At the Play Expo we only had one computer for attendees to play EBF5 on, so anyone who was waiting around was given a template to draw a cat!
Hey guys, I’ve been without internet for over two weeks, but I’m back now. I guess I have to start off with a write-up of the Play Expo.
It went really well! Not a single thing went wrong!
Setting up was easy. I just brought in my computer, two monitors, a poster, an old pile of Kongregate stickers I got from Mochi London, some cute business cards to give out, and that was about it. The venue was conveniently 10 minutes away from my home. At first I didn’t have anywhere to put up my poster, but the guys next to us left very early so we essentially got a 2nd table just for that. Me and Ronja took turns manning the stall, so we didn’t tire ourselves out. (I also got to try some VR stuff on my break, woop!)
EBF5 never crashed. Both days it ran non-stop for 8 hours without any problems, which was pretty cool, but also what I would have hoped for since the demo was just the most basic parts of the battle system. On the second monitor I had my YouTube videos of EBF5 running on loop forever.
The audience was a bit different from what I expected. EGX in England was mostly for gaming enthusiasts, but while this event still had some of those, it was generally much more casual and family oriented. There were a lot of really young kids, but also a lot of parents and grandparents who weren’t even into video games at all. I ended up showing off EBF5 to a huge variety of people, and it was a very educational social experience for me. I learned how to talk to kids, disabled people, and a lot of very socially-awkward people.
I’m glad I had EBF5 configured in work-safe mode, and I’m happy I made that option available in the first place. Bouncing anime breasts were not out of place at the event, but I think it would have been a bit awkward with the game’s default settings, especially when young girls came to play.
A related point that surprised me was the lack of PC gamers! I think EBF5 was one of the only mouse-controlled games there, and a lot of kids were confused when they couldn’t find the controller or keyboard. Quite a few people had trouble using the mouse accurately, and double-clicking when single-clicks were fine. But besides that people picked up the game very easily. I just told them to pick commands and hit the baddies, and that was all they needed to know really. I only intervened to tell them how to heal when their health got low.
Besides all that we also got to know some of the other exhibitors, including Mega Cat Studios, who make modern NES games, Wrench Games who make card games, and Oi Oi Games who are a store for retro games (their Mario Maker stall dominated the area at first and sort of overshadowed us – not fair!). I don’t think there was anyone particularly famous there – there wasn’t even any official presence from the big gaming companies. It was all quite local and modest. A reporter from The Sun talked to me briefly, but in the end I don’t think he actually wrote anything about me.
I had around 5 people tell me they were fans of the EBF games, and another 5 or so who said they’ve probably played them at some point in the past. So that’s not bad – I’m not a total nobody!
Anyway, it was all a lot of fun and I’d love to do it again if I get more chances to do it so cheaply. (Grand total spent on the event: £89 and around 3 days of preparation)
Here’s some impressive fanart from SunnyTheSunFlower.
I’ve finished preparing for the Play Expo. Spent a grand total of £80 on it, including cards, posters, and t-shirts. I made a very restricted version of the Battle Demo for people to play for 10 minutes. I’ll let you know later how that all goes – we’ll see if my cheapo stall ends up looking at all professional.
It’s been quite a chill week with very sunny weather and lots of relaxing.
Also, I own a house now! Me and Ronja are moving in tomorrow!
Got some cute fanart from Ria on Twitter.
I printed 1,000 of the cheapest business cards I could find, and I’m very pleased with them. The edges are a bit rough, but the colors turned out more accurate than on other cards I’ve done. Got them for just £30 off Banana-Print.co.uk.
Here’s some fanart of EBF4′s dark players, from Gianluca850.
Here’s mosaic number 2! This one’s a bit more recognisable than the previous one.
Those black tiles caused me a bit of grief, as they don’t fit in very well and they’re also not very shiny.
After this I learnt not to use grout for pixel art, as it looks better to just glue the tiles right next to each other if you’re only using squares… more on that next time. Also I’ve made one that’s not pixel art (I had to try at least one), but I still need to polish it a bit.
In other news, I’ve just settled into my parents house and it looks like I may be getting my own house soon after all, so it’ll be time to move all over again!
Got some fanart from Kossza!
It’s based on a scene from Nichijou apparently.