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Friday

2 – 5 p.m.

Hospitality Setup

HOSPITALITY (Manatee Ballroom A & B)

If you’d like to help set up the Hospitality Room, come on over! Please note that the Hospitality Room will NOT be open for hanging out or eating during this time, and only those who are working to help set up should be in the room at this time.

2 – 5 p.m.

Games Room Setup

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

If you’d like to help set up the Games Room, come on over! Please note that the Games Room will NOT be open for games-playing during this time, and only those who are working to help set up should be in the room at this time.

5 – 8 p.m.

Registration Open

REGISTRATION (Manatee Prefunction Space)

Registration opens at 5 p.m. Friday, and closes at 8 p.m. For badge and materials pickup outside these hours, call or text (407) 590-9362.

5 p.m.

Hospitality Room Open

HOSPITALITY (Manatee Ballroom A & B)

The Hospitality Room will open at 5 p.m. on Friday and will remain open until 3 p.m. on Monday.

5 p.m.

Games Room Open

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

The Games Room will open at 5 p.m. on Friday and will remain open until 1:30 p.m. on Monday.

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Dinner

HOSPITALITY (Manatee Ballroom A & B)

Join us in Hospitality for a catered dinner. On the menu: choice of chicken shawarma (spit-roasted chicken with spices and garlic sauce), beef shawarma (spit-roasted beef with spices and tahini sauce), or (vegetarian option) spinach pie (phyllo pastry with spinach and cheese). Served with Greek salad (greens with cucumbers, tomato, feta, Kalamata olives, and Greek dressing) and rice pilaf.

7 – 8:15 p.m.

Anomia (Game)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

Anomia exploits the fact that our minds are positively brimming with all sorts of random information: things to eat, pop songs, Web sites, etc. (Anomia is a real thing — an impaired ability to recall the names of persons and things.) Sure, under normal circumstances, it’s easy to give an example of a frozen food or a dog breed, but you’ll find that your brain works a little differently under pressure! To play, draw and reveal a card from the center pile. Does the symbol on your card match one on another player’s card? If so, you must quickly face off with the other player by giving an example of the person, place, or thing on his or her card before he or she can do the same for yours. If you blurt out a correct answer first, you win the other player’s card and the drawing continues. Sounds simple, right? Wrong! Wild cards allow unlike symbols to match, increasing the number of things to which you must pay attention. Cascading face-offs can occur when you hand over a lost card, thereby revealing a new top card on your play pile.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

JOE PATTERSON

Joe Patterson, known this week as Eeyore, often says, “It could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be.” Despite his apparent apathy, Joe gets *very* excited about certain hobbies and games — especially Anomia. He is the youngest in the Hundred Acre Wood, at just 16 years old.

7 – 8:15 p.m.

Quiddler Tournament

TOURNAMENTS (Manatee Ballroom D)

Quiddler is a card game similar to Scrabble, but with rummy-like rules. Players must combine progressively larger hands of cards into words, with the goal being to earn the most points. Although it may appear that the person who knows the most words would consistently win, this is not the case. There is an element of strategy in that players must choose whether to go out as soon as possible, or wait to increase the odds of getting the bonus for longest word or most words in a round.

Novice players welcome but we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the basics of gameplay before the tournament.

DAVID FLEMING

David Fleming has been a lifelong player of games; whether they use cards, puzzles, dice, funny-looking dice, miniatures, boards, or meeples (don’t confuse meeples with miniatures, two completely different fandoms). David also purchased his Life Membership to Mensa shortly after joining Central Florida Mensa in 2012, so you’re stuck with him. David was actively involved in Central Florida from 2012 to 2015, but then moved to Tampa for professional reasons in 2015. David moved back to Orlando for the same in 2018, and starting last year has resumed being fully active in Central Florida Mensa as your Assistant Local Secretary, among other volunteer roles for the chapter.

As your Tournaments Chair, David will strive to manage and adjudicate each Tournament in the Arbitrary and Unfair™ manner you have come to love and expect. (David cannot guarantee the same Arbitrary and Unfair™ treatment for those Tournaments he has delegated others to run.)

7 – 8:15 p.m.

An Interactive Portrait Photography Session

SPEAKERS (Heron)

Cell phone cameras are fine for snapshots and the like, but have you ever wondered how to create dynamic portraits? Sit in on an actual portrait photography session. See how to set up a backdrop, lights, and camera. See how to pose your model and take the shot. At the same time, learn more about the basics of photography and how to get your camera off “auto” mode and take more control over your images. If you’re interested in trying your hand at a portrait photo, bring your DLSR camera.

MIKE WACHT

Mike Wacht is an award-winning photographer who has more than thirty years’ experience in photojournalism and documentary photography. He has also been recognized for his excellence in travel and studio photography. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Washington & Lee University and a certificate in professional photography from the New York Institute of Photography. His photos have been published in a number of newspapers and various news websites. More recently, his photos have been featured on safety campaign billboards on I-4.

8:30 – 9:45 p.m.

Reverse Charades (Game)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

Reverse Charades is a hilarious twist on the classic game of charades. Instead of one person acting out a clue for a team to guess, in Reverse Charades, each person on the team takes turns being the guesser while the rest of the team does their best to communicate the clues — too bad they’re not allowed to talk among themselves to decide on a strategy!

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

TIFFANY PATTERSON

Like Rabbit, Tiffany Patterson is the self-appointed leader of the Hundred-Acre Wood. She can be stubborn when her routine is interrupted, but she is always ready to hop into action whenever her friends are in need. Tiffany reads books. Lots and lots and lots of books. When she’s not reading, she can be found talking. When she’s neither reading nor talking, she can be found doing challenging puzzles and wanting people to leave her alone. Also, she loves musicals.

8:30 – 9:45 p.m.

Spelling Bee (Tournament)

TOURNAMENTS (Manatee Ballroom D)

Test your knowledge of English vocabulary and find out if you have what it takes to be the spelling champion in a room of Mensans! This is a traditional spelling bee: Participants will be asked to spell a word, and may request the definition of the word and hear it used in a sentence. Participants must spell the word correctly without writing the word down on paper.

DEBBIE FREELAND

Debbie Freeland lives with her husband and two kids on Lake Conway in Belle Isle, where she enjoys the lake life by staying indoors and on her computer as much as possible, because the nature and the outdoors are just the absolute worst. She’s in charge of registration and speakers and meals (and chocolate!!) this weekend, so if you don’t meet her during this RG, it means you stayed home and missed the whole thing.

8:30 – 9:45 p.m.

Splendor (Game)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

Splendor is a fast-paced and addictive game of chip-collecting and card development. Players are merchants of the Renaissance trying to buy gem mines, means of transportation, shops — all in order to acquire the most prestige points. If you’re wealthy enough, you might even receive a visit from a noble at some point, which of course will further increase your prestige.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

GRACE PATTERSON

Like Winnie the Pooh, Grace Patterson is a loyal friend to her neighbors in the Hundred-Acre Wood, and always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. A new student at USF, Grace is using her desire to help others and her interest in medicine to propel herself into a career in nursing.

8:30 – 9:45 p.m.

Create Your Own WordPress Website

SPEAKERS (Heron)

The Internet is both fascinating and mind-boggling. So how does one create a website?

At first glance, Sidney rejected WordPress because he didn’t like the pictures on the themes. A few Googles later, the picture changed. There are more than 1.3 billion websites, with about 200 million active. WordPress runs on over one-third of all sites, almost 500 million. Could buckets of hobby-income be waiting for us to learn WordPress?

December 16 Sidney bought a book, and 21 days later he turned on his website. Actually, he did everything the book said to do, then customized it. Version 1.0 isn’t perfect, but 1.1 is already improved because he added nine of his photos to the theme.

Do you use Microsoft Word? WordPress is no worse. Let’s talk.

SIDNEY KELLEY

Sidney Kelley holds a bachelor’s degree in English and History. Then he had to make a living, and what a long strange trip that has been.

It seems that it’s easier to teach accounting to liberal arts graduates than people skills to accountants, and so he worked for the Internal Revenue Service and passed the CPA exam.

Creating financial reports with a 10-key and graph paper is worse than it sounds, so he’s been learning computer stuff ever since. The pattern is always the same: mind-boggling nonsense, then he got used to it, and then wheeee . . . it works.

And that’s what WordPress is like, except it’s kinda fun.

10 – 11:15 p.m.

Apples Against Humanity (Game)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

Apples to Apples meets Cards Against Humanity! We’ll combine these two games to create a hilarious, fun-filled, almost certainly offensive game. Cards Against Humanity is a fun party game for horrible people; players complete fill-in-the-blank statements using offensive, risqué, or politically incorrect words or phrases. In Apples to Apples, players take turns being the judge as the other players try to best “match” that round’s randomly chosen adjective card. In Apples Against Humanity, these two games come together to be lots of fun for horrible people who are also not so horrible and love a good play on words.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

OLLIE PATTERSON

Ollie Patterson, or Owl, is considered a bit of a know-it-all, though his friends in the Hundred-Acre Wood always seek his advice. Unfortunately, he often misses the mark. Artistic talent runs through his family. In fact, it practically stampedes. When not making music, movies, art, or photographs, he can usually be found singing karaoke.

10 – 11:15 p.m.

Closest-to-the-Pin Trivia

TOURNAMENTS (Manatee Ballroom D)

In this trivia game, you don’t have to be right, you just have to be less wrong than everyone else! All answers are numerical, and points are awarded for being “closest to the pin,” with double points awarded for knowing (or guessing) the exact answer. Remember, close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, nuclear warfare, and Closest-to-the-Pin Trivia! Scoring will be done in real-time, and the winner will be announced at the end of the game.

DEBBIE FREELAND

Debbie Freeland lives with her husband and two kids on Lake Conway in Belle Isle, where she enjoys the lake life by staying indoors and on her computer as much as possible, because the nature and the outdoors are just the absolute worst. She’s in charge of registration and speakers and meals (and chocolate!!) this weekend, so if you don’t meet her during this RG, it means you stayed home and missed the whole thing.

10 – 11:15 p.m.

Craft Beer Tasting

SPEAKERS (Heron)

This is a tasting of a collection of some of the world’s finest beers to delight your taste buds. We’ll go through a variety of flavors, from dark and roasty to effervescent and crisp to tart and funky, with a little information about the history, ingredients, and geography of each beer’s origins.

If you like beer, join us. If you don’t like beer, join us anyway and let us change your mind.

GARY FRANCZYK

Gary Franczyk is a BJCP-Certified Beer Judge and a competitive homebrewer with several dozen medals to his name. He runs a monthly beer judge training program educating prospective beer judges on the characteristics that define 40+ traditional beer styles.

11:15 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Spades Tournament

TOURNAMENTS (Manatee Ballroom D)

A classic card game, Spades is a plain-trick game in which spades are always trumps and players seek to collect the number of tricks they bid — too many or too few are penalized. Players unfamiliar with this traditional game will quickly pick up on its basic (yet addicting) rules and gameplay. All players ranging from novice to experienced are welcome!

DAVID FLEMING

David Fleming has been a lifelong player of games; whether they use cards, puzzles, dice, funny-looking dice, miniatures, boards, or meeples (don’t confuse meeples with miniatures, two completely different fandoms). David also purchased his Life Membership to Mensa shortly after joining Central Florida Mensa in 2012, so you’re stuck with him. David was actively involved in Central Florida from 2012 to 2015, but then moved to Tampa for professional reasons in 2015. David moved back to Orlando for the same in 2018, and starting last year has resumed being fully active in Central Florida Mensa as your Assistant Local Secretary, among other volunteer roles for the chapter.

As your Tournaments Chair, David will strive to manage and adjudicate each Tournament in the Arbitrary and Unfair™ manner you have come to love and expect. (David cannot guarantee the same Arbitrary and Unfair™ treatment for those Tournaments he has delegated others to run.)


Saturday

7 – 11 a.m.

Breakfast

BREAKFAST AREA (Hotel Breakfast Spot)

The hotel’s dedicated breakfast restaurant serves up fresh seasonal fruit salad, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, bacon or sausage, biscuits & gravy, bagels, waffles, assorted muffins and pastries, and coffee or hot tea. Orange juice is an additional charge. Hotel guests use room key; RG attendees not staying at the hotel will need to obtain breakfast vouchers from registration.

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Registration Open

REGISTRATION (Manatee Prefunction Space)

Registration opens at 9 a.m. Saturday, and closes at 12 p.m. For badge and materials pickup outside these hours, call or text (407) 590-9362.

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit (Game)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

How well do you know your Harry Potter trivia? Join fellow Harry Potter fans in a game of Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit. Categories include: Slytherin House, Death Eaters, and The Dark Arts; Objects and Artifacts; Animals, Magical Creatures and Magical Beings; Witches, Wizards, Ghosts, and Muggles; Hogwarts, Other Locations, and Transportation; Spells, Potions, and Other Magic.

TIFFANY PATTERSON

Like Rabbit, Tiffany Patterson is the self-appointed leader of the Hundred-Acre Wood. She can be stubborn when her routine is interrupted, but she is always ready to hop into action whenever her friends are in need. Tiffany reads books. Lots and lots and lots of books. When she’s not reading, she can be found talking. When she’s neither reading nor talking, she can be found doing challenging puzzles and wanting people to leave her alone. Also, she loves musicals.

9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

7 Wonders Tournament

TOURNAMENTS (Manatee Ballroom D)

7 Wonders lasts three ages. In each age, players receive seven cards from a particular deck, choose one of those cards, then pass the remainder to an adjacent player. Players reveal their cards simultaneously, paying resources if needed or collecting resources or interacting with other players in various ways. (Players have individual boards with special powers on which to organize their cards, and the boards are double-sided.) Each player then chooses another card from the deck they were passed, and the process repeats until players have six cards in play from that age. After three ages, the game ends. Player rounds will be limited to 60 seconds. Base set only, no expansions.

Novice players welcome but we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the basics of gameplay before the tournament.

DAVID FLEMING

David Fleming has been a lifelong player of games; whether they use cards, puzzles, dice, funny-looking dice, miniatures, boards, or meeples (don’t confuse meeples with miniatures, two completely different fandoms). David also purchased his Life Membership to Mensa shortly after joining Central Florida Mensa in 2012, so you’re stuck with him. David was actively involved in Central Florida from 2012 to 2015, but then moved to Tampa for professional reasons in 2015. David moved back to Orlando for the same in 2018, and starting last year has resumed being fully active in Central Florida Mensa as your Assistant Local Secretary, among other volunteer roles for the chapter.

As your Tournaments Chair, David will strive to manage and adjudicate each Tournament in the Arbitrary and Unfair™ manner you have come to love and expect. (David cannot guarantee the same Arbitrary and Unfair™ treatment for those Tournaments he has delegated others to run.)

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Psychology and Technology in Education

SPEAKERS (Heron)

Education reform, charter schools, No Child Left Behind. There are endless social and political debates regarding where education should go and what failures it possesses in its current form. However, few of these arguments seem to look at evidence-based approaches to learning. FreeMedEd, a subsidiary of Gen2Edu, explores evidence-based learning approaches and accelerated learning techniques to teach graduate learners how to maximize their education, memory, and life successes. This presentation will give a brief look into effective learning strategies, mnemonics, speed-reading, and the implementation of free and affordable technological solutions to reaching a larger audience. We will give examples to improve memory, strategies for self-monitoring and improvement, and skill acquisition for proper mental preparation when handling challenging tasks. Though the focus is on academic studies, these tools can be utilized by anyone within or outside of academia.

CHASE DIMARCO

Chase DiMarco is an MS, MBA-HA, and MD/Ph.D-candidate. He is the founder of and educator at FreeMedEd, which he began in 2014 to consolidate free educational resources for his classmates. He also hosts the Medical Mnemonist Podcast and the 1-Minute Preceptor Podcast, is Chief Development Officer at InsideTheBoards, and is CEO of MedMatch Externships clinical rotations service. He has explored many facets of medical education, the psychology of learning, and accelerated learning techniques. Now, with a passion to make studying easier and bring great educational resources to the masses, he has worked to compile some of the top literature out there on educational psychology, academic medicine, and memory.

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Bananagrams (Game)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

Addictively simple, and simply addictive, Bananagrams is the fast and frantic word game enjoyed by millions! Players and their opponents aim to use all their letters to build a word grid in a race to the finish. The first player to use all of their tiles is crowned “Top Banana”!

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

OLLIE PATTERSON

Ollie Patterson, or Owl, is considered a bit of a know-it-all, though his friends in the Hundred-Acre Wood always seek his advice. Unfortunately, he often misses the mark. Artistic talent runs through his family. In fact, it practically stampedes. When not making music, movies, art, or photographs, he can usually be found singing karaoke.

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Settlers of Catan (Free Play)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

FREE PLAY: This is not an “official” game with someone running the session, it’s just an opportunity for us to bring together people who want to play a particular game.

This session: In Settlers of Catan, players colonize the island of Catan. They gather and trade resources and build roads, settlements, and cities. The game requires a combination of collaboration and competition. The most successful developer of the colony is the winner.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

The Bible Is Not for Stupid People

SPEAKERS (Heron)

Whether you love it or hate it, believe every word or roll your eyes at every sentence, trust its morals or vehemently oppose them, you almost certainly have an opinion about the Bible. It’s just interesting! It’s weird and provocative, with stories that are as unusual as they are familiar. It’s ancient and foreign in origin, while at the same time being so fully integrated into our modern American culture and politics that it cannot be avoided. Finally, it’s theological, dealing with the largest questions of life, the existence and nature of God, morality, and death.

The Bible is a source of substantial discussion, debate, and fascination, yet the hard work of biblical interpretation is often relegated to religious tradition, simplistic thinking, and lazy reading. No other book is so well-studied, so consistently discussed, and so thoroughly mishandled by so many of its readers. This is not only a shame, it’s a dangerous trend that many people have been deeply harmed by.

In this presentation, Pastor Ryan will give a brief outline of the Bible’s interpretive history, explaining how we got into this predicament, and making informed suggestions for how we might get out of it. Along the way he’ll share pieces of his own hermeneutic, and how it is that he manages to hold tightly to this book without compromising scientific inquiry or good sense.

You won’t be encouraged to change your religion, but we hope you will be introduced to a better way to engage with an interesting book than the one you have received from American religious heritage.

The last half of the presentation time will be reserved for questions and discussion.

REV. RYAN GAFFNEY

Reverend Ryan Gaffney is the pastor and head of staff at College Park Presbyterian Church. He holds a Master of Divinity degree in addition to a B.A. in Computer Science, and is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

For the past two years, he has been a “Frensan” and regular visitor to Mensa events in the Orlando area, where he has had numerous great discussions and built relationships. His friends from the group encouraged him to share his unique perspective on Christianity at the RG.

He is 33 years old, which is something many people are surprised by when they hear his credentials. He likes to tell them in jest that if they think he is too young to be credible, he has bad news about Jesus.

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Balderdash (Game)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

A clever repackaging of the parlor game Dictionary, Balderdash contains several cards with real words nobody has heard of. After one of those words has been read aloud, players try to come up with definitions that at least sound plausible, because points are later awarded for every opposing player who guessed that your definition was the correct one.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

TIFFANY PATTERSON

Like Rabbit, Tiffany Patterson is the self-appointed leader of the Hundred-Acre Wood. She can be stubborn when her routine is interrupted, but she is always ready to hop into action whenever her friends are in need. Tiffany reads books. Lots and lots and lots of books. When she’s not reading, she can be found talking. When she’s neither reading nor talking, she can be found doing challenging puzzles and wanting people to leave her alone. Also, she loves musicals.

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Terraforming Mars (Learning Session)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

LEARNING SESSION: This is your opportunity to learn how to play Terraforming Mars before the tournament at 3 pm.

In the 2400s, mankind begins to terraform the planet Mars. Giant corporations, sponsored by the World Government on Earth, initiate huge projects to raise the temperature, the oxygen level, and the ocean coverage until the environment is habitable. In Terraforming Mars, you play one of those corporations and work together in the terraforming process, but compete for getting victory points that are awarded not only for your contribution to the terraforming, but also for advancing human infrastructure throughout the solar system, and doing other commendable things.

The players acquire unique project cards (from over two hundred different cards) by buying them to their hand. The projects (cards) can represent anything from introducing plant life or animals to hurling asteroids at the surface, from building cities to mining the moons of Jupiter and establishing greenhouse gas industries to heat up the atmosphere. The cards can give you immediate bonuses, as well as increasing your production of different resources.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

DAVID FLEMING

David Fleming has been a lifelong player of games; whether they use cards, puzzles, dice, funny-looking dice, miniatures, boards, or meeples (don’t confuse meeples with miniatures, two completely different fandoms). David also purchased his Life Membership to Mensa shortly after joining Central Florida Mensa in 2012, so you’re stuck with him. David was actively involved in Central Florida from 2012 to 2015, but then moved to Tampa for professional reasons in 2015. David moved back to Orlando for the same in 2018, and starting last year has resumed being fully active in Central Florida Mensa as your Assistant Local Secretary, among other volunteer roles for the chapter.

As your Tournaments Chair, David will strive to manage and adjudicate each Tournament in the Arbitrary and Unfair™ manner you have come to love and expect. (David cannot guarantee the same Arbitrary and Unfair™ treatment for those Tournaments he has delegated others to run.)

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Boggle Tournament

TOURNAMENTS (Manatee Ballroom D)

Boggle is a word game wherein each round, you are presented with a random grid of letters, and you have to find as many words as you can within a set time limit. Words must be formed by connecting letters (adjacent or diagonal), and no letter may be used more than once. Longer words earn more points, and everyone in the room will compete against each other. Veteran players who are worried about fairness should know that in this tournament, everyone will work from the same letter sets, and no words will be eliminated, so you don’t get to grumble about losing just because you were stuck at Kyle’s table.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

STEPHEN STULL

Stephen Stull is a filmmaker, math guy, and unrepentant cusser. He owns a fancy video-game system, but he only ever uses it to play games made before 1996. He’s been running the Sick ’n’ Wrong Film Festival for five years because no force of decency has stepped in to stop him yet. He also recently launched a podcast called The Hold-Up because there just aren’t enough podcasts out there with nobodies chatting about movies. If you want to inflict any of his short films on yourself, you can visit demonskull.org (because “Stephen Stull” rhymes with “demon skull.” Get it? GET IT?!).

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

How to Build a Nineteenth-Century Seminole

SPEAKERS (Heron)

What would a well-dressed Seminole wear in the nineteenth century? The parts will be added one at a time with explanations, background, and cultural history. Rick Obermeyer is a Florida amateur scholar who edited 19th Century Seminole Clothing, a workbook resource for Boy Scouts and Seminole War re-enactors (online).

RICK OBERMEYER

Rick Obermeyer is a Florida amateur scholar who edited 19th Century Seminole Clothing, a workbook resource for Boy Scouts and Seminole War re-enactors (online). He edited a college humor magazine back in the day.

1:30 – 3 p.m.

Lunch

HOSPITALITY (Manatee Ballroom A & B)

Join us in Hospitality for a catered lunch. On the menu: sub sandwiches on white or wheat bread — choice of turkey, ham, roast beef, pastrami, or (vegetarian option) veggie subs. All served with choice of chips and Firehouse Subs’ world-famous brownies.

3 – 4:15 p.m.

Foraging for Edible Wild Plants

SPEAKERS (Heron)

Why forage for edible wild plants? Who can forage and where? How do you forage? Is it difficult to learn? What are some of the common problems? Is foraged food more or less contaminated than store-bought food? Is it more or less nutritious? Local samples from the area collected just before class will be the basis for discussing these issues and more.

Foraging unites disparate people, from erstwhile young vegetarians to grizzled old survivalists, all of whom distrust traditional sources of food: the quality of it, and the delivery of it. Foraging for many fosters a sense of self-reliance and independence. Herbalism is not the focus of the presentation, but medicinal uses will be mentioned if an edible plant also has herbal applications. Edible local mushrooms can also be discussed if there is an interest.

GREEN DEANE

Green Deane is the most-watched forager in the world. He teaches foraging full-time and details over a thousand edible species on his website EatTheWeeds.com. With over 150 videos on YouTube, he has millions of views and some 60,000 subscribers. Green Deane, a member of Mensa for 45 years, has presented at previous RGs and is also a regular speaker at earth skills and herbal conferences.

3 – 5:45 p.m.

Terraforming Mars Tournament

TOURNAMENTS (Manatee Ballroom D)

In the 2400s, mankind begins to terraform the planet Mars. Giant corporations, sponsored by the World Government on Earth, initiate huge projects to raise the temperature, the oxygen level, and the ocean coverage until the environment is habitable. In Terraforming Mars, you play one of those corporations and work together in the terraforming process, but compete for getting victory points that are awarded not only for your contribution to the terraforming, but also for advancing human infrastructure throughout the solar system, and doing other commendable things.

The players acquire unique project cards (from over two hundred different cards) by buying them to their hand. The projects (cards) can represent anything from introducing plant life or animals to hurling asteroids at the surface, from building cities to mining the moons of Jupiter and establishing greenhouse gas industries to heat up the atmosphere. The cards can give you immediate bonuses, as well as increasing your production of different resources.

Novice players welcome but we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the basics of gameplay before the tournament.

DAVID FLEMING

David Fleming has been a lifelong player of games; whether they use cards, puzzles, dice, funny-looking dice, miniatures, boards, or meeples (don’t confuse meeples with miniatures, two completely different fandoms). David also purchased his Life Membership to Mensa shortly after joining Central Florida Mensa in 2012, so you’re stuck with him. David was actively involved in Central Florida from 2012 to 2015, but then moved to Tampa for professional reasons in 2015. David moved back to Orlando for the same in 2018, and starting last year has resumed being fully active in Central Florida Mensa as your Assistant Local Secretary, among other volunteer roles for the chapter.

As your Tournaments Chair, David will strive to manage and adjudicate each Tournament in the Arbitrary and Unfair™ manner you have come to love and expect. (David cannot guarantee the same Arbitrary and Unfair™ treatment for those Tournaments he has delegated others to run.)

3 – 4:15 p.m.

Rummikub (Game)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

Rummikub is a tile-based game for 2 to 4 players, combining elements of rummy and mahjong. Players take turns putting down tiles from their racks into sets (groups or runs) of at least three. The first player to go out scores a positive score based on the total of the other players’ hands, while the losers get negative scores. There are 104 number tiles in the game (valued 1 to 13 in four different colors, but duplicated) and 2 jokers. An important feature of the game is that players can work with the tiles that have already been played.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

NICK ZELLER

Nick Zeller, a.k.a. Christopher Robin, shares many adventures with his closest friend, Winnie the Pooh. “Silly old bear!” Everyone looks up to him for advice and help in times of need. Nick is a senior in high school. He dominates in the classroom, on the tennis court, and behind a video game controller.

3 – 4:15 p.m.

Taboo (Free Play)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

FREE PLAY: This is not an “official” game with someone running the session, it’s just an opportunity for us to bring together people who want to play a particular game.

This session: Taboo is a word, guessing, and party game. The objective of the game is for a player to have his or her partner(s) guess the word on the player’s card without using the word itself or five additional words listed on the card. The game is similar to Catchphrase, in which a player tries to get his or her teammates to guess words using verbal clues.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

4:30 – 5:45 p.m.

The Game

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

The Game (always referred to as THE Game) is a Mensa favorite. There are three rounds of game play: Round 1 is basically Taboo; Round 2 is basically Password; and Round 3 is basically Charades. Randomly selected teams compete in this fast-paced guessing game. The rules will be reviewed at the beginning of the session.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

TIFFANY PATTERSON

Like Rabbit, Tiffany Patterson is the self-appointed leader of the Hundred-Acre Wood. She can be stubborn when her routine is interrupted, but she is always ready to hop into action whenever her friends are in need. Tiffany reads books. Lots and lots and lots of books. When she’s not reading, she can be found talking. When she’s neither reading nor talking, she can be found doing challenging puzzles and wanting people to leave her alone. Also, she loves musicals.

4:30 – 5:45 p.m.

Origami for Beginners

SPEAKERS (Heron)

Origami: The traditional Japanese art and skill of paper folding. Technically, origami must only use a single sheet of paper, and not require, cutting, gluing, or drawing. Origami is interesting, can be challenging, and has real-world uses. Origami is being used to solve engineering problems for fitting objects into spaces, and then having them unfold when deployed. Caught waiting with nothing to do? All you need is a piece of paper to stave off the boredom. Origami models run the gamut from traditional folds that need some imagination to appreciate the completed model to very detailed modern designs that can take hours to complete. Some modern designs take a few liberties with the traditional definition. For this hands-on session, origami paper is supplied. Just be there, prepared to fold. We’ll start with some practice folds, and then make one or two simple models. Because of the amount of one-on-one attention necessary to help novice folders, space for this session is extremely limited; however, to accommodate as many attendees as possible, there will also be a more advanced session on Sunday.

NOEL INGRAM

Noel Ingram has been folding origami as a hobby since primary school. It’s a great method of annoying teachers by giving them paper boats, birds, turtles, frogs, etc. . . . instead of attention.

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Dinner

HOSPITALITY (Manatee Ballroom A & B)

Join us in Hospitality for a catered dinner. On the menu: choice of chicken Francese (breaded chicken breasts with pasta in a white wine and lemon sauce), chicken Marsala (chicken in a Marsala wine and mushroom sauce), chicken piccata (breaded chicken in a white wine, lemon, and caper sauce), or (vegetarian option) eggplant rollatini (breaded eggplant with pasta, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan). All served with house salad (Romaine with tomatoes, Kalamata olives, red onions, and green peppers) and sautéed broccoli or roasted potatoes.

7 – 8:15 p.m.

SET (Free Play)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

FREE PLAY: This is not an “official” game with someone running the session, it’s just an opportunity for us to bring together people who want to play a particular game.

This session: SET is a speed game. Each card contains four features: color (red, purple, or green), shape (oval, squiggle, or diamond), number (1, 2, or 3), and shading (solid, striped, or outlined). A SET is 3 cards where each feature, when looked at individually, is either the same on all cards OR different on all cards. The first to see a SET calls out “SET!” and picks up the 3 cards that make the SET. There are no turns and no luck. Race to find as many SETs as fast as you can. Be the one who has the most SETs when the cards are gone, and you win!

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

7 – 9:45 p.m.

A Feast for Odin (Game)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

In this epic game, command a band of Vikings to trade, hunt, raid, pillage, and plunder in search of wealth and glory for your tribe. A Feast for Odin is a saga in the form of a board game, from acclaimed designer Uwe Rosenberg. In this strategic worker placement game for 1 to 4 players, you will experience the Viking way of life. Each player explores new territories — and raids the villages they find there — to increase their wealth and glory, while also taking part in day-to-day activities such as gathering food to feed their band of hungry Vikings. In the end, the player whose possessions carry the greatest value is the winner.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

DAVID FLEMING

David Fleming has been a lifelong player of games; whether they use cards, puzzles, dice, funny-looking dice, miniatures, boards, or meeples (don’t confuse meeples with miniatures, two completely different fandoms). David also purchased his Life Membership to Mensa shortly after joining Central Florida Mensa in 2012, so you’re stuck with him. David was actively involved in Central Florida from 2012 to 2015, but then moved to Tampa for professional reasons in 2015. David moved back to Orlando for the same in 2018, and starting last year has resumed being fully active in Central Florida Mensa as your Assistant Local Secretary, among other volunteer roles for the chapter.

As your Tournaments Chair, David will strive to manage and adjudicate each Tournament in the Arbitrary and Unfair™ manner you have come to love and expect. (David cannot guarantee the same Arbitrary and Unfair™ treatment for those Tournaments he has delegated others to run.)

7 – 8:15 p.m.

The Now and the Future of NASA

SPEAKERS (Heron)

Join Gary Dahlke for a look at where NASA is now, and where space exploration is going in the future. Come learn about the current state of manned and unmanned space programs, as well as new launch vehicles such as the Falcon Heavy and New Glenn rockets. Gary will discuss how we got where we are now, and what the future holds for NASA and for space exploration, including exploring Mars.

GARY DAHLKE

Gary Dahlke grew up in southwest Florida near the town of Ft. Myers. Upon graduation from high school he entered the U. S. Air Force working in the fields of ballistic missile maintenance, and command and control. After leaving the Air Force he attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in 1989.

During his college senior year, Martin Marietta Astronautics Group in Denver, Colorado hired Gary to perform payload integration activities on the Titan IV launch vehicle. Due to a downturn in the Denver aerospace industry in 1992, he came to Brevard County, Florida and was hired by the Pratt & Whitney division of United Technologies Corporation to work on the Space Shuttle solid rocket booster (SRB) program at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). While working in the SRB program he completed coursework in graduate studies at Embry Riddle and was awarded a Masters of Aeronautical Science degree in 2000. He then worked for a two-year period in Houston at the Johnson Space Center with shuttle contractor United Space Alliance (USA) assigned to flight crew training. In 2002, he returned to KSC and was assigned to the shuttle orbiter thermal protection systems engineering group. In October 2010, Gary completed work on preparing the orbiter Endeavour for its final trip into space. From 2011 to 2017, he served as the airframe and propulsion subject matter expert with the Rocket University program, which provided training to engineers on small rocket projects at KSC. He has also served as mentor to teams participating in NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative (also known as NASA Student Launch).

Gary is the recipient of the Air Force Achievement Medal for meritorious service, and numerous other military decorations. He was awarded the Total Quality Management Team Award for his work on the Titan IV program, and the KSC Continuous Improvement Team Award for work on the shuttle’s SRBs. In 2015, he was presented with the prestigious NASA Inspire Award for his work in sharing the story of space exploration with student and community groups throughout the southeastern United States. He is the author of two published technical papers by the Canaveral Council of Technical Societies, and is coauthor of the textbook Aerospace: The Journey of Flight.

Gary is a life member of the Air Force Association and is actively involved with the National Association of Rocketry and the Air Force Auxiliary. He enjoys water skiing, astronomy, and flying large-scale high-power rockets in his spare time.

8:30 – 9:45 p.m.

Cult Movie Crucible 8: The Poorly Named Cult-Movie Trivia Game ’70s Edition (Tournament)

TOURNAMENTS (Manatee Ballroom D)

Movie nerds . . . Come out to play-y-ay-y! Lace up your cha-cha heels and gather your droogies as the funnest movie-trivia game with the worst name takes a dive into the grooviest decade of cult cinema. Teams of up to three will battle through three rounds of challenges pulled exclusively from the midnight movies of the 1970s. Can you dig it?

STEPHEN STULL

Stephen Stull is a filmmaker, math guy, and unrepentant cusser. He owns a fancy video-game system, but he only ever uses it to play games made before 1996. He’s been running the Sick ’n’ Wrong Film Festival for five years because no force of decency has stepped in to stop him yet. He also recently launched a podcast called The Hold-Up because there just aren’t enough podcasts out there with nobodies chatting about movies. If you want to inflict any of his short films on yourself, you can visit demonskull.org (because “Stephen Stull” rhymes with “demon skull.” Get it? GET IT?!).

8:30 – 9:45 p.m.

Phase 10 (Free Play)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

FREE PLAY: This is not an “official” game with someone running the session, it’s just an opportunity for us to bring together people who want to play a particular game.

This session: Phase 10 is based on a variant of rummy known as Liverpool Rummy, and is a member (along with Liverpool) of the contract rummy family. It requires a special deck or two regular decks of cards; it can be played by 2 to 6 people. The game is named after ten phases (or “melds”) that a player must advance through in order to win. The object of the game is to be the first person to complete all ten phases. For each hand, each player’s object is to complete and lay down the current phase, and then rid their hand of remaining cards by discarding them on laid-down phases, called “hitting.” The player who does this first wins the hand and scores no penalty; all other players earn penalty points according to the value of cards remaining in their hand. The winner is the first to complete all ten phases; if two players complete all ten phases in the same round, the winner is the player with the lowest number of points.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

8:30 – 9:45 p.m.

Sing-Along

SPEAKERS (Heron)

Join us for a sing-along of classic songs — the ones where you know all the words. R&B, rock, and folk songs from the “good old days” — bring your beverage and singing voice (and requests if you got ’em!).

QUINT BARNES

Quint Barnes has been playing guitar since grade school, and has even written a few of his own songs and produced a CD in 1994. He’s a retired anesthesiologist who hails from Austin, TX when he’s not traveling the world or visiting Central Florida for our RG (which he’s done quite a few years in a row). He’s also an instrument-rated pilot.

10 – 11:15 p.m.

Smart Ass Trivia (Game)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

The ultimate trivia game for 2 to 12 players, where everybody plays every turn, the game doesn’t labor on for hours, and even if you are a “Dumb Ass,” you can win! Smart Ass is an all-play game. With every question asked, every player can yell out the answer at any time, as soon as they think they know the answer. There are four question categories: Who am I? Where am I? What am I? and Hard Ass. The 500 questions are formulated into lots of clues. The clues get easier as the question is being read out, but don’t wait too long to answer, because the first person to yell out the right answer wins the round and moves closer to the Smart Ass. If you yell out the wrong answer, then you are out of that round and have to wait until the next question is asked.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

OLLIE PATTERSON

Ollie Patterson, or Owl, is considered a bit of a know-it-all, though his friends in the Hundred-Acre Wood always seek his advice. Unfortunately, he often misses the mark. Artistic talent runs through his family. In fact, it practically stampedes. When not making music, movies, art, or photographs, he can usually be found singing karaoke.

10 – 11:15 p.m.

Dominion (Free Play)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

FREE PLAY: This is not an “official” game with someone running the session, it’s just an opportunity for us to bring together people who want to play a particular game.

This session: In Dominion, you are a monarch, like your parents before you, a ruler of a small pleasant kingdom. Unlike your parents, however, you have hopes and dreams! You want a Dominion! Several other monarchs have the exact same idea. You must race to get as much of the unclaimed land as possible, fending others off along the way. To do this you will hire minions, construct buildings, spruce up your castle, and fill the coffers of your treasury. In Dominion, each player starts with an identical, very small deck of cards. In the center of the table is a selection of other cards the players can “buy” when they can afford them. Through their selection of cards to buy, and how they play their hands as they draw them, the players construct their decks, striving for the most efficient path to victory points by game end.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

11:15 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Double-Deck Cancellation Hearts Tournament

TOURNAMENTS (Manatee Ballroom D)

With a large number of players, Hearts can be played with multiple decks. In this variant, identical cards cancel each other out. This adds new levels of strategy and tactics to the game.

Novice players welcome but we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the basics of gameplay before the tournament.

DAVID FLEMING

David Fleming has been a lifelong player of games; whether they use cards, puzzles, dice, funny-looking dice, miniatures, boards, or meeples (don’t confuse meeples with miniatures, two completely different fandoms). David also purchased his Life Membership to Mensa shortly after joining Central Florida Mensa in 2012, so you’re stuck with him. David was actively involved in Central Florida from 2012 to 2015, but then moved to Tampa for professional reasons in 2015. David moved back to Orlando for the same in 2018, and starting last year has resumed being fully active in Central Florida Mensa as your Assistant Local Secretary, among other volunteer roles for the chapter.

As your Tournaments Chair, David will strive to manage and adjudicate each Tournament in the Arbitrary and Unfair™ manner you have come to love and expect. (David cannot guarantee the same Arbitrary and Unfair™ treatment for those Tournaments he has delegated others to run.)


Sunday

7 – 11 a.m.

Breakfast

BREAKFAST AREA (Hotel Breakfast Spot)

The hotel’s dedicated breakfast restaurant serves up fresh seasonal fruit salad, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, bacon or sausage, biscuits & gravy, bagels, waffles, assorted muffins and pastries, and coffee or hot tea. Orange juice is an additional charge. Hotel guests use room key; RG attendees not staying at the hotel will need to obtain breakfast vouchers from registration.

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Registration Open

REGISTRATION (Manatee Prefunction Space)

Registration opens at 9 a.m. Sunday, and closes at 12 p.m. For badge and materials pickup outside these hours, call or text (407) 590-9362.

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

SET (Game)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

SET is a speed game. Each card contains four features: color (red, purple, or green), shape (oval, squiggle, or diamond), number (1, 2, or 3), and shading (solid, striped, or outlined). A SET is 3 cards where each feature, when looked at individually, is either the same on all cards OR different on all cards. The first to see a SET calls out “SET!” and picks up the 3 cards that make the SET. There are no turns and no luck. Race to find as many SETs as fast as you can. Be the one who has the most SETs when the cards are gone, and you win!

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

JOE PATTERSON

Joe Patterson, known this week as Eeyore, often says, “It could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be.” Despite his apparent apathy, Joe gets *very* excited about certain hobbies and games — especially Anomia. He is the youngest in the Hundred Acre Wood, at just 16 years old.

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Math Quiz

TOURNAMENTS (Manatee Ballroom D)

It’s happened a million times: A coworker or acquaintance finds out you’re in Mensa, and the first thing they ask is, “Do you, like, get together and do math and stuff?” Next time that happens, instead of sighing deeply and launching into your prepared speech, you can smile and say, “Sometimes!” Bring a bowl of Froot Loops or a bottle of beer — or both! — and find out just how much you remember from the class that was statistically most likely to have been your least favorite. Topics will range from arithmetic through calculus, but calculators will not be necessary. Or rather, they will not be allowed. Whether they’ll be necessary really depends on you. (Seriously, though, no calculators.)

STEPHEN STULL

Stephen Stull is a filmmaker, math guy, and unrepentant cusser. He owns a fancy video-game system, but he only ever uses it to play games made before 1996. He’s been running the Sick ’n’ Wrong Film Festival for five years because no force of decency has stepped in to stop him yet. He also recently launched a podcast called The Hold-Up because there just aren’t enough podcasts out there with nobodies chatting about movies. If you want to inflict any of his short films on yourself, you can visit demonskull.org (because “Stephen Stull” rhymes with “demon skull.” Get it? GET IT?!).

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Play Ukulele in an Hour!

SPEAKERS (Heron)

As recent studies have shown, music helps us to keep the snap, crackle, and pop in our synapses as we grow older. For youngsters, it’s just fun, but fun that they will enjoy all their lives.

The ukulele is inexpensive, portable, and fun. There are ukulele clubs in nearly every city and town, all over the world. When a ukulele player travels, the uke goes with because there may very well be a local group to visit!

This presentation will provide you with a loaner ukulele, and you can keep the handout. We will learn some basics about playing and we will be singing songs almost immediately.

Leaving with a song in your heart and a smile on your face is guaranteed, or your money back. Snap, crackle, and pop!

LINDA PAUL

Linda Paul has been playing ukulele since childhood. She has been teaching ukulele and leading uke groups for the last five years. She is the founder of the Eau Gallie Ukulele Society, which meets twice monthly in Melbourne, Florida. She is a member of and contributor to several other groups in Brevard County and is also a leader and member of Ukulele Paradise Orchestra, a small group of players who perform at various venues throughout the community.

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Ticket to Ride (Game)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

Ticket to Ride is a fast-paced, addictive cross-country train adventure in which players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who can fulfill their Destination Tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

TAMRA FLEMING

Tamra Fleming is a superfan of what are called “heavy board games.” Think 18XX, Feld-authored games, and the tournament she will be running called Lords of Waterdeep. (We know the consensus is that Lords of Waterdeep is more medium-weight, but we can’t get into the weeds of board-game classification on the speaker bio.) Tamra also loves puzzling and certain lightweight games like Ticket to Ride and Splendor. When Tamra and her husband David aren’t running selected games and tournaments for you, they will likely be milling about the Games Room looking for another game to play. Tamra is finishing up her last semester this spring in vocational school to begin her second career as a CNC machinist, so she’ll be happy to talk literal shop with you.

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Speed Puzzling Tournament

TOURNAMENTS (Manatee Ballroom D)

Some of us like to do jigsaw puzzles to relax . . . and some of us like to bring the adrenaline rush of competition into everything we do. Join with your friends (or attendees you’ve just met!) and compete to see which team can assemble a 300-piece jigsaw puzzle the quickest. Up to five teams can compete; teams must have between 2 and 5 members. After the puzzle is unveiled, teams will have 3 minutes to strategize before the speed-puzzling begins. The winning team is, of course, the first to shout out that they’re done — and then present a correctly completed puzzle.

DEBBIE FREELAND

Debbie Freeland lives with her husband and two kids on Lake Conway in Belle Isle, where she enjoys the lake life by staying indoors and on her computer as much as possible, because the nature and the outdoors are just the absolute worst. She’s in charge of registration and speakers and meals (and chocolate!!) this weekend, so if you don’t meet her during this RG, it means you stayed home and missed the whole thing.

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Mold Assessments

SPEAKERS (Heron)

Investigating for mold or the conditions conducive to mold growth is a large part of the work for indoor environmental quality assessors, especially in Florida. This presentation will focus on how an assessor goes about an investigation, how tools such as FLIR camera imaging, TSI IAQ calculator, moisture meters are used, and what the findings mean.

NOELLE BRUNO

Noelle M. Bruno is certified as a CIEC, Florida State certified Mold Inspector, and Florida State certified Asbestos Inspector, and has provided expert testimony on the subjects of asbestos and mold. She has held certification as an Asbestos Inspector, Lab Director, and Asbestos Project Monitor with Air Monitoring in the State of New York. She has taught classes for certification in Asbestos Supervisor, Worker, and O&M. Currently she works as Environmental Compliance Coordinator with Orange County Public Schools.

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Lords of Waterdeep (Learning Session)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

LEARNING SESSION: This is your opportunity to learn how to play Lords of Waterdeep before the tournament at 3 pm.

Waterdeep, the City of Splendors — the most resplendent jewel in the Forgotten Realms, and a den of political intrigue and shady back-alley dealings. In this game, the players are powerful lords vying for control of this great city. Its treasures and resources are ripe for the taking, and that which cannot be gained through trickery and negotiation must be taken by force!

In Lords of Waterdeep, a strategy board game for 2–5 players, you take on the role of one of the masked Lords of Waterdeep, secret rulers of the city. Through your agents, you recruit adventurers to go on quests on your behalf, earning rewards and increasing your influence over the city. Expand the city by purchasing new buildings that open up new actions on the board, and hinder — or help — the other lords by playing Intrigue cards to enact your carefully laid plans.

During the course of play, you may gain points or resources through completing quests, constructing buildings, playing intrigue cards, or having other players utilize the buildings you have constructed. At the end of eight rounds of play, the player who has accrued the most points wins the game.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

TAMRA FLEMING

Tamra Fleming is a superfan of what are called “heavy board games.” Think 18XX, Feld-authored games, and the tournament she will be running called Lords of Waterdeep. (We know the consensus is that Lords of Waterdeep is more medium-weight, but we can’t get into the weeds of board-game classification on the speaker bio.) Tamra also loves puzzling and certain lightweight games like Ticket to Ride and Splendor. When Tamra and her husband David aren’t running selected games and tournaments for you, they will likely be milling about the Games Room looking for another game to play. Tamra is finishing up her last semester this spring in vocational school to begin her second career as a CNC machinist, so she’ll be happy to talk literal shop with you.

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Perplexers Tournament

TOURNAMENTS (Manatee Ballroom D)

Pick up a pencil and sharpen your deductive reasoning skills with these challenging logic puzzles. By using the “cross-out-and-circle” technique, you will practice logical thinking in order to find the correct answer. (And if these turn out to be too easy for you, then you should have gotten up earlier for the Math Quiz.)

DAVID FLEMING

David Fleming has been a lifelong player of games; whether they use cards, puzzles, dice, funny-looking dice, miniatures, boards, or meeples (don’t confuse meeples with miniatures, two completely different fandoms). David also purchased his Life Membership to Mensa shortly after joining Central Florida Mensa in 2012, so you’re stuck with him. David was actively involved in Central Florida from 2012 to 2015, but then moved to Tampa for professional reasons in 2015. David moved back to Orlando for the same in 2018, and starting last year has resumed being fully active in Central Florida Mensa as your Assistant Local Secretary, among other volunteer roles for the chapter.

As your Tournaments Chair, David will strive to manage and adjudicate each Tournament in the Arbitrary and Unfair™ manner you have come to love and expect. (David cannot guarantee the same Arbitrary and Unfair™ treatment for those Tournaments he has delegated others to run.)

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Scrabble (Game)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

This description is probably unnecessary, but in case you’ve been living in a cave your whole life: Scrabble is a word game in which 2 to 4 players score points by placing tiles bearing a single letter onto a board divided into a 15×15 grid of squares. The tiles must form words that, in crossword fashion, read left to right in rows or downward in columns, and are included in the Scrabble dictionary.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

OLLIE PATTERSON

Ollie Patterson, or Owl, is considered a bit of a know-it-all, though his friends in the Hundred-Acre Wood always seek his advice. Unfortunately, he often misses the mark. Artistic talent runs through his family. In fact, it practically stampedes. When not making music, movies, art, or photographs, he can usually be found singing karaoke.

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

With Rings on Her Fingers and Bells on Her Toes: Adornment Around the World

SPEAKERS (Heron)

The whole topic of adornment is fascinating; it has been going on since time immemorial as people enhance with beads and jewels, precious stones and metals, eagle and peacock feathers, bones and teeth, cowrie shells, fish scales — you name it! In her travels, Helene has found jewelry is the perfect souvenir. This program will exhibit pieces collected worldwide over the years (presented in a PowerPoint show so all can see the details) and tell how they were worn and why — plus images of adorned people from countries around the globe, from Gypsy Kings to Turkmen brides pinned with thirty pounds of silver ornaments, which they wear until they become pregnant. Bring your favorite piece of jewelry and share its story!

HELENE CINCEBEAX

Helene Cincebeaux was on a department store fashion board in high school and won a trip to New York City. She flew there — it was a big adventure to fly back then — and went to the fashion markets and got all jazzed up with makeup and hats for the Stork Club! She studied fashion, textiles, and journalism at Syracuse University some sixty years ago.

Helene was always intrigued by the photos at hear grandparents’ home — people in the oddest-looking clothing. The day she arrived in her ancestral Moravian village in the Czech Republic she was dressed as a bride — not in white but in vivid embroidered, beaded, lace-trimmed stuff! It was heaven. She decided to find a piece of embroidery from each village she visited (her mother and she traveled to over two thousand villages in the now Czech and Slovak Republics), and this turned into a huge collection of folk dress that has been exhibited in museums in many states and pictured in several books.

But her life-changing experience happened in 1959 when she was picked for Warsaw, Poland with the Experiment in International Living. They were among the first Americans to arrive as tourists fourteen years after the War. Much of Warsaw was in ruins; bombs were being found every day, there was almost no food, — but the people, the history! This experience totally changed her life and opened her eyes to the world. Since then she has visited 86 countries — her goal is 100.

She has been picking up pieces of jewelry along the way. She loved the tattooed faces in the tribal markets in Orissa, India, the bejeweled hand ornaments her hostess wore at her wedding in the Sultanate of Oman, and the headdress made with hand-carved fish scales in the Czech Republic. It’s all a feast and more to come!

1:30 – 3 p.m.

Lunch

HOSPITALITY (Manatee Ballroom A & B)

Join us in Hospitality for a catered lunch. On the menu: it’s a pizza party! Everything from Meat Lover’s Delight (pepperoni, bacon, sausage, ham, and extra cheese) to White Pizza (garlic, basil, ricotta, and mozzarella) and everything in between. No pepperoni-only pizza here; try Spicy Buffalo Pizza (spicy breaded chicken, red onions, jalapeños, provolone cheese, and avocado ranch dressing), Italy’s Best Pizza (light sauce, tomato, garlic, provolone cheese, and basil), Cousin Joey’s Favorite Pizza (Philly steak, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, and provolone cheese), Danny the Hit Man Pizza (white pizza with breaded chicken, ham, bacon, jalapeños, and onions), Mama Vito’s Special Pizza (tomato, onions, mushrooms, green pepper, black olives, and extra cheese), or Uncle Vinni’s Special Pizza (sausage, green peppers, onions, pasta sauce, and light mozzarella). All served with tossed or Caesar salad.

3 – 4:15 p.m.

Splendor (Game)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

Splendor is a fast-paced and addictive game of chip-collecting and card development. Players are merchants of the Renaissance trying to buy gem mines, means of transportation, shops — all in order to acquire the most prestige points. If you’re wealthy enough, you might even receive a visit from a noble at some point, which of course will further increase your prestige.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

NICK ZELLER

Nick Zeller, a.k.a. Christopher Robin, shares many adventures with his closest friend, Winnie the Pooh. “Silly old bear!” Everyone looks up to him for advice and help in times of need. Nick is a senior in high school. He dominates in the classroom, on the tennis court, and behind a video game controller.

3 – 4:15 p.m.

Lords of Waterdeep Tournament

TOURNAMENTS (Manatee Ballroom D)

Waterdeep, the City of Splendors — the most resplendent jewel in the Forgotten Realms, and a den of political intrigue and shady back-alley dealings. In this game, the players are powerful lords vying for control of this great city. Its treasures and resources are ripe for the taking, and that which cannot be gained through trickery and negotiation must be taken by force!

In Lords of Waterdeep, a strategy board game for 2–5 players, you take on the role of one of the masked Lords of Waterdeep, secret rulers of the city. Through your agents, you recruit adventurers to go on quests on your behalf, earning rewards and increasing your influence over the city. Expand the city by purchasing new buildings that open up new actions on the board, and hinder — or help — the other lords by playing Intrigue cards to enact your carefully laid plans.

During the course of play, you may gain points or resources through completing quests, constructing buildings, playing intrigue cards, or having other players utilize the buildings you have constructed. At the end of eight rounds of play, the player who has accrued the most points wins the game.

Novice players welcome but we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the basics of gameplay before the tournament.

TAMRA FLEMING

Tamra Fleming is a superfan of what are called “heavy board games.” Think 18XX, Feld-authored games, and the tournament she will be running called Lords of Waterdeep. (We know the consensus is that Lords of Waterdeep is more medium-weight, but we can’t get into the weeds of board-game classification on the speaker bio.) Tamra also loves puzzling and certain lightweight games like Ticket to Ride and Splendor. When Tamra and her husband David aren’t running selected games and tournaments for you, they will likely be milling about the Games Room looking for another game to play. Tamra is finishing up her last semester this spring in vocational school to begin her second career as a CNC machinist, so she’ll be happy to talk literal shop with you.

3 – 4:15 p.m.

Rummikub (Free Play)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

FREE PLAY: This is not an “official” game with someone running the session, it’s just an opportunity for us to bring together people who want to play a particular game.

This session: Rummikub is a tile-based game for 2 to 4 players, combining elements of rummy and mahjong. Players take turns putting down tiles from their racks into sets (groups or runs) of at least three. The first player to go out scores a positive score based on the total of the other players’ hands, while the losers get negative scores. There are 104 number tiles in the game (valued 1 to 13 in four different colors, but duplicated) and 2 jokers. An important feature of the game is that players can work with the tiles that have already been played.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

3 – 4:15 p.m.

Origami II

SPEAKERS (Heron)

Origami: The traditional Japanese art and skill of paper folding. Technically, origami must only use a single sheet of paper, and not require, cutting, gluing, or drawing. Origami is interesting, can be challenging, and has real-world uses. Origami is being used to solve engineering problems for fitting objects into spaces, and then having them unfold when deployed. Caught waiting with nothing to do? All you need is a piece of paper to stave off the boredom. Origami models run the gamut from traditional folds that need some imagination to appreciate the completed model to very detailed modern designs that can take hours to complete. Some modern designs take a few liberties with the traditional definition. For this hands-on session, origami paper is supplied. Just be there, prepared to fold. We’ll start with some practice folds, and then make one or two simple models. This session will be a double session in which attendees will fold a complex model. Origami novices are recommended to attend the Saturday beginner’s session if possible.

NOEL INGRAM

Noel Ingram has been folding origami as a hobby since primary school. It’s a great method of annoying teachers by giving them paper boats, birds, turtles, frogs, etc. . . . instead of attention.

4:30 – 5:45 p.m.

International Folk Dancing

DANCE (Flamingo)

Come experience dances from Europe and Israel with the Orlando International Folk Dance Club. The club was founded in 1971 by the late David Digby, a former Central Florida Mensan. This is the same group that is listed in the Central Florida Mensa event calendar on Wednesday evenings. Dancers will be in colorful costumes as they perform several dances. Come and see an activity that is physical, social, and mental all at the same time.

PAT HENDERSON

Pat Henderson, a Central Florida Mensan, has led the Orlando International Folk Dance Club with her husband Bobby Quibodeaux for over thirty years. Over twenty years ago, the group built a steel building on their property where the group dances every Wednesday. Pat has been very active in the Florida Folk Dance Council and has served three 2-year terms as President in different decades. Pat and Bobby are both members of the Israeli Folk Dancers.

4:30 – 5:45 p.m.

Phase 10 (Game)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

Phase 10 is based on a variant of rummy known as Liverpool Rummy, and is a member (along with Liverpool) of the contract rummy family. It requires a special deck or two regular decks of cards; it can be played by 2 to 6 people. The game is named after ten phases (or “melds”) that a player must advance through in order to win. The object of the game is to be the first person to complete all ten phases. For each hand, each player’s object is to complete and lay down the current phase, and then rid their hand of remaining cards by discarding them on laid-down phases, called “hitting.” The player who does this first wins the hand and scores no penalty; all other players earn penalty points according to the value of cards remaining in their hand. The winner is the first to complete all ten phases; if two players complete all ten phases in the same round, the winner is the player with the lowest number of points.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

GRACE PATTERSON

Like Winnie the Pooh, Grace Patterson is a loyal friend to her neighbors in the Hundred-Acre Wood, and always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. A new student at USF, Grace is using her desire to help others and her interest in medicine to propel herself into a career in nursing.

4:30 – 5:45 p.m.

Dominion (Free Play)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

FREE PLAY: This is not an “official” game with someone running the session, it’s just an opportunity for us to bring together people who want to play a particular game.

This session: In Dominion, you are a monarch, like your parents before you, a ruler of a small pleasant kingdom. Unlike your parents, however, you have hopes and dreams! You want a Dominion! Several other monarchs have the exact same idea. You must race to get as much of the unclaimed land as possible, fending others off along the way. To do this you will hire minions, construct buildings, spruce up your castle, and fill the coffers of your treasury. In Dominion, each player starts with an identical, very small deck of cards. In the center of the table is a selection of other cards the players can “buy” when they can afford them. Through their selection of cards to buy, and how they play their hands as they draw them, the players construct their decks, striving for the most efficient path to victory points by game end.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

4:30 – 5:45 p.m.

CFM Executive Committee (ExComm) Meeting

SPEAKERS (Heron)

Any current member of Mensa is welcome to join the ExComm for the proceedings. Please be aware that non-ExComm attendees may be asked to hold their conversation/questions/comments until after the meeting is adjourned. If you have business to bring before the ExComm, email the CFM Scribe at scribe@cfm.us.mensa.org.

DEBBIE FREELAND

Debbie Freeland lives with her husband and two kids on Lake Conway in Belle Isle, where she enjoys the lake life by staying indoors and on her computer as much as possible, because the nature and the outdoors are just the absolute worst. She’s in charge of registration and speakers and meals (and chocolate!!) this weekend, so if you don’t meet her during this RG, it means you stayed home and missed the whole thing.

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Dinner

HOSPITALITY (Manatee Ballroom A & B)

Join us in Hospitality for a catered dinner. On the menu: choice of chicken or steak fajitas. Everything you need to build your own fajitas, including your choice of tortillas, salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese, lettuce, and grilled peppers and onions. Vegetarian option: grilled veggie bowl (veggies served over seasoned rice, with grilled peppers and onions, chopped tomatoes, cheddar-Jack cheese, and creamy poblano sauce). All served with garden salad with choice of dressing.

7 – 8:15 p.m.

Meet the Officers

SPEAKERS (Heron)

Want an opportunity to discuss what’s going on at a National level with Mensa? Here’s your chance! Two national officers will be available to chat in an open meet-and-greet forum to hear your thoughts on how things are going, ask what you would like to see in the organization, and answer any questions you may have. Take a little time to meet with RVC10 Thomas G. Thomas (Tampa, FL) and Communications Officer Lora Mitchell (Columbus, OH), and make sure your voice is heard in our organization.

LORA MITCHELL & THOMAS THOMAS

Lora Mitchell, Communications Officer, is originally from western Pennsylvania, where she first joined Mensa in 1997, but has been in Columbus, Ohio for what sometimes seems like forever. On the AMC, Lora chairs the Communications and Hearings Process committees, and also serves on the Risk Management, Leadership Development, SIG, and Higher Logic Committees. In her professional life, Lora is an AVP of HR at a community-based nonprofit, and serves on other boards focused on intercultural relationships, social empowerment, and poverty prevention. She is a belly dancer, a singer, and the mother to a grown daughter who resides in central Florida.

Re-elected to his fourth term in 2019, Thomas G. Thomas has served the Florida region as Regional Vice Chair 10 since 2013. Thomas, a member of Tampa Bay Mensa who lives in Wesley Chapel, Florida, joined Mensa in 1989. He has served in many local positions including Local Secretary, Editor, and Regional Gathering Chair. Currently, Thomas is a Proctor and serves on numerous national committees, including the Bylaws, Communications, Finance and Audit, and Community Service committees.

7 – 9:45 p.m.

My Rich, Dead Uncle’s Library Is Burning! An Armchair Treasure Hunt (Tournament)

TOURNAMENTS (Manatee Ballroom D)

Your wealthy bookworm uncle has died, and his fortune is up for grabs! In this armchair treasure hunt, you will work in teams of up to four to decipher your uncle’s clues and search out the riches left hidden in his cavernous library. Oh, and you’ll have to work fast — the library is burning down while you hunt! NOTE: Real, actual U.S. currency is at stake in this tournament! Bring your A game and get ready to work, because these trivia, math, logic, and word puzzles are tough (and your opponents are all Mensans).

STEPHEN STULL

Stephen Stull is a filmmaker, math guy, and unrepentant cusser. He owns a fancy video-game system, but he only ever uses it to play games made before 1996. He’s been running the Sick ’n’ Wrong Film Festival for five years because no force of decency has stepped in to stop him yet. He also recently launched a podcast called The Hold-Up because there just aren’t enough podcasts out there with nobodies chatting about movies. If you want to inflict any of his short films on yourself, you can visit demonskull.org (because “Stephen Stull” rhymes with “demon skull.” Get it? GET IT?!).

7 – 8:15 p.m.

Anomia (Free Play)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

FREE PLAY: This is not an “official” game with someone running the session, it’s just an opportunity for us to bring together people who want to play a particular game.

This session: Anomia exploits the fact that our minds are positively brimming with all sorts of random information: things to eat, pop songs, Web sites, etc. (Anomia is a real thing — an impaired ability to recall the names of persons and things.) Sure, under normal circumstances, it’s easy to give an example of a frozen food or a dog breed, but you’ll find that your brain works a little differently under pressure! To play, draw and reveal a card from the center pile. Does the symbol on your card match one on another player’s card? If so, you must quickly face off with the other player by giving an example of the person, place, or thing on his or her card before he or she can do the same for yours. If you blurt out a correct answer first, you win the other player’s card and the drawing continues. Sounds simple, right? Wrong! Wild cards allow unlike symbols to match, increasing the number of things to which you must pay attention. Cascading face-offs can occur when you hand over a lost card, thereby revealing a new top card on your play pile.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

8:30 – 9:45 p.m.

Blockchain: Building a New Financial System

SPEAKERS (Heron)

Blockchains and cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum are becoming more well-known throughout the world, but most don’t know how they work. In this presentation you will learn how a new financial system backed by blockchain technology is created. We will use a step-by-step approach to give the audience a thorough understanding of what a blockchain is, and how it operates, without diving into deep jargon or requiring any programming knowledge.

PATRICK GALLOWAY

Patrick Galloway is a passionate educator and developer. He is currently one of the lead curriculum creators and an instructor for Kingsland University. His personal focus is on building strong fundamental skills through a hands-on approach to learning, which equips his students with the refined thought processes necessary to become resourceful and skilled developers.

8:30 – 9:45 p.m.

Bananagrams (Free Play)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

FREE PLAY: This is not an “official” game with someone running the session, it’s just an opportunity for us to bring together people who want to play a particular game.

This session: Addictively simple, and simply addictive, Bananagrams is the fast and frantic word game enjoyed by millions! Players and their opponents aim to use all their letters to build a word grid in a race to the finish. The first player to use all of their tiles is crowned “Top Banana”!

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

9 – 10:15 p.m.

Chocopalooza

HOSPITALITY (Manatee Ballroom A & B)

What’s a Mensa event without chocolate? Come to Hospitality to taste a wide (and boy, do we mean wide!) variety of decadent chocolate cookies, pastries, cakes, and assorted other desserts and sweet treats. If you don’t find something you like, either you don’t like chocolate, or you aren’t looking hard enough.

10 – 11:15 p.m.

Settlers of Catan (Game)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

In Settlers of Catan, players colonize the island of Catan. They gather and trade resources and build roads, settlements, and cities. The game requires a combination of collaboration and competition. The most successful developer of the colony is the winner.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

JOE PATTERSON

Joe Patterson, known this week as Eeyore, often says, “It could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be.” Despite his apparent apathy, Joe gets *very* excited about certain hobbies and games — especially Anomia. He is the youngest in the Hundred Acre Wood, at just 16 years old.

10 – 11:15 p.m.

BDSM & Non-Monogamy

SPEAKERS (Heron)

Since the release of Fifty Shades of Gray, BDSM has become a more mainstream conversation. While it is wonderful that the stigma and taboos around the subject are slowly being lifted, there are a lot of misconceptions and misrepresentations that should be addressed. In this presentation, we aim to provide a more accurate, safe, and healthy explanation of how couples and individuals can explore BDSM. After all, the main tenets of this lifestyle are “safe, sane, and consensual.”

Master Tony and Lady T. will share their experiences in the lifestyle and demonstrate some of the tools used during a “session.” Different kinks and their meanings will also be covered. Demographics of the BDSM community and their intersectionality will be discussed, along with how it can overlap with the LGBTQA+ and non-monogamous community.

While not everyone in the lifestyle is non-monogamous, the presenters are polyamorous and will discuss what they’ve learned through their own experiences as well as what the research says about it.

MASTER TONY & LADY T.

Master Tony and Lady T. help run a dungeon in the Orlando/Kissimmee area.

Lady T. has her B.S. in Psychology and is currently finishing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work, with a minor in Couples and Family Counseling. She has been interested in learning about and working with couples for the past six years, and has been a part of the BDSM community for the last three. Lady T. was monogamous for nine years before learning about and diving into the world of polyamory and BDSM. She was able to find her passion and direction with the help of the Orlando Poly and Kinky community. Her goals are to gain her Doctorates in sex education and human sexuality, and share the joys of self-acceptance and exploration with the world.

Tony is a licensed massage therapist of ten years, and has been a part of the BDSM community throughout that time. Growing up in the conservative Midwest, an alternative lifestyle was not an option he ever thought about. However, as he learned more about the benefits of polyamory and kink, he began to see how happy it could make people when done in a healthy way. Tony believes everyone should be loved and accepted for who they are, and has seen how kink can allow people to express themselves without judgment.

This lifestyle has taught them both so much about healthy relationship skills and how they can be applied to monogamous relationships as well. They hope you join them and enjoy learning about and discussing these subjects with an open mind.

10 – 11:15 p.m.

D&D Monsters Pit Fight (Tournament)

TOURNAMENTS (Manatee Ballroom D)

Your Central Florida Mensa Dungeon Master has a special treat arrayed for those so daring. A roster of six of the deadliest foes in the D&D universe have been drafted to settle their scores in the Pit! Dice, figurines, and character sheets are provided; just bring your energy for a late night of dicing goodness.

DAVID FLEMING

David Fleming has been a lifelong player of games; whether they use cards, puzzles, dice, funny-looking dice, miniatures, boards, or meeples (don’t confuse meeples with miniatures, two completely different fandoms). David also purchased his Life Membership to Mensa shortly after joining Central Florida Mensa in 2012, so you’re stuck with him. David was actively involved in Central Florida from 2012 to 2015, but then moved to Tampa for professional reasons in 2015. David moved back to Orlando for the same in 2018, and starting last year has resumed being fully active in Central Florida Mensa as your Assistant Local Secretary, among other volunteer roles for the chapter.

As your Tournaments Chair, David will strive to manage and adjudicate each Tournament in the Arbitrary and Unfair™ manner you have come to love and expect. (David cannot guarantee the same Arbitrary and Unfair™ treatment for those Tournaments he has delegated others to run.)

10 – 11:15 p.m.

The Game

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

The Game (always referred to as THE Game) is a Mensa favorite. There are three rounds of game play: Round 1 is basically Taboo; Round 2 is basically Password; and Round 3 is basically Charades. Randomly selected teams compete in this fast-paced guessing game. The rules will be reviewed at the beginning of the session.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

TIFFANY PATTERSON

Like Rabbit, Tiffany Patterson is the self-appointed leader of the Hundred-Acre Wood. She can be stubborn when her routine is interrupted, but she is always ready to hop into action whenever her friends are in need. Tiffany reads books. Lots and lots and lots of books. When she’s not reading, she can be found talking. When she’s neither reading nor talking, she can be found doing challenging puzzles and wanting people to leave her alone. Also, she loves musicals.


Monday

7 – 11 a.m.

Breakfast

BREAKFAST AREA (Hotel Breakfast Spot)

The hotel’s dedicated breakfast restaurant serves up fresh seasonal fruit salad, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, bacon or sausage, biscuits & gravy, bagels, waffles, assorted muffins and pastries, and coffee or hot tea. Orange juice is an additional charge. Hotel guests use room key; RG attendees not staying at the hotel will need to obtain breakfast vouchers from registration.

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Qwirkle (Game)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

Qwirkle is a simple game of matching colors and shapes that requires tactical maneuvers, quick thinking, and a well-planned strategy. Players of this addictive game score points by building rows and columns of brightly colored tiles that are either all the same color or all the same shape, without creating duplicates in a row or column. Look for opportunities to score big by placing a tile that touches multiple pieces with matching attributes; create a line of all six in a row, and you score a “Qwirkle.” The player with the most points when the tiles run out wins! Qwirkle combines the game play of Dominoes and Scrabble and is the perfect combination of skill and chance.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

TIFFANY PATTERSON

Like Rabbit, Tiffany Patterson is the self-appointed leader of the Hundred-Acre Wood. She can be stubborn when her routine is interrupted, but she is always ready to hop into action whenever her friends are in need. Tiffany reads books. Lots and lots and lots of books. When she’s not reading, she can be found talking. When she’s neither reading nor talking, she can be found doing challenging puzzles and wanting people to leave her alone. Also, she loves musicals.

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament

TOURNAMENTS (Manatee Ballroom D)

It’s the last day of the RG. You’ve been drinking, snacking, and playing brain-melting strategy games for close to sixty hours straight, with maybe a nap or two sprinkled throughout. You’re still eager to get some gaming in before slinking back to real life, but to be frank, your brain is mush. The spirit is willing, as they say, but the gray matter is weak. You should play Rock-Paper-Scissors! It’s fast, it requires no paperwork or meeples, and everyone already knows the rules! Competitors will pair off randomly and duke it out in best-of-three matches, and anyone who throws lizard or Spock will be immediately disqualified. That is not a joke.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

STEPHEN STULL

Stephen Stull is a filmmaker, math guy, and unrepentant cusser. He owns a fancy video-game system, but he only ever uses it to play games made before 1996. He’s been running the Sick ’n’ Wrong Film Festival for five years because no force of decency has stepped in to stop him yet. He also recently launched a podcast called The Hold-Up because there just aren’t enough podcasts out there with nobodies chatting about movies. If you want to inflict any of his short films on yourself, you can visit demonskull.org (because “Stephen Stull” rhymes with “demon skull.” Get it? GET IT?!).

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Taboo (Game)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

Taboo is a word, guessing, and party game. The objective of the game is for a player to have his or her partner(s) guess the word on the player’s card without using the word itself or five additional words listed on the card. The game is similar to Catchphrase, in which a player tries to get his or her teammates to guess words using verbal clues.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

NICK ZELLER

Nick Zeller, a.k.a. Christopher Robin, shares many adventures with his closest friend, Winnie the Pooh. “Silly old bear!” Everyone looks up to him for advice and help in times of need. Nick is a senior in high school. He dominates in the classroom, on the tennis court, and behind a video game controller.

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Cryptograms Tournament

TOURNAMENTS (Manatee Ballroom D)

Cryptograms are simple-substitution ciphers where every letter of the alphabet has been switched. Your task is to use pattern recognition and your grammar and vocabulary abilities to decipher the hidden quotes.

DAVID FLEMING

David Fleming has been a lifelong player of games; whether they use cards, puzzles, dice, funny-looking dice, miniatures, boards, or meeples (don’t confuse meeples with miniatures, two completely different fandoms). David also purchased his Life Membership to Mensa shortly after joining Central Florida Mensa in 2012, so you’re stuck with him. David was actively involved in Central Florida from 2012 to 2015, but then moved to Tampa for professional reasons in 2015. David moved back to Orlando for the same in 2018, and starting last year has resumed being fully active in Central Florida Mensa as your Assistant Local Secretary, among other volunteer roles for the chapter.

As your Tournaments Chair, David will strive to manage and adjudicate each Tournament in the Arbitrary and Unfair™ manner you have come to love and expect. (David cannot guarantee the same Arbitrary and Unfair™ treatment for those Tournaments he has delegated others to run.)

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

RG Literary Society

SPEAKERS (Heron)

This is like a book club, but so much better. In this session we will come together as a group and talk about all things books and reading. Please come prepared to share three books you love, one book you don’t, and what you’ve been reading lately. This session is inspired by the book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society where a group of people meet to talk about books and what they have all been reading. Lots of discussion is encouraged!

TIFFANY PATTERSON

Like Rabbit, Tiffany Patterson is the self-appointed leader of the Hundred-Acre Wood. She can be stubborn when her routine is interrupted, but she is always ready to hop into action whenever her friends are in need. Tiffany reads books. Lots and lots and lots of books. When she’s not reading, she can be found talking. When she’s neither reading nor talking, she can be found doing challenging puzzles and wanting people to leave her alone. Also, she loves musicals.

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Blokus (Game)

GAMES (Manatee Ballroom C)

Blokus (officially pronounced “block-us”) is an abstract strategy game with transparent, Tetris-shaped, colored pieces that players are trying to play onto a square board divided into 20 rows and 20 columns, for a total of 400 squares. There are a total of 84 game tiles, organized into 21 shapes in each of four colors. The 21 shapes are based on free polyominoes of from 1 to 5 squares (1 monomino, 1 domino, 2 trominoes/triominoes, 5 tetrominoes, and 12 pentominoes). The only caveat to placing a piece is that it may not lie adjacent to your other pieces, but instead must be placed touching at least one corner of your pieces already on the board. Seems simple, but strategy can run deep.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

OLLIE PATTERSON

Ollie Patterson, or Owl, is considered a bit of a know-it-all, though his friends in the Hundred-Acre Wood always seek his advice. Unfortunately, he often misses the mark. Artistic talent runs through his family. In fact, it practically stampedes. When not making music, movies, art, or photographs, he can usually be found singing karaoke.

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Qwirkle Tournament

TOURNAMENTS (Manatee Ballroom D)

Qwirkle is a simple game of matching colors and shapes that requires tactical maneuvers, quick thinking, and a well-planned strategy. Players of this addictive game score points by building rows and columns of brightly colored tiles that are either all the same color or all the same shape, without creating duplicates in a row or column. Look for opportunities to score big by placing a tile that touches multiple pieces with matching attributes; create a line of all six in a row, and you score a “Qwirkle.” The player with the most points when the tiles run out wins! Qwirkle combines the game play of Dominoes and Scrabble and is the perfect combination of skill and chance.

Novice players welcome; no prior experience required.

TAMRA FLEMING

Tamra Fleming is a superfan of what are called “heavy board games.” Think 18XX, Feld-authored games, and the tournament she will be running called Lords of Waterdeep. (We know the consensus is that Lords of Waterdeep is more medium-weight, but we can’t get into the weeds of board-game classification on the speaker bio.) Tamra also loves puzzling and certain lightweight games like Ticket to Ride and Splendor. When Tamra and her husband David aren’t running selected games and tournaments for you, they will likely be milling about the Games Room looking for another game to play. Tamra is finishing up her last semester this spring in vocational school to begin her second career as a CNC machinist, so she’ll be happy to talk literal shop with you.

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

RG Hiss & Kiss

SPEAKERS (Heron)

If you want to give us a compliment (“kiss”) or CONSTRUCTIVE criticism (“hiss”), come to the Speakers Room. We welcome all criticism that is helpful and involves things we actually have control over, and we also really like to hear what you liked/what went well/why you’re super happy with us and plan to return to our Regional Gathering year after year.

DEBBIE FREELAND

Debbie Freeland lives with her husband and two kids on Lake Conway in Belle Isle, where she enjoys the lake life by staying indoors and on her computer as much as possible, because the nature and the outdoors are just the absolute worst. She’s in charge of registration and speakers and meals (and chocolate!!) this weekend, so if you don’t meet her during this RG, it means you stayed home and missed the whole thing.

1:30 – 3 p.m.

Lunch

HOSPITALITY (Manatee Ballroom A & B)

Join us in Hospitality for a catered lunch as we say farewell and give out our RG awards. On the menu: choice of chicken Scarpariello (chicken with white wine and lemon sauce) or meatballs. Vegetarian option: eggplant parmigiana. All served with rigatoni with tomato and basil, and spring mixed salad.