Indy PopCon and Indie Studios (Or How Wraith Spent Its Summer Vacation)

by 7/31/2017
Hey all! July has been really busy for us. The biggest things about July have been Indy PopCon and the plans for our new studio expansion! That's one of the reasons we hadn't pushed this out sooner. Like with the last few posts, we've got a LOT to get through, so that's it for introductions.


July 7 - 9 saw us once again back in Indiana for Indy PopCon (last years post here: http://blog.wraithgames.com/2016/06/indies-at-indy-popcon.html). Unlike last year however, Eric and Mark stayed home and Natalie and I joined Adam for this one. This year's event was bigger and better than last as well! We set up on Friday at 10am (no small task for us night-owls) and by the time the hall opened a little later, we were ready to rock!






Like with a few of our other events, we ran a Collapsus challenge where if you got to either Lv. 6 on Hard or Lv. 60 on easy, you'd win a shirt. In the past, we just wrote down your info to send you a shirt later, but this time, we actually had quite a few shirts at the booth! We had a bunch of great people come buy and not only play, but also to win one of our awesome shirts!






In addition to the regular attendants, we also ran into Jirard "Dragonrider" Khalil (The Completionist), Brad Jones (The Cinema Snob), Allison Pregler (Obscurus Lupa), and Michael Sundman (Gaijin Goombah). There were a TON of other guests as well, but these 4 awesome people were who we talked to the most. Sadly Lupa and Gaijin had to jet before getting a chance to check out Collapsus, but thankfully Brad and Jirard seemed to have a good time with it! We also had Jake Elliott, the 2015 World YoYo Champion stop by and play. He liked Collapsus so much that he said that it was, in his opinion, better than Tetris! Now that's what we call a glowing endorsement!



Other than that, I guess I'd say that the big news coming out from the show was us winning 2nd place in Slickster Magazine's "Best Game of Indy Pop" award, with our good friends over at Multivarious hitting a home run and sliding into 1st place with their game "No Mercy"! They really deserved it and we're glad that we came in #2 next to their powerhouse! On top of that, "The Established Facts Podcast" interviewed us and a few other guests while we were there as well! Be sure to check that out, too! http://www.theestablishedfacts.com/2017/07/episode-150-pop-con-2017-interviews-part-1/ 


So, on to the studio! We have some BIG news involving our studio space at The Hamilton Mill. As you may remember, our studio is ~300 sq/ft and we spent the better part of the last 2 years making is all sorts of spiffy... we'll, here's the good news. That space (211B) is being joined by 210, 212, 213, AND 214 as we expand from that little 300 foot space to a bit over 1780 sq/ft! This is a HUGE expansion... we're taking over most of the 2nd floor at The Mill (much like our friends at the Municipal Brew Works did with a huge chunk of the downstairs). The big stipulation for this expansion is that we make sure to turn this space into the "dedicated Wraith Games wing" and that it's remodeled with "Wraith's signature style" that we brought to our other space. That is certainly a "can do" on that front! But yeah... here's some pictures of the space before we sink our mitts into it:







That's basically all there is for now. There will be an article soon going into more details about the space (including our experience of looking into about 20 or so properties just to end up where we already were and what we intend to do with this new space)! Other than that, look forward to our next event appearances at Matsuricon, GDEX, LexPlay, Kabochacon, GamersGrace, and Dayton Designed as the year winds down! Hope to see some of you there!