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Pinball Expo 2015 recommendations for change

By mikepin

4 years ago

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    #228 4 years ago

    It used to be that Expo had less space in earlier venues. Now there is space. Twice in its history, the Expo had to move because the hotel it was in was going to be closed or torn down.

    It used to be that the games and the vendors were all in one room and the entire room shut down for the banquet. This room was locked to prevent theft to vendors. Absolutely nobody played any pinball machines during the banquet. Nobody. That changed, and a separate room was made and left open. The so-called dedicated free play area. Having the vendor area left open all night as was being done lately was not always an offering.

    Way back, Sunday used to have more events on the schedule but people (like me) had to fly out that day to get back for work on Monday and would miss certain events. Nowadays, just the tournament extends into Sunday. No need to formally declare it a tear-down day on the printed schedule because informally it's been that way for years. One look at the Sunday schedule and anybody can know when they plan to leave that day.

    Sad to see if the pinball halls will indeed close at midnight Saturday night next year because after I attend the banquet I always meet up with others to play all night. That's the best time for us, after attending all the seminars and fireside chats. This suggested midnight closure idea sounds like my pinball playing opportunities at this show will now end at 6pm Saturday for me when I get ready for the 7pm charity auction which precedes the banquet. Not sure why those who don't stay up all night need the halls to be closed all night as suggested earlier in this thread. I would think it wouldn't matter to them at all. If they want the halls open during the banquet, that's cool, but I don't see why closing them for all night has to be necessary for that to happen.

    I wonder if the vendor hours are a problem only with the non-vendors despite the fact that the non-vendors keep recommending to Mike that the vendors be surveyed for what hours they would like. Was it ever established that the vendors are in fact majorly unhappy or are only the non-vendors keeping this issue alive? Just asking.

    It used to be that if you did not attend the banquet you could not get in the room to bid the auction. That changed and now there are chairs in the back for those who want to bid but do not want to eat. I hope that change is appreciated.

    Strange that even if indeed freeloaders are walking into the seminars, the seminars aren't fuller. I'm not complaining about the honest people who walk among us.

    It's kind of funny. No matter how many changes are made over the years, there are always people who want to physically be wherever the show schedule says they can't be. After 31 shows, so many ideas have been tried and, later, tried again, it's like a pendulum swinging back and forth.

    #316 4 years ago
    Quoted from cavalier88z24:

    keep it free Terry. If people don't like it they don't have to come.

    Except the ones that don’t come still complain about why they don’t come. Others who do come can still complain later. Complaining and farting have the same origins. Sometimes I wonder if such people have ever served on a committee in their entire lives, never appreciating what it takes to pull this stuff off.

    Quoted from Gatecrasher:

    If one goes down an out of order sign could be placed on it and the owner contacted. He then would have like an hour or so to try and fix it

    But if the owner is at the banquet…

    #342 4 years ago
    Quoted from dmarston:

    I wonder how many people choose which seminars to attend based on the presenter in addition to the topic.

    Oh, sure. Do you recall how Pat Lawlor used to pack them in? Pat fills the time recounting his past successes and related stories and everybody eats it up. A good time is had by all.

    In contrast, there was one recent seminar that lasted an hour and for the first 45 minutes it was just people up there talking about nothing, then in the last 15 minutes they got down to talking about what they were really up there for. I felt I had been watching folks BS'ing in their living room, having a good time with themselves, inside jokes, cracking up, where I cannot join in but am left to find my own fun in watching it. Sadly, that is a common thing even outside of pinballdom. You see it on TV, on radio talk shows, on podcasts. Extended pointlessness. Yet, it seems to be quite popular now to just watch people rattle on about nothing much. Seems every Expo has one of these.

    I think we need Pat Lawlor back.

    #384 4 years ago

    OK, how about this? Have the vendors at one end of the large room and all games everywhere else in the room. We know there are doors at each end of this large room, right? During the times when the vendor section is attended by vendors, have the only attendee entrance and exit (other than fire exits) be at the vendor end of the room, a door that has the people walk past the vendors to get to the games, to come and go. Then, make it so that when the vendor section is closed, it can be sectioned off with those huge fake walls. During those times, the previously mentioned entrance door is locked and nobody can access the vendor area. Attendees must then enter the large room via a new entrance door at the other end of the room. A door that brings them directly into the gaming part of the room. A door that was previously unavailable during vendor hours. That way, the vendors always get the foot traffic they need whenever they are present, they can have a locked door when they are not there, and the games will be available for any hours we want.

    Sorry if someone already said this.

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