Giant gaming event at Commonwealth Place supports Our Place

A gaming event on Saturday will feature board games, role-playing games, fantasy games, tabletop miniature games and a slew of card games.

May the odds be ever in your favour, regardless of your skill level and game of choice.

A day-long gaming event on Saturday, called the No Hunger Games, will feature board games, role-playing games, fantasy games, tabletop miniature games and a slew of card games.

“When I was younger and less responsible, I relied a bit on the soup kitchen and food banks, and now that I’m more responsible and more successful in my career and life, I decided to give back to the community,” said event organizer, Jonas Solberg.

Money raised will be donated to Our Place Society. “One of my passions is gaming – I’m really involved in the gaming community, so it was a natural fit for me to be able to put the two together,” Solberg said.

The day’s tournaments include Pokemon, YuGiOh, Magic the Gathering, Warhammer 40,000, Warmachine and Hordes, Exalted, Werewolf: The Forsaken, and Legend of the Five Rings.

Less competitive gamers can come with friends and choose from a selection of nearly 200 board games.

There are also learn-to-play events, so new gamers can learn some of the world’s most popular games, including Dungeons and Dragons and World of Warcraft.

“What appeals to me about games is that they really create a community; it’s really inclusive and everyone is really friendly. It’s easy to connect with other people over these sorts of things,” Solberg said. “I also really like that games allow you to use strategy and your mind in a competitive way.”

The event runs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Oct. 5 in Saanich Commonwealth Place gym (4636 Elk Lake Dr.). Advance tickets and registration ($10), can be found at

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