Marathon Preparations

Before partaking in the 24-hour gaming marathon this weekend, I needed to prep. Forget carb-loading or daily runs, preparing for this marathon involves making some key decisions: select games to bring, figure out what Kit will make for the bake sale, and determine what items from The Wall to aim for.

Games to Bring

I usually try to grab a selection of games people have expressed interest or that I haven’t managed to get to the table as much as I’d like, if at all. There is a geeklist for participants to list games they’re planning to bring, or want to play. That list would be super useful if it wasn’t for the fact that it’s blocked from my work, which is where I tend to finalize my lists.

This year, my game bag will have the following:

  • Cyclades
  • Dominant Species
  • A Feast for Odin
  • The Gallerist
  • Glen More
  • Lotus
  • Macao
  • Notre Dame
  • Pathfinder Adventure Card Game + playmat
  • Swinging Jivecat Voodoo Lounge
  • Terra Mystica
  • Vanuatu

Goodies to Add to the Bake Sale

Especially as the hours tick by, a quick sugar hit starts to look more and more enticing, and so the items on the bake sale table tend to be fairly popular. I however, hate cooking and baking, but luckily Kit enjoys both. Thus, each year he bakes up some goodies for me. This year he’ll be providing a double batch his (in)famous oatmeal butterscotch cookies. And potentially bringing a few deviled eggs to sustain some special marathoners.

Games to (Try and) Win

The Wall is a much-anticipated part of the event: a ton of games (and other goodies) are assigned numbers and placed on display. The event sells $1 raffle tickets that can be stuffed into corresponding boxes in the hope of being the one to take that item home. It’s fun to see which items are the most hotly-contested as their boxes get stuffed full of tickets. The images below (from the official Gamers for Cures twitter feed) show The 2016 Wall in all it’s glory.

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Matt Wolfe put together a geeklist of all of this year’s items along with links to purchase tickets; that’s right, if you cover shipping, you don’t even need to be local to win!

After running through that list, these are the items I’ll be eyeing at the event:

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