“What kind of shit-fit did you throw the last time someone tried to schedule your convention game in a ballroom like you’re playing fucking Pathfinder or something?”
I’m not sure I’ve ever not played a con event in a big, open room. Even times when we were the only game, we were in some big, echo-y space that made understanding other people nigh-impossible for me.
I think, unfortunately, “convention locale” and “ideal roleplaying environment” are inherently at odds with each other. If someone has a counter-example, I’d love to hear about it.
I’m also sure that Paul Beakley will post an answer to this that reveals the true nature of what he’s getting at, which may be about expected levels of intimacy, or the difference between tournament play and something else. /sits and waits