Yes, Virginia, there is a Guidebook app for Cold Wars 2018. Alas, this is the last “Standard Plan” app I can make for HMGS, as Guidebook.com has discontinued this plan, which allowed smaller conventions like ours to make use of a great convention app for free (essentially). I have no quibbles for this decision. The Guidebook company has been thoroughly professional, and has supported me for each of the dozen-0dd guides I’ve created using their system, even though we never got a nickel out of me during that time and even in it’s stripped-down feature lean state that comes with the Standard Plan, Guidebook was(is) a fantastically useful tool for conventioneers.
I’m not going to get into the features of Guidebook in this post. I have written several blog posts since 2011 on how to use Guidebook and really just focus on feature changes of note now. You should probably have an inkling of how to use it by now, but if you need to view screenshots, my post for Cold Wars 2017 is still pretty accurate and has pictures. Here’s what you really need for Cold Wars 2018:
The Cold Wars 2018 LANDING page. This is the place to actually download Guidebook app (the engine to read guides– either in Android, IoS or Windows smart phone implementations).
The Cold Wars 2018 Web Guidebook. This is a webpage that acts like a guidebook by itself. Plug this URL into your smartphone, and view it as a webpage if you don’t want to download the main Guidebook app itself.
This is the QR Code. Scan this with your QR reader and it will take you to the specific Cold Wars 2018 guide for this convention.
That’s about it. I’m pretty sure there’s an interest on the board to continue with guidebook in some fashion, but I won’t comment on it beyond that.
The only thing left for this guidebook is tournaments, which is usually the last, slowest thing I get to do to support a convention– it’s kind of painful to extract the event data from a long formatted word document.