Claire and I are always fortunate to come across friends in general, but it's all the better when they're open to learning more about tabletop gaming! Our friends, Jackie and Sean were able to experience their first board gaming convention with us at Who's Yer Con. One of the great things about Who's Yer Con, is that while it's growing, it's also very relaxed compared to its bigger brothers like Origins and Gen Con. Easing people into the hobby can be a delicate process and Who's Yer Con provides a wonderful environment and assortment of games for every type of gamer.
This year I had been putting off this segment as I was hoping I would be able to provide some turnstile stats of the attendees. Unfortunately, after multiple attempts at contacting various personnel at Who's Yer Gamers, I was unable to get any numbers this year. Even after checking the website numerous times, at the time of posting this segment, I still saw no updates there either. As every year that we attend Who's Yer Con, they continue to deliver, but there are definitely changes that need to start taking place. While it's great to continue to see the number of gamers growing, parking has become worse than ever. Unless you arrive to the event much earlier on, by 11am you'll find yourself driving around attempting to locate a spot without having to leave the premises. This means the Wyndham West Hotel is starting to become overcrowded. Based on the various conventions we've attended in the past, this one doesn't seem like it could be more than 2,000 people. Regardless, the convention personnel that are in charge of the statistics, should still be able to get the appropriate information to people that are requesting it. While the convention is growing, it is not so big that the people that are working for Who's Yer Gamers can't provide useful data such as turnstile attendance. This is why there are specific people that are in charge of specific details of the event, and the number of attendees is very important information to keep track of. With 2 weeks passed and still not receiving any information on the event, it's disappointing to witness the struggle of such a small event when it really shouldn't have taken this much time to gather smaller numbers that should already be readily available. It's not Origins or Gen Con after all, and their personnel are able to report this kind of information within 72 hours for conventions that are considerably larger. For a free convention, Who's Yer Con is still a great choice to gather with friends for gaming, but there are things that need to start changing for the better, if the event does in fact continue to keep growing.
Overall Meeple Ratings:
Mice & Mystics: 7.5/10
Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calender: 7.5/10
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