Kobold Quarterly Adopt-a-Soldier holiday contest

The folks at Kobold Quarterly magazine are running a contest through the end of December to promote their Adopt-a-Soldier gift subscription program. Civilians and military personnel are invited to enter the contest by signing up for the program, signing someone else up for the program, and/or blogging and Twittering about the contest.

Runners-up in the contest receive a “Small but Fierce” logo pack with a postcard and sticker featuring the Adopt-A-Soldier logo. The Grand Prize winners — one soldier and one civilian — receive:

  • 3 dice sets by Q-Workshop
  • A signed copy of Soldiers of Fortune: War and Military Adventure in a Fantasy World, due out in March 2010
  • The Kobold’s Guide to Game Design Volumes I and II
  • Patronage in an Open Design project of the winner’s choice (or an upgrade to an existing patronage)
  • A profile and a hearty “thank you” in the next issue of Kobold Quarterly

The Kobolds tell us that the contest has resulted in a lot of new sponsors signing up, so if you have friends in the military, tell ’em to visit KQadoptasoldier.com and register for a free gift subscription. (And tell them to drop your name when they sign up: there is apparently a secret prize for whoever gets the most new program members enrolled!)


SmiteFest 2 Wrap-Up

Any time you run an event for the first time, you’re a little nervous about whether anyone will show, and whether they’ll have fun. And even though we’d done one SmiteFest already, that was centered around video games — would a board game focused SmiteFest succeed?

The answer is YES.

About 20 people showed up for the event at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Kenmore, and everyone had a lot of fun. Our co-conspirators Eric and Stephanie came loaded with roughly a gazillion games:

SmiteFest 2

…and most of the people who came brought at least one game of their own. You can find a full list of what we played at BoardGame Geek.

SmiteFest 2

SmiteFest 2

If you run a gaming group and want to play in the Undercroft at Redeemer in Kenmore, just contact me at wade [AT] smitefest [DOT] org. It has lots of space/tables/chairs, a full kitchen and free Wi-Fi, and is available for the use of community groups.

SmiteFest 2: Saturday, May 2nd in Kenmore

On Saturday, May 2nd, the greatest gaming event ever held in a Seattle-area Episcopal church returns!

(It’s also quite likely the only gaming event held in a Seattle-area Episcopal church, but let’s not quibble over details.)

SmiteFest 2 is a free, all-ages day of games and awesomeness taking place in the Undercroft at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Kenmore. This follow-up to last year’s successful event is being organized with the able assistance of Eric Franklin of the Talking Game blog. Donations go to support Child’s Play.

The smiting runs from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m., with pizza served at around 5 or 6. A list of available games is here, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own favorites.

There’s no “churchy” stuff at SmiteFest, but the interested and/or curious are welcome to come upstairs at 7:00 for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a weekly half-hour service of quiet prayer and contemplation.

You can RSVP here, and add the event on Facebook. If you have any questions, email info@smitefest.org.

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