It’s time for the Privateer Press community to band together again and help fight hunger through the annual Foodmachine charity drive. This is the 7th year now that Privateer Press gamers around the world have held Foodmachine charity events combining their love of gaming with their desire to help the needy. If this is your first time, don’t worry! It’s easy to get involved and this information will help you.
Foodmachine was conceived by the St. Louis River Dogs and has grown significantly. Now the torch has been passed to the NJ Somerville Ogrun Bokurs (NJ SOBs) to keep the movement growing. On behalf of all of us we want to first thank you, the Organizer. We know you’re going to be putting in lots of time and energy to make this event a success for both your local players and the overall effort to fight hunger in your local community. Despite many amazing advances in agriculture, there are still people who go to bed hungry at night, even in fully developed countries. You and others like you all around the globe are helping to make a difference by collecting canned goods for your local pantry.
The idea behind Foodmachine is simple – support a good cause by playing games and having fun. This can be a large involved event or a smaller tournament, it’s up to you. What matters is that your players have a good time, they donate canned food to a local organization, and everyone walks away knowing it was a day well spent. A Foodmachine event can be any kind of tournament format with this one twist: built in cheating! (Would you expect anything else from a bunch of SOBs?) By donating canned goods, players can "cheat" during their games. The more cans you donate, the more you can cheat. A list of suggested cheats can be found within the rules packet.
We hope to see you and others running Foodmachine events around the globe from November 1st through December 31st. This packet includes all the information and resources we think you will need to plan and run your event. We’ve included rules, player registration sheets, event reporting forms, and guidelines on working with the media to get the word out. Additional information, including some logos you can use for your promotional efforts, can be found at this website, as well as at the Foodmachine Facebook page. All you need to do is arrange a location and run the event just like a regular tournament and follow these extra guidelines. If you get stuck, the NJ SOBs and the Privateer Press community are always here to help. Click the "contact us" link below to email us with your questions.
To bodge Foodmachine up to Page 5 standards, Privateer Press has again stepped up as they have in years past with prizes to help recognize the donations. They will be designing custom vinyl banners with their artwork and the names of the winners of each prize category of Foodmachine. Those categories are:
• Most cans donated overall
• Most cans/player
• Single largest individual donating
Additionally, the group that donates the most cans overall will win the traveling Foodmachine trophy. Email your results to email@example.com so we can keep track of how many events were held and how many cans we collected. For scoring purposes, one "can" is defined as something around 12-14 ounces (350-400 g). The event organizer can count a can as worth 2 "cans" if it is big or small cans as only half a "can". [To encourage people to bring food other than canned vegetables, you might also count each meat-based can as 2 cans for the purposes of cheating.]
It’s really great to see the numbers going up and every event, no matter how large or small, makes a difference! The winners will be announced in February at Templecon 2013.
Note that this year we are counting results from any Foodmachine event held during the course of 2012. So if you held your event or series of events some time before November 1st, do email us with your results so we can count you in the running.
Special incentive for non-USA countries
To give countries outside of the USA even more incentive to start getting involved, consider this exciting opportunity to get into the pages of No Quarter magazine. Aeryn Rudel, the editor-in-chief of the magazine, has kindly donated a spread of pages to help reward groups for running an event.
Each non-USA store or club would need to submit a photo that contains the group of players and TOs who participated, preferably standing either in front of their venue or in front of their donation stack. Email the photo along with the name of the venue/club, the city/country, and how many cans of food were donated to foodmachinePP@gmail.com by December 30th and we’ll do the rest. We’ll have room for only about the first 12 entries, so don’t delay with your submission.
Orange Crush: Painting for Charity
We’re also kicking things up this year with a companion event for all the hobbyists out there. Orange is the official color of hunger awareness and so we wanted to combine that aspect of the charity into Foodmachine. Project: Orange Crush (Hunger) gives hobbyists the chance to devote their special talents to the cause.
This year, we've drawn up a Tier 4 Lord Carver army full of Farrow models. We’re asking the community to sign up to paint a model from the army in an orange scheme of their choosing. The army will then be auctioned off for charity. Privateer Press’ studio painters, Matt DiPietro and Meg Maples, will be painting up Arkadius and Sturm & Drang (respectively) as bonus warlocks, while this year’s GenCon Formula P3 Grandmaster, Richard Curtiss, will be painting up Lord Carver for the army. In addition, Privateer Press’ hobby manager, Leo Carson-DePasquale, has agreed to paint up Targ. That’s a great looking start to this impressive project!
Here’s what this year’s army looks like:
• Army Name: Foodmachine 2012
• Minion Theme Force: The Golden Horde Tier 4
• 50+6 points, 37 models
• Lord Carver, BMMD, Esq. III +6 points
• * Gun Boar 5 points
• * Road Hog 9 points
• * War Hog 8 points
• * Targ 2 points
• Rorsh and Brine 9 points
• 6 Farrow Bone Grinders 3 points
• 6 Farrow Brigands 4 points
• 10 Farrow Brigands 7 points
• Farrow Razorback Crew 3 points
• Farrow Slaughterhousers 6 points
• Tier Bonuses
• One Farrow unit gains Advance Deployment.
• Models/units gain Pathfinder for the first turn.
• Models in Carver's battlegroup gain Advance Move.
To participate, follow the link here and sign up to paint one of the models. Glue the model to a normal base but do not add any flocking. After you have finished painting it up, mail the model to Matt at Privateer Press:Project Orange Crush
Privateer Press will be basing all the models and then photographing them in preparation for a Razoo.com raffle. Your model must be with Matt by November 30th, 2012.
We are also looking for volunteers to buy up a unit and ship the individual models out to interested painters as your contribution. If you’d like to help out in this way, please email foodmachinePP@gmail.com and let us know.
If you would to donate and have a chance to win the painted army, use the Razoo widget:
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Donate like you have a pair!
Thank you again,
The NJ SOBs