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GenCon UK?

I'm guessing that some people will have arrived back home from GenCon UK about now and was wondering how the show actually went in the end?

How was attendence, the games, the organisation, the trade hall?

Was it as bad or as good as you expected it would be?


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Nov. 7th, 2005 11:43 am (UTC)
The games (especially mine, naturally) were brilliant in the extreme. I think that the authors had made even greater efforts than usual to produce something good in the light of the problems.

The administration and organisation was utterly abominable. The degree of professionalism, communication, and customer service and relationship managment was - with one exception - was...do you know, I don't think I have words to describe it.
If I ran an event like that for a professional employer, I'd expect to be sacked without a reference.
Nov. 7th, 2005 12:13 pm (UTC)
I thought it went splendidly well. We ran about 10 games, and only 2 failed to run. The rest were full!

And, as everyone else said, at least it wasn't the tent.

I'll write a proper report later.
Nov. 7th, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC)
Just back and probably post a long report on my own LJ but this is from the POV of BITS and myself:

The online booking system and new ticket system seemed to work well. We ran one table every slot with at least 2 slots with 2 tables.

Butlins efforts to provide services for food and drink were appalling until Friday evening and even then underestimated the amount of consumption and staffing levels.

Horseman seemed well prepared to start with but things went wrong:

Trade hall was on a tiered area with no lifts for goods and an ad hoc forklift system which could not be used due to high winds.

The trade hall area roof leaked and one trader lost some stock.

A number of issues over power, long time to get stock up to the three sets fo stairs manually meant the con opened late.

Lack of noticeboard for the SLOT sign up sheets (official) and for DOG

I will say from BITS point of view that while thing were not perfect they moved very fast to get things done. A good radio system and excellent allocation of responsibilities seemed to work.

I don't think HE can be blamed for all the issues, Butlins weren't very responsive

Overall, far better than last year and BITS are far more happy about attending next years event.

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