We were recently contacted by Technical Sergeant Andrew Hafey of Grand Forks Air Force Base in Grand Forks, ND, about supporting their International TableTop Day event for base personnel. We were happy to send a few games to support the men and women who serve in our country’s military.
Sergeant Hafey was kind enough to share his thoughts on why they started The Gamers of the North group to promote tabletop gaming at their base:
“My name is Andrew Hafey. I am a Technical Sergeant in the US Air Force currently at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota. I will be retiring this summer and moving to the Pacific Northwest.
“Like many people, I’m relatively new into board games (other than Monopoly)…thanks to Geek and Sundry and their TableTop show. At the time, there was no formal gaming group on base. I decided I wanted to try to start a gaming group on base to help get people out of their dorms and houses here in the winter. Winter lasts about 6 months, getting down to -30 without the windchills! Morale starts to suffer because there’s not much to do on base (and Grand Forks is about 15 miles from town, and in the winter, that can be a dangerous drive sometimes). Last year’s 1st International TableTop Day was the perfect opportunity to try to start a group.
“We had a whopping 6 people show up…but it did give us a starting point! Everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable time and we decided to form The Gamers of the North group for Grand Forks AFB. We generally play weekly as well as during our unit events. We all do it because it’s something relatively cheap and lots of fun to do while meeting new people and getting to know each other better.
“We tried to go big for this year’s International TableTop Day, and even with some major advertising issues, held a pretty successful event. We had tons of games and had several new people show up and want to join the group! I even had some of the senior base leadership get with me and tell me they wanted to do another one soon, with support from some of the organizations on base, this time to specifically target the young, single airmen living in the base dormitories! This is what I was hoping for when I started this group…a fun, cheap activity for base personnel and their families to get out and enjoy themselves and help alleviate some of the winter blues that happen around here!”
We are thrilled their event went so well and welcome all the Warriors of the North to the world of tabletop gaming! You can follow Sgt. Hafey on Twitter and check out the Gamers of the North Facebook page.