Not going to get into all the other things that went horribly wrong this year, but the ematch failure rate for me was more than just irritating. It's unacceptable.
I had about 30 out of the 300-ish matches (those were the ones that I managed to hook up...show was supposed to have 565 matches, but I'm not going to talk about that right now) fail to pop.
When I go back over the show and clear the site, if there's product that didn't go and the ematch leads are still good an intact, I'll usually try to just pop them with a straight battery terminal touch. But none of the 30 failures popped (so I know it wasn't a bad connection, miscue or anything like that). Next thing I check is whether the pyrogen is still there after removing the match. In every one, pyrogen was still there.
So I had to swap out the matches and pop them to get the rest of the shells out of the tubes. And even one of the swapped ones didn't go.
I should have known something was up when we were "Testing" earlier in the day, and one match didn't pop a "test shell". I figured I lucked out and got a bad match, and kept going my merry way trying to get whatever amount of the show cued up that I could.
So ~10% fail rate...unacceptable. Who's got better quality ematch?