Something Awesome: Speed Gaming!

Who needs golf when you have board games?

I have to admit, I’m a bit of a board game nerd myself.  So when I found out that Awesome Foundation – Ottawa had funded a group back in January who wanted to throw Speed Gaming events in their city, not only did I think “Wow, that’s Awesome!” but I also figured that it was such a super-simple idea, that Calgary should have some of these events as well.

I searched on Google, but couldn’t find anything resembling the like in Calgary.  Mind you, I’m also a bit lazy so I didn’t search too hard, but all the same, I figured that it wouldn’t be too hard to pull off a version of it here (sans $1,000 micro-grant).  Thankfully, two of my fellow Awesome Calgary Trustees (and self-professed board game nerds themselves), Elizabeth Buchanan and Vanessa Mactavish, agreed with me and decided to help me host one.

So with that in mind, we’d like to cordially invite you to our take on a Speed Gaming event this Sunday, April 7 at Gamer Sunday at Dickens Pub (and it’s completely FREE!).


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If you didn’t know, every Sunday, the entirety of Dickens is open to gaming of all kinds.  Video, tabletop, board, card, you name it.  Bring your own or there are house games behind the bar that you can borrow to play.  They even have a set of Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots.  Seriously, it’s an awesome way to spend your Sundays.

How it’ll work:  There’ll be three 30 minute gaming sessions scheduled throughout the afternoon.  The schedule is as follows:

  • 1:30 – Registration. Grab a drink, get comfortable.
  • 2:00 – First Session begins with intros/icebreaker/rules.
  • 2:15 – Start your game!
  • 2:45 – End game. Break/grab a drink/chat.
  • 3:00 – Second Session begins with intros/icebreaker/rules.
  • 3:15 – Start your game!
  • 3:45 – End game. Break/grab a drink/chat.
  • 4:00 – Last Session begins with intros/icebreaker/rules.
  • 4:15 – Start your game!
  • 4:45 – End game.
  • 5:00 – Wrap Up. Feel free to hang out and play more games with some friends new and old.

Everyone will be randomly assigned to a table.  After an icebreaker and a brief introduction of the game at hand, people will have 30 minutes to play. Once done, the cycle repeats.

The list of games we’ll be playing is as follows (but sadly, no Baywatch):

All of the games above were selected because they force people to interact with each other, often in hilarious ways.  And what better way to meet new people than everyone making fools of themselves?  Trust me, it works.  By the end of the ordeal, everyone can be considered comrades in arms.

Liz, Vanessa and myself will also be holding informal Awesome Hours during our event (they’re like Office Hours, but more Awesome) where you can talk to us and learn more about The Awesome Foundation, what we’re all about, and about the various Volunteer and Trustee opportunities that we have available.

We’re also looking to recruit a batch of new Trustees and Volunteers to help us kick off Year Three here at AF-Calgary, so if you’re interested in joining up or learning more, then please do come chat with us (and play with us!).  And if you can’t make it down, feel free to fill out our handy-dandy application form and one of our Ninjas of Awesome will get back to you.

After our event, feel free to stick around and continue playing with all the cool people you’ll have met.  The pub is open to gaming until closing (in fact, a group of friends and I have closed out the bar a couple of times).

Hope to see you out this Sunday, and GAME ON!