- This is probably the first Ubercon where seemingly everything was in order at 4pm.
Often parts of the lan or helpdesk still need to be set up, tables need to be moved, etc. But not this year.
- Signs and directions where things were being held were there at 4pm.
The only thing I was unable to find was Harold's of all places (I went right, it's left)
- While I know the hotel is always a sore point, I had no trouble as just a random attendee.
A few years ago, I spent 20+ minutes on the phone (calling from the Netherlands) trying to explain what I wanted.
Only to arrive and find out they had messed up the reservation.
This time, due to online booking, I was able to book within 5 minutes, they had my reservation and the room was good & clean.
I wasn't aware that there was supposed to be an option for fridges or microwaves so that didn't bother me.
- Cold water was provided on Friday iirc. Usually we have to beg for them and they don't get set up until Saturday night.
- While I ended up playing almost no games, there was a nice wide choice, as usual.
I expected to see Rockband 3 but it was a surprise to see the Kinect system (I just got to watch, didn't mess with it) and even a title like NHL 11.
Love me some hockey!
- Vendor room was well organized and looked good. Impossible to ignore.
- The board game/miniatures/etc rooms were heavily in use until late LATE night. Very cool to see.
I spent most of the time there and some time in the console area. Never made it to the other side of the hall.
- Saw a lot of people going for prizes. More than I usually see. Even one of the swords was snatched up!
Suggestions (aka the Bad)
- The board game/miniatures/etc rooms were heavily in use, and while it all did work out I think improvements can be made here.
Perhaps dedicate a few tables as dedicated food area (not sure if you want all kinds of food around the games)
perhaps re-arrange the set up of the tables, putting the tables where official tournaments are held in certain sections (easier to find/recognize)
Make better use of the website to promote Ubercon and the various games that will be there.
Big bold letters attracts more people!
Use whiteboards or similar for announcements and game/tournament information.
Again, things were well planned but can always be improved on.
- I know this is being addressed but several people asked for some recently released board games.
Investing in new games might be good.
In the same vein, some games seem to be missing pieces/parts. Either mix & match or dump those.
Also, while I understand it's good to offer a wide variety of board games,
perhaps sort through the current stock and only bring those that have a chance of being played.
I assume it's hard to get more interesting prizes,
but a bit more variation and newer things would be great and might make more people drag their friends.
Not sure how this can be addressed. Perhaps ask for vendor donations in exchange for bigger & bolder banners/mentions on the website?