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.