**Trumpet noises** Introducing our golden Sponsor and star prizes Basically Wooden.
In addition to helping in our secret special project, Andrew and Sue from Basically Wooden, which is a Hereford based company making high quality board game accessories, from organisers to full boxes to card and token holders to make your life easier. They really care about their product and are wonderful people.
They have offered not 1 but 3 dice towers, a pair of card trays and token holders which clip together (magnets) and one of the latest products a combined card and token holder, scooped for easy access and some where to play your hand of cards for easy viewing and access. Perfect for those with mobility issues or dyspraxics like me who end up with hand fatigue. (The photo shows a built one which is mine, two flat packed ones are actually included)
These accessories really help keeping games flowing, the card holders can serve as a great first player marker as you pass the deck of event cards and you place it on the table with a satisfying clunk.
That’s not all. They have also provided a £25 gift voucher which covers most of their game inserts and accessories.
There are great items, but can be a luxury so this is a perfect chance to make your gaming betterer.
Our fourth Annual Charity Day is nearly upon us. I’ve been looking back at our past events. All were successes and held lessons to learn little things to improve on and I like to try something new with each event.
Year one 2015
The first event was at The Core, which was an amazing venue, (we’ve back there this year) We had loads of space including a dedicated space for Molkky, although shiny floors make it far more challenging as they rolled miles!
The event ran smoothly and raised just under £500.
Lessons learned, the raffle went on slightly too long (too many separate prizes) and giant round tables aren’t great for board games.
Year two 2016
We found a venue which was free to hire, the function room of The Black Lion. We packed this venue out with the event and raised just over £500. We formed Herefordshire Board Gamers shortly after this and this was our home for nearly a year.
We added an auction to make sure we got maximum money for the top prizes, this went really well. Our attendance was similar to year one we had yet to build a community and didn’t have the backing of The Core community.
Lessons learned, you need help to run and advertise events.
Year three 2017
The Imperial function room, which is the home of our Thursday night events. The room is T shaped which allows us to move noiser or side events away to manage noise. The light could be slightly better but a great space, unfortunately not wheel chair accessible. Having the backing of the community in advertising the event and teaching the games helped loads.
Lessons learned. Secret / blind auction didn’t quite work and I think we could have raised more money with a traditional auction. We added Artemis Starship bridge simulator as a side event. We also decided too many mandatory events or activities breaks up the flow of the event too much.
Final lessons learned I need to take better photos. I am normally so busy teaching and greeting, coupled with not wanting to intrude..
It is going to be great to be back at The Core, it also looks very different to the first photos, they have been on a great journey too and look vastly different. This is a great venue huge and more accessible 1 step rather than a flight of stairs.
Kitchen and Tuck shop
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 😀
New date for our game-a-thon, this is also International Tabletop game day.
Donations page is here https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/24hourgameathonhereford