Grandezza was held 13-16 May 2005 at Burg Stahleck, a picturesque
castle above the town of Bacharach. The castle overlooks the Rhine
valley, and has been converted into a comfortable youth hostel.
Conveniently, the hostel provides breakfast (the traditional roll and
cold cuts) and dinner (nothing to write home about). Even more
conveniently, it also sells beer, wine, and mead, as well as late
night snacks (including pizza, which I didn't recall from previous trips). And if the coffee or odd herbal teas aren't to your liking, they have an automatic espresso maker (which kept Greg Stafford going).
Last year I wrote that I hoped to return. I'd hoped to bring my wife, but she was in the throes of completing her Masters Degree, so she told me to go anyway. So I did.
With only one year between visits, the differences were fairly minor. But that's not a bad thing, given how well the convention is run by Fabian Küchler and his capable team.
I played in the LARP "The Wulf Came In From The Cold" as the clan wyter.
Gregory Privat ran The Hill of Gold (note the Yelmalian glow and the flying moonboat):
Greg Stafford's announcements at the GTA party included presentation of the "Gregged Rune" shirt to Nick Brooke:
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