1) It used to be Thursdays were slow. Mostly-empty panels. This one wasn't. Not even close. This means that Saturday especially will be a total zoo. I suspect it's because the Guest of Honor is George RR Martin.
2) Because I go to panels to learn, the more notes I take, the more successful I consider the panel to have been. A full page of notes is a good panel. Two pages is an exceptional panel. Half a page is an average panel.
This was a good panel. Not the best ever, but good. Solid. Assuming my social anxiety doesn't kick in, leaving me in the room for the entire weekend, this should be a pretty good Norwescon.
Also of note: the moderator in this panel ("Warrior vs Soldier") was good - he kept the discussion flowing in both directions (to and from the audience), and everyone who felt the need to say something had that opportunity.