Thanks for your interest in becoming part of the 2020 Southern-Fried Troopers (The volunteers who make SFGE run at full throttle all weekend). We want your weekend to be rewarding while you volunteer, and in order to best help that please read the rules below. Then be sure to complete the form if volunteering is something that interests you. We promise it’s a lot of fun!
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Gameroom Load in and Load out – One of the most integral parts of our expo is the gameroom, and we need tons of help moving and staging full-sized pinball and arcade games. Gameroom loaders will assist game-bringers with the use of hand trucks to remove games from vehicles and transport them to the show floor and assist with setup as needed. Volunteers need to be able to lift 50lbs or more. By completing your volunteer hours before and/or after the expo you get to enjoy more hours at the convention.
Tech Ops/AV – Our Tech Ops team is used to not only set up our A/V equipment for the show but to ensure events run smoothly. This small group handles all of the equipment for panel rooms and some music equipment. Previous experience running a mixer/sound board would be helpful.
Tabletop Area Volunteers – Our tabletop crew will assist with game check-in and check-out. This team also works to ensure demo tables are ready for groups to use. Are you a night owl? Board gaming is going 24-hours a day, so if you want to enjoy the expo during the day and have a low-key volunteering shift at night, this is for you. Both day and evening time slots are available.
Game Room Monitor – Add credits as needed, place out of order signs, work with techs on down machines, assist with removal of out of order machines, tidy up, help with traffic flow, and more.
Gameroom Repair Techs – This crew works to keep the play floor operational by doing minor repairs to pinball and video machines on the floor. They can also pull a machine from the floor or contact an owner should the need arise.
Tournaments (non-PAPA) – We are always running some kind of retro, pinball, modern, tabletop tournament and we need people to help. Assistance can involve keeping track of scores, cycling games, and awarding prizes. You don’t have to know anything about the game for the tournament but it can help if you do.
Security/Door Monitoring – We can always use an extra set of eyes at the doors and on the floor. Many of these positions are helping helping attendees and checking badges.
Film Fest – We have lots of movies to show and monitors in this room will need to monitor traffic/seating, assist if a panel follows a movie, possibly start movies and report any tech issues to Tech Ops.
Put me anywhere! – Want to help, but don’t have a general preference. Allowing us to put you anywhere helps us fill gaps in the volunteer schedule.