I think we should all spend the weekend together and play board games and RPGs. I'd like to invite / convince you to come to MACE in Charlotte, NC November 15 - 17.
MACE is a great small to medium sized con (a few hundred people) with a full schedule of events and a generous open gaming space. It is well-run and every staff member I've met has been friendly and accommodating.
It moved from High Point to Charlotte last year. I missed it last fall because I went to Penguin Con instead. But I've attended MACE several years and I've always enjoyed it.
GenCon is getting to be too big of an expense for me (and too big of a con, frankly). The big draw of GenCon for me is that I get to spend a few solid days playing games with friends. I'd love to see MACE become something like that (until Raleigh gets a decent con of its own). I have a few friends I typically go to MACE with, but I need GWJ's large NC contingent to really help lock it into permanence on my calendar.
Registration is open and the $93 hotel rate is good until November 1 or until the block is sold out. Anyone interested? I may be able to answer questions you have about it. I want you to join us!
Update: Here's the schedule of events: