Convergence is a week away, and I have done... nothing.
For starters, I did get my diet on track, but far too late to be relevant for the convention. Which makes me much less interested in a new costume. I do have a couple of older costumes after all. But there is the booze issue.
A big part of the convention has always been the room parties. They have taken a hit in recent years when they made it harder to get both a room for a party, and a room to stay in. That made it a lot harder for the people. This year the new rule is no booze unless you pay some fee, and hire bartenders from the hotel. That's just not going to happen.
Now you might be thinking that it will be just like last year, with fewer drunk people. The thing is, there are a lot of people who just won't come. And when enough people like that don't come, it will completely change the demographic. This is just my opinion, of course. I can tell you that there were so many people asking for refunds they had to issue a public statement that there will not be any.
As far as the actual room parties, I don't think there will be any less booze. There's nothing stopping people from bringing their own booze. I'm sure I will, just because I can. Sharing will we social and neighborly. But I think this will be a low key event. I will be there, but taking a more relaxed stance this year.
Next year they are switching to a bigger venue, more centrally located, with none of these room party issues. Or so they say.