(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: https://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: https://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: https://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!

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.

PAX East 2012 – Games on Demand Photos

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!

Dexcon 2012 – Indie Games Explosion

Indie Games Explosion is back for Dexcon 15 and this year there have been  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 new Signature events. Check them out with the links below.

Seven Signature Events
The $5000 Interactive Puzzle Challenge
The $1000 Team Space Marine Championship 
2012 Iron GM Reginional Semi-Final
The $1000 Beat the Mob! Game Show
The $1000 Night’s Black Agents Team Championship 
The $1000 Space Cadets – Live! Experience 
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.

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.

PAX East 2012 – Games on Demand

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

Dreamation 2012 – Indie Games Explosion!

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!
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Indie Games on Demand at PAX Prime 2011

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!

For more information, follow @pax_indie_rpgs and @GammaRayGames on Twitter.

Come out and play some games with us!