I’ll be covering the MeetUp event we held at TokyoMTG on Tuesday, May 14th.
This was TokyoMTG’s first attempt at a MeetUp event. This first event entitled “Let’s See the World!”, was mainly the owner of TokyoMTG and head of overseas GP’s, Heiko Schmidt and myself, answering the various questions of the participants. It was a super casual and relaxed environment, where I was able to talk about going to GPs around the world as well as MagicFest Taipei that will be held at the beginning of June. I’d like to go into part of the discussion we had at this event!
Q: How do you pay for things at overseas GPs
A: This can vary with each individual booth you go to, but cash (in the local currency of course) is the safest bet. There are booths that accept credit card payments and you may even be able to pay with your smartphone. When we were at GP Warsaw, we dealt with both the Euro and the Polish currency, Zloty.
Q: What sort of products do you sell at overseas GPs? Is it the same as what you sell in Japan?
A: In Japan, the cards that sell well are the most powerful and popular cards. Overseas though, we sell all sorts of smaller cards. For example, there are customers that say “This card isn’t very good, but I like this card so I’m buying it.” This is their way to show their personality in formats like Commander. There are lots of cards that aren’t very popular and don’t sell well in Japan that sell for quite a lot overseas.
Q: What are artist booths like at overseas GPs?
A: They’re pretty different from the ones in Japan. In Japan the artists booths have rows of chairs, interpreters and traffic control staff, but I haven’t seen as much as a chair at an oversea GP. Since there aren’t any interpreters or other staff members around, everyone just sort of does what they please, asking for signatures or sketches; it’s pretty casual. If there is someone waiting, it’s only two to three at most, and there’s plenty of time where there’s no one waiting at all. That’s why every artist that comes to a Japanese GP for the first time is really surprised at the amount of fans lined up or seated, waiting for the chance to meet them. During his first trip to Japan for MagicFest Yokohama, Jeff Laubenstein even said he had no idea why people were sitting and waiting for him in the beginning.
Q: Have you ever been concerned about your own safety during an overseas GP?
A: Again, it sort of depends on where the GP is being held, but a place like Taipei is fairly easy for a Japanese person to go to. Generally, while traveling overseas so long as you keep all your valuables on your person at all times, and stay out of back alleys or dangerous areas, you should have a sale and enjoyable experience. In particular, I’ve heard there are a lot of Japanophiles in Taiwan, as well as lots of food options, so you should be able to have a good time there especially, wouldn't you say?
At overseas events, and occasionally Japanese events, there are customers that drop by for a short visit. We’re always super happy to have people drop by, and might even be able to share some sightseeing tips or advice! So if you’re ever at a MagicFest overseas or in Japan, drop by the TokyoMTG booth!
From here on out we’re planning on having more MeetUps and artists events at TokyoMTG. So whether you’re playing a game or not, stop by the shop and have some fun! We’ll be waiting!