Developing a game can be a funny thing. Sure, you need to do lots of playtesting, but you also spend many hours working alone on concepts and graphics and manufacturing issues. After all that, it’s nice to actually get out and play the game with folks in the public!
To that end, we’ve created these demonstration & product display stands, and we’ve already had a team of demonstrators out in Auckland showing people how fast, fun and furious Five Men Standing is!
Last Friday I was in Lambton Key in Wellington showing it off with the able assistance of my son, and then Saturday was Queensgate Shopping Centre in Lower Hutt. While they both went well, Lambton Key was definitely the land of busy workers on their lunch-break, while Queensgate was more relaxed with shoppers out enjoying the weekend. Lots of positive response and good sales, and everybody quickly grasped the concept and so I played a LOT of games. It may have helped that there was a yummy jellybaby reward for anyone who beat me!
Still, one especially keen young girl came back three times before I said “No more jellybabies”… and still she played another five times! Lovely to have such an enthusiastic response.
We’ll be doing more Wellington and Auckland demos over the coming weeks, and I’ll also be showing off Five Men Standing around the Wairarapa and at the “Made In Wairarapa” exhibition, so do pop by and say hi!
Five Men Standing co-inventor
Ps. If you can’t get to a demo, you can always find out how to play with this 60 second animated clip.