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Advice for going to a convention

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spidey03
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Hi All,

I was wondering if anybody had any advice for going to a convention. I have just completed my first two games. I am a chemistry teacher and I am thinking about going to a national science teachers convention to showcase my games and I have very limited funds.

Here is my question: Should go to the convention with 4 or 5 games that are exactly the way I want them to look and take pre-orders or should I take 100-200 games that are not exactly the way I want them to look (they are Game Crafter quality) and sell them at the convention?

I currently have my games on The Game Crafters and while the cards look great, I have found a local publisher who can print up the cards at the same quality (minus rounded corners) for half the price. In order to produce cards that are Dominion or Playing Card quality (the way I want them to look) I have to invest in about 1000-2000 games. I don't have the funding for something like that, right now. The convention is going to cost me about $2500 and it is at the end of March.

I am afraid not many people will be interested in pre-ordering the game and I am also concerned that I will lose people's interest if the game doesn't look "professional".

Thanks
Dan

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spidey03 wrote:I am afraid

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I am afraid not many people will be interested in pre-ordering the game and I am also concerned that I will lose people's interest if the game doesn't look "professional".

That's a valid concern with$2500 bucks on the line. You'll have to sell quite a few copies just to cover that much.

If the game is just made up of cards there are plenty of services that print custom decks for you. It's expensive per deck but they will look good for demos.

How long before the show?

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Thanks

The convention is at the end of March. I have to register by jan 17th. Over 10,000 science teacher go to this convention. i am not as concerned with making back my money as I am about getting my name out there.

Dralius
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then you have plenty of time.

then you have plenty of time. Try searching the web for "custom playing cards" you'll find quite a few places that do decks.

And get several. I do demos and have seen even well made cards start to show wear after a weekend of shuffling.

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Thanks!

Thanks Dralius,

I will look into that!

Sincerely,
Dan

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