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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
-GameStorm 22 Chair.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 (email@example.com). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or message us via FaceBook.
-GameStorm 22 Chair
Hello Everyone. We hope you are getting excited about GameStorm since it’s just over 1 month away! Here’s a quick update of where we are. Todays coverage will include:
Important Upcoming Dates
Hotel Room Reservation Update
Membership Pricing (online sales end date)
Volunteers for Game Library
As we approach the convention, there are some important dates that you all should be made aware of.
February 16th-Submission of online events will end. If you wish to have your event in our program book, it needs to be in by this deadline.
February 23rd Evening-Player signups should open. This is the time where you will be able to begin perusing the online schedule and choose which games you wish to signup for. Please note that not all games may be available right away, but we will make our best efforts to add them as quickly as possible. With over 1500 events to schedule it can take time.
March 4th- Hotel Room Reservation Window closes. If you want to get a room at the hotel with the special rate for the convention, you will need to have your room reserved by this date. To reserve a hotel room please go through https://gamestorm.org/attend/hotel/
March 12th – Online Membership Registration for GameStorm 22 will close.
March 19th – Player Signups Close. After this date, you will need to join us at GameStorm and use the signup sheets on site. If you want to see how the signup sheets are utilized, please watch this short video.
March 26th – GameStorm begins!!!! We will have more information on badge pickup and purchasing of onsite memberships closer to the event.
Hotel Block status:
As noted above, March 4th will be the last day you will be able to reserve a room at our discounted rate. However the hotel is filling up VERY fast. If you want to get a room, please reserve the room as soon as you can.
Once our online memberships close, Memberships will be available at the event at our full price of $80.00. Buy your membership early and save.
Volunteers for our Game Library:
GameStorm is a labor of love and volunteers. In order to best serve our members, we love to keep our game library available 24 hours a day. However right now we are short a few night owls who would be willing to help out during those late nights (Thursday-Saturday Night 12AM-7AM). If you are interested in lending a hand, please contact us at email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you!
As always, questions and comments can always be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
GameStorm 22 Chair
GameStorm Winter Update
Hello fans of GameStorm!
As we move towards the end of the year, and you work to find that perfect holiday game to give to everyone, we have some exciting GameStorm News to share. Lets get right into it.
Game Submissions Live Saturday Evening!
You have read that correctly. Game Submissions for GameStorm will go live on Saturday, December 7th at 5PM. People who are interested in running games that other members can sign up to play (coming later) can go to https://schedule.gamestorm.org and begin entering their games. We will be using the same submission system as we have in previous years so you should be familiar with it. If you have any questions on entering an event, please contact email@example.com. If you are having issues with logging into the systems, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note that some groups do separate submissions of events (LARP for example) so please coordinate with our events team if you have any concerns.
Guests of Honor!
We are happy to have our first two Guests of Honor.
Our Board Gaming GOH will be Peter Olotka. A game designer since the early 70’s, some of Peter’s biggest known credits include Cosmic Encounters, and Dune (both the original and updated version). His history with gaming and his unique perspectives will be a welcome addition to GameStorm and we look forward to having him here.
For our Writer and Role-Playing Guest, we are happy to welcome Keith Baker. Keith is a well-known local Game Designer, and his work on creating the Ebberon world for both DnD 3.5 and the recent update to 5th Edition are exciting! Keith also has several other design credits including his other universe, Phoenix: Dawn Command. With this and all of his other work, we are happy to have this Pacific Northwest native join us.
Our Next Game Day will be January 4th from 9am-9pm in the downstairs ballrooms. As always, we will have a large selection of the GameStorm Library there, plus all of you helping us show off just how great gaming is with friends.
As always we are looking for more help to make sure GameStorm is the type of event you are wanting to enjoy. We are looking for various staff in an assortment of positions including registration. If you are interested in helping our Next Planning Meeting will be at 1pm on December 15th at the Round Table at 6250 SE Foster Rd, Portland or you can contact us at email@example.com
Final Pre-registration Price Increase coming
Our last price increase for pre-registration will be on December 31st. After that the rate will be $70.00 until pre-registration ends in early March. Pre-register now to get the best price, and ensure you are able to take full advantage of pre-event signups when they go live.
We hope you enjoy these regular updates. We should be doing another live chat on Facebook very soon. Please make sure you follow us on all of our social media outlets (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube)
See you all soon
-GameStorm 22 Chair
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
-GameStorm 22 Chair/PR
GameStorm 21 Fall Newsletter
Hello GameStorm fans! We hope your gaming season has been full of wonderful dice rolls and excellent card draws. We have been busy trying to, once again, bring you another great event.
And now the highlights:
GameStorm at Other Events
First Guests of Honor Announced
Hotel Rooms Available
Winter Game Day
How to reach us
As we begin moving into our planning for GameStorm 21, We will have our next pricing increase. Starting on November 1st, Adult memberships will go up to $60.00. If you want to get the best price on Memberships for next year, go to https://gamestorm.org/attend/memberships/ and sign up today. Remember that pre-registering allows you access to sign up for games online before you are at GameStorm.
GameStorm at Other Events:
GameStorm does more than just the one event. We are happy to have our Game Library at other conventions for people to enjoy. If you are attending either of these upcoming events, please come say hello!
First Guests of Honor announced:
We are happy to announce our first set of guests for this year. Covering a wide range of experience and game types, these game designers, publishers, and event organizers are an integral part of this hobby we all love. Let me introduce the first group.
Board Gaming Guest of Honor- Manny Trembley of Roxley Games.
Manny is the Co-Designer and illustrator of the widely successful Dice Throne Series. His bright and colorful designs and creative work will be a welcome addition to GameStorm
Publishing Guest of Honor-Calliope Games, featuring Ray Wehr.
Calliope Games founded in 2009 and is well known for games such as Tsuro, Roll For It, and the Titans series of Games. Ray has been to GameStorm several times and we are happy to welcome him back.
Organized Role Playing Guest-Paizo Publishing
Well renown for their support of Pathfinder and their newly released StarFinder Role Playing Series, Paizo’s Pathfinder Society for Organized play is loved and admired by its players. We look forward to having them here.
Hotel Rooms Available:
Wanting to game without the worries of dealing with traffic all weekend? Book a room at the hotel! GameStorm gets a great rate on rooms for members. This price is limited though, so please visit https://book.passkey.com/go/games2019 and book your room now.
Beyond our T-shirts, Every year we try to create something new for everyone to have and show their support for GameStorm. This year we are happy to announce that we will be doing hats! With the GameStorm logo proudly on the front, you can wear this with pride and talk about GameStorm with your friends.
Look for pricing and other information to be forthcoming soon.
Winter Game Day:
One of our regular traditions is to hold regular free game days for you all to attend and this year is no exception. Our next Game Day will be in January from 9AM-9PM at the Red Lion Jantzen Beach. The exact date will be announced at a later time. This event is free for everyone, so bring your friends so they can see just a small sample of the fun that can be had at GameStorm.
We are always on the lookout for more staff and volunteers to help us make GameStorm fantastic. We have several openings in areas including public relations, event coordination, operations, and many others. If you would like to see behind the ‘curtain’ and help the event become even better, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also be posting some descriptions of key positions that need filled on Facebook as we move forward.
How to reach us:
We have several avenues of access for you to reach out and talk to the various Members of the GameStorm Convention Committee. If you have questions, want to talk to us, or have an idea you would like to share, we would love to hear from you.
We have monthly meetings around the Portland Metropolitan area that you are more than welcome to attend, even if you just want to listen in. This are posted on our Facebook page so watch there for more details.
Our website has a contact form at https://gamestorm.org/contact/ which you can use and your email will be directly sent to the appropriate group.
We are also active on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GameStormCon/. We will post all of our updates, including some of the new interactive social ideas we are wanting to explore this year.
Thanks again for all of your support and we look forward to seeing you at GameStorm 21 next March!
-GameStorm 21 Outreach Coordinator
Hello fellow GameStorm fans! We are less than 3 months away from hosting what promises to be our best GameStorm yet. I know you are all restless with anticipation for more news, and boy do we have some! We also have some new events for this year that we are still in the planning phase, so look for information on them very soon!
GameStorm 20 Fall Newsletter
Welcome to Fall everyone! As the weather turns wetter and the temperatures drop, we expect that many of you are still inside with us, rolling dice and moving tokens. The gears that operate GameStorm never stop turning and we are back with more news headlines. Continue reading
We are now just over 6 weeks until GameStorm 18 will open its doors, and we wanted to give you some last minute announcements and reminders.
Dates of Interest:
Final GameStorm planning meetings: Feb 6th, 20th, 27th, March 5th, March 12th
Pre-registration ends Feb 29th
Game Submissions Deadline: Feb 9th
Player Signups Open: Feb 13th
Player Signups Close: Mar 6th
Make note of all of these dates. And remember if you are not pre-registered, you will not be able to signup for games in advance of the convention. Signup sheets will still be available on site.