I want to say thank you for a great convention. I was happy that all of my anxieties about this year's convention were unfounded (though I maintain that after the harassment I received from some attendees on these forums and attitude I received from a staff member, my concerns were well-founded and justified). I hope all the hard-working volunteers found time to play some games; it seemed like I always saw the same people busting their butts! The new venue was fantastic. My wife and I made a list of staff member names we plan to compliment when the resort sends me a follow-up survey (and if they don't, we'll write a letter ourselves). The food was excellent all around, and in the case of the tableside menu, surprisingly so. Despite what seemed at the time like over-indulgence, especially in gelato, I didn't even gain any weight, and may have, in fact, lost a pound or two. I hope we were able to meet the minimum in tableside purchases; my wife and I made our best effort to order tableside as often as we could. As far as accessibility is concerned, in my wife's words the Grand Geneva is "light-years ahead" of The Lodge at Geneva Ridge. An actual elevator more than makes up for the inconvenience of the prairie-style architecture and we did not miss that janky, poorly-maintained lift Geneva Ridge made her use. As I understand it, even the Organized Play areas, which seemed inaccessible at first glance, were available to her had we asked a resort employee to escort us to the service elevators. We loved how spacious the Dealer Hall was. Hopefully, as the number of vendors grow, the generous aisles remain. Gen Con is just too dang crowded; this felt just right, even when the hall was busy. Thanks to Frank Mentzer for inviting our friends David Pancake and Lisa Sells to the show this year. We've been great admirers of their sculptures for years. And whoever invented those scratch-off adventure crack cards for Goodman Games should get a medal or something. Those were BRILLIANT. Genius, really. I wish I'd thought of them. Kudos to Thomas Valley and the staff who helped organize the Adventurer's League events. It was the best run organized play I have EVER experienced at a convention. While I don't play OP games at home, I will be on the lookout for further opportunities next year at Gary Con. I also really enjoyed the workshop I attended from Wizards of the Coast and was sad I could only fit one into my schedule. I hope they come back next year. Not everything was perfect, but please understand that the pros far outweigh the cons by any metric and I'm only including these in the spirit of providing feedback. The print outs of the event schedule were helpful, but it would have been better if they'd been sorted by date/time rather than event number. As I mentioned in an unrelated thread, a greater effort should have been made to inform folks of Jen Page's cancellation. As I understand from players who signed up for her Call of Cthulhu game, they weren't notified until 30 minutes AFTER the event was supposed to start. I also understand that the cancellation was known of before the convention started. That no one who pre-registered for her events is rather inexcusable, considering she was a VIP guest. I know I'm not the only person who feels this way, but there's probably a lot of people who think I'm being a fuddy-duddy. One staff member's extremely revealing cos-play made some folks uncomfortable (particularly parents of young children). I understand it's perfectly legal, but there is a time and a place for everything. It feels inappropriate from a staff member, frankly. Either you're going to be professionals when you're running a convention or you're going completely casual; it sends mixed messages when you try to have it both ways. The staff at HQ should have known the painted fire giant minis weren't going to be available for sale. I put off buying things until they arrived because I wanted to have only one transaction. By the time I learned they were only for the auction, some of the limited items were gone. My biggest complaint is actually a good thing: I felt like I didn't have enough time to do everything I wanted or to talk to everyone I wanted. Congratulations on a hugely successful Gary Con VIII and we look forward to Gary Con IX. Our reservations are already made and games are in the planning stage!