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Terra Mechanica “Virtual” Launch Party – There will be … SWAG!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 29, 2014

TerraMechanicaCoverSo this is something kinda different for me. Something I might take advantage of as an indie game developer in the future…

Little indie book publishers deal with the same problems as indie game developers & indie game publishers. Events are important, but they can’t afford big New York City launches where they invite the press. Instead, they do “virtual” launch parties, an online meet-and-greed with a chance to chat with authors, some games, and… prizes. Swag!!!

With a recent virtual launch party, they managed to break Facebook’s online chat functionality, which was pretty awesome (if kind of awkward with 15 minutes of “dead air”).

It’d be cool if we did it for the launch of Terra Mechanica: A Steampunk Anthology
Saturday. You do need a Facebook account to attend, as it’s all takes place inside Facebook’s chat / meeting interface.

For a chance at some of the prizes, it could be helpful to know the stories in the book, but not essential. During my half-hour session of hosting, I will be giving away copies of Frayed Knights: The Skull of S’makh-Daon, and also my wife’s excellent storytelling audio CD, “The Light Princess & Other Tales.” I don’t know yet what everyone else will be giving away, but it sounds like there will be a prize offered about every 7-10 minutes on the average. (I’ve only attended the tail end of one of these events before, so I’m a newb and not 100% sure of what to expect, either…)

My “shift” if you wanna chat (like we don’t chat all the time? 🙂  ) is at 8:00 Mountain Time (9:00 CDT), but I encourage you to pop in anytime. Some of us have a *lot* more experience than others (*cough*me*cough*), but we’re all happy to do the indie thing and have direct contact with our audience. If you do come in during my shift, feel free to work gaming or anything else into the conversation.

Terra Mechanica Online Launch Part – On Facebook – Saturday, May 31, 7:00 PM CDT

Also – as a reminder – the sale on all of Xchyler’s previous anthologies is still going on. $0.99 for the kindle versions.  I hadn’t picked up A Dash of Madness yet, and I only had an ARC version of Moments in Millennia, so I snagged those while I could. 🙂 To avoid further wear & tear on my autographed copy of Mechanized Masterpieces, I may pick up the kindle version of that one too while the sale is still going. 🙂

Cheap, quality entertainment. That seems to be my schtick. Anyway, as always, have fun!

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  • McTeddy said,

    While I would love to see what a virtual launch party is like, I don’t have facebook… so I won’t be joining in.

    Can I sue for discrimination or something? If not, I hope its a great event and good luck answering all the questions about making games despite it being a writing event.