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Cthulhuthon '04 goes bust

Much to the frustration of all those involved, an unfortunate string of failures and shortcomings, for which both Rogue Cthulhu and GAMA directors can be blamed, led to the collapse of the much vaunted Cthulhuthon 2004. For those interested in the whys and the wherefores (also known as whys, if you speak Old English), here is how it played out.

- First, nearly no Cthulhuthon ribbons were sold due to the fact that a computer error mistakenly displayed them as sold out on the Origins web site, and so were not able to be purchased until right before the show.
- Second, prior to the show, several failed attempts were made by RC officials to get information on the other Cthulhuthon events and to ascertain exactly what GAMA's expectations were for this program. Very few details as to GAMA's expectations, and no information as to the non-RC events was given until after the start of the con.
- Third, when substantive contact with GAMA officials was finally made Thursday afternoon, after the start of the show, Mark Santillo outlined his vision for the Cthulhuthon, but did not have the needed forms or any of the information on the other events (such as which events qualified for Cthulhuthon, or where and when they were playing) to give to the RC organizers who were tasked with running Cthulhuthon. RC did strive to fabricate forms, but they were not ready for use until late on Thursday. We also devised a method of disseminating the forms and instructions to the other GM's via a collection bin and notice board located outside our room, but it proved to be ineffective.
- Fourth, RC was itself struggling with a manpower shortage and a considerable amount of additional drain on its resources caused by the unexplained disappearance of one of its members, for whom an intensive search effort was conducted (see News & Rumors: "Rogue GM goes MIA"). This left us too distracted and understaffed to give the amount of attention that the sagging Cthulhuthon would have required to compensate for its lack of pre-production. All available resources were consumed with maintaining the scheduled RC events, and searching for our lost comrade. Cthulhuthon, was put on the proverbial "back burner".
- Fifth, part of Santillo's vision for Cthulhuthon 2004 included an award ceremony which was to be conducted on Sunday, where prizes would be awarded to the players who had accumulated the most points throughout the con. He was firm that only players who stayed for the ceremony would receive prizes. However, not a single person came to the RC room on Sunday to inquire about the ceremony, which worked out well, because by Sunday, GAMA had neither given us any instructions as to what this ceremony was to entail, nor given us any prizes to distribute.
- And lastly, upon reviewing the pitiful few forms that were submitted (even some of our own GM's failed on this point), there was little point in having an awards ceremony, as nearly every ballot espoused a different name. Any "winner" could only have been determined because his name came up twice.

There you have it. An anatomy of a failed project. 

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