Heyo! First time GenCon exhibitor. I'm bringing a team of four with me (two for the booth, two to help run our Events) and I was curious which badge I need to buy my event runners.
Just a regular Exhibitor badge? Is there a "Game Master" designation they will need?
No one needs a Game Master badge to run events; those are simply badges offered to some gaming groups in advance. Anyone can run events with any kind of badge. Your team can run events with exhibitor badges, or regular attendee badges.
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If you need to get in to the gaming hall BEFORE 8am on Thursday only, then I have found you need a GM badge
GM badges do not provide any special access - they function just like attendees badges, so if any of your staff need to get into the exhibit hall early or late, you will need to assign them exhibitor badges.
Otherwise, any badge type will suffice, basically.
And a GM badge should not be required to enter the event hall on Thursday morning. It should simply be open at 7 am for GMs and players to enter, set up, and sort themselves out. If you are stopped, just explain that you are running a game and they should let you through.
Gen Con LLC
Ah okay. I asked mostly because I don't actually see a "game master" badge on the shop. Just Exhibitor, 4-day, Trade Day, etc.
BUT on a comical note..
of course you need a special GM badge, to get into the inner circle of the masters of games. Additionally you will need to prove your proficiency in the 18 fingers of death hand slap maneuver, and recite the game master oath while standing on your head and shooting lightning bolts from your rear end.
Just like Masons and the Skulls, we take membership in this holy order of dice tossers, seriously..
Well as seriously as anyone playing games for a long time can ever be..
Details are in the Event Host Policy and on the Host page.
Are you rocking Entrepreneur Avenue too? What's your booth number?
I'm not sure if it's Entrepreneur Avenue (I don't think so) but I will be running the Sirlin Games booth, #3020 :D
Maybe someone will be kind enough to teach me the secret handshake, or at least the password that I must speak into the wall three times to access the ancient archives
I gotta say, your website looks sharp!
Yea. Just survive the dungeon o doom and you get the job!