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I second Jason's Ups. This feels just as fun as a realBigger Con. My main worry was scheduling, but it worked out. I was very happy to see so many wives and girlfriends.
Posted By: Nathan H...also, no pratfalls, up hill, onto a chair.
8:00 - Breakfast9:30 - Gaming A (3 hrs)12:30 - Lunch2:00 - Gaming B (3 hrs)5:00 - Dinner7:00 - Gaming C (3 hrs)10:00 - Gaming D (2-3 hrs)
Posted By: Adam DrayMy one major regret was that Frank asked me to reserve a spot for him in my D&D Metrocalypse game. Then he went off like a good soldier to clean the kitchen after lunch and lost his spot. I offered to shoehorn him back in when he got done but he declined, probably because the table was full. Frank, I apologize.
Posted By: Emily CareAlso food oriented, I noticed for Saturday morning's breakfast, someone had posted notes about the food and what to prepare. I foolishly assumed we'd get that for all the meals. I wish I'd done it independently when I realized that was not so.
Posted By: Adam DrayI'm wondering, if we just assigned more people to kitchen clean-up, could we get it done superspeed-pronto and then get on with gaming?
Posted By: timfireIt would certainly speed up cooking if all the cooks had to do is pull something out of the frig and plop it onto a hot pan or whatever.
Posted By: Adam DrayI kinda got left for dead on cleanup after Friday snacks, since my Grime Assassin compatriots hadn't yet arrived. It wasn't a huge deal -- there wasn't a lot to clean up -- but it would have been three times quicker with help. Since it's hardly a secret who was assigned to Friday cleanup, I'm gonna call some folks out. Andrew Morris and Sean Leventhal: where were you guys? I know Andrew arrived late. If you knew you were going to arrive late, you should have swapped chores with someone. Especially after making some public comments about hating chores and offering to pay to get out them. It looks bad.
Posted By: Adam DrayIt's a cool idea, but I think it creates more problems than it solves. I don't think the problem is that people can't find something to play in. It's that they get shut out of some really awesome games because they're scrubbing pots and mopping floors.I'm wondering, if we just assigned more people to kitchen clean-up, could we get it done superspeed-pronto and then get on with gaming? Maybe a simple rule of "no one plays until the kitchen is clean" would git-er-done quickly.
Posted By: EsarelI think the other thing we could do with this is to get the kitchen cleanup people first in line for food, and started cleaning before the meal is completely up.
Posted By: Adam DrayThe main thing I'd change is to leave a little more time after the big meals for people to clean up, or assign more cleaners to those chores. People shouldn't have to miss games because they are washing pots.
Thanks for all the feedback, everyone. Please keep it coming.
Posted By: Jason MorningstarThe "front of the line" thing sounds good in theory but it seems like it would be awkward to implement in practice. I also really like the "we're the kitchen crew; we game together" idea. My gut feeling is that the best practical solution is more time on both ends of each meal, though.
I was thinking that folks loosing track of the time might have been part of the problem. A clock might not be a terrible idea.
Posted By: Andrew MorrisWow...unpleasant and unsympathetic personal criticism.
Posted By: Mark CauseyMaybe choreites could note that they have a chore to complete before arrival, letting the facilitator know to wait for them.
I may be getting a bit blasphemous here, but what would you all think if we used more disposable cooking & eating materials next year?
There's been a suggestion floated for having a local caterer prepare a few trays of lasagna for Saturday dinner next year. Having something that could be popped in the oven and then left to warm up/cook would reduce prep time. Having those same meals delivered in disposable tinfoil baking pans would reduce cleanup time.
Similarly, if we were to provide paper plates and plastic utensils, that would eliminate the need for folks to stand in line to clean their own dishes after a meal. That would, in turn, open up the second sink for additional kitchen cleanup volunteers to get the other preparation and serving dishes clean much faster.
I'm imagining that disposable dining materials, plus reduced prep time, plus encouraging the cleaning crews to jump the dinner line & move straight from eating to cleaning, might mean that cleaning could be done within minutes of last call for serving yourself.
I think I could plan & tune this thing to hum like a well oiled machine with a minimum of fuss (on the weekend of the event). The question is: Are the potential benefits of disposable eating & cooking gear (15-20 minutes per cleaner, maybe) worth the extra trash we will produce?
I know that we use a variant on this stuff for our picnics.
And before anyone mentions another word about environmental stuff, just look at how much gas got burned getting bums in cabins.
Posted By: Jason MorningstarThe "front of the line" thing sounds good in theory but it seems like it would be awkward to implement in practice. I also really like the "we're the kitchen crew; we game together" idea. My gut feeling is that the best practical solution is more time on both ends of each meal, though.Another option would be no prepared meals at all, which simplifies and complicates in equal measure, but might work out fine. It did at Camp Nerdly Zero on a much smaller scale.