Fastaval slang: Fastaval has existed since 1986, and this means that the Congress has generated its own lingo and strange concepts. It can be slightly annoying if you are new and others use expressions you do not know. As an example – what is a DB or an infonaut, and who is that Otto guy? Because of this, Fastaval has its own dictionary, where you can read about expressions and words that are unique to Fastaval. Read the dictionary here.
Volunteering: Fastaval is run by a lot of volunteers, who are very passionate about the conventions, but the wheels only turn because everyone pitches in and help each other out. Some design games, others host events or activities, some are the night time fire sentries, but by far the most attendees take on one or more DIT-services. Read more about DIT here.
Help each other: At Fastaval we strive to create a culture, where help is always available. This is why you can always ask another participant for help or the organizers. If you need information or need to find a specific organizer, you can also ask at the Info.
Money: At Fastaval it is possible to pay with most Danish credit cards and to withdraw money, just as most sales venues will accept Mobilepay. If you do not have a credit card or Mobilepay, you need to bring cash. Unfortunately, Fastaval does not accept international credit or debit cards. There is an ATM in Hobro town.
The “reserve line”: If you for one reason or another have a gaming timeslot with no activities and would like to try to play a premiering roleplaying scenario, you can always come to the reserve line. The reserve line consists of a number-roll (like at a bakery), that is hung up half an hour before the start of each gaming block. When you have drawn a number, you can sit down somewhere nearby and relax, until the start of the gaming block. Possibly, you can spend the time reading the previews of this year’s premiering scenarios. They will be on a board nearby. When the gaming blocks begin, you will be met by an Infonaut, who will tell you, which scenarios have available slots. The reserve line does not guarantee that you will receive a space on your wanted scenario, but many people have great experiences with the reserve line. You will find the reserve line in the common area at Mariagerfjord high school.
Play startup: Some of Fastaval’s activities require that the participants are separated into teams. This will hold true for example if you have signed up for the premiere scenarios or the designed board games. When and where you have to show up for your activity, is marked on your attendant’s note. Remember to arrive in a timely fashion. If participants are separated into teams, you will often be asked to show up in a classroom. At the meeting place, the registered participants will be welcomed by a person responsible for this activity, who will make the teams. How teams are made, differs. In the case that not all registered participants have shown up, an Infonaut will make sure that people arrive from the reserve line. When you have been assigned to a team, you will be shown to your gaming room, and the activity can begin.
The Safety Hosts: If you need someone to talk with during Fastaval, you can always contact the Safety Hosts. They are a group of volunteers, who are always ready to talk about big and small if you should need to do so. Read more about the Safety Hosts here.