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After some thought last night I have decided to pull out "The Ferryman's Fee" from this years Conquest.

There are a couple reason for this.

Firstly, numbers as way down this year. With just over a week to go until the start of the convention, I would expect to be about 3/4 full. With current numbers the only game of mine I know is going to run is the Poker Club, the other two don't have enough yet to run. I believe part of the reason that numbers are down is too many freeforms on offer this year, and since I have multiple running I would rather cancel one than have neither of the two big game run due to lack of numbers.

Secondly, I still have a lot of work needing to be done on that game, and while I could get it all finished for the convention, I fear if I force myself I will end up with a sub-standard game. I don't want that to happen.

Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, the game is not gelling correctly in my head, and if I do run it at the moment it will not meet my own standards. Usually when I write a game, I think of the initial idea and then let it sit in my head for a while, gathering other idea's and concepts until it's big enough and complex enough for it to run. I have had the idea for The Ferryman's Fee in my head since Conquest last year, and at the moment the only plot I have for it is the core plot line. A game needs more than just that core plot line and while I could force it, I would rather not. I would rather pull it from the current convention, concentrate on the other games I am running and am helping with, and leave it till later when I can give it the attention in deserves to be a good game.

Sorry to do this at such a late stage, but I think it's better that I do it now instead of get to the convention and have the game flop.

Comments

halloranelder
Mar. 13th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
Currently I can see 6 games as GM via AON (including the one that I'm cancelling).

Each of those games is scheduled for 2 sessions, except for Don't Mention the War which is only one session, but multiple games can run per session.

Those games currently have the following numbers signed in/max per session:
Is It Not Nifty: 7/15
Seikyooiddi Bugaku: 28/25 (but three of those people are playing twice, so that makes it 25/25)
Don't Mention the War: 13/12
The Ferryman's Fee: 24/24
...the sound of pigeons...: 21/24

Friday Night Poker Club can play up to three games of 5 to 8 per session, and it currently has 12 in the first session and 8 in the second.

These numbers are way down compared to usual. The highest Attendee # I have signed up for any of my games is 242 and that's someone who signed up today. Usually I would expect to see numbers in the mid-300's by now.

Numbers for the whole con seem way down in general, not sure across the Freeforms. A quick glance at the other freeforms via the entry form seems to show that's uniform across the board. The only games haveing no trouble filling are the small games, or the games that are only running once.
travisjhall
Mar. 13th, 2008 05:22 am (UTC)

For the purpose of numbers, you can see how every game is going. Just follow the little info link on the timetable.

halloranelder
Mar. 14th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
According to Jim (here) numbers are about on par with normal, however a lot of people are signing up and not selecting games.

Seems they want to wait until they are actually at the con before selecting what they want to do.
nicked_metal
Mar. 13th, 2008 11:57 am (UTC)
Peter and I are taking heart from the fact that a large number of people who booked characters have not booked into the game via AON. This includes some of our most rabid and fanatical fans, so I am absolutely certain our numbers will climb, and we ought to be able to get to 20 per session (I'm not sure if the game will work with less than 20, but contingency planning starts soon). I think it's likely that you would have done well with at-con signups.

More importantly, I salute your artistic integrity, and offer *hugs* over what I'm sure was a very difficult decision.
halloranelder
Mar. 13th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
I hate admitting defeat, so you can imagine how difficult a decision it was for me to make.

It's the best decision overall, so I take comfort in that.
halloranelder
Mar. 14th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
According to Jim (here) numbers are about on par with normal, however a lot of people are signing up and not selecting games.

Seems they want to wait until they are actually at the con before selecting what they want to do.
nicked_metal
Mar. 14th, 2008 09:13 am (UTC)
I do that quite often. I've set up half my schedule before the con this year, which is something of a record, really.

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