I'd like to apologize for it taking so long for this email to go out. Too many other things at work and home have prevented me from dedicating any time to MGC and/or pinball.
First, I'd like to thank everyone who helped make the arcade hall at last years Midwest Gaming Classic such a success. We set a new record for number of games. In addition, the quality of games you guys bring is totally amazing. We couldn't do this without support from all of you.
We're only about 1 1/2 months away from this years show and preparations are in full force. Information about setup times and other details will go out in about 3 weeks. If you have other questions that need answers in advance of that, please feel free to ask. I'm going to highlight a few of the important changes to be made aware of coming up in advance of this years show.
If you are joining us again this year and bringing a game, please drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you're bringing. This really helps us with planning for each year and ensures you get our email info for setup and the like.
1. As most of you are aware, the arcade hall is located in the largest space in the hotel. You guys have responded in amazing fashion and filled that room the last two years. As such, we've had to make a few tweaks in how we handle some game types. First, nothing changes for pinball machines and upright arcade cabinets (including caberets). Counter top games (these would be your Megatouchs and mini-arcade cabinets) will only be considered for partial (1/2) game registration. In addition, in order to qualify for that, it must be an original manufacturer (ie: non-MAME) machine that was intended to used in a coin-operated/money making fashion. Some have suggested that we simply don't allow them at all, but we didn't want to totally eliminate them since some people would like to be able to sell them. As such, we will do our best to accomodate games of this type but there is no guarantee that we will be able to find a playable, powered space for them. But, we will do our best. If you have any questions about a specific game you want to bring, please contact us at email@example.com.
In addition, for cocktail machines (applies to both pinball and video type), those will continue to receive full registration credit. However, like countertop machines, these are a challenge to accomodate in our space. So, we are not able to guarantee that we will be able to find a playable, powered spot for them. Again, if you have any questions on this, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Unfortunately, Tom Taylor's Arcade Open House on Friday afternoon is already sold out. In addition, so is the hotel. But, if you haven't gotten lodging setup for yourself yet, there is still reduced rate rooms available at a partner hotel just a couple blocks to the south of the Sheraton.
3. On Friday night, we are one again offering a bunch of activities including dinner, drinks, pinball tournaments and more. In addition, a small portion of arcade hall will be open for those with VIG passes. There are still a limited number of ticket available if you are interested in participating. Note, your weekend pass for bringing a game does not include the Friday night VIG.
4. The famous (in-famous?) arcade hall after party continues to be a highlight of show for many (including myself). As with prior years, you are not able to buy tickets to this party. So if you want to attend, you need to bring a game. This party exists to thank you for bringing your games to share and allow you to interact with your fellow hobbiests. The party includes food, drinks, best-of-show voting and more! It will take place after the official close of the show on Saturday night starting at approximately 8:30pm and go until 3am.
5. We remain a collector friendly environment and understand that the MGC is a great way to market and sell your game. We continue to offer this without any fee or commission. However, as a reminder, once a game is setup and registered, it must remain available for free-play until at least 11am on Saturday. If a machine is sold and powered down or removed from the floor before that time, you will be required to pay a $100 early removal penalty. If you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to contact us.