One month to go! The last three events raised £500 and we are on target to double that this year with your help. It is a great cause and will be a nice day out. 100% of proceeds go to charity with all costs met by donations or the club members.
New gamers can be introduced to the wonderful world of gaming and maybe meet new friends and discover a new hobby.
Established gamers can enjoy 12 hours of relaxed gaming with a large games library to enjoy as well as friendly teachers to introduce them to new gamers.
Families can enjoy games together or play separate games in a safe environment.
There will be raffles, auctions, cake stall as well as onsite café. There will be side events in the form of giant Tsuro and … **redacted** as well as informal quizzes to enjoy.
The Core is wheel chair accessible, spacious and well lit so it should be a great day out for a great cause.
Please share the event if you can (and like this post), Facebook controls and limits what is seen so sharing is key. Also do drag your friends along it is a great event, great cause and should be good fun for all.
Posters to download and share are here http://herefordshireboardgamers.co.uk/blog/2018/04/04/charity-posters/
Less than two weeks to go to our Charity 24 hour game-a-thon.
We’d still love your donations, if you don’t have cash we can also take raffle prizes for our May Charity day, please get in touch. https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/24hourgameathonhereford
It is going to be good fun and a hard challenge, staying pleasant for a whole 24 hours 😀
There is no perfect answer to this but the following tips, should create a welcome friendly environment. Everyone likes to know the lie of the land, the basic rules and what to expect but more so if you have anxiety, autistic tendencies or a number of other issues.
So double check and make sure everything is clear even down to signage and drinks options. Set and manage expectations
1) Advertise, find your players but clearly set expectations of the kind of games being played, what games are provided, are their teachers?
2) Is there a cost to the event
2). Where, when, what food and drink is available what is the cost?
3) Take requests for games and ask if people are bringing games to teach.
4) Send out rules videos or lists of the games being played so people can research
5) Include photos of the venue and gaming space. including accessibility information, stairs, lifts disabled toilets
6) Provide a map to the venue including parking information
7) Provide a second private channel for information and feedback. (Messenger) to answer questions before the event
8) Provide photos of the organizers
9) Provide photos of previous events to help set expectations.
1) Ensure the venue is well signed so you are easy to find. I include A4 laminated signed the whole way
2) Friendly greeter to welcome all guests to assign them to an appropriate game and game teacher.
3) An appropriate game is dependent on the gamer but be aware of:
a. overly competitive games,
b. overall complex games for new games.
c. games which are too extrovert or social and / or involve lying and bluffing.
d. Game which rules change too much, having known and controlled rules can be more comfortable.
4) The game teacher should be patient but also enthusiastic and welcoming
5) Ensure the venue has appropriate lighting,
6) Enough space between the gaming tables.
7) Control the noise including reducing or eliminating background music (Provide space between games helps with this, we also separate the louder social games and the more thoughtful euro games).
8) Be patient and tolerant, gamers with additional needs may be harder to please, may not react to social cues.
9) Ensure staff are identifiable. (Even having a different colour lanyard or badge would do)
10) Name stickers or name tags for all guests removes the pressure of asking or remembering names.
11) Provide a quiet or quieter space for people to unwind or decompress.
12) Include a flag or player match making system to make finding gamers easier if you don’t have an active host arranging this.
1) Grow and nurture the culture to be friendly, inclusive and welcoming.
2) Ask for feedback
3) Allow volunteers to step up and be involved. (Ownership of tasks and feeling of belonging)
4) Do not take rejection personally, even with perfect planning you cannot please everyone. Doubly so if people have additional issues.
This is not a once size fits all guide everyone is different and i am a gamer with an interest in inclusivity and making sure everyone has a good time not a medical professional. Hopefully these tips will help, they are mostly obvious.
It is also worth considering, players with vision issues including colour blindness, picking game carefully, marking up components, swapping components out or just helping to read public or open text.
This is work in progress so I’d love any feedback or comments.
Unfortunately due to the snow the Game a thon is postponed, we will announce a new date shortly. Thank you all again for your support.
In just over a week we are going to start our 24 hour board game-a-thon challenge. We have 7 hardy fools and 3 support crew all ready to go and fill my house to the rafters!
Please share and donate if you can. It is for a great cause.
Herefordshire Mind is our Charity for this year (until our birthday in July)
Our mega charity day is May 19th at the core. https://www.facebook.com/events/358455677932846/
Our last event in May 2017 raised over £525 https://www.facebook.com/events/267697156991655
We are attempting at 24 hour game a to on March 3rd, it could be interesting. the donation page is here https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/24hourgameathonhereford
We also have a mini charity game day on March 31st 12 hours gaming for a small donation of £2 to Mind https://www.facebook.com/events/164900904245291/
Overall I really want us to raise £1000 this year for Mind, any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.