We are Games to Gather, a Portland based 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to building community relationships and creating positive action through game play and game design! With a focus on indie games, Games To Gather wishes to help connect the community to new ideas, new experiences, and to hear the voices of underrepresented creators. Our aim is to provide safe and inclusive spaces for people from all walks of life who wish to play or design tabletop and board games by providing them the space and resources to explore new ideas and meet like-minded gamers. By hosting regular monthly events around the Portland metro area, at no cost to participants (unless otherwise noted) we seek to foster a community of creative and forward-seeking gamers to help bring their imaginations to life.
Open Play events are free game play nights open to the general public to come and sign-up to play a one-shot indie tabletop roleplay game under the guidance of a Games To Gather facilitator! Come find your new favorite game at an Games To Gather Open Play!
Are board games more your thing? Then the Board With Dice board game social night is perfect for you! Come meet fellow boardgamers, try new games, and maybe even playtest a brand new game from a local creator! Our Games To Gather host will help you find a game to play!
Similar to our Open Play nights, but with a queer slant. Focused on providing an inclusive environment for members of the LGBTQIA* community, Queer Encounters will introduce you to a whole spectrum of games and gaymers.
Jeremy Alva is a doer of things and wrangler of cats. Having first joined Games to Gather in 2015, he quickly moved from player to facilitator, to event organizer, board member, and then president of Games to Gather. At once laid back and very driven, Jeremy prides himself on being able to wear many hats without getting weighted down. He’s also a game designer, artist, rugby fan, and failed standup comic. He does not know how to use nun-chucks.
Mostly works behind the scenes, keeping Business Things in order and making things like this website, Jonathan has been here since the beginning. Social Justice Bardbarian(2/4). Ain't afraid of no ghost. Cis. He/Him. Has never even been so far as decided what do look more like. email is "jonathan" at this website. Can be found on twitter dot com at calamityjive
Josi joined Gamestogather in May of 2014 by attending a board game night. She was immediately hit with the friendliness of the group and quickly began going to more events and facilitating games there. In August of 2015, Josi began running an Open Play event in North Portland. In 2016 Josi was invited to join the board. Josi has been enjoying her time on the board helping to assist the organization in it’s growth.