Only a week remains before Trident opens! Let's go over some logistics so you're prepared for the mini-con.
You can park at CardBoard Gaming, at the auto mechanic's next door, or around the corner. I strongly encourage carpooling. Staff will be deliberately parking far away to leave more space for con-goers, and I encourage CardBoard regulars who know the area to do the same, as we have folks coming to Trident from a good distance outside the Odenton area. If you want to pull up to the store, drop off a laptop, backpack, and box of books inside, then park your car properly some distance away, that's fine too. There is no good public transportation to CardBoard, I'm sorry to say.
Nearby you will find a number of local eateries. Please note this is a "driving nearby", not a "walking nearby". Within reasonable range:
Three Brothers Italian
Hong Kong Gourmet
and there's a WaWa a bit further away if you're crafty about your route of approach.
Some of these establishments will deliver to the store, if you're into that - staff have the necessary info. Note also that CardBoard itself sells drinks and snacks (chips, candy, and the like), and you are welcome to bring your sack lunch or outside food into the store. I expect there will be some food-pools and pizza-ordering and such going on. As noted in an earlier blogpost, think of Trident as a three-day gaming binge in somebody's (remarkably clean and well-lit) basement!
As of right now the weather for Trident looks pretty good! The goal is clear skies, as we're setting up some tables outside with canopies so we can spread out. If we have to jam everybody indoors, we can, but the noise level will be best if we can spread out a bit and take advantage of what's looking to be a beautiful early-Autumn weekend. This is Maryland we're talking about, though, so please come prepared dressed in layers or with a jacket handy so you can enjoy the outdoor tables as well.
We'll have prize pulls during the "between games" period of 4 to 5, and perhaps at the opening of festivities on Sunday and Monday as well. You'll be given prize tickets when you show up, and when you play each game during Trident. There are other ways to earn extra prize tickets - including wearing a (family-friendly!) themed costume (such as pirate gear), or being awarded a ticket by CardBoard staff or GMs for sportsmanship or helping with 'extra duties as assigned' during the weekend. Con-goers who upgrade their registration to include a t-shirt will get an extra prize ticket as well (while shirt supplies last).
We have a very nice stack of prizes, both digital (pdfs or download codes) and physical, from generous publishers such as:
Purple Duck Games
New Big Dragon
Games start at 11am on Saturday; to facilitate that, the store will be open probably earlier than its usual 10am opening. GMs, please consider arriving at 10 so we can get you settled and you can start spreading your paper empire around you at your assigned table, you can meet the staff, and get settled with an energy drink and whatever brunch you brought along...
Registration at the store shouldn't take long at all - you hand over your five bucks (or more if you want a t-shirt), we'll get your name on a badge and hand you some prize tickets, and it's off to the races. I'll walk around right before eleven to ensure everyone who's seated is registered, and to ensure tables are getting filled. Speaking of which --
If a table lacks a quorum to play, I will work to place you elsewhere so you can play! There are limits to some tables as far as minimums and maximums - particularly those running organized play - and there's a practical maximum at any table, but the point is to show up and play games. Please be open-minded and cheerful if a session you're in gets moved to a different table or cancelled for any reason.
Any last-minute issues or questions? Hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
That's it - pack your dice and a pencil, and we'll see you in seven days!