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Current Chief Owlbear (2018)

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The Nerdly Story

In 2006 (or so the story is told), Clinton Dreisbach conceived of a convention that, unlike GenCon, would not keep people in hotels for long periods of time. Dave Younce suggested Prince William Forest Park, and the first Camp Nerdly (numbered as Camp Nerdly Zero) was born. Attendees included Dave, Mark Causey, Jason Morningstar, Andy Kitkowski, Remi Treuer, Andrew Morris, and Frank Manna. It was held in October and was bitterly cold; legend has it that the attendees of CN0 abandoned their individual cabins and slept huddled together in the main lodge, using the fireplace and crockpots for warmth. Despite this, it was declared a success, and the group decided to do it again in May.

Jason took over organizing the next event, declaring that Dave should not do it again so as to prevent burnout, thus starting a tradition that no Chief Owlbear should run the event twice. So far this tradition has held.

Attendees of Camp Nerdly are referred to as Owlbears. The exact origin of this is lost to the mists of time, but generally stems from the fact that owlbears were the cool thing d'jour in the story games community in the mid 2000s. See The Story Games Names Project for an example -- there is at least one section of Owlbear Names. The Owlbear Council is composed of former Chief Owlbears (new Chiefs automatically become part of the Council, though they may choose to step down if they wish) and a few closely-interested individuals, and acts as advisors for all new Chief Owlbears.

Current Owlbear Council

Rob Bohl
Mark Causey
Jeffrey Collyer
Adam Dray
Clinton Dreisbach
Patty Kirsch
Rachael Storey
Jule Ann Wakeman
Dave Younce

Chief Owlbears

Dave Younce: Camp Nerdly Zero (2006)
Jason Morningstar: Camp Nerdly 1 (2007)
Remi Treuer: Camp Nerdly 2 (2008)
Eric Provost: Camp Nerdly 3 (2009)
Mark Causey: Camp Nerdly 4 (2010), Camp Nerdly 4 Redux (2011)
Andy Kitkowski: Camp Nerdly 5 (2012)
Jeffrey Collyer: Camp Nerdly 6 (2013)
Kelley Vanda: Camp Nerdly 7 (2014)
Rachael Storey: Camp Nerdly 8 (2015)
Adam Dray: Camp Nerdly 9 (2016)
Clinton Dreisbach: Camp Nerdly 10 (2017)