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Lol. I'm playing DnD right now. My DM has to update three… 
25th-Mar-2005 07:06 pm
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Lol. I'm playing DnD right now. My DM has to update three characters that he plays. I took that time out to craft some weapons. I actually crafted a masterwork! My hafling rogue now has a Masterwork Light Hammer. :) WOOOOO. I also had a question: who has gone to GenCon or Origins or such cons and had a booth? My husband (DM) brother and I are thinking that in a few years, we'll write up a campaign setting and sell it at some of those Cons. I'm wondering if it's worth the price for the booth. Also, I've never been to any of those cons...are they cool just for a player?
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26th-Mar-2005 01:41 pm (UTC)
They're a lot of fun; I go to DragonCon every year now, and I'm never bored!

It's great to hear that you guys are creating a new campaign that you want to share! The thing to remember, however, is the cost. There's printing (you want quality), marketing (make sure you're both noticed and known from before--I say that because I've seen a lot of people starting up a new game or company with the idea that the booth alone will be enough for publicity), and the booth.

Maybe you can start some word-of-mouth going about your campaign, maybe some online ads. I don't know anything about how printing works, but you can start with eBook versions then do print on demand. Also, maybe you need a wide variety of products, like non campaign-specific products in addition to your main campaign to warrant a booth. Overspecialization doesn't just kill cheetahs ;)

I would like to hear more about the campaign and I'll gladly let everyone within earshot know about it.
26th-Mar-2005 02:37 pm (UTC)
The campaign isn't even really started. :( It's a goal for about five years from now.
26th-Mar-2005 02:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's cool! I hope some of the stuff I said helps, regardless.
26th-Mar-2005 04:01 pm (UTC)
I've gone to GenCon a few times and I've worked in a booth. I haven't had to purchase said booth, but I know they are pretty expensive. As lofandar said, there are a lot of other expenses that go into it too, mainly printing.

One thing you could consider is DMing a gaming session (or a few) using your setting. See if people like the setting by actually being in it. Then you can always give the players info (hand-out, URL, etc.) I've DMed a bunch of sessions at GenCon too. I found it to be a lot of fun and people seemed pretty interested in it. Just be sure to do the official sign up and do it early so you make it into the book. "Pick-up" games don't usually get much attraction unless it is an already popular setting/game.

Another consideration is to run an informative session. Cons like GenCon really encourage small groups and even businesses to show off. They really try to foster the community. Anyway, have a one hour block about your setting. If you don't want to give too much away, then you can always waste time showing artwork or concentrating on some little things. As with the DMing, you can then give them a handout or URL. Don't make the session a total sales pitch, but plugging your product is ok. =)

Online publishing... RPG Now is good. http://www.rpgnow.com/ They make it easy.

Another "tip"... have a website. Even if it is pretty basic. Domain names are cheap nowadays. I went through Yahoo's small business services and paid like $7-$9. Hosting is cheap nowadays. You can find places that are under $10 a month, or find a place to piggy-back/share with.

Shameless plug: If your setting has anything to do with the planes (official Planescape or not), I help run Planewalker which is the official fan site for Planescape, but we also include other projects. http://www.planewalker.com/.

Lastly, if you have any questions about anything I've said or suggested, feel free to ask. =)
26th-Mar-2005 04:32 pm (UTC)
Wow, honoured to meet you. I was a long time supporter of the Mimir, which I don't think has been updated since 3.0 came out, but he had a variety of links to your site. I've been to your site before and there is a lot of great information. Send me an email some time and we can shoot the breeze about planescape, which is by far my favorite setting.
26th-Mar-2005 06:01 pm (UTC)
I'm flattered, but I'm not some big icon of the industry. I helped redesign the site and help out now managing it. I will shoot you an email. Also feel free to go to the PW site (link in earlier post). We have lots of fun stuff, content, and even forums. I go by the same name there. We have a Yahoo email group too (listed on the PW site).

But this is OT. Sorry, supaniki.
26th-Mar-2005 05:24 pm (UTC)
You know, I should have guessed that from your icon, huh.
26th-Mar-2005 06:03 pm (UTC)
I wish I could take credit for it, but I "borrowed" it. The PW forums have a bunch of Tony D. pictures for avatars.
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