Elise Shapiro experiences the highs and lows of Settlers of Catan as Rob McGarty of EnergySavvy looks on. Shapiro won her table, moving on to the final round of the tournament. (Annie Laurie Malarkey photo)

A big thanks to everyone who joined us last night for the first-ever GeekWire Game Night and Meetup at the Spitfire in Belltown.

With more than 200 people in attendance, it was a great crowd, and we had a blast playing board games, virtual bowling and, yes, even dancing thanks to the Xbox 360 Kinect in the back room. (Rest assured that I’ll be untagging that video of me on Facebook.)

Douglas Green, right, on his way to becoming 'Lord of All Catan' in the championship game.

We also had a large contingent of people playing in our Settlers of Catan tournament, with a dozen games taking up the entire northern tier of the space and spilling out into the rest of the bar. Congrats to Douglas Green, who was crowned the “Lord of All Catan” as the winner of the tournament, receiving a limited-edition wooden Settlers of Catan set — courtesy of Card Kingdom.

“I can’t say that I’ve ever been called that before,” joked Green upon receiving the Catan crown.

Other Catan table winners included Neal Freeland, Jimmer Sivertsen, Matt Kolve, Elise Shapiro, Eric Sieg, Brian Reynolds and GeekWire’s John Cook. (In what was perhaps the most epic match of the night, all four players on the table were stuck at nine points for four turns — including two heartbreaking robber incidents — before John prevailed with a final settlement.)

Special thanks to our sponsors: Microsoft HotmailthePlatform and Microsoft Playtest. Lucky winners walked away with an Apple TV courtesy thePlatform and an Xbox 360 bundle from Microsoft Playtest. Hotmail gave away some sweet prizes to Kinect contestants, while Card Kingdom supplied a lineup of classic games for the night. MayFair Games, publisher of Settlers of Catan, offered a number of giveaways.

Be sure to mark your calendars and get your tickets early for our next event, because it’s a big one: the half-day GeekWire Summit, on March 7 in downtown Seattle. Details and tickets here. (Early-bird rate ends February 15th).

Photographer Annie Laurie Malarkey captured a gallery of pictures of the action last night.

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  • Anonymous

    Thanks again team Geekwire–great fun. Congrats on the win Elise!

    Speaking of which does anyone have a plush sheep that they’d trade for a plush ore?

    • johnhcook

      All I’ve got is a plush wheat (and my 2-year-old son has already grown attached to it). So, that means no trade!! Thanks for coming out Rob. 

  • Jimmer

    Thanks for putting together the event. It was fun. It would have been awesome to have had time to chat more as well as play games. ;)

  • Anonymous

    Good fun last night, thanks for organizing John and Todd.

  • http://ipredikt.com iPredikt

    Thanks for organizing this, guys! I had a great time introducing the card game “Set” to both left-brained and right-brained individuals.

    Based on our informal analysis of pattern matching we determined the following: left handed people tended to pick up the game faster than righties (not surprising) and games developers rose to the top regardless of their handedness.

    We also learned that alcohol doesn’t mix well with pattern matching games.

    Next time, I’ll introduce you guys to Crokinole. This is the social version of Carom.

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