Judging at Con of the North
The one thing that makes a quality games convention are the events, and Con of the North has had a wide variety of great events of all kinds over the years thanks to our Judges and Referees. Without you, we'd have no convention. Thank you very much!
Event GMs are a combination of volunteer and convention attendee. Some GMs spend most or all of their time at CotN running events, while others run few events and play in many. For a long time CotN Volunteers who are not going to play in or run events have not had to pay, while almost always GMs had to purchase a badge. Now we have a program for GMs who are just volunteering their time and effort to get the same treatment.
Judges are GMs who pay to attend the convention. They receive a Player and a Judge badge, and can thus play in events as well as run them. Only Judges who submit events for the Events Book receive Judge Premiums like the “$5 off or a T-Shirt” choice, Pop Vouchers, and event prizes. Also, only Judges can apply for a Theme Room. Judges can submit their events after the Events Book deadline and have their events in the Onsite Supplement.
Referees are GMs who are not going to play in any games. They do not pay to attend the convention. They recieve only a Referee badge, do not get any Premiums, and cannot apply for a Theme Room. Referees must submit their games for the Events Book to get Referee status.
Both Judges and Referees can purchase items from our Vendors and get the Convention Hotel rate. They both must follow the guidelines for attending the convention and running events, including checking for Player badges before letting people play in their events.
Event submissions for Con of the North 2014 have not yet opened. Check back later!
Pickup Events/Open Gaming
Even if the deadline has passed, you can always run an event or play a game onsite! To run a pickup event, stop by the convention registration desk and ask for a table in the desired timeslot. We have a whiteboard where you can write information about your event.
As a Judge or Referee at Con of the North, you agree to abide by these guidelines:
If you or your GMing group run similar games for most of the convention and you'd like a bit quieter area to run in, we have a deal for you! Submit your games in a group as a Theme Track and you could be running them in the relative quiet of a converted sleeping room on the same floor as the convention.
To apply for a Theme Track Room, you or your GMing group must:
If approved, your theme track will be listed in the front of the Events Book and marked accordingly in the event listings. At the convention, you will receive a single table in one of the sleeping rooms of the second floor of the hotel. (That's the same floor as most of the convention.) You will also receive keys for that room. While running your theme events you may close the door most of the way but not latch it; all events must be accessible to other attendees and convention or hotel staff. When not running events, you may lock the door. All Con of the North and Holiday Inn rules apply to your events as they would to any other event.
Con of the North reserves the right to reject any theme track proposal. We will attempt to contact your primary contact to let you know the results of your proposal. If rejected and not stated otherwise in the proposal or when contacted, your events will be scheduled normally. There is a limited number of these rooms available, so submit your proposal soon!
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