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Live from Boskone, Saturday update

This feels like my best Boskone yet. Two reasons, from what I've been able to figure out so far:

1) My at-con responsibilities are very light, and they fall into the "helping out" rather than "organizing/running" mode. I'm also not hosting a party. I'm a new junkie, so am especially enjoying helping out in Registration as I've never helped with at-con reg at Boskone before. I've learned 3 different jobs, also fun.

2) The Boskone schedule on the Guidebook app has transformed how I experience programming, especially the daytime program. I've already been to 8 program items, which is more than I've been to in the last 5 or 6 Boskones combined. I'll probably make it to a few more items tomorrow. I pretty much always make it to the Saturday night awards ceremony and related play/theme event/whatever, and I usually make it to the Friday night reception, though sometimes not until the last half-hour or so. But daytime program? Some years I've not made it to any, much as I had items checked and starred in my printed pocket program, full of desire and intention to attend, only to then fill those hours with other activities year after year after year. Guidebook let me move those items to daily schedules. My Kindle Fire knows what day it is and takes me immediately to the correct schedule, showing me just what I want to see.

I'm also having bunches of truly fine and relaxed conversations with a wide variety of friends as well as a few people at their first Boskone.

More details later; I'm going to be up early Sunday morning to help with Registration and another part of what's making this my best-ever Boskone is the fact that I came into it reasonably well-rested. I've been running a few hours short every night here, as one so easily does at conventions. I'm determined to sleep for several hours rather than continuing to write and surf the web until the sun rises.

G'night, all.


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Feb. 19th, 2012 01:32 pm (UTC)
I'm determined to sleep for several hours rather than continuing to write and surf the web until the sun rises. -- Where's the fun in that? ;-)
Feb. 19th, 2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
The Guidebook app was an amazingly Good Thing, and every other convention in fandom should immediately start using it.
Feb. 20th, 2012 06:19 am (UTC)
I hope that as the online guide market grows, the price comes down considerably. Guidebook is currently offering a low-volume option for free, but the 2,000 download plan -- the next plan up from the free basic plan with 200 downloads max -- is a pricey $1,750. That's shown to be discounted from $2,500, and does offer a couple more features than the basic plan does.

Even the free basic plan supposedly goes for $500. If they actually start charging that, the minimum cost of $2.50/download, is an order of magnitude higher than the cost Boskone incurs printing pocket programs at the NESFA Clubhouse. Yes, Guidebook is well over an order of magnitude better than a paper pocket program, at least it was to me this Boskone. But it's another expense that will either raise membership prices, cut some other service/feature from a convention's budget, or require some other source of funding.

I look forward to learning what Boskone's actual cost/download was. IIUC, we paid $500 to add more download capability on Friday to make sure it was there over the weekend. I don't yet know how much of it we used.

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