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A conference for tabletop game designers, focused on learning, collaboration, and inspiration.
A conference for tabletop game designers, focused on learning, collaboration, and inspiration.
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For years, video game designers have benefited from professional development conferences like GDC - providing attendees an opportunity to learn together. It is high time board-game designers had a similar conference, which is why we are so excited to announce Tabletop Network.

The Tabletop Network is an annual gathering of tabletop game designers, dedicated to honing the craft of game design. Presentations are given each day by leading designers, such as Rob Daviau, Ryan Laukat, and Tom Lehmann. We'll dig deep into specific topics such as engagement, balance, and emerging trends.

There are several fantastic conventions focused on playtesting and pitching. We applaud everything those conventions bring to the industry - but let's be clear - this is not what we shooting for. Instead, Tabletop Network is a seminar-style conference, focused on collaboration and the sharing of institutional knowledge and best practices.

This will be happening on June 8th and 9th 2018 in Snowbird, UT.  As this is the first year for Tabletop Network, we want to ensure things go off without a hitch - so we are capping attendance at 200 physical participants. This will also help ensure attendees have ample opportunity to interact during both daytime presentations and evening networking events.

Attendees will leave the conference with new tools in their toolkit. Together, we’ll learn, we’ll collaborate, and we’ll be inspired to create tomorrow's best games.

 And many more coming soon. If you are interested in presenting at the conference, we are currently accepting applications on our website.

 This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Tabletop Network begins the morning of Friday, June 8th, 2018 and concludes the evening of Saturday, June 9th. If you are making travel arrangements, we recommend flying in the night before and leaving Sunday morning. Or, stay through Sunday and enjoy this fantastic venue.

Tabletop Network 2018 will be hosted at the Snowbird mountain resort near Salt Lake City, Utah. Attendees can learn and rejuvenate while networking with fellow designers. 45 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport, a Delta hub, this scenic venue provides the perfect mix of convenience, function, and inspiration.

Resort lodging will be available to conference attendees at the world-renowned Cliff Lodge at the discounted rate of $129 per night.

The Snowbird resort offers several amenities and activities, including a full-service spa, an aerial tram, the alpine slide, hiking, mountain biking, and more. Attendees may wish to bring their family or stay a few extra days for a luxurious retreat at a great discount. Visit Snowbird's website for more details about all they offer.

To fully benefit from Tabletop Network, in-person attendance is highly recommended. Network with your fellow designers, ask your questions, and share your ideas. As this is our first conference, we are limiting in-person attendance to 200 seats.

For those unable to travel, we are offering a virtual pass, allowing you to watch the presentations online.

Both physical and virtual passes will have access to recorded sessions after the conference concludes.

Tabletop Network is a collaboration between Jeff Beck, Tim Fowers, and Geoff Engelstein. As the former CMO of Graduation Alliance, Jeff Beck has produced professional development conferences for educators all across the country. Tim Fowers is a frequent speaker at game design conferences, including GDC, Project Horseshoe, and SaltCon. Geoff Engelstein is a contributor to the Dice Tower, and the author of the book, GameTek. All three are published game designers, with multiple successful Kickstarter campaigns under their belts. We also have several great members of our advisory board, including League of Gamemakers and Cardboard Edison.

Running a conference is not an inexpensive prospect - speakers, venue, projectors, microphones - it all ads up. Per our projections and our negotiations with the resort, we need a minimum of 55 in-person attendees to make this viable. Every pass sold after that will allow for more speakers, better refreshments, and a superior experience for everyone.

In order to make this professional development conference a reality, we are using the Kickstarter platform to gauge interest. Tickets will only be available here.

With your help, we can make Tabletop Network a reality, and ensure this retreat is an annual event.

Risks and challenges

Arrangements have been made with the Snowbird resort and commitments have been given from all of our speakers. While it is only natural to expect some last-minute changes to our presenter line-up, we are confident Tabletop Network will be a tremendous value to all who attend.

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    Virtual Pass

    Can't travel to the retreat? You can still watch the event online. Watch presentations from top designers including Rob Daviau, Ryan Laukat, Tom Lehmann, Geoff Engelstein, and more.

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    • Keynote Address with Rob Daviau
    • 16+ Sessions from Leading Game Designers
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    Physical Pass

    Attend the Tabletop Network retreat. Learn from and network with top game designers including Rob Daviau, Ryan Laukat, Tom Lehmann, Geoff Engelstein, and more.

    Includes:
    • Keynote Address with Rob Daviau
    • 16+ Sessions from Leading Game Designers
    • After-hours Mixer
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