So, I was standing at an Origins booth and noticed they had some Osprey books for $15 each, a mild discount. Osprey books are cool little military-focused history resources, so I starter looking, and saw an interesting looking one on the fortifications of the Incas, so I pick it up and wait to pay the man. He’s busily playing a mini’s game, so I decide to be patient, and look over the bookshelf and find another book I want to get, so I pick it up and wait some more.
Guy keeps playing his game. That’s cool, I’m patient, and while I’m waiting, I succumb to impulse and pick up two more books. So there I am, standing there with $60 of product in my hands, and the guy keeps playing.
I wait, and after a while I’m a little bit less in the sweep of “oh cool” and I put back the two extra books I picked up. He’s still playing.
After a bit longer, I decide, ok, I only really need one, so I set aside the second. He’s still playing.
So I wait a while longer, at which point I decide “To hell with this”, put down the book and wander off.
Origins has been overall quite fantastic, but that example was pretty much going to stick with me.
Or so I thought. That bit of lighthearted bad-business ended up feeling very small late in the day when word hit the bars about the WOTC layoffs. It’s way to early to say anything more than it’s disturbing, and that I wish the best for all those affected. Good luck to you all.