Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Gaming for a cause

Hi there, and thanks for stopping by Foodhammer. 2011 is the first year of what we sincerely hope to be a long and successful run of using our favourite hobby to raise awareness and cash for the Langley Food Bank

A-Club is a Warhammer 40K gaming group that has been in existence for about five years in the Vancouver, BC area.  We started out in an apartment then when it just became wayyyy too much for our founding member, Thor.  Thor moved the club into some warehouse space where we made a home and gamed happily for a good few years with some insane games of Apocalypse!  Then some downsizing happened and we moved around a little until now we're hosted by the Very Friendly Local Gaming Store, GameStars

A-Club has hosted a few tournaments across the years including two successful West Coast Mayhem conventions.  I decided this year that I want to host tournaments that aren't just about the gamers.  We're very fortunate to be able to afford to participate in this hobby - we all know it isn't cheap.  Which led me to my next thought, about those who sometimes can't afford the basics. I see my son at school with his friends, and I know that some of those kids come from families who have those struggles. Sometimes their parents have to visit the Food Bank to keep their food cupboards and stomachs from going empty. That is the reason I chose to hold this event in aid of the food bank. 

I actually got some inspiration for this journey I'm on from the great guys who ran last year's incredible Storm Wardens Project for Doctors Without Borders, and who this year are taking a bigger bite of the apple with Heroes Of Armageddon.  Their work is incredible.  They raised an amazing $16,000 last year for DWB and I know they'll blow it away this year.  My hats off to you guys!

So what we are going to do this year is start small. Small-ish. 
The store has enough room for fifteen tables.  Thirty (30) players.  What we are going to do is two tournaments.  We'll have our Warhammer 40,000 tournament on Saturday November 26th hosted by A-Club, and the Warhammer Fantasy Battle tournament on Sunday November 27th hosted by the great guys at WCP Vancouver.  Of course, those of you who are brave enough can enter both tournaments!

There will be prizes a-plenty, and food and Food Bank collection boxes, and lots and lots and lots of Warhammer!

I'm really excited about this, and I'm sure the rest of the team - Jason, Nick, Kevin, Paul, Jind and Dan as well as the staff at GameStars are.  I hope you'll come.  Keep an eye on the website.  Watch Twitter for the hashtag #Foodhammer.  Watch Facebook too because we'll be launching an event page there soon. 

Chris Jones