Tuesday, October 16, 2012

In Pursuit of Higher Goals

I'll be posting in only limited quantities this week, as I run to a million appointments dealing with a sports injury. Well, as I crutch to a million appointments.

The NOVA Open has spent several years developing itself as an excellent event at which to enjoy our shared hobbies. We'll continue to develop it toward that goal for our attendees as we move forward.

That said, the NOVA Open as an organization will shortly be formalizing itself toward a higher set of goals. We've established an executive board to manage the Open as a whole, and will be working toward formalizing as a charitable organization (the exact type is still in discussions based on our nature, gross revenue vs. cost, intents, etc.).

The long and short, and the exciting part I wanted to share in advance, is that the NOVA Open will be MORE than just a formalized LLC whose purpose is to break even and play games each year. Everything we do will be directed toward generating revenue for and donating volunteer hours to charitable work, and the betterment of the world as a whole. We're busy behind the scenes looking for two primary targets for this evolving goal - early candidates focus on children (perhaps Children's Hospital in some capacity), and our nation's servicemen (perhaps Wounded Warrior in some capacity). While the NOVA's organizers and staff have to date not made any money for themselves, any NOVA profitability in the future will be directed toward charity, and not personal financial success.

Just an early heads up about how the event we've all spent so much time organizing, talking about, and attending will be evolving in the future. We hope to become a meaningful agent for change and good outside of the simple nature of the event and our hobby. I'd like to thank you all in advance for inherently being a part of this ... both in helping us get to where we are, and in helping us contribute to higher purposes in the future.


  1. Mike, does this mean there will be more 40k events? Maybe MINI-NOVAS circuit of sorts. I wish you and the NOVA team the best of luck in this. It sounds like a great idea!

  2. Gamer Bill of Rights #0; Make the world a better place. Kudos to ya, and good luck!

  3. Good move there, Mike. You'll get more committed volunteers and attendees when it's for a good cause. Might I suggest Doctors without Borders?

  4. Something that seems like a pretty natural fit for donations, if you are looking to tie in to an existing effort: