Summer Shows March Update

Origins 2016 Updates and Judge Registration

Origins is going to be an exciting show this year. We have a lot of exciting events for the show and will be announcing details on many of them in the coming weeks.

There is a lot of construction going on this year at the show but we will once again be located in the Regency Ballroom on the 3rd Floor of the Hyatt. We are expanding our offerings and table counts this year across the board to include more games and more premiere content than ever before! The highlight of our show is the return of the D&D Open in its brand new format! This event will start at 2pm on Saturday and run until 11pm that night (with a one hour dinner break). This is THE D&D event of the year. Superstar guest DM’s, prizes (for winners, losers, and just that unlucky person who opened the wrong door) abound. This event is limited to 180 participants so be ready when registration goes live!

We are also pleased to announce the premiere of Season 5 at the show!!! That’s right. If you want your first sneak peek, once again, Origins is the place to be.

DM sign-ups for the show will go live the afternoon of March 14th. With our expanded offerings we will need more volunteers than ever. Hotels rooms, badges, and swag await those willing to join us in the fun. All sign-ups will be through the Baldman Games website at http://www.baldmangames.com)

 

Gen Con 2016 Updates

Preparing for summer convention season never ends – especially when it comes to Gen Con and The Best Four Days in Gaming!  We solicited and received a lot of great feedback last year and have been working with Gen Con Event staff to address some of the concerns expressed.  One of the most common complaints was the noise level. We pursued several options, including the use of air-walls, moving to the center or edges of the room, but none of these sufficiently reduced noise level. The show has gotten so big, and so crowded, that it is no longer feasible for us to remain in the main hall any longer. We want to provide a great quality gaming experience and we do not believe it is possible for us to do that with a tabletop game in our old location.

We are happy to announce our relocation to the attached Hyatt hotel and the Regency Ballroom on the 2nd floor (immediately in front of you when cross over the sky-bridge into the hotel). The entire ballroom will be dedicated to D&D tabletop games. We will have a separate area for our D&D eXPerience program @ Gen Con as well as a main hall area for our normal 4-hour games.

Some, I am sure, will express concerns regarding our move. The change is not requested by Gen Con nor is it due to Wizards of the Coast changing their convention presence. Continuing to be in Hall D was an option if we wanted it. We requested Gen Con Events to present us with options on how we could reduce noise levels and general chaos around our play space. After carefully reviewing those options, this move was by far the best choice. Our desire to give you, the players, a quality gaming experience far outweighs the visibility brought to us by remaining in the main hall.

Gen Con and Baldman Games

News for Gen Con Volunteers

Badge registration and housing has opened for Gen Con 2016, along with all the chaos and disappointment of not getting a hotel within walking distance of the convention center. When that happens, Baldman Games always get an influx of inquiries about volunteering for BMG at Gen Con. Well, here are some details.

The call for volunteers will not go out for another a couple of months, as details and schedules are hammered out among Baldman Games, Gen Con, and other parties. However, below is some information to help you decide if you want to volunteer:

  • Baldman Games uses a specific schedule at Gen Con. Between Thursday morning and Sunday afternoon, Baldman Games divides the time in 14 four-hour slots. Thursday through Saturday, the days are divided into 4 slots: 8am – 12pm (noon), 12pm – 4pm, 4pm – 8pm, and 8pm – 12am (midnight). On Sunday, only the first two slots of the day occur: 8am – 12pm (noon), 12pm – 4pm.
  • If you volunteer to run games for Baldman Games in at least 4 slots, you get a free 4-day Badge ($90 value). If you have already purchased a badge, that’s OK. You will get a refund on your badge if you volunteer! As you can see, volunteering for 4 slots is less than 1/3rd of your time at Gen Con.
  • If you volunteer to run games for Baldman Games in at least 8 slots, you get a free 4-day Badge ($90 value) and a share of a hotel room. The hotel(s) housing BMG’s volunteer block are always within easy walking distance of the Convention Center. Rooms are shared with other BMG volunteers, and generally we put 3-5 people in a room. Volunteers at least have ½ of a double bed. If there are other BMG volunteers you wish to room with, those preferences are taken into account whenever possible.
  • When possible, other perks are provided for BMG volunteers. The perks are an extra and never promised, but we will announce those as we know more.

Origins News

Based on announcements from Wizards of the Coast, we are expecting Origins to be at least as busy as Gen Con this year. We will be reaching out for Origins volunteers AFTER asking for Gen Con volunteers, even though Origins takes place 2 months before. (Just the way scheduling works.)

The schedule for Origins is often different from Gen Con, so the perks for volunteering are different as well. As the Origins schedule is finalized, those perks and requirements will be announced.

Winter Fantasy Has Arrived!

Winter Fantasy begins on Wednesday, February 3rd. We are set for volunteers and registration is closed, but it is not too late to attend. Badges and tickets can be purchased onsite, and this convention is a great place to learn more about BMG offerings and talk to leaders in the gaming industry in a more intimate environment. Wizards of the Coast staffers Mike Mearls and Chris Lindsay will be on hand to talk about topics like the DMs Guild and run games. Adventurers League staff will be attending as well to run games and answer campaign questions.