This write-up takes the place of our normal news coverage. We explain why, and more, in the ‘New Year, New Changes’ section below.
Our PAX Unplugged Learning Experience
PAX Unplugged 2018 was the first major convention that we’ve attended as a group, and it was awesome. We had wanted to go to the last two Gen Cons, but a combination of factors kept us from doing so. Regardless, we finally went to a con, and it was basically everything we expected it to be. It was awe-inspiring, upbeat, welcoming, stimulating, and generally enjoyable. On the other hand, it was loud, crowded, hectic, and overwhelming. Don’t get me wrong though, the good bits heavily outweighed the bad. This was a learning experience for all of us, and we’re damn glad we did it.
The biggest lesson we learned was this – limit how many people you go with. Graham, D, and I went to PAX Unplugged with three of our friends that also like board gaming, to varying degrees. Problem is, the playtest tables and exhibits are mostly set up for groups of four, tops. And because there were so many vendors and tables, space was extremely limited. This meant that even if we wanted to queue up for a game, there wasn’t enough room to do so, unless we were willing to block foot traffic (which we weren’t). Also, it probably didn’t help that we went on a Saturday, likely the busiest day of any con. No lie, there were so many people in and around the convention center that a random, borderline dumbstruck Philadelphian approached me outside the Reading Terminal Market and asked me what the hell was going on. When I explained it to him, he seemed both stunned and incredulous that a tabletop gaming convention could draw such a crowd. Yeah, our hobby is growing and it’s amazing. Still, whenever we go again, we’ll probably avoid the Saturday rush and focus on Friday and/or Sunday, or even just go all three days.
Overall, it was an extremely memorable, entertaining day. We demoed games, explored the UnPub room and gave some feedback, and were in the presence of some celebrities (we’re not worthy!). Graham found out how much a Wyrmwood gaming table costs ($26,000 for the one – our jaws hit the floor), D admired the surprising abundance of Critical Role cosplayers, and I, well I just got to be around the community I’ve grown so fond of. It was a terrific day and a true learning experience, and I can’t wait for the next one.
New Year, New Changes
As 2018 comes to a close, we’ve taken some time to reassess Board Crazy on the whole. That means the YouTube channel, the website, the content – all of it. There’s one thing we definitely all agree on – this project of ours is getting costly, in regards to both money and time. Speaking of time, we don’t want you to worry, as we fully intend to continue producing the videos that we’ve been making since our humble beginnings. In other words, we’re still glad to dedicate our time to showcasing and playing the games we get our hands on. However, when it comes to everything else, we’ve realized that those things are costing us both time and money we just don’t have anymore.
Here’s what this means – changes are on the way in 2019. The biggest one is that we’re putting the website on ice, so to speak. Yes, D and I love writing the reviews, and I know that I also enjoy recapping the board game news for you all. And those articles do get traffic, but even so, they make us absolutely no income. For those of you who may be unaware, websites are quite pricey to maintain and host. In a few weeks, our hosting costs are going way up, which means every month we keep boardcrazygames.com alive, we’ll lose what is to us a substantial amount of money. And that’s money we could put towards purchasing new games or upgrading our video production equipment.
So yeah, the website is going away in January. It stinks, but we also know that this will open up new opportunities for us. And who knows, with some growth, maybe we’ll end up bringing the website back sooner than expected. And again, losing the website will not stop us from making the content we want to make or you want us to make. Sure, there won’t be any more written board game reviews, but that doesn’t mean we won’t do reviews. D, Graham, and I have already discussed some new video content ideas, one of which is video reviews. If we decide to do them, they may not be on the level of say, No Pun Included‘s reviews, but we think we can make them worthwhile.
This means that the Board Game News column is ending as well (starting today), which also stinks, but I’m looking forward to re-purposing the time I dedicated to those to new concepts. If you need a different source for tabletop news, I recommend tabletopgamingnews.com (TGN) – it’s a great site.
Before I forget, we will continue contributing to this site through the end of December. That means that our videos and reviews will be posted each week until the site is down. There won’t be any video or review on Friday, Dec. 28 because we’ll be taking the holiday week off. The following week we’ll be back and kicking off a new year of Board Crazy.
Okay, that’s it for now. Thank you so much for reading through all of this, and we apologize if this isn’t what you wanted to hear. We get it – it’s difficult for us too. At the same time though, we look forward to these changes and the freedoms they’ll provide. D, Graham, and I didn’t get into this for money; we got into this for the games and the community. You folks have been great to us, both here on our site and on YouTube. The comments and feedback we’ve received are better than money in almost every way.
And we want to grow, so please tell your friends and family about Board Crazy. Like, share, subscribe – all those cliche things really do help. The bigger the audience, the more we can do. If you have any feedback/suggestions for us, please leave a comment here or on YouTube, or send us a message via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Thanks again.