Sunday Player Attendance?
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Posted by mu skulls frank

I don't run on Sundays but this year I'm considering a 10 AM game. Are Sunday games typically well attended by players and would that be a good time? I'm driving out that day so I'd like to be on the road by early afternoon. Any earlier I'm worried of Sunday morning hangover cancellations (not to mention my own Sunday AM fatigue level).

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Posted by nscott

I've never run a Sunday game either, but I almost always play some light board game on Sunday morning. My observation has been that tickets might not sell out before the convention but for the right type of games they tend to go by Sunday morning or you get players showing up with generics.

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Posted by funny-shaped dice

I play games every Sunday at Gen Con *but* there is high drop-out rates and everyone is typically exhausted so things tend to wrap up quickly, go sideways quickly, get crazy quickly or all of the above.

I don't take Sunday games seriously - I'm glad to have them...but I'm least concerned about them.  :)

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Posted by helenbb

Last year I had an 8 am Sunday game. All of the players showed up, but the GM ditched us. Not a fun time.

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Posted by rong

I run a game (6 player rpg) on Sunday, 8am-12pm. The game always sells out. Attendance has been good. Most of the time I have had everyone show up. A couple times I have had tables of 4. Last year I had all ticketed players show up and more generics than I could seat. So it ebbs and flows.

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Posted by mu skulls frank rong

rong wrote:
I run a game (6 player rpg) on Sunday, 8am-12pm. The game always sells out. Attendance has been good. Most of the time I have had everyone show up. A couple times I have had tables of 4. Last year I had all ticketed players show up and more generics than I could seat. So it ebbs and flows.

Do you have a sense if your Sunday players might be there for the weekend only? I'm thinking that for those folks that have SAT/SUN only badges making a Sunday game is their priority and it seems like there's plenty of those badges sold now. I'm going to give it a go and see what happens!

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Posted by rong

I see a majority of 4-Day badges, though I have seen a few Sunday only over the years. Best of luck and game on!

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Posted by funny-shaped dice helenbb

helenbb wrote:
Last year I had an 8 am Sunday game. All of the players showed up, but the GM ditched us. Not a fun time.

That sucks.  I think you might have been in the game with my wife (Amee) - I seem to remember commiserating with you in the forums about that game. 

In any case, yeah, I think I've had worse luck with GMs not showing on Sunday - because they think Players aren't going to show - than with there not being enough Players.  My Sunday games - while everyone is exhausted - are usually populated with people who are really trying to squeeze the last few drops of gaming fun out of the weekend.  :)

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Posted by sirjohn

I used to run events for Game Base 7. We usually put in a few games on Sunday but a light schedule so that we can start getting things ready to pack up. We have always had a judge to be able to teach or run the game. I am now with a new group called Rising Phoenix Gaming Club and we will have events on Sunday. That being said it is a hit or miss on Sunday if things actually run due to either players not showing or GM's not showing. I wish you the best of luck. If you ever want to run under a group let me know.

Sir John D. Minderman

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Posted by bryanjonker

Had two RPG games on Sunday -- both were near full. 

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Posted by nebelwerfer41

I've run games on Sundays and was only skunked out one year (out of 8 or so that I have been GM'ing at Gen Con). I had a single player show up for a 6-player game that sold out the day of event registration. It seems that you either get really excited players that want to be there (especially if you are running a high-demand game), or a bunch of people that bought their tickets as a group just don't show up.

If you are running a Sunday game, make sure YOU are present and prepared for it. Nothing sucks more than a GM who is half-asleep and just going through the motions so they get their last credits for the game company they are working for. A couple years ago I had a GM on Sunday morning for some FFG boardgame that just was dragging ass. It was kind of a let-down for the last day of the con.

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Posted by mu skulls frank nebelwerfer41

nebelwerfer41 wrote:...make sure YOU are present and prepared for it. Nothing sucks more than a GM who is half-asleep and just going through the motions so they get their last credits for the game company they are working for.

Ha! I've been there too! I signed up for a Sunday space combat demo game and the first thing the demo guy said was, "It's Sunday man, you don't really want to play this do you?" Then he had to borrow my dice when I said yes. After a short period of lame activity the other players bailed out and the demo guy figured out that he messed up and got apologetic. Kind of too late though and I couldn't even tell you what the name of the game is/was. #Missionfail.

I submitted a Call of Cthulhu game to increase my odds of getting a full table (typically a high demand game) and I'm looking forward to it!

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