Welcome to Burning Con 2013!
Once again, the event will be held at the labyrinthine 440 Studios in lovely Manhattan on October 18-20th. Our hosts this year are Jason Morningstar (Fiasco, Grey Ranks), Jared Sorensen (Inspectres, Lacuna, Action Castle), John Harper (Lady Blackbird, Agon), Vincent Baker (Apocalypse World and other games people play incorrectly) and Luke Crane (Burning Wheel, Mouse Guard).
The astute among you might have noticed that we’re skipping right over Burning Con 4 and heading right for the big 5! Welcome to…THE PENTACLAGON.
Date: October 18-20th
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Here’s the final schedule for Burning Con 2012.
I emailed it to you along with an update. Check your inbox/spam filter!
Final Schedule Burning Con 2012
I know you’re all at home busily prepping your Burning Con scenario, so I put together a list of best practices and advice. I hope you find it useful.
Here’s list of basic things you need:
- An idea of the scenario or situation.
- Characters. GMs for all games should provide characters*
- Provide all game materials. Be sure you have the right amount of dice, cards and anything else you’ll need.
- At least one twist—something new that changes the starting dynamic—but not more than three. Frex: You find a magic sword and must decide who gets it…and then you have to find your way out of the dungeon.
- Notes, sketches and rough stat blocks for your villains, opposition and monsters
- Attitude: Be bold, be confident. Players are sitting at your table because they’re interested in your vision. Impress them.
You need a strong idea for a scenario to keep everyone on track during play. Provide characters so you can get right to playing. A scenario that only answers one question can be boring. Be ready to throw in a new element that ratchets up the tension even further (but is, of course, still tied to the characters Beliefs/Goals/purpose etc). Lastly, your scenario will run more smoothly if you have a rough list of obstacles, stat blocks, problems and potential opposition. It won’t all come into play, but it’s useful to have.
What not to do:
- Don’t sit back and expect the players to do all the work. As the scenario runner, it’s your role to mix up the action and provide unexpected turns.
- Don’t overprepare. Don’t plan such a detailed scenario that you’ll never hope to finish it in one sitting
- DO NOT setting dump. If I catch anyone saying more than one minute of world or setting info, I’ll be very angry.
- DO NOT explain the rules. Demonstrate the rules in small chunks as the game progresses.
Running RPG scenarios is easy. I’m excited because we have so many great players and scenarios. See you all next Friday for the party!
Any questions? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Except for In a Wicked Age. Don’t get your mocassins in a knot.
Burning Con 12 is less that two weeks away. We had a last minute surge of registration. That means if you haven’t submitted a game, I need it ASAP. If I don’t hear from you, I’ll refund your registration.
In happier news, I’ve reorganized the priority system to be clearer than last year’s version. I’m assigning you your priorities now.
In a few days you’ll receive an email that contains your priority, a provisional schedule and the address of the Friday night party. If you don’t receive that, please email me (email@example.com).
Thanks for your patience! More updates soon!
Save the dates: Burning Con is October 26-28 in NYC. Vincent Baker returns as special guest. And we have another secret special guest to announce! See you in October.