Hi everyone, and it's great to see the posts here!. I arrived home from ACEN today (well, this morning at ~2 am). Travelling for work sometimes hurts.
1st off all, thanks for the many positive comments about staff; I'm glad to hear them.
1) We'll work on during-event communication; there were a couple unintended adventures which we're working through. One thing we're looking at is increasing our radio count -- so we can talk without running all over creation (thus having more time to talk to YOU!)
1a) don't know if any of you noticed, but we actually started the show 20 minutes early. This was a good thing, as it allowed us more time, but this was a bad thing as it cut 20 minutes out of our prep/information time.
2) informing winners. There are two common approaches. With one, you don't tell anyone until you're on stage. With the other, you pull winners right before the awards ceremony. You don't tell them what they've won, but they know they've won something.
Both have plusses and minuses, not just with the winners but all participants. I prefer to announce from stage, but with almost 200 of you (including handlers) involved -- I'm giving serious thoughts towards pulling folks right before the awards. I've always preferred the suspense of no one knowing -- but it's a change that I think will help the awards ceremony overall, so I'm probably going to set my preferences aside.
We knew it was quiet. We tried to fix it. Unfortunately, the same feed went not just to the green room but to lobbies all over the hotel. We turned it up at one point for you -- and deafened others, so we had to turn it back down. Oops! Another thing for us to balance sooner....
We pre-reg all skits. There are numerous reasons for this. One big one is that we want all those doing skits to put planning and forethought into them. When you pre-register (and pre-reg usually ends over a month before the con: something which may make 2012 interesting), you're showing me you're at least thinking about your skit with some time to prepare (I ask for a script). You'll most likely have audio (something I like since the room is so big). Does every single one recieve planning & forethought? Nope --but we can hope. Would some which came & registered at-con have planned? Most definitely yes. However -- every little bit helps. Pre-reg has opened on 1/1 whenever I wake up for at least the past 4 years now. It's not likely to change.
Final thought (at this time -- more later!):
I'm glad you enjoyed participating in the masquerade -- we couldn't do it without you. I look forward to seeing you again next year. There are things which need to be fixed -- there always are. I've got a page of ideas (some of which are terrible -- but they're ideas
Keep 'em coming!