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Is there a find stuff out about the world move? A barf forth Apocalyptica, spout knowledge or investigation type move?

I found it missing in the game as the source material has a focus on investigation of some mysteries. Care to weigh in +Jenni Sands?

Hey +Michael Sands! They are doing a book club post over on reddit about monster of the week. So it may be worth popping in and saying hi.

Here is the link for those also interested in reading the thread.

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Gaming meet up sometime? No confusion or day of games this year. Who would be keen on a meet up of some kind?

Kiwis does anyone want to go in and share shipping cost on the new edition? Or maybe +Michael Sands can tell us of any local retailers who can source it for us.

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Good advice for running games in general.
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How To: Run Convention Games
at Gen Con GAMES ON DEMAND 2014

I'm posting this publicly tomorrow but this is a quick preview!

This Step by Step Guide will save you hours by helping you avoid the many mistakes we've made in the past and assist you in running the best game possible!

To save you time we've organized this guide by difficulty (Level 1, 2, 3) and subsections (Before Con, Before Game, Game Start, During Game, Game End, After Game) so you can reference only what you need when you need it. 

At Minimum we ask GoD GMs to please take 20 minutes to read the first 2 sections, START HERE and LEVEL 1.

This document is available online (Googe Doc:  ) and downloadable (PDF, DOC, ODF, Mobi, ePub:

Questions About This Document? Email

These are not universal rules. These are specific to Convention Games, Gen Con's Games on Demand 2014, and playing in the United States with a potential international audience including experienced and new players. This is NOT the one true way to run games. 


Table of Contents:
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[ Before Con ]
▶Your Game
▶Your Schedule
▶2014 Games on Demand Location
▶Free Thursday, August 14th 2014?
▶New Player Friendly
▶Public Space Friendly
▶What Is Your Goal?
▶Sensitive or Potentially Offensive Content
▶Less Time Than You Think
▶Make or Provide Characters
▶Limit Character Options
▶Character Backstories
▶Character Motivation

[ Before Game ]
▶Need to Contact us at Gen Con 2014?
▶When Should I Arrive at Games on Demand?
▶When Should I Expect My Game To Start?
▶Familiarize Yourself With Games on Demand
▶Own Your Space
▶Set a Timer

[ Game Start ]
▶Set Expectations
▶Content Warning
▶Introduce Yourselves
▶Review Community Standards
▶Table Rules
▶Transparency and Honesty
▶You are NOT a Dancing Monkey!

[ During Game ]
▶Hosts Will Come By To Collect Tickets
▶Do You Want to Play in the Next Game Slot?
▶How to Teach Rules
▶Dealing with Problematic Behavior
▶What if YOUR Behavior Causes a Problem?
▶Model Behavior
▶Be Direct

[ Game End ]
▶Don't Go Over Your Time
▶Fast Forward or Remove Resources

[ After Game ]
▶Clean Up
▶Event Feedback

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[ Before Con ]
▶Know your Strengths and Weaknesses
▶Write a Script
▶Diverse Characters

[ Before Game ]
▶Don't Lose Your Voice

[ Game Start ]
▶Tent Cards

[ During Game ]
▶Golden Rule Sucks
▶Customize Conflicts to Characters
▶Be Enthusiastic
▶Be Non-Judgemental
▶Recruit Players
▶Quiet & Loud Players
▶Player Asking Too Many Questions?
▶Players Want Different Things?
▶Play Problematic NPCs Without Being Problematic
▶Start Scenes with WHY
▶Add Drama to Scenes
▶Skip Conflicts Without Stakes
▶End Scenes
▶Keep Notes
▶Not Sure What's Next?
▶Failure is Fun
▶Fail Forward
▶Fail Logically

[ Game End ]

[ After Game ]
▶Make Friends
▶Player Feedback

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[ Before Con ]
▶Games on Demand Diversity Training
▶Character Sheets
▶Scale Down
▶Scale Up or Fast Forward
▶Don't Play Racist or Sexist NPCs
▶Avoid Making Every NPC You

[ Game Start ]
▶Player vs Player
▶Ask Permission
▶Warning - Leader Characters

[ During Game ]
▶Start Slow
▶Start Strong
▶Flashbacks or Twists Fix Problems
▶Use Mistakes
▶Rule Mistakes
▶Pacing, Information, and Secrets
▶Ask Provocative Questions to Connect PCs to NPCs
▶Quick NPCs - People You Know
▶Quick NPCs - Reflections of the PCs
▶Quick Names
▶Repeat Names
▶Breaks - Cliffhangers TV Style
▶After Break
▶Describe - Show Don't Tell
▶Describe - The Camera like a Movie
▶Warning - Convention Gonzo
▶Forget Awesome
▶Metagame Techniques
▶Player Engagement

[ Game End ]
▶Movie Credits

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paul wilson commented on a post on Blogger.
I am super keen but stuck in the New Zealand is there any chance I could help to playtest this at an upcoming con here?

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paul wilson commented on a post on Blogger.
Also are you likely to put up some of the characters for others to have a go play testing the hack?
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