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Cashtronauts Tournament Post-Mortem

Cashtronauts Logo As some of you might be aware, I’ve been helping out in a semi-professional capacity with the marketing and PR of my friend Simon’s game Cashtronauts. Multiplayer games are a little harder to market, especially when they are still in the demo stage, but after getting the incredible opportunity to talk to indie legend Rami Ishmael after IGDA demo night, I finally hit on are great way to get the game in front of a lot of people at once and create a lot of excitement.

It was a so clear, it almost felt like a no-brainer. We should host a tournament. Luckily I knew of just the place, the most amazing video game bar that no one has heard of: Foonzo. After meeting their events coordinator Nelly and recognizing her as a kindred spirit, I knew we’d found the perfect location.

Cashtronauts - Layout

Nelly and the Foonzo team were absolutely incredible with making sure we had everything we needed, including a great big screen at the front of the bar. We even managed to persuade a bunch of dudes from Texas who’d wandered into the bar on a Yelp recommendation to join in on the tournament action. As it turns out, two of them ended up in the top 3.

Cashtronauts - Pre-match Practice

The turn out wasn’t huge, about 12 people in total participated, but there were also a number of friends and members of the local indie dev community who showed up to support us and cheer on the participants. We also got the attention of more than a few regulars who were retrogaming on the couches nearest the big screen, which couldn’t have been a bad thing.

Cashtronauts - Round 1

Despite some minor issues with dying controllers and last minute drop outs, I seems like everyone had a great time. It was especially great to see Simon, grinning from ear to ear as player after player got to test their might on a great big screen, cursing and trash talking their way to glory.

Cashtronauts - Round 3

And while Cashtronauts failed to reach its Kickstarter goal, we had a wonderful time organizing and running the tournament and can’t wait for our next chance to host some competitive gaming at our new favourite bar. I’ve learned so much from this experiment (more on my lessons learned on my indie game consulting blog) and cannot wait for the next project.

Cashtronauts - The Winners

Congrats again to our winners!

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13 Comments

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    Jane Y.
    February 27, 2014 at 9:42 am

    that’s so awesome mariko!

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    Megan R
    February 27, 2014 at 10:11 am

    That sounds really fun! If I lived closer, I totally would have participated!

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      Mariko
      February 28, 2014 at 3:20 am

      It was a good time. I honestly wasn’t sure what was gonna happen, but I’m happy with how things turned out.

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    Nerd Burger
    February 27, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I was so sad when kickstarter sent me the e-mail. You guys have been working so hard. The tournament was such a fantastic idea and a great way to spread the awesomeness of Cashtronauts.

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      Mariko
      February 28, 2014 at 3:22 am

      Thanks, Cazz. We all feel we learned a lot through this process, so I think it was all definitely still worth it.

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    margotmeanie
    February 27, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Looks like a fun event! I can’t wait for Vancouver to get the liquor licensing sorted this summer. Hopefully we can finally play video games whilst drinking pints in the near future!!

    <3

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      Mariko
      February 28, 2014 at 3:14 am

      I just found out that was a thing from my sister last night. We were at a show at the Rio, which seemed appropriate.

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        margotmeanie
        February 28, 2014 at 3:28 am

        I <3 the Rio very much. I was a big champion for them during their battle with the government! I still am a huge champion for them now, they are my favourite theatre as well as my neighbourhood theatre,

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    Nelly
    February 28, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Thank you for your kind words Mariko! It was a pleasure for the Foonzo team and I to have you over 🙂

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      Mariko
      February 28, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      The pleasure was all ours.

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    Fiona
    February 28, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Glad it was a positive learning experience, looks like peeps had an awesome time – you can only be super proud of all your efforts 🙂

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