December 14, 2013
The day after the first Bit Bazaar this spring, we started excitedly plotting a winter edition.
On May 11, 2013, 24 gamemakers produced something physical—risographs, cassette tapes, art prints, t-shirts, bespoke Ponycorns—to sell in a craft/zine-fair-like setting, alongside a playable demo or released version of their game.
We held our breath a bit. Would anyone outside our wee community care about buying crafts and collectibles from gamemakers? How lost would patrons get looking for our secret hideout down the narrow walkway off Richmond Street?
It was a resounding success. People cared, and they found us! The game-makers were happy. The throngs of TCAF-goers—who made the trek to our space despite a comedy of errors, from TTC closures to an incorrect address printed in the program—were brimming with the excitement of discovery. We were floored by the unique items designed and crafted by primarily digital creators, and overwhelmed by the public turnout.
We had to do it again, and I didn't think we could wait a year.
On December 7, 33 game makers, 12 Web comics artists and six food and beverage vendors, set up shop in both of our coworking spaces for the Bit Bazaar Winter Market. We estimate over 2,000 people visited, stocking up on gifts, playing games and enjoying food and good company.
There was just too much good stuff going on to encapsulate neatly here, but here's a few of Saturday's highlights:
Keep up with all of the exhibitors on Twitter (here's a handy list of most of them!) And if you're interested in taking part in the next Bit Bazaar on May 10, 2014, get on the mailing list to be notified when applications open.
We have a limited number of Battle of the Bazaar complete decks available for purchase online now, as well as Attract Mode holiday cards featuring exclusive art by Babs Tarr, Kelly Smith, Kris Mukai and Kyle Fewell.
Photos from Bit Bazaar Winter Market on Flickr
Food at Bit Bazaar Winter Market (BlogTO)
The game makers that saved Christmas (NOW Toronto)
Battle of the Bazaar in Bento Miso’s Winter Market by Matthew Kirshenblatt
Comics Vs. Games at TCAF: Bit Bazaar Brings Gamers and Creators Together (Natalie Zed in Gameranx)
Robby Duguay for... everything.
Samantha Fraser for being on top the details, coordinating volunteers, collating cards, and just being the coolest.
Adam Hines for being a great Arcade Master
Steph Goulet, Kim Koronya, Maggie McLean, Kenn Sinn, Karl Sevilla, Yifat Shaik, Shelly Faber, Paulina Cumming for helping make everything run so very smoothly.
Eric Emery and Cheyanne Turions for shaking up that delicious PINK BAZAAR cocktail at the opening party.
Steve Combes of Liberty Village Brewing Company for all the tasty beer, big smiles and constant support!
Miles Baker and Chris Butcher @ TCAF for encouragement and promotional support.
Troy Morrissey at Indie Game Audio