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A Project Play pre-event! Join some competitive board gamers for a full day of frantic competition to win the GCBGB bragging rights for London!
Admission will be $10 with all proceeds going to buy games for local child-serving charities. You can buy tickets here. We're aiming for 64 players, which would make this the biggest blitz ever in Canada!
For more about the Blitz, check out http://www.gcbgb.ca/
Here are some Questions and Answers for those of you wanting to know more about how this event works:
Q : Who should go?
Anyone who enjoys playing tabletop games, and is willing to commit to playing games with new friends for up to 8 hours.
Q: Do I need to buy my ticket in advance?
We strongly encourage you to buy your ticket online to guarantee your spot, and so that we know how many people are coming. You will also be able to pay cash at the door.
Q: What time should I get there?
We want to get started at 11:00 sharp, so please try to be there by 10:45.
Q: What about food?
Light lunch and snacks will be provided. Additional food and drink can be ordered from Chaucer’s.
Q: How does it work?
We play games in groups of 4, for 5 rounds. For each game, you’ll receive points for finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th. We’ll play two 60 minute rounds, two 90 minute rounds, and one two-hour round to finish things up.
Q: What games are we playing?
Expect familiar/popular games like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Seven Wonders, and King of Tokyo. Chances are, you will end up playing at least one game you have never played before. We have volunteers on hand to help you learn! The full list will be published soon.
Q: Who will I be playing with/against?
In the first two rounds, we randomly draw names to see who gets to choose their game first. When it’s your turn to choose a game you can either select a game you know and like or choose to play against people you know. In rounds 3-5, players with the highest scores get to choose their games first.
Q: What if I lose my first game?
No one is eliminated! You can stay and play the whole day (and we strongly encourage you not ot drop out part way through). Later games are worth more points, too, so you can certainly catch up!
Q: What if a game takes longer than the round?
Official rules can be found at www.gcbgb.ca but we try to select games that can be finished within the time limit. You will be expected to play fairly quickly though, and games may be cut short if the time limit is up – so you may not want to bank on a “last minute surge” strategy!
Q: How/What do I win?
The player with the most points at the end of 5 rounds. To do well in the tournament, you should either know a lot of games already or be a very fast learner. There will be prizes for the top 3 players (at least) as well as door prizes. Winners will also be listed on the Great Canadian Board Game Blitz site and earn points towards the 2013/2014 championship!
Attention Blitzers! Are we ready for the mayhem?
Here's what you need to know:
TICKETS: If you've bought tickets in advance, awesome. (you don't need to print a ticket, we'll have your name). If you haven't paid in advance, please have your $10 ready at the door. Make sure your friends know they don't need to be pre-registered. Just be there on time and we'll get you in!
WHERE: Chaucer's is at 122 Carling Street (between Richmond and Talbot). The Blitz is in the Fireplace room, upstairs. Unfortunately the room is not wheelchair accessible. Paid parking lots surround the areaand most are $10 for the day. City parking info is available here: http://www.london.ca/d.aspx?s=%2FParking%2Fparking_guide_intro.htm
WHEN: We want to start round one at 11:00 sharp if we can, so if you can be there by at 10:45 that would be most appreciated! If you are too late, you will miss round 1.
If we keep on schedule we will have 15 minute breaks between each round. If everyone's games end early in any given round, we will be that much further ahead on time. If we can finish in less than the 8 hours - great.
Dropping out/leaving early: Please don't! If you must, please try to at least finish the round you're in out of respect for your fellow players. Also, if something comes up through the day that you know you will need to leave before the end, please let a volunteer know so we can plan ahead.
FOOD: Uber Cool Stuff is providing snacks and sandwiches throughout the day. Water is free and other drinks are available for purchase. You can also order off Chaucer's menu if you want more grub. OUTSIDE FOOD: If you show up with a coffee or water bottle - no problem. Beyond that - no outside food, please. If you have a dietary or medical reason to work around,let a volunteer know when you arrive and I'm sure we can accommodate that.
CONDUCT: First and foremost, the Blitz should be a FUN event. Many great volunteers are giving their time to make this day happen, so even when you're rushing to get to your next game, please be polite and friendly with them at all times. This is also true of your fellow players! Yes, we're always playing against a clock - but we can all still play nice!
PRIZES: Yes, we have tons of awesome prizes thanks to Uber Cool stuff, LA Mood, Geekstop Games and Downtown London. We will have prizes for the top 8 (at least) plusdoor prizes throughout the day.
ABOUT PROJECT PLAY: In case you didn't know, the day after the Blitz is Project Play at Fanshawe. It's a full day of video and tabletop gaming plus lots of other fun. Both the Blitz and Project Play are raising $$ to buy gaming bundles for kids at N’Amerind Friendship Centre, Glen Cairn Community Resource Centre, and the Northwest London Resource Centre. So if you want to donate more than your $10 admission fee, that would be awesome!
RULES: Remember, you are NOT expected to know how to play all the games, (you might not know any of them!) that's why we have volunteers to help. If you want to check out some of the games on the list below, two good resources are youtube (for playthroughs and reviews to give you a sense of the game) and www.boardgamegeek.com - it's a little dense if you've never used it, but they have rules and all kinds of info posted on pretty much every game in the universe.