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  1. Interesting. I assumed that the HGI always charged for their breakfast, but that Reaper had worked out a deal to cover that cost for ReaperCon attendees. We always got breakfast tickets, and would pay for our meals with these each day. Again, i don’t want to mis-characterize this as some atrocity or a deal-breaker; more of a curiosity. I wondered if this had been communicated somewhere some time ago, and I had just missed it. I didn’t keep up with the ReaperCon discussions here over the past months. Bold - great tip. Thanks. Coralline - quite possibly so! -Darren
  2. Hey, folks, I’m sure this has been discussed elsewhere on the Forums, but maybe it hasn’t. I was surprised to learn that breakfast was not included in the ReaperCon room rate at the Hilton Garden Inn. Obviously, a different contract was drawn up between Reaper and the hotel, but does anyone know why? The con room rate has always been good, and the new breakfast discount is also decent, so this is not a huge deal. I just wondered if anyone knew the rationale/what happened. Other than this, so far, so good at RC 2017. -Darren
  3. I'm definitely aware of this, and aware of the various benefits to be found all around ReaperCon. For the general ReaperCon forum community, if no new value is found in the format I've proposed, so be it! It shan't come to be. However, I feel that there is something new to be found here. But - again - that's just me. -Darren
  4. Absolutely. This is well-understood, and not taken as "harsh." What you're suggesting is just common sense. What I'm trying to find, with my proposal, is a new format for a class that might help attendees of all descriptions - most particularly, those that actually paint once in a while! -Darren
  5. With that, I think we can all agree! -Darren
  6. SirLarps: Speaking for myself, if I could get the classes I want with any regularity, I probably would have never thought of this alternate format. Also, there is something appealing about the wider range of a Painting Open Training, for example. The session is not open to any question under the sun - it's thematically focused on painting - but the range is wider than just "NMM" or "Basing" or any of the various, more-targeted class topics. At such a session, I might ask a question about, say, painting a face effectively, but I might also ask about blacklining and sealing the mini. I wouldn't be restricted to one or two topics. For the instructor, the answers wouldn't have to be 15-minute treatises on these topics, and they would come up during the course of work on those individual tasks. They would be specific and directed towards said tasks. Ideally, anyway... -Darren
  7. Thank you all for your responses. Dixon: I'd certainly love for something like this to be considered, particularly since it seems like a small-to-moderate adjustment to the existing logistics. Sir Larps: "What do you think?" is definitely not the kind of question I had in mind when I envisioned an Open Training attendee. Rather, I expected that someone going to one of these sessions would either come in with specific questions, or would formulate them based on his or her work, rather than the nebulous, all-encompassing kind you mention. As for the "social event" topic, I suppose there is that possibility, but I would also hope that, priced as a class, the cost of the session would filter out those who are just coming to shoot the breeze. Particularly when that sort of social atmosphere is available at tables some 50 feet away - for free. Xumenicus: Your points are well-taken, and I have tried to take advantage of some of the resources that are readily available every day, as well as those that are con-specific. The important conversation in this thread is not about my specific opportunities and challenges, but, even so, I appreciate your suggestions and hope to eventually conquer the time-management and motivation monsters. In bringing this up, I just hoped to get a feeling for the level of interest for a concept like this, from both the attendees who would purchase these class tickets, as well as the professionals who would facilitate the sessions. Just because something like this sounds ideal to me, and very feasible based on the structure I saw at ReaperCon last year, that doesn't mean it's interesting to anyone else, nor actually doable at this year's convention (or any other)!! Wren: I can definitely appreciate the level of anxiety that a one-on-one session could provoke in the professional (and - who knows - maybe the attendee?)! That is one of the reasons that I would suggest 2 or 3 instructors per Open Training session. I'm glad your second session didn't book! -Darren
  8. No doubt. I am acutely aware of the limitations and challenges presented by my lack of dedicated time. I didn't want to turn this thread into an assessment of my specific issues - rather, I thought that my particular challenges might be similar to those that other attendees might face, albeit at an extreme level. I doubt that many others only paint come ReaperCon time (at least, I hope not!!). However, I'm pretty sure that others sometimes find themselves not getting the specific guidance they had sought at the convention. Part of that is on us, for not taking advantage of the resources that are already present, but I also felt it opened an opportunity for a new kind of training, one that would bring that guidance to the attendee. Realizing this began me thinking about something like "Open Training." From the responses here, however, I suspect that I over-estimated the number of attendees who would find value in such a session. Or under-estimated the difficulty involved in offering such a thing! -Darren
  9. Corporea: So cool! Again, this sort of story just reinforces what we all know about Artists' Row, and, I'm sure, brings a smile to the face of anyone who values this sort of generosity of attention and time. I definitely hope to utilize Artists' Row in this way, come October. I've spoken with Artists' Row professionals many times over the last three years, including some Z-Brush people last year, and various painters and sculptors all along. I've never brought my work to them, mostly because I haven't done work in the new general painting area. I'll see if there can be some new workflow that would work in the ReaperCon context, allowing me to break away and bring my stuff over to an artist. I also need to revamp my class strategy, because I seem to always end up with a few second-, third- and fourth-choice sessions and handfuls of notes, but few actionable enhancements, skills or insights. And that's not a vilification of the instructors; they're awesome. It's just that, with lower-tier sessions (for me), I just don't get much that is directly-applicable to the hurdles I encounter when I finally grab a brush and give it a whirl, usually late-night, back at the hotel! I usually get a lot of information on topics that are, at best, tangentially-related to the things I work on when I finally work on minis. -Darren Corporea: One more thing - your graciousness and generosity are evident, and so much appreciated. And this is reflective of the attitude I've always found when I've talked with the professionals. Thank you, all, for the help you provide, and the spirit in which you provide it! -Darren
  10. Oh, absolutely… This was always intended as a regular class, albeit with a new format. Same pricing, new parameters. -Darren
  11. Fair enough. When I first thought of this format, I thought it was the best of both worlds - a semi-structured, paid class with the personalized professional attention of some members of Artists' Row. However, maybe the logistics are more daunting than I anticipated, and/or the attendees at ReaperCon wouldn't get as much out of it as I would. Speaking for myself (and not portraying myself as typical), I know that, despite having collected minis for the last few decades, gathering videos, keeping up on YouTube resources and so forth, I realistically only paint over the 3-4 days of ReaperCon. That's a reality I need to address for myself. In the meantime, I thought this format could provide a different kind of attention for some attendees - again, a best of both worlds situation. -Darren
  12. Xumenicus: Thanks for your thoughtful and detailed response. As you mentioned, as with nearly all events offered at any convention, there would be a numbers crunch because of the factors you listed. That's simply a reality of having finite resources. Numerically, I wouldn't expect there to be more than one or two of these sessions offered per day. Ideally, maybe each session would have 2-3 instructors, and the session size could, therefore, open up larger than a typical class. I don't know what the standard teacher-to-student ratio is for ReaperCon hands-on classes; my recollection puts it at about 1 teacher for 6-8 students? Therefore, these Open Trainings could allow for 12-18 students, or, perhaps, 15-20. I agree that, in terms of topics, "Wide-Open Training" would probably leave many attendees underwhelmed. Each session would need thematic focus. I like the topics you propose (particularly the last one ), though I think wider topics might serve the larger classes more successfully. The "waiting at a table to get your answer" issue is certainly relevant, but that sort of "do nothing until the teacher gets back" approach would go against the concept of Open Training, as I envision it. The idea is to be working on your project continuously, and calling for help now and then as necessary. The attendees would need to share the working space and time, as well as the instructors' energies and attentions. Of course, that may be idealistic, but from what I've seen, I believe the majority of ReaperCon attendees wouldn't abuse such a system. Having one or two questions, then working "nose down on projects" sounds about right, to me. Maybe it would be 3 or 4 questions, but the point is that having that dedicated time and professional attention through my workflow, in my workspace, would be exceptional. Working X minutes on your project, then waiting Y minutes to get "the okay" or "the answer" before proceeding is not the kind of session I'm thinking of. I definitely understand your concern in this direction, but that attendee in your NMM example would probably be better-served by the Artists' Row. The more I think about the concept of an Open Training session in light of the observations that have been generously offered in this message thread, it seems that Open Training would simply be an extension of Artists' Row. It would be "Artists' Row comes to you as you're working, in a themed, dedicated format." It's a small difference, but one that could be profound for some. -Darren
  13. I love stories like this. These validate the Artists' Row as a rare and wonderful resource. Virtually every story I've heard about the artists, whether at these tables, or elsewhere in or out of the Con venue, has echoed some aspect of these sentiments. -Darren
  14. Aryanun: Absolutely! If implemented in any way, this should be artist-driven and -chosen, not imposed by anyone upon the artists. These would all be optional sessions that artists could choose to teach, alongside the existing sessions and Artists' Row and all the other ReaperCon elements. I would imagine that only those artists comfortable with the format and topic of the Open Trainings would choose to get involved. I also think circulation around the training space would be an optional element. It just occurred to me that some artists would prefer to get up and observe the work of the students up-close rather than sitting back. That would be an option in this format. And I appreciate the concern about the challenge of having an artist approach random attendees to offer advice. I don't envision these sessions in that format. Unless the artist chose to engage a student to offer advice, that would not be an expectation. Rather, I see the implied session summary as: "I'm Artist X, this is Artist Y. Today's topic is ABC. We're here to help you if you need it. We'll be over here, maybe working on our own stuff, maybe walking around, maybe having lunch, but we're here with you for the next 2 hours. This is your time, so work at your own pace, and come ask us any questions as you go along." Something like that. -Darren
  15. Wren: No doubt - I wouldn't think too many people would choose to sit in an "Artists' Row" if they weren't willing to give time to curious fans! And, as you said, the issue of "Con-attendee introversion" is one that cannot be resolved by any one proposal. I see Artists' Row as a place for artists to spend some time on their work, and some time (possibly a good amount...) meeting and greeting attendees. A session like the one I'm proposing, by contrast, would be dedicated entirely to the attendees. I think that shift in focus could make all the difference for some people. As such, I would expect these sessions to be very popular, but, again - this is just brainstorming, throwing an idea out there. I appreciate all the feedback and discussion, folks. -Darren