Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

Norwescon Prep

I was in such a rush (and so overloaded with work) when I left California that I didn't have time to sort the Match Game SF kit and decide what needed to go north and what could stay south for use at other conventions later this year. So last night, Lisa and I went through what I brought and separated things into "what we need for Norwescon" and "what can go back to California" piles.

It is my plan to go buy a couple of more sheets of foam-core and build another set of the game board that holds the questions, and that one will stay south while the current one stays north. Shifting that big, unwieldy board has always been one of the more annoying things about moving the set. Almost everything else can be packed in luggage or stored in easily-transported boxes.

The write-on/wipe-off boards we've been using for the panelists are wearing out and need to be replaced. They were out of a home game that was never intended to have such intense use as we put them through, and are only thinly-coated cardboard, so I'm considering buying six small dry-erase boards and figuring out how to label them appropriately.

We seem to be set for Major Prize sponsors for Norwescon, as I've identified six bonus round prizes, including gift cards from Seattle Geekly, books from Night Shade Books, and memberships to next year's Norwescon and Westercon.

Tsuki Systems bought a wireless microphone kit that will make it easier for me to keep from tripping over my microphone cable. I love using the ECM-51a microphone, not only because it's directly appropriate to the show's history, but because it's really useful because it's so long. (That is, after all, why Gene Rayburn invented it in the first place.) We are awaiting the delivery of the adapter cable that will allow us to connect the ECM-51a's male XLR connector to the 3.5 mm female plug on the wireless belt pack.

The material that's heading back south with me is now safely stored in my van, lest I forget and leave it behind. Lisa will have enough to transport in her pickup when she drives down to Westercon later this year with the Tsuki Systems Tech Kit. We have reached the point where we can stage the whole show without any additional tech support from the host convention other than making sure we have a power outlet and preferably a table and chairs from which to work, and some time to set up, all of which Norwescon has provided us.
Tags: match game
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