Quoted from goatdan:
so I'm sure we'll come up a bit short no matter where we decide to go back to.
Go back to, eh?
Quoted from Fortytwo:
I caught some of the hints but a SST owner may have supplied the key.
May I ask if you have more space to consider hosting a home brew/retheme corner. Maybe see if p-roc or someone can sponcer it. I would like an opportunity to network with home brew guys being I decided to take the plunge.
The pindev slack channel is the place to be for the networking.
The union teamsters at replayfx always seem to be useful and reasonable. I don't run the show though, so there's likely info I don't have.
Quoted from Borygard:
Thank you Mr Obvious.
I mean the dates we don't know yet for '19, '20+. The much talked about late May scares me. It's not possible for me to break commitments I've already made, and I'd hate to miss MGC.
I do think the new location will be EPIC!!
Quality Board Work - In Home Service
borygard at gmail dot com
Oh. Well you didn't say that. I'm guessing for the short term Dan is just going to be crazy busy getting things lined up for next year since he's working with less lead time than usual.
I grabbed the videos with some web tool and threw them up in a folder.
Dan, you can grab them from there and upload to youtube if you want.
Anybody other than Dan, you should be able to click on them and they'll play in your browser.
If Dan puts them on the youtube page, I'll edit this to link to that instead.
Worked out the same kind of deal ColorDMD makes for Texas attendees for MGC -- I'll be the point of contact for getting the displays at the show:
ColorDMD Pinball Displays is making a special offer for #MGC2018 game bringers: $50 off and free delivery on a new ColorDMD display picked up at the show and exhibited in your game OR $50 toward a new display purchase for any game you bring to the show that already has a ColorDMD in it! Email INFO at COLORDMD.COM before April 5 to enroll your game and order a discounted display!
Quoted from cavalier88z24:
I just got back from miami yesterday. looks like I missed alot since I was on vacation. Alice Cooper was released. Now iron maiden. I sure hope both those games will be MGC. Lordloss drama. I hope that guy gets a clue. I cant wait for MGC. I also just saw that color DMD special. does that count for L.E.D. display? hmm. I think i will grab one. I'm bringing the shadow for the show ( also get a after party pass ) and I could use a color display.
Yes, the offer is fine for LED - just email email@example.com with which display type you want and what game you'll be putting it in to get in on the deal.
Only about a week left to get in on the ColorDMD offer for MGC if you want to do that.
If you're bringing a game with a display already in it and want to take advantage of the $50 off a new display offer BE SURE TO EMAIL info AT colordmd.com before the 5th to let them know so they send along enough signs for all the games in the hall! (Gotta have a ColorDMD sign on your game to get the $50 deal).
Here's the original post again:
ColorDMD Pinball Displays is making a special offer for #MGC2018 game bringers: $50 off and free delivery on a brand new ColorDMD display to be picked up at the show and exhibited in your game (with a sign on top of the head) -- OR -- $50 toward a new display purchase for any game you bring to the show that already has a ColorDMD in it, and you let us put a sign on top! Email INFO at COLORDMD.COM before April 5 to enroll your game and order a discounted display!
Quoted from goatdan:
OK, really, I can't fit that many in our floorplan.
I'm sure you're all hoping for a couple. So are we.
Unfortunately, my hints don't have anything to do with us getting a couple of Iron Maidens.
My stove is cool. And yes, I have kids.
I can’t figure out a way to make that image into more than a million. I guess I’ve hit a wall on this gag.
Quoted from homebrood:
Have ticket and planning on going to Tom Taylor's house. I don't see any info on how to get there or where it's at. I would like to go there before going to the hotel so I don't have to walk around so much since I have a bad knee I'm recuperating. If someone could PM me the info or let me know where to find it that would be super!
My bad. Didn't realize it wasn't public info.
Quoted from Dkjimbo:
Does anyone know what Marcos is doing with all those Iron Maiden pros? Selling at a discount? Are they all spoken for?
They are all either pre-sold, or getting moved on to another show. I know of at least one person who wants to flip theirs in favor of a premium, but with you not being here that might not be an option.
I have no idea what I did the whole time. I think I was busy. I’m not really sure. I tried to help out the core game hall crew, but they’ve all been doing it so long that they run like a machine and I was just trying to keep up. I know I went and found the golf tournament sign for Neo at some point.
Anyway, had a great time. Mostly love the new space. I think next year will be even better building on what was learned this year.
Kudos and thanks to all the people who put in effort to make the show what it is.
I think during the after party there was one security guy tasked with protecting the merch booth and watching the door, which weren’t eactly next to each other
TODOs for next year's arcade hall:
- Rubber cups for the front legs on the pins
- pool noodles from the dollar store with a slot cut for PF glass
- Research alternate escape route via freight elevator out to wells on the ground floor for people with only 1 or 2 games to load.
The one suggestion I'd have for the overall show: BIG free standing signs in the area near the ticketing/hall entrances that says something about the stuff on the second floor, and then bigger directional signs once you're on the second floor. The "Community Zone" little blue signs on the wall with arrows didn't really stand out.
Quoted from animesuperj:
I had asked Aaron when load-out started if that was possible, since there is a single dock/parking spot on the ground level of 5th and Wells (under the over pass) where you can load out. I was told it was a no go, everything was to be loaded out through the dock. Maybe something we can look into for next year? Or some other option?
If it's designed to be a loading area, I would hope there's some haggle room to get us access to that. Jay & Doug ended up taking games down the freight elevator and out the front door of the place, Neo and I went out a side door to Wisconsin Ave - both of which have GOT to be less preferable than using an actual loading door. The 5th and Wells access seems perfect. Out of the elements and a lane to pull over into for loading. Even if we have to post a volunteer down there to kind of control it, it would be very beneficial to have more than one route out. The vendor hall people with whole trucks of stuff to load, and the people who bring large numbers of games (Thanks Troy!) wouldn't have all the 1 shot people in the way.
Quoted from kcZ:
It would have been good to have someone up there at the dock entrance area telling people not to go to the loading ramps until a game is ready to come down. Parked vehicles on the ramps were too plentiful. I assume there was some "inherited" help that came with the venue. These guys could have been directing people at the entrance instead of at the dock. The MGC guys at the dock were great.
I think a big reason for the congestion at the dock was that the facility staff wouldn't let MGC people control it. If we could have had show people directing traffic and organizing it would have gone more efficiently, but I don't know that the facility would (or could) give the show that kind of control.
What's to stop somebody like Troy from getting all his after party passes and then selling them off to the highest bidder? He'd probably make more money than claiming show cash on all of them. There's still only 1 in the hall games wise, but Troy gets more out of it.
Quoted from Whysnow:
People with multiple games should have to elect to get either:
1 Sat wristband, 1 sunday wristband, and 1 after party wristband
$20 show cash
Similar question about this -- the 2 wristbands is a higher value output than the $20, isn't it? Someone brings 2 games, they could get their own pass and sell the set of other 3 bands to someone else (likely for quite a bit more than $20)
I don't see any problem at all with game brought = after party band period. The access to the show OR $20 show cash being your option on each one.
Quoted from PTHermes:
One suggestion for next year.
A repair area and a pinball dolly to get there.
I'm not sure what the facility would say about moving stuff around while the show is running -- though if people were leaving early maybe it's not an issue. But this is a nice idea. Really hard to work on a game in a show row.
Quoted from goatdan:
Oh, and to the people who keep coming to me and saying they miss the intimacy of the Sheraton, uh... Sorry? There is no way with the snowstorm the tent would have survived.
Amazingly, we had more than one vendor note to us they liked the tent better last year. Uh, really? Did you guys see outside?
With how heavy/wet that snow was and the strong wind, I expect it would have been quite the catastrophe. Thank all heck that never happened when you DID have the tent.
Quoted from HHaase:
For the sake of curiosity, what was up with the color DMD’s in a row? By the end of the show, most of them had a horizontal line in about the same point. Wondered if it may have been line noise from the power setup or something.
You must have been seeing some kind of glare, like off the LED edge of the custom arcade control panel edge across from them — the Displays were fine.
Quoted from HHaase:
Normally I'd agree with you, but I was rarely in a spot to NOT look at them where I was set up. Started on TFTC, then Dr. Who, a bit on Star Wars but not as pronounced, can't remember the other machine I saw it happening on. May have been the STTNG, but it was a long day. Looked like they were dropping a row, always about 1/3 of the way down. But, like I said, could have also been some noise on the power system for the building or on that particular line.
Maybe your retinas were burning out from being across from the LED displays for that long! Heh. Not sure if dmod would have any thoughts on what might have been going on, but I’ve never seen that sort of thing. Every time I was by the row things looked normal (Except for the TFTC and DW having the RGB/RBG setting backwards - the owner prefers it that way)
Non pinhead perspective from the FB reviews for MGC. There was a decent amount of "aw shucks, why doesn't the pinball get more room?" while we were setting up the hall Thursday. In our little tunnel visioned community it's easy to forget that the roots of MGC don't have anything to do with pinball and there's a bunch of people that attend with no interest in pinball at all.
"I feel it would be better if pinball had its own show. I like pinball and it’s an important part of gaming history, but I really believe it can stand better on its own. You’ll likely attract more corporate vendors by making that shows only focus pinball. "
"We had a great time. More video games and fewer pinball games would be cool (holy Iron Maiden). The folks who were running the retro gaming area near the front of the main show area (the guys who brought the machines) were awesome."
And then there's this guy:
"I was a little disappointed with the pinball selection but hopefully it will be better next year."
Probably won't be any official announcement until contracts are hammered out. I'd guess there are some points to work on with the facility now that the show has had the experience, so it might be a while before they lock things down.
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