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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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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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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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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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Everything Else / So, how's everyone doing?
« on: March 23, 2020, 02:01:16 PM »
Just thought I'd start a quick thread for anyone who wants to say hi or check in with the community.

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SASKGAMES Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2020
Please RSVP by replying to this post
WHAT: Review the previous year and plan for the next. Executive nomination and election for one position will take place at this meeting.
WHEN: Monday February 24th, 2020 (7:00pm)
WHERE: Boston Pizza: 545 Albert St N (same place as Chewsday Challenge)
WHO: SaskGames Members

Executive:
President - Lori MacKenzie - confirmed
Vice-President - Murray Bennett - confirmed
Treasurer - Nicole Persram - confirmed
Secretary - Jill Fauth - confirmed
Member at Large - Janessa Hegel - confirmed
Member at Large - Mike McCallion -  confirmed

Leadership:
Print & News Media - Davey McClellan - confirmed
Prairie Game Expo (PGX) - Chad Boudreau & Dana Tillusz  -
Website - John Wood - confirmed
Social Media (Facebook & Twitter) - vacant

Members Attending:
Marshall Pelletier
Jim MacKenzie
Jesse Courtney - maybe
Rosemarie Opitz


AGENDA ITEMS:

I - EXECUTIVE INTRODUCTION

II - AGM MINUTES 2019

III - FINANCIAL REPORT 2019

IV - 2019 YEAR IN REVIEW

V - PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD

VI - EVENTS IN THE UPCOMING YEAR

VII - LEADERSHIP VACANCY
  • This year we are currently looking for a volunteer with excellent Facebook and Twitter skills to fill a role in handling social media for SaskGames. This would include: making posts about SaskGames events, making posts about interesting current topics in the board game hobby, posting photos of games and people at our events, and generally maintaining an active presence on these platforms. If this is you, or you have any questions about this position, please message someone on the exec with your experience level handling Facebook and Twitter.
VIII - EXECUTIVE NOMINATION & ELECTION PROCESS
  • Note: We currently have 1 opening on the executive for the Member-at-Large position. The process for nomination can be found here. Please feel free to post here if you have any questions or would like to let your name stand for this position.
IX - FINAL REMARKS

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With New Year's Eve and Chewsday Challenge falling on the same night this year, we have spoken to Boston Pizza about hosting our event on Monday, Dec 30, 2019. We are confirmed for this date but for staffing purposes, Boston Pizza is interested in a rough head-count.

We are just looking to get a general idea of attendance with the temporary switch to Monday night, so please vote for the most likely scenario. You can change your vote up until the poll closes on Dec 16th and then we'll pass the number along to Boston Pizza.

We hope to see you there for our last Chewsday Challenge of 2019!

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If you're starting to gather up your stuff for the big event this weekend, these were suggestions from previous attendees (also in the player's handbook) for items you may want to bring.

-Board games!
-Water Bottle
-Phone Charger!!
-'Butt Pillow' for on top of chairs
-Pen/paper
-Cash
-Tylenol (or any medications you take)
-Hoodie/sweater (dress in layers)
-Change of shirt/socks
-Personal hygiene kit
   -Toothbrush/paste/floss
   -Lip balm
   -Deodorant, washcloth, soap
-Hand sanitizer
-Wipes
-Kleenex
-Gum

Anything else?

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Game Discussion / Creating a SaskGames Top 10
« on: August 29, 2019, 08:40:13 AM »

Hi everyone!  Over on Facebook we're creating a SaskGames Top 10. We'd love to add a lot more responses to our tally so head over to our SaskGames Facebook Page and let us know what your Top 10 boardgames are right now.

If you're not a Facebook user, you can put your list on this thread.

To determine the SaskGames Top 10 we'll tally all the points from all the games submitted by our users. To keep it simple your #1 game will get 10 points, #2 gets 9 and so on. Come play along!

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The Colorettos Team ( Rosemarie Opitz, Jeremy Guebert, Deborah Jeanne and Nikki Jacquin) is hosting another fun filled fundraiser in support of Street Culture Project  as a part of the larger fundraising project Play With Your Food. We hope you will join us in support of this great cause! Help others, have a good time with friends and family and learn a bit about painting with acrylics. It's all about the process not the finished product and the process can't get much better than this - helping others :)

This class includes, step by step instruction by Nikki Jacquin, all your materials and refreshments.

DATE: Monday, September 30, 2019
TIME: 6:30 to 9:00 PM
LOCATION: 744 Sangster Blvd, Northview Community Church, Regina.
COST: $25.00
AGES: 8+ children must be accompanied by a registered adult

RSVP to Nikki at 306-775-0925 or Belinda at 306-775-1234 by Sept. 28th so we can reserve your seat and prepare for your participation.

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Archive of ChewsDay Challenge / REMINDER: No Chewsday Challenge Dec 25/18
« on: December 13, 2018, 11:16:19 AM »

A quick post to let everyone know
 there will be no Chewsday Challenge on Dec 25/18.


We will be back for the New Year starting January 1st, 2019!
Hope to see you then with all your new Christmas acquisitions
  :aha:


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What: ChewsDay Challenge Boardgame Night
Where: Boston Pizza, 545 Albert Street North (Regina)
When: Every ChewsDay Night
Who: Anyone interested in playing boardgames
Why: Life is Short; Play Games!


 :excited Click HERE for Important Information about these events :excited


THIS WEEK'S EVENT AMBASSADOR: Mike McCallion

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Learn-To-Play Game: Wits & Wagers with Darrin!
6:30 - 7:30
Players: 3-7

Our Learn-To-Play table features beginner-friendly games led by a SaskGames volunteer.  If you're new to board games or to Chewsday Challenge, this is a great place to get started. These games generally take less than 30 minutes to play and don't require you to sign up before the event; just look for our Learn-To-Play sign and grab a seat. Regular attendees are welcome to join the Learn-To-Play game as long as there is enough space for any new attendees.


GAME: Azul
TEACHER: Rosemarie (standstrong4u)
START TIME: 6:30
DURATION: 60 minutes
# OF PLAYERS: 4
1.  Rosemarie
2. Nikkisportraits
3.
4.

GAME: Endeavor: Age of Sail
TEACHER: Steve (zeker)
START TIME: 6:30
DURATION: 120 Minutes
# OF PLAYERS: 5
1. zeker
2. Dana
3. Lori
4. miles
5. Luke Dubois

GAME: Power Grid
TEACHER: tlh878
START TIME: 6:30
DURATION: 120 Minutes
# OF PLAYERS: 6
1. tlh878
2. Kimberlycupcake
3. Daniel
4. JudgeHolden
5. Swayzetrain
6.

GAME: Dinosaur Island with expansion material
TEACHER: Devin
START TIME: 6:30
DURATION: 150 Minutes
# OF PLAYERS: 4
1. Devin
2. Derek
3. Mark M
4. buckie_poo

GAME:Honshu
TEACHER: MikeMcC
START TIME: 7:30
DURATION: 60 Minutes
# OF PLAYERS: 5
1. MikeMcC
2. Jill
3. Susey
4.
5.

GAME: Potion Explosion
TEACHER: Rosemarie (standstrong4u)
START TIME:  7:30
DURATION: 60 minutes
# OF PLAYERS: 4
1.  Rosemarie
2.  Timmer
3.  Nikkisportraits
4.

GAME: Orleans
TEACHER: NeikeDjour
START TIME: 8:30
DURATION: 120 Minutes
# OF PLAYERS: 5
1. NeikeDjour
2. JohnnyThrust
3. zeker
4. tlh878
5.
 



Hashtags #Sask_Games     #ChewsdayBP

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Sponsored by


...and...





What: ChewsDay Challenge Boardgame Night
Where: Boston Pizza, 545 Albert Street North (Regina)
When: Every ChewsDay Night
Who: Anyone interested in playing boardgames
Why: Life is Short; Play Games!


 :excited Click HERE for Important Information about these events :excited


THIS WEEK'S EVENT AMBASSADOR: Tamara Harder

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Learn-To-Play Game: Eggs & Empires and Fleet Wharfside with Derek!
6:30 - 7:30
Players: 2 - 5

Our Learn-To-Play table features beginner-friendly games led by a SaskGames volunteer.  If you're new to board games or to Chewsday Challenge, this is a great place to get started. These games generally take less than 30 minutes to play and don't require you to sign up before the event; just look for our Learn-To-Play sign and grab a seat. Regular attendees are welcome to join the Learn-To-Play game as long as there is enough space for any new attendees.

GAME: Burger Up
TEACHER: NeikeDjour
START TIME: 6:30
DURATION: 90 Minutes
# OF PLAYERS: 4
1. NeikeDjour
2. JohnnyThrust
3. thisisntmyredditusername
4.

GAME: Dead of Winter
TEACHER:  Naardmund
START TIME: 6:30
DURATION: 120 Minutes
# OF PLAYERS: 5
1. Naardmund
2. Death rider
3. Melissa
4. Jill
5. Susey

GAME: Cryptid
TEACHER: Dana Tillusz
START TIME: 6:30
DURATION: 60 Minutes
# OF PLAYERS: 4
1. Dana
2. Lori
3. zeker
4. Jescor

GAME: Android: Netrunner
TEACHER: moment
START TIME: 6:30
DURATION: 90 Minutes
# OF PLAYERS: 2-4
1. moment
2. Ukamoc

3. trimmer
4. Justin-S

GAME: Path of Light and Shadow
TEACHER: Mark M
START TIME: 6:30
DURATION: 150 Minutes
# OF PLAYERS: 4
1. Mark M
2. JudgeHolden
3. SwayzeTrain
4. SMORLEY

GAME: Morocco
TEACHER: lifeofturner
START TIME: 7:30
DURATION: 60 Minutes
# OF PLAYERS: 2-5
1. Derek
2. Nikkisportraits
3. Standstrong4u
4. tlh878
5. MikeMcC

GAME: Trajan
TEACHER: Dana_Tillusz
START TIME: 8:00
DURATION: 120 Minutes
# OF PLAYERS: 4
1. Dana
2. Lori
3. Jim
4. zeker

GAME: Floating Market
TEACHER: lifeofturner
START TIME: 8:30
DURATION: 45 Minutes
# OF PLAYERS: 2-5
1. tlh878
2. Derek
3. standstrong4u
4. MikeMcC
5.



Hashtags #Sask_Games     #ChewsdayBP

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Sponsored by


...and...





What: ChewsDay Challenge Boardgame Night
Where: Boston Pizza, 545 Albert Street North (Regina)
When: Every ChewsDay Night
Who: Anyone interested in playing boardgames
Why: Life is Short; Play Games!


 :excited Click HERE for Important Information about these events :excited


THIS WEEK'S EVENT AMBASSADOR:

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Learn to Play Game: Majesty:
For the Realm
with Shelby!
6:30 - 7:30 (30 minute games)
2-4 Players
No early sign-up



GAME: Welcome To Centerville
TEACHER: Mike McC.
START TIME: 6:30
DURATION: 90 Minutes
# OF PLAYERS: 4
1. Mike McC.
2. tlh78
3. Prairieguy
4. standstrong4u

GAME: Spirits of the Forest
TEACHER: Zeker
START TIME: 6:30
DURATION: 30 minutes 
# OF PLAYERS: 2-4
1. zeker
2. Krazzy
3.
4.

GAME: Arboretum
TEACHER: Zeker
START TIME: 7:00
DURATION: 30 minutes
# OF PLAYERS: 2-4
1. zeker
2. Krazzy
3.
4.

GAME: Android Netrunner
TEACHER: moment
START TIME: 7:00
DURATION: 90 Minutes
# OF PLAYERS: 2
1. Moment
2. Ukamoc

GAME: Bunny Kingdom
TEACHER: prairieguy [Murray]
START TIME: 8:30
DURATION: 60 Minutes
# OF PLAYERS: 4
1. prairieguy
2. Zeker
3. JRobot4
4.

GAME:
TEACHER:
START TIME:
DURATION: xxx Minutes
# OF PLAYERS:
1.
2.
3.
4.
 



Hashtags #Sask_Games     #ChewsdayBP

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Sponsored by


...and...





What: ChewsDay Challenge Boardgame Night
Where: Boston Pizza, 545 Albert Street North (Regina)
When: Every ChewsDay Night
Who: Anyone interested in playing boardgames
Why: Life is Short; Play Games!


 :excited Click HERE for Important Information about these events :excited


THIS WEEK'S EVENT AMBASSADOR: Derek Turner

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Learn to Play Game: Fantasy Realms with Brad!
6:30 - 7:30 (20 minute games)
3-6 Players
No early sign-up




GAME: Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done
TEACHER: NeikeDjour
START TIME: 6:30
DURATION: 120 Minutes
# OF PLAYERS: 4
1. NeikeDjour
2. Johnnythrust
3. trimmer
4. Gloop

GAME: Century: Eastern Wonders and Century: From Sand to Sea
TEACHER: Miles
START TIME: 6:30
DURATION: 90 Minutes
# OF PLAYERS: 4
1. Miles
2. MikeMcC
3.
4.

GAME: Wildlands
TEACHER: Prairieguy
START TIME: 6:30
DURATION: 60 Minutes
# OF PLAYERS: 4
1. Prairieguy
2. tlh878
3. Zeker
4. Mark M

GAME: Viva Java the Coffee Game: with Interns and Flavour Cards
TEACHER: nikkisportraits
START TIME: 7:00
DURATION: 120 Minutes
# OF PLAYERS: 4
1. Nikkisportraits
2. standstrong4u
3. Justin-S
4. Inertia

GAME: The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31
TEACHER: bboileau
START TIME: 7:30
DURATION: 120 Minutes
# OF PLAYERS: 4-8
1. Brad
2. Luke Dubois
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.

GAME: Endeavor: Age of Sail
TEACHER: zeker
START TIME: 8:00
DURATION: 120 Minutes
# OF PLAYERS: 5
1. Zeker
2. JudgeHolden
3. Swayzetrain
4. NeikeDjour (Confirm?)
5. JohnnyThrust (Confirm?)

GAME: Memoir 44
TEACHER: prairieguy
START TIME: 8:00
DURATION: 60 Minutes
# OF PLAYERS: 2
1. Prairieguy
2. Miles

GAME: Coimbra
TEACHER: Jason
START TIME: 8:30
DURATION: 120 Minutes
# OF PLAYERS: 4
1. Jason
2. Laoldar
3.
4.
 



Hashtags #Sask_Games     #ChewsdayBP

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