Frequently Asked Questions

Field Marshal Gaming Convention
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FAQ-icon-001The staff of the Field Marshal Gaming Convention are frequently asked questions about the event, the venue and the nearby amenities. Hopefully this will answer many of the questions you may have.

If you STILL have questions after reading these, then please contact us and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

 

What scheduled events are happening at this years Convention?

The Field Marshal Gaming Convention is primarily open/pickup gaming. We have few (but a growing list of) tournaments or set schedules. Gamers are encouraged to arrange matches amongst themselves or try to join Pick Up games during the course of the event. That being said, here is a (tentative) list of what is scheduled for the 2015 Gaming weekend;

What accommodations are nearby?

The 3 closest for hotels that are an easy 5-10 minute drive down the road from the hall (and near or directly off of the highway for ease of finding the hotel)

Best Western Plus Durham Hotel and Conference Center
559 Bloor Street West, Oshawa, Ontario
(905) 723-5271
book.bestwestern.com

Travelodge Oshawa-Whitby
940 Champlain Avenue, Oshawa, ON
(905) 436-9500
travelodge.com

Comfort Inn
605 Bloor Street West, Oshawa, Ontario
(905) 434-5000
choicehotels.ca

Is there plenty of parking available?

There is easily enough space for 100+ vehicles in the parking lot next to the building which is well more than enough to accommodate all guests, volunteers and other visitors of the Field Marshal Gaming Convention.

Can I purchase tickets at the door?

If there are still tickets available then yes, you can buy your tickets at the door, however as space is limited by the venue and fire safety regulations there is no way we can guarantee that you will be able to get in. Your best bet is to pre register.

Should I bring my own games?

All guests are welcomed and encouraged to bring their own games from home to share with others at the convention. Please note however that the convention staff holds no responsibility for the safety of your games.

A large (and growing) collection of games is available for all guests to play at any time during the event. For a complete list of currently available library games, visit the FMGCon Games Library List. We simply ask that you treat these games as you would expect us to treat your own. We hope to get many years of play out of these games!

Where can I find more information about the games being offered?

You can check out information on the games listed in our Schedule of Events at the Games Information Page here.

You can check out information about the games offered in our Games Library by clicking on the game link (information linked on BoardGameGeek.com)

Is there a public use WiFi Connection available?

There is free WiFi available. Connection information is available at the convention upon request

Is the venue disabled accessible?

Absolutely. The main entrance and approximately 80% of the main floor space, and all facilities are disabled accessible. The only area that is not accessible is the raised portion of the main hall space on the east end of the hall which accounts for approximately 20% of the entire main floor. However, this space is used primarily for pre booked groups and overflow space so it should not pose any issues. If your pre booked group event requires accessibility, simply let us know in advance and we will reserve you space on the main hall floor.

How can I get involved with the Convention?

There are several ways you can get involved with the Field Marshal Gaming Convention;

  • Sponsor – If you have a game, game store or game publishing company and would like to have your games played at our event, visit our support page to find out how you can sponsor the event
  • Volunteer – If you are interested in volunteering some (or all) of your time to help out there are limited spaces available in a variety of positions. Check out our information on Getting Involved or fill out a Volunteer Application
  • Host a Game – Do you like to teach people how to play games? Would you be interested in running a tournament or a series of games? Fill out our Event and Tournament Registration form and we’ll work with you to get your game set up on our schedule of events.
  • Join the Committee – For the truly ambitious you may be interested in joining the convention committee! Contact one of the current staff for more information on this possibility. Elections are held annually for each position.

What kind of tables are available?

There are a large number of standard folding banquet hall style tables in a variety of sizes (rectangular and round) available for game play and several custom tables for very specific games.

Are there private rooms available?

No, private rooms are not available at the convention site

Is there a tournament system?

This event is primarily open/pickup and participation demonstration gaming. We have few tournaments or set schedules. Gamers are encouraged to arrange matches amongst themselves or try to join Pick Up games during the course of the event.

If you wish to run a tournament, please fill out an Event Registration form and we will be happy to discuss the idea and requirements with you.

What about signing up for games?

This event is primarily open/pickup gaming. We have few tournaments or set schedules. Gamers are encouraged to arrange matches amongst themselves or try to join Pick Up games during the course of the event.

Our Marshals will do what they can to help you find other interested players if you’re too shy to do so yourself. If the game you want to play from our games library is already in use, simply ask if you can join in! We promise, most of us don’t bite ..

Anyone is free to join in on any game at any time with anyone who’s willing to play the game with them! The atmosphere at the event is very relaxed.

Alternatively, you can submit an Event Registration form and we will work with you to set up a scheduled event.

Is there anything else in the immediate area going on that weekend that may be of interest?

The Oshawa Military Museum will be OPEN during the day on Saturday.

Other local attractions can be found under “About – Local Attractions

Is alcohol allowed on the premises?

The event venue has a fully licenced bar that will be open for a period of time during the day (operated by the #420 Wing members Club).

As this is a family event, open consumption of alcohol outside of that purchased through the #420 Wing is neither endorsed nor encouraged by the Field Marshal Gaming Convention staff and committee.

Anyone found to be openly intoxicated and/or causing a nuisance will be removed from the premises without refund.

What is the availability of food and drink?

Chips, Chocolate bars, water, Coffee and Pop will be available throughout both days through the Front Desk. CASH ONLY.

The #420Wing RCAF association will be hosting a BBQ Lunch and Dinner on Saturday of the event (Sausages + Burgers) – CASH ONLY – Not associated with FMGCon, all proceeds go to the #420Wing RCAF Association.

Other food and drink is available at local businesses as close as a 5-10 minute walk.

LOCAL BUSINESSES

FOOD AND DRINK

Pizza Toppers – 22 Stevenson Rd S – (905)436-2929
Pizza Pizza – 500 Rossland Rd W – (905)427-1111
Pizza Nova – 1 Warren Ave – (905)310-3300
Seafood Halibut House –408 King St W
Red Lobster – 311 King St W
Asian Food China Wok – 381 Stevenson Road Sizzling Wok – 419 King St W
PHO VietNam – 299 King St W
Family Dining Dines Family Restaurant – 400 King St W
Teddy’s Restaurant and Deli – 245 King St W
Swiss Chalet – 555 Laval Drive
Casey’s – 419 King St W (inside mall)
Cozy’s Diner – 500 Rossland Road West
Fast Food McDonalds – 419 King St W (Shopping Mall)
McDonalds – 680 Laval Dr (WalMart at Hwy401)
Tim Hortons – 560 King St W
Tim Hortons – 520 King St WTimHortons – 419 King St W (Shopping Mall)
Wendy’s – 323 King St W
Harvey’s – 2 Warren Ave
Burger King – 338 King St W
Mr. Sub – 22 Stevenson Rd S
Subway – 500 Rossland Rd W
5 Guys Burgers – 575 Laval Dr
Starbucks – 575 Laval Dr
Oshawa Shopping Centre Food Court – 419 King St W
Fine Dining The Keg Steakhouse – 419 King St W (outside mall)
Shrimp Cocktail – 843 King St W
Harpo’s Fine Dining – 44 Stevenson Rd S
Wildfire Steakhouse – 540 King St W
*There are MANY more places to eat, dine in or take out/delivery, in the city.This is simply a short list of the vendors nearest the event site.

More information is available on the convention information board during the event.

CAR RENTALS

Enterprise 184 King St W
(905)571-1571
Discount Car and Truck 101 Simcoe St N
(905)571-0571
Budget 78 Bond St W(905)404-4443 Value 181 Bond St W(905)434-9777

 

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Entertainment and Games Nebs Fun World 1300 Wilson Road N Indoor amusement center and bowling lanes
Leisure Lanes 728 Champlain Avenue 10 pin bowling center
Airzone 385 Bloor St W Kids inflatable playzone
General Motors Center 99 Athol St E Events venue and sporting arena
Oshawa Airport Golf Club 1145 Thornton Rd N 18 hole executive golf course
Oshawa Zoo and Fun Farm 3377 Grandview St N Interactive zoo
Museums Robert Mclaughlin Gallery 72 Queen St Art gallery
Parkwood Estate 270 Simcoe St N Historic mansion – tours
Canadian Automotive Museum 99 Simcoe St S Automotive History Museum
Ontario Regiment Museum 1100 Stevenson Rd N Military History Museum
Military Vehicle Displays
Parks and Outdoor Spaces Lakeview Park Bottom of Simcoe St S Greenspace, Beach, Playgrounds, Museums
Botanical Gardens 155 Arena Street Gardens and Greenspace
Oshawa Trails 27km of paved trails

City of Oshawa Tourist Attractions

welcome to oshawaFor the non-gaming members of your party, something to keep the rest of the family occupied while you play at our event (if they’re just not into that kind of thing) the City of Oshawa is host to a number of arts and cultural events and to a number of permanent, year-round attractions accessible to all ages. This is far from an exhaustive list, but should certainly be enough to get you started!

Fun and Games

  • Neb’s Funworld is a large indoor amusement centre located in Oshawa, ON at 1300 Wilson Road North. Just South of Taunton Road. From 52 lanes of bowling (and 32 lanes of bumper bowling) to Go-Karts, Bumper Cars, a large Rock Wall, Skylight Screamer and Jumping Castles, NEB’s is sure to please any thrill seeker! Whether you’re planning a party or just a great night out with friends, we guarantee NEB’s has something for the kids as well as something for the kid in all of us.
  • Leisure Lanes is a 48 lane, 10 pin bowling center fully equipped with bumpers and light weight bowling balls to make everyone’s visit a great experience. Whether you are 2 years old or 80 years young, you will enjoy your time at Leisure Bowling Lanes.
  • The General Motors Center is host to a massive number of events, from concerts and sports to circuses and more for the whole family. Located in Downtown Oshawa at 99 Athol St. East.
  • Airzone is a great place for children from toddler up to the age of 12 to come in and play or have their birthday party. We have 6 inflatable products, redemption machines, snack bar and a general seating area for the parents in one room of over 8,000 square feet. Kids have fun with multiple inflatable bouncing attractions and an arcade area with games and ride-on toys. An assortment of inflatable castles., Ball Pond, Maze, including a 21 Foot Inflatable Slide. Arcade games like basketball and skee ball run on tokens(tokens are 25¢ each or 4 for $1.00) and dispense tickets that can be exchanged for prizes. The snack bar serves up kid-pleasing fare like pizza, hot dogs, popcorn and more and the venue hold ample seating to enjoy it
  • Oshawa Airport Golf Club is an 18 hole executive course with a difference. Nestled among our 7 par 4s are some of the most challenging par 3s in Ontario, even to the scratch golfer. Situated attractively around a valley and stream, Oshawa Airport Golf Club has a well-deserved reputation for its excellent condition, particularly the undulating greens, which are considered to be some of the best in the area.
  • The Oshawa Zoo and Fun Farm opened its gates July 29th, 1993 with a goal to have a clean, green, interactive mix of friendly exotic and domestic animals.
    • Over 40 species of friendly and tame birds and animals
    • 22 fenced acres, Picnic area,refreshment and animal food kiosk.
    • Exotic animals like camels, lemurs, macaws, monkeys, peafowl, coatimundi, Patagonian cavies, llamas, wallabies and many more!
    • Domestic animals like goats, sheep, potbellied pigs, mammoth and mini donkeys, Texas long horns, belted Galloway, and miniature Dexter cattle, as well our new miniature Horses

Museums

  • rmg-oshawaThe largest public gallery in Durham Region, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (the RMG) occupies an inspired 36,000 square foot building designed by world-renowned architect Arthur Erickson. The RMG features a permanent collection of over 4,000 works of art, four galleries of diverse and changing exhibitions, gallery shop, library, and two art education studios.

 

  • parkwood-oshawaNow a National Historic Site, the remarkable home of Col. R. S. (Sam) McLaughlin, Parkwood Estate, is one of Ontario’s most popular filming locations. Parkwood features characteristic inter-war years architecture and magnificent gardens. A guided tour of Parkwood is a definite highlight in the Oshawa experience.

 

  • lakeviewpark-oshawaScenic Lakeview Park provides the setting for the Oshawa Community Museum’s three restored nineteenth-century homes. All three homes stand on their original foundations and provide a greater understanding of the lifestyles of Oshawa’s early settlers.

 

  • The Canadian Automotive Museum is located in the heart of Oshawa in an authentic 1920s car dealership. Approximately 65 vehicles dating from 1898 to 1981 are on display.
  • The Oshawa Municipal Airport is the site for the intriguing Ontario Regiment Museum. Located on a World War II British Commonwealth Air Training base, the museum houses the largest collection of operational military equipment in Canada. The Ontario Regiment RCAC Museum has a Historic collection of over 80 operational military vehicles including jeeps, trucks, carriers and tanks.

 

  • botanical-garden oshawaThe Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens is made up of several linked specialty gardens. The Peony Garden is the first OVBG Specialty Garden to be completed. Located at 155 Arena Street, it is conveniently situated in close proximity to both Parkwood Estate and the Oshawa Creek trail

Live Entertainment

  • The Ontario Philharmonic is one of the most highly respected professional regional orchestras in Canada. For further details, visit www.ontariophil.ca.
  • The Durham Shoestring Performers has provided downtown community theatre for nearly 40 seasons. Performances take place at the Arts Resource Centre, 45 Queen St., located behind Oshawa City Hall. For details, visit www.durhamshoestring.org.
  • Durham Youth Orchestra is comprised of musicians aged 21 or younger. Concerts are held at various locations throughout Durham Region, including the Regent Theatre in downtown Oshawa. To learn more, visit www.dyomusic.com.

How do I get there?

General :

  • Find your way to Ontario Highway 401 (heading East or West) towards Oshawa, Ontario (East of Toronto, Ontario).
  • Take the exit for Stevenson Road (53).
  • Go north along Stevenson Road to the end, veer slightly left, then turn Right after the jet fighter (Airmans Park).
  • The RCAF 420Wing building is on your right (green building with the propeller on the side) and there is plenty of parking to the left (north west) just past the building.

The Field Marshal Gaming Convention is held at ;
RCAF 420Wing Building
1000 Stevenson Road North, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Toronto International Airport (YYZ) (West)


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