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GM Information - in progress
Act One - 3/3 scenes completed!
Act Two - 4/4 scenes completed!
Act Three - 1/3ish scenes completed
Act Four - 0/6ish scenes completed
Player Handouts - Maps completed, in-game handouts completed, background/NPC list in progress
Character Sheets - 0/4 completed

The thing about this game that I am realising is that there is heaps of optional stuff, or rather, what the players do has a direct effect on what happens next. Very non-linear. So, really, the PCs will probably see only 2 or 3 scenes in act two, 1 scene in act three and 1 scene in act four. So that rounds out to be something like 6-7 scenes all up, with the option for more. Which is about (fingers crossed) 1.5 - 1.75 hours of gaming, leaving some faffing about time before and after the game so that it will still run under 2.25, giving the players a bit of time to get to their next session.

On the down side, it means that there is a whole lot more work that I need to do as a writer/GM.

All I can say is that I better not get any ungreatful players like I did at the last con I was at. I swear, someone seriously almost got smacked upside the head.


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Aug. 14th, 2005 10:19 pm (UTC)
*makes note to be effusively grateful*
Aug. 14th, 2005 10:29 pm (UTC)
I don't need peope to be actively greatful, I just won't put up with people being actively *ungreatful* this time around. God, it ruined all of the con for me.
Aug. 14th, 2005 10:33 pm (UTC)
They were snarky about the story or just didn't think you'd put in much effort?
Aug. 14th, 2005 11:16 pm (UTC)
Actually, neither this time. (Although I'm sure I've told you the story that during the first session of my first con game that I had written, one of the players turned around and told me to 'never do another one'...)

I had a group of players get pissy with me because I didn't show up at the start of reggo. As I was working that day, I showed up for the last hour of reggo (when most gms show up, I might add), when the group of players in question came up to me very angry that I had showed up late. They weren't sure if I had cancelled my game, because I had missed the first two hours of reggo (?!), and how it was implied that it completely irresponcible and inconsiderate of me to not be there when the doors opened.

Because, you know, I've only been running con games for seven or so years, and while I do everything I can for players it is still not enough.

Who me? Bitter?
Aug. 14th, 2005 11:23 pm (UTC)
Heh, if you'd read the first game i'd written, you'd be telling me to give up roleplaying FOREVER! :)

um. Yesssss. That's special. Did you gently biff them around the head with the clue bat?

[dons generic conorg hat] frankly, i'm glad when someone shows up for a game during that pre-session-1 rego time.
Aug. 15th, 2005 12:09 am (UTC)
That's what I didn't get - I mean, I've been doing this for years now and go out of my way to be considerate to both the players and the con orgs (especially the con orgs), and these people (who I know for a FACT have been going to cons for fewer years than I've been RUNNING at cons) have the gall to lecture me as though I were a con-running noob?

But, being the good GM that I am, I behaved. I didn't want to make a huge fuss about it, so I appologised (damn my politeness!!!) and dealt with their petty inquiries. I think I palmed them off to a second GM, though, as I did not want to deal with them.

In fact, I'm contemplating putting them on the list of people I won't run (I won't ban them from my games, I'll have someone else run them). It's a short list, but an uncomprimising one.
Aug. 15th, 2005 02:31 am (UTC)
Outraged on your behalf
OMG!! I can't believe they did that! Telling you never to run another game!!! Even if they did think you were a new writer, what gives them the right to be so damned rude to anyone!!!!!!
I think if people are that rude you have every right to be firm back to them. If they complain in the future you should suggest that if they (unlike hundreds of others) don't like your style of writing they are perfectly welcome to play something else but while you thank them for their *constructive criticism* you will continue writing as your legions of fans expect, nay, demand. If they don't believe you ask for a show of hands in the rego hall. That'll shut them up!
Aug. 15th, 2005 03:47 am (UTC)
Re: Outraged on your behalf
Actually, you're getting two stories mixed up;

1997 - I run my first con game and during the first session get told by one of the players to "never write another one".

2004 - I show up two hours late to reggo, and get some whiney Living Greyhawk players get pissy at me.

But even so, both these incidents were completely sucky. My only other really REALLY bad moment in my con gaming experience was totally my fault as a GM, and I take full responcibility for that.
Aug. 15th, 2005 04:45 am (UTC)
Re: Outraged on your behalf
We should compare our "Avoid Gming For This Person" lists some time. I have this sneaking suspicion there will be similarities.
Aug. 15th, 2005 09:55 am (UTC)
I'm not really fussed about how long people have been around... it just doesn't push my buttons. But its just flat out odd to go someone for that. If it was a big con, its pretty unlikely that you were the last one in.

I have a List, but its short, and I will flat out say "No, I am not running you in anything ever."
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