Boils Down to One Argument -
27 minutes ago
|Time to just "Let Go!"|
|Aren't all conventions like this?|
NTRPG Con 2016
However, that doesn't mean that a local or regional convention couldn't grow up into these facilities to be something equivalent to Origins Game Fair. According to their Wikipedia page, Origins had an attendance of 15,938 in 2015. Honestly, that isn't that high of a bar for attendance for a convention to reach, with a few years of hard work and good conventions. It surprises me that, for such a fun convention, Origins has such relatively low attendance numbers.
This is why I think that strengthening the regional gaming convention scene is easier than people would think. Do I think that it is feasible for a gaming convention to have an attendance of 15K out of the gate? No, and I don't think that most people starting a convention can really handle those sorts of numbers right off the bat. I do think that a first year convention with an attendance of 500-1000 people is feasible to shoot for.Actually, it is a huge bar to hit, especially for a first year con because you would need an experienced convention staff to organize and run it. And you know what? Many folks prefer the smaller, more intimate cons like NTRPG Con and Gary Con.