BADGE REQUIRED TO ENTER EVENT.

BADGE REQUIRED TO ENTER EVENT.

We’ve had some confusion expressed over our statement about “No Visitor Passes for Year 9” — we’ll shed some light on that.  http://springfieldgame.com/project/individual-registration/

We spend all year as volunteers preparing for G.A.M.E. EXPO and about $8,000.  We get support from sponsors and the sale of spaces for Exhibitors, Creators, Club & Orgs, etc, BUT our biggest amount of funds that help make the event happen are INDIVIDUALS coming to G.A.M.E. EXPO.  If it weren’t for the individual person coming to game and paying for a Weekend or Day Badge, we could not continue to have this event.

In the past we’ve allowed people that were just checking us out to pop in for a bit and we asked they give a $5 donation for a 2 hour visitor pass.  The theory being that these people would upgrade to a full day pass or these people would go in to our vendors and buy something and support our vendors / exhibitors / creators / artist.

Last year we experienced a HUGE amount of people that looked at the registration list and would say “Oh, $5 option?  I’ll take that!”  We’d explain it was just a 2 hour pass, and typically the response was kind of “Yah, Yah.  Here’s my $5, let me in.”   Then, numerous times we found people in G.A.M.E. that had been there … all day …. for $5.

We also did not notice people that took the cheapest rate to get in, buying stuff from vendors.  If we had seen people leaving with purchases, then we would consider a “shoppers pass.”  Generally, people that support the convention pay for a weekend / day pass and then ALSO shop with our vendors.

We don’t want to be the fun police, running around checking badges, telling people to leave — times up — get out.  We don’t have enough staff to do that, and we don’t want to be that kind of place.  We also don’t want this event to be degraded by lots of people getting in for $5 when others paid $20, $25, $30.  It’s not fair.

Also, there are no other events similar to ours where we found a visitors pass policy.  We looked around, and to get into any other event similar to ours, you pay for a day pass or a weekend pass.

So, our decision has been to get rid of this visitors pass.  Now, to end confusion, you DO NOT HAVE TO PRE-REGISTER.  You can walk up to the doors all day long and buy a weekend pass, or a day pass.  Registration is open Friday 10AM to 11:59PM, Saturday 8:30AM to 11:59PM and Sunday from 8:30AM to 4:00PM.

Hopefully this sheds some light.

Thanks.

WHAT TIME DOES …. ?

WHAT TIME DOES …. ?

What time can we get in?  What time does registration open?  What time does everything close?

These sorts of answers can be found on our overview schedule:  http://springfieldgame.com/project/overview-schedule/

Something WE HAVE TWEAKED … normally we don’t plan on any activities beginning until 12PM on Friday, but we had some eager GMs ready to start running games on Friday at 10AM.  So … soon as we get registration open at 10AM (maybe a few minutes earlier) you can zip right inside and get into some games!  Yeah!!

OUR DATES? THERE?

OUR DATES? THERE?

If you were wondering …. “When is G.A.M.E. EXPO Year 9?” …. first … crawl out from under the rock … then … look at our website and Facebook pages.  LOL!   It’s right there.  :-D.  7 days to go, and yes, we get these questions.  😀

GAME SCHEDULING CODE ISSUE

GAME SCHEDULING CODE ISSUE

NOT TO WORRY GAMEMASTERS!!

We have all your games.  If you scheduled it — it will appear on the schedule.  Just give us a couple days here to sort out an issue.

We’ve had SO MANY games this year we ran into a software issue.   The plug-in we use “Chronosly” appears to have a limit of 40 games per page / category.   Well, in the Role-Playing Game category we have 69 games!   So right now only the first 40 games in each category are showing.

We have a work around.  We will be changing our layout schedule so that each category has its’ OWN page.  SO … you will see “Boardgames” and click on that — then on the “Boardgames” page — all the games will appear.   We tested this on the RPG games and the limit of 40 was ignored and all 69 appeared.

Just going to take us a couple of days to rearrange all of this — right now we are putting final touches on OTHER things that have to go to print TODAY.  So … we will announce when this layout change has taken place.

GAMEMASTERS — not to worry.  If you find any missing games (that are not on the website) we will get it posted / assigned / scheduled before the event begins on Friday 10/6 — we will take care of you.