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Paul Nowak
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Has anyone on here gotten a table as a vendor at Gencon, Essen, Origins, PAX, etc?

Any thoughts, tips, cost information?

I've gone to trade shows (ToyFair) and exhibited at many homeschool conventions with my books, but now that I have games, I'm curious about the gaming convention scene.
 
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For the bigger ones you might end up having to pay a pretty penny for space. My suggestion is look for any other vendors looking to break into the convention scene. You could split a space and share the cost for the same amount of exposure.

I know Gorilla Games has done this when going to GenCon. They pick vendors who have products that compliment or are similar in theme to their games.
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You can find rates for booth space on the web sites for Gen Con and Origins I think. I believe Gen Con is around $16 per square foot, and that doesn't include table and chair rentals or carpeting.

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I've never exhibited, but info on Essen is here:

http://www.merz-verlag.com/spiel/e023.php4

Executive summary: small booths @ €537, book by May 15th. Show is 21-24 Oct.
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Astinex wrote:
For the bigger ones you might end up having to pay a pretty penny for space. My suggestion is look for any other vendors looking to break into the convention scene. You could split a space and share the cost for the same amount of exposure.

I know Gorilla Games has done this when going to GenCon. They pick vendors who have products that compliment or are similar in theme to their games.


If I'm not mistaken, Paizo had a booth in the the past that combined a few of the smaller American game companies (Cheapass Games and Steve Jackson Games), so I don't think it's that uncommon. I'm not so sure you need to find a company with complementary games if you theme half a booth/table with one company's products and half with the other. I've seen plenty of vendors sharing space and it didn't seem to be disruptive to either half, though it does make it likely that extra badges would need to be purchased to cover any extra staff.
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historyguy71 wrote:

You can find rates for booth space on the web sites for Gen Con and Origins I think. I believe Gen Con is around $16 per square foot, and that doesn't include table and chair rentals or carpeting.



10x10 space @ $16 per square foot I see. Not too bad. An extra $250 if you're sharing the table with someone else.

Thanks all!
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