All Things Geek and Wonderful, NaBloPoMo 2011

Post Show Report

The post-con madness has cleared…

Darth Vader - But sof what light through yonder window breaks

And, although I’m sad to admit it took so long, my living room has finally been corralled into some order.

Life returns to normal.

The brain fog and stress induced by months of relentless planning and four intense days lifts.  There is a light in the darkness of my crazed mind.

Yes, I know it’s been a couple months now, but the gaming show SERIOUSLY took a lot out of me.  For those that plan larger and even more insane conventions and shows, I tip my hat!

This stuff is not for the faint of heart or the disorganized.

I’ve also been working on getting this post up forever.  (Slow…as…molasses…in January…but finally…)

Despite WAY too much to do in TOO little time, total lack of sleep, surprise visits by the state tax man, squabbling among the ranks, and potential rate hikes by service suppliers (that was a fun meeting!), the show was a success.

I still lost money.  *Gulp*

I’m still up debt creek. *Sigh*

But after some intensive inner counseling I’ve decided not to let it stress me too much.  I’ve been told by a few trustworthy and knowledgeable souls that shows of this type rarely make money until the third year.

Keep Calm and Carry On

I remind myself of the old adage – nothing ventured, nothing gained.

If I didn’t make money, in what way could this have been a success?

  • The games were there and up and running when we opened.  I CANNOT over-emphasize what a huge feat of logistics this was!
  • People attended.  Not as many as I wished for, but they came, and the ones that came had a great time.
  • Friends were made.  Contacts achieved.  Networking conducted.  And support for next year has already been offered in some major ways.

In these ways and more, I know the show was a success.

Yet, because of the EXTREME amount of effort and headaches that went into this I have to think carefully about the second year.  On the one hand, I know it would be absolutely foolish to put in this much time and effort and not go for Year Two.  On the other hand, some of  the things that happened behind the scenes – including major diva moments with some folks that were supposed to be supportive – make the thought of Year Two painful.

I will think on it and ponder.  Year Two seems like a good bet.  And a better chance of success than winning the lottery.

I’ve sent out feelers to the hotel and other service providers for pricing and date options.  I still have a little more time to make a commitment for Round Two.

Mortal Kombat Raiden vs Sonja

I’ll keep you posted on Year Two.

Until tomorrow.

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