Amazing themed tables with great terrain, stunning visual appeal, and fun themed scenarios have become a hallmark of TempleCon game play in recent years. During and after TempleCon2010, we heard from a lot of people who were very excited to build their own unique custom tables after being inspired by the tables there. We want to help these terrain addicts along even further by offering clubs and players the chance to help us make TempleCon2011 even better. If you want to show off your own creativity, or that of your local game club or store, now is your chance to build a custom scenario table to be showcased at TempleCon2011 as part of the Iron Arena event.
Because of limitations of space, there will likely be many more people interested in participating in this than we can accommodate. Also, we know there are ideas floating around in our own heads that we can?t fit on the tables so we know it?s true for others as well. To help things run smoothly we?ve laid out some guidelines and selection criteria. Based on these, a panel of organizers will pick from submitted tables to see who will be invited to bring theirs to the show. Space is still in flux right now, so we know that we?ll be choosing more than one table and less than 20, but we can?t say for sure beyond that yet. If you want to be part of the fun of TempleCon2011, just follow these instructions.
The guidelines are posted here and I've attached them as a .pdf for those who want to download a copy.
- The table footprint must be no larger than 4 feet by 4 feet and must be sturdy enough that it can be set up even if up to two sides must overhang the hotel table by up to 6 inches. We recommend building on 2? by 4? sections of ¼? plywood or 1? foam.
- The table can be of any height, but make sure players can reach all playable areas when it?s sitting on a standard height folding table.
- The table must be accompanied by a custom scenario of some sort. It should be no longer than the front and back of a single 8.5? by 11? piece of paper. You must bring at least 5 copies of this document with you when the table is set up. We will provide clear plastic page holders for it.
- Tables can be either stand-alone or can be staffed by one or more members of your club/local gaming group to ?run? the scenario.
- The table may include up to two discreet signs that include the name of your club/game store and/or may be accompanied by a stack of business cards to promote your club or business.
- It is the responsibility of those individuals/clubs/stores who have been selected to confirm their attendance at TempleCon2011 by 1/17/2011 or earlier.
- It is the responsibility of those individuals/clubs/stores who have been selected to transport their table(s) to and from the convention site as well as set up and take down their table(s). Organizers will be on hand to specify locations and provide technical assistance. You must bring all the terrain pieces/components of your table. Table set-up usually takes place Thursday evening after 6pm or early Friday morning (7am or so) and all tables must be taken down by 6pm Sunday evening. The organizers will coordinate specific details with those selected to bring a table.
- We have not had any major terrain mishaps or problems at TempleCon over its entire history, but be aware that the organizers cannot watch everything all the time. Though we make every effort to make the gaming area secure and orderly, we can take no responsibility or liability for your table or its components. Please do not include your grandmother?s diamond ring as a terrain feature or build the whole table out of custom blown glass?..
- All submissions must be sent to Paul Shoemaker electronically at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Use ?TempleCon2011 table submission? in the subject line
- Your e-mail must include your name and the name/web site of your club/store/etc. along with a brief (two paragraphs or less) description. Please also indicate if the table is intended to be stand-alone for people to play at or if your club/store will have members ?staffing? the table to run the scenario with players.
- We prefer submissions as attached .doc or .pdf files with the images incorporated into them (helps prevent your e-mail from getting stuck as spam) but separate attached .jpg photos are OK if there?s no other way.
- You must include at least one (1) and up to four (4) photos of your table. At least one must be an ?overview? showing most/all of the table. If possible, position models on the table to demonstrate to us that playable surfaces are actually usable ? we worry about steep hill slopes.
- You must include a copy (draft is OK) of the scenario to be played on the table. We may provide feedback on this as part of the selection process.
- All submissions are due by or before 12:01am Wednesday, December 1, 2010. Submissions received after this date/time will not be considered unless we?re critically short of submissions.
- Selected entrants will be notified by e-mail by or before 12:01am Monday, January 3, 2011.
- A final list of participating tables will be posted on or before Monday, January 24, 2011.
Submitted tables will be selected by a panel of event organizers and TempleCon staff with judging conducted on a 1 to 10 scale in each of the following categories: visual appearance/appeal; originality/creativity; playability of terrain; and scenario design/rules balance.
Thanks and please feel free to post questions here if you have any.