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Gen Con Indy 2024

Welcome! Thanks in advance for your interest in DMing at Gen Con 2024 for Baldman Games. Without DMs and helpers like you, shows like this would not exist. I’ve always said that even when you’re DMing, you’re gaming, and that is never a bad way to spend the day. We’ve drummed up some of the best benefits we can to entice you to swap over to the dark side of the DM’s screen.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a LOT (seriously, a LOT) happening this year, some of which is different than last year. Please read things completely before filling out your DM application.


DMing is a great way to give back to your hobby, and we have some really great rewards that make helping out even easier – plus it’s a great way to attend the show and save some serious $$. You can earn a free badge to the show or even a spot in one of our hotel rooms next to the convention center (a huge perk). It’s also a great way to make new friends and immerse yourself in the show community, more than a casual attendee ever could. Our DM pool organizes events most nights of the show to help build camaraderie and let everyone blow off some steam after a long day of gaming. Our judge retention rate is extremely high, so fair warning: once you work for us, you’ll probably come back and do it again next year.


Now for some show terminology:

  • Badge Level: If you DM at Badge Level, you’ve worked enough to earn a free badge to the show. This badge is paid for by the Baldman Games staff. You need to have created an account in the Gen Con registration system before registering with us. You will then provide us your email address attached to that account, and we take care of the rest. You’ll receive an email from Gen Con when the free badge has been assigned to you and can transfer any tickets or housing you’ve already got on a paid badge and seek a refund for it.
  • Room Level: If you DM at Room Level, you’ve worked enough to earn a spot in one of our hotel rooms. These rooms are for four nights (Wed. night to Sat. night), and we put three to four (see details below) people in a room.  We do our best, though, to put you in a room with the roommates you prefer whenever possible. So if you are unsure about staying with strangers your first time, then get a couple buddies to DM with you, and we’ll put all of you in a room together. We all win!!
  • Slot: This one confuses a lot of people and is a very old term from the RPGA days. A slot is the same as saying a shift. In the case of Gen Con 2024, a slot is four hours long. Every event and day is put together using slots so events line-up nicely, start and end at the same time in relation to each other, and help you put together a schedule that fits your needs easy as possible. The slots in our main D&D play space are numbered so the first slot on Thursday at 9am is called Slot 1. The last slot that runs from noon to 4pm on Sunday is Slot 11. In the Expo Hall where our demo games (D&D and Avalon Hill) and Onslaught are located, the slots are lettered in alphabetical order, so the first slot on Thursday at 8am is called Slot A. The last slot that runs from 1pm to 5pm on Sunday is Slot K.
  • Slot Zero/Slot 0: So if the first slot is called Slot 1 then what the heck is Slot 0? Slot 0 is any game that runs before the show itself, allowing our DMs to see a game they will later from the player’s perspective. Usually these are done so DMs can prepare to run a better game. Seeing things from a player’s perspective then preparing it is a huge help for some. Sometimes these are also special DM-only events done as rewards for them helping out. Regardless of whether you get to play an event before the show or not, you are always expected to be prepared when the show starts and it is game time.
  • Judges: “Judge” is just a fancy word for “DM.” It is a remnant from a bygone era, but we are so used to saying it that sometimes it slips through. If we say “judge,” we mean “DM or other type of gamemaster.”

Now on to some event specifics:

  • The D&D eXPerience @ Gen Con: This is our premiere experience event at Gen ConPlayers in this event get a set DM, table, and show exclusive content. This event is run by our established, best-of-the-best DMs. In order to be considered for this, you must be a Level 3 or higher DM in the Herald’s Guild (a.k.a. a “Blue Shirt”). If you are new, this is the event you want to be running someday. The top of the D&D DM mountain. Do a handful of shows for us and knock our socks off, and you too can be part of this awesome group.
  • D&D Adventure League Event: This is our standard 2-hour or 4-hour event at the show. Perfect for new and experienced DMs. We aim to run in 1.5 hours for a 2-hour game or 3.5 hours for a 4-hour game so you have a little time at the end to gather up your stuff, hit the bathroom or food court really quickly, and get back for your next slot (or if your last slot for the day, run to the Dealer’s Hall).
  • D&D Learn to Play Event: This is our 2-hour (90 minutes of play) fast-play event. It’s still a 4-hour shift of work, but you’ll run the same adventure twice in that time. It is fast-paced and a lot of fun. It makes for a great time and is very popular at the show. It’s an excellent opportunity for newer DMs as preparing one mini-event for repeated play is a lot easier then a 4-hour one.
  • D&D Demo: This is a 20-30 minute quick demo for as many players as we can rope into trying it from 9am to 7pm each day (so make sure to watch slot times – they are different). Everything is provided (map, minis, not-so-mini minis, pregens, dice, etc.) for you to create an awesome experience. We’ll also make sure your area manager creates opportunities for you to take breaks as needed between tables. NOTE: This will take place in the main convention hall, NOT in our D&D play space at the JW Marriott.
  • The D&D Open: This extra-special offering will have teams of players running over three different slots in each track. Details are still being ironed out, but this will be a pretty unique competitive experience that will require some truly top-tier DM skills to pull off. You’ll have a different party and likely a different round to prep for each slot you’re chosen to run this.
  • D&D 50th Anniversary Special Event: While we can’t say too much about this yet, expect a not-to-be-missed Epic adventure that will run ONE TIME ONLY with unique benefits.
  • D&D Onslaught: This will be helping with Onslaught (a tactical minis game) demos, scenario play, and tournaments. Really fun new game and we’re going to work hard to build a great community around it. NOTE: This will take place in the main convention hall, NOT in our D&D play space at the JW Marriott.
  • Avalon Hill Boardgames: Spend some time teaching/playing HeroQuest, Risk Strike, Betrayal at the House on the Hill, and Betrayal: Deck of Lost souls with some exciting players. NOTE: This will take place in the main convention hall, NOT in our D&D play space at the JW Marriott.
  • HQ: You will get to know this gang well as the show goes on. These are my minions whose job it is to take care of all the little things going on around you at the show so you don’t have to. Their job is to make sure you have everything you need, so all you need to do is focus on your game and give your players a fantastic time. They are long-time DMs and staff members, most of whom have been doing this 10+ years – and some closer to 30. We usually have a few open spots each year for data entry and reception here. This is great for example if you want to help DM and get a free room but your significant other doesn’t DM. We can put them to work earning a room in another fashion, and you can still share a room together. We have many couples who do this.

Well, hopefully that was helpful in getting you up to speed on what we are about and how you can help us help you. Now on to the nitty-gritty details that hopefully will now make more sense to you.


For Gen Con 2024 everything at the show (outside of HQ staff) works on 4-hour shifts. This means the show has 11 slots from start to finish as listed below:
D&D Events Schedule (JW Marriott)

Thursday – Aug 1stFriday – Aug 2ndSaturday – Aug 3rdSunday – Aug 4th
Slot 1: 9am-1pmSlot 4: 9am-1pmSlot 7: 9am-1pmSlot 10: 8am-noon
Slot 2: 2pm-6pmSlot 5: 2pm-6pmSlot 8: 2pm-6pmSlot 11: Noon-4pm
Slot 3: 7pm-11pmSlot 6: 7pm-11pmSlot 9: 7pm-11pm 
    

D&D Demos, Onslaught, and Avalon Hill (Demo Hall)
These run on a schedule that’s slightly condensed towards the middle of the day to accommodate show floor hours. Some of this time at the beginning and end will be setup/breakdown. Your area manager will work with you to ensure that you still have ample opportunities for breaks between games so you can grab some food, hit the restroom, etc.

Thursday – Aug 1stFriday – Aug 2ndSaturday – Aug 3rdSunday – Aug 4th
Slot A: 8am – NoonSlot D: 8am – NoonSlot G: 8am – NoonSlot J: 9am – 1pm
Slot B: Noon – 4pmSlot E: Noon – 4pmSlot H: Noon – 4pmSlot K: 1pm – 5pm
Slot C: 4pm – 8pmSlot F – 4pm – 8pmSlot I: 4pm – 8pm

Benefits:

Payment: We pay all of our DM’s and HQ staff. You’re doing work – you deserve to get paid. How you get paid and where it goes is a decision left to you for most event types.

  • Paid to DM: For standard 2- and 4-hour adventures, you will be paid per ticketed, seated, and confirmed player at the table per the payment schedule below. Avalon Hill and Fast Play events are based on slots worked, not players seated. This payment will happen approximately 6-8 weeks after the conclusion of the show once Baldman Games is paid by Gen Con. You will be responsible for your own badge, and accommodations (if required).
    • PLEASE NOTE: You must be eligible to work in the United States for the paid option (I need a valid US Tax ID# for your 1099). This is not something that is negotiable.
  • Payment to Benefits: What you earn at the show will to go towards your badge and hotel. You will not be cut a check at the end of the show (but neither will we hand you an invoice if you don’t make enough to cover everything). A minimum of 4 slots will get you Badge Level, and a minimum of 7 slots will earn you Room Level.

Non-Employee Compensation: Regardless of which benefits option choose above, you are doing work for hire. You are not an employee of Baldman Games LLC or Gen Con LLC at any time. This is why you get to pick when you run, what you are running, etc.

Pay Schedule for Gen Con 2024:

  • 2-hour Learn to Play / Standard AL event – $4 per ticketed and seated player
  • 4-hour standard AL event – $8 per ticketed and seated player
  • D&D eXPerience / 50th Special / D&D Open – $10 per ticketed and seated player (per 4-hour play session)
  • D&D Demo – Benefit option only (still counts towards badge/room)
  • D&D Onslaught – Benefit option only (still counts towards badge/room)
  • Avalon Hill – $30 per slot worked

Please make sure you have read the following document and ask any questions you may have before filling out this application. By submitting it you are agreeing to follow the rules and guidelines contained within them.

Herald’s Guild Member Conduct Document


Events running at Gen Con 2024:

Introduction to D&D (1.5 – 2-hour game) – Peril in Pinebrook. You’ll run this twice in a 4-hour slot. 1st and 2nd-level characters.

[NEW!!!] BMG-INT (1.5 – 2-hour game) – You’ll run the same adventure (one of a set of four) twice in a 4-hour slot. 1st through 4th-level characters.

[NEW!!!] Dreams of the Red Wizards: Kindred Spirits (3.5-hour game) – A new DRW storyline set in Rashemen. 5th through 10th-level characters.

[NEW!!!] Moonshae Isles: Promise of Blossoms (3.5-hour game) – A new MOON storyline set after the events of Malefic Delusions. 1st through 4th-level characters.

The D&D Open (3.5-hour games across three different slots) – An old-school competitive format with scored adventures, not unlike the tournament version of Descent into the Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth. Additional info will be provided to DMs who are selected to maintain fairness for player groups.

D&D 50th Anniversary Special Event (3.5-hour game in Slot 6) – While we can’t say too much about this yet, expect a not-to-be-missed Epic adventure that will run ONE TIME ONLY with unique benefits. Expect challenges and nods to the history of D&D that befit this special time. All tiers of play.

The D&D eXPerience Tracks A & B – [NEW!!!] Dreams of the Red Wizards: Kindred Spirits (3.5-hour games in four different slots) – A new DRW storyline set set in Rashemen, including an opening Epic. 5th through 10th-level characters.

The D&D eXPerience Tracks C & D – [NEW!!!] Moonshae Isles: Promise of Blossoms (3.5-hour games in four different slots) – A new MOON storyline set after the events of Malefic Delusions, including a kickoff Special Interactive (LARP style). 1st to 4th -level characters.

The D&D eXPerience Tracks E & F – [NEW!!!] Moonshae Isles: Promise of Blossoms (3.5-hour games in four different slots) – A new MOON storyline set after the events of Malefic Delusions, including an Epic. 5th through 10th-level characters.

Avalon Hill Boardgames (20-30 minute demos) – Show peeps the ropes on Heroquest, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Risk Strike, and Betrayal: Deck of Lost Souls.

Gen Con 2024 DM Registration

    Your Name (required):

    Herald's Guild #:
    Your HG # is in your show ratings emails that you receive. If you do not have one we will assign one when your schedule is processed (just put 'NEW" in this field to continue).

    Your Email (required):
    All correspondence will go to this email. Please make sure it is correct. If you are registered in the Gen Con system under a different email address, please provide me that email in the 'Anything Else' box below or I will not be able to attach a badge to your account.

    Your Discord Username; e.g. ted366 OR ted366#1284 (required)
    We require all DMs to be present and pay attention on discord servers set up for our events, whether in-person or online. This will be our primary means of answering questions quickly as well as the way DMs share resources with each other. It's also how you'll distribute end-of-game rewards to players.

    Phone #:

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    Benefit Level Desired (required):

    How many slots do you want to work? (required):

    Do you want any earned time to be paid out to you for the show (must have 1099 on file) or rolled into your benefits? NOTE: YOU MAY EITHER BE PAID OR RECEIVE A HOTEL ROOM/BADGE. YOU CANNOT MIX THESE OPTIONS.

    Please confirm whether you want to be paid or receive show benefits instead. (Yes, I am asking the same thing twice as confirmation.)

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    What slots do you want to work?

    Slot 1/A - Thur 9am - 1pm / 8am - Noon
    Slot 2/B - Thur 2pm - 6pm / Noon - 4pm
    Slot 3/C - Thur 7pm - 11pm / 4pm - 8pm

    Slot 4/D - Fri 9am - 1pm / 8am - Noon
    Slot 5/E - Fri 2pm - 6pm / Noon - 4pm
    Slot 6/F - Fri 7pm - 11pm / 4pm - 8pm

    Slot 7/G - Sat 9am - 1pm / 8am - Noon
    Slot 8/H - Sat 2pm - 6pm / Noon - 4pm
    Slot 9/I - Sat 7pm - 11pm / 4pm - 8pm

    Slot 10/J - Sun 8am - Noon / 9am - 1pm
    Slot 11/K - Sun Noon - 4pm / 1pm - 5pm

    What events do you want to run?

    D&D Demo and Intro to D&D

    BMG-INT (Level 1-4)
    DRW-KS (Level 5-10)
    MOON-POB (Level 1-4)

    D&D Open
    D&D Super Special (Slot 6)

    The D&D eXPerience Track A: DRW-KS (Level 5-10) - Slots 1, 2, 4, 5
    The D&D eXPerience Track B: DRW-KS (Level 5-10) - Slots 7, 8, 10, 11

    The D&D eXPerience Track C: MOON-POB (Level 1-4) - Slots 1, 2, 3, 5
    The D&D eXPerience Track D: MOON-POB (Level 1-4) - Slots 7, 8, 9, 10

    The D&D eXPerience Track E: MOON-POB (Level 5-10) - Slots 2, 3, 4, 5
    The D&D eXPerience Track F: MOON-POB (Level 5-10) - Slots 8, 9, 10, 11

    D&D Onslaught
    Avalon Hills Boardgames

    HQ / Worker Bee

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    T-Shirt Style (required):

    T-Shirt Size (required):

    Anything Else? (preferred roommate, special needs, etc.)

    By submitting this registration form you agree to have your personal information stored in the Baldman Games / Herald's Guild systems, that you are 18 years of age or older, consent to potentially have a background check run, and have read and accepted our Code of Conduct. (required)

    Yes