Here's an excerpt from my latest column on BoardgameNews.com:
On Monday, February 26th, I shipped out the latest “games for grunts”
packages. A number of BGN readers had contributed funds, and folks in
New England gave both geld and games at Unity Games XII in January 2007.
Here’s the rather eclectic list of games that was sent to three troops
in Iraq and one in Afghanistan:
San Juan x2
Cosmic Wimpout x3
Harry Potter Scene It
Harry Potter Trivia Game
Cribbage board, plus cards
I hope our armed forces contain a sufficient number of Harry Potter fans
to make use of all these games. As I noted in my Jan. 16th column,
Innovention Toys had shipped a crate of Khet to American soldiers in the
Middle East. I asked Luke Hooper, President of Innovention, for details
on the donation and he sent the following explanation:
As for the Iraq donations, we didn’t realize our troops overseas even
enjoyed boardgames until we got an email with the picture of the guys
around the old Deflexion board telling us how much the guys around the
base loved the game. We were happy to help and have since sent a case of
games with shirts and splitters overseas to make sure anybody can get in
a Khet game without much of a wait during their downtime. It’s gotten
great feedback, and we even got a thank you from one soldier’s mom.
While researching various game companies, I ran across Games To Troops,
a program organized by GAMA (Game Manufacturer’s Association) in which
game publishers donate hundreds of games to troops overseas. An
impressive effort by GAMA and all of the publishers involved. I’m glad
that Boardgame News can contribute its few boxes to this effort.
You can read the complete column at
My thanks to everyone who donated, and thanks as well to Ray Dennis at
Geeks & Gamers in Meredith, NH for once again providing a generous
discount on the order.
W. Eric Martin