Wizard World Comic Con (www.wizardword.com) travels the United States with its pop-culture conventions, giving attendees get a chance to rub elbows with the comic artists and screen celebrities while enjoying interesting programming and wonderful shopping opportunities.
Beginning in 2013 Gaming was introduced as part of convention programming. A library of nearly 300 board games travels with Wizard World around the country and a Gaming Area is set aside at each show where attendees can play games for free. We try to find volunteers in each community to help in the Gaming Area as well as promote local gaming in each town we visit.
In each town we seek approximately a dozen volunteers. Each volunteer is asked to work two 4-hour shifts over the weekend in return for a full-weekend admission to the convention which is typically a $100 value.
Board Gaming volunteers should be able to discuss gaming and many of the games in the library with the convention goers, help them discover that gaming has progressed well beyond traditional games, help them select a game and learn the rules, and assist them through the first few turns of a game before moving on to help the next table of gamers. Volunteers are asked to be well familiar with the "gateway" games of Settlers, Ticket, and Carcassone; the mechanics of deckbuilding games like Dominion, DC, Marvel, etc.; card games like the Fluxx line and Love Letter; a reasonable selection of titles that have appeared on Tabletop; and the more popular/introductory games by the big manufacturers. The library contains almost 300 games so there are obviously a LOT more titles than listed above though it tends to focus on "base" games and not expansions and games with a playing time of less than two hours. Any reasonable familiarity with the above will "qualify" a volunteer.
We also seek volunteers to run Pathfinder and D&D Adventures, teach Magic the Gathering and Pokémon, and perhaps run other specialized events.
Board Game designers in each town are encouraged to contact us to set up a "play with the designer" event.
Currently we are seeking volunteers for the following conventions:
Portland, OR - January 23-24-25, 2015
Madison, WI - February 6-7-8, 2015
Indianapolis, IN - February 13-14-15, 2015
Cleveland, OH - February 20-21-22, 2015
Chicago, IL - March 6-7-8, 2015 for the Bruce Campbell Horror Fest
Raleigh, NC - March 13-14-15
If you would like to volunteer please email ComicConGameRoom@gameniteshop.com and include the following information:
- The city/convention you wish to volunteer for
- Your name
- Your cell number
- A brief statement of your gaming/teaching experience
- Your preferred shifts (one should be on Saturday)
Shifts typically are:
A - Friday: 4pm - 8pm
B - Saturday: 11am - 3pm
C - Saturday: 3pm - 7pm
C - Sunday: 12pm - 4pm
We would very much appreciate it if you would share this information with your fellow gamers and encourage them to volunteer as well.
Thank you all very much! We hope to see you in the Gaming Area at your local Comic Con!
Comic Con Librarian
Glad to see you guys are pushing gaming a bit harder. When Wizard World came through Minneapolis last year there were plenty of people that didn't even know there was gaming going on, and the website took you to a link that said "stay tuned for updates" up until the weekend of the convention.