Geekway started in 2005 in board game designer Jay Little’s basement. The first year, about fifteen people showed up to play games for a long weekend. A few short years later, the annual tradition had grown into hundreds of people gathering in a convention center to play their favorite games. Over the years, the convention has added a vendor hall with publishers hawking their wares, contests where gamers can compete for trophies in popular games, and a game design contest in which the winner is given a publishing contract. But the core activity is always the same: friends both old and new getting together to play board games for a few days a year.