If you're a tabletop sports game enthusiast, here's your chance to enjoy a weekend of gaming goodness with fellow fans! Join us at PLAAY-Dot-Con 2020, July 24-26, 2020 at the Hampton Inn & Suites Denver/Highlands Ranch, 3095 W County Line Rd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129.
UPDATE 01.27.20: We're now at three-quarters capacity for the convention. Planning has begun for specific events, based on the results of our first e-mail update to registered convention-goers 01.23.20. We'll have a tentative itinerary by the end of February.
This is our third year to hold this amazing event, the second year at the Highlands Ranch location. You can read about last year's event here. We kicked off the weekend with a pre-con picnic Thursday night at Redstone Park, a few minutes from the hotel. Friday's activities included a sports game flea market, "PLAAY-around" session with demos of all PLAAY games, a 24-team SECOND SEASON "Express" tournament and the first-ever FACE TO THE MAT "Throwdown" tournament! Friday evening we featured a panel discussion with sports game designers Mike Fitzgerald, Gary Brown and Grant Fines and a kids HISTORY MAKER BASEBALL tournament with the HMB "Cooperstown Collection" and custom-made personalized cards for every kid! Saturday's activities included the annual HMB "Time Machine Tournament," an expo of the in-development PLAAY basketball game, a HOCKEY BLAST All-Time-Franchise Great Teams tournament and a Fury Football mini-season! Sunday, we held our annual PLAAY Gamer Open Golf Tournament, a trading card tournament for HMB and wrapped up the convention with a raffle drawing that included 20th Anniversary Editions of the football and wrestling games and many other one-of-a-kind PLAAY prizes.
Awesome as PLAAY-Dot-CON 2019 was, our 2020 event will be even better! While we're still working on the specifics, our plan is to make every convention unique, with new events, ideas and features. For example, our annual Time Machine Tournament will have a "500" theme for 2020--that is to say, every convention-goer will get to choose from an assortment of historical baseball teams, each of which finished at or near .500 in real-life. This should make for an unpredictable tournament and an unprecedented "champion!"
Special guests? We've got 'em! "Hands On Games'" Al Wilson, "After Further Review's" Steve Tower, Gary Brown from Stone Mountain Press, and more! Game designer Mike Fitzgerald will be along to give a sneak preview of his new line of roll n' write sports games. And our resident NASCAR expert and historian, Jerry Minks, will be along to help with RED WHITE & BLUE RACIN's first convention events, including a symposium on enhancing the game's array of decision points for both solitaire (you vs. the field) and head-to-head play. It's going to be awesome!
We'll also reprise the convention raffle, one of 2019's most memorable convention events! We're putting together an even-more-amazing assortment of PLAAY raffle prizes, and every convention-goer gets a block of raffle tickets in their convention "swag bag" which you can allocate to the prize(s) you want most!
Once again the Hampton Inn & Suites is offering a special discounted group room rate for PLAAY Gamers during the convention weekend. Full, hot breakfast is included each morning as well as spacious facilities for during-and-after hours gaming all weekend long. Games, get-togethers, tournaments, prizes and FUN! Just minutes from Denver light rail (Mineral Station), which is directly accessible from Denver International Airport—you can enjoy the weekend without needing to rent a car! The hotel offers a free area shuttle that makes exploring easy. Or, spend the entire time at the hotel, with free WiFi and a world-class indoor pool to occupy your time in-between games!
Rooms are available now for PLAAY-Dot-CON 2020! To book your room, call 303-794-1800 ask for the PLAAY group. Or visit www.denverhighlandsranchsuites.hamptoninn.com and put in the group code PLA.
Your three-day PLAAY Pass includes admission to all convention events (including the pre-con picnic, Thursday night the 23rd), complimentary beverages all weekend and an epic "swag bag" filled with PLAAY Games goodies! (Last year's swag bag included an advance copy of the then un-released SECOND SEASON "Express" football game!) $69 for three-plus days of tabletop sports fun. Make plans to join us!
More information is coming in the upcoming weeks. Space is limited, so don't wait to reserve your spot—get your Three-Day PLAAY Pass today! See you in Denver for PLAAY-Dot-Con 2020!
Questions, comments? Contact us—we're happy to help!