Rob Craig here - catching up on this thread. There seems to be a few worried about a couple of things. Let me try to address these from my perspective.
Bumper Blast - Games moving on Wednesday from one room to another ....
Bumper Blast has been a smallish event that celebrates the start of Expo for those that have made it in early. If you go back far enough (2001), it was a small room with some fruit trays and a TV playing Tommy. It's not intended to be a fully set-up free play room with 200+ games. The thinking here is that it would be good to have PINBALL at the opening event of PINBALL EXPO. Moving games from one room to another is a logistic requirement since Bumper Blast is in one room and the freeplay room is in another. This was dictated by hotel availability on Wednesday vs what is available on Thursday. I absolutely hate doing this but we don't have a choice unless some event is cancelled and we get some space earlier (which still could happen). If the option is to play some pinball themed video clips on a screen or play real pinball, we opted for playing pinball. We didn't think anyone would complain about that.
Game Move In on Wednesday - I (and volunteers) will be ready to assist anyone that wants to unload a game(s) on Wednesday from Noon and onward. I'm willing to be at the dock earlier if you can't wait until noon. From previous show data, Thursday will be the biggest move in day for most people bringing 1 or 2 games - so games for Bumper Blast will likely be games from those who came early, some of Berk's collection, my games, etc. Since games come in more frequently after Bumper Blast, the logistics of moving games directly into the freeplay room will hopefully not be as intense. As for pinball dollies, I'm bringing mine, Berk and Fix will have several, some volunteers will have theirs, and some bringing games will have theirs too. We will do the best we can.
Volunteers - I'm looking for people to join our existing team in helping unload at the dock, stock the freeplay room, and assist in the vending hall with some of the games there. Please contact me directly at email@example.com if you want on the team. I've been compiling the team but will lock this down by the end of Sept. So if you have at least a half-a-day you are willing to donate (Wed evening / Thursday all day preferred), please let me know. The website has a lot of information about volunteering you can read but in short, you need to be physically able and experienced in moving pinball machines with pinball dollies and an overall friendly person (aren't all pinball people friendly??).
Pinball Life Party & Expo - These events should always go together and this year we wanted to make it clear that they do. Terry's party is a core part of the Expo experience and everyone should go to the party at least once. If I can find enough volunteers to cover me - I will go myself.
Why hasn't someone been on here answering our questions? - Because a lot of things have been evolving and making announcements about things that you change later is bad business and upsets people. I'm fairly conservative about declaring something might happen unless we know for sure that it will happen. And, I only speak for myself as someone helping organize the show. Everyone is welcome to e-mail Rob Berk or David Fix directly with your questions. Or use any of the e-mail addresses on the website at www.pinballexpo.com .
More questions? Ask them here, I'll answer if I can.