When Dan and I first discussed having a gaming convention - we ended up reminiscing about how it was GM's were treated better in the old days of gaming. Their ideas and comments were an important part of any convention and GM's were listened to. We decided we wanted to give back to the gaming community and re-establish some of the experiences we’d had from thirty years ago.
Conventions of today - for the most part - treat GM's more as an afterthought or look at them as replaceable. Sure - there are a lot of GM's out there in the gaming world, but to have a good one - one who is experienced and loves running the game for the player's enjoyment - is a rarity. That GM is pure gold. He or She is the equivalent of the mystic unicorn. Someone who should be sought after and wooed with care. We all know that a good game ref transports a player to another realm…the player is no longer seated at a table with four other players – but is now Robar the warrior fighting a long side his friends and fellow warriors as they battle the orcs that have been pillaging a local village –
You are why we began this convention.
We wanted to show our appreciation to the men and women who spend hours preparing for that one game session. This convention is a 'tip of the hat' to you, the Game Master.
That's why our GM's get a portion of their entrance fee back at the end of Noble Con for each registered game they run. Run two games and you end up getting in free - run a third and get a $5.00 certificate for a meal at the Convention Concession Grill. These have to be registered games, not off the cuff games. We want time to advertise your fantastic adventure.
Plus, stick around for Sunday afternoon's GM Award Ceremony and you could win a prize for running a registered game. The more registered games you run, the better your chances for winning some great prizes. We know that GM’s are the bread and butter of any gaming convention. Without you – the GM’s – conventions wouldn’t be any fun. Join us and let’s show everyone what a legion of GM’s can do!
We had a moment where all of us here at Noble Con were wondering "What next?!" Panic ensued and then like the spring rains we've been having lately - it passed. The college had double booked the dates of Noble Con and we nearly drew the short end of the stick - but thanks to the quick work of Terry Bruce, the CEO at IECC, we were able to sit down and come to an agreement pretty darn quick. He understood just how important it is to have community events just like this one and between the two of us we were able to come up with a new agreement that satisfied everyone.
We may have lost a day, but we still get to hold the convention in our original location at the West Richland Center. Those of us hosting Noble Con tip our collective hats to Mr. Bruce. We'd all like to thank him for his timely intervention and willingness to work with our fledgling organization.
So, now it is off to finish organizing our game play.
We hope to see you there!
Noble, IL first and only all-gaming convention.
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