Youmacon is an anime convention that took place in Detroit from the third to the sixth november. This was our longest travel as of yet, the biggest con with 13000 attendees, our first time with Hunter, selling shirts and running a contest for the game.
A sharp contrast with Webcomiccon small venue and intimate feel, Youmacon was very crowded with long lines for most popular event. The dealer room while small had so many people that they couldn’t let everyone enter at the same time. Twice we climbed on stage to make a speech, something that we’re not good at doing especially considering my accent, in front of large amount of people. Next time I’ll see to prepare a trailer to replace our speech.
Out of all the things we’ve shown , i believe the game had the biggest impact. Gathering many curious who either watched or dared tried completing the game to acquire the prize. It’s a hard sell to get people interested in a comic they don’t know, squished in between booth, pillar and deafened by loud musics coming from surrounding vendors but a game is something that cross genre interest. We are more determined than ever to make a greater game next time.
We’ve had 8 winners. 7 of them are displayed above. A special thanks to Rain(first photo) for helping promote the game and for trying the infamous hard mode.
An insert from Kite about the Sealers promotion experience.
One of the things we wanted to do at Youmacon was to give prizes for people who beat our Sealers game, and throughout the entire weekend only 8 incredibly determined people managed to walk away with one of our shirts. This guy is one of them. He made a blog post about it so I thought I’d share. :D It’s flattering that so many people liked our Kiel banner. The eyes seem to draw people in!
I’m not very good at the Sealers game myself but I always did my best to help encourage players and give advice, especially since the game setup was sort of cobbled together with my desktop stuff. XD
I brought along my monitor (24″ IPS with beautiful colors) to show off the HD graphics, with the game running on my laptop that I use for work. Since I had forgotten to bring the mini Bamboo tablet, my large Intuos4 tablet’s buttons ended up being the game controller (with the monitor sitting on it, buttons facing out front) – I was uneasy about leaving a full keyboard on the display, and since the game uses only a few keys it made sense to leave it simple for people. (Press the green button to swap characters!)
Maybe next time I’ll bring my gaming mouse so people can take advantage of rapid fire clicking and not break their hands so much on the final level. XD
I’ll admit the convention was difficult for us at first but with the help of our handler Reva, things went better. A special thanks to Trisha who helped us for many things as well. Without them, i don’t know how we would have managed the weekend.
Hunter , our new environment painter, came with us with so much material that she ended up filling a second booth by our table. She was very successful in the dealer room.
James(Masterokiakai, daydream artist) joined us on the second day and Shadow_otm, a long time reader , came for the saturday meetup over at the Fishbone.
That’s it for 2011 conventions. If there is any places you want us to go in 2012, pass on the word to staff members of your local conventions.