OGRe 104: Schedule Posters, Updated (MACE 2019)

I have once again made some changes to the schedule posters that I want people to be aware of.  Here are instructions on how to read our schedule posters.  We understand it is a lot of information.  We are simply trying to convey this information the best way we know how for everyone interested. We are trying to reduce the amount of questions you need to ask me or my staff and provide you with an easy way to determine the three basics of convention gaming – what, when and where!

For those familiar with the schedule Posters, here are the changes I have made since last year:

  • No more checkboxes – In the past, in those games that needed it, I used checkboxes to indicate how full a game is.  For a long time, I recognized that the posers were entirely too busy, making it difficult to read.   It was also very difficult to keep accurate on-site.  I dropped them for those reasons.  In the end, we just got too big for that method to be practical.  What does remain is the color dot icon which will give you an idea of the game’s status.  In the end, it’s best to look at OGRe online to find out the current status of the game.
  • Open Demos displayed first – All games are divided out by start time.  I have separated out the open demos in each start time, displaying them first, color coded in green.  From that start time onward, the host is running open demos of the particular games and all you need to do is walk up to play.
  • Panels are color coded in blue.

What are the posters?

Onsite, at the convention, we like to provide with easy means to see what is going on.  That includes printed schedules, online resources and schedule posters.  The schedule posters are located at gaming registration where you can use the tickets to sign up if you don’t have online access to OGRe at the con.  Please note that Internet access at MACE in Charlotte will not be commonly available to attendees unless they have a hotel room.

 

The schedule posters the simplest means for people to see what is going on at the con.  We at the registration desk attempt to keep things updated on the posters as best as possible but it is not always 100% accurate.  it is a manual system and in some cases we do not have enough volunteers to always keep it up to date.

 

The above sampling shows Organized Play (Pathfinder Society, in this case).  The Dot indicates that you need to go to the Organized Play room (University E in this case).  Organized Play are organized and coordinated on site by their own coordinators and players will need to find that coordinator ti find out what games are available.

This above sampling shows the first row of open demos for the Friday 3:00 PM.  From this point on, there will be open demos of H.E.R.O card game in the Gallery.  Feel free to go to the game location and try it out.
The above poster sample shows the bottom row of scheduled tabletop board games, panels and first few rows of role playing games.  The Panels are color coded in blue.  The dots indicate all the games are open and have seats open.

Above you will see the special scheduled open demos of the No Ordinary Gamers.  They are open demos but they are scheduled.  In these cases, go to the game location and find the coordinator.

Find your game

The first thing you do is find the game you are looking for the Game Name/Game Title (Large letters next to the game logo).  Each day is listed under a different colored header (Friday is light blue, Saturday is sort of a Pink/Light Purple, and Sunday is  Red.  Start Times are listed on the left side.  Games are listed by Start Time and ordered alphabetically by game name, but grouped by Game Type (Board/Card Games, RPGs, Miniature Games, etc).  You can see how long a game is (duration) by the Time Slot on the right of each row, listed with “When:”.  Other details are listed on the right as well including Host, room and table.

For regular non-Organized Play one-shot RPGs, and other tabletop board/card/mini games, you can find the game name listed. However, for Organized Play, we list the scenario name since the game itself is a given.

  • DDAL = D&D Adventure League, the organized play associated to Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition RPG.
  • PFS = Pathfinder Society, the organized play associated with the Pathfinder RPG
  • SFS = Starfinder Society, the organized play associated with the sci-fi spin off of Pathfinder, called Starfinder.
  • SRM = Shadowrun Missions, the organized play associated with the Shadowrun RPG

Organized Play games traditionally requires the players to have their own characters although there are pre-gens available online.  On the posters, Organized Play is listed under the RPGs segregated out by a yellow band denoting the specific organized play game (see above).

For regular/one-shot/general play (non-Organized Play) RPGs, the game is listed and the title is listed in blue on the line below it.

For a variety of board games, sometimes the title is blank but sometimes it lists the type of demo, scenario or tournament is being run.

Check the Dot

Once you find the game you are looking for, CHECK THE DOT!  That contains A LOT of information for the player.  Here is the basic meaning of each dot.

If it is full (red dot), we are only taking alternates for that game (and not all games do).  However, Alternates must be managed by you and the GM.  We don’t do anything special for alternates.  The GM is required to give every opportunity to those that signed up first.  We instruct them to wait at least 10 to 15 minutes after the session has started before accepting alternates.

The most important icon in that bunch however is the one we call the “target.”

For games with the “target,” players do not need to do anything other than go to the location of the game.  Many of these games are separated out by types of demos.  You will see the following as further delineations for some games, particularly tabletop board and card games.

  • Open Demos/Open Seating
  • Tournaments
  • Scheduled

As stated above, most Organized Play games are coordinated by a single coordinator or group of coordinators.  The coordinate the seating of their games based on Game Master or Judge availability.  You will need to find that coordinator to find a table to play at.  Most of the time, the coordinator will be indistinguishable from other GMs in OP because they are running games themselves.  You will have to simply ask us the name of the coordinator and ask around.

Other games with a “target” can be demos, or tournaments coordinated by other people as well.  Or the slot may be long enough for more than one game.  Or the coordinator of the game may have multiple copies.  Instead of trying to micro-manage all of that, we simply encourage the player to go to the location and work it out with the GM or event coordinator.

Filling out the ticket

Most people pre-register online before the convention, which is why many of the games are full when you arrive.  We highly recommend that you do this.  If you are not fortunate enough to have preregistered, you can sign up for whatever is left onsite, using the ticket system.

The only games you need to fill a ticket out for are those with limited seating (solid color dot).

  • No ticket is needed for open demos and open seating games (target dot).
  • No ticket is needed for organized play as they are coordinated by individual coordinators and they muster their tables onsite.
  • No ticket is needed for tournaments because they too are coordinated by a tournament director who musters the matches onsite.

For all other games, do the following

  • Fill out this form with information for all the games you want to sign up for.
  • Quick Register: We need both OGRE ID Number and Event Number.  If you don’t have both, fill out the other information and you will get an OGRe Number.
  • OGRe Number is your OGRe ID Number (if you have one).  One will be made for you if you do not have one.
  • Quick Register is the one listed on the schedule, highlighted in Yellow on the posters.
  • Take the forms to the coordinator.
  • The Coordinator will confirm each game and sign you up. If a game is full, he or she will tell you.

Once confirmed, the forms can act as tickets for your games. GMs have been instructed to give priority to ticket holders. Hand the Ticket to the GM to show you pre-register.  Once that is confirmed, the GM or you can do what you want with the ticket. Please show up on time.  These tickets are only good until about 5 to 10 minutes after the start time (GM’s discretion)

OGRe 7.5 update – Personal Game Libraries for Open Gaming

Version 7.5 Release Notes

  • A number of bug fixes and clean up behind the scenes.
  • Game Proposal system is a little more mobile friendly with more integration of Bootstrap 4
  • Significant updates to Admin functions.
  • My Profile is changed to My Dashboard
  • The Additional the Game Libraries to the Dashboard

Version 7.5 of OGRe has a significant update to it.  It is something I called the Personal Game Library.

A user can use the Game Library functions when you simply want to bring games to the convention and not really commit to a specific slot or schedule. With this function, you can make a list of games that you plan to bring to the convention or gaming event and set when you are available to run them. Once approved, these will be listed as Personal Game Library events for the Open Gaming Area (table unassigned). This is simply letting people know your plans. This is only commitment to those that are interested in playing your games. We all understand plans change. Once approved, these events will allow people to sign up to simple show interest. By establishing a game library at our event, you are granting the people signing up permission to contact you to show their interest and their availability. Simple steps to get your game library listed faster:

  1. Establish the Personal Game Library event by naming it. For example, Jon’s Awesome Game Library.
  2. Then add games to your library. You use the Board Game Geek search utility to add the games.  For now, Manual Entry is disabled.
  3. Schedule your availability. This is the window of time you plan to play games, allowing for meals and sleep, etc.

Use the full name of the game. Board Game Geek/RPG Geek are the best resources to get game names. If you plan to bring a lot of games, just list the top 5 to 10 that you think will interest people.

How Do I Sign Up For A Game (Onsite)?

This is for onsite registration.  OGRe will remain open all weekend for online registration. You can text me your name and email address for activation.  My phone number will be available at the con.

When you walk in, you will see large Schedule posters with every game we have scheduled, what time they start, where they are at, etc.

This is what they look like.

Answer to “How do I sign up for games?”:  It depends.  Look at the dot!

RPG?

Yes, see below, if not, skip to #3

  1. Organized Play RPG (D&D AL or PFS or SRM)? Yes, see below.  If not see 2.

These have a Dot like below.  This means go to the location.  These games are coordinated by someone else. Find the coordinator and ask if there is a table you can play at.  Please have a character read.  Pre-gens are available in the designated boxes.

  1. Non-Organized Play RPG aka One-shot aka General Play? These have colored dots of green, yellow or red. These are updated as often as we can but may not be completely up to date. If the color is red, the game is full (as of the last time we were able to update the posters).  Yellow means open but it’s over half-full.  Green means it has less than half the players and is open.

You can sign up here via a ticket.  Fill it out and it will be handled when someone is available.  If it’s time sensitive, and no one is available, you can text Ron (phone number will be available at the con).

Board/Card/Other Tabletop games?

  1. If the dot is not a solid color (red, yellow, or green), then you go to the location of the game. The coordinator for that event/demo/location will tell you if he has a table available, slot available in a game or a copy of the game you can use.

If the color is red, the game is full (as of the last time we were able to update the posters).  Yellow means open but it’s over half-full.  Green means it has less than half the players and is open.

You can sign up here via a ticket.  Fill it out and it will be handled when someone is available.  If it’s time sensitive, and no one is available, you can text Ron (phone number will be available at the con).

OGRE 101: Open Demos & Signing up for them

Key Definitions

Open Demos – Open demos are game events set up usually by publishers or game designers over a long span of time, with the intent of running as many instances of their game during that span as they can, with the constraints of space and time.  They are usually listed by publisher or game name.  They have a fixed location but not a fixed slot.  The schedule shown is the time span the host plans to be at the convention to demo the game.


Open Demos games are listed in OGRe like this – by Publisher:

or this – by Game name

If listed by Publisher, they usually have multiple games they want to demo on demand.  If listed by game, the host has one game to demo as often as he can.  In either case, the host may have multiple copies of the game that he or she can demo.

They are usually listed with a long time span because this is the schedule the host has chosen to demo his game.  The time a single demo takes will be listed in the title.  The exact time of the demo is up to the player and the host.  Signing up simply indicates the player’s interest in at least one demo of this game. We encourage you to contact the host to arrange a time for that demo.

You do not have to sign up to play these games however.  Walk-up players are welcome at all open demos games.  If they can fit you in a game, they will.  If they can’t fir you in at that moment, they will give you a time when they can.  These games are designated with the Target icon on the posters so anyone can walk up without signing up.

Scheduled Demos

Some games are denoted as scheduled demos. These are limited open demos, limited by the time slot and the number of copies the team has. However, these games can be demo’ed at anytime during the weekend. The given entry is simply a scheduled event for that particular game.  Pick up sessions of that game are possible any time, just ask the host in charge.

ConCarolinas 2019: Instructions to Players

Game Registration Tickets

WE NO LONG PRE-PRINT THE TICKETS! PLEASE PRINT OR DOWNLOAD YOUR OWN!

We use a game pre-registration tickets system to prove you preregistered for a game. Players can print out their tickets online. We no longer pre-print the tickets to pick them up.

These basically represent your reservation for a seat at a particular game you are registered to play.

Each GM have three requirements with respect to these tickets –

  1. Do not allow a player sit at your table without a current Convention event badge. Staff will be walking through every session in each room doing badge checks. Please help us be as diligent as possible about this.
  2. Always give ticket holding players the priority. This rule can be overridden by the gaming coordinator or the organized play coordinator.
  3. GMs should allow 5 to 10 minutes for people to show up, however. This rule can be overridden by the organized play coordinator for those games.

If players that registered don’t show up in that allotted time, you are allowed to give the seats to anyone else. Ticket holding alternates get the priority.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.


ConCarolinas 2018

May 31-June 02 2019
Sci-fi Carolina Style
Hilton Charlotte University Place
Charlotte, NC

OGRe 103: Updated Schedule Posters (MACE West 2018)

I have once again made some slight changes to the schedule posters that I want people to be aware of.  Here are instructions on how to read our schedule posters.  We understand it is a lot of information.  We are simply trying to convey this information the best way we know how for everyone interested. We are trying to reduce the amount of questions you need to ask me or my staff and provide you with an easy way to determine the three basics of convention gaming – what, when and where!

What are the posters?

Onsite, at the convention, we like to provide with easy means to see what is going on.  That includes printed schedules, online resources and schedule posters.  The posters are located at gaming registration and you can use the tickets to sign up if you don’t have online access at the con.  Please note that Internet access at MACE in Charlotte will not be commonly available to attendees unless they have a hotel room.

 

It’s the simplest means for people to see what is going on at the con.  We at the registration desk attempt to keep things updated on the posters as best as possible but it is not always 100% accurate.  it is a manual system and in some cases we do not have enough volunteers to always keep it up to date.

Find your game

The first thing you do is find the game you are looking for the Game Name/Game Title(Largest letters next to the game logo).  Each day is listed under a different colored header (Friday is light blue, Saturday is sort of a Pink/Light Purple, and Sunday is  Red.  Then each Start Time is listed on the left side, as you can see above (Friday 4:00 PM).  Games are listed by Start Time and ordered alphabetically by game name, but grouped by Game Type (Board/Card Games, RPGs, Miniature Games, etc).  You can see how long a game is (duration) by the Time Slot on the right of each row, listed with “When:”.

For regular one-shot RPGs (non-Organized Play), and other tabletop board/card/mini games, you can find the game name listed. However, for Organized Play, we list the scenario name since the game itself is a given .

  • DDEX & DDAL = D&D Adventure League, the organized play associated to Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition RPG.
  • PFS = Pathfinder Society, the organized play associated with the Pathfinder RPG
  • SRM = Shadowrun Missions, the organized play associated with the Shadowrun RPG
  • CoC = Recently, the new Call of Cthulhu 7th edition has started an organized play campaign called Cults of Chaos.

Organized Play games traditionally require the player to provide the character although  there are pre-gens available online.  On the posters, Organized Play is listed under the RPGs segregated out by a yellow band denoting the specific organized play game (see above).

For regular or general play one-shot RPGs, the game is listed and the title is listed in blue on the line below it, right justified.  They also include seating boxes showing available seats for that game.

Above is an example of a variety of board games.  The title (in blue) is sometimes blank but sometimes list the type of demo, scenario or tournament that is being run.

Everything you need to know about the game is listed along the same top line from the Game Name.  Game Name (what), Location (Where in Green Text), and Time slot (When).  A note on slot length, we traditionally use Board

Check the Status Dots

Once you find the game you are looking for, check the dot icon.  That contains A LOT of information for the player.  Here is the basic meaning of each dot.

Before you attempt to sign up for a game onsite, take a look at this icon.  If it is full (red dot), we are only taking alternates for that game (and not all games do).  However, Alternates must be managed by you and the GM.  We don’t do anything special for alternates.  The GM is required to give every opportunity to those that signed up first.  We instruct them to wait at least 10 to 15 minutes after the session has started before accepting alternates.

The most important icon in that bunch however is the one we call the “target.”

For those games, you do not need to do anything other than go to the location of the game for whatever reason is listed in the message box.  Once change I have recently made is separate out many of these types of games from the others.  You will now see the following as further delineations for some games, particularly tabletop board and card games.

  • Open Demos/Open Seating
  • Touranments
  • Scheduled

Most Organized Play games are coordinated by a single person and you will need to find that person to find a table.  Most of the time, the coordinator will not be distinguishable from other GMs in OP because they are running games themselves.  You will have to simply ask us the name of the coordinator and ask around.

Other games with a “target” can be demos, or tournaments coordinated by other people as well.  Or the slot may be long enough for more than one game.  Or the coordinator of the game may have multiple copies.  Instead of trying to micro-manage all of that, we encourage the player to simply go to the location and work it out with the GM ro event coordinator.  An example above shows the Warmachine events.  They are targets because they are coordinated by a single person (list as the Host).

Important

We show the state of the Organized play tables as of preregistration, however, unlike regular games, we do not keep up with the current state of organized play, as they are handled by the coordinator and can be more fluid other games.

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Above is an example of organized play.  Notice that the full games and the open games have a “target” and the open seats of a question mark.   Do not expect to sign up at gaming registration for these games.  They are handled by the coordinator.  But this at least gives those interested in playing these an idea of what might be full and might have open seats still.  The later in the weekend we get, however, the less likely those seats will be open.

For other games with open seats (blank boxes), we ask you fill in the box with an “X” once your we sign you onsite.  We prefer you wait until after we verify that the poster is accurate (as we may not have had time to verify and update them, it is a manual process.)   Obviously, OGRe is the most accurate way to determine if the games are full or not but we supply the poster system so you don’t have to always rely on that.

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Additionally, there is a notation that indicates preregistration overflow.  Above you can see an example of a game with a few overflow pre-registrations.  We won’t be  keeping up with this throughout the weekend but this at least gives you an idea of the state of the game at pre-registration and the likelihood you will get a seat at that particular game.

Filling out the ticket

Most people preregister online before the convention, which is why many of the games are full when you arrive.  If you are not fortunate enough to have that priviledge, you can sing up for whatever is left onsite, using the ticket system.

The only games you need to fill a ticket out for are those with limited seating.  No ticket is needed for open demos and open seating games.  No ticket is needed for organized play as they are coordinated by individual coordinators and they muster their tables onsite.  No ticket is needed for tournaments because they too are coordinated by a tournament director who musters the matches onsite.

For all others, do the following

  • Fill out this form with information for all the games you want to sign up for.
  • Quick Register: We need both OGRE ID Number and Event Number.  If you don’t have both, fill out the other information and you will get an OGRe Number.
  • OGRe Number is your OGRe ID Number (if you have one).  One will be made for you if you do not have one.
  • Quick Register is the one listed on the schedule, highlighted in Yellow on the posters.
  • Take the forms to the coordinator.
  • The Coordinator will confirm each game and sign you up. If a game is full, he or she will tell you.

Once confirmed, the forms can act as tickets for your games. GMs have been instructed to give priority to ticket holders. Hand the Ticket to the GM to show you preregister.  Once that is confirmed, the GM or you can do what you want with the ticket. Please show up on time.  These tickets are only good until about 5 to 10 minutes after the start time (GM’s discretion)

How to Get to micro-mace OGRe Schedule

If you want to see the schedule for micro-mace games OR if you want to propose a game for micro-mace, you will need to go through a few extra steps.

Current Justus Productions OGRe Schedule

OGRe may currently set up for a different event, perhaps a larger event like ConCarolinas.  You will need to change the con view by going to the top right.

(on Mobile, this is in the hamburger menu)

When you click that, you will see this:

Select the micro-mace event you are seeking out of that selection.  Click OK.

Once that changes over, you will be able to see any scheduled events in Event Schedule or  Propose Games from that point as well.

Account Activation

Your account will be Inactive by default.

As most know, micro-mace is a free event, so there is not activation codes needed.  To activate your account, all you need to do is click the Inactive link shown above or the Activation option in the menu.  Click the Activation Tab.

You will then see this

Just Click the link “Click here to Activate Your Account.”  This is the auto activate options for free events.

 

How to Get to ReCon/mini-mace OGRe Schedule

 

If you want to see the schedule for ReCon/mini-mace games OR if you want to propose a game for ReCon/mini-mace, you will need to go through a few extra steps.

Current Justus Productions OGRe Schedule

OGRe is currently set up for MACE West, as it is not long after mini-mace and it is a bigger event.  So for sake of simplicity, we have left OGRe set for MACE West.  You will need to change the con view by going to the top right.

(on Mobile, this is in the hamburger menu)

When you click that, you will see this:

Select ReCon/mini-mace out of that selection.  Click OK.

Once that changes over, you will be able to see any scheduled events in Event Schedule or  Propose Games from that point as well.

Account Activation

Your account will be Inactive by default.

As most know, ReCon is a free event, so there is not activation codes needed.  To activate your account, all you need to do is clock the Inactive link shown above or the Activation option in the menu.  Click the Activation Tab.

You will then see this

Just Click the link “Click here to Activate Your Account.”  This is the auto activate options for free events.

 

OGRe 102: Updated Schedule Posters (MACE 2017)

I have made some slight changes to the schedule posters that I want people to be aware of.  Here are instructions on how to read our schedule posters.  We understand it is a lot of information.  We are simply trying to convey this information the best way we know how for everyone interested. We are trying to reduce the amount of questions you need to ask me or my staff and provide you with an easy way to determine the three basics of convention gaming – what, when and where!

What are the posters?

Onsite, at the convention, we like to provide with easy means to see what is going on.  That includes printed schedules, online resources and schedule posters.  The posters are located at gaming registration and you can use the tickets to sign up if you don’t have online access at the con.  Please note that Internet access at MACE in Charlotte will not be commonly available to attendees unless they have a hotel room.

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It’s the simplest means for people to see what is going on at the con.  We at the registration desk attempt to keep things updated on the posters as best as possible but it is not always 100% accurate.

Find your game

The first thing you do is find the game you are looking for the Game Name/Game Title(Largest letters next to the game logo).  Each day is listed under a different colored header (Friday is light blue, Saturday is sort of a Pink/Light Purple, and Sunday is  Red.  Then each Start Time is listed on the left side, as you can see above (Friday 4:00 PM).  Games are listed by Start Time and ordered alphabetically by game name, but grouped by Game Type (Board/Card Games, RPGs, Miniature Games, etc).  You can see how long a game is (duration) by the Time Slot on the right of each row, listed with “When:”.

For regular one-shot RPGs (non-Organized Play), and other tabletop board/card/mini games, you can find the game name listed. However, for Organized Play, we list the scenario name since the game itself is a given .

  • DDEX & DDAL = D&D Adventure League, the organized play associated to Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition RPG.
  • PFS = Pathfinder Society, the organized play associated with the Pathfinder RPG
  • SRM = Shadowrun Missions, the organized play associated with the Shadowrun RPG
  • CoC = Recently, the new Call of Cthulhu 7th edition has started an organized play campaign called Cults of Chaos.

Organized Play games traditionally require the player to provide the character although  there are pre-gens available online.  On the posters, Organized Play is listed under the RPGs segregated out by a yellow band denoting the specific organized play game (see above).

For regular or general play one-shot RPGs, the game is listed and the title is listed in blue on the line below it, right justified.  They also include seating boxes showing available seats for that game.

Above is an example of a variety of board games.  The title (in blue) is sometimes blank but sometimes list the type of demo, scenario or tournament that is being run.

Everything you need to know about the game is listed along the same top line from the Game Name.  Game Name (what), Location (Where in Green Text), and Time slot (When).  A note on slot length, we traditionally use Board

Check the Status Dots

Once you find the game you are looking for, check the dot icon.  That contains A LOT of information for the player.  Here is the basic meaning of each dot.

Before you attempt to sign up for a game onsite, take a look at this icon.  If it is full (red dot), we are only taking alternates for that game (and not all games do).  However, Alternates must be managed by you and the GM.  We don’t do anything special for alternates.  The GM is required to give every opportunity to those that signed up first.  We instruct them to wait at least 10 to 15 minutes after the session has started before accepting alternates.

The most important icon in that bunch however is the one we call the “target.”

For those games, you do not need to do anything other than go to the location of the game for whatever reason is listed in the message box.

Most Organized Play games are coordinated by a single person and you will need to find that person to find a table.  Most of the time, the coordinator will not be distinguishable from other GMs in OP because they are running games themselves.  You will have to simply ask us the name of the coordinator and ask around.

Other games with a “target” can be demos, or tournaments coordinated by other people as well.  Or the slot may be long enough for more than one game.  Or the coordinator of the game may have multiple copies.  Instead of trying to micro-manage all of that, we encourage the player to simply go to the location and work it out with the GM ro event coordinator.  An example above shows the Warmachine events.  They are targets because they are coordinated by a single person (list as the Host).

Important

We Show the state of the Organized play tables as of preregistration, however, unlike regular games, we do not keep up with the current state of organized play, as they are handled by the coordinator and can be more fluid other games.

2016-poster3a

Above is an example of organized play.  Notice that the full games and the open games have a “target” and the open seats of a question mark.   Do not expect to sign up at gaming registration for these games.  They are handled by the coordinator.  But this at least gives those interested in playing these an idea of what might be full and might have open seats still.  The later in the weekend we get, however, the less likely those seats will be open.

For other games with open seats (blank boxes), we ask you fill in the box with an “X” once your we sign you onsite.  We prefer you wait until after we verify that the poster is accurate (as we may not have had time to verify and update them, it is a manual process.)   Obviously, OGRe is the most accurate way to determine if the games are full or not but we supply the poster system so you don’t have to always rely on that.

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Additionally, there is a notation that indicates preregistration overflow.  Above you can see an example of a game with a few overflow pre-registrations.  We won’t be  keeping up with this throughout the weekend but this at least gives you an idea of the state of the game at pre-registration and the likelihood you will get a seat at that particular game.

 

OGRE 101: Table Signs Explained

Or … WHEN IS A TABLE OPEN FOR PICK UP GAMES

AT all MACE events including mini-mace, tables will have table signs with the schedule of what is going on at that table. See this picture.

This picture shows the schedule of what will be at that table.

If the schedule side is blank (or I marked it out) then that table is open.  Before you sit down and just grab a table, please check the signs.

ORGANIZED PLAY TABLE SIGNS

Organized Play games include RPGs  like Pathfinder Society, D&D Adventurers League and Shadowrun Missions.  They are basically organized RPG campaigns organized by the publisher or a associated company that people play from convention to convention.  These are typically games that expect you to bring your own character but some have pre-generated characters if you ask for them.

The table signs don’t display much for them except the logo of the campaign.  If you signed up for an organized play game, you will more than likely find them at the tables with their logo displayed.

 

It is best to seek out the organized play coordinator to find out what game is where because they tend to decide that on the fly, as the tables make (this used to be called mustering).