Friday, August 30, 2013

Thanks to everyone who attended!

It's the day after, and the post-event hangover still hasn't subsided, but we just want to give a shout-out to all the people who attended our event last night. We're still tallying things up, but we raised an impressive amount of money for Food Lifeline considering that this was an inaugural event. We'll post here once we have all the numbers crunched.

We plan on sending out a survey so you can provide feedback on what worked/didn't work/etc, but in the meantime, enjoy PAX this weekend!!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Information for attendees tonight

If you're coming to the party tonight, here's the rundown:

  • Cosplay is OK!  Our party is in the banquet area of the Columbia Tower Club, not the members only area.  Therefore, we can wear what we want (but please keep it clean).  You will be the first people to ever cosplay at the Columbia Tower Club.  Oh, and weapons rules are the same as are used by PAX.
  • Parking:  Remember, there's a Seahawks game tonight!  That means that parking, and especially free street parking, is going to be difficult to find.  We highly recommend that you park in the Columbia Tower garage.  It's 9 bucks as long as you arrive after 5:00.  The entrance is on the Columbia Street side, about halfway down the block.  Note that due to one way street configurations, you have to come from the 5th Avenue side.
  • If you're walking down from the convention center district, be aware that the weather is going to be unsettled tonight.  Might want to bring an umbrella, just in case.  There will be a coat check at the concierge desk on the 75th floor.
  • Dinner is at 8:30.
  • Credit cards are accepted tonight (for drinks, pop-up store or prize entries), but cash is always nice.  There are cash machines in the main lobby and on the 40th floor.
See everyone tonight!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Sky High Tabletop Play Completely Sold Out!!

Yup, that's right--it's a sellout! If you missed the boat, we are providing a "have tickets/need tickets" thread on the Facebook event page. Click here to be taken there. The first (pinned) post is the thread you are looking for.

Ticketholders can expect an email from the organizers with last minute instructions sometime Wednesday evening.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Sky High Tabletop Play Floorplan - We Own the 76th Floor!

The Columbia Tower sent over the latest version of the floorplan today, so feel free to check it out. Click in the image below to open a larger one:

A few points of interest:
  • As you can see, we are spanning both ballrooms. The seating configuration in these is set up for 175 total. That means that we have more than 175 seats, due to the fact that seating probably won't be used at 100% efficiency.
  • VIP rooms are the small conference rooms on the right (north) side. Note that the smallest of the three has a couch in it, as we are looking to set up a video game console in there.
  • The Washington Room (the ballroom on the left) has open space for Life-Sized Tsuro. It also has a Loser's Couch.
  • The corner small conference room (Board Room) on the far left (south) side is booked by another party early in the evening (if you see them in the hall, be nice--they probably aren't used to gamers, let alone cosplayers!), but if we need it, the other large-ish one (Blake Island) is available for overflow.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Procurement update: Getting close to $5000 worth of prizes!

This is updated as of Wednesday evening. Added some games from Looney Labs and updated Chef John Howie's contribution. Looney Labs sent us 30 Fluxx (Star and Zombie) games! Chef John Howie added 75 free appetizer cards to his already generous donation. We're also expecting donations from local gaming companies Lone Shark Games and Calliope Games to be added to this list soon. The latest list:

PAX Badges!

Love Letter

Double Double Dominoes
Got 'Em!
Tsuro of the Seas


Dominant Species (x2)
Commands & Colors: Ancients (x2)
Dominant Species: The Card Game

Indie Boards & Cards
Flash Point: Fire Rescue (x6)
Gauntlet of Fools (x6)
The Resistance (x6)

Looney Labs
Star Fluxx (x3)
Zombie Fluxx (x2)
Plus one copy of Star Fluxx or Zombie Fluxx for each VIP SWAG Bag

Warriors and Traders (x2)
Wild Fun West (x2)

Paizo Publishing
Save Doctor Lucky

Plaid Hat Games
City of Remnants
Summoner Wars (x2)

Slugfest Games
Red Dragon Inn 2 (x2)
Red Dragon Inn 3 (x2)
RDI: Erin the Ever-Changing (x4)
RDI: Pooky the Vicious (x4)
RDI: Gambling? I'm In! (x2)

Steve Jackson Games
Munchkin 3: Clerical Errors
Munchkin 4: The Need for Steed
Munchkin Cthulhu
Munchkin Cthulhu 2: Call of Cowthulhu
Munchkin Bites
Munchkin Impossible
Munchkin Zombies
Star Munchkin

Chef John Howie
$50 gift certificates to Seastar (x2)
$50 gift certificates to John Howie Steak (x2)
$50 Gift card to Sport Bar & Grill
Autographed copy of Passion & Palate
Free appetizer gift cards (x3) for each VIP SWAG Bag

Chef Jason Wilson
2 $50 gift certificates to Crush

Sci-Fi author Hugh Howey
25 Signed copies of Wool. One copy will go in each VIP SWAG Bag. All remaining copies will go to the general drawing.

Julia's on Broadway
Pair of VIP tickets to Le Faux Celebrity Impersonation Show

Cupcake Royale
Stuff your face certificate. A dozen cupcakes of your choosing + a pint of ice cream ($50 value)

2 $25 gift certificates

$50 gift certificate

Nuance Software: Dragon Naturally Speaking 12 Professional

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Up-and-coming Sci-Fi author Hugh Howey donates 25 signed copies of Wool to our event!

Hugh Howey, author of the indie sci-fi sensation Wool, has generously donated 25 signed copies of his hit novel to our event. Every single one of these will be going home with one of you! For those of you who don't know yet, Wool was released in 2011 as a series of 5 independently published sci-fi novellas that quickly went viral. The omnibus edition (all 5 novellas in a single publication) has now sold millions of copies worldwide. The author himself is one of the nicest, most down-to-earth people you could ever hope to meet, so we're thrilled that he's supporting us. Incidentally, Wool is book 1 of a 3 part series. Here's the best news: Book 3 just came out today, so no waiting years and years for the conclusion!

This latest donation brings the total number of items that will be given away on this evening up to close to 100. For a full list of all donated items, please see this post.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Announcing our featured game store partner: Uncle's Games!

We are pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement for Uncle's Games to be our featured game store partner for Sky High Tabletop Play.

Uncle's will have a pop-up store on site, and they will also provide a gaming library for you to borrow games from. If you've ever been to an Uncle's Games store, you know that along with having an immense selection of games of all kinds, they are one of the cleanest, friendliest and most inviting game stores you will ever find. We're thrilled to have them on-board, and look forward to seeing what they bring to the event!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

This Website is fully armed and operational!

Full speed ahead! We got our artwork approved today and cleared a couple other final hurdles on our "must do" list, so we can now say that we are completely ready to turn this into the amazing event that it's going to be. The charity we are teaming up with, Food Lifeline, is first class in every sense of the word. We're excited and honored to be working with such an amazing organization!

Here's all the info you could possibly need for this event. There are links at the bottom for even more info if this just isn't enough for 'ya.

Who:  Hopefully you, along with 249 of your closest friends or soon-to-be friends

What:  Pre-PAX gaming party.  A night of tabletop gaming, drinking, socializing, and general merriment from the absolute most scenic location in the entire West coast and the swankiest spot in Seattle, with 100% of all proceeds going to Food Lifeline.

When:  Thursday, August 29th, 7:30 pm - 2:00 am

Where:  Columbia Tower Club, 76th floor, downtown Seattle

Why:  Because you're like us - you like to game.  Because you want to kick off PAX in style.  Because you'd like a tasty alcoholic beverage and a supplied meal whilst you play your games.  Because you're bringing an S/O whom you would like to dazzle with the most stunning views imaginable (or to at least distract them long enough for you to play).  Because you're traveling and want to go someplace special.  And, most importantly, because you'd like to do all of this whilst supporting a fantastic charity - and getting a tax write-off in the process.  That's a lot of wins in one package.

What's included in all ticket levels:

  • Up to 249 other people to game with
  • A game library that you can borrow from (feel free to BYOG, as well)
  • Dinner
  • Full (cash) bar access
  • Guaranteed seating! We will have more than enough seats for everyone attending, so no waiting to play games.
  • A pop-up game store to make acquisitions, if you so choose
  • A ticket-based drawing, with prizes including gift cards to many of Seattle's best restaurants, tabletop games - and,oh yes, PAX badges in case you struck out and want to go.
  • As all monies spent are going to Food Lifeline, all monies spent are 100% tax deductible
  • (Pending final acknowledgement) Representation from the Cookie Brigade, who will be "donating" their delectable treats to raise funds for Child's Play

VIP ticket levels also get:

  • A swankier plated dinner
  • Drink vouchers
  • Free drawing tickets
  • Private-access gaming rooms, if you so desire
  • A bigger tax deduction

For more information, please visit our FAQ. Help us spread the word by inviting your friends to our Facebook Event Page.

Get your costumes ready, because this shindig is starting to come together!

Things are really starting to move with this event! Early Bird tickets sold out last night, several game companies have donated games (that YOU can win!), our artwork is almost done, and the Columbia Tower Club is going to LET YOU WEAR YOUR COSPLAY to this event!!! We hope to be 100% formally launched by tonight. In the meantime, tickets are still on sale! Tier I tickets (only $5 more than Early Bird tickets) are still available--get yours while they last.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Handshake agreement reached with Food Lifeline

We just wanted to let everyone know that we reached a handshake agreement with Food Lifeline, a 4 Star Charity according to Charity Navigator and one of the most well respected charities in Washington State, to be our charity partner for Sky High Tabletop Play on August 29th. We are thrilled and honored to be working with such an amazing organization. Please stay tuned for more details in the next few days.