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So part of me is looking at the reports that this was the smallest Pennsic since 1994, and thinking, "Wow -- that's kinda worrying".

And then there's the part of me that's interjecting, "Yeah? That's still three times the size of your first Pennsic".

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Meh - not too worrying. The schedule screwed up a LOT of people; I ran into incident after incident where there was a schedule conflict that kept people from coming. That sort of stuff is cumulative, too - a lot of people just decided this was the year to skip, but not that they're punting the whole idea.

...besides, the smaller war was pretty calm and lovely.

Different dates this year?

I suspect the combination of the one-week shift (necessary) and the truncation (totally arbitrary, unilateral, and unexplained to the populace) caused more than a few folks to choose this year to skip. For people who don't go every year anyway, there were reasons to skip this one. I guess we'll find out next year.

But even though I suspected attendance would be down, I was still surprised to see it under 10k. We were trying to figure out in camp when it had last been that small but nobody could remember, so thanks for the info.

Was anyone talking about the Cooper's fracking?

Edited at 2013-08-06 12:55 pm (UTC)

I can't say that no one was (Pennsic's a big place), but I heard exactly one comment about it during the week I was there, and almost nothing beforehand.

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I wonder if some of it is the fact that a lot of us aren't getting younger, and the physical effort involved in Pennsic is not small.

In my case it was a combination of money (need a new tent or a new vehicle or both) and vacation time being sucked up by a long trip to visit family in October.

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