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We need a few more volunteers!

Tony Tony
Jun 14

We are looking for a few more volunteers for Go Play NW!
We’re looking for folks who are willing to help us out in the following capacities: facilitate donuts – act as greeters and roamers – work at the registration table – host gaming tables. Volunteers will be asked to work 2-3 gaming slots and will receive a free ticket to Go Play NW as compensation (if you’ve already bought your ticket, we’ll refund you). Please email info@goplaynw.org if you’re interested or have further questions.

Meals at Go Play NW

Tony Tony
Jun 10

Gaming all day is great, but don’t forget to fuel your body.
One of the great perks of our venue is that all Go Play NW tickets include lunch in the Seattle University cafeteria. This makes it really easy to keep gaming without having to worry about where you’re going for lunch and how long it’s going to take.
When you register, the front desk staff in Campion Hall will give you a meal card redeemable in the Cafeteria during the Go Play NW lunch break. The cafeteria has a good selection of food that typically includes some gluten-free and vegan options. It’s also a great opportunity to sit down and have lunch with new and old friends. If you have purchased an on-campus dorm room, breakfast is also included with your ticket.
This year we will not have the Friday Night Feast, but we are planning an informal gathering at the Rhein Haus, just a few blocks from the venue. This gathering will occur over the Friday dinner slot. All are welcome.
The Capitol Hill neighborhood also has a great selection of food options starting a few blocks from the convention site. Just East of Campion Hall you’ll find 12th avenue, which runs North-South through the neighborhood. A couple of blocks north you’ll find Starbucks, Subway, and an assortment of restaurants and fast food options. Rhein Haus, near 12th and Marion has a lot of tables and is a common dinner-time stop for folks from Go Play NW.
Further North, 12th moves into the Capitol Hill commercial area, which includes numerous restaurants, cocktail bars, brew pubs, and fast food restaurants.

Thank you, community!

Tony Tony
Jun 08

This year we decided to try something new for Go Play NW with GPNW sponsorships. We asked the community to sponsor some people to attend Go Play, and the community stepped up. Thanks to generous members of our community, 31 days worth of sponsorships were gifted. These sponsorships are going to people who otherwise might not be able to attend Go Play for financial or other reasons. Thank you! You help make Go Play better.
You can still buy a sponsorship to Go Play when you purchase your tickets. Any sponsorships paid for after today will be used for next year’s event.

Scheduled games for Go Play NW 2019!

Tony Tony
Jun 03

Game scheduling is open!
Go Play NW always has a mix of scheduled games and games that are organized on site. You can have a great time at Go Play without scheduling a single game.
That said, scheduled games are great for players and game masters who have games they really want to enjoy at the convention. Head over to the game scheduling forum and check it out.
Is there a game you really, really wan to play, or can’t run yourself? We have a great community of game masters and facilitators at Go Play NW. Post your game wishlist in the brainstorming forum and there’s a good chance someone will be willing to run it. Or, if you prefer discord, post about it in the Go Play NW Discord channel.
We always need more scheduled games! So if you’ve never run one at Go Play before, consider making this the year to run your own game!
HOW TO GET IN A GAME
Head over to the Game Scheduling forum and look at the games on offer. Post in the thread for any game you want to join. If there are slots free, the game master will add you to the list.
HOW TO POST A GAME
Official game scheduling is handled through our forums. To schedule a game, start a new threat and put the time slot for the game at the start of thread title, like this:

FRI-01 Masks in the Dark (4 players)
Tell us how many people you’re looking for, what game system you’re using, and anything else we should know. Let us know if this is a playtest or kitbashed game. You will be asked to finalize your roster a few days before Go Play and post a list of who is playing in your game.
Scheduled games will be printed and posted at Go Play. If you don’t get a full crew, don’t worry. People can still sign up at the event

 

Meet the Team!

Tony Tony
May 22

Go Play NW is getting closer! I want to take a few minutes to introduce our team for this year. One thing you may notice is that our team is a lot bigger than in past years (a little more on that later).
John Powell, Philip LaRose, and Tony Dowler (me) will be continuing in our roles on the Go Play NW team this year.
We’ve also added three new members:
ET: ET will be joining us as volunteer coordinator this year. In the past, the volunteer coordinator has typically been brought into planning late in the process. With the growth that Go Play NW has been experiencing, we realized it was far past time to make the volunteer coordinator part of the core team from the start. ET has worked with Narrative Games Northwest, Games on Demand, and other organizations, in addition to being a stalwart volunteer and donut organizer for us in recent years. We’re happy to have ET on board!
Eric Levanduski: Eric ran our very successful streaming room last year and has agreed to come on again this year as streaming coordinator. He’s going to be very active in recruiting a group of streamers and helping them to showcase their craft at Go Play NW. Streaming is playing a huge role in expanding the hobby and extending the positive impact it can have on people’s lives. Eric has had amazing success streaming Indie and other RPGs on his Twitch channel, EricVulgaris. We’re very happy to be able to have him on our team.
Isaac Thummel: Isaac was instrumental in helping us coordinate opening day last year, which is only one of the reasons we’ve asked him to join us as the hospitality bard for Go Play NW. Isaac has rich experience working in the hospitality industry and is an all-around great person. Isaac and his team will be helping us make Go Play NW a friendly, safe place for gaming.
Go Play NW has been growing steadily since it began in 2007. And as it has grown, its membership has changed. On average, nearly half of the people at Go Play NW each year are attending for the first time. Not only that, but more and more of our members are new to gaming, new to story games, and even new to the Seattle area. We believe that growing the team is an essential step to improving and evolving the convention for everybody’s benefit.
This year will also feature an expanded team of volunteers. As we sifted through the feedback from last year, it became very clear to us that the key to improving Go Play NW and making it a convention that can continue to grow was to get more help. Growing the core team and recruiting more volunteers is the first essential step to improving everything else about Go Play NW.
We’re really excited for this year. We hope this will be the best year yet. See you in July!

Sponsor someone to attend Go Play!

Tony Tony
Apr 19

One of the things we’ve been hearing from our community is that the cost of attending Go Play NW is significant expense for many people. While there are a lot of things we can do to keep the cost low, we’re also limited by the expenses we have to meet to hold the convention. That’s why we have introduced a sponsorship option alongside our ticket sales for this year.
Now, when you purchase your tickets to Go Play NW, you can also choose to sponsor someone for one or three days at Go Play NW. We will use all of these funds to provide Go Play NW passes to members of the community who might otherwise find it difficult or impossible to attend. Several people have already donated memberships!
Our goal with this program is to make our community more accessible and diverse. If you know someone who you think would make a great addition to our community, or who you know faces financial barriers to attending, please email us at info@goplaynw.org. Let us know who the person is, how we can reach them, and why you would like them to receive a sponsorship. We cannot guarantee that everyone will get a sponsorship, but we will do our best.
We believe that a larger, more inclusive community, wither fewer barriers to participation makes Go Play NW better for everyone!
You can register for Go Play NW and sponsor another attendee by going to the registration page.
EDIT: Just wanted to add that we will hand out all sponsorships for this year’s Go Play by June 7. Any sponsorships we get after that day will be saved and used to sponsor someone next year.

Registration for Go Play NW 2019 is now open!

Philip Philip
Apr 16

Great news, everybody! Registration for Go Play NW 2019 is now open at our Eventbee page.
The event begins on Friday afternoon, with check-in and rooms available starting at 1 PM, and an afternoon game slot at 2 PM. We’re also working on plans for a Friday evening social gathering to help welcome newcomers and give returning members a chance to catch up. As previously mentioned, we have decided to retire the Friday/Saturday Feast this year to better manage expenses and explore new options to improve the event.
Dorm rooms are available for overnight stays on the Seattle U campus for a very reasonable price, with options for an additional evening’s stay if you’re traveling out on Monday. An important note: once again this year, Seattle U has informed us they have limitations on available rooms, but it’s a little more complicated—we are expecting:

  • no more than 48 double-occupancy rooms (possibly slightly fewer) available in Campion Hall for stays checking out by Monday.
  • up to 30 double-occupancy rooms in the nearby Bellarmine Hall for stays checking out on Sunday.

Unfortunately we don’t yet have the exact number of rooms available in Campion Hall, so early registration is advised if you want to stay through Sunday night to check out Monday. Of course we can and will use double-occupancy rooms for single occupancy reservations, but consider finding a roommate if you want to be sure of a bed on site.
All attendance options include a meal card for lunch in the campus cafeteria; overnight reservations include breakfast as well as lunch.
You can also order the official Go Play NW 2019 shirt, designed as always by John Harper, on the registration page. All shirts must be picked up at the event; we do not ship shirts.
So go register now! We’ll see you in July!

Changes ahead and the retirement of the Friday Feast

Tony Tony
Apr 08

As we get ready to open registration for this year’s Go Play NW, we want to let you know about some changes!
First, we are expanding our staff. Look for an announcement soon about our new volunteer coordinator. In past years, the volunteer coordinator has been added to staff late in the process and has been largely autonomous from the rest of the planning process. This year, we’re getting the coordinator–and some select volunteers–involved earlier to help us better organize the con.
Secondly, we’ve made some changes that will enable us to have a larger volunteer staff and to comp ticket prices for volunteers. We think this will have a big impact to making a better Go Play.
Sadly, this change comes at a price. We have decided to forgo the Friday feast this year. Over the years, the cost of the feast has only gone up steadily—so much so that covering the cost of the convention has become difficult! Cancelling the feast means that we can improve Go Play NW and even grow without having to raise prices again.
Even with the feast gone, we still want a chance for everyone to socialize, reconnect, and meet new people. To that end, we’re working on an off-campus gathering for Friday night at a location near the convention. We will have more news on this as we work out the details.
We’d love to hear your thoughts. You can always contact us at info@goplaynw.org or via twitter @goplaynw.

Results of the GPNW 2018 Feedback Survey

Tony Tony
Mar 18

Last year, we asked you to respond to a short survey regarding your Go Play NW 2018 experience. 72 of you responded, and you gave us some great feedback to think about as we start planning for Go Play NW 2019. Thank you for feedback! It has been incredibly helpful to us.
Here’s what we learned:
1. Satisfaction with Go Play NW is high
The first thing we learned is that Go Play NW has a huge amount of good will with the community. On average, you rated Go Play NW 9.8 out of 10. That’s huge! And we’re humbled that people are so happy with Go Play NW.

2. But newcomers have higher expectations
However, we also noticed that first-time attendees were less likely to recommend Go Play NW than any other category, at 8.75 out of 10. We take this as a serious call to action. We are working hard to figure out how we need to change so that we can grow without losing what makes Go Play NW unique.
3. And we have a lot of areas we can improve on
Even though you rated Go Play NW highly, we also got a lot of feedback on what you thought could be better. A large number of people who responded gave us clear, actionable feedback relating to one or more areas we can improve on.
We identified 6 main areas we can improve, based on your feedback:

  • Challenges finding and getting into games through sign-ups or the donut
  • Poor communications from the con or difficulty finding information
  • A need for more quiet gaming spaces
  • The price of the convention
  • The feast and refreshments
  • The desire for a more diverse convention and leadership


As you can imagine, a lot of our discussion and plans for 2019 revolve around these topics. We think that we can improve on every one of these for 2019. But total improvement is going to take a little time. So, we’ve identified a few topics we’re going to concentrate on this year. Expect another post soon on this topic!

Go Play NW 2019

Tony Tony
Jan 28

Go Play NW 2019 will be held July 5-7, 2019. Mark it on your calendars!

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