Saturday, July 13, 2019 is the Locally Crafted Games Fair at the Miniature Market Superstore in St. Louis, MO. But how did it all start? How can you start your own LCG Fair? What's the timeline like to make something like this happen? Let's talk about that.
The Spark of the LCG Fair
About 5 years ago, we did a Kickstarter for Angels - Michael's War. It was successful, but we noticed something. We probably could have sold more copies of the game after demoing it one day during our campaign than we did in our entire campaign. Add in the hassles of shipping costs and whatnot to backers, and you have a feeling that we did not want to do another Kickstarter for a physical product again for quite some time. In fact, we wanted to demo games and sell them right then and there.
Options To Sell Games
So, over the years, we have played with a few ideas for how to sell games after showing people our wares. Options included:
Hanging Out At A Game Store Is Good
In the last 2 years, we have developed some habits as a family and game company. Every Saturday, we meet a bunch of family and freinds at a local restaurant, and play games for 2 hours. The first Saturday of the month, we all go to the Miniature Market Superstore in St. Louis (well, Des Peres, really, but close enough) for Family Board Game Day. Henry (Drop Racers designer) and Aaron (the A in AnSR) go to Miniature Market about once a month or so for Warhammer Underworlds tournaments. Aaron works right by Miniature Market, and goes there way too often during lunch... and before each board game group meeting at work... and before each board game designer meetup once a month. Basically, we're there a lot.
Since we are familiar faces, we simply asked if they would be willing to let us take over some of the store on a Saturday and sell stuff. After a little deliberation and internal talks about logistics, Miniature Market said "yes", gave us a price per table to rent, and agreed to set up an area in the playing portion of the store.
The LCG Fair (Potential) Wins
There are a number of potential wins for both us and Miniature Market in this deal. Let's face it, it might be more for us, but there are no major losses here.
LCG Fair - How Did We Prep?
So, the LCG Fair is set for July 13, 2019. What did we do to prep? That will be our next article. We hope to see you at the LCG Fair, and keep a lookout for what games we'll be selling... and debuting... there.