What is up, GamerNation?
We’re just a few weeks away from 3 Days of Gaming Goodness: GamerNationCON 2014! We’re pleased to announce that we’ve got just shy of 100 Registered Attendees! (Not bad for the first year of our little Con.)
We’re very excited to see you all and can’t wait for the convention. In preparation for the Con, we wanted to relay answers to some common questions we’ve been getting, and remind you all of the convention details.
Badge Registration and Pickup
Many of you were Kickstarter Backers who already secured your badges for the convention. Others have purchased your badges online at www.d20radio.com.
Due to the close-knit nature of this convention, badge pickup will occur on-site. Upon your arrival at the convention area, you will be directed to Badge Pickup, where we’ll check you in, give your badge, your SWAG Bag, and quite possibly a warm hug (depends on who’s working at the moment). Along with your badge, you’ll receive your Event Schedule for those of you who’ve pre-registered for events. Your badge must be worn and visible at all times while in the convention area. Attendees (or guardians of minor Attendees) will also sign an acknowledgement form at badge pickup, detailing that each of us understands the Convention Code of Conduct (which is available on this very website).
Event Registration and Tickets
Event registration has been available since the start of the year at www.gamernationcon.com, and many of you have reserved seats at specific events. For a small con like ours, physical “tickets” are not being printed. The GM running each event will have an event schedule, and will use your named badge to confirm your reserved status at that event. Your provided Event Schedule will also remind you of what scheduled events you have. But if you’ve not pre-registered for any events, that’s okay! Walk-ups will be allowed at any event – first come, first serve – to replace any registered participant who can’t make it. We want you to play as much as you can! Not just because this is a game convention, but because of…
XP and the Auction
Each attendee (and GM) will earn 10 GamerNationCON XP per hour of events they participate in, or run. What are XP, you ask? XP has one purpose: the first annual GamerNationCON Auction held on Sunday afternoon! In what will hopefully become an annual tradition, we’ve got loads of brand new RPG products, board games, miniatures, and other special SWAG that YOU can bid on. And the only currency accepted is the XP you’ve earned in games and events! In other words, just by playing and running events at the convention, you’ll have the ammunition to walk out on Sunday with some amazing merchandise and some free games.
Pick-up-Games and Ongoing Events
Additionally, there will be walk-up events throughout the convention; such as Reaper Miniatures Paint & Take, Seminars, and Pick-up Games galore. Remember, convention attendees also have access to a vast game library on-site. Our on-site Marshals and Directors will be actively grabbing attendees and setting up pick-up games, and we encourage our attendees to take the initiative, too!
Attendees running/playing in ANY pick-up game WILL receive XP for it, as long it’s been registered. If there’s a game of any kind you want to play or run, simply let a Marshal or Director know, and you will immediately be assigned a table and given an event form to track the attendees so we can award you all XP! (Plus, it gives is some great insight into the kinds of events people are playing heavily – for future years of the convention). Your table will also be given a color-coded tent card that alerts other attendees of the type of game you’re playing, and if you still need players!
Food and On-site Services
The main convention area will have an active concession booth selling both food and drinks. Additionally, the facility is right next door to a convenience store, and within short walking distance of numerous restaurants and other food options. When you pick up your badge, you’ll be provided with a map of the area that highlights all the good places within walking/driving distance.
Event Location, Hotel Stay, and Transportation
As noted on the main page of this site, the main convention area will be at the Dallas Games Marathon facility, in Plano TX:
930 West Parker Road, Suite 530, Plano, TX 75075
Directions and maps to the facility can be found at http://dallasgamesmarathon.com/
A couple Convention Room Blocks are still available at the nearby La Quinta Inn and Suites:
4800 West Plano Parkway, Plano, TX 75093
To secure a room (if you don’t already have one), please call 972-599-0700972-599-0700 (do NOT call the toll-free number for La Quinta). The convention group block is under “Gamer Nation”. The La Quinta also has a common room that will serve as a secondary gathering and event area for GamerNationCON. It’s open 24-hours, and will be there for any late night pickup games or other events attendees need.
Attendees will be responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the main convention area and/or their hotels.
For any other questions, please leave us a comment, here – or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.