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Hi gang, hope you don't mind but I'd like to inform of of something we have going on up here in Nova Scotia, Canada.

 

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- Gelatinous Dudes: Gamers for Good - Press Release – October 24th, 2006 -

 

Gelatinous greetings!

 

Society tends to stereo-type us gamers as anti-social troglodytes. “Gamers” is the label for those of us who pursue what mainstream society would consider the more “geeky” hobbies (Role Playing Games, Miniature War Games, Sci Fi & Fantasy etc.) While we gamers know that is not the truth, it is the widely held perception. The Gelatinous Dudes want to help change that and demonstrate that gamers are just as concerned citizens as the next person. Our goal is to raise the visibility of gamers and games in our local community through charitable works and undo a bit of the negative reputation that we get - hence, the "Gamers for Good" part of our name.

 

Our first charity program is an ongoing food drive for Feed Nova Scotia (our regional foodbank). We hold events several times per week and the price of admission is the donation of a non-perishable food item. In just over our first month of activity we have collected over eighty food items for donation to the food bank. Our goal is to provide a similarly sized donation on a monthly basis. The events we hold consist of weekly DCI sanctioned Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures Tournaments, five D&D RPG campaigns, an Iron Heroes Campaign, Reaper Warlord events and an open gaming night. As our membership grows we hope to move into more games as well as develop additional charity programs. Our first “special event” is a sizable Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures Blood War expansion release event on November 12th, 2006 which we expect to generate considerable donations.

 

Perhaps you are wondering, who are the Gelatinous Dudes? Well, the Dudes are a bunch of guys and girls, from all over Nova Scotia, Canada, who come from varied backgrounds and have different day jobs but share a love of games. Some of us are academics, some business people, some students, some IT gurus, some athletes, and others parents. We are an independent, not-for profit association of concerned folks who like to have fun and help out others while we do it.

 

Our website and forums can be found at http://www.gelatinousdudes.com . We hope to use this site as a resource for gamers and non-gamers alike, and as a place for gamers to meet other like-minded people in their area.

 

One of the purposes of this press-release is to inspire others to be copy-cats and when possible combine their love of gaming with doing good works in their community. If you (or someone you know) are doing something similar we would love to hear about it!

 

If you have any questions for us (or ideas on how we can be more helpful!) please feel free to contact us via email: gamersforgood@gelatinousdudes.com.

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Bravo! Our FLGS has been holding tournaments where the registration fees are donated to a charity for a number of years now. The store makes nothing off the tournament -- your registration must be paid via a check made out to the charity. There are oodles of prizes donated and its generally a pretty good event.

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Bravo! Our FLGS has been holding tournaments where the registration fees are donated to a charity for a number of years now. The store makes nothing off the tournament -- your registration must be paid via a check made out to the charity. There are oodles of prizes donated and its generally a pretty good event.

Our FLGS owner would never do that, he wouldn't allow a tourny without him getting some cash from it. But both a great concepts and I hope they put us gamers in a better light with the rest of "Society" ::D:

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Even though gamers are depicted as antisocial we are just as likely to lend a hand. Even some of us who are socially challenged may be good people at heart.

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The Geneseo Area Gaming Group holds an annual convention every year (known as "Running GAGG") and one of the highpoints of every con is a big auction, all the proceeds of which go to Ronald McDonald House.

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Thanks for the support folks and it is nice to see other people doing things.

 

Probably not something we talk about enough.

 

I remember the CMON Katrina auctions and thought they were fantastic as well.

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