Over the past few years, Ohayocon has been overrun with Ribbon Fever. If you’ve ever been to a tabletop convention, you may already be familiar with these, but we’ll do a brief overview to catch everyone up.

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A photo of one year’s Ohayocon group order. Very colorful.

Badge ribbons are ordered by attendees/exhibitors/staff and given out for various conditions. Attendees will trade them or give them out for completing little quests. Many exhibitors will give them out with purchase, or with social media follow/wishlist/etc. Some official Ohayocon events/spaces have their own ribbons you can earn through participation.

Starting in 2023, we’re hoping to make the IGS a real hotbed for ribbon collecting. Up until now, the only ribbons attendees could acquire at the IGS were given out by staffers in relation to the Demo Passport. To make this process simple, we’ll be offering IGS developers access to Ohayocon’s official discounted group order; these ribbons will be shipped in bulk directly to Ohayocon and delivered to your booth Friday morning during setup.

Ribbons cost 17 cents each through us, plus a $14 set up fee per design. The minimum order is 100 ribbons, which (including the set up fee) would cost $31. 200 ribbons would cost $48, 300 = $65 and so on. You can break one design’s order into multiple colors by quantity of 100. You will also receive the design code for any ribbons you order, which will allow you to order additional quantities in the future without paying the set up fee.

While we recommend ribbons be given out without purchase necessary, you are permitted to put any quest condition on ribbons that you pay for. The nicer the ribbon design, the more effort folks will put into acquiring them! Here are some examples of non-purchase conditions for your ribbons:

  • Complete a demo/reach a certain score/beat the developer
  • Follow the game’s accounts on social media/post a picture from the booth
  • Do a silly little dance

There’s really no limit to what the criteria can be. Free ribbons will definitely go faster than ribbons that come with a cost, so think about order quantities in relation to your criteria. If you want to order fewer ribbons, think of a condition that will challenge attendees so you don’t run out early!