Volunteering FAQ

How do I sign up to volunteer?

When applications are open, there is a link from gamesdonequick.com/profile. If you have other questions you can email us at volunteer@gamesdonequick.com.

Volunteer applications typically are open at the same time as game submissions, and selections are typically announced at the same time as the games list (ie before registration to the event opens).

What does volunteering get me? What do I get out of it?

You receive a guaranteed badge so you can get into the event without paying a registration fee. If your work or school requires a community service form, or a proof of volunteering, you can request that from us as well for documentation. We are happy to provide it.

Do I get free room and board?

No, you still have to pay for your food and your hotel room, as well as any transportation. We only provide the guaranteed badge and waive the registration fee.

Do I need to send in a resume?

No. Just fill out the application. In all honesty, we get lots of resumes and very rarely ever look at them.

Do I have to pay if I don't show up for my shifts?

No. But you will never be selected again if you do not have a suitable reason for doing so. Keep in mind, if you skip on your shift, you're forcing another volunteer or staff member to pick up your slack.

Can I volunteer if I am under 18?

Only if you turn 18 before the start of the event you are volunteering for. Due to the 24 hour nature of the event, we can't run the risk of child labor laws being violated.

Do I have to sign an NDA if I volunteer?

Yes.

Are there any positions that I do not need an NDA for?

No.

What positions can I volunteer for?

Audio (typically AGDQ only)
Run the soundboard for the stream
Board Game Librarian
Play Board Games while you help others figure out what they want to play, and keep track of the games that people check into the library with a spreadsheet
Camera Operators
Make sure that the camera shots for the stream are on point, and also help Sent and the interview team with their memes!
Check-In
Give attendees helpful information and help pass out badges
Donations
Vet donation comments that we receive from donors to be read or not be read aloud on stream.
Enforcement
Make sure that people at the event all have the proper credentials and are following the rules, mostly that there is no food or open drinks allowed near expensive technology
Hosting
Read the donation comments and be one of the voices of the event! This requires an additional audition.
Photography
Help document the event and learn how to shoot from a professional instructor
Stage Tech
Connect the correct consoles to the TVs and stream computers, but in an easier way than it sounds, plus a few other things like doing inventory and testing broken tech
Stream Tech
Run the OBS program for the stream, with a few extra things. There is a tutorial video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vw32I2L49Q
Stylist
Help the on-screen talent feel more confident, apply anti-shine, and collect the names of the couch commentators for YouTube credit
Setup
Help with various tasks (small and large) in preparation for the kickoff. Ranges from carrying heavy TVs to testing consoles, to validating badges for quality to checking in board games, and much more. This position is only available to those selected by other departments. Typically setup starts on Wednesday before the event starts.
Teardown
Do the impossible: help organize and pack all of the event's gear in less than a day!

But I can't attend the event and want to help! How can I do that?

We have a few off-site volunteering positions. For the most part, you cannot have these positions if you are at the event.

Chat Mods
Do the thankless job to keep things positive and comfortable for everyone in our Twitch chat and in our Discord.
Social Media
Help run the official @GamesDoneQuick Twitter and Facebook accounts through the use of creative posts (read: memes) and connecting with staff and fellow volunteers to inform them of important information.
Host Judging Committee
Help select the hosts for the next event! This is a weird position. You get a free badge for it if you manage to go through all the auditions (and your scores are used), and you can do it offsite, but also attend the event. Judges cannot volunteer to host for any event they're judging, however!

When I email volunteer@gamesdonequick.com who does it go to?

It goes to all of the on-site volunteer coordinators. Since it goes to all of us at once, it ensures that the appropriate volunteer coordinator sees your response, and can respond quickly and accurately.

I don't know a specific coordinators email! Help!

That's fine! You can email us volunteer questions at volunteer@gamesdonequick.com and we will forward your email to the correct person. If you don't get an answer within a week, poke us again.

I don't like my coordinator, can I deal with someone else?

Yes! We interchange a lot. If you don't like Muffins, she will pass you off to someone else, if you don't like your coordinator, chances are you will be assigned Muffins, but she will most likely try to mediate a solution between you and your coordinator first.

I want a job! Hire me?

Volunteering is the best way to work towards a staff position at GDQ. However, volunteering is not a guaranteed path, and GDQ is typically not hiring for most positions. We favor those who are reliable, trustworthy, and hardworking. If you would like to inquire about jobs, email management@gamesdonequick.com. Volunteer coordinators cannot assist you in job prospects.

My question wasn't answered here! What do?

Email us at volunteer@gamesdonequick.com and one of us will get back to you fairly quickly.