|The style of games that I usually see...|
|... and the kind of games that I usually do.|
The assumption that is normally being made is that my games are just like everyone else's, a battle mat with a grid, and maybe a few of the pre-painted vinyl figures. Gamers and event organizers, despite the number of photos I've sent out, are always surprised and shocked to hear that I don't game that way, and that I'm going to need a fixed base of operations for the duration of the event due to the sheer vastness of what I bring to an event.
The assumption is that I can move around the event at will, hopping from table to table and two-hour time slot to two-hour time slot; conventions and events, these days, use the same 'through-put' business model that food courts and fast-food places use. More and shorter games mean more customers can be serviced in a shorter interval of time and space; quantity is far more important then quantity, which is most noticeable in the deafening noise levels in the gaming spaces; the event organizers can get more through-put at a lower cost by putting as many game tables in a given room space as possible. This economizes on event staff and maximizes profit for the organizers.
Well, I don't game that way, and I have been told to conform to the 'programming format' or not run games at that event. I am very happy to not run games, which also baffles event organizers - they usually view their events as having 'prestige' or 'premium' status, and I have to say that the statement by an old friend is my mantra: "No gaming is better then bad gaming."
Som it's looking like that any games I run in the future will be here in my own game room; I like to run long-term campaigns / 'open ended sandbox play' anyway, and it's just easier on me to do things the way I always have. It takes as much effort to load out, set up, tear down, and load in a one day event as it does a four day event, and I normally get no help on either end of the logistics exercise. And I have to run the games in between, as well, so it just gets to be far more trouble then the trip may be worth.
Oh, and yes, I am expected to foot all the bills for these event out of my pocket. For what I've spent this year alone on other peoples' events, I could have run a pretty decent little convention all by myself.
So, a change in direction seems to be in the wind - or maybe a return to my core values, perhaps...