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TOPIC: Thoughts about event and timing

Thoughts about event and timing 3 months 2 weeks ago #1

I’ve been fortunate enough to do Golden Ticket runs for a few years now. They are always fun and special. Having them the night before the con also helps make it special.

Please consider making the GHC GT run Wednesday night (or, at least at night some time.) As I understand it, it is planned to take place at Thursday morning with regular runs immediately following it. That makes it feel like any other run. An alternate idea would be 15 minutes after the last room and have a theme where the world is being destroyed around us (ie teardown) with a room 8 that has a real affect on the next dungeons.

I know of at least one person where this will be their first GT run ever. There may be others as well. Just because it is at GHC, let’s make it similarly cool for them.

I may be in the minority (I don’t think I am, though) but the swag isn’t the draw of this run. It has always been a cool special event. Getting to be the first people to see runs without the bustle of other runs around us. Having a cool room 8 experience (like sliding steins, drawing from a deck of many things, hunting Jeff with blowguns) are the most memorable parts.

Another alternate idea, have room 8 be lunch or dinner at the Gamehole (above the restaurant) with something in the special gaming room.

Thanks for hearing me out.

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Thoughts about event and timing 3 months 2 weeks ago #2

i got the imagery of Dr Strange wallbending while reading the suggestion...could be amazing to figure out a wall break concept.
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Thoughts about event and timing 3 months 2 weeks ago #3

Jamie Campbell wrote: i got the imagery of Dr Strange wallbending while reading the suggestion...could be amazing to figure out a wall break concept.


I like that idea. We could make adjustments to Ebony Bay (since it will be repeated at MomoCon) as "Astral beings." These could range from leaving notes to altering encounters. Maybe our mission would be to change the timeline where if certain runs succeed (or certain individuals suceed), all the heroes of the community (ie player level 5 or higher) get cursed. We'd have to make those individuals fail by setting traps or alerting NPC's or monsters to them. Then any NM or higher run has all players roll percentile dice at MomoCon. Anyone rolling a specific number or range of numbers becomes the predestined ones (they wouldn't be told) so the changed encounters take place. If they succeed anyway, we get cursed. If they fail (ie the GHC Astral team succeeds), a boon is opened for the community as a whole (such as a recipe to transmute ghost accelerators.)

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Thoughts about event and timing 3 months 2 weeks ago #4

Wednesday evening would be an issue for those with Patron badges. The run would need to end around 5pm to support convention related activities.

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Thoughts about event and timing 3 months 2 weeks ago #5

edwin wrote: Wednesday evening would be an issue for those with Patron badges. The run would need to end around 5pm to support convention related activities.


I hear you there. At the same time, Thursday morning 11-1 conflicts with a dozen of the premier limited access events and, mostly, blocks out anyone’s schedule Thursday until around 4pm.

At the same time, losing the VIG Patron dinner Wednesday would be unfortunate. It’s a question of which is worse. There are unique events Wed evening at Gencon we miss for GT as well. I suspect there is no time that would be ideal without creating conflicts.

As-is, I’m pretty sure anyone who has ever done a GT run would agree that a late morning run happening at the same time as other regular runs during the con proper doesn’t feel like a GT run. It would also severely limit the ability to have a special Room 8.

The only two times that would make it feel special would be Wed night or maybe half an hour after the very last run of the con. The latter option means volunteers putting in extra late shifts.

Without one or the other of those, it really isn’t a GT run and having it at GHC is probably a disservice. An alternate would be for a virtual run - maybe combine it with the Patron runs? I’m not sure.

Hopefully something can be done to make it special.

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Thoughts about event and timing 3 months 2 weeks ago #6

For GenCon I would prefer GT runs Thursday morning so that flights are more manageable these days. Day and time don’t affect my enjoyment of a GT run.

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Thoughts about event and timing 3 months 2 weeks ago #7

edwin wrote: For GenCon I would prefer GT runs Thursday morning so that flights are more manageable these days. Day and time don’t affect my enjoyment of a GT run.

EDIT: For this, I was thinking GHC.
Concur.

The excitement of the GT run for me is getting to play first, opening the bag, fun surprises (duckie!) and the people you're on the run with.

I also think it's highly possible the dungeon won't be completely ready Wednesday PM.

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I'd say leave the GT runs as is.
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Thoughts about event and timing 3 months 2 weeks ago #8

edwin wrote: For GenCon I would prefer GT runs Thursday morning so that flights are more manageable these days. Day and time don’t affect my enjoyment of a GT run.


Edwin - keep in mind, a morning run would mean the GT runs would have to start around 7am for GenCon on Thursday. That would definitely be a problem for a good number of players. If it is done concurrently with other runs, the GT crowd would get lost in the shuffle - ie, we'd register just like everyone else and not have the same kind of unique time we currently do.

Picture the GT run with coaches running around and players coming and going like any other run then very little time for a Room 8 experience as Jeff and crew would be dealing with the chaos of the normal con activity. It seems like it would lose the special attention we're used to geting.

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Thoughts about event and timing 3 months 2 weeks ago #9

GT run during setup at GameholeCon would be less inviting for many.

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Thoughts about event and timing 3 months 2 weeks ago #10

Honestly, no time is perfect for everyone, even if the "everyone" stayed the same year over year, which we all know it does not.

Ultimately I assume good intent, and that all of these things were considered, and that the choice that would affect the least people was chosen.
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Thoughts about event and timing 3 months 2 weeks ago #11

Truth. Some cons aren’t ready to do GT early, you have to consider “is the dungeon built yet” as a good thought. Wednesday is often build day and it’s good to have things working before we turn the lights out.
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Thoughts about event and timing 3 months 2 weeks ago #12

Last year, I was part of the install team for TD at GHC. We were done fairly early Wednesday. Assuming a similar number of volunteers, the dungeons should be done well before dinner Wednesday.

There has never been a GT run done while other runs are happening. This would be the first time. It also means Jeff would be needed for typical con chaos. This is also the first time it would conflict with other ticketed events (unlike Gencon which doesn’t officially start until the next day.)

As I understand it, it would just be a vanilla version of the regular dungeon along with the GT swag bag. If that’s the case, I’d rather it be virtual where we could, at least, not have it conflict with other events if the event will be like any other run we can schedule (especially for ghc which doesn’t sell out of runs.)

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