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This happens every year. I need a bigger venue.

I've still not heard or received payment from about 6-8 companies who said they want to come to Dragonmeet but I've now run out of trade space so even if they do get in contact/turn up with (late) payment I can't really fit them in!

This is really good on one hand (because the Trade Hall always fills itself up and leaves us with a surplus of companies as back-up) but annoys the hell out of me as I'd love to fit more traders/companies in there. Guess it might teach a few companies to get their forms in early next year though!


I am going to see if I can rearrange the Halls a little to fit a few more people in but I have a feeling we did that on last years plan so I don't think there's any more room to move.

So, what's the chance of me finding a reasonably priced venue in the centre of London for Dragonmeet '07 that will cater for 1,000-1,400 gamers and a whole bunch of trade space? (I'm predicting a larger attendence in '07 due to starting the advertising/promotion from February, some steller special guests from across the seas and also a brand new and regularly updated website :p).

Now to get ready for this evenings meeting with Chris to go over the games schedule and see if we have any tables left there!


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Nov. 1st, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC)
"So, what's the chance of me finding a reasonably priced venue in the centre of London for Dragonmeet '07 that will cater for 1,000-1,400 gamers and a whole bunch of trade space?"

Nope, nothing, zilch - at least in 04 when we last looked. You need to think 2000+ before things get better.
Nov. 1st, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
Nov. 2nd, 2006 12:13 am (UTC)
When Salute was held in Kensington Town Hall there they sometimes organised some space in the public library in the next building, if that's any help. Salute also used a lot of smallish rooms on the first floor which I don't think have been used at previous Dragonmeets, but they weren't very popular because people had trouble finding them.
Nov. 2nd, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)

Googled it, and I don't know anything else about it.
Nov. 2nd, 2006 10:10 am (UTC)
The Church is a lovely venue and I've been clubbing there but I don't think it'd make a very good convention location.

It's certainly more suited to dancing and performance art. Although I was surprised how cheap it is to hire!

If I can have another proper inspection of it (sans strobe lighting and heaving fetish club crowd) It might be worth bearing in mind if we could persuade the masses to travel 'down south' into Brixton!
Nov. 2nd, 2006 02:31 am (UTC)
Call me an ignert ferner, but why couldn't you have it where they hold Salute now (Excel) or where they used to hold it (Olympia)? The Excel space looks configurable down to a smaller space.
Nov. 2nd, 2006 10:11 am (UTC)
Both are very expensive. Saying that I am getting quotes from both of them to see what exactly we're talking about.

Also, Olympia is really now showing its age and could do with a complete refurbish.
Nov. 2nd, 2006 08:10 am (UTC)
Not Olympia - Salute went crap when it went to Olympia.
Nov. 2nd, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
Angus, did you get payment from Andy @ BITS. Just worrying as we pull together people and demos and Andy is overseas at the mo.
Nov. 2nd, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
Yep. Andy/BITS is booked in :)
Nov. 3rd, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
What do you pay for KTH?

It's a long shot, but I manage a community centre in Tottenham (not Central London, on an estate, not that posh but walkable from the tube if you are not as lazy as me, and bussable if you are) By 2007 we could probably organise a license to do a Cambridge style real ale bar, if you can get it organised you can keep the profits. Not sure what the catering will be like by then, but something could be worked out, again, if you can find people to organise it you or they can keep the profits, or we may even have a healthy eating cafe organised by then. Main Hall is 500 seated, 1,000 standing, (small football pich size) Cafe area 250 or so, and upstairs are four/five reasonable sized classrooms. If the event ends at 6.00 we could probably sort something quite competitive out for the whole building.

It would be a bit of a compromise on style and convenience, but huge it is.

But I won't be offended if you say no, as the location is not that great, though I'd like to see the old dive being used for something I'd like to go to myself. The downside is if you hire us, I'll probably have to work it!

Tottenham Green Leisure Centre is nicer, probably more expensive, and not run by a gamer.

Had you thought about SE One near London Bridge? I'm assuming Conway Hall is too small? Stratford Town Hall, Camden Town Hall, Union Chapel, Business Design Centre, Finsbury Town Hall?

Nov. 3rd, 2006 01:02 am (UTC)
Tottenham is possibly a little out of our way, but thank yu for the offer.

Someone else was talking to me about Camden Town Hall today so I'll certainly be looking into that one. Also the Royal Horticultural Hall (sp?) down in the Chelsea area as I've attended games cons there before (I think the original Dragonmeet's back in the 80's were actually held there!).

We held Dragonmeet in Conway Hall back in 2000 to launch the event and it would be way too small for us now. Although it might be useful for some of the otehr smaller events we have thought about.

I'll look into the other venues you mentioned too. The problem we have is we need a lot of space both for the Traders and also for all the games and tournaments that take place. Plus we need somewhere accesible for the public with good parking for the traders, and with good food/drink services.

Us? Picky? Never!
Nov. 6th, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
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