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Join Us for the First Ignite SpreeConf Gaming Gala!

Posted on May 08, 2013 by Brian Quinn & Chris Mar

The Spree headquarters in Bethesda has always been a hotbed of gaming activity, but more recently the team has been turning off the consoles and cracking out the cardboard! So to share our love of all things board game and tabletop related we’re starting a new tradition at the upcoming SpreeConf, the Ignite SpreeConf Gaming Gala!

Unlike other conference Ignite events, there’ll be no talks, no costumes, no awkward introductions, just lots of board gaming fun with plenty of beverages and snacks and an opportunity to meet your fellow conference attendees and the Spree team before the serious tech talking starts on Monday.

The Ignite SpreeConf Gaming Gala will take place Sunday, May 19th from 7pm – 10pm at Stoney’s Upstairs located at 1433 P Street NW in Washington, DC, just one block away from the SpreeConf venue.

To get everyone on a level playing field we’re sharing some of the gaming details ahead of time along with the rules and some awesome Tom Vasel YouTube reviews of the games we’d liked to play. We’d also love to hear ideas on other games you’d like to play, so comment below!

The Settlers of Catan

Catan is THE classic euro-game of resource gathering, building and trading. If you’ve never played it before now is your chance. It’s a great game for people who are new to the board gaming hobby.

You can study up on the general rules here. We’ll be playing the 5 to 6 player version which has some extra rules to read up on.


Be sure to check out Tom’s walkthrough and review too:

Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure where you collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points you earn.

Starting studying the rules now and be ready to race your fellow SpreeConf attendees!

Mr. Vasel’s video covers both the U.S. and European versions of Ticket to Ride. We’ll be playing the U.S. version.

River Dragons

For those more well versed gamers, we’re including this recent Rver Dragons release where you must cross the Mekon delta by building bridges with planks and stones.

To arrive safely on the opposite bank, care must be taken to avoid your opponents and those pesky dragons.

You can grab the rules here. Tom also provides some interesting thoughts on this release in his walkthrough.



We hope this will be a great warm up event for SpreeConf so if you’re in Washington, DC on Sunday night, this is the place to be! And if you haven’t registered yet for SpreeConf, there are still tickets available. Get yours now!