The Moose Jaw Gamer’s Association mission is to provide a safe and entertaining environment where people of all types can come together and enjoy the pastime of various forms of entertainment collectively known as gaming.
History and Business Activity Goals
Over the past years, a small group of local people has gathered to celebrate a fictitious holiday created by Tim Buckley as a story plot line for the Ctrl+Alt+Del comic strip. In essence, the holiday (called Wintereenmas) emphasizes the companionship of gamers. The “holiday” is normally observed in the last week of January.
Attendees arrive at the location and set up their computer systems. These systems can and have been anything from a laptop to a full blown gaming desktop system with 27” LCD monitor. A local area net and internet gateway are also set up to provide the network to connect with local and remote players for each game.
As each year passed, the space and equipment required to celebrate grew as well. It started out in someone’s living room, and now requires a hall rental to contain the number of people who participate. Equipment, until now, has been loaned by the attendees. As of 2016, there were 60+ attendees!
A recent addition is an area set aside for Board and Card games. We’ve seen a large increase in our numbers as we welcomed these fellow gamers to the event.
The event has grown past what can be done in someone’s basement. It requires a cooperative effort between several individuals to plan and organize the activities. We need to gather enough equipment to provide to all the attendees. Additionally, we will be monitoring the activities to provide a safe and fun venue.
With hard work, and a solid plan in place, we can see the Moose Jaw Gamer’s Association growing over the next few years to a convention that could have over 150 attendees. We have discussed donation of some of the profits from each year to a children’s charity, much like PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) does each year.
Future conventions may contain additional venues such as a vendor area, panels, cosplay, and other contests. We are solid believers in listening to what our attendees request and say in regards to events.
Throughout any growth, our main vision is to provide a place for people to gather and enjoy a time of stress free, no-pressure gaming.