Lords and Ladies, knights and peasants,
As you may have seen, BrickFest 2005 has been officially announced for the 12th to the 14th of August. I'm as excited as I know many of you must be! I hope to see many familiar faces as well as new ones. You guys helped making the Castle Room last year a GREAT success and the high standard we set last year only serves as a great springboard to keep taking it to new heights!
I'm honored to have been asked to once again be involved with the Castle Room but before we start planning in detail, I wanted to get some ideas and feedback from the community. And maybe throw some ideas out there myself.
Those of you who attended last year, what were you general impressions? What was cool, what could have been done differently? Don't be shy with constructive criticism, there is definetely stuff I know of that I want to do a little differently this year, but there is also stuff I didn't necesarily catch on to last time.
BrickFest 2004 aside, how have Castle Rooms been handled at other conventions and what sort of thing seems to be succesful?
Lets try to do a little brainstorm session here I'll start out by throwing out a few key words, ideas and questions:
-How can we expand and improve the Classic Castle City display EVEN better than it was last year. (aside from most obviously, making it bigger)
-What stuff did non castleheads seem to like the most last year? (both AFOLs and the general public) What can we do to make the Castle Room a highlight of the event for everyone not just us diehard castlers?
-Do you guys have any suggestions for new building challenges, themes, competitions etc?
-Think micro. That's all I'll say for now.
Finally, I'm not in this trying to lord it over the Castle Room with a fist of steel like some kind of medieval warlord, I need some help! Last year there were lots of people who spontaneously helped out with everything from the 3Cs layout to helping keep an eye on stuff during the public day and I hope you guys know I couldn't have done it without you. But I'd also like to have other people on the actual Castle Room Coordinator team - helping me plan everything in advance and run stuff throughout the weekend. (Lenny Hoffman helped out last year and was particularly instrumental in getting the 3CS together.)
Working on coordinating a BrickFest room does involve some work in advance (think creative and organisational type work) but it's all good fun. During the weekend itself it would mean spending a fair amount of time in the Castle Room but by no means would coordinator duties take up the whole weekend. I'd be happy to hear from anyone who is interested - both longtime members of the community and newbies too. If this sounds like something you'd like to do, do get in touch with me by email - firstname.lastname@example.org