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The Legion of Doom, or Legionaries is the name that Penguicon gives to its volunteer pool. Ideally, their jobs will consist of doing the various jobs that are required to make the convention happen. Conventions run on unskilled volunteers who are suddenly recruited from among the attendees who want to get rewarded for helping the con. At other conventions they are called Gofers or Gophers. In the past Penguicon used the term “Penguins”, but because of term overuse this was changed in 2012.


Whuffie (from Cory Doctorow's science fiction novel, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom) is the currency of Penguicon. For each hour that a Legionnaire volunteers they earn 1 Whuffie. These Whuffie are then used to “purchase” rewards from the convention. Each reward has a cost. Example: if you work 8 hours and purchase a poster with 4 whuffie, you have 4 whuffie left- meaning you would have to work another 6 hours to reach 10 hours/whuffie to pay for your reimbursement.

One Night in Barracks……………………………………………..2 Whuffie

Redeem Whuffie at the volunteers table to gain an access pass to the Barracks.

Penguicon 2012 Poster……………………………………………….4 Whuffie

Redeem Whuffie at the volunteers table for a voucher for a current poster.

Penguicon 2012 T-Shirt……………………………………………....6 Whuffie

Redeem Whuffie at the volunteers table for a voucher for a current t-shirt. (Sizes are limited)

Pre-Registration of Next Year……………….………………………8 Whuffie

Come to the Volunteers Table on SUNDAY from 12pm to 2pm to be pre-registered for next years Penguicon.

Reimbursement of This Year’s Badge…………………………….10 Whuffie

Come to the Volunteers Table on SUNDAY from 12pm to 2pm to be reimbursed WHAT YOU PAID for your badge. (Rollovers are ineligible for reimbursement)

Also spend your Whuffie in the Dealers Room or in the Cash and Carry line provided by the hotel. 1 Whuffie = 1 Dollar.


If you want to get your membership reimbursed (on condition that the con makes money, which so far it always has done), sign up by emailing or in the hotel lobby on the second floor at the convention to Join the Legion. The Volunteer Wrangler, (this year Anna Carey) will take down your name and address at the convention (for mailing a check if you aren't there on Sunday). She will give you a form where the people you assist will write their department and the length of time you worked for them and their initials. Make sure you give those people this sheet and make them fill it out so you get credited!

You canl get access to the Barracks(there is a room for male and another for females) to sleep & store your stuff at any time of day. The Volunteer Wrangler has the keys and will let you in, until late night when the keys are held at OPS.

Then on Sunday at 12pm, if you have accumulated 10 hours of work, and if the convention is in the black, you will be written a check for your registration fee. If you aren't there but a buddy turns in your form, you will be mailed your check. Job Roles

Here is a more descriptive list or the possible jobs that Legionaries take on :

- Set Up/ Tear Down -

This takes place on Thursday Afternoon and Friday Morning before Opening Ceremonies as well as on Sunday Evening and Monday. It consists of helping organize the cons function space as well as help unloading /reloading the truck (food, Masquerade supplies, appliances, and other odds and ends). It may also include trips to the storage unit to help load or unload the truck. I would recommend people (or aliens) who enjoy or are at least willing to do some moderately heavy lifting, as well as many trips in elevators. Perks include knowing what food the con has before anyone else.

- Registration-

This takes place on Friday and Saturday and started Mid-Morning and stays open until around 8pm (when registration will be moved to ops). Helping out usually involves directing people on how to register (a simple: you give us your name and possibly some money and we hand you a badge). Head of Registration will be present to explain any duties they need fulfilled. Registration will require being able to laugh at the “stinkin' badges” joke more than your fair share of times- but the perks include meeting almost EVERYONE- including GoH’s.

-On Site Operations (OPS)-

This starts almost from before con starts right to the very last moments- 24 hours a day. Most of the duty of this job is in making sure that everything else in the con is running smoothly. As a volunteer you do you’re very best to answer questions (cheat sheet provided) as well as take in any complaints or problems brought to you and get them to the right concom member (if cheat sheet doesn’t help). Ops holds the lost and found- as well as keys to the penguin pit. It is your general help station. Working Ops requires helpful and calm people who are good with others and think on their feet- or simply people who are willing to stay in one place for long periods of time. Perks include being able to ask other penguins to get you food.

-Program Operations-

This job requires a penguin that can count. This volunteer is responsible for doing a head count of attendees at the panels for the time. They are also expected to help with any last minute rearrangements of rooms, fetch water refills or chairs, and be of general help to the head of Program Ops. Perks include lots of movement and seeing everything that’s going on at the con.

-Con Suite-

This is another job that is going on around the clock during con. It consists of keeping the consuite as presentable as possible, restocking food, making sure that no consuite property (or hotel property for that matter) “wonders off”, and even sometimes a bit of traffic control (i.e. “the caffeine is to the left the wanna-be pop is to the right.”). Perks include being near the food at all times- as well as there always being people around.

-Badge Checker-

Most doors to Con function space require a Badge Checker, and will anytime the room is open. This job pertains to ensuring that people entering con-designated rooms have paid for the privilege, as well as makes it easier to control any potential issues (badge numbers have a purpose) with any individual (which on the whole are few and far between). A badge checker also makes sure that nothing that shouldn’t leave the room does. (I.E. Games belonging the con- stay in the Gaming Room) Note: Food is not included in the list of things not allowed to leave rooms. Perks include having a smidgen of power.

-Games Librarian-

This is a round the clock job that combines the job of Badge Checker with that duty of the games room. On top of the checking of badges, the librarian will check games owned by the convention out to attendees. This person will also collect trash in the gaming room and keep the area neat. Perks include meeting gaming GoH’s and being near the games.

- Beer Troll-

This is no longer an option for penguins to perform, please talk to consuite to become staff for this position.

A beer troll will be needed any time alcohol is being served by the con. It is an evening/ late night job. The con enjoys the privilege of being able to serve booze because of our beer trolls. Their job is to “guard the booze”. As a beer troll you card everyone- even your own kith and kin. This is the only job when a slight screening is required before you can become a beer troll. Requirements include: being of age to consume alcohol yourself -21-and be able to prove it, and looking stand-up-ish with a streak of Dudley-do-right-ness. Perks include- being next to the beer!

-Event/ Panel Set Up-

This is general help with the set up of any function space that is being repositioned (i.e. turning the masquerade into a dance) It includes moderate lifting (chairs and folding tables) and the time line for it is sporadic at best. Perks usually include ribbons and first seating.

- General Help-

Anything Else that may come up- and it always does.

I request that all Legionaries be at least 10 years of age, and that anyone under 16 bring their parent or guardian to the volunteer table with them to give me that speech about “I know and approve of what my child is doing”- Note: I have had several youth volunteer in the past, they are a great help!



Mistress Of Doom

Confirmed Needs for 2012

(in the order received)

On-Site Ops:

12pm Friday - 4pm Sunday (2 People) in 4 hour Shifts


Program Ops:

4pm Friday - 12am Saturday (2 People)

10am Saturday - 12am Sunday (2 People)

10am - 4pm Sunday (2 People)


Dealers Room:

12pm - 5pm Friday (3 People)

2pm - 6 pm Sunday (3 People)



12pm - 4pm Thursday (2 People) - DOUBLE HOURS

10am - 2pm Monday (2 People) - DOUBLE HOURS



Thursday, April 26, 2012 Friday, April 27, 2012 Saturday, April 28, 2012 Sunday, April 29, 2012
12:00am None None (2)Badge Check (2)Food (2)Badge Check (2)Food
1:00am None None (2)Badge Check (2)Food (2)Badge Check (2)Food
2:00am None None (2)Badge Check (2)Food (2)Badge Check (2)Food
3:00am None None (1)Badge Check (2)Food (2)Badge Check (2)Food
4:00am None None (1)Badge Check (2)Food (2)Badge Check (2)Food
5:00am None None (1)Badge Check (2)Food (2)Badge Check (2)Food
6:00am None None (2)Badge Check (2)Food (2)Badge Check (2)Food
7:00am None None (2)Badge Check (2)Food (2)Badge Check (2)Food
8:00am None (1) Set Up (1) Clean Up (2)Badge Check (2)Food (2)Badge Check (2)Food
9:00am None (2)Clean & Set Up (2)Badge Check (2)Food (2)Badge Check (2)Food
10:00am (2) - Pack In w Truck (1) ConSuite Storage Room A(2) Badge Check (1)Food (2)Badge Check (2)Food (2)Badge Check (2)Food
11:00am (2) - Pack In w Truck (1) ConSuite Storage Room A(2) Badge Check (1) Food (2)Badge Check (3)Food (2)Badge Check (2)Food
12:00pm (2) - Pack In w Truck (1) ConSuite Storage Room A(2) Badge Check (2) Food (2)Badge Check (3)Food (2)Badge Check (2)Food
1:00pm (2) - Pack In w Truck (1) ConSuite Storage Room A (2) Badge Check (2) Food (2)Badge Check (3)Food (2)Badge Check (2)Food
2:00pm (2) - Pack In w Truck (1) ConSuite Storage Room A (2) Badge Check (2)Food (2)Badge Check (2)Food (2)Badge Check (2)Food
3:00pm (3) ConSuite Set Up (2) Badge Check (2)food (2)Badge Check (2)Food (2)Badge Check (2)Food
4:00pm (3) ConSuite Set Up (2) Badge Check (2)Food (2)Badge Check (2)Food ConSuite Morphs to DeadDog
5:00pm (3) ConSuite Set Up (2)Badge Check (2)Food (2)Badge Check (3)Food None
6:00pm (3) ConSuite Set Up (2)Badge Check (2)Food (2)Badge Check (2)Food None
7:00pm (3) Consuite Set Up (2)Badge Check (2)Food (2)Badge Check (2)Food None
8:00pm (3) ConSuite Set Up (2)Badge Check (3)Food (2)Badge Check (3)Food None
9:00pm (2) Set Up (2)Badge Check (3)Food (2)Badge Check (3)Food None
10:00pm (2) Set Up (2)Badge Check (3)Food (2)Badge Check (3)Food None
11:00pm (2) Set Up (2)Badge Check (2)Food (2)Badge Check (2)Food None
12:00am None (2)Badge Check (2)Food (2)Badge Check (2)Food None

10am-3pm Monday (amap) - DOUBLE HOURS


Drag Show:

9pm - 11:50pm Friday (2 People)


Tabletop Gaming:

12pm Friday - 4pm Sunday (1 Person)



12pm - 4pm Friday (2-3 People) FILLED

4pm - 7pm Friday (1 Person) FILLED

7pm - 9pm Friday(2 People)

9pm Friday - 12 Am Saturday (1 Person) then reg moves to ops.

10am - 4pm Saturday (2-3 People)

4pm -7pm Saturday (1 Person)

7pm - 10pm Saturday (2-3 People) Move to Ops.

10am - 1:30pm Sunday (1 Person) Reg closes.


Mayhem Track

6pm Friday - 12am Saturday (1 Person) Lego City

8am Saturday - 12am Sunday (1 Person) Lego City


Music Track

6pm Saturday - 12:30am Sunday (3 People) Concert


Food Track

7pm - 8pm Saturday (1 Person) Open Source Mozzarella


Videogame Track

11:30pm Friday - 1:30am Saturday (2 People) Rock Band Rock Off


Geek Prom

7pm - 11pm Saturday (2-4 People) Geek Prom Setup


Legion Of Doom

4pm - 8pm Friday (1 Person)

12pm - 5pm Saturday (1 Person)


Total Confirmed Hours For Penguicon 2012: 739

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