A-freaking-men. The hotel staff is ridiculously cool, and it will make it hard to move even for the more space. A lot of the things that people mention as being really cool about the show -- seminars in the bar area, lobby used for stuff, hallways used for stuff... that was *all* the Hotel's idea that we just ran with.
I've never had a hotel say to me when I went, "Anywhere else we could put some stuff?" say, "Yeah, how about the lobby?"
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I think better signage is in order. I didn't make it downstairs until Sunday after 12pm only to find out that there were a row of 80's vids. It was great.
There is never a great answer to this. We have a comprehensive banner system up at the show with something like 25 banners pointing the direction to each room including the basement, but somehow it seems like everyone misses this. We're planning on doing an easel in the room coming out of the main room, as that seems to be our one problem location.
And you can visit those 80s arcades any time (and my Batman Forever!) at Star Worlds Arcade in DeKalb, IL. I *love* having those guys involved with the show!
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Not sure there is a way to organize things better. My only suggestions would be tp line up the vids in front ove the windows to the pool. You may get another row of pins in the pin room that way. I know this would affect pincades the most
We are planning on doing something like this next year. The tough thing is that of course sellers want to keep their stuff together, so balancing that is tough. I have already confirmed we can fill the entire hall outside the dining area with machines, and based on what happens Friday, we're just about ready to make another major Doc Ock upgrade...
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Also I don't think there is room but maybe a room or space for all sale machines. This would keep the pin hall without holes throughout the weekend. I think that's more about trying to move things in and out.
Sadly, there really isn't another room available. The hotel is giving us -- get this -- HOTEL ROOMS to shove some more show into this year. The plan right now is to probably use those for more console displays, but I have had the proposal to do an early 70s style EM room too, which would be really awesome, but running power everywhere is our issue with something like that...
Hehe, starting 134 hours before the MGC so you can play it all.
...oh, and one last thing. I appreciate all the love from everyone on here, but I definitely can't accept it all myself. I do run around all weekend and try to put out fires, but to point out just a few more people...
Gary Heil is the other main show organizer. You all don't see him as much because he handles vendors, but we work together on everything. The half joke / half truth is that Gary makes the money, and I spend it all, but without him the show would definitely not exist.
Steve Tully is a great friend from Madison who if it wasn't for him suggesting about five years ago now that he would handle arcade hall set up, I don't know if we'd still have an arcade hall. You may know him as the guy who checks you in, sets up your machine, fixes it when it breaks, and helps you load it up.
Joining Steve is a bevy of super-important arcade-hall people. Without Chris (JediTurtle), Tom (TomGWi), Eric S and Keith J, the arcade hall wouldn't exist. Period. They work tirelessly to get that hall together, and if it wasn't for their help, I honestly do not know if the entire MGC would exist. They have been good enough to essentially handle ALL of set up, and they are really awesome guys and great friends too.
Don C is a great personal friend who is a huge pinball guy (you might've seen him speak at Expo!) and is a huge help. Last year, he missed the event due to a family issue, but spent a few hours while in Florida that day calling news stations to try to get them to come out. He and his wife has been instrumental in this thing since 2004.
Special thanks too to Roger Sharpe for prodding me into holding a tournament and then showing up with Steve Epstein to host the first one. My favorite memories from each year I think are catching up on real life with him.
...I'm sure that I'm missing 100 people, but I say this every year and I mean it. If you want to see what the show would look like if it was just Gary and I running it, check out the pictures from 2002, as that is probably about what it would be. It's volunteers like the above that I have named, and SO MANY MORE (I could seriously name at least another 50 pinball guys alone, and I haven't even TOUCHED on the video game guys) that make us keep doing this thing.
I guarantee you that it doesn't make us enough (any?) money to make us do it for that. I know that I do it because of the amazing friendships that I have formed by doing the show, and I hope to introduce my gaming hobby (passion?). I'm honored and glad that you all feel the same way