6th Annual event date is Nov 12th 2016 and First Giving Site is now live!

It always gets here quicker then any of us realizes and this year is no different.

The 2016 date for Gamers for Cures 24 hour Board Game Marathon for Turner Syndrome Society of US/NC will be Sat Nov 12th 2016. As in the past we are happy to be holding the event at The Gamer’s Armory in Cary NC!

The 2016 First Giving site has now been activated for donations and we will be getting more info out on how you can be a part of this great event in the coming weeks.

The Link to donate is HERE. And it’s also located above.

Just in case you don’t know what our event is like from a participant’s point of view I wanted to post a couple of testimonials from two recent attendees.

Thanks for your continued support and interest in our event and please stay tuned to this site for more info in the coming weeks.


The First comes from long time supporter Chris M.

This was my second year participating in the 24 hour board game marathon.  Last year I signed up because I had been listening to The Geek Allstars podcast and Dan seemed like a nice guy.  The charity event was a good excuse to play a bunch of board games and meet a bunch of people with common interests. What I didn’t anticipate was how much of an impact it would have on me in the coming year. I met some of the nicest people I have ever met (and Linus) last year and have been playing games with them as regularly as I can since then. I started pitching in writing some of the show notes for The Geek Allstars and State of Games podcasts and then started writing all of the show notes for both shows. I started following some of these knuckleheads on Twitter and attended my first convention (Who’s Turn Is It Anyway?) in February where I gave Adam O’Brien the weakest hug I have ever given anyone for turning me on to La Fin Du Monde.  Adam, I really need to give you a full on bear hug for that.  Anyway, what I am trying to say is that the event was a catalyst for allowing me to connect with people and enjoy the board game hobby in a way I had not experienced before.  I know this has nothing to do with the charity but it is one of the side benefits for those of us who participate.  The fact that Dan’s daughter, Lauren, has Turner Syndrome and I can contribute in a small way to her and other women with Turner Syndrome makes it all the more meaningful.  I will be signing up every year for this event and will continue to do my small part in raising money for the Turner Syndrome Society..


The Second one we have… well just also happens to be from another, different, Chris M!


Hello, my name is Chris and I was a Marathon gamer.
This was my first year as a Marathon gamer and I really didn’t know what to expect. I’m relatively new to the hobby of board gaming and don’t have a very big collection. I don’t have a regular gaming group. I came into the Marathon blind and alone(meaning I didn’t bring anyone with me). I was a bit apprehensive standing in the long line of people chatting with each other on a rainy Saturday morning at 7:45 AM.
Then I got inside.
I saw a face I recognized.
I was introduced to some other people.
We played my first game of the Marathon.
That first game was the ice breaker into the rest of the Marathon for me.
At 7:45 AM Saturday I didn’t know anyone. 8:00 AM Sunday I had played a bunch of great games I have never played before. I had met a ton of awesome people and some new friends. I had an amazing time!
Thanks Scott, from The Gamer’s Armory, for giving us a place to have the event. Thank you to Dan for organizing, hosting, and all the time you put in finding all the sponsors and donors; awesome job! Thank you to all the awesome sponsors and donors! The 24 Hour Marathon was an awesome experience and a very well run event. It’s awesome to see so many people coming together for a good cause, even if it seems like all we are doing is playing games!
To those reading this who might be not be sure about being a Marathon gamer: go for it. You won’t regret it. The community here is an awesome one!
When I wrote my opening statement I thought it sounded like something you might hear at an addiction meeting. Then I thought about it and that was really fitting. After I got home at about 8:30 on Sunday I sat down and said to myself “I can’t wait for next year!”. I’m excited about the next Marathon and 2016 can’t come quick enough! I think it’s appropriate to say I’m addicted to the Marathon.
My name is Chris, and I was a Marathon gamer!


What an amazing 5th annual GFC 24 hour board game marathon!!


As Adam said this year was simply an amazing year. Not only did we raise just over $22,000 for Turner Syndrome Society of the US but everything went amazingly smooth and everyone seemed to have a blast! Food was great the giveaways were even better then ever and people had a smile on their face all day long!

I cannot thank Scott and Crystal from The Gamers Armory enough for their hospitality over these 5 years. They have been great and we simply could not have had such success without them.

Also I would like to thank Adam S who manned this site extremely well and ran a killer contest leading up to the event. And his graphic design skills for the programs were simply second to none. THANKS so much for your help and guidance Adam!

Another person who I wanted to thanks for his help with this and that and also for running the play to win games is Chris Mosley. Thanks buddy!

Not to be forgotten as well is our social media Guru herself Laura Drew, well done as always!

I cannot leave out Matt Wolfe who has helped me all year long from cons to extra bags for the swag bags and taking the time to do the geek list of the WALL on BGG. Thanks so much buddy.

And of course I cannot thank the volunteers from TSSUS NC chapter who came out to help us man the tables and talk to people and spread more information and awareness about Turner Syndrome.

Last but MOST important of all, thanks to my beautiful wife and family. Janice Lauren, and DJ helped out for months and months and put up with my stressing, and did a fantastic job helping out the day of the event. I love you guys so much.

I am going to put the list of the winners of the wall items and the big ticket items at the bottom of this post. If you are on this list and have not heard from us or the store please let me know by commenting on this post and I will get in touch with you ASAP.

In the coming weeks I will be posting some re-caps from marathoners who would like to share their experiences with GFC with all of you out there. If you would like to share with us as well PLEASE comment on the posts or mail us directly!

Thanks so much for all of your support. Stay tuned in weeks to come for more re-caps and more information for next year as well.


BIG Ticket Raffle Information

The drawing will take place at 10:00 pm on
Saturday, November 7th during the
24 Hour Board Game Marathon at
The Gamer’s Armory in Cary, NC

40″ LED Television

Winner: Chris Mosley

Xbox One

Winner: Sam White

Apple 16GB iPad Mini
Winner: Damien Griffiths

$100.00 Visa Gift Card

Winner: Susan Balker

$50.00 Home Depot Gift Card

Winner: Matt Lousahimer

$25.00 Briggs Resturant Gift Card

Winner: Lynn Dunbar

Raffle Wall Winners for 2015

Raffle Number Item Name Winner
1 Alchemy! Douglas
2 Animal Upon Animal Joshua Mills
3 Car Wars the Card Game Chris Kirkman
4 Discoveries: The Journals of Lewis & Clark Andrew Roberts
5 Elysium Soumitra Choudhury
6 MTG From the Vault: Angels JG Willliams
7 Snake Oil Daniel Warlick
8 Star Wars E7 Assault Walker + Elite Speeder Bike Collin Gloauoer
9 Star Wars Risk Y.Rodriguez
10 Takenoko + Takenoko Chibis Scott Blanton
11 Wits & Wagers, Party Edition Jeremy Baker
12 Munchkin Steampunk Deluxe Josh Baker
13 Yu-Gi-Oh! Dice Masters Booster Box Daniel Warlick
14 Duck Duck Go Jason Willis
15 Duck Duck Go Safari Carol Everett
16 Rarrr!! Justin Bradshaw
17 Mouse Guard RPG HC Ronald Watkins
18 Boss Monster Bundle Scott Vaughn
19 Tsuro Samuel Manilla
20 Hawaii Chris Courdney
21 Istanbul Daniel Edwards
22 Justice League Strategy Game Bryan Henrick
23 Legendary Encounters Predator Jed Humphries
24 Pandemic Legacy Blue John Howell
25 Thurn N Taxis Becky Blassingmane
26 Wilderness War Michael Smith
27 Dead Drop + Expansion Travis Bryant
28 YardMaster + Yardmaster Express Chris Meyer
29 X-Wing New Starter + 17 Alt. Art Promos Rod Ruiz
30 Fire Fly Base Game + 2 Expansions + Promos Gary Cooper
31 Nothing Personal Brandanel
32 Princess Bride: A Battle of Wits + As You Wish + Miracle Pill Matt Wolf
33 Villains and Vigilantes + Expac Donald Watkins
34 Age of Sigmar Starter Box + Citadel Hobby Starter Set Mike Hartshorn
35 Churchill Burke Drew
36 Commands & Colors: Napoleonics Expansion 5 Burke Drew
37 Genesis: Ancient Middle East B. Rueben
38 No Retreat 4: The Italian Front Dan Freedman
39 Thunder Alley – 1st Edition Adam O’Brian
40 US Civil War Paul Hetrick
41 Wing Leader Jason Tessendorf
42 Battlestations Dan Patriss
43 Monster Derby Ronald Watkins
44 Sentinels Tactics Bundle Donald Watkins
45 Crash Cup Karambolage Chris Mosley
46 Gary Gouda Peter Saad PPA
47 Golem Arcana Bundle Phil Show
48 Machi Koro Zemuel Roman
49 Rattus the Card Game Eric Booth
50 X-Files Board Game John Weaver
51 Yedo Lynn Dunbar
52 Dungeon Fighter Dan Patriss
53 King of Tokyo Janice Patriss
54 Steam Park Chris Meyer
55 Doomtown Reloaded Christian Ovsenick
56 Munchkin Zombies Collection Andrew Webb
57 Patherfinder RPG Beginner Box Ronald Watkins
58 BattleCon: Fate of Indines + War of Indines Alex Berry
59 Dreadball Xtreme + Player’s Guide Butch Arthur
60 Age of Steam + 2 Expansions Casey Guthrie
61 Railways of the World Andrew Webb
62 City of Remnants B. Rueben
63 Beyond the Rhine Jamie Cribbs
64 Day of Days Wrey Ferrell
65 Kawaguchi’s Gamble: Edson’s Ridge Ronald Watkins
66 Salerno Richard Bailey
67 The Mighty Endeavor Scott Blanton
68 Evolution Chris Meyer
69 Fools Gold John Pace
70 Quantum James Myers
71 Samurai Spirit Brian Johnson
72 Tokaido Timothy Edwards
73 Hordes 2 player Battle Box Chris Mitchell
74 Undercity Alex Hamilton
75 War Machine 2 player Battle Box Alex Peladerie
76 Eight-Minute Empire: Legends + Lost Lands Chris Norwood
77 Paths of Glory Shane Jackson
78 Imperial Settlers + 5 Packs of Sleeves Joshua Mills
79 Space Cadets: Away Mission Mark Edwards
80 Aquasphere Robin Trew
81 Autographed Star Wars Photos Brian Colon
82 FOW Guards Armoured Reece Company Christopher Rasmusson
83 Jamberry Jar Joshua Mills
84 Space Hulk Chris Kirkman
85 Firefly Shiny Dice Roxanne Estrada
86 Legendary Villains Joseph Abernathy
87 VS Sytem Box Mike Hartshorne
88 D&D Icons Gargantuan Black Dragon Peter Bierfeldt
89 Pandemic + The Cure Bryan Hennsley
90 PandemicShockn the Brink+  In the Lab + State of Emergency Mike McMullen

Well, this year’s Marathon has come and gone…

Hello again everybody,

Well, it’s Monday afternoon, and I think I have finally recovered from a lack of sleep and overdose of board games this past weekend. So, just a quick update about the Gamers for Cures 24 Hour Board Game Marathon to benefit the Turner Syndrome Society of the US, which was held this past Saturday (and into Sunday) November 7th, 2015. Dan (Geekjock) will have a more formal writeup about the event soon, with lists of prize winners, the exact amount raised, so many thank yous, etc.

The two big highlights are:

First off, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! Thank you to so many people and organizations for donating time, money, products, services, the list goes on and on. Whether you were a participant, volunteer, sponsor, donator, we could not have done any of it without you.

Secondly, earlier today, Dan announced on Twitter that with your help we raised $20,000 about $22,000! Wow. That is well beyond our wildest dreams. We had a goal of $17,500. This is just mind numbing.

That’s it for now, look for Dan’s writeup soon!


The Wall

That’s right, The Wall has become so awesome, it now has its own logo. 


One of the greatest things about the Gamers for Cures 24 hour Board Game Marathon has always been the Game Day Raffle. You buy tickets for a buck each, and then you put them in the corresponding box for the items you want to win. There is almost no easier way to help out the Turner Syndrome Society. How many items are there to choose from? Almost 100. These items are all on display at the event site, The Gamer’s Armory, for a few weeks leading up to the event. 100 items takes up a good amount of shelf space, hence “The Wall.” As organizers, we simply refer to the Game Day Raffle as The Wall, in emails, texts, meetings, everything, leading up to the event. So that’s the name we are going with. Here is this year’s Wall below in all its board game awesomeness.


But wait, it gets even better. The fine folks at The Gamer’s Armory have set it up so in addition to buying tickets at the register at the store, you can buy tickets for the Wall online! (Or tickets for the Big Ticket Raffle) Once you purchase tickets, they will put your name on the stub and put it in the appropriate box so you have a chance to win some great prizes right from your couch. (Winners will pay shipping on items that aren’t picked up at the store). And best of all, all the money raised from ticket sales for The Wall go to the Turner Syndrome Society!

The list of items on The Wall is below, with links to each item at The Gamer’s Armory website. To see the whole list at the Gamer’s Armory website, click here! Want to see all of this delicious Wall awesomesauce in a BGG geeklist?  We got you covered, click here.

  1. Item #01 – Alchemy!
  2. Item #02 – Animal Upon Animal
  3. Item #03 – Car Wars the Card Game
  4. Item #04 – Discoveries: The Journals of Lewis & Clark
  5. Item #05 – Elysium
  6. Item #06 – MTG From the Vault: Angels
  7. Item #07 – Snake Oil
  8. Item #08 – Star Wars E7 Assault Walker + Elite Speeder Bike
  9. Item #09 – Star Wars Risk
  10. Item #10 – Takenoko + Takenoko Chibis
  11. Item #11 – Wits & Wagers, Party Edition
  12. Item #12 – Munchkin Steampunk Deluxe
  13. Item #13 – Yu-Gi-Oh! Dice Masters Booster Box
  14. Item #14 – Duck Duck Go
  15. Item #15 – Duck Duck Go Safari
  16. Item #16 – Rarrr!!
  17. Item #17 – Mouse Guard RPG HC
  18. Item #18 – Boss Monster Bundle
  19. Item #19 – Tsuro
  20. Item #20 – Hawaii
  21. Item #21 – Istanbul
  22. Item #22 – Justice League Strategy Game
  23. Item #23 – Legendary Encounters Predator
  24. Item #24 – Pandemic Legacy Blue
  25. Item #25 – Thurn N Taxis
  26. Item #26 – Wilderness War
  27. Item #27 – Dead Drop + Expansion
  28. Item #28 – YardMaster + Yardmaster Express
  29. Item #29 – X-Wing New Starter + 17 Alt. Art Promos
  30. Item #30 – Fire Fly Base Game + 2 Expansions + Promos
  31. Item #31 – Nothing Personal
  32. Item #32 – Princess Bride: A Battle of Wits + As You Wish + Mira
  33. Item #33 – Villains and Vigilantes + Expac
  34. Item #34 – Age of Sigmar Starter Box + Citadel Hobby Starter Set
  35. Item #35 – Churchill
  36. Item #36 – Commands & Colors: Napoleonics Expansion 5
  37. Item #37 – Genesis: Ancient Middle East
  38. Item #38 – No Retreat 4: The Italian Front
  39. Item #39 – Thunder Alley – 1st Edition
  40. Item #40 – US Civil War
  41. Item #41 – Wing Leader
  42. Item #42 – Battlestations
  43. Item #43 – Monster Derby
  44. Item #44 – Sentinels Tactics Bundle
  45. Item #45 – Crash Cup Karambolage
  46. Item #46 – Gary Gouda
  47. Item #47 – Golem Arcana Bundle
  48. Item #48 – Machi Koro
  49. Item #49 – Rattus the Card Game
  50. Item #50 – X-Files Board Game
  51. Item #51 – Yedo
  52. Item #52 – Dungeon Fighter
  53. Item #53 – King of Tokyo
  54. Item #54 – Steam Park
  55. Item #55 – Doomtown Reloaded
  56. Item #56 – Munchkin Zombies Collection
  57. Item #57 – Pathfinder RPG Beginner Box
  58. Item #58 – BattleCon: Fate of Indines + War of Indines
  59. Item #59 – Dreadball Xtreme + Player’s Guide
  60. Item #60 – Age of Steam + 2 Expansions
  61. Item #61 – Railways of the World
  62. Item #62 – City of Remnants
  63. Item #63 – Beyond the Rhine
  64. Item #64 – Day of Days
  65. Item #65 – Kawaguchi’s Gamble: Edson’s Ridge
  66. Item #66 – VCS Salerno
  67. Item #67 – The Mighty Endeavor
  68. Item #68 – Evolution
  69. Item #69 – Fools Gold
  70. Item #70 – Quantum
  71. Item #71 – Samurai Spirit
  72. Item #72 – Tokaido
  73. Item #73 – Hordes 2 player Battle Box
  74. Item #74 – Undercity
  75. Item #75 – War Machine 2 player Battle Box
  76. Item #76 – Eight-Minute Empire: Legends + Lost Lands
  77. Item #77 – Paths of Glory
  78. Item #78 – Imperial Settlers + 5 Packs of Sleeves
  79. Item #79 – Space Cadets: Away Mission
  80. Item #80 – Aquasphere
  81. Item #81 – Autographed Star Wars Photos
  82. Item #82 – FOW Guards Armoured Reece Company
  83. Item #83 – Jamberry Jar
  84. Item #84 – Space Hulk
  85. Item #85 – Firefly Shiny Dice
  86. Item #86 – Legendary Villains
  87. Item #87 – VS System Box
  88. Item #88 – D&D Icons Gargantuan Black Dragon
  89. Item #89 – Pandemic + The Cure
  90. Item #90 – PandemicShockn the Brink + In the Lab + State of Emergency



Yet another contest give-away. Frogpants swag and a Signed Scott Johnson book!


Here is yet another Contest for everyone to win some great stuff while helping us raise money for a great cause.

My good friend Scott Johnson over at the Frogpants Network has donated a box o swag (pic coming soon), and an Artist Edition softcover of his kickstarter book as well. That will be a signed copy with a sketch inside. Truly a one of a kind prize offering!

How to enter: Simply go to our First Giving donation site by clicking HERE. For every $5 donated you will have one entry into the drawing. Just simply put FROGPANTS in the comments field when you sign up. Also all donations are Tax Deductible, and you can print out a tax receipt right when you donate.

I will have an end date for the contest soon, and I will update this post. We will announce the winner on an upcomming episode of TMS PM

Any Q’s please post in the comments to this announcement and good luck!


Announcing the “Gamers for Cures Countdown Pic Contest”

Hey everybody,

We have a new contest that we hope will raise awareness of Gamers for Cures and our goal of raising money for the Turner Syndrome Society of the United States. Everyday we have been posting a countdown pic leading up to Nov 7, the day of the Gamers for Cures 24 Hour Board Game Marathon. Here is today’s (Oct 7) pic btw:

31 days until the big event!

31 days until the big event!

We have a really cool prize, a copy of Tiny Epic Defenders from Gamelyn Games!

Look! It's a bunch of Tiny Epic Defenders!

Look! It’s a bunch of Tiny Epic Defenders!

How the contest works is like this:

  • Prize is a free copy of Tiny Epic Defenders
  • Each day a pic will be posted on the @gamersforcures twitter account
  • To enter, retweet the daily countdown pic of the day with your guess of what game is featured for that day
  • The first person to respond with the correct answer on Twitter will receive an entry
  • The day of the event we will randomly choose from all of the entries, that person will win the prize!
  • We would love for you to be at the event (or stop by the store) to pick up the prize, but we can ship it to your address, but only in the United States
  • The Contest will last from the 30th day (Thursday Oct 8) to the last day (Friday Nov 6) leading up to the Marathon (countdown pics 30, 29, 28, …. all the way to 3, 2, 1)

Have fun, and remember to retweet your guess of what game is shown for that day. Even if you don’t get the winning guess, retweet us anyway! We’ll announce who correctly guesses each day, and contact the winner by Twitter or email or in person, you get the idea.

Just a quick reminder, Saturday Nov 7th, 2015 is the date of the big event, and it is being held at The Gamer’s Armory in Cary NC. You can always follow us on Twitter or on Facebook. To donate to the event go to our First Giving site, don’t forget to learn more about Turner Syndrome at the Turner Syndrome Society website. And don’t forget about the Unpub 6 Designer Table contest, the post for that contest is right below this one.

Happy Gaming!




2015 GFC Unpub 6 Designer Table Contest

Unpub logo

Yet another contest for this year’s Gamer for Cures!!!

Just like last year, Darrell Louder, game designer extraordinaire and head honcho over at Unpub.net has graciously given us a table to raffle off to raise some money for Gamers for Curee.

We will be Raffling off a DESIGNER TABLE FOR Unpub 6!! This is the real deal folks. If you are a budding game designer this is the best place on the planet to show off your prototype, get it tested by amazing game testers, and get tons of great feedback. Some feedback even by the likes of publishers and fellow designers.

How to enter: Simply go to our First Giving donation site by clicking HERE. For every $5 donated you will have one entry into the drawing. Just simply put UNPUB in the comments field when you sign up. Also all donations are Tax Deductible, and you can print out a tax receipt right when you donate.

Any Q’s please post in the comments to this announcement and good luck!

Also for more info for Unpub head to Unpub.net



35 Days until the Marathon!


That’s right, just a short 35 days until the 5th Annual Gamers for Cures 24 Hour Marathon to raise money for the Turner Syndrome Society. Remember, it’s happening on Saturday November 7, 2015 at The Gamer’s Armory. We have the official event flyer done, all of the events listed are happening and more. If you want an event flyer to print out you can click here for a pdf version. Also remember to follow us Twitter (we’ll be doing a picture a day countdown to the event, like the one above) and on Facebook. To donate, you can go to our First Giving site, where donating is fast, easy, and secure. Upcoming we will have details on “The Wall”, specifics for various events and raffles, and Dan has some info about the Unpub6 contest.




Meeple Balance Challenge #MeepleGFC2015

So this year we are going to do a Meeple Balance 2015, sponsored by Meeple Source, for a nice early head start to the fund raising for Gamers for Cures. People take pics of themselves balancing meeples on their nose their finger their hat, a table etc., then go to the Gamers for Cures First Giving and make a donation.  After that be sure to challenge others to do the same!

Make sure to use #MeepleGFC2015, as well as get our sponsor of the Challenge, @meeplesource in the tweet and at the end of the contest period we will be giving away $25 to Meeple Source!! We will give it away on 9-13-15.

Don’t forget to use this link to like people to the First Giving site for donations and be sure to put in the subject note in the donation MeepleBalance.

Hopefully people will take a pic, make a donation and challenge others. All for the fun of charity!

So start challenging today!


A wonderful example of meeplebalance in action!

From @jjayess1

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