Geekway to the West >> A Smashing Success
A few quick hits as I muddle through my records. I'm still trying to tally everything up, but I think we had 55-60 registered attendess stop by to play games, with another 8-10 guests tagging along to get some Geek in.
More than 100+ games went out via the Swap Table or as attendance prizes, and dozens (if not hundreds) of games were logged. The Swap Table (where people got to "draft" games in exchange for games they donated) had a lot of great titles -- including Command & Colors: Ancients, Deflexion, Liberte, Primordial Soup, Fresh Fish, Attika, Epic Duels, Maharaja, Candamir: The First Settlers, Siena, Battleline, Settlers of the Stone Age, Inka, For Sale, Street Soccer... most new in shrink! Wow.
Nine Geeks who couldn't attend were "Adopted" by our St. Louis gamers. Each adopted Geek received a free attendance prize ticket, so he could participate vicariously in the Geekway. Six of the nine won prizes! By the end of the day, I'd guesstimate that 3/4 of the people who attended walked away with something.
Folks who left early, missed out on a massive 22 player game of Werewolf -- won by the nefarious Chester "I'm not a real sleestak" Ogborn on behalf of his slain werewolf brethren.
The night was capped off with a rousing 32 player Monkey Madness tournament, the signature game of Geekway to the West. Crag Zipse (flying in from Atlanta for the Geekway) cut through the first two rounds and won a thrilling final round, with Aaron Michelson coming in a close second.
I hope everyone had as much fun as I did. I only wish I could have gotten a few more games in with a few more people. Oh well, there's always Geekway to the West 2007!!
I'm also thrilled with how close to my true goal we got -- I wanted to break even. We came within $15 of breaking even in terms of recuping costs for the facility, food, prizes and other administration/preparation costs. Not bad!
I'll post the complete prize list, games played lists, highlights and more details as I recover my wits and organize my thoughts...