Gamemasters

Gamemasters are the entertainers and creative forces crucial to the success of U-Con. We appreciate your contributions, and we wish to make your convention experience enjoyable!

Virtual Gamemasters

With U-Con going virtual, the ins and outs of being a gamemaster will look a bit different this year. We are looking for individuals who can run events online. This will take some knowledge, about what platforms work for what games, and practice, to ensure a smooth experience. U-Con will provide some advice on which platform to use and how to use it, but ultimately it’s up to the gamemaster to ensure that players can access their event.

What’s different in 2020?

  • All games will be run online. Play from the comfort of your home.
  • Each gamemaster will select the platform on which their game is played and provide a meeting information as necessary.
  • Most games are free. Gamemasters who want an exception, please contact event staff.
  • There are no badges and no gamemaster deposits or refunds.
  • There is no need to handle tickets. Players will receive virtual meeting information through the registration website.

Benefits & Responsibilities

  • Submit your events via our website, as in past year.
  • Be sure to specify the game platform and virtual table top information with your event submission, including any costs which could be incurred by players. (E.g. you’ll need Tabletop Simulator, which is $20 and available on Steam.)
  • 2 weeks prior to the event, provide a meeting link and any other information about how to connect to the virtual game meeting.
  • Be prepared to troubleshoot for players, perhaps providing contact information to players in case of difficulty
  • U-Con’s conduct policy applies to all U-Con events, virtual or otherwise. Please report harassment and other policy violations to customer service. We appreciate your assistance in keeping U-Con safe for all.

Group Events

Gamemasters groups may submit their events to us under a group name. If they do so, we will provide gamemaster badges for your GMs to your event organizer who submitted the events. We suggest you set your own schedule for your events and we will provide the space. Individuals within the group should coordinate with your organizer to receive your badges at the convention. Please contact the event coordinator if you need additional help or have any questions.

Organized Play Gamemasters and Judges

This page provides information for individual and small-group gamemasters. You might be looking for:

Event Submission on Behalf of Children

Children 12 and under who wish to gamemaster: please have a parent or guardian fill out the event submission form and contact the event coordinator for assistance.

Event Submission

Online Submission

A login account on U-Con’s website is required to submit events. Please use our online event submission form to tell us about your events. If you have multiple events, please follow the prompts to add them.  We ask for:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Titles and description of each event, including complexity and recommended ages
  • Scheduling preferences, including how much time to reserve for your event(s)

If you have trouble creating your account or submitting your events, or if you need to change your event information for any reason, please contact us for assistance. We will do our best to accommodate your requests regarding the schedule. We will accept submissions before the final event submission deadline and add them to the schedule as space allows.

As your event are scheduled, the schedule information will become available to you on your “envelope” page after you log in. As players register, you will be able to see the number of players currently ticketed for your event, which updates as tickets are purchased or returned during the convention.

Check in Procedures

When the convention date nears, please check the website event listings ahead of time to determine the final schedule of your events, and contact us if there is a problem. An easy way to find your schedule is to type your last name into the event search page.

The gamemaster is responsible for providing meeting and platform information, as well as any other materials necessary to run the event. Any exceptions to this rule of thumb should be mentioned in your event description (e.g. “please bring 4th level characters”).

Checkout Procedure

We are still working to determine how to report your player count following your event. Check back for information.

We graciously appreciate all donations. All the proceeds go toward running future U-Cons.

Thank you!

Your games are the reason that gamers come to the convention. U-Con would cease to exist without the talent you bring. Thank you very much for your contributions!