Official Call for PaizoCon and Gen Con Volunteers!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Hello!

This is the official call for volunteer GMs and assistants to help Paizo Publishing run events at PaizoCon 2010 and Gen Con 2010. (If you're looking for the Origins Game Fair volunteer thread, click here.)

Paizo Con 2010

For Paizo Con 2010, I need a minimum of 20 volunteer GMs for Pathfinder Society Organized Play and I'll keep taking volunteers until the slots are full! Below you will find the reward structure for volunteering at PaizoCon 2010 as well as the events and slots for which I need volunteer GMs. I also need 2 volunteer assistants for the show—these folks will not GM, but will instead run Pathfinder Society HQ and will be my go-to guys and gals for all things Pathfinder Society. Volunteers must volunteer for a minimum of 2 slots and the volunteer assistants are volunteering to split time at HQ for the entire show. PaizoCon 2010 volunteer GMs and volunteer assistants receive the following:

(Volunteer GMs) A $10 per slot credit voucher for the Paizo sales area
(Volunteer Assistants) A $15 per slot credit voucher for the Paizo sales area

All PaizoCon 2010 volunteers can email me: josh@paizo.com with the subject line PaizoCon Volunteer. I can only take volunteers for Paizo Con who have purchased a badge to the show.

Keep in mind that you're volunteering for a slot, not a specific event. I'll assign people to events inside the slot they've volunteered for and I won't take requests.

Volunteer Assistants:
FULL! No more needed

Slot 1: Friday 12 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Need: 1 Volunteer GM

Slot 2: Friday 6 P.M. to 11 P.M.
Need: 6 volunteer GMs

Slot 3: Saturday 8 A.M. to 1 P.M.
Need: 1 volunteer GMs

Slot 4: Saturday 1 P.M. to 6 P.M.
Need: 3 volunteer GMs

Slot 5: Saturday 7 P.M. to Midnight
Need: 0—no Pathfinder Society events, banquet time!

Slot 6: Sunday 8 A.M. to 1 P.M.
Need: 1 volunteer GM

Gen Con 2010

For Gen Con 2010, I need a minimum of 50 volunteer GMs and I'll keep taking volunteer GMs until the slots are filled! I also need 3 Volunteer Assistants for the show—these folks will not GM, but will instead run Pathfinder Society HQ and will be my go-to guys and gals for all things Pathfinder Society. This year I'm also seeking 4 "booth volunteers." These folks must be highly knowledgeable about all of Paizo's products lines, must be well kept, clean, and professional, and must be able to stand and move for up to 6 hours at a time. Booth volunteers will work the Paizo booth sales floor, answer questions, and let Paizo employees know when product needs to be restocked. Booth volunteers will not work the register and will not have access to the back area of the booth. Below you will find the reward structure for volunteering at Gen Con 2010 as well as the events and slots for which I need volunteer GMs and booth volunteers.

Keep in mind that you're volunteering for a slot, not a specific event. I'll assign people to events inside the slot they've volunteered for and I won't take requests.

Volunteer Tiers and Rewards

Volunteer Assistant
FULL! No more needed.

Booth Volunteers
FULL! No more needed.

Tier 1 GM Volunteers
Tier 1 GM volunteers are my workhorse, every day GMs. They are invaluable to making the show a success! Tier 1 GMs must select and volunteer for a MINIMUM of 8 slots. Tier 1 GMs may feel free to volunteer for more than 8 slots if they so desire. I only have room for 24 Tier 1 GM volunteers so don't delay in volunteering for this tier. Volunteers will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis, though I reserve the right to select volunteers who have previously worked for Paizo over new volunteers. Please do not volunteer for Tier 1 if you have any doubts that you won't be able to attend the show. Tier 1 GMs receive:

A FREE 4-day Gen Con 2010 badge
A FREE 1/4 of a hotel room in the Marriott Downtown Indianapolis
A $10 per slot voucher for the Paizo booth (to be used in the Paizo booth on Sunday only)
A FREE autographed copy of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Advanced Player's Guide hardcover at Gen Con
A FREE limited edition Paizo Publishing Gen Con 2010 T-Shirt

Tier 2 GM Volunteers
While the rewards for volunteering for this tier are smaller, the majority of my volunteers will come from Tier 2. Tier 2 GMs must volunteer for a MINIMUM of 4 slots. Tier 2 GMs receive:

A FREE 4-day Gen Con 2010 badge
A $10 per slot voucher for the Paizo booth
A FREE limited edition Paizo Publishing Gen Con 2010 T-Shirt

Tier 3 GM Volunteers
This is the minimum volunteer level. Tier 3 GMs must volunteer for a MINIMUM of 2 slots. Tier 3 GMs receive:

A $10 per slot voucher for the Paizo booth
A FREE limited edition Paizo Publishing Gen Con 2010 T-Shirt

Volunteering for One Slot
While we will gladly accept anyone who wants to run just one slot during the show, there are no rewards for doing so other than our thanks.

When Volunteering...
Please be specific about what slot you are volunteering for. I will assign folks to scenarios on an as-needed basis, so you really only need to tell me the slot(s) you're volunteering for (since I won't take requests). I will update the needs in the thread below as I receive volunteers, so you may look there to remain up to date on where we still need help. Lastly, you must have a gencon.com account and you must include your gencon.com account # in your email or I won't be able to get you a badge (obviously this is only for volunteers who are volunteering for 4 or more slots).

Slot 1: Thursday 8 A.M. to 1 P.M.
Need: 6 volunteer GMs

Slot 2: Thursday 1 P.M. to 6 P.M.
Need: 2 volunteer GMs

Slot 3: Thursday 7 P.M. to Midnight
Need: 3 volunteer GMs

Slot 4: Friday 8 A.M. to 1 P.M.
Need: 3 volunteer GMs

Slot 5: Friday 1 P.M. to 6 P.M.
Need: 7 volunteer GMs

Slot 6: Friday 7 P.M. to Midnight
Need: 1 volunteer GM (all needed for the Pathfinder Society Special)

Slot 7: Saturday 8 A.M. to 1 P.M.
Need: 4 volunteer GMs

Slot 8: Saturday 1 P.M. to 6 P.M.
Need: 6 volunteer GMs

Slot 9: Saturday 7 P.M. to Midnight
Need: 9 volunteer GMs

Slot 10: Sunday 8 A.M. to 1 P.M.
Need: 3 volunteer GMs

All Gen Con 2010 volunteers can email me: josh@paizo.com with the subject line Gen Con Volunteer.

Tell your friends! Tell your family! Tell everyone in your game group! We need volunteers!

Thanks in advance for volunteering, good luck, and have a great summer convention season!

Joshua J. Frost
Events Manager

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Contributor, RPG Superstar 2009, RPG Superstar Judgernaut

For GenCon, should volunteers plan on arriving Wednesday night? I ask from an airline reservations point-of-view. Basically, if I fly into Indy the day before the convention officially gets underway, will there be a room to check into at the hotel already? I'm guessing yes. But I don't want to lock-in an airline reservation unless I'm sure.


NSpicer wrote:
For GenCon, should volunteers plan on arriving Wednesday night? I ask from an airline reservations point-of-view. Basically, if I fly into Indy the day before the convention officially gets underway, will there be a room to check into at the hotel already? I'm guessing yes. But I don't want to lock-in an airline reservation unless I'm sure.

Show up on Wednesday and you should be fine. Give you time to unwind before the fun begins. :D

Dark Archive

Got my confirmation for GenCon. See you all there!

Scarab Sages

Look forward to my presence at both Cons as one of Frost's Assistants. I'll be the guy that's half burned.

Your God of Knowledge,
Nethys


Hotels for Tier 1 GMs are from Wednesday night through Monday morning.

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Alaska—Anchorage aka Dragnmoon

Lilith wrote:


Show up on Wednesday and you should be fine. Give you time to unwind before the fun begins. :D

you would think so, last year after a very long flight in from Germany, as soon as I got there I ended up at the get together then went out drinking with a bunch of you guys ;). This year I am only flying in from San Antonio, Woot!

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Alaska—Anchorage aka Dragnmoon

Hey Josh have you come up with ideas on how we are going to be doing the updates for advanced players guide characters from the playtest? Good chance that most the GMs and players will not have the book yet for the Con.


There will be a grace period for updates, likely a week. That means you'll see a mix of features at Gen Con.

Dark Archive

Joshua J. Frost wrote:
Something interesting that's never happened before: I have a room for female Tier 1 GMs!

I sent the blog volunteer call to several GMs from last year and personally contacted a few including Lora, one of popular GMs from last years con, hope she is accounted for.

:)


I am extremely excited for GenCon this year. First time running PFS games and volunteering at a con. I will be the staple daily early morning GM. Players beware my caffeine induced brilliance! I hope to see you all there. Much fun will be had!

-Jason


baron arem heshvaun wrote:


...hope she is accounted for.

She is.

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Companion, Maps Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber
baron arem heshvaun wrote:


[snip]
... GMs from last year and personally contacted a few including Lora, one of popular GMs from last years con, hope she is accounted for.

:)

Best Pit Fighter of them all!!! :)

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

armac wrote:
baron arem heshvaun wrote:


[snip]
... GMs from last year and personally contacted a few including Lora, one of popular GMs from last years con, hope she is accounted for.

:)

Best Pit Fighter of them all!!! :)

Totally!


baron arem heshvaun wrote:


Bella Sara is easily the deadliest, most addictive, tainted rpg collectible card game out there.

Ahha, that's why I've never heard of it. Not much into card games that don't involve poker chips.

yoda8myhead wrote:
You get to share a room paid for by Paizo with three other people.

Wow, not a bad deal at all. I guess depends on the size of the room, but still...The Marriot is one of the hotels right across the street from the center right? Going to have to plan on doing this next year.

Grand Lodge

Email just sent. Never volunteered to GM before, but I'm so excited right now that I want to reach through the internet to approve myself. ;P


Updated volunteer needs as of yesterday! Still need volunteers for both shows!

For Gen Con specifically, I need two female Tier 1 GMs as I currently have a room with 2 and have space for two more in that room. If you know any female Pathfinder Society fans headed to Gen Con or wishing they could, let me know! I've got a room for them if they'll GM eight slots. :-)

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2015 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 16

Joshua J. Frost wrote:

Updated volunteer needs as of yesterday! Still need volunteers for both shows!

For Gen Con specifically, I need two female Tier 1 GMs as I currently have a room with 2 and have space for two more in that room. If you know any female Pathfinder Society fans headed to Gen Con or wishing they could, let me know! I've got a room for them if they'll GM eight slots. :-)

BTW Josh, I won't need my room slot. The Mrs. will be accompanying me so we'll be getting our own room.

The Exchange 5/5

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Gah!!

Just looking over the draft schedule for GenCon. Just got a happy notice in my e-mail about GM badges.

Who's dumb idea was it to put all these months in between now and August 4th!?

How am I supposed to make it that long?

Grand Lodge

Zandari wrote:

Gah!!

Just looking over the draft schedule for GenCon. Just got a happy notice in my e-mail about GM badges.

Who's dumb idea was it to put all these months in between now and August 4th!?

How am I supposed to make it that long?

Don't think of it as waiting, think of it as planning and scheming...punctuated with rubbing your palms together and giggling like a madman.

Shadow Lodge

I'm looking forward to this. Just got my notification about my badge, and my plane tickets are all taken care of, so I'm psyched!

Dark Archive 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Midwest

Emailed! Fingers crossed!

Shadow Lodge 5/5

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook Subscriber

Hey Josh,

Sent in an updated request for another slot (Thursday) at Gen Con. Do you still want us to send you a list of the events we've signed up for to help you disperse who's going to GM what?


Managing over 100 volunteers means I can't take requests. :-(

Quote:
Keep in mind that you're volunteering for a slot, not a specific event. I'll assign people to events inside the slot they've volunteered for and I won't take requests.

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Alaska—Anchorage aka Dragnmoon

Joshua J. Frost wrote:

Managing over 100 volunteers means I can't take requests. :-(

Quote:
Keep in mind that you're volunteering for a slot, not a specific event. I'll assign people to events inside the slot they've volunteered for and I won't take requests.

How soon until we know what we are running? I bought some PFS event tickets, but If I am running one of the events I bought, would like to get into an event that I am not running before it is sold out!.

I know you're busy Josh, but last year by the time we got our schedule all the events I could go to where sold out (Though I did get lucky on Generics), I would love for that not to happen again this year.


Dragnmoon wrote:
How soon until we know what we are running?

Soon-ish, I hope. I haven't filled all of the GM seats yet, but I might send out my selections before I fill all of the GM seats.

Please keep in mind that I'm nearly 5 weeks ahead of where I was last year, so I've planned for the fact that I wrapped the schedule rather late last year and hope to have everything to you guys much sooner than last year.

Shadow Lodge 5/5

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook Subscriber
Joshua J. Frost wrote:
Dragnmoon wrote:
How soon until we know what we are running?

Soon-ish, I hope. I haven't filled all of the GM seats yet, but I might send out my selections before I fill all of the GM seats.

Please keep in mind that I'm nearly 5 weeks ahead of where I was last year, so I've planned for the fact that I wrapped the schedule rather late last year and hope to have everything to you guys much sooner than last year.

I'm going to try hard not to be a pest, but how far behind are you on processing GM requests? I sent one over the weekend for one additional slot and I'm hoping it didn't get lost out somewhere in the matrix.

I too like Dragonmoon may need to swap out events, but there still seem to be plenty of seats open, so I'm hardly worried.


I'm not really behind, just haven't gotten to the volunteer requests that came in over the weekend.


Volunteer slots updated for both shows! Paizo Con volunteer slots are nearly full, Gen Con still has a few openings!

I have (1) more spot open for male Tier 1 GMs for Gen Con and (2) two more spots open for female Tier 1 GMs for Gen Con.

Dark Archive 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Midwest

Joshua J. Frost wrote:

Volunteer slots updated for both shows! Paizo Con volunteer slots are nearly full, Gen Con still has a few openings!

I have (1) more spot open for male Tier 1 GMs for Gen Con and (2) two more spots open for female Tier 1 GMs for Gen Con.

Hey Josh,

I sent a reply to your latest email about judging. Thanks!


For Gen Con:

I have no more hotel room slots available for male GMs. If you're a male GM and want to volunteer for Tier 1, you will receive all of the benefits for Tier 1 minus the hotel room benefit.

I still have two hotel room slots available for female GMs.


I desperately need additional GMs for both Gen Con and Paizo Con. I need 1-6 GMs for every slot at Paizo Con. I need GMs for every slot of Gen Con.

For Paizo Con, I'm now dropping the 2-slot requirement to volunteer for Pathfinder Society. If you want to volunteer for 1 slot, you won't get any rewards for doing so, but you may volunteer for 1 slot.

If you've got space in your schedule at Paizo Con, please pick up a Pathfinder Society GM slot! :-)

Sovereign Court

While you are at it, try to get some more "Classics" DMs signed up, I was really looking forward to getting in one but they were gone fast!


Joshua J. Frost wrote:

I desperately need additional GMs for both Gen Con and Paizo Con. I need 1-6 GMs for every slot at Paizo Con. I need GMs for every slot of Gen Con.

For Paizo Con, I'm now dropping the 2-slot requirement to volunteer for Pathfinder Society. If you want to volunteer for 1 slot, you won't get any rewards for doing so, but you may volunteer for 1 slot.

If you've got space in your schedule at Paizo Con, please pick up a Pathfinder Society GM slot! :-)

Josh I sent you an email. Please consider me available for all slots at both events. Nevermind my official schedule, PFS is priority 1.

I wasn't planning on attending GenCon unless I could run PFS til my eyes bled. Please contact me asap.


That's dedication!


yoda8myhead wrote:
That's dedication!

Or insanity! I've been traveling so much for work lately, I haven't gotten a chance to GM for a few months, and I've got a big itch to scratch.

Not sure about not having a room available for Indy though. Josh, is the problem no $ for a T1 GM, or no physical room?

How's Talisman been Yoda?


Twowlves wrote:


While you are at it, try to get some more "Classics" DMs signed up, I was really looking forward to getting in one but they were gone fast!

I had 1 table each slot and do not plan to extend that. This is a test this year to see if those work well since I'm basically asking that GM to run something he may not have ever even read. :-)


Kyle Baird wrote:
yoda8myhead wrote:
That's dedication!

Or insanity! I've been traveling so much for work lately, I haven't gotten a chance to GM for a few months, and I've got a big itch to scratch.

Not sure about not having a room available for Indy though. Josh, is the problem no $ for a T1 GM, or no physical room?

How's Talisman been Yoda?

I have Tier 1 slots available, but I no longer have Tier 1 slots that include a hotel room for male GMs. I have 2 Tier 1 slots remaining for female GMs that include part of a hotel room.

Sovereign Court

Joshua J. Frost wrote:
Twowlves wrote:


While you are at it, try to get some more "Classics" DMs signed up, I was really looking forward to getting in one but they were gone fast!

I had 1 table each slot and do not plan to extend that. This is a test this year to see if those work well since I'm basically asking that GM to run something he may not have ever even read. :-)

Would you say that since every session of this is full, and the rest of the Pathfinder slots aren't yet, this experiment would be successful?


No. It will be successful when every table plays without complaint. :-)

And even if I wanted to add extra Classic tables, I don't have extra tables anyway.


Joshua J. Frost wrote:


I had 1 table each slot and do not plan to extend that. This is a test this year to see if those work well since I'm basically asking that GM to run something he may not have ever even read. :-)

I did that last year at Gen Con when the table was ineligible to run the scenario they signed up for. They were all friends so we found a different scenario they could run but I hadn't seen it yet. We all found out what would happen at the same time!


Going over my GM slots vs. our pre-sale information, I'm desperately in need of GMs in the following slots:

1: 3 GMs
5: 4 GMs
8: 3 GMs

If you know anyone attending Gen Con who can grab 1 or 2 slots to help out, that would be great. If you have already volunteered for slots and can grab 1 or 2 more, that would also be great.

Thanks!

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

As much as I'd love to be there again and volunteer, Josh, I just got married and am about to move to PDX, so the budget is a bit tighter this year. Count me in for PaizoCon 2011!

Have a great time,

BrOp
(Alex Greenshields)


Hey Josh, just wondering where/when Tier1/2's will be able to pick up their GM Badge for GenCon. Thanks.

-Jason


RealEvilGenius wrote:

Hey Josh, just wondering where/when Tier1/2's will be able to pick up their GM Badge for GenCon. Thanks.

-Jason

If it works like previous years, you should be able to go to GenCon GM HQ and get your badge there starting on Wednesday.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2009, RPG Superstar Judgernaut

Is it different for those working the booth in the exhibit hall? Somehow, I'm thinking GM HQ might not be the line where we pick up our badges for that.


All volunteers will need to pick up their badges at Gen Con GM HQ, even the four guys working the Paizo booth. I recommend picking your badge up on Wednesday.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2009, RPG Superstar Judgernaut

Joshua J. Frost wrote:
...I recommend picking your badge up on Wednesday.

Amen to that...

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Alaska—Anchorage aka Dragnmoon

NSpicer wrote:
Joshua J. Frost wrote:
...I recommend picking your badge up on Wednesday.
Amen to that...

Last year I went there early morning Thursday, and had 0 line


Dragnmoon wrote:
NSpicer wrote:
Joshua J. Frost wrote:
...I recommend picking your badge up on Wednesday.
Amen to that...
Last year I went there early morning Thursday, and had 0 line

Don't count on this always being the case. :-) Especially if you have an 8 AM slot on Thursday.

Shadow Lodge

I'll have to do early morning Thursday (trust me, I'll be up) as that's about when I'll be landing, sadly. Look forward to seeing everyone there!

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