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 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!


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.


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!

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