Awesome Calgary Presents: A ‘Strings-Attached’ themed Awesome Hours at Speed Gaming 2.0

Photo Credit: Erik Mallinson via Flickr

As we countdown to our chapter’s relaunch in April 2014, we’ll be hosting various events and activities during the lead up inspired by AF grants awarded in other cities.

Up Next: Our take on the Speed-Gaming! project granted by Awesome Ottawa back in January 2013.

We hosted one of these last year during a Gamer Sunday at Dickens Pub, and we’re doing it again…but this time with a twist!

(and good news for any of you that attended our Speed Gaming 1.0 event last year, or played with us at our Relaxation Station in the community of Mission last year during the flood aftermath: Doktor Stephen has agreed to host a GIANT game of Werewolves at the end to cap off the event. Friendships can be made/broken based on the outcome of these games so you know that a fun time is essentially guaranteed!)


  • What:  Awesome Calgary Presents: A ‘Strings-Attached’ themed Awesome Hours at Speed Gaming 2.0
  • Where:  Dickens Pub (1000 – 9 Avenue SW)
  • When:  Sunday, March 9, 2014. Check-in/Registration starts at 1:30 p.m., event from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • RSVP:  Facebook, Meetup, Yelp


  • 1:30 p.m. – Check-in/Registration
  • 2:30 p.m. – Game #1
  • 3:00 p.m. – 15 minute break
  • 3:15 p.m. – Game #2
  • 3:45 p.m. – 15 minute break
  • 4:00 p.m. – Game #3
  • 4:30 p.m. – GIANT game of Werewolves moderated by Doktor Stephen
  • 5 p.m. to Whenever – Event Ends/After-Event Gaming

Tentative Game List:

…and more!

How Speed Gaming Works:
The intent is that perhaps you’ll be exposed to a fun game that you’ve never played before while meeting some fantastic new people. Various stations will be set up with different games you can play. We’ll randomly assign you to a table, where you’ll have 30 minutes to play. After the 30 minutes are up, we’ll take a short break where you’ll be randomly assigned to another table and then you’ll have another 30 minutes to play the new game. We’ll do this three times and afterwards, everyone is invited to stay and play some other games (the bar has an assortment, or you can bring your own) until the pub closes at midnight. Who knows, Werewolf was a huge hit last year but took too long to cram in a complete game in 30 minutes. Maybe Doktor Stephen will be willing to host a giant game after the event? We’ll see…

What are Awesome Hours?
We’re ramping up operations here at Awesome Calgary as we lead up to our chapter’s relaunch in April 2014. Awesome Hours are a great way to meet people involved with The Awesome Foundation to learn more about our micro-granting program, some of the events and activities we’ll be up to throughout the year, and learn about the various Trustee and volunteer opportunities that are available. And if you ever wanted to pick our brains about what kinds of projects we like to grant or what makes for a successful pitch, now’s your opportunity to do that from the source!

Our Twist:
We’re very proud that our $1,000 micro-grants come no-strings-attached. It encourages people to take risks when pitching an idea they have to make Calgary just a bit more awesome to live in.

However, sometimes strings can be a FUN thing! So, if you have any questions about Awesome Foundation – Calgary or The Awesome Foundation in general, look for the people with ‘Strings-Attached’ (to pink balloons) and feel free to assault them with your curiosity.

And if you want your own balloon name tag, we might be able to accommodate you (while supplies last)! BUT: You’ll need to know the secret phrase and it’ll be up to YOU to figure out what it is using all of your intelligence and ingenuity… 😉