Thanks for the suggestions, everyone.
Swag and other product support is really not something Gen Con can provide to GMs. There's no way we could gather or coordinate it on a scale to be available to all GMs that might qualify. Individual publishers can certainly do that (and I would encourage them to do so), but individual GMs will want to reach out to them to inquire.
Similarly, a bag check of some kind of just not something we could accommodate at GM HQ, I don't think. It works in the VIG lounge partly due to the small number of VIGs, but there are thousands of GMs - many of whom do not have GM badges or an easy way to authenticate their eligibility for this kind of space.
I'm not sure if this is the place to post this, but here goes. We were hoping to play Shadows of Brimstone last year but there were only 4 slots and it was tournament style.
We were under the impression that you had to work for Flying Frog to be able to GM their game. After reading the GMing posts, it seems like you can actually GM any game? So that is one misconception that may be out there.
Also, my husband said he would be willing to GM one game of Shadows this Gencon (2016), and he would do it just for the fun of it. My question is, is there any value for one person to GM just one game? If there is, that may also be a misconception by people willing to GM...that the expectation is minimal and one game is enough.
Also, I assume that the GM needs to bring his own game? That is the only disincentive for him...he doesn't want to use his own game, but probably still would. Is there a way for the game publisher to provide the game?
You certainly do not need to work for a company to run their game. If you don't mind my asking, what gave you that impression? Have you browsed through the event schedule to see the variety of groups and companies all running different games?
Gen Con provides space to run a game and badges for folks who run enough of them (and possibly hotel rooms as well, but that's a wee bit more complex). That's about it, though. We certainly do not provide the game, scenario, or other supplies required. The GM and event organizer (or in some cases, the players) are responsible for providing those.
It's certainly possible for the pubisher to provide a copy of the game for you to use (many are often eager to do so for folks they trust to run a quality event) but that's not something Gen Con would normally get involved with.
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