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I can appreciate the benefits of auditing PCs. Our local lodge has a tradition of doing a full audit before running PCs through one of the seeker arcs, and it seems to benefit both players and GMs. I found that I was missing a few thousand gold while tallying up my chronicle sheets vs my ITS vs my character sheet for example, one of our other players found that some of his archetypes weren't as compatible as he thought.
However, when I hear audits at conventions, I don't have a positive reaction. Locally, our conventions aren't friendly to pre-mustering, so tables are typically seated a few minutes before slot start, and we have 4-hour slots in which to run. That leaves about 0 time to do anything more involved than asking if players are at the right table, have their character sheets and chronicle sheets, and to do a relatively brief character introduction.
At GenCon this year, I had a thouroughly negative audit experience in which our GM wasted the first half-hour of the Solstice Scar checking whether we had all of our books (requesting and looking at additional resources, checking if .pdfs opened and were watermarked, etc). This added no value at all, got our backs up when he bounced one of our group for not having brought all of his hardcopy resources (yes, technically illegal not to have done so) and we completely missed out on the investigation and roleplay part of the special.
We only got out of audit hell when we were thrown right into "go to the museum, s#@*'s happening" part of the special by HQ announcing that we should be going there.
There is a time and a place for everything, limited time-slots don't seem to be the best place for "papers please".