Can't sleep, clown will eat me. I seem to have trained my brain to wake up in a panic over the last 4 days, and so I haven't been able to shake it for the first day after Arcanacon.
The weekend was kinda bipolar. On the downside, the unexpected death of Aveline
was horrid. I only met her a handful of times, but she seemed like someone who was a definite positive on the world - and the clear endorsements of people that I trust reinforced that pretty well.
The Con itself though, cruised along. The blurbs for games all seemed interesting, even the ones that weren't genres or systems I like much, and that impression was backed up by the positive comments I could hear around the rego hall in between sessions. Nothing was cancelled at
the convention, which is unusual, but excellent.
The rego desk, where I was (voluntarily) chained, ran smoothly too - there were a couple of busy points where things got frantic, but there weren't any panics or disasters or things we had forgotten that made life chaotic. I put this down to preparation, kitling
and my experience with what works and doesn't, and the many, many hours of data entry that goldengrove
put in for us to keep us up to date.
There was much delicious food from first-time canteen wench delphaeus
. I don't have the slight malnutrition feeling that you often get after 4 days of just pies, which probably had a lot to do with salad rolls and breakfast scrolls :-)
PostCon had a good vibe too - lots of people and noise, but a good feeling to the room. I got to order my meal alliteratively, which amused me (beef bagel burger and the caesar salad with smoked salmon). Thanks to Alex, delwyn
for buying me more alcohol, and to everyone who came up and said thanks for the con. There are some sights from the evening that I will never be able to scrub.
Overall, the con was a hell of a lot better than last year
- the weather played a big part of that, being pretty much spot on what we'd like for a summer con, but I think that it wasn't just that. There was a more coherent vibe from the convention, with everyone buzzing along at about the same level - it made the con feel like a whole, rather than 40 seperate events that just happen to be going at the same time.
This is a good and fine thing, as this was the last Arcanacon that I am going to be organising for. I've been doing it for 8 years, which is long enough(tm). Last year I really didn't enjoy the con, and I gave serious thought to not organising again for this one. I'm glad I did, because it meant that the last one was a good con rather than a fairly unpleasant one. Being one of the organisers has been good overall, and I'm glad I did it, but its time to stop. I'll be writing next year with Ian and z3nmaster
, so I'm not fading away from the Con entirely :)
As was "kindly" pointed out to me, there's only 10 weeks to go until Conquest
. Time to get writing on my game.....