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GenCon and Finding Publishers for a Kaiju Deck Builder

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TidalGames
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So we're going to be at GenCon in the First Exposure Playtest Hall this year. We will be actively seeking to have publishers come by to demo our game Kaiju: Deck Destruction. We will have a finished prototype and are really looking forward to being there. We haven't received the schedule for the playtest hall yet but we've received our invoice so we will definitely be there.

Is it best to contact any publishers who we think would be a good fit for the game and just invite them to come by? Should we wait until we have our schedule for the playtest hall and try to arrange a time and date to demo the game? Are there places to arrange meetings with publishers outside of the playtest hall at the Con or should we ask them out to dinner? Does buying them a drink first help? Should we bring corsages?

This is our first time at GenCon and we're really excited but a little unsure of how to actively seek out publishers. We don't expect anyone to take a chance on a first time designer sight unseeen.

Thanks folks,
Gary

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Hmm...

Instead of corsages maybe you should have ushers to escort them to their privately reserved seats. You know the whole red carpet thing...

Or if you can convince enough people to line-up at your booth, VIP treatment could go a long way...

Having someone with a camera also helps! People just flock to a camera... People would be like: "What, this guy is doing an interview about his game... What?!"

I've seen some great con videos and very renown people are always interviewed...

I've only been to Protospiel North, which was also a con, however I have heard that you can invite Publishers to come visit your booth - like a mass-mail. Probably many Publishers will be going to GenCon - so you probably will have good luck with your demos...

Note: You could go the el-cheapo way with police tape and "Do Not Cross This Line"... Or you could go with those Red Velvet movie style delimiters to fence off your booth - or it's private playing area.

Note 2: I've done a lot of cons in the Home & Garden variety. We bring in cut trees, lava rock, fencing, the whole kit to make up a booth. Did that I few times since my Dad was in sales and managed his own booth.

Perhaps a VIP lounge (you don't need to have drinks) but sort of promote something more chique.

Here's a Red Velvet picture:

Note 3: You could always get 2 or 3 feet extra from your booth (or your playtesting area)...

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