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Plans for 2021

Philip Philip
May 05

Well, it sure has been a year. Here at Go Play NW headquarters, we’ve been hunkered down, doing our best to follow good health and safety guidelines with proper diligence, and we’ve had the good fortune to avoid catching COVID-19. We hope all of you have stayed safe and healthy, too.
Back in February, we were happy to see the hope of effective vaccines start to be fulfilled. But we looked at how much still had to be done and saw that there was still no guarantee that we could safely hold an in-person event in July, so we decided once again that we would not schedule one for this year. Even now at the start of May, with far more progress than expected happening on vaccinations and all of our staff likely to be fully vaccinated by the beginning of June, here in Seattle and King County we’re seeing the likelihood of greater restrictions being rolled back into place as infection rates rose in recent weeks. So caution is justified, and while we miss you all terribly, we’ll stay hopeful that we will reach a sufficiently safe level to hold an in-person event next year.
Meanwhile, we also decided to pick up the work we’d done last year on organizing an online event. Although we know some amount of online fatigue has set in for many people, we still think it’d be good to have some opportunity to reconnect this year rather than keep everything on hold yet another year. We’re not quite ready to announce specifics, but we can tell you that we’re looking at doing a few separate one-day events—a “lobby con” day just to hang out and say hello to friends, a donut day for impromptu pick-up gaming, and a prescheduled day for planning some games in advance. We’re aiming for August and hope to have specific dates to announce soon. We hope you’ll join us!
As always, follow us on Twitter @GoPlayNW and come join us on our Discord server. See you soon!

Moving forward to 2021

Philip Philip
Sep 02

As the year churns along, we’ve been quietly working behind the scenes to figure out what we can do, what makes sense to do, in these strange times. In the wake of deciding to cancel an in-person event for the year, we put a lot of discussion and some planning toward hosting events online this year. As we went through that process, we realized we needed to do some substantial work to better support the safety and accessibility needs for online games, as well as increase the diversity of our attendees—and that work applies to in-person events as well. We were also mindful that both the pandemic and participation in the protest movement against police brutality may make it difficult for our community to participate. Consequently, we decided to poll our members via Twitter and Discord to see whether people felt that the best use of our time and effort was to continue planning some kind of online events, or to redirect that effort into improving the organization overall and preparing for (hopefully) holding an in-person event next year.
The results of that poll were largely in favor of focusing our efforts toward next year, and so that is what we are now doing. While we’re sad not to host any kind of event this year—our first break after 13 years, since starting in 2007—we believe it’s important to provide the best experience we can, and worthwhile to take advantage of these disruptive times and step back to see what we can improve for future events. We appreciate your feedback and support as we go through this process.
We apologize for being largely silent here on the website; do follow us on Twitter @GoPlayNW, where we’re more likely to post. We also have a Discord server, which we invite you to join.
We love you all, and we hope to be able to see you in person at Go Play NW in 2021! Thanks for being part of Go Play NW with us.

Important news about Go Play NW 2020

Tony Tony
Apr 10

We are officially canceling our in-person event for 2020.
The duration of restrictions on gatherings continues to be uncertain—but the necessity of keeping everyone safe IS certain.
We will, however, be organizing an online-only event for this year. We’re still working on the details, but we’ll have more news soon!

Go Play NW Dates! July 10-12, 2020

Tony Tony
Mar 02

Hello everybody, we have some dates for you!
Mark your calendars for July 10-12, 2020. See you there!

Share your stories in the Afterglow

Tony Tony
Jul 09

The afterglow forum is open!
What games did you play this year? What was the best part of Go Play for you? Any thing the organizers could have done better? Share it in the afterglow: http://www.goplaynw.org/forums/viewforum.php?f=63

Attention Gamemasters! How to finalize your games.

Tony Tony
Jul 01

Hey everybody, it’s time for gamemasters to start finalizing scheduled games!
If you have offered a game on the forums, please fill out the Go Play NW 2019 Event form BEFORE WEDNESDAY July 3. (https://forms.gle/dBqBgW2fNAdnqmMt9)
The online form is new this year, and will make things run a lot more smoothly for scheduled games.
We will be printing final forms for the convention on Wednesday. Having GM’s fill out the details for their events will helps us make sure these are accurate and will save the crew a ton of time and work. You will still be able to make adjustments to the printed sheets at the con.
Thanks for your time and for running a game at Go Play NW!

Streaming at Go Play NW

Tony Tony
Jun 29

We’re excited to have live streaming of tabletop games from Go Play NW this year, for the second year in a row.
Why streaming? Streaming games helps is a way to share the games that we love with a wider audience, and to let people participate in this in new ways. Streaming expands awareness of the hobby and builds communities beyond the physical limits of our space.
How is Go Play NW supporting streaming? We’ll have a streaming room and some equipment set aside for scheduled streaming of games.
How can I participate if I’m not a streamer? The best way to participate is to join in on Twitch, check out the game, and maybe even chat for a bit. Follow Go Play NW on Twitch at https://twitch.tv/goplaynw to see who’s streaming or use the Twitch mobile app. We will be streaming games at various times throughout the con.
Can I stream a game? We have limited resources to support streaming from the streaming room. The room is not available without prior scheduling. If you want to use the streaming room, please fill out this online form or email info@goplaynw.org.
You don’t have to check with us if you want to stream on your own from another location. Please respect other attendees wishes and always ask before broadcasting anyone.

Re-introducing the Saturday Lottery!

Tony Tony
Jun 28

This year we are re-introducing the Saturday lottery, a staple of many Go Plays past!
In the SAT-02 slot,we will be having the Go Play NW lottery. This takes place of the regular donut. The lottery is an opportunity to meet some new people and possibly play something you’ve never played before. Here’s how it works:

  1. All participants place their badges into the badge bin.
  2. Four badges are drawn. These four gamers will play a game together.
  3. Continue until everyone has a group.

We will have a library of board and role-playing games on hand to help people find something to play.
And if the lottery isn’t your jam, we understand. We also expect to have lots of scheduled games on site or set up through the game scheduling forum.

July 5th Friday Night Dinner

Tony Tony
Jun 24

We’re not having a catered feast this year, but that doesn’t mean there’s no opportunity to hang out and meet some new people.
We have reserved a bunch of tables at Rhein Haus for dinner of July 5th from 6-8 pm. This is around the corner from campus at 912 12th Ave. Rhein Haus is an all-ages establishment with a variety of food and drink options. Rhein Haus has big communal tables, so this is a great opportunity to socialize.
Update: Rhein Haus was able to move us to a space on the main floor where there will be more seating, including tables with high-backed chairs for those who find bench seating difficult to use.

Is the game you want full? Here's what to do

Tony Tony
Jun 21

Did you go to the Game Scheduling Forum and find a game you love, only to find out it’s full? There are a few things you can do about that.
Go Play NW has a lot of pickup gaming. New games will be scheduled all weekend long, and there’s a self-organizing session, the “donut”, before each round. But if you prefer scheduled games, here are a few suggestions to help you find the game you want to play.
1. If a game is full, post in the thread to see if there’s a waitlist or if someone wants to start a second table. When you have a group of people who all love the same game, there’s a good chance more than one of them know how to facilitate it. If you ask, you may find out there’s enough interest to get a second table going.
2. Post about it in the brainstorming forum or on the Go Play NW Discord. It doesn’t hurt to ask around. It could be that there are several other people who feel the same way and want to play the same game you want.
3. Offer it yourself. Not everyone feels comfortable running a game or putting it on the schedule. Nut if you’ve never run a game before, maybe this is the year to give it a try!
Not getting to play the game you want is always a disappointment, but remember, there are always more games. Come with an open mind, and you will never lack for games to play.
See you in July!

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