February 22nd – 24th, 2019
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the first convention of our 2019 marketing circuit. I knew I needed to talk to everyone I could about the company and the Series—and hand out a ton of business cards—but admit I was nervous about it. I wasn’t sure how my conversations would be received, if we’d be successful at gaining followers, or if we’d even make any meaningful connections. Friday began with much hope, excitement, and a bit of insecurity, while Monday’s flight home was filled with contentment, drive, and love for new friends and my community, as a whole.
Friday was a long day. I woke up at 2am Genghis time, and was on the flight 3 hours later. Mike picked me up and we headed to the convention center. There is always this excitement for a new convention–a whole bunch of nerds amongst their own. Our fandoms may be different, but our passion and enthusiasm is the same.
This “leather” bag is actually ceramic!
Saturday arrived and things took off! I made some amazing contacts who very quickly became friends. I met Sue, of Sparkling Shards, who is designing some exciting gamer-related pottery pieces. I met Lee Langston, et al and shared some really fun gaming stories. There was Darren of GingerSnap Gaming, who was playtesting a really beautiful new game called “Ignite.” I met Red All-Seer, who is launching a Kickstarter for his first game, “Sea of War” (I play-tested, and it’s a really fun tactical card game!). Red’s gorgeous (inside and out) wife, Riva All-Seer (followup post about adventures with Riva are forthcoming), co-owns the Lair of Abraxas in Denver and is a shining example of what our community can be.
“Ignite” by GingerSnap Games
Riva, by far, was the biggest supporter of Rem. She not only shared her world and visions with me, but helped me with my own. She put me in contact with a lot of artists that can absolutely help us with the series. She’s offered to help in any way with advertising (my cards are currently hanging out in the Lair), through social media, and in-store postings. Riva re-inspired my definition of Rem’s mission and the type of company I want us to be.
The wonderful Riva All-Seer
Moving forward, we will not only be producing Chicago Shadows, we will be a “fixer” for local artists to get in contact with resources they need to launch their own dreams. Artists tend to know artists–playing the corporate start-up game and management can be a struggle. We can and will help.
I also want to be a safe resource guide for our community. If there are gaming companies, media, or artists that live by a decent moral code and are someone we want to support, we will. We will post them to our website as a leader in our community, and we will hold them accountable to high standards of conduct to continue our support.
Sunday was filled with contentment, friends, and inspiration. My Saturday conversations made me ready to wrap up our first convention, get home, and get to work! There’s so much to do, and I’m excited to take each step.
I see a strong, vibrant, and positive future for Rem Alternis. I hope you continue to join us for the ride! Thanks for reading!