An Enfilade 2021 Review: It Was A Success

This excellent panoramic view of the convention floor was taken and shared by Michael Koznarsky. It’s early Saturday morning as the show is getting ready to start.

I am slowly recovering from my Enfilade convention. This post will deal chiefly with the convention from the standpoint of Kevin Smyth Convention Director, which is a lot different than the perspective of Kevin Smyth attendee and game host. That will follow in a subsequent post.

This will also include some opinions that are strictly impressions based on conversation and observation, have no basis in numbers and facts, but they are honest, so please forgive me if I seem to paint with an overly broad brush.

I’d like to say it was a normal convention with the floor packed, and games galore with attendees packed in the aisles. It wasn’t. We had 135 attendees and some 80ish games. There were 41 pre-registrants who were no-shows and 50+ walk-ups who registered at the convention.

I can’t say why people stayed away. I don’t have evidence except for anecdotes. One didn’t attend because we didn’t require evidence of vaccination. Five didn’t come because of the masking requirement. We had nineteen pre-registered Canadians who couldn’t come across the border. The majority, however, felt with infections spiking, mounting breakthrough infections and the ultra-transmissable Delta variant dominating it was too risky to a family member or important future plans to take a chance on getting sick. I was the contact for those who canceled for 2021, and those were the stories I heard. It’s not a complete record.

Look, I don’t want to be a downer. It was a weekend filled with happy, enthusiastic gamers. I hosted or co-hosted four games. All but one of them were full. As director, there were no significant complaints. Everyone I spoke to, and I make an effort to contact as many as possible, things seemed to be good. Vendors seemed to be selling products and the B and B was abuzz all weekend long.

Attendees seemed to know we were in a precarious financial condition and they were anxious to help. A few donated cash. Others supported NHMGS with purchases from a fully stocked Bring and Buy. One of our vendors–Games Plus/Stonehouse Miniatures sponsored a Magic Tournament with profits going to the convention. Eight gamers took part. Not bad.

While it would be super if Enfilade 2021 was like 2019, that simply wasn’t going to happen. The virus was spiking at precisely the wrong time. We missed those who chose not to come, but those who did had a good time.

8 comments on “An Enfilade 2021 Review: It Was A Success

  1. Daveb says:

    I suppose the silver lining is that reduced attendees reduced the load on the ventilation system and allowed for a bit more distancing. I’m appreciating hearing the news on Enfilade as I sit here North of the border.

  2. kgsmyth55 says:

    Dave, we also had the doors open most of the time, so we had more flow through than just the ventilation. The weather was nice, but with fewer people the ballroom didn’t heat up and some people took time outside to unmask. I know I did a few times.

  3. Randy Miles says:

    Looks like all were masked up.That’s good.
    I am really sorry that the conditions with Delta being so bad many decided not to go.
    I know with having only one kidney I have to be super careful.
    My family have gone back into our ‘pod’ for safety.
    So that means no in person war gaming.
    How did Enfilade do money wise?
    Did we break even?
    Thanks to every one on the Board, I know there were some hard decisions to make.
    Hopefully next year will be better.

  4. kgsmyth55 says:

    Randy, you just have to be safe and there’s no judgement from me on that. There were lots who decided this convention wasn’t for them. There was just a terrible confluence of factors that forced many to make difficult decisions and I don’t fault you or anyone else for those. We didn’t break even and we’re not sure what the extent of our losses will be. They don’t look to be catastrophic which is what we feared. Thanks for your support. It looks like a May convention for next year. We’ve already asked about themes for 2022.

    • Randy Miles says:

      Hi Kevin,
      I plan to send some money to help offset in a small way, money that was lost.
      Maybe you could post where I and others could send funds to help.

  5. kgsmyth55 says:

    I will do that. I know Bruce would like to wait for more donations until we have an understanding of where we are and we won’t know that until the hotel bills us. So thanks in advance, but if you could hold off just a little bit longer it would help.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I was sorry to miss it, but I just can’t risk Katie.

  7. kgsmyth55 says:

    Of course not Neil. The time will be right in the future. You were missed, but we can wait for better days.

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