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POLL: Extra Players for a Convention Game?


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oldnorthstate writes:

Having expereinced the problem of too few players showing up although the game is offically "full" according to the events desk, I had been doing walk up registration only, but of course the events coordinator always ignored my wish and went ahead and gave out tickets anyways…my compromise is now to register the game with four slots, knowing that I can expand it as much as necessary when the game rolls around…

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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
adding players is unfair
26
9%
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add more with permission
106
35%
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adding players may degrade the scenario
35
12%
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adding players is courteous
53
17%
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add players (other reasons)
51
17%
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limit the game (other reasons)
18
6%
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not sure
14
5%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

doc mcb wonders:

You are running a game at a large convention. You have planned for a certain number of players, and that number have pre-registered. But there are a number of other gamers who would like to play if you can make room for them. The table and the armies are large enough that is physically possible to include more people by doubling up (two players sharing a command) or by splitting a larger force into two smaller ones. Would you, or should you:
  1. Limit the game to the number you planned for; or
  2. Include as many players as possible?
Which of these options comes closest to your thoughts about your decision?
adding players is unfair
A larger game will probably run slower and involve fewer decisions by each commander. It is unfair to the pre-registered gamers to dilute their enjoyment and experience.
add more with permission
Because adding players will probably dilute the enjoyment of each, increasing the size of the game should only be done if the pre-registered players agree to that.
adding players may degrade the scenario
If the gamemaster planned for a certain number of players, changing such an important factor at the last minute is likely to ruin the game for everyone.
adding players is courteous
Including as many people as possible is the gracious and courteous thing to do. If the gamemaster is confident that he can handle a larger number of players, he should do it.