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PLAAY Games Chicago Basketball "Hoop-La" Event, March 16, 2019

Canadian PLAAY Gamers"Hockey Day in Pittsburgh!": PLAAY Gamers gathered at the Baldwin UMC for the 2018 "Commissioner's Surprise" HOCKEY BLAST Tournament! From left: Art Campana, Derek Jones, Matt Dante, George Peete, David Rubinstein, Rick Lawes, Tom Cline, Mark Russell. We hope to have the same level of sports passion—for basketball—at the Chicago Hoop-LA Event! READ ON...

Over the past few years, we've gotten an increasing number of queries about whether or not we have plans for developing a basketball game. It's the obvious gap in the PLAAY sports line-up, for sure. However, making a basketball game is easier said than done, as we outlined in this PLAAY Games newsletter article.

Well, to help fulfill one of our 2019 New Year's resolutions, we're going to spend a little R&D time on basketball, and you're invited to brainstorm along with us! The PLAAY Games "Hoop-LA" Event happens Saturday March 16th, the day before selections are announced for the NCAA College Basketball Tournament! Yep—we're hoping that an dash of March Madness will put us in a creative happy place and maybe get development rolling for a PLAAY basketball game!

Join us at Grognard Games, 839 N Roselle Rd, Roselle, IL 60172 starting at noon. Grognard Games is located on the north east corner of Nerge and Roselle Road, right next to Uncle Bill's Diner. Todd Warren is "the man" at Grognard Games, and his passion is providing a fun, comfortable, and inviting environment to play your favorite games. Long-time gamer or newbie, young or old or anywhere in between, "ALL gamers are welcome at Grognard Games!"

There's no charge to attend the PLAAY Games "Hoop-LA" Event, and no RSVP is needed (although we'd love to know ahead of time if you're planning to be there!). Just show up and be prepared to play-test, debrief, express opinions and make suggestions about what makes a basketball board game FUN, and what doesn't. We value your opinion!

Saturday's event will be all basketball. We'll gather at noon and spend a little time getting acquainted. Around 12:30, I'll give overviews of what we're calling "Game One" "Game Two" and "Game Three." While we'll demo Games One and Two and talk about their plusses and minuses, most of our time will be spent on "Game Three," which is the game engine that is most-developed and I think has the most promise. As is always the case with play-testing, we'll need to be flexible. But the basic plan going in is to show everyone how to play the game, and then break down into groups of two or three to actually play. I've created a set of eight fictional college teams, and we'll conduct our own three-round "March Madness" tournament, starting around 1PM. I anticipate we'll be finished no later than 4PM. At that point, we'll spend about an hour decompressing and exchanging thoughts/brainstorming ideas. We should be finished by 5 PM.

Our "official" event hotel will be the Courtyard Marriott Schaumburg/Woodfield Mall, 1311 American Lane, Schaumburg IL 60173. Several of us will be arriving in Chicago Friday, and staying there Friday and Saturday night. We'll plan to have an informal get-together Friday night at the hotel, starting around 7PM in the hotel common area. We'll go over the game materials and maybe get a few practice quarters in, in anticipation of Saturday's full play-test. (We'll also plan on playing some head-to-head Fury Football, and maybe some other PLAAY Games activities as well!)

Here's your chance to hang out for an afternoon of sports board game fun with other folks who share your passion, for FREE! How great is THAT!? Please do let us know if you're thinking of coming—hope to see you there!

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