Simon J Rogers - Dragonmeet 2006
ProFantasy Software and Pelgrane Press blog

simonjrogers
Date: 2006-12-04 13:17
Subject: Dragonmeet 2006
Security: Public
Tags:pelgrane, profantasy

Dragonmeet 2006 was a great success both in itself and for ProFantasy and Pelgrane. Well done,  angusabranson

gbsteve ran demos of Esoterrorists in half-hour chunks. It's pretty hard to run a demo of an investigative game in 30 minutes, but he did a good job. All the playtests were full, and we sold out of Esoterrorists, as well as a decent chunk of the Rhialto book. Pelgrane had its best year. Sasha and his family helped on the stand, and Mission: Ineffable guys sold through all of the playtest copies we produced. They also helped shift some Esoterrorists, too.

ProFantasy also had its best ever Dragonmeet year, with uthoroc and Steff on the stand. We were pleased to see new faces, as well as long-standing loyal customers. I'm waiting for feedback on Dungeon Designer 3 from those customers.

The Dragonmeet charity auction raised £1600, and a big chunk of that was the poisoned chalice passed to Angus - a John Kovalic cartoon with him featured, signed by John! This was organised at the last minute by the auctioneers direct with John. Angus could hardly fail to bid for it, and I commend him on his generosity. The GUMSHOE Horror manuscript went for £100 - thanks, Brian.

Post A Comment | 12 Comments | Add to Memories | Share | Link



gbsteve
User: gbsteve
Date: 2006-12-04 13:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think I did an OK job. I think I need to give more thought to the scenario if I do this again (GC Indy maybe). What I ran had some investigation in it but slightly too much emphasis on action.

Mind you, I'd not run the system before and I had very little trouble in doing so. The Collective who are much more used to this kind of demo had cutdown versions of the characters and crib sheets for rules. I think these would help focus the demo on the important aspects of the system.
Reply | Thread | Link



simonjrogers
User: simonjrogers
Date: 2006-12-04 13:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I agree that the section of the adventure we choose, while being full of tension and action, didn't highlight the system's innovative investigation features. This is hindsight, of course. Cut down characters, with say a set of five or six investigative and interpersonal abilities would do the trick. We still have a lot to learn from IPR / CE at conventions.

I think the easiness for GMs running the system is something I'd hadn't really considered as sales point, even though it's a fairly obvious plus, neither had I considered the fact that it actually assists in improvising games using the system by formalising clues as game driving nuggets of info.
Reply | Parent | Thread | Link



pond823
User: pond823
Date: 2006-12-04 14:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It was great to seel all the Esoterrorists and quite an easy sell. I had plenty of people say they had 'heard' of it and ask me about it realtion to Cthulhu. 'Solving the library use roll problem' was probably my most used sales pitch. I'm looking forward to my own print copy ASAP.

Read bits of the Rhialto book last night, once again it makes me want to actually play. I still can't get over how well Daves cover has come out.

Freya had an excellent adventure at DM and she said she'll definitely help out next time, but hopes she can play more games. You have a BIG fan there. Christina was ethuastic enough to say that she'd want to come along earlier and help out on the stall a bit, as much for the fine company as anything I suspect.
Reply | Thread | Link



gbsteve
User: gbsteve
Date: 2006-12-04 15:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Paula and I enjoyed talking to Freya at dinner about Disneyland and such. Paula doesn't often take readily to children but Freya was lovely. She even didn't complain too much when we both ate dessert in front of her.

You could have sold more Esoterrorists. One of the demo players missed out because you weren't taking cards and by the time he'd got some cash you'd sold out.
Reply | Parent | Thread | Link



pond823
User: pond823
Date: 2006-12-04 15:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah I think we'd have sold all 40 of the DM print run. We took and sold 37 and I know if we'd have taken cards we'd have sold a few more. Judging by the number of people in venue (compared to the previous years which I know the actual figures for) I'd say 8-10% of the ticket holders who were there for RPGs bought a copy and that is a great figure.

Freya really enjoyed the adult company of the evening, along with a certain small dog, too. She is learning that desserts come from the nice-but-bad dice pool and that she only gets a small number with me each day.
Reply | Parent | Thread | Link



simonjrogers
User: simonjrogers
Date: 2006-12-04 16:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, it was a great pleasure having you all there, and Freya was no hassle at all. She is very organized. I'm not sure where she gets that from, though.
Reply | Parent | Thread | Link



Natural20
User: natural20
Date: 2006-12-04 16:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I saw something shiny and unique, how could I resist? :)

And thank you for letting me rant at a bunch of people for an hour and a half, very enjoyable and for a good cause!
Reply | Thread | Link



Chris Hartford
User: kit_hartford
Date: 2006-12-04 18:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Everything seemed to go swimmingly on the day - no disasters at all that I'm aware of - and I found plenty of things to buy though I talked myself out of some items on the day (Esoterrorists looked to be in short supply and I'm waiting on a new and/or stable PC before getting CC3).
Reply | Thread | Link



simonjrogers
User: simonjrogers
Date: 2006-12-05 09:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You are in the interesting position of Admiral Jellicoe - you can't win the war, but you could lose it. If you are doing your job right, no one at Dragonmeet even notices; if you do it wrong - chaos. Still, smooth as ever this year.
Reply | Parent | Thread | Link



uthoroc
User: uthoroc
Date: 2006-12-05 09:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I was great fun again. Stef and I enjoyed ourselves immensely, thanks for having us over!

I'm still miffed at Simon for "forgetting" to put our group in the playtesting credits of Esoterrorists though. My guess is he was just afraid of messing up the German names. ;)
Reply | Thread | Link



simonjrogers
User: simonjrogers
Date: 2006-12-05 12:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The reason I missed you out is because your emails get shunted into a special folder, and when I was looking through for playtesters, I didn't find you. Still, you did one of the best playtest jobs, sent a really cc3 flow chart of the adventure (which I'll put up in the downloads section)
Reply | Parent | Thread | Link



uthoroc
User: uthoroc
Date: 2006-12-05 13:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Just joking, playtesting was fun enough on its own. :D

I found the flowchart very useful for quick reference during the game, and I'm using the template again to plan another Esoterrists adventure I want to run.
Reply | Parent | Thread | Link



Browse
Navigate
Links
November 2011