Origins ins and Outs


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I'm floating the possibility of hitting origins as my summer con this year since starfinder is going to be its big thing there. Is there anywhere to see the scheduel for PFS/SFS events?

As long as I have people, how flat/hilly is the area? I may be walking to the hotel and whatnot and "seeing eye donkey" to carry my geek bag doesn't fly well with the bus.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:

I may be walking to the hotel and whatnot and "seeing eye donkey" to carry my geek bag doesn't fly well with the bus.

I would respectfully request pictures if you ever turn up anywhere with a "seeing eye donkey".

That said I am always trying to reduce my encumbrance.

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Event Reg goes live Saturday. You can see the event grid on the Origins website. Just navigate to Events. The area is pretty flat. The hotel hike is easy with a Roller Bag of Holding.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:

As long as I have people, how flat/hilly is the area? I may be walking to the hotel and whatnot and "seeing eye donkey" to carry my geek bag doesn't fly well with the bus.

The immediate area around the convention center is flat and easy to navigate. It is similar to the area around the Indiana Convention Center.

I recommend Origins to all of my PFS/SFS friends. There's a large enough OPF presence to participate in a lot of games but small enough that you can get to know people over the duration of the convention.

Additionally, Origins is large enough to have a large exhibition hall with lots of opportunities to try out other games (if you want to).

I strongly recommend getting advance tickets as it takes some time to non-ticketed people to get seated.

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So you buy a generic convention ticket and then buy up event tickets like gencon?

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Ticketing is similar to GenCon (both in format and pricing).

I like what they do for generics. They use tokens (similar in size to OPF boon tokens) and each token is worth $2. If you buy too many tokens, you can exchange them for full value at the end of the convention.

Dark Archive 5/5 Venture-Agent, Ohio—Columbus aka Cirithiel

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We would love to have you at Origins, BNW!

As far as walking, Columbus is quite flat. The convention center is on two/three levels, but there are escalators everywhere to get between floors.

Random other things a first-timer might want to know:

The closest grocery store is probably The Hills Market, and that’s a mile, maybe. It’s also more of a botique grocery. There is also a small grocery in The North Market, one block from the convention center, but go there for the myriad foodstalls, not the grocery store. (They mostly seem to have overpriced produce when I have been there in the past.) Fair warning, the food stalls will be packed tighter than the dealer hall with people. But it’s worth the trip at least once.

There are a lot of restaurant options nearby and a food court right downstairs on the RPG end of the convention. FYI, we are always on the ”south” end under/in the Hyatt hotel, in their ballrooms. The Hyatt also has some food options and the “Big Bar On 2” is a popular late night spot. There is a Starbucks just outside our room.

Water stations (cold only) are provided by the hotel.

Origins is considerably smaller in attendancethan GenCon, so most people end up at one of the ”attached” hotels. But even if you are staying elsewhere, the downtown area is very pedestrian friendly. We also have a bunch of different scooter companies and a bike share for getting around. I think the Segway Tour place is even still in operation.

For Pathfinder, some events will sell out, like the specials, but if players are flexible in the Scenarios they can play, nearly all generic tickets get seated *somewhere* in every other slot.

Events: I GM the whole time, so I haven’t looked st the online registration yet, but assuming they use the same system as recent years, DO NOT try to filter events by day when purchasing tickets for the evening game slot. Since they end at 12:00, the site considers them to span two days, and will not show any of those events if you enter a day in the search tool. Easiest is to download the Excel Event Grid and search for events you want by the event number or name.

If there is anything else you want to know, just ask!

PS: Origins is the same weekend as Pride. The downtown area including the convention center is going to be very crowded, and parking will be... potentially difficult. The Satruday parade usually goes past the convention center, so some roads will also be closed at times that morning/noonish. Plan accordingly if anyone is going to stay at an outlying hotel and drive in each day.

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Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:

I may be walking to the hotel and whatnot and "seeing eye donkey" to carry my geek bag doesn't fly well with the bus.

I would respectfully request pictures if you ever turn up anywhere with a "seeing eye donkey".

That said I am always trying to reduce my encumbrance.

Well, I don't know about 'seeing eye donkeys', but seeing eye miniature horses are an actual thing, being a respected (albeit less well known) alternative to a seeing eye dog...

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Okay, how the heck do you get events to show?

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Have you looked at the Event Registration Walkthrough?

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GM OfAnything wrote:
Have you looked at the Event Registration Walkthrough?

No. Besides a link how would anyone know it was there?

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It is on the Origins event registration page before you click over to eventready.com. Under Events -> Events Registration from the navigation menu.

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When I looked at the event finder on Saturday, no Paizo events were up for Pathfinder except some 2nd ed 'playtests'. No 1st ed games, and no Starfinder.

Supposedly there are threads on both the PFS and SFS boards about this.

I finde this to be very peculiar, seeing as the PFS & SFS events are listed on the Gen Con system.

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Sir Belmont the Valiant wrote:

When I looked at the event finder on Saturday, no Paizo events were up for Pathfinder except some 2nd ed 'playtests'. No 1st ed games, and no Starfinder.

Supposedly there are threads on both the PFS and SFS boards about this.

I finde this to be very peculiar, seeing as the PFS & SFS events are listed on the Gen Con system.

I found a big giant spreadsheet with the games and events codes that.. i can't find again. Heres the starfinder and pathfinder stuff.

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Sir Belmont the Valiant wrote:
seeing as the PFS & SFS events are listed on the Gen Con system.

I've checked twice today, including just before posting this and I do not see any PFS or SFS events listed in the Gen Con catalog

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Sir Belmont the Valiant wrote:

When I looked at the event finder on Saturday, no Paizo events were up for Pathfinder except some 2nd ed 'playtests'. No 1st ed games, and no Starfinder.

Supposedly there are threads on both the PFS and SFS boards about this.

I finde this to be very peculiar, seeing as the PFS & SFS events are listed on the Gen Con system.

I found a big giant spreadsheet with the games and events codes that.. i can't find again. Heres the starfinder and pathfinder stuff.

The spreadsheets are on the Origin's Event Registration page. Under Events -> Events Registration from the home page.

Dark Archive 5/5 Venture-Agent, Ohio—Columbus aka Cirithiel

Keep in mind this year when registering for Origins events:

1) For evening games you can not limit he events shown by “day”. The midnight end time confuses the event registration system. This is an issue every year.

2) The event numbers in the Excel sheet do not match the event numbers in the registration system. This is new for 2019.

To minizime your frustrations, search for PFS/SFS event by NAME only to get what you need.

Also, any unpaid events tickets will be put back into circulation on May 17 for others to grab.

Dark Archive 5/5 Venture-Agent, Ohio—Columbus aka Cirithiel

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Oh. And last I heard, the only events known to be missing from the Origins online registration are some of the older scenarios. But they should be getting added “soon.”

(Not on the committee, so I don’t know any more details on which events specifically, or when they will get added.)

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I can't get the search engine to pop anything. It doesn't matter if i don't touch the date, change the date, change the time, 45 minutes of playing with it that search engine doesn't do anything but circle uselessly or return no results.

editL ok, the event catagory has to be "all" as opposed to tabletop. Does the event being sold out mean they're out of seats for that game in that slot?

Some things will show up in the event code, some will not

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Event category has to be set to all (it defaults to "Select a catagory" and won't work from there)

don't touch the time slider thing

Don't select a date

The event codes WILL work now

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Sir Belmont the Valiant wrote:
When I looked at the event finder on Saturday, no Paizo events were up for Pathfinder except some 2nd ed 'playtests'. No 1st ed games, and no Starfinder.

Just checked today, at Origins, there are no Pathfinder events Saturday night, I'm guessing because of the Starfinder special. There are some PF2 demos, but that's it.

If I'm wrong or if there are more events coming, please let me know.

If this is the case and someone is interested in me GMing something (or they can), let me know.

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