Now that you are registered for Hurricon and are signed up for some games it’s time to get geared up to attend.
GENTLE REMINDER – The convention staff is made up entirely of volunteers who have dedicated their time to ensure you have a great time at the show. They understand you’ve invested a lot of time, money and effort to support the convention and will go above and beyond to resolve any issues, problems or concerns you may have. Also keep in mind that they are not part of the hotel staff and will not have the ability to address any concerns related to your room or any of the amenities, those issues should be brought to the attention of the resort staff.
If you are staying on-site visit the front desk to get checked into your room. And, if you used the Group Code to register you should NOT be charged a resort fee. Check your bill to ensure that charge has been waived and, if not, bring it to the attention of your check-in agent.
Whether you are pre-registered or need to get registered on site you will need to stop by the registration desk to get your registration packet and badge. If you pre-registered for games then you should have a ticket for each game included in your packet.
PRO TIP: While the volunteers do their very best to make sure that all attendees receive the tickets for the games to which they pre-registered mistakes can be made. For this reason they will post PEL updates that list the names of all pre-registered players at regular intervals. Be sure to check the next PEL update after you pre-register for game(s) to confirm that your name was added to the list and notify the convention director BEFORE arriving at Hurricon if your name is missing (firstname.lastname@example.org). It’s also a good idea to bring a hard or digital copy of the PEL listing your name as pre-registered for your game(s) as well as a copy of your PayPal receipt showing your pre-registration (if applicable)
LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!
Lions and Leopards
The Flea Market
General Convention Advice
- Get rest. The temptation will be to do it all every session, but that can work against you having a good game experience as well as those around you enjoying your company. Don’t end up mentioned in a tweet with #CrankyGamer!
- Get comfortable. While gaming is typically a sitting activity there will be lots of walking and standing involved, so have comfortable shoes. Also, convention spaces can be much cooler than the outside temperature, so consider a light jacket if you are more of a “summer person”.
- Get food. Take the time to fuel your engine. The resort has several on-site food stops and the immediate vicinity has a number of restaurants from which to choose. Don’t make every meal an exercise in gluttony, either. Work in some veggies and make your mommy proud!
- Keep Clean, Keep Healthy. People will attend the convention from all over the world and they will bring their germs with them, so wash your hands and practice good hygiene. Plus, staying fresh is courteous to other gamers who will be packed into tight spaces with you!
- Ask Questions. If you are unsure about something ask. Despite stereotypes to the contrary gamers can be quite sociable and are always eager to share information on their games, models, etc….
- Look, Ask, Touch. A tremendous amount of time, energy, money and work has been invested in the games presented. While most GM’s are not remiss to people handling the models it is “best practice” to first ask to make sure that it is okay to handle a game piece. This might not come down to concerns about damage as much as the game being played. Models generally indicate a location on the battlefield and a sudden “redeployment” can have a significant impact on the outcome of a scenario!!!
- Keep Your Head in the Game. If you are participating in a game make sure to give the GM and your fellow players your attention. Expect lulls in the action, but try to use that time to learn something about the rules or prepare for your next turn. If you are an observer do your best not to distract the game’s participants. As above, it’s more than okay to ask questions, just keep in mind that you may have to wait a few moments for an answer or maybe ask them of the guy experiencing a lull!
- Get Confused. No reasonable GM expects all the players to pick up the rules right away. While your mistakes may be met with friendly ribbing they are completely expected and more than acceptable. When you find yourself getting frustrated just let the GM and/or a fellow gamer know so they can help you out. Most games have 1 or 2 participants who are as familiar (or more) with the rules than the GM, so it is really a cooperative effort. And always remember: the GM wants you to enjoy the game as much as you want to enjoy the game, if not MORE!
- Lose Spectacularly! Everybody wants to be the Big Winner, but in every contest there are two sides of the victory coin. There is nothing more disappointing than someone losing interest in a game when they find themselves on the brink of disaster. So, if you find yourself grinding towards defeat, EMBRACE the situation!! Put yourself in the shoes of the person/people in your command and then take action!! Fight a retreat to the bitter end, make a desperate attack or refuse to give up another yard to the enemy unless it is drenched in their blood! Not only will you give a good show for your opponent, you might just find it is YOU who your fellow players applaud at the end of the session!!!