I had fun as always. I'm with my own kind. Only saw 3 games on the floor that were down for the whole weekend, 2 were not for sale. Odd. Hmm..
I will say I do miss the coziness of it being under one hotel, but understood the need to expand to much larger space. There was always that free parking lot called "Sears". They just don't make a hotel big enough for all that retro gaming. The reason why we have crazy attendances is because of snowy weather. We stayed inside in the winter & played video games. That's why there's no Hawaii Gaming Classic(where you can surf in).
The food options were slightly better, kinda. There was a coffee shop in the convention center that was closed as far as I can remember. Guess they didn't want all that business. The King and Thai across the street was great(from the hotel), George Webb was a nice breakfast option that was open 24 hours.
The "Shops on Grand" mall had some food options, but otherwise a decaying mall.
WOW there were a ton of Iron Maidens there. Stern did good with all that space. Never thought I would see no waiting to play AFM with all the pins ColorDMD brought.
Got some shopping in, reuniting me with a book I haven't had since '82. There was a LOT of shopping possible.
Amtrak pulled through my commute from the twin cities & back, only being a short walk from the convention center. The Empire Builder route I was on was sold out on the way back.
Sunday morning had pretty much zero wait for games if you wanted to get some last minute plays in. By 2pm, I was burnt out.
Suggestions for next year's show: A screening room for various video game documentaries(Chasing Ghosts, etc) & movies(Wreck-It Ralph, etc) and Joy Sticks when the kiddies are gone.