I know. I talk about ThanksGaming and the reality is a lot of you can’t attend. RPDNA has listeners from all over and therefor I am talking about something you probably won’t ever attend. But someone on our Facebook page did suggest I talk about what it is like to run ThanksGaming. And because I have had a few of you contact me about details in running an all day game event, I figured it would be worth writing about.
For those of you who don’t know, ThanksGaming started out a few years ago as an event called, “Rise of the Wombat.” Why the weird name? WombatCast was the first podcast I was on and when it came time to name it this is what popped into our heads. Original eh? Back then fellow co-host and friend, Matthew, was instrumental in getting things going. One day he and I talked about it and the next thing I know it was happening.
Total Escape Games, RPDNA’s unofficial second home and FLGS, wanted to do charitable work in the community and were gracious enough to donate their store space for an entire day to hold this event. To this day Total Escape Games remains a strong partner, and Sheila Higgins helps out in planning and preparing anything else we need from them. As time moved on the event has evolved and grown into ThanksGaming. We run TG twice a year and always we do it for charity. We also like to play games all day too, so this creates a great excuse to game from 9am-11pm.
Running an event like this is extremely rewarding on multiple levels. First off, I believe everyone should do something for their community. You live in your community, why not help out if you can? Not everyone wants to or has the ability to organize a game day event, but it doesn’t mean you can’t find something like it to attend, volunteer for, etc. Every single person who attends ThanksGaming is stepping up to do their part to help and it is appreciated.
Then there is the gaming community aspect. I want to make connections with local gamers, make new friends with people who share a passion for this hobby I have been obsessed with most of my life. I know some of you don’t have the best gaming community around you, and I feel for you. I want to make sure that I am always surrounded by a wonderful community of gamers. It is my hope that events like TG or other public gaming events only strengthen the gaming community as a whole. I want to always be able to find a good game to play in!
Then there is just the pure sick joy I get out of planning events like these. ThanksGaming is not a big event by any means, but it has its fair share of stress. I get a kick out of that stress. I like working with my team of planners and making things work. This is like being a GM in a big game that I get to play for a lot of friends.
The future is we plan on becoming an official non-profit organization and continue to grow these events we plan. This will make things a little more business like behind the scenes, but I am hoping it won’t diminish from what my goals are: Make money for charity and have fun. It all boils down to making money to help others and continuing to have fun, if those stop then it is no longer a positive endeavor.
By the way it goes much further than just me when it comes right down to it. I have a team of planners (as I mentioned before) who have helped out. They are: Ed Doolittle, Sheila Higgins, Matthew Ward, and Linda Weygant. I also have gotten lucky to have Robert Adducci jump on board and help get the word out.
I also need to thank the prize partners who are donating something for the prize drawings: Andy’s Movie Minute, Conclave of Gamers, Denver Gamers Association, Dragon Kings Project, Dune Trader Games, Front Range Games, Kranky Kat Crochet, Margaret Weis Productions, Reality Blurs, and the Rocky Mountain Geeks.
And to all the GMs and players who are attending, you guys make this successful and I hope I can continue to count on your support!
If you are going to be in the Colorado area on November 2nd, then come by and play. You can sign up here.
P.S. There is still space in my Escape from Night City game. This is the Dungeon Crawl Classics/Cyberpunk mashup that Harley Stroh wrote. It’s a 0-level funnel set in the dark future. What could be more fun that that?