Everything came together in the end, and we had a great show this afternoon.
From left to right: Host Kevin Standlee and panelists Glenn Glazer, Kevin Roche, Andy Trembley, Sara Bruce, Chris Garcia, and Leigh Ann Hildebrand.
The stage here is only just barely big enough to hold one contestant table and two panelist tables, and doing riser-on-riser is always a problem, so the six panelists sat side-by-side rather than stacked front-and-back.
Our regular panelists were joined by Glenn Glazer of Westercon 64 and Sara Bruce.
Chris Garcia gives the camera the hairy eyeball while Leigh Ann Hildebrand lives up to her slogan: "Why Am I here? To match!"
Thank you so much to everyone who worked so hard to make the show happen. We may have had about thirty people in the audience, but given the relatively anemic attendance here at SiliCon, that's not too bad. And for a change, we gave away quite a few of our bonus-round prizes, with three of our six finalists hitting the Super Match for prizes including a membership to Westercon 64 and a copy of The Turtle Moves donated by the North American Discworld Convention. I hope David W. Clark didn't die of shock when someone actually came to him to redeem one of the $20 Cargo Cult gift certificates that have been sitting in the prize bin for several years now without having been won.
We did a full six games (three games, a break, then three more games). I think that's only the second or third time we've ever done six, and I'd forgotten how exhausting it can be to do that many. I don't notice it while I'm doing the show, but after we're packed out of the room, the reaction starts to set in. I can see why the star might need a dressing room in which to decompress after the show. In my case, being the executive producer as well, I don't have quite that much flexibility -- besides, we had to go get lunch! While I'd had a full breakfast, Lisa had only had a croissant to eat all day.
After eating, we came back to the hotel and brought my computer down to sit across from the Westercon 64 table while I helped travelswithkuma with his photos and uploaded photos from the Westercon 64 party last night.
Now we have a little break for a couple of hours before the 1000th of meeting of BASFA, which will be this evening in the Doubletree Hotel's "Quiet Bar," that being where BASFA started nearly twenty years ago. Then we'll need to pack up most of our stuff and I'll need to repack for tomorrow, as I must get out of here in the morning and fly to Chicago for the week for a business meeting.