Unity Games XX

January 25, 2014 9AM-Midnight
Danvers Doubletree Hotel
Danvers, MA

Unity Games is back - and better than ever! Another phenomenal day of gaming is lined up and we are excited that our 20th big Unity Games event will be held Saturday January 25, 2014. The Danvers Doubletree Hotel (pictured at left) is located 30 miles from Downtown Boston with convenient access to I-95 and Route 1.

The hotel features several places to eat on site as well as in the local area. 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. The Charity Game Auction will be making a return this year. 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 1000 attendees - and fully anticipate that we will be 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 round and rectangular tables for general gaming. 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)!

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 XX?

The event takes place on a beautiful winter day - Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 9AM to Midnight. The location for this boardgaming event will be the Danvers Doubletree Hotel - well within reach of Boston and surrounding areas. Read on for directions!

What Can I Expect from Unity Games XX?

Unity Games XX 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 1000 so there should be 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 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-XX?

The cost of UG-XX is as follows (price is per-person):

The deadline to pre-pay has passed.
$20 if you pay at the door (day of the event)

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-XX 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 lunch and dinner.

What about Directions and Parking for UG-XX?

Traveling 95 South: Take Exit 50. Follow signs to Ferncroft Road (first right). Hotel is on the left.

Traveling 95 North: Take Exit 50 (Topsfield). Bear left at Route 1 South, Danvers. Take first right onto Ferncroft Road. Hotel is on the left.

If the lower lot is full, there is plenty of parking in the upper lot. Shuttle Service will pick up and drop off anyone using the upper lot. Feel free to drop off your games and passengers before you head to the upper lot.

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 pre-pay, you can pay at the door when you arrive. If you have general questions, you can ask them on the Unity Games yahoo group mailing list. If you have a specific question please email Adam Smiles adamsmiles@hotmail.com or Tery Noseworthy nosegamer@gmail.com 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-XX!

Hotel Information

We've added additional space at the hotel for Unity Games XX. The Grand Ballroom will continue to be the primary space for open gaming, with seating for 700. The registration table and charity auction will be located in the foyer of the grand ballroom. We are also adding the Northshore Ballroom this year. The Northshore Ballroom will be used for a number of different purposes. The Teaching Area and any tournaments or special events will be located in the Northshore Ballroom. One of the sections of the North Shore Ballroom will be designated as a quiet area. This is the perfect space for those gamers who are overwhelmed by the size and volume of the main gaming room. We would also reccomend the Northshore Ballroom as the location for "appointment" gaming. If you and some friends have scheduled to meet at a certain time to play a game that you expect to last more than 3 hours, please head to the Northshore Ballroom. In addition to the Northshore Ballroom, we also have use of the Living Room. While the Living Room won't be set for traditional gaming, this is the perfect space for games that don't necessarily require a table or games that might be loud or disruptive to other gamers. Games that might be suited for the Living Room include WEREWOLF, ELECTRONIC CATCHPHRASE, WINGS OF WAR, etc....

We have a group rate at the hotel for those wishing to stay over Friday or Saturday night. The rate is $119 plus tax. Use the group code UNI when you make your reservation.
We have a 25% discount for anyone who wants to use the CoCo Keys Water Park. Tell them you are with the Unity Games group when you purchase your tickets.