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Personal logo WaltOHara Supporting Member of TMP23 Jul 2012 8:23 p.m. PST

So much goes on at a HISTORICON that it would make a very long unreadable blog post or I usually break it into two for longer shows. This is part two of the HISTORICON AAR I usually do on my blog, THE THIRD POINT OF SINGULARITY. Have fun!

"HISTORICON 2012: Thursday into Friday, Saturday, and Snippet of Sunday"
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Walt O'Hara

demiurgex23 Jul 2012 9:02 p.m. PST

Very nice Walt, thanks!

clifblkskull Supporting Member of TMP23 Jul 2012 9:33 p.m. PST

Excellent Walt.
Thank you so much for these updates.
I hope to make it next time.

Personal logo ViscountEric Supporting Member of TMP23 Jul 2012 9:53 p.m. PST

Walt, you should be ashamed of yourself, writing an honest, coherent review of the weekend. Where's the hyperbole!

Okay, the whole bathroom thing was a *bit* much.

And why does every con stick registration in the most god awful armpit of the facility? It's like they're testing the deodorant strength of each person before they register. All well and good, but why does the staff suffer in that grand experiment?

John Leahy23 Jul 2012 10:29 p.m. PST

Thanks for the report. Here's hoping they work out the few kinks you mentioned.


flicking wargamer Inactive Member24 Jul 2012 5:15 a.m. PST

I am thinking that I will add a cheap carpet to the supplies needed to run a game. I picked up 2 yesterday for less than $20 USD each (and found a big one at a thrift store for $14 USD) to just have handy in case I run something in a hard floor area. Just part of the cost of doing business.

I think that the gamers need to take responsibility in getting better aim, which will go a long way to helping the bathroom situation. Perhaps the staff could add a few signs (Volley fire present, Fire!) to the ads on the wall, and a few of those old paper targets like they used to sell at novelty shops for potty training little boys. Maybe a sign going in about accuracy, though some of the patrons may not be able to see the target, so a walk to Wegmans might do them good.

Joe Fish Inactive Member24 Jul 2012 6:26 a.m. PST


From registering me in that small crowded room to your blog entry review of the con, good work. I'd agree with you on just about all the points you raised on the facilities and surrounding area. The AC was fine in the big rooms-and some of those days were near or over 100 degrees outside.

The noise level in the main hall does need to be addressed. By 11pm, all three of us GMing the Borodino game had a buzzing in our ears approaching pain…admittedly we'd been in the room since 10 am to set up the game.

The convention was the first since 2009 for me, and it was a grand event. Planning to go next year.

Joe Fish

vojvoda Inactive Member24 Jul 2012 9:02 a.m. PST

Nice report Walt. I just downloaded it and will read it all the way through this evening after my appointments today.
James Mattes

corporalpat Inactive Member24 Jul 2012 9:28 a.m. PST

An accurate, objective assessment IMO. I share your pain on the broken seat! I had a similar experience with it. Amen to the better aim statement. If they fixed the sound, and put a couple port-a-potties outside the place would be fine. Distance matters little to me since Fredericksburg is only about 30 miles further than Lancaster.

Puzzled that you could not get in a game tho. Every game I played Thursday and Saturday had at least a couple no shows. We had 3 no shows for our Zulu game Friday night, but had six wanting to get in by the time we were ready to start so the slots did fill up fast.

Personal logo WaltOHara Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2012 10:28 a.m. PST

I think the urinals being located about ten inches above the floor favored either midgets or porn stars, but not real regular guys, and contributed to the bad aim problem.

Re: Games. I probably should have been more intrusive. I would have liked getting into a Zulu or Sudan game, truth be told. I did play quite a few games this convention, more so than any recent con I have attended, so I'm not really complaining, mind you… I had a good time at every game I tried.

Dynaman878924 Jul 2012 12:52 p.m. PST

> I think the urinals being located about ten inches above the floor favored either midgets or porn stars, but not real regular guys, and contributed to the bad aim problem.

I forgot about that, what is with the cheapskate urinal design these days, just make the thing go from the floor to a normal height and everyone is taken care of.

Katzbalger Inactive Member24 Jul 2012 6:57 p.m. PST

Nice report--and I second (Third? Fourth?) your points.


Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2012 5:56 a.m. PST


Pretty fair assessment. Overall very much enjoyed it and making plans already for next year including dragging a few more of my friends up. First time in ages contemplating back to back Historicons. Coming up from Florida much easier trip with the option of driving.

Think the facility also learned some lessons as I believe they had never dealt with a convention like ours. Hopefully they too will be a bit better prepared.

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