Best Gaming Company to Volunteer With?
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Posted by alien_freak

Hey guys! I just had a quick question for anyone who has ever volunteered with a gaming company on the showroom floor (and not necessarily Gen Con or True Dungeon). Which company is the best one to volunteer with on a part-time basis? I really want to start volunteering at conventions again, but the problem that I've always run into in the past is that I spent more time volunteering than I did attending the actual conventions.

Ideally, I'd be looking for a 16-hour or less time commitment that would allow me to work with a gaming company and reap some kind of benefits (maybe free game time or swag) but that would also allow me to enjoy Gen Con to its fullest.

Does anyone have any experience with this or know of some good gaming companies to volunteer with?

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Posted by wavester

Baldman Games runs all the D&D 5th edition for Wizards at Gen Con for over a decade now. We have a few hundred people working with us and always looking for more. 16 hours working with us (4 - 4 hour games) gets you a free badge to the show (or a refund on one if you paid for it already), a cool shirt, and access to our cool social events we do before and during the show. You need to love some D&D though.

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Posted by alien_freak

You know, I was actually thinking about getting back into D&D before the con and I think a lot of stores run 5th edition campaigns these days.

Do the volunteers have to run the actual games in a DM or GM-style role, or are they there mostly for support? I'm just curious because I'd like to help out as much as possible but my D&D skills are...rusty to say the least. I haven't played in years and even then that was Edition 3.5.

I'll be sure to check out your website before I pick your brain any further. :)

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Posted by ccapps

I've volunteered for AEG's big game night every year I've gone. It's about a 6 hr commitment Friday night and in return, you get a t-shirt, their swag box (the box of games paying attendees get), and to teach/play games all night with a huge group of people.  In the past, they've given volunteers tickets for the prize drawings they do throughout the night but I heard they did not do that last year. It's hit or miss on the games, but special editions of Smash-Up and Trains were two that stood out over the years for me.  If interested, open enrollment for volunteers starts in April. 

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Posted by wavester

AF - We have those helping at HQ, running newbie learn to play games all the way up to games for higher level play. All of our games (other then the newbie) are Adventurers League approved games. So if dipping your toe back into the pool we have your covered (running games for kids/newbies is a great way to learn and is a ton of fun)

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Posted by alien_freak

Hm, both of those options sound really tempting and I'll definitely be looking into both of them. I'm at the convention all four days regardless so I'd have plenty of time to go both routes. Thanks for the information guys!

One last question though wavester - it sounds like AEG won't be taking volunteer applications until April. Is that the case for Baldman Games too or can I register sooner than that?

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Posted by wavester

Our DM registration should start in the next couple of weeks. If you head to www.baldmangames.com you can signup for the newsletter for update or follow us on Twitter of the Book of Faces.

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Posted by braewe

Catalyst usually needs volunteers as well, to include their booth in the dealer hall. I know they prefer those with retail experience to help there, and obviously any familiarity with Shadowrun, Battletech Duke, etc, would be a plus.

Or you can also volunteer via GMing or running demos. I know they are accepting applications, not sure what slots they have filled or are left. They began accepting in December I think. 

16 hours is a badge and tshirt. And I think if you gm one of those bowling shirts and a patch. 28 I believe is for the swag and 32 for a hotel room but those last seem over what you'd want.

And for a company that I have friends who volunteer for but I never have, the Herolab folks have gotten very nice reviews. Not sure of the specifics, but my friends both enjoyed it. Fairly sure the 16 hours for a badge is somewhat standard.

Other friends have DM'd for Baldman Games, above, and enjoyed it. I think it boils down to picking something you like.

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