Weekly Check In – April 3

How’s everyone doing this week? You made it to Friday! Deep breaths. Keep going, you got this!

Here’s our weekly resource round up. Got any good links to share? Post them in the comments!

Resources

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Interview with Test Coast Games

I was recently interviewed by Test Coast Games, a bi-weekly podcast about tabletop games from a West Coast perspective.

In the episode, we chat about my business Adventure Dice, how I started it from a place of adversity and grew it into a successful business and outlet for creativity. We discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on Terminal City Tabletop Convention, and how I pivoted the 1000+ attendee in-person event to become an online convention. We also chatted about the future of tabletop gaming and the legacy impacts that COVID-19 will have on the hobby.

Listen here: https://www.testcoast.games/2020/03/andrea-driedger-of-adventuredicea.html

The art of making mistakes

How many folks have made a mistake these last couple weeks? 🙋‍♀️I know I’ve made a few.

We’re all doing a tremendous amount of learning right now. Mistakes are okay. It’s really how we handle our mistakes when they happen that’s the important part.

What can you do to move on if you’ve made a mistake?

  • Acknowledge it. With yourself, with your boss, with your team. It’s not as scary once you recognize it.
  • Apologize. If the mistake has affected others, let them know.
  • Be compassionate. With yourself, or anyone else who might have made a mistake. We are under immense amounts of stress; kindness is key in times like these.
  • Fix it. What can you do to make it right? Put a plan in place and get to it. Make sure you communicate how you’re fixing it.
  • Ask for help. We can get through it together.
  • Learn from it. Making mistakes is the best way to grow. What can you do differently next time?

Weekly Check In – March 27

Photo by Amelie & Niklas Ohlrogge on Unsplash

Welcome to our weekly check in. Each week we’ll be sharing a round up of articles, webinars, resources, and other links that we found useful.

You’ll be able to find all these links at a later date by going to our Resources tag. Anything evergreen will also live on our Resources page.

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If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, I’m hosting an online convention. I took a 1,000+ attendee tabletop gaming convention and setup an online event so that our audience could still feel connected to the community during this crisis.

Tune in Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29 from 11am-8pm PDT to https://twitch.tv/terminalcitycon

Next week I’ll share my experiences having to cancel a much-loved event, and the work it took to pivot into a completely different environment.

Creating community in online spaces

As we all turn to social separation (and lockdowns) to help slow the spread of COVID-19, we’re losing many traditional avenues to connect with our audience. But, it’s also giving us the unique opportunity to forge connections online, without a lot of the bureaucratic red tape that comes with organizational adoption of new technology.

What are some ways that you might be able to engage your community online? Here’s some ideas. Pick one that suits your audience, and jump in!

  • Go live! All social media platforms offer a Live Video function.
  • Host an Ask Me Anything (AM).
  • Organize an online conference.
  • Start a forum or Facebook group.
  • Start a chat server. Discord and Slack are perfect for this!
  • Host educational webinars.
  • Use online polls to get feedback and get people thinking.
  • Use your Instagram/Facebook stories; use some the interactive stickers.
  • Get a hashtag going (#holdthefort?)
  • Create virtual tours.
  • Start a blog (hello there!)

Lastly, let your audience see your face now and then! Even as you move interactions online, seeing the real people behind the messaging helps to instantly forge that human connection.