April 13, 2024

Armchair Dragoons Digital Convention (ACDC) January 2024

 


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Armchair Dragoons, Regimental Warning Order 23-312

Distribution restriction: No restriction; unlimited distribution is authorized

Situation

  • Weather – It’s going to be cold & shitty; stay inside and play games!
  • Enemy Forces – Multi-Man Publishing & the guys at Winter Offensive?  Just kidding; they’re not enemy forces, just adjacent ones
  • Friendly Forces – Friendly forces for this mission include (so far) Ardwulf’s Lair, Pushing Cardboard, and Star Fleet Tactical.
    Other friendly forces may join at a later date.
  • Attachments & Detachments – None at the present

 

Mission

The Armchair Dragoons and other friendly forces conduct online/virtual game convention operations beginning with registration (approx 15 December 2023) and culminating with the execution of the Armchair Dragoons Digital Convention (The ACDC), from 12-14 January 2024.

 

Operations

  • Commander’s Intent

The Armchair Dragoons have now planned & executed over a half dozen different digital convention / conference events, and have set the MLK holiday weekend as our annual ACDC.  This gives wargamers a mid-January convention to look forward to coming out of the holiday season, and gives players an opportunity to meet, play, and congregate in another online/virtual convention.
The Armchair Dragoons intend to offer a mixture of larger events, quick/casual games, opportunities to learn from/play with designers, a robust seminar program, and a variety of industry-focused talk shows.

 

  • Concept of the Operation

The ACDC will focus on the following 3 features:

  1. Wargaming Events: the primary activity will be wargames played through virtual tabletop systems like VASSAL, Tabletop Simulator, and Tabletopia.  Registered players may play in any number of non-overlapping events for their $5 registration cost. The GMs will ensure the appropriate game-specific modules are available for the players joining the game. (Sync Matrix TBP)
  2. Topical Seminars: Both wargame-related and more general military history seminars are planned, including formal presentations, industry interviews, and talk shows.
  3. The Convention ‘Community’: There will be additional channels opened up on the Discord server to create virtual ‘meeting places’ for attendees to congregate between games for any sort of community-building discussion.
    The ACDC will also include several “pick-up game” voice/chat channels for use by players who decide to join in any impromptu or unscheduled games they organize between themselves. Note that these pick-up games are not official ACDC events, and will not appear in our schedule nor will tickets to those events be required (though you will still need a badge for the show for access to the channels on the Discord server).

 

  • Subordinate Tasks
  1. Organizing Committee – Update/create relevant SOPs in advance of detailed planning for this ACDC, to include participant help guides
  2. GMs – prepare, present & supervise games played during the convention,
  3. Players – Ensure you have the correct platform software (VASSAL, TTS, etc) loaded and functional before registering for any games
  4. Seminar Speakers – Prepare & present content for online audience, including participant Q&A.
  5. Editorial Team – ensure content is captured during the event to most accurately capture the convention for follow-up articles.

 

  • Coordinating Instructions
  1. The ACDC has a cost of $3.50/attendee for a weekend badge.
  2. Only ticketed attendees will be given access to the ACDC Discord server.
  3. Event schedule will be posted here, for you to recon before registration opens.
  4. All times for events are listed here in US/Eastern time, but the Tabletop.events registration site converts to your local time zone.
  5. YouTube streaming, including (especially!) seminars & talk shows, will be through unlisted Youtube links, with URLs provided to attendees.  This will allow us to still leverage YouTube chat during the livestreams while still limiting the audience to registered attendees.  Streams will be made public after the convention is finished.
  6. Individual event tickets are needed to play in the games, but not to watch.  While we hope to stream many of the games through YouTube, many of them may only be made available to registered participants through the screen streaming function on Discord.
  7. All GMs will make every effort to stream their games through the Discord screen sharing, and through publicly-viewable channels (YouTube, Twitch, etc) when possible.
  8. ACDC Merchandise (and some new Dragoons swag!) will be available
  9. There is an option to print your badge, if you want it as a keepsake. Obviously, we don’t need no stinkin’ badges for an online convention.

 

Event submissions for the 12-14 January ACDC are now open
GM’s may submit their events for scheduling, but please be sure you check out the guidelines

ACDC Jan 2024 Banner 728x90


 

Service Support

  • Support Concept

Armchair Dragoons will provide the scheduling & registration framework, as well as the online ‘anchor’ presence for the convention.  As the central clearinghouse for information, Armchair Dragoons will take the lead in supporting convention attendees.

  • Technical Support
    1. Armchair Dragoons can offer limited technical support for the registration / scheduling software through the tabletop.events platform
    2. Armchair Dragoons makes no promises, guarantees, warranties, or assurances that the platforms used for this convention (such as TTS, or VASSAL) will load and function correctly on your individual machine. In short: it is your responsibility to make sure your computer works with the platform for the game(s) you want to play this weekend.
    3. Armchair Dragoons will be publishing a few “tips & tricks” guides for specific platforms, but these are in no way intended as any sort of guarantee of success nor an implied offer of universal tech support.
  • Personnel
    1. Anyone wishing to volunteer as a GM is instructed to submit the event through this link (TBP)
    2. Anyone wishing to volunteer as a seminar speaker is instructed to contact the convention team at armchairdragoonsevents – (AT) – that ‘gmail’ thingee.  Please include a draft outline of the content to be covered and include at least 2 options for times at which you can present.  Note that whenever possible, we will try not to schedule multiple seminars at the same time.
  •  Promotions
    1. A bank of images is available to freely share here: banner ad (728×90) ; social media box (500×500); large banner (728×250)
    2. Everyone registering for/attending the ACDC is asked to share information about the convention through their social networks; the more, the merrier!

 

Command & Signal

  • Command
    1. Armchair Dragoons will lead the effort, with assistance from other organizations as needed
    2. Questions or concerns should be communicated to armchairdragoonsevents – (AT) – that ‘gmail’ thingee
  • Signal
    1. We will use online comms for site administration and other coordination
    2. All games are played online through virtual platforms like Tabletop Simulator, VASSAL, and Tabletopia. It is the player’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate software is working on his/her own computer.
    3. Games will operate with online voice channels, such as Steam Chat or a Discord server.  The GM will communicate to the players which channel is being used, but it is the player’s responsibility to ensure the audio is appropriate for the game.
    4. While some GMs prefer Steam Chat for their voice comms, the priority will be the dedicated Discord Server available for that weekend for both voice and text chat

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Sync Matrix

More events are coming as the GMs submit them, so check back regularly

Event NameEvent TypeMax#StartsTime (Mins)Platform
Wargame Bootcamp - Learn to Use Discord, VASSAL, TTSGame Session12FRI (12th) 1200180Other (see event info)
People PowerGame Session3FRI (12th) 1600180VASSAL
Seljuk: Byzantium Besieged, 1068-1071Game Session2FRI (12th) 1700120VASSAL
Goose Green by MMPGame Session6FRI (12th) 1800240VASSAL
Night Witches DemoGame Session10FRI (12th) 190060Tabletop Simulator
Squadron Strike: Newton's CradleGame Session3FRI (12th) 1900180ASCBI.net
Valour and Fortitude 2nd editionGame Session2FRI (12th) 1900240Tabletop Simulator
Welcome Happy HourSeminar500FRI (12th) 2000120YouTube
Saturday Morning Wargaming Wakeup!Seminar100SAT (13th) 080090Discord
World at War '85 - Blood & FuryGame Session4SAT (13th) 1000240Tabletop Simulator
200 years of modern wargaming: Kriegsspiel now and thenSeminar100SAT (13th) 110060YouTube
Robotech: Reconstruction - Tournament -Game Session12SAT (13th) 1100360Tabletop Simulator
The Battle of GazalaSeminar100SAT (13th) 120060YouTube
People PowerGame Session3SAT (13th) 1200180VASSAL
Nations & Cannons: Battle of Sullivan's IslandGame Session6SAT (13th) 1200240Roll20
Code: ATLASGame Session5SAT (13th) 1200240Tabletop Simulator
Iron, Blood, Snow & Mud - demoGame Session2SAT (13th) 1300120Tabletop Simulator
Blackhorse Cold War goes hot in 1989Game Session6SAT (13th) 1300240VASSAL
Raid on Aurich demo by Mark WalkerGame Session4SAT (13th) 140060Tabletop Simulator
Order & Opportunity: Making of the Post-Cold War World OrderGame Session12SAT (13th) 140090Discord
Postcards of WarSeminar100SAT (13th) 1400120YouTube
Squadron Strike: Klingons Off The Starboard Bow!Game Session4SAT (13th) 1600240ASCBI.net
Demo of Raider Drop Zone: The Invasion of Planet KrakenGame Session6SAT (13th) 170060Tabletop Simulator
The 2024 ACDC KeynoteSeminar100SAT (13th) 1700120YouTube
Volko Ruhnke's New GameSeminar100SAT (13th) 1900120YouTube
OCS BootcampGame Session4SAT (13th) 1900240VASSAL
Learn to Play the Great Campaigns of the American Civil WarGame Session12SAT (13th) 210090VASSAL
Starfleet Tactical -- Special ACDC Edition!Seminar100SAT (13th) 2100120YouTube
Sunday Morning Wargaming Wakeup!Seminar100SUN (14th) 080090Discord
Escape From ColditzGame Session6SUN (14th) 1000180Tabletop Simulator
Blucher (Napoleonic minis)Game Session2SUN (14th) 1000240Tabletop Simulator
The Battle of InchonSeminar100SUN (14th) 120060YouTube
Nations & Cannons: The Saratoga CampaignGame Session6SUN (14th) 1200240Roll20
Kriegsspiel (200th Anniversary!)Game Session6SUN (14th) 1200240Tabletop Simulator
Code: ATLASGame Session5SUN (14th) 1200240Tabletop Simulator
Atlantic Chase The Kriegsmarine Against the Home Fleet 1939Game Session8SUN (14th) 1300240VASSAL
Gaming the American War for IndependenceSeminar100SUN (14th) 1400120YouTube
Take That Street! - Beta Playtest OpportunityGame Session6SUN (14th) 1400180Tabletop Simulator
Squadron Strike: Romance of the Seven RealmsGame Session3SUN (14th) 1400180ASCBI.net
Closing Happy HourSeminar100SUN (14th) 170090Discord

 


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