{Event Planning} Recovering After A Poor Turn Out

RECOVERING AFTER A POOR EVENT TURN OUT
Organising a local gaming event is no small feat, and low attendance can feel like a real slap in the face.

My husband and I run a local Blizzard fan group, and on 26 January, we ran our first proper public event. Usually our events are done in a private room in the local library or online, but this time we were a part of a much larger festival that was held in an open space.

We put together a fantastic schedule, we sought out sponsors who provided some epic prizes, and we tried our best to promote the event, but it wasn’t enough.

Out of a group of 85, only 10 of us attended.

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A Very Pricey Impulse Buy

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You may have seen me mention a few times that I’m putting together a Blizzard fans Marquee Meetup at our local Australia Day foreshore celebrations. The event is in a week and a half and I am starting to STRESS OUT.

The easy parts are all done now: I’ve secured prizes and cash donations, I’ve locked in what events we’ll be doing and I’ve begun promoting it where I can. That leaves all the trickier parts like decorations and set-up.

But I am worried so much. What if no-one comes? What if I have missed something super important and it’s a disaster? Most importantly, though, what am I going to wear?!

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My Top 6 Gamer Picks From Welovefine

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I have been doing a fair bit of merchandise shopping lately for the local gaming group I run, and I have discovered something that many of us have probably know for quite while — there are slim pickings for lady gamers in the awesome fandom T-shirt department!

Thankfully, it was through that article that I discovered Welovefine, an awesome store that has a similar set up to Redbubble, where artists can sell their designs to the public on all manner of merchandise. I spent my free time yesterday browsing their collection, and thought I would share with you my favourite six designs.

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Super Mamas: Jessica from Nerdy With Children

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Some days it feels like it’s impossible to juggle working from home with small children, but there are incredibly inspiring mamas out there who do pull it off. I’m super excited to share with you an interview I did with one such super mama.

I have been emailing Jessica from Nerdy With Children for a while now, and I was absolutely stoked when she agreed to do an interview with me. Her rad clothing line aimed at geeky parents and kids alike is really starting to take off, and I am in awe of her. I mean, not only is she an entrepreneur, but she also has a bub around the same age as mine! Needless to say, I was definitely curious to see how she makes it all work.

Read on to learn more about Jessica from Nerdy With Children.

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Damsels in Distress No More

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This is a guest post by the wonderful Lily Sommers. Please have a read and leave a comment on her incredibly thoughtful opinion piece! -Neri

Empowering girls to break gender boundaries

There was a time when women in video games were nothing but princesses trapped in castles (but apparently, not this castle – she’s in another one), never learning despite being abducted by the same turtle monster a dozen times. They were princesses in need of saving, kidnapped by dragons or cults, or taken hostage by terrorist groups, which only the heroes could go against. They were passive recipients of action, awaiting their saviors, and sometimes even regarded as ”generally useless”. And even when you could use them, they were healers, wielding staves and rods and characteristically frail, with low HP and low Defense.

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Warlords of Draenor Pre-Launch Shenanigans in Sydney

Ion Hazzikkostas with the Blizzard ANZ team
Ion Hazzikkostas with the Blizzard ANZ team

Last week I had the privilege of attending the Warlords of Draenor pre-launch event in Sydney — no mean feat when you consider I live a casual 4,259 kilometres away! It was an absolutely phenomenal experience and I still can’t quite believe that I was invited to attend in the first place. It was so surreal being able to mingle with folks who I consider to be blogging gods, as well as the star of the show, World of Warcraft Lead Game Designer,  Ion Hazzikostas. It was the closest thing I’ll ever get to Blizzcon and it did not disappoint.

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