I got up in time to help with setting up registration, though I'm glad that it didn't open until 9. I was worried that Jacob wouldn't wake up in time for his War of the Ring tournament at noon, so I left a wake-up call for him. Karsten says his strategies are quite good, and he thinks Jake may actually advance.

Registration is fairly brisk for the first morning, especially since not many people realized we'd be open. The Guermuths and Brosius families and Jason Levine are helping out greatly with putting together kiosks and sorting out shirts, plaques, etc. Don has the registration procedures all laid out and it only takes a little while to get the hang of things (though I think we overlooked getting a couple of peoples' photos).

Our programs look good, although the Host double-booked some rooms on us, so we have to shift a couple of tournaments. The nice thing is that the "climate-controlled tent" that we so feared to use for open gaming seems to have strong possibilities. It will probably be very popular later in the week when open gaming space needs to spread beyond existing facilities.

Jacob's doing well in War of the Ring. He was nice enough to bring me some food on his way down. He won his first game. (According to him it was a close one.) When Rebecca took him some food in the middle of the day, she said it looked ugly. He was being crushed in Helm's Deep, I think it was. He confirmed that the pummeling was complete and went back and forth on whether or not to play in the third round. Finally, he decided to go for it. What do you know....he won and even ended up qualifying to advance to Round 2! He was so thrilled about the chance that he actually went to bed at a reasonable hour (before midnight) so that he would be able to think clearly in the morning.

Rebecca said she taught herself a couple of new games--among them Nuclear War. (Woo hooo! I'm very excited about introducing that one to a new generation. It's a trial tournament this year. It would be fabulous to get it into the Century! I remember playing it back at Atlanticon in the late 80s. Flying Buffalo is actually attending WBC this year as a vendor.)

Amelia spent the day running around with the friends she's made at WBC in past years. She and Phil Yaure even joined us for our run to Walmart. It went smoothly...though I'm sure we'll make at least one more run considering how we're going through our supplies tonight.

Rebecca and I had dinner with the Levys, Gutermuths, and Don at Cracker Barrel. It was a gloriously long discussion of gaming :) Their chicken and rice special and raspberry lemonaid were superb. Upon our return, I was planning to head to the room, but Debbie convinced me to be negligent and stay up and play. ;-) We added Andy and Carrie Lewis, Jason Levine, and a fellow new to WBC to our crowd and ended up playing The T-Shirt Game (a knock-off of Apples to Apples). It was mildly amusing. The best part was watching Jason's response to all of the potential slogans!

Kerry called and is on his way from Lynchburg. (I met him and his father and sister at PrezCon and invited them to come to WBC and share our room. They'd never been, as a result of work conflicts.) He ran into horrendous traffic as the result of a big accident on Rt. 29. Thus, the drive took him about 7 hours. He was wiped out when he arrived, but he still had to cruise the facility and find out what gaming is going on this early in the week. He was sad to miss War of the Ring but is crazy excited about the rest of the week.

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Comment by Kaarin Engelmann on August 4, 2008 at 4:38pm
We would have liked to have you here. Maybe next year!
Comment by John Kranz on August 4, 2008 at 4:04pm
Here's to another successful WBC! Wish I could have been there myself...

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