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I would also suggest washing your hands often, perhaps carring around some anti bacterial hand wipe or lotion, limit a set of dice for "guests!!".
I would skip any form of snack that you need to touch unless you first wash your hands.
Don't kiss Mark Moreland on his lips I think he is Con Crud carrier 0.
So Gen-Con is coming right up. So I would like to just offer some advice.
This year will be the busiest year more so than any other year. Expect record attendance as well as added space this year.
For the record attendance expect longer lines everywhere. Expect more food trucks on Georgia Street. (My favorite is a Pork Chop Sandwich and a Velvet Cupcake from 2 different trucks).
Couple things I would recommend.
Don't loose your badge, I have personally done this twice. Both times the Companies HQ held on to it for me. I was very lucky both times.
Shower every morning (has to be said), dedicate yourself to at least one good meal a day. Skip fast food like McDonald;s, Subway and Steak and Shake. They usually are extremely busy. Consider some of the area’s dining-in restaurant’s or just trying something different. You may like whatever fast food, try something different.
Drink plenty of water, have some sort of back-up snacks as well as aspirin.
If you have a vehicle at the Convention, consider packing a cooler with some food. It is almost always faster to walk to a car and get food than getting food at or around the Convention. Also if you do bring a cooler, it is always nice to give away some water soda or chips. Over the years, I have given out allot of water that big name Author on the New York Times best seller list, they don’t want to pay 5-6$ on a bottle of water. I have had allot of good conversations with some of my favorite Authors and Game Designers that have started with giving out a bottle of water.
Cosplay - be respectful of people in costume. If you want to take a photo be polite and ask, don’t photo bomb. Also if you are going to be wearing a costume, please consider wearing it only for one day or have some sort of laundry service available.
Be considerate of your GM, ask if they need anything, they are your volunteer’s. For ticketed events try to not waste tickets, if you are going to skip a game turn your ticket in for a refund that way someone else will at least have a chance to purchase a ticket for that game.
Also be kind to the Game Marshal’s they volunteer their time and have a stressful job, yelling at them or hurting their feelings helps no one.
If you wake-up late and think you may skip playing an event. I would recommend skipping it, relax drink some coffee and get a big breakfast.
I am sure others will have some good advice.
Greg's first game playing PFS was in July 2010, at the now closed Arsenal Game Room a week before Gen-Con that year. His first game GMing was 3 weeks after Gen-Con.
Since that time he has traveled the mid-west helping local conventions by GM'ing 7 Gencon special's, as well as multiple Bonekeep's and exclusives.
If you live in the mid-west you likely have played at one of his tables.
He improves Indiana Gaming, as well is a great contributor to the Circle of Five in Indiana, the current number of 5 star GM's living in Indiana!
Pirate Rob wrote:
Should it be stated in the guide.
As a VO we are co-ordinator's first. We are selected to represent Paizo as well as the players in our area.
Getting a questionable death overturned, is a great reason to have VO's.
I know some players that spend allot of money just flying to Con's in my area. I am speaking 5k+ to fly their families across the world to attend con's...
So if a player ever comes to me in my region and questions me about a death, I will always listen.
I have yet to over turn a GM death, but I may in the next week once I get feedback from the GM as well as another player to see if the death was valid.
Is it fair that a GM can kill a player, perhaps without recourse? Is it also fair that we may loose a player from PFS and perhaps Pathfinder because a GM may of got a bit loose with the rules killing a player.
Also talk with any co-ordinator of your event, when a weird death comes have someone take a few moments to check the rules
Please give Michael Bramnik a big round of applause!
In less than 2 years he has received his 5th star. Michael has been an integral part of the PFS in Bloomington Indiana. As well as fostering Indiana PFS, attending Who’s Yer Con, as well GenCon.
Most of Michael’s tables have very attentive players that really enjoy themselves, as most of the Bloomington players will testify.
Not only is extremely prepared, his involvement in PFS will have a long lasting effect, as those that are lucky enough to play with him, they will travel to across the country and will become active members/leaders of their future lodges.
If are around Bloomington Indiana, on May 11.
Hey everyone, what a fun time Who’s Yer Con!!!
Thanks for all the GM’s and Volunteers that participated this year.
Special thanks to Jim Crase for all his hard work.
For the new players we hosts games at a several Indianapolis locations, we also always need GM’s.
Here is a quick link to our warhorn.
Here is a list of a couple area cons coming up.
Indiana Comic Con
Also here are some Indiana locations that host PFS, in no order.
Also if you were a GM and didn’t turn in your reporting sheet please Email me that info.
If you had a positive or even a negative experience also please inform us, though facebook.
Thanks for your time
90 games of PFS.
Bonekeep I and II
Siege of Diamond City, Season 5 Gen Con Special.
Free con / free Slots.
GM Boon's Player Boons and plenty of prize support.
4 Paizo Author/Contributors speaking Sunday
Still need some players as well as overflow GM's.
As well as allot of prizes getting handed out to WYG members.
Who's Yer Con 2014
Erik Mona wrote:
Just make it a new 64 page Module...
In my opinion this should be like a +4 or greater enhancement.
I think if you step back and imagine 35 % of players using enhancement, it would greatly effect the PFS community. As would likely effect scenario's being developed.
I am not sure why it was banned, but I would imagine it was to cheap for the effect.
Take time to prep, the more you prep the easier a game session will go.
For instance let's say the scenario has some water in it, read swim skill, drowning and fighting under water.
Let's say its under ground figure out what the darkness rules are. How low light and darkness work as well as being blinded.
For Npc's look up feats and spells before hand.
Main thing have fun let others have fun. If an easy question comes up like how does grease work look it up. If it is a hard thing to figure out, bullrushing someone that is standing on banana peels and marbles. Throw out a quick penalaty and move on.
If you live in Indiana and play PFS I would like you to list here where you play at.
If you live near Indianapolis you can find our new warhorn.
We are aiming to cross over to the new Version on the First.
In the past couple month we have had a Southern and Northern Warhorn.
Leslie has one already set up for the Northern Region
Mike has one set up for Laffeyette
Mr. Chapman has one for the Southern Region.
So if you can list areas you play in and if you would like someone to figure out how to list your games on warhorn.
Want to GM at Pre-GenCon Events at Scottie’s or the Arsenal on August 14?
Please follow these 4 easy steps.
Step one, create a user-name on the Precon Warhorn.
Go to Precon warhon.
Step two, figure out which slot would be best for you.
Slot 1 10am-3pm
Choose which venue would be best for you, Scottie’s or the Arsenal.
Step three, compose an Email for the subject please title it Precon. List the slot and the scenario or module you want to run, and the venue.
Step 4, wait as I fill all the scenario data place it up on the correct slot and manually place your user name to the GM spot.
Thanks for your time !
I rembering playing with mike during WYC 2011. It was a great game!.
The Lafeyette players and PFS players in Indiana as well as Paizo are very lucky to have him. Sages Shoppe is great place to game in NW Indiana.
He is a great GM, and using the coolest props I have scene.
He also shares his stuff with others, I had the great pleasure of using his Bonekeep at Origins, unfortunatley my players only got to see 4 rooms of it... It is great, I hope to construct something similar for a scenario in the future.
Just got back home, had a grandson while at Origins.
First well done Michael McNerny.
Some simple highlights of the con for me. Not in any order.
Playing at Kevin's table 2x !!! Both I will remeber "We'll come back for you" and playing with M. Costello M. McNerny and June S.
Running a Midnight Madness table and impregnating a player with a Xill.
Listening to Sheila Heidemark, it was hilarious. I wish I had recorded it on my phone.
Seeing Mr Costello getting his 5th star.
Getting to GM for Chris Mortika, who did some funny stuff with a frog.
I will make it next year it was a fun time.
Congrats on all the hard work McNerny.
Tracy, my most memorable game with you was a We Be Goblins, after a really bad day when a customer stole a very expensive tool from me. I dropped in to Saltire and had an amazing game with you.
Hawkwen, glad to see you organizing games down south hope you have a chance to come up to Incon in July (hasn’t been announced).
Doug, I have the beating stick ready… Covered in duct tape (sadly like my paladin in a my last home game I have a -9 perception check and my party still wants me on watch). Cross eyed staring down the mountain looking for the Dragnmoon yeti.
Mike B (Tall Mike) good job organizing in Bloomington, hope to see you up in Indy this summer.
Kevin, I will definitely make room time to play at one of your tables at InCon.
Michael Y. Thanks allot had fun meeting you the first time at Tino’s game, when he let a couple PFS players crash your home game due to no shows.
Andrew thanks had fun playing with you at GenCon last year.
Thax thanks, glad you are catching up, a good friend and a home game member since the 80’s.
Michael Costello, I had a blast at Sages Con, by the second game my brain was turning to dust. Next time I will offer you a set of lucky dice.
Brian cool seeing you at Sages, look forward to seeing you at Incon.
Thea it took a couple months to catch up with you, I enjoy watching you during your 5th star game. Try to play a table of mine at Gencon… Please.!
Michael Cleland Thanks allot buddy. When you feel all excited, think back to the month of Darkness where you picked me to run every scenario that had darkness in it back... to back... to back. Good times (for a GM).
Everyone else thanks, allot. I am proud to join the 5 star ranks.
It is pretty cool to be a part of a large gaming community. It is pretty fulfilling to be a part of the awesome Indiana community.
On my todo list, convince my GF to play PFS, Run Dawn of the Scarlet Sun and kill her pre-gen. That surprisingly isn’t a joke.
Conventions can be with little cost.
A local convention in Indianapolis has 0$ cost for a badge as well as 0$ cost per gaming slot. Of course they also have a donation of 20$ that gives out a free shirt.
If you have 4 game stores that are willing you could have each sponsor something like a VFW or a Hotel Conference Center. A large public library usually has free rooms to book.
Some stores promote a Convention, by helping pay for room rental. If they also sell product they could possibly make money from the effort.
Local conventions are fun, it also is a great way to build a community.