Alright, so we've given away some pretty grand prizes before here at Quiet Speculation. From the most recent one (an Event Deck) to the epic 'Second Chance at a Prerelease' giveaway, we've prided ourselves on having fun and giving something back to the community and our readers. But now we're about to raise the bar yet again. Before we go any further, ask yourself this: do I deserve a vacation?
If so, pop open your calendar and mark the following dates down: August 4, 5, 6, and 7. Because the winner of the Best Four Days in Gaming Giveaway will be arriving in style at this year's Gen Con in sunny Indianapolis, Indiana.
How you get there, by plane, train, car, or sticking out your thumb on the side of the interstate, is entirely up to you. What we will guarantee is that once you're there you're in for 96 hours of nonstop fun and adventure, and we'll do everything we can to help with the package we've assembled for just that very purpose. The winner will receive the following:
This is the first thing you'll need: a way to get in the front door without having to pay for the privilege. With record attendance just last year, you'll have no shortage of things to see, people to meet, and games to discover. With a second badge, you can bring your spouse, partner, significant other, or a friend! And while you're there, why not do something else:
One of the great things about the Commander format is its social aspect. So why not get to know some folks, break out a new Commander deck, and sling some cards? We'll be throwing in a copy of Heavenly Inferno, the white-black-red deck packed with Angels, Demons, and Dragons. Don't forget your dice, or something altogether better:
A custom, durable spiral-bound Commander life pad!
Thanks to the fine folk over at MTGpad.com, as featured on Monday Night Magic, you'll have your own life pad to keep track of the all the games you'll be playing. Let the other guy worry about chasing down the bouncing die after a bump from a passer-by sends it caroming across the floor. But four days is a long time! Perhaps there's something to keep you fresh and merry along the way?
A Quiet Speculation T-shirt!
Whether you're into card trades, free trade, rough trade, or no trade, you'll be glad to have a spare shirt after walking past that 3 AM LARP'ing group and their glitter bombs, catching an errant magic missile in the chest.
This sounds awesome! Now how do I win?
Everyone loves a story, and we're no different. We want to hear your
worst best bad-beats story playing EDH/Commander.
- That time you were only the verge of victory, only to fall prey to...
- That time things were going your way until your erstwhile ally cast...
- Or when you had the game right where you wanted it, if only you drew a creature, but instead you revealed...
Share any time things came crashing down around you, in the comments below. Commiserate! Leave us your most agony-inducing tale of a good game gone wrong. But if like many of us and you're new to Commander, don't worry! We'll happily accept stories of brutal beatings sustained at the big tournament, FNM, or kitchen table featuring your 60-card creation!
In short, we want to hear a soul-crushing tale of woe, then give that unfortunate soul a shot at redemption and healing with the "Best Four Days in Gaming!"
When I say we, what I actually mean is our glittering panel of celebrity judges; a few fellows who know a thing or two about heartbreak at the Commander table. Allow me to indroduce, in alphabetical order, the judges:
You may not recognize his face, but if you've ever listened to CommanderCast you'll surely know his voice! As part of the premier Commander-themed podcast, Carlos brings his own particular insight into the format he loves. He also writes about Commander here on Quiet Speculation!
Another familiar voice, Jack lends his own brand of humour and down-South wisdom on Monday Night Magic and ManaScrewed. His Commander-based love affair with [card Sharuum the Hegemon]Sharuum[/card] might border on the unhealthy, but Jack always has something interesting to say.
As " The Godfather of Commander," Sheldon needs little introduction. From shepherding the format during its early days in Anchorage, Alaska to its present-day incarnation as an officially supported Wizards of the Coast format (and a longstanding member of the Rules Committee to boot), Sheldon has been instrumental in the success of the format. Oh, he's also a Level 5 DCI judge, and writes for a little website called StarCityGames.
Robby is one of Commander's most visible personalities, running both the MTG Color Pie as well as 99 EDH Problems blogs. Combining the oft-elusive qualitires of strong writing with keen insight, Robby's long experience with Magic ensures he'll know a good bad-beats story when he hears one!
Many a poor orphan has met their untimely end in helping Neale give away free Magic goodies on Twitter, but few wouldn't argue that they died for a worthy cause! The man behind wrongwaygoback, and featured writer here on Quiet Speculation, Neale is one of the format's wittiest voices today.
So there you have it, five judges standing by to award one lucky reader an incredible gaming experience at GenCon Indy. All you have to do to enter is tell us your own Commander or general Magic gaming tragedy!
The contest closes at 12 AM midnight (EST) on Thursday, July 7, 2011. Each judge will then select their nomination, those entries will go into a hat, and a Grand Prize winner will then be selected at random. We'll announce the winner here on Quiet Speculation, then they'll be on their way to the Best Four Days in Gaming!
Good luck to everyone!
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