You know what? Conventions are very much Not For Me.
Last year I encountered the ‘it’s not cosplay unless you make the entire costume yourself’ elitists. This year it was the ‘If it’s not a big fandom why even bother’ elitists, who were if anything even worse. (But a big “you rock!” to the lovely Asbel Lhant player I ran into in the afternoon, your costume was amazing and talking about Tales cosplay dreams was fun.)
The Pokémon Elite 4 challenge was a good idea badly executed, being run in the corridor outside the dealer’s room and maid café, and one of the Elite 4 members did rather ruin it for casual players by running a team of pseudo-legendaries to get around the no legendaries rule and completely stomping everyone but one player who powergamed even worse. (Said player has been banned from casual play competitions at my local game store, he is that bad.)
Plus the whole thing was running more than half an hour behind from very early on in the day and a lot of people missed the cosplay contests and a lot of panels entirely because of unannounced schedule changes. There were way more people attending than there was room to accommodate and none of the stalls had food after a couple of hours because it was all bought for the maid café. Don’t even start me on how awful the food and drink I actually managed to buy were and how disgustingly overpriced it was.
If I ever decide to go to a con again, someone needs to grab me by the shoulders and shake me until I come to my senses.