Team Backspindle

Team Backspindle SummaryVolunteers

The on-going mission of the Team Backspindle is to promote and support products published by Backspindle Games. The members of the Team Backspindle are a special group of people who are energetic about games and grow communities of informed and enthusiastic players. Members of the Team Backspindle are expected to create an exciting experience for Backspindle Games products by running demos primarily at conventions, possibly hobby stores, post and report reviews online, hold tournaments, and assist Backspindle Games with play-testing of possible new games.

Applicant requirements
We are looking for people that are excited to help promote Backspindle Games on all fronts, whether it is in the conventions, hobby stores, gaming clubs or online.

Players interested in joining the Team Backspindle must:

• Submit a completed Team Backspindle application and recent photograph of themselves.
• Have a passion for gaming, hobbying and a strong conviction to build a community around our games.
• Be at least 18 years old.
• Have some knowledge of our games/their rules. (We can also provide training if required)

Responsibilities
As part of the Team Backspindle, primarily members will be expected to volunteer to demo at gaming conventions alongside Backspindle Games employees and other Team Backspindle members. However, they can also propose to us events that positively promote Backspindle Games, and suggest online content that can spread our positive image in the community. The following are some examples of possible involvement.

• Demoing our games.
• Running tournaments (Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice, or Speed Codinca).
• Stage a Release Event in conjunction with a world-wide Backspindle Game release.
• Coordinate or join a Playtest session.

Online Content could be:

• Blogs
• Reviews
• Podcasts
• Vidcasts

Each idea will be considered on its own merit and should be submitted to info@backspindlegames.com at least 6 months (if possible) before the proposed date of the event/activity for approval.

Expectations
Along with the above, a Team Backspindle member is representing Backspindle Games. Members will be seen as a reflection of our company. Because of this, we require members to have a certain level of professionalism in which they act in all ventures that would reflect well on themselves and Backspindle Games.
Basics such as making sure you and your clothes are clean, wearing official Backspindle Games apparel, not using foul language, seeking photographic/video permission (if applicable) and respecting other gamers, are essential to being a Team Backspindle member.

Venues
It is also very important to respect the venue any event you are involved with takes place. Rules set by the venue must be adhered to at all times, and by both the Team Backspindle member and any players involved with the event. All areas used or litter etc. must be cleaned up at the end of the event. It doesn’t matter how good the event was if the venue won’t let you/Backspindle Games run another one.

Volunteering for Team Backspindle at Conventions
Team Backspindle members and volunteers can support at conventions where Backspindle Games has a booth and runs events (initially we are targeting within the UK, Europe and Ireland).
Along with the expectations that are listed above, Backspindle Games holds our members and volunteers as part of the group and brand that we present. Volunteers must agree to and sign the Backspindle Game Equal Opportunities Policy.
Convention schedules and volunteer sign-ups will be emailed to selected applicants. Shifts are assigned as either 3 or 4-hour slots. Day volunteering will cater for breaks of a minimum of at least one hour. (See below for full details).
Backspindle Games provides all materials that volunteers will require for their shift during the event.
While on the Backspindle Games booth at a convention you can speak to a Backspindle Brigadier for additional questions.

In-kind rewards and benefits
Here’s what you get as a Team Backspindle member.

• A chance to be part of the story of Backspindle Games and help it to grow.
• 1 free game for each half day demoed at a convention.
• Lunch (sandwiches/drinks/snacks etc.) will be provided for anyone demoing for a whole day.
• Con Entry pass for the day demoed (must be returned at end of day).
• A rota will be created and breaks must be agreed with us two weeks prior to the convention.
• Added to our playtesting team list.
• May receive prototype of new games to test with their gaming groups and at local small cons.
• A credit as a member of Team Backspindle in the rules of each new published game that they play-tested.
• Gaming in the evening of cons with team Backspindle
• T shirt – You will be lent a t-shirt if demoing for half/one day or, get to keep a t-shirt with your nickname embroidered on the back if demoing for the duration of a major convention (i.e. Spiel, UK Games Expo).
• Team Backspindle volunteers will be kept informed at all times via email or mobile phone.

Demoing hours

½ Day Demo stints are three or four hours, depending on convention opening hours, either morning or afternoon.

If demoing a ‘Full Day’ as breakdowns are as follows:
• 6 hour day – 5 hours demoing, one hour break.
• 7 hour day – 5. 5 hours demoing, one and a half hours break.
• 8 hour day – 6 hours demoing, two hours break.
• 9 hour day – 7 hours demoing, two hours break.
• 3 day convention (2 full days demoing) – breaks as above and a weekend convention pass to use for the rest of the convention.
• 4 day convention (3 full days demoing) – breaks as above and a weekend convention pass to use for the rest of the convention.

Apply
If you would like an application form to be considered for Team Backspindle please email:
info@backspindlegames.com

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