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Save the date!
GCOM's Winter Game Fest will return to the amazing Rockville Senior Center January 30-31. With GCOM's subsidy, the entire weekend's events cost just $10.

Web site skeleton is up. http://emsps.com/wgf
Lots more features, content, and etc. to come.
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The website is ready for volunteers to sign up to lead, teach, or demo any of scheduled games, a long format game, etc. Connect to the web site, follow the link to the schedule, and add your name and/or games. http://emsps.com/wgf
 
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Hi Eric. Thanks for posting this. I am in Philadelphia and looking for a con I can afford to add to my calendar around this time of year. The only other one I have been to is Origins, and I plan to keep going, but would love to find a con in the winter. This might just fit the bill, since I can get there by train.

I would be attending solo, and would like to know how easy will it be to participate in games? Can you elaborate on "Scheduled Open Gaming - extensive and carefully structured schedule to maximize game play and minimize wasted time." I assume there will be more information on the website soon, but I'd like to try to plan as early as possible to keep the train ticket cost low.

Any additional information, recommendations, or comments for someone thinking about attending solo would also be greatly appreciated.

 
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Mark B wrote:
I would be attending solo, and would like to know how easy will it be to participate in games? Can you elaborate on "Scheduled Open Gaming - extensive and carefully structured schedule to maximize game play and minimize wasted time." I assume there will be more information on the website soon, but I'd like to try to plan as early as possible to keep the train ticket cost low.

Any additional information, recommendations, or comments for someone thinking about attending solo would also be greatly appreciated.


We repeated the entire tournament schedule for Congress of Gamers, which was carefully timings-tuned by Helen Powell, so that players can use the schedule for open gaming (see http://emsps.com/wgf/scheduledgames/directorspicks.htm). Any game you play will have several others pre-scheduled to start shortly after you finish. It's a typical (but well tuned) tourney structure, but without the tourney. If you want to score wood, this isn't your con. If you want to play lots of your favorite games with little down time, this should be great.

In fact, every aspect of this con has been thoughtfully designed to ensure your precious free time is spent only on FUN gaming activities. No registration lines, easy parking, inexpensive food options ON-SITE, extensive new/used/flea market games sales areas to browse when you have ten minutes between games.

If you'd like to share a ride, we might be able to hook you up. My plan is to assemble a Google map with pins for non-local attendees. Here's the current map, with mostly dummy data: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zWouItsOAQwY.kHgKoA...
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Thanks for the reply. It sounds fantastic! Last year was my first time at a con (Origins), and, by far, my favorite part was sitting and playing the games. I also just got into the hobby three years ago, and bought a lot of games early on that I never play, so I'll have some great stuff for the an auction/swap/math trade.
 
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Eric Engelmann wrote:
Save the date!
GCOM's Winter Game Fest will return to the amazing Rockville Senior Center January 30-31. With GCOM's subsidy, the entire weekend's events cost just $10.

Web site skeleton is up. http://emsps.com/wgf
Lots more features, content, and etc. to come.


Hello, just curious when the preregistration deadline is? Thanks.
 
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You could even pre-register the night before the con, If you are willing to take a risk. Given the almost-free $10 fee, and the chance of getting locked out by a sell-out (350 bodies), like washingcon.com (250 bodies) in September, my registration would err on the early side. We're a long way from selling out right now, but gamers sometimes forget, and I'd hate for anyone to make plans and then be disappointed.
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Eric Engelmann wrote:
You could even pre-register the night before the con, If you are willing to take a risk. Given the almost-free $10 fee, and the chance of getting locked out by a sell-out (350 bodies), like washingcon.com (250 bodies) in September, my registration would err on the early side. We're a long way from selling out right now, but gamers sometimes forget, and I'd hate for anyone to make plans and then be disappointed.



Cool, thanks for the info. It might be helpful if you could post a general percentage of preregistration numbers periodically here (e.g. Con is approximately 30% sold out) for other procrastinators.

I know the fee is only $10, so I assume it is non refundable (perhaps with the exception of cancellation of event, e.g. snowmageddon DC 2016)?
 
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I cleared the date with work and family--I'm going to attend

I am super excited! I did have a few newbie questions. Please forgive me, but it was not clear to me how I would go about signing up for the games already listed--do I post that I plan to play in the game on the geek list? Add something to the spreadsheet?

Also, if I want to bring a game and run it, what is the process?

Finally,I assume I have to be present for the math trade, which conflicts with a game I'd like to join. However, if I decide to prioritize the math trade, what is the process for that? Thanks!
 
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KUMARI wrote:
It might be helpful if you could post a general percentage of preregistration numbers periodically here (e.g. Con is approximately 30% sold out) for other procrastinators.

I know the fee is only $10, so I assume it is non refundable (perhaps with the exception of cancellation of event, e.g. snowmageddon DC 2016)?

Well, OK. It's currently (at eight weeks away) 10% sold out. If the facility is closed, I'd assume refunds cascade. If the center doesn't refund, of course, then neither would the con. That's less than one chance in a hundred, based on snowfall closure history. Of course, if the lots are filled with snow, actually parking and getting into the building could be a wintry adventure.
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Mark B wrote:
...it was not clear to me how I would go about signing up for the games already listed--do I post that I plan to play in the game on the geek list? Add something to the spreadsheet?

Thanks for the questions. I'll make them the start of a FAQ I can share with others. With scheduled open gaming, there is no sign up. Some game organizers may limit their game to the first 3-5 players who commit in advance. The Director's Picks games should handle unlimited numbers of players, although it's also possible that no one will elect to play one of them. To play a game, you show up at the time and place posted. Bringing a copy of the game might slightly improve the odds you get to play it.


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Also, if I want to bring a game and run it, what is the process?
The most basic option is to just put it on a table, add an optional sign you are looking for players, and play when/if they join. Adding a game to the published schedule may help attract players for less widely played games. Just add your game to the spreadsheet, or email me details and I'll do it for you.

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Finally,I assume I have to be present for the math trade, which conflicts with a game I'd like to join. However, if I decide to prioritize the math trade, what is the process for that? Thanks!

WGF has too much respect for your game time to make you hang around an area while the trade is completing. At my cons, you just drop the games you are trading with our vendor on the Carnation Room stage BEFORE 2pm on Saturday. Then pick up the games you get any time AFTER 2 and BEFORE 4pm.
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I cannot seem to find this math trade on the OLWLG tool. I have read through the guides and faqs, but can't seem to figure out where it is. There is a list of Math Trades, but nothing I would recognize as GCOM's Winter Game Fest.

I'm probably making a silly mistake, and I am sorry to ask here, but I am not finding any clues in any of the documentation. this is my very first math trade.

For clarification, I am on Step 2. According to the doc, I'm supposed to click on the appropriate math trade name. I am stuck because I cannot find anything that sounds like this one.


EDIT: I found out what I was doing wrong: I was looking at last year's list! I guess I need to be patient.
 
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No-ship math trades generally begin two to three weeks prior to the exchange date (which is during the con). I've asked Eric Sokolowsky to start the WGF trade extra early, to give math trade newbies lots of extra time to dip their feet. He's hoping it will be live in about another week.

To see a typical math trade for a con of this size, using the same software and run by the same facilitator, check out the Congress of Gamers trade held in Sept of this year. https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/196145/congress-gamers-no...
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I will be running the math trade at winter game fest. I welcome new traders and am willing to answer questions, time permitting. I will have the trade up early next week, including a thread here on BGG where questions can be asked.

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I will be running the math trade at winter game fest. I welcome new traders and am willing to answer questions, time permitting. I will have the trade up early next week, including a thread here on BGG where questions can be asked.



Thank you! The advantage to all the searching I did is that I read through everything to try to see what I missed, so I think I'll be ready when it goes up.
 
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I was asked to keep prospective attendees updated on the remaining supply of badges for GCOM's Winter Game Fest. Some gamers game more than games, and I thought the stats might be interesting for other con directors.

I'll try to edit this post each Sunday showing how close the con is to selling out. Note that, historically, my cons in this area sell about 60% of badges at the door, so 40% pre-reg is the potential disappointment zone for drop ins. Also note that over half of pre-regs occur in the last 10 days. I haven't done registrations over the holiday season before, so that's an unknown variable, but I'll guess it will suppress pre-regs. I'll do a direct email reminder mid-January, which usually results in a surge of pre-regs.

It's just $10, so I suggest anyone who reads this just register now and ensure they don't get disappointed.

As of Dec. 06, the con has pre-registrations for 11% of available badges.
As of Dec. 13, the con has pre-registrations for 13% of available badges.
As of Dec. 20, the con has pre-registrations for 13% of available badges.
As of Dec. 27, the con has pre-registrations for 14% of available badges.
As of Jan. 04, the con has pre-registrations for 19% of available badges
As of Jan. 10, the con has pre-registrations for 22% of available badges
As of Jan. 11, the con has pre-registrations for 23% of available badges
As of Jan. 17, the con has pre-registrations for 31% of available badges
As of Jan. 24, the con has pre-registrations for 35% of available badges.
As of Jan 27, the con has pre-regs for 38% of available badges

Current assessment based on history and trends:
Pre-registrations, even just the day before, should be available. It is now likely that new registrants at the door Saturday morning will be turned away for Saturday only (they could still return to buy a badge Sunday) due to parking limits imposed by snow piles in the lot and community streets, and a blocked walkway to the overflow lot. We'll know more Friday, as snow clearing progresses. Sunday at-the-door registrations are still very unlikely to be sold out, especially late afternoon.
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Looks like we'll have a "Dexterity Games" track at WGF. Check the line up on the web site. The only one I've played is Crokinole, which nicely couples strategy with finger flicking skills.



First time at any con I've attended. I think it'll be a hit, especially for significant others and children who accompany a gaming enthusiast.
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Thanks for coordinating this. The con looks great and I'm exciting to be going. A few more questions:

I looked over the open gaming schedule, and I am still not sure how it works. What if I show up and there are too many or too few players? Are there multiple copies to minimize the risk of having too many players?

Finally, should I post questions here or in the GCOM Winter Game Fest Guild? Thanks!
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Mark B wrote:
Thanks for coordinating this. The con looks great and I'm exciting to be going.

Thanks! We're pretty excited, too.

Mark B wrote:
I looked over the open gaming schedule, and I am still not sure how it works. What if I show up and there are too many or too few players? Are there multiple copies to minimize the risk of having too many players?

It's not unusual for a scheduled game to have no or insufficient players, possibly from conflicts with other games running at that time, or because of lack of interest. In that case, any hopeful players will switch to other games. It also occasionally happens that there are more people who want to play a scheduled game than there seats for the available copies of the game, especially with recently released and expensive/OOP games. In that case, excess players will move to other games. If you arrive a bit early, your odds are improved. If you have a copy of the game, you are sure to get seated.

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Finally, should I post questions here or in the GCOM Winter Game Fest Guild?

You can post here, in the BGG guild, or on WGF's Facebook page. I should see them all, but each has a different audience of readers.
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The Winter Game Fest attendee Microbadge is now available: mb
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3wgames wrote:


The Winter Game Fest attendee Microbadge is now available: mb


Proudly displaying mine!

Quick question: With the math trade, will I know in advance if items are not wanted for trade? Will I have enough time to register the items that do not work in the math trade in the bring and buy?

Thanks!

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yes, math trade results are about a week before the event, bring and buy registration is day of
 
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Has the mathtrade info been posted yet?
 
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doesn't seem like it. Based on the dates i imagine it will be up by the first week in the new year, with about 2 weeks to post your items for trade and another week to submit your wants
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doesn't seem like it. Based on the dates i imagine it will be up by the first week in the new year, with about 2 weeks to post your items for trade and another week to submit your wants



Cool, that's fine I just had some free time this week and thought I might try to get a head start.
 
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