QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
HOW DO I PLAY?
When you arrive at G.A.M.E. EXPO you can head for the Gaming HQ table located in middle of the west wall (to your left if you are facing the bathrooms). At the Gaming HQ table you will find print outs of all 140-150 prescheduled games AND any new pick-up games generated during the weekend. You can review the description of the games, check the times, etc. and then let staff know that you want to sign-up. They will write down your info, and you have a spot reserved for that game! Easy!
Show up 10 minutes before the start of your game to the left and right of the Gaming HQ tables. Your game will be announced, and your GM will say “follow me!” Or you might be told — go ahead and go to “Table X” by the staff. Just check in at Gaming HQ for instructions. Going to early to your table might cause confusion if a game is just ending at the same table. OR if a game had to be reassigned to another table, you’ll be told by Gaming HQ.
All our games are FREE TO PLAY unless otherwise noted on the write-up by the Gamemaster. There have been some tournament games (Magic the Gathering) in the past that had a entry cost, but Gaming HQ will clarify this.
Ready to play?!
WHERE IS MY BADGE?
When you arrive at G.A.M.E. EXPO the first thing you will see is our Registration and Welcome Desks. Each individual will have to stop here and either register at the door — or step over to WILL CALL and pick up your badge. Please present an ID to prove who you are and we will give you YOUR badge. This is a change from previous years — each and every INDIVIDUAL will pick up THEIR badge. We will not hand out groups of badges and tell attendees to go “find so-and-so.” Our staff will give each badge out to the person individually.
WHAT NAME(S) WILL BE ON MY BADGE(S)?
Badges purchased online will have the First and Last name of the purchaser’s profile on them. If multiple badges were purchased then we will make our best attempt to number the badges. Example: Joe Smith, then Smith 1, and Smith 2 — or — Business/Org Name 1, Business/Org Name 2.
In the past we had “cosplay names” on badges, but this complicates registration and slows down our processes. As we look to the future and grow we have opted to just go with “real” first and last names, or in the case of business/org badges a numbered system.
If you want different names on your badges, please email Chris Stuart immediately firstname.lastname@example.org with your ORDER NUMBER and EMAIL used for purchasing so we know which badges to edit. We will do our best to accommodate requests, but please be patient — especially if you make request upon arriving at G.A.M.E. EXPO. We will have hopefully 800+ people to take care of that weekend and hopefully minimal badge name changes. Thank you in advance for your patience as we grow into this new process.
WHAT TIME DOES X START?
We get lots of questions about what time does the convention start, shut down, when can we get in to set-up our booth, etc.
For an Overview of the general start and stop times of the convention and set-up times, look at the OVERVIEW SCHEDULE. http://springfieldgame.com/overview/
You’ll find all pre-scheduled games listed in our ALL EVENTS schedule. http://springfieldgame.com/all_events/
You can also go to Gaming HQ upon arrival to see any added games, as well as sign-up for games!
ELECTRONIC GAMING SCHEDULE
Check out all the great tournaments planned for the Electronic Gaming Area. http://springfieldgame.com/electronic_gaming/
We have an amazing variety of panels lined up this year! http://springfieldgame.com/panelist/
Look through the program book when you arrive at G.A.M.E. and if you are looking for anything, find a staff member and we will do our best to help out.
WILL THERE BE FOOD?
Eclectic Endeavors will be running a snack bar. We will have hot dogs, chips, candy, bottled drinks. You can use cash or card at the Concessions Stand. You are also free to bring in outside food. The Springfield Expo Center has waived their rules about outside food & drink for us — this year.
At concessions there will be a microwave oven that is available for anyone to use. Just ask staff for assistance before jumping in.
DO YOU TAKE CARDS OR CASH ONLY?
We will be able to process all credit and debit cards at Registration AND at Concessions! For individual vendors you will have to check what payment forms they accept. To get in the door and buy food and such, Eclectic Endeavors will have cash registers and Square card readers.
WHERE DO I PARK?
WHILE LOADING AND UNLOADING — you can park in front of the Expo Center — but you will need to move your car IMMEDIATELY AFTER THIS. More than 15 minutes and you could get ticketed or towed if your car is unattended more than 15 minutes.