Ladies and gents, it's getting close to that time.
NOVA Open 2011 Early Bird Registration for those who pre-registered for the 40k GT will begin soon, and full / open registration for all events will follow relatively soon thereafter.
If you haven't pre-registered yet, you should - firstname.lastname@example.org
We're still nailing down the budget's details and trying to cut the cost down as much as possible, but anticipate something along the following:
$35 weekend badge for ThursdayPM --> Sunday PM convention access, including all the open gaming and ancillary events (evening events, bar/restaurant deals, etc.), and your swag bag (last year's swag bags contained about $35 in product in each).
Somewhere in the range of $65 GT cost for the 40k GT. With 256 competitors, many more prizes, and 8 rounds guaranteed for every player, this compares favorably to the $50/4 guaranteed round rate from last year. The total combination of $100 for badge + GT will yield the same size or larger swag bag (probably larger in value), and the same $/round cost as last year ($12.50/round). This is still subject to change, but probably not in the upward direction.
There will likely be a match-play-oriented 40k Team Tournament on Friday - while working on the idea, it may involve something along the lines of 3-player teams where each player brings a 1500-2000 point army, and a 1000 point limited FOC army, and certain rounds will involve team vs. play, while others involve singles match play between the teams.
There's also a Malifaux Tournament in the works, a series of Warmahordes events, and a Fantasy tournament being produced. We'll have a "Golden NOVA" golden-demon style painting competition across the weekend, and an Iron Painters speed painting competition, both of which are being hammered out as you read this. More information on these and everything else incoming.
I've mentioned this before, but if you have pre-registered or intend to register with a large number of compatriots / clubmates / local types - discounts or swag bag perks or general perks can always be discussed for groups bringing a lot of people.
We're a little over 8 months out still, but we're stoked here :)