Private Sanctuary 287 – Bestow Insight: Prepping for Con Season

The Know Direction Network’s slogan is “We con when you can’t!” but surely that doesn’t mean that EVERYONE can’t con, does it? In today’s all-new episode of the Private Sanctuary, Alex and Anthony share their list of dos and don’t that’ll help Con vets as well as Con newbies have a fun and successful convention!

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Alex Augunas

Alexander Augunas lives outside of Philadelphia, USA where he tries to make a living as an educator. When he's not shaping the future leaders of tomorrow, Alex is a freelance writer for esteemed Pathfinder Roleplaying Game publishers such as Paizo, Inc, Radiance House, Raging Swan Press, and more, and also acts as a co-host and blogger on the Know Direction Network, where he has earned the nickname, "The Everyman Gamer." Recently, Alex has forayed into the realm of self-publishing through his company, Everyman Gaming, LLC.


  1. Alex: 1 to 1.5 inch 3 ring binder with baseball card sleeves and possibly some larger photo sleeves for gargantuan tokens.

  2. For gencon food there is an actual shopping mall food court connected to the con hall by walkways.
    Also the restaurants mostly don’t is k up their prices, it is just right in the most expensive section of the largest city in the state

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  3. Great show, as usual. One item I must respectfully disagree with Alex on though is about map preparation. GMs, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE have your maps drawn before you get to the table at a con. Time is limited, and the ten + minutes you waste drawing maps may be time your players don’t get to play out the final battle. Plus, it helps tremendously with maintaining flow and excitement at your table.

    There are multiple strategies for this, some suggestions being:
    1. Get a poster cylinder with a shoulder strap from an art store so that you can easily carry your big maps rolled up. At the table you can cover the unexplored areas with cards or paper.
    2. Cut your maps up into individual rooms. Put them on thicker stock/cardboard or laminate them. This way you can carry them in a folder and just add rooms to the table as needed.

  4. I’m gonna defend Alex here. What he said at the end was SO important for people to hear.

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