All on the Table: Side Quests Guidelines(by Dana P., with edits from Emily)
Side Quests Overview
Side Quests is a sub-segment of The Transverse TRPG show, All On the Table. It consists of a series of single session games run by GM/hosts and played by players that can change from episode to episode. Ideally, these episodes will highlight games created by designers who are trans, queer, PoC, and/or from other marginalized communities.
- Tell the GM/Host what they are responsible for in terms of promotion.
- Provide game details and graphics to marketing.
- Organize additional opportunities for promotion as they present themselves.
- Determine any giveaways that will be done during the game and work with the GM/Host to figure out how they will be handled.
- Provide GM and players with final promotional graphics from the marketing team so they can promote on their channels.
- Work with marketing to produce/acquire any art needed for the episode.
- Work with the GM/host to determine plan breaks in gameplay.
- Should be completed in one session of no more than 5 hours. Talk to the producer before proceeding if you think it’s going to be longer.
- Games from designers who are trans, queer, PoC, and/or from other marginalized communities and smaller publishers are preferred.
- At least 50% of the players should be trans. Queer, PoC, and other underserved populations are preferred for the remainder of the positions, but cis-het folk are allowed.
- If you need additional players, promote your game in the gaming room on The Transverse Discord.
- Find out how the players wish to be introduced, including if they have social media or events to promote, and make sure you know their pronouns.
- Players should be 18 years or older.
- How many players do you have?
- What’s a 1-2 sentence description of the game?
- How long is your game going to go?
- What are the start and end times?
- What is the plan if the game goes long?
- Do you need to have a map shown, or is it theater of the mind?
- Do you need to show cards that a player has or track the movement of pieces?
- Do you need Roll 20 tokens or other art work?
- Work with the producer to determine how you will handle bio breaks and other breaks during the game.
- Do they need to generate characters before the game?
- What equipment do they need (dice, cards, notepads, etc.)?
- When do they need to show up?
- Where are they going to play the game (Discord? Roll 20?)?
- Make sure all players are engaged and participating.
- Interact with chat if at all possible.
Suggested Episode Flow
- Introduce the show.
- Introduce yourself.
- Introduce the game and the game developer.
- Introduce the players and let them introduce their characters if they are already made.
- Thank the audience for coming.
- Promote the Monday line-up of Transverse shows: Queerantine Kitchen at 8pm Easter/5 Pacific, Transistance news show at 9 ET/6 PT, and Behind Open Doors at 10 ET/7 PT.
- Sign off, throwing to another affiliated show if possible.