When: January 5-8, 2012
Where: National Harbor, MD
Hotel: Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745
This was a big year for MAGFest. They were in a new hotel, and with
the extra space they had available, their membership swelled to over
6000 people. Amazingly enough, this was not accompanied by an
increase in incidents. Over all, this was a smoothly run MAGFest and
we all had a great time.
That is not to say there were no problems. Sure we had our share of
drunks in teh hallways and lobbies, but none were violent or overly
belligerent. We had a problem with people smoking in the stairwells,
which made the Hotel a little upset. All in all though, it was fewer
problems than in past years, and even some of our traditional
troublemakers seemed to be more sedate.
At the end of the day, I had a blast. It was a ton of fun. Yes it
ran 24 hours a day still, and that gets hard on pulling duty shifts,
but it was still a good time. All the crew were on top of things,
and we had no real problems with making sure people got fed and rested
between shifts. The Chefs were helpful there as they regularly
brought us coffee and sandwiches. Thanks guys!
We pulled security duty for Nobuo Uematsu and his group the Earthbound
Paps. Donít worry if you donít know who he is, his name means
something in gaming circles. Needless to say, his show was packed,
and the autograph line was over 3 hours long. We impressed him enough
that he invited a couple of our crew to dinner the next day. While I
was not fortunate enough to have been there, I guess it was a lot of
While I saw many old faces at the con, people who had been there for
the exciting years, I also got to work with a few new faces. Everyone
worked had, had a good time, and helped make this MAGFest the
smoothest one I have been to. I am looking forward to being able to
go next year.