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December 15, 2012:   NOVA HOLIDAY SPECIAL 
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In This Issue     

  • 2013 SAVE THE DATE  
  • NOVA Christmas Video
  • The NOVA Open Non-Profit Mission
  • Twas the Night Before NOVA
  • 2013 Room Blocks Open
  • NOVA Online Store GRAND RE-OPENING
  • Join the NOVA Staff
  • Seeking Internet Communications Manager
  • Magic: The Gathering
  • Returning Sponsors
  • New Sponsor: Geek Nation Tours
  • VIP Bags
  • Draft Primer Missions
  • NOVA Survey
  • Capital Palette
  • Terrain Builds and Rentals
  • Winged Hussar Publishing
  • Recap of 2012 Winners
  • Twas the Night AFTER NOVA

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2013 NOVA OPEN:
AUGUST 29-SEPTEMBER 1  
We're happy to announce that the 2013 NOVA Open will be held Labor Day weekend: Thursday, August 29 through Saturday, September 1.  Start planning for your trip now - stay through Labor Day on the 2nd and see all that DC has to offer!

Registration will open February 1, 2013!
 
Draft mission primers for many events included below in this newsletter.  Final primers for all events by February 1.  E
arly Registration pricing, and additional details available at that time.  
NOVA CHRISTMAS VIDEO

BE AMONG THE FIRST TO VIEW!

Jon Pryts
, NOVA's creative director, joined forces with Ethan Hansen, NOVA's Photographer/Videographer, to bring you a holiday YouTube treasure:

 The 12 Days of a NOVA Open Christmas 

The NOVA staff has more fun together than you could ever imagine - but you don't have to.  Enjoy the Video - and, for the love of Pete, do NOT miss the outtakes!
THE NOVA NON-PROFIT MISSION 

The NOVA proudly announces the formalization of an Executive Board, run by a cadre of proven professionals with backgrounds ranging from experienced US Military operations officers to career non-profit executives.  At our first post-con Board meeting, we reviewed player and staff feedback, setting goals and plans in motion for the 2013 NOVA Open.

 

One of the most important new goals of the NOVA Open is establishing a focus on supporting charitable activities. Look for upcoming information regarding three primary areas for the NOVA Open's efforts:

  1. Raising financial resources to support renowned and highly rated charitable organizations; 
  2. Planning and executing volunteer activities and fundraising in support of our nation's wounded veterans; and
  3. Donating raffle proceeds from Armies painted by exceptional artists in the genre. 

We're very excited about making these plans a reality, and hope you will join us in supporting the NOVA Open at this next level.   

Mike Brandt, CEO
"TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE NOVA"

Back in August, one of our staff members, Peter Thomas, was inspired to write a poem entitled, "Twas the Night Before NOVA," which we are proud to share with you.  ENJOY!   
3YR CONTRACT w/HYATT:
BLOCK NOW OPEN! 

NOVA has signed a 3-year contract with the Hyatt to hold the NOVA Open on Labor Day weekends through 2015.

 

BOOK YOUR ROOM NOW FOR 2013!

 

  Room rates for 2013 are the same as the 2012 rate ($85/night).

 

Special Perks for NOVA guests continue, including:

  • New & Additional gaming space
  • Expanded vendor space (Regency Ballroom Foyer)
  • Half-price parking
  • Half-price room internet
  • $4 beer specials ~ ALL WEEKEND LONG
  • And much more! 
NOVA ONLINE STORE RE-OPENS

NOVA Shirts The NOVA Open Online Store is now open for business.

FREE SHIPPING (limited time only).  Offer restricted to US only. Contact us for actual international shipping.

An item from the 2012 NOVA swag bag will be included as a free gift with every order

NOVA's 2012 stocks are available at a special discount while supplies last - don't miss out on this opportunity to grab some NOVA history! 
JOIN the NOVA STAFF
STU MOLL:
Staff Wrangler

Stu is surveying the troops now and building incentives into the volunteer staff program.   If you have an interest in volunteering to be a member of the NOVA Open staff, please contact us and join in the fun.  Terrain builds, seminars, and game days are now in the works for our amazing local volunteers.
VIP NOVA STAFF POSITION:
INTERNET COMMUNICATIONS MGR
NOVA is looking for volunteer/s  to identify forums with shared interests in NOVA tournaments and events.

We want to find individuals with a desire to assist the NOVA outreach - to promote, encourage participation in, and provide information about our exciting convention.

If you enjoy engaging in forums and would like to lead a NOVA team of web crawlers, please contact us.  It's not as scary as it looks - it's just what we do! 
MAGIC: the GATHERING at NOVA 2013 

The NOVA Open is proud to announce that Magic: the Gathering will be joining the 2013 NOVA Open lineup with a full schedule of tournaments.

Ed Sloman (owner of
Games & Stuff in Glen Burnie, MD) is the NOVA Event Coordinator for Magic.  Qualifiers are being set up for the two big $4,000 tournaments (Standard/Modern) on Saturday and Sunday, 8/31 & 9/1.

A "Last Chance Qualifier" will run on Thursday night, with Mega Friday Night Magic the next day.  Draft events will also be held all weekend long.

More information will roll out prior to registration opening on February 1, 2013.  
RETURNING SPONSORS
The NOVA is pleased to announce the return of our great sponsors.  Among them:

KR Multicase will be back as a 2013 sponsor, along with Secret Weapon Miniatures, Grex, TheWarStore.Com, Stiff Neck Studios, Basic Black, Games & Stuff, Tectonic Craft Studios, and many, many more!  Special thanks to all of our past sponsors and vendors.

The NOVA is always looking to add great products, prize packages, raffle items and services to our convention.  If you would like to become a NOVA sponsor or vendor, please write:  novaopen@gmail.com.  
NEW SPONSOR:
GEEK NATION TOURS


We're happy to announce that GEEK NATION TOURS will be joining us as a sponsor and special tour operator for 2013.  Specialty tours of Washington, D.C. and surrounding locations, are being planned now - including the infamous Geek Spouse tours which are designed to keep the family entertained while their geek is off gaming!

Head Geek, Teras Cassidy,
founded Geek Nation Tours to combine his experience in the tourism industry with his love of all things Geeky ~ earning him his CERTIFICATE OF GEEKDOM!

GNT has supported Comic Cons,Tabletop Tours of events like the Nova Open, Miniatures in England tour of castles, military museums, Games Day UK,Warhammer World and more.

Watch this space for plans as they develop over the next few weeks.  Plan to join in Geek Nation Tours at the NOVA Open in 2013. 
VIP BAGS

KR MULTICASE/NOVA Open VIP BAGS will be back in 2013!

Fifty bags sold out in weeks last year - and it is a front runner among the most anticipated items gamers are looking forward to in 2013.

Expectations are that 80 VIP bags will sell out quickly when registration opens on FEBRUARY 1, 2013.

Exciting new perks include a choice of KR Bags, VIP lounge for relaxing and storing armies, more swaggery than before!   Be ready to reserve yours at Registration! 
 
2013 DRAFT PRIMER MISSIONS
All Primers are in draft.  Please download and playtest, review the missions, and provide feedback!  Your input will help with the preparation and final drafts of the NOVA 2013 Primers.


40K Grand Tournament 

40K Invitational   

Warhammer Fantasy 

Flames of War

Warmachine/Hordes

 

Posting Soon:  

Infinity     Magic     40K Trios     40K Narrative  

NOVA READER SURVEY

THE NOVA Open WANTS TO KNOW MORE ABOUT YOU . . . LIKE:

What region you reside in, what stores you shop at, what gaming clubs you belong to, the forums you visit.

PLEASE FAVOR US WITH YOUR RESPONSES?

Take our short 12-point SURVEY now.

And, if you have friends who would like to become a NOVA player, please send them to our HOME PAGE, where they can sign up there to receive NOVA newsletters directly.

CAPITAL PALETTE:
NOVA Open PAINTING CONTEST

 

The Capital Palette, NOVA's miniature paint competition, is undergoing a renaissance with the help and direction of Mike "Shades" Schaefer and Bob Likins.


Learn more by reading Shades' Opening Remarks.

Under the leadership of these Event Coordinators, and with the support of our amazing sponsors - GREX, SECRET WEAPON MINIATURES & COOLMINIORNOT - we know the Capital Palette will continue to grow into one of the genre's best competitions!

SEE 2012 Winners HERE
TERRAIN BUILDS & RENTALS

Thanks to our many dedicated volunteers last year, the NOVA Open is proudly 100% terrain self- sufficient in boards and terrain! 

Bob Likins, Minister of Terrain, will still be holding additional building and seminar days in 2013, and all are invited.  Efforts will also include supplementing our existing stocks with some cool DC-themed terrain to support the expansion of the Narrative.

For our staff (and those of you still thinking about helping signing up):
  • Our Staff Wrangler, Stu Moll, has a list of staff perks which includes leveraging NOVA building resources and technologies for creating your own personal terrain! 
BIG NEWS:   A NOVA Terrain Rental Plan is being developed.  Watch this space and our website for more details.
WINGED HUSSAR PUBLISHING

Congratulations to Vince Rospond, a friend of NOVA and formerly with Black Library, who is now writing and publishing military history books through his own company, Winged Hussar Publishing.

His newest book, The Gallic Wars, by Gaius Julius Caesar, has just been released.  It will be  followed in January by Frederick the Great's Instructions to His Troops.

Follow the upcoming titles at www.wingedhussarpublishing.com 
RECAP OF 2012 WINNERS

 

FULL LIST OF 2012 AWARD WINNERS 

  • Hotel Award Winners:
    • Grand Prize ($1000 cash):  Rick Parrish
    • Second - Fifth Places ($250 cash each):   Kevin Schack, Robert Likins,                        Zachary Lovett, John Jabe

  • VIP Bag Winner, ED BLAKSLEE won the VIP raffle - an engraved, armor-plated KR BACKPACK II VIP Bag upgraded by Basic Black exclusively for the NOVA Open 2012 
  • 2012 NOVA Open CONVENTION PHOTOS
Special thanks to all our participants for a great NOVA Open 2012.  We hope to see you all again at the 2013!
TWAS THE NIGHT AFTER NOVA 
 
This newsletter has brought you a ton of information about what will be happening at the 2013 NOVA Open.  It's always hard to say Good Night to the last one, though.


Please join us in putting the 2012 to rest with another Peter Thomas poem . . .

TWAS THE NIGHT AFTER NOVA

SEE YOU IN THE NEW YEAR!