What is a fireside gathering?
Fireside Gatherings are events held with a focus on the Collectible Card Game "Hearthstone". Patrons of these events gather in pubs, inns, and other warm places to discuss the game, compete against each other, and be merry!
Who is KC Firesides?
Part of the fantasy behind a "Fireside Gathering" is that the event organizer is called an "Innkeeper". This Innkeeper owns the conceptual tavern where Hearthstone players gather to compete. KC Fireside's Innkeeper is Sam Benson.
Sam graduated from the University of Kansas where he founded KU Gaming Community his senior year. Since he graduated, KUGC has blossomed to over 450 members, and is under entirely new leadership! Sam has been recognized by Blizzard Entertainment, the developers of Hearthstone, as one of the top Innkeepers in the world. He was flown out to the Innkeeper's Summit in Irvine, CA to meet and strategize with other Innkeepers from around the globe and the developers of Hearthstone - twice! Sam was also the Innkeeper for the 2017 HCT Summer Championship at the Blizzard Arena in Burbank, CA.
Sam believes that the key to a great Hearthstone community - to any gaming community - is to provide an atmosphere where attendees feel relaxed, comfortable, and supported. KCFiresides strives to foster a community in Kansas City that Hearthstone players can call home, and treat every member as if they were a "regular" at their own fantastical Tavern.