With 23 responses in after a few weeks, voting is closed for the banner discussion:
With this decided, I will be working on getting some drafts up with the crest + banner.
In the next couple of weeks, I will be researching glass styles (flasks will be considered as well, since there was a lot of talk about that). Once I have some main styles selected, we'll put a vote out.
Last year was a success considering it was my first go at any project of this magnitude and only having about a month to put it all together. However, mistakes were made, lessons were learned, and here's to hoping this year goes better than last year.
I do not yet have a timeline on how things will proceed, but I do plan to be amazingly more organized than last year. Some of the main things that will change this year are:
- The year in a banner somewhere on the glass to make it more of a collectable; participants last year thought this would be a fun idea. I'll need someone who is good with graphic design to help out with this, unless you want something that looks like a 4-year old wrote on it. I got mad MSPaint skills, yo.
- Different meeting location; carrying those boxes up stairs was not fun. I plan to still have it very close by, but not up any god damn stairs.
- Later meeting time; smack in the middle of the day was a terrible idea for everyone involved, especially me. I'm thinking after the exhibit floor closes.
- Better communication; some non-forumers never picked up their stein, which I feel bad about, but the general communication can easily be greatly improved.
- Other logistics that none of you will ever see, but should make my life so much easier (e.g. different delivery location from the freight company, improved delivery to the event, better storage planning).
- I will not be offering to wash the mugs. That was a terrible idea that left my hands bruised, even though I only got through 3 of the 12 boxes.
- The possibility of going with a more business oriented ordering service. While GoFundMe worked, per se, it was a managing nightmare to keep up with who picked up, how many, what name was it under, were there multiple orders, why did I do the checklist drunk, etc.
- Charging a couple extra dollars per stein. Last year's charges ran extremely close to $0. There were too many unknowns, but for the most part it worked. The donation amount was small, but it's something. Adding a little more per unit will help recoup costs and increase the donation total.
For those who don't know about this, the images below were last year's steins:
If you want to get a feel for the process, you can feel free to look at last year's thread
. All proceeds will be donated to Child's Play
Sorry that there isn't much content right now. I just wanted to get this tossed out now so we can start thinking about things early. I'm going to really appreciate not freaking out about this for a month straight.
Stay tuned for more updates, my people!
While I agree that being insensitive is an issue, so is being oversensitive.