Tabletop Events help convention organisers manage tickets and lots of unpleasant logistics. However, the company was struggling to make a profit and then the lockdowns hit, and conventions were cancelled. No conventions mean no money.
The story is actually worse than that, Tabletop Events got stung with transaction fees on refunds.
So, what’s the plan? Have a skeleton crew around to keep the site and service running. That’s a part-time support person to answer questions and a part-time programmer to fix bugs. There’s sever costs too (a pain Geek Native sympathises with). For Tabletop Events, this comes to about $7,000 in fees each month.
For every $225 raised at the Con of Champions, which starts on May 23rd, Tabletop Events will keep going for one more day. $56,000 keeps them going to the end of the year.
If the lockdown can be eased because it is safe to do so and people’s confidence in attending events return, then the business will come back to Tabletop Events, and they can keep going.
The Con of Champions is an online convention, using lots of different technologies and sites, with support from volunteer GMs and perk providers. Geek Native will be running the event’s banner in our daily digest in support.
You can find the Con of Champions and other online events in Geek Native’s new RPG conventions calendar.
Will you be taking part in Con of Champions? Let us know in the comments below, and we can find out if a posse of Geek Native readers might turn up.