Pheno welcomes and encourages new designers. There is even a shiny New Designer award. Here is a link to the New Designer Policy
Run a game at Pheno
Chief Meteorologist Morph predicts your brilliant career as a game writer beginning with just 8 simple steps…
Have a brilliant idea.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org telling us you're interested in running a game or event of some species for Pheno. Verbal expressions of interest are okay to start with, but we require a working email address from you, and we can't guarantee we'll remember if we don't have something in writing from you (especially if you told us at Post-Con Drinkies!)
In November or early December, you'll receive an email from us asking for your game/event proposal. If you still want to offer your game for Pheno, reply with an outline of your game/event and any other details we request in the email.
If your game/event is accepted for this year's convention, we'll send you a second email in December with all the details you need for writing your blurb. This email will also give you a blurb deadline in mid-January. This is so we can update the website in time for the Australia Day long weekend (Arcanacon in Melbourne and Cancon in Canberra).
Please note we are strict about deadlines for steps 3 and 4. Missing them makes us miss other deadlines, which is bad for the other designers and makes us organisers cranky. If you cannot meet the blurb deadline, tell us as soon as possible. If you tell us after the deadline passes, we cannot guarantee your game will run.
As the months fly by (cue pages falling off a desk calendar), we'll send you cheerful reminder emails about when the website goes up and when the playtesting weekends are held.
We regard the playtesting of games as a good thing. We try to make it easy for you by helping to organise playtesting weekends in the months before Pheno. If possible, playtest your game before online registration opens (this means before Easter) so that you can adjust your blurb if necessary. Also, we organisers typically don’t get to play your games at the Con so we like to get first dibs!
In particular, Triptych writers and New Designers are encouraged to playtest their games with committee members, and we promise to be gentle.
After all the last-minute panic attacks and midnight writing/organising sessions, you run your game at Pheno. Marvel at the GM gifts we bribe you with, drink your free coffee/tea/chocolate in the relative safety of the GM lounge, and enjoy the delivered lunch and dinner orders.
Having run the game, talked yourself hoarse, and given out the trophies, sit back at post-con drinkies and bask in the adulation of your players. And drink the beer they buy you. Orgs will also buy you beer, but this is merely shameless bribery.
Once sufficiently tipsy and with your ego freshly polished, write your next game blurb on a beer coaster and hand it the writer wrangler, who will pat you kindly on the head and explain the process again. Go to step 1.