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Friday, February 17, 2006

Geekway to the West 2006 >> It's Official

Geekway to the West 2006 is now OFFICIAL! We have a date, a venue and are planning a variety of events. Thanks to my Geekbuddies here in St. Louis for all their help in coordinating this year's event. This year's Geekway will be bigger and better than ever (even though we only have one previous year for comparison). We're really excited about doubling or tripling our attendance.

This year's Geekway will indeed be the best of both worlds. Based on feedback from last year's event by the 2005 Geekway Attendees, and some new ideas for the 2006 Geekway, this year will actually feature two different events:

KICKING IT OLD SCHOOL: First, there will be a small, informal "Old School" get together on FRIDAY APRIL 28th at my house (where last year's entire event was held). Due to the limited space available, Friday's event will be reserved for this year's Geekway Volunteers and last year's attendees -- or long distance out of towners.

THE NEW WORLD ORDER: This year's main event will be held on SATURDAY APRIL 29th at a nearby community center in St. Charles (about 15 minutes from Ynnen's house). Doors will open at 10 AM sharp, and we'll need to wrap up our festivities and be out of there by 11 PM. Several local gamers have expressed willingness to have folks over after the center closes for even more gaming goodness.

This year we'll be featuring a few organized events, too -- such as a huge game of Werewolf, a life-size/live action Mall of Horror game, some Boardgame Trivia and a few other tricks we've got up our sleeves. Once we have the details nailed down and volunteers in place to help manage some of these events, we'll ask folks to SIGN UP online or by email.

If you'd like to suggest a certain event, please let me know and I'll discuss it with our other volunteers.

In order to ensure we have enough room available to accomodate everyone, we're asking folks to PLEASE PRE-REGISTER if they plan on attending the Geekway to the West 2006 Main Event on Saturday, April 29th. Last year, with barely a month of planning, we were able to get 22 people together to game.

This year, by spreading the word earlier and opening up the event to our local boardgame meetup community, we think it's realistic to draw anywhere from 50-70 people for Saturday, April 29th -- possibly even more! The more gamers, the merrier, but we need to keep close tabs on attendee registration to manage costs and coordinate events.

To cover the costs involved with the Geekway (building reservation, refreshments, supplies and incidental costs for managing the event) we're asking attendees to please consider donating to the cause. If everyone attending were able to donate $10-15, we'll have more than enough to cover our core costs, as well as supplement the event with bonus goodies. 100% of all donations will be applied toward the convention. Any donations in excess of the facility and supply costs will be used to purchase snacks, beverages and PRIZES for the attendees. Huzzah!

Here's to some great gaming in 2006! Hopefully you'll be able to join us in St. Louis this April for the Geekway -- but if not, all the best to you and yours!

If you have any questions or are interested in attending, feel free to contact me via GeekMail (from my BoardGameGeek profile) or email.


  • Sounds like a great event. Oddly enough, I'll probably be in town the weekend before (for Thurtene Carnival at Wash U.)

    By Blogger Chris Brooks, at 4:00 PM  

  • Hmmmm... Sounds like a great time to spend an entire week in St. Louis, Chris!! I'll save a seat for you :P

    By Blogger Jason Little, at 4:44 PM  

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