GenCon 2013 Vendor volunteer list
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This is the new 2013 GenCon vendor volunteer list. As you know, the people in the exhibit booths and demo tables are not always game company employees. They're normal people who volunteer their time to teach people games or other jobs, often in exchange for perks. I put this list together to try and pool companies looking for help for Origins and GenCon, which are the two most common in need for people to help.

If you know a company is looking for volunteers, please add them here and try and note what perks come with the posting (free badge, free games, cash, etc.)

If you have never volunteered before, I can highly recommend the experience. I love doing it and for many, like myself, it can help make these cons more affordable to go to.
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1. Board Game Publisher: Mayfair Games
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Mayfair has re-vamped their volunteer program for 2013. Details are below:

New Game Shepherd (volunteer) Program Details!

What are the Benefits?

Free Game Shepherd uniform T-shirt(s)
Free badge to select game conventions
Discounts on games and swag
Advance notice of upcoming releases
Play-testing opportunities at select conventions

Expectations of a Game Shepherd

Is friendly and enthusiastic
Loves playing games - especially Mayfair Games
Enjoys teaching others how to play our games
Plays well with others
Presents themselves in a fun, mature and professional manner
Assists in the promotion of Mayfair Games and the protection of its IP
Helps organize and run game demos and events at their local game stores, game groups, libraries, schools, community outreach or regional conventions
Runs game demos at key annual conventions (Gen Con, Origins & PAX Prime/East)
Creates a fun environment for the players
Presents themselves in a clean and neat uniform during demos/work shift(s). This includes the provided Game Shepherd T-shirt(s) along with appropriate jeans or khakis (strongly recommended - capris, skirts, kilts and shorts, mid-thigh or longer, are also acceptable). Athletic, yoga & sweat pants are not acceptable uniform elements.
Is at least 18 years of age (only exception is for a child who is at least 13 years old and a child of a current Game Shepherd, under the supervision of said Shepherd, and can demo core products and meet the above expectations)
Be able to demo a diverse cross section of the Mayfair Games product line while being open to learning and teaching new games as needed.

Game Shepherd Credit - Gamer Greenbacks

As part of the Mayfair Games volunteer program you have the opportunity to earn credit that can be used for the purchase of games and swag along with some bonus opportunities listed below.

As part of the program you will earn:

5 points per hour demoed
Each point = $1 credit earned in the form of Mayfair Gamer Greenbacks
This credit can be used for purchasing Mayfair games, swag and the all new Game Advocate Membership program.

NEW!! Game Advocate Membership Program

If you have 100 points in your account on January 1st and/or July 1st - you may choose to spend those 100 points and join the special Game Advocate Group. You will receive a copy of all new games released during that six-month period.

For complete program details - visit our website at http://mayfairgames.com/page.php?id=21
 
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2. Board Game Publisher: Japanime Games
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Springfield
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Welcome to the Team Japanime! Volunteer Program. Because we are so excited that you love our games and want to help us spread the excitement and adventure of games such as Krosmaster Arena, Kanzume Goddess, Tanto Cuore & Lupin the 3rd, we want to make sure you know how much we appreciate you! The program works on a point based system.

The system is fairly simple. For every 1 hour you volunteer for us at a store or your favorite convention you get Japanime Points. Roughly 1 JP=$1, but with points you get so much more!

There are two main tracks for our Team Japanime! Members. Our Store Team, which helps us organize play throughout the world, at local gaming stores and meetups. These members help us with organized play and demo days, as well as help get our game into new stores. Our Convention Team helps support us at conventions by attending, running games at conventions, assisting with retail sales at a booth, or demoing the game in a demo area.
 
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3. Board Game Publisher: Minion Games
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Minion Games are always looking for demo staff for Origins and other conventions. They offer free games for running their demos.

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4. Board Game Publisher: Alderac Entertainment Group
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AEG is looking for volunteers for their GenCon 2013 Big Game Night.

Volunteers hours are 6pm - midnight, although they tend to release volunteers around 10pm. Volunteers must have a GenCon badge to participate. Volunteers are to report to the AEG HQ tables in the event hall and will receive a red AEG BGN shirt to wear for the event.

Duties before the event will be assisting with crowd control and setting up AEG Games tables.

Duties during the event will be to sit at assigned table location and have one or two AEG games to demo for the event.

Basically, they want to have an AEG staff member or volunteer at every AEG game table.

All volunteers for AEG's BGN will receive a BGN shirt, and a BGN Swag Box, which will be given at the time of release from BGN duties.

Email conventions@alderac.com with the following:

Email Subject - AEG BGN Volunteer
Email Body -
Name
Street
City
State
ZIP code
GenCon ID (Located on the left side of the account screen under your name)
TShirt size
AEG games you know and are comfortable teaching others
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5. Board Game Publisher: Stronghold Games
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Stronghold Games is looking for volunteers for Origins and GenCon.

"Besides calling yourself a 'Knight of the Stronghold', and the great feeling you get by providing needed assistance to us, those who help Stronghold Games are eligible for numerous benefits, such as:

FREE games (of course!)
FREE badge to the convention
Food, Drinks, and much more!

The benefits of which you are eligible for are based on the amount of time you help in the booth. Let us know how much time you are offering, and we'll work with you on providing you the benefits you want!

If you are interested in helping out at any of these conventions, please contact us immediately at info@strongholdgames.com"
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6. Board Game Publisher: Make Believe Games
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Make-Believe Games are looking for demo volunteers for Origins and GenCon for their new RPG "I Am Zombie". Free I AM ZOMBIE shirt and possible other perks.

They are also looking to recruit volunteers to demo at local stores/conventions, as well.

Contact makebelievegames@gmail.com for details.
 
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7. Board Game Publisher: Mayday Games
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We would like some help at our booth at Gen Con this year.

I have several options available to you some of which include full exhibitor pass, hotel stay, food money, polo shirt and credit towards product.

Please geekmail me if you're interested.

Thank you

Ryan

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8. Board Game Publisher: Indie Boards & Cards
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This year at GenCon, Indie Boards and Cards will have both a booth area and a demo room in which we will be running tournaments and demo events - this is a big step up for us, and we still need demo support. We are most interested in demo staff that can spend a significant amount of time helping us, it always works better the more you work. To that end we have designed the following "compensation" packages to help get you on board:

10 hours of volunteering - We'll buy your badge to GenCon!
20 hours - We'll buy the badge and give you $80 of IB&C games (to keep or trade)
30 Hours - We'll buy the badge and give you $160 of IB&C games (to keep or trade)

And Indie Boards and Cards will be buying lunch for volunteers and have embroidered logo shirts (M-XXL) for you, too!

If this is of interest to you please send Travis an email at contact@IndieBoardsAndCards.com, including what games you are most familiar with (Resistance, Flash Point, Gauntlet of Fools, Coup) and times that work best for you.
 
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