Tickets Go Live Soon and an Invitation to Build Your Army in Shards of Infinity by Norma Gallien

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Tickets for our next Night of Gaming for Good on Top of the World, PAX Edition will be going live on June 17th during our monthly FTW Events Game Night. The ticket page will be announced that evening to those in attendance and then later that night, we'll send out the link into the multiverse here, via email and on social, so mark your calendar and be on the lookout for it especially if there are any early bird tickets to snatch up.

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That night we will also be presenting a check to the Imagine Guild with the funds raised from our successful Night of Gaming for Good on Top of the World Comic Con Edition, so if you are in Seattle, you should totally come


Build Your Armies

From our friends at Temple Gates Games comes Shards of Infinity, a new card game for iOSAndroid, and PC available now! We are still confirming details but they'll once again be in attendance at our Night of Gaming for Good.

If you can't wait until 8/30/2019, the game is available now but you can also sign up for the  TempleGatesGames.com/newsletter between now and 6/21/19 for your chance to win a copy of Shards of Infinity for your phone or PC! Three lucky winners will be selected to win this sequel app to Ascension. 

From the creators of the renowned Ascension deck-building game, Shards of Infinity combines an unprecedented level of strategy and customization into one speedy app. Win by either mastering the power of the Infinity Shard or by destroying all who oppose you.

One-hundred years ago, The Infinity Engine was shattered and its reality-bending shards have destroyed most of the world. Now, it falls upon you to gather your forces, defeat your adversaries, and rebuild the Infinity Engine! Will you survive?

Build your armies by recruiting allies and champions from four unique factions. Launch surprise attacks on your foes by instantly deploying mercenaries. Unlock limitless power by mastering the Shard of Infinity.

Shards of Infinity is the follow-up to the award winning deckbuilding game, Ascension.  

Game Features

  • 128 Cards

  • For 2-4 Players

  • Local pass and play

  • 30 minute playing time

  • Cross platform network multiplayer

  • Designed by Gary Arant and Justin Gary

  • Neural network AI based on Keldon Jones' research

  • App by Temple Gates Games, developer of Race for the Galaxy

Get it on iOS          Get it on Android          Get it on PC

Temple Gates Games has a history developing mobile boardgames.  Before digitizing Race for the Galaxy, they brought Ascension into VR. With a custom boardgame app engine and triple A background, they’re committed to bringing tabletop favorites to more players.  Accessibility features, like Jumbo Mode let mobile board game players crank up the text size for easier reading on small mobile devices.  No friends online?  No problem, players can play against AI opponents, powered by neural networks to offer a heightened challenge. 

Looking Back and Looking Forward! A midyear recap write-up. by Norma Gallien

Ahoy gamers! Happy first week of June. We’re almost to the middle of 2019 (already?!) and before you know it the summer sun will soon be rolling into town. When that happens, we know it’s time to start getting into the swing of prepping for our second event of the year: A Night of Gaming for Good on Top of the World, PAX 2019 edition, happening on August 30, 2019!

As we approach the midpoint of 2019 we thought we'd take a recap of the year so far. We're proud to continue on our mission of "gaming for good" with efforts like these.

Gaming for Good

Click on the image to see more pictures from the evening!

Click on the image to see more pictures from the evening!

On March 14, 2019 we hosted our first event of the year: A Night of Gaming for Good on Top of the World, ECCC Edition, and it was a wonderful evening of gaming and giving. For a mix of personal reasons (including but not limited to moving, new jobs, family illness and travel) the FTW team made the difficult but necessary decision to scale down this event. Though the evening was more intimate than our previous shindigs, your generosity was as stalwart and steadfast as ever and we still raised an incredible amount for the Seattle Children’s Hospital. We will be having the check presentation ceremony at our FTW Events Game Night next week on June 17th, so you should come! Without you, there wouldn’t be this awesome comically huge check to present, so as always, thank you for making it possible.

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Partners in Good

On May 19, we were excited to once again be a sponsor of Mox Boarding House’s Gauntlet, a six-week fundraising gaming marathon that ultimately pitted teams of gamers against one another in heated tabletop tournaments and other showstopping Cirque-themed festivities. We were honored to support their cause by donating four tickets to our upcoming Night of Gaming for Good on Top of the World in August.

This was all in the name of raising funds for their beneficiary, El Centro De La Raza, an organization aimed at creating a more unified community in some of Seattle’s most marginalized and underrepresented populations since 1972, helping countless lives with a range of services such as child-care, job training and cultural exchanges.

We share the belief with Mox’s Engage Committee that tabletop gaming has a unique and potent ability to bring people together and be used as a force for good.

 Looking forward

The year sped along and almost half of it is behind us but we still have our biggest even of the year to look forward to! Our focus will soon be on our Night of Gaming for Good on Top of the World, PAX West Edition on August 30, 2019. Stay tuned for more details, including when those tickets will go live (hint: very soon). Cheers!

Win the throne with your favorite princess! by Norma Gallien

In just a couple days we will be up on the 76th floor of the Columbia Tower for some dice-chucking, card-dealing, prize-winning, and fund-raising festivities! It's the last run to get tickets to the swankiest tabletop gaming at ECCC.

A Royal Appearance

Japanime Games will once again be joining us and bringing the deck-building princess game you loved last time: Heart of Crown! Fans of the game will also be excited to know that its new stand-alone expansion,Heart of Crown: Fairy Garden, will be available this April.


Lead Your Princess to the Throne

In Heart of Crown, the empire is in a time of uncertainty after the Emperor passed without naming his successor. The Emperor had no sons, only seven daughters. You must preserve the peace and unity or else the land is destined for war, and that means leading your favorite princess to the throne!

In this deck building card game, players nominate and support a Princess in a race to take the throne. Whether she can gain the support she needs from the nation and crush her rivals depends on you!

If you can't get enough of your favorite anime princesses, they'll be returning in a new stand-alone expansion!

 
 

Every year on the summer solstice the Fae arrive in the kingdom to take part in the festivities. While the citizens celebrate the warmth and light of the season, a dark cloud of uncertainty creates a heavy tension within the palace. With the struggle for the throne still raging on, how much influence will the Fairy people have over who takes the crown?

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Heart of Crown: Fairy Garden is the first set of this new block for the Heart of Crown Series. It introduces 30 new card types into the market, beautiful new artwork, and impish new abilities from the fairy realm. You can play Fairy Garden by itself or with any of your other favorite Heart of Crown sets, including the Heart of Crown base game!

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Play or Pre-Order Now

At our event, you'll be able to play and choose your favorite princess in the base game, maybe even win a copy in our raffle. But if you can't wait you can purchase Heart of Crown and pre-order Heart of Crown: Fairy Garden now! 

Otherwise, you can look forward to Heart of Crown's royal appearance at our Night of Gaming for Good on Top of the World, where we'll find out who has the best Princess! 

Heart of Crown: Fairy Garden is the first set of this new block for the Heart of Crown Series. It introduces 30 new card types into the market, beautiful new artwork, and impish new abilities from the fairy realm. You can play Fairy Garden by itself or with any of your other favorite Heart of Crown sets, including the Heart of Crown base game!

The Prize List! by Matt Winberry

The following is an evolving list of the prizes we are giving away on March 14th! We'll be adding to this up until the event, so check back often to see what's new. We are literally receiving boxes from our sponsor donors every day! Be sure to check our sponsors page often, too, as sometimes, even though they've committed, we don't know what they're sending us (it's like Christmas when we get them)!

Also, we're more than excited to have a few new names joining us! We welcome them and can't wait to see what they send us. 

Don't have tickets yet? If you like games and helping kids to boot, you definitely don't want to miss this one!

Here's the Prize List!

Platinum Sponsors

Calliope Games
12 Days (x3)
Ancestree (x3)
Capital City (x3)
Dicey Peaks (x3)
Double Double Dominoes (x3)
Hive Mind (x3)
Menu Masters (x3)
Roll For It! Deluxe Edition (x3)
Roll For It! Purple (x3)
Roll For It! Red (x3)
Running With the Bulls (x3)
Shutterbug (x3)
Thieves! (x3)
Tsuro (x3)
Tsuro of the Seas (x3)
Ugh! (x3)
Wordoku (x3)

Cheapass Games
Pairs (x200)

Gold Sponsors

Art's Ideas / Jenga Giant
Jenga Giant JS7 (x2)
Jenga Premium Hardwood Game (x4)
Jenga Ocean Game (x6)

Czech Games Edition
Adrenaline
Alchemists
Codenames XXL
Codenames Pictures XXL
Dungeon Lords
Dungeon Petz
Galaxy Trucker
Pictomania
Pulsar 2849
That’s a Question
Trapwords

Japanime Games
Heart of Crown (x6)
Tanto Cuore (x5)

Lone Shark Games
Thornwatch + The Dark of the Wood
Apocrypha Adventure Card Game Base Set + Box Two + Box Three
Apocrypha Book of Hybrids
The Ninth World + The Ninth World Play Map
Maze of Games + Theseus Guide

Mox Boarding House
Carsassonne Big Box
D&D Limited Edition Masters Core Set
Gloomhaven
Twilight Imperium IV

Osprey Games (NEW SPONSOR!!)
Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space (x2)
Escape from Colditz (x2)
Frostgrave Fantasy Wargames in the Frozen City (x2)
Frostgrave: Forgotten Pacts (x2)
Frostgrave: The Frostgrave Folio (x2)
Frostgrave Ghost Archipelago (x2)
Frostgrave Ghost Archipelago: Accessory Pack (x2)
Frostgrave Ghost Archipelago: Lost Colossus (x2)
Frostgrave Ghost Archipelago: Tales of the Lost Isles (x2)
Frostgrave: The Grimoire (x2)
Frostgrave: Into the Breeding Pits (x2)
Frostgrave: The Maze of Malcor (x2)
Frostgrave: Tales of the Frozen City (x2)
Frostgrave: Thaw of the Lich Lord (x2)
Frostgrave: Ulterior Motives (x2)
Gaslands: Post-Apocalyptic Vehicular Combat (x4)
High Society (x5)
Last Days: Zombie Apocalypse (x2)
London (x2)
The Lost Expedition (x2)
Odin’s Ravens (x2)
Sakura (x5)
Shahrazad (x2)

Paizo (WELCOME BACK!!)
Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles (x5)
Pathfinder ACG: Skull & Shackles Character Add-On Deck (x5)
Pathfinder ACG: Skull & Shackles Raiders of the Fever Sea Adventure Deck (x5)
Pathfinder ACG: Skull & Shackles Tempest Rising Adventure Deck (x5)
Pathfinder ACG: Skull & Shackles Island of Empty Eyes Adventure Deck (x5)
Pathfinder ACG: Skull & Shackles The Price of Infamy Deck (x5)
Pathfinder ACG: Skull & Shackles From Hell’s Heart Adventure Deck (x5)
Pathfinder ACG: Promo Packs (x5 of each): Ranzak, Mogmurch, Goblin Keelhaulin’, Goblin Weidling, Owlbeartross, Goblin Pegleg, Magpie Princess, Mistmourn, Goblin Buckler Gun, Goblin Lockpick, Vomit Twin, Blessing of Zogmugot
Starfinder Core Rulebook (x2)
Starfinder Alien Archive (x2)
Starfinder: The Reach of Empire (Against the Aeon Throne 1 of 3)
Starfinder: Escape from the Prison Moon (Against the Aeon Throne 2 of 3)
Starfinder: The Rune Drive Gambit (Against the Aeon Throne 3 of 3)
Starfinder: The Diaspora Strain (Signal of Screams 1 of 3)
Starfinder: The Penumbra Protocol (Signal of Screams 2 of 3)
Starfinder: Heart of Night (Signal of Screams 3 of 3)
Starfinder Flip Mat: Basic Terrain (x2)
Starfinder Flip Mat: Basic Starfield (x2)
Starfinder Pawns Base Assortment (x2)
Starfinder Core Rulebook Pawn Collection (x2)
Starfinder Alien Archive Pawn Box (x2)
Starfinder Skitter Shot (x2)

Silver Sponsors

AEG
Mystic Vale (x2)
Space Base (x3)
Smash-Up (x3)

Catan Studio
Catan
Catan: Cities and Knights
Catan: Explorers and Pirates
Catan: Seafarers
Catan: Traders and Barbarians

Inked Gaming

Fantasy Flight Games & Asmodee
Descent: Journeys in the Dark 2nd Edition
Drakon
Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game
Runebound
Runewars Miniatures Game
Rex: Final Days of an Empire

Slugfest Games
Ohava vs. Murgath (x2)
Red Dragon Inn 7: The Tavern Crew

Stronghold Games
Astro Drive
Dungeon Rush
Dungeon Rush 1
Farben
Fast Forward: Fear
Fast Forward: Flee (x2)
Fast Forward: Fortress
Felicity: The Cat in the Stack (x2)
MemoArrr!
Pit Crew (x2)

Bronze Sponsors

Asmadi Games
Bedlamb
Equinox
Flower Fall
Gold Thief
One Deck Dungeon (x2)
Whack a Catgirl (x2)

Brotherwise Games
Boss Monster + expansions
Unearth

Monocle Society
Weave (signed by designer) (x3)

Renegade Games
Clank
Spell Smashers
Trajan

Thing 12 Games
Click Click Boom
Dice of Crowns
Dice of Pirates

Top Shelf Fun
Green Meepillow (x2)
Orange Meepillow (x2)
Red Meepillow (x2)

One Week Countdown to Pi and Play by Norma Gallien

We've got less than a week until we play board games on the 76th floor of the Columbia Tower, all for a great cause! We're capping this event a bit and with it being on a Thursday night for the first time, it's shaping up to be a nice and intimate affair. We had SUCH a blast at our last event during PAX with a sold-out crowd and we'll aim for that again this fall., but this time since we’re scaling down, you'll be able to enjoy your games with a little hustle and bustle around you. 😊🎲

Do you have your tickets already?


 
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Delicious Desserts

Our event falls on Pi Day! We have to make sure we celebrate accordingly, right? We've worked with the Columbia Tower to serve some apt and fitting tasty treats. Look forward to a Pi Day full of dice-chucking diversions and delicious desserts. 🥧🥧🥧

 
 

Insert Straw Here

Please welcome our guest on honor, Stephanie Straw! She's one of the busiest personalities in the board gaming community, wearing many hats including board game producer, content creator, podcaster, and notable Extra Life contributor.

See her shenanigans at @InsertStrawHere.

 
 
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Raffle Prizes Incoming

The two weeks leading up to the event is always exciting, as this is when many of the raffle prizes come in from our sponsors. Be sure to show them some love! We're sorting through it all and we'll have a detailed prize list soon.

 

Our Next Night of Gaming for Good on Top of the World: Pi and Play! by Norma Gallien

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It's happening! Seattle recently experienced Snowmaggedon, receiving unprecedented amounts of the fluffy stuff, but we’ve managed to burrow our way out and launch our next event! On March 14, 2019, dice will be thrown, cards shuffled and dealt, and maybe a meeple or two will be mishandled at our Night of Board Gaming for Good on Top of the World.

Coincidentally, it will also Pi Day! 🥧 How appropriately geeky.

Early bird tickets are available but you'll want to get them soon because they never last long. 

We’ve hit the blindingly busy ramp-up to the event where we’re working on so much behind the scenes: we’ll keep you posted on raffle prizes, sponsors, and who our mystery VIP guests will be in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

Event Recap and Wishing You Seasons Greetings! by Norma Gallien

Together with an amazing community of gamers, FTW Events raised $10,200 for the Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Uncompensated Care Fund and $1,000 for our fellow geeks at WorldBuilders. In addition to these funds, our Games for Kids Raffle resulted in 32 games being gifted to the Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Inpatient Playroom.

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