Quoted from timab2000:
I have never been to a big pin event, but have thought about going but after reading some of what I have read on the post, I gotta say something. Might ruffle some feathers, so I apologize in advance.
First of all, it’s the bad behavior that people complain about. When I was watching people play interesting games, they always turned around when they finished the game and asked me if I wanted it. 98% of the people were friendly and courteous. It’s those couple of knuckleheads that get the posts though.
Same is true for “roughing up” games. The vast majority of people treat them with respect and are just thrilled to be able to play them there.
Cost: yes, there are a LOT of expenses to put on a show like that, so of course there is a cost to get in.
Policing: Yup, it does sort of fall back on us experienced people to help look out for things. Not one person has been asked to do anything about it, just let the staff know about it. They all had walkie talkies and could get in contact with the help needed. Then the staff or Gabe could handle it. They don’t want people confronting the rude ones, they just need to know about it.
I’ve brought games, and they were fine there. If I didn’t have a truck full of test equipment to get there, I’d bring games.
Once you do go to an event like that, you will quickly realize how friendly and respectful everyone is. Those aren’t the stories you hear here, but that was the prevalent vibe at the show. A nice group of people enjoying the hobby they love.