Boardgame geeks gather to raise money for diabetes May 26-27

Boardgame geeks are a special group of people. They’re incredibly diverse but they all share a passion for sitting around a table and trying out the latest releases a group member has brought back from a gaming expo. And once a year they get together in New Westminster to game, socialize, and raise money for Team Diabetes members who are fundraising for either a full or half marathon.

Boardgame fundraiser
Game aficionados will gather May 26 and 27 at the Royal City Curling Club to raise money for diabetes research. Tickets are available at Boardgame Warriors – 708 Clarkson Street (604-540-6322). Costs are $20 for Saturday, $15 for Sunday, $30 for the whole weekend, or $50 for a weekend pass for a family or couple.

Boardgame geeks are a special group of people. They’re incredibly diverse but they all share a passion for sitting around a table and trying out the latest releases a group member has brought back from a gaming expo. Their love of a good mental challenge makes them disdain light, popular American games like Monopoly, but they’re endlessly patient with new players and kids.

And once a year they get together in New Westminster to game, socialize, and raise money for Team Diabetes members who are fundraising for either a full or half marathon. Michael Blais and his wife Waleah Cook started organizing Boardgaming for Diabetes in 2006. This year it’s the May 26-27 weekend at the Royal City Curling Club.

I’ve attended for the past two years and always had a great time. People bring their kids (12 and under are free) and the curling club bar upstairs is open. The more hard-core gamers often stay all weekend, but more casual gamers like me can choose to come for just a day. Part of what makes it great is that you’ll almost always be able to find a group who wants to try something you want to play. The games range from party games like Wits and Wagers and Telestrations to hours-long strategic war games.

Last year I got the chance to play Dungeon Lords, a really cute game where you play a dungeon master using your minions and recruiting monsters to fight the heroes who are trying to conquer you. I also got to try a shipping-themed game called Before the Wind, and an hilarious kids game called Loopin’ Louie, which involves hitting a lever to prevent a clumsy plane from accidentally knocking over your chickens (you kind of had to be there).

Sadly I’m away for a conference this year, but I really recommend other folks stop by for a game or two on the May 26-27 weekend. There’s really something for everyone and all the money raised goes to a great cause. There’s also a 50/50 draw, silent game auction, and great door prizes.

In New West, tickets are available at Boardgame Warriors – 708 Clarkson Street (604-540-6322). Costs are $20 for Saturday, $15 for Sunday, $30 for the whole weekend, or $50 for a weekend pass for a family or couple. There are other ticket locations around the Lower Mainland and you can get more information at https://www.facebook.com/DiabetesGaming.

Jarrah Hodge

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