Back from Salute now, and what a show it was! The best show I’ve been to in ages, I think. Why? Several reasons. To start with there was a very upbeat and cheery atmosphere, both among the traders and the customers (not always the case). That’s always good. I also wangled a little more time between talking to people about the games I’ve done for Mantic to actually have a look about the show myself, and I acquired a small pile of swag (above) while doing so. I’ll do some unboxings and whatnot later.
These brief jaunts away from the stand did underline quite how much there was to see at the show. There were at least two people I had arranged to say hi to, but couldn’t actually find on the day. Several stands like SmartMax and Studio McVey I saw only at a distance and would happily have browsed in detail. Some of the aisles I didn’t even go down at all (probably why I didn’t find everyone I was after), and the entries to the painting competition were so popular that all I could see was the crowd around the cases. I never even looked at the demo games. Lots and lots to see and do.
That’s not a complaint though, it’s just rambling aloud. If anything, I’m reminding myself that if I’m ever there and not working on a stand I need to give myself the whole day to really do it justice. I can’t think of another 1-day UK show that’s true for.