2018 was a banner year for PLAAY Games, and one of the high points was our very FIRST convention, PLAAY-Dot-CON 2018! It was three days of spectacular sports board game fun—so much fun, we've decided to do it again for 2019!
The 2018 event was super-fun, everyone had a great time! Check out the photos and stories from PLAAY Dot CON 2018!
The 2019 con will be even better! We've booked bigger facilities—more than double the space of the 2018 con—and added more organized activities. We'll also get an earlier start on things Friday, and will play into the evening on Saturday. So it'll be a FULL three days of sports board games and related activities.
PLAAY Dot CON 2019 will be held July 19-21st at the recently-constructed Hampton Inn and Suites in Highlands Ranch. There'll also be an informal "pre-con" get-together Thursday evening, July 18th. Tickets are available right now at a special early-bird rate, $49. Your ticket covers all four days of activities, and lets you compete in any of our organized tournament events, discussion groups and demo sessions, as many as you want! The "Early Bird" rate will be in effect until December 31st. Starting January 1, the advance ticket price will increase to $66.
The Hampton Inn and Suites Highlands Ranch is offering convention-goers a special room rate of $135 (normal price is $179). The hotel features all the amenities of a business-class hotel including hot tub and pool, laundry and exercise facilities, free hot breakfast, free parking, free shuttle service, quick access to RTD's Mineral Station (light rail) and much more. Special bonus: the hotel has amazing views of the Rocky Mountains! To get the special convention rate, call 303-794-1800 ask for the PLAAY group rate. Or visit www.denverhighlandsranchsuites.hamptoninn.com and put in the group code PLM
We're planning a full schedule of games and fun, with a fine-tuned itinerary based on what was most popular at the inaugural event. We'll have another HISTORY MAKER BASEBALL Time Machine Tournament, another two-round HISTORY MAKER GOLF tournament, an all-time great HOCKEY BLAST tournament, and organized events for football and soccer. New this year, we'll conduct a head-to-head FACE TO THE MAT "Three-For-All Throwdown" event similar to what we did at the Recruits Convention in Kansas City (complete with another briefcase full of MONEY!) And we'll also be looking for play-testers for some NEW games we're trying out! You can be among the first-ever to play them!
PLUS, we'll have a great line-up of special guests, including game designer Mike Fitzgerald (Baseball Highlights 2045, Football Highlights 2052, etc.), AFR's Steve Tower, and MORE!
While we haven't set the specific final itinerary yet, we can give you a basic overview of what PLAAY Dot CON 2019 will look like.
THURSDAY EVENING: Informal pre-CON get-together,"burger burn" at Redstone Park. Just a few minutes away from the convention hotel. Burgers, brats, lawn games, fun. Included in your ticket price. 6-9PM.
FRIDAY: Registration will start at 10AM (a couple hours earlier that in 2018), along with a sports game "flea market" for early-arrivers. Organized game activities will start at noon, pizza at 5PM (included in your ticket price). At 6 PM, we'll have a special Guest Game Designer panel discussion, featuring Mike Fitzgerald (Baseball Highlights 2045), Grant Fines (49 Football North and South) and Gary Brown (Legends of Boxing, Grid Zone, Quick Fixture Soccer). Then more games 7-10 PM.
SATURDAY: All day organized game events and open play, 9AM to 9PM, featuring our centerpiece event, the HISTORY MAKER BASEBALL Time Machine Tournament! Lunch at noon (included in your ticket price), followed by a full-on HOCKEY BLAST tournament and an introductory session for our still-in-development basketball game. If you prefer LIVE sports on Saturday night, there's MLS action at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, the Colorado Rapids vs. New York FC. You'll also be just a few miles away from the world-renowned Bandimere Speedway, where the NHRA Mile High Nationals will be going on Saturday night! VROOM VROOOOM! (Bring your ear plugs!)
SUNDAY: All day organized game events and open play, 9AM to 4PM. There'll be "Sunday Golf" with our second annual PLAAY Gamer HISTORY MAKER GOLF Open Tournament—every convention attendee will get their own personalized set of HMG golfer cards, choose whichever competitive profile you prefer: big hitter, magician, irons wizard! There'll also be a Fury Football event where we'll probably play a short season and conduct playoffs and a title game, all in the space of a couple hours!
We hope you'll plan to be a part of a bigger, better PLAAY Dot CON 2019! For information about accommodations, you can contact the hotel directly, here's the link to the hotel website. Take advantage of the "Early Bird" ticket rate and save 25%! Purchase your PLAAY-Dot-CON Three Day PLAAY-Pass HERE! If you have questions about the convention, contact us!
(Please note that tickets for PLAAY-Dot-CON 2019 are NON-refundable, sorry! However, if you aren't able to attend, you'll still get your convention goodie bag shipped to you, packed full of one-of-a kind sports game stuff!)