Gen Con 2013 Judge Sign-up
Welcome! Thanks in advance for your interest in volunteering at Gen Con 2013 for Baldman Games. Without judges and helpers like you, shows like this would just exist. I've always said that even when you're judging you're gaming, and that is never a bad way to spend the day. We've drummed up some of the best benefits we can to entice you to swap over to the dark side of the GM's screen.
Please Note: This show's schedule is VERY different than in past years. Please read things completely before completing in your judge application.
For 2013, the show works on 4-hour, 5-hour and 9-hour shifts. The four-hour shifts cover the normal D&D Next event (Murder in Baldur's Gate). The five-hour shifts cover the 4E games (the D&D Championship and Living Divine), and the nine-hour shifts are HQ workers and Delve judges (and include two 30-min breaks in that schedule).
We also have a set 28-hour event called "the D&D Next All-Access Adventure Pass," which is our PREMIERE event at the show. Only well-established, top-notch judges will be selected for this. (You are welcome to apply but please do not get mad if you are not picked). If selected as a judge for this, your schedule is set exactly to the slots of this event, and you will judge the same group of players the entire time through the show through an exclusive set of adventures. This will fully cover your room and badge. You may be asked to flex your schedule a bit for this event, so not only must you attend the enitre convention, you must also be very flexible in the needs of your players. (Please note if you cannot flex due to something you have scheduled we will not force you to move but the more flexible you are the more useful to me you are).
We need 10 DDC judges and 1 appeals judge to cover the DDC this year (we run 8 tables max each slot). If you have not judged this in the past, please do not choose this. We should be covered with existing judges already. This runs in Slots 1,2,3,4,5,8,9, and 10. You are off Friday night and Saturday morning as in years' past.
We are running 4 tables of Living Divine each slot so will need 5-6 judges to cover this. Runs in all 10 normal slot times.
We will select the 15 judges for the D&D Next All Access Event from those who apply. If you are picked, feel honored (Really, because it means I think you're a pretty awesome judge). If you are not, don't worry. You are probably still an awesome judge. As a judge for Wizards of the Coast, getting chosen puts you on the top of the geek mountain (and we plan to do this type event at future shows as well). Run time: 28 hours (Thursday 8 – 12 & 2 – 6, Friday 8 – 12, 4 – 8, Saturday 8 – 12, 4 – 8, and Sunday 10 – 2). Please be extra careful in reciewing the slots that this event will run. If you cannot make all of the slots, don't apply. If you want to apply, note it in the 'Anything else" box at the bottom of the form.
The other 80+% of judges will be doing either the Delve or D&D Next 4 hour events.
D&D Next 4 Hour Event: This runs 8am, noon, 4pm, and 8pm Thur-Sat and 8am and noon on Sunday. That's 14 total slots to pick from. You CANNOT pick 4 slots in the same day. Not going to happen. There are no breaks between these slots. You will finish up about 15 minutes before the end and you'll have another table waiting for you. Take a quick bathroom break, grab a drink, and then back at it.
D&D Next Delve: This event is really going to be a lot of fun. Written by Teos Abadia and Shawn Merwin, it is a 2-hour delve wrapped in a little bit of an interactive shell, where each group of 6-10 tables start at the same time and contribute towards their pod's success or failure. Your 9-hour shift will consist of four 2-hour games and two 30-min breaks (usually one at the beginning or end for some setup/shift changes and one in the middle). Depending on which pod you are in, you'll run either 1 or 2 games, have a break, then run either 2 or 3 games. If you ironman an entire day (better drink a lot of caffiene) then you'll end up with a break around lunch and dinner time of 30-mins but will end up with 4 back to back games in the middle. I'll leave it in your court whether you can handle that or not. Note that this will be a lot more organized than last year. We will have set start and end times, breaks hard coded into the schedule, and NO character creation, since it will use pre-gens (I can hear the cheering at my house already). We hope to run 5,000 people through this event. So be ready for some crazy mayhem but a lot of fun.
- Group A/B Morning: 7:30am-4:30pm
- Group C/D Morning: 8:00am-5:00pm
- Group A/B Evening: 4:30pm-1:30am
- Group C/D Evening: 4:30pm-1:30am
So, as you can see, this means a double shift of the delve is a very long day. On the plus side, you'll probably set Gen Con records for number of characters killed in a 16-hour span. Keep in mind, there is no guarantee players will be lined up at 11pm for delve runs. If there are none in line, we will shut the delve down at 11pm and release judges.
Room Level: Judge 8+ slots of 4-hour events, 7+ slots of 5-hour events, or 4+ slots of 9-hour events, and we'll cover your room for 4 nights (Wed night to Saturday night) at the show. These rooms are provided to us graciously by WotC and are 3 to a room (couples will be two couples per room sometimes to make 4). We cannot flex the nights covered or guarantee any earlier or late checkouts. I just don't have any pull with the hotel in this case.
Badge Level: Judge 4+ slots of 4/5-hour events or 2+ slots of 9-hour events, and we'll cover your badge for the show. Save a few bucks for drinks or vendors and get warm fuzzies for helping out at the show.
Handshake Level: Judge 1+ slots and get a hearty handshake (available at HQ anytime I happen to be standing there). Not everyone can devote chunks of time to judging, but everything helps and everything is appreciated. Even judging one slot gives 6 or so people some fun that they wouldn't otherwise have.
Books and Swag: We reward our judges for their hard work. On Saturday we will start handing out show swag. Gencon exclusive dice, exclusive product, and stacks of normal product valued in the 10's of thousands of dollars. The more you judge the more you get.