Dave Christ (a.k.a. The Baldman from Baldman Games), the guy who spearheads and coordinates all of the D&D events at GenCon, needs your help. With less than a month until GenCon it seems that they’re in desperate need for more DMs to run the D&D Next delve.
If you’ve going to GenCon and have any blocks of free time in your schedule please consider being a DM for even just one slot. DMs are rewarded with free swag and if you’re willing to run multiple slots you can earn a free convention badge and even a free room. For every one person who volunteers to DM, six players get a chance to play at the con.
If you’re interested in being a DM you can sign up by visiting the Baldman Games website and completing the online sign up form.
Below is the email Dave Christ has been circulating to all current and past volunteer DMs.
Hello to my massive pool of awesome judges (which is different than my awesome pool of massive judges),
GenCon is looming on the horizon in 5 weeks, and we need help: A LOT of it. Tickets for our Wizards of the Coast and Baldman Games events evaporated instantly when pre-reg went live, and we’ve been trying to catch up ever since. The demand for DND Next at the show is HUGE! I know demand will be greater than I can meet, and I’ve accepted this. At this point I’m just trying to cover the tickets that have been sold to players and hopefully get to the point of covering a little of the overflow.
What do I need from you guys? Quite simply, I need you to DM. I need people to DM enough for a room, a badge, or at this point, even running one slot just to help out would be huge. I need DMs in the worst way. I know a lot of you take this show off because there are so many fun things to do. I understand that. However, so many of you are taking time off that we are really struggling to even come close to covering the basics at the show.
I know some of you are upset there is no LFR at the show. I 100% get why you feel that way, and I know that not DMing feels like a good form of protest, but I still can really use your help DMing.
We all know DND Next is coming down the pike at some point. We can also expect that a big new Organized Play product will come with it. The bits and pieces of plans for new OP offerings I’ve heard through the grapevine have me pretty excited about it right now. Fans of previous campaigns will be excited, and there will be opportunities for people interested in creating and administering the campaign. Where are the people who are going to run this going to come from? This judge group. Where are the initial writers and organizers going to come from? This judge group. Where are the writers who are going to do the website articles and contribute going to come from? This judge group.
If you look at the history of our Organized Play campaigns for the past twenty years, a lot of people working at WotC and many of the names attached to all those cool books and web articles started as RPGA judges. Being involved in our judge community is your #1 conduit to being more involved in our hobby as a whole. Although it is never fun to see something you care about come to an end, there will be stuff to be excited about in the future, and you might want to be involved then. Being involved now is your best move to make that happen.
When Wizards starts making decisions on people they want to use in campaign management or freelance projects, they bounce names off me all the time for feedback. If I can say, ‘Yeah they judged at GenCon and did a really great job,’ that goes a lot farther than ‘that name sounds familiar but haven’t seen them in years.’
What can we provide you?
Free Hotel Room – We are in the Marriott near our play space. Rooms right now are mostly 2 per room with just a few at 3 (usually because 3 people requested to room together). Nobody else at this show will put you in anything less than 4 per room. At $200 a night for rooms and Indy’s insane hotel tax rate, this alone will save you a ton of cash. Bringing your significant other? I can probably find something for them to do for a room as well. I can make it work.
Free Badges – Saves you $80. Nice chunk of change. Even if you have already paid for your badge I can make a judge badge show-up and start the refund process to put cash back in your pocket.
Swag – Books, gift certificates to the PDF store, custom GenCon only dice and bags (bags only go to judges and VIP’s), judge shirts (fingers crossed), and the special Ghost of Dragonspear Castle GenCon special book. So even doing a couple of slots gets your something. This year we’ll also have the Special Guest signing area in our actual play space. So I will being doing my best to get those books signed by WotC R&D folks, Ed Greenwood, and whoever else I can bribe/threaten/blackmail.
In closing we need your help. We need your friends to DM. We need your dog, cat, goldfish, and non-poisonous vermin to DM. Please consider throwing a bit of your time at the show our way. Even one slot could make a big difference for the future of D&D Organized Play efforts.