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.)
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 Hotmail, thePlatform 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.