Gen Con 2017 or Bust! (Or: Calling All GMs!)

We at Monte Cook Games are continuing to grow our presence at Gen Con in 2017. In 2016, our official events included over 100 games for of Numenera, The Strange, and the Cypher System. Our booth was 800 square feet and we ran demos of Numenera, Cypher System, and No Thank You, Evil! all day. When event registration opened last year, our games sold out within hours. Gen Con informed us that they were among the most chronically oversubscribed at the show, and asked us to offer even more.

So in 2017, we’re expecting to run at least as many game sessions as we did in 2016! Our booth included surprises like a playable demo of Torment: Tides of Numenera video game, a prototype of the Black Cube from the Invisible Sun RPG, and 16-foot-tall tower with art banners on each side representing our games.

Last year we were helped out by over three dozen volunteer GMs. They ran great games, had a great time, and got some great rewards. We’d love it if you joined their ranks for 2017!

Calling All GMs!

Do you love Numenera, The Strange, and the Cypher System? Do you love the best four days in gaming? Do you love running games and meeting new, enthusiastic gamers?

This is our call-out for volunteers. Why are we reaching out this early? Because Gen Con badge pre-registration is just days away and we want you armed with the best information possible when making your choices. We’d love to have you run as many games as you feel comfortable with, and we offer some pretty good rewards if you run more than one official MCG game. Here’s how it works:

  • You let us know you’re interested through this survey. You tell us which games you’re most interested in, how many 4-hour game sessions you’d like to run, and if you’re interested in running short demos at the MCG booth.
  • Our events aren’t scheduled with Gen Con just yet, but in a month or so we’ll have the official schedule of all our games, and we’ll ask you to choose your specific slots. We’ll have games running throughout the waking hours of all four days.
  • We provide you with the official adventure (or adventures, if you’re running for more than one game system). You’ll get it in PDF format a few weeks ahead of Gen Con. At the show you’ll get a print copy of it, along with pre-generated characters and other handouts you need.
  • We ask you to attend a meeting Wednesday evening at Gen Con. That’s where you’ll get your goodies and have a chance to meet the MCG staff and the other GMs. (If you won’t be there Wednesday evening, we can make alternative arrangements.)
  • You run your games, meet new gamers, and have a great time!

So, what do you get for taking part? What are these goodies of which we speak?

  • If you run at least one official game session for us, you’ll get
    • An exclusive print copy of the 2017 MCG Gen Con adventures. This book won’t be available in print anywhere else, at any time!
    • Premium seating at all MCG seminars and non-adventure events.
    • Our thanks, the thanks of your players, and a sense of a job well done!
  • If you run at least two official game sessions for us, we’ll add:
    • A GM goodie bag, full of cool and useful stuff for Numenera, The Strange, and Cypher System GMs. (While the details aren’t fully worked out yet, in past years they’ve contained about $50 worth of fun and useful stuff.)
  • If you run at least four official game sessions for us, we’ll add:
    • A GM badge. That’s right, your Gen Con badge is free! (But note: If you’re getting a hotel room via the Gen Con system, you’ll still need to register and pay for your regular Gen Con badge before hotel registration opens. When you get to Gen Con, you swap your regular badge for your GM badge, and get a refund of your original badge. Sorry, that’s Gen Con’s system, not ours.)

We ask that any volunteer be:

  • 18 years of age or older (with rare exceptions).
  • Friendly, kind, patient, trustworthy, helpful, outgoing, organized, well-groomed, and punctual.
  • Able to interact with many different personality types in a calm, friendly manner.
  • Committed to the games you sign up for. We have to plan around your sign-ups, so please don’t sign up if you’re in doubt.

Join our band of wonderful volunteers! Sign up to run official Gen Con game sessions now!

Not Going to Gen Con?

As always, if you are planning on attending any other gaming convention and would like MCG support to run a game, please reach out to us and we’ll get you materials to do so. Also, did you know that if you’re part of the MCG Asset Team, you get rewards and special swag for running games for us? Join the Asset Team today!

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