Running Events at Games Day
Here are some of the kinds of special events that we have held successfully
at Games Day in the past:
If you wish to run a special event that fits into one of these categories,
please follow these steps:
- Playings of hard-to-schedule games. This includes:
- Especially long games, such as Civilization or Titan.
- Games that take a lot of space, such as miniatures battles.
- Complex games for which it's hard to find enough interested players,
such as Avalon Hill multiplayer games.
- Playtests of forthcoming games. Some playtests have been run by
publishers, others have been run by volunteer playtesters.
- Tournaments for popular games such as Settlers of Catan. Some
tournaments have had prizes, some haven't.
- Demonstrations of new games, such as CCGs and Mage Knight.
Based on past experience and constraints imposed by library policies, the
following kinds of events don't work well or aren't allowed:
- Join the mailing
list if you haven't already.
- Send out a query to the
mailing list asking how much interest there is in your event. Ideally, it
should be a multiplayer event, and to proceed with scheduling it you should
get as many positive responses as the number of players you need to run the
- If there appears to be sufficient interest, let Dave know what time
you'd like to run your event, and any special requirements for your event
(e.g. extra table space).
- Dave will add your event to the event schedule and to reminder
Finally, please keep in mind that Dave usually does not have time to do
anything more than schedule and publicize your event. If you want to sign
people up in advance, schedule multiple rounds of play (heats), get
official support from the game's publisher, or anything else, you generally
have to take care of these things yourself.
- Role-playing games won't work because the room is too noisy and
the level of interest in RPGs is low.
- Game sales, auctions, and trades are not allowed because
library policy prohibits using the room for commercial purposes.
- CCG tournaments haven't worked well because there isn't enough
interest in CCGs.
- Prizes for tournaments make little or no difference in the
level of participation. As a result, I recommend that you don't bother with
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Last updated August 24, 2001 by DRK.