The Indie Games on Demand room is all set up and ready to run games tomorrow at 2pm. Stop by and visit us!
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.
- 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)
- 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)
- 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 definitelyÂ 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.
Here are a few snapshots from Games on Demand at PAX East. The event, like the rest of the Tabletop hall, was packed most of the weekend. Here are some of our awesome GMs running games for enthusiastic attendees.
Notably absent from these pictures is Terry Romero, who really held down the fort the whole show. I think she talked to almost every player who sat at one of our tables!
Indie Games Explosion is back for Dexcon 15 and this year there have been Â some awesome additions to the convention.
Today at 2pm the registration for Dexcon 15 goes Live! Today you can register for the convention and seven newÂ Signature events. Check them out with the links below.
Seven Signature Events
The $5000 Interactive Puzzle Challenge
The $1000 Team Space Marine ChampionshipÂ
2012 Iron GM Reginional Semi-Final
The $1000 Beat the Mob! Game Show
The $1000 Night’s Black Agents Team ChampionshipÂ
The $1000 Space Cadets – Live! ExperienceÂ
The $500 Summer Poker Championship
If you are interested in running scheduled games, let us know. GMs who put in enough games will receive comped badges.
The event will be held in the Convention Center on the upper floor overlooking the Exhibitor hall. We’ll have our own 12 table room, giving us twice the space we had last year, in a more central location. To make best use of the space, we’ll be splitting the tables into both standard Games on Demand open gaming and scheduled games, taking tickets for both as we did last year (1 specific or generic ticket / 2 hour slot).
If you’re interested in running scheduled games or volunteering to GM open games or help facilitate GoD, let us know. Volunteers and GMs who put in enough hours will get comped badges (and maybe a place to sleep). In addition, Indie Press Revolution and possibly other vendors will be offering discounts for GMs and players.
Are you coming to PAX East? Do you like fun? come play some tabletop games!
Games on Demand is coming to PAX East this year (April 6-8), and we’d like you to join us. The event will be happening in the tabletop gaming area near the exhibitor booths, and we’ll be running games from 10am to 10pm or later on Friday and Saturday, and 10am to 6pm on Sunday.
We’ll have a great selection of indie and small press games running in 2 to 4 hour blocks, with GMs offering up a selection of their favorites for you to choose from. And if you’re interested in running games yourself, we’re always looking for more GMs. All you need to do is contact us and let us know when you’ll be available.
In addition, we have a limited number of special badges for GMs who commit to running games on the schedule. If you don’t already have a badge and would like one, let us know as soon as possible and we’ll get you set up!
Do you need GMs to volunteer ahead of time?
It’s always helpful to know when GMs are going to be there so we can make sure the tables are covered. If you want to commit to some 2-hour slots, that would be great! Just drop us a line and we’ll add your name to our schedule.
I should be clear that we prefer it if GMs come prepared with a couple of game options in hand. It just makes it easier to meet the demand for a game everyone wants to play.
How much notice do you need for people playing?
Players don’t need to give notice- just drop by (ideally around even-numbered hours, starting at 10am) and ask the host what games are starting. We’ll pitch the games and do our best to find you an open spot in a game that sounds good to you.
And how will people find you in the tabletop area?
The Games on Demand tables should be located
next to the Compleat Strategist booth in areas D1 and D2, just past the WOTC block and behind the Tabletop HQ booth and lending library. We’re very close to the Pandemonium Books and Games booth as well, who will be carrying many of the games. We’ll try to have signs up as well, but if you can’t find us, ask the Tabletop information booth or HQ for directions. In a pinch, you should be able to get updates on Twitter from @games_on_demand
Hey! You! Gamers! Are you coming to Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio this year? The convention runs May 30-June 3, 2012 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center located right downtown. We would love to see your game faces at our Indie Games on Demand event!
Last year we hosted a room full of small press games and the gamers who love them. There’s still plenty of time to be a part of the event this year, if you’re interested in playing games or running them.
Join the discussion on Facebook at Indie Games On Demand – Origins
It’s that time of the year again! Dreamation 2012 will be held at the Morristown Hyatt in Morristown, NJ from Thursday, February 23 to Sunday, February 26, 2012. Will you be there? Do you dare to have that much fun?
There will be an Indie Games Explosion at Dreamation. The Explosion always features dozens of the very best indie games and dozens of the best indie game GMs and designers running them.
The Explosion needs your help! We need you to come to the con and play games. We need you to come to the con and RUN games! Read on to find out how!
Are you coming to PAX Prime? Interested in some awesome table-top games? Come check out the Indie Games on Demand area! We’ll have six tables running a variety of great indie games with experienced players and designers to run them. This all happens in Room 306 in a special corner of the open gaming space. The event is sponsored by Gamma Ray Games who will have a booth (#6112) in the exhibit space nearby.
Here are just a few of the games you can expect to find at Games on Demand this year:
Fiasco, Dungeon World, Burning Wheel, Lady Blackbird, shock:, Microscope, Apocalypse World, Mouse Guard, InSpectres, Blowback, Dogs in the Vineyard, and whatever else we can fit in!
For many of those games we’ll also have the designers hanging out from time to time, so if you want to play with them, pick their brain, or tell them what they did wrong, this is the place.
If you’re interested in running games yourself, drop us a line or sign up here!
Come out and play some games with us!
Gen Con 2011 has come and gone, and all we have left of Games on Demand is exhaustion, good memories… and data! This thread is about reporting how the event went this year and gathering feedback from everyone that volunteered and played.
A few Words of Thanks
Before I get to the numbers, I’d like to say thanks to everyone who came out to join us for games, and to all the volunteers who stepped up to help organize or run games (especially in the evening slots when we had more players than games!). Special thanks to Scott Acker for early planning and negotiations, as well as arranging for the banner (and thanks to Alex Mayo for designing it!).
Big Thanks to Indie Press Revolution for sponsoring half a dozen people to be there to organize the event and run games, as well as providing us with extra tables and the white board, which was really essential this year. Thanks to the Gen Con staff for getting us extra tables when we exceeded the bounds of our room.
Thanks to all the publishers who provided gaming materials and volunteers to run their games, or who were there themselves hour after hour bringing the fun.
Finally thanks to all of you who contributed extra tickets and went out of your way to make sure Games on Demand succeeded this year! Your efforts will make a big difference as we start planning for next year.
We made a special effort to track what games got played, who ran them, and how many players we had. The following Google spreadsheet shows that information, but there are holes in the data. If you played in a game and remember who ran it or how many players there were, or if your game is missing from this list altogether, please leave a comment or send an email and let me know.
We’d love to hear what Games on Demand meant to you this year. Feel free to leave your comments, suggestions, and anecdotes here in the comments. Thanks again for making Gen Con fun!