I did. It was a nice con but nowhere near the scale of Gen Con.
Alec Usticke, Fans of Gen Con
Damn how did I not run into you? One of these day's I'll meet and actually shake your hand and put a real face to the name.
I worked for a exhibitor and was in the dealerhall almost all con. My honest impressions was this is a pax? Couldn't and still can't see the hype. If you're an local, it was worth the trip for the dealerhall but otherwise this con was a bust. If you want events then far better around.
Event registration was horrible and seriously makes (I'm not kidding) Origins/Gama look sane and competent. Daily queue and paper tickets every morning.
Venue was dated and odd, but to be fair my 1st time in the venue, on the other hand the complete lack of decent maps was well withing the realm of Pax to fix/do. Mobile app maps were useless as in the hall names/#'s completely failed to match visible signage on the building's halls itself.
The low level enforcers were some of the best con staff i've ever met or interacted with, yet some of the higher tiers believe their own mythos so much that it was hard and (I admit unable to hold back on Sun) the public mocking they deserved.
My overall impressions as a exhibitor booth monkey and talking to others is that no one wanted to be left out in case this thing blows up and becomes the US Essen or next Gencon. Just everyone kept expecting more and a common thread was this was it? Even to the point of little to no signage or sign that this con was even going on.
As an attendee that drove 9+ hours, i'll tell you there are far better options for gaming. Game Hole Con is same time frame and 10+ hours opposite direction for me vs Philly, yet i can tell you which one is already booked in my calendar for vacation days and it isn't Pax...
Hope that puts a few things in perspective for those of us in the midwest trying to decide which con is the right con for us. That's ultimately a question that is unique to each one of us with varying answers.