Day Four is done, and the con has drawn to a close. The MMORPG Track’s final panels ran smooth, and it was great to have about forty people come by to tell us what we did right and wrong and looking forward toward next year at the Post MMOrtem.
Today, the day after, is about sleep and unpacking and staying off my feet as much as possible.
This year was my first on staff with Dragon*Con and the MMORPG Track, and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. Not only are the track staff a great bunch of folks, and it helps that I really enjoy the subject matter, but just being a part of the staff just feels great. I lost count of the number of times people asked me for help on where to find things or what was going on and I was able to help them out. (It is also a testament to my many years of attendance and that I’m a giant schedule/map memorizing nerd that I knew what to answer most of the time.) Plus, there are bonuses. Like, you know when you are walking through the tunnel and you see some people stopping to take photos even though there are signs that say not to and you can’t do much but maybe yell at them? Well, when I saw that, I just walked up, put my hand on their shoulder and said, “Hey, great costume, and you guys deserve to get photos, but you can’t do it in the tunnel. Please take it to one of the hotels on either end where there is more room.” And the best part? They listened and moved. Not once did anyone ever give me a tough time, they just said sorry, smiled and moved. Sure, a bonus like that doesn’t get you to skip lines, but it does earn you the gratitude of the dozens and dozens of people who were stuck in a slow tunnel thanks to the photo takers. It feels good to help make the con a good experience for the people who attend. I’m really looking forward to being a part of it again next year.
Well, maybe… on the last day, the wife and I got some Chinese food and I got quite possibly the best fortune ever.
Yep, that says I will be the President of a small country. So, I might be busy.