7, 2009 9AM-Midnight
Woburn Hilton Hotel
Unity Games is back - and better than ever! We expect a phenomenal day of gaming as Unity Games XV will be held Saturday February 7, 2009. We are excited to find yet another fantastic hotel that will not go out of business, fail fire code inspection or renovate as a result of shoddy construction (none of those maladies had anything to do with our previous UG events - after several appeals the judge has ruled in our favor - thankfully - and we are cleared to try another event). We have booked a fantastic game room at the Woburn Hilton Hotel (pictured at left) located only 10 miles from Downtown Boston with convenient access to I-93 and I-95.
The hotel features numerous places to eat in the area (restaurant locator for the event will be online soon and, as always, directions to places to eat will be available at the front desk the day of UG-XV). We always look to make improvements to the event - keeping in mind that the greatest success of the day depends on your participation. We continue to find new folks in the area who fit in with the easy going atmosphere the UG events provide. The teaching tables will once again be in full swing for newcomers or people looking to start up structured gaming early on. There will be a few tournaments and special events throughout the day - stay tuned for more info as we approach the big day. We have room setup for at least 300 - and fully anticipate that we will be pretty close to capacity. You will NOT want to miss it! The Hotel will provide a large number of chairs and tables (covered with table cloths) - both thinner tables for the outside walls (so we actually have someplace to store our games) and plenty of rectangular tables for general gaming. There is ample parking as well since the hotel lot is available for our use. We get a monster 15 hours of playtime - from 9AM to Midnight. We sincerely hope that you will come out to the next big Unity Games event (yes, this means you... I'm not kidding. You=there)!
4th Annual Unity Games Charity Auction
As it has come to be a tradition at the last three winter UG events, the 4th Unity Games Charity Auction will be held. The past auctions have seen the UG community raise thousands of dollars for the Jimmy Fund through their generosity and good will. Once again, the auction will be a silent auction for a variety of lots container old and new games and other game related items. The auction will run from 9:30am until 5pm. Attendees may bid on lots throughout the day with the winners taking home new games for a great cause. Winning bidders must pay for lots the day of the event. Hopefully a list of all lots will be posted to the UG list before the event. Once again, all proceeds raised will go to the Jimmy Fund. The generous spirit of the UG community is fantastic leaving no doubt we'll have another very successful auction.
What is Unity Games?
In the Eastern Massachusetts area we have a loose coalition of gamers and game-groups known as Unity Games. Occasionally we hold full-day gaming events where we try to get all the area groups and gamers together along with their friends to play board and card games. Here is a summary of our previous Unity Games events:
We are pleased that the next event is in the queue and has now been scheduled! If you are interested in learning more about Unity Games - please visit the Unity Games information page at: http://www.unitygames.org
Where and When is Unity Games XV?
The event takes place on a beautiful winter day - Saturday, February 7, 2009 from 9AM to Midnight. The location for this boardgaming event will be the Woburn Hilton Hotel - well within reach of Boston and surrounding areas. Read on for directions!
What Can I Expect from Unity Games XV?
Unity Games XV will be
a full day of boardgaming and we look forward to having as many
local boardgamers present as possible. Please consider signing up
to attend - it will be a day of gaming you won't want to miss!
The venue has room for 300 so there should plenty of
room for everyone! But don't wait to sign-up - we reserve the
right to cap attendance once the room fills!
We play a wide variety of board and card games. Examples of games we are likely to play include RACE FOR THE GALAXY, SETTLERS OF CATAN, PUERTO RICO, AGRICOLA, CARCASSONNE, TICKET TO RIDE, APPLES TO APPLES, PASSWORD, CROKINOLE, TIGRIS & EUPHRATES, RA, BOHNANZA, HEROSCAPE, TRAUMFABRIK, Etc. There will be hundreds of different games to choose from. Most are easy enough that even new players can get into the action easily. We plan on having a section of the ballroom to use to help jumpstart new gaming - this will be an area you can go to start up a new game or look for others trying to start up games. Several veteran gamer volunteers will also help during the early hours to run certain new-player friendly games to get people into the flow - so if you are new or just a little shy about jumping in with the main UG crowd, we'll have you covered!
The focus on the big Unity Games events is open boardgaming - play what you like with people you enjoy gaming with. If you are new, there will be plenty of opportunity to get in on the gaming! We want to make this an enjoyable experience for both UG veterans and newcomers alike - so don't consider not going just because you feel you may not fit in! Join us for the day and see how it goes! Check the Unity Games website above for full coverage pictures of previous UG events.
What is the Cost of Going to UG-XV?
The cost of UG-XV is as follows (price is per-person):
$12 pre-pay in person
$12.50 pre-pay with PayPal
$15 at the door (day of the event)
Paying With Paypal
The prepay deadline has come and gone!
Any Policies I Should Be Aware Of?
Yes, we do have a few simple rules for the day to make the experience enjoyable for everyone - please carefully read our UG-XV Policies Page for details.
What about Food?
In addition to the hotel restaurant (and numerous places to eat outside the hotel), the hotel itself will be providing a food cart service for both lunch and dinner.
What about Directions and Parking for UG-XV?
Traveling 128/95 North: Take Exit 36
(Washington St.) Turn right off the exit. At second set of lights, turn left
onto Cedar St. Take immediate right onto Forbes Rd. Hotel is on the left.
Traveling 128/95 South: Take Exit 36 (Washington St.) Bear right off the exit. Take a right at lights onto Washington St. At third set of lights, take a left onto Cedar St. Take immediate right onto Forbes Rd. Hotel is on the left.
Traveling 93 South: Take Exit 37 for 95 South. Follow above directions.
Traveling 93 North: Take Exit 36 (Montvale Ave.) Turn left off the exit. At second set of lights, turn right onto Washington St. At second set of lights, turn right onto Cedar St. Take immediate right onto Forbes Rd. Hotel is on left.
When you arrive at the hotel, please park in the outside parking lots. The indoor garage is for guests staying at the hotel. You won't be able to enter the hotel from the garage without a room key.
When you enter the hotel's main entrance, proceed through the lobby to the elevators. The Grand Ballroom is located on the Third Floor.
How do I Sign Up to Attend?!?
By pre-paying, you will be registered for the event and placed on the attendee list. If you will be coming and just can't prepay, please still send an email to Dave Bernazzani firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know if you are coming and how many people you will be bringing. We want to get an accurate head-count for the day so let us know even if you are only "likely" to attend. If you have questions, you can email us at this address and we'll try to help you out...
This event will be successful with your participation - please don't wait to sign up! We look forward to seeing you at UG-XV!