Special Day Pass Offer!
Saturday, May 18th 2019
Join game and puzzle collectors from around the country! The Association for Games & Puzzles International is holding their annual convention at the Doubletree by Hilton Denver, located on 3203 Quebec Street, from May 16-19 2019. This offer is a unique opportunity to attend the event on Saturday, May 18th for only $35.
Saturday Activities include:
• Lecture by Robert Murch, the world’s foremost collector, historian, and expert on Ouija and talking boards.
• Presentation by board game designer Mike Fitzgerald
• Talk by Joy Hess founder of JNG — laser cut jigsaw puzzles
• Auction of old and new board games and puzzles
• Table sales of old and new board games and puzzles
• Game playing and puzzle solving in the third floor game room. Bring your favorite games and puzzles!
• Food and drink will be allowed in the third floor game room only
The Association for Games & Puzzles International (AGPI), founded in 1985 by Bruce Whitehill, is the world’s foremost organization dedicated to the collection and preservation of games and puzzles. As an international, nonprofit association, the AGPI is chartered to conduct research and explore the history of games and puzzles from ancient times up to the present, and to disseminate information about games and puzzles to the broadest audience possible, including the general public, the media, libraries, museums, scholars, and others. Games and puzzles offer a remarkable view of our cultural past and future!
Mark Your Calendars! AGPI Convention May 16-19 2019
This spring, the AGPI convention will be held in Denver, Colorado. Dates are set for May 16-19. There will be plenty of opportunities for gaming and puzzling as well as our regular sales, educational, sharing, swapping, and other activities. From Denver International Airport (DIA), the hotel can be reached via the light rail from the airport with a free pickup by the hotel bus at the Central Park station. This year's convention will include a VIP tour of Liberty Puzzles, a visit to the studio of puzzle designer Kagen Sound, and a visit to Robert Murch's Quija Board collection.
The 2019 AGPI Convention is at the Double Tree by Hilton in Denver, at 3203 Quebec Street, Denver CO 80207. DoubleTree Hotel reservations can be made by calling 303-321-3333. Single/Double rooms have been reserved for attendees at a rate of $134/night, not including taxes which includes breakfast. This rate applies from Wednesday, May 15 through Sunday, May 19. Mention the Group Block Code: PUZ. Although the room block is available until April 16th, it is recommended that members make their reservations early..
DoubleTree by Hilton
3203 Quebec Street
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Our New Name!
Our members have voted to change the name of our organization to the Association for Games & Puzzles International.
Our international membership now includes collectors, game players, puzzle enthusiasts, game and puzzle makers, inventors and designers, historians, authors, researchers, and people interested in related playthings and popular culture.
Watch this video to gain an understanding of the features and membership profiles available to AGPI members. Click on the YouTube logo to view the video in full screen mode.
Great News! AGPI announces free public access to over 130 AGPI publications
The AGPI has released its 30+ years of publications to the public on their website. This includes the Quarterly, On the Table newsletter, Game and Puzzle Collectors Quarterly, Game Researchers' Notes, and Game Times. Over 130 publication are now available in Flip Book format. The AGPI publications are devoted to the collection and preservation of games, jigsaw puzzles, and mechanical puzzles, and to the research on the people and companies that invented, designed, manufactured, and/or distributed them.
The 10 most recent issues of the AGPI Quarterly magazine are only available to AGPI members. Become an AGPI member today and get access to the entire archive.
Happy New Year to everyone! The 2019 AGPI Convention will be held in Denver, Colorado from Thursday, May 16th to Sunday, May 19th. This email contains details of this year's convention. Please click on the links to view details about speakers and events.
At the end of this email are travel suggestions regarding your visit to Colorado. The good news is the low cost round trip airfares to Denver. The cheapest airfares are on Tuesday and Wednesday. I suggest you plan your vacation to include
some additional days in Colorado to take advantage of the inexpensive airfares. You will want to avoid flying on the Memorial Day Weekend (May 24 to May 27) due to the steep increase in airfares during this time.
2019 AGPI Convention (Thursday, May 16th – Sunday, May 19th)
The 2019 AGPI annual convention will be held May 16-19, in Denver, Colorado. The Convention Planning Host Team is putting together an extensive program that should have something of interest for everyone. The theme for this year’s convention is “Design”; learn about the designing of games, the designing of jigsaw puzzles, and the designing of mechanical puzzles. The main attraction is a special visit to the Liberty Puzzle Company. Established in 2005, fellow AGPI member Chris Wirth is using modern technologies to help recreate the golden age of wooden jigsaw puzzles. He will also be our guest dinner speaker on Friday evening.
Pre-Convention (Thursday, May 16th)
The pre-convention begins on Thursday, May 16th, with an exciting group bus tour of many sites around Denver. It will include: the natural wonders of Red Rocks and its spacious outdoor amphitheater; a tour of the brewery and home of Coors Beer; and chance to learn about the history of the old west, with visits to the Buffalo Bill Museum and grave, and the Colorado Railroad Museum where you will see the rolling stock unique to Colorado history. Thursday evening has an optional dinner at the “Board Game Republic”. The “Board Game Republic” café has 750+ games or puzzles that can be played while enjoying a delicious meal. [Addition cost for Board Game Republic meal]
AGPI Convention (Friday, May 17th tile Sunday, May 19th)
On Friday, May 17th, the group will visit and tour three locations; Liberty Puzzles for a VIP tour of where they laser cut the wooden jigsaw puzzles; Robert Murch's Ouija Board Collection - “It’s Just a game, isn’t it?”; and Kagen Sound’s workshop where the 2009 Sam Loyd recipient creates and displays his complex secret opening boxes and puzzle furniture.
The program over the weekend is filled with a number of interesting presenters, including current game designer Mike Fitzgerald, Ouija Board historian Robert Murch, JNG Puzzle co-owner, Joy Hess, and the designer of more than 3 dozen games, Keith Meyers. On Saturday evening, the Association will recognize AGPI charter member and avid game enthusiast, John Ellerbe. There will also be opportunity for puzzling, game playing, raffles, table sales, tutorials, and an auction. There will be a 1,000+ square feet dedicated room for game playing and puzzle solving throughout the convention.
Sunday, following the breakfast, will include a panel discussion on Games and Puzzles and the annual raffle. The event will end in time for folks to check out of the hotel by noon. Sunday afternoon has an optional activity of visiting a nearby “Escape Room” for additional puzzle solving. [ Additional cost for Escape Room]
The convention will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Denver located at 3203 Quebec St. We have reserved a block of rooms through April 15th. Attendees are encouraged to make their reservations early to ensure you get a room at the block rate of $134 + tax per night; this rate includes breakfast for every night you stay. Make reservation directly by going to: https://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/R/RLDV-DT-PUZ-20190515/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG. Or you can call: 303.321.3333. The Group code is: “PUZ”.
Light rail service from Denver International Airport to the Doubletree by Hilton Denver is $10.50. Seniors 65+ fare is $5.25. Take the light rail from DIA to the Central Park Station. Free shuttle buses run every 15 minutes between the Doubletree and Central Park Station.
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Sample Airfares to Denver
These ROUNDTRIP airfares were available as of Jan 1, 2019:
Philadelphia - Denver - $119 Wednesday May 15 - Tuesday May 21 Frontier
Ft Lauderdale - Denver - $135 Wednesday May 15 - Tuesday May 21 Frontier
Harrisburg, PA - Denver - $172 Wednesday May 15 - May 21 Frontier
Washington (DCA) - Denver - $177 Wednesday May 15 - Tuesday May 21 Frontier
New York (LGA or JFK) - Denver $186 - Wednesday May 15 - Tuesday May 21 American/United
Charleston - Denver - $194 Wednesday May 15 - Tuesday May 21 Frontier
Boston - Denver - $214 Wednesday May 15 - Tuesday May 21 United
Boston - Denver - $228 Wednesday May 15 - Tuesday May 21 Southwest - 2 check luggage & 1 carry-on
Rochester, NY - Denver - $237 Wednesday May 15 - Tuesday May 21 United
Hartford, CT - Denver - $239 Wednesday May 15 - Tuesday May 21 Frontier/Spirit
Low cost carriers to Denver include Frontier, Spirit, Southwest, jetBlue
Major carriers to Denver include United, American, Delta
All carriers charge for luggage except Southwest. Southwest includes 2 checked bags and 1 carry-on bag at no cost
Suggestion of things to see while in Colorado
Below are 5 day trips within 2.5 hours of Denver:
1) Day tour of the front range of the Rockies near Denver includes the Georgetown Loop to Silver Plume Narrow Gauge Railroad with optional gold mine tour, Loveland Pass 12,000 feet on the Continental Divide, Central City/Blackhawk mining town casinos, Clear Creek canyon
3) Day tour southwest of Denver features Royal Gorge suspension bridge and park, gondola ride over the Gorge, Zip line ride over the Gorge, railroad ride through the Gorge, white water rafting through the Gorge
If you have several days available during your visit to Colorado, a trip to the San Juan mountains in southwest Colorado is highly recommended. Sights to see during your trip to southwest Colorado include the Great Sand Dunes National park, the towns of Ouray, Telluride, Silverton, and Durango. Attractions include Native American Cliff Dwellings in Mesa Verde national park and the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
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