I went to Prezcon yesterday. It's a week long gaming convention in Charlottesville, VA that, much like WBC, is really about playing games, either in tourneys or open gaming. It's much smaller than WBC but I highly recommend it. Lots of good games being played and many friendly people. Quite a few of the DMV group / Redscape drivers were in attendance:
Chris B. (DMV & Redscape)
Brian D. (DMV)
Mike G. (DMV)
David I. (DMV & Redscape)
Joe P. (DMV)
Paul B. (Redscape)
Mike L. (Redscape)
Tim M. (DMV & Redscape)
Jimmy F. (DMV)
Tim, Jimmy, and I were just down for the day.
Chris Brandt ran the tourney which included four heats and a final. Here's a preview link of Chris's game info doc: Preview
The fourth heat and final were on Saturday. Up to this point, David, Brian, and Chris had each won a heat.
The morning race for the last heat was run on a custom track of Chris's called Greenbridge. It was a very short track (about 50 spaces) with only four corners so we ran five laps with three laps worth of resources. There were 12 drivers competing with Brian prevailing for his second heat win. I came in a dismal 8th.
After lunch, Tim, Jimmy, Brian and I played a game called Fields of Green. As newbies, Brian and I didn't do well but it was fun with lots of strategies you could use. We then played The Grizzled, a cooperative game with a WWI trench warfare theme. We managed to beat the game but there were plenty of times when things were looking grim.
I waited around for the finals as a potential alternate. Mike L. did not get the message that he was in the finals so I got to race. Brian continued his outstanding week of CFR and took home the checkered flag. I managed to sneak into 2nd place while Chris B. took third.
Even though Prezcon is only a two hour drive for me, this was the first time I attended. The one day registration is a bit pricy ($40) but if you can be there for multiple days, it seems like a great deal. There was also an auction, an auction store, a pretty extensive library, and lots of open gaming areas. Winners earn plaques for up to 3rd place (CFR qualified for 2 plaques, so I got one!).
I'll post again after Chris publishes his tourney recap with pictures and much greater detail.