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Free Badges? What about SWAG Bags?

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Some of you may have noticed that we've got multiple programs that give away free badges this year. 

 

GMs, instructors, volunteers, and vendors may be eligible, depending on the particulars, for a free admission, but that free admission doesn't include a SWAG bag, meals, the VIP perk packs, or anything. It's a piece of plastic on a string.

 

We've recognized that some of these people may want SWAG bags and/or the other miscellaneous items.

 

To help these people out, we will be offering the ability to buy JUST the swag bag, including JUST the VIP bag without having to also get another (unwanted) badge. These "Extra" bags will have everything the paying customer would get with their "free" swag bag, but just no spare badges.

 

So you can buy either or both bags, and not waste the admission, and not get cheated by not getting something they got.

 

Basically, there's 4 items.

  1. Badge+Swag bag 
  2. Swag bag without badge
  3. Badge+Swag bag+VIP Pack
  4. VIP Pack without badge

 

 

The meals will also be offered a la carte, as before, so free badge holders or guests with paid badges that do not include the meals for free can get those.

 

And in case it wasn't clear, this means a guest could buy as many SWAG bags and VIP Packs as they like, and pick them up at the show, and not have to get more Badges than they need to enter.

 

When Registration goes on sale, these "just this bag" and "just this meal" options will go on sale, too. Nobody will have to choose between being a part of the show as an instructor, GM, or volunteer, or vendor, and having cool stuff!

 

We're also exploring the option to include a subset of the SWAG bag items - imagine being able to get your badges, extra SWAG bags, and even more extra Sophies or paints, and have it all waiting for you at the registration desk when you sign in!

 

Oh - we aren't shipping ANY of these items. You MUST have a badge (free or paid) to get them.

 

If you're not planning on attending and just want Sophie or the SWAG bag, you'll have to wait until October when we sell extras on the reapermini.com store and ship those.

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Also any idea when reg will open up for purchases?

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1 minute ago, haldir said:

Also any idea when reg will open up for purchases?

Ron has had Izzy frantically drawing, and the sculptors sculpting in preparation, so you'll have a good idea what we're putting in the bags.

 

I'm expecting to be able to put badges/bags/meals for sale in May, with Classes and Games going up for sale in June, but some of that is dependent upon Kickstarter fulfillment finishing sooner rather than later. If fulfillment goes into late May, then early June for badges/bags/meals, and late June for classes.

 

I promise we will give as much notice as possible, and everyone responsible is focusing as much attention as we can on this.

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Even a general guideline like that is super-helpful!  Especially for the potential earliest time.

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Can someone walk in and buy a SWAG bag at the show without buying a badge too?  

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29 minutes ago, Inarah said:

Can someone walk in and buy a SWAG bag at the show without buying a badge too?  

So first of all, if you're walking in to the site, why are you not buying a badge?

 

And second of all, no. If you want a bag and are not interested in attending the show, bags will be available for sale at reapermini's main website at the proper time. People on-site need to have a badge to shop or play. That's what the badges are for - they're a way of saying "i have a right to participate in the activities of this event"

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2 hours ago, Reaperbryan said:

Ron has had Izzy frantically drawing, and the sculptors sculpting in preparation, so you'll have a good idea what we're putting in the bags.

 

I'm expecting to be able to put badges/bags/meals for sale in May, with Classes and Games going up for sale in June, but some of that is dependent upon Kickstarter fulfillment finishing sooner rather than later. If fulfillment goes into late May, then early June for badges/bags/meals, and late June for classes.

 

I promise we will give as much notice as possible, and everyone responsible is focusing as much attention as we can on this.

 

 

Thanks for the reply!

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Thanks for this! Also, you can disregard the email I sent asking this question. :)

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On 4/27/2017 at 3:19 PM, Reaperbryan said:

Ron has had Izzy frantically drawing, and the sculptors sculpting in preparation, so you'll have a good idea what we're putting in the bags.

 

I'm expecting to be able to put badges/bags/meals for sale in May, with Classes and Games going up for sale in June, but some of that is dependent upon Kickstarter fulfillment finishing sooner rather than later. If fulfillment goes into late May, then early June for badges/bags/meals, and late June for classes.

 

I promise we will give as much notice as possible, and everyone responsible is focusing as much attention as we can on this.

So, with the Bones 3 Kickstarter gearing up (events to be explained in detail tomorrow) I'm increasingly sure that tickets cannot go on sale in May.

 

I'm tentatively targeting June 1-5 as my date to have admission badges and extra SWAG packs, meal vouchers, and other purchasable non-class, non-game goods available for purchase.

 

Remember, nothing can be purchased unless you have a badge (either paid after the launch date, as described above, or free form teaching/voluteering/GMming), so tit is important that those items go on sale before, or concurrently with, classes.

 

As before, we will post more when we have better, more accurate data than me saying "I hope" and "Tentatively".

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I'm hoping that initial class sign ups will be outside the Origins dates.. still, it's better than Pennsic dates because at least I won't be camping in the middle of Pennsylvania

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10 minutes ago, SamuraiJack said:

I'm hoping that initial class sign ups will be outside the Origins dates.. still, it's better than Pennsic dates because at least I won't be camping in the middle of Pennsylvania

 

Given that I am the one that will turn classes on, and that I will be at Origins, and that every year so far there's been a bug that demanded my full attention (no matter how often I test this blasted thing!), I can guarantee that i will not turn on class sign-ups while I am at Origins.

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6 hours ago, Grayfax said:

June is good... June is wise... 

 

I agree. With the Imperial Navy calling my name later this month (ie $125 dollar model at the local hobby store). I wasn't going to have any spare cash for purchases & such.

 

Thanks for keeping us updated, Bryan!!

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