Gen Con 2016 Call for Volunteers!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

As we gear up for this year's convention season, it's time again to solicit volunteers!

Paizo is once again a co-sponsor of Gen Con 2016. As with last year, we will have a booth & card game demos in the Exhibition Hall, seminars in the Convention Center, and Pathfinder Society running in the Sagamore Ballroom.

Last year saw the culmination of several years' growth, during which Pathfinder Society at Gen Con expanded from a side room to all of the Sagamore Ballroom. While we aren't adding any space this year, we're changing up some of the programming. The Adventure Card Guild (ACG) will have 20 tables in its own area of the ballroom, where they are going to run Season of the Runelords. In addition, the ACG Open returns to test the mettle of our Card Guildees, and the Friday night interactive will include an ACG component. There are a few other programming related plans to finalize, and we'll reveal more information on those on the blog sometime in Febraury.

On the Roleplaying Guild (RPG) side, we're offering scenarios covering the second half of Season 7 and the first few of Season 8, as well as bringing back a few favorites. We have several special events planned, including an all-new interactive on Friday evening! In addition, a new series of quests will debut, and there are a few other things up our sleeve to be announced in February.

One of the biggest changes this year is the new "Pathfinder Society Academy" (PSA). Encompassing the Kid's Track offered in prior years, it expands to a third lesson track focusing on transitioning to full scenarios. With 10 tables in their own area of the ballroom, the PSA includes space for our younger GMs and players to have an experience tailored just for them. Games in PSA are family-friendly and sure to bring a smile to our younger players' faces.

The Gen Con lead volunteers and the PFS team worked together to determine a scheduling method to cover volunteer needs for slots while also maximizing free time (allowing folks to join in some of the fantastic Gen Con activities). One of the changes you'll see is the additional of a break between the morning and afternoon slots. This year, games in the Sagamore Ballroom will be run in three slots (8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM, and 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM), with the exception of Sunday (9:00 AM to 2:00 PM). The Exhibition Hall demos will be run from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, with the exception of Sunday (10:00 AM to 4:00 PM).

Volunteer slots are scheduled as follows:

SlotRPG/ACG GMsPFS HeadquartersAdventure Card Game Demos
Thursday Morning7:30 AM to 1:00 PM7:30 AM to 4:45 PM9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Thursday Afternoon1:30 PM to 7:00 PM1:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Thursday Evening7:30 PM to 1:30 AM4:15 PM to 1:30 AM
Friday Morning7:30 AM to 1:00 PM7:30 AM to 4:45 PM9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Friday Afternoon1:30 PM to 7:00 PM1:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Friday Evening7:30 PM to 1:30 AM4:15 PM to 1:30 AM
Saturday Morning7:30 AM to 1:00 PM7:30 AM to 4:45 PM9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Saturday Afternoon1:30 PM to 7:00 PM1:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Saturday Evening7:30 PM to 1:30 AM4:15 PM to 1:30 AM
Sunday Morning8:30 AM to 2:00 PM8:30 PM to 5:30 PM9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Sunday Afternoon12:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Based on the above schedule, volunteer time commitments are:

TierRPG/ACG GMsHeadquarters VolunteerAdventure Card Game Demos
Tier 18 Slots5 Slots7 Slots
Tier 27 Slots
Tier 36 Slots4 Slots6 Slots
Tier 45 Slots3 Slots5 Slots
Tier 54 Slots2 Slots4 Slots
Tier 61 Slot1 Slot

The breakdown of what benefits are available for each tier are:

TierBadgeHotelHardcover BookT-ShirtsStore CreditBoon/Reward
Tier 1
Tier 2
Tier 3
Tier 4
Tier 5
Tier 6

The details of each benefit are as follows:

  • Badge—A free 4-Day Gen Con 2016 badge
  • Hotel— 1/4 of a room at the Westin in downtown Indianapolis
  • Hardcover Book—A free copy of Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Horror Adventures
  • T-Shirts—4 limited release t-shirts in purple (GMs)/orange (HQ) for new volunteers
  • Store Credit—Paizo.com store credit per slot volunteering ($10 per slot GMed slot and $20 per HQ slot)
  • Boon/Reward—An exclusive tier-based boon (RPG) or reward (ACG)

Gen Con badges go on sale Friday and the housing lottery starts Sunday. As in prior years, housing in downtown Indianapolis is at a premium. Gen Con works to house as many people as possible through their housing lottery. We are opening registration today so attendees that plan on volunteering may plan badge purchase and housing lottery involvement accordingly. All folks that complete the registration process by midnight Saturday will have an answer before the lottery goes live Sunday morning.

To register for volunteering, complete this Gen Con questionnaire. You can send any questions to genconpfsvolunteer@paizo.com.

Thank you to all our volunteers and players who make the Pathfinder Society so fantastic! The team and look forward to seeing you at Gen Con 2016! Let's roll some dice!

Tonya Woldridge
Organized Play Coordinator

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Liberty's Edge 3/5 5/5 **** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

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Score 1 for the Fromper!! I have not even looked at my tickets yet...

1/5 5/5

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Confirmed.

It's on my invoice but it's not on the ticket proper (I have a 7-8 via invoice)

Liberty's Edge 3/5 5/5 **** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

As pointed out by Fromper, the GenCon event codes are unique so the Master of Marshals will be on top of those numbers....

Sovereign Court 4/5 * Organized Play Coordinator

Thanks for the heads up. We are talking now about how to make the seating as smooth as possible.

-T

Grand Lodge 4/5 5/55/5 ***

Bob Jonquet wrote:

At this time, I am unable to confirm receipt of volunteer schedules for the following list of people. Could be the email address I have for them is an error, my emails falling into spam folders, or their response dropped into my archives amongst a HUGE amount of GenCon traffic. In any case, I am unaware at this time if they know their volunteer schedule or that they are even approved. If you are on this list or know any of the names, please contact me BY EMAIL as soon as possible. At some time in the near future if we cannot confirm with the volunteer we may need to cancel the volunteer status and offer the schedule to a standby volunteer. I would hate for that to happen due to a communication error.

Thx - Bob
pfs.illinois@gmail.com

Upating the list again. The following are still pending confirmation. If you know any of these people, please encourage them to reach out to me ASAP. If I do not receive a confirmation from these volunteers soon, they are at risk of having their status cancelled which could cause a cancellation of hotel space and/or convention badge. The latter would likely also cause all event tickets to be cancelled. Thanks

Andrew Hall
Casey Miller
Christopher Rowe
Donovan Hall
John Wood II
Joshua Foster
Noel Anthony Reiner de Joya
Roger Kernsmith
Scott Rawls

4/5

Has there been a spoiler post yet this year letting the GMs for the Specials know what maps they should be ordering from their local gaming store?

(I would love to get mine ordered since my store has been kind of slow lately.)

5/5 5/55/55/5

So how does this work if we want to get tickets but are picking up the badge at gencon? it seems like they'll all be gone by then.

Grand Lodge 4/5 5/55/5 ***

As long as the badge is present in your Gen Con account, you can purchase event tickets. You don't need the physical badge to do that. And yes, a large number of available tickets are already sold

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Eric Ives wrote:

Has there been a spoiler post yet this year letting the GMs for the Specials know what maps they should be ordering from their local gaming store?

(I would love to get mine ordered since my store has been kind of slow lately.)

What no free maps again :)

5/5 5/55/55/5

Bob Jonquet wrote:
As long as the badge is present in your Gen Con account, you can purchase event tickets. You don't need the physical badge to do that. And yes, a large number of available tickets are already sold

How do you get a badge in your gencon account if you're expecting to get a badge for DMing?

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Bob Jonquet wrote:
As long as the badge is present in your Gen Con account, you can purchase event tickets. You don't need the physical badge to do that. And yes, a large number of available tickets are already sold
How do you get a badge in your gencon account if you're expecting to get a badge for DMing?

it should be there already. if not, than someone needs to know. go to your account and pull up badges i think.

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Jeff Morse wrote:
it should be there already. if not, than someone needs to know. go to your account and pull up badges i think.

Either I don't see the option or there's no badge there to bring the option up.

The Exchange 4/5 5/5

BigNorseWolf wrote:
Jeff Morse wrote:
it should be there already. if not, than someone needs to know. go to your account and pull up badges i think.
Either I don't see the option or there's no badge there to bring the option up.

If it lets you purchase tickets for events, you have a badge. You also should have gotten an e-mail when the badge was added to your account. To check directly:

-Log in and go to "My Packets"
-you should see "Items that you can pick up from GM HQ" and have a "Gamemaster Badge" under that

5/5 5/55/55/5

Nope. no packets. Send Tonya another email?

The Exchange 4/5

BigNorseWolf wrote:
Nope. no packets. Send Tonya another email?

yep

The Exchange 4/5

should we get our scenario soon if just released? dont want to buy it Friday only to have it given to me after, but want to run it in 2 weeks for locals.

Dark Archive 1/5

Bob Jonquet wrote:
Noel Anthony Reiner de Joya

Thanks to all the kind folks who text, emailed and PMed me that my schedule request got lost in transition.

Apologies to the organizing team, thought that I was already good to go! Drinks on me per usual!

See you all at Gencon!

Dark Archive 5/5 5/5

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baron arem heshvaun wrote:
Bob Jonquet wrote:
Noel Anthony Reiner de Joya

Thanks to all the kind folks who text, emailed and PMed me that my schedule request got lost in transition.

Apologies to the organizing team, thought that I was already good to go! Drinks on me per usual!

See you all at Gencon!

Careful, man, the HQ Drinking Team has a few heavy weights on it this year.

4/5 *

Wait a day or two on scenarios, I have heard they are imminent.

Dark Archive 4/5 *

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Eric Ives wrote:

Has there been a spoiler post yet this year letting the GMs for the Specials know what maps they should be ordering from their local gaming store?

(I would love to get mine ordered since my store has been kind of slow lately.)

I'd like to know what this is as well - about a month left and I'd like to get maps and minis sorted out and ordered where needed.

Grand Lodge 5/5

Tonya Woldridge wrote:

Thanks for the heads up. We are talking now about how to make the seating as smooth as possible.

-T

Might I suggest that the people who are doing crowd control in the hallway before the doors open (or however that is being done this year) advise people that don't remember which tier they signed up for to either look it up on the Gencon site or make a quick trip downstairs to the ticket people to have them check. Either way it shouldn't take 5 mins.

Hopefully most people showing up will know what they signed up for since they likely have some specific character they want to play, and that could take care of a large group of the rest.

Dark Archive 5/5 5/5

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godsDMit wrote:
Tonya Woldridge wrote:

Thanks for the heads up. We are talking now about how to make the seating as smooth as possible.

-T

Might I suggest that the people who are doing crowd control in the hallway before the doors open (or however that is being done this year) advise people that don't remember which tier they signed up for to either look it up on the Gencon site or make a quick trip downstairs to the ticket people to have them check. Either way it shouldn't take 5 mins.

Hopefully most people showing up will know what they signed up for since they likely have some specific character they want to play, and that could take care of a large group of the rest.

I think I can make my voice be heard to do just this.

Silver Crusade 4/5

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The game id # is still on the ticket, and there are only 6 of them. I'd say big signs letting people know which id # corresponds to which sub-tier would be the easiest. Also, fliers with that same information for every table GM and muster volunteer. Much easier than yelling and checking the internet.

Dark Archive 5/5 5/5

Fromper wrote:
The game id # is still on the ticket, and there are only 6 of them. I'd say big signs letting people know which id # corresponds to which sub-tier would be the easiest. Also, fliers with that same information for every table GM and muster volunteer. Much easier than yelling and checking the internet.

You haven't heard me yell have you? ;)

Silver Crusade 4/5

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jon dehning wrote:
Fromper wrote:
The game id # is still on the ticket, and there are only 6 of them. I'd say big signs letting people know which id # corresponds to which sub-tier would be the easiest. Also, fliers with that same information for every table GM and muster volunteer. Much easier than yelling and checking the internet.
You haven't heard me yell have you? ;)

No, I haven't. And we're both in the midwest, so you must not be THAT loud. :P

Dark Archive 5/5 5/5

Fromper wrote:
jon dehning wrote:
Fromper wrote:
The game id # is still on the ticket, and there are only 6 of them. I'd say big signs letting people know which id # corresponds to which sub-tier would be the easiest. Also, fliers with that same information for every table GM and muster volunteer. Much easier than yelling and checking the internet.
You haven't heard me yell have you? ;)
No, I haven't. And we're both in the midwest, so you must not be THAT loud. :P

Just the opposite. I can project with the best of them.

The hallway outside the Sagamore will be a challenge but if I could get the entire hallway to hear me at the previous Paizo con hotel, I think I'll be alright.

Grand Lodge 5/5

jon dehning wrote:
Fromper wrote:
jon dehning wrote:
Fromper wrote:
The game id # is still on the ticket, and there are only 6 of them. I'd say big signs letting people know which id # corresponds to which sub-tier would be the easiest. Also, fliers with that same information for every table GM and muster volunteer. Much easier than yelling and checking the internet.
You haven't heard me yell have you? ;)
No, I haven't. And we're both in the midwest, so you must not be THAT loud. :P

Just the opposite. I can project with the best of them.

The hallway outside the Sagamore will be a challenge but if I could get the entire hallway to hear me at the previous Paizo con hotel, I think I'll be alright.

With you at one end and me at the other (as Im sure this is a duty I'll get roped into anyway lol), I think we can get everybody.

If not, then Mike Bramnik might be a good person to ask for assistance. I've never heard him yell, but he's at least a head taller then me, I think, so he's got the height advantage going for him, making him more noticeable.

The Exchange 3/5

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THUNDERLIPS! is his inside voice.

Grand Lodge 5/5

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There are plenty of big people/good yellers on the HQ team. I'm sure Bob and co. will have a solution in place

Dark Archive 4/5 5/55/5 **** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Massachusetts—North Shore

I know I can be heard at the other end of the Sagamore, I had people come over and tell me to keep it down. :)

1/5 5/5

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A lot of yelling will become *white noise* in that hallway, though. It's why I resorted to making a sign and carrying it around last year...

There was mention of some sort of video board being tried out for mashalling, is that still in the works?

Grand Lodge 4/5 5/55/5 ***

Bob Jonquet wrote:

At this time, I am unable to confirm receipt of volunteer schedules for the following list of people. Could be the email address I have for them is an error, my emails falling into spam folders, or their response dropped into my archives amongst a HUGE amount of GenCon traffic. In any case, I am unaware at this time if they know their volunteer schedule or that they are even approved. If you are on this list or know any of the names, please contact me BY EMAIL as soon as possible. At some time in the near future if we cannot confirm with the volunteer we may need to cancel the volunteer status and offer the schedule to a standby volunteer. I would hate for that to happen due to a communication error.

Thx - Bob
pfs.illinois@gmail.com

Upating the list again. The following are still pending confirmation. If you know any of these people, please encourage them to reach out to me ASAP. If I do not receive a confirmation from these volunteers soon, they are at risk of having their status cancelled which could cause a cancellation of hotel space and/or convention badge. The latter would likely also cause all event tickets to be cancelled. Thanks

One last update. I will be cancelling the schedule for these volunteers on Saturday 7/9 if no contact with me is completed by then.

Andrew Hall
Casey Miller
John Wood II
Joshua Foster

Shadow Lodge 4/5 5/55/55/55/5 ****

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godsDMit wrote:


If not, then Mike Bramnik might be a good person to ask for assistance. I've never heard him yell, but he's at least a head taller then me, I think, so he's got the height advantage going for him, making him more noticeable.

I'm on the brute squad.

Liberty's Edge 4/5

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Mike Bramnik wrote:
godsDMit wrote:


If not, then Mike Bramnik might be a good person to ask for assistance. I've never heard him yell, but he's at least a head taller then me, I think, so he's got the height advantage going for him, making him more noticeable.
I'm on the brute squad.

You are the brute squad.

The Exchange 4/5

Bob Jonquet wrote:
Bob Jonquet wrote:

At this time, I am unable to confirm receipt of volunteer schedules for the following list of people. Could be the email address I have for them is an error, my emails falling into spam folders, or their response dropped into my archives amongst a HUGE amount of GenCon traffic. In any case, I am unaware at this time if they know their volunteer schedule or that they are even approved. If you are on this list or know any of the names, please contact me BY EMAIL as soon as possible. At some time in the near future if we cannot confirm with the volunteer we may need to cancel the volunteer status and offer the schedule to a standby volunteer. I would hate for that to happen due to a communication error.

Thx - Bob
pfs.illinois@gmail.com

Upating the list again. The following are still pending confirmation. If you know any of these people, please encourage them to reach out to me ASAP. If I do not receive a confirmation from these volunteers soon, they are at risk of having their status cancelled which could cause a cancellation of hotel space and/or convention badge. The latter would likely also cause all event tickets to be cancelled. Thanks

One last update. I will be cancelling the schedule for these volunteers on Saturday 7/9 if no contact with me is completed by then.

Andrew Hall
Casey Miller
John Wood II
Joshua Foster

I liked the fill in form. Maybe for future can add a box for PFS number aswell. Than could trickle down to those that gamed with them could remind them. Or something like that.

Sovereign Court 4/5 * Organized Play Coordinator

We are keeping the fill in form, but tweaking it based on how we used the info this year. I will keep your suggestions in mind when we go to revamp the form, Jeff. Thanks for the feedback!

Sovereign Court 4/5 * Organized Play Coordinator

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All badges should be in accounts.

Scenario dropping started. All 7-98 Serpent's Ire GMs should have their scenario, as well as a some of the regular items.

Next step - update housing requests.

4/5 *

Thanks, boss!

Grand Lodge 4/5 5/55/5 ***

At this time, due to lack of confirmation, schedules for the following volunteers have been cancelled and will be offered to standby volunteers.

Andrew Hall
John Wood II
Joshua Foster

Liberty's Edge 3/5 5/5 **** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

Bob,

Did you send out an update on Saturday? If so, I somehow missed it.

Thanks!

Grand Lodge 4/5 5/55/5 ** Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Melbourne

Tonya Woldridge wrote:

All badges should be in accounts.

Scenario dropping started. All 7-98 Serpent's Ire GMs should have their scenario, as well as a some of the regular items.

Next step - update housing requests.

I missed that this dropped into my downloads this weekend. I was too busy hunting pocket monsters in my neighborhood.

Silver Crusade 4/5

trollbill wrote:
Tonya Woldridge wrote:

All badges should be in accounts.

Scenario dropping started. All 7-98 Serpent's Ire GMs should have their scenario, as well as a some of the regular items.

Next step - update housing requests.

I missed that this dropped into my downloads this weekend. I was too busy hunting pocket monsters in my neighborhood.

Our local gaming store is a PokeStop, and someone planted a lure there while we were playing PFS yesterday. So we were all playing both at once.

1/5 5/5

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Fromper wrote:
trollbill wrote:
Tonya Woldridge wrote:

All badges should be in accounts.

Scenario dropping started. All 7-98 Serpent's Ire GMs should have their scenario, as well as a some of the regular items.

Next step - update housing requests.

I missed that this dropped into my downloads this weekend. I was too busy hunting pocket monsters in my neighborhood.
Our local gaming store is a PokeStop, and someone planted a lure there while we were playing PFS yesterday. So we were all playing both at once.

GenCon isn't going to have this insanity going on, is it? Do we need to develop a PokeJammerTM?

Liberty's Edge 3/5 5/5 **** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

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Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
Do we need to develop a PokeJammerTM?

I am not sure that "Jam" and "Poke" should be used in the same sentence....

Grand Lodge 4/5 5/55/5 ** Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Melbourne

Fromper wrote:
trollbill wrote:
Tonya Woldridge wrote:

All badges should be in accounts.

Scenario dropping started. All 7-98 Serpent's Ire GMs should have their scenario, as well as a some of the regular items.

Next step - update housing requests.

I missed that this dropped into my downloads this weekend. I was too busy hunting pocket monsters in my neighborhood.
Our local gaming store is a PokeStop, and someone planted a lure there while we were playing PFS yesterday. So we were all playing both at once.

GM: Okay, Paladin, the troll leaps down from the platform and takes a swing at you. It rolls a...wait...let me catch this Weedle first.

Dark Archive

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Make the PFS hall a Pokestop and sucker them into playing Pathfinder

1/5 5/5

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Marik Whiterose wrote:
Make the PFS hall a Pokestop and sucker them into playing Pathfinder

Except it wouldn't work that way.

GM: "Okay, everyone roll for initiative."

Players: "Just a second." "Busy" "Hang on" "What? I was busy catching a bulbachu"

GM: Why did I volunteer my time again? I could be catching all the Pokethingies at the convention right now...

Grand Lodge 5/5

I fully expect Indy to be full of lures the whole weekend...

Grand Lodge 4/5 5/55/5 ** Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Melbourne

Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
Marik Whiterose wrote:
Make the PFS hall a Pokestop and sucker them into playing Pathfinder

Except it wouldn't work that way.

GM: "Okay, everyone roll for initiative."

Players: "Just a second." "Busy" "Hang on" "What? I was busy catching a bulbachu"

GM: Why did I volunteer my time again? I could be catching all the Pokethingies at the convention right now...

Maybe they can put up a sign in front of the Sagamore Ballroom saying "Rare Glabrezu Inside."

Maybe with a silhouette.

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trollbill wrote:


Maybe they can put up a sign in front of the Sagamore Ballroom saying "Rare Glabrezu Inside."

Maybe with a silhouette.

"Rare gazeebo encounter"

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