- Sep 29, 2003HI all-
THought I'd take a break from work and chime in with my few pennies
regarding this weekend's event.
IT WAS AWESOME! I had a blast, and it was great putting faces to
names. I wish I had had more time to get to know people, and to play
more games, but I'm not sure my brain could have handled any more fun!
A few thoughts:
In addition to water (I never even noticed the water table- the water
would have run out MUCH sooner if I had!), what about getting some
crackers or other "snack" items for people to munch on? I was stuck
in a position where a game ended at 3:30, nothing nearby was open
until 4, and that's when the prizes were being distributed, which you
had to be present to win. (Of course, I probably *SHOULD* have
thought ahead and brought my own munchies). My guess is that the
hotel could provide something like a cheese & chips tray around noon
for not a lot extra- and I'd have no problem paying $10 in advance to
get that little bit of service (if the cost of the event went up just
$1, that's $150... if the hotel charges more than that for chips &
cheese, there's some problems).
If I can get my act together for the next event, I'll plan on baking
some cookies and brownies and such. However, maybe we should have a
table inside the room dedicated to "community food"? That would also
solve the pizza problem mentioned by someone else.
Re: prizes... I've already sent Craig a brainstorm on prizes, but
more thoughts come up all the time.
Perhaps do a bit more advertising, and solicit games from game
companies. If you do a small program, you can put real advertising
in the program in exchange for prizes. Alternatively, you could
charge for the advertising, and use the money to purchase prizes.
You'd probably be surprised how many companies would be willing to do
that... And getting a Cheapass Game, as a "consolation" prize if you
don't win something in the drawing would probably help with the
feelings of "gee, I donated something, but didn't win anything."
(I've done programs for events I've put on in the past, and would be
happy to help with this... I also solicited prizes for said events,
so could help with that as well, although I don't have the contacts
for gaming that I had for bellydancing.)
Re: making it a 2-day event. I sort of like this idea, but my
experience with most 2-day events (gaming and non-gaming alike) is
that you don't get the same number of people. What I toyed with this
time, but didn't get around to doing was announcing that I was
staying in the hotel, and would be up for gaming. If we did
something informal like that, the people who want 2 days of
spielenvergnugen could have it.
I'll say right now that if we use the same hotel (or even a different
hotel in that area), I'll plan on heading up on Friday and staying in
the hotel (unless I change jobs before then and the new boss doesn't
let me have the day off). If anyone wants to show up for informal
gaming, please feel free to do so.
I don't know what past events were like, since this was my first big
UG event, so I can't really say whether the room/location/etc was an
improvement or not.
I CAN say that it seemed to work really well... BUT it would have
been nice to not be rushed in putting up signage, etc. Is it
possible to get into the room the night before to put in signage, and
to make sure that the tables that need to be doubled up are the same
height? Also, maybe taping the table cloths down would have been
helpful- the cloths at the tables I sat at tended to drift.
One thing I mentioned at the event, but didn't mention very loudly
(didn't want to be "nominated") was that perhaps when people are
trying to find new games, an announcement could be made using the
microphone, so everyone knows what's starting and when. For some
games, this can be handled via a program (i.e. Sound Decisions
starting at 7pm- sign up by 6:30pm; training sessions for Game X will
start every hour at table Y). For other games, a simple announcement
could go something like: "A game of Ra will be starting in 15 minutes
at table Z. They have 2 players, and can accomodate up to 3 more."
If you have a few people who want to play longer games- 18XX, Game of
Thrones, whatever- put in the program, "18xx at 1pm in area z" or
something to that effect. Since we now know what the room looks
like, we can map out the room and have a map in a program. We could
even have theme areas- word games played in one corner, long games in
another corner, etc. That way, if newbies wander in off the street,
they can be directed to certain areas. Of course, the major section
of the room could still be an open free-for-all like it was this time
(I saw no problems with the way it worked- I'm just brainstorming
based on the comments we've seen, specifically the idea of the
Okay- my 15 minute break is more than over- back to work.
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