Convention Director’s Blog

This blog is being initiated as a new feature at the EQ website in order to better communicate with EuroQuest attendees. Posts by your 2022 EuroQuest Convention Director, John Weber, will appear here in inverse chronological order, with the newest item at the top. To view older posts, all the way to the initial post, scroll down to the bottom.

All enquiries should be addressed to director@euroquestcon.com. Any and all feedback is encouraged and appreciated!

September 24, 2022: The Game Designer’s Forum page has recently been updated with information about no fewer than ten (!) designers who are expected to participate. Topic to be announced soon. Also, working up a list of alternate hotels (there are several to choose from) for those unable to get into our room block, which is currently full.

September 15, 2022: Got some good news recently that all game designer types might be interested in, namely that Luke Peterschmidt, an accomplished game designer in his own right, will be on hand this year, representing Asmodee North America in a new role as head of their new game design studio, Office Dog. Luke has informed me that he will be blocking out time to hear one-on-one pitches from prospective game designers, as well as giving out advice as how to refine/improve those pitches. In addition, expect to see Luke at the Game Designers Forum on Saturday, an event that Luke helped lead in prior years (along with Mike Mullins, who will also be back at EQ this year). So, a good opportunity for game designers to have your prospective product assessed by someone with many years of experience in the industry.

September 12, 2022: The latest from the hotel is that, as of last Friday, our room block (at least for Friday and Saturday nights) is full. While the hotel has let us know that adding additional rooms is unlikely at this point, those booking outside of the room block can still get the group rate. Details are posted under the “Hotel Info” page.

In other news, the special four-day Early Bird rates expired last week. However, we are accepting pre-registrations through November 1, and one-day registrations are now available. Click on the “Register Now” button at the left for details.

September 6, 2022: Pleased to announce that Dan Hallagan, whose self-published design, Obsession, was a big hit when it debuted at EuroQuest four years ago, is able to attend EQ for the first time. Look for Dan on Saturday the 12th, as that is the only day that fits with his schedule.

September 4, 2022: A few of you have enquired about the Auction Store for this year’s EuroQuest. It will take place on the Saturday of the convention, in the Prince George Room across from the main ballroom. Details are posted here: /index.php/eq-presents/bring-and-buy-auction-store

September 2, 2022: Quick correction on the last post: One-day registrations will be available starting September 7th. As I understand, the webstore will roll over from the Early Bird to the regular rates some time after midnight, Sept. 6th heading into Sept. 7th EDT.

September 1, 2022: With Labor Day weekend and the Early Bird pre-registration deadline approaching, we have decided to extend the deadline for the four-day special Early Bird rate an additional 24 hours, through Tuesday, September 6, to give everyone one last chance to sign up at the lowest rates. One day rates will be available starting September 6th as well, and after that, four-day pre-registration rates will increase by $10. An updated group email containing this information was issued a few hours ago.

August 27, 2022: Most recent update from the hotel is that our room block is 82% full. This means that we are down to just 11 rooms for the two most popular nights (Friday and Saturday). Anyone wishing to book a room is urged to do so soon! While the hotel has graciously added some rooms to our room block on at least three occasions thus far, they are under no obligation to do so.

August 22, 2022: Today, the registration page of the website (see /index.php/home/full-register or simply click on “Register Now” on the drop-down menu on the left) has been revised in three important aspects: (1) a schedule of admission rates going forward (including one-day registrations) was posted; (2) a much more specific and nuanced Covid 19 policy statement was added; and (3) a limited exception to the “no refund” policy was included for individuals who may have pre-registered but, because of Covid 19, been unable to attend. Basically, the full four-day admission rates will go up $10 across the board for a period from September 6 through November 1, after which higher at-the-door rates will apply. Those planning on attending for just one or two days would be advised to check out the daily rates, with Saturday being the most expensive, and Sunday (which is essentially a half day) being the cheapest.

With respect to Covid policy, the GCOM Board of Directors recently approved a much more detailed statement that reflects current realities and is focused on the CDC classification of the area in which this year’s EuroQuest will be held, which is Anne Arundel County, Maryland. While we recommend that everyone be fully vaccinated, this year we will not be checking vaccine registrations as was the case in 2021. Mask wearing will only be a requirement if Anne Arundel County’s status for vaccine transmission changes to “High” — it is currently at “Medium” and has been there for several weeks, which means mask wearing is optional but recommended for certain individuals.

Finally, out of concern for those who may have already signed up and then test positive for Covid and thus are unable to attend, the GCOM Board has approved a limited exception to our general “no refund” policy to allow for refunds and/or rolling over of admissions to a future GCOM event, including next year’s EuroQuest.

We are hopeful that clarifying the pricing going forward as well as the revised policies will encourage those who might be on the fence to take advantage of the opportunity to pre-register at the cheapest rates prior to expiration of the Early Bird discounted rates on September 5. Having an idea of potential attendance levels early on will aid us in planning and allocation of resources for this year’s event.

August 17, 2022: Just a quick announcement — once again, EuroQuest is pleased to partner with Catan Studios and serve as one of the qualifying tournaments toward the 2023 National Catan Championship. See United States 2023 | Catan Studio for further information; look for details on this year’s event at EuroQuest to be posted on this website in the coming weeks.

August 12, 2022: We are pleased to announce that a second main vendor has signed up to participate in this year’s EuroQuest. This is Fiat Lucre, publishers of the card game Annapurna, which will be featured, with demos, a likely tournament and prizes. Some preliminary details have been posted on the vendor page of this website.

In other news, our room block is now approximately 80% full. Will continue to check in with the hotel periodically; hopefully, they will add some more rooms as needed. Finally, a word to the wise: the cheapest pre-registration rate (only $12.50 per day, $10 per day for GCOM Supporting Members) is the Early Bird, and it expires soon (Labor Day, September 5th). So, sign up now for the cheapest rate!

August 7, 2022: Our most recent group email generated some positive results; notably, a slight bump in pre-registrations as well as more bookings in our room block. Our room block is currently around 75% full; this is after the hotel agreed to add several rooms on Wednesday and Thursday nights, given that most people are booking for three or four nights at the hotel. However, we urge everyone not to wait until the official cut-off date of October 9 because, if the room block is full and the hotel is unable to add more rooms, you may have to scramble around for alternative accommodations. We are closing in on an important milestone, as the Early Bird pre-registration deadline of Labor Day, September 5, is now less than a month away, and we are urging everyone to sign up to obtain the best rate. (Registrations will open up for single day admissions after that time, and, while four-day pre-registrations will still be available, the rates will be higher.)

Our Tournament and Event Coordinator, Marcy Morelli, has reported that we now have GM commitments for all 15 main event tournaments, and work will begin soon on hammering out a schedule, as well as posting of event details for each of the tournament games — look for this to be completed in late September, with an eye towards have a final schedule posted by October 1. Another important deadline coming up is September 15, which is the deadline for vendors to sign up; thus far, Canton Games has signed up as our main vendor once again but, for anyone interested, check the vendor information; we have a Small Vendor package available that may be just right for you! We are also not forgetting the non-tournament players who are equally important to the convention, so planning is underway for some Special Events, Prize Drawings, new game demos, and hopefully, some “Hot New Games” from Essen as in prior years and, of course, you will find many of your favorites in the GCOM Games Library which will be available for all attendees at the convention.

July 24, 2022: Pleased with the fact that a second group email, in the form of an EuroQuest update, reached over 2,300 email addresses this weekend, using a consolidated list consisting primarily of prior EQ attendees and Games Club of Maryland members. Because we are using a new platform (Club Express), there may be a couple of bugs to be worked out, mainly regarding the “Opt Out” feature, but so far things seem to be going smoothly, and we are getting the word out. To anyone reading this who may not have received this latest message, the two key take-aways are: (1) A reminder that the Early Bird pre-registration deadline of September 5 is rapidly approaching (so sign up now to get the cheapeast rates!) and (2) our hotel room block is already over 60% full so, again, waiting until the last minute may not be a good idea. Other convention “news” in the update referenced the list of tournament games (see June 22 post directly below this one), as well as a list of other anticipated events and activities, including the following: the Wild Card tournament, the Harold Siegelman Trophy competition, the return of the Team Tournament, the return of Canton Games as our main vendor, the possibility of a couple of new vendors, and other Special events in the works, such as: a Catan tournament, a special Sunday morning event featuring some shorter games, the Play-to-Win and other prize drawings, possibly a Game Designer’s Forum as well as an Auction Store and a Mega-Civ event. Details on any and all of these, plus some other surprises, will be posted in the coming weeks and months leading up to November.

June 22, 2022: Subject to securing GM commitments, the list of main event tournaments for EQ has been finalized. Copying from a recent Facebook post by our Tournament Director, Marcy Morelli, here is the list:

Agricola

Great Western Trail

Power Grid

Terraforming Mars

Lords of Waterdeep

Puerto Rico

Ra

St Petersburg

Space Base

Stone Age

Ticket to Ride 1910

Thurn & Taxis

Wingspan

Azul

Splendor

We are currently working on filling all the GM slots and work on the tournament schedule will begin soon. Keep checking back here for the latest info!

June 10, 2022: Five months to go, and planning is continuing for this year’s EuroQuest. Our hotel room block has been filling up and is already almost half full, so I am urging everyone not to wait until the last minute to make their reservations. (If it appears the room block will fill prior to the deadline, we will make every effort to persuade the hotel to include more rooms, but there is no guarantee that this will happen.) Early Bird pre-registrations are trickling in, but the deadline is not until early September; expect to see reminder messages to go out before then, urging everyone to sign up early and get the best rate. Coming soon, we expect to see a list of tournament games (we are planning to have at least 15 scheduled tournaments, not counting the Wild Card and special events like the Catan Qualifier). Finally, I am making a concerted effort to invite game designers (and hopefully a few publishers) to attend, with an eye towards holding another Game Designers Discussion Forum on Saturday in one of the two side rooms across from the main ballroom.

May 10, 2022: Been slacking off recently as far as providing updates, so here is the latest. With the Early Bird pre-registration deadline still several months away, pre-registrations are dribbling in. More significant is the fact that our room block is almost one-thirds full, so waiting until the deadline in October 9 may not be a wise idea. (In the event our room block is full or close to full, we will of course request that the hotel expand the size of our room block, but no guarantees that this will happen.) Right now, it looks like we will have a second main vendor (in addition to Canton Games), and it’s possible there could be some smaller vendors as well. Have revised the vendor page to impose a September 15 deadline for vendors to lock down their spots by submitting partial payment, given that our floor plan must be submitted to the hotel in September. Finally, Tournament Director Marcy Morelli is reviewing data from prior EQs with an eye to developing the list of tournament games for 2022, and she may soon be seeking GM commitments, starting with incumbent GMs from last year.

April 13, 2022: Got our first large group email out this week, thanks to MailChimp, and the intent is to reach all prior EuroQuest attendees and spread the word. Received some favorable feedback already, a few more rooms booked at the hotel, and maybe even a few have pre-registered even though the deadline isn’t until September. Want to give a special shoutout to Steve Cameron of EPGS, who is getting the word out to all members of that group; even though it’s a slightly longer drive this year, we hope to see a strong contingent of Philly area gamers at EQ this fall. Direct link to EPGS website: EPGS | Eastern Pennsylvania Gaming Society. We are also reaching out through Facebook, BGG and other social media so, again, I’m cautiously optimistic that we can have a bit of a “return to normal” after two really depressing years that I bet most of us would like to forget.

April 10, 2022: A fun three days of gaming at GCOM’s other flagship multi-day event, Game Days, has just been concluded. Thanks to Convention Director Bob Oliver and all the organizers for a smoothly run event, the first one post-Covid. A special shoutout to Aaron Blair of Frederick, MD, who won the tournament and earned a free admission to EuroQuest 2022 in Annapolis this November. Congratulations, Aaron!

April 1, 2022: No April Fool’s joke, but just a friendly reminder that people have been starting to reserve rooms in our room block at the Crowne Plaza Annapolis. It’s still early and, as of my last check a week or so ago, our room block is only about 10% full. However, if you check on-line prices for this hotel, you will find that $129/night is a pretty good deal, so I urge people to sign up sooner rather than later. Cutoff date for the room block is not until October, unless, of course, the room block sells out sooner.

March 20, 2022: Been slacking off on posting updates here, so I thought I would add a bit of background about the search for a new EQ venue that resulted in our decision to move the convention away from the Baltimore environs to a new location, that being the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Annapolis. The search began in earnest in late November 2021 through mid January 2022, and no fewer than 16 different locations were contacted, expressed interest, and a total of 10 of these resulted in on-site visits. However, serious offers came in from only three locations, as the others either (a) did not have space available in our time frame (late October to mid-November 2022) or (b) were unable to submit anything that could reasonably fit within GCOM’s budget. In the end, it came down to both pricing and availability, plus the proposal from the Crowne Plaza offered less downside risk that, in a post-Covid environment, was a major factor in our consideration. Although the 5,000 sq ft main ballroom is somewhat smaller than what we were used to in prior years (from 2010 through 2019) at the Doubletree in Pikesville, the fact that we were able to secure space in two smaller rooms across the hall for all days of the convention except Sunday made their offer more attractive than more costlier and riskier proposals from competing locations. Also, the group room rate of $129 per night is in line with recent prices and, for a location such as Annapolis, a bargain compared to most weekend rates of this and similarly situated hotels if you do some price checking online.

March 10, 2022: Pleased to announce that the Team Tournament will be back in 2022. No real changes from prior years, but check out the following link for details: Team Tournament – EuroQuest (euroquestcon.com)

March 8, 2022: Direct link to GCOM Webstore: GAMES CLUB OF MARYLAND – Web Store (gamesclubofmd.org) This is where you can purchase GCOM memberships and pre-register for EuroQuest and other GCOM events, such as Game Days coming up next month. Discounted rates are available to GCOM Patron and Supporting members for both events.

March 6, 2022: Pleased to announce that links to the GCOM webstore have been set up (check out the “Register Now” page), as well as links to the hotel room block (see the “Hotel” page), thanks to some quick work by our GCOM Webmaster and our contacts at the Crowne Plaza in Annapolis. Again, as in the last post, I recommend everyone to consider joining GCOM as either a Patron or Supporting Member to take advantage of discounts to both EuroQuest and GCOM’s other flagship event, Game Days, which is coming up in a little more than a month (April 8-10), see link in March 4 blog post immediately below this one.

March 4, 2022: We have settled on an Early Bird, Pre-Registration price for EQ 2022 of $50 for all four days, with the following special discounts available to GCOM members: $10 off (or $40) for GCOM Supporting Members, and FREE for GCOM Patron Members. These discounts will be available through Labor Day (September 5) and, after that, prices will go up. We are in the process of setting up the GCOM webstore, so please be patient, it may take awhile, and links will be provided on the Registration page which we hope to update soon with the new information. In the meantime, we urge everyone to check out another great GCOM event, Game Days, which is a little more than a month away. See GCOM Game Days – hosted by the Games Club of Maryland (gamesclubofmd.org) for details. Like EuroQuest, there are discounts available for GCOM members, so now would be a great time to sign up and take advantage of these savings for both these events.

March 3, 2022: Putting on EuroQuest each year has always been a group effort. After the struggles due to the pandemic over the past two years (no live event in 2020, and limited attendance in 2021), we are hoping 2022 will be more of a “return to normal.” In that vein, after a hiatus of almost 10 years, I am back as Convention Director for 2022. I would not be able to assume these responsibilities without the assistance of Eugene Yee, who has agreed to serve as Assistant Convention Director, and Marcy Morelli, who has been doing an admirable job over the past many years as Event Director and Tournament Director. With the challenge of finding a new location out of the way, the three of us are committed to bringing as fine a boardgaming experience as possible for this year’s EuroQuest.

March 2, 2022: After spending most of the past few months seeking a venue for this year’s EuroQuest, we are finally able to announce that EuroQuest 2022 will be held at a new location, the Crowne Plaza in Annapolis, MD. More details to come as they are available, but the dates will be Nov. 10-13, and we have secured a guest room block with a rate of $129/night for singles and doubles.