LoGM - MaximizingACon

It’s one thing to go to a Con to game; it’s a whole other thing to work a con for a KS or as a publisher. I provide some insight and tips for working a con both with and without a booth.

Maximizing a Con

Eduardo Baraf is a game maker from Mountain View, California. He is married with two boys (5/8) and loves playing games with his family and friends at home. He owns Pencil First Games (Lift Off! Get me off this Planet, The Siblings Trouble, GemPacked Cards) and runs the YouTube channel: Edo’s Game Reviews. Professionally his career spans Video Games, Startups, and VR technology.

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  1. Linda MacKellar on April 26, 2017

    Thanks for sharing Edo. We’ve taken a Kickstarter/Press Table at Kublacon but we’ve already missed the boat to exhibit at Origins, Gen Con, BGG etc.

    Any tips for new publishers at specific cons like Origins? Like can you use the Board Room to playtest prototypes (like Print and play Production review copies)? Or would you sign up as a GM for your own game as an event?

    Appreciate the help!

    • Eduardo Baraf Author on April 26, 2017

      As a new publisher, I’d just focus on attendance, getting to know people, shmoozing, etc. Have your game and materials with you. Connect with people online, find out who is going, and meeting up. This is more for Origins and BGG. For GenCon you will want to think about events, First Exposure Playhall, Speed Dating, etc.

      • Eduardo Baraf Author on April 26, 2017

        PS – You can always find places to play.
        PPS – If you look around in the playhall you’ll likely see a Blue Noodle floating in the air. That usually means it is a makeshift design / playtesting area.

  2. Linda MacKellar on April 28, 2017

    Thanks Edo, really appreciate it.

    Is Origins/BGG like GDC/E3 where there are networking type parties or places where people typically shmooze? eg in days gone by it was the Fairmont in San Jose where everyone hung out at GDC. Or is everything at the con?

    • Eduardo Baraf Author on April 28, 2017

      BGG is a bunch of people playing games in a hotel. All of it is in the hotel and it is small.
      Origins is bigger. It is a larger conference with events onsite and in the vicinity.

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