As we approach TGD start time, just wanted to remind people of our hotline: (615) 624-4263 or 624-GAME
If you need to get a hold of someone via phone, that's your best bet.
See you this weekend!
If you're panning to come to Tennessee Game Days VIII, and we hope you are, there are three things that you'll want to think about now - before you even leave home.
1) What games to bring?
The short answer is anything you want to play. However, before you schlep tons of games with you check out the TGD 2013 Library. We'll have a huge amount of familiar favorites on site, so no need to bring them along.
2) What do you want to buy?
Our on site vendor, Roll the Dice, is back for the third year. We love having him here to help us feed our need and get that great game we just played. If there's something you've been thinking of buying, please support Roll the Dice. You can contact them this week to make sure they have what you want to buy on site -- contact Roll the Dice at (615) 818-4219 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3) Plan what you want to play!
There are two great geeklists to help with that. The first is the sign ups for our Tour of Gaming Destinations promotion. You can find it here. The second is a geeklist where people are talking about what they want to get to the table - check that one out here.
There is one final thing -- get ready to have a great weekend meeting new people and playing games!
Tonight at 11 pm CST is the deadline to get your games up on the TGD No Ship Math Trade! You can find the list here:
What is a Math Trade? Basically it is a way to trade games you don't want for those your do. Everyone posts games they are willing to trade (that's what needs to be done tonight). Then for each game, you say what game you'd be willing to take in return. Then computer magic happens.
No one has to trade something unless there is something they want. It's a quick and great way to get some new games and clear out some old ones. Check it out! Today.
Our schedule for 2013 has been finalized and is posted on the Weekend Details tab. In addition, tour signups are live, so check those out as well. Gearing up for another incredible year!
You do know what tomorrow is right?
No NOT THAT, it’s the last day to register early for Tennessee Game Days VIII. Why register early? For starters, you’ll get a sweet discount off of the at-the-door admission. Plus your name badge will be COMPUTER RENDERED(!) instead of written by you with a Sharpie. You can register at our website – www.tngamedays.com
Tomorrow is also the last day to book a hotel room in the TGD block for just $115 a night. It’s so convenient to stay where you play, so be sure to make your reservation NOW!
Show us some love and register now!
Math Trade is Live!
Already registered? Do you have some games gathering dust on your shelf? I know the answer to that is yes -- who doesn’t? Turn those games into new ones with the Annual TGD Math Trade. All the details can be found on the trade list, which you can find here: http://goo.gl/Abex4
Don’t know what a math trade is? No worries, it’s all explained – follow the link: http://goo.gl/Abex4
One of the guiding principles of Tennessee Game Days is that we've always tried to keep the convention as affordable as possible. I think we have actually decreased admission over the last four years, rather then increased it. Along those same lines, we want those that come from out of town to also feel like TGD is a good value. One thing that we've done the past few years to accomplish this is allow those attendees staying at the hotel to gain free admissions to the event. This promotion has always been limited, but we've never hit our limit before - now we have.
But we want to give you ONE LAST CHANCE - if you want to stay at the host hotel and get free admission to TGD, you need to book your room and register with us on our website by THURSDAY, JANUARY 24th at midnight! Act now!
(Discount admission prices for those that preregister will continue through February 14th.)
Have you thought, "hey I could lead a gaming tour!"? Sure you have and now is your chance. At Tennessee Game Days 8, we are once again going to open the doors to player run tours. So if there's a slate of games that you are convinced needs to be experienced, organize a tour and lead some gamers on an adventure!
Here are some guidelines we have developed after running tours a few years:
1. The first is that we ask that only TGD veterans run Tours. You need to experience the event at least once before diving in!
2. Probably the most important thing is to pick games that you (a) like and (b) have played several times. It’s a lot easier to teach a game to a table full of new players when you are well versed in the rules and potential questions that could arise.
3. Ideally, a Tour should be made up of 2–4 games that have a common thread—whether that is a designer, a theme, story or mechanic. Use your imagination! It is also best if you can get the games to be roughly balanced on length so that it’s easy to keep people moving. Two 45 minute games and a 120 minute game make logistics difficult.
4. Plan on all the games in your tour lasting between 2–4 hours. It is probably better to err on the shorter side of that scale as things inevitably take longer than you plan.
5. If we can we’ll help you with copies of the titles, but you should plan on bringing copies of these games with you to the convention so that you have them on hand to run the tour.
6. While in the past we have done multiple flights for a tour, for attendee run tours, we are not going to ask you to run the Tour more than once.We’ll cap your tour’s total participants by taking the number of players from your smallest game and multiplying that by the number of games on your tour.We will be having mandatory Tour sign ups again this year.
7. Attendees on your Tour will earn stamps, so they’ll have the same incentive to participate in yours as in ours. Plus, for all your hard work, we are going to reward Tour Guides with five stamps if your Tour runs successfully.
8. Interested? Great! Here’s what we need—by January 25th, email email@example.com with the following info (Please put “Proposed Tour” in subject line):
Your Tour’s Name
Games on Your Tour
A Brief blurb about your Tour (for some examples you can check out Last Year’s Roster)
Some Times on Friday or Saturday you would be willing to run the Tour. We are going to try and do our best to not overlap Tours, but we’ll have to see what response is like.
If you have any questions, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you a response as quickly as we can!
For those waiting to make your hotel reservations and register, the time is now. The first early bird special, a voucher for Roll the Dice for staying at the hotel, expires Tuesday (Jan. at Midnight. You need to act now or miss this great offer.
Speaking of great things, we have an awesome new sponsor - Stronghold Games. They will be donating some interesting titles to the Tour of Gaming Destinations. Games that you can try and win by attending TGD. Yet another reason to register now!
Not only are we in a new location with bigger and better space - we are bringing even more value your way with our early bird specials! Register today and you'll not only get a discounted admission, but if you stay at the hotel, you'll really save big!
Staying at the hotel is great because you can get to bed easily, get up quickly and get back to gaming right away. But we've made it even more attractive! Stay with us at the hotel and get free admission to the event, and, as if that wasn't enough, a $10 voucher to our on site vendor to buy that new game you just discovered. Act fast! These won't last.
All the details can be found on our website!
I was updating the Tennessee Game Days' website and realized that I had neglected to update the blog. It is official, TGD VIII will be held March 8-10 at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. The new venue will provide even more gaming space for the event to help accommodate the record crowds that we garnered in 2012. Start making plans to be there!