The world boardgaming championships is over for 2017 and I am home again. In terms of raw winningness I ended similarly to last year. I made two final tables in both years, though my results of 2nd and 2nd last year were better than my 4th and 3rd this year. I am still immeasureably happy to have gone and it was wonderful to reconnect with so many people. Playing games or even just kibitzing games with people so talented is great times indeed. Those final tables were made along with a total of eight semi finals, so my 25% advancement rate is right on schedule. I still haven't won an event outright, but clearly it is just a matter of time if I keep up this rate of getting into semi finals for various events.
My food plan worked out really nicely, as I brought only a little bit of my supplies back home.
I brought 64 granola bars, and only 6 came back. Of my 2 jars of pickles, half a jar returned. The peanuts were the only real failure as I hardly went through any of those. Thankfully I can just eat them over the next few months. All of the meat and fruit and cereal all got eaten and I went to the buffet twice, just enough to stop me from going nuts from not having a hot meal for days on end.
All in all I managed to stay at a nice hotel for a nine day convention and have an absolute blast for a cost of under $1200 CAN in total. As far as entertainment dollars go that is a steal.
I am really lucky to be able to do this. My inlaws and Wendy taking Pinkie Pie for ten days is required for me to attend and some people don't have that offer on the table. The ability to attend WBC this way really makes parenting overall a much more rewarding and enjoyable thing - knowing that every so often I get to run away from my responsibilities and party like it is 1999 (seriously, WBC is an awful lot like 1999 was for me!) is a critical release valve.
I am exhausted but deeply happy. Already looking forward to next year.