Oh yes, real life... I know what you mean - you really wouldn't believe the hassle I went through with the wife and work to secure that weekend free. It's meant me taking a whole week off beforehand to burn 100's of CD's, print inserts and assemble cases *and* C64 carts / C64->PSX pad adapter pcb's, ensure I've got all the games set up on my systems that I need, and work out how to fit all of it within the limited table space I've been given.
If it was more frequent than once a year then it would be a no-go, but thankfully I've managed to argue my case on this occasion
Thanks for the kind words btw - I had to take a break from writing last year due to a job change, but it's great to be back. We should really try and work out some way to pool our resources and collaborate on a future project together.