See WMGSO Live At WashingCon!

 
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A little gaming music with your gaming? Don't mind if you do! WashingCon is extremely excited to announce that the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra (WMGSO), the DMV's only orchestra and choir exclusively dedicated to the performance of video game music, will discuss their work and give two performances. WMGSO will be available for the duration of the convention at their table in the main hall for folks to meet them and hear samples of their performances. WMGSO's small ensembles will perform on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 5:30 p.m., both in the panel room located in the West Lobby.


Now in its sixth year, WMGSO performs regularly for hundreds of gaming and music enthusiasts. Space for their performance at WashingCon will be limited, so be sure to arrive early to hear them live! The transportational effect of music adds much to the gaming experience and we're lucky to have WMGSO in attendance this year.year.

2019 Featured Designer: Elizabeth Hargrave

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We’re excited to announce that this year’s featured game designer at WashingCon 2019 will be Elizabeth Hargrave, creator of Wingspan! Every year we hope to be a place where local designers can work on their games and share them with the community. Elizabeth has been at WashingCon every year since our inception, play-testing Wingspan and, now that it’s out in the wild, we’re very lucky to have her back again to show it off.

 

If you’re not yet familiar with Wingspan, it’s the engine-building, birdwatching, egg laying, scientifically accurate game for 1-5 players where you compete to score points off birds that you collect and place in their ecologically appropriate niches. If that has’t cleared things up you can read some of the very nice things that folks have been saying about it both here and here! And, If you’re a fan of interesting game design thoughts and local creators, please give Elizabeth a follow on twitter right here. She’ll be at WashingCon hanging out and demoing her game so come on out to say hi to her and give Wingspan a spin.

Ticket sales open Monday April 1st at 7pm and will be at the discounted price of $40 for a short time only, so make sure to purchase your tickets early for the best deal to meet the DMV’s most interesting new designer!

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WashingCon 2019 Announcement!

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WashingCon 2019 is officially happening! After much wrangling we are excited to announce that we will once again be bringing you D.C.’s finest two days of tabletop at our usual home, the Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center on September 7th and 8th.

Tickets will go on sale on April 1st at 7 pm. And, as we have done previously, two-day passes will start at the loooooooow price $40. Purchasing your tickets in advance helps us cover costs and get the convention up and running so we try to show our appreciation for those of you who get their badges early. Please note though that we cannot afford to keep prices this low forever and after the initial sale they will return to full price! So, to get the best possible deal, we recommend that you get yours as soon as they are available!

If you would like to be more involved with WashingCon 2019 whether through volunteering, making a donation or becoming a sponsor please check out our website right here. We’ll be reminding everyone about these opportunities in the next month but if you’ve participated in the past and are ready to do so again we encourage you to jump in!

Also please keep an eye on our website and twitter over the coming weeks. We’ll be announcing the various game nights, guests, and special events that we hope to bring to the DMV’s gaming community this year. We love putting all of this together and we’re excited that your continued support of WashingCon has allowed us to return again for a fifth convention. Thank you all and we’ll see you in September!

Dragon's Demize at WashingCon

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WashingCon couldn’t happen without the support we receive from our community, and no one has been supporting us longer than our official podcast, Dragon’s Demize. With us now for all four years, Dragon’s Demize, the creation of Jakub, Greg, and Lesley, is a podcast of game reviews, RPG advice, buying guides, live convention coverage and much more. They've also created a whole mess of videos such as actual plays, Board Games Bistro (how-to-plays) and all sorts of other cardboard-focused content for your tabletop-loving soul.

With 120 episodes of their podcast already available, as well as dozens of videos, there’s something for every type of games enthusiast. So, if you like games (you do, or you wouldn’t be here!), please head over to their website, subscribe to their podcast and give them a listen! Jakub, Greg and Lesley will all be at WashingCon this weekend, helping out, talking tabletop, and casting some pod, so stop by their booth to say hi and ask them for some sage gaming advice. They’ve been supporting us for so long and we hope that you all will support them too by checking out their great content below on their website and twitch.

Final Week of Ticket Sales

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WashingCon is coming up in just four days, which means that if you haven't grabbed your tickets yet, now is the time! We're really excited to bring you two days of tabletop games here in DC for the fourth year in a row, and we hope that as many of you as possible in the DMV's gaming community can join us. We will be sending out information very soon about parking, metro access, and all of the little need-to-know details for everyone who has already purchased their tickets. So, for all of you who have, keep an eye on your email in the next few days. Any for everyone else, badges are going much faster than in years past so, to guarantee your spot, don't forget to reserve yours ASAP. 

North Star Games Evolution Tournament

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Our friends from North Star Games are coming back to WashingCon this year and will be hosting a tournament of Evolution, their strategy game of species and specialization! To win at Evolution you must guide to your species to victory by carefully selecting adaptations, while acquiring enough food to feed your rapidly evolving species and keep opponents at bay. Watch out for other species that evolve sharp teeth, though, or else you become the alternative source of food for your friends' creatures! This tournament will take place on Sunday at 10:30 am and has limited seating so sign up here

 

North Star Games will also be in the main hall demoing their amazing stuff and doing some play testing so come on down to their booth and check out games like Warsaw: City of Ruins, Most Wanted, Monster Match and many, many more fine products. They have been incredible supporters of the local gaming community over the last few years we're thrilled to have them at WashingCon again, representing the DC area's game publishers.

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Event Schedule Is Up!

Most of you know that WashingCon is more than just our huge open gaming hall. Beyond providing you the opportunity to enjoy some new games with friends we also have events, tournaments and speakers for all of your additional gaming-related needs. Well, we're less than four weeks away and the schedule of events is now up! 

 

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This year we have several tournaments back from last year such as Catan, Pitch Car and Carcassonne, as well as a ton of new new events like Codenames, King of Tokyo and Giant Between Two Cities! In addition we're going to have a series of panels with local designers talking about what it takes to create your own games, an introduction to Wargaming with Jason Matthews and the event that we are so excited to present: Tiny Dungeon!

Almost all of our events are free with your admission, but many require a reserved seat to participate. These seats tend to go fast so we strongly encourage you to sign up as early as possible, right here, if you want a spot!

We will have additional events being added as the details are figured out so be sure to check back here for details!

WashingCon Hotel Rates Available

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Good news, everyone!

The Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center, where we hold WashingCon each year, has reserved a block of rooms at a discounted price for our attendees! We know that for many of you it will be inconvenient or downright impossible to make it back and forth from home to the convention in one night. And, for those of you who need to find lodgings in the DC area, the alternatives can be grim: find another hotel who-knows-how-many metro stops away from the Con or, worst of all, maybe even spending a night on a friend's spine-destroying air mattress. But you don't need to suffer like that for a weekend of excellent gaming! To maximize back comfort and gaming time while minimizing your travel we recommend staying with us, right here, at the conference center. 

The hotel will only guarantee the reduced rates if you purchase before August 7th so don't delay!

In addition, as some of you already know, WashingCon has an excellent slate of late night events as well. Two Rooms and A Boom, social deduction games and a whole lot more hit the floor right around 8 pm on Saturday. And once those wrap up, even though the main hall closes, we will still have space open, adjacent to the main hall, where the most die hard gamers can keep it going until the wee hours of the morning. We certainly will, and we hope a lot of you can join us. 

So, if you are interested in prolonging your gaming time, grab a hotel room Saturday!

Exceptional T-Shirts for Sale!

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There are a lot of good ways to remember your WashingCon experience. Taking pictures, slapping your memories up on Instagram or reliving your board game glory by endlessly reminding your friends of how you came from behind to win the Ticket to Ride tournament. But NOTHING memorializes your convention-going like fine chestwear!

WashingCon's 2018 official shirt, available here, is the best way to wear your love for WashingCon quite literally on your sleeve. Emblazoned with this year's sweet DC themed logo, this is the shirt 100% most likely to make your eyes mist over while thinking "Damn that was a fun convention" every time you put it on. Guaranteed to lower analysis paralysis and substantially improve your dice rolls while looking stylish, these shirts can be purchased at our website and will be available for pick at the convention. Reserve your's today!