Salute has been in existence,
of course, since the first year that the Club was formed. Thirty years later -
and it's second year at Olympia - what sort of a show as it?
We think it was a very good show indeed. Most of the teething problems from Salute
2000 that emerged with the move to the new venue were ironed out and few new ones
were added. Two floors meant a spacious, gaming and purchasing environment with
the only real crush being around the Bring & Buy and a few of the traders who
either didn't expand or didn't bring enough staff with them.
We had a few last minute changes with games and traders which meant that the printed
programme was less accurate than usual, but the web site, and it's reproduction
on a large screen on the day, sorted some of those problems out. It would help
navigation, for example, if more Traders had a large banner of some kind behind
their stand saying who they were - 80 Trade stands are a lot to find your way
around with just a map!
In short, we had more games and traders, more space, more gamers… more of almost
everything - but fewer queues, and therefore happier gamers!