The 27th Annual
Gathering of Games
September 4-6, 2019 | Hilton Anatole Dallas


You've got the questions, we've got the answers.


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 2019 conference will be held at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.

What does it cost to attend the conference?

Full price registration is $1,195 per person, with generous group and early bird discounts (see Pricing page for more detail).  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 expiring December 31, March 31 and July 13, as well as group discounts that can save you $50 (4 to 7 registrants), $75 (8 to 15 registrants) and $100 (16+ registrants).

What am I getting for my money?

You will receive full conference access, which includes the option of more than 40 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 $195 per night, including in-room wifi and complimentary use of the health club. The rate is the weekend before the conference (Labor Day Weekend) and the weekend after the conference - we encourage you to bring your family and enjoy all that Anatole and Dallas have to offer! THIS RATE IS GOOD THROUGH August 15th, 2019, OR UNTIL ALL THE ROOMS IN THE BLOCK ARE GONE.  

To reserve your room, use this link or call 1-800-955-4281 and use the code GOG (for 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 4th 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 4th, 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?

The Gathering qualified for credits from HRCI, SHRM, NASBA, APICS and others. 

Human resources professionals can earn HRCi or SHRM credits by attending the Annual Gathering of the Games - specific credit amounts still being determined, but for reference the maximum credits for the 2018 conference was 13.

hrci-logo-2016The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval toward aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®).  Please make note of the activity ID number on your recertification application form. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at


SHRM Recertification Provider CP-SCP Seal 2019

The Great Game of Business, Inc., is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.  For more information about certification or recertification, please visit


Accounting professionals can earn CPE credits by attending the Annual Gathering of Games - specific credit amounts still being determined, but for reference the maximum credits for the 2018 conference was 16. The conference program for 2019 requires no prerequisites or advanced preparation and is program level Basic.

NASBA-logo (1)The Great Game of Business, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site:


APICS credits and other continuing professional education credits may be awarded.  Please check your recertification requirements and contact Donna Petiford for more information (

Reach out to us for more information or if you'd like to add your professional organization to the list.

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.


Wow is all I can say! It was truly the best conference I’ve ever been to. Every business would benefit from this conference!

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