Many of you have been waiting to hear on the status for GameStorm 22 amid the current Pandemic. We have been working closely with our Board of Directors, as well as monitoring all current health code requirements.
First off, we are going to say this again. GameStorm 22 in March (26th-29th) has been canceled. Current regulations make it impossible for us to host this event and it would not be safe in general.
So many of you ask ‘Where does this leave us?’ and that’s what I’m going to answer now.
At first, we thought we could reschedule and attempt another convention later this summer. However, upon looking at the schedule of events that are already normally on the schedule for this time of year, coupled with the extremely short timeline we would have to reset and do it all again and the fact that all the other events that the hotel has had to cancel or postpone are going to be vying for these spots, we have decided that hosting an event this year is not in anyone’s best interest. We are still intending on having the GameStorm Library present at Rose City Comic Con, OryCon, and Kumoricon; however, so we are not missing out entirely on events this year. We will also still have our Game Days, but more on those later.
That brings us to what happens in 2021. While normally this would be a brand new convention setup, we have, along with our Board, decided to make 2021 the official home of GameStorm 22, Second Edition! (name tentative). This means we are moving forward and will still have this convention, just a year later! The weekend of the event is the same (March 25th-28th) and will be at the same hotel with the same primary guest of Honor (Peter Olotka).
What does this mean for you? Let me go ahead and answer those questions:
If you purchased a membership for GameStorm 2020 and have not contacted our registration team, do nothing. Your membership will roll directly over into the following year without issue.
If you did ask for a refund, you will be contacted by our registration team about seeing if you wish to re-purchase a membership at the same price you received it for previously.
If you have not purchased a membership, memberships are going back on sale tonight (March 21st) at 70.00, the last posted price we had, and will stay that way until we stop sales next March.
If you offered to donate your money, we have moved your donation back in as a valid membership. If you would rather keep this as a donation (which is tax deductable) please contact our registration team to see about special dispensation for membership.
If you had purchased a membership for 2020 and are unable to attend, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for a refund or to donate your purchase.
If you were hosted in our Dealers hall, Our current plan is to restructure based on the original list that was approved, but please wait for our Liaison to contact you for more information.
We are using this extra year to fine tune the scheduling system and plan to bring it back online October 1st. Due to the ever changing nature of games, we will be setting this back to square 1, but we will be keeping records. If you do not see any reason to change your schedule from what you had this year, please contact email@example.com and they will be happy to make sure we re-upload your events.
Our Hotel block will be open again soon for those who wish to purchase rooms. As this is a new hotel contract, I do not have current pricing on what the block price will be. Stay tuned.
Hopefully I have covered all the questions, but if you have any others, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
-Chair(again) GameStorm 22, 2nd Edition.