Games on Demand – Gen Con Update

Games on Demand – Gen Con Update

It’s been a few weeks since Gen Con, and we’ve finally pulled together most of the data from the event. I’ll share more of the details soon, as well as a link to a survey to gather feedback, but for now, here’s a summary:

– 354 game sessions run

– 92 distinct games (not including scenario variations)

– 232 two-hour games

– 122 four-hour games

– 1667 players seated

Nicely done, everyone! Thanks to the volunteers for helping to make it happen, and to the many players who joined us this year!

One Week to Gen Con Games on Demand!

Gen Con 2013 is now only one week away, and our Games on Demand event this year will be bigger and better than ever! The event will be held in the Convention Center on the second floor overlooking the Exhibitor Hall in room 237. We’ll be running games from 10am-midnight on Thursday through Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday. Come play with us!


If you’d like to print copies of this map to hand out, take this 2-up version, and our thanks!

Gencon Indie Games on Demand: GM Tutorial and Q+A

In case you missed it last night: Gencon Indie Games on Demand: GM Tutorial and Q+A

We’ll be covering all this again on Wednesday night at Gencon as well!

We talked about:

– how signups work

– how to prepare for your games

– what you’re responsible for as Host or GM

– pitching games to players

– teaching rules

– time management

– our harassment policy

– what to do about problems

– 2 and 4 hour time slots

– adult and queer content

– how much time to spend on intros

– and more!

Live action games at Gen Con!

Live action games at Gen Con!

This is only tangentially related to GoD but if you are into GoD this may excite you. Also we may poach GoD space after hours if that is possible.

There are a bunch of us who are really into focused live action games, American Freeform, parlor larps and the like, and we are all bringing crazy stuff to try out and share. I’d like to discuss this, make some rough plans, figure out the logistics, and see who is interested.

At Origins this year there was a Jeepform sampler (Previous Occupants and Lady & Otto), a session of The Tribunal, and my big game Sirai got run twice. At Gen Con there will be more people and more game!

So: If you are bringing stuff you’d like to run, shout it out here. If you definitely want to try some live action games, shout out here. If you have a line on a good play space … shout out here.



After months of gathering reviews and doing the hard work of bending my elbow and stuffing my face, I present you with the Origins Food Tour! This map will guide you to a select list of some of my (and my friends’) favorite restaurants, bars, cafes, and sweet shops in Columbus!

Link For Computers:

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Here is the legend to help find your way around:

Stars (Blue or White) = Travis’ Top Picks (If you can get to these places, do so!)

Knife & Fork = Restaurants

Dollar Bill = Upscale (Expect entrees in the $22-40 range, and many have sandwiches in the $10-$15 range.)

Martini Glass = Bars

Coffee Mug = Cafes

Green Marker = Vegetarian/Vegan (Indicates either primarily veg or a good selection.)

White Diamond = Sweets

Red Triangle = Avoid this place!

I concentrated on stuff that’s within a ~20 minute walk. There a few places that are a 10-20 minute drive, both because they shouldn’t be missed and because – believe it or not – some folks like to get away from the convention center.

I tried to include upscale places, because I know people sometimes have business dinners or nice dates with their SOs at Origins.

I added the places to avoid, because some of them look appealing when you walk by, but for one reason or another they just aren’t worth the trouble.

I included a bunch of bars, because a) Columbus has lots of bars (many of whicih also serve food) and b) lots of people like to get their drink on at Origins.

If anything is unclear, not showing up properly, or needs adjusting, just let me know!

If you find a place that you think should be added, please let me know!