Awesome Games Done Quick 2019

How to Attend

Games Done Quick event attendance is open to the general public. You don't need to be a speedrunner, and you don't need to volunteer! You do need to register to attend! See below for all the information you need.

Registration for AGDQ2019 is closed!

Event Hotel Information

Overflow Block Announcement!

Overflow hotel is at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel (MAP/Directions). Room rates are $129/night, including doubles. This is to help offset parking costs at the overflow. Parking is $15/night in their garage. The hotel is adjacent to a metro station, which will take you to the event hotel's adjacent metro station in a single stop! There are also adjacent bus stops which continue up through midnight, if you are staying at the event hotel late.

Rooms all contain mini-fridges. There are a few food options nearby, including a Safeway supermarket (with mini-Starbucks inside), Smashburger, Dunkin' Donuts, 7-Eleven, and more. We chose this hotel as the best balance of price, food options, travel time and amenities for attendees.

Our group block is available for Jan 5-13. Stays outside of this span are subject to hotel availability. While there are a limited number of hotel rooms in this block, we have the option to extend this block based on demand. So if this overflow hotel runs out of rooms, don't fret! We will work with the hotel after GDQx (After Oct. 28) to extend the block if necessary.

Overflow booking is NOW AVAILABLE.

This event will be taking place at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center at Marinelli Road, Rockville, MD. The group rate is available by using the "Book Rooms for Event" option on the right.

Do not attempt to book by any other method unless instructed by GDQ staff. As part of the new "wave" reservations, booking using other methods, including the Marriott main reservation line, may result in your reservation being cancelled or blocked without warning.

The event starts at 12PM local time on January 6, and ends early morning January 13 (typically 12AM-3AM). There is a setup/unpack day prior and teardown/packing on the last day. However, various event services, restaurant deals, and materials may not be available outside the main event.

Parking - IMPORTANT

The hotel is offering 250 free parking passes to the hotel's overnight stay lot. These passes are only eligible for attendees who have a room at the hotel. The request form will be sent in the Attendance email going out the week of December 10th. The form will be closed until the date and time specified in the email, in order to provide everyone attending the opportunity to receive and read the email. Passes will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis to those who request them via that form. The pass will be applied to a specific room keycard (only valid for one car). If you are unable to secure a free parking pass, the hotel's overnight parking lot is $15/night. You must be a guest at the hotel to use the lot.

The attached convention center has its own parking garage. The free parking passes are NOT eligible here. The convention center parking rates are $2.50/hour, maxing out at $30/day. The first 30 minutes are free. We recommend looking at alternative parking if you are staying for a few hours, but not at the hotel. We will provide more detailed options in the attendance guide in December.

Amenities

The hotel has free wifi provided for our guest rooms. However, we ask that you please refrain from using the wifi for watching the event stream. The hotel will be broadcasting our stream on all guest room televisions.

The hotel has a fitness room. It does not have a pool.

All guest rooms have a minifridge. Note that there will not be a hospitality (cafeteria) area at this hotel.

Safety and Security

We understand in light of recent events that safety is a concern. We will be stepping up our security at the events, including hiring professional security 24/7 at AGDQ. They will be on-site and visible. We will be working closely with the hotel to provide attendees a full guide of emergency procedures in the event of any emergency. There will be a map of the hotel's event space provided. All of this will be in the attendee email guide that is sent out in December.

Transportation

There is NO SHUTTLE SERVICE to this hotel. Due to the existence of multiple airports in the area, hired shuttles would not be financially viable. We have provided a guide to transportation for the airports at the bottom of this page.

The hotel is adjacent to the local bus line. There is also the White Flint metro stop directly across the street, great for reaching other parts of the DC area and Regan National Airport.

Food

Each guest room booked includes 1 breakfast ticket (per night), served in our convention area each morning of the event. Attendees may purchase additional breakfast tickets at hotel check-in if desired.

There is also a hotel restaurant and gift shop. There will not be food trucks at this event.

However, we believe guests will be making use of the large number of food options within a quarter mile of the hotel. Within walking distance (not an exhaustive list!):

  • Popeye's Chicken (24-hour)
  • Papa John's Pizza (10am to 12am-1am)
  • Arby's (10am to 11pm-12am)
  • McDonald's (24-hour)
  • 7 Eleven (24-hour)
  • Pizza Boli's (Varies, often 10am to 12AM)
  • Pho Eatery (11am to 9:30pm)
  • Chipotle (10:45am to 11pm)
  • Tutti Frutti Yogurt (12pm to 10pm)
  • Sweet Frog Yogurt (12:30pm to 9pm)
  • Dunkin Donuts (4am to 9pm)

There is also a grocery store (Harris Teeter) approximately half a mile walking distance from the hotel.

Don't forget, with the close proximity of the bus station and metro station, you have the option to search out other restaurants as well, even in cold weather!

Event Info

Age Restrictions

Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a registered parent or guardian at all times. Parents/Guardians will need to fill out and pay for registration as instructed below. During the process of filling out your user profile, you will see an option labeled "I'm Bringing Children". Select that, and fill out the names of the children you will be bringing, up to a maximum of four per parent/guardian. Children are free under their parent/guardian's registration. Children must wear their child badge (provided during the parent/guardian's check-in at the event) at all times.

Anyone 16 or older must have their own paid registration. They may not be listed as a child under a parent/guardian and any such registration may be rendered invalid. Attendees between the ages of 16 and 17 will require a parent/guardian's signature during registration.

So how do I sign up?

  1. Sign up for a Games Done Quick Account (if you haven't already).
  2. Provide your birthdate when prompted.
  3. Head on over to your profile, and create your user profile.
  4. Return to your your profile, and complete the event registration form.
  5. Head back to your profile once more, and submit your payment for registration to the event.

There is a cap of 2200 for this event. We are splitting the registration availability into two waves. Wave one opens Sept. 29th at 6PM PDT. Wave two (the final wave) opens Oct. 10th at 8AM PDT. You will find the option to register in your profile when the waves have begun. The option will disappear once the cap has been reached.

Remember: you have not reserved a spot at the event until you complete payment. You will know you're good to go when you see the in your profile!

What you get for registering

When you sign in with the registration desk at the event, you will receive a badge. In order to pick up a badge, you must have a valid government issued photo ID (passport, drivers license, state ID, etc). If you do not have one, make sure to get one immediately, as IDs can take weeks or more to obtain. The badge is valid for the entire event, including setup days.

Event Airport Transportation Guide

The hotel is right across the street from the White Flint Metro station on Rockville Avenue. It’s easily accessible by car or by metro rail. With metro, you’ll want to travel in the direction of Shady Grove. Before you arrive, please be sure to check www.wmata.com for relevant station closures both the weekend you arrive and leave.

From BWI (Baltimore-Washington International Airport)

To get to the hotel from BWI there are several options. They offer the longest travel times to the hotel, but likely the cheapest method of flying/riding.

By Bus: Look into the B30 bus that leaves from BWI airport and goes directly to the Greenbelt Metro Station. It costs 7.50 and exact change is required. You will ride it from BWI to Greenbelt Metro Station. From Greenbelt, you will ride the metro until either Fort Totten or Chinatown and switch to the Red line. https://www.wmata.com/schedules/timetables/upload/B30_180624.pdf

By Rail: Amtrak (railroad train) has a stop for the airport. The airport offers a shuttle to the train station. Travelers will want to buy a train ticket that takes them to Union Station in Washington D.C. This station is on the Red line itself. All you have to do is go from the train station to the metro station and ride it to the hotel’s stop. Tickets can be bought in advance, or at the station itself. They typically cost 15-25 dollars if bought in advance. https://www.bwiairport.com/to-from-bwi/transportation/transit/amtrak

From DCA (Regan National Airport)

This is likely the most straightforward option for travelers looking for no mess or fuss. It’s a little more expensive than BWI, but will take less time to travel to the hotel.

By Metro: Attached to the airport is a metro rail station on both the Blue and Yellow lines. The instructions on how to get to the metro station from the airport are here. http://www.flyreagan.com/dca/metrorail-station. Once at the station you have two options: 1) take the Blue line until Metro Center and transfer to the Red line, or 2) take the Yellow line until Gallery Place Chinatown, and switch to the Red line from there.

From IAD (Dulles International Airport)

Many of you might be familiar with Dulles as it was close to the old hotel and likely the place you flew into. Many of our international friends will still be flying into there. However, it is now the second farthest from the hotel and the least accessible for public transit.

By Metro: Dulles offers a Silver line express bus that is about a 15 min ride to the nearest Silver line metro station. It is 5.00 and the service accepts both cash and credit card. Tickets can be purchased from the counter located inside arrival door 4 in the terminal, on the baggage claim level. From there, travelers will need to take the silver line until Metro Center, where they will change to the Red Line and ride until they reach the hotel. http://www.flydulles.com/iad/silver-line-express-bus-metrorail-station

Misc Information and Tips

Lyft, Uber, Taxi: All three services will be present at each of these locations. However, it’s impossible to say with certainty how much it’s going to cost. Each airport and service is going to have its own rules and surcharges for traveling either to or from the airport and obviously the longer the travel time, the higher the costs. We will be working with Super Shuttle to try and provide a discount for attendees through them, which may be the cheapest option for those looking for a rideshare.

It’s important to realize that traveling by car anywhere in the DC metro area during peak traffic times can take upwards of several hours depending on the traffic. Driving is going to be the useful alternative during off peak hours and late at night when the metro and bus services do not run. However, during the day, we encourage you to use public transit when possible.