So, I started a new recruiting tactic: rather than giving out flyers, get people to give me their email addresses and sign up for a mailing list. So far I have 35 email addresses on my mailing list. Unfortunately, last time nobody who was on the mailing list came, although two people did say they tried to come but got lost. (I thought I was pretty clear where the park was because I posted up the link to the Google Map.) However I also discovered, when I put my own email address on the list (I set up a separate email address for the list) just to check whether the messages were getting sent out correctly, that the message was sent to me - but was directed to my spam folder. It is a good chance that this was caused by me writing "to unsubscribe from this mailing list, send mail to such-and-such address" at the bottom, as this is characteristic of a lot of spam emails. When I sent the same message to myself without that line, it got through.
I also came up with a new idea for my next Arts and Sciences project. It is a software program that is designed to be useful for foamsmiths (that's the term for people who create foam weapons like those used in Amtgard.) Features that I plan to include are:
- Create weapon designs: specify length, materials used, location of striking edges, etc. and automatically test new weapon designs for legality, weight, swingability, etc. before spending lots of time and materials building them.
- Set up production lists and automatically generate "shopping lists" of required materials - so you don't spend lots of money on materials you don't need or end up missing key components.
- Also: add your own material types, create shields and arrows in addition to weapons, compare different materials, and much more.