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Friday, April 26, 2013

ReaperCon 2013 - Sunday Day 4

Sunday at ReaperCon is always a tough day for me. Its such a great little convention that its hard to see it drawing to a close. Yet its exciting as well because Sunday means its auction day and its my time to shine! Anne has finally given up even trying to schedule classes during or after the auction anymore so I really am the closing act and I try and make it a good show for everyone.

It was kind of an odd auction this year. First off, Reaper decided that instead of printing "script" they would use poker chips. Which is kind of neat idea and if you don't spend it you have a nice little souvenir. They had the value on one side and ReaperCon on the other. They intend to keep using the poker chips but will change the logo side each year and put the artwork for the convention there so they are only good for the year they are issued for. The other "odd" thing about the auction was the lower amount of ReaperBucks actually in circulation and they seemed to be spread out quite a bit more. In years past when you could turn in swag points (the PoP on the back of each blister) there were, literally, thousands of ReaperBucks out there. It was not uncommon for highly desired items to sell for 5,000 - 10,000 ReaperBucks. Items like the DYOM (Design Your Own Mini) typically sold for $8,000 - $12,000 ReaperBucks. But the swag points have gone away and the only way to get ReaperBucks now is to take classes and play games, specifically the dungeon crawls. Based on the prices that things were going for I would say that if you took what something sold for this year and multiplied it by 10 you would be close to what it would have sold for in the swag point years.

I have read a number of posts that talk about how cheap everything went for but that would be in comparison to the swag point years. Something selling for 500 RBs this year would have sold for about 5,000 RBs last year. So overall I'm quite happy with the lower numbers of RB, they seemed to have been spread out much better so more people were involved bidding in the auction. Yes, the DYOM this year only went for 900 RBs but then the highest item in the auction only went for 1100 or 1200 RBs. There was consternation that the painted version of Kaladrax only went for 500 RBs but 500 RBs was actually a significant amount. I think it was a really good auction and hopefully I kept it entertaining for everyone involved. There aren't a lot of pictures from Sunday but here are a few for your viewing pleasure. I know I made a quick post yesterday with this link in it but you if you feel the need to see me in action as an auctioneer (strictly amateur mind you) here you go: ReaperCon 2013 Auction

Here are the Sunday pictures (finally) mainly there are a lot more people shots here:
Sunday morning sculpting; Tre Manor, Kev White, Jason Wiebe, Bobby Jackson

One last Dark Carnival Game.
Reaper Folks discussing the breakdown and getting the shop back online

After auction 

Sonic Packing up
I didn't get around to seeing the plastic injection machine until Sunday!
Tre Manor (Red Box Games)

Kev White and Lucas taking a break

Derek Schubert hard at work, note the two gold Sophies on his desk.

Reaper Bryan

Jessica Rich

Mike (Qwiksilver)

The Storms, Pete and Cheryl

Rhonda Bender

Tim (Talon) and Sue
Debbi, Ali Bailey and Ron Hawkins
Packing up the Dungeon Crawls

The Factory floor re-appears

A few die hard painters, just starting to pack up (the painters and sculptors are shifted upstairs for the rest of the week)


  1. Just look at all that talent all in one place. I would be giddy just to meet you all.

    Thank you so much for posting this series. It was fantastic and gave me a real feel for the excitement of the event.

    There are things I want to buy from Reaper, but I'm giving them time to get turned around before I do.

    1. Its a great place to meet painters and sculptors. In past years they have always been upstairs but the last three or four they have been downstairs in the thick of it just to make sure they are more accessible to everyone's questions.

      Make that order! Reaper had some of their staff on hand filling the internet orders for the entire convention.

  2. Is a reaper buck equivalent to a normal buck?

    1. Not really, its just kind of an arbitrary value. Typically you get ReaperBucks for taking a class (10 this year I think) and an RB for each point you score in a Dungeon Crawl (although there usually is a maximum amount per game). If you think about it you realize that its all pretty much given away for free.

    2. Free is really good, I think that's why I like doing this auction so much.

  3. Replies
    1. A great day? Its a great 4 days! You will just have to come over and experience it!

    2. Maybe one day................or 4!!!

    3. Absolutely, if you are going to travel you should definitely stay for all 4 days!