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 one token for buying a ticket.
- 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
- There will be a prize table, covered with prizes. The prizes are grouped into prize clusters. Each prize cluster will have a receptacle for tokens in front of it. You may distribute your tokens however you like, whenever you wish. Please write your name, phone number, and email on each token you put in the cluster receptacle.
- Between each gaming session, we will draw for one prize from each cluster. Prizes will be announced just before the beginning of the next gaming session.
- Yes, this means you don’t get to put your token in on a particular prize, but rather a shot at one of a group of prizes. However, all our prizes are pretty amazing, and if you really have your heart set on a single, particular one, perhaps you can trade for it if you don’t win. Or you could work at being super amazing, friendly, and altruistic all con and get everyone to give you all their tokens, in which case you’re pretty much guaranteed to win.
- If you don’t show up when we announce you’ve won a prize, we’ll call you. If that doesn’t work, we’ll email you. And if that doesn’t work, we’re keeping it.
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.
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’ll be instituting a rating system for the game listings this year. 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.
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
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. They cover a mix of boxed lunches, all you can eat buffet dinners, and both a buffet breakfast and a more brunchy one brought down to the gaming hall on Sunday morning. You can find them here: NomNomNom
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.