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Role Playing Games / DnD night at Board Game Bistro
« on: June 10, 2018, 08:25:13 AM »
Anyone going to the DnD event tonight at Board Game Bistro?  I’m really toying with the idea of going but haven’t decided yet.

I’m also slightly worried that I’ll drive in from Strasbourg and find out that the five tables of DnD are all full.

Game Discussion / Here I Stand - anyone looking to play?
« on: May 31, 2018, 11:28:57 AM »
I had the privilege of playing Here I Stand this winter and I would love the chance to play it again.  I have a copy of the new reprint and would gladly teach anyone interested.  Speaking of which. . . is anyone interested?  More info about the game can be found here:

Some requirements:
6 players - it doesn't really play well with less
A whole day
Probably in Regina?

I don't really have a date in mind but just wanted to see if anyone else is interested in playing this game.

Hot on the heels of the 4th annual Regina MegaGame, my PWYF team is shamelessly stealing their fundraising idea, by running our own MegaGame in Saskatoon!  The game will be Watch the Skies, and you can find all the information at this link:

The event will be $25 and all proceeds will go towards the PWYF initiative.

See YOU there!

Hot on the heels of the 4th annual Regina MegaGame, my PWYF team is shamelessly stealing their fundraising idea, by running our own MegaGame in Saskatoon!  The game will be Watch the Skies, and you can find all the information at this link:

The event will be $25 and all proceeds will go towards the PWYF initiative.

See YOU there!

Game Discussion / Events in Sasktoon in August/September?
« on: May 16, 2018, 10:46:40 AM »
Hello Saskatoon folks,

I'm in the early stages of planning a fundraiser and want to make sure I stay away from other events.  Does anyone know what gaming related events are already planned for Saskatoon in August/September?

I know that there's ToonCon but am unsure what the 2018 date is?

Game Discussion / Video - Top 3 Alternatives to Monopoly
« on: April 04, 2018, 02:15:00 PM »
I would assume that most of you don't play much Monopoly these days, but if you do, and you want to be convinced to the contrary, I present:

Archive of Marketplace Items / Board Game Passive Aggressive T-Shirt
« on: March 08, 2018, 10:48:15 AM »
Hey Guys and Gals,

I had a real slogfest last night and it inspired me to create a t-shirt, sort of as a way to vent...  :) 

Anywho, you can find the shirt here if you're interested!

Archive of Play with Your Food / Top 5 PWYF moments
« on: October 23, 2017, 09:54:16 AM »
Hey folks,

Just thought I'd make a thread for people to share their "Top 5" Moments from PWYF!

1. Hearing that we had reached the goal of $35000!  - I'll be honest that I had my doubts that the goal would be reached this year, but it looks like everyone buckled down, dug deep, and hit that goal!
2. Playing our 'Hexagame" - 6 games at once that you rotate through (mostly dexterity type games)
3. Playing Captain Sonar with my team against another team.
4. Playing an epic game of Kremlin that saw the untimely death of the folk hero "Moysee Nicotine".  (I guess you had to be there??)
5. Seeing myself on CTV in the background of their news story, playing Secret Hitler.

What are YOUR top 5 moments??

Archive of Play with Your Food / Can we bring Food into the event?
« on: October 20, 2017, 09:05:47 PM »
I seem to remember from previous years that we can’t bring in food, is that still the case?

Hey folks,

There will be a game of Mega Civ happening in Saskatoon on the 23rd of September.  You can find more info in this thread:

Archive of Play with Your Food / 18 Player Mega Civ Event
« on: August 24, 2017, 09:20:43 AM »

September 23rd 8:00am
Saskatoon Evangelical Free Church
3102 Laurier Dr, Saskatoon, SK

Are you looking for a day long board game extravaganza??  How about 8000 years of history cramed into one day??  We will be playing “Mega Civilization”, an 18 player version of the classic game Civilization.  The admission fee is $20, which goes towards the Play With Your Food Charity Event in support of Souls Harbour.  Coffee and water will be provided, but please bring a potluck item for lunch as well as snacks/drinks for the day.  At supper time we will decide what to do about food (we will likely order pizza or some other take out food).  In order to register for the event, please contact me via PM, or visit my team's donation page and make a donation (Make sure to mark that it is for the Mega Civ event), the link is: .   Cash on the day of also works but online payment is preferred.  As people register, I will add their names below.

Game description:
Mega Civilization, a huge version of the legendary development game Civilization, a game of skill for 5 to 18 players covering the historical development of ancient civilizations from just after the last Ice Age to the dawn of the new era at the end of the Iron Age — a time span of almost 8,000 years. Each player leads their own civilization as it tries to expand its culture over a map board that stretches from the Mediterranean Sea to India.

A brief rules explanation by yours truly can be found here:

This is the list of attendees so far:
1. David Schmidt
2. Jason Schmidt
3. Brent Pollock
4. Tyler R.
5. Shane R.
6. Dan W
7. Andrew W
8. Noah V.
9. - 18. . .

Some Other information, for those interested

What to Bring:

Potluck Item for lunch - Feel free to bring a slow cooker if you'd like but I cannot say for certain how many outlets (and breakers) we will be able to use. There will be a fridge that we can put stuff in if your item needs to stay cool. Water bottle / drinks for yourself (non-alcoholic) - we will have coffee on and there will be water available but if you want pop/bottled water, please bring your own.
Comfortable clothing - (costume optional!) - you will be sitting/standing/milling about for upwards of twelve hours, dress accordingly. I will probably be 'in costume' and you're welcome to dress up as well if you're so inclined.
Cell charger / laptop / electronics - if you have stuff that you can't live without, or need to be able to check emails and such, feel free to bring electronics along
Cash / Cheque / Credit Card - the event costs $20, which goes towards the PWYF charity initiative for Souls Harbour. I can take cash/cheque and if you donate online you can pay with credit card. There is also the possibility of us ordering pizza/take out for supper, so having cash on hand would be helpful for that.

Venue Information
We are being hosted by the 'Saskatoon Evangelical Free Church'
Address: 3102 Laurier Dr, Saskatoon
The venue is allowing us to use the space free of charge so we will need to pick up after ourselves and it is important to be respectful of the room.

General Tips/Tricks/Tid Bits of Knowledge

We will be doing a rules explanation and picking our nations/colours at 8am on Saturday. Please read the rules beforehand if at all possible.

This game is not a traditional war game - battles are very costly for both parties. You win or lose the game on how well you can trade your commodities and buy civilization advances. If you come expecting a traditional war game you will be in for a surprise.

To go along with the above, the trading sessions will be timed at 10 minutes. This is to move things along in an efficient manner. You win the game by trading early, and trading often!

We can accomodate 'walk ins' on the day of, but I'd much rather know in advance if you're bringing someone unexpected to the event. The decks/map have to be prepared in advance based on player count so the more notice you give me the better.

And finally, the game is expected to be about 8-12 hours. Please come prepared for THAT!

Dave's Contact info:
If you need to get ahold of me for any reason, it's best to text or call.
Cell phone: 306.501.7537 Home phone: 306.725.4975
(I also respond quickly to PMs on Saskgames or to posts in this thread)

I've been thinking today of different things to do for fundraisers, and have some questions for folks who have raised funds using a board game tournament:

1. Have any tournaments run during the "Games on Tap" weekly event?  This event probably works better for me timewise than the Chewsday Challenge but I know that it gets less regular attendance than the Tuesday event.
2. Are they ever done over just an evening?  Or is multiple evenings the norm?
3. What has the entry fee been usually? Is $25 too much?

Role Playing Games / Any organized d&d 5e play at stores in Regina?
« on: April 22, 2017, 04:24:43 PM »
Does anyone know if any of the stores have organized play?

Hello everyone,

A couple years ago I tried to run a board game centric event called "Meeple Camp".  It didn't really get off the ground, I 'think' mostly due to cost and lack of interest in such a thing.  But I still find the idea to be really interesting, if only to me!

I've been talking to a couple people that seem interested in having a gaming weekend out at the camp in March.  I'm just sending out this email to see if there is any appetite for this sort of thing apart from the couple people that I've talked to.

Here is some really general info about the event:
-A weekend in March (Friday at 7pm to late Sunday afternoon)
-Out at Arlington - located about an hour and a half north of Regina on Last Mountain Lake. 
-$100 for food and lodging, or $50 for food only and no room
-The meals provided would be coffee/muffins in the mornings, two brunchs, and two suppers.  People would be welcome to bring snacks for the evenings and/or during the day.
-Scheduled gaming the whole time, as well as open gaming.
-A decent gaming library provided from my own stash but attendees would of course be welcome to bring their own games
-Attendees would be welcome to go explore the outdoors, and we may have stuff set aside (skates, snow shoes, cross country skies) to be used but this isn't for sure.  This would also depend on weather and the condition of the lake ice.
-Maybe a couple outdoor games setup for those interested- hockey for instance
-Kids are welcome but there won't be any childcare or supervision provided.  This event is probably more geared towards the older kids who can sit down and enjoy a game for more than a few minutes.  The pricing above is for adults, but kids that are 10 and under would be half of the above costs...

So that's all that I'm thinking at this point.

What are your thoughts?
Is March too close and maybe this would be better suited for the following March?
Is the pricing reasonable?
Would an event like this be of interest to you?

Any input would be appreciated!

Archive of Play with Your Food / Your top 5 moments??
« on: October 18, 2016, 10:37:32 AM »
I had so much fun at PWYF, I thought that I'd start a thread about 'top moments'.  Here are mine:
1. Hearing that the total was already at 38000 and then at the end hearing that we were over 42000!
2. Watching Cory absolutely murder everyone at Tumbling Dice - I think he must have had 'loaded dice'
3. Playing 'The Grizzled' with Trent and some of my team.  We all got into it and had a lot of fun.
4. Playing Captain Sonar - and leading our ship to misadventure
5. Playing Maria - this one had all kinds of ups and downs.  Bouts of frustration/grouchiness followed by highs of laughter and excitement. Such an interesting game that I need to try again sometime

So what are you moments??

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