GenCon is over, Essen is on the horizon, and gaming news continues. GameStorm is no exception. We continue to move on in planning and have some updates for you as well as reminders of other ways to get updates from us!
In this newsletter:
- Upcoming Game Day Sept 29th
- Scheduling System Volunteers Requested
- Hotel Status
- Price Structure
- Other Conventions we are attending
- Next Meeting
- Other ways to get updates
-Upcoming Game Day- Sept 29th
I wanted to remind everyone that we have a Game Day Scheduled for THIS Sunday, September 29th at the Red Lion on the River (Convention Hotel)! This has been moved forward from the originally-planned October date to ensure we could get the space we need for everyone to enjoy the day. A sampling of the Game Library will be there as well as some people showing off their game designs – and of course everyone is welcome to bring a favorite to share. Come join us and have a great time.
We will be there from 9AM-9PM (approximately)
–Scheduling System Volunteers Requested
As some of you will have heard, we are working on a major upgrade to the GameCon software, which has been used by GameStorm for event scheduling for the past several years.
We are looking for help with these upgrades. If you have some (or all!) of the skills needed for the following tasks, and would like to earn a staff membership while helping to improve everyone’s online experience, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of your applicable background.
- Updating the existing back end to work with the current versions of Python 3 and Django. Ideally I’d like to do this in a pair (or group) programming setting, at least to get started.
- Refactoring parts of the existing code base to make it more efficient.
- Setting up the communication between server side database and client. The current design has all data on the server side, which is the reason it runs so slowly. Some work has been done on developing the rest framework, but there’s definitely more to be done.
The current database is entirely in Django. I’d prefer to keep it that way, but if someone with the expertise wants to use a different method, I’m open to suggestion.
- Designing the new client side interface. This will include putting together CSS to be accessed in the webpages.
The Hotel continues to fill up. If you are looking to stay on-site at the hotel, we urge you to book your rooms soon to ensure you are able to get the best rate. To lock in this rate, visit https://gamestorm.org/attend/hotel/ for more details including room locations.
In addition, the Hotel has decided to do some remodeling, and as such the Restaurant and Bar are being closed to make more function space. This will allow us to utilize this space for more events, but it does come at a cost as they are removing the room that previously housed Video Gaming (Presented by Kumoricon) as well as the Coffee bar area (where Registration has been held), Please stay tuned for updates as we work on new layouts for these new areas.
Our current price of $55.00 for an adult membership is still the best value, and we will have that price in place until October 27th. If you want to save money and enjoy the full four days of our event, please login and purchase your memberships now!
–Other Events we are attending
In addition to our Game Days, we do attend several other events. If you are going to these and want to get your game on, please be sure to come see us!
You can find us at the following events Through the end of 2019:
OryCon November 8th-10th
Kumoricon November 15th-17th
If you know of an event who might be interested in having GameStorm present a library and would like to discuss it with us, please contact email@example.com
We are always looking for more help to assist in various functions at GameStorm. If you want to help out, please feel free to join us at our next meeting on October 20th, 2019 at the Red Lion on the River (The Convention Hotel)
-Other ways to get information
While our Newsletter gives a great compressed view of updates, we do provide regular updates via our FaceBook group (@gamestormcon). We do attempt to include all of these updates on our webpage (www.gamestorm.org) as well as twitter (@gamestormcon).
The best way to get immediate updates is to watch for our live and recorded video segments on Youtube and FaceBook. Make sure to follow one or both of these as we work to provide regular updates and statuses of everything that is going on.
-GameStorm 22 Chair and Public Relations
We are quickly approaching our next Game Day. In just five days, we will once upon descend upon Red Lion with our many games to enjoy.
When: September 29th – 9:00am to 9:00pm
Perks for Game Day include access to a limited (but still vast) selection of our Game Library, membership discounts, on-site membership purchases, and countless new friends to make. Come and enjoy the day with us!
I forgot to mention. This is a Free Event! Come one, come all.
Attention gamers! Did you know our next Game Day is this Sunday!? This will be the last one before GameStorm 21 is here. As always, Game Day is a FREE event where a selection of our Game Library will be made available.
When: January 20th, Sunday – 9:00am to 9:00pm
You can purchase your memberships at the Game Day, too. As an added incentive (boardgames not enough of one?), discount coupons will be offered to attendees.
Mark your calendars, the next Game Day is fast approaching! This is a Free event and open to the public. Come join us in celebrating the joy of boardgames. As always, a selection of our GameStorm library will be on hand.
When: October 6th, Saturday – 9:00am to 9:00pm
You can also buy your Membership for GameStorm 21 at our Game Days. On October 31st the price goes up, so don’t miss out on early bird savings.
Hello! The next planning meeting for GameStorm 21 has been scheduled. Interested in volunteering and helping out? Everyone is welcome to attend. We will once again be at Cabela’s in Tualtin from 1pm to 3pm.
Hope to see you there!
Hi everyone! Our next planning session for GameStorm 21 is this Sunday. Want to help out? Want a glimpse behind the scenes of how this all comes together? Come join us at Cabela’s in Tualatin from 1pm to 3pm.
Join us and experience a portion of the GameStorm game library! The event is free, will be taking place at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion, and run 9AM to 9PM.
Just a reminder that membership prices will be going up on November 1st!
GameStorm 18 was a great success; now it’s time to share some exciting news about GameStorm 19!
As great as the Hilton was for 8 years, we have outgrown it. I am pleased to announce that GameStorm 19 will be moving back to Portland. It will take place at the Red Lion Hotel on Jantzen Beach, March 30 – April 2.
There’s a lot of work that goes into making GameStorm happen, and we can always use more enthusiastic volunteers. Contact the chair for details.
Memberships are $35 through April 30th. Get yours now at the lowest price!
GameStorm 18 officially opens as noon on Thursday, the 17th.
Click the post to read a full listing of hours.