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Title: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: The Lost Carol on January 10, 2016, 06:55:09 PM
With January 22nd approaching, we're less than 2 weeks away from Badge Pre-Registration for GenCon 2016, Hotel Registration 2 days later on the 24th, and 7 months away from the con itself. With the RPPR Fan Meet-up continuing to grow, as well as the con itself, this will be the biggest GenCon yet. This year, per the hosts, the Meet-Up this year will likely be its own official event.

I'm planning on coming this year for my first GenCon, and am very excited! The RPPR crew and ya'll in the threads make it sound like GenCon really is the best four days in (table top & board) gaming!

So as always, an official thread should be good to keep things contained; we'll post RPPR events and other intel. Questions? Suggestions for events to attend or things to do in Indy? General con advice? Links to your Ross Payton impersonation contest clips? This is the thread for you.
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: Thorn on January 10, 2016, 07:48:22 PM
Doesn't hotel registration start on the 28th?
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: Alethea on January 10, 2016, 08:54:15 PM
Doesn't hotel registration start on the 28th?

Sunday the 24th at noon.
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: Thorn on January 10, 2016, 09:48:57 PM
Thank you.
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: The Lost Carol on January 10, 2016, 10:00:03 PM
Doesn't hotel registration start on the 28th?

Sunday the 24th at noon.

Thanks! Hopefully the odds will be in our favor for some decent rooms.
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: FlapjacksOfWar on January 21, 2016, 11:59:16 AM
Wait I have to send in clips of my Ross Payton impressions? I thought this would be like a live thing with an audience. Im out. If I cant embarrass myself publicly in front of my peers whats the point? D:

Also ill be bringing Red Dragon Inn is we want to try and get a large group game going with actual alcohol or something similar (Coke for Tom :p ) I think I can currently support a 20 person game with all my expansions? But that would be madness
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: Redroverone on January 21, 2016, 09:36:41 PM
Definitely interested! Had no idea there was stuff going on all the time I was listening to podcasts until Caleb said something at one of the panels. Was GMing, so had a sad I missed it all.
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: The Lost Carol on January 21, 2016, 10:31:37 PM
Wait I have to send in clips of my Ross Payton impressions? I thought this would be like a live thing with an audience. Im out. If I cant embarrass myself publicly in front of my peers whats the point? D:

No, see, we need to practice. We cannot let Ross win his own impersonation contest. We must all strive to be the best Rosses we can be.

Also ill be bringing Red Dragon Inn is we want to try and get a large group game going with actual alcohol or something similar (Coke for Tom :p ) I think I can currently support a 20 person game with all my expansions? But that would be madness

But isn't that the point of GenCon? Blowing past the point of reason? Sounds like fun.

Don't forget, tomorrow's pre-registration for badges!
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: Tadanori Oyama on January 22, 2016, 12:37:58 PM
For anyone who doesn't know, the system appears to be the random timing again.

You must buy a badge to take part in hotel registration. If you have a badge then when hotel registration opens on Sunday you will be given a random time you can use the system. I may be minutes or it might be hours so be prepared to wait for awhile.

There are lots of downtown options this year, which is great, but demand is still way ahead of supply so if you are registering for yourself make sure to have a back-up plan. For the best chances, try to go in with a group of allies. The more badges the more chances at a short time.

Good luck everybody! Looking forward to seeing a big turn out this year.
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: Thorn on January 22, 2016, 02:53:59 PM
Already grabbed my four day pass.  Thanks for all the help guys.
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: Tadanori Oyama on January 24, 2016, 10:47:38 PM
Sadly, despite efforts otherwise, I will be staying at an off-site hotel this year. Draw a time of slightly over an hour so all of the downtown stuff was gone by the time I was able to get into the system.
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: Review Cultist on January 25, 2016, 12:56:39 AM
Sadly, despite efforts otherwise, I will be staying at an off-site hotel this year. Draw a time of slightly over an hour so all of the downtown stuff was gone by the time I was able to get into the system.

I feel your pain sir, I'm about 10 miles out. Looks like I'll be setting aside money for cab fair.

I wonder if they take RPPR Bills? XD
(Which reminds me...)
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: FuzzyDan on January 25, 2016, 03:26:35 AM
Again, I advise those who did not score a downtown hotel on Day 1 keep checking up through the days before the $50 cancellation fee period is over.  I was on the tail end of hour one last year and spamming the refresh button got me a room at the JW as someone cancelled theirs.

Also the GenCon forums will have people attempting to shuck their overbooking to avoid fees, so keep an eye there.
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: The Lost Carol on January 25, 2016, 10:05:24 AM
Again, I advise those who did not score a downtown hotel on Day 1 keep checking up through the days before the $50 cancellation fee period is over.  I was on the tail end of hour one last year and spamming the refresh button got me a room at the JW as someone cancelled theirs.

Also the GenCon forums will have people attempting to shuck their overbooking to avoid fees, so keep an eye there.

Great tip, thanks Dan!

Our group also got in the 10 mile radius, so that might be wise to see if we can get closer.

'Course if enough people are that far out we could all pitch in on a party bus to ferry us to and from lol
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: Thorn on January 25, 2016, 09:54:10 PM
I lucked out this year and I'm staying about a block away.  If anything changes and I can't go, I'll be sure to let you guys know.
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: Mr. Purple on January 28, 2016, 04:00:02 PM
Failing everything else, Trivago still has some rooms showing close-ish. They are all pay-in-advance, but it's an option if needed.

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Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: FlapjacksOfWar on January 31, 2016, 07:44:03 PM
Im staying at the airport so Ill either use the shuttles or one of the parking staion things. I need my car to haul all the gaming booze >_>
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: Astro on February 02, 2016, 11:18:04 PM
I'm gonna try really hard to make it to GenCon since I missed the last one. I'm getting married this year so finances might be kinda tight.
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: The Lost Carol on February 18, 2016, 01:18:57 PM
Well, after the rush of reserving hotel rooms we're getting ever closer to August. Event registration starts in May 15th (and the week before is when the event list will be posted) and we have until June 19th to purchase badges at pre-registration prices.

One question I've had that I don't think I've ever seen addressed concerns the event tickets. I understand the difference between general tickets and specific tickets (specific tickets are for specific events that you have to 'pre-register for' by getting the tickets, whereas general tickets get you into any event that accepts general tickets and/or if there's extra space in a specific event where they will accept a generic.)

But once you've purchased specific event tickets, how many genetic tickets is a good amount? I'm working on my GenCon budget, and it seems like it would be easy to over purchase generics, and since they're only refundable as 'system credit' I want to purchase enough without being too frugal.
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: Tadanori Oyama on February 18, 2016, 04:44:51 PM
How many generic tickets to buy depends entirely on one thing: Do you plan to try and get into events you did not book ahead of time?

If you don't plan to try and walk into events and games than you flat out do not need generic tickets.

My first year I bought about twenty dollars worth and used 4 dollars worth. I haven't bought any generics at all since my second year. Additionally, I believe generics can actually be purchased on site in the event you change your mind.

As a rule; I think that six generics (12 dollars worth) would do you fairly well. That let's you squeeze into three normal games or two above average games. If you want to look into more complex things like classes or workshops (which usually run in the $8 to $16 dollar range) than push it up to $20 dollars worthy, ten tickets.

Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: The Lost Carol on February 23, 2016, 11:23:06 PM
How many generic tickets to buy depends entirely on one thing: Do you plan to try and get into events you did not book ahead of time?

If you don't plan to try and walk into events and games than you flat out do not need generic tickets.

My first year I bought about twenty dollars worth and used 4 dollars worth. I haven't bought any generics at all since my second year. Additionally, I believe generics can actually be purchased on site in the event you change your mind.

As a rule; I think that six generics (12 dollars worth) would do you fairly well. That let's you squeeze into three normal games or two above average games. If you want to look into more complex things like classes or workshops (which usually run in the $8 to $16 dollar range) than push it up to $20 dollars worthy, ten tickets.

Ah, thanks! For some reason with all the things that everyone talks about doing it made me feel like I was going to need to pour a lot of money into tickets. I guess that means it pays to check the event list and apply for the stuff that needs specifics as soon as possible, and to not rely so hard on generics.
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: Mr. Purple on February 27, 2016, 11:17:13 PM
The other thing to remember is that you can take Generics back and get a decent refund on them if you overbuy

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Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: clockworkjoe on March 04, 2016, 05:09:08 PM
I have submitted an event for a RPPR panel and meetup on Friday at 7 pm to 9 pm. When it gets approved, I'll talk about it on the podcast and so forth.
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: Tadanori Oyama on March 06, 2016, 01:55:02 PM
After seven years we're finally official. Hurrah!
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: The Lost Carol on April 26, 2016, 01:25:24 PM
From today (04/26/2016) it is now 100 days 'til Gencon 2016. You've still got a little under two months to buy passes at the pre-registration prices, and we have a few weeks until you can start buying tickets for events.

Seems unreal that we're so close! Still so excited!
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: Graywalker on May 10, 2016, 04:31:54 AM
To all those who are planning on, or interested in, going to True Dungeon at GenCon this year;  Event registration is coming up on the 15th and I wanted make sure we all know who is going and what time slots we should get. True Dungeon tickets will go very quick once registration opens, Thursday time slots were gone within the hour last year, and with each ticket costing $56 apiece, expensive but worth the cost in my opinion.

I did back-to-back sessions last year. Both the combat and puzzle versions can be quick or time consuming depending on the room we go into. Melee combat is fairly easy, shuffle-boarding token sliders onto a monster outline. Magic is a memorization tests where casting a spell requires you to correctly reply to the GM of the rooms question to make the spell work. I'm opening for any time slot on any of the 4 days they have listed.

True Dungeon recently sent out an email linking to the old GenCon event listing for their events, link listed below. I tried to look over the current version earlier today but only got the listing for Thursday only. Down to 84 days until GenCon. Really looking forward to it and seeing everyone again.

https://www.gencon.com/events/search?event_type=TDA+-+True+Dungeon+Adventures&fri=true&sat=true&sun=true&thur=true&wed=true (https://www.gencon.com/events/search?event_type=TDA+-+True+Dungeon+Adventures&fri=true&sat=true&sun=true&thur=true&wed=true)
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: The Lost Carol on May 11, 2016, 01:30:45 PM
@Graywalker

I'd be interested. As a football nerd as well as a gaming nerd LARPing in Lucas Oil Stadium is too good to pass up. Do you have to cosplay, though? Not sure if I'm bringing a costume to GenCon.


Another general quedtion; just took a look at the event list and it's... Intimidatingly long. So much stuff to do! What are some good means of blocking time? Do you plan for events and try to commit to as much as you can? Leave a lot of free time available? I want to plan wisely, but it seems absurdly easy to over commit. I'm already starting to formulate an itinerary in Excel...
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: Graywalker on May 11, 2016, 02:35:21 PM
@The Lost Carol

You do not have to Cosplay, it's optional. The people I "partied" with last year just wore normal clothing. I dressed up like a pirate though (Thank you Jan for the pirate crown and shoulder pads! I still have them!)

As for blocking events, find the events you want to do and then look back over them to "trim the fat" as it were, leaving you with the schedule you want. I personally like to have a lot of free time and enjoy cursing around so I don't book much most of the time.

Also, If you don't have the RPPR GroupMe yet make sure you do for GenCon. Best way to know what everyone connected with RPPR is doing around GenCon and who has free time to game or just hang out.
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: Alethea on May 11, 2016, 07:04:15 PM
@Greywalker

I'm interested in True Dungeon; I'd prefer afternoon slots, but am open to any day, any time
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: Graywalker on May 12, 2016, 02:53:58 AM
@ Alethea

Sweet!

I'm looking at the days below for True Dungeon. Not sure what everyone else thinks but since I haven't seen a mention of time or day I'll post a proposed day and time slot. The first is the puzzle variant and the second is combat. Together it will be $112.

Into the DeeperDark: https://www.gencon.com/events/95727 (https://www.gencon.com/events/95727)
Behold Her Majesty: https://www.gencon.com/events/95968 (https://www.gencon.com/events/95968)
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: Alethea on May 12, 2016, 07:14:05 AM
Looks good to me @Greywalker. Added to my wishlist
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: The Lost Carol on May 12, 2016, 10:06:41 AM
Sounds good. I'll add that to my spreadsheet.
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: Mr. Purple on May 19, 2016, 01:02:49 PM
The event is now live, and tickets are available for the low, low price of $0.00.

I recommend that everyone grab a ticket while they last, as that'll help Ross figure out who all is there. Also, one of the larger LARP groups mentioned that the convention looks at attendance to help figure out placement in future years; I cannot attest to the veracity of that statement, but I believe it would be prudent to operate as though it is accurate.  If we hit capacity, we might get a bigger room next year. 
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: TMayesing78 on July 18, 2016, 02:21:38 AM
I posted this on group me, but as Ross pointed out.  It's the middle of the night.  So I'm curious if anyone would be interested in playing in a very late Saturday/ early Sunday Vampire the Masquerade or Eclipse Phase game.  Either would be a homemade scenario.  I'd be looking for like 6+ players.  If not no big deal.  Just thought I'd throw it out there.
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: RadioactiveBeer on July 18, 2016, 12:21:22 PM
TMayes, I'm always up for a game of Eclipse Phase.

By the by, has anyone got a link to the fan/GenCon GroupMe chats? I just downloaded the app in preparation for the con.
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: TMayesing78 on July 19, 2016, 12:33:52 AM
TMayes, I'm always up for a game of Eclipse Phase.

By the by, has anyone got a link to the fan/GenCon GroupMe chats? I just downloaded the app in preparation for the con.
I don't have a way to link to the group me chat from my phone.  (And I had to mute it until GenCon so I can sleep during the day.) 

On the subject of Eclipse Phase I have two related scenarios outlined and will have 6-8 pre-gens made on Singularity for them.  If we can get that 6 player threshold I'll happily run either or both of them as time allows.

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Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: clockworkjoe on August 08, 2016, 02:31:20 PM
Did anyone get any good photos of the meet up? I was a bit distracted myself during the event.
Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: BellaJen on August 08, 2016, 05:06:17 PM
I took photos, but they are all silly shenanigans. I'll link them but please don't post them on FB or anywhere else without permission from the people in them. =)

https://i.groupme.com/3264x1840.jpeg.b259f85c3ceb4e009489e379ab8cc5fb.large
https://i.groupme.com/3264x1840.jpeg.eee0c7c5a97d4449916e7ff9aca02ae8.large
https://i.groupme.com/3264x1840.jpeg.78c59d3702904ce5b5976f498e56b5ba.large
https://i.groupme.com/3264x1840.jpeg.f84da0d146b7461380e60cb0fff82f94.large


Title: Re: GenCon 2016 and the 7th Annual RPPR Fan Meet-up: The Fans Awaken
Post by: Tim on August 09, 2016, 05:09:52 PM
Did the banner make an appearance?