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Thanks for a Fantastic Gen Con

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GEN CON. WAS. AMAZING. Thanks very much to the fantastic attendees as well as the wonderful work of the planners and organizers of the event! We wanted to share a brief write-up of our favorite experiences and some of our main takeaways from the event.

 

Connecting with the tabletop gaming community

Obviously, our favorite part of Gen Con was the opportunity we had to connect with the amazing people in the broader gaming community. It was so great to see people outside of our local community in Kansas City be as excited about Diabolical! as we are. We got the opportunity to talk to thousands of people over the course of the four day event, and it was astounding the degree of kindness and enthusiasm we saw among the attendees we spoke with. It was so much fun y’all. Thanks for that.

 

Gaining insight on what it means to be an indie game company

Gen Con represented for us a pretty significant shift towards making this game a reality. When we started work on this project, we were just a couple of passionate hobbyists wanting to contribute to an area which adds a lot of joy to our lives. While we’re still fundamentally those same passionate hobbyists, this event caused us to open our eyes to some of the realities of what it means to work in this industry. Having an opportunity to learn from folks in the industry – including other designers, shop owners, publishers, manufacturers, and bloggers – was inspiring and will surely prove invaluable as we continue our journey.

 

Meeting other fantastic exhibitors

Along these same lines, we made great connections with other exhibitors at the event. I left the event with a wallet stuffed to the brim with business cards of interesting folks. While we didn’t have as much time as we would’ve liked to walk the convention center floor, it was so cool to see all the neat things that everyone is working on, including gaming goliaths like Asmodee and Paizo, as well as small-timers like us. Some of the smaller companies that stood out were the fine folks over at Heroic Games, Devious Devices, and God Hates Games (NSFW-ish). You should check them out! 🙂

 

Gaining valuable feedback from playtesters

At Gen Con, we had the opportunity to participate in the First Exposure Playtesting Hall. It was an incredible experience getting to watch people check out the game first hand and to see how they reacted to it. We’ve been testing the game for quite some time now, but the opportunity to test with the Gen Con attendees proved particularly insightful. Generally, people reacted very positively to the game. One group even said that Diabolical! was one of the best games they’ve ever tested, and they’ve been testing games at Gen Con for several years! Playtesting overall definitely confirms that we’re on the right track (although there’s definitely some issues to be resolved yet).

 

What’s next?

You’ve probably noticed that this post is coming a week or so later than many of the other Gen Con write-ups out there. That’s because we’ve decided to take a brief break from the game to focus on our lives and to recharge a bit. For the two of us, working on Diabolical! is a wonderful and exciting experience, but it’s also in addition to our daily lives and full-time jobs (boo, adulthood!).
That said, we walked away from the event with so much inspiration that it’s been hard not to dig up our designs and keep working on them! We have a million ideas on where to go from here and it’ll take us some time to synthesize those and narrow them down into concrete next steps. Soon, we’ll be looking to send copies of the game out to testers to play with their friends and let us hear about their experiences, so be on the lookout for that!

 

Thanks again to everybody who stopped by our booth to chat with us, who signed up for our email list, and to those who tested our game. We really enjoyed our time at Gen Con and look forward to seeing you at another convention near you!

 

Exhibit hall on the day before Gen Con

Exhibit hall on the day before Gen Con

Giant Pikachu being set up over Pokemon booth

Giant Pikachu being set up over Pokemon booth

Our booth after being set up

Our booth after being set up

Our set up at the League of Xtraordinary Programmers

Our set up at the League of Xtraordinary Programmers

The massive group of people waiting to get in on Saturday

The massive group of people waiting to get in on Saturday