Listening to my favorite local singer-songwriter Trevor Ras play guitar and saxophone at Skylark Cafe in West Seattle…
This weekend, I joined hundreds of gaming enthusiasts at the 4th annual OrcaCon tabletop games convention in Bellevue, Washington.
The convention features industry panels, game demonstrations, an open play library, game tournaments, and gaming workshops. I spent most of the 2 days at demo tables and the open play library.
My 5 favorite game titles included:
- Clank! (deck building strategy game)
- Forbidden Island (cooperative family game)
- Rivals for Catan (2-player strategy card game)
- Salem 1692 (party game)
- Word Slam (party game)
Wizards of the Coast distributed free starter packs for Magic: The Gathering, so I experienced this 1993 classic for the first time. And I won a raffle prize of the 2018-released Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig, a tile-building game for up to 7 players that I look forward to play-testing with my game group.
The event organizers did an excellent job of making the venue inclusive for everyone. The event was ADA-accessible, with LGBTQ+ pronoun-friendly name badges, and even color-coded safety pins to identify attendees’ introversion to extroversion levels. Maybe next year, the event website will be upgraded to be mobile-friendly too!
Seattle WordCamp is this weekend at the Washington State Convention Center at 705 Pike Street. Weekend tickets are still available for $40.
If you manage a WordPress site, here are some presentations to consider:
Saturday, November 10
- 10:30 DIY Content Strategy by Larry Swanson
- 11:30 Write Right, Right NOW! Boot Camp for Content Writers by Liz Coursen
- 1:30 Making Content Part of Company Culture by Taylor Waldon
- 2:30 It’s Not About You, It’s About Them by Imei Hsu
- 4:30 The Power of Photography – Why Your Clients Should Never Settle for the Same Old Stock Images on their Websites by Bruce & Josh Hudson
Sunday, November 11
- 10:00 Introduction to Gutenberg and the Future of WordPress editing by Grant Landram
- 11:00 Storytelling with Gutenberg: How to Use the New Editor to Boost Your Blog by Andrea Zoellner
- 1:00 A Hypothesis on the Future Impact of Gutenberg on SEO by Robert Nissenbaum
- 2:00 Always Source Responsibly – An Intro to Selecting Themes and Plugins by Jessica Ortega
- 3:00 The Trick to Incremental Website Design by Gayle Williams