Looking back at Tacticon 2000 (at Denver Marriott Southeast) historical miniature games, there were three tournaments and 19 other games. This was my first Tacticon I attended. Sixteen years later there were two tournaments and maybe a half dozen other games.
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- The Tacticon/Genghis Con web site(s) either provide barely any useful information or force you to go through a maze to get at what you are looking for. Guess what, a simple PDF of events listed by game type then date/time on the main convention page is all you need. This PDF could be auto replaced with any updates daily.
- This year, only one historical miniature game was put on Saturday morning and then Saturday afternoon. This is terrible. I have been attending Tacticon and Genghis Con for 16 years, and this is the worst yet. Yes, I can blame fellow gamers for not supporting these local conventions, but I understand their gripes. I struggled to get my game host this year.
- Lack of communication with regards to those of us wanting to run a game was bad. Every effort should be made to get games. The more games put on, the more interest gamers will be in attending.
- Two conventions in a row there was a scramble to located chairs for games. What? Do I have to bring my own folding chairs for my game? Don't blame the hotel, if the hotel can not guarantee chairs then do not book that hotel. This was a different hotel from the last convention.
- I requested a 5' x 6' table setup. Once again, just like chairs, had to make due with a 4' x 6' table. I chose to not make an issue about it, but when I submitted by game, someone could have told me that all the tables were setup to a maximum width of 4'.
- Why should a gamer who is only putting on one game and not playing in anything during the convention have to pay full attendance minus only $5?
- No convention booklet.
- No map of where all the different areas (RPG, Miniatures, Dealer room, etc.) are located at the hotel.
- The paper list of events/games at the convention was only sorted by time. It would have been better organized by event type then time. Course, stacks of paper conventions booklets with useful information in them like was done in the past would have worked just fine.
- Historical miniature gaming received low support by the convention organizers. Cosplay, computer gaming and tournaments received support. I don't know how I feel about the convention paying for Cosplayers around the U.S. to fly in.
- Tournament events were posted fast on the event listing before the convention started. Those of us running a single miniature game did not show up until after the deadline for submissions had passed.
- Does anyone in the dealer room make any money? I guess if they come back then it was worth their while. Generally no one thinks the dealer room is any good.
I welcome any feedback (even rebuttals) to my thoughts.