Well, a week has gone by and I just haven't bounced back from Egils. This does not bode well for the rest of the season. I slept all day Tuesday, and large chunks of Weds, Thurs, Friday... Saturday I went to Larry's birthday party and left early because I felt so crummy. Too bad for that- I missed the BBQ. (May have not been to bad though- I ate too much already without it.)
I sent out the informal survey again and have gotten some replies from Madrone. Turns out even they think the kingdom is too big. So far I have 55 responses, with little variance.
All but one think the kingdom is too big and needs to spawn. 'Ideal' kingdom event size seems to be running 1000-1200. A couple think big is good, and I had two who though 200 was fine. (snarf!) Most people are comfortable with traveling 3-4 hours on a fairly regular regional basis. It seems that the farthest that people generally are willing to travel for a Crown event is 5-7 hours. Quite a few people said they'd be willing to take a kingdom office or event in a smaller (I presuming 5-hour radius) kingdom, and cited travel and sheer work volume as barrier to office now, and problems with handling the sheer numbers for kingdom events.
Of the people from Summits and Rivers who replied, the travel range was about as I suspected. Summits folks will travel the length of Summits plus to to 3M environs, a wee farther north for Crown events. Rivers people will go south to Adiantum (farther south for Coronet events) and north to Rivers Bend, and a wee bit farther north to Crown events. The travel pattern fits what I'd suspected. There is quite a bit of overlap, especially now with some of the major players traveling more- Sir Roland has been going up and down I-5 to get a major fighter practice going, and has also been driving to Stromgard for practice. And apparently there were quite a few people who hit both Egils and Grand Thing last weekend, which I thought was an interesting turn of events.
I'm hoping that more will come in- I'd like to get closer to 100 if I can. And then find out what the kingdom officers think... life could become very interesting...