The Havenwood Battle, a one-day webcam Old School Magic tournament, was held on Saturday, May 16, 2020. A total of 96 players representing at least ten or eleven different countries and more than two dozen U.S. states participated. The structure of the event was straight Swiss pairings, 50-minute rounds, just as one might expect at a “real-life” paper tournament. All of the matches for the event were played using Whereby, one of the video chat platforms of choice for the 93/94 webcam scene.
Jeff Grasso swings for 28 with Clockwork Beast.
Andy’s very sad Assassins.
The Old Older crew chugging hard cider in between rounds.
The Havenwood Battle was the latest in a trend of “same day” webcam events for the international Old School Magic scene, a tournament structure that has been enabled, sort of as a silver lining, by widespread self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Players carved out a full eight hours from their lives at home on that Saturday to take part in seven rounds of 93/94 webcam action. The event was promoted among the OLD SCHOOL 93-94 MTG Webcam Player Community, along with the Old School Discord and the New England Old School Facebook group.
Giving back to our community remains a focus for New England Old School and the Old School webcam community, and charitable contribution is part-and-parcel of the Old School Magic experience. Our designated non-profit beneficiary for the Havenwood Battle was the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Food banks have been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis, and with hot spots all over New England, including in the Providence area, where this food bank has been distributing food and supplies at a 42% higher volume than normal due to increased needs in the community.
Through the entry fees paid by the players, along with some extra raised by Rich Bourque during his stream of the event, I’m thrilled to share that we raised $1,090 for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, which was donated to the charity on May 18th. To everyone who participated in our event and made this possible: thank you!
TOP 8 DECK PHOTOS
8th Place: Jordan Berg
7th Place: Jared Doucette
6th Place: Christian Reinhard
5th Place: Michael Scheffenacker
4th Place: Jason Seaman
3rd Place: Jonas Stattin
2nd Place: Richard Stebbing
1st Place: Jason Dorman
ALL DECK PHOTOS
(alphabetical by first name)
Andy Baquero — Arena
Ben Katz — “NHL 95” SPICEMASTER
Benjamin Buyer — “Arboria Viridis,” winner of the WB Sylvan Library
The Pestilence Open, a one-day webcam Old School Magic tournament, was held on Saturday, March 28. A total of 52 players representing at least six or seven different countries and more than a dozen U.S. states participated. The structure of the event was straight Swiss pairings, 50-minute rounds, just as one might expect at a “real-life” paper tournament. All of the matches for the event were played using Whereby, the video chat platform of choice for the 93/94 webcam scene.
The story of the Pestilence Open is — at least partially — an obituary for the 2020 Hartford Old School Festival, which had been scheduled for March 28 at an Elks lodge in Manchester, Connecticut. More than 80 players had pre-registered for the tournament’s main events (Premodern and Atlantic 93/94). Unfortunately, given the rapid spread of COVID-19 in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, etc. by early March, the tournament was cancelled, along with so many other plans and events, as social and civic life in New England ground to a screeching halt over the week of March 9th and the days that followed.
Finding ourselves under a dark cloud of isolation in a time of “social distancing,” there was at least a silver lining for 93/94 players: the Old School community already had a very established custom of playing games of Magic via webcam. Pick-up games of webcam 93/94 have been played since at least 2015, pioneered by Italian players like Filippo Caccia and Andrea Braida, and the first more structured Old School events played on Skype and other video chat platforms began in 2016, with activities organized by e.g. Andrea Canessa, Gordon Andersson, and Markus Lundqvist. And from there, several webcam tournament series have proliferated and grown considerably over the past four years. The primary clearinghouse for webcam games on Facebook, the OLD SCHOOL 93-94 MTG Webcam Player Community, now counts more than 1,300 players among its ranks. If any group of tabletop gaming hobbyists could find a way to keep things moving in a time of digital-only social interaction, Old School Magic players would surely be leading the charge.
With the Hartford tournament cancelled, it only made sense to offer a digital replacement event. And so, the Pestilence Open was born.
This felt like a rather ambitious event, from a logistical standpoint. Despite having plenty of experience with organizing both in-person events and webcam tournaments, I had never attempted anything like this.
Why not? The reason is that it’s really hard, bordering on incorrect, to ask dozens of people to carve out a solid, six- or seven-hour block of time in their own homes, during which they must essentially be chained to their computers to play Magic. At a regular in-person event, you’re physically in a different space, and playing back-to-back Swiss rounds for several hours is what you signed up for. With a webcam event, you’re physically at home. Your significant other/your kids/your roommates/your pets/your other responsibilities are right in front of you, rightfully demanding attention. It’s almost impossible to fully commit. Previous attempts to do this (admittedly, in the heady early days of 2016) failed miserably.
The COVID-19 pandemic changed the enabling environment for a one-day webcam tournament in two ways. First, the Pestilence Open was presented as an exact 1-to-1 replacement for a cancelled event, in this case, the Hartford Old School Festival. The webcam tournament was held on a day that players had already planned to travel and be away from home. And second, the self-isolation and “shelter in place” orders meant that players literally had nowhere else to be except home — stuck at home, with their cards, and their computers.
With those specific conditions, and some added commitment from each player in the form of a nominal $10 entry fee, I’m proud to say that we pulled it off. Overall, the event ran smoothly, rounds started on time and we kept a pretty tight pace throughout the day.
I can share two lessons learned from this event for other organizers:
The 50-person Whereby room isn’t worth the money. We sprang for the “Business” package from Whereby for this event, which provided 10 high-bandwidth rooms, including one that was supposed to be able to handle 50 participants. It didn’t. So the planned announcements, walk-through of logistics, and roll call from the players didn’t go according to plan. If I had to do it again, I would find another solution (Zoom or GoToWebinar or similar) to hold a kick-off meeting for all of the players.
Pre-assign Whereby room links to each pairing. This was the single most important innovation that I think made the event run smoothly. Each “table” pairing had a Whereby room assigned at the time that pairings were posted. So, the players simply had to find their name, take note of their opponent, and click a link directly next to their names in order to enter their room. This almost entirely eliminated the need for players to contact each other on separate messaging platforms. It also made it possible for me to pop in to check on specific “tables” to remind players to go to turns, after time in the round was reached. For future one-day webcam events using Swiss pairings, pre-assigning the rooms for each pairing should be considered a best practice.
The only other thing I’ll say here is that I really missed seeing all of the players in-person. I participated myself, and I enjoyed sharing matches with six of the players over the course of the day. But if I do it again, I want to do more to encourage players chatting/hanging out virtually in between rounds. I cherished every little bit of flavor from the day that players shared with me. For instance:
Giving back to our community remains a focus for New England Old School, and charitable contribution is part-and-parcel of the Old School Magic experience. Our designated non-profit partner for the Hartford Old School Festival was Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford. When the event was cancelled, entry fees were refunded to the players by default, but about half of the players opted to convert their entry fees into donations to the charity. As a result, I’m thrilled to share that $1,097.80 will be donated to The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford. This total exceeds last year’s contribution to BGC Hartford from the same event… not bad for a tournament that didn’t happen!
For the Pestilence Open, entry fees were collected with the goal of making a modest contribution to The Boston Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund. In an act of unheralded and spectacular generosity, one of the players from the event anonymously volunteered to match, dollar-for-dollar, all entry fees collected for the event. With that incredible gesture effectively doubling our take for the day, I’m humbled to report that $1,050 will be donated to The Boston Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund on behalf of New England Old School.
And so, our grand total across the two events — one cancelled, one virtual — is an amazing $2,147.80 donated to charities in Connecticut and Greater Boston. To our friends near and far, from everyone who is a part of New England Old School, thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
The 4th annual Winter Derby is in the books! This year’s event saw 164 participants, representing 18 countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Myanmar, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States) spread across 13 different time zones. Over the span of six weeks, we played roughly 600 matches of Old School Magic via webcam.
The 2020 Winter Derby was conducted under the Pacific 93/94 B&R list, allowing the full range of original art/old card frame re-prints (Revised, 4th/Chronicles, CE/IE, FBB/FWB, etc). As with past Derby series events, our tournament had no entry fee and no prize support, so the stakes were simply glory and bragging rights for the winner.
Pairings were released in two batches over the month of January, with all participants asked to schedule and play eight individual matches in about four weeks. After the batches were completed, we cut to Top 16 and played out a single-elimination bracket. The Winter Derby Finals were played on February 2nd, and featured Quinn Maurmann (USA, The Deck) versus Anne Joldersma (Netherlands, Workshops).
After all was said and done, Quinn Maurmann took the match 3-0, and was named the Winter Derby Champion for 2020! Congratulations to Quinn and the Emerald City Trolls, to all of the Top 16 finalists, and thank you, again, to all of the players who participated. Special thanks must also go out once again to the inimitable Antonio Rodríguez for designing our new Derby series logo and Winter Derby banner, and Mattias “Slanfan” Berggren for developing a bespoke “batch pairings” tool for use in tournaments of this format, making it much, much easier to process the results of several hundred matches behind the curtain. The Derby series has become a fun semi-annual celebration for the international Old School Magic scene, and these contributions and the cooperation of all of the players goes a long way toward making it possible.
For anyone interested in future events, or just trying out webcam Old School Magic for the first time, please consider joining our online community of players! People are always looking for pick-up games in our Facebook group and in the #down-to-play channel on the Old School Discord.
The Second Season of the NEOS Monthly Online Tournament series has come to a close. It has been another wildly successful season with 95 different players participating in at least one month, and an average over 50 players per month.
This season we had the same high-level competition we have come to expect. We saw many of the familiar established archetypes but also had a few awesome brews that made strong runs every month. This season we have a couple of special prizes. The first is the champion’s trophy, which is a beautifully altered Old Man of the Sea by Lord Sister Beast Dominic Dotterrer:
Next, I have some commemorative stamped Fellwar Stones for the other members of the Top 8:
Just a couple of small tokens that represent the consistent performance and good play of these players and all the people who joined.
I, and many others, have built this community not just out of love for this game but also through trust, communication, and good sportsmanship. We don’t need judges or the DCI. We trust each other to be good upstanding people who admit when they are wrong and call themselves out when they make a mistake. We don’t play for the glory or the prizes. We play for the camaraderie, nostalgia, and the FUN. I have a blast running these events for you all and I hope you all continue to uphold the core values of the community.
With that said, on to the Top 8! 8. Jared Doucette: 28 pts (19-10) August Top 4, December Top 4
Age: 35 Hometown: Boston, MA Occupation: Police Dispatcher Favorite Card: Armageddon for Old School. Arcbound Ravager is also my Homeboy. Favorite Art: Shivan Dragon makes me Happy Favorite Deck: Zoo style with creatures and burn. Spike? Johnny? Timmy?: Spike with a slight Johnny. I love to tinker with archetypes and synergies. Why Old School Magic?: All about the people. Plus the cards are just so Iconic. Any Fun Magic Story: Never traveled for Magic until I started playing Old School. Now I love every chance I get to explore a new city or a new country with each event. Anything else you would like to share: Play your matches and meet new friends!
Well, this is awkward. Have to toot my own horn right off the bat. I guess I just tried to play strong decks that did well? I don’t like talking about myself but I am happy to run these every month, and I’m glad the community has responded so well to them. 7. Luke Zinnen: 28 pts (21-8) August Top 8, November Top 8
Age: 30 Hometown: I grew up in Chicago, now live in Boston Occupation: Grad student Favorite Card: Moat Favorite Art: Super hard, let’s go with Wall of Wonder Favorite Deck: My token enchantment EDH deck Spike? Johnny? Timmy?: Spike-Johnny Why Old School Magic?: I’ve long loved old tournament reports and footage, especially Zak Dolan’s report for the 1994 World Championships. This is a chance to try that all out. Any Fun Magic Story: My favorite judge call was in a Legacy game years and years ago. I was playing Aluren, my opponent storm combo. Our problem? We’d both gone off in someone’s end step, neither winning the game, but after all that forgot whose turn it was. Anything else you would like to share: I also love mixing cocktails.
Luke is a NEOS Boston local who had a very strong season. Luke is known for taking slightly fresh takes on well established archetypes. Luke loves decks that win by putting together a puzzle.
6. Brett Attmore: 29 pts (21-8) October Top 4, December Top 8
Age: 41 Hometown: Simsbury, CT Occupation: State Trooper Favorite Card: Icy Manipulator Favorite Art: Guardian Beast Favorite Deck: Atlantic – Candle Beast Control. Eternal Central – The Deck Type: The space between Spike and Johnny, probably more Spike. Why Old School? Getting to play with the Power Nine, flipping Chaos Orbs. Certainly the nostalgia and aesthetics. I enjoy not keeping up with the new sets, chase rares, foils and rapidly changing meta-games of the newer formats. I love finding old cards at stores and GP’s it’s like treasure hunting. There really isn’t anything I dislike about our format, it’s pressure-less, whether I’m winning or losing, I’m having fun. Lastly, and most importantly, the people especially my playgroup (Jay, Justin, Jesse, Travis and Doug). Fun Magic Story: In 1995, I gave away a Beta Black Lotus. In 2011 that same Beta Black Lotus was returned to me. Pretty lucky
Brett “The Machine” Attmore has been a strong NEOS member for a few years now. Our NEOS officer of the law is known for keeping people in line on the streets and on the battlefield. Brett frequently packs up his favorite robots and machines and controls the pace of the game all the way to victory.
5. Bryan Manolakos: 29 pts (22-7) December Finalist
Age: 40 Hometown: West Windsor, NJ (but Syracuse, NY in my heart) Occupation: House Husband Favorite Card in OS: Living Plane Favorite Art: Gwenny (or maybe Norritt?) Favorite Deck: Living Plane/Falling Star Type: 85% Johnny, 15% Spike Why Old School: 50% Nostalgia, 35% Community, 15% the fact that the cards don’t change (much) Fun Story: I once shattered a Lotus instead of a book to lose an unlosable game on the biggest stage possible. Anything Else: Thanks so much Jared for running these, they are just perfect. I know it’s a lot of work, and it does not go unnoticed.
Everyone’s old school “Dad” snuck into the top 8 this month with a strong December. Only 1 top 8 but consistency every other month kept him in the hunt until he made his move. You’ll recognize his barotone every week on the All Tings Considered Podcast that dives deep into this Old School Community. 4. Paul DeSilva: 30 pts (21-6) August Top 8, September Top 8, November Top 8
Age: 32 Hometown: Portland, OR Occupation: Animator Favorite Card: Birds of Paradise Favorite Art: Underground Sea Favorite Deck: Five Color Goodstuff Spike? Timmy? Johnny?: Timmy all the way Why Old School: Community of course! Favorite Magic Story: Sister Danny has a beautiful Derelor altered with a glorious schlong with the name changed to Dickelor. He played it against an opponent at EW this year and his opponent said “what does that do?”, picked it up and looked at it for 10 straight seconds, didn’t make any noticeable indication that he was looking at a monster wang, and just put it down and said “Swords.” We all lost our shit.
Paul is a fantastic ambassador of the format and the community and also is pretty good at slinging the spells! Paul sleeves up his patented 5c goodstuff to top finishes every month. Every match with Paul is a fantastic experience and one that leaves you feeling great, win or lose.
3. Will Magrann: 34 pts (21-6) August Finalist, October Finalist
Age: 27 Hometown: Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania Occupation: Manager of Pricing Administration Favorite Card: Wheel of Fortune Favorite Art: Lightning Bolt Favorite Deck: Something with Atog in it Spike? Johnny? Timmy?: Spike Why Old School Magic?: Mano gave me a free hit at EW 2017 and I’ve been hooked ever since. Any Fun Magic Story: I defeated Joe Wang in a game of Magic by casting Demonic Tutor for Ancestral Recall into Lotus, Bolt, Bolt when tapped out and facing down lethal. Anything else you would like to share: The Azure Drake would be more powerful were it not so easily distracted.
“Wheel” Magrann has been a force on the Old School for the better part of two years now. Never a stranger to the top tables or the top 8. Known for his love of Atog, he hasn’t been afraid to switch things up and play a little differently with these monthly events. A strong consistent player with deadly soul reads.
2. Michael Scheffenacker: 37 pts (24-4) November Champion, December Top 4
Age: 38 Hometown: Baltimore Occupation: Real Estate Developer Favorite Card: Psionic Blast Favorite Art: Rishadan Port Favorite Deck: Atog Personality: Spike Why Old School Magic: It has actual dynamic gameplay when compared to Vintage or even Legacy. The community is amazing. The venues we play at are also better than your normal magic event. Webcam games are super convenient. Any Fun Magic Story: In 2017, my first Eternal Weekend old school event, I was on Dibatog, in round 1 I casted Backfire on a Savannah Lion. It was super fun to win with such a scrubby card, I got 7th in that event losing the last round to the eventual winner who made his deck from cards he found in a binder that morning. Old School has evolved a lot since then.
The Chef was the season 1 champion and followed that up with a runner up perfomance this season. Known for his love of Psionic Blast and Atog, Chef burned his way to another great finish. 1. Jon Tschida: 43 Pts (23-5) August Champion, September Champion, November Top 4, December Top 8
Age: 41 Hometown: Woodbury, MN Occupation: Business & Marketing Teacher Favorite Card: Serra Angel Favorite Art: Angry Mob. I love Drew Tucker’s art. Favorite Deck: White/Blue Control has been my go-to deck since 1994. I’ve played variants of that deck across multiple formats and in countless configurations. Spike? Johnny? Timmy?: Spike with a little bit of Timmy. Why Old School Magic: The cards are evocative of a special time in my life. Old School allows me a chance to revisit those memories. Any Fun Magic Story: In July of 1994 my friends David and Andy asked me if I wanted to play a game with them. We sat down on David’s bedroom floor and he took out a large box with five smaller boxes inside. I was given the “blue deck” because it was the easiest to play. After explaining the rules to me, we started our game. I thought I understood the rules and when my turn came, I laid out an island, tapped it, and summoned a Sea Serpent. I was quickly corrected… and hooked on this game! Anything else you would like to share: I’d like to give a shout out to my local group in the Twin Cities, the Northern Paladins. I’d also like to thank all the members of the New England Old School community for welcoming this Midwesterner to your on-line tournaments.
Jon stormed onto the scene this season with his trusty UWr Tempo deck. The power of Lion/Dib/Bolt could not be denied. This friendly midwestern took home the gold star in the first two month and then kept the pressure on with two more top 8’s! Well done Jon on a fantastic run this season and we’re all coming for you next season!
That’s all for this season! We will start season 3 in February after the Winter Derby has concluded. I plan on “spicing” things up a little bit with different tweaks every month. Until then, keep brewing and stewing and have fun. Thank you all for your continued friendship and sportsmanship. Cheers.
LOBSTERCON 2: The Quest for the Pearl Trident, an Old School Magic tournament hosted by New England Old School, was held on September 21, 2019 at the George Dilboy VFW Post 529 in Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts.
The field was 122 players representing 23 U.S. states and Canadian provinces, England, and The Netherlands. Old School player groups in attendance included Chicago’s Lords of the Pit, Montreal’s Tundra Wolves, the Quebec City Brew Crew, New York’s Sisters of the Flame, London’s Brothers of Fire, Old Order Old School of South Central Pennsylvania, Ottawa’s Capital Chaos, the Fellwar Stoners of DC/Northern VA, the Beasts of the Bay, the Emerald City Trolls, and the Knights of Thorn.
Deck construction rules for the event followed the Atlantic B&R list, along with the reprint allowances for 93/94 championed by Eternal Central. The structure of the tournament was seven rounds of straight Swiss pairings, both as a function of available time at the venue and also to arrive at a clear “winner” of the event. There was no cut to Top 4 or Top 8; however, for the seventh and final round, the two X-0 players at Table 1 played a longer match (“3 out of 5” i.e. “first to 3 wins”), setting up a true “final match.” No match draws were allowed; draws were settled by Chaos Orb flips, in accordance with local customs.
Catering for the event was provided by local institution Kelly’s Roast Beef, which delivered a total of 83 lobster rolls and 41 bowls of clam chowder for players looking to enjoy a taste of New England during the short lunch break between rounds 3 and 4.
We also had a dedicated cash bar offering a range of libations including a few New England-centric brews like Sam Adams, Narragansett, and Harpoon IPA.
The event was organized as a fundraiser for Room to Grow in Boston, a non-profit that provides vital services to economically disadvantaged parents and families in Greater Boston. Room to Grow focuses on serving families from just before their child’s birth through age three, supporting them with individualized parenting education and coaching, high-quality baby/toddler supplies, and specialty referrals to community resources to ensure that their children receive a healthy and secure start in life.
All proceeds from LOBSTERCON ticket sales after expenses were donated directly to Room to Grow. In addition, attendees were invited to participate in a baby/toddler supply drive, in which items like clothing, books, toys, feeding supplies, car seats, etc. were donated to Room to Grow in-kind. We also conducted a raffle of unique Old School items, including sealed product, alters, books and comics, posters, and various other examples of early 90s Magic memorabilia, with 100% of the raffle ticket sales going directly to the charity as well.
All told, the players at LOBSTERCON donated baby/toddler items valued at $1,489, plus another $5,011 in cash generated from event ticket sales and the raffle, for a total of $6,500 in support for Room to Grow. This amount was more than double our total contribution from LOBSTERCON in 2018 ($3,116)! The generosity and kindness shown by the Old School Magic community absolutely shattered our expectations, which is saying quite a lot at this point. On behalf of Room to Grow and the families they serve, and from all of us at New England Old School, thank you!
We had the honor of working with Bryon “Mutt” Wackwitz for this event, and it was an absolute treat to have him with us at LOBSTERCON in-person. Mr. Wackwitz provided us with some sweet alters, including our top prize for the “most spicy” deck, and was on hand to do signatures, sketches, and alters for players throughout the course of the day. Having an artist from Magic’s earliest days in our midst was wonderful, and a great opportunity for the community to show our love and appreciation for the iconic contributions that Bryon Wackwitz made to the game in those early years, and for his very passionate and friendly engagement with the Magic fan base ever since.
Photo credit: Ryan Rudolph
We also had the pleasure of working with Jeff A. Menges / Skaircrow Graphics, who supported our event by signing and altering a stack of Merfolk of the Pearl Trident for the Top 8 and Spicy Top 8 prizes, along with providing our playmat and banner art. Our “Quest for the Pearl Trident” wouldn’t have worked without knowing exactly what the Pearl Trident was, so I asked Jeff to decide, and then he brought it to life! The result was an amazing take on the original art from 1993, with a certain crustacean decoration:
REFLECTIONS and GRATITUDE
I’m left sitting here in the aftermath of our Quest for the Pearl Trident, simply blown away by the raw enthusiasm, generosity, and spirit of the global Old School Magic community. To everyone who traveled hours to get here, who crossed oceans and continents and international boundaries, or at the very least, a couple of time zones or some bridges with expensive tolls: thank you for going to all of that trouble to be with us. And to our local club members: thank you for coming out in force, thanks for joining us in our efforts to be the best possible hosts, and thank you above all for representing the values of New England Old School. We really are living in the Golden Age of the contemporary Old School movement. Nobody knows what the future holds, but if 2019 represents the high-water mark for this Old School thing we’ve got going on, I think we can safely say we’ve managed to build something truly special and worth fighting for.
I did absolutely none of this alone. Huge thanks to our dedicated judge, Josh Frankel, who made the entire day run smoothly, and for his diligent enforcement of the “Don’t Be A Jagoff” REL. And to “the Josh on my left,” Josh Tingley, the best charity partner a Magic tournament organizer could ever possibly hope for: thanks to you and Room to Grow for giving our event a more noble purpose beyond just playing cards with our friends. Our charitable contributions wouldn’t have been what they were without the incredible outpouring of donations from all corners of the Old School world, so special thanks to Matt Viau, Mike Frantz, Jason Williams, Tino Galizio, Cam Wall, Nick Batista, Shaun Augeri, Ted Kwartler, Akos Czibere, Jason Schwartz, Jimmy and Jeff Johnson, Will Magrann, Matthew Fink of the Magical Hacks, the Brothers of Fire, the Knights of Thorn, Guillaume Soucy and the Quebec City Brew Crew, and Jason Jaco for contributing to the veritable mountain of swag, driving raffle ticket sales and merch purchases that put our fundraising all the way over the top this year.
Thanks to Bryon “Mutt” Wackwitz for traveling from Philadelphia to be with us and work non-stop all day on alters and signatures. Thanks to Jeff Menges for helping me realize my fever dreams of the Pearl Trident and bring it all to life. Thanks to our vendors — Michelle, Mike, Rodney, and their teams for being there to provide so much additional value to the players throughout the day.
And thank you, truly, to the Homarid Warriors, guys like Jared Doucette, Chris Mason, Stephen Hartford, Will Magrann, Xanadude, Paul Kovalov, Andrew Coppellotti, James Lebak, Scott Coughlin, Mitja Held, and everyone else who helped in the run-up to the day, everyone who was there early to help set up, who stayed late to tear down, or just gave me a boost or a hand whenever I needed it. Seriously, thank you. Thank you.