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Well it appears that I won’t be able to get payment details set up on here.  After some research, I will need to get my own self hosted platform; then migrate the blog to WordPress.org.

As much as I love the game, this is going to be a little difficult; given the short time frame.  Personally I would have liked to start this in March, with advertising Skirmish at the various events in Scotland throughout the year. Promoting through various forums, would also take place about this time; giving people outside the area plenty of time to make arrangements.  Traders would be contacted, clubs attended; general foot slogging to get the word out there.  Sitting back expecting people to come to you, won’t work; unless you have a great reputation i.e. Gencon.  This is even more important to remember, when it’s a charity event; as more people = more money donated.

There are various ways to increase attendance:

  • USP – Unique Selling Point, with charity events this will almost always be the charity itself.  I say almost, as anything that makes the event different from others; is a USP.
  • Attractions – From exclusive vendors to special events (3 tournaments in one day???), this has to make people want to attend.  Relying on one thing, isn’t going to work either.  Not everyone will want what your offering, so no point in attending.
  • Deals/Offers – like exclusive vendors/traders, this could be something that can’t be purchased anywhere else.  Even Privateer Press do this, with PAX this weekend, there is the exclusive chance to get Sturm & Drang before it’s official release.
Overall there are many more things to an event, than just opening the doors and hoping people turn up.  In this digital age, there are many ways to get the word out there; while making it easy for them to spend their hard earned money.

Ennies 2011

Way back in the mists of time, there was a podcast called Shotgun or Grapple. They had just started out, when along came GenCon and the Ennies. GenCon is still the greatest gaming event of the year, in which the gamers themselves get to vote for their favourites at the Ennies Awards.  At the time, it was noticed there was little in the way of wargames; the awards being dominated by RPG’s.  Having just started out in Warmachine, I was surprised; considering the timing of MkII it should have been nominated. It wasn’t, neither was Privateer Press as a whole.

As part of the podcast, we got to learn a lot about the Ennies; how they worked plus some plans for the future.  One of those plans, was to create new categories and redefine others.  So it was with great joy that I saw Privateer Press nominated in several categories – Best Miniatures Product (Khador Gun Carriage), as well as the chance to vote for them as your favourite publisher.

There was no question about the publisher, Privateer Press have continued to build on MkI; with MkII and now Wrath.  The one I had problems with, was the Miniatures Product.  I found this really tough, as up against the Gun Carriage; was the Battletech 25th Anniversary Introductory Box Set.  I played Battletech for over 10 years, only losing interest in it; when Wizards got their grubby corporate hands on it.  With the re-launch from Catalyst Game Labs, Battletech is looking to have revived that old feel I enjoyed so much.  I have to admit that I cracked, Battletech got my 1st vote; with Khador BE getting my 2nd.  I beg forgiveness, as I AM a Cryx player; so its not in my nature to vote for some limp wristed namby-pamby faction (just kidding lol).  There is another reason I voted as I did, that is because the category is Miniatures PRODUCT.  While the Gun Carriage is a miniature, I don’t feel it is a complete product.  You still need other things to use it, where as the Box Set is a complete system; with miniatures included.

Whatever you think, go vote; show your support to all the hard working people.  Irrespective of what games you play, all the publishers deserve recognition for their time and effort.  So go vote here

http://www.ennie-awards.com/vote/