~Let's see if I can set the record for longest thread with only one contributor... :-)
First off, congratuations to Red Terror (Paul) for the strongest overall performance over the two days, being runner up in the Black Friday Championship and then taking the Warden of the East title on Saturday. ~The fact he won the melee despite his caustic table talk style is a true credit to his game play.
This was my second large organized AGoT event, and like the first (CTcon this year), it was a blast. It's worth repeating: the people playing this game are a true pleasure to be around --easily beat my in-laws on Thanksgiving (in case my wife has her spies reading this: Honey, I'm just kidding about your relatives). The competition both days was great but more importantly it was the friendly, personable nature of the participants that made it a great two days. Saturday's melee was a great demonstration of why multiplayer is worth playing; there were interesting "non-joust" decks, tactics both in card play and negotiations, and plenty of entertaining banter, both highbrow and low-.
A tip of my helm to Stag Lord and Sithlord who have been the resilient "old guard" that kept the game alive in NYC and have helped the many new players in the NYC and Long Island area that have picked up the game this year, myself included.
To the guys who crossed state lines to participate in Black Friday IV, a big thanks to you all for taking the time and cost to do that. It was a pleasure meeting all of you and playing with many of you.