The last time I attended Gen Con was in 2000 (!), and I've never hosted an event before, but this year I've got a book I'm promoting, and I'm trying to come up with ways to do so within the event format, since I won't have a booth or a vendor permit. (Don't worry, I'm not trying to sell merch under the table.)
The book is on D&D 5E player character tactics, and I want to run some events that are workshop-like but also include elements that will engage participants or appeal more broadly to a passive audience. In particular, there are two formats I'd like to get feedback on:
- A panel featuring me along with several prominent actual-play streamers, in the form of a two-part presentation. In the first part, they reveal characters that they've created, and I talk about what kind of combat encounter tactics to use with those characters. In the second part, I DM a combat encounter that they play through, using the tactics discussed.
- A single-table workshop with a similar two-part structure, except that in the first part, as DM, I provide the tactical advice in character as an NPC, and in the second, the participants play an encounter that's framed as a "training exercise."
Would these formats fit the Gen Con event guidelines? Am I correct to infer that under those guidelines, the panel would have to be free to audience members, but the workshop could be ticketed as a game? Is there anything else I should be aware of if I plan to host events along these two formats?