific times for 16 hours (which can be as simple as 1 game a day, or 4 hours a day), you get a free badge to Gen Con! Your badge will be waiting for you at Gen Con.

If you volunteer for 22-24 hours (we’re working on the specific hours now) you get a free badge AND 1/4th a nearby hotel paid for! We will try our best to work with you to help you find roommates that you’re comfortable with.

What if I already have a badge?
If you want to buy a badge before Gen Con so you can signup for other events, Gen Con will reimburse you.

Want more?
For the latest information, follow Games_On_Demand on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Games_On_Demand

 

(originally posted by John Stavropoulos)

(originally posted by John Stavropoulos)

#GenConGamesOnDemand  

It’s coming!

Games On Demand (GoD) will be a premier event group for Gen Con 2013 this August 15th-18th!

Meaning, GoD will have the opportunity to be highlighted in Gen Con’s 2013 program guide. As well as priority placement, premium event chart listings, email blast advertising, and mentions on Gen Con’s website.

GoD this year is going to be an amazing opportunity. In 2012 we reached almost 1,400 player tickets and this year is only going to be bigger. But bigger isn’t always better, we also have many improvements on the way as we collected a ton of feedback last year. 

Please feel free to share!

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Gen Con?

This biggest Gaming Con in the US with an attendance of around 40,000 people! More here: http://www.gencon.com/

Games on Demand?

Games on Demand is an open-gaming event put on at conventions where we run a variety of independent and cutting edge games.

Why?

Gaming conventions typically focus on scheduled games- you buy a ticket for an event, you find your seat, you play that game.  But sometimes slots fill up, you can’t find the games you want, or you don’t want to have to plan your schedule months in advance. Games on Demand gives you the opportunity to drop by and play! 

Which games?

Games on Demand focuses on small press and independent games but we’re pretty open. If there isn’t a place for your RPG at Gen Con, bring it to Games On Demand! We especially love different, new, and old gems that feel new again. And we love supporting indie and new small press publishers and game designers.

Who’s in charge?

Games on Demand is organized and run by friendly volunteers. We’re not in it for money or fame. We just love games and want to share the love. Different people lead Games on Demand at different conventions. At Gen Con, our leader is +Steve Segedy.

How do I play?

If you want to play, just show up before the slot begins (typically starting every even hour of the event), bring a generic ticket, talk with the hosts to find a game, and then sit down and play!

How do I volunteer to GM or Host?

We’re setting this up now but you can email me at john@nerdnyc.com and I will answer your questions and forward your info to Steve.

Do I get anything for GMing or Hosting?

Yes! If you volunteer to GM or Host at specific times for 16 hours (which can be as simple as 1 game a day, or 4 hours a day), you get a free badge to Gen Con! Your badge will be waiting for you at Gen Con. 

If you volunteer for 22-24 hours (we’re working on the specific hours now) you get a free badge AND 1/4th a nearby hotel paid for! We will try our best to work with you to help you find roommates that you’re comfortable with.

What if I already have a badge?

If you want to buy a badge before Gen Con so you can signup for other events, Gen Con will reimburse you.

Want more?

For the latest information, follow Games_On_Demand on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Games_On_Demand

When you’re ready to sign up to volunteer (for Gen Con, or even for PAX East  or Origins) drop us a line using this form: http://www.indiegamesexplosion.org/contact-us/

We are ridiculously excited!

PAX East 2013 – Games on Demand

Planning has begun for Games on Demand at PAX East 2013 in Boston (March 22-24). The event will take place in the Tabletop hall again this year, and we’re working with organizers to secure space on the main aisle across from all the vendor booths.  Complimentary guest badges will be available to volunteers, giving you access to the show for the whole weekend. Volunteering involves a combination of hosting and running games you love for enthusiastic strangers, for a total of 12 hours over the course of the show. Everyone who volunteered last year said that it was a lot of fun. If you’re interested in joining us, just send us a message and let us know!

Origins 2013 – Indie Games on Demand

We’ve already begun to organize for next year! If you’re interested in GMing, send an email to Kira Scott at anansi at gmail. We’ll add you to the already bustling list of GMs ready to rock the event this year!

Also join our Facebook group to meet the community of GMs and players: Indie Games on Demand – Origins.

We look forward to seeing you all in Columbus Ohio, rolling dice and playing games!

Gen Con 2012 – Indie Games on Demand!

Are you coming to Gen Con next week? Don’t miss Games on Demand, because this year it’s going to be fantastic!

WHAT: Volunteer GMs running a selection of their favorite independent and small press games, just for you!

WHEN: Thursday-Saturday August 16-18th, 10am-10pm, Sunday August 19th, 10am-2pm

WHERE: Main Convention Center, Room 238

No planned events or pre-registered games for Gen Con? No problem!

Bring your generic tickets and get a taste of cutting-edge small press games including:

Fiasco, Monsterhearts, Dungeon World, Apocalypse World, Dogs in the Vineyard, Cthulhu Dark, Bulldogs!, Swords Without Master, Technoir, Our Last Best Hope, Lady Blackbird, Dread, and many more.

Guest starring a few favorites including Marvel Heroic, Mouse Guard, and Trail of Cthulhu.

No experience is necessary: our friendly GMs teach all the rules! Bring generic tickets and enthusiasm to room 238 and we will find a game for you!

Follow us @Games_On_Demand on Twitter.
Tweet updates to #GamesOnDemand

For a handy printable map of the participating vendors in the Exhibitor hall and contact information for the event, see our Gen Con 2012 Games on Demand Handout. Please print a few dozen copies and bring them along to share!

PAX East 2012 – What Games Did We Play?

The following is a report of the games that were run at Games on Demand at PAX East this year. In each case, the game title is listed with (roughly) the number of players at the table.

Friday

  • 10am: Fiasco (4), Bulldogs (4), Marvel (4)
  • 2pm: Fiasco (4), Marvel (5), Marvel (5)
  • 4pm: Burning Wheel (5), Marvel (5), Fiasco (2), Marvel (3)
  • 6pm: Fiasco (6), Dungeon World (5), Fiasco (3), Slay With Me (2)
  • 8pm: Fiasco (5), Burning Wheel (5), Fiasco (3), Marvel (5), CthulhuTech (4), Fiasco (2)
  • 10pm: Fiasco (5), 1001 Nights (4), CthulhuTech (5), Marvel (4)

Saturday

  • 10am: Eclipse Phase (4), Marvel (7), Marvel (6)
  • 12pm: Bulldogs (4), Trail of Cthulhu (4), Fiasco (4), Marvel (4)
  • 2pm: The Play’s The Thing (3), Inspectres (4), Fiasco (4), Microscope (4), Fiasco (5), Fiasco (4), Fiasco (5), Marvel (6), Burning Wheel (3)
  • 4pm: Houses of the Blooded (4), Always Never Now (5), Psi*Run (4), Burning Wheel (4), Fiasco (4), Marvel (5), Leverage (4), Fiasco (4), Dread (5)
  • 6pm: Apocalypse World (5), Fiasco (4), Marvel (6), Marvel (4), Action Castle (3), Zombie Cinema (3), Eclipse Phase (5), Marvel (5)
  • 8pm: Fiasco (4), Marvel (5), Dresden Files (3), Action Castle (3), Fiasco (6), Mouse Guard (5), Technoir (4)
  • 10pm: Fiasco (4), Fiasco (4), Fiasco (4), Psi*Run (4), Eternity (4)

Sunday

  • 10am: FreeMarket (4), Game Design (3)
  • 12pm: PsiRun (5), Marvel (5), Lady BlackBird (4), Eclipse Phase (5), Apocalypse World (4), Burning Wheel (4), Marvel (6)
  • 2pm: PsiRun (4), Fiasco (4), Fiasco (4), Dread (4)
  • 3pm: Mouse Guard (5), Fiasco (4), Fiasco (4), Fiasco (4), The Play’s The Thing (4), 3:16 (4)

A few notes about these numbers:

  • This information is a best guess, and our records are sketchy. The number of players are definitely  wrong in places and we probably missed a few games.
  • Similarly, many of these times are not accurate. It may say 2pm but the game may have actually started at 1:30 or 3pm.
  • We had 6 tables but at some point we borrowed 3 more and had 9 games going on at the same time.
  • A significant portion of the GMs were people who had played games with us, loved GoD, and came back to run games for us!
  • Several games had audience members just watching.
  • We had a significant number of people who had never roleplayed before but we didn’t track those details.
  • We didn’t record how long games ran. They ranged from 30 minutes to 1hr, 2hrs, 4hrs, and 5hrs.