PRE-CON PARTY & Gaming Date: Wednesday 26 March, Afternoon/Evening When: 3 pm until late (9p? Mid? 3a? Who knows?) At: Frank Mentzer's house Where: Sharon WI, 16.7 miles away SIGN UP: Please see below; let me know you're coming. Back during the Troll Lord days (Lake Geneva Game Conventions), Gary & Gail hosted a wonderful open house in Lake Geneva. This is an attempt to continue that tradition, still in Walworth County but a little further out. Last June we moved into our new/final house. It's not done, but the inside is usable. (Outside gets a lot of work this year.) We'll be socializing and playing boardgames, cardgames, roleplaying, whatever... (I'll dig some boardgames out of my collection in storage). I intend to repeat this next year, with greater parking & capacity, but this one's a bit limited. I think we have room for 6-8 tables of games. Feel free to bring favorite games. Expect to be occasionally photographed. Families & kids welcome. We have two small, friendly dogs (lovers not fighters) and a caged parrot who eats fingers & pencils. FOOD & BEV: We'll have snacks, asst. non-alcoholic beverages (diet & sugared), and a serve-yourself dinner. Also featuring Debbie's amazing baked goods. Donations encouraged; if you spend most of the day here, consider $5 for all that (including dinner). ALCOHOL: Strictly BYO; absolutely no alcohol (not even beer) served/offered on the premises. The local convenience store DOES carry a variety of good local beers, including New Glarus and (Stevens) Point. Please don't distribute (legal issues); no problem if you're of age, bring your own, and don't give it to underagers. TOBACCO USE will be confined to certain indoor areas (or outside if you prefer below-zero weather). You might smell it from afar, but not much. DRUGS are strongly discouraged. Get real, and/or don't do it here. SIGN UP: Due to limited capacity and transportation we ask those interested to comply with the following procedure: 1. Post in this thread that you want to attend, and whether you're willing to drive (see #3). 2. I'll acknowledge/approve with a post. If we get to 40 people, it'll be closed at that point. 3. You will need to CARPOOL to get here. No parking on the street (fairly strict, county road & snow and such); we have a long, wide driveway but there are limits. I can bring one load of up to 8 (van). ANYBODY who's coming should either drive or ride in a carpool. 3a. Alternative: If you prefer, park (free) in downtown Sharon and someone will come get you, or you can walk (1/2 mile). 4. Due to carpooling, returns to the con site will be unscheduled and limited. We'll announce departures whenever possible. DRIVERS: Please post WHAT TIME (approx.) you expect to leave the con site for this offsite event, so we can coordinate rides. Directions: US 50 (right outside the con site) West to route 67; turn left. Continue following WI 67 until you reach Sharon WI (roughly 16 miles). There is one stop sign (and no traffic light) here. Turn left (South) onto County route C and go less than a mile. It'll be on the right (West side), atop a gentle rise, with a sign; Yellow, two peaks above a front porch, gravel drive. I will email a map & specific addy (for GPS) to each carpool driver. REMEMBER: IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND, POST HERE.