Earlier in the year I volunteered to make the site tokens for out upcoming event (april 30th) for Pen vs Sword IV. I made them last year for the Kingdom A&S Champions event and they went over well although the cost of them came completely out of my pocket because, as per usual I didn’t save my receipts so I couldn’t get reimbursed. Oh well. I’m going to try to keep the receipts this time around but I’m not holding my breath. 😛 I’m disorganized sometimes when I get into creative mode, you know?
Anyway, the tokens looked like this:
They were cute and they had some charm to them so they went over ok. They cost 14 bucks total out of my pocket (not including time) to make them. I don’t think that was an unreasonable cost, and so I was willing to take on doing the ones for the upcoming Pen vs. Sword IV. I had a slightly different idea.
I figured it would be groovy if I could do an illumination of sorts and make it into a token some how.
Now, I hear two things about tokens from people going to events and what they say on farcebook. 1)Tokens don’t matter. Or 2) “Yeah, they’re okay but they take up space, I have boxes full of them, I don’t really need any more of them etc.”
I had one person tell me “I usually throw them out after the event.” .
Wow, that made me take a step back. Because you see, that’s as far from what I think about tokens as you could get. Don’t get me wrong, I admit that some of them are…lacking. But that doesn’t mean that all tokens bust be that way. I think of them more along the lines of pilgrim badges. Because after all, isn’t going to an event a kind of pilgrimage? And in our attempts to relive the middle ages as they should have been, surely things like that should be of some importance or interest.
But I’m coming to this with a new eye. I have been to very few events (I think I can count 7 or 8 of them since I re-joined in 2013?) I think tokens should be that little bit of magic that makes you remember the good things at the even it was from –be it the people, the food, the fighting–whathaveyou.
So I’ve started working on the site token today. I’m going to run with it and see how it goes. If it goes tits up then I’ll try to do something else but something that is still interesting and hopefully will want to inspire people to keep them. 😉