The 2019 AGPI convention held in Denver, CO is history. Here's a recap of some of the events held during the convention.
Some attendees arrived a few days early to visit some nearby attractions in Colorado. This included trips to the Contential Divide, Georgetown Loop railroad, and mountain wildlife.
The convention started on Thursday with a bus trip to the Red Rocks Park, Buffalo Bill Cody's Grave & Museum, Coors Brewery, and the Colorado Railroad Museum.
Friday tour included visits to Liberty Puzzles, The Talking Board Museum of Robert Murch, and Kagen Sound's puzzle box workshop.
On Saturday morning, we enjoyed a presentation by the design team of Joyful Nook puzzles from Durango, Colorado. Denver game designer, Mike Fitzgerald, spoke about his experiences designing card and table games.
Saturday evening, we watched a team of puzzlers (John Cabot, Penny Melling, Joe Seymour) lose to a team of gamers (Rick Tucker, Helen Andrews, Steve Stanchina) in the "Game of Phones". The puzzlers led most of the game. However, the final Double value puzzle was solved by Helen Andrews. The final score was Gamers 37 Puzzlers 36.
The highlight of Saturday evening was the presentation of the Outstanding Achievement Award to John Ellerbe. This event started with a slide show of John from the last 20 years. The surprise of the evening was when John started "dancing" near the end of the slide show! Next, Debby Krim sent a video message to AGPI members and John. A Skype call to Bruce Whitehill provided some laughs. This was followed with an 19 minute video interview with John at his game musuem in South Carolina.
Sunday morning the convention had a roundtable discussion about Kickstarter and the games industry. Jacqueline Hess discuss her failed Kickstarter project and the lessons learned from the project. Keith Meyers, a game designer and owner of the Board Game Republic cafe, talked about his experiences in the game industry. Phil Orbanes gave a update on the current status of the game industry.
Thanks to all for making this a successfull convention. See you next year in the Washington D.C. area for the next AGPI convention.
This video is the powerpoint presentation of Joyful Nook Gallery. Click on the YouTube logo to view the video in full screen mode. 10 minutes
This video is the "Game of Phones" that was played on Saturday night at the convention. Play along an see if you can beat the total score of 73. Click on the YouTube logo to view the video in full screen mode. 17 minutes
This video is slide show of John Ellerbe convention attendance during the last 20 years. Click on the YouTube logo to view the video in full screen mode. 10 minutes
This video is a message from Debby Krim to John Ellerbe and the AGPI members at the convention. Click on the YouTube logo to view the video in full screen mode. 2 minutes
This video is a Skype phone call to Bruce Whitehill in Germany. Bruce congratulates John on his perfect record of convention attendance for the last 35 years. Click on the YouTube logo to view the video in full screen mode. 4 minutes
This video is an interview with John Ellerbe at his game museum in South Carolina in January 2019. Click on the YouTube logo to view the video in full screen mode. 19 minutes
A complete onlilne photo shoot of the convention will be available soon from Rick Tucker.
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.
The AGPI convention is one week away! This posting and the links contain important information regarding the upcoming convention.
If you are flying into Denver, retrieve you luggage at the luggage claim; and proceed south to the "transit center" in the terminal (right by the new Westin Denver International Airport Hotel). At the transit center, take the escalator down to the light rail station. In the station, purchase a paper ticket "single day pass" for $10.50. If you are 65 or older, purchase the discounted "single day pass" for $5.25. An open train will be available for boarding at all times. During the day, trains run every 15 minutes. After 6:30pm, trains run every 30 minutes. Take the train to the "Park Central" station (4th stop). The ride takes about 25 minutes. The "Park Central" station is about 1 mile from the hotel. A free Doubletree bus run between Park Central and the hotel every 15 minutes. If you are in a hurry, Lyft or UBER will cost about $5 for a ride from Park Central to the hotel.
The Bus tour on Thursday leaves at 9:00am. Be sure to get up early for the free breakfast included in your room rate. The Thursday bus tour will stop for lunch at Ali BaBa Grill in Golden Colorado. We have a room reserved at the Grill. The link below contains the lunch menu and drink menu for Ali BaBa Grill. Please review this menu, and let me know via email which entrees and drink you want at Ali BaBa. Credit cards and cash are accepted at Ali BaBa. Please send me an email regarding your entrees and drink selection via email no later than Wednesday, May 15.
The vans depart for the Board Game Republic at 6:30pm on Thursday evening. Attached is the menu for the Board Game Republic. The Board Game Republic has 750+ board games available for play. Those going to the Board Game Republic will have the opportunity to purchase a meal while playing games or solving puzzles.
For your convenience, I have attached both lunch and dinner menus for the Doubletree. In addition, I have attached the "Burger and Crafts" menu from our "overflow" hotel “Holiday Inn Denver East-Stapleton”. The Doubletree hotel is completely booked for the convention weekend. The Holiday Inn is 1 block north of the Doubletree hotel. There are a number of additional restaurants within walking distance on 29th Ave.
You can view the convention program at the following URL:
The weather forecast during the convention weekend calls for daytime temperatures in the 70’s. However, in the evening the temperature drops into the 30’s or 40’s. Thus, bring warm clothes for the evenings. Denver is a mile high with semi-arid climate. Thus, it is important to drink plenty of water during your stay to avoid dehydration.
See you next week.
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.
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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