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Xaneorath

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Gamecorner - Planning and Feedback
« on: 03.02.2011, 10:18:46 »

First of all I want to excuse for my passive behaviour during the last EF, where I did not give the gamecorner the attention I should have given it, considering Im the SIGs organisator.
I had some serious personal issues I had to handle at that time, and just wasnt able to focus on the task at hand. I know that its no excuse, but be aware, that I have solved those problems and am now ready to give the gamecorner its upgrade to 2.0 consequentially after my own upgrade to that level. ;)

Considering the popularity during the last years, I would like to organize the gamecorner once more.
However, to manage the organisation of that event and to improve it I need your help!

Feedback about previous installments of the SIG, its Pros and Cons and your opinion about how to improve it are highly appreciated.

To start off, I want to give some topics I already got a few ideas for and wish to give focus to for the next EF:

Gamemasters
From my experience, we got quite a lot of people who check out the gamecorner but leave quite fast, because it tends to be pretty hard to find a group or any other means of  connection to the furries present at the gamecorner. Volunteers for the job of a gamemaster, which would be present during at least one evening of the gamecorner anyways, would be welcome, so the overall organisation can be improved.

The jobs of a gamemaster would include:
- Keep an eye on the games -> We cannot guarantee for the games provided to us, but we can at least keep an eye on them, so they wont be taken outside of the room, and get forgotten somewhere, where its owner sadly will not find it again. Considering how much we should appreciate the act of lending those games, we should make it our utmost responsibility to keep an overview on what happens to them.
- Lead games -> Collect Furs present. Start some game. Explain it to them. Dont stick with the same small group all evening and be ready to let others join into your games. Socialize!
- Keep a general overview -> Id like to organize the gamecorner in timeslots where we always got one gamemaster avaiable keeping the general overview of the SIG. I just wont be able to be there for the whole EF like I did in the first few years, yet there should always be someone avaiable keeping the responsibility, even if it would consists on calling me if something (negatively) extraordinary happens.
- Tweet! -> We were thinking about adding a system of messages on twitter keeping people up-to-date on whats currently played or if there are games needing more players. The gamemasters might keep those tweets up to date.

Volunteers should contact me via PM.
Im also currently thinking about some way to identify gamemasters at the event, so people know whom to ask. Ideas are welcome.

Games
Allthough I have to repeat how we cannot take any responsibility for the games lend to the gamecorner, we would be happy if we got a good collection of games to choose from. If you wish to lend games it would be nice if you could leave a message in this thread stating what you will bring, so I might create a list of avaiable games for further convenience.

Rooms
How was your experience with the overall room we had for this event? Did we have enough? Did you have to leave the room, because it was way too overcrowded? Just give me your input.

Music
Id like to keep some music playing on the gamecorner for further atmosphere. However I tend to believe that it is hard to find music which will not disrupt the games by being too intrusive. Not to mention different tastes. At the moment, Im thinking about creating a collection of atmospherical tracks from OCRemix for this EF. Any opinion on this one?

Decoration
Since the room was pretty cold so far Id like to add some nice furry or game related decoration. (Or even better: game AND furry related decoration :3 )
Anyone who got some nice stuff or ideas we could use is welcome.

Tournaments
Maybe we could start tournaments in certain games if the need for them is high enough. If youd like to see a tournament in a certain game during the EF just tell me. I might add a vote to this thread.
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Re: Gamecorner - Planning and Feedback
« Reply #1 on: 03.02.2011, 11:50:08 »


Music
Id like to keep some music playing on the gamecorner for further atmosphere. However I tend to believe that it is hard to find music which will not disrupt the games by being too intrusive. Not to mention different tastes. At the moment, Im thinking about creating a collection of atmospherical tracks from OCRemix for this EF. Any opinion on this one?

Keep in mind that GEMA fees might have to be paid for the selection you play, as EF is not a private gathering. Ask Cheetah about how much of an annoyance that is. Or rather don't, it makes kitty sad.  :P
I just remembered this as a real problem when the idea of a "disco" in the bar area was discussed (and finally rejected, IIRC), running in parallel to the dances with a different selection of music.

Besides of that, good luck with rebooting the Game Corner!
  Gyroplast
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Re: Gamecorner - Planning and Feedback
« Reply #2 on: 03.02.2011, 13:29:44 »

I'm afraid Gyro is right. We need to be pretty strict with music licensing, the music mafia has us by the balls. So, if you want to play music, it must be guaranteed that it's NOT owned or represented by GEMA, and you need to have written documentation to prove it since the burden of legal proof is reversed.

(Technically, you'd probably get away playing music for a single 1h event, 'cause ... who'd ever notice? But we're talking for something that's going to run several nights, so this is definitely too dangerous in my opinion. GEMA is known to send representatives to larger events and check them out.)

Generally, I'm of course very happy that you want to give the Game Corner another go! If you need any help (or extra funding), please speak up.
« Last Edit: 03.02.2011, 13:31:18 by Cheetah »
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Re: Gamecorner - Planning and Feedback
« Reply #3 on: 03.02.2011, 15:35:16 »

Ah, thanks for the information, both of you, as I did not take that into consideration.

The Terms of Use from OCRemix do seem like it would be no problem to use their remixes at first glance.
However Im not really familiar enough with the topic and dont want to make rash decisions, so I guess its investigation time for me on the details and possibilities.
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Re: Gamecorner - Planning and Feedback
« Reply #4 on: 03.02.2011, 19:04:42 »

The kind of license they are published under should give you some hint. "public domain", "creative commons" or "royalty free" are the words you're looking for :)

Since they are re-using video game music they're most likely completely illegal from the start, though, which would speak against using their material in an unlicensed event ...
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Re: Gamecorner - Planning and Feedback
« Reply #5 on: 07.03.2011, 17:31:39 »


I might run an RPG at confuzzled, maybe in the game room too but its still at the planning stage, I dont think id have time to man the game room tho!
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Re: Gamecorner - Planning and Feedback
« Reply #6 on: 21.03.2011, 23:19:27 »


I might run an RPG at confuzzled, maybe in the game room too but its still at the planning stage, I dont think id have time to man the game room tho!
I`ve got a dicebag handy if you`re interested.
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Re: Gamecorner - Planning and Feedback
« Reply #7 on: 22.03.2011, 21:28:29 »

RUMOR CONTROL: The hotel does have a music license for the BAR. Whoever spreads the word that the dances in the BAR are cancelled, please stop doing so, thank you :)
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Re: Gamecorner - Planning and Feedback
« Reply #8 on: 22.03.2011, 21:36:47 »

Off topic :

Cheetah :

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I just remembered this as a real problem when the idea of a "disco" in the bar area was discussed (and finally rejected, IIRC)
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Re: Gamecorner - Planning and Feedback
« Reply #9 on: 22.03.2011, 22:19:49 »

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I just remembered this as a real problem when the idea of a "disco" in the bar area was discussed (and finally rejected, IIRC)

Someone got the wrong message. Music in the game room was discussed, not music in the bar :)
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Re: Gamecorner - Planning and Feedback
« Reply #10 on: 01.06.2011, 11:35:05 »

Well, considering I didnt get a lot of feedback on the ideas above, I will just run the Gamecorner like I did in the previous years.

However, I wont have enough time this year to run it as daily event. Id rather host it on the first and second day of the EF, since experience showed how it was most appreciated during those first few days.
If someone wants to take over from there and host it for the remaining days, leave me a message.
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Re: Gamecorner - Planning and Feedback
« Reply #11 on: 09.07.2011, 23:02:47 »

Update: Thanks to Xaneorath,  this event is going to take place each evening.
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Re: Gamecorner - Planning and Feedback
« Reply #12 on: 08.08.2011, 17:45:23 »


Hey there!

I can confirm im going to run an RPG at the con "The Legendary Journey" - itll be a 3-4 hour session and using a narrative combat system called WuShu - this is perfect for the Kung Fur Hussle theme, as the more crazy and insane the stunt you want to perform, the MORE likely it is to succeed.

The setting is dynastic china, the players are a Taoist Monk and his animal followers trying to escort a cargo of terrible supernatural oriigin. I playtested it last week with some friends  last week and it was great fun!

Anyway, Ill put some sign up sheets in the games room along with details of when ill be running it :)

Zuki
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« Reply #13 on: 17.08.2011, 16:24:09 »

As announced in the Special Interests section, I'll be at the game corner each night and be ready to play some Poker there. PM me if you have questions.
« Last Edit: 17.08.2011, 16:29:00 by Thygrrr »
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