Congress of Gamers Logo April 13-14, 2019
Rockville Senior Center
1150 Carnation Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
Congress of Gamers Logo

Congress of Gamers Volunteer Opportunities

It takes a whole gaming community to make a successful (and affordable) gaming convention. Even a very small contribution helps a lot. Here are some known tasks, but feel free to volunteer for others you think of! Try this volunteer registration tool or contact Eric Engelmann to express interest.

Con Setup Friday afternoon: This is perhaps the con's most critical need. The Senior Center gives us just a very short, two hour window on Friday afternoon to set up the con. The big challenges are:
  • moving the con's library of 250 games and shelving for them from the con's trailer to the Dining Room (there are carts for this)
  • placing games on shelves
  • moving shelves and any boxes of games and rummage sale items to the Lounge for Auction Store use
  • assembling shelves in the Auction Store (tinker-toy assembly style)
  • placing signage (schedules, this way to registration, maps, etc.) in hallways
Nothing is heavy, but you should be able to safely lift a 25 pound crate of games. If you are very local to the con, and can help any time between 4 and 6pm, please do!

Game Master: Be a GM for a game you know well, or assist a GM. GM's need only: be present for the duration of the game (they need not be playing it), know the game well enough to handle any rules questions, and be willing to help decide finishes. They don't need to register players, assign seating, or calculate award scoring. They ususally play the game, as well!

Game Demonstrator: If you know a game well enough, and have the temperament and the skills to teach, please volunteer to demo a game.

Artistic: Design things. Could be any kind of posters, signage, logos, web pages, and artwork.

Transportation: Check and document local transport options from hotels, Metro, train station, and airports.

Transportation: If you have a van, truck, or SUV, we could always use some trasnport help between my home and the con for Friday setup and the close on Sunday. I'm only four miles away from the con, at 6829 Needwood Road.

Transportation: If you pass by a Metro station or drive from a distance, offer rides!

Editorial: Edit what we write to ensure our communications are as effective as possible.

Photography: Photograph and/or video events. This can be as simple as sharing smartphone snaps, or as sophisticated as your skills and gear permit.

Press relations: Write press releases and market CoG to the DC and Rockville communities.

Hotel Liason: Check local hotels for available deals for our attendees.

Registration help: Distribute badges, greet attendees, collect attendee data, and answer attendee questions.

Signage Master: Set up hallway signage. This should be 15 minutes of work on during Friday setup or FIRST THING Saturday morning.

Table prep: Drape (put tableclothes over) various official tables. Help make everything look nice. This should be 15 minutes of work on Saturday morning.

Snack bar help: You've always wanted to try your hand at running a store, right? Here's your chance. Sell chips, candy, drinks, and pizza while meeting your fellow gamers. Get a shirt! Shifts can be as short as one hour. The key need is for Saturday lunch.

Cleanup: During the final 15 minutes of the gaming day, we desperately need multiple people to empty wastbaskets, and recycle bins, pick up loose items, remind gamers to finish up, and move furniture back to original locations. No gaming expertise required! It's only 15 minutes. Help out the guys who are playing to the last minute, because we'd otherwise have to close at 11:45 and 8:45.