The 2020 SAAM Arcade Indie Developer Showcase honors the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting women suffrage. Each of their featured games explores the role of women in affecting major change in society, the political sphere, and the gaming industry.
We were so thrilled that our game Starsmith was selected for this prestigious honor.
Due to COVID-19, this year the SAAM Arcade will be virtual. Visit the SAAM Arcade website during the weekend of Aug.1-2, 2020 to play Starsmith online via Tabletop Simulator or via print-and-play.
Fri., July 31, 2020
Virtual Panel: Board Games in the Classroom
Join us at the nation’s largest board game convention, now in virtual format! And FREE!
Our Co-Founder/CEO Catherine Croft, Ph.D. will join fellow teacher/game designer Kathleen Mercury in a lively presentation of board games as teaching tools. Instead of the traditional “educational game” we will show how mainstream modern board games can be framed within a lesson plan to teach core concepts. Good for teachers, game designers, and publishers!
Thurs., July 30, 2020
Virtual Panel: Chemistry Games Symposium
We’re excited to discuss the educational value of chemistry board games with fellow teachers!
Our Co-Founder/CEO Catherine Croft, Ph.D. will join fellow teacher/game designer Steve Sogo and fellow scientist/game designer Zachary Thammavongsy (d-Orbital Games). We will discuss the variety of chemistry games available for education and how to best incorporate them into the classroom.
Sat., Jan. 4, 2020
Panel: Playing with Science: Designing STEM Games for the Classroom
MAGFest National Harbor, MD
Honored to be part of the annual Music and Gaming Festival (MAGFest), our Co-Founder/CEO Catherine Croft, Ph.D. was invited to join fellow panelists Chris Russell (ARRiGames) and Ashlyn Sparrow (Weston Game Lab, University of Chicago). Together the panelists discussed educational value and design of tabletop and digital games, including augmented reality experiences.
Tabletop Network Hyatt Regency, Dallas, TX
We were beyond thrilled for our Co-Founder/CEO Catherine Croft, Ph.D. to be awarded a New Voices Scholarship, a program that recognizes tabletop game designers who are bringing new vision and underrepresented perspective to the industry. The New Voices Scholarship sponsored a trip for her to Tabletop Network, a retreat featuring the world’s most prestigious board game designers. While there, Dr. Croft was able to attend spellbounding seminars from idols such as Matt Leacock, Rob Daviau, Elizabeth Hargrave, and Alan R. Moon. She was even able to pitch our games in a Shark Tank-like event to giants in the board game industry, where she memorably garnered enthusiastic applause from the audience.
This was a life-changing, inspirational experience whose lessons will be long imprinted in Dr. Croft’s mind. Thank you deeply to Geoff Engelstein and the other organizers of the New Voices Scholarship. Such opportunities do make a difference and will hopefully promote diversity in our beloved field of tabletop gaming.
Sat., Sept. 7, 2019
Panel: So You Want to Be a Game Designer?
WashingCon Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center
We were so humbled and honored for our Co-Founder/CEO Catherine Croft, Ph.D., to be invited to speak on a game design panel with the internationally famous Elizabeth Hargrave and Jon Gilmour! We were joined by game designer Sarah Addison and the panel was moderated by AnnaMaria Jackson-Phelps, founder/content creator of Girls’ Game Shelf.
Fri., July 5, 2019
Mini Unpub – Crossroads Tabletop Tavern
9412 Main St, Manassas, VA 20110
Come test our new game, Starsmith, along with demo games from other designers! Hosted by owner/tavern master John Hornberger, this Unpub event will be a fun opportunity to give game designers feedback on their new creations!
Admission is FREE! Just be sure to enjoy some tasty dishes from this fabulous board game-themed restaurant.
Sat., June 1, 2019
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM International Tabletop Day 2019 (A Carnival of Games) Labyrinth Games & Puzzles 645 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
Join us at Labyrinth on Capitol Hill for their 2019 celebration of International Tabletop Day! Each year, Labyrinth joins fellow gamers throughout the world to commemorate and share the joy that tabletop gaming can bring to our communities. We’ll have fun and games all day. Meet local game designers; try new games; win great prizes. And, of course, there will be free popcorn and carnival games!
Confirmed local game designers include Elizabeth Hargrave (Wingspan), Jason Matthews (Twilight Struggle, 1960: Making of a President, Founding Fathers), Dave Chalker (Get Bit, Sentinel Comics RPG), Joel Sparks (Cats of Catthulhu), and Catherine Croft (Crazy Cats, Cycles). Representatives from North Star Games will also be on hand to show Quacks of Quedlinburg, Evolution, and Oceans.
There will be a ton of sweet games and promos for the annual raffle too!
This is a free, family-friendly event.
Sat., May 11, 2019
10:00 – 3:00 PM Innovation Festival Fauquier High School 705 Waterloo Rd, Warrenton, VA 20186
The Innovation Festival is a community celebration of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Fauquier County Public Schools, local and regional businesses, student groups, national labs and more are coming together to host a wide variety of activities that range in complexity to entertain people of all ages. Our goal is to continue to increase STEAM exposure in the community and bring awareness of the critical role STEAM fields play in our world each and every day.
In addition to co-organizing the entire event, we’ll be exhibiting our line of STEM games! Come play some of our demos, from genetics to coding to life cycles games, ages 4+!
2:30 – 4:00 PM Let’s Play Games by Catlilli Chick-Fil-A (Fair Lakes) 4516 Fair Knoll Dr , Fairfax , VA 22033
Come play board games with our scientists & teachers! During spring break, Chick-Fil-A invited us for a special event to keep kids’ minds active. You’ll be able to play our line of fun STEM-themed games for kids of all ages, starting from 4+. From genetics to coding, your children will have fun and learn without realizing it. Demos and prizes!
6:00 – 8:00 PM STEAM Fair Wakefield Forest Elementary School 4011 Iva Lane, Fairfax, VA
Come join us for an evening of family fun! In addition to our STEM games, Lake Anne Elementary will be featuring a whole gym full of STEM-themed activities, from slime to rockets to Van der Graaf generators! We will be playing and selling our line of current STEM tabletop games, targeted for children in grades K-12. Would love to see you there!
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Family Science Days American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Washington, DC
As a former neurobiologist and longtime member of AAAS, our CEO Dr. Croft is thrilled to announce that we will be demo-ing our line of STEM board games at AAAS Family Science Days!
AAAS Family Science Days is a FREE public event that offers an array of hands-on family and child-friendly activities. It is held during the AAAS Annual Meeting, begin held at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC. Family Science Days features interactive booths appropriate for K-12 youths and their families, highlighting diverse areas of science, as well as a live stage show and the opportunity to talk with scientists.
We hope to see you there!
We had the great honor to present our line of STEM toys/games at this year’s conference of the North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA).
NASAGA is a hub for trainers, teachers, and educators who use active learning methods to increase engagement, enhance retention, and improve performance. Originally founded in 1962 as the East Coast War Games Council, NASAGA was initially devoted to war games. Its name was changed to the National Gaming Council in 1968 as the emphasis of the organization had shifted toward business and economic gaming. The name was changed again in 1975 to its current form as NASAGA.
We demo-ed our games during the meeting’s poster session, alongside other gifted educators and game designers. It was incredible experience with engaging talks, interactive presentations, and open collaboration. Already looking forward to next year!
6:30 PM – 7:15 PM
Summer on the Green Concert Series Culpeper St., Warrenton, VA, 20186
Come play our games during the family hour at Old Town Warrenton’s Summer on the Green Concert Series! The family hour will be held before each concert on every Saturday this summer and will include lots of activities for kids including face painting, balloon animals, musical and theatre games, Mathnasium, and us!
$5 per person, $4 Allegro Friends & children, free for kids under 5. There are no advance ticket sales; tickets available at concert.
The concert is located at the corner of Culpeper Street and Hotel Street. Culpeper Street is blocked off to vehicular traffic between Lee Street and Washington Street on concert nights, so please use the public parking off West Lee Street and walk to the concert site.
Refreshments will be for sale at the concert location. Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy an evening in charming, historic Old Town Warrenton!
We are deeply honored to have been invited to speak on the subject of STEM toys/games at this year’s conference of the American Specialty Toy Retail Association (ASTRA), called their Marketplace & Academy.
We will be speaking on Sunday, June 10, as part of ASTRA’s new OpenSpace sessions. According to ASTRA, OpenSpace establishes a marketplace of inquiry, reflection and learning. It’s an interactive process with participants involved in simultaneous mini-discussions based around a theme or an issue. OpenSpace sessions generate communication and collaboration, while helping participants develop new solutions to various challenges and business problems.
Within the OpenSpace sessions, our topic will be STEM toys/games: types, ranges, value, assessment, and appropriate use as a label. With STEM such a buzzword in today’s toy market, it is important for retailers to understand the meaning behind this term.
Hope to see you there!
6:00 – 8:00 PM Lake Anne Elementary School Reston, VA
Come join us for an evening of family fun at Board Game Night!
In addition to our STEM games, Lake Anne Elementary will be hosting a fundraiser for their school using Gamewright Games, one of our favorite companies! We will be playing and selling our five current STEM tabletop games, targeted for children in grades PK-12. Would love to see you there!
We’ll be playing our STEM games with youth coders at the third annual Cool Code Awards, part of the Hour of Code week! The event will be held at GMU’s new makerspace, The MIX.
Organized by Startfield with the support of NOVA SySTEMic, the Cool Code Awards is the ultimate coding competition for elementary, middle, and high school students in the Northern Virginia region. The aim of the competition is to celebrate creativity and diversity as well as inspire and encourage young students to showcase their coding skills.
Individuals or teams of students are invited to compete by building an app, game, web tool, or cool gadget that run on Raspberry, Arduino, or other related micro-computing devices. While developing their projects, coding concepts and design thinking are put to the test as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, patience, leadership, communications, and perseverance.
The event is free and open to the public.
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Haymaker STEAM Expo Battlefield High School, Haymarket, VA, 20169
Come play our games as we return to the the largest STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) Expo in Prince William County!
Join us for an awesome day exploring STEAM with 50+ fun kid and family friendly exhibits and activities including hands-on science experiments, engineering and technology challenges, and robot demonstrations!
This event is open to the public and 100% FREE! Concessions, food, and beverages will be available from local vendors and food trucks.
12:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Join us and other gamers nationwide to play games for 24 hours in order to raise funds for children’s hospitals!
Here’s how it works:
- Extra Life is s 24-hour fundraising and gaming marathon to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
- On Game Day (Nov. 4), our team will dedicate an entire day to play games and get donations.
- 100% of our team donations will go to National Children’s Medical Center in DC
- We can play board games or video games (although obviously we are pushing the board games!)
Sat.- Sun., Sept. 9-10, 2017
Sat. Sept. 9: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM Sun. Sept. 10 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM WashingCon Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center
We are honored to return as a vendor at the 3rd Annual WashingCon, Washington DC’s own tabletop game convention!
We will demo and sell our six current STEM tabletop games, targeted for children in grades PK-12. WashingCon features two days packed full of events, including open gaming, game tournaments, a family gaming area, panels by famous game designers, and demos by new game designers. Sponsors include major gaming names Ravensburger, Peaceable Kingdom, and North Star Games (Evolution). Hosted by our friends at Labyrinth Games & Puzzles, a fantastic tabletop game store on Capitol Hill!
Tickets: Adults – $40 (weekend), $25 (Sunday only), Kids 12 & under – $30 (weekend) – $15 (Sunday only), Kids 2 & under – free. Buy tickets here
Sat.-Sun, July 8-9, 2017
Fredericksburg Expo Center Fredericksburg, VA 22401
A community-driven convention that combines everything we love about the gaming and entertainment industry! Join us in the board game area, where we will be playing our STEM games along classic new favorites such as Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, and Pandemic. Hope to see you there!
Tickets: 2-Day Admission: $35.00, 1-Day Admission: $25.00
Sat., May 20, 2017
Main Street, Warrenton, VA 20186
Come join us for a fun day of playing and selling our STEM tabletop games, targeted for children in grades PK-12. In addition to vendors, the festival also features music & dance performances, as well as children’s entertainment.
Look for our booth next to the food trucks!
Admission is FREE!
Sat., May 13, 2017
Unpub Mini – The Island Games
5107 Westfields Blvd, Centreville, VA 20120
Come test our new game, Tacto, along with demo games from seven other designers! Hosted by Keith Ferguson and Paul Owen, this Unpub event will be a fun opportunity to give game designers feedback on their new creations!
Admission is FREE!
Tues., March 14, 2017
Pi Day – Mathnasium of Warrenton
512 Fletcher Dr, Warrenton, VA 20186
Celebrate Pi Day with us at the Mathnasium of Warrenton! In honor of this very special math day, Mathnasium will host a fun-filled family event. We will demo and sell our STEM tabletop games targeted for ages 6+, including our new coding game, Tacto!
Admission is FREE!
Sat., Nov. 5, 2016
NoVa Game Fest Hylton Boys and Girls Club (5070 Dale Blvd, Woodbridge, VA 22193)
We are proud to be an exhibitor at NoVa Game Fest, sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington!
The NoVa Game Fest is more than just a great way to see some of the newest games and technology. This event is also geared towards Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) activities and careers, which is designed to enhance the lives of school-age gamers and their parents by showing them the limitless possibilities that can be accomplished through gaming. Our panels and workshops give our attendees a broader view of what gaming is and how it can benefit them; from panels on Career Paths in “Gaming and Virtual Reality Tech Talk” to “How to Build Your Own Video Games”, we are preparing our attendees for a future in video game development, as well other STEM based careers. In addition, we are offering these young people insight into how computer based games are solving problems and providing support in other career fields.
Admission is FREE!
Sat., Oct. 1, 2016
Loudoun County Stem Day Sat. Oct. 1: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus
STEM Day is for EVERYONE! From kindergarten to high school and beyond, we have fun and educational workshops and exhibits for the whole family. With more activities than you can count, we’re about DOING. Come ready to participate! We will demo and sell our STEM tabletop games, targeted for children in grades PK-12.
Admission is FREE!
Sat.- Sun., Sept. 10-11, 2016
Sat. Sept. 10: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM Sun. Sept. 11 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM WashingCon Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center
We will be a vendor at the 2nd Annual WashingCon, Washington DC’s own tabletop game convention!
We will demo and sell our six current STEM tabletop games, targeted for children in grades PK-12. WashingCon features two days packed full of events, including open gaming, game tournaments, and demos by up and coming game designers. Sponsors include major gaming names Steve Jackson Games (Munchkin), Looney Labs (Fluxx), and North Star Games (Evolution). Hosted by our friends at Labyrinth Games & Puzzles, a fantastic tabletop game store on Capitol Hill!
Tickets are $45, but for a limited time you can receive a discount for $40. Buy tickets here
Fri.-Sat., May 6-7, 2016
Fri., May 6: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Sat., May 7: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Flower Mart National Cathedral, Washington DC
We have been selected to be a vendor at Flower Mart, Washington’s premier family spring festival!
We will be playing and selling our five current STEM tabletop games, targeted for children in grades PK-12. In addition to vendors, the festival also features music & dance performances, children’s entertainment, food, flower displays, and National Cathedral garden tours. We hope to see you there!
Breaking News: We will also be releasing our brand new, sixth STEM game at this event!
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Children’s Discovery Museum of West Virginia Morgantown, WV
Come join us for a morning of STEM game fun at the Children’s Discovery Museum of West Virginia!
We will be playing and selling our five current STEM tabletop games, targeted for children in grades PK-12. Visitors to the museum will enjoy hands-on exhibits and programming that engage the imagination, develop critical thinking skills, encourage healthy living, and inspire a life-long love of learning
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Fauquier County Regional Science & Engineering Fair Fauquier High School, Warrenton, VA, 20186
Come play our STEM games at the Fauquier County Regional Science & Engineering Fair!
In between judging and the awards ceremony, the fair will host a variety of exhibits for spectators and families to enjoy. Come support middle and high school students in STEM by viewing their projects and then join us for some tabletop STEM game fun!
This event is free and open to the public.
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Haymaker STEM Expo Battlefield High School, Haymarket, VA, 20169
Come play our games at the largest ever STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Expo in Prince William County!
Join the Battlefield High School ILITE program for an awesome day exploring STEM with 50+ (and growing) kid and family friendly exhibits and activities including hands-on science experiments, engineering and technology challenges, robot demonstrations, movies, and FUN!
This event is open to the public and 100% FREE! Concessions, food, and beverages will be available from local vendors and food trucks.
Saturday, January 30, 2016
2:30 – 3:30 PM
Children’s Science Center – The Lab Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax, VA, 22033
Playtest our Catlilli games at The Lab, the temporary space of the Children’s Science Center of Northern Virginia! The Lab is an interactive exploration center where children, families, and school groups can learn about and experience fun science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) principles. It features four fun-filled experience zones: Experiment Bar, Inspiration Hub, Tinker Shop, and Discovery Zone.
Admission for visitors ages 2 years and older is $12.00. Children under 2 years are free.
Admission for seniors (62+) and active duty members of the military is $11.00.
5:00 – 7:30 PM
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum
19 West Cork St, Winchester, VA, 22601
Play our Catlilli games at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum during First Fridays in Old Town Winchester! This four-story science museum for children features interactive exhibits about the human body, transportation, water play, engineering, among others. It also features a climbing maze and a rooftop garden! We are proud to feature our games at such an excellent resource for the community. Fun for the whole family!
Saturday, April 25, 2015
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
G. Whillikers Toys and Books Plus Teacher Supplies
41 W. Lee Hwy, #63, Warrenton, VA, 20186
Play our Catlilli games at our local specialty toy store! Our headquarters is based in Warrenton, VA, so we have teamed up with town favorite G. Whillikers to provide a fun family day where visitors can try our current educational games, beta test new ones, and enter to win raffle prizes!
Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Koshland Science Museum, 525 E St NW, Washington DC
Please visit us at the community event “Creating a Resilient World” at the Koshland Science Museum, an extension of the National Academy of Sciences. Alongside organizations such as the The Nature Conservancy, NOAA and the National Weather Service, DC Environmentors, and FEMA, we will be showcasing our ideas for biology-based educational games. We hope to see you there!