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Q on forming a Hardcore group 3 months 1 week ago #13

Hoo boy .... gulp!

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Q on forming a Hardcore group 3 months 1 week ago #14

Andy Strassmann wrote: How do I submit my wishlist? I went to the TD GenCon page, clicked on "CLICK HERE to see all the available event tickets for TD at Gen Con.", and got a page-not-found error, so I'm guessing that's the sign-up-when-slots-open link, but I didn't see a wish-list submission link. Or are wishlists a "You've written down what you want to go for with backups and backup backups, then start typing at 5/17 12:00:01" type of thing?

I'm willing to buy up and organize one Hardcore run (Darkhold Keep) for Thursday or Friday. Hopefully other people will organize other Hardcore runs with slots available for the other two adventures.


They will be up later. Probably closer to April/May when all the events are put up. It's electronic. You'll make a big long list with up to 50 things on it. As Andrew pointed out and I forgot to mention - as soon as noon hits you will smash your finger on the 'submit' button as fast as you can. Then you will see a number that represents your number in the queue (if you are lucky). Then you wait, and slowly watch all of the tickets disappear, until every single ticket that was in your wishlist is gone, before it even gets to your queue time...then you will cry yourself to sleep.

Nah, just kidding. It's not *always* that bad...

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Q on forming a Hardcore group 3 months 1 week ago #15

jpotter wrote:

Andy Strassmann wrote: How do I submit my wishlist? I went to the TD GenCon page, clicked on "CLICK HERE to see all the available event tickets for TD at Gen Con.", and got a page-not-found error, so I'm guessing that's the sign-up-when-slots-open link, but I didn't see a wish-list submission link. Or are wishlists a "You've written down what you want to go for with backups and backup backups, then start typing at 5/17 12:00:01" type of thing?

I'm willing to buy up and organize one Hardcore run (Darkhold Keep) for Thursday or Friday. Hopefully other people will organize other Hardcore runs with slots available for the other two adventures.


They will be up later. Probably closer to April/May when all the events are put up. It's electronic. You'll make a big long list with up to 50 things on it. As Andrew pointed out and I forgot to mention - as soon as noon hits you will smash your finger on the 'submit' button as fast as you can. Then you will see a number that represents your number in the queue (if you are lucky). Then you wait, and slowly watch all of the tickets disappear, until every single ticket that was in your wishlist is gone, before it even gets to your queue time...then you will cry yourself to sleep.

Nah, just kidding. It's not *always* that bad...


Just usually, actually my wife is amazingly quick with high speed access and I normally get a a couple of runs, but we are lucky.

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Q on forming a Hardcore group 3 months 1 week ago #16

I'm getting a tad concerned here. In all seriousness, are you saying that there is a very significant possibility that I may not even be able to get 3 runs at GenCon, much less have three of us adventuring together (with 7 others, of course) at the Hardcore level for those three runs? That to get "a couple of runs" qualifies as being "lucky?" Please correct me if I'm misunderstanding.

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Q on forming a Hardcore group 3 months 1 week ago #17

Andy Strassmann wrote: I'm getting a tad concerned here. In all seriousness, are you saying that there is a very significant possibility that I may not even be able to get 3 runs at GenCon, much less have three of us adventuring together (with 7 others, of course) at the Hardcore level for those three runs? That to get "a couple of runs" qualifies as being "lucky?" Please correct me if I'm misunderstanding.


In my experience, getting 3 runs for 3 people is not a major issue. You'll get to run all three adventures.

Getting 3 full runs so you can run Hardcore is much less likely.

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Q on forming a Hardcore group 3 months 1 week ago #18

Andy Strassmann wrote: I'm getting a tad concerned here. In all seriousness, are you saying that there is a very significant possibility that I may not even be able to get 3 runs at GenCon, much less have three of us adventuring together (with 7 others, of course) at the Hardcore level for those three runs? That to get "a couple of runs" qualifies as being "lucky?" Please correct me if I'm misunderstanding.


Welcome to GenCon’s ticketing system. I would say be concerned but it’s nothing unexpected. I spend like 4 hours crafting 4 wishlists manually every year for the four of us to get one run of each dungeon and we barely get 3 sets of 4 to tickets together.

It’s the Wild West and runs sell out so fast. When you push the button at noon you pray one of you gets a good spot in line. I’m my experience we don’t ever get a good spot. So I have never tried to buy out a run because they sell out so fast.

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Q on forming a Hardcore group 3 months 1 week ago #19

Responding in all seriousness. Buying out all 3 runs (meaning you have all 10 tickets) is probably not going to happen. Last year I managed to get 2 full runs and get myself and the wife into our 3rd run as a pick up group. There are several of us who buy out full runs and then puts out a call for people on the forums to join up. Getting into 3 runs with 3 people will still require you starting at noon but it is a lot more likely but there are disadvantages to pick up groups.

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Q on forming a Hardcore group 3 months 1 week ago #20

To make it clear, we are actually very much in favor of people on the forums buying out full runs and then looking for members. After gencon tickets are sold (also for the other conventions but not so intense) there will be a large number of postings on the forums of adventure groups forming.

LFM means looking for members, that 1 forum member does have the entire run and is looking to fill holes.
LFO means looking for others, that a forum member has some of the tickets to a run and it looking for other ticket holders to see if they can negotiate classes and difficulties before hand.

This is an example thread of one of my runs last year.

truedungeon.com/forum?view=topic&catid=613&id=249301

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Q on forming a Hardcore group 3 months 1 week ago #21

I’ve been able to snag one of each run for 5 people the last 3 years. This year I’m trying for one of each run for 10 - given past experience, I doubt I’ll be able to get them, but I’m going to try.

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Q on forming a Hardcore group 3 months 1 week ago #22

If you are flexible on time, class, and order of adventure played, there will almost certainly be people on the forums with spaces for your group of 3, ready to play HC, or NM and loan you some gear.

If you buy a run of 10 out, you'll likely be looking for others to fill fron here as well.

The first day is a madhouse, and runs stay in carts, then get released hours later.

By the end of the day, nearly all tickets will have been "sold" through the GC system. That does not mean they will all have people assigned to them.

I'll likely try to grab a couple runs, and look to fill them from here
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Q on forming a Hardcore group 3 months 1 week ago #23

"Order of adventure played" should be even less important this year than most. Assuming the three modules are still unlinked like was mentioned early on.

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Q on forming a Hardcore group 3 months 1 week ago #24

Thank you so very much! I really, really appreciate it. I'm feeling *much* more hopeful now. We're certainly willing to be fully flexible on sequence, run time, and class to join in others' teams (though if the party we join needs me to be the Bard I'll have to do a mixtape or the allowable equivalent thereof -- while I can do a round or two of "Song of the Shieldwall" or "By the Weight of the Chain," personally singing Bardsong for an entire adventure would use up all my speaking points for the rest of the con). So it sounds like the way to proceed is to be ready at High Noon, try to buy out one Darkhold run, and be very flexible in joining other Forum members' teams for the other two adventures (I hadn't realized that borrowing some tokens and running Nightmare might even be an option! We're optimized-red builds).
One more question: Let's say I'm only able to buy out part of a run. Are there particular times/days when it's more likely that the people buying the other slots are interested in above-Normal-level runs too (e.g. "only the truly dedicated would get up this early!")? If so, I'll aim for those first.

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