For all that Colorado has six or seven gaming conventions annually, I don’t know a lot of the people there. Unfortunately, the people I do know might have a History with me or mine… so I am more inspired to go farther abroad for my gaming. BigBadCon in 2016, and now NewMexiCon in 2017. (And it looks like I’ll be doing BBC for 2017 as well…) (I try not to make enemies everywhere I go. Really!) I had wanted to do NMC last year, if only because there were a number of people who I wanted to meet in “real life” as opposed to “over the tech” and, well, we loved visiting Albuquerque last year.
One of the first things you ask in a reference is, “Would you hire this person again?” or “Would you rent to this resident again?” or similar items. I think your question on a review of a convention is, “Would you go again?” and my answer is more mixed than I wanted it to be. I had a great time. Not everyone in my group did.