I am still riding the con high from this past weekend. Storm-Con is always an amazing event to organize and be at. If you have the chance to be there next year, you owe it to yourself to be there!
Our attendance numbers were over 300 again this year and while we did not notice much in the way of growth, we’re happy with the attendance numbers and the great vibes all the attendees brought to the con. We’re still taking surveys from the attendees, but the overwhelming majority of the survey comments has been very positive and encouraging. We know there were some noise issues and a few other hotel induced issues we were not able to resolve. This will not be a problem next year since we have to relocate due to the hotel going under renovation. Enough of this, on to the cool stuff!
This is the first year that I actually got a chance to play a few RPG games amidst working and running games. A huge thanks to Hoyt for running Castles & Crusades this year. I finally got a chance to try the system and I am very much impressed with it. Another shout out to Stephen for letting me jump into his Call of Cthulhu (7e) game. This was my first time trying either game and I had such a great time. Next year I am hopeful that I can break away and try a few more new games as well.
A huge shout out for the guys from Of Dreams and Magic Publishing! They came all the way from New York to South Carolina and in doing so, we became their first con. The trust they had in me and the organization shows by their willingness to come to down. I think their experience was very positive from my conversations with John and Matt. I know the folks that tried their amazing game fell in love with it. We also chatted about doing a recorded interview in the next week or so. Keep your eyes open for that.
There were so many boardgames played this year. Our Play to Win library of games was huge this year. We had a record 63 games in the library for attendees to play and with every play they got a chance to win that game at the end of the con. This program alone is one of the major draws of Storm-con. The other major draw we have going for us is the amazing diversity of RPG on the schedule each year. Unlike other regional conventions that focus on a very small number of systems we had 20+ unique RPG systems on the schedule for attendees to play. That’s huge! And it gets more diverse each year.
This year we opened a new programing track for historical wargames and while we were slightly skeptical, the interest it garnered was refreshing. The wargame demos and opening gaming in that room were very well received and everyone we have heard from enjoyed the programing track and the chance to play historical wargames. I hope we can expand this track next year.