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Trashfest NE 2015 Wrap Up

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19 Nov 2015 23:23 #215475 by Egg Shen

So Trashfest Northeast 2015 has come and gone.  This is my second time experiencing this annual shindig and I’d like to share some of my experiences with the rest of you.  Rather than give you a blow by blow description of all the games I played, I’m just going to provide some overall highlights.  I’d like to try and give you an idea of what it’s like to experience Trashfest.

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20 Nov 2015 07:52 #215476 by Legomancer
Sorry we didn't play anything together!

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20 Nov 2015 08:34 #215478 by Deleted
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20 Nov 2015 08:49 #215479 by Black Barney
I wish I was there just for that coffee moment

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20 Nov 2015 08:50 #215480 by hotseatgames
I might try for this next year.

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20 Nov 2015 08:58 #215481 by Sagrilarus
These small assemblies of gamers is where the real rewarding play is. 20 seems to be about the right number to assure you can find opponents for any game you like, but still have a cozy group.

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20 Nov 2015 09:11 #215482 by Deleted
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sagrilarus wrote: These small assemblies of gamers is where the real rewarding play is. 20 seems to be about the right number to assure you can find opponents for any game you like, but still have a cozy group.


I think it's that we all "know" one another, more or less, either from years of posts or from actually knowing one another from previous meetings. There's no awkwardness, no posturing. Just friends partying, no more, no less. I think that shared friendship makes more a difference than anything. If you put 20 randos in a room with a shelf of games, it's not going to be as much fun as putting 20 F:ATties in a room with the same shelf of games.
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20 Nov 2015 09:31 #215484 by ubarose
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sagrilarus wrote: These small assemblies of gamers is where the real rewarding play is. 20 seems to be about the right number to assure you can find opponents for any game you like, but still have a cozy group.


We are up to about 40 on Saturday. Thursday, Friday and Sunday we have a smaller crowd. It works well. That small core group that is here on Thursday evening and Friday during the day for our "pre-con" is able to gel, and then by Saturday they disperse and act kind of like hosts, incorporating new arrivals into their games, rather than being cliquey. We really focus on making people feel welcome and creating community. It feels cozy, even though the group is growing.

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20 Nov 2015 09:42 #215485 by Egg Shen
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Legomancer - Yeah I was really hoping to get in a game or two with you. Plus, I feel like every time I looked over at your table it was ERUPTING in laughter. Next time!


Hey, I have a few pictures that I wanted to post with this article, but I didn't want to post them without people's consent. Anyone care if I add a few pics? Just PM me if you don't.

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20 Nov 2015 09:47 #215486 by ubarose
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hotseatgames wrote: I might try for this next year.


I hope you do.

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20 Nov 2015 10:23 #215491 by jeb
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Maintaining my streak of missing all these cool people. I almost made it there over the summer! I was within 50 miles! But I had 4 kids and a wife and the kids weren't in the best of shape at the hotel.

I am real though. I've met Peter Putnam, Matt Loter, and Will Dere. I keep telling Barnes not to be a psycho and let me know when he's in Orange County. You folks are all awesome. This place has been my home on the web for years. I even list is as my URL on job apps.*

Glad to hear about all this fun. Great writeup Egg Shen. And honestly: congrats on a solo win with that crowd. Something to crow over.

*At least, I did for Blizzard.
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20 Nov 2015 12:43 #215501 by Egg Shen
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Article has been updated with some pictures.

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20 Nov 2015 14:01 #215507 by billyz
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Me losing that game of Cosmic encounter was some straight up bullshit!
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20 Nov 2015 14:19 - 20 Nov 2015 14:19 #215511 by OldHippy
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Nice write up, thanks. Are you trying to let us know what it's like to be there or just rubbing it in?

Am I allowed to be jealous or is that petty?



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20 Nov 2015 16:02 #215518 by Egg Shen
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JonJacob wrote: Nice write up, thanks. Are you trying to let us know what it's like to be there or just rubbing it in?
Am I allowed to be jealous or is that petty?


Heh...certainly not trying to make anyone jealous. However if my article entices some F:ATies to make the trek next year I would be happy!

Also, I thought of another favorite moment:

Best conversation I randomly stumbled into : Repoman going off on a tangent about the restaurant Cracker Barrel and how he doesn't want to buy any of the kitschy shit they have for sale. I missed anything before and after this tirade...but it made me laugh.

Repo...screw Cracker Barrel and Waffle House, when are we gonna hit up Shady Glen?

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