I've been coming to this con ever since it first began at the UW Humanities Building. I love Geek.Kon and always will.
However, I felt that this year was a bit more confused/less exciting. I don't know exactly why. Part of it was that there were a few people who I know from the con that I had a funny feeling wouldn't be there this year, and it turns out, they weren't. That's just my own personal problem, however.
As for the con itself, it was definitely different this year. I agree that Saturday night had a lot going on - too much perhaps. The lack of the atrium was one thing also. However, no one had control over this, the con and the wedding being on the same time worked out all right in general, and it has already been stated on this forum that it won't be happening next year.
The mixer was a disappointment. It was simply way too quiet. My understanding is that when the room was being cleared out in preparation for the mixer after panels had finished for the day, a Marriott staff person knocked over two of the speakers while stacking chairs. If that's true, Geek.Kon should talk to the Marriott about replacing the speakers.
One really big downer I have to call attention to. It seems to me that the LAN has gotten worse every year since 2009, at least. This year it seems like it never really got going at all. Even during tournaments hardly anyone seemed to be there. During non-tournament times, there were only five computers, and maybe five people in the room. I think something should be done to make the LAN better. I don't know what though.
Related to that point, I think the lack of Chief and Red this year really had a negative affect on things. Maybe I'm wrong. I realize that things with Chief are not so smooth, and I'm not trying to assign blame to anyone. However, it seemed like he used to do a lot for the video game room and the LAN. Same for Red. Having them absent seems to have taken a bit of a toll on things.
However, the video gam room was still quite good. I don't think it really suffered much without those two. So, maybe I'm proving my own previous point wrong; I don't know.
Another thing I found a bit problematic had to do with the viewings room. I've attended the Iron Butt Challenge for the last three years. Every year (this one was no exception) at least one of the films has had a nude/sex scene. If this kind of stuff is going to be in the films, the event should be 18+, or at very least, someone should announce that the film is not appropriate for kids. I realize that the Iron Butt Challenge is not the most family-friendly environment to begin with - considering the things the audience yells - but I think the things audience members say is on a different level than what's actually being shown on film. I don't know if the person on this forum who mentioned someone in the viewings room cursing was talking about me or not.
However, if so, I still feel that cursing is not as objectionable as actual on screen porn.
On the other side of that, I feel that the LGBT panel doesn't really need to be an 18+ event. Although I was only there for part of it, I don't recall anything inappropriate being said. I realize that Geek.Kon may feel it's necessary to make this an 18+ thing because they don't want little kids going into it and then asking their parents weird questions and then the parents sending angry letters to Geek.Kon. However, it's just a thought.
I am really glad that Geek.Kon was able to get David Salo again this year. That man is truly awesome. If the entrance fee to Geek.Kon only allowed me to attend one of his lectures and nothing else, I think it would be worth it. On the topic of panels, I loved the one on Captain America. It was truly brilliant, and I don't think I'll ever feel the same way about Captain America, or comics again. I also really enjoyed the "Geeking out over cancelled shows" panel. For some reason, I always seem to enjoy the Sunday morning panels.
It may seem that I'm really ragging on the Kon big time. The truth is, I loved this year, and I think I may have actually had more fun this year than ever before, despite my general impression that it was somehow lacking.
Also, because I'm the one complaining about the LAN, I should offer to do something to fix the problem. If there's anything I can do to make the LAN better, I'd be glad to. I don't have any spare computers, but if there's something that can be done to bring the LAN back to the level it used to be at, I would be glad to do it.
I've been thinking about joining staff already, since I don't get any sleep at the kon anyway...