It’s been an incredible PAX. I’ll have a lot more to say on it later – likely tomorrow – but I really did have a blast, and I have a lot of people to thank for it. But to end the suspense here and now, I’m sorry to report that I didn’t win the Omegathon, and barring one hell of a long shot in the random selection, I won’t be returning to the competition next year.
That’s not to say I feel like I failed. I’m disappointed that I didn’t make it to the finals, but here’s the thing: one of my New Year’s resolution was to do everything I could to win the Omegathon. Not to win, per se, but to put up the hardest fight I could. And I and my teammate Ross effing brought it. The second round, where I ultimately lost at Zip-It, was incredibly close. We were down to the last point, I was down to my last letter, and my opponent finished just a split second before me. Ross and I made them fight tooth and nail for every inch, and we gave as good as we got. We may have been defeated, but I’m proud of what we did nonetheless.
And I’m still proud of what we did last year. I was the first woman to ever make the Omegathon finals – hell, I was the first woman to make the concert round. Ross is a three-time Omeganaut, and if anyone else can say that, well…it’s a pretty select crowd. Our story was epic. But here’s the thing: much as we want it to be, life isn’t a story. You can have an epic tale end in disappointment. It would have been amazing to make that comeback and claim that victory. But that’s not how it fell out. Such is life.
I am happy to report that I’m not the only member of the female Omegathon finalist club anymore – my fellow Omeganaut Tina, a.k.a. PorkBuns, made the finals this year and came really, really close to claiming final victory on an absolutely ridiculous tabletop game. She and her teammate also effing brought it, and while they ultimately lost, it wasn’t for lack of trying. The torch is officially passed: assuming she’s returning to PAX East next year, well, maybe she’ll take that grand prize. Maybe it’ll be another female Omeganaut. Only time will tell.
I do know this: victory is inevitable. Someday a woman will win the Omegathon. I know a whole lot of you were rooting for me, and I’m sorry I couldn’t make a little more history. But I tried. In the words of someone I should probably be embarrassed to quote, I tried so hard, and got so far, and in the end…wait, you know what, in the end, it did matter. It mattered to so many of you. It mattered to me. And I am honored by your support, and incredibly grateful for it. Thank you all.