Emerald City Gamefest

ECG Poster 2006National Games Week 2006, organized by Games Quarterly Magazine, will be taking place on November 19-25 (Thanksgiving week). Several groups of gamers in the Greater Seattle/Puget Sound area are collaborating to organize an all-day event on Saturday November 25, 2006. The event will be entirely free; there will be no fee to come in, to play, or for any other activity. The event does not bring any revenue to any organizer or sponsor. To schedule a game, register online here.

Who, When, Where, How…

We hope to have role-playing games, board games, miniatures games, card games, etc. This event is specifically intended for “live” games rather than computer games, although it is alright if you wish to bring your computer and play pick-up LAN games.

WHO = Local Participating Community Gamers

Gamer Associations

Confirmed so far:

Several other groups have been contacted and may also participate (more info soon!)




The event is held on Saturday November 25, two days after Thanksgiving, from 9AM to 7PM. The intro game, called “Cruel 2B Kind”, will be held in the upper parking lot from 9AM to 11AM; and the indoors games will be held in the Third Place Commons meeting room from 11AM to 7PM.

Note that from 1PM to 2PM, there will be a harp concert in the main Commons area; while we don’t have to stop playing, it may be kind of loud in general area (our HQ should still be alright).

The game schedule shows games that are already scheduled, but you can show up any time and borrow one of the games listed on this page to run it with your friends or whoever else in interested!


Emerald City Gamefest will be held at Third Place Commons in Lake Forest Park.

Lake Forest Park Towne Centre (click for Google Map)
Second Floor
17171 Bothell Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
(206) 366-3302

This is a great location: bus service, free parking, free wi-fi access, large tables, and a great food court adjoining the area where we’ll be playing.

Getting There


By bus:

Routes 331 (Metro) and 522 (Sound Transit) stop at Lake Forest Park Towne Centre, and connect to many other routes. (The stop is Bothell Way NE & Ballinger NE on the schedules.)

By bicycle:

From Seattle
Head north on the Burke-Gilman Trail from the University District. Travel about 10 miles on the trail until you cross NE 165th St. About 600 feet farther down the trail, cross Bothell Way to your left at the marked crosswalk. The games area is on the 2nd floor in the food court.
From the East Side
Head east from downtown Bothell on the Sammamish River Trail, which becomes the Burke-Gilman Trail. (It is about 3 miles from downtown Bothell to the shopping center.) After passing Logboom Park (currently under construction), watch for a pedestrian crossing on your right that takes you across Bothell Way. The shopping center is to your left. The games area is on the 2nd floor in the food court.

By car:

From Points North of Mountlake Terrace
Head south on Interstate 5. Take the Highway 104 exit and turn left (east). Travel about 2 miles, Highway 104 (Ballinger Way NE) will dead-end at Bothell Way NE (and Lake Washington). The shopping center will be at the corner, on your right.
From Seattle
Head north on Interstate 5. Take the Highway 522 exit (AKA Lake City Way NE) and turn right (east). Travel about 4 miles, (Lake City Way NE becomes Bothell Way NE) then the shopping center will be on your left, immediately before the corner of Bothell Way NE and Highway 104 (Ballinger Way NE).
Alternately, get off at the NE 145 St./Highway 523 exit and turn right (east). Travel about 1.5 mile to Lake City Way NE (Highway 522). Turn left on Lake City Way (this is the point where Lake City Way NE becomes Bothell Way NE, so you may see a Bothell Way sign first). The shopping center will be on your left, immediately before the corner of Bothell Way NE and Highway 104.
From Shoreline
Head east on any major street, until you reach Highway 522 (Bothell Way NE), turn left (north). Travel a short distance (<4 miles), and the shopping center will be on your left, immediately before the corner of Bothell Way NE and Highway 104 (Ballinger Way NE).
From the East Side
Take Interstate 405. Take the 195th St./Beardslee exit and turn left (west); 195th street becomes Bothell Way NE. Travel about 5 miles, and the shopping center will be on your right, immediately after the corner of Bothell Way NE and Highway 104 (Ballinger Way NE).

Contacting Us

If you would like more information, please contact one of the following people, using “Emerald City Gamefest” in the subject line:

  • mechante_anemone AT yahoo.com
  • dungeonmastersguide AT gmail.com or call Jon at 425-293-9946

If you would like to help with organizing the event, you can sign up with the ECG organizers’ mailing list.


Here is the game schedule as it currently stands. Additional games planned, but not yet scheduled, include Shadowrun 4th edition and Crossroads.

Games Available for Borrowing


Beginning at 11AM in the meeting room (or the common area, if we have need of more tables), we will have all manner of board games, roleplaying games and much more available for play. You are welcome to borrow any of them and start a game. Here is a partial list of games that will be available for play:

Role-playing Games
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • Superhero Roleplaying
Board Games
  • Settlers of Catan
  • Domaine
  • Polarity
  • Apples to Apples
  • Deadwood
  • U.S. Patent #1
  • Mancala
  • Cribbage
  • Trivia Pursuit

You will also have the opportunity to bring your own games to play at the event.

  • See the game schedule for details on scheduled games, including several official demos.

Game Registration

Individuals or groups who wish to organize a game, demo, panel, or tournament can register online here. The earlier you let us know about your game so we can post a schedule here, the more interested people will show up!

Other Events


Thanks to our sponsors, there will be door prizes and giveaways throughout the day. The schedule will be posted in the week prior to the event. We have received well over $1000 in very nice prizes from our sponsors, including board games, role-playing games, and comics (trade paperback).

Food Donation Box

We are partnering with Northwest Harvest to collect food donations. As the Holiday season begins, we hope everyone will feel inclined to share with those less fortunate. We will have a big box where you can drop off nonperishable food items.


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