Two of my favorite things: Instructurecon and boardgames.
When I was a kid, my cousins from New Hampshire came down to Massachusetts for Thanksgiving and would stay over at my parents’ house with us for the long weekend to hang out with me and my brother. We’d stay up all night eating leftovers and playing board games. We spread out across the kitchen and dining room for cutthroat Monopoly marathons, painfully aggressive Parcheesi tournaments, and brutal Backgammon duels that are still talked about now, decades later.
Today, myself and a fluctuating group of friends dating back to high school, get together for boardgames following Thanksgiving day activities. The list of games has changed tremendously; instead of Monopoly we play Splendor; instead of Parcheesi, it’s Settlers of Catan; and two-player Backgammon has made way for group strategy games like Pandemic, Wits n’ Wagers, and Mysterium.
When I started working at Instructure, I was thrilled to find a community of gamers among employees and customers. A "game night" seemed like a natural fit for Instructurecon, so the idea was pitched, accepted and, since the launch of Game Night at Instcon ’15, it has become an annual favorite.
About Game Night
When? Tuesday July 24 evening; check conference schedule upon arrival for exact times
Where? Check the conference schedule when you arrive for exact location
What? We’ll provide a selection of games and people to help you get started. We’ll have light snacks and a bar for beverage service.
Not sure what to expect? View these blog posts, reviews and comments from fellow Instcon Game Night participants:
- Game Night 2016: Building Community Over Cardboard, a short blog post by Beth Ritter-Guth
- Game Night - 2017, post by Neal Shebeck; comments include a list of some of the games we (Instructure) will provide
- InstructureCon 2015 Public Postmortem, open group discussion wherein several people mention the value/fun of Game Night
- Game Night (instcon16), event listing from 2016 event includes discussion of what types of games are played
- GAME NIGHT (instcon15), event listing from the inaugural Game Night in 2015
Games people play
Carcassonne: South Seas
Dixit Board Game
Escape: The Curse of the Temple
King of Tokyo
Love Letter (various editions)
Ticket To Ride (US Edition)
Tsuro (various editions)
Wits & Wagers
YES! you are welcome to bring your own!! We cannot provide storage, however, so plan to carry it with you to/from the event.