My wife is currently taking a marketing class, and while she was discussing one of her current assignments last night I was reminded of something fairly profound. I’ve made an effort to market the convention as exactly what it is, at least on the surface. It’s an event at a hotel wherein you get to play games all day long for three amazing days. We’ve added a bunch of features and events to give the convention a robust appeal, from demos and tournaments to panels and cosplay. The end goal is to make the convention as memorable an experience as possible.
Therein lies my recent revelation. The appeal of a game con is that it’s more than what it is… it’s an experience. You get there as early as you can and spend up to 16 hours packing in all the gaming you can take. You sit down with friends and strangers and check out games you’ve never played before. You fit in a few of your favorites, maybe even teach some of your fellow gamers how to play! You try out That One Thing you’ve never gotten around to playing before. You grab the occasional snack to keep yourself moving, maybe take a break at some point to get a real meal at the hotel restaurant or one of the nearby eateries.
You take a few minutes to check out the vendors, sign up for drawings for new games and gaming products, maybe relax for a few and watch the cosplay contest or attend a panel on game design. At the end of the day, maybe you’re exhausted and head up to your room, or maybe you meet up with some folks who are gaming in theirs! Maybe you hit the hotel bar and have a few drinks with new friends, talk about the day and make a mental checklist of the games you still need to check out.
Either way, you get to do all again tomorrow!
A Game Con isn’t just an event, it’s an experience. I’ve been heartened by how many people still talk about last year’s TsunamiCon and the great time they had. Right now – in Wichita – it’s a unique opportunity to spend an entire weekend doing what you love, and doing it in style. With friends, with family, and with an amazing opportunity to connect with so many other gamers!
We’re closing in on our funding goal, but we only have a few days left to make it happen. Help us bring the TsunamiCon Experience back to Wichita this fall. Buy your tickets now via our Kickstarter page and help us cross the finish line (we have to hit 100% to get any of the cash!). We’re so close… now we just a need a little more love to make it real.
To sweeten the deal, we’re going to put our Kickstarter backers into a hat (yes, you’ll all fit… trust me…) and give away a hotel room for at least one night of the convention! So now you can get a great price on your ticket and have a shot at winning a hotel room for the con!
Back our convention, and experience TsunamiCon with us again this fall. You won’t regret it.