Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The cheque for 2015.

So here it is! I just took that big wad of cash from the weekend to the credit union and watched them put it through the counting machine. Coast Capital kindly waived the fee for making the draft - every little helps!

The income was obviously more than this but there are the usual expenses like trophies and investing in the dice (profit is made on the dice which more than covers the trophies), and of course we paid Fraternal Order of Eagles for the use of the room. Sadly our Warmachine event was not as well attended as it has been in the past, and hopefully we can work on improving that next year.

I am very grateful to all of you who came out and donated your time and your hard earned cash to help make this annual event the success it is, and I hope that you have all had fun at the same time. Thank you all so much.

Our running total is now $20718.54, which is definitely something that we can all be proud of. I know that I am.

Big hugs to all of my colleages - friends - who have helped me put this together, this year and in the past four years. Jason Dyer. Nick Daniels. Les Sohier. Dan Miner. Mark Handford. Jind Singh. Justin Doyle. Melissa Daines. Jonas Malapas. Andrew Muirhead. I could not do it without the support of these good people.

Of course I could not have even started this without the support of my wife Laura. She's my rock.

And our sponsors! They support us each year in these events and I am so grateful to them.  Many of them I look on as friends, and that they go out of their way to help us make other peoples' lives a little better says a lot about the kind of people they are.  So please - support them. Buy their stuff.

So there will be a Foodhammer 2016, I promise! I usually grumble for about six months that I don't want to do it again. If you hear me say that, tell me I'm wrong!

40K Results are in

The Best Overall standings for Warhammer 40,000 are here. After making some corrections these are the correct results. ...

Posted by Foodhammer on Monday, 30 November 2015

Sunday, November 22, 2015

This is why we do

Food bank use in B.C. highest on record for province

I went to see Jind Singh today at the Hobbit event he held for Foodhammer. The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings group is radpidly growing, which is quite exciting given that the Specialist Games division will continue to support this game.

Many of the people there today I had not met before, and Jind asked me to tell them what brought me to start this event. I explained that in early 2011 I was originally looking to fill a gap in the gaming calendar, and came to the conclusion that the entry money could be used for so much more than buying tons of prizes for the entrants. I explained that I had noticed there were children in my son's grade 1 class that were from families that used the food bank on a regular basis. I got a lot of perspective there, and realised that we as wargamers and hobbyists are so very LUCKY to be able to afford this bloody expensive hobby. We should give back, and I am grateful to all of you who do. Those who donate prizes, be you industry or retail, or those of you who are donating from your private collections out of the good in your hearts (thank you Erica Lam for your kind donation today).

Langley food bank is one of the smaller food banks and doesn't actually actively solicit donations - I was amazed when I read that small, yet hugely important point. Yet they help people who live across a huge part of the BC lower mainland.

My good wife Laura showed me this news article this evening and I'm floored. Over 30,000 children in our province are food bank users. 30,000 children in a part of the world that is supposed to be so civilised and progressive. Don't forget that MANY of their parents and caregivers are NOT the kind of people who just ride the free ride on welfare and slack off. Most of them are people who despite working their fingers to the bone full time are paid below the living wage level and have to deal with ridiculous housing costs, often choosing between keeping the roof over their heads or putting food in the fridge.

Often as individuals we can think in an insular manner, only concerned with what is inches from the ends of our noses and five minutes in our immediate future but we are capable of so much more. Yes, we are all individuals. But we are so much more. You have all shown me this. I'm grateful for the recognition that my colleagues and I get for this fundraiser but it is YOU that make Foodhammer what it is. We might not be making massive changes, but what we do affects the lives of people who we may never meet, in a positive manner.

I'm proud of you all.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Mats! Mats for sale!

As you may know, TableWar sent us mats for use in our events - it was very kind of them and I'm totally stoked at the level of the support they offered. Warboss Dugg and Todd, and Reece and Frankie over at Frontline Gaming are really passionate about gaming and these mats are from the heart - they really want all of us to have quality portable gaming surfaces!

So as a reminder, the mat prices at Foodhammer are as follows

6x4 mats are $120
4x4 mats are $85
3x3 are $70

It really is a substantial saving over the prices you would pay when ordering from www.frontlinegaming.org, especially when you factor in the shipping and exchange rate. Also, partial proceeds from the sale of each mat directly benefits Foodhammer.  So why not?! I already bought one!

Go check them out and let me know if you want one.  They will be available for pickup AFTER the event they're used for :)


3x3 x-wing mats
7 x Asteroid field http://store.frontlinegaming.org/fat-mat%3A-asteroid-belt-3x3-sale/dp/6359

4x4 Warmachine mats
4x4 - 2 Alpine http://store.frontlinegaming.org/fat-mat%3A-alpine-4x4/dp/853
4x4 - 1 Urban Combat http://store.frontlinegaming.org/fat-mat%3A-urban-combat-4x4/dp/863
4x4 - 1 Swamp http://store.frontlinegaming.org/fat-mat%3A-swamp-4x4/dp/11629
4x4 - 2 grassy plains http://store.frontlinegaming.org/fat-mat%3A-grassy-plains-4x4/dp/861
4x4 - 2 barren wasteland http://store.frontlinegaming.org/fat-mat%3A-barren-wasteland-4x4/dp/855

6x4 mats
6x4 - 1 Alien Invasion http://store.frontlinegaming.org/fat-mat%3A-alien-invasion-6x4/dp/13512
6x4 - 2 x Alpine http://store.frontlinegaming.org/fat-mat%3A-alpine-6x4/dp/2305
6x4 - 1 x Urban Combat http://store.frontlinegaming.org/fat-mat%3A-urban-combat-6x4/dp/2311
6x4 - 1 x Urban Combat II http://store.frontlinegaming.org/fat-mat%3A-urban-combat-2-6x4/dp/849
6x4 - 2 x Industrial http://store.frontlinegaming.org/fat-mat%3A-industrial-6x4/dp/13510
6x4 - 2 x Ship interior http://store.frontlinegaming.org/fat-mat%3A-ship-interior-6x4/dp/13511
6x4 - 1 x High-Tech City http://store.frontlinegaming.org/fat-mat%3A-high-tech-city-6x4/dp/11651
6x4 - 2 x Grassy Plain http://store.frontlinegaming.org/fat-mat%3A-grassy-plains-6x4/dp/2309
6x4 - 2 x Barren Wasteland http://store.frontlinegaming.org/fat-mat%3A-barren-wasteland-6x4/dp/847
6x4 - 2 swamp http://store.frontlinegaming.org/fat-mat%3A-swamp-6x4/dp/11625