WYG interview on D20Crit podcast at Gen Con!

This post was written by Troy with WYG.

Hey folks! Hope everyone enjoyed your Gen Con. It’s amazing to think it’s been over a week. It seems like yesterday.

While at Gen Con, I was interviewed by D20CRIT’s podcast, A Bit of Geek & Nerdery, about Who’s Yer Gamers and Who’s Yer Con. It’s a fun interview where I really got to talk about WHY we do all these things. Sure, we throw a great con each year and WYC 2015 is going to be GIGANTIC and EPIC – but there is also more to Who’s Yer Gamers.

My portion of this podcast starts at 9:00 minutes in and we chat for about 12 minutes. Enjoy!

Troy Maynard
President, Who’s Yer Gamers

NOTE: (Some language)

PODCAST LINK: WYG on A Bit of Geek & Nerdery

1,000 Likes before GenCon

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*Help us reach 1000 “LIKES” by Gen Con*

We know we’ve got the Gen Con fever, and hope that you do too!
If you’ll be in Indy next week, come see us at The Stink on Wednesday night (Aug. 13th) from 5pm-8pm in the Union Station Grand Hall. This free event, hosted by the Indy Mavens, is a great way to start off your Con, and we’ll have all the latest info there regarding Who’s Yer Con 2015.
Until then, Happy Gaming!

Teens: GenCon pass drawing from IndyPL

This post was written by Troy with WYG.

Teens!

Enter to win GenCon tickets thru the Indianapolis Public Library!

Comment on the GenCon post @ the IndyPL Teen Scene Facebook page before the end of July to be entered. Tell us why you want to go!! We have 3 pairs of tickets to give away.

Must be 13-17 years of age to be eligible to win

http://www.facebook.com/teenscene

WYC 2015 Hotel Reservation Link

This post was written by Troy with WYG.

Attention Gamers: The hotel link for Who’s Yer Con 2015 (April 17-19, 2015) is now LIVE!

That’s right, you can reserve your rooms via a special online portal, which will guarantee that the Wyndham West gives you the special Con discount AND that Who’s Yer Gamers will get credit for your reservation. (If you are unable to log in using your mobile device, please use discount code 04156752WH.)

Like we’ve stated before, it is of highest importance that you reserve within our block. WYC 2015 represents a bigger, bolder step in providing free and low-cost hobby gaming to the people of Indiana (and beyond!), and having your room credits is THE ONLY WAY that we can continue to keep this Con so awesome…and help pave the way for future awesome.
(If you have already reserved a spot, please verify and triple-check that it is within the Who’s Yer Gamers group.)

We thank you all for your continued support, and if there are any questions, please contact us here or via our email at contact@whosyergamers.org, and remember – WE GAME TO PLEASE!
http://www.wyndham.com/groupevents2014/INDAP_WHOSYERGAMERS/main.wnt

2014-2015 Officers Announced

This post was written by Troy with WYG.

Who’s Yer Gamers is proud to announce the 2014-2015 slate of Officers:
President – Troy Maynard
Secretary – Jill Harris
Sergeant At Arms – Lynn Budreau
Treasurer – Nick Shoemaker

All nominees for elected positions had their Member status verified by an objective third-party, and as they were all running unopposed, no General Membership vote was called for.
As first order of business, the new Officers appointed the Treasurer.
The Committee Chairs and Immediate Past President will also be added officially to the WYG Board of Directors, which will include:

Who’s Yer Con Convention Committee Chair – Vanessa Richards
Technology Committee Chair – Nick Shoemaker
Community Outreach Committee Chair – Troy Maynard
Immediate Past President – Shonagh Henderson.

A huge THANK YOU to all the outgoing Board members for their hard work and continued support. We’ve come a long way in six years, and it is due to such great volunteers and their tireless dedication.
As always, you can reach us at contact@whosyergamers.org with any questions or concerns. HAPPY GAMING!

WYG Gaming Library at Indy PopCon

This post was written by Troy with WYG.

Good Morning, Gamers!
We hope you will be enjoying this wonderful Memorial Day Weekend outdoors…you can set up board games on picnic tables, right?
But don’t forget, next weekend (May 30th-June 1st) is the inaugural Indy Pop Con in downtown Indianapolis, and we here at Who’s Yer Gamers will be providing and staffing our full games library for the ENTIRE duration of the Con.
That’s right, we’ll have games available at the library starting from 8 a.m. Friday until 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon! Yep, it’s a 24-hour game room.
So come see us. We’ll be located in Hall I, across from the Registration area – please see the layout map below.
Bring a game and enjoy their large open gaming area, or check-out one of the many interesting games in our library (we’ll be happy to lend one to you, just bring a valid photo I.D.)
We hope to see you there, and as always, HAPPY GAMING!

http://indypopcon.com/location/floor-plan/

WYC 2015: Apr 17-19 at Wyndham Indy West

This post was written by Troy with WYG.

Who’s Yer Gamers is pleased and excited to announce that the seventh annual WHO’S YER CON GAMING CONVENTION will be held April 17th-19th, 2015 at the Wyndham Indianapolis West hotel.

We will now have over 30,000 square feet of gaming space available, and look forward to giving our attendees even more of what they love about WYC!

If you’ve ever thought about volunteering, running a game, or being an exhibitor, this is the year. We look forward to seeing you there.

WYC_2015_Card

WYG Game Library at Indiana Comic Con

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You can find us this weekend at the Indiana Convention Center – as your friendly Who’s Yer Gamers crew will be staffing the Open Gaming room at the Indiana Comic-Con, so stop by and say “Hi!”
Look for us in rooms 123-124 tomorrow, and in rooms 109-110 on Sunday.

We are excited to have this opportunity to promote hobby gaming to a new crowd, and look forward to meeting even MORE people who enjoy our great hobby.

But, we love our members too, so if you will be attending Comic-Con and are wearing your Who’s Yer Con t-shirt, stop by the game room and WIN A PRIZE!*
Hope to see you there!

*While supplies last.

www.indianacomiccon.com

Alternative Hotel Options For 2014

This post was written by Shonagh Henderson.

The Clarion Hotel is officially sold out for the 2014 Convention.  Below, we have provided a list of hotels within a couple of miles of the Clarion as alternative options. Please note the newest information.

38th & 465
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Baymont Inn and Suites Indianapolis West…
3850 Eagle View Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46254
Wyndham
www.baymontinns.com
(317) 299-6165

UPDATE 01/20/2014:

The Baymont Inn and Suites, a mere 1.8 miles away, is now our official overflow hotel.  We have secured 25 rooms for a discounted rate of $62.99 + tax, with the option to add more.   Just like the Clarion, you need to call the hotel directly at 1-317-299-6165 and ask to be in the Who’s Yer Con block.  This rate is valid for February 21st-23rd, and all reservations MUST be made by February 19th to qualify.

Additionally, the Baymont will have a FREE shuttle service to and from the Con throughout the weekend. We are still arranging the exact times, but there will be service starting Friday afternoon – 1 a.m., Saturday morning thru 1 a.m., and then again on Sunday morning.

Spread the word, and avail yourself of this service, as the parking lot at the Clarion will most definitely fill up.

(And, should we see The Baymont full of gamers, we may use their 60-person meeting space for even more OPEN GAMING. More details to follow.)

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Ramada Limited Indianapolis West
3851 Shore Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46254
Wyndham
www.ramada.com
(317) 297-1848

Rockville Rd & 465

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Best Western Airport Suites
55 S High School Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46241
Best Western
www.bestwestern.com
(317) 246-1505

Microtel Inn And Suites Indianapolis Airport
5815 Rockville Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46224
Wyndham
www.microtelinn.com
(317) 247-9703

Sleep Inn Airport
5845 Rockville Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46224
Choice Hotels
www.sleepinn.com
(317) 247-4100

Wingate By Wyndham Indianapolis Airport-Rockville Rd.
5797 Rockville Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46224
Wingate by Wyndham
www.wingatehotels.com
(317) 243-8310

A Leap Of Faith

This post was written by Shonagh Henderson.

To the members, supporters and friends of Who’s Yer Gamers;

Thank you all for your support over the years. We couldn’t have gotten here without you.

It is no secret that our member body is the driving force that enables all our efforts. Per our bylaws, the mission of this organization is to promote gaming as a pastime throughout the fine state of Indiana through free and low-cost gaming events. In other words, your volunteer hours and member dues allow us to spread the joy of gaming throughout the state. Your donations open our doors to gamers and gamer families who could not otherwise afford a weekend of gaming and fun. You are the reason that many of these kids get to experience the imagination and camaraderie of a gaming convention. We, together, are building a foundation of creativity and positive personal interaction that will serve our community for years and generations to come.

As Who’s Yer Gamers moves into our 6th year as an organization, we recognize that we need to be bold to keep this mission alive.

The Clarion Waterfront Hotel has served us well, but it is clear to all that we have outgrown the space, turning down many, many events and vendors due to lack of room. We have sold out the hotel room block earlier each year and we see attendance eventually pushing up against fire codes. As of last weekend, we’ve sold out Who’s Yer Con 2014 — a full five weeks early. This is a wonderful problem to have, but a serious problem nonetheless.

For the last several years, the WYG Board has scoured Indianapolis and surrounding area for bigger and better convention spaces. The good news is those spaces exist. The bad news is the price tags run $7K – $10K minimum above our current operating budget. And that’s just for the hotel space.

As more high-end conventions come to Indianapolis, we see even more importance in our mission. We love the big cons, but they cost families of four up to $300 for tickets and then $200 a night for hotel rooms. That is not who we are, nor is it what we want to be. We are the convention anyone can attend for free. We include everyone in our fun, and we want to continue to be that type of organization.

This is why we need your help. We need bigger space but our current model does not allow it. The math simply doesn’t add up. So, do we intentionally cut back on events and other possibilities? Do we intentionally stay smaller and continue to squeeze into the Clarion? Or… do we choose to work together and to push this organization forward and upward?

We, the board of Who’s Yer Gamers, have our answer. We are committed to move us forward and upward. We will make this organization and this convention bigger and better. With more and better space, WYC can support more games and more vendors, as well as tournaments, seminars, and possibly even add larger items like LARPs and industry events. Beyond the con, we can expand our fledgling outreach efforts with more Marion County Library teen gaming days and expand our local gaming store game days. We can raise more money for charities. We can do more of everything.

But it all comes with a price.

This is why Who’s Yer Gamers is increasing our annual membership donation from $20 per year to $25 per year, effective at the close of WYC 2014 pre-registration at midnight Wednesday, February 19, 2014 (36 hours before WYC 2014 opens). Those who pre-register for WYC 2014 on the website before 12:01 AM Thursday Feb 20, 2014 will get the full member con swag package for $20. Those who pay at the door will get the same package for $25. We feel this modest increase will help us reach our three primary goals: expanding our reach, staying free to the public, and remaining very affordable to our members. Given the tremendous value of our membership package each year, we feel $25 is still a very reasonable price.

We also hope you can recognize that alone, a $5 increase in supporting memberships will not be enough to move hotels or perpetuate any of our other goals in the community. In addition, our staff continues to work with sponsors, vendors and other local organizations to help reach our goals. This is more than a price increase to members. This is the beginning of a new era. This is the start of a bigger and better Who’s Yer Gamers and Who’s Yer Con. With your help, we can get there.

Likewise, we will always be sincerely grateful for any additional monetary donations you care to give, either at the convention or on the website. People often ask how to donate additional money. Stay tuned: we will soon begin communicating fundraising opportunities, as well as posting the results and posting how the funds are being used. We are committed to being good stewards of your contributions.

So, please join us in this leap of faith toward creating a better organization, a bigger convention and a better community.

As always, thank you for your continued support!

Yours in gaming,

Who’s Yer Gamers Board of Directors