CSRA Gamers Association are continuing preparations for the Siege of Augusta gaming event.
From their announcement:
Siege of Augusta will be upon us in about six weeks. Siege of Augusta is the annual game convention that takes place in Augusta, Georgia every January. I know what you are thinking, “Why attend a gaming convention”? I am glad you asked that question. If you are not a gamer there is no reason other than the fascination of seeing eighty gamer geeks in one room at the same time. If you are a gamer there are several reasons to attend and here are my thoughts on some of them. The number one reason in my mind is to have fun gaming. The second reason is to meet other gamers.
When I retired from the Navy I found a small group (four people) at a local game store playing a version of one of my favorite games. This group expanded to about eight when my sons and I started playing with them. It wasn’t until I attended Siege of Augusta for the first time in January 2007 that I started connecting with a larger number of gamers. I thought I have died and gone to gamer geek heaven.
The second reason that comes to mind is to see what other people are playing. Last Siege (XVIII) we had 73 scheduled events (games) including two regional qualifiers for national level tournaments. There were over 200 registered guests and twelve vendors (sellers of games and gaming materials/accessories). We had tabletop miniatures galore and board games covering historical periods from ancient times (Philistines versus the Israelites) all the way through to conflicts as recent as Somalia in 1993. There was one group playing a role playing game last year and a few people playing card games a la Magic and L5 (pick-up games only).
If you didn’t meet someone playing your kind of game, you either didn’t attend or weren’t looking.
A third reason and for some attendees the most important reason for attending a gaming convention is the vendors. The vendors that attend gaming conventions come from several different areas in the United States. As a result this gives convention goers a chance to see what is selling in other parts of the country or maybe find the one piece or accessory for which they have been searching. The items available often depend on the focus of the particular convention. Some are heavily weighted towards science fiction/fantasy, some focus on board games while others focus on war games. Whatever you are playing or looking for, there is a convention for you.
Now I would like to address some of the reasons (excuses) I have heard for not attending a convention. The number one reason has always been cost. There are many considerations when deciding which convention to attend. Distance is a factor, typically the further you have to travel the more it will cost. Some conventions fees are higher than others. The local convention’s higher fee is $20 (and that is at the door). Some charge as much as a couple of hundred dollars. Lodging and food are also to be considered in the cost calculations.
Distance to the convention is the next consideration I hear about almost as much as cost. Some people don’t want to go far from home. This is a matter of personal taste. I recently rode with Jim Birdseye to attend Heat of Battle in New Orleans, Louisiana (in August this year). The only other one I have attended in recent years is Siege of Augusta. For me the constraining factor has been cost, not necessarily distance. Siege addresses both of these for me.
How about “They aren’t playing/running anything I like to play”. The solution to that is to run your favorite game yourself. As long as it is not a tournament, you can run it and play. You can have your cake and eat it too. This is never a good reason not to attend a gaming convention.
So, Siege of Augusta XIX starts at 2:00 P.M. Friday, January 22, 2010 at the Doubletree Hotel, Augusta, Georgia and ends at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, January 24, 2010. The costs are $15.00 for HMGS Mid-South members, $20.00 at the door for non-members, students (high school and college) with valid school identification $15.00 at the door and the same for active duty military with a valid green identification card. See Siege’s website at www.siegofaugusta.com for further details including photos of past Sieges, games schedules, lodging, eating establishments, downloadable registration forms and directions to the Doubletree.
Register now to attend Siege of Augusta.
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