Written by John Kimmel
Getting Our Feast On!
A little over a week ago. So much has happened during and since the event, it will be hard to sum it up! For starters, I want to thank Ryan Foxworthy from the Troll’s Den for his interest in our game and bringing Feast of Blades to our attention. Jesse and I felt the game was in a really good spot before we knew about the event, but it was still in its black and white “tester deck” mode. After we learned about Feast of Blades, it really put us into overdrive. We had done so much up to that point, but there was still so much to do. We had to get the official battle kits selected and apply our card designs. We also had to complete the play mats, rule cards, promotional cards, and booth dressing. All of this had to be done within a little over a month’s time. Keep in mind, Jesse and I both still work full time. On top of normal work hours, Jesse is on the road a lot and I teach at night! So yeah, I have to hand it to Jesse for coordinating so much between the time we learned about Feast of Blades until the actual event.
Once we got to Denver and had the booth set up, the reality of it all really began to kick in for me. This was my first time to experience our game being played by people outside of our local tester group. Jesse had told me how exciting it was to watch other people play and enjoy our game, but I hadn’t had the chance to experience that yet! It was fricking awesome! It was also great to have such a nice venue and additional support from our local group. Jenny and Frank traveled up with us and assisted with the whole thing – thanks Jenny and Frank!
As the event rolled by, it became more and more clear that we hit a cord for a number of people. The game was resonating with both table-top gamers and card players alike. It really was the table-top gamer interest that surprised me the most. I mean, Jess and I both talked about how it “could” be an interesting alternative game to table-top gamers because of the point system. However, I don’t think either of us expected that the point system we built into our Battle Card Game™ would be such a popular hit!
Before I forget, I also wanted to say thank you to the Feast of Blades event organizers. I have been to a lot of tournaments and conventions of its size when I was an avid gamer in my highschool and college years. This was one of the best ones I have attended. Not only were the Feast of Blades people friendly and helpful; but every vendor, demonstrator and attendee there was awesome! I have to mention Josh and Adam. Those guys were especially cool! I really hope to see what Josh, from Greenman Designs, can do for us in the future. As for Adam, he brought to our attention WizCon in Tulsa, OK. As it turns out, WizCon will be our next major out-of-town demo in early November. That show will be huge for us, so super excited about that! I’m sure I am forgetting a ton of stuff, but those are the high points that come to mind. As always, thanks again for following us. Check back from time to time for additional commentary, events,general updates, and information.