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Hector Trelane
November 15th, 2016, 06:27
To ye unseen powers that organize FG Con (okay we have a good idea of several of you), here's an idea for the suggestion box (inspired by perusal of a con for Google Hangouts and a VTT-that-must-not-be-named):

Ever consider running seminars of various types at the FG-Con? These have become an increasing feature of face-to-face cons, I gather, and span many topics: "how to" tips; coming attraction announcements from game companies; and Q&A with designers, artists, and other luminaries. The FG community could easily supply speakers for these and perhaps could attract designers to speak from Smiteworks and from game companies who've licensed their IP for official FG releases.

Just a thought. Personally, I'd still prioritize running and playing games, but would enjoy the option of these seminars. But a broader array of offerings might attract a broader audience, and the "how to"-type seminars may encourage new and potential FG users to plunge fully into the pool.

damned
November 15th, 2016, 11:31
Well met Hector Trelane,

The suggestion has much merit. It is the type of thing that happens at off-line cons too. One thing that helps their success at off-line cons is that attendees are there for the whole day (or longer) whilst online people often have other things booked (or demand their time) before and after their games. We are supportive of new suggestions and ideas and will assist with people wanting to do something like this - but we have limited capacity to take on the role ourselves.

Feel free to email me :)

LordEntrails
November 15th, 2016, 14:41
I also like this idea, though I don't know how much attendance it would get, but such sessions should be recorded and posted for people to play at their convenience. Note that any of these would require a streaming or web conferencing application/service.

One of the things that had been mentioned before was to hold a "how to run a game at the con" seminar a few weeks before. I'm willing to help with this, so as things get closer, something to keep in mind.

Mask_of_winter
November 15th, 2016, 14:47
Damian and I ran some for FG Con V and I think Hector ran one for FG Con VIII. They are up on the FG Con website now.

LordEntrails
November 15th, 2016, 16:46
Damian and I ran some for FG Con V and I think Hector ran one for FG Con VIII. They are up on the FG Con website now.
Ah ha! Yes you did. Never saw them before. Here they are: http://www.fg-con.com/latest-news/fg-con-hangout-recordings/

Hector Trelane
November 15th, 2016, 17:02
Well met Hector Trelane,
Feel free to email me :)

Just PMed you.


Damian and I ran some for FG Con V and I think Hector ran one for FG Con VIII. They are up on the FG Con website now.

As usual, Mask is several steps ahead of all of us!


I also like this idea, though I don't know how much attendance it would get, but such sessions should be recorded and posted for people to play at their convenience. Note that any of these would require a streaming or web conferencing application/service.

One of the things that had been mentioned before was to hold a "how to run a game at the con" seminar a few weeks before. I'm willing to help with this, so as things get closer, something to keep in mind.

Google Hangouts could work for a streaming service, or just using FG itself. Repeat sessions of previous content are helpful, I suspect, since so many new players are coming on so frequently -- and some personalities are more likely to join a seminar with others than read a reference document, plus appreciate getting questions answered live.

Would people be interested? You never know until you try; a small-scale experiment may be worthwhile. Probably different topics attract different audiences and different numbers. "How to" tips is one category; "industry news" is another; "rub elbows with a designer or artist" is a third and might have some celebrity cache.

From my note to damned: I think this kind of thing can really build the hobby. Learning by inference from other cons--the industry news/tips/rub-elbows-with-luminaries seems to be of growing importance at the bigger cons. It's also where best practices spread virally and could be a lot of fun for your community members. Finally, it's podcasts that piqued my interest in certain games, and the podcasts are hosted by designers sharing their substantive discussion that functions also as a high-level marketing campaign that gives your fans a steady supply of meat to sink their teeth into.

LordEntrails
November 15th, 2016, 18:37
jh79 used to run a DM'ing seminar on the weekends. I think it was always booked full when he used to run it. He may have content or a script that could be used if someone wanted to do the same. I could do something on module creation if people were interested.

Hector Trelane
November 15th, 2016, 18:46
I could do something on module creation if people were interested.

My own two bits: this kind of thing is *always* helpful and never goes out of style.

I also want to make clear: these suggestions re: FG Con are indeed just suggestions. The Cons are going great as-is.

Talyn
November 15th, 2016, 19:07
Or just Twitch livestream them that way you can people in chat who can ask questions, and the chat gets archived along with the video. Plus exporting the video (no chat) to YouTube easy.

bchaddock
November 20th, 2016, 02:18
Additionally I wonder if FG would consider attaching themselves to offline cons.

I just attended Hal-Con in Halifax NS and thought that a seminar on online tabletop gaming would be an amazing asset. I spoke to many people at the gaming room that have admitted that it is increasingly difficult to arrange face to face gaming around the table because of work, family concerns and just plain getting to game with new groups for a change of pace.

I thought that running through a few preset up laptops would be an excellent way to introduce both online gaming and 5e D&D to potential new players would be an amazing way to go. Maybe they could team up with WOTC to do it?

LordEntrails
November 20th, 2016, 02:46
Additionally I wonder if FG would consider attaching themselves to offline cons.

I just attended Hal-Con in Halifax NS and thought that a seminar on online tabletop gaming would be an amazing asset. I spoke to many people at the gaming room that have admitted that it is increasingly difficult to arrange face to face gaming around the table because of work, family concerns and just plain getting to game with new groups for a change of pace.

I thought that running through a few preset up laptops would be an excellent way to introduce both online gaming and 5e D&D to potential new players would be an amazing way to go. Maybe they could team up with WOTC to do it?

Smite work has attended/support GenCon and maybe some others as well. But for the smaller cons I doubt they could afford to :( But, given how much support they give the community, I suspect they would help with temporary licenses and material for anyone who could/would volunteer their time to do something like this at some con local to them.

If anyone wanted to do this, I would suggest reaching out to them at [email protected]

LindseyFan
November 22nd, 2016, 02:48
I would so love to watch a seminar about FG like they do at an off-line con. I think it would be helpful in learning what the expert players have found most useful to them. Plus, we wouldn't have to dress in cosplay!

damned
November 22nd, 2016, 03:29
I would so love to watch a seminar about FG like they do at an off-line con. I think it would be helpful in learning what the expert players have found most useful to them. Plus, we wouldn't have to dress in cosplay!

If we put on some content you have to put on some fancy duds!

LindseyFan
November 22nd, 2016, 04:02
If we put on some content you have to put on some fancy duds!
I will probably just wrap up in my big green blanket and claim I am a shambling mound.

LordEntrails
November 22nd, 2016, 14:40
I will probably just wrap up in my big green blanket and claim I am a shambling mound.
Like this? (http://www.buildersheating.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/42-16075551.jpg)
or this? (http://previews.123rf.com/images/hannamariah/hannamariah1010/hannamariah101000039/8101703-Crying-newborn-baby-wrapped-in-a-green-towel--Stock-Photo.jpg)

LindseyFan
November 22nd, 2016, 17:14
Kind of a combination of both...