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  1. Avon Lake, OH - 08/05/17 - Tecmo Cleveland

    I'll also be taking some photos of the brackets for everyone to peruse as well if you're curious. @tecmoninja (Chris Hendershot) helped us out with recording our 'main stage' match-ups. Thanks again Chris!
  2. Avon Lake, OH - 08/05/17 - Tecmo Cleveland

    We'll be posting a recap of the event with brackets, videos and more to follow; but I just wanted to drop a line real quick to say "thank you" to everyone that came out and hopefully had a great time at Tecmo Cleveland. Overall, we had a total of 64 people register in total, which I think was incredible. I'd love to get your feedback and what you'd like to see more of next year as well. Thank you all in advance and congrats to @mort1237 (Champion), Panda (Matt Diaz, Runner-up), and Cleveland Force (Jason Wolf, Third-place). Hope to see you all and more next year in Cleveland! Also Channel 19 News came again during the event and had the following on the news in the evening and web here: http://www.cleveland19.com/story/36073730/tecmo-bowl-tournament-held-in-avon-lake Best. Tom
  3. Avon Lake, OH - 08/05/17 - Tecmo Cleveland

    Tecmo Cleveland was featured over the weekend and online on our local Channel 19 CBS News - I made sure to show some love for Tecmo Madison and the larger Tecmo community here as well, you guys have been incredible, full link here: http://www.cleveland19.com/story/36005429/tecmo-cleveland-keeping-an-80s-and-90s-favorite-alive I think the producer found of bunch of clips from the interwebs re: Madison and it turned out real nice. 5 more days! Tom
  4. Avon Lake, OH - 08/05/17 - Tecmo Cleveland

    I actually don't mind the extra consoles. I'm a NES and retro game collector as well - so I've got plenty of games to play, lol. My wife loves me and our guest room.
  5. Avon Lake, OH - 08/05/17 - Tecmo Cleveland

    Gotcha. Well, again, learning as I go and I appreciate the feedback. I hope to keep getting better in the future so the costs are lower in the future all around. Thanks for the feedback Dave. Tom
  6. Avon Lake, OH - 08/05/17 - Tecmo Cleveland

    Oh and here's a link for the crazy cool arcade game drinking cabinet that Tipsy Raccoons is bringing in as well: They'll also be customizing with Tecmo trivia, browns trivia and more possibly!!!!!!
  7. Avon Lake, OH - 08/05/17 - Tecmo Cleveland

    Yeah, I figure it doesn't hurt because I think it's perfectly legit for people to wonder where their dollars are going as well. The shirts are real high-quality, front and back and 8 bit apparel did a nice job with the design. We've got tons of good feedback from them at the promo events, so I know they're support good quality. I know you know Dave that the more you order the more the costs tend to go down, which is why the first order of 12 was so crazy high, but I wanted something in hand to promote and wear/giveaway to local winners. I think the best option in the future would be to make the shirts optional because as you notice it's a good portion of the overall budget. However, I don't want to over-order, or else I'm more or less stuck buying a bunch of shirts I can't sell per se. Overall, I'd be thrilled if I came close to breaking even of course and learn some lessons for this year, going into next year. I also think I have the opportunity to "up" the sponsor commitment levels - generally for every event it was $0 to $35 dollars (cost for an entry). $0 for the fact it helps me spread the word and it's essentially my time and effort + giving away an entry to spread the good tecmo word and the PR. Needless to say, my wife is very glad all those mini-events are done and over with, but she'll be 6+ months pregnant helping me out with her GF on the big game day as well as a bunch of guys in the Tecmo Cleveland and surrounding areas. Tons of opportunity to mitigate risk/cost in the future for everyone! Thanks for the feedback! Tom
  8. Avon Lake, OH - 08/05/17 - Tecmo Cleveland

    I'm also planning on having some raffles of items the day of as well, to hopefully work my way back to break-even with raffles for gift cards, prize packs, extra t-shirts, merch/signs, etc. It's just coming out of my kids' college fund anyways and my wife is pregnant with #2 so I still have some 'fun' money to spend for another 3 months!
  9. Avon Lake, OH - 08/05/17 - Tecmo Cleveland

    well hopefully the tecmo gods will view it as 'tribute'. lol
  10. Avon Lake, OH - 08/05/17 - Tecmo Cleveland

    Thanks brother! Can't wait!
  11. Avon Lake, OH - 08/05/17 - Tecmo Cleveland

    Likewise, i'm open to any and all feedback in the future - I tend to go all out and want to lay out the red carpet so hopefully it's a blast. But I want to try to definitely bring my overall costs down in the future and also for attendees. One obvious way to do this is to make t-shirts optional, but I think it's fun to do for everyone to walk away with something regardless win or lose. But that's easily 30%+ of my budget as you can see.
  12. Avon Lake, OH - 08/05/17 - Tecmo Cleveland

    $400 for the entire day - plus getting in the day before all-day for setup. I didn't want to advertise this, but if people are curious - that's what I put down to book the hall. The following is a strawman of my budget I put together even before getting started/posting: Costs Hall: $400 T-Shirts: $700 - $850 if max registration (t-shirt cost varies based on order size, colors, front/back, etc.) but average $13 - $17/per unit Grand Prize: Up to $500 Runner Up: Up to $200 Promotional t-shirts for spin-up tournaments: $240 ($20/unit, since such a small order, ordered 12) Marketing/print/social media/banners/signage: $150 - $200 Equipment: (consoles, TVs, games, AV, etc.): $300+ All-in costs could max out around $2,500 - $2,700. If maxed attendance at all "list" price, my 'best case' would be $35 x 76 = $2,660; less eventbrite fees, taxes, etc. +/- $2,200ish. However, average ticket price with giveaways are averaging closer to $29 - $31 with promotions, events, out of pocket costs, etc. So if we did max out at 76 even all in $2,400; again less taxes, fees, etc. end up around $2,000 or so. Overall, definitely not taking anything home at the end of the day which is the way it should be and i'm glad to invest in having some large-scale, competitive, tecmo. I think having our own dedicated space and the cost to rent the hall will be fun. I definitely considered a bar or restaurant, but I think it will be nice to have our own space and I'm not losing a ton of $ and it's fun. Hope to see you guys here. Thanks. Tom
  13. Avon Lake, OH - 08/05/17 - Tecmo Cleveland

    Yeah I rented an American Legion Hall so it's a dedicated space and they'll have real cheap beers too - supposedly $2 beers! I have a meeting this week to confirm all the last minute logistics, etc. but i figured this would be ideal for gameplay so it's essentially our house, our time, our spot, our bar! 1st and 2nd do have cash prizes - but we'll have others as well. Trying to do as much as I can for everyone. Also we just confirmed we'll also have Tipsy Raccoons onsite as well in addition to our free-play arcade: http://www.glitchbit.com/ But yeah, I wrote a check for the venue which was fine and more than glad to do. Like I said, I wanted to do it right and get us our own space. I'm taking off work the two days before the event to do most of the work, setup, haul in arcade cabinets, etc.
  14. Avon Lake, OH - 08/05/17 - Tecmo Cleveland

    Grand prize I mean just first place - I have a number of other prizes and things lined up for participants and other on-goings thanks to support from vendors
  15. Avon Lake, OH - 08/05/17 - Tecmo Cleveland

    I'd say pretty much every dollar coming in is going out the door - I'm definitely losing money overall with investment in new consoles, tvs, games, controllers, prizes, shirts, venue, signage, etc. but I do it b/c I love it and want to grow this thing grassroots and with you guys. I'm doing the grand-prize pool based on % of registration; so right now today with 48 registrants that puts us at 63% of goal so grand prize would currently sit at and around $315. If we get to the full 76 registrants we'll be at $500 grand prize; which I'm hoping we'll be able to do. We're having a piece go out on local news (channel 19 & 43 later this week) and we were in the large Cleveland paper, Plain Dealer on Saturday - and have seen a definite spike in reg. But I don't know the exact % dollar for dollar; I'm calculating based on percent to goal of registration because there are so many of the other hard cost variables (above). Plus, with giving away some registrations for events, discount codes, etc. I don't have a definitive dollar for dollar calculation. Hope this helps! Thanks. Tom