Tabletop tourney time: OPTTACON draws gamers to Sequim festival

Sunny weather didn’t keep gaming aficionados from packing Sequim’s Guy Cole Convention Center for OPTTACON,the first board game convention on the Olympic Peninsula, on Aug. 3, 4 and 5.

Short for Olympic Peninsula Tabletop Association’s Convention, OPTTACON brought together players of all ages to the Sequim community center, an idea that grew from Jeff Tingelstad and Travis Britten as an all-inclusive gaming experience.

Sponsored by Anime Kat, the convention saw more than 130 individuals pass through the Guy Cole building doors on its busiest day (Aug. 4), according to Facebook posts.

Tingelstad, a real estate agent at JACE Real Estate in Sequim, said prior to the festivities that he hopes OPTTACON becomes an annual event, bringing tabletop game fans together to play, encounter and share games, and connect with the gaming community.

“I think the trend for board games is growing and we’re seeing conventions growing for them,” he said. “Games are for everyone.”

Tingelstad launched a Kickstarter campaign online and exceeded his $1,009 goal to cover costs and purchase games for prizes.

“We’re in a real Golden Age for gaming,” he said.

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See photos from the event here.