June 12, 2019 – June 16, 2019
We’re on the back end of Origins and I have to say it was an amazing week! These are the times that the tabletop gaming community shows just how beautiful it can be.
This year, I was able to plug in behind the scenes as a ‘Room Captain’ for Shadowrun Missions, the shared (or ‘living’) campaign for the Shadowrun RPG. As the Room Captain, I managed the tables and seating by ensuring that sessions started and ended promptly, that everyone could find their seat, and that seats were filled. I also made sure every Catalyst Demo Agent had what they needed, whether it was the new Mission packs or a bottle of water.
Being involved this way gave me the opportunity to talk to a lot of people about cyberpunk and the blend of fantasy elements in the genre. Of course, that led to our goals with Rem Alternis, excitement about Chicago Shadows, and promoting the upcoming Kickstarter Campaign. I shared bookmarks and stickers, and we raffled off original Chicago Shadows art for anyone who signed up for our email list, which grew by nearly a hundred friends and fans! Everybody was excited to learn about the project and help us succeed. We know that every connection made is going to be crucial for our final lead up to launch, so we’re over the moon about each person who joins us.
As if that weren’t enough excitement, Catalyst Game Labs reached out to us and asked us to produce a promotional video for their upcoming Shadowrun edition release! I thought I was dreaming when they pitched the offer, but it was real. In fact, it was short suspense, roll up your sleeves, and get to work kind of real! The deadline gave us less than 10 days to produce the final work. Small window of time, limited resources, and big stakes? What’s new for a seasoned pro working in the shadows? Start the soykaf drip and write a script, source talent, propose, revise, and submit? We had the go ahead to start recording before the convention closed its doors.
I’d love to share the details with everyone, but I think that needs its own dedicated post. Suffice to say, this was our first paid project, and a chance to prove ourselves ahead of the Kickstarter. Our team at Rem Alternis—and our community—did not let us down. Everyone pitched in and made it happen in a big way. As ever, I am humbled by the number of people who jumped in headfirst without so much as batting an eye. This community and these friendships are so strong that we beat the clock, wrapping production a full day ahead of schedule!
Now we’re 10 days from launch and I couldn’t feel more excited (and proud) of who we are and what we can do. If you haven’t already joined us on this amazing journey, I hope you do—it’s meant to be shared!
With so much love and appreciation,