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Hello again as always! Welcome to the next rendition of the Traiteur development blog.

We skipped last week accidentally as a lot of us happened to be out of town at the same time — whoops! Won’t happen again. :)

This week, we’ve got a short and personal blog about facing fear and failure.

The Two F’s

There are two F words that I can’t stand: failure and fear.

Failure is something that makes no sense to me. I’ve never failed! To me, failure means you either 1) quit because it got too difficult, or 2) did not get your desired outcome and learned nothing in the process. By that philosophy, I have never failed.

Why am I making this the focus of our blog this week?

We were rejected (again) from showcasing a game at PAX, and of course it was Traiteur.

Objectively speaking, we feel that Traiteur is a very special game that will captivate a lot of people and also that Raconteur is offering a lot to our local and global community in addition to our games. Even then, we did not meet whatever expectations were being held in order to be showcased.

This is something that feels like hitting a brick wall. After all we went through with Close Order being in a small market (and also being rejected from numerous conventions), we had never felt so confident that Traiteur was something unique and in demand.

To face failure again like this was very unexpected, and put a damper on my day. Was this going to be a repeat of the past?

This brings me to the other topic of today: fear.

Zig Ziglar, the famous speaker who we pay tribute to in Traiteur, has a famous quote about fear. “Fear means two things: forget everything and run… or face everything and rise. The choice is yours.”

While this can feel like a crushing defeat, we aren’t fearing failure — we’re facing it. We’ve already devised a marketing campaign to run around the same time as PAX that I feel is even better than being on the show floor!

On top of that, the game is truly coming together in a fantastic way, and when the aforementioned campaign runs around the beginning of September, you’ll finally get to see it in all of its glory.

Today, we have failed. And that’s a wonderful thing to experience.

Here’s to the next one, which brings us another step closer to success.

See you next week.

-Nick

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