Q: What is Secret Owlbear?
A: Remember those “grab bags” you had in elementary school? This is the Camp Nerdly version. Secret Owlbear is a way to recycle new and/or gently used items. If you have a game that is in good condition but just isn’t your jam, this is your chance to gift it to a new home. In exchange, you will get… something. Bring a thing, get a thing. It’s that simple! (If you want to bring extra items and do not want anything in exchange, great! We will give them to people who want things!)
Q: What kind of things can I bring?
A: Games, gaming books, other fun game-related items (minis, puzzles, etc.). Nerdy non-gaming books are cool too. Basically, anything cool you have lying around that you aren’t using but you think someone else would enjoy! If the thing you brought is inappropriate for younger audiences, please make sure that you mark it as such! Conversely, if the thing you brought is perfect for younger audiences, please mark that as well. Our tiny campers sometimes get the short straw, and we want them to feel like they are part of the community as well!
Q: What kinds of things shouldn’t I bring?
A: Secret Owlbear items from previous years that people have not been excited about, games that are missing vital components and can no longer be played, or things that are large and difficult for a camper to transport home.
Q: How do I participate?
A: Since it’s a Secret Owlbear, wrap your stuff! (We recommend you do so before you get to camp, but you might be able to scrounge some supplies once you get there.) Put one word/phrase on your package to give a clue at what is inside: e.g. “sci-fi”, “euro”, “creepy”, “Vikings”, etc. Or write up a whole poem if you want; don’t let us cramp your style. Just make it a hint, not a giveaway!
Q: When and where will Secret Owlbear take place?
A: Secret Owlbear will take place Saturday evening, post-dinner. Everyone who brought an item will also have the opportunity to receive one. You are then welcomed to open it, keep it, or give it away.