Monopoly (Photo via Flickr/Jason Devaun)The first-ever tabletop gaming convention in the District will roll into Southwest this fall.

WashingCon will take over the Westminster Presbyterian Church at 400 I St. SW Sept. 12.

From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., convention goers will be able to play more than 600 games, including Monopoly and other classics, as well as newer games like Settlers of Catan. Gamers also will have the opportunity to try recently published titles and win copies of games.

Potential players can purchase tickets online for $10.

Kathleen Donahue, who owns Labyrinth Games & Puzzles on Capitol Hill, is organizing WashingCon with game designer Ben Rosset and Matt Grosso, who hosts The Argonaut’s game night.

Donahue said she hopes to draw 300 to 400 people to the event, which she said could become an annual event, if the crowds come.

“We’ve had lots of people ask us to do a gaming-focused convention in D.C.,” she said.

Donahue said she, Rosset and Grosso have yet to finalize all the details of WashingCon and are looking for suggestions from gamers.

People who have ideas for the convention can email her, she said.

“I want the gaming community to feel like they have buy-in for the event,” she said.

Photo via Flickr/Jason Devaun

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Game player at Labyrinth Games & Puzzles (Photo via Facebook/Labyrinth Game Shop)Gamers young and old can look forward to an extravaganza of locally made games next month.

The Pennsylvania Avenue SE store Labyrinth Games & Puzzles will host a Carnival of Games on Saturday, April 11 that will showcase activities for adults and kids.

“All across the country, game stores will hold events where people can play unpublished games by local designers,” manager Judy Thomas explained.

Festivities at the 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE store will include a make-your-own jigsaw puzzle station and demonstrations by the designers Evil Hat, Ben Rosset and Dave Chalker. The free event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and no RSVPs are required.

Labyrinth opened in Nov. 2010 and regularly hosts play sessions of Dungeons & Dragons, Pokemon cards and Magic: The Gathering.

Photo via Facebook/Labyrinth Game Shop

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