Give to Game is a board gaming event in Austin, Texas, whose goal is to raise funds for the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry. Come join us for a day of gaming!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Give to Game Pictures

Food! A total of 250lbs of food was collected!

The Game Library

People Playing Games

Silent Auction

Prize Table (later in the afternoon)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Give to Game was a Success!

Even though there were a few hiccups along the way, Give to Game was a great success! We collected two big bins full of food for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. Through the admission, silent auction, snack sales, and raffle, we were able to collect more money than our goal:


Thanks to all of you who made this event a success! I'd like to especially thank Great Hall Games and Dragon's Lair for their door prize and silent auction donations. A big thanks to Thought Hammer for donating some big ticket items to the silent auction and for the gift certificates! And a big thanks to all who donated games: Mike Chapel, Mark Hamzy, and Brent Cunningham.

We plan on trying this again next year!

(Pictures to come soon)

Friday, April 24, 2009

Tomorrow is Give to Game!

Well, tomorrow is the big day. I'll be hauling over the games and setting up tonight. The doors open at 10:00 am tomorrow, but feel free to come at any time.

Things you should bring:

  • Your admission: either groceries or $20 (or $10 if you registered)
  • Any games that you would like to play.
  • Extra money for the silent auction and raffle.
  • Some friends! Everyone is welcome!
  • 10:00 AM - Give to Game begins!
  • Throughout the day - Door prizes will given out.
  • 8:00 PM - Silent Auction Closes.
  • 8:30 PM - Thought Hammer Raffle.
  • Midnight - Give to Game concludes.
Event Location:
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
(At the building in the back)
4622 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78745

(Parking areas are highlighted)

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Game Library

I have posted a list of games on that I will be including in the game library.

You can add to the list any game you plan on bringing. You can also use it to let people know what you might be interested in playing.

Dragon's Lair Donates

Dragon's Lair
, Austin's comic and game store, will donating some games, Monty Python Fluxx and Rorschach Inkblot Party Game, to be given out as door prizes! Thank you Dragon's Lair!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Event Location

It turns out Google Street View has a nice shot of the building where Give to Game will take place (however, ignore the address that appears). This is a building that Holy Cross Lutheran Church is letting us use for the day. Outside, it doesn't look like much, but inside is a big open space perfect for boardgaming!

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Silent Auction Rules

Kelly and I went over the details for the silent auction today, just to make sure we had everything written down and decided beforehand. Our biggest point of contention was the last item in the rules: You must be present to win. In the end we decided that there would be the potential for headaches if we had to track people down, mail items, wait for payment, etc.
  1. Bidding starts at 10:00 AM and closes at 8:00 PM.
  2. Shortly before the bidding closes, there will be a 'last call' for bids.
  3. All bids must be higher than the previous bid and be in increments of $1.00.
  4. If the current bid is at or below the “Buy Now” price, you may take the bid slip to Dan or Kelly, and buy the item for that amount.
  5. You must be present and have the payment in hand at the close of the auction to win an item. If you are not present at the close of the auction and you have the highest bid, the item will be verbally auctioned off starting with the second highest bid.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Auction Preview

Give to Game is less than two weeks away! Here is a sneak preview of some of the items that will be available in the silent auction:
  • Stonehenge
  • Freya's Folly
  • Neuland
  • Race the Wind
  • Feudo
  • Warangel Card Game
  • Don't Break the Bank
  • Puzzle Collection - Cerebral Rings, Illusions, Scrambled Egg, Super Nova
  • Cineplexity
  • Modern Art
  • Beowulf - The Movie Boardgame
  • 1992 Box Set Dungeons & Dragons Trading Cards
  • Nottingham
  • Jericho
Thanks to Great Hall Games, Dan Manfredini, and Brent Cunningham for donating these games!

To learn more information about these games, check out this list on

Friday, April 10, 2009

Grocery Bag of Food

It is getting close to the 25th, so I thought I would talk about what kind of food donations we are requesting for admission. The Capital Area Food Bank of Texas has some nice guidelines to go by, so here they are:

Types of Food to Donate:
  • Healthy non-perishable food
  • Items with intact, un-opened, consumer or commercial packaging
  • Items with non-breakable packaging (no glass please)
  • Food within the expiration date on the packaging

Most-Requested Items:
  • Canned meats like tuna, stew and chili (pop-tops preferred)
  • Canned vegetables
  • Pasta & pasta sauce
  • Beans
  • Rice
  • Healthy cereals
  • Peanut butter
  • Baby food
  • Baby formula
So, with the most-requested list in mind, I went out and filled up my paper grocery bag (pictured above) with one or more of those most-requested items.

Here is how I filled my bag:
  • 1 Box of Cereal
  • 1 Bag of Rice
  • 1 Bag of Noodles
  • 1 Peanut Butter
  • 1 Baby Food
  • 1 Can of Spaghetti Sauce
  • 2 Cans of Black Beans
  • 2 Cans of Green Beans
  • 2 Cans of Pork and Beans
  • 2 Cans of Mixed Vegetables
  • 2 Cans of Tuna
This can be used as a guideline for what we're expecting, though feel free to contribute whatever non-perishable food items you want.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Follow the Can

If you decide to donate food at Give To Game for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, where exactly will it go? Watch this video to follow the entire process from your pantry to those in need.

After being checked for safety and quality, the Food Bank distributes your food donation to one or more of the 355 Partner Agencies across 21 Central Texas counties. Partner Agencies including soup kitchens, pantries and shelters then provide food to hungry Central Texans.