The show is a Gameroom show, so anything coin op is welcomed on the floor, it has been that way for 20 years and will continue to be that way. Broaden your horizons, try some of the other types of games you don't normally play. You may find out that things you have been ignoring are actually a lot of fun. Personally, I like seeing the games like Bingo's and oddball EM games as most of the DMD games are somewhat common and I have played them thousands of times over the past 20 years.
There were over 180 on free play on Friday and 170 on Saturday. That doesn't include the 50 or so of the newest games that the vendors like Cointaker and Pinball Star had on Free play. I don't know where this 120 number came from but I counted the games myself as did another person and we both got the same number. I assume people are just going by how it "looked". The larger hall was deceiving and made it appear emptier than it truly was. FYI we would not have been able to get all the games and vendors we had into the old hall. And No, I am not counting the flea market in that statement.
We needed a larger hall than what we were in previous years as the show keeps growing. The hall we had is bigger than what we need but we have to take what is available. The halls aren't like rope where they can cut them to whatever size you need.
There were 4 broken games on the floor that I was aware of. As anyone that owns a game knows, sometimes games break and tracking down oddball problems is difficult during an event or the problem. There was one that someone did mark sold and pull their information from and shut down. I am still working on tracking whose game that was.
As to the beer sign guy, he has been coming to the show since it started and I hope he continues to do so. Not only do I look forward to seeing and talking to him, I buy a lot of items from him and many other people also do.
What harm was there by allowing Bath Fitters and the others into the show? No vendors got turned down for spots and and they were among the first to register and pay. BTW, they also reported that they did well at the show and also bought several items at the show. (we infected more people with our hobby)
There are only so many vendors in the hobby and that are willing to come to shows. It is expensive for them to take the time off, load up a truck, build up the inventory, pay staff and set up a booth.
Constructive Criticism doesn't upset me in the least, we do listen to people's ideas and try to incorporate what we can. And as always, if you have a complaint or concern at the show, please come to me with it. I will do my best to address it.
Tentative dates for next year are Oct 12 & 13th in Memorial Hall East. (same building other hall) I don't have a formal contract yet, so for now the dates are tentative.