Post by plusx2a on Sept 8, 2015 13:03:53 GMT -8
Hello everyone. Thanks so much to those who attended this year’s Gateway! As usual I want to do a little wrap up of the con and ask for your feedback. Before I do, I wanted to re-post this below statement and make sure it reaches as many people as possible.
“I just wanted to follow up here to make sure everyone has the contact information for Tanya and Eric Aldrich who are responsible for the website and the convention in general. I repeat my plea. If you have had ANY issues with the website at all, please send a message to the three e-mails listed below. The board is pushing for a new website that is more stable and easy to navigate. We are set up to go forward with this project and have a web designer ready to implement a whole new site, but there still may be some people in the Strategicon organization standing in the way. Help us make this change by letting your voices be heard! This should be the last push we need to guarantee a favorable outcome.
That being said, let’s move on to the Gateway itself and go over what went well and what didn’t.
First of all I had 149 events after some last minute add-ons actually at con. That is more than what I had at Orccon and it was a challenge with the new space. Few games had problems filling (since we hit over 2000 attendees this time around) and I had an all weekend DnD event that seemed to go well.
The 2nd floor San Lorenzo rooms seem to have worked well. I had to cram in up to four tables in the larger rooms to even come close to having the same number of tables available compared to the lower lobby area. I feel the space is far more visible and comfortable in general, but I would love to hear about your particular experiences in the rooms. I only played one game and it seemed to work fairly well with the noise level being manageable. I still have that rod and drape available and I can use it if it is called for.
My HQ was ok but needs some work. At Orccon 2016 I am going to move all of the binders, sign ups and so on to another table outside the boardroom. The traffic coming in and out of there seemed to get in the way of the games going on IN the room itself.
The mass of humanity I had piled up in front of my HQ for signups was incredible. I really appreciate how everyone kept it orderly and polite. I will probably repeat the line system next con to keep the mob at bay. I will keep the binders in the boardroom like it was for this process. Once the mob abates the binders will be moved out. Otherwise the process seems to have gone fairly smoothly with very few hiccups.
I am going to come up with some new signage since I had to make due with a heavily edited form of my last foam core poster. I also want to set up some signage to direct people to Adventurer’s League and PFS since there seems to always be some confusion as we go. Mostly due to the fact that they usually don’t have any room listed in the con book.
The food and drink situation did not cause any problems this time around. I appreciate your discretion and cooperation on the matter. I loved the mugs. Brilliant.
What did you think? Any questions or concerns? Let me know.