This past weekend, we attended Gameacon in Atlantic City as exhibitors! Out of our group, Heidi has had extensive experience visiting cons like Otakon and Anime NYC, while Terry and I have never actually been to one in any capacity.
While I must admit I was a bit nervous in the days leading up to the event, the event overall was a huge success, and I couldn’t have asked for a better first experience. I really don’t know where to start, so I guess I’ll just drop random bullet points. But first, here are some visuals from the event:
- *Every single person* we met was super cool. We got visitors from other developer booths, competitors in the esports tournaments, parents, event staff… you name it. I’ve heard about the inclusive, positive atmosphere at cons before, but really being there is amazing.
- Murphy’s law was in full effect. Okay, it wasn’t really that bad, but some very unexpected bugs came up in the build we were using. I ended up cutting out the Title Screen completely and having to restart the game every time we wanted to enable/disable bots, but luckily it was manageable.
- There aren’t exactly natural breaks in the action, so it was tough managing the day’s time. Whenever I went to check out the other tables, I had this feeling in the back of my mind that I had to hurry up and get back to my booth. Terry barely got a break the whole day. Also, I forgot to live-tweet a single time!
- Setting up is not as time-consuming as I imagined. Ours clocked in at 15 minutes.
- Bomber Barn was especially popular among the younger crowd, and most of them don’t have a Twitter or email address (yet). Staying on their radar (or their parents’) might be tricky, especially given their tendency to be console gamers exclusively.
- Arguably the biggest benefit was just the sheer amount of player feedback. I have a very clear idea of what to fine-tune in the next update, and what to keep.
With one event under our belt, Bomber Barn’s next stop is Playcrafting’s Halloween event, much closer to home. We went to Trick or Play last year as visitors, and I’m excited to bring Bomber Barn this year!