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Forums & Game Scheduling are go!

Team GPNW Team GPNW
Apr 26

The Go Play NW forums are up! Brainstorm games, share cool places to eat, or just weep about how long you have to wait until the fun starts.
There’s a separate forum RSS feed, plus you can see the latest posts on the right hand side of this page. See, there they are!
We’ve also made forums for all the previous years to archive all the fond memories. If you have old discussions from other forums, blog posts, pictures, etc., make a thread, put up a link and share the love.
Why So Yellow?
Anyone can join the forums, but we configured it so that posts by users registered for GPNW 2010 look different from those who aren’t. That way you’ll know if the person you’re talking to is even committed to coming.
When you sign up for the forums, we’ll check to see if you’re registered. If you use the same email to sign up on the forums as you did when you registered for the event, we’ll be able to match you up. If we miss you, drop us a line and we’ll tag you proper.

Dune… Arrakis… Desert Planet!

ping ping
Apr 21

My little heart is leaping with joy that Hugo House has a water fountain. Huh? Shouldn’t I be more excited by the gaming spaces?
Oh yeah… gaming spaces… sure… but…
<she flashes back to 2009>
Filling the water jugs at 7:30am for the daily drive-by assault to chuck them at the theatre from my double-parked car. Vigilantly monitoring water levels all day with a steely Fremen eye.
</flashback>
Oh no, sir. Not this year. We have terraformed this desert planet.

Evolving Game Sign-up

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Apr 12

A game sign-up system that makes everybody happy may be the Holy Grail of a con, not only because it promises to cure the kingdom of all ills, but because it might be impossible to find. Literally mythical.
In previous years we had GMs/facilitators submit games they wanted to run early on. We posted that line-up and let anticipation simmer for a week or two, then on the appointed hour of the appointed day we opened the floodgates and let players sign up for the games they’d been drooling over.
That is a fairly standard game sign-up system, but it creates the illusion that the games listed when sign-up opens are the only games that will happen: people who aren’t fast enough throw up their hands in despair because (apparently) there aren’t any games left to play. On no, you’re screwed!
In reality more games got added as the days went on, but even more importantly, lots of what got played were pickup games thrown together during the con — by my rough calculation somewhere between a third or a half of the games at GPNW 2009 were not on the schedule beforehand.* The appearance of scarcity was an illusion, and even though the anticipation built excitement, it might not be good excitement.
So we’re trying something a little different this year.
There’s going to be no early submission for games, no gap between listing games you want to run and people signing up for them. We’ll have a forum where people who want to run/facilitate games can pick a slot and announce, and then other people can respond in those threads to say they want to play or ask questions. There won’t be a big list of games that looks like the schedule when the forum opens: it’ll accumulate over time.
There’ll also be an area where you can brainstorm without committing to a slot. Throw out ideas and see if people are interested, or even request for someone to facilitate a game you’ve already been interested in but don’t understand well enough to run yourself.
Will this be a better method? We’ll try it and see. Either way, our motto is “no gamer left behind,” so if you come to Go Play NW you will game if you step up.
* There were about 70 people at GPNW 2009, so if we assume 5 people per game there should be 14 games in the average slot, but only about 7-9 were listed online. After the event the pickup games were added to the online schedule to show what actually got played.

Preview of the gaming landscape

ping ping
Apr 08

There’s enough territory at the Hugo House that we actually need a map. Not that we think anyone’s going to get lost, but we figure it’s just good to know where you’re going.
It’s still a work in progress, but here’s a sneak peek of what Map-Meister Tony (yes, that is his real title) has whipped up:

GPNW 2010 Map Preview