Onsite Memberships!

So after some very careful and precise number crunching, and reviewing all the information we are happy to make the following special announcement: GameStorm will have LIMITED on site signups available starting Thursday at 12PM (1 hour after pre registration pickups begin)!!!

These will be on a first come first serve basis and once these run out, that will be it. This will include extremely limited day passes, as well as full weekend memberships. Prices will be as follows:

4 day Membership: $75.00
Thursday $25
Friday $40
Saturday $40
There will be no day passes available for Sunday at this time.

There are several reasons for this adjustment, but please be assured that your safety and that of everyone at the convention are at the top of our mind, which is why this amount will be extremely limited. And no, we will not be publicizing how many are remaining or are available.

We will communicate with everyone in line so once we know we are out, people are advised.

Vaccination & Mask Update

As we get closer to the convention, we want to make our vaccination and mask policies as clear we can. If you have any concerns, please share them here or contact us directly at feedback@gamestorm.org.

All attendees ages five and up must be either fully vaccinated or show proof of a negative test taken within 48 hours prior of the day you are attending the event.

Fully vaccinated is defined as being 2 weeks past the final shot of your chosen immunization (2 shots for Moderna/Pfizer, 1 shot for Johnson and Johnson)

Proof of vaccination can be provided by a CDC approved Vaccination Card (digital photo or photocopy is ok) that matches the name on the supplied ID. We will also accept Medical Apps that display confirmed status of vaccination, with name matching supplied ID.

Proof of negative test must be a test that is administered by a Health Care official within the 48 hours prior to the day(s) of attendance in order to be valid for the entire convention.

Once you have been confirmed, you will receive a Tyvex wristband which you must have on your wrist at all times. If you are medically unable to wear one, please talk to the staff immediately for alternatives. If yours becomes damaged, please return to the Vaccination table to be confirmed again and receive a new one.

Masks will be optional in most of the convention, including hallways and the main ballroom. Certain rooms will require masks and these must be on prior to entering this space. A worn mask should be over both nose and mouth.In addition, GM/Game runners will have the option of making their table require masks to be worn. If you wish to participate in that event/game, please honor the request of the person operating that event. GM’s will be required to have signage regarding this requirement, which will be available at the Game Library in the main ballroom.

Failure to comply with posted notifications, instructions, or guides will be considered a violation of the OSFCI code of conduct, and can lead to actions up to and including forfiture of membership.

We hope everyone has a happy and safe convention.

February 27th Update

And now for something completely different. Well. Not really, but here is another update on GameStorm to get you all ready. In this update:

Mask Policy and Vaccination Check update
Static Event File
Player Signups
Merch
Food Truck Reminder

Mask Policy and Vaccination Check update:

With the changes recently announced by both the CDC and the Oregon Health Authority, we are updating our requirements to be the following:

-We will continue to require vaccination checks or a current and valid Doctor administered Negative COVID test to acquire your membership badge. We are not changing this requirement.

-The hotel wide mask requirements will be lifted. As a convention we will not be requiring masks around the hotel. The hotel will also be matching these requirements. However certain rooms, events, and tables may require masks and GM’s are allowed to require masks for their individual games. Currently the following rooms will require Masks:

  • Creation Station
  • Office/Watch
  • Swag/GameStorm Bucks Redemption
  • Panel Attendees

We will be updating the list of rooms as we know. GM’s who are running tables will be able to post a sign (available at the Game Library as well as the RPG Headquarters) that will denote whether Masks are required or optional.

Static Event File:

Between now and when the player signups go live, we will be updating the list of available events periodically as part of a static file that will be viewable. At this time it does not include Play and Win or D&D/Pathfinder but we are hoping those are coming soon.

Player Signups:

As a reminder, Player signups will go live at 7PM Tuesday March 1st. We will be live on Facebook and streaming as people begin signing up for the games to ensure ‘all goes well’. Please note that even as it goes live, events may be added or canceled.

Also note that you have to have a confirmed membership to sign up for games. There is now a notice at the top of the scheduling page (https://gamestorm.org/schedule) That will tell you if you have a confirmed membership. If your membership does not show as confirmed, please contact signups@gamestorm.org. This is especially common for secondary accounts such as children or spouses who purchased memberships together.

Merchandise:

As we stated before, we now have an online option for merchandise which can be found at https://gamestorm.creator-spring.com/. This includes socks, coffee mugs, hoodies, and more. We will still have some unique onsite items such as the T-shirts from the Con That Didn’t Happen, battery packs, and a few things from previous years. These items will be available at the Chronos Games booth in our Vendor Hall.

Food Truck:

As a reminder, the Mak Shack will be coming with their creamy macaroni and cheese goodness. Look for more information on what they will be serving soon. Please remember that this is still outside food so cannot be taken into function space, but you can take this to Glisan or to your room to enjoy. GameStorm will have a donations accepted Drink service available directly across the hall from it.

We look forward to seeing you at the Convention! Get your hotel room and stay with us all weekend and hopefully we will see you online on Tuesday night for Player signups!

-Jason
-GameStorm 22 Chair

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

GameStorm Updates

In this update:

  • GameDay Canceled
  • Registration Cutoff/At Convention membership
  • Vaccination and mask requirements
  • Last day for submitting events

Game Day Canceled
The Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the scheduling of events. As of this writing, at least 4 January events have been canceled, including the New York Toy Show. The Omicron variant is running extremely strong and right now we are at the peak of its strength.

With this in mind, and in looking out for everyone’s safety, we have chosen to cancel the January 20th Game Day and focus all of our attention on making GameStorm the best event we can make of it. We apologize for those of you who had made plans to attend. We strongly encourage you to game at home and share your gaming with #GameStormathome and #GS22 on twitter and Facebook and make sure to mention us. We look forward to sharing your images.

Registration Cutoff/At Convention membership
In addition to this, and to keep the membership strong, we have decided to cut off Memberships. On February 1st, memberships will no longer be purchasable for GameStorm 22, and there will be no in-person purchases available.

We understand that many of you still operate with Cash and only pay in person, and this is a decision we have not made lightly, but in order to control crowds and minimize contacts, we feel this is the best answer.

Vaccinations and mask requirements
As of the time of writing, the following requirements will be followed for admission to GameStorm

  • All attendees ages five and up must be either fully vaccinated or show proof of a negative test ran within 48 hours of the day you are attending the event.
    • Fully vaccinated is defined as being 2 weeks past the final shot of your chosen immunization (2 shots for Moderna/Pfizer, 1 shot for Johnson and Johnson)
    • Proof of negative test must be a test that is administered by a Health Care official within the 48 hours prior to the day(s) of attendance in order to be valid for the entire convention.
      Masks will be required at all times In all function space except when eating food in Glisan. The hotel additionally requires masks to be worn at all times throughout the hotel except when eating or drinking. Failure to properly wear your mask can result in removal of membership privileges.

Last day for submitting events
Our online schedule is looking pretty good, but we still have a lot more room for events. The last day to get an event submitted and be available for players to signup will be Sunday, February 13th at 12AM. This will allow our scheduling team to assign tables as needed.

We know these are some big changes, and we appreciate everyone working with us to make the convention as safe as possible. We’re looking forward to amazing convention. Please get yourself a room at the hotel and come join us for a fun filled event. As always if you have any questions or concerns, please contact feedback@gamestorm.org (responses directly to this message get filtered and your response can be delayed.)

-Jason
-GameStorm 22 Chair

Winter Newsletter

GameStorm Winter Newsletter.

First off, we apologize for the delays. Normally this update would have sent this shortly after Thanksgiving, but life has been crazy and GameStorm has only been a portion of that! But rest assured, we are still moving forward, and this weekend finds us with a large amount of updates to share.

In This episode:

· Covid Response Plans

· Game Submissions are Live!

· Hotel Block Link

· Membership Pricing Schedule and Rollover Status

· Game Day

Covid-19 Response Plan

The most common questions people are asking us revolve around our responses and requirements for vaccinations or testing. While we would love to give you a solid 100% answer right now, we can’t.

We know that the requirements and limitations are changing on an almost-daily basis, and we as a group want to make sure the event is as safe as possible. Right now, our current intention is to make a final decision sometime around January 22nd. This will be about 2 months before the convention and will give us the best insight as to where things should be while still giving everyone a chance to respond as needed. Hopefully nothing drastic changes after that point, but from there we will be ready.

Game Submissions

Great news! After some hard work and long hours from our technical team, GameCon, The Game Submission System, is live and ready to accept games. If you are interested in running a game, this is when you would go ahead and submit your game requests. Please be as detailed as possible including preferred times and table needs. Please note that due to increased distancing we likely will not have quite as many tables as previous years but will do our best to accommodate everyone’s requests while still leaving plenty of tables for open play.

To submit your game, please go to: https://gamestorm.org/schedule/index.html and make sure you are signed in with your GameStorm login information. If you have any issues with this login, please contact events@gamestorm.org and they will work to assist you.

As soon as we have tables ready to schedule and the games are scheduled, we will open for Player Signups. Watch for more updates on this near the end of January.

Hotel Link

As we have previously announced, as of January 1st the hotel will be changing names to the Holiday Inn on the River-Jantzen Beach. As part of this change, the link to reserve hotel rooms has moved. Please visit the following link to reserve your room if you have not already: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/portland/pdxhv/hoteldetail?fromRedirect=true&qSrt=sBR&qIta=99801505&icdv=99801505&qSlH=PDXHV&qGrpCd=GST&setPMCookies=true&qSHBrC=HI&qDest=909%20N.%20Hayden%20Island%20Drive,%20Portland,%20OR,%20US&srb_u=1

Make sure to adjust the dates to the ones you wish to be staying as the new site does not automatically default to our dates (we are working on this). This will be the best price you can get for a hotel during the convention so you can continue to game all weekend (and having a room gives you a great place to relax socially away from others, enjoy a meal, and more).

Membership Pricing Schedule and Rollover

As we move on through the year, this is just a reminder that the price of GameStorm memberships will go up again on December 31st to $70.00 and will remain there until March 12th, which will be the last day you can purchase before buying at the convention.

If you have not yet confirmed your rolled-over membership, please note that unless you have asked for a refund, you have a 98% chance of being already moved over; however, please contact registration@gamestorm.org to verify your status. We are working within our system to send out an email to everyone, but this has not been as easy as we had hoped.

Game Day

That’s right! We are going to squeeze in one more Game Day! This Will be January 22nd from 9AM-9PM at the hotel. As with all Game Days, these are free to attend and bring your friends. Come check out some new games or bring one of your favorites to show off.

For this Game Day, Masks will be required at all times while in the event space. If you have a drink, you may quickly remove it to take a drink, but please replace mask quickly between drinks. If you wish to eat, we encourage you to step out of the event space to have a bite to eat then return.

Our last Game Day was nicely spaced out with plenty of room between tables and we expect the same for this one.

Thank you all for your continued patience and support of GameStorm. We are just a group of volunteers getting together to have a good time with our friends doing something we enjoy. The past 2 years have been a rough one, but it is getting better and all of you help keep us going.

-Jason

-GameStorm 22 Chair.

A Game Day is Coming!

For the first time in what seems forever, we are happy to announce our free Game Day! Come join your friends and play some games on August 21st from 9AM to 9PM at the Red Lion Jantzen Beach!!!


The Game library will be present to try some new games. You are also welcome to bring your own games with you.


For the safety of those around you at the Game Day, we are asking that anyone who is unvaccinated to please remain at home. Masks will not be required but you are welcome to wear one should you choose. We will have a limited supply of hand sanitizer available as well as some disinfectant spray for tables. We will recommend if you are not currently playing a game to move outside of the ballroom area to allow space for those who will need the table. This includes leaving for meal breaks. Should there not be a demand of course you are welcome to stay.


We understand many of you are still concerned, and we are taking all currently advised precautions within our power as well as communicating with the hotel for any guidance they may be able to provide. 


Please direct any questions to our Facebook Community Event or chair@gamestorm.orgWe look forward to seeing you there.


-Jason-GameStorm 22 Chair

GameStorm Summer Update

Greetings gamers!

As pandemic restrictions lighten, we continue to ramp up and plan for GameStorm 22 (Revision 2.5), now set for March 2022. As we move forward, we will start providing more frequent updates and want to make sure you are all having your voices heard when it comes to what we are planning.

Without further ado, let’s get to it.

Updates:

Memberships are live again for those who have not purchased a membership yet. You can go to gamestorm.org to purchase a membership at $55.00. This is the lowest price and matches what it was when we were trying to prepare in 2020 at this time. If you know someone who has not yet received a membership, now is the time to get one.

Our hotel block is also live. If you want to enjoy the full action of all 4 days, we strongly encourage you to reserve a room and stay onsite. Go to our website for the link, pricing, and availability. Please note that the ‘block’ reserved for GameStorm is longer than the convention so some people can arrive earlier/stay longer and still get our great rate.

Changes:

Even though Oregon and Washington are lightening up restrictions, we are being extra diligent for new information and changes to requirements. While masks are currently not required, things could change between now and March, so please keep watching for continuous updates.

GameStorm will do everything we can to assist in the safekeeping of our members, including taking additional cleanliness measures that are still being developed, having hand sanitizer onsite, and more. We are evaluating the lending library as well, but still plan on having it available.

The largest change that comes out of this is that we have chosen at this time to discontinue our hospitality suite. A combination of factors, including the pandemic assessment, have led to this decision. It was also not an easy decision as we have had this available for years. We are still planning on having the Glisan ‘eating’ area available, and are still considering having a possible drink service, but this has not been confirmed. We are also looking at possibly having a food truck on site for additional food service options for people. We will update you as we have more information.

News:

We have started planning our first GAME DAY since Early 2019. We are waiting for some additional information on the latest strain of Covid-19, but we are hoping for a mid August date. Watch our social media channels as well as an updated news letter for details once we have them confirmed.

Our Game Library is still planning to be at Rose City Comic Con, Kumoricon, and OryCon, pending available space and restrictions. If you want to play some of our games with us, please visit us while you are at these events.

Game Submissions for GameStorm 22 should open sometime in November or December. Get ready to start planning those big game events.

Volunteer needs:

We are always on the lookout for new volunteers, and we have some key staff positions we are in dire need to fill, and that would be our Pre-Convention and At Con registration. These have been the same person in the past but can be easily moved to be 2 people.

Pre-Convention oversees handling any online purchases, controlling the database, and working with Treasury on any refunds. They also make sure badges are created and available for at the convention.

At the Convention, registration handles onsite sales and cash transactions, distributes badges, and coordinates onsite sales for the next GameStorm.

If you are interested in these or any other volunteer opportunities, please contact us at chair@gamestorm.org

Q&A (Questions asked during the Live chat)

  • How do people who purchased a GameStorm 22 shirt get one?

The shirts will be available at the Game Day. Due to the delays (no excuses) if you would like the shirt sooner, please contact chair@gamestorm.org (No new orders at this time, but these may be made available at events)

  • Will there be dealers?

We still expect to have all features we normally have at our convention except for Hospitality. If you are interested in having a booth, please contact our Dealer Liaison (dealers@gamestorm.org). Limited space may be available.

  • Any concerns about the board game lending library? Will there be sanitation between users?

We do not know currently. It is unlikely to have constant sanitation of all parts as they come in for a game, but we are monitoring how other conventions are handling of items such as this as well as continuing guidance from the CDC for further changes. We will have hand sanitizer available for those who wish to use it.

  • Can we have disinfectant wipes at the table?

This is a great idea, but there is a significant cost and labor to having this available. We will investigate what it may take to have something like this or another option available, including having wipes available at the library for those who wish to use them.

  • Are you still moving forward with card holders / other devices to help with disabilities?

Our Game Librarian has confirmed we will have some card holders, bit bowls, and other things available in limited supplies for those who wish to utilize them. We are also going to have things such as a basic set of braille dice available.

  • Has there been anything heard from Play and Win?

It is still planned as usual. Our Play and Win is very popular so we would love to continue it. Please bear in mind that support for that is totally dependent on support from publishers and game designers so we hope that they are also recovering well.

Thanks to everyone who joined the live chat, and those who still support us after all this time. We look forward to coming back to normal soon and hope to see you all. If you have any questions, you can contact feedback@gamestorm.org or message us via FaceBook.

Thanks again,

-Jason

-GameStorm 22 Chair

GameStorm 2021 Postponed

Hello GameStorm Fans,

We know everyone’s been waiting for updates. This year has been full of hurry-up-and-wait moments and other issues that kept us from having all the details we would normally share with you. However, we finally have some information available to share.

Unfortunately, after discussions with the Hotel, we have agreed to once again cancel GameStorm for March of 2021. We know that many of you were looking forward to this event (as were we) but t does not look like the pandemic will be well-controlled enough to allow for any event of the size we would need to run.As it stands right now, our next official event will be GameStorm 22.1A (name improvement incoming) in March of 2022. We are using this downtime to make improvements to our systems as well as other planning adjustments. We look forward to sharing more details as we move forward.There will be many questions – and we may not have answers for them all immediately.

Here is what we currently know:1) Any hotel room that was reserved in the GameStorm hotel block should already be canceled. We would recommend following up with the hotel to ensure yours has been removed just in case.2) A decision regarding rolling money forward vs refunding has not been made yet and will not be until after the Holidays. Please hold off on communication with our registration team or treasury until we have had a chance to make a call on this. Once we have, we will set up as easy of a process as we can for whichever option or combination we come up to.3) As of this moment, we are not considering a digital GameStorm. The amount of overhead and time to redirect people to other platforms that most gamers are already familiar with does not currently make sense.

We are still evaluating options however and want to work with our community.We are currently looking at ways of increasing our presence and interaction with the community and would love your input! What would you like to see from GameStorm during the downtime? More videoss? Reviews? Mini web-panels? Challenge our Staff to online game sessions? Let us know by contacting feedback@gamestorm.org.

Less if we don’t.We all appreciate your patience and understanding. GameStorm is a passion and we want to continue to bring you the best gaming in the Northwest as safely as possible.

Thanks again,

-Jason-Chair, GameStorm 22 (now in 2022)