The Historical Miniatures Gaming Society (HMGS) is holding our annual Spring convention, COLD WARS 2012, on March 9-11. Unofficially, if you show up Thursday, you can also get in a big chunk of gaming, as well.
As I have done for the past two conventions, I have created a Guidebook helper app for this convention using the Guidebook.com event planning service and software. Guidebook is an outstanding service that just keeps getting better with the strategic partnering decisions they have made in the last year. We have been using Guidebook’s entry level free service tier for the last two conventions, HISTORICON 11 and FALL IN! 11. This limits the number of guidebook downloads to a flat 200 downloads per event. That may not seem like much (and it has dropped from last year, when it was 300). I think we could probably justify spending a flat 500 dollars to get unlimited downloads, but we’re building up to that usage level gradually. We had under 300 downloads for HISTORICON and FALL IN, so with the reduction in the download amount this year we actually MIGHT have a bigger demand then supply for COLD WARS 12! With all that said, here’s what GUIDEBOOK does:
Guidebook is an application for supporting conventions, trade shows and other events by hosting a version of their event schedules, layouts, maps, and special data lists on a variety of portable platforms— notably the Apple IoS products Iphone, Ipod Touch, Ipad, any Android phone, and any internet enabled phone that can web-browse. In essence, Guidebook takes the important stuff out of the paper program book you all know and love and puts it on a device you may carry around with you on a regular basis.
The various links associated with these instructions are located on Guidebook’s GET THE APP webpage
If you have an Ipod Touch, Iphone, or Ipad 1 or 2, visit the Itunes App Store, for the Guidebook app. Download it. Install it. It’s free. Then “Search for events” and located COLD WARS 2012. Download that guide. There you go, that’s all you need to do. Start browsing and bookmarking events you want to go to.
If you have an ANDROID phone, go to the Android Store. Look up GUIDEBOOK. Download the app. It’s free. Then “Search for events” and located COLD WARS 2012. Download that guide, and browse away.
If you have an INTERNET CAPABLE, but not Android or IoS phone, you can point your phone’s browser to this web link: http://m.guidebook.com You will see a less graphical interface but it will contain the same amount of information as the other two platforms (IoS and Android). Even nicer, when you use a web browser phone, it doesn’t count against our download limit.
I published the guide yesterday, and it is currently being proofread by the Guidebook technical folks for final release and download. You may look at a preview instance of the guide in your web browser in advance, right now.
Simply point your browser to this url: http://m.guidebook.com/1041/ It will probably ask for a preview code. Type in this: spdtq52z
You can probably use the preview link above in advance with any browser capable phone. Anyway, that should contain everything you want to know for COLD WARS 2012– Gaming Events with maps and table numbers, show hours, location, Exhibitors with table numbers, Tournaments, Painting University, the works.
IF THE INFORMATION CHANGES, up to and DURING the convention, that will be communicated to me by Bob Van Der Kamp, or some other events person, and I will make the changes on the server, which will be communicated to the users as an update to the Guidebook ready for download. You don’t have to do anything but hit “yes”.
Have fun, and I hope this is useful for you.