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Dragonmeet Quick Overview

Dragonmeet went very well. I'm not 100% how well as yet as I took yesterday off from any action apart from heading down to Holborn for the post-DM drink/lunch and then went shopping with imagnocean to get her some work clothes. She'd decided to stay until Monday morning and go straight to work from here but hadn't got any 'work' clothes with her. We also popped into Virgin and then heaed home due to still be knackered from Saturday and also because Oxfird Street was crammed to busting point yetserday.

From initial figures it seems that we actually got a higher attendence at Dragonmeet this year than last year. I know the presales were a third higher and from counting the number of empty ticket books (and conferring with Simon who ran the show previously) it does sound as if we are slightly up. Certainly the place seemed pretty busy and a number of traders (with a couple of exceptions) told me they did very well. The two exceptions still covered their costs with one actually doing pretty well - just not as well as last year! So there weren't really any complaints there. One has even asked for an even bigger stand at next years show!

Pinnacle Entertainment (Deadlands/Savage Worlds) came along and were surprised at the size and friendliness of the Con. They sold more than they expected too, ran some heavily booked games, held a seminar and have confirmed they want to be along again next year and possibly through a few extras into the mix. Which is great news.

Seminar of the day came from Kate Flack of Black Industries who spoke to an almost completely packed room (from reports) and had a very active Q&A about the Warhammer 40K series of RPG's.

We had great help on the day from all of the Dragonmeet Gophers (who had really cool t-shirts this year - although I did notice a worrying (but very appealing) trend amongst the female staffers to wear them ripper. The Dragon Claws obviously got to them!!! :p angelalyce and Tracy controlled the door and imagnocean was super-sub helping out in a whole variety of roles. snesgirl also seemed to take it upon herself to make sure I was fed and watered. Thanks girl! :)

I, obviously, didn't get a chance to play anything. I don't really play at Cons anyway - even when I'm not working them. My day was pretty much spent wandering around making sure everyone was alright, talking to traders and attendees and (briefly) helping out behind the Leisure Games stand (who seemed to have a very good Con).

From a Cubicle 7 persepctive we sold plenty of Cannibal Sector One books and a pile of Victoriana Bundles which was good to see. The t-shirts sold fairly well but we have a number left to sell over the website (when it's finally live). I know Dom seemed very happy with the days proceedings and we have our post-DM C7 meeting tomorrow night.

The auction went well and raised just over £1600 for a couple fo childrens charities. Best selling items were a proof of the new 'Game of Unremitting Horror' and the Limited Edition Dungeons & Dragons Chess set - which both topped the £100 mark, and John Kovalic's set of prints (signed and dedicated) of his latest Dork Tower story which has featured Dragonmeet, Leisure Games and yours truly. Needless to say it was an auction that was only ever going to have one outcome and despite stiff opposed bidding from both James Wallis and, even stronger bidding, from Rosie of all people!, I finally managed to get my grubby mits on it for £450. So Happy Angus :)

Anyway, in short (or not so short) the Convention went well. Many thanks to everyone involved and especially to kit_hartford for co-organising it with me.


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Dec. 4th, 2006 09:23 am (UTC)
It seemed less busy (as in actual number of people milling about) than last year to me but maybe it was just more spread out. Everyone I spoke to seemed to have fun, though so all was good.
Glad to see a big Indie game presence and an equally big interest in them.

I hope you'll be putting up those prints at Leisure Games and won't hide them in your personal safe. ;oÞ

I'm making good progress going through my photos and they should go up tomorrow evening hopefully.
Apologies for having to run off early (when in fact I could have stayed for longer, damn goths) and not getting any of the seminars (nobody seemed to know where and what was going on and when I had a look in the Green Room once, it was empty).

Congratulations on the successful running of your first con!
Dec. 4th, 2006 09:53 am (UTC)
I can't help it...!
I know you're a workaholic, and workaholics often forget to eat / saty hydrated untill they fall over and / or get ill.

I can't help but make sure that peeps don't forget to eat !

Having missed the previous two years i can't comment on attendance but the afternoon rush dind't seem to happen this year ..?

and I had OODLES of fun :)
Dec. 4th, 2006 12:10 pm (UTC)
Great con, really glad I came over. Thanks.
Dec. 4th, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
Great job, Angus. I'm already looking forward to next year.

It's great to see the Dragonmeet torch carried forward so succesfully.

Chris was as cool and collected as ever, and from what I saw, all the games went off a treat.
Dec. 4th, 2006 06:46 pm (UTC)
I'm glad things seemed to go well - no disasters, yay! - and despite feeling icky I made it to the end of the day. I'm disappointed I didn't make it to the Sunday get-together but I was still off-colour (and today in fact).

You up for a catch up drink/meal this week? I'm off work so I can pop over to the shop one lunchtime.
Dec. 4th, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC)
Good effort Mr Angus :D
Certainly enjoyed my time there, though for next year, the PA system could do with turning down a bit :P
Glad it all went well for you.
Dec. 4th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
You did a great job and I had a great weekend. Thanks for giving me crash space and food, food is good. I shall return the favour.

See you anon.
Dec. 4th, 2006 10:42 pm (UTC)
Fun was had!
It goes down in my memory as one of the silliest times I've ever had at a con, Wot with Gamers Wives 2 and Are you a Werewolf, so all good really! Was very improessed with the Auction, that was edge of the seat stuff!
Dec. 6th, 2006 09:51 am (UTC)
Had a good time chatting to people, so well done!

Please mail me again about that stuff when you get chance - can't find the earlier message anywhere.
Dec. 7th, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC)
Hi, Just resent the mail from my work address (shop@leisuregames). Sent it to your Hermes address.
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