- 2017 - Southbridge, Massachusetts
- 2016 - Princeton, New Jersey USA
- 2015 - Bloomington, Indiana USA
- 2014 - Rochester, New York USA
- 2013 - Savannah, Georgia USA
- 2012 - Saratoga Springs, New York USA
- 2011 - Lancaster, Pennsylvania USA
- 2010 - Cruise to Cozumel, Mexico and Belize
- 2009 - Providence, Rhode Island USA
- 2008 - Charleston, South Carolina USA
- 2007 - San Francisco, California USA
- 2006 - Cambridge, Massachusetts USA
- 2005 - London, England UK
- 2004 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA
- 2003 - New Haven, Connecticut USA
- 2002 - Bethesda, Maryland USA
- 2001 - Kansas City, Missouri USA
- 2000 - Newport, Rhode Island USA
- 1999 - Nashville, Tennessee USA
- 1998 - Baltimore, Maryland USA
- 1997 - Hershey, Pennsylvania USA
- 1996 - Kent, Connecticut USA
- 1995 - Bloomington, Indiana USA
- 1994 - Rochester, New York USA
- 1993 - Worcester, Massachusetts USA
- 1992 - Burlington, Vermont USA
- 1991 - Los Angeles, California USA
- 1990 - Valley Forge, Pennsylvania USA
- 1989 - Springfield, Massachusetts USA
- 1988 - Lancaster, Pennsylvania USA
- 1987 - Salem, Massachusetts USA
- 1986 - Mystic, Connecticut USA
- 1985 - Essex, Connecticut USA
2019 AGPI Convention (Thursday, May 16th – Sunday, May 19th)
The 2019 AGPI annual convention will be held May 16-19, in Denver, Colorado. The Convention Planning Host Team is putting together an extensive program that should have something of interest for everyone. The theme for this year’s convention is “Design”; learn about the designing of games, the designing of puzzles, and the designing of mechanical puzzles. The main attraction is a special visit to the Liberty Puzzle Company. Established in 2005, fellow AGPI member Chris Wirth is using modern technologies to help recreate the golden age of wooden jigsaw puzzles. He will also be our guest dinner speaker on Friday evening.
Pre-Convention (Thursday, May 16th)
The pre-convention begins on Thursday, May 16th, with an exciting group bus tour of many sites around Denver. It will include: the natural wonders of Red Rocks and its spacious outdoor amphitheater; a tour of the brewery and home of Coors Beer; and chance to learn about the history of the old west, with visits to the Buffalo Bill Museum and grave, and the Colorado Railroad Museum where you will see the rolling stock unique to Colorado history. Thursday evening has an optional dinner at the “Board Game Republic”. The “Board Game Republic” café has 750+ games or puzzles that can be played while enjoying a delicious meal. [Addition cost for Board Game Republic meal]
AGPI Convention (Friday, May 17th til Sunday, May 19th)
On Friday, May 17th, the group will visit and tour three locations; Liberty Puzzles for a VIP tour of where they laser cut the wooden jigsaw puzzles; Robert Murch's Ouija Board Collection - “It’s Just a game, isn’t it?”; and Kagen Sound’s workshop where the 2009 Sam Loyd recipient creates and displays his complex secret opening boxes and puzzle furniture.
The program over the weekend is filled with a number of interesting presenters, including current game designer Mike Fitzgerald, Ouija Board historian Robert Murch, JNG Puzzle co-owner, Joy Hess, and the designer of more than 3 dozen games, Keith Meyers. On Saturday evening, the Association will recognize AGPI charter member and avid game enthusiast, John Ellerbe. There will also be opportunity for puzzling, game playing, raffles, table sales, tutorials, workshops and an auction. There will be a 1,000+ square feet dedicated room for game playing and puzzle solving throughout the convention.
Sunday, following the breakfast, will include a panel discussion on Games and Puzzles and the annual raffle. The event will end in time for folks to check out of the hotel by noon. Sunday afternoon has an optional activity of visiting a nearby “Escape Room” for additional puzzle solving. [ Additional cost for Escape Room]
The convention will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Denver located at 3203 Quebec St. We have reserved a block of rooms through April 15th. Attendees are encouraged to make their reservations early to ensure you get a room at the block rate of $134 + tax per night; this rate includes breakfast for every night you stay. Make reservation directly by going to: https://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/R/RLDV-DT-PUZ-20190515/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG. Or you can call: 303.321.3333. The Group code is: “PUZ”.
Light rail service from Denver International Airport to the Doubletree by Hilton Denver is $10.50. Seniors 65+ fare is $5.25. Take the light rail from DIA to the Central Park Station. Free shuttle buses run every 15 minutes between the Doubletree and Central Park Station.
2Checkout.com Inc. (Ohio, USA) is a payment facilitator for goods and services provided by the AGPI.
Sample Airfares to Denver
These ROUNDTRIP airfares were available as of Jan 1, 2019:
Philadelphia - Denver - $119 Wednesday May 15 - Tuesday May 21 Frontier
Ft Lauderdale - Denver - $135 Wednesday May 15 - Tuesday May 21 Frontier
Harrisburg, PA - Denver - $172 Wednesday May 15 - May 21 Frontier
Washington (DCA) - Denver - $177 Wednesday May 15 - Tuesday May 21 Frontier
New York (LGA or JFK) - Denver $186 - Wednesday May 15 - Tuesday May 21 American/United
Charleston - Denver - $194 Wednesday May 15 - Tuesday May 21 Frontier
Boston - Denver - $214 Wednesday May 15 - Tuesday May 21 United
Boston - Denver - $228 Wednesday May 15 - Tuesday May 21 Southwest - 2 check luggage & 1 carry-on
Rochester, NY - Denver - $237 Wednesday May 15 - Tuesday May 21 United
Hartford, CT - Denver - $239 Wednesday May 15 - Tuesday May 21 Frontier/Spirit
Low cost carriers to Denver include Frontier, Spirit, Southwest, jetBlue
Major carriers to Denver include United, American, Delta
All carriers charge for luggage except Southwest. Southwest includes 2 checked bags and 1 carry-on bag at no cost
Suggestion of things to see while in Colorado
Below are 5 day trips within 2.5 hours of Denver:
1) Day tour of the front range of the Rockies near Denver includes the Georgetown Loop to Silver Plume Narrow Gauge Railroad with optional gold mine tour, Loveland Pass 12,000 feet on the Continental Divide, Central City/Blackhawk mining town casinos, Clear Creek canyon
3) Day tour southwest of Denver features Royal Gorge suspension bridge and park, gondola ride over the Gorge, Zip line ride over the Gorge, railroad ride through the Gorge, white water rafting through the Gorge
If you have several days available during your visit to Colorado, a trip to the San Juan mountains in southwest Colorado is highly recommended. Sights to see during your trip to southwest Colorado include the Great Sand Dunes National park, the towns of Ouray, Telluride, Silverton, and Durango. Attractions include Native American Cliff Dwellings in Mesa Verde national park and the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
Online AGPI Convention registration is available here. The Convention Registration Fee includes the following: dinner and Special Guest Speaker on Friday; reception and formal dinner on Saturday; the program; facility venue and support; and other activities throughout the weekend. - $185 [Daily breakfasts are included with Doubletree by Hilton Denver room reservation.] [ Optional events: Thursday evening group dinner at Board Game Republic and Sunday afternoon Escape Room are extra cost] . Early bird registration ends March 1, 2019. Registration after March 1 is an additional $25.
Two ways to Register:
Click here for 1 attendee ONLINE registration for AGPI member
Click here for 2 attendees ONLINE registration for AGPI member
Click here for 1 attendee ONLINE registration for Non-AGPI member
Click here for 1 attendee Saturday DAY ONLY ONLINE registration for Non-AGPI member - $35
Early Bird registration needs to be paid by March 1st. Early Bird online registration is $185. After March 1st, the online registration cost will increase to $210.
Hotel Reservations: The convention will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Denver located at 3203 Quebec St. We have reserved a block of rooms through April 15th. Attendees are encouraged to make their reservations early to ensure you get a room at the block rate of $134 + tax per night; this rate includes breakfast for every night you stay. Make reservation directly by going to: https://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/R/RLDV-DT-PUZ-20190515/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG. Or you can call: 303.321.3333. The Group code is: “PUZ”.
AGPI Annual Conventions
Every year, AGPI hosts an Annual Convention for our members with interesting and notable speakers, awards, and fun events, plus plenty of surprises. A splendid time is guaranteed for all! It is always a lot of fun, and it’s also an ideal opportunity to relax and forget about everything else. The annual convention is an intense event that brings our members together to share interests and expertise, buy and sell and trade and auction, show and tell, present awards to leaders in the game and puzzle industry, tour interesting game and puzzle venues, and of course, conduct the official business of our organization in our annual membership and board meetings. If you haven’t yet ventured to attend one of our conventions… it’s about time you did!
And if you aren’t a member yet, be sure to join.
The 2018 annual convention will be held in Rochester, New York USA.
Mark Your Calendars! AGPI Convention May 16-19 2019
This spring, the AGPI convention will be held in Denver, Colorado. The program, registration form, and attendance fees are being developed and the information will be available soon. Dates are set for May 16-19. There will be plenty of opportunities for gaming and puzzling as well as our regular sales, educational, sharing, swapping, and other activities. From Denver International Airport (DIA), the hotel can be reached via the light rail from the airport with a free pickup by the hotel bus at the Central Park station. This year's convention will include a VIP tour of Liberty Puzzles and a visit to the studio of puzzle designer Kagen Sound.
The 2019 AGPI Convention is at the Double Tree by Hilton in Denver, at 3203 Quebec Street, Denver CO 80207. DoubleTree Hotel reservations can be made by calling 303-321-3333. Single/Double rooms have been reserved for attendees at a rate of $134/night, not including taxes which includes breakfast. This rate applies from Wednesday, May 15 through Sunday, May 19. Mention the Group Block Code: PUZ. Although the room block is available until April 16th, it is recommended that members make their reservations early.
DoubleTree by Hilton
3203 Quebec Street
2Checkout.com Inc. (Ohio, USA) is a payment facilitator for goods and services provided by the AGPI.
AGPI Regional Allentown
The AGPI Mid-Atlantic Chapter is hosting our seventeenth Annual Event in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Since the following week we’ll be electing a new President we decided that our theme this year should be POLITICS.
There will be door prizes, party games, show and tell, a live auction, table selling of games and puzzles and, as always, a few surprises. And we’ll be again having dinner in a private room at the nearby Starlight Café where we can order off the menu. Everybody seemed to enjoy the dinner last year and suggested we do it again.
The event will again be held at the Hampton Inn of Allentown on Keebler Road off Route 100. Registration and activities will begin at 5:00 PM and dinner will be at 6:00 PM. The Saturday date works well for those wishing to attend the nearby Allentown Toy Show held from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM that day and for the great Sunday antiquing in Adamstown.
A block of rooms has been set aside at the Hampton Inn for the nights of November 4th and 5th at the special rate of $84.00, including breakfast. Reservations must be made by October 20 to get this special rate. Space is limited so call the Inn at 610-391-1500 and ask for the AGPC block.