|Just two of the very nice people I met Hendrik and Werner.|
Yesterday I had an itinerary all planned out on the map to make sure I saw everything I wanted too. I stuck to it pretty much, however I wasn't really able to enjoy the show as I would have liked to. I would have liked to have tried some demo games of various things but I couldn't because I wanted to see more of the show. I've been to shows in the past and stood at tables and run games for others and felt like I've missed out. So it was good to be able to walk round a show and feel like I was actually experiencing the show as it was meant to be experienced, from the punters side of the the stalls. However, I felt rushed at Salute 2012, I felt like I wasn't able to spend as much time as I'd like talking to the people I wanted to, or sampling the products I wanted to sample. If you're going to do a show, you have to do it properly and one day simply isn't enough time for me to have done the show properly, and I actually felt really bad informing some of the stall holders that I had to dash off elsewhere, if I was going to see everything I wanted to.
In short if anyone felt I was rude to them yesterday I'm sorry! I tried to give everyone as much of my time as I could, and it was really great to speak to you all and to meet some of you, and talk about either products you liked or indeed the products you were peddling. I hate feeling rushed, and I know I rushed through talking to some people and I'm really unhappy about that. Perhaps these sorts of show aren't designed for this sort of thing I thought. Then I remembered all the other sorts of trade show I've been too and I remembered how I've normally enjoyed them because I'd made a weekend or hell even a week of it. So that's when I realised the reason Salute didn't work was that it was a day long event. Had the people there been able to spread their activities out over 2 or 3 days I think it would have been a much more pleasurable experience for all concerned. I certainly wouldn't have felt rushed, Traders could've done more business and sold their product properly instead of rushing things.
|One of the cool little Gruntz boards.|
Salute felt like it was pelting along at 100mph and not many of you who I bumped into seemed to be enjoying yourselves. Once or twice I heard people complain that they could do with "having another day here". I missed out on things, I know I have, and for a geek and nerd like me that's really frustrating. So how does this compare to the experiences some of my American friends are having at Adepticon? Well they all seem to be having a whale of a time trying out new games, seeking out new products and just generally enjoying having 3 or 4 days to take it all in. GenCon too is just a much healthier show, with a lot more time to do what you want to do. They are proper conventions, not just a day long glorified bring-and-buy sale, which is what Salute felt like. I feel sorry for the guys who had clearly spent so much effort on their demo tables, like Twilight, the magnificent Freebooter's Fate table, Micro Arts Wolsung board or Robin Fitton on his nicely done Gruntz tables. All that for one rushed day of demo's? Just doesn't seem right to me.
I'm going to say that Europe deserves a little bit better than Salute. I'm glad Salute exists I really am but we need a full on convention nothing has convinced me more of this than trundling around Slaute yesterday watching all the rushed demo's and the scrums that existed at various stalls as people tried to grab what stock they could. It was uncivilised and I personally think Europe could happily support a full on convention, and if we had our own full on convention I would expect more traders to take it seriously and attend. I mean would you trek all the way from the States, Canada or even Spain for one day? Would you see the point? I know I bloody wouldn't! The hobby hasn't been healthier in my opinion in terms of breadth and depth of product at any previous point in its history than right now. So I ask the question, why hasn't the UK and Europe got a full on convention? Peace out!