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"Tell the chef, the beer is on me."
A few weeks ago, we exhibited at Emerald City Comicon. Typically when we attend conventions, we try to create some spectacle that captures people’s attention and sells games. Like the time we brought a marching band to PAX Australia.
At ECCC, we set up a “Pay What You Want” booth and encouraged people to give us any amount of money in exchange for our games. We put games on a table, set up some signs, stood off to the side, and waited to see what would happen.
We brought 2000 games. Before the convention began, we took bets on what would happen:
- Tom thought we’d sell out in a few hours.
- Alex thought we’d run out on the of the second day of the con.
- Trin thought that we would not run out of games because we are no longer cool or relevant.
- Jenn got a fever and didn’t know what was happening.
We were all wrong.
The doors opened, and attendees swarmed the booth. Within five minutes attendees realized they could just take games and walk away. A small group grabbed armfuls of free games and left, but most people paid something. Within an hour, the booth looked like this:
We ran out of games in 51 minutes.and made $8042.48, or 18.7% of the games’ retail value. In other words, we lost $685.44 per minute.
Attendees put lots of other stuff in the payment box too.
Some things you put in our box:
- Five Canadian Dollars ($3.72 USD)
- Ten Euros ($10.66 USD)
- Eighty Philippine Pesos ($1.59 USD)
- One Chinese Yuan ($0.14 USD)
- One Cubone Pokemon Card, XY Breakthrough (Avg price - $0.68 USD)
- One Magic: The Gathering Eternal Masters booster pack wrapper (No Value)
- One handwritten “Any Pizza Free” and “Twisted Flicks + KPC” Coupon from a Papa Murphy’s in Kirkland, WA (Estimated Value $25.00 USD)
- One $1 Bill folded into a bowtie ($1.00 USD)
- One “FeelTheBurn.org” $1 bill. ($1.00 USD)
- Two halves of a $1 bill ($1.00 USD )
Once we sold out, we had to figure out what to do with our booth space.
On the last day of the con, we set up a station for mailing letters to representatives.
We provided pens, paper, postage, envelopes, writing tips, and the address of every US Senator.
Over 200 letters were written by con attendees, including the most bad ass Imperator Furiosa cosplayer we’ve ever seen.
We’re still waiting on Immortan Trump’s response.
cards against humanity is run by the pure force of chaos I stg. I like what they did with their booth after tho
Eine Schulklasse in Bad Zurzach (Schweiz) hat ihren Deutschunterricht etwas aufgelockert.
Die Schüler haben gemeinsam mit ihrer Lehrerin die Ortschaft barbaraisiert.
Dabei sind klasse Werke entstanden, die am Schluß des Videos gezeigt werden. (geht nur 2 Minuten)
Zwei Erkenntnisse ziehe ich daraus:
1. Ich hätte auch gerne eine Deutschlehrerin gehabt, die solche ungewöhnlichen Projekte anstößt.
2. Ich muss mich warm anziehen, der Streetart-Nachwuchs kommt mit ganz großen Schritten und hat frische Ideen im Gepäck. Das gefällt mir sehr!
Vielen Dank für die wunderbare Hommage an alle beteiligten Schüler und natürlich auch an die Lehrerin.
Ich fühle mich sehr geehrt und war ganz überwältigt, als mir das Video gestern völlig überraschend zugespielt wurde.
Liebe Grüße und so in die Schweiz,
This is a painting of Jacek Malczewski called simply ‘Death’ and it’s my favourite personification of death in any medium.
She’s not creepy or scary, or sexy, or abstract. She is this thick woman with worn hands, dressed as normal, with a non-stylised scythe and pins in her hair: like a farmer’s wife that just came form the field and rests against the wall, catching some sun. She is not creeping about the dying one holding her scythe over their head, she is just there, calmly waiting her turn.
This painting always fills me with peace and optimism when I think about death. She is just there, outside the window, in no hurry at all, sensible and down to earth. I can live with that.
I ship her with Truth Coming Out of Her Well.
"Tell the chef, the beer is on me."
"Basically the price of a night on the town!"
"I'd love to help kickstart continued development! And 0 EUR/month really does make fiscal sense too... maybe I'll even get a shirt?" (there will be limited edition shirts for two and other goodies for each supporter as soon as we sold the 200)