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So many events coming in 2017! We are planning to make a presence at five conventions this year, setting up our booth and running games for more and more people. But we need GMs. Chaosium thrives because of dedicated fans such as yourselves. So please consider contacting us about being a GM at one of our events! Featured events: Gamestorm takes place in Portland, OR on March 30th - April 2nd at the Red Lion Jantzen Beach. We debuted The Dead Boarder at this event in 2016. This year we are increasing our presence by placing a booth in the dealer's room and scheduling games for people to sign up for in advance. If you GM for 12 hours of table time at Gamestorm, we will get you a free badge to the convention, a Chaosium convention gift pack (which will include some fun gifts from Chaosium licensees, like Fantasy Flight). Deadline for signing up with us as a GM: January 30th The UK Games Expo is an amazing event in the West Midlands. This three-day event is home to the Cthulhu Masters, a semi-competitive version of Call of Cthulhu where a single winner is determined at the end of their tournament. Chaosium will be hosting games at this event, running our convention-exclusive scenario, the Free RPG Day adventure, and our two demos. A massive step up from previous years. If you GM at this event, you would fall under the UKGE GM policies and we would be happy to help facilitate the hours-keeping and scheduling. They offer a series of incentives for running games there, ranging from badge, food vouchers and accommodation (5+ four-hour sessions), to a full weekend badge (eight hours of running). We'll schedule the tables and log your time, making sure you are covered for this event. Last Day to commit to this event: March 31st. While the details of this event are still being worked out, we are happy to fit into Origins' ongoing "Cthulhuthon", a center point for groups such as Rogue Cthulhu, Shoggoth.net, and this year, Chaosium Inc. Exclusive convention content is planned, and you get to be part of an entire gloom-ridden part of the convention center. GMing for Chaosium will earn you a free badge to Origins, through Chaosium, for 12 hours of volunteering. Our renown prize support for running games will be repeated here, including special GM volunteer gift bags. Last day to join Chaosium in Columbus: April 14th. The three non-stop tables we ran for the 2016 Gen Con were extremely popular. But with two different demos, a new Free RPG Day scenario coming, and a special convention-only scenario, we can easily expand on last year's success by taking an entire room in the main convention center. Expanding to ten or more non-stop tables is a bold move, but we know that there is enough demand for Call of Cthulhu. But we need GMs. Lots of GMs. That's 50+ hours, up to twelve tables, which means 42 or more GMs needed for full staffing. Can you be part of this diabolical experiment? As with every other convention, if you offer 12 hours of table time, we will match your volunteer spirit with a free badge to the event. There will be prizes and a raffle for a major prize at the end of the event. Last year Sam Briskin won a red leatherette collector's edition of Call of Cthulhu 7th edition. (Sam at our booth!). We guarantee that this will be the most amazing--and sanity blasting--event of the year with us. We encourage you to make plans to attend Gen Con and be part of our Insanity 500. Deadline to be part of the insanity: June 2nd. Event scheduling is happening now All of these events are having their schedules created right now. These big conventions need big planning and we are booking hundreds of event listings this month in preparation for a huge summer for Chaosium. Not only is the massive demand for Call of Cthulhu being fulfilled, but we are creating special sessions, planning demos of the upcoming RuneQuest RPG, and filling tables with board and card game previews for products under development. Want to play with a well known writer? We've got you covered!But we need your participation. The Cult of Chaos is organized to run games for people at public events and this is your chance to hit the largest events, tickets paid for by us.Contact Todd@Chaosium about your intent to rule games with us and help build the biggest summer we've ever had.And thanks for all of the effort you do on your own for Call of Cthulhu and Chaosium. We love what you do and want to continue to support your GMing of these games.--Todd GardinerDirector of Organized PlayChaosium Inc.
As the new Director of Organized Play, I would like to introduce myself and invite you to join me at the game table this year. My name is Todd Gardiner and I am tasked with getting more people to have their first experience with Chaosium games and making more opportunity for existing players to play more in our worlds.Whether it is Call of Cthulhu, Heroquest, or any of our other great games, these games are top notch experiences and we want more people to have a chance to play them. To do that, we need more GMs running sessions. Both demos and full game sessions. It is our goal to support that effort by GMs. The first step is getting a pool of people who are interested. As our first push in recruitment this year, we would like existing GMs who plan to go to any conventions this year to fill out this survey: Chaosium GM Info Form We hope to hugely boost the number of games being run in 2016. In particular at GenCon. Feedback from this huge event says that literally hundreds of players would have played Call of Cthulhu at GenCon if they could have found an event listing that wasn't full. We need far more GMs to meet the needs of GenCon, and likely, every other event this year. We want to hear where you are going to attend, what support would be best to get you running games, and what systems you are comfortable running. And we want to remind you that Chaosium already has an incentive program. For each event you run, we offer a $3 discount on the Chaosium website after that completed event is registered with us. Your survey response can help us build on that. Be aware that this recruitment push is also matched by efforts on our end to get to more conventions, to run quick demos on Call of Cthulhu and other games, to have game designers present for seminars and conversations. While we can't reach everywhere, we do want to expand our presence and stand side-by-side with you at these conventions. Join us this year in sending mighty heroes on great quests, in blasting the sanity of unsuspecting investigators, or in introducing your own worlds built on our systems to new players. See you at the table! --Todd Gardiner Director of Organized Play and Event Coordinator Chaosium Inc.
In a thread I posted on the RuneQuest subforum today, there has been a discussion about the sadism/bastardy of Pete Nash as a GM. I would like to extend this discussion to find out about other sadist GMs. Are you one or have you encountered some in your roleplaying? Tell us more, preferebly with graphic and detailed examples of how this sadism manifested.