Gen Con 2015: Call for GoD Volunteers

Games on Demand - Gen Con

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!

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!

Gen Con 2014 – Thanks for Your Feedback and Support!

Another year of Games on Demand at Gen Con has come and gone and all data has been compiled – We had around 90 volunteers this year, working hard to organize everything and be ready to run 310 games for 1452 players in just 4 days! Wow, what a huge year! It was a great show and we’re very happy with the results.

We know that many of you have feedback about the show as well, and we’d like to hear from you. We’ve put together a Google survey to collect some basic data from you as well your observations and ideas. This is also a great opportunity to tell us you’d like to join us as a volunteer next year!

Give Us Your Feedback!


Also, if you played with us this year and had a good time, please consider dropping some change in our tip jar to support the event. The cost of a generic ticket goes entirely to Gen Con, and only helps us get the space and GM badges to run the event. Your donations will help repay our volunteers for the cost of materials for the show- menus, signage, and other supplies.





Thanks as always for joining us at Games on Demand and helping us to celebrate our favorite games!

Gen Con 2014 – Games Played

Here are the game stats from Games on Demand at Gen Con 2014. Thanks to Jeremy Friesen and our many great hosts for keeping track of the information between seating times and doing the data entry after the show.

We had many great games this year, and the breadth of games that ran is always more exciting to see than the high number of sessions for the most popular games. Many of the games are late-playtests of new games or hacks of other systems that were combined with that games’ numbers. You can expect to see these again more prominently at next year’s show!

It’s also worth noting that while Monsterhearts and it’s variants had the highest number of sessions this year, adding Fate Accelerated Edition and Fate Core together would put them at the top. It was a big year for Fate all around!
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Games on Demand at Gen Con 2014

A Map of the best places to find indie RPGs at Gen Con 2014

Games on Demand starts on Thursday morning! Are you ready?

This year’s event is in a new awesome location! Come find us here:

Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
2nd Floor in Ballroom 6
350 W Maryland St, Indianapolis, IN 46225

210 RPGs & LARPs,
46 Hrs, 25 Tables, 70 GMs,
No Registration, No Planning!

Start Times: Seating begins at times listed below. Arrive 5-10 minutes before that to make sure you get a boarding pass.

Thursday: 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm
Friday: 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm, 10pm
Saturday: 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm, 10pm
Sunday: 10am, 12pm, 2pm

Boarding groups will be called randomly, so there’s need for lines or trying to get a specific boarding pass letter.

Cost: Generic Tickets, 2 hr game = 1 ticket, 4 hr = 2

Experience: None, all rules taught

Family Gaming: Most games are for ages 18+ but this year we will a number of games designed for ages 10+ as well!

More Information: For more up-to-date details about our procedures and game options, see http://tinyurl.com/DemandGames

Games on Demand at Gen Con 2014

Games on Demand - Gen Con 2014

WHO?

An all-volunteer team running a selection of their favorite games for you!

WHERE?

Gen Con, Indianapolis

Marriott Hotel, Ballroom 6, 2nd Floor

WHEN?

  • Thursday, 8/14 – 10am-8pm
  • Friday, 8/15 – 10am-12am
  • Saturday, 8/16 – 10am-12am
  • Sunday, 8/17 – 10am-4pm

Games on Demand will be returning to Gen Con again this year as a premiere event! We’re very excited to be able to offer an array of our favorite games and share them with you. If you’ll be at the show, please drop by to connect with other players, choose from a menu of rules-light, story-rich RPGs and small-scale LARPs and get playing!

What’s Different About GoD This Year?
This year the event will be in the Marriott hotel instead of the convention center, and we will only be accepting generic tickets. We’ll also have more space, a better seating process, more diversity, family-oriented gaming, and freeform larps on demand!

Why Did the Location Change?
Because of the massive swell in attendance at this year’s Gen Con, every space is in short supply. The convention center filled up quickly and we opted to move to the Marriott (just across the Maryland St skywalk from the food court) in order to get a larger space of our own. Our hope is that the ballroom will give us plenty of space to meet demand at peak times.

Why Switch to Generic-only Tickets?
Games on Demand will be an all-generics event this year, meaning that there is no pre-registration available. Every 2-hour session will require one generic ticket, or a ticket from another event of equivalent value.

The purpose of the change is to simplify the process of choosing a game and getting a seat. Removing registration allows us to set aside priority seating and serve every player on a first-come-first-serve basis. We also have plans in the works to make the boarding process as smooth as possible and keep lines short
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Feedback Survey: Gen Con 2013 Games on Demand

Gen Con 2013 has come and gone, and since then the Games on Demand team has been busy organizing data and making plans for next year. To help that process, we’d like to get some information from those of you who came to the event and played games with us! If you’d like to give us your feedback, we encourage you to come fill out our survey:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Flm1CI9GjFuzOz94Oa4ZfroNFtTPXk8nUg5mG-raAjw/viewform

As you answer the questions, please bear in mind that Games on Demand is an all-volunteer event put together for you for free by enthusiastic people who love games. Keeping your comments focused and constructive will be a huge help to us!

If you didn’t attend to the event this year, or if you are one of our volunteers, please hold off on filling out this form for now. Thanks!

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

 

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!

Gen Con 2012 – IGE Games on Demand

Games on Demand is back for Gen Con 2012, and this year we’ve made some modest improvements to the format that are going to make it even more fun for everyone.

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.