As I just wrote at the Forge, I’ve decided to take a booth at Spiel Essen for Arkenstone and other interested indie rpg designers. The booth reservation deadline is next week, and I’ll likely go for the smallest booth size to keep the expenses down. Forge games (of which I’ll have a good selection available, I imagine) are a destination shopping thing for the core of the audience, after all, so the size of the booth shouldn’t have a big effect here.
The plan at this point is to make available a goodly stock of my own designs and a selection of the Arkenstone retail section, one of the more comprehensive indie game libraries out there. That and the typical Forge-style program of demos, discussion and after-hours play should carry the convention nicely. If I can make a flight over the Atlantic profitable as a convention plan, this shouldn’t be much of an issue.
I’m also looking for other interested publishers who might want to join us at the Spiel. The booth is small this time around (unless I get something like over a dozen committed participants, in which case we’ll consider an expansion), but it’ll be cheap and a good venue for getting to know the Spiel and how to conduct yourself in the largest tabletop gaming convention in the world. Independent designer/publishers only; that’s part of the concept.
I’ll likely write more about this later in the summer. For now, if you’d like to join the booth, be a booth monkey or just meet us at Spiel, do let me know!