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2 hours ago, Coffee Nerdery Beer said:

If this happened and I just didn't realize it, please disregard... 

 

Not sure how easy to send out a Discord ReaperCon announcement via notification would be every morning of the Con? Like a mini "Coffee Ketchup" but via Discord notification.

 

Nothing extensive, but perhaps something with reminders of important times for that day, like when Meet-and-Greet starts, the costume contest, the deadline for MSP entries, etc. 

 

But then the same should be done for the forums, Twitch, Twitter, and Facebook. Having info in one place and not the others was a big problem in the runup to the con. Bits and pieces were everywhere. 

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2 hours ago, Coffee Nerdery Beer said:

If this happened and I just didn't realize it, please disregard... 

 

Not sure how easy to send out a Discord ReaperCon announcement via notification would be every morning of the Con? Like a mini "Coffee Ketchup" but via Discord notification.

 

Nothing extensive, but perhaps something with reminders of important times for that day, like when Meet-and-Greet starts, the costume contest, the deadline for MSP entries, etc. 

 

But if Reaper does this, don't assume that more than a fraction of people at the con are going to see it.   Lots of people are not on Discord, or even in this forum, or even checking email notifications during the day.   Con events need to be posted at the con, where people at the con can see it. 

 

 

@Reaper_Jon  the hotel has a digital signboard in the lobby which is capable of displaying the daily schedule.  It was being used as a drink menu during Reapercon. 

 

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2 hours ago, Inarah said:

 

...don't assume that more than a fraction of people at the con are going to see it.   Lots of people are not on Discord, or even in this forum, or even checking email notifications during the day...

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@Reaper_Jon  the hotel has a digital signboard in the lobby which is capable of displaying the daily schedule.  It was being used as a drink menu during Reapercon. 

 

 

 

Folks who are immersed in social media and sites often assume everyone is.  We aren't.

 

HST, I was unaware that there was an info screen in the lobby.  Else I would have used my drink coupons in a more Con themed way.  I did get an upgraded drink though --- rolled a 19.   Next year.

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I'm a numbers guy and this is what I got from the recent Reaper Live:

 

Category                                                   2019           2021

 

Attendees                                               @2600         @1000

 

Contestants                                               347                 273

 

Entries                                                      1001                733

 

And:

 

Bronze - 196; Silver - 76;  Gold - 56

 

So, if I heard the guys correctly, there were fewer attendees (because of the 1000 person limit), but, proportionately, not many fewer contestants or entries.  Which is in line with what I'm hearing from other contests and cons I"m aware of -- fewer folks but an intense level of participation.

 

 

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39 minutes ago, Highlander said:

I'm a numbers guy and this is what I got from the recent Reaper Live:

 

Category                                                   2019           2021

 

Attendees                                               @2600         @1000

 

Contestants                                               347                 273

 

Entries                                                      1001                733

 

And:

 

Bronze - 196; Silver - 76;  Gold - 56

 

So, if I heard the guys correctly, there were fewer attendees (because of the 1000 person limit), but, proportionately, not many fewer contestants or entries.  Which is in line with what I'm hearing from other contests and cons I"m aware of -- fewer folks but an intense level of participation.

 

 

 I lthink a big shift in the numbers was the lack of the gaming population.  Last con, all of the game tables for the societies/leagues were packed (PFS & SFS and AL).  While I did see some representation the tables didn't see as full and I had heard that some games had to be canceled due to lack of players or GMs.  I would venture that a large number of those extra 1600 were gamers whose main focus is not painting but gaming.  I know that I talked to a bunch of people at the game tables last con that didn't paint.  

 

RCon die-hards might be more likely to show up for this years limited con, thus more participants and entries per capita.  But to know for sure you would need to send out and receive surveys and do some real number crunching rather than rely on my theory crafting.

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4 hours ago, Pegazus said:

 

But then the same should be done for the forums, Twitch, Twitter, and Facebook. Having info in one place and not the others was a big problem in the runup to the con. Bits and pieces were everywhere. 

 

Yah there was screw up with the game table numbers this year so I found myself wondering down the hall to the single digit tables to see if I had signed up players for my games. I told Ron, it was all his doing as he wanted to make sure I got my daily exercise in that day, he gave that look. :lol: 

 

One of my players said on Discord there was an announcement about it, but since I really don't do Discord, it wouldn't have done me any good. Tbh, while at the Con, I'm pretty much offline on everything, if it's not happening at the Con, I'm really not gonna hear or see anything about it. Why at the bar one night seeing the tornado warnings in Massachusetts was kinda a shocker. Now on Sunday night, I was active, but the Con was also over. Heck, I order a Buc-ee's facemask off ebay that night as I recall seeing people wearing it at the Con, but spaced off looking for one while going there earlier. It arrived today.

 

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15 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

...this years limited con...

 

I'm gonna quibble a bit.  I agree with the adjective "limited" in its literal sense.  ReaperCon was indeed limited to @1000 attendees.

 

However, IMHO, this year's ReaperCon was more different than limited.  It seemed mellower, more relaxed, less frantic.  And, for me, more enjoyable.  A specific example would be the contest room; the density of viewers was way down over previous years and one's ability to view the entries was enhanced.  I think Reaper adapted very well to the changed circumstance; I hope they did well. 

 

I expect that, in future, we'll return to "normal".  If so, I'll miss the ambiance of 2021.

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😅 Wasn't trying to be exclusionary by not listing all the various forms of social media! I'm just familiar with Discord's "sign-up" based push notifications and how well they worked for ReaperCon Online and RVE. Any sort of day-specific highlights made available each morning with times listed would be extremely helpful...

 

Ultimately, use of that digital sign like Inarah mentioned above or something posted right outside the main hall would be most ideal. 

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4 hours ago, Coffee Nerdery Beer said:

😅 Wasn't trying to be exclusionary by not listing all the various forms of social media! I'm just familiar with Discord's "sign-up" based push notifications and how well they worked for ReaperCon Online and RVE. Any sort of day-specific highlights made available each morning with times listed would be extremely helpful...

 

Ultimately, use of that digital sign like Inarah mentioned above or something posted right outside the main hall would be most ideal. 

 

My feedback reply to you was more directed to Reaper in general. The shotgun social media method isn't effective.

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(Note: I had posted the following a week ago, but in the wrong place and that is now gone, so here's a repost.)

 

I loved everything about the Con this year, save for one thing that I'll get to later:  First the good points:

- Loved the classroom setups.  The new TVs and cameras made sculpting classes far more feasible than the old "huddle round and hope you can see what I am doing."  I can now double my class sizes.

- Loved the trading post, made getting stuff more accessible to everyone and not just the groups who know each other and pool our resources.

- Loved the Vendor Hall setup

- The hotel actually got into the Con and had a ribbon for Hilton Honors members, special drinks with free dice, etc...  That was cool.

- I liked not getting sick (I disliked the masks though) and feel that some of the social distancing aspects would be good every con.  This is the first year I didn't get sick at or after the Con.  I think it was the no handshaking thing and added sanitary awareness.

 

My one issue was the setup of Artist Row.  We were kind of stuck in the back corner and very few people even came into the rows.  It felt very lonely back there.  I often was the only artist in my row (I'm a bit of a paladin and make sure I spend at least half my free time at my station every day; what's the point of it if I am never there?), and I think a big part of that was how cut off from the Con we all felt sitting back there.  I would really like to see them figure out how to go back to something like we had at the Premiere (oxymoron) Center where our tables faced the main hall.  We were much more approachable to people there and felt like we were part of the Con and not a hidden side show.

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On 9/8/2021 at 12:32 PM, HenryRequiem said:


- Was really confused about the massage gun though... 

 

From what I understand talking to him he was a last-minute booking to replace someone who had cancelled. He said he does a lot of gaming 'cons b/c he's into them personally and I guess the tables are cheap compared to other stuff?

On 9/10/2021 at 7:16 PM, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

 I lthink a big shift in the numbers was the lack of the gaming population.  Last con, all of the game tables for the societies/leagues were packed (PFS & SFS and AL).  While I did see some representation the tables didn't see as full and I had heard that some games had to be canceled due to lack of players or GMs.  I would venture that a large number of those extra 1600 were gamers whose main focus is not painting but gaming.  I know that I talked to a bunch of people at the game tables last con that didn't paint.  

I would have loved to play more games but the signups this year were impossible - I couldn't figure it out at all... Hopefully next year we could go back to paper signups at the 'con - like sign up on line, and then day of they print a list of who's signed up with open lines for empty slots and a line or two for substitutes to leave their phone numbers... That way people can go cross out if they need to skip a game, or make sure they have players if they don't have enough.

 

On 9/13/2021 at 2:56 PM, TaleSpinner said:

My one issue was the setup of Artist Row.  We were kind of stuck in the back corner and very few people even came into the rows.  It felt very lonely back there.  I often was the only artist in my row (I'm a bit of a paladin and make sure I spend at least half my free time at my station every day; what's the point of it if I am never there?), and I think a big part of that was how cut off from the Con we all felt sitting back there.  I would really like to see them figure out how to go back to something like we had at the Premiere (oxymoron) Center where our tables faced the main hall.  We were much more approachable to people there and felt like we were part of the Con and not a hidden side show.

Having the stage there made it a little weird - there was just the small opening and the curtains. Not that it physically blocked it, but it made it feel weird going over there, like I was going into a back area.


If it was swapped with that front set of tables where the board games were, and that area opened up and made into more seating, I think it would've been easier to go visit you guys....

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2 hours ago, Aard_Rinn said:

From what I understand talking to him he was a last-minute booking to replace someone who had cancelled. He said he does a lot of gaming 'cons b/c he's into them personally and I guess the tables are cheap compared to other stuff?

 

Heh, his booth was about the only one I spent cash at this year (besides Reaper's of course). I picked up one of the "Ipod Shuffle" massagers. I'm gonna spring that one on my wife one of these nights I'm actually home vs working. (oh hey, I'm finally off tonight!! My first night off since coming home from ReaperCon!! Tonight thou is FLGS game night)

 

2 hours ago, Aard_Rinn said:

I would have loved to play more games but the signups this year were impossible - I couldn't figure it out at all... Hopefully next year we could go back to paper signups at the 'con - like sign up on line, and then day of they print a list of who's signed up with open lines for empty slots and a line or two for substitutes to leave their phone numbers... That way people can go cross out if they need to skip a game, or make sure they have players if they don't have enough.

 

What I did for my tables that didn't have register people was after 10 mins after the start time, the seat was open to whoever was there first. I did that for one game, but out of the 7 games I ran, only 1 table didn't run. I did suffer from wrong table numbers posted like everyone else in the rpg block, which I totally forgot to check for that game. Thou I will admit, I didn't mind as I got to hang out with friends for the evening.

 

I had tables of at least 5 people each time (except for the game that I had mostly walk ups). It was a nice experience this year vs my first year at Embassy Suites ('18). I've never had paper list of people signed up at any of the games I've ran for Reaper. More or less, I'll just ask the people sitting & explain & they understand if a registered person is there & needs the seat. 

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