February 6th Update

We were piling up a list of updates so figured we would go ahead and send another one, along with a few other reminders so you know what is going on with our favorite NW gaming convention.


In this issue:

Membership is closed and more
Hospitality Drink Service and Food Cart
Deadlines for Game Submissions and Player Signups
Mask Requirements
New merchandise
Volunteers


Membership is closed and more
As a reminder to everyone, we have closed our membership window and there will not be any on site membership. If you have doubts to your membership, please contact registration@gamestorm.org. As we have said before, 99.9% of memberships were successfully rolled over into the new convention.

Registration is scheduled to open at 12:00 Noon on Thursday March 24th. Prior to arriving at registration, all members will need to stop at our vaccination station and have your vaccination card or negative test verified. We are still working out the details of this setup, but we hope to have this open earlier than noon so that everything flows smoothly.

As a reminder, you must be fully vaccinated or have a recent negative PCR Test to attend GameStorm. Fully Vaccinated means you have completed the cycle of your chosen vaccine (2 shots for Moderna/Pfizer, 1 for J&J, or the equivalent if your vaccine was done overseas). At this time it does NOT include the booster shot, but, of course this guideline may change.  We are watching the CDC guidelines and adjusting as needed.

Hospitality/Drink Service and Food Cart
To help minimize contact points and to save our staff stress, GameStorm is not providing a food based Hospitality. Instead, we will be providing a drink service, which will include coffee, hot water and soda. This will be located in room 106, the same room that hospitality has been using. The hours for

Drink service will be:
– Thursday 12 Noon until Midnight
– Friday-Saturday 7AM Until Midnight
– Sunday 7AM until 2PM

In addition, Glisan will be available as a lounge for those who wish to drink their beverage. We do ask that if you are not actively drinking to please continue to wear your mask however.

We have also enlisted local food truck Mac Shak (https://www.macshakpdx.com/) to be onsite Friday and Saturday afternoons offering a specialized menu of items. You will be welcome to take these to your room, or enjoy in the lounge (however we do ask that you fully clean up after yourself and minimize your time here). This food is still not allowed in other function space. The Menu is still being finalized but it should compliment the other food from the hotel, and even offer some Gluten Free options.

Deadline for Game Submissions
As we get closer to the convention, there are some key dates for people who want to submit or play games should be aware of.

First off, we will stop accepting game submissions on February 18th at midnight. That means if you want to have your game listed as one to be played, you will want to get it in before then so it can be scheduled.

Next is player signups. This is the date we open the gates and allow all the players to come in and start signing up. This date will be March 1st at 7pm and will run concurrently with a live Facebook chat so I will be present for any questions or issues.

Player signups will continue until March 12th, at which time player signups will be closed so that we can print out all of the signup sheets and have them organized and ready to layout on site.

Mask Requirements
In addition to the previously listed Vaccination requirements, All members will be required to be fully masked while in indoor public spaces and all function space. All staff will be helping to ensure everyone is compliant and violations will be considered on a case by case basis. Please note that failure to comply with this is considered a violation of the OSFCI Code of Conduct and can result in action up to and including exclusion from this and other OSFCI events. Currently we are requiring a mask that fully covers your nose and mouth.

Based on current guidance, the following masks will not be allowed:
– Neck Gaiters/Bandanas
– Masks with Vents
– Face Shields

At this time, we are still allowing Cloth masks. Please email us prior to the convention if you have any questions. As with everything relating to COVID protocols, this could change at any time. We thank you for your understanding and flexibility.-

New Merchandise
In addition to the shirts for the Con that wasn’t and our Battery packs (on sale onsite via Chronos Games and Gifts), we have opened up an online print-on-demand shop as a test run for some merchandise featuring our logo and some of our favorite characters. Please visit https://gamestorm.creator-spring.com/ and check it out. Note that this store is very much in flux and products could be added or removed at any time. This is a prototype for potential long-term sales for GameStorm products so watch for changes!

Volunteers
We still have need for several staff and volunteers, especially around our Vaccination check stations, Game Library, and other setups. If you are interested in helping out, please let us know by contacting volunteers@gamestorm.org

This was a long message, but there is a lot of information to share. We are very excited for our event and look forward to seeing many of you there.


Thanks again,

-Jason and the entire GameStorm Team