Organized Gaming Venues

For those who enjoy attending in-person events, it's been more than a year since we've been together. While the return to on-site events is underway (several smaller venues have already occurred), The World Boardgaming Championships (WBC) Board recently decided to cancel WBC 2021 due to continuing Covid-19 concerns.

We've witnessed the rise of virtual gaming events over the past year to help fill the void, which got a big boost when BoardGameGeek acquired Tabletop.Events to help drive virtual events moving forward. Two venues of note are this week's SDHistCon, organized by Harold Buchanan, and Armchair Dragoons Digital Convention (ACDC), organized by Brant Guillory. These venues bring gamers together virtually with a gaming conference format including online gaming, play tutorials, designer interview, seminars, and more. We expect virtual events and hybrid virtual/in-person events to grow in popularity moving forward, witness by the upcoming Connections Conference 2021, a virtual event hosted by Army University and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, scheduled for June 21-25, 2021.

For those looking forward to "old-fashioned" in-person gaming events, our very own 20th annual event, CSW Expo, starts in less than 100 days. We have taken various precautions, such as limiting total attendance, and we are excited to see on-site gaming returning to the fold. But rest assured, virtual gaming is here to stay and it's a welcome addition to help connect gamers across the globe.

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John Kranz