We appreciate those that participated in our first client survey on Facebook. We plan to take these results and use them to help us improve things for future endeavors. But I wanted to give you my perspective on what it all means. This is primarily my perspective with 15+ years of experience, organizing gaming for 3 to 4 cons a year. This year, we were involved in five events including our own. I have a lot fun doing them, whether they are as successful as MACE or not. Gaming is our passion. Giving more and more people an opportunity to game in different venues is something we love to do. But we want to make it easy for people to decide to attend these venues.
For those that are not on Facebook, these are the survey and results as of the typing of this article:
CONCAROLINAS 2016 POLL
Not only does JustUs Productions organize the great MACE events that you all love and enjoy, but we also organize gaming for a few local sci-fi cons. ConCarolinas and ConGregate are the two we currently work with.
For ConCarolinas 2016 (June 03-05, 2016). we would like to know, if you did not attend, what was the primary reason that kept you from coming?
The Results as of right now are…
|Bad timing/Had other commitments for that weekend (but would otherwise have attended)||35|
|Not a con I would normally attend/No interest||12|
|Not my kind of gaming or not enough gaming was on the schedule||6|
|Con fee too expensive||4|
|Other, please explain in comments||4|
|Too close to another con I attend (ie Origins, etc)||3|
|Too far away||1|
|Hotel too Expensive||1|
For a little background, ConCarolinas is a little more than just another client event that JustUs Productions decided to take on. Jeff and I were personally involved in the formation and evolution of that convention in its early years. Myself, I was heavily involved in the fandom side for a long time (2002 to 2012), holding positions of Con Chair and Vice Chair for several years. I was also over gaming and at our peak, we had about 400 gamers regularly. That all changed in 2012 when I left and CC went with someone else for their gaming. It wasn’t until 2016 that we returned under a new agreement and found we had a lot of work to do to get CC Gaming back to what it was. As for the survey, it is part of that effort to return ConCarolinas gaming to what it was.
In the end, more than half said poor timing, which tells us a lot. For one, it means that some potentially will be able to attend if things line up better. One of the worst things a con can do is change dates, especially after 15+ years in existence, so it is unlikely that CC will change its dates. However, maybe those of you that answered “bad timing” will be able to attend in the future.
Those of you that answered “Not a con I would normally attend” or “No interest,” there is some in that group that may have a misperception of what ConCarolinas gaming was before we left in 2012. During that time, it really was a small version of MACE, with a wide variety of gaming. I realize that many of you would not normally attend a “sci-fi con’ or don’t feel like you fit in a “sci-fi crowd,” but at one time, ConCarolinas was more than that. And it is something we would like to return to. Now that I won’t have anything to do with the fandom side of the con, I hope we can get there. Don’t get me wrong, though. If you don’t like sci-fi events, than I don’t want to pressure you to attend in any way. The point of this is clear up some misconceptions of what ConCarolinas was and what we want to return to.
Those of you that responded “Not my kind of gaming or not enough gaming was on the schedule,” We can only assure you that we work hard every year to bring the most gaming of the best variety we possibly can to every event, but we can only give you what the community provides. We rely 100% on the community to provide the GMs. Encourage the GMs in your area of influence to look into our events and maybe run something. For those events of ours that you do attend, you should by now know what we can provide given the right people and resources. 2016 was a building year for ConCarolinas gaming and if we return, it will only get better.
Anyone that answered having financials concerns, we understand and will be sure that the convention committee gets the same data. They can only change that. We can’t make promises for them. All we can do is give them the data. Those of you that attend Origins, we can only hope that they change around their dates. If they don’t, there isn’t much either con can do.
Again, we thank you for participating in the pole. It was very helpful.