Saturday, 12 October 2013

We are going to game for 25 hours for the Extra Life charity gaming event

November 2nd members of The Windsor Gaming Resource will be gathering at Brimstone Games to play some games. Sure that's not unusual, we have events at Brimstone every month. The difference is this time we are going to do it for 25 hours straight and we are doing it for an amazing charity event!

What is Extra Life?

Extra Life was started in 2008 by the Sarcastic Gamer Community as a tribute to one specific leukemia victim: Victoria Enmon. The group created a 24-hour long video game marathon to raise money for the hospital that treated and fought beside Tori. 100% of the funds raised went to the local Children's Miracle Network. 

Now thousands of gamers have joined in this annual event. In 2009 the event spread allowing participants to donate to the Hospital of their choice and now hundreds of websites and tens of thousands of gamers will take part in this charity event this year.

What is the Windsor Gaming Resource doing for Extra Life?

As many members as possible are going to head to Brimstone Games at 10:00am on Saturday November 2nd. Once there it's simple: we game, and we game for 25 hours straight. We'll be going until 11:00am on Sunday. We will be playing board games, miniature games and maybe even some pen and paper roleplaying games. A couple truly awesome game companies have even donated a few games for us to play.

At this time of this post we have already raised $475 of our $1000 goal. Thank you very much to all of you who have already offered your support.

What can you do?

Well if you are a local gamer, you should come join us on the 2nd and play some games! Even if you can't come out for all 25 hours it would be awesome if you could stop in and say hi, bring us some caffeine and/or play a game or two. We would love the support and encouragement. 

You can join our team. Extra-Life lets groups of participants make a team page and we have one for the WGR. Even if you aren't going to actually come out to Brimstone and play with us, but you are going to participate at home or at your own FLGS we would love to have you on our team. Click here to join up!

You can sponsor a Windsor Gaming Resource member. Any amount helps, and they have a wide variety of payment options even including a monthly donation deal. They also offer the option of getting the appropriate charity receipt. Support me directly by clicking here.

A special thank you to Stronghold Games and Z-Man Games

While organizing this event I sent out emails to a variety of game companies asking if they would be willing to support the WGR in this effort. Both Stronghold Games and Z-Man Games were the only two to write back. Not only did they acknowledge my emails but they both agreed to send us some of their awesome games to play. Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold even went beyond that and made a cash donation to the group. A huge thanks to both companies for being awesome and supporting their fanbase.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Level Up! 2013 - a Windsor Gaming Resource RPG event.

Level up with the Windsor Gaming Resource on October 26th!

The Windsor Gaming Resource is known for hosing fantastic board gaming events around the city of Windsor almost every week. In addition to these events we've also hosted the Great Canadian Board Game Blitz five years in a row. We also put on book swaps and painting clinics. The one thing we have never done though is an RPG event and that's about to change.

October 26th the WGR will be hosting a day long RPG experience. The great folks at the Green Bean Windsor Star Cafe have offered us some great gaming space from 11am until 11pm. That's 12 full hours!

There will be two different sittings. A early sitting starting at 12 noon and a late sitting at 6pm. Each sitting will have a variety of RPG games you can choose to play in. Each individual session should run between 4-5 hours. Doing the math you can see that there will be a 1 hour gap between sittings to give our GMs a break and give time for everyone to grab some food (I personally recommend staying in and supporting the venue by buying your dinner at the Green Bean).

We will be taking sign ups for the each individual game. The number of slots will vary by game and details of this can be found on the Facebook event page for Level Up! You can sign up by commenting on the event wall post for the game you want to play in. Walk ins are also welcome but we can't guarantee you a spot at the game you want to play. If there's a game you really want to try I suggest signing up on the Facebook page. If you don't use Facebook comment here and I'm sure we can work something out.

This is an awesome opportunity for non-roleplaying game players to experience this wonderful gaming hobby. It's also the perfect chance for RPG fans to try out a new system.

Facebook Event Page for Level Up! -
The WGR on Twitter - @windsorgaming

The Green Bean Windsor Star Cafe is located at:
Windsor ON N9A 7B4