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1684Re: BottosCon 2011

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  • robinkorea2002
    7 Nov, 2011
      And before I forget, thank yo to Dragonflight for their ongoing support of our convention.

      Rob Bottos

      --- In BottosCon@..., "robinkorea2002" <scouterrob@...> wrote:
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      > First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who helped to make this our best BottosCon to date. We had 60 people attend this year's convention, and for me one of the enduring memories I'll take away from this year was that this year we truly became a family friendly multi-generational event with several attendees brining their kids with them to the convention. Thank you to Nick Drochak, Andrew Nick, and Nikki Sturges for helping us mark this milestone.
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      > While I'm on the subject of thanking people, I want to thank both Boardgame Warriors and Starlit Citadel for doing their part to make sure that no gamer was left behind at this year's BottosCon. While I'm a wargamer at heart, I get that not everyone enjoys or has the time for wargames. Bottoscon will always be a wargaming convention run by a wargamer for wargamers, but I recognise that sometimes a lighter fair is needed, and will do my best to see that we are also an inclusive convention.
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      > Thanks also go out to all the various companies who donated door prizes for this year's convention. I know most of you don't come for the prizes, but let's face it, it's always nice to win something. So thank you again to: Against the Odds Magazine, Boardgame Warriors, GMT Games, Multiman Publishing, Starlit Citadel, and Victory Point Games.
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      > Thank you also to those of you who made the effort to bring a donation for the local food bank. Because of your generosity, someone less fortunate than ourselves will not go hungry. BottosCon will continue to be a convention that gives back to the community.
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      > As you all know we had some "issues" with both our location this year, and with the event that took place in the East Fraser Room on Saturday night. I want to thank everyone for their patience, understanding and cooperation as I dealt with these issues. Hopefully the coffee, pastries, and buffet put on by the hotel helped to salve any ill feelings.
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      > I had a meeting with both the Hotel's catering manager today, as well as the catering manager's boss. The management at the Compass Points Inn twas very apologetic, and while the discount and free coffee they offered us can't make up for the disruption to your gaming on Saturday night, I hope you won't let the disruption of Saturday night spoil what was otherwise a very well run and attended convention that went very smoothly.
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      > The hotel management wants to retain our business and has agreed to red flag our dates for next year and to not have the Latin Dance group in the East Fraser Roon next year, and it sounds like they might even go so far as to not have the dance group in the hotel for that weekend as other groups also complained about their event being disrupted.
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      > So, based on the tone of our meeting today, I'm confident that we won't have this problem next year.
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      > I saw lot's of great games being played over thge course of the weekend and was even able to play a few games myself. Thanks again to George Kelln for bringing his ASL West Coast Rumble to BottosCon - without his cadre of die hard ASL players our convention would be a lesser event.
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      > It was great to see such a wide variety of games being played this year, and for once I actually knew almost everyone in the room ,and was even able to chat with almost all of you at some point over the course of the weekend. If I missed anyone I'm truly sorry, but I'm sure we'll get a chance to have a chat at future conventions.
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      > One of the reasons we continue to have great conventions at BottosCon is becasue of the great people who make the time to attend our convention. I can only do so much to network and promote this convention. It's your personal stories and anecdotes that you share with your fellow gamers that continue to draw new people to our event - and this year of our 60 attendees, almost 1/3 were first time attendees. That is truly amazing!
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      > I'm truly blessed to know so many quality people, and I have to tell you, it's a real treat to be able offer you a venue where you can all come together and do what you love best - play games.
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      > I'm committed - or is that should be committed? - to continuing to run BottosCon for as long as there are people who want to get together and play great games with great people. I can't believe it's already been five years, and I'm looking forward to the next five years and seeing where we can take this convention. In 2007 we were 32, and in 2011 we're 60. I'll see you all if not sooner, then most definitely on November 2,3,4 2012 for BottosCon 2012.
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      > In the meantime, good gaming to all of you, and health and well being to you and your families.
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      > Rob Bottos
      > Bottoscon Actual
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