Gen Con 2015: That Time I Peed and Missed Wil Wheaton

Gen Con 2015 is now behind us and what an amazing show it was! In fact, it was the biggest show in our young company history! But before I go into the photos and the fun, I have to tell you one of the most iconic stories that is going to go down in infamy. That time I went to pee and missed Wil Wheaton‘s visit to my booth.

It was Thursday afternoon and we had been going strong with the pre-order pick ups and sales. Thursday ended up as our biggest day at the show. In fact, Ted and I skipped lunch that day, we just had no time. That afternoon, I finally ran to the bathroom. I left my phone in the booth, which is CRAZY because I never go anywhere without my phone. But I was in a hurry and didn’t want to drop it in the toilet. Ew. So I ran around the corner to the restroom. On my way I stopped and talked with one of my Gen Con BFFs and another exhibitor about business. Then I ran into another exhibitor who I was introducing to LARPs the Series. Finally, I went back to the booth and it went like this:

Me: Ted I’m SO SORRY I was gone so long, I know you had to go too.

Ted: No, Shelley. No. I’m so sorry. I’m so, so sorry.

Me: What???? What’s wrong, Oh my God!

Ted: Wil Wheaton came to the booth and you missed him. I tried to call you, but your phone rang right next to me. He told his people about the journals and what a great idea they are. He hung out a little bit. He asked if I was the one who emailed him all the time and I said ‘no, that would be my business partner, Shelley.’ He left and I forgot to offer him a journal so I found him and did so. Then he was gone.

Me: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

 *currently taking a few minutes to pull my shit together*

Ok. So I did not immediately start sobbing in the booth. I had customers for eff’s sakes. But I was shaken. I looked around and Ted said he was long gone. I texted my sister and my daughter about my agony.

Daughter: OH NO MOM!

Sister: Only you.

I tried to go to the Titan’s Grave panel and it was sold out. I went by Geek & Sundry a few times. But it’s hard to be gone from the booth that long for a panel or to walk the floor because we were working hard to try to sell our asses off. In fact, I lost my voice because I was pitching the journals so hard.

I sat down on Friday night and wrote him another email, thanking him for taking the time to come by the booth. That’s when I cried, just a little. You see, I think he just seems so fun. I love to watch Tabletop. I’m a fan. And I’m really into building a business around doing things that I love. Just like Wil and his wife Anne and Felicia Day. *sigh*

At the time, I tweeted that this is simultaneously the worst and best Gen Con story EVER. And that’s true. But I would rather have had the story be: THE TIME WIL WHEATON STOPPED BY MY BOOTH AND WE CHATTED AND HE SIGNED IT.

There it is. BUT we did have a fantastic show. And made some amazing connections! We didn’t sell out, but we will next year.

And John Kovalic stopped by our booth! Amazingly, I was not in the bathroom when this happened so I got a picture with him!

Famed Munchkin Illustrator John Kovalic stopped by our booth!

Famed Munchkin Illustrator John Kovalic stopped by our booth!

Thanks to Gen Con, Scott, Megan, Jen, Roy, Tracey, Michelle, Doug, Kathy, Haley, Megan, Darrin, John, Dan, Liz and so many of our friends and family, we sold more journals than ever. And we were just so proud of the beautiful Gamer’s Journals that Tracey Gurney designed. We really wanted to make something beautiful and unique as a thank you to the Gen Con Community for all of their support during our 2014 Kickstarter.

Here’s our Gen Con love letter in pictures. We can’t wait to get started on 2016!

xoxo,

Shelley

Last day to order a Gen Con Leather Gamer’s Journal!

July 1st is the last day to order an Officially Licensed Gen Con® Leather Gamer’s Journal to pick up in our booth, #2643!

Made from English Bridle Leather

Made from English Bridle Leather

We are making only as many leather journals as we have pre-sold and are beginning production tomorrow! These gorgeous binders are handmade using English Bridle Leather. They come with our 20 beautifully designed gamer’s pages, 4 sleeves, 2 business card pages, a pouch and a Sharpie. You can order the Warrior’s Pack and get the bag and mini journal too!

Pages to capture the Best Four Days in Gaming

Pages to capture the Best Four Days in Gaming

Pre-order now to journal your Gen Con gaming in style.

Gen Con leather tab closure

Help us design the Gen Con® Con*Quest Journal!

Last week we announced that we have signed a license agreement with Gen Con® to produce a Gen Con branded Con*Quest Adventure Journal™, tote bag, mini journal, and tabletop gaming pages! You can check out the press release here.

Now we’re ready to get started designing our new pages!

For the cover, we’re going to produce a new canvas binder with the Gen Con and Con*Quest logos. My plan for the inside pages is to use some of our existing artwork and incorporate new pages that really fit the needs and uses of attendees. This is where you come in! Whether you back us last year during our Kickstarter or not, we need your input. To me, the most useful pages for Gen Con are Artist Quest, Panel Quest, Cosplay Quest and City Quest, along with the boxes, squares and other coinciding pages that we have used.

Artist Quest  Panel Quest

Cosplay Quest

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The removed pages are: Autograph Quest, Vendor Quest, Peep Quest. We keep our 4 Ultra Pro sleeves, the business card holder (natch) and zipper pouch. We can add 3 to 4 new page designs, double printing them so it totals 6 to 8 new pages.

What pages would you like to see?

One KS backer last year used our general squares designed page to make demo notes. Demo notes from an awesome KS backer.

We also saw people holding up white paper with their gamer tags on them so they could find their groups. We know character notes are important. Tell us in the comments here, on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Tumblr: what pages would you use most? How can we make this journal the very best tool for you to not only capture your Gen Con fun, but to value it as a an integral part of your experience? The new pages will be available in the full journal as well as an “expansion pack” that can be purchased separately.

Plus we’re adding our Con*Panion mini journal into the mix! This 4″ x 6-3/4″ handheld mini journal is the perfect small notepad for note taking and the pages can then be tucked into sleeves that are incorporated into your journal.

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Tell us what would work for you? Lined pages, open blanks, a combination?

We’ll be collecting feedback through April 17 so think about it, talk about it and share it with us!

And thanks again to the fantastic support of the Gen Con and gaming community. We wouldn’t be where we are today without you!

Shelley

Gen Con® and Con*Quest Journals Announce License Agreement for Gaming Journals

We are so outrageously happy and excited to announce that we have signed a license agreement with Gen Con® to produce a Gen Con branded Con*Quest Adventure Journal™, tote bag, mini journal, and tabletop gaming pages! The full press release is on our website HERE.

During last year’s successful Kickstarter campaign, we were so blown away from the fantastic support we received from the Gen Con gaming community. And during the show, we had backers and customers who shared their pages with us and how they used their Con*Quest Adventure Journal™ to take demo notes, doodle, get autographs and generally make it fit their experience. We knew we could take it a step further by creating a new journal just for them. That’s what we set out to do.

Demo notes from an awesome KS backer.

Demo notes from an awesome KS backer.

We will be designing a special custom canvas cover, featuring the Gen Con logo, along with long handled tote bag, Con*Panion™ Mini Journal and new inside journal pages.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be reaching out to the tabletop gaming community, our customers, our backers from last year and pretty much anyone who will listen to get feedback and design these new journal pages that will become a valuable tool for attendees at the show. We can’t wait to get started and we are SO EXCITED to be working with Gen Con to make this happen.

If you already have some great ideas, comment here, tweet us @Quest_Journals, comment on our Facebook page or email me! Shelley at conquestjournal.

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