Thank you for your interest in running games at Arizona Game Fair. We’re looking for a variety of tabletop role-playing games and diverse gamemasters willing to help us fulfill our mission of providing an inclusive and entertaining convention for both experienced gamers and newcomers alike.
GM signups will be open through November 30th, with a finished schedule published by December 15th. We are offering one free convention pass in exchange for 8 hours of game programming. We have both two and four hour slots available.
Please be prepared to run for between 6 and 8 players.
Players will range in age from 12 and up, but you can set a specific rating for your game. Ultimately, it is up to you as the GM to decide whether a player is appropriate for your game.
Age Ratings are as follows:
We strongly encourage using pre-generated characters, unless the system you’re running has a method for players to make characters quickly at the table. You will be expected to supply your own dice, character sheets, pencils, and any other required articles for your game.
The X-card will be strongly recommended for all Arizona Game Fair role-playing games. GMs and players will be expected to abide by the AZGF code of conduct at all times.
The GM will place a card in the middle of the table, accessible and visible to all players. The GM will read the following aloud or paraphrase before the game begins:
“Arizona Game Fair seeks to promote a safe and friendly gaming environment for gamers of all kinds. Role playing games sometimes contain material, plots, or characters that may present a problem to a player for a variety of reasons. For example, if Ralthor the Righteous is about to be eaten by a dragon, but my mother had just been eaten by a dragon last week, I may not feel comfortable role-playing that scene. If a scene or subject matter makes you feel uncomfortable in a way that will prevent you from continuing to play, please reach out touch the x-card. (GM will demonstrate) The scene will immediately end and play will move forward. No explanation from the player or GM is required, and no ill-will or punishment will result from the use of the X-card. Additionally, anyone can call for a break if they wish to discuss something in private with me.”
Note: The X-card is NOT meant to limit your story as a GM. On the contrary, it allows you to explore potentially mature themes while allowing players a chance to opt-out of specific plot elements when things get too heavy. Certain themes such as rape, overt racism, mysogeny, or gratuitous sex scenes are not appropriate for convention gaming, and the X-card is not a free pass for those themes. You will respect player boundaries at all times. Similarly, if you as the GM are uncomfortable with what the players are doing, you may also make use of the X-card. A single warning should be given to any player or GM who violates these rules, after which their event badge will be forfeit. If you need assistance resolving any issues, or have any questions regarding the use of the X-card, please contact a representative of Arizona Game Fair as early as possible.