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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com (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 (firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or message us via FaceBook.
-GameStorm 22 Chair
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
-Jason-Chair, GameStorm 22 (now in 2022)
Many of you have been waiting to hear on the status for GameStorm 22 amid the current Pandemic. We have been working closely with our Board of Directors, as well as monitoring all current health code requirements.
First off, we are going to say this again. GameStorm 22 in March (26th-29th) has been canceled. Current regulations make it impossible for us to host this event and it would not be safe in general.
So many of you ask ‘Where does this leave us?’ and that’s what I’m going to answer now.
At first, we thought we could reschedule and attempt another convention later this summer. However, upon looking at the schedule of events that are already normally on the schedule for this time of year, coupled with the extremely short timeline we would have to reset and do it all again and the fact that all the other events that the hotel has had to cancel or postpone are going to be vying for these spots, we have decided that hosting an event this year is not in anyone’s best interest. We are still intending on having the GameStorm Library present at Rose City Comic Con, OryCon, and Kumoricon; however, so we are not missing out entirely on events this year. We will also still have our Game Days, but more on those later.
That brings us to what happens in 2021. While normally this would be a brand new convention setup, we have, along with our Board, decided to make 2021 the official home of GameStorm 22, Second Edition! (name tentative). This means we are moving forward and will still have this convention, just a year later! The weekend of the event is the same (March 25th-28th) and will be at the same hotel with the same primary guest of Honor (Peter Olotka).
What does this mean for you? Let me go ahead and answer those questions:
If you purchased a membership for GameStorm 2020 and have not contacted our registration team, do nothing. Your membership will roll directly over into the following year without issue.
If you did ask for a refund, you will be contacted by our registration team about seeing if you wish to re-purchase a membership at the same price you received it for previously.
If you have not purchased a membership, memberships are going back on sale tonight (March 21st) at 70.00, the last posted price we had, and will stay that way until we stop sales next March.
If you offered to donate your money, we have moved your donation back in as a valid membership. If you would rather keep this as a donation (which is tax deductable) please contact our registration team to see about special dispensation for membership.
If you had purchased a membership for 2020 and are unable to attend, please contact email@example.com to arrange for a refund or to donate your purchase.
If you were hosted in our Dealers hall, Our current plan is to restructure based on the original list that was approved, but please wait for our Liaison to contact you for more information.
We are using this extra year to fine tune the scheduling system and plan to bring it back online October 1st. Due to the ever changing nature of games, we will be setting this back to square 1, but we will be keeping records. If you do not see any reason to change your schedule from what you had this year, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be happy to make sure we re-upload your events.
Our Hotel block will be open again soon for those who wish to purchase rooms. As this is a new hotel contract, I do not have current pricing on what the block price will be. Stay tuned.
Hopefully I have covered all the questions, but if you have any others, please contact me at email@example.com
-Chair(again) GameStorm 22, 2nd Edition.
Thank you for your patience during this confusing and unprecedented time. We will have an update on Saturday about what is happening with GameStorm.
In conjunction with Governor Kate Browns Announcement, as of this moment, GameStorm 22 (March 26th-29th) will not occur. We apologize for any travel arrangements you may have made to attend. I am going to use this post to answer as many questions as I can:
1) What happens now?
The Short answer: We don’t know.
The Longer answer: Our Hotel team and parent organization (OSFCI) are in discussions right now to see if we have an option to postpone GameStorm to mid/late summer, or it will be easier to cancel outright. We are hoping to have updates quickly and as soon as we have that information we will be quick to share it.
2) What about my paid membership
This depends on what happens in question 1, however there are options.
-You can ask for a refund: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be given a refund without any issue.
-You can donate your membership costs to GameStorm/OSFCI. Just let Registration know.
-We are looking at options to rollover all memberships to next years event should we have to cancel. For this, please wait until we have an answer to #1 and we will be able to discuss options.
3)What happens to my Complimentary Membership
Much easier. Your complimentary membership will still be good for our next convention that occurs
4)How do I handle my hotel reservation
Please contact the hotel and cancel your hotel reservation directly with them. We are still outside the penalty window for cancellation so this should have no impact
5)What about my flight/train
Unfortunately we cannot do anything about anyone who travels in from other areas. We do recommend travel insurance, or if your airline allows it, moving the time/destination to better suit or to our next event.
6)How will this impact the OSFCI board elections
the OSFCI board of directors is not directly tied to the convention staff or event. However, invitations to join the corporation are based on helping at our events. my intent is to still credit all members for their assistance this year to ensure proper credit is given.
7)If GameStorm is postponed, when would it be held
very likely we would target late July if possible. This is before GenCon, and allows us to not conflict with Dragonflight. It also allows us to be wrapped up before OryCon really gets close.
8)When are the dates for next years GameStorm?
March 25th-28th. Same weekend as this year.
please remember to join our public group on Facebook to discuss GameStorm and anything GameStorm related.
-GameStorm 22 Chair
Like you, we are saddened to hear about the postponement of ECCC and the cancelation of events like CMON and SXSW. These are major events that have some lasting impact not only on gaming at large, but also on the companies, artists, and vendors who attend, as well as the staff who run them.
At this point, GameStorm is still going to occur. We are less than 2% of the size of ECCC and over 90% of our attendance is local. Our demographics are different enough that we do not believe the convention needs to cancel.
That being said we are going absolutely taking precautions. We are still working our sources for hand sanitizer stations and will be working throughout the day to keep all areas clean. We will also be relying on you, our loyal members, to help us keep everything as clean and safe as possible.
That said, if you do decide you would feel safer staying home, we understand. You can contact our registration team (email@example.com) to assist. (Your hotel and travel, unfortunately, we cannot help with)
If you do come, we promise a great time as always
Be safe, be careful, and have fun!
GameStorm 22 Chair
From the Desk of the Chair, GameStorm 22
As hopefully all of you have seen, the world is handling a major crisis in the from of Coronavirus (COVID-19), an extremely dangerous virus that has started taking lives here in the United States. This is not something to ignore, but we also want to be smart about it.
At this time, GameStorm is still going to happen as it was planned. However we are making some small changes that are in compliance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. Please note that this could change at any time and we are actively monitoring all recommended actions by both the Oregon Health Alliance (OHA) and the CDC. The below information is based on our current standing and requirements. Should the suggested actions by the CDC change, we will act accordingly.
Pending the finding of some available to purchase, hand sanitizer will be made available in all function spaces and staff will have portable bottles available with them. While this does not replace handwashing, it will protect against some transmission areas. Additionally, it will be STRONGLY encouraged to be used upon entering either of the 2 hospitality rooms.
Signage will be up to direct people to the nearest restroom. We strongly recommend washing hands between games, or whenever you move between rooms. We are aware that there is limited sink access in the wings of the hotel and are working on solutions for this.
We will be using sanitizing sprays during lulls in games. These will be as close to fragrance free as possible, especially in enclosed spaces. Most of this will be happening during off hours.
Beyond that, there is very little, short of shutting down GameStorm, we can do to protect our members. Unlike other larger events that have closed (GDC, Facebook-8), we are all volunteer and non profit, and a year of closure can be devastating.
We ARE however asking that if you are feeling ill, or potentially have been exposed, that you think of the rest of the membership when attending. Our staff is going to work within its abilities to protect all members of the convention.
If you have further questions, please feel to reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your love of GameStorm,
-Chair, GameStorm 22
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Hello GameStorm Fans!
We are still way early in our planning stages but we want to keep everyone up to speed on what we are doing and how you can help! This will be a fairly short update but has some important information.
In Today’s News:
Price Increase Coming May 12th
Hotel Block Coming Soon
Game Day is June 1st
Price Increase Coming May 12th
As always, we are using a scaling pricing structure – meaning members signing up early get cheaper rates. Our next price increase will be at midnight on Sunday, May 12th. If you wish to get the best price possible, we encourage you to purchase your membership as soon as possible.
Hotel Block Coming Soon
We are just waiting for final confirmation on the hotel block to be available. As soon as it is, we will notify you. Reserving a room as part of our room block ensures you the best price on a room at the hotel and lets you stay onsite the entire weekend, expanding the amount of gaming you can do.
Game Day is Saturday, June 1st
Just a reminder that our first Game Day of this season is coming up on June 1st from 9AM to 9PM. This also coincides with International Table Top Day, so bring your friends and come play games (either yours our one of the games in our library.) Membership is NOT required to attend this event so come have fun and bring some friends!
Continuing from last year, we will have several recorded and live videos, covering convention updates and other relevant topics. If there is something you’d like to see us cover or do, please reach out to us at email@example.com
The next live Q&A will be Saturday, May 25th at 6PM. The GameStorm 22 Chair will be there answering questions as well as discussing his plans for the upcoming year.
If you enjoy these videos, please make sure to like our YouTube Channel (https://tinyurl.com/y37kwqru) too! All our pre-recorded videos will go here, while our live videos will continue to be on FaceBook Live (http://facebook.com/Gamestormcon)
Our next in-person-meeting will be in mid June. Watch our home page or social media channels for exact time and date.
As always, follow us on our social media for up to the minute updates and information we like to share with you. If you have any questions, or would like to help the convention in some way, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
-GameStorm 22 Chair/PR
Thank you to the folks that threw caution to the wind after the last message and continued to place orders. From observing this, I can safely say that the problem has been fixed. Should you encounter any other issues though, please let us know.