"Reserving" Spots/Running with Friends
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Posted by armandopenblade

I may just be not remembering properly from last year, but is there a way to pre-assign spots in any of the games I run to friends (I mean this both in the literal sense but also in terms of People I Am Friends With on the GenCon site)?

While I certainly don't want to just pre-seat all 6 slots for all of my games ahead of time, in particular, a couple of old friends from college are coming out to GenCon this year who live very far away from me the rest of the year; it'd be really nice to be able to guarantee them a spot at one of my tables.

I seem to recall being able to buy multiple tickets to Events I'm attending from last year (my first GenCon), but don't remember if there was something in place from the event management dashboard.

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Posted by marimaccadmin

There is no way to save spots in your game.  Anyone can buy two tickets to your event, however. 

Marian McBrine
Event Coordinator
Gen Con LLC

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Posted by helenbb

Could you just set the limit of players for the game as 2 fewer than you need? Then have your friends buy generics and show up and accept them as players, in addition to the people who bought tickets?

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Posted by marimaccadmin helenbb

helenbb wrote:
Could you just set the limit of players for the game as 2 fewer than you need? Then have your friends buy generics and show up and accept them as players, in addition to the people who bought tickets?

You could not.  That's not fair to people that might, for instance, want to play a 6 person RPG, which is what they signed up for, but not an 8 person RPG.  Secondly, we will not be planning for those extra seats, so even if the other players agree to the additional players, they might not have seats.

Marian McBrine 
Event Coordinator 
Gen Con LLC 

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Posted by armandopenblade helenbb

Downside there is that I then have to do another whole game to hit my 70 player hours :)

Alas, that's a little disappointing, but hopefully my friends will squeeze into at least one of my sessions!

Thanks for the official answer, @Marian.

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Posted by braewe

Another option might be to run the games required, for your badge, as is.

Schedule, with your friends, a time between a couple games you're running.

Go to the HQ you're in and ask for an empty table during that time. They slot you a table, you're good to go. You won't get credit for running that game, so there is that, but you do get a place to play with your friends. If the trouble is that the game needs 6 and you have 3, try posting on that game's forums for some players. Or if it's a popular game, see if anyone from your other slots want a second experience, or if someone shows with generics, suggest that other time.

There are lots of gamers at gen con. It's pretty easy to snag folks.

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Posted by helenbb marimaccadmin

marimaccadmin wrote:
helenbb wrote:
Could you just set the limit of players for the game as 2 fewer than you need? Then have your friends buy generics and show up and accept them as players, in addition to the people who bought tickets?
You could not.  That's not fair to people that might, for instance, want to play a 6 person RPG, which is what they signed up for, but not an 8 person RPG.  Secondly, we will not be planning for those extra seats, so even if the other players agree to the additional players, they might not have seats.

That makes sense. Thanks for the response.

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