Game Finder Help & Guides

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Getting Started

What Is The Game Finder System?

The HandyCon Game Finder System is designed to help attendees find games and connect with other attendees before and during the event. It allows attendees to create and sign up for events/games before and during the convention, as well as create posts and chat with other attendees.

Sign Up And Log In

In order to use the full features of the Game Finder System, users will need to sign up for an account and be logged in. If you have purchased a ticket in the past, it is more than likely you already have an account.

You can sign up for a new account or log in with your exiting one here.

Game Finder System Overview

The Game Finder System has two main areas:

  • Scheduled Events
  • Players Wanted Requests

Scheduled Events

This area allows attendees to create, schedule and sign up for various events. This is great for planning games in advance or whilst at the event. Note that this is entirely optional and attendees are more than welcome to just turn up at the con and pick up games on the fly.

If you are looking for something more immediate, we recommend using the Players Wanted Requests.

Players Wanted Requests

Like digital ‘Players Wanted’ signs!

This is best used by attendees if they are looking to start a game soon and want a few extra players or by people looking for a game in the now.

There is no need to delete them once all spaces are filled.


Reporting Harassment Or Inappropriate Content

We take these issues very seriously and any user found breaching our Anti-harassment Policy or our Terms of Service will have action taken against them.

Please report users to the nearest HandyCon team member if you are at the convention, or send us an email if you would prefer.

Finding And Registering For Events

Finding An Event

To find an event, you can browse the full list of all upcoming events by clicking on the 'View All Events' Link in the sidebar menu. From there you can browse all upcoming events. You can click the name of the event to sign up and find out more information. Note that once the start time for an event has passed, it will no longer show on the events list.

Registering For An Event

You must be logged in to your account to register for events. Clicking the link on the name of an event will take you to the event details. From here you can register for the event under the 'Reserve Spaces' section. Choose the number of spaces you would like to reserve and press 'Reserve Space(s)'. You can also provide a comment for the event creator should you wish. Note that the Attendees list and reserved spaces for the event may not change until you have refreshed the page (but your spaces will be reserved regardless).

Viewing Your Bookings

You can view all events you have signed up for on the 'My Bookings' page, accesed from the sidebar menu. Here you will see a list of your upcoming bookings.

Cancelling A Booking

You can cancel a booking for an event on the ‘My Bookings‘ page by clicking the ‘Cancel’ button in the row of the event you want to cancel your booking for.

Creating And Managing Events

Creating An Event

To create an event, go to the ‘Manage Events‘ page. Click the ‘Add New’ button in the top right of the page. This will take you to the Add Event page. Fill out the fields and click ‘Submit Event’ to create your event.

Event Name – The name of the game you are looking to play/event you are hosting.

When – The date(s) and time(s) you want to host the game/event. You don’t have to put in an end date/time (if you are not sure or don’t want to). You can click the ‘All day’ toggle if the event runs for the entire day.

Please Note: If you are looking for players at the time you are posting the event, we suggesting scheduling the event for 15-30 minutes ahead of time as the events list will only show upcoming events.

Where – The location you are hosting the game/event. You can select a room or even a specific table number. If you are unsure select ‘TBD’ (To Be Determined). You can edit this later when you decide on a location.

Details – Here you can include any details about the event you want people to know, for example if you will be using an expansion or are looking for somebody to teach the rules.

Bookings/Registration – If you specifically want people to be able to reserve spaces for your game/event, then check the toggle and set the max number of spaces. Be sure to include a space for yourself if you are attending! You can sign up to the event and reserve a space yourself once it has been created.

Viewing, Editing And Deleting Your Created Events

You can a see a list of all events you have created on the ‘Add/Manage Events‘ page. You can view details about an event as well as edit, delete and manage bookings for your events from here.

Viewing And Managing Bookings For An Event

You can view and manage bookings for your events on the ‘Add/Manage Events‘ page. Click on the View/Edit Bookings link to be taken to the bookings management page for a specific event.

You will be able to view all bookings for the event, as well as reject/delete any bookings. Rejecting a booking will email the attendee to notify them that their booking has been rejected. Deleting a booking will not send an email and will remove it from the bookings list. 

Players Wanted Requests

Viewing Players Wanted Requests

You can view Players Wanted Requests here.

Posting A Players Wanted Request

You can post to the activity stream at the top of the Players Wanted Requests page. Type in the details and hit Submit. This message will be able to be viewed by all other users.

Deleting A Players Wanted Request

Players Wanted Requests cannot be deleted. We suggest referring to the time the requested was posted to judge the likelihood of space being available.

Responding To A Request

There is no way to pre-book or respond to Players Wanted Requests online. If you want to join a game, go to the location listed.

Adding, Removing & Viewing Friends

You can add a friend by going to their profile and pressing the ‘Add Friend’ Button.

You can remove a friend by going to the profile and pressing the ‘Remove Friend’ button.

You can see a list of your friends on your profile page under the ‘Friends’ tab.

You can set your profile visibility to ‘Friends Only’ in your account, so this is a good way to manage who can see your profile.

Private Messaging

How Do I Send Messages To Other Users?

There are two ways to privately message another user; you can click on ‘Private Message’ on their profile page or go to ‘My Profile -> Messages -> Compose’ and type in their username. You can also message multiple users at the same time this way.

Reading Your Messages

You can access your messages via ‘My Profile -> Messages -> Inbox’.


Who Can See My Details?

The events list and any associated events are publicly available. Only your display name (which can be set in your profile) will be visible if you host or sign up for an event.

Your profile, activity and the members directory is only accessible by logged in users. By default, logged in users can view your profile, but you can set this to ‘Friends Only’ under the privacy settings in your profile.

You can also hide your profile from the Members Directory on the same tab, although the Members Directory can only be accessed by site admins and is not made public. 

Changing Your Privacy Settings

You can change your privacy settings from the ‘My Profile -> Settings’ page. The ‘Privacy’ tab will enable you to toggle who can see you account and if you want to be listed in the ‘Members Directory’ (which is only accessible by admins).

Changing Your Display Name

You can change the name that is displayed when you create or sign up to an event from the ‘My Profile -> Profile -> Edit’ page. You are welcome to choose any name but please keep it free of profanity and be sure it does not breach our Prohibited Conduct policy in our Terms and Conditions.

Terms And Conditions

By using the Game Finder system you agree to the terms stated on our Terms and Conditions page.

Privacy Policy

You can find our full Privacy Policy here.


Report A Bug

The Game Finder System is very much still in a beta state and you may come across bugs and other issues. If you find a bug, have any comments, or would possibly like to get involved in making it better, please email Dan.


There is currently no way to completely disable emails within the Game Finder system. This is a feature we will be looking to add in the future.

You can currently change some of your email settings (for when you are mentioned in a comment, when somebody sends you a private message and when somebody sends you a friends request) in your ‘Profile -> Settings -> Email’ tab.

You can, however, block all emails from the Game Finder system via your own email client.