conference FAQS

What is The Gathering of Games?

The Gathering of Games is the only conference where the open-book community comes together from around the world to learn, share, and celebrate the principles and practices of The Great Game of Business and open-book management.

Where is the event held?

The 2018 conference will be held at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.

What does it cost to attend the conference?

Full price registration for 1-3 people is $1095 each  |  Full price registration for groups of 4+ is $1045 each
   - additional charge for pre-conference workshops ($235-$585) and Wednesday night networking reception ($175)

I’m on a budget, how can I make the conference more affordable?

Take advantange of early bird specials through March 16 (an extra $50 off each registration item) and July 12 ($100 of conference registration).  In addition, you can save $50 per person with our group discount on teams of 4 or more.

What am I getting for my money?

You will receive full-conference access, which includes the option of more than 45 conference sessions related to open-book management, multiple dynamic keynotes, two full breakfasts, one lunch, snacks and drinks.

Do you offer a hotel room discount?

Yes, of course!  We negotiated an excellent rate with the Hilton Anatole of $185 per night, including in-room wifi and complimentary use of the health club. The rate is good August 30 - September 10 (which includes Labor Day Weekend) - we encourage you to bring your family and enjoy all the Anatole and Dallas have to offer! THIS RATE IS GOOD THROUGH Thursday, August 14th, 2018, OR UNTIL ALL THE ROOMS IN THE BLOCK ARE GONE.  

To make a reservation, use this link or call 1-800-955-4281 and use the code GOG (or Gathering of Games).

Who should attend?

You and your team!  Join people from all organizational positions, all industry types, all company sizes, from all over the world to learn about open-book management in formal and informal settings.  The energy created by this dynamic community is unmatched!

Is there parking available at the hotel?

Parking is available at the hotel for $20/self-park and $29/valet.

Will there be transportation to and from the airport?

Transportation is not provided to or from the airport.  For details on transportation options (including flight discounts and driving directions), visit our travel information page.

What is the cancellation policy?

For a full refund, cancellations must be made three weeks (21 calendar days) prior to the course date. For cancellations made less than three weeks out, tuition is non-refundable, but may be transferred to another course within one calendar year or transferred to another person within your organization. Any transfer requests received less than one week (7 calendar days) prior to the course date will be assessed a 40% rescheduling fee.

Registrants who do not show up for a course have one week after the course to notify us of their absence. At that time, registrants have the option to transfer to another course, subject to a 60% rescheduling fee. Registrants who do not notify us of their absence within the allotted 7 days will forfeit all funds.

Can I register for the conference if I’ve never been to a Great Game event?

Yes, but we would highly encourage you to register to attend our full-day workshop: The Game Overview in order to make the most of your conference investment. The Game Overview will take place Wednesday, September 5th from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM and is an additional cost of $585/attendee. This workshop was added to the conference agenda four years ago due to attendee demand, and has been packed each year. Be sure to register early to reserve your spot!

Could I just attend one day of the conference?

Reduced pricing is not offered for single day attendance. However, pre-conference workshops, which are held on September 5th, may be purchased separately.

What do I wear at the conference?

The conference is a fun environment. We encourage you to sport logo-wear, and definitely dress in layers as conference rooms tend to have unpredictable temperature.

What meals are covered by the conference registration fee?

Thursday: Breakfast, lunch, snacks
Friday: Breakfast & snacks

Does The Gathering of Games qualify for any Continuing Education Credits?

In 2017, accounting professionals earned up to 19.5 CPE credits, and human resources professionals earned up to 17.0  HRCI credits (conference, as well as pre-conference workshops).  Specific credit availability for 2018 will be determined once the agenda is finalized, but is expected to be similar.

Are the sessions at the conference only about the financials & numbers?

No! The sessions at The Gathering of Games encompass a wide range of topics that range from employee education, employee engagement, communication, empowerment, succession planning, conducting staff meetings and more.

It is a common misconception that The Great Game of Business (GGOB) methodology just focuses on opening the books. The Great Game of Business is actually more like an operating system that supports open-book management. The sessions at The Gathering of Games are intended to build on basic GGOB methodology by providing innovative approaches, new techniques and refreshers to applying that methodology.