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Dragonmeet 2004 Review

Dragonmeet 2004 has now been and gone. The lat nine/ten months of organising, the headaches, the worry, the last minute butterflys - they all seem to have paid off.
Before the event the trade hall was already overbooked and we had more demo games being run than any other year at the show. In fact we had to turn away both traders and demo games as we had no space left. This was excellent news as it proved that the show was still popular amongst traders and GM's - but how many people would turn up?
Last year we had our lowest attendence ever - this was down to the timing of the convention as the only date we could get was very close to Christmas. Too close to Christmas for our liking, for many traders tastes and, it seemed, many punters. We still got a good turn out but it was no where near as vibrant as 2002. So we privately had a few concersn this year about how many people would actually turn up on the day.

We shouldn't have worried though. On initial estimates we had about 200 more people at the show this year than in 2003 which is absolutely fantastic!!! Congratulations to everyone who came along and I hope everyone had a fantastic day be they a trader, DM staffer, demoer or attendee.

I spoke to all of the traders several times throughout the day and nearly all of them had a good show (there was one trader who didn't but this was mainly due to the fact they were only selling complete displays of CCG's and didn't want to sell single packs. Thus you had kids going to buy Yu-Gi-Oh cards which would be about £2.50 elsewhere and being told it was £30-£40 for a display!). Some traders present did more in the one day at Dragonmeet than all four days as GenCon UK which was very positive and we've already had several of them asking to book stands next year :-)

I managed to meet up with plenty of folks during the course of the day. I'd have liked to have been able to spend more time talking to various people but running around being El Presidente of the whole shebang meant that I was on the move and on my feet pretty much all day. Infact the only two times I sat down at any length was for a 'Breaking Into The Industry' seminar I was involve din for just over an hour and when I covered the front door for a bit and chatted with pwca for about twenty minutes.

I also managed to meet up with the guys and gals from Team8 who do a great job supporting SLA Industries, A/State and even finding time to do their own games. Some interesting stuff hopefully in the works there...

I left just after 8pm after we'd emptied the place of the last of the stragglers and ended up heading over to Oxford Circus for some food with sarah. I was famished and rather sore after the days rushing about. I ended up making it home about 11pm and after a much needed and welcome strawberry-flavoured bubble-bath I crashed into bed and slept.

Many thanks to all, and it was very nice to see a whole host of you there (including, but not lmited to..... serpentstar, heliograph, rpgactionfigure, corone, pond823, kit_hartford, pwca, meryc, kostika, karohmed, muskrat_john, silver_blue, cholten99, gbsteve, slev, snesgirlibarhis, incandescens, jonnynexus (all too briefly), luciddestiny, time_for_tea, wyldcard, zenmeisterin .... and tons of non-LJ users :-p)

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jonnynexus
Dec. 5th, 2004 11:06 am (UTC)
"jonnynexus (all too briefly)"

Yeah, after seeing you around at various places it was good to finally get a chance to get properly introduced. I have to confess that I'm not up your neck of the woods that often (I tend to go to Playin' Games because they're very near where I work) but when I do get up your way, I'll try and say hi, if you've around.
angusabranson
Dec. 5th, 2004 11:41 am (UTC)
Hopefully we'll have more time next time we meet.
karohemd
Dec. 5th, 2004 11:12 am (UTC)
Many thanks to you and your minions for running yet another fine convention and hurrah for it being a successful one for you!
To be honest, it actually felt quieter than last year but maybe people were better spread out or something or more people came in who didn't stay for the whole day.

Compared to GenCon, the trade hall was a lot more varied, had more traders selling actual games (every other stand at GC seemed to sell CCGs and single cards) and had more publishers selling and demonstrating their own wares, which is far more important.
Over the years DM has always seemed more of a trade fair with publishers presenting their products.

I would also like to mention slev and theperkygoth for running Dorkstock UK and obviously muskrat_john for being the great and generous guy he is.

Can't wait til next year. Maybe I will be able to clone myself then so I can do all the things I wanted.

Watch my LJ and the DM yahoogroup for a link to the photos which will be up later tonight.
angusabranson
Dec. 5th, 2004 11:34 am (UTC)
I know what you mean about the trade hall - it's a good mix. I'd actually like to try and get more publishers at the show - even though we have more than most shows :-p

I think more people were involved in playing games this year and that's why it looked quiet at times.
incandescens
Dec. 5th, 2004 11:35 am (UTC)
I thought it was excellent, and wish I could have stayed longer. Congratulations to you and co-conspirators!
angusabranson
Dec. 5th, 2004 11:46 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
neilf
Dec. 5th, 2004 11:38 am (UTC)
Congratulations on such a well run event. Had a great time and managed to catch up with a few people I haven't seen in years.

The trader selling complete displays of CCGs obviously isn't used to the typical convention buyer. Maybe they'll learn, maybe they won't.

Already looking forward to 2005.... you are doing one in 2005 aren't you? :)

- Neil.
angusabranson
Dec. 5th, 2004 11:44 am (UTC)
Almost certainly.

We have a wrap-up meeting in the next couple of weeks and then have a planners meeting in January to start deciding what to do for 2005.

No rest for the wicked, although I may bow out next year as it does take a lot of time and I have a lot of other things vying for that time at present :-p

It was good to see you again btw,
neilf
Dec. 5th, 2004 01:28 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean about the time. I remember how much it took to plan WotC's attendance at GenCon and Essen, let alone the National Championships. That's why I keep well away from organising events these days :)

It was good to see you too. Next time I'm in North London I'll drop by the shop.

- Neil.
wyrdo
Dec. 5th, 2004 01:13 pm (UTC)
Super congrats. :)

I must get my act together and start to attend these things :)
slev
Dec. 5th, 2004 05:02 pm (UTC)
Thx for having us dude.
Excelent show.
snesgirl
Dec. 7th, 2004 08:35 am (UTC)
yay I'm glad attendance was up.
And i'm glad i got to see you're smile ( hidden away behind your' curly locks and Lennon glasses) again.

About four pepople there ( whom I'd never even met before) proclaimed you run the "best games workshop in london".

No mean feat.
angusabranson
Dec. 7th, 2004 10:14 am (UTC)
Re: yay I'm glad attendance was up.
GAMES WORKSHOP????????

Show me these blasphemers !!!!!

BRING THEM TO ME!!!!!

Seriously though (the slander that I work for Games Workshop aside) I'm glad you had fun and hope to see you again soon.

Come to B-Movie!!! :-)

Take care,
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