• Play games at the Westin Tysons Corner

    The Westin Tysons Corner

    There's a board game convention at the Weston Tysons Corner August 25-27. Admission Friday night is free, and there's even a happy hour at the hotel. Free shuttle to/from the Tysons Corner Metro Station, and frequent bus stops from Tysons and West Falls Church stations. Happy to host you! http://congressofgamers.org

  • November serious games meet-up

    Tunicliff's Tavern

    The next meeting of the Serious Gamers Of The DC Region will be on Saturday, November 12, 3 PM, at Tunicliff's Tavern in Washington, DC. We haven't met in a while, there's lots to discuss. A serious game for a good cause We've officially launched the Refugee Megagame, a serious game about the refugee crisis. Want to learn more about what to do to help refugees? Interested in having a real discussion, not a shouting match? Like to meet other people who are concerned about this topic? Then click here to check out the web site for this event. (http://www.refugeemegagame.com) It's open to the public, and it's free. February 11th is the date. Bring your serious game questions Every meeting of this group is an opportunity to discuss your serious game ideas, opportunities to use serious games in your organization, the latest successful examples of serious games in action, and related topics. And let's play! We often finish the meeting with a quick game (the strictly fun kind, not a serious one). Need someone to talk about serious games to your organization? I often give talks about serious games. If you want me to present to your organization, I'm glad to do it free of charge. Contact me at [masked] for details. (I also talk about software development approaches like Agile and Lean, too.)

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  • June meet-up for DC-area serious gamers

    Tunicliff's Tavern

    What do you associate with the month of June? June brides, June bugs...And now, serious games! (No bugs, we promise.) It's the June meeting of people in the DC are interested in serious games at our usual location, Tunicliff's Tavern, right across the street from Eastern Market. If you haven't attended a session before, here are the basics: • Our meet-ups are problem solving and networking sessions, open to everyone. • By everyone, we mean anyone interested in serious games. Just curious how they could help you? Want to hear if other people are using serious games to tackle the same challenges you face? Need pointers to where you might get help? • Be ready for interesting conversations. We attract people from across many different professions, with an interest in all kinds of games. Need a game to help understand customer requirements for a software development project? Want to hear how use games to give citizens a better understanding of an important issue, like health care or energy policy? Interested in how to use games to teach employees about their role in computer security? Those are some of the topics we've covered in our meetings. • You can use the opportunity to stump the experts. For instance, I maintain a web site, seriousgamesatwork.org (http://www.seriousgamesatwork.org/), that chronicles serious game success stories across the spectrum of challenges and organizations. • It's informal, so we're ready to have fun. We always bring games to play, and you can feel free to bring some, too. Want to find some playtesters for your serious game? You might find some at this meet-up. Games for teaching Agile principles Several people in our meet-up group use serious games as part of Agile software development. (In fact, there's another DC-area meet-up group dedicated to Agile games. (http://www.meetup.com/Games-for-Agililty-Learning-Engagement/)) Games can teach some of the more challenging aspects of Agile better than words can. Games can help change the conversation with customers, to produce a better dialogue about what the software needs to do. Games can provide better ways to make decisions about important topics like, "How important is this software feature? And how much work will it take to build it?" I'm one of those people who use serious games as part of Agile. If you're interested in this use case for serious games, I'll bring along a prototype of a new game that I've developed to teach people about maintaining a steady, reliable flow of work. (You can see another game that I've developed for teaching important principles about software development at this link (http://www.game-change-llc.com/diceofdebt/).) Big plans for a big game We plan on doing a bigger, more formal event later this year. One option we're considering is a "mega-game," a role-playing exercise involving lots of people. People use these types of games to teach emergency preparedness, test strategies for handling national security crises, anticipate future competitive challenges, and achieve other goals. If you have suggestions, or you want to help, please let us know, either during the meet-up or through the meet-up group. With all that said... Look forward to seeing you there! --Tom

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  • May meet-up for serious gamers

    Tunicliff's Tavern

    It's the merry month of May, so it's time for another informal get-together of the Serious Gamers Of The Washington DC Area. If you haven't attended before, here are the basics: • Our meet-ups are problem solving and networking sessions, open to everyone. • By everyone, we mean anyone interested in serious games. Just curious how they could help you? Want to hear if other people are using serious games to tackle the same challenges you face? Need pointers to where you might get help? • Be ready for interesting conversations. We attract people from across many different professions, with an interest in all kinds of games. Need a game to help understand customer requirements for a software development project? Want to hear how use games to give citizens a better understanding of an important issue, like health care or energy policy? Interested in how to use games to teach employees about their role in computer security? Those are some of the topics we've covered in our meetings. • You can use the opportunity to stump the experts. For instance, I maintain a web site, seriousgamesatwork.org (http://www.seriousgamesatwork.org), that chronicles serious game success stories across the spectrum of challenges and organizations. • It's informal, so we're ready to have fun. We always bring games to play, and you can feel free to bring some, too. Want to find some playtesters for your serious game? You might find some at this meet-up. Kick up your boots, pardner One of the games I'll bring to this meeting is a game in which players collaboratively write a Western story, using cards that weave characters, plot twists, and other elements into the tale. I've designed the game for people to enjoy for its own sake, but there's also a serious application that I have in mind. If you're interested in playing, I'd be grateful for whatever playtesting feedback you'd be willing to provide. Big plans for a big game We plan on doing a bigger, more formal event later this year. One option we're considering is a "mega-game," a role-playing exercise involving lots of people. People use these types of games to teach emergency preparedness, test strategies for handling national security crises, anticipate future competitive challenges, and achieve other goals. If you have suggestions, or you want to help, please let us know, either during the meet-up or through the meet-up group. With all that said... Look forward to seeing you there! --Tom

  • April get-together for serious game aficianados

    Tunicliff's Tavern

    April's meet-up for people interested in serious games will be at Tunicliff's Tavern, just across from Eastern Market, from 3 PM to 5-ish on Saturday, April 9th, in Washington, DC. As always, the point of the meet-up is to get to know other people who are interested in serious games. Whether you're just getting started, or you're a seasoned pro, our monthly meet-up is a place to get acquainted, bring your questions, and find some answers. For instance, in past sessions we've discussed games that teach important principles about the development of the energy grid, games used in psychotherapy, and games designed to help innovators test ideas and find markets. We've always been pleasantly surprised at the interesting turns each of our meet-ups has taken. We also bring a game to play, time permitting. This time, I'll bring both Spyfall, which we didn't get a chance to play last time, and a card game in which you collaboratively build a Western story that I've been developing. Look forward to seeing you there!

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  • Serious game, informal discussion and problem-solving session

    Our second session! The last was a big success, resulting in a great conversation about how to use serious games, plus lots of advice and references. The next session will have much the same format. We'll have a discussion, with occasional breaks to play a game. Last time, we played Funemployed. This time, we'll break out Spyfall. Why should you come? • You have no prior experience with serious games, but you're interested in what they can do for you. • You have some experience with serious games. You'd like to share some of your experiences, or hear what other people are doing. • You're very experienced with serious games, and you want to talk about some of your interesting challenges or successes. • You just want to have a stimulating and fun time with other people who share your interests. See you there!

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  • Serious game problem-solving and playing session

    Tunicliff's Tavern

    Ring in the New Year with an informal get-together. • Meet other people interested in serious games. • Come with a problem that you think a serious game might address! We'll put our collective expertise to work for you. If we have more questions than we have time to answer, we'll draw the questions out of a hat. • Enjoy good food, free-flowing beverages, and good company. • Play a game or two, and have fun. We're planning on more formal events later this year, but this seems like a fun way to kick things off. If you're taking the Metro, the nearest stop is the Eastern Market station. The organizers include... • Tom Grant, serious games designer, practitioner, and scholar. Practice director (https://www.cutter.com/experts/tom-grant), Agile Product Management & Software Engineering Excellence, Cutter Consortium. Collector of serious game success stories, including many at the Serious Games At Work (http://www.seriousgamesatwork.org) web site. • Kathleen Grant, co-author, What's In A Game: Play Therapy For Adults (http://www.amazon.com/Whats-Game-Play-Therapy-Adults/dp/1515125394) (combines serious games with psychotherapy).

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  • GSummit SF 2014: Decoding the DNA of Engagement

    Concourse Exhibition Center

    GSummit SF 2014 June 10-13 San Francisco, CA gsummit.com (http://sf14.gsummit.com/) SAVE $400 NOW -- EARLY BIRD ENDS FEB 28th! The world is getting more distracting with each second that passes by. Businesses are having a challenging time competing for both the attention of their consumers and employees. It's affecting everyone, in every department and in every industry: customer loyalty, human resources, retail, government, healthcare, education, philanthropy, startups & more--everyone wants to increase user engagement. Join 1000+ attendees and 50+ speakers for 4-days of GSummit SF 2014 (June 10-13) to learn how YOU can bring effective engagement strategies & design back to YOUR company to conquer this user engagement crisis. Register Now at gsummit.com (http://sf14.gsummit.com/#registration) Day 1 Workshops led by Gabe Zichermann, Mario Herger and more. These workshops sell-out every year. Very limited spaces available, so secure your seat now (http://sf14.gsummit.com/#registration). Days 2 thru 4 70+ Speakers Mini Workshops Networking Vendor Meetings Food Trucks and more! Register Now (http://sf14.gsummit.com/#registration)

  • Become a Gamification Expert: Workshop with Gabe Zichermann + Online Event

    Join us for our GSummit Global 2013 tour! We're taking our GSummit experience on the road this Fall/Winter and we'll be in nearby NYC on Nov 19th. GSummit Global is a 14 city around-the-world tour where we'll be bringing the best of our GSummit conference to our communities near and far in an affordable and globally accessible package. Here's how you can join: 1) Visit GSummit Global NYC (click here) (http://global13.gsummit.com/nyc) 2) Choose your ticket option (see below) 3) Register and get your business in the game! For $20.00: Online Only Pass Watch videos of exclusive lectures from the world's leading engagement experts from IBM, Microsoft, Delta Airlines, Yamaha, Air Canada & more. Also, participate in an online Q&A with those experts in your time zone and all from the comfort of your home or office. See the full list of speakers at GSummit Global NYC (link) (http://global13.gsummit.com/nyc) Live Advanced Gamification Workshop with Gabe Zichermann When: November 19, 2013 Where: New York City (AOL) Join Gabe Zichermann for an unprecedented, intimate, live workshop with all-new material and earn your Certification in Gamification Design! You’ll spend the day together working on your actual product/project, and you’ll leave with tangible advice & solutions to your most vexing engagement problems. It’s an amazing, unique opportunity to get 1:1 time with Gabe, and space is strictly limited for maximum impact. Be sure to register early to secure your space in this extraordinary & highly demanded workshop. Remember, you'll need to register at GSummit Global NYC (link) (http://global13.gsummit.com/nyc) We look forward to seeing you there! GCo Team Follow us on Twitter @gamificationco (https://twitter.com/gamificationco) Visit GSummit Global Homepage to see full tour locations/dates: http://gsummit.com (http://gsummit.com/)

  • gsummitX Meetup - Gamification in DC w/ Gabe Zichermann

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

    We're inviting the gamification, engagement & loyalty communities together for our FIRST gsummitX DC event. Gabe Zichermann will be speaking and we'll introduce DC to our Play for a Cause--gamified brainstorming session to help solve a challenge for a non-profit. Play for a Cause is a great way to learn how to innovate using game mechanics! We'll have pizza & beer and hope to see many of you there. (Note: This is a free event) A great big thanks to our hosts at Pillsbury! About Pillsbury Pillsbury’s Social Media & Games Team includes more than 70 attorneys in offices around the world advising clients on the interplay between the business, legal and technological issues associated with social media, games and interactive entertainment. Our team was ranked in the top three in the country for video game law by Interactive Age. www.socialgameslaw.com @pillsburylaw See Pillsbury's Jim Gatto in an interview at GSummit SF 2013 -- http://bit.ly/13YB5iE

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