First convention: done and dusted

So, here we are, the day after the day before. When Emmanuel’s Collective went to their first convention! In a lovely little place called Milton Keynes the their is a local RPG club that host a gaming day twice a year, called Concrete Cow. These guys where amazing to spend the day with a incredible kind to allow me to join them

So the day was split into three 4 hour session for people to sign upto, giving some time in between each session for food/drink and, yup you guesses it, checking out the wares for sale! besides myself the great people form Leisure Games where their to with a large assortment of RPG books and games.

I myself took my dice bags, dice trays, and a whole assortment of dice for the good people of Milton Keynes to buy. I was very honoured in the response of people to my dice bags and trays, the fact that people liked it (never mind whether they bought some) was awesome! This was my first real visible moment as Emmanuel’s Collective. And has given me a lot of confidence.

Having had this experience, I am hoping to go back to Concrete Cow again next year. And am gone have a look at what other conventions Emmanuel’s Collective could attend next. So until then, watch this space!

Apologies, plans and to-do-list

Sooooooo, the whole by-weekly updates on the shops progress and what I am up to never really came to be.

So why the silence, what has been going on?

The answer is a number of different things: moving house, getting made redundant and job hunting. Getting made redundant was a bitter-sweet kinda thing because although I enjoyed my job, but the hours where long and unpredictable. Leaving me not much time and energy to focus on my shop and creative projects. My new job has standard hours and now weekend work leaving me plenty of time to get back stuck into Emmanuel’s Collective!

The new house I have just moved into is bigger and has given me space to put together a proper little workshop! In theory meaning I will be more productive 😉

What is the plan now?

The plan in itself is simple, focus on one product at a time to make sure I don’t end up with multiple half planned/design projects and an empty shop!

What does the to-do-list for the rest of 2019 look like?

  1. Of course we start with more dice bags! I have tons of fabric all cut to size ready to go.
  2. Dice trays! I have created a small, easily stored and carried dice tray. And have roped some friends into product testing them for me! feedback has been good and I am now ready to make more and put them up on Etsy.
  3. D20 bath bombs!! This is an idea i have been playing with for a while and am pretty excited about. basically a bath bomb in the shape of a D20 dice. With an actual D20 in the centre! I have got the moulds made and will start playing around with scents soon to create some samples. If anyone has any favourite scents and smells they like, let me know in the comments below!
  4. DMs guild upload. So I have been trying my hand at writing some home-brew content for DnD. I am currently working on a document exploring some NPC and villain pirate characters, as well a a pirate background and rogue archetype options.
  5. Final thing on my to-do list is to be a vendor at a convention. I have my eye on Concrete Cow in Milton Keyes (UK). With a bit of luck I can get myself a place there and have dice bags, dice trays and D20 bath bombs to sell.

And that’s it! All caught up!

Thanks for bearing with my blabbering, feel free to leave anything you want say in the comments 🙂

Michael

Learning things, making things!

Hi all,

Already two weeks since my last blog post! Time goes by way to fast when you don’t want it to. But here we are, managed to pin my bum to the sofa this fine, grey, wet english morning to write a post I have been narrating in my head for the past few days.

First, i want to do a little shout out, because I need your help. Me and my shop would really benefit from attending a convention, as a trader. What are your favourite, smaller (we are all on a budget after all) gaming conventions in the UK? Let me know where you go and why and i will try and hit them over the coming year!

With that out of the way, let’s get back to this weeks blog!

As I have been thinking about what I should add to the shop, as well as my aim for this to be my creative outlet, my mind turned to stickers and pin badges. I have always enjoyed using photoshop and have a range of pin badges attached to my ‘everyday working bag’. So I though, why not make my own!

This then let me to think what a successful RPG/gaming related sticker should contain. It didn’t take long to to hit the magic three: Dice, Potions, Class related items.

I set out to try my hand at dice first and installed Inkscape (free version of illustrator style software), to play around with dice designs. Which went okay but didn’t have the ‘Wow’ factor i was looking for. So, i turned back to photoshop and youtube. Which brings me to ‘Learning things’. After a bit of browsing I came across Jaysen Batchelor (check him out!) and his Lava potion tutorial. Now that has the ‘wow’ factor I was looking for!

So that is where we are folks, ‘making things’. I am busy drawing and designing some art to turn first into stickers, and if successful, into pin badges.

Thanks for listing to my ramblings. May this week be full of Nat 20 moments for you!

Michael

The shop: progress so far.

It has now been nearly a near since I decided to give sewing a go and thought that starting a Etsy shop would be a great idea. I am the first to admit that I have a tendency to jump in head first and get carried away, but I really tried to take my time with this project and do it properly.

So, what have I managed to do so far?

  • I have a range of 9 different patterned dice bags for sale online on Etsy and Ebay.
  • I have starting selling my dice bags in a local gaming café ‘Sugar and Dice‘.
  • I am moving into selling dice after getting a wholesale account.

And of course I have sold a nice amount of dice bags across my different store front so far, with plenty of stock stacked around the house! Which leads me onto looking at the year ahead: what would I like to achieve?

  • There are two other gaming cafés in Liverpool I would like to establish contact with.
  • I want to move into dice making!
  • I want to double my followers on Instagram and Facebook by the end of the year, through more creative photography of dice and RPG related posts.

So, having said all that, an invitation to everyone who has made it all the way to the end of my first blog post. Now that you have read my new years resolution, please help keep me on track!

All my love, Michael.

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