No this is not a rant or prediction of Adepticon 2011, it is a post about how I will not be able to attend this awesome event this year. For those regular viewers here at Cursed Treasures, you know that I have attended Adepticon for the past 3 years and have posted coverage about my travels to the Windy City.
But alas, this year I will have to sit on the sidelines and watch get my Adepticon fix like many people from other folks. You see, it has been a rather tough 2 years for me (out of work for almost that entire time) and the "play budget" for traveling has been used for more important things that real life throws at you (like keeping my house and paying my bills!). So I had too make a rather easy decision and tell my good friend Hank, that I would not be able to attend this year.
Well as luck would have it, I found a new job (yeah!!!) but do not have the time saved up for any sort of vacation trip to the Windy City. As a side note, my good friend Hank, kept sending me e-mails about cheap airfares that he found on some airlines even days before this event. But it still comes back to being responsible and doing the grown up thing and pay my bills. You see there are a few reasons why I am depressed that I do not get to go this year.
First up, as some know, I was the guy that helped get the Warhammer Ancient Battles tournament (Singles and Doubles) event off the ground in Chicago. The guys playing WAB are some of the nicest guys and the event is growing. When I had to bow out, I turned over the event to Rich Nelson of the Chicago Terrain Factory blog. Last year Rich and I (well Rich really) launched a successful WAB Campaign at the event for the singles event. Well Last year after years of belly aching, I got them to do a Dark Age Campaign (my favorite era) for this year. So the year I can't make it, there will be more than a few players playing Dark Age Armies!
Secondly, my other good friend John over at Plastic Legions is running a Legends of the High Seas Campaign event at Adepticon this year!
Thirdly, I will be missing the awesome Lord of the Rings event run By Jamie from the Blog of Five Armies Jamie is one of the reasons why Gathering in the Desert happened 4 years ago. It was because of his love for Lord of the Rings game that inspired me to run my event. So once again I am going to miss one of the coolest LotR events in the country!
And lastly and probably the biggest one really, is I will miss out on hanging out with all the friends that I have made over the years while attending Adepticon. The main reason why I play games is for the social aspect of it. And Adepticon is the peek of social gaming, yes there are hard core gamers there doing the tourney thing, but a lot of guys go year after year because of the same reason I go, to hang out with friends once a year. So I will not get to hang out with some great friends.
So there you go, as I stated above, I will be like everyone else that can't make Adepticon this year and following all the coverage from other folks that got to go to one of the coolest game events on the planet!