February 1st through the 4th, in Charleston, South Carolina
BROGFest is The Deep South’s premier . . . well, only . . . gathering of consim and Euro gamers held in one of the country’s great tourist cities in a prime setting. BROGFest is a gathering of gamers and a great weekend for families.
Location: BROGFest 2007 is being held, again, at The Vendue Inn in downtown Charleston, a marvelous bed-and-breakfast style hotel in the heart of Restaurant Row, antique stores, and a half a block from The Battery (harbor). This is a prime location. Check out their website at www.vendueinn.com. and read the following reactions by some past attendees:
“BROGFest was most enjoyable. The Vendue is an excellent hotel, with an amazingly attentive and helpful staff. The special $99 rate was quite a bargain when you consider that it included: an excellent breakfast buffet, afternoon wine-and-cheese, and evening cordial-and-cookies. The rooms are rather elegant, and the lobby areas are reminiscent of staying in a friend's mansion. … A great place.”
The Hotel/Rooms: The Vendue Inn is holding 3 smaller rooms (1 queen-size bed, but an “inside” view) at $99 each, 4 larger rooms with one queen bed at $109 each room, and 3 rooms with king-sized beds at $119. (The rates for these last two are considerably cheaper than in the past!!). The room price includes full breakfast, afternoon wine & cheese, and a bunch of other goodies. Parking is $16 a day (valet) and the usual exorbitant local taxes apply. These rooms will be available for Thursday through Saturday nights. If you wish to book for longer, discuss this with the Hotel staff.
In order to get one of these rooms you must call the hotel (1-800-845-7900), tell them you’re with BROG and do it before January 4th 2007. (There are some more expansive, and expensive, rooms (up to mid $200’s) in the hotel, but they are not part of our agreement.) If you book after that date, you are taking a chance the rate will go up … and there won’t be any rooms.
Other Hotels: If you cannot afford to get one of the above rooms, or there are none available (they are limited), there are many places just outside downtown that you can use and cost rather less than the above. Let us know of your interest in doing that and we’ll send you information. You’ll need a car, and parking in downtown Charleston is not easy.
Travel by Car: We assume most people will be arriving by car. If you need directions, find them on the hotel website (complete with downtown map).
Travel by Air: Lots of airlines into Charleston airport . . . but, with the disappearance of Independence Air, the prices may have risen slightly. Moreover, a change in car parking policy has made it impossible for me to pick folks up with the ease I used to. Not a tragedy, as there are plenty of vans to downtown, all at a reasonable rate.
The Game Room: The room we will be gaming in – The Crow’s Nest - is atop the roof of The Vendue Inn, with a magnificent view of downtown Charleston and the Harbor (you can see Ft Sumter). It is smoke free. It is also a 5 second walk to The Rooftop Bar (see the website), a popular local spot which will bring food and drinks if asked. (If the weather is nice, there are plenty of tables to play outside there. It will amuse the locals to no end.) The Crow’s Nest will be open for gaming from 8 AM to Midnight (maybe longer) on Thursday thru Saturday, and 8 AM to 2 PM on Sunday.
“The gaming area was in a private room called the Crow's Nest. It had plenty of room, and was just a few feet away from a restaurant/bar with a nice harbor view. It is undoubtedly the most elegant space ever devoted to wargaming.”
Games: Anything is playable, although there will not be much space for 6-map monster games. There may be some future games to playtest, as we usually get a handful of designers. Games have ranged from classic hexoid battles, to multi-player CDG’s, to popular Euros and late night BANG! brouhahas. We suggest using the BROGfest folder on Consimworld (under Game Conventions) to see who’s bringing what.
Food: Charleston is one of the great culinary cities in this country, with more great restaurants per head than any other place. The hotel is in the heart of the restaurant district, with eateries ranging from a Subway, to the local brewery pub, to a half dozen elegant and pricey A-List dining establishments, all within one block walk. There is also a marvelous coffee house across the street (as well as a men’s spa, if you need a massage and pedicure). My club is next door.
Saturday Night Dinner: This year, something special. We’re hoping to hold the dinner at a restaurant some distance (20 minutes) away: “The Queen Anne’s Revenge”. Not for the food, which is OK to good, but because the place is the finest museum of pirate artifacts in the country, much of it dedicated to Blackbeard (one of the locals), complete with a dozen original Howard Pyle paintings. The cost will be c. $25 per person, and that’s if you eat a lot, and you must let us know you wish to join in, so we can book enough area … and make sure we have transportation to and from. (Which may cost an extra $5 or so.)
Tourist Stuff: If you’re bringing your family – and many attendees are - there is much to do, and all can be arranged through the (lovely) hotel concierges. Charleston is a major tourist city. There are plantations, art galleries, carriage tours, antique stores, good theater, or just walking around downtown.
Attendance Fee: The fee is $50 per game-playing attendee, payable •• by check: Richard Berg, 7321 Water Thrush Ct, Goose Creek SC 29445, or •• by PayPal: BergBROG@Comcast.net before you arrive.
Published Game Designers do NOT have to pay the Attendance Fee.
We can be reached by email at BergBROG@Comcast.net, or by phone at 1-843-818-2206.
The Vendue Inn can be reached by phone at 1-800-845-7900, Mention "BROGFest" BROGEST
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I want to come but I am teaching. Why can't it be during my March Break?