It’s been a long time since we’ve updated the blog and that’s just because of how very busy we have been!
Since our last post we have taken Glyph Quest Chronicles to not just one, but two gaming shows and as always we have had a great time letting you guys see what we’re up to and getting all your thoughts and feedback on the game so far.
Legends of Gaming
First on the list was Legends of Gaming, a show we didn’t know much about but are happy we went along. Unlike MCM and Develop the audience here was mostly kids, 8-14yo boys for the most part (and their parents), and almost all of them had blue hair thanks to Dan TDM. What do you mean you don’t know who he is?
The Indie Zone here was an eclectic mix as ever and we were one of the only mobile games. Looking around we didn’t think we would be terribly popular (not nearly enough violence, cars or VR in Chronicles) but to our pleasant surprise the game was a hit!
“The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.”
One thing you can count on is that little kids have zero tact. When you go to a show, people will play your game and then tell you that yeah, it’s great. Even if they don’t really like it, if they’re talking to you – the games creator – they will at the very least be polite. Not so with children. And do you know what? They really liked the game! Some of them came back several times to have more turns playing, and a few of the siblings turned it into a competitive game seeing who could clear Quests the quickest.
As with Develop, our Booth kit evolved again. The set up at Legends of Gaming included a screen so we put a quick trailer together to have running alongside the game which was on an iPad in the Tome. We also had more loot to give away. After playing a Quest (or two) we would ask people to pick a prize card to win one of the badges or stickers we had to give away, this proved a big hit with the kids.
We didn’t know what to expect going into Legends of Gaming, it’s an event we’d not been to before, but we had a really nice time and got some very positive vibes from the kids and their folks.
Tokyo Game Show
The week after Legends of Gaming was Tokyo Game Show! This is by far the biggest event we’ve taken Chronicles to and the biggest Indie Zone we’ve featured in!
Visiting Japan and taking a game to TGS has long been an ambition of ours so this was a fantastic opportunity! With over 270,000 visitors over the 4 days we were kept very busy with constant stream of visitors to the booth. And again we have picked up some new tricks for demoing a game at a show.
If you are lucky enough to be taking a game to Tokyo Game Show, you need hand outs! Flyers or postcards, posters or as many other people had – fans! The show going press and public of Japan are so very polite and generally expect to be handed a flyer about your game before they come up and play, sometimes even an invitation to come up and have a go is too direct!
It was great to get more feedback from the crowd at TGS, they seemed to be really into the game and would stand and play for a few Quests. It was also really nice to meet some of the press, including the guys at Famitsu and Touch Arcade, who filmed a little hands on video at the show. The write ups from the local press were all great reviews, including a lovely little piece in 4gamer.net!
We owe a massive thanks to Chorus Worldwide for bringing us out to TGS, and to Rumpus! for being such great booth buddies.
What we know about shows now:
- People are still very reticent to try a game running on a tablet device. The “They’re not proper games” opinion will undoubtably be the subject of a future blog post / rant.
- It doesn’t really matter if you convince everyone who plays your game to go and buy it. What you need to do is convince them to tell their friends to go and do so. As such, particular attention should be paid to getting the attention of the media at these events. Coverage is key.
- Cables. Connectors. Power adaptors. If in doubt, bring it. Who knows what setup the booth will have but I bet it’ll require something that you didn’t bring. If they turn out to be superfluous to your needs, you can become the saviour for another indie who perhaps didn’t read this piece of advice and is lacking that one thing that you have.
- Anything you can do to make your booth stand out is very useful. Most times, it’ll come with a poster or banner or something that lets people know what’s there. Sometimes it doesn’t – especially if you’re going for the cheapest booth option – so bring your own. Also, tape, blu-tack, velcro and an assortment of other things that can be used to stick things to other things. Top booth hack – a spare T-shirt on a hangar can usually be hooked on to the top of the backboard to form an impromptu banner.
- Shows are very tiring. Wear comfortable shoes and drink plenty of fluids. If possible, see if you can get a booth with a chair – you’ll be the envy of all those around you.
- We’re doing it wrong. Judging by the real superstars, we shouldn’t be making games – we should be making videos about games instead.
That’s all for now, and maybe the last time the Tome and Pyromancer outfit make it to a show.
P.S. – At both Legends of Gaming and Tokyo Game Show our booth managed to be right under a Pokéstop, which was fantastic for catching regional exclusive Onion Duck 🙂