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?


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!


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
Codenames XXL
Codenames Pictures XXL
Dungeon Lords
Dungeon Petz
Galaxy Trucker
Pulsar 2849
That’s a Question

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
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)

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

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

Catan Studio
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
Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game
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
Fast Forward: Fear
Fast Forward: Flee (x2)
Fast Forward: Fortress
Felicity: The Cat in the Stack (x2)
Pit Crew (x2)

Bronze Sponsors

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

Brotherwise Games
Boss Monster + expansions

Monocle Society
Weave (signed by designer) (x3)

Renegade Games
Spell Smashers

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?


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.


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


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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Tasty on Top of the World by Norma Gallien

Our Night of Gaming for Good on Top of the World, Pax Edition--saying it might be a mouthful but it's a mouthful of delicious food. The Columbia Tower Club kitchen will be bringing you a variety of delicious choices with the exclusive VIP selection and the General Admission Buffet!

May we present the dinner and drink menus! 

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It's shaping up to be a fan-Tak-stic evening! by Norma Gallien

My next several hours were spent learning how to play Tak. Even if I had not been nearly mad with idleness, I would have enjoyed it. Tak is the best sort of game: simple in its rules, complex in its strategy. Bredon beat me handily in all five games we played, but I am proud to say that he never beat me the same way twice.
— Kvothe, The Wise Man’s Fear

Tak was first introduced in the second installment of The Kingkiller ChronicleThe Wise Man’s Fear, written by our guest of honor, Patrick Rothfuss, and later brought to life by designer James Ernest and published by Cheapass Games. It is a beautiful, elegant two-player abstract strategy game reminiscent of classics like Go and mancala. Cheapass Games has been a longtime friend and sponsor of our events and they have completely outdone themselves, sending us multiple copies of Tak to celebrate the occasion!


Not only will there be demos of Tak throughout the night, you have a chance to win copies of Tak University Edition in our raffle, and our VIPs also receive a copy of Tak the Tavern Set. VIPs sit at the table with our Guests of Honor, Pat Rothfuss himself and game designer Gaby Weidling, in addition to receiving a whole host of other VIP perks


Tak has been hailed as a lovely elegant abstract game but if you are also in the mood to, say, burn down some villages and wreak some havoc, Cheapass Games will have you covered. 

Trogdor!! The Board Game


From the Brothers Chaps and James Ernest comes Trogdor!! the Board Game. For centuries, the legendary wingaling dragon Trogdor the Burninator has terrorized the peasant kingdom of Peasantry with his scorching flames and greased-up beefy arm. 


Now, he has descended from the mountains once again and will not stop until he burninates the entire countryside and all those unfortunate enough to get in his way!

Trogdor!! is a co-op puzzle, area control game where 2-6 players work together to help a beefy-armed dragon completely decimate a kingdom using unique powers and items all while avoiding knights and archers bent on stopping you. 

You and up to 5 friends -or maybe people you just paid to come over- take on the roles of a cult of hooded creepos calling themselves the Keepers of Trogdor who have devoted their lives to aiding the mighty dragon in his quest for total and complete burnination.


Take turns guiding Trogdor on his destructive lost weekend around Peasantry. Help him avoid pesky knights and archers, devour peasants, burninate the countryside, and, of course, the thatched roof COTTAGES!!

Iello. Is it (Vikings) meeples you're looking for? by Norma Gallien


We have a countdown on our official event page for our Night of Gaming for Good on Top of the World and to see the number of days go from double into single digits fills us with nervous excitement! 

We're over 80% sold out, so anyone who hasn't nabbed their tickets yet shouldn't delay. We're working hard to finalize it all and make it a most epic evening of gaming, including games from longtime sponsors Iello Games for you to play and win in our raffle. You can win faves like Bunny Kingdom and Decrypto, the code-breaking communication game that was a big hit at our last event, and their latest release, Raids, in which you get to play with Viking meeples!

Prepare your Viking crew

Prepare your crew and steer your Longship to the best locations to discover the most treasure and earn the greatest glory.

In Raids, players sail from island to island to collect vikings and viking-related paraphernalia, using them to fight one another for good spaces and to fight monsters for points.

Another player may have his sights set on the same location as you. Don’t hesitate to order your Vikings aboard his ship to threaten him and try to make him flee. Only one of you can leave with the treasures you’ve discovered!


VIKING MEEPLES! In more detail, the game lasts four rounds, and at the start of each round tiles are laid out at the various locations on the path that all players must follow. On a turn, a player moves to either an empty spot on the path to claim one of the tiles located there or to an occupied spot. In the latter case, the attacking player must sacrifice a viking, then the defending player must sacrifice two vikings or vacate the space; if they sacrifice two vikings, then the attacker must remove three or leave. Eventually, someone must leave.


You can collect runes with an eye toward having lots of the same type or collect goods to sell at the end of the round. Alternatively, you might gather axes to give you better odds against monsters. You can also collect more vikings for your crew.

At the end of each round, players score majority bonuses depending on the tiles that were revealed before the round started. After four rounds, whoever has the most points wins!