Hi again! Post-Gamestorm convention, I want to know what worked, what did you struggle with, and what was missing?
We're continuing from this thread
, where we discussed the physical play space. The topic now is: How did the game scheduling work for you?
We had games running in Room Birch and the Upper Lobby surrounding Birch. We also had a Demo Table in the dealer Hall but it didn't get used much. We had a few games running in different areas of the con: Children's Programming and Larp.
I scheduled games according to preset time blocks, with hour breaks in between:
Morning 10am - 1pm
Afternoon 2pm - 6pm
Evening 7pm - Midnight
All the games were slotted into these times, with some variations: a 3 hour game might start at 2, and wrap up early at 5. Or a 2 hour game in the morning slot would start at 11. Or extremely short games could be run back to back within the larger slot. There were a few games that ran over the break hours. either because the facilitator wanted that particular hour or there was no other time when its room was available, namely Sea Dracula.
We also ran a few panels--one per day--that were all slotted into the morning block.
We facilitated gaming at the start of each block with A) a whiteboard for posting games both official and unofficial to recruit players, and
an "Open Story Gaming" circle where enthusiastic facilitators gathered everyone seeking games GPNW-style, ran over ground rules, pitched games and split off into groups to play. We had many, many games running at once in most Open Circles, I daresay more than the scheduled games.
So, what worked, what did you struggle with, and what was missing? Did the Open Gaming Circles run smoothly and succeed in including everyone who wanted to play a game? Was there some arrangement you found yourself wishing for?
How effective was the scheduling system to use? Were you able to submit the games you wanted to run, as well as sign up for games you wanted to play? Any major hiccups or frustrations?
Were you able to find the games you wanted to play, scheduled or otherwise? What could've been clearer?I know everyone's really busy and excited for Game Chef, but there's a Gamestorm committee meeting this weekend to give feedback on how the con went, so your timely data will be valuable!
(next topic: cross-department games!)
PS. I'm crossposting this to the Go Play PDX forums since that's online homebase for the Portland indie gaming community. Feel free to participate in either conversation as is convenient and desirable for you!