Are you planning on attending the exciting and brand new show Has Con this Fall? What should you do while there? Enjoy the world’s greatest roleplaying game that started it all, of course. The Herald’s Guild is going to HasCon to help run D&D games as part of our fundraising efforts. We will be helping Baldman Games with our awesome DMs to make D&D at the show as great as we can–not only spreading the love of our hobby to a new generation, and earning funds to continue to support our mission statement and other Herald’s Guild activities.
HasCon 2017 DM Sign-up
Welcome! Thanks in advance for your interest in volunteering at HasCon 2017 for the Herald’s Guild. Without DMs and helpers like you, shows like this would not exist. I’ve always said that even when you’re DMing you’re gaming, and that is never a bad way to spend the day. We’ve worked with Baldman Games to drum up some of the best benefits we can to entice you to swap over to the dark side of the DM’s screen.
We use a lot of jargon that a lot of us take for granted. This year I am going to try to take a step back and come at this from the point of view of a person completely new to volunteering. If you find anything here confusing at all, please do not hesitate to contact us through the Forums or Website contact form, and I will clear it up quickly.
Volunteering is a great way to give back to your hobby, and we have some really great rewards that make helping out even easier – and it’s a great way to attend the show and save some serious $$. You can earn a free badge to the show, a free spot in one of our hotel rooms next to the convention center (a huge perk this year), and potentially cool show swag on top of that (free books, show promos, etc.) It is also a great way to make new friends and immerse yourself in the show community, more than a casual attendee ever could. Our judge retention rate is extremely high, so fair warning: Once you work for us, you’ll probably come back and do it again next year.
Now for some show terminology:
- Badge Level: If you volunteer at Badge Level, you’ve worked enough to earn a free badge to the show. This badge is provided by Wizards of the Coast and HasCon.
- Room Level: If you volunteer at Room Level, you’ve worked enough to earn a spot in one of our hotel rooms. These rooms are for three nights (Thur Night to Sat night), and we have four people in a room. We cannot reimburse you for a room you’ve booked on your own or let you choose what hotel you are in. We do our best, though, to put you in a room with the roommates you prefer whenever possible. So if you are unsure about staying with strangers your first time, then get a couple buddies to volunteer with you, and we’ll put all of you in a room together. We all win!!
- Slot: This one confuses a lot of people and is a very old term from the RPGA days. A slot is the same as saying a shift. In the case of HasCon 2017, a slot is two hours long. Every event and day is put together using slots so events line up nicely, start and end at the same time in relation to each other, and help you put together a schedule that fits your needs. The slots are numbered so the first slot on Friday at 9am is called Slot One. The last slot that runs from noon to 2pm on Sunday is Slot 29.
- Slot Zero: So if the first slot is called Slot One then what the heck is Slot Zero? Slot Zero is any game that runs before the show itself, allowing our volunteer DMs to see a game they will be running from the player’s perspective. Usually these are done so DMsÂ can prepare to run a better game. Seeing things from a player’s perspective then preparing it is a huge help for some. Sometimes these are also special DM-only events done as rewards for them helping out. Regardless of whether you get to play an event before the show or not, you are always expected to be prepared when the show starts and it is game time.
- Judges: “Judge” is just a fancy word for “DM.” It is a remnant from a bygone era, but we are so used to saying it that sometimes it slips through. If we say “judge,” we mean “DM or other type of volunteer.”
Now on to some event specifics:
- D&D Adventurers League Event: All of our events at HasCon will be from the new campaign book “Tomb of Annihilation” – whether that is fast past 2-hour intro games, longer 5 hour games or even multi-session 10 hour games.
- HQ: You will get to know this gang well as the show goes on. These are Baldman Games staff whose job it is to take care of all the little things going on around you at the show so you don’t have to. Their job is to make sure you have everything you need, so all you need to do is focus on your game and give your players a fantastic time. They are long-time DMs and staff members, most of whom have been doing this 10+ years – and some closer to 30. We usually have a few open spots each year for data entry and reception here. This is great for example if you want to help DM and get a free room but your significant other doesn’t DM. We can put them to work earning a room in another fashion, and you can still share a room together. We have many couples who do this.
Well, hopefully that was helpful in getting you up to speed on what we are about and how you can help us help you. Now on to the nitty-gritty details that hopefully will now make more sense to you.
Room Level: DM 20+ hours of events and we’ll cover your room for 3 nights (Thur night to Saturday night) at the show. These rooms are paid for by Baldman Games (please be nice to them) and are 4 to a room (couples will be two couples per room to make 4). We cannot flex the nights covered or guarantee any earlier or late checkouts. We just don’t have any pull with the hotel in this case.
- We currently do not know where our rooms are but will update the DMs once that is known.
Badge Level: DM 12+ hours of events and we’ll cover your badge for the show. Save many bucks for drinks or vendors and get warm fuzzies for helping out at the show.
Handshake Level: DM 2+ hours and get a hearty handshake (available at HQ anytime we happen to be standing there). Not everyone can devote chunks of time to DMing, but everything helps and everything is appreciated. Even DMing one slot gives 6 or so people some fun that they wouldn’t otherwise have.