What more can be said about TGD V – Bigger. Badder. Bedder. Wetter. As everyone knows by now, we had a full-fledged disaster on our hands by Sunday afternoon. I’ve also been feeling the effects of the flooding at my residence as well, so I haven’t had a chance to get some thoughts to virtual paper until now.
Around 3 pm on Saturday, I had to leave TGD to head home and deal with water in my basement. Fortunately my parents were visiting that weekend, and my father was able to keep the water somewhat in check. My way home required three different detours, as the devastation this immense amount of rain was causing was already becoming apparent. Once I made it home, I helped him sweep, squeegee and redirect the flow of water throughout the afternoon and early evening (in the dark, mind you, as we didn’t have power) until about 8 pm when the flow finally stopped. I was exhausted at this point and, even though it meant missing the Crokinole tourney, I decided I’d stay home and come out in the morning for the third and final day of TGD.
Good friends of mine at TGD needed to be back at the airport Sunday morning, so I headed to Opryland early and, with one small detour, got them to the airport on time. When I got back to Opryland, I realized I had forgotten to bring an umbrella, so I opted to valet park the car. This decision ultimately cost me more than the parking fee!
The Annual Take it Easy Tourney went off without a hitch and then, due to the weather (it was still raining hard on Sunday), we opted to move up the final prize drawing to just after the end of the Charity Auction at 1 pm. We closed the auction down, gave away our final prizes, and then we lost all power. At this point, most people that weren’t there are probably wondering why we didn’t kick everyone out and head home – the answer was that we didn’t think we could. From 11:30 onward, everyone that attempted to leave almost inevitably returned with news that roads and highways were closed and we needed to wait until later to leave the Opryland. So with nowhere to go, people just continued to game . . .under the emergency lights. About 2:30 pm, we got text message confirmation that some attendees actually made it out of Nashville – shortly thereafter the power came back and by 3 pm we were knee deep in games, packing things up in anticipation of unofficially ending TGD V. Some people had decided to stay another night and were planning on gaming until 8 pm when they had to start setting up for the next event in our room.
With the lights back on things went more quickly and the game library was packed and ready for transport by 4 pm. In light of the weather, the multiple trips it took us to get it to Opryland were going to be impossible so we were given a storage room to house our stuff. I helped two employees move 300+ games and half a dozen Crokinole boards to a small storage closet. After that, we packed up the last of our sthings, reclaimed the remaining library games (Macao, Carcassonne H&G, Le Havre, and Container for those interested) and got ready to hit the road.
As I headed to the valet to get my car, I was informed the hotel was evacuating everyone to higher ground as the levee might break. What?!?! I was legitimately concerned at this point – this was the first I had heard of anything that serious all day. How could this have possible snuck up on everyone? Needless to say, the valet guys were no longer retrieving cars, and I was told that I HAD to evacuate to the Presidential Ballroom NOW. Devon, however, was not so easily deterred and, having his keys in hand (as opposed to a valet office), decided to make a run for his vehicle, which was in the mall parking lot.
About fifteen minutes later, he returned to get me (especially important as he couldn’t get home that night and was planning on staying at my house). We quickly put the last bit of our stuff into the storage closet and got out of dodge. At that point, we had lost touch with almost all the other attendees, except for Chris who was planning on staying put for the time being.
The rest of the evening, we helped my father battle the losing war against water in my basement. Over the course of the next few hours, we pushed quite a bit of water through my basement and out of the garage -- all the while debating whether water could actually get high enough to flood the room that housed the game library. We paused from time to time to check the latest news on Twitter – one rumor had water seeping into the Presidential Ballroom, which would have meant certain destruction to a ton of cardboard and wooden bits! Plus we tried to determine the fate of my car left in valet and eventually decided it was swimming – which lead me to realize the car (a ‘97 Lumina) might have actually be worth less than the games (Queen’s Gambit, I’m looking at you) – which is in itself a ridiculous thought / reality. At some point that evening, I tried to come to grips with the idea that both the car and games might be gone, which made me sick for those that had loaned titles to the library. Eventually, I achieved a zen-like state about my own collection, however, thinking it might be refreshing to start with a blank slate and build more discriminatingly this time.
Later the next day, after a dump run to dispose of some ruined carpet and other trash from the flooded basement, Russ and I decided a quick trip to the Opryland was in order to see if our cars could actually be seen from the road. Shockingly, security let us in to talk to officials at the hotel. After speaking with the valet (yep, underwater), I ran into our event manager who helped us to get access to the storage closet. We were able to get everything out of there that afternoon. About twenty yards from the storage closet were stairs down to the next level. The floodwater was about eight steps from that top of that stairwell. Wow.
Yesterday, my father and I finally finished ripping out flooring and wet drywall (oxymoron?) from my basement. I've yet to hear about my car, but it's not insured, so there's little to be done. I just finished my FEMA application, and here I sit, amongst the exposed studs, perusing used car ads. I’d like to attempt to try and make sure that everyone that was around Sunday is accounted for, as I know some people were still there when evacuation OUT of the hotel started. I hope everyone faired well – feel free to share your own adventures on the comments and let us know you’re okay (if nothing else drop me an e-mail!).
Who’s ready for TGD VI?
We're giving away a lot of prizes this year at TGD V! For those of you, like me, who like to know the nitty gritty of how the prizes will be awarded, I've prepared this summary of how the prizes will be awarded.
Tour and Door Prize Drawing Rules
- Drawings will be held on Friday and Saturday night at approximately 9:30 pm, and at approximately 6:00 pm on Sunday evening.
- All drawings require the recipient to be present to win.
- Each night, drawings for Tour participants will be held first. The Tour drawings will be immediately followed by the Door Prize drawings.
- There will be separate prize tables for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In the order in which they were drawn, winners may choose any prize remaining on that day's prize table.
- A person may not be chosen for more than 1 prize from these drawings on a given day. For example, if you are chosen to win a tour prize, then you are not eligible to win a door prize that evening. You may, however, win another tour prize or door prize the next evening.
- The board members of the Tennessee Game Players Association and their immediate families are excluded from prize drawings at Tennessee Game Days V.
- Each stamp represents a chance to win. A computer will randomly select a stamp from among all stamps awarded over the entire weekend.
- On Friday night, 3 winners will be chosen from among Tour participants. On Saturday night, 4 prizes will be awarded to Tour participants. And Sunday evening's drawing will award 3 prizes to Tour participants.
Door Prize Drawings
- Door prize winners will be randomly selected by a computer from among all registered Tennessee Game Days attenders.
Night Cap Drawings
- A person is eligible to win one hat per weekend.
- Hat drawings are separate from the Tour and Door Prize drawings. For example, a person is eligible to win a hat on the same day as winning a Tour or Door Prize.
Other Tournament Prizes
- Prizes awarded for competitive tournaments such as Wits & Wagers, Crokinole, PK Cards and Take It Easy are separate from the Prize Drawings. Winning a tournament prize does not disqualify you from winning a Prize Drawing prize.
Early registration for TGD V is now officially open. As if that wasn't exciting enough, we also have two early registration specials going on right now. The first is that every person that registers in October will receive a TGD T-shirt commemorating our fifth anniversary!
There's also the ongoing room rate discount - register early and make plans to stay at the Opryland Hotel and you will get an awesome rate ($79/night) compliments of TGD. Check out all the details on the Registration page of our website.
So make plans to attend TGD V and register today!
Bigger. Badder, Bedder - Bumped Up!
Due to an unforeseen snafu, the dates for Tennessee Game Days Five have been moved up two weeks -- it is now to be held on April 30 - May 2. We'll still be having 24 hour gaming, we'll still be at the Opryland Resort, and still will be having the best TGD yet. We hope you'll be making plans to join us!
We hope to have registration open by October 15th, but watch this space for the latest news!
On May 14-16, 2010, we will hold TN Game Days at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville. This is a 4 star hotel that typically rents rooms for $259/night (plus taxes and fees - see expedia.com). We are very happy to be able to offer a special rate of $79/night (plus taxes and fees) for attenders of TN Game Days 2010. There is some fine print, so check out the full details.