Master Plan #65: Gen Con Prep with Adam Jury, Derek Guder & Jessica Price

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Ryan interviews three fantastic folks about prepping for large conventions like Gen Con:

  • Adam Jury, co-founder of Posthuman Studios
  • Derek Guder, Event Programming Manager at Gen Con
  • Jessica Price, project manager at Paizo

We did a mixed focus: while we focused on useful tips for event runners and exhibitors, it turns out that many tips we shared work for general attendees. We talked a lot about food, a little about alcohol, about packing and shipping, domestic and international travel advice, and so on. For old hats, this won’t be revolutionary advice, but it might help some people out who aren’t as veteran at Gen Con.

This was originally broadcast live as a Google+ Hangout on the Air on Saturday, August 8th, 2014, and has more audio issues than I’m used to dealing with. I tried to fix what I could, but there’s only so much you can do with bad audio.

Notes from the Episode

You can often find Adam at the Posthuman Studios booth — booth #559, near the art show area.
Ryan and Jessica will frequently be at the Paizo booth — #203 — when not doing events like panels.
If you need to find Derek, you can email him at, call the events line at 857-559-2420, or go to the GM HQ or an event HQ booth and ask for him.

Outside-of-US people, check out Nelly’s Nerdy Adventures for more on dealing with flying into/out of the US. Thanks to everyone who contributed questions and advice!

Gen Con advice posts from the past:

Gen Con links:

Things you should totally check out: visit this blog post for info on Games on Demand, First Exposure, and more stuff I think you should check out!

We had two winners of the Gen Con badge giveaway: Mike & Amber! (Though, if one doesn’t claim in time, I might give the badge to a runner-up.)

…and that’s it! See some of you at Gen Con!

- Ryan

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Next Master Plan: On Gen Con Prep

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This Saturday — August 9th, 2014 — at 12:30p Pacific / 3:30p Eastern, Ryan will interview brilliant folks about prepping for large conventions like Gen Con. We’re going to focus on the perspective of exhibitors and event-runners, but a lot of that will overlap with general advice. This is a live episode over Google Hangouts on the Air, and will be later on YouTube and the audio will be on the podcast feed.

The illustrious folks that Ryan’s going to talk with:

  • Adam Jury, co-founder of Posthuman Studios (and long-time Gen Con advice-giver)
  • Derek Guder, Event Programming Manager at Gen Con (who will, in fact, be tuning in from the airport!)
  • Jessica Price, project manager at Paizo and second-term Gen Con-goer (giving the panel a new, fresh perspective)

There’s also a prize! Adam and Ryan will award a free pass to Gen Con 2014 to the question that sparks the most interesting discussion. This prize is courtesy of Derek Guder of Gen Con, because he’s awesome. (If you’re wondering how this is a prize, considering that people have already bought their badges, you can use this to get a badge refund! If you’re an exhibitor or getting a free badge already, you can give this to a friend.)

I’m collecting questions on my blog: and on a Google+ post.

The scheduled Google+ Hangout on the Air:

- Ryan

Master Plan #64: Freelance Editing with Amanda Valentine, John Adamus & Lynne Hardy

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Ryan talks with Amanda Valentine, John Adamus, and Lynne Hardy about what it is to be a freelance editor, answer questions from freelance editors and prospective editors, and possibly give some tips to writers who are hiring freelance editors for the first time.

Amanda Valentine: | @ayvalentine
John Adamus: | @awesome_john
Lynne Hardy: | @cogsandcakes

The PaizoCon panels mentioned in the intro:

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