Sacramento, Calif. – Nov. 10, 2017 – One of the most exciting large-scale, multiplayer gaming events is returning to Sacramento on Saturday, January 13, 2018. West Coast MegaGames (WCM) is hosting its fifth megagame at Conzelmann Community Center at Howe and Cottage. The megagame Watch the Skies asks players to decide how humanity will react and respond to unidentified alien activity near Earth in the new future. Players experience playing on a team against or with other teams in a full day event, spending their time resolving inter/intra-team conflicts and getting the unique opportunity to play with their own friends–or make new ones.
What’s a megagame?
A megagame is a board game simulation event that takes place in real time. As many as 100 people can gather in one location to take part in this conflict strategy game format where players work to resolve their objectives over the course of the day, responding to unexpected challenges as they arise. The interactive game play, unpredictable situations, and role playing elements make megagames a true phenomenon within the gaming community.
Originally created by Megagame Makers, Watch the Skies takes place during Earth in 2020 and creates an arena where players can embrace their imaginations and ask themselves “what would I do if I was in a leadership position and aliens arrive?” WCM’s modified Watch the Skies to make game play easier for beginners; it also features new dynamic tech components, resources, and a series of unexpected situations throughout the course of the game.
What’s in a megagame?
While heads of state and diplomats argue for positioning on the global diplomatic scene, other roles include the media, where players attempt to uncover the truth or control the messaging while turning out news updates at every turn and scientists, who spend turns in scientific conferences, developing crazy theories and inventions and trying to help the world leverage the alien incursion. In addition, nations have representatives serving on a mock United Nations security team with the objective of managing international communications and conflicts.
The diverse options for participation in Watch the Skies, and in megagames in general, allows for different kinds of players to find something to enjoy and to be in constant motion, as everyone is playing all of the time. Players are divided into teams of 2 to 10 (who may or may not know one another before the start of the game) to represent these nations, scientists, journalists documenting the fast moving worldwide events, and the aliens themselves.
Each megagame event has had nearly 60 participants, with some traveling from as far as Los Angeles, Portland, Ore., and England to join the fun. Whether you’re familiar with tabletop and roleplaying games or not, this unique gaming experience is open to everyone, easy to learn and guaranteed to be memorable. Individual tickets for this all-day event range from $40 to $65 per player. Tickets for this event can be purchased at WestCoastMegaGames.com.
WCM is a volunteer collective that develops, produces and hosts megagame events with the goals of introducing more people to these unique gaming experiences that are fun for everyone and growing the gaming community throughout the West Coast.
WCM believes all games – megagames and conflict games in particular – teach players invaluable social skills including creative problem solving through collaboration, how to communicate with diverse audiences, and critical thinking. Learn more and read FAQs at WestCoastMegaGames.com.
To learn more about the Watch the Skies event, WMC or megagames, contact:
Leslie Loy, Outreach Coordinator