I've finally updated my Convention Reports page with my report on the premiere of Big Bad Con - a new Bay Area gaming convention.
It was generally a good start. There were around 220 players, and 83 games on the schedule. A fair variety of RPGs (including 5 LARPs), and a bit of board and card gaming - though no miniatures that I saw. One store was in their dealer's room (End Game Oakland). The venue was overall mediocre. Tabletop RPGs were four to a large conference room, with reasonable sound baffling from heavy curtains.
The big difference from other cons was that sign-up for games was done in advance, on a first-come first-served basis. Only one of my games took advantage of this by contacting players via email before the con, but perhaps more games will take advantage of it next year.
For the full gory details:
Big Bad Con 2011 Report