Hi there, and thanks for stopping by Foodhammer. 2012 brings the second iteration of the weekend of gaming for a cause; using our favourite hobby to raise awareness and cash for the Langley Food Bank.
Last year we were very lucky indeed to have such a grand turnout. I think that I can say for sure that everyone had a good time, enjoying the games, the camaraderie and the knowledge that it was all to help those who could use that bit of an extra leg-up in their day to day lives. This year, we're not stepping too far beyond the boundaries that we set last year but hopefully we'll be able to raise more cash, collect more food and have a lot more fun.
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 the incredible Storm Wardens Project in 2010 for Doctors Without Borders, and who took a bigger bite of the apple in 2011 with Heroes Of Armageddon. Their work is incredible. They raised an amazing amount of cash, just fantastic. My hats off to you guys!
What are we going to do? 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 October 27th hosted by A-Club, and the Warhammer Fantasy Battle tournament on Sunday October 28th 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!
Not only that - on September 15th as a precursor to the Warhammer weekend we're having a Malifaux tournament. Malifood, if you will. Keep your eyes peeled for details as they come!
I'm already very excited for this year's event, and I hope you'll come. Keep an eye on the website.
Watch Twitter for the hashtag #Foodhammer. Watch our Facebook page too for information as it comes!