A Guide to Starting and Ending a Convention Trip Right
Following these steps will ensure a great game convention. Other benefits include a three day buff that boosts your stamina +80 and adds 10 years to your life.
At BARD Games we have been going to conventions for decades, and have discovered a few useful hacks whether this is your first convention or a routine expedition.
If the question on your mind is “Where to start planning for my game convention,” then we have insights below to start and end your convention right
1. Coordinate Your Travel Itineraries
Cons are best with your gaming group, and well coordinated itineraries will get your party there with less stress and more game time. With the abundance of calendar and airline apps, sharing a group calendar is relatively easy. Google Calendar is often universally available, and will payoff when you upload your gaming calendar in a later tip. Also share with a close contact so someone knows where you went in case of an emergency.
2. Food & Beverage
A primary cause of barbarian rage, hunger and dehydration. Plan to have plenty of fluids available. If driving, pick up jugs or bottles and fill them before you leave. If flying, don’t forget to check the current TSA rules on what is allowed through security, usually water will be available after the security checkpoint. While on the go, have some prepackaged food, like granola bars, crackers, or dried fruit. It doesn’t have to be complicated but will pay off in calories if you have travel delays.
3. Play a Game
The warmup or the wind down from a fantastic convention experience. There are plenty of travel sized games, but digital tabletop games are easy to carry, pause and play even when your group is distributed on that long road (drivers excluded) or crammed into that metal cylinder at 30,000 feet.
4. The Hotel and Establishing Base Camp
Hotels hosting cons usually offer a discount rate, and they sell out fast. Check with the convention site which hotels they have contracted for discounts. Having a common daily meeting place can help your group check in throughout the trip. Particularly if traveling separate or you are participating in different events. This is also your Alamo should anyone get lost or just need a break from all the fun. No party goes into the dungeon without knowing which tavern is home base.
5. Review Your Con Schedule
Getting in the game you want is a competition! Study and sign up as early as possible, because veteran gamers will grab spots early. Allocate enough time between events for breaks (nature or otherwise) and meals. Being burned out at the end of the first day really puts a drag on the rest of your trip. A schedule is also great for tag alongs in your group that don’t already have a plan. They can join you or just know where to meetup later. Pro tip: Import your events into a shared Google Calendar.
Remember that a game convention is about having fun. Proper planning can save you time and headaches at the convention. Use this pre convention checklist to ensure a great trip.
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