Wednesday, January 12, 2011

SCARAB, Part 1: How I Came To Attend

A short post, today, as I'm still in pre-SCARAB preparation mode.

I first heard about the convention from my friend Geoff Heintzelman.  Those of you who have been reading this for a while will remember Geoff as the other North American member of the LIDT Board of Directors.

He mentioned that there was a local convention starting up.  "I think," he told me, "that I'd like to run a Dungeon Twister tournament there."

I looked at the site.  If only, I thought, I had any vacation time left after GenCon.  I mentioned it to my wife in passing.

"Well," she asked, "Why can't you go?"

I forgot that I accrue vacation time year-round.  And GenCon only uses up about half of my annual allotment. Meaning that I will have time.  If I can afford hotel and airfare ...

Geoff didn't help. "You do know," he said, "that there is a Chick-Fil-A less than half a mile from the hotel, right?"

I have a weakness for Chick-Fil-A, and the nearest branch that I have access to is in Utah. For those who don't know already, I'm Seattle.

Geoff took the initiative on the DT tournament - he e-mailed Ludically, who contacted Asmodee, who sent prize support. Quite a bit of it, actually.

In August, we ran the numbers and realized that SCARAB was a possibility for us. We started actively planning to attend the convention.

We ran the numbers several times.  It's cheaper for us to fly into Raleigh-Durham than directly into Columbia for the convention.  And yes, I know it's the wrong state. But Geoff lives in North Carolina and he will give us a lift to the show.

I'm not expecting it to be big. It's the first one.  But I expect to have a good time.

Of course, as long as I get to have Chick-Fil-A, I'll have a good time.

Next week, I'm going to talk a bit about creative commons. It's a little rantish, but it's just for one week.


  1. I'm really looking forward to this weekend and playing DT and Earth Reborn.

    I'm sure we'll be able to find several Chick-Fil-A locations during the drive as well. :)


  2. You're not allowed to go into the one at WWU?

    Bakersfield has a Chick-Fil-A.I think I'll stop there tonight. I wouldn't recommend coming here, though.

  3. The WWU CFA is for WWU students only.