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.
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.
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.