Hi there all, I'm SlitheryDee, the guy that ran the Tabletop Gaming Room at AMKE this past year. Thanks so much, everyone, for making it such a huge success! People were in there nearly 24/7 all weekend playing games, both in scheduled and unscheduled events, which is absolutely fantastic.
However, I'm seeing this all through rose-tinted lenses. If there was something horribly wrong I did, or something you wished you'd seen but didn't, please, please, PLEASE let me know - I'm doing this for you guys, and if I'm not doing what you want, then I'm failing at my job.
The biggest surprise for me was the sheer number of people playing Yu-Gi-Oh! at AMKE, and they even created their own tournament on their own accord! It was fantastic, and really opened my eyes that I need to pay attention to and respect games that I don't play (or haven't played in many years). This is my main goal to work on to make next year even better - tell me what games you play that you were sad you didn't see there, and I'll do my darn best to not only get them at AMKE 2012, but try and get official tournament support for it! (you'd be surprised which games have official tournaments - did you guys know there's a world championship for the Settlers of Catan every year, and the national championship for America is at GenCon every year? Because I certainly didn't before a few weeks ago in trying to figure out how to run a Catan tournament!)
So, long story short, thank you guys so much for making the Tabletop Gaming Room such a success, and help me make it that much better and awesome next year!