I don't think it had anything to do with grandstanding, just something that Brian just did, out of habit, culture, or whatever. I do however agree that it surprised and even offended some people and would be best left out in the future. I genuinely think this was just an oversight. I mean, they did bring replacement meals for those that asked, so why would MC want to waste money by not providing a meal choice beforehand? Umm, I really did not find him making any really offensive jokes at anyone's expense. Sure, the little voice he did for Transformers fans could be taken as offensive, but I wasn't insulted by it. Also, the "people were stupid enough to pay me $50 and I was stupid enough to take it" comment was made after someone asked about it in, what sounded to me, a rather "snarky" way. Besides, it actually got a chuckle out of the room so I'm surprised there's been such an uproar about it. Actually, you could spend it any way you wanted. Dealers at tables would give you a voucher slip indicating how much money you had left (at least our dealer was), and I know I was able to trade in my chips at the slots for a coupon and then go play cards. I agree that there should have been some sort of standard chip system though. Besides, if you don't recall the entire event was for charity, which makes me a little less miffed at how it went. Now this I agree with. There really weren't as many dealers as I had hoped for, nor was there the variety of items I had hoped for. I understand that it was a Transformers convention, but I would have liked to have seen more stuff from other toylines, especially transforming ones (such as Brave). I agree that there wasn't much of a "focus" on the art contest, but that might have something to do with the lack of entries. Now we can debate over why there were so few entries, but it's hard to accuse MC of neglecting something that was almost non-existant. You know, I always say hope for the best but expect the worst, looks like you at least have half of that one down. I'm still hoping that most of the issues this year will be addressed next year.