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SaskGames Event - ChewsDay Challenge - Regina / Remembering Miles Dormuth
« on: September 18, 2021, 12:08:23 AM »
We are sad to announce the passing of our friend and longtime SaskGames member, Miles Dormuth.
Miles was diagnosed with ALS about 9 months ago and passed away at age 60 on Thursday, September 16th.

The funeral will be held at Speers Chapel on Wednesday, Sep 22nd at 10:00.


Miles was an early member of the SaskGames family, joining the forums nearly eight years ago on October 25, 2013. He attended his first Chewsday Challenge on November 2nd, 2013 and had been a steady presence ever since. We started tracking all of our members' attendance in 2015 and Miles was up to nearly 300 nights of gaming at the event. He also participated in PrairieGameXpo on 15 occasions and helped in our fundraising efforts at Play With Your Food for 6 years.

Miles was a quiet and soft-spoken person but always kind.  It sometimes felt like it took a little time to get to know him, but once you did, he was easy to like.  He was always curious and always seemed to enjoy playing a game, no matter what it was and no matter how well he did.  He was also the type of person where it seemed you could want to play almost any game and he'd be willing to give it a try.   

He was a big fan of Catan (and especially Catan Germany) and as his gaming knowledge grew, he got into more and more eurogames.  A couple of his favourites were Grand Austria Hotel and Ulm.  Most recently, he was really enjoying the co-operative trick-taking game The Crew with us.

Miles was a really great sport about learning games. It seemed that whenever we had him over to play a game, it was always something new, so he got into the habit of looking up the game rules or checking for a YouTube video on how to play so that he'd be a bit prepared before I started to teach the game. After the game ended, I'd always ask him how he liked it and he'd always take several seconds to ponder the experience before telling us what he thought (usually positive). One of the last times we played, he said he really liked all the games we played together but it would be nice to win one once in a awhile!

In May of 2019, Miles joined Jim and me at the BoardGameGeek Spring convention held in Dallas, Texas. We played dozens of new games at the event and got to have dinner with a few new people from all over the United States. Miles didn't have a cell phone, so we always made plans to meet in the morning to begin our gaming day, and even though we played until late at night, he was always eager to get started again the next day. We played 44 games during that convention which meant there were so many rules to learn, but it was fun to be there and try all the new releases, including the kids' games nominated for the annual KinderSpiele des Jahres prize.  (Miles got a big kick out Christian, the Spiel des Jahres judge, who taught all of them to us.) The three of us enjoyed the convention so much that we were literally the last people gaming on the last day!  (See photo.)  (Because the convention was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic, we are still the last BGG Spring gamers until next May.)

Miles really enjoyed traveling, and had been to Germany and China in recent years. In September 2020, Miles, Jim and I along with several other SaskGamers were planning to take part in a boardgame cruise to Japan. I know he was really looking forward to it and we'd been talking about some of the games we'd like to play while we spent two weeks crossing the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, COVID-19 cancelled our excursion so we never got to experience that together. I'm sure it would have been unique!

Miles retired a few years ago from his job as a bus mechanic.  Earlier in his life he worked for the family trucking business, maintaining International trucks.  Miles was so captured by the character of these old trucks that he bought a couple and was in the process of restoring them.

When the pandemic suspended so much normal activity (including Chewsday Challenge), I'm sure Miles must have been disappointed.  We reached out to him a few months after it began to see if he'd be comfortable entering our social bubble and gaming regularly with us.  For a few months he came over every week or so and we enjoyed lots of different games.  It was a real pleasure to have him in our home and to get to know him better. We're definitely going to miss him but we're glad we have these memories of some special times spent gaming with him.

Please share your own memories of Miles in the comments below.
 ~ Lori & Jim



   
 

Photos provided by Dana Tillusz, Jim MacKenzie and Matt Robertson

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Marketplace / Re: Games for Sale in Regina!
« on: August 24, 2021, 07:15:39 PM »
I'll take Exit: The Deserted Lighthouse. I'll PM you.

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Seller indicated this has been sold.

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Archive of ChewsDay Challenge / Chewsday Challenge - Fall Return
« on: July 07, 2021, 08:51:57 AM »
Hi Everyone!

The exec has made the decision to resume Chewsday Challenge after Labour Day.

I know some of you will be disappointed, while others will be more comfortable with a longer buffer after restrictions have been lifted, but in the end we felt more confident with a September return.  We'll look to have a new schedule up by mid-August  and will let everyone know if we will have any changes to our protocols for our September start.

In the meantime, MikeMcC will be getting in touch with our ambassadors, so if you are a current ambassador please watch the staff section, or if you're interested in becoming an ambassador please reach out to Mike.

Thanks for your patience and enjoy your summer!

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Hi Carlos, great news about getting vaccinated, sounds like I'm on the same schedule as you!

No updates yet. We will need to be restriction-free in Saskatchewan before making decisions about Chewsday Challenge starting up again and of course we will need to work with Boston Pizza and any policies they may have in place regarding our return.

I urge everyone to get vaccinated, as that's the best path we have toward getting a re-start date. It will be so great to see everyone again!

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Thank you for the update.    I have an idea I would like to run by the committee especially if Chewsday Challenge is not starting up relatively soon.    It is a way to continue Tuesday gaming but doing it online.  If someone can contact me that would be great.

Rosemarie, you can send a private message to me and to MikeMcC.

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Archive of Marketplace Items / Re: Looking for Unlock games
« on: June 30, 2020, 11:47:07 AM »
I have Unlock: Tombstone Express to move along.             

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Game Discussion / Re: Game Teachers
« on: June 29, 2020, 07:18:34 PM »
The Robinson Crusoe segments were spot on!

Yeah, I had a good laugh over those sections.

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Everything Else / Re: So, how's everyone doing?
« on: June 22, 2020, 05:31:30 PM »
I was thinking the same thing about animal crossing lol, it came at the perfect time unfortunately... fortunately?

Definitely fortunately/unfortunately!

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Game Discussion / Game Teachers
« on: June 18, 2020, 03:54:27 PM »
Paula Deming hosts an excellent youtube channel for comedy and boardgames. Do you recognize yourself in any of these techniques?  :)

https://youtu.be/BJ06hsjOT5c

I had to laugh at all of the Robinson Crusoe segments - people who have played can definitely relate.

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its good now and thanks, but I  have checks made out to street culture and who do I give them to?

Hi Wendy, I can pick them up from you if you'd like. Should I send you a private message to get your address and make arrangements?

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Everything Else / Re: So, how's everyone doing?
« on: June 17, 2020, 12:07:42 PM »
I'm at home I drink tea, watch movies with the family, and play Sims 4 on the PS4. There is something comforting about controlling every aspect of my Sims' lives in these uncertain times.

Cheers!

Haha, I understand the Sims thing completely, it's been Animal Crossing for me over these past couple of months. No stress, no fuss.

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COVID-19 UPDATE: We continue to monitor the rules for social gatherings and the rules in place for restaurants, mixed gatherings and recommendations for physical distancing. Games with shared components and gamers from many households who move from table to table and sit in close proximity to each other are major factors in our event. This means that an event such as Chewsday Challenge is difficult to fit into the recommended physical distancing models that we would need operate under to ensure the safety of our membership.

For now, Chewsday Challenge will remain SUSPENDED and we will update again once we have plans to re-establish our event. Please be patient as we wait out these difficult times and continue to do our part to reduce community spread. We will be back as soon as it is safe for us to gather again. We miss all of you and hope that everyone stays safe and healthy at this time.

Please feel free to use the forums to chat with the community about the sorts of things you are doing to keep yourself occupied or to share any online gaming activities you're finding to help fill the time - especially if you're looking for players!

Thank you!



July 07/2021 Update:

Hi Everyone!

The exec has made the decision to resume Chewsday Challenge after Labour Day.

I know some of you will be disappointed, while others will be more comfortable with a longer buffer after restrictions have been lifted, but in the end we felt more confident with a September return.  We'll look to have a new schedule up by mid-August  and will let everyone know if we will have any changes to our protocols for our September start.

In the meantime, MikeMcC will be getting in touch with our ambassadors, so if you are a current ambassador please watch the staff section, or if you're interested in becoming an ambassador please reach out to Mike.

Thanks for your patience and enjoy your summer!



September 03/2021 Update:

Due to the rise in cases with the Delta variant, different comfort levels and the rush of everybody getting back to work and school, we have decided to set the official starting date of CC to Sept 28th, 2021.

Learn to play/ambassador scheduled games and the CC game bag will be unavailable until further notice, so we urge you to use the forums and plan your games for the night accordingly.

Look forward to the Sept 28th post to go up soon!



September 04/2021 Update:

The SaskGames Executive as well as Boston Pizza have been following the current situation closely.  Given the rising numbers of COVID cases and in consultation with Boston Pizza we have decided that we will NOT restart CHEWSDAY CHALLENGE at this time.

We know this is disappointing for everyone; we were all looking forward to getting back to gaming with friends in person. Until that can happen everyone stay safe.


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Game Discussion / Re: 1882: Assiniboia
« on: April 03, 2020, 08:22:56 AM »
Was that not an April fools day joke?

Nope. Here's the BGG page about it.

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Everything Else / Re: So, how's everyone doing?
« on: March 24, 2020, 09:25:12 PM »
Is your quarantine end date coming up soon?

I haven't tried any of the online gaming places like tabletopia or yuccata but it's definitely crossed my mind to look into them. Last week was a lot of solo gaming as I was home with a cold and this week I've kindly handed it off to Jim, so nothing's hit the table for a few days.

I'm hoping the warm weather sticks around, being able to BBQ would be a nice option. So far we've resurrected the bread machine and gotten good use out of the instant pot I got for Christmas. I can also honestly say I haven't had a craving for anything on the Boston Pizza menu even though I've had plenty of emails telling me I can order delivery!

On the plus side, my hands have never been so clean  :D

Anyone else have an update?

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