UPDATE: Gabe made two posts about this. There will be lots of pins.http://www.penny-arcade.com/2013/08/09/pinny-arcade-pax-prime-part-1
During this post I may talk in the 1st person too much, I may answer my own question, AND I MAY RAMBLE. You’ve been warned.
Huge fan of Penny Arcade here. Seriously, I go to the cons, I am proud I have a copy of their first book (the one that nearly lost them the rights to Penny Arcade), I EVEN HAVE THE SHOES.
MY POINT OF CONTENTION:
I’m trying to get into Pinny Arcade. However, since there are only a few “special” pins at this point, won’t most people just have the starter set?
I know that there are a few special pins given out by special booths or by attending specific cons. My mind can’t wrap around someone from PAX Australia bringing a pin up north with them to trade. Wouldn’t that be like… a shiny-Charizard? No one trades those away!
Perhaps people buy multiple sets, one to keep, one to trade? Maybe people JUST want the character pins and not the location ones?
Again, I’m a completionist in the worst way. My mind doesn’t really comprehend why you’d trade. Maybe if you got a few random pins instead of the base 4 then people would be more likely to barter and trade.
Let’s say that people meet up with Gabe/Tycho/enforcer. They trade them a “starter” pin for their exclusive. What happens to all the pins that were traded in? Will they be put back into circulation later? Maybe a random in people’s grab bags?
Another thing is: do these pins become a currency people are willing to part with in order to get swag? Maybe I see someone went through the 3 hour line for Bethesda and got a shirt. Is it ethical to trade one of my pins for that shirt? Will we use those pins as bribes or payment for items? I’m really spit-balling here, thought-vomit everywhere.
I’d love to hear from Mike or Jerry (or Robert, or whoever knows the logistics best) on these things:
- What has been the trading situation so far? Do you have enough pin diversity that people are continuously trading?
- What happens to the pins traded to Penny Arcade?
- What are your thoughts on side markets such as eBay, or using the pins to barter?