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Turn the clock back to the year 2011.  This is what happened:

  • IBM's Watson computer defeats two famous Jeopardy! champions—Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter—at their own game.

  • The world is blessed with the debut of pop star Adele and her hits "Rolling in the Deep" and "Rumour Has It".

  • Game of Thrones debuts, sparking a new cultural obsession.

  • Minecraft, Portal 2, Bastion, and Dark Souls made TIME Magazine's Top 10 games.

  • Kate Middleton and Prince William married in a highly anticipated wedding ceremony, causing a frenzy on both sides of the Atlantic.

Somewhere in all this commotion, Ben and Andrea were surfing the internet looking for love.


Andrea saw an event posted on for a board game night.  It was for a game called BANG!  She never heard of it before and thought it would be fun to try it out while meeting new friends.  Ben spotted Andrea's picture for the board game meetup.  He was intrigued and made a plan to attend the meetup.

On the night of the meetup, Andrea arrived late.  It was a full table, and she sat across from Ben.  Despite the noise and the crowd, they connected and exchanged numbers by the end of the night. 


Their first date was swing dancing at Century Ballroom.  They talked about everything from their favorite anime, games, and movies.  It ended with a late-night walk through Capitol Hill and midnight munchies.

Since then, Ben and Andrea have shared many adventures together.  From shark wrangling to zombie fighting, they are looking forward to their next great adventure: getting married!

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Ben & Andrea in Seattle Center

Ben & Andrea in Seattle Center

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  • Ben and Andrea are both Ravenclaws. Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus.


  • They are also both University of Washington Huskies! Ben studied Business Administration — Information Systems and Andrea studied Media & Communications.

  • The first three board games they played together were: BANG!, Munchkin: Cthulu, and Thunderstone.  Andrea's favorite games are Rampage!, Mangaka, and Go Nuts for Donuts.  Ben's favorite games are Twilight Imperium and Archipelago.

  • Ben started his own anime club in high school.  He raised funds by becoming the school's Sugar Baron, selling candy and doughnuts. 

  • Andrea worked as a pastry chef and graduated from Le Cordon Bleu Seattle.

  • Andrea and Ben love to travel together. So far, they have visited 15 cities, making a point to play escape rooms and eat at great restaurants everywhere they go.


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