Genius Northwest will return in November 2023.

Genius Northwest events are intense, weekend-long gaming competitions that test their contestant’s instinct, cunning, and their ability to form – or undermine – strong alliances. Each competition is a mixture of large format main matches and tense, one-on-one deathmatch rounds to determine who gets eliminated from the tournament. Our events combine the best elements of tabletop gaming and reality television to create a dramatic and engrossing experience unlike any other.

While the competitive tournament is the focus of our events, we want to make sure that all of our contestants have a great time, regardless of if they’re eliminated on the first round or go all the way to the finale. To that end, our events are also filled with bonus games and other activities to entertain players who are eliminated from the competition early.

The next Genius Northwest event is planned for Veteran’s Day weekend, November 10-12, 2023. The application form to register as a prospective contestant should open in the spring. Sign up for our mailing list to be notified as soon as applications open!

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Applications for Genius Northwest are currently closed. Please sign up for our mailing list to be notified when applications open for our next event.

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“Puzzles and mystery, competition and betrayal. If you want to live in a reality show for a weekend, this is the one.”

Lady Alexis Rice

“Exhausting and exhilarating. The most fun I’ve ever had getting stabbed in the back.”

Grand Vizier Audrey Cox

“I have never had so much fun meeting a new group of people and then immediately betraying them.”

Comrade Aaron Cooper

“I was stressed out the entire time and left with a great group of new friends. Totally worth it!”

The One and Only Jennifer Abele


When will the next Genius Northwest event be?

The next Genius Northwest event is planned for Veteran’s Day weekend, November 10-12 2023.

When will applications open for the next Genius Northwest event?

Applications should open in the spring.

Does it cost money to apply to Genius Northwest events?

Applying for Genius Northwest events is free. However, we do ask that all accepted players pay a fee to help cover the costs of running each event. This fee helps us pay for the event venue and provide the players and dealers with food throughout the weekend.

We are happy to offer discounted admission for players for whom this fee would otherwise prevent them from attending.

If I apply for an event, am I guaranteed be able to participate?

While we would love to offer a spot to every player who applies, Genius Northwest events are intimate by design and can support a very limited number of participants. In order to give as many players as possible a chance to experience one of our events, we keep applications open for a limited time, and then select the final participants from the players who have applied for the event.

We will notify selected participants that there is a spot available for them as soon as possible after applications close. Players who are not initially selected will be placed on a waitlist and will be offered spots if one of the selected players declines to participate.

If you are not selected for one Genius Northwest event, we highly encourage you to sign up for the next one!

Can I share Genius Northwest with a friend?

Please do! We are always working to expand our player base. Please note that because we have limited slots available in each event, we cannot guarantee that both you and your friend will be selected for the same event.

Do you require participants to be vaccinated against COVID-19?

Yes, we are currently requiring that all players and hosts be vaccinated against COVID-19 for all of our events

Additionally, we are currently requiring all players and hosts submit proof of a negative COVID PCR test taken within 72 hours of the start of the event they are attending.