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!

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.