Gen Con Indy 2022: Call for Volunteers & Important Dates

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Well, here we are again! It’s always such a pleasure. We’re pleased to announce that volunteer signups are now open for Gen Con Indy 2022! Please note these signups are only for the physical event in Indianapolis. Once Gen Con provides us with more information about their timeline for Gen Con Online, we’ll be in touch with volunteer information.

Before you fill out the volunteer form, here is some important information:

  • Volunteer applications will be reviewed and accepted or rejected by the Gen Con Organizing Committee. Filling this form out does not guarantee acceptance; you will receive an email with further information from the Gen Con committee.
  • Gen Con Indy schedules will be assigned by the committee. You will be asked for your preference of system and level, but you will not necessarily be able to choose the specific scenario(s) you run. The committee’s intention is to assign people to run the same scenario multiple times during the weekend. There is a free-form field at the end of the form to enter specific requests, though there’s no guarantee they will be honored.
  • Reward information is listed on the Organized Play Foundation website. GMs who don’t qualify for a badge will still need to purchase one.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE FOR 2022: Paizo has a very limited number of rooms for GMs. In the past, we have been able to guarantee all 7-slot GMs will be housed; this is not guaranteed for 2022. Please see this document for more information.
  • Volunteers will be accepted on a rolling basis and schedules should be assigned within a week of your application. Once your schedule is assigned and you confirm, you are considered to be committed to attending the event.
  • Adventure authors interested in running tables of scenarios they have written should fill out the volunteer form and then follow up by emailing genconleads@gmail.com. Please note we have a limited number of tables and the schedule is fairly locked-in at this stage, but we’ll do our best to get you slotted into your scenario if it’s on the schedule.
  • In-person attendees and guests will be required to show proof of vaccination and wear masks. Other venues in the area (such as the hotels) may have less stringent requirements in common areas. Therefore, we will enforce our requirements in Paizo-controlled spaces such as the Sagamore ballroom. Failure to comply may result in your expulsion and a potential ban from future major conventions.
  • Any questions about the GM signup process should be sent to the committee at genconleads@gmail.com.

Gen Con Indy Volunteer Form

Major Conventions Planning Server

Anybody interested in volunteering at Gen Con should join the OPF Major Conventions planning server by clicking the image below. Follow the instructions in #welcome to get access to the relevant channels. All important information will be conveyed on this server as well as via email, so please join the server!

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Important Dates

Finally, here are some important dates for Gen Con Indy 2022!

  • March 10 (Thurs): GM signups open; rooming survey opens
  • April 30 (Sat): Soft cutoff for GMs; GMs can still sign up after this date, but there’s no guarantee you’ll be considered for rooming or be able to be scheduled to volunteer beyond a backup GM slot
  • May 7 (Sat): Room survey ends, rooms assigned
  • May 15 (Sun): Event registration opens for all Gen Con Indy attendees

If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments below or on the OPF Major Cons Planning Server. We can’t wait to see you all online and in Indianapolis for Gen Con 2022!

Alex Speidel
Organized Play Coordinator

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

TriOmegaZero wrote:
I don’t particularly enjoy having it. Better than not going at all however.

I wish I could get there. But I can't.

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

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I will stop monitoring this thread since I will not be GMing and will not be playing any tables with Paizo keeping a mask mandate regardless of what gencon does.

I am greatly saddened and can only pray that people get vaccinated so Covid becomes just another annual shot.

If anyone would like to talk with me, feel free to reach out on Discord or a PM here.

Horizon Hunters 4/5 5/5 **

Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber
Gary Bush wrote:
Mark Stratton wrote:

OP at this Gen Con is no different than any prior Gen Con, in that if the rules/procedures/environment aren't to your liking, then you have within your power the ability to stay home. Or, alternatively, you could choose to GM online.

Simple.

Mark, it is not that simple. Your comment only cancels my opinion and feelings.

I’m sorry, Gary, that wasn’t my intention. I was really just trying to point out that in general the choice is always with the individual as

To whether or not they attend. This time though, attending online is an option.

I’m sorry my comments came across in the way they did.

Shadow Lodge 5/5 5/55/5 *** Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East

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Wanted to verify - for Starfinder or 2nd Ed, there's no exclusive GM boons, just (a lot of) ACP?

Will charity auction boons be the same at the in-person and virtual cons?

Horizon Hunters 4/5 5/5 **

Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

Do HQ volunteers also earn AcPs?

Paizo Employee 5/5 Organized Play Coordinator

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thistledown wrote:

Wanted to verify - for Starfinder or 2nd Ed, there's no exclusive GM boons, just (a lot of) ACP?

Will charity auction boons be the same at the in-person and virtual cons?

Correct, and yes, the boons will be available to attendees at both conventions. Any other auction items will likely only be available to attendees of the physical show, as handing them to the winners is much easier than mailing them all out afterwards.

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Speaking as someone who has to deal with a sick, infected customer base that doesn't give a rat's butt about my personal health and safety, I'm glad that both Gen Con and Paizo have taken a firm stance on protecting the health of others.

As someone who has had to wear masks for at least forty hours a week on the job, it's frustrating to see some folks go "Oh, everything's 'just fine' remember con crud? remember how it can lay a person out for days? Now add an incredibly lethal pandemic on top of it.. Stop cancelling my views!"

That being said, if I'm *lucky* at this rate I *might* get enough time off of work to help with the online version of Gen Con -- because ain't nobody stepping up to work so-called 'essential' retail gigs at 'essential retail gig' pay rates.

Footing a share of a pandemic-reduced room capacity room is a non-starter on my budget for August.

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

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GM Wageslave wrote:
I'm glad that both Gen Con and Paizo have taken a firm stance on protecting the health of others.

It is interesting to note that a month or so ago, Gen Con's published stance was to leave masking to the individual. I read the rules when I bought my badge and again when I booked my hotel. At some point between then and now, they reverted to a mask mandate position. Given that most public places are relaxing their mask mandates, it is quite possible that Gen Con might change again between now and the actual show. If at the time of the show the city of Indianapolis doesn't have a mask mandate and neither do any of the restaurants or hotels or the mall, it might be meaningless for the actual convention to have one.

However, Paizo said (upthread) they were not planning to change their mask mandate even if Gen Con changes theirs. Though given Paizo's history, it would not surprise me if they changed their position and relaxed their mask mandate after the deadline dates for cancellations at Gen Con.

If the status of masking is a deal-breaker, we should have a fairly clear view of what to expect, though there is a greater than zero chance the rules will change.

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Since the masks are probably a deal breaker for some people in either direction I'd imagine consistency would be more important than the "right" answer to a question that relies in no small part on circumstances months in advance.

Dark Archive 4/5 5/55/5 *** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Midwest

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I will say that the mask and vaccination requirements are what is making it so that I would like to go.

I have been through three in person conventions locally now, all with strict mask and vaccination requirements. It is doable, in my humble opinion, whether it can be a little uncomfortable or not.

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Silbeg wrote:

I will say that the mask and vaccination requirements are what is making it so that I would like to go.

I have been through three in person conventions locally now, all with strict mask and vaccination requirements. It is doable, in my humble opinion, whether it can be a little uncomfortable or not.

I think phrasing it this way is whats annoying some people. To most people it's a little uncomfortable. To someone with a respiratory condition or to whom a mask is like having an alien face hugger on your face, it's not "a little uncomfortable" it's maddening to the point of being exclusionary. Try imagining the policy was "everyone must have a live tarantula sitting on their head, it's a little uncomfortable but...*"* and you'll get the idea of how some people feel about it.

Of course, to people worried about their health NOT having a mask is ALSO exclusionary (because the mask is much better at protecting other people than the wearer)

So any policy dealing with that many people in so many square feet of space is going to be exclusionary to someone but both the number and seriousness of the problem seems to be on the side of masking. It does absolutely bite that some people can't go, and it's worse when the policy means YOU** can't go. But it is that big of a deal for some.

*please don't do this. They are notorious for fudging their rolls
**for various values of you

3/5 ** Venture-Agent, Massachusetts—Boston Metro

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I'm sorry but the whole respiratory issue is a complete and utterly nonsensical excuse. You'd have to be in such a horrendously bad state that you'd couldn't even attend the convention in normally let alone live a normal life. Same goes for sensory issues.

Grumble.... Grumble....

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MadScientistWorking wrote:

I'm sorry but the whole respiratory issue is a complete and utterly nonsensical excuse. You'd have to be in such a horrendously bad state that you'd couldn't even attend the convention in normally let alone live a normal life. Same goes for sensory issues.

Grumble.... Grumble....

With all due respect, i feel like this is a drastic oversimplification. I think masking should be encouraged, and as a matter of fact I am still wearing mine despite the lifting of the general mandate here, but they are uncomfortable and can definitely feel quite claustrophobic. I spent the better part of 2 years wearing a half face respirator for 12 hours each day, and that was only tolerable due to circumstances and the fact that I could walk out side to breath every few hours.

The point is, it's not for us to judge each others levels of discomfort. If yours is such that wearing a mask is a deal breaker, I'll keep a seat at the table warm for you next year.


Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber
MadScientistWorking wrote:

I'm sorry but the whole respiratory issue is a complete and utterly nonsensical excuse. You'd have to be in such a horrendously bad state that you'd couldn't even attend the convention in normally let alone live a normal life. Same goes for sensory issues.

Grumble.... Grumble....

Sensory issues?

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Alright, everybody here has been respectful, but the discussion about masks has been done to death over the past few years, so I'm formally requesting that it cease here. Our safety requirements are set; you can have whatever opinions you want to have about them, but you won't be changing Paizo's policy.

If you have other questions about volunteering at Gen Con, by all means post here!

Wayfinders 4/5 5/55/55/55/5 ** Contributor

Will there be a Demo Team group this year, Alex? I have loved working Demo Team in the past, and wanted to know if this was something I could volunteer for again.

Paizo Employee 5/5 Organized Play Coordinator

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Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:
Will there be a Demo Team group this year, Alex? I have loved working Demo Team in the past, and wanted to know if this was something I could volunteer for again.

We will be having demos in the Sagamore, so yes! If there's not a place to mark that on the form, leave a note in the freeform response at the end and I'm sure the committee would be delighted to have you again :)

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Alex Speidel wrote:
Swiftbrook wrote:

A few questions.

When are the interactive specials for each system?
Are there going to be tables of 1st edition of Pathfinder?
Are the Macadam games going to be running the Beginner Box?

The interactives will be in the evening slots (8pm-1am) on Friday and Saturday.

There will be 4-5 tables of first edition in each slot.
The Academy games will be using various Bounties and other short content like the Free RPG Day adventures.

From the current event listing on the GenCon site, I can find . . .

Regular games cost $8 each slot
Academy games 2 hours and $2
SF Special: Friday 8:00 pm $12, 33 tables
PF Special: Saturday 8:00 pm, $12

As a sample, here is listings for the Friday 2 pm slot
1 table of PFS(1ed)
1 table of Pathfinder Academy
23 tables of PFS(2nd)
13 tables of SFS

Most of the tables were single tables with five tickets available. I suspect that this is going to be updated before tickets go live but I have no actual intel on that. Well, I have a little intel. Only tier 1-2 of the Pathfinder Special is currently listed and there are only 24 tickets for it.

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Swiftbrook wrote:

As a sample, here is listings for the Friday 2 pm slot
1 table of PFS(1ed)
1 table of Pathfinder Academy
23 tables of PFS(2nd)
13 tables of SFS

I suspect that this is going to be updated before tickets go live but I have no actual intel on that.

In looking at the events catalog, non-Paizo events are scheduled in over half of the Sagamore Ballroom. (laser tag, bridge simulators, miniature hobby events, etc)

For comparison, in 2019 there were 80-90 six-person tables per session. So with half the space, 35-40 tables per session is probably the max they can handle. Better than last year with *no* tables, but still pretty slim pickings...

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