At 1/2/17 12:15 PM, TomFulp wrote:
In related news, we aren't planning to host a Pico Day party this year, which is a big bummer because lots of amazing people have been planning to attend. The Pico Day party is legendary but consumes a lot of time and energy and I've succumbed to stress and anxiety this year. There is a lot of work to get done and the celebrating will have to wait.
As disappointed as I am, I can also relate to how much time and energy goes into organizing and planning major NG events. I'm lucky enough to have experienced it from both the planner's side and the attendee's side and it's far easier being the person that just books the trip and goes off. A lot of people don't get that when you oversee a large crowd, you are responsible for each and every person in that crowd. Their fuck ups are also your fuck ups. It takes a certain amount of courage to take on such a high level of responsibility and make sure that everyone is okay.
The years I hosted the NYC meets was at a time when the demand was much higher than it is now. You've been to them and the first year was also our biggest turnout year with more than 30 people showing up. It's a hell of a lot, but even that has been dwarfed by Pico Day attendance numbers.
I suggest taking notes and using this thread to see how many people are bummed out about Pico Day not happening. If enough people still want it to happen, have someone take the pressure off you. Someone you personally trust should take charge of event planning and the buck would stop with them, not you, in case anything happens. They can choose to have the crowd at any venue they want outside the office. Basically, it would be a Philly Meet with a Pico Day label slapped on it, if the whole thing gets taken out of Glenside and into Philly.
I also kinda wonder if a physical party creates a divide between the people who can come and those who can't. For example on Twitter I see people who seem to attend every single indie game festival and it makes me feel like I'm not part of the scene. Public events are a nice thing to aspire to attending but I don't want anyone to feel like they aren't part of the NG scene because they don't have the means or the time to make it to an event. Let 2017 be the year where we all party and celebrate right here on the web. You don't need to spend a bunch of money to have a good time and make great friends!
My experience is that public events have been far more positive than negative. They create opportunities for people to meet those they idolize. At them, we've had very few incidents, but those that we did have were all alcohol-fueled. I don't want to name any names (particularly those associated with the NYC meets) because I'm sure they'd still be embarrassed years later. Drinking-related incidents, however, comes with the territory. Usually those who can't come to Pico Day or other big meets are younger teenagers and kids that live far away, and unemployed or underemployed adults. That shouldn't be too surprising, although it sucks if you fall into any of those categories. It also sucks for those who couldn't make it last year, almost definitely can this year only to find out oops, there will be nothing going on this year.
I say think about this one for a bit.