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This will mean that, including this coming one, 3 out of the 4 most recent times Mysterium was held, it was on the West Coast. I may be biased because that's so far from where I live, but the location does seem to be skewing pretty heavily in favour of one region in the last few years. I'm pleased to hear the year after will be more central-- but if every third year is always on the West Coast, maybe it would be better to lean toward other parts of the country for the remaining 2/3 in general for however long Mysterium continues, rather than focusing on making only the next one central? 3/4 in the same general area seems a little much, even though there is a very valid reason for Spokane.
A couple of other concerns too:
~The gathering will happen sometime between June 1 and Sept 1, 2009
I think the later part of that range is problematic. Once you get past about mid-August, people are going to start going back to school-- essentially cutting out our younger folks, who can't just take vacation time whenever. While I understand and appreciate that it's too early to pin down specific dates and you're trying to give a range, if you're seriously considering that whole range, you should be aware of the major logistical problems... and if you're not, you might want to give a narrower range for the sake of accuracy. I think choosing a date in late August would be very unwise given it would greatly limit who could attend.
~ There will be a registration fee again in 2009
I think a registration fee is a good idea, and I had no issue paying a fee this year. I'd rather that than money coming out of the Committee's pocket. So that wasn't a concern for me...
...Till that roundtable discussion thing at Mysterium, which made me a little nervous. I'm assuming I can talk about this since it was a public event. Anyway, multiple people were talking about how paying $15 is "nothing" and tossing out the prices for other conventions. The numbers I heard ranged from $45-$85 for what people were paying for those other conventions.
I agree that $15 is reasonable, more than reasonable, but I wouldn't call it nothing. And I'm very concerned that I'm going to get priced out of Mysterium if the rates jump dramatically. Especially if I'm traveling all the way to the West Coast, which is massively expensive for me, shelling out a large conference fee when I get there just isn't going to be able to happen. I'm not saying Mysterium isn't worth it to me-- just that I only have so much money. I wouldn't be able to go to those other more expensive conventions either.
So what I'm wondering, purely unofficially, is if you're planning to keep the rate about the same as it was this year or raise it slightly, or are you planning to charge significantly more? A major price difference would be a good thing to know about as soon as possible, even if only in general terms.
I don't mean to be argumentative here, but I do have these concerns...
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