The holidays can bring out the best in people, and for Champion of the Black Flame Ryan Skinner and Phoenix Fire Games game store owner Sean Wainwright of Meridan, Idaho, combining a good deed and good gaming was a natural decision.
In December, Cryptozoic held its third annual Chase the Can event series for the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game. Sean and Ryan already had a plan to spice up this day with an additional event: a Food Fight tournament. After all, if you're going to have your event based on bringing donations of food, why not go all-out and play a game based on food as well?
"Credit originates with Sean, who earlier in the year came up with the idea of a Food Fight tournament, and took the liberty of ordering over twenty copies of the game to give out as prizes," said Ryan Skinner, game lover and Champion of the Black Flame. While they originally discussed running a Food Fight tournament instead of the Chase the Can event, the modified rules with donation rewards got their local group excited to play. With so many additional copies of Food Fight ordered, Sean decided to run back-to-back food drive events, with the Food Fight tournament taking place after the World of Warcraft TCG Chase the Can event.
Players at Phoenix Fire Games in Idaho get set for some fast and furious Food Fight action! Cost of entry? Donations to the Idaho Food Bank!
The entry to play was a 10-can minimum donation, with all donations going to the Idaho Food Bank. Regardless of how everyone finished, whoever entered the event got their own copy of Food Fight. The winner also received a copy of the Food Fight: Snack Attack expansion, offering a little spice to an already well-seasoned event idea.
Nine players ended up joining in on the food-flinging action, four of which were players from the Chase the Can event and five of which were store regulars who decided to give the game a try for a good cause. The first and second place winner of each pod (split into five players and four players) moved into a final pod, where the tournament concluded.
In the end, Ryan Skinner ended up winning, thanks to the support of a Sergeant Sushi with a whopping 32 Yumminess. But, as a great volunteer and as someone who already owned the Snack Attack expansion, he offered his prize to the second place finisher.
"All in all we collected 103 cans of food at the event, which coupled with our Chase the Can event brought the store's total donations to the Food Bank up to 1035 items," Ryan reported.
It's always nice to see gamers going in together for a good cause, and the Food Fight event served up a large number of cans that will go to those in need. Props to the Idaho crew, and for Sean of Phoenix Fire Games, for holding the event and going the extra mile to bring in more donations!