There are only four more days left for ticket purchases for FaTDoG 2019!

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There are only four more days left for ticket purchases for FaTDoG 2019! Tickets are selling fast so don’t be shut out. Remember that we do have the new tiered ticket pricing options made to fit everyone’s budget,

New Tiered Ticket Options:

No Meal Ticket (Price $25) – – these grant you admission to the convention, door prize, soft drinks but no meals at all. Should you decide you want to buy either lunch or dinner it will be an additional $25 for each meal.

One Meal Ticket (Price $35) – these grant you admission to the convention, door prize, soft drinks and lunch. If you would like to purchase dinner at the time of the convention, you can do so for an additional $25

General Admission (Price $60) – these grant you admission to the convention, 2 door prizes of your choice, hot lunch, hot dinner, soft drinks and five free raffle tickets.

.Family Ticket – (Price $30) for children of attendees who had a family member purchase a general admission ticket, the Family Ticket grants you admission to the convention, door prize, soft drinks and lunch and dinner.

Remember that if you paid for a ticket with only one meal or no meals you can still buy the meals at the event as long as tickets are available for those meals.

Fatdog 2019 is shaping up very nicely. We hope you all are able to join us. The link to purchase tickets is

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/friday-after-thanksgiving-day-of-gaming-fatdog-2019-tickets-78083669357?ref=wpwidget

we hope to see you all at FaTDoG!

 

Less than 36 hours to Buy your tickets to FaTDoG

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There less than 36 hours to buy your tickets to FaTDoG.  We have new tiered pricing for tickets so check it out here:

Buy FatDoG Tickets!

We have a terrific game raffle, a huge game flea market, an amazing game raffle, vendors, door prizes, 2 hot meals, snacks and sodas and most importantly, a chance to game for 15 hours with the best group of gamers ever.

So don’t miss this opportunity and come to FaTDoG.  See you all there!.

FaTDoG 2019 updates New Tiered Ticket Pricing

FaTDoG 2019 updates New Tiered Ticket Pricing

 

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supports FaTDoG. To all the people who pledged their support to keep FaTDoG as it has been for the past few years, I offer my heartfelt thanks. You made this happen and I appreciate it! Because of you, we reached our goal. To show our thanks we will sweeten your ticket purchase by adding five free raffle tickets and a second FaTDoG collectible door prize of your choice.
I do realize the added cost to attend this year may be prohibitive for some people. After much thought and consideration, we have decided to add lower tiered ticket prices to accommodate as many people as possible. Please note carefully the limitations of these lower tiered ticket prices. I will describe them below.

New Tiered Ticket Options:

General Admission (Price $60) – these grant you admission to the convention, 2 door prizes of your choice, hot lunch, hot dinner, soft drinks and five free raffle tickets.

One Meal Ticket (Price $35) – these grant you admission to the convention, door prize, soft drinks and lunch. If you would like to purchase dinner at the time of the convention, you can do so for an additional $25.

No Meal Ticket (Price $25) — these grant you admission to the convention, door prize, soft drinks but no meals at all. Should you decide you want to buy either lunch or dinner it will be an additional $25 for each meal.

Family Ticket – (Price $30) for children of attendees who had a family member purchase a general admission ticket, the Family Ticket grants you admission to the convention, door prize, soft drinks and lunch and dinner.

Once again, I’d like to thank everybody for their support of FaTDoG. Each year we try to improve the convention in response to your suggestions. We have a great raffle lined up for you this year. I hope everyone will come, play games, shop and have fun!

Events at FaTDoG

Miniatures

The Battle of Setauket – using Sharp Practice age of gunpowder skirmish rules, refight the battle of Setauket from the series, Turn, with just as many twists and turns as the series. Can you save Ben Talmadge’s father and Caleb Brewster’s uncle? Not if Capt. Simcoe has any say in this!

Battle Cry! – David Mills will once again be running his famous, giant Battle Cry Board Game which is always a lot of fun. I hope all you Civil War buffs will try it out

Thunder Road – do you think you have what it takes to survive in a post- apocalyptic Mad Max kind of world?! Then come and check out David Mills and his fabulous Thunder Road game and see if you live to tell your story!

Euro Games

we have several demos and events for euro games this year. These will soon be announced.

Don’t forget to sign up for all the game events at Grognard.com. You must be a registered user. Log on and click the upper right-hand corner where it says Game Plan. Follow the prompts until you see the listing for FaTDoG 2019 then click on View next to the FaTDoG event. This will bring you to the event listing. To add your name to the list or to create a new Gagne event, click on the bottom right button which says Manage Game Events which will bring you to the Event Page where you can sign up for all of the events.

See you at FaTDoG!

Harvey, Dave and Chris

The Countdown to FaTDoG 2019

The countdown to FaTDoG 2019 is running by quickly. Once again I implore you to help me out and purchase your tickets early. I need to get ahead can so that we can make appropriate arrangements for food and beverage I would greatly appreciate it if people could purchase their as soon as possible.
You can purchase your tickets at the following link

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/friday-after-thanksgiving-day-of-gaming-fatdog-2019-tickets-78083669357

This year I have many excellent new mint games for the raffle from various publishing companies. If anyone has any request for game to appear in the raffle please let me know as soon as possible particularly people who enjoy euro games as I am not as familiar with that genre and would appreciate people’s help in selecting games that might be popular for the raffle. I will try to obtain those games for you and put some in the raffle.

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Finally I’d like to ask everyone to schedule their games Game Plan at Grognard.com so that everyone can see the events going on at FaTDoG. Please everyone welcome new players to these games and teach the games as possible. Shortly we will be announcing some game events to be run by our staff. Keep up-to-date by checking our website FaTDoGcon.com.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all at FaTDoG 2019!

Harvey, Dave, Chris

FaTDoG Update

We are happy to see that the ticket sales are going well for FaTDoG. You can buy tickets at the following link:

Buy FaTDoG 2019 Tickets Here

Each ticket must be purchased individually. This is because of the way we generate your badges.

Please try to buy your tickets as soon as possible as I am required to give the venue a headcount to make plans for organizing the food, snacks and refreshments. This is very important so please purchase your tickets as soon as possible. It would help me out tremendously

Events at FaTDoG

Once again we will be using the game scheduler at grognard.com to schedule all events at FaTDoG. You can do this yourselves as individuals by logging onto Grognard.com. You must be a registered user for this website in order to use the new and improved version of the scheduler called Grognard Game Plan. You will find the icon for this in the upper right corner when you log on.

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Click on this icon and it will bring you to the the screen below.

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There are two buttons. The first blue button takes you to the Grognard Game Plan page. The lower but will tell you more about how to use Game Plan. Click on the top button which says “Proceed to the Grognard Game Plan Page”. It will now bring you to the following page which lists all the conventions in the area.

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Click the View button just to the left of FaTDoG 2019. It will bring you to the page where you can schedule your game events.

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At this screen click on the Manage Event Games and you will find the following screen.

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You can now click on the Create New Game Session button and simply fill out the form to enter your game.

We would like everyone to use this to schedule their games even if they have already done so with a close friend so that other attendees can see what’s going on at the convention and possibly participate.

In summary. Please buy your tickets as soon as possible so that I can give the venue numbers to organize the food. Also use the Game Plan application at Grognard.com to schedule your game sessions.

Thank you all for your cooperation! I am really looking forward to seeing everyone once again at FaTDoG 2019!

FaTDoG 2019 is Happening!

 

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I am happy to announce that FaTDoG 2019 will again happen at the Radisson hotel Hauppauge on November 29 from 9 AM to 11 PM thanks to the support of you, the attendees, who were willing to pay the increased cost of admission. While we did not quite reach our goal of 100 backers, we came close enough that I was willing to take the financial risk and continue the tradition of FaTDoG.

For those of you who receive messages that you confirmed for the smaller venue, you must now buy tickets on the Eventbrite site. You will deftly have a spot so no worries but please purchase your tickets as soon as possible as a need to soon give a headcount of attendees so that we can plan for the meals, sodas and snacks.

Here is the link to purchase tickets:

Buy Tickets for FaTDoG 2019 

I’d like to thank you all for your support. It was very heartwarming to see how much you enjoy FaTDoG. I hope to continue it as long as I am financially and physically able. Thank you all!

Update on FaTDoG 2019

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I am sorry for not posting more regarding our efforts to rethink FaTDoG 2019 but real life intervenes. Nevertheless our silence is not an indication of any less effort to work on our underlying dilemma for the convention. We made an exhaustive search of all Long Island for a less expensive venue that will hold the number of people that we attract (upwards of 160). This has been a very difficult task and I like to give special thanks to David VanderWerf and Dan Miller who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to find us a new home.As I said in previous emails and postings there are essentially three options.
1. Do not hold FaTDoG . This is not happening!
2. Sponsor a much reduced event. This will limit the number of people that can but also will be much less expensive.
3. Keep FaTDoG the way it has been the past few years at an increased price to cover the expense.

Well option 1 is out. We are going to hold FaTDoG somewhere.

Option 2 is the most likely outcome. Space will be much reduced allowing only 50-60 attendees. Outside my core wargaming group and special guests this will leave approximately 35 slots for additional attendees which will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. The cost would be $25 to cover lunch and dinner which will be heroes, side salads and some soft drinks. In essence it will be like going back as it was five years ago. This is a difficult option to swallow since FaTDoG has grown every year since its inception. It means more than half of the usual attendees will not be able to attend.

Option 3 would require a price tag of approximately $60 to keep FaTDoG as it was the last few years. However we would need to have a guaranteed attendance of at least 100 people to make this financially viable. Although I got some people who appreciatively express their devotion to FaTDoG and are not balking at the increased price., It was only one third of numbers needed.
We have been actively looking for a cheaper venue that can hold the required amount of people for full attendance. We have one more venue that we are actively investigating and I expect to know about this by Friday. If this falls through and I do not have the required number of people for option 3, we will revert to option 2.

So how do we proceed from here?

I need everyone who is willing to keep FaTDoG the way it was (option 3) simply send an email that include your full name and your pledge to attend FaTDoG 2019 for the amount of $60 to FaTDoGcon@aol.com. This must be done by Friday. If I have the required numbers I will go ahead and plan FaTDoG as it was last year.

If I do not get the required numbers we will go with option 2. I will let you know when the slots are available

I apologize for this turn of events. I always wanted FaTDoG to continue its meteoric growth but we have now become a victim of our own success as the expense of the event has risen in conjunction with attendance. Those that know me well understand I have devoted the last 53 years of my life to the hobby and will continue to work as life permits for the betterment of gaming. I appreciate everyone’s support over the past years and your devotion to the cause!

Sincerely,

Harvey Mossman

Change of course for FATDOG 2019

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Many of you have been wondering why you have not heard anything about FaTDoG 2019. I’ve been trying to decide what to do going forward. There’s been a change of circumstance in my life and I am now currently retired from the practice of medicine.

Since FATDOG left the realm of my basement, it has always been a labor of love, and I always tried to keep the attendance fee at a very reasonable price by subsidizing the event out of personal income. However, it has become a victim of its own success and the rapid growth of the convention has greatly raised the amount of subsidy required. We are now getting over 160 people attending regularly and to break even financially would require an entry fee of approximately $60 per person with an attendance of 140 people. We do have a fantastic deal at the Radisson because the contract stipulates if food and beverage costs are equal to or greater than the price of the room ($6000) the room will be free of charge. Hence, we get a tremendous venue space and excellent food for a very reasonable price. I raised the entry fee to $35 last year, but you do get a lot for your money including two excellent five course hot meals, free beverages, a fairly substantial door prize, vendors, a fleamarket, and a fantastic game raffle wrapped in 15 hours of amazing gaming. My concern is that if I raise the price to $60 to cover all expenses, we would have a severe drop off in attendance.
I have been lucky enough to have disposable income to make up the difference but now that I’m retired circumstances have changed a bit. I now must consider three options.

1. Not hold FATDOG at all
2. Hold FATDOG in some type of income neutral venue
3. Proceed with FATDOG as is but charge a much higher entrance fee.

Option 1 was never a consideration as we have a great group of gamers on Long Island and I wanted to continue the tradition in some fashion.

I will skip over option 2 for the moment and discuss option 3. FATDOG at the current venue costs approximately $10,500. This includes approximately $7500 for the food/ room, $1500 for tips to the maître d’ and staff, $1000 for the door prizes and raffle, $500 for commercial liability insurance and the rest at sundry expenses including advertising, Facebook pages, etc. The biggest cost is obviously the food/room but as I stated above, we do get an excellent deal. And exhaustive search for other less expensive venues on Long Island that can accommodate the growing attendance while allowing us to game from 9 AM to midnight was unsuccessful. I must thank Dave Vanderheuf who searched high and low on Long Island for other venues. Other venues such as museums/libraries are not open on the Friday after Thanksgiving as they consider that a holiday. VFW’s and churches will not give us time past 4 or 5 PM. Additionally, in those venues, we must do all the setup of tables and chairs and the breakdown afterwards. Surprisingly, they are not cheaper than what we have in our current situation. Other hotels are 3 to 4 times the price for the same size room and charge us for three sessions: morning, afternoon and evening.

So …what are we to do? I would need a guarantee of 150 attendees paying $60 per person before I could sign the contract for the event. I do not think this could reasonably be done unless we have a tremendous groundswell of support. I leave it to you, the paying public, to decide.

There were additional factors that steered me away from the bigger event. As the event has grown, I spend more time running the event then time gaming. This has made the event less satisfying personally. It also takes a bigger effort each year to organize, set up and take down. While I have some help from my wargaming club, I hate to impose on them further.

Which brings us to option 2. As many of you know, FATDOG started in my basement many years ago as an invitation-only event among wargaming friends. This option would bring us back to something like those roots. We have a free venue space at the Bethpage library from 9 AM to 9 PM. However, it can only accommodate 50-60 gamers. There would be no hot meals, but we will provide heroes and side salads like we used to do at FATDOG. There would be a small entry fee of $15 to cover those costs. This option involves some difficult and distasteful choices as we simply cannot accommodate everybody that has attended in the past.

Therefore, I am opening it up to discussion for the next two weeks before I must decide as to how to proceed. Please feel free to leave comments on FATDOGcon.com and our Facebook page. Please keep these comments tasteful and the discussion polite.

Warmest regards,

Harvey

Only 3 more days to buy FatDoG 2018 Tickets!

There are only 3 more days to buy your tickets for FaTDoG 2018. Please don’t wait till last minute. We have well over 100 attendees now and hoping to make this the biggest and best attended FaTDoG yet.

Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-friday-after-thanksgiving-day-of-gaming-tickets-49974392754?ref=wpwidget

And here’s some FaTDoG trivia:

The first FaTDoG was held at my house in 2002 and included for people, Bill Ramsey, Gary Andrews, Ray Gorka and myself.

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By 2013 FaTDoG was held in my basement and we crammed 26 people into the room with plenty of tables for gaming.

 

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In 2012 we decided it had outgrown my basement and took it to a nearby hotel

the Four Points by Sheraton in Bethpage and attendance grew to over 50 people

By 2016 we had outgrown that space and moved it to the current location

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The first FaTDoG was awarded at FaTDoG 2016 to Don Allen and I can’t even remember what he did to earn it!

  1. Over 1000 games have been won at our raffles over the years!
  2. The first FaTDoG collectible door prize was a FaTDoG T-shirt
  3. over 1200 FaTDoG door prizes have been given away over the years.
  4. Over 1200 gamers have attended FaTDoG over the years!
  5. Over 2400 meals have been served at FaTDoG!

So don’t you think it’s time you are part of the fun? Buy your ticket now and come to one of the greatest gaming conventions ever!

I hope to see you all at FaTDoG 2018!

FaTDoG 2018 0nly 12 Days Away!

It is only 12 days until FaTDoG 2018!

Here is the vendor list as of today

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Against the Odds Magazine will also be bringing Highflying Dice Games for sale

J and R Hobbies of Long Island. These guys always do a great job of bringing a wide selection of games including MultiMan publishing, GMT, and a wide variety of other war game related material.

Ray Weiss of a new company called conflict simulations LLC and he will have 3-5 new games for sale at a discount.

Daniel Miller of Field Marshallen will be there in the afternoon selling some oldies and some rare and collectible games. Dan always finds interesting stuff to bring to FaTDoG

FaTDoG Game Store yes we will have our own little store for you to get discount games!

There may be one or 2 other vendors that will be coming at the last minute. We will fill you in when things have been finalized.

With only 12 days left to FaTDoG 2018 I ask once again that you buy your tickets online as soon as possible so that I can inform the venue of the number of guests attending. This is critical so please help me help you to have a great FaTDoG by buying your tickets now if you think you are going to attend.

Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-friday-after-thanksgiving-day-of-gaming-tickets-49974392754?ref=wpwidget

Looking forward to seeing everyone at FaTDoG!