Friday, 11 August 2017

Dragonmeet volunteers and GM's required

Dragonmeet open call for GM’s and Volunteers

Four Months out from Dragonmeet in London this year and while we’ve had many of the usual suspects already offer games and time to us, we’re still needing more.  This year we’re splitting the halls, with the majority of the trade in the downstairs hall and the games/tournaments being held in the upstairs.  We’re planning on opening the games rooms an hour before the trade hall to allow people to sign up to games well in advance, and we’re amending the slots so that those who come in for the early games can still get a reasonably shot at the trade hall.

But as always, we’re needing help to do it.


The lifeblood of the convention, and historically the very help we’ve been shortest of on the day, volunteers are needed to man the doors, help direct people to the places they want to be, and above all, help us build up and unset the halls before and after the convention.  With us being twice the size we were last year, we’re anticipating needing at least twice the number of volunteers and while we know that everyone wants to go to Dragonmeet, we hope that some will come along to help us make it everything it has been in previous years.  We’re organising volunteers in four hour shifts, 08:00 to 12:00, 12:00 to 16:00, and finally 16:00 to 20:00 by which time we hope to be mostly clear.  If you want to apply as a volunteer, please let us know what times you’re available to work with us.  Anyone who is happy doing lifting and shifting can apply to help us on the very early and very late shifts, but those jobs are going to be almost exclusively moving tables and chairs around.


We need six people for both morning and evening to help us with the running of the Best of Essen area, the games for which will be confirmed shortly.  We’re happy if people want to do both sessions, but we’re happy for any help that we can get.


Always the last to be mentioned, but with Dragonmeet being very heavy on the roleplaying, we always need people to run games.  We’re running three slots as always, and this year we’re going to be changing the slots.  With the trade hall being separate to the main games hall, we’re looking to run 09:00 till 13:00 for the first slot, then a longer break of two hours to allow people to visit the trade hall, and then the 15:00 to 19:00 slot.  The Evening slot will run 20:00 till midnight, but looking at the information we’ve gathered over last few years, we’ve seen that many don’t stay to play till late in the evening.  With this in mind, we’re offering free entrance to any GM offering games within the Morning and Afternoon slots, which is where we need the majority of games to be available. That’s not to say that you can’t offer a game in the evening as well, but the free entrance perk is only for those running within the main part of the convention.  Submissions for games can be made on the portal on the Dragonmeet website or directly to me.


We’re also looking for interesting events, things that don’t fit into the basic categories of Board and RPG events, and we’ve had great success in previous years with the miniature LARPS and freeform events that we’ve run, so we’re looking to continue that and we’re interested to hear any ideas that you might have.  Again, get in touch directly if you have an idea and we’ll see if we can take it forwards.