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Crossroads GameFest 2022

July 23 @ 9:00 am - July 24 @ 6:00 pm

Crossroads GameFest
July 23-24, 2022

Back for its second year, the Crossroads GameFest is Indy’s premier Eurogame festival. This two-day community event is a celebration of the culture and heritage behind some of the world’s most popular tabletop games.

The Crossroads GameFest is free to attend* and fun for all ages. Bring the whole family and get your game on with us this summer!

* Tournament events have a $15 entry fee per participant.

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Event Details:

WHEN:
Saturday, July 23  |  9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday, July 24  |  9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

WHERE:
Athenaeum Indy
401 E Michigan St,
Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA
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Saturday, July 23, 2022

08:30 AM – CATAN National Qualifier Check-In
09:00 AM – Crossroads GameFest Opens, CATAN National Qualifier Prelims Begin
10:00 AM – Vendor Booths Open
03:30 PM – CATAN National Qualifier Semifinals Begin
04:00 PM – Vendor Booths Close
05:00 PM – CATAN National Qualifier Finals Begin
06:00 PM – Crossroads GameFest Closes

Sunday, July 24, 2022

08:30 AM – Ticket to Ride Tournament Check-In
09:00 AM – Crossroads GameFest Opens, Ticket to Ride Tournament Prelims Begin
10:00 AM – Vendor Booths Open
03:30 PM – Ticket to Ride Tournament Semifinals Begin
04:00 PM – Vendor Booths Close
05:00 PM – Ticket to Ride Tournament Finals Begin
06:00 PM – Crossroads GameFest Closes

CATAN National Qualifier Tournament

This is your chance to play CATAN in the big leagues!

The winner of this qualifier tournament will earn a spot at the 2023 United States National CATAN Championship.

This tournament has an entry fee of $15 per participant.

Past Tournament Winners

  • 2021: Zach H.

Ticket to Ride: Puffing Billy Tournament

All aboard! Next stop: Crossroads GameFest!

The Athenaeum is proud to host the inaugural Crossroads GameFest Puffing Billy Tournament, sanctioned by the Train Gamers Association. Tournament gameplay will feature four unique versions of the famous train-themed Eurogame:

  • Ticket to Ride: Germany
  • Ticket to Ride: Switzerland
  • Ticket to Ride: Nordic
  • Ticket to Ride: Europe

The winner of this tournament will receive a copy of Ticket to Ride: Europe (15th Anniversary Special Edition).

This tournament has an entry fee of $15 per participant.

Free Play Tables

Throughout the Festival, we will have designated “free play” tables where you and your friends can enjoy some casual gameplay. Feel free to bring your own games to play, or choose from tables with provided copies of featured Eurogames, including:

  • CATAN Licensed Products
    • CATAN
    • Die Siedler von Catan (German edition)
    • CATAN Junior (ages 6+)
    • CATAN Histories: Merchants of Europe
    • CATAN Histories: Settlers of America
    • The Struggle for CATAN
    • Rivals for CATAN
  • Ticket to Ride Licensed Products
    • Ticket to Ride
    • Ticket to Ride: Europe
    • Ticket to Ride: Germany
    • Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries
    • Ticket to Ride: Amsterdam
    • Ticket to Ride: New York
    • Ticket to Ride: First Journey (ages 6+)

Vendor Booths

Each day of the Festival will feature a vendor area with retail booths from a variety of local businesses and organizations. Stop by to find your next favorite game store, local artisan, gaming group, or even coffee shop!

Vendor Booths Open:

Saturday, July 23  |  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, July 24  |  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Interested in being a Crossroads GameFest vendor?

Registration is open to all businesses and organizations located in or near the greater Indianapolis area.

All vendors receive one (1) free registration in either the CATAN National Qualifier tournament or the Ticket to Ride: Puffing Billy Tournament.

Early registrants receive preferred placement in the vendor area, and vendor space is limited, so secure your spot today!

What are Eurogames?

Eurogames, AKA “German-style” board games, are a class of tabletop games that generally:

  • require strategy
  • use abstract elements
  • emphasize competition for resources over direct combat with other players

Eurogames started to appear in Germany in the 1960s. Games like Acquire became popular in postwar Germany because they de-emphasized combat and warfare as main components of tabletop games.

In the late 70s and early 80s, Europe was placing more and more cultural emphasis on design, and the genre began to spread to other countries, such as France and Sweden.

In 1995, German game designer Klaus Teuber created Die Siedler von Catan (“The Settlers of Catan”). It quickly became the most popular Eurogame of the time, and it pioneered the success of the genre outside of Europe.

Our Partners & Sponsors

The Crossroads GameFest would not be possible without the support of its sponsors & partners. Thank you for helping us share our heritage through gaming!

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Details

Start:
July 23 @ 9:00 am
End:
July 24 @ 6:00 pm
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Venue

The Basile Theatre at the Historic Athenaeum
401 E Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204 United States
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