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So last year...

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We had an event with about 200 people attending. Lots of board games, some video games. This year is is going to be straight up board games, with the video games and PC stuff at a separate event.

I was wondering if anyone had done anything with pre-event sign up sheets or anything like that. Generally we just do a free play sort of thing, with local vendors providing games to play. We had a "play it to win it" thing with a few games, which was very cool. People playing games filled out a sheet with their name and at the end of the event, a random player won the game. It really encouraged people to play games they would not normally play.

I thought if people could sign up for games running in a time slot then we could get more game in the time we had. It seems that it would be easier to find players if they were all looking for a new game at set times. It would also make it easier for the people running games to go do something else if they don't have any players.

I go to a game con in VT every year where they sign people up to run games beforehand, and then publish a booklet with a sign-up sheet in the back for you to send in. I always send mine in the very next day to ensure I get into the games I want. I don't think we need to take it that far, however do you think that a booklet with a list of games that people have agreed to run would be a good idea?

Any thoughts?

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Last Extra Life, we had mostly tabletop games as well. Mind you, we didn't have 200 people, but we did have games. Anyway, all we did was set up a featured game list with times. I was a little mean, and said that in order to guarantee your spot at the table, you had to donate at least $1 to the charity. The rest of the games was free play.

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I saw that thread.. its 27 pages of posts about how everyone is excited for the fest... which dont get me wrong...I am also but theres no general info that I could find.. there should be an FAQ and Id still like to find from stats from last year..how many people went etc

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