I want to thank everyone for one of the best and certainly best-attended and successful Atlanta Game Fests ever. The room was over-crowded, but I was very impressed by the way everyone seemed to make the best of the situation, for which I'm very grateful. I also heard from many folks about how nice people were, how easy it was to get into a game and so forth. Atlanta is becoming justifiably famous for the generous and friendly nature of our gamers. So thanks for your cooperation and for being so nice to everyone. My goal was to have an event that was open to everyone but maintained the feel of an invitational and I think you all have exceeded that dream. There are plenty of invitationals where folks are a lot less friendly to gamers not in their group.
I want to apologize for the over-crowding. I was told up until Wednesday by numerous people at the hotel we could expand into unused space if we needed it. I was, frankly, only expecting[masked] folks without the one-day passes. I was unwilling to negotiate with the person who had lied to me for more space as a matter of principle. Business partners are like small children, you can't reward bad behavior and have a healthy relationship. The person who is there now is not the one I negotiated the deal with, and she decided to punish us for that. I suspect that maybe the hospitality industry isn't her field, she'd be super working for a collection agency.
I tried starting Thursday afternoon to get someone higher-up to talk to, but today is the earliest I could speak to a manager.
I will get this fixed for the future. Knowing more folks will show I can increase my budget for space. I do these to make money, I still have another 5 years of servicing the debt from Batty's Best and if the con will cover a payment or two I'm happy to let it. But I also want to give everyone value for their $40, and having enough space to play and not be in a noisy room for 4 days isn't the "value" that I'm going for.
I'm working to get the space issue corrected for May. We'll never have the space we do in Chattanooga, but I never want us to be piled up like this again. It was a great source of embarrassment and anxiety for me and if I could have fixed it without capitulating to someone who was not acting in good faith I would have. But I promise this won't happen again.
But, otherwise I thought it went just about as well as it could and I hope everyone had as much fun as the folks who spoke to me at the event.
Atlanta Game Fest 16 is May 20-23, 2010. Hope to see you there. -- Ward