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#17176
Dwarven Forge Con 8 Years, 4 Months ago  
You could definately organize a con all by yourselves. My FLGS did a pretty nice con and it is owned by two guys. What I would do if I were you (assuming you are at all interested in a dCon) is try to partner with other terrain and miniature companies and perhaps even WOTC miniatures and have a 3dCon that focused on 3d gaming environments. Of course you would have to have a special True Dungeon.
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#17177
Dwarven Forge Con 8 Years, 4 Months ago  
A friend and I have signed up to DM a DF arena combat game at Conquest in San Francisco on Sept 3. Between the two of us we have at least 40 boxes of DF (and more on order).

We did a similar thing at Kublacon back in May, although it wasn't a scheduled event. We just set up a table in the commons area and waited for enough people to show up. Didn't take long. Many people stopped by, most to gawk in slack-jawed amazement at the beautiful DF. We set up was ready by noon, and we wound up playing till about 1 a.m. Very fun.

Kublacon had an official DF game, set up in the lobby. I'm not talking about pfwork's setup, which was great, but rather an official Kublacon dungeon using DF stuff. But they didn't have a good DM to support it, and the few people who played it left feeling under whelmed (although they did like the DF).

BTW, We didn't have a camera for Kublacon, but we'll definetely bring one along for Conquest.

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#17178
Dwarven Forge Con 8 Years, 4 Months ago  
I run a private con every year that varies in size from 10-25 people. We rent out a cabin in some remote location (Wisconsin Dells, Hills of Kentucky, mountaintop in NC, etc), rent a u-haul and load up our collections. For three days we lock ourselves in for carnage and mayhem. It's highly recommended :)

If you do decide to run a major event I'd be interested in joining as long as there is some kind of security plan worked out to keep stuff from walking off.... Gen Con is definitely an option if there was some way that we could restrict traffic and keep the noise levels down to do some roleplaying...

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#17179
Dwarven Forge Con 8 Years, 4 Months ago  
How do you keep track of whose stuff is whose? Do you set up at different tables, do you mark the felt on the bottom of the pieces, or do you not worry about it as long as everybody's boxes have the right number and type of pieces when you all pack them up again?
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#17180
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Jack, when I have to mingle sets, I mark the felt with a little colored sticker. That makes it easy to separate when the event is over.
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#17181
Dwarven Forge Con 8 Years, 4 Months ago  
I have to admit, since I'm the only guy that drags DF to Shore Leave, I've never had this problem.
If other gamers start bringing DF, I probably won't worry, as long as the slots get filled with the right pieces. Only CUSTOM pieces would be of any concern, and since THOSE can be easily ID'd, I probably wouldn't sweat them, either.
If push comes to shove, I'll use a Dremel or an engraver to mark my pieces in an inconspicuous spot, such as a covered edge, with my initials. or something like that, something indelible. If I have to worry about losses, then I NEED to make the brand permanent.

Security CAN be an issue; that's what I like about Shore Leave; we LOCK the Game Room when (IF!) it closes, and when it's open, a member of the GR committee is IN THERE! It helps; along with all my DF stuff, we once had over $10K of GW pieces, plus BattleTech, plus board games, and some CCG collections. Believe me, we made SURE that room was secured, one way or another!

See ya!

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#17182
Dwarven Forge Con 8 Years, 4 Months ago  
Wow, staggering number of very good suggestions. All that I am certain of is that I would very much like to do this " either regional or national " Gen con screams YES to me but if I bring a very big amount of DF stuff I would have to rent a van and drive. " Two Days "... Once I get there i would have to make multiple dolly drives down a street? Could we actually get a pass to drop our stuff off at a room from a loading dock as part of a event? I am also very much liking the idea of a Kansas meeting, " one day " drive and if at a smallish hotel we can bring our stuff in from our Rooms that are not 200 bucks a night because 30,000 people are there also. Don't get me wrong a strong fan supported event at Gen Con would "IMO" boost our hobby considerably. We would also have to make those " walk through movies " that I herd someone suggest on the boards not too long ago, put them on to DVD and print them out for all who want to buy them. Just some tired thoughts...:)
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#17183
Dwarven Forge Con 8 Years ago  
Personally, I don't think that Gen Con is the best forum for a giant DF marathon. Security, coordination, and the hassle of parking are all major issues. While it may be great for advertising purposes, I would pass unless some type of red carpet treatment was available (a room that I can lock, close parking, on-site security, restricted traffic, etc).

The following location (called Busboom Castle) is typical of what my group likes to rent out and meet up once per year. While this format might be difficult to make a public con, it works great for invite-only gatherings. We haven't been to Busboom castle (yet), but this is the type of facility that works great for large scale DF games.

www.busboomcastle.com/busboom.htm

Depending upon our location (and food selections such as sushi, steak, or Lou Mulnati's Pizzas), we usually charge a $150-$350 non-refundable (you either ake it to the event or lose your money) up-front reservation that covers food, room and facility rental. This actually works out to being far less expensive than what could be done at Gen Con.

While our location in March 2007 is locked in, I would personally be interested in a second event in the summer or early fall if DF was interested in sponsoring it. I'd even be willing to coordinate the event so that it mirrors my regular group's format, if there was enough interest (and enough people willing to pre-pay a nonrefundable fee).

Anyone up for a DF marathon at Busboom Castle?

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#17184
Dwarven Forge Con 8 Years ago  
Wow - excellent ideas, of various scales, all around.

Hey GS - I'm in Brewster NY, right accross the border from Danbury CT, so I'm certainly in for a regional thing anytime!

Also, ShoreLeave sounds intruiging...I'm goona check out the website now...

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#17185
Dwarven Forge Con 8 Years ago  
Harneloot -

Hope we can intrigue you into coming to Shore Leave.
Remember, it's

www.shore-leave.com

or you'll wind up with a . . . less-than-socially-acceptable web page, that's all I'm going to say.

See ya!

Jim
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#17186
Dwarven Forge Con 8 Years ago  
Hey Jim...

Is your event listed on the web-site yet? I couldn't find and D&D type stuff....

Seems likely i could attend; please keep me posted!
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#17187
Dwarven Forge Con 8 Years ago  
Hey Jim...

Is your event listed on the web-site yet? I couldn't find and D&D type stuff....

Seems likely i could attend; please keep me posted!

Shore Leave 29 is on the Web at:

www.shore-leave.com

but MAKE SURE you enter that dash between Shore and Leave (unless you use the link I just added) or you will get an . . . adult Web page! OY!!

Unfortunately, the Game Room has not been added to the listings of events yet; it often times gets left out until the very LAST moment, because Shore Leave was originally a Trek convention. Gaming came later, is not the prime focus of the con, and some of our committee members tend to squabble. But we always pull together to make the con a success for the attendees.

And I hope to see ya there, especially Saturday, when ReBob and I will be kicking victims around Xyzzx's Tower!

Jim
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