What’s the actual schedule for Scarefest? Like, what time slots will there be for games?
Friday: 1:30-6:30, 7:30-12:30
Saturday: 8:00-1:00, 1:30-6:30, 7:30-12:30
Sunday: 9:00-1:00 (brunchy social game-sharing time), 1:30-7:00
Can I bring my kid(s)?
Yes, you can! However, we ask that your offspring be at least 12 years old before you send him/her/it off to play at a table where you’re not supervising. Younger children can play at the same table with you. We do ask that children be directly supervised at all times during the con. Humanoids 13-15 do not need constant supervision (obviously), but we do ask that they have a responsible adult present while they are at Scarefest.
Also, if you have concerns about a particular game’s suitability for your offspring, please note that we do have a rating system for the game listings to give you some idea of the content. Understand that neither we nor GMs can guarantee that another player at the table won’t burst out with something outside of the rating, but the GMs will do their best to run the game within it. Also, it’s worth bearing in mind that our con is in an open hall, and there’s every possibility your spawn might overhear the occasional unsavoury comment or ritual to Yog Sothoth. And just to be doubleplus clear, please bear in mind that this is a Halloween-themed convention, so spooky stuff will abound. Please take your child’s temperament into consideration before bringing them to a hall full of spiders, skulls, and possibly creepy clowns. We would honestly hate to be responsible for giving a child nightmares for years. Our parents did that to us, and look how we ended up.
What about food?
You are totally welcome to bring your own food. If you’d prefer not to, however, we have arranged meal tickets to cover you for the entire weekend. This year a meal ticket covers all you can eat breakfasts up at Assembly Inn and a combination of food truck and catered meals down at the gaming hall for lunches and dinners. You can get yours right here.
If you don’t want to bring your own, and you aren’t interested in a meal ticket, there *are* a number of fabulous restaurants in downtown Black Mountain. Be warned, however, that you may have trouble getting there and fed and back in the time allotted for meal breaks (particularly our half hour lunch breaks), so you may want to plan to skip a game session or two if you’re eating out.
What’s this token system I keep hearing about?
First thing you need to know: tokens look like raffle tickets. But we like calling them tokens, because then we can say “Have a token of my appreciation…” when we give them out. Which brings us to subheading one:
How do I get tokens?
- All players will be given at least one token for buying a ticket (the earlier you buy your ticket, the more tokens you get!).
- Arriving in costume will merit an attendee one token (yes, each day).
- GMs are given a token for running each session they run a game.
- GMs are also given 2 tokens at the beginning of each game slot, to be given to players for Great Deeds, such as brilliant ideas in character, awesome role playing, or character teamwork and sacrifice for the group.
- All players are encouraged to gift away tokens as a means of indicating gratitude and appreciation.
- Enduring a character death and posting it to the Wall of Mourning, if witnessed by a Minion, is worth a token.
- Minions are all empowered to gift tokens at their discretion, and will do so should they witness any Acts of Awesomeness, such as taking out the recycling if it overflows, or helping a little old lady with her character sheet.
What do I do with them? The Official How-you-get-stuff-with-tokens Guide
Along with demonstrating your everlasting gratitude to that player at your table whose character just cracked you for for five solid minutes as they bravely sacrificed their life so your character could finish the mission…tokens can also be traded for a chance at one of our fabulous prizes! This year we will have several different ways to enter for prizes, so make sure to read your program when you get there for details!
The Official Dice Trade In System
If your dice try to kill your characters, we have a solution for you…it works like this:
- Anyone may trade in a Bad Die at any time. To do so, they come to the dice trading station, fill out the Bad Die Report slip, and drop the Bad Die into the Bad Dice Bin.
- They may then claim a new die from the Good Die Bin.
- The Bad Dice Bin will be given away, along with the collection of Bad Dice Tales, at the end of the con.
Is Montreat anti-gay?
No. But it’s not surprising you might have heard that. Montreat Conference Center and Montreat College sit right next to each other, but are not affiliated. Montreat College has done some pretty un-LBGTQ things lately. Montreat Conference Center had All Gender signs on their bathrooms the first year we were there, and came out adamantly agains HB2 when it passed. You can read up on the situation here.