Searching for local game conventions

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Recently, I’ve been trying to figure out where else we can take our game to playtest it. We’re in San Diego, Calif., which means we’re pretty far away from most of the big gaming conventions in the U.S. (why are there so many in the eastern part of the country?!). We have a couple small local board gaming cons here in the San Diego area (we’ve been to both Kingdom-Con and EsCon) and there’s Strategicon three times a year in LA, which is great. But, I’ve been trying to cast a wider net and see what else is out there that we might be able to participate in and get some playtesting in for our game. While I was searching …

Gen Con tips for the first timer

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My two business partners, Dave and Ryan, attended Gen Con for the first time last year. Afterwards, Dave wrote the following blog post with his thoughts and reflections on his experiences. We’re posting it again here as game designers around the world are getting ready for Gen Con 2016. We won’t be attending this year, but we hope to go again soon. And if you are planning on going, we hope these tips help you out. As a new company in the board game industry, we don’t measure success by the number of games we publish in a year or by the revenue those games (would hypothetically) generate. Success to us means meeting important players in the industry, practicing our …

How one conversation at a local game convention saved us from Kickstarter hell

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How do I maximize my presence at small local game conventions as a new game designer? Local conventions are such a great place to get your feet wet as a game designer before you invest in larger conventions like Gen Con or Origins. One of the greatest things we’ve discovered about attending local conventions is the connections you can make and things you can learn from other people in the board gaming industry. Get out there and talk to people. We’ve attended Strategicon in Los Angeles several times and the first time we went we had been planning to launch a Kickstarter for our first game that was in progress at the time. We ended up meeting and talking to …