Brigands, Revelers, Kobolds, and All,
After careful consideration, due to exceptionally higher COVID infection rates than 2020 and record infection and treatment rates in local and regional hospitals, we regret to announce Brigands Ball 2021 is officially cancelled. Our commitment to safety of all is paramount, and we cannot in good conscience proceed with the event as planned. We are resetting to plan for 2022, and hope you will consider joining us then.
Over two years went into planning and provisioning toward this incredible holiday event. Attempts to address the myriad of concerns were made, and countless hours were spent creating and reviewing options for a traditional long weekend event. However, Robert Burns said it best: "The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley."
Planning for the safety of participants and guests during the COVID-19 pandemic is a complex and ever-changing situation. We took our time looking at all of the different ways to make the event work in accordance with CDC, State of Virginia, and public health guidelines. We considered countless scenarios. We watched every announcement by local and regional hospitals closely. We haunted the CDC and Virginia Department of Health websites. Still, even with our new guidelines, we determined Brigands Ball 2021 simply could not be both safe and the level of event that our community deserves.
As of 2:15pm on 14 September 2021, all Pre-Registrations have been refunded and all vendors have been informed.
We are infinitely grateful for everyone’s grace and understanding through all of this. If you have any questions/comments/concerns, please feel free to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will reply as quickly as possible.
Thank you all again, and we eagerly await seeing you all on the field.
-Brigands Ball Event Team