Retrospective - CanGames 2018

Hey Champions!

We were in Ottawa for CanGames over the Victoria Day long weekend, and let's just start by saying that it was amazing! We had a great time, made some amazing friends, and made some great connections. Let jump into the good, the bad, and the ugly...

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The Good

  • Old Friends
    On the first day of the convention, on our way to our booth, we heard someone say, "I know you!". Back in March, we did a convention in Toronto and met two kids excited about the game. Unfortunately, they couldn't buy it at the time; and honestly, I never thought I would see any of them again. So, it was so exciting to run into one of them at CanGames. Throughout the weekend, he spent a lot of time at our booth, playing and keeping us entertained during the slow times. For that, we thank him a lot :)
     
  • Size of the Booth
    The booth at CanGames was massive. It was wonderful! For the first time, I didn't feel super cramped sitting at our table. It was 10' x 10', and our tables were 8'x3'. We were able to fit two tables in it! Seriously everyone, it was massive!
     
  • WoOZ Wall (Wizard of Oz Wall)
    This is a minor thing with a huge impact for us. All of the booths had a curtain behind that we could store things. This also became a safe place to keep inventory over night and just hang out in when you needed a break. 
  • Amount of Sales
    All things considered, we made a lot of sales. This was one of our best conventions we've had. Thank you to everyone who supported us in these early days :)
     
  • Taking time off
    My friends tell me that I don't take time off or that I'm going to burn out. They'll be happy to know that I took an hour and a half off to go to parliament with my wife. It was so much fun and I'm really happy we did it. 
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  • Didn't do my talk :)
    I was scheduled to do a talk at 10 am on Saturday, which would have been fun but no one signed up. That's okay, I was pretty nervous about it anyway. Also, I was able to spend more time at the booth which was perfect because at the time I was supposed to do the talk, I did a demo that turned into a sale. So it all worked out. 
  • Shiny Charizard
    Nothing too special, but I'm happy I got him.
 
 

The Bad 

  • The Rain :(
    It was raining when we caught our Charmanders. It reminded me about this

Takeaway: Pack extra socks and other clothing incase you get wet. It is very uncomfortable doing demos in wet clothing.

  • Long demo
    We had a demo that went on forever! I normally don't mind doing demos for as long as it takes for the player to understand and enjoy the game. But we had one person who came to our booth and just stayed for a very long time and at the end was angry at the end of it. It didn't feel really great for someone to play the game and walk away frustrated (at me or my team). 
    Takeaway: Sometimes you gotta have a way to politely tell people to leave. I haven't figured out how, but I will figure it out one day.
     
  • Didn't get my follow up interview :(
    When I had my talk cancelled I was offered the opportunity to do an interview instead. I was up for that, but it never happened. I don't know why there was no follow up, but I do know that half the ownership was on me. I should have got the interviewer's contact information :( 
    Takeaway: Make sure you got follow up information on everyone you interact with. Don't assume they'll follow up with you.
     
  • Cost of trip
    Doing a convention out of town is quite expensive. You need to rent a hotel or AirBnB, there is the expense of food, and then gas prices are so high. It's just the reality of the situation and there isn't a whole lot you can change about it.
    Takeaway: Maybe try to bring some additional meals or any more food so that we don't need to buy out as much.

The Ugly

  • We forgot our Square Tap
    We made a huge mistake and forgot to bring our square point of sales devices. It was annoying and very unprofessional.
    Takeaway: Make sure you have a checklist of everything you need to take with you and check it twice ;)

Closing comments

Overall, CanGames was amazing and a wonderful experience. I'm so happy we went. The people we met and befriended made the whole journey worth it. Sales and connections are always nice, it is really the people and the community who makes it all worth it.

Thank you to the whole CanGame team. 

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Retrospective - SkyCon Light 2018

Hey Champions!

On April 28th, we were in Kitchener for SkyCon Light and we had the best time there! We had a tournament which had some amazing moments and for the first time, we sold booster packs. It was a great day with so much to talk about. Let us dig into The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

The Good

 All four covers for the 18 card booster packs

All four covers for the 18 card booster packs

  • Booster Packs
    We had 18 card booster packs available for sale at SkyCon which was super cool. They contained a lot of cards from alpha and may be the only chance some players get to owning a larger card pool of alpha cards. We saw some awesome rares opened and many of them found their way into the tournament.

 

     Me with Rob

    Me with Rob

    • Old Friends
      We saw a lot of familiar faces which was such a great feeling. This was the first convention where things felt less nerve-racking and more comfortable. It was a great atmosphere with very kind people. Thank you to Rob et. al. for hosting another great event.

     

     Me with Max

    Me with Max

    • New Friends
      Though it is always great seeing old friends, making new friends can be just as exhilarating. I wish I had more time to try out other games and be more involved at the convention (maybe another year I'll get that). But it was great seeing so many new faces supporting this amazing event.
    • Tournament
      We had a 6 person tournament go on which was super fun. Our victor, Lionel Nunes, walked away with a booster pack for his winnings and everyone got a SkyCon exclusive Tsunami Promo. He won all his games 2-0. Great job Lionel!
       
    • Quality > Quantity
      We didn't get to do a lot of demos, which is a shame. But the ones we did were amazing. People seem to be really enthusiastic about the game and jumping into the community. Thank you to everyone who came out to do a demo. 

    The Bad

    • Not enough prep
      This is my most common problem... I keep on feeling overwhelmed at each convention. One day we will get this down right.
    • Lesson learned: Don't get cocky! Even if you've been to the same convention before, don't take it lightly. Every convention is important. 
       
    • Not many new sales
      Most of our sales were to people who already play the game. This is okay, of course, but it would be nice to get new players in. But that's the problem everyone has.
    • Lesson learned: Enjoy the process. It's a slow turning wheel to get a community growing. Be happy with the growth you have and don't doubt your success. 

    The Ugly

    • All by myself
      For the first time ever, I was doing a convention on my own. I missed having my wife by my side...

    Closing comments

    I'm always happy to be at a SkyCon event. Make sure you come out in October for some amazing promos and exclusive products! For now, come out to Thursday game nights in Brantford, Friday demo nights in Toronto, or monthly tournaments in Cambridge. Follow us on Facebook or check our event page for more details.

    Our next convention will be CanGames in Ottawa. We're looking forward to seeing you there!

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