Search the BGBB for 'MooBash' or 'MOO Bash' and you will find that when we were a smaller community, we used to host a MOO Bash every year. One was up in Canada, one was in Boston at my place. Basically just an excuse for us all to get together, party, and chill.
I'd love to do something like that but a bit more structured, at a neutral location (like a camp site) or hotel. The main blocker is availability of people. Cost is a non-issue if it's at a campsite as I know some we could rent for a weekend and not break the bank. We'd have to plan it well in advance. 6-12 months.
Personally, I like the idea of doing it Friday Evening to Sunday @ Lunch, having Live Action game(s) that people could play and then doing a real life Town Hall meeting. With lots of socializing in between.
I'd be interested in knowing what level of interest there is for this among the players.
Random idea for a game I would run: The campsite would be 'San Mara'.
Everyone would play someone that lives in San Mara. Every now and then people from the Dome would show up. Raiders would attack and the town would have to be defended. Maybe the jakes show up and wreck some shit and have to be driven away... other NPCs from the game would drop in as they have biz in San Mara. There would be an overall story arc of things that have to be done to save the town, it would be great! It would be an awesome look at life in the Badlands.
What are the interest levels for planning something like this 6-12 months in advance? Would people come to the Boston area for a weekend to take part, if I organized it? The costs involved would be mostly related to travel + food. I'd probably create a GoFundMe or something for people to contribute to, if we decided to move forward with it.
Thoughts? Interest? Feedback?
This is a very very early stage thing that I have been toying with for a while. No promises it ever happens.