Saskatoon 40 Player MegaGame Fundraiser - Watch The Skies!

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UFOs have been sighted in orbit around the planet. You, the leaders of the world, must decide what to do. Whether individually or together, you must act to find out what the aliens want and do what you can so your people will survive...

This event is a fundraiser for "Play With Your Food" - a charity initiative of SaskGames.com. All funds collected, after expenses, will go directly to helping people! It will depend on a few things, but it is likely that somewhere in the neighbourhood of 85% of your $25 ticket will go to charity!


In Watch The Skies, you assume the roles of leaders of different countries reacting to the arrival of Aliens. You will have to navigate the political, social, and economic landscapes of the world while trying to make sure your country and its people survive. However, not everyone who walk through the doors are friends. A team of people will play the Aliens whose objectives are unknown. They will be working towards their own ends while the people of Earth scramble to make contact, discover what they want, and potentially stop them. Please note, we recommend signing up as team of two to six players (see below in FAQ for more info).

What is a "MegaGame?"

- A MegaGame is a large game made up of teams of people working towards individual goals. It can be related to a large-scale RPG except that MegaGames have a structure to make each player and role important to the overall narrative. Furthermore, it has board game like mechanics.

Here's a video that will do a good job of showing what it's like:


Countries Include:

- China
- The United Kingdom
- Russia
- France
- Japan
- Brazil
- India

Each Country Will Have A:

- Head of State
- Foreign Minister
- Head Scientist
- Chief of Defense

There will also be two members of the Free Press who will report on the goings on of the countries, aliens, and the people of Earth. Don't underestimate them, they can change public opinion on it's head and cripple countries or force governments to acknowledge the existence of the Aliens.

The Aliens have no public roles, but they are a team of six.

For more game specific information, check out the game's website made by the original designer, Jim Wallman.


Do I need RPG or Board Gaming experience to play?

- No! Newcomers are welcome. Watch the Skies is a very rules light and rules flexible game that is easy to learn.

Can I pick my country/team?

YES! When ordering tickets, you will be able to pick your country. You are highly encouraged to sign up in groups of four for the countries, groups of six for the aliens, and two for the press(Global News Network). As these roles fill up, they will be marked off the list as being filled. This will be a fluid process but our goal is to have all the teams figured out about two weeks or a month before the event so that everyone can be sent their 'briefings' beforehand.

Do you need more people to help run 'control'?

For those unaware, the game requires 'referee' type people, called Control, in order to function. These folks help run everything smoothly and it is up to them to help you during the event. We haven't decided if we are going to open this up to others to help in this way, but if we do, it'll either be free or significantly cheaper than the normal tickets. If this does happen, know that you will still have fun as control but you are also going to be responsible to ensure everyone else has a good time and the game runs smoothly.

Where can I find the rules?

- Rules can be bought from Jim Wallman's website, but that is not recommended unless your goal is to donate to Jim for making such an awesome game. It is not recommended you read all the rules because it has the unfortunate effect of making players think that's all they can do. This is not true. Watch the Skies is a "Yes, and" as well as a "Yes, but" game. This means that if you want to do something, but aren't sure how, you can just hail down a Control Member who will help you out. Furthermore, we are likely to edit the rules somewhat for this specific game of Watch the Skies. Finally, you will be sent a briefing prior to the event that will include the rules that you need to be aware of before the event.

I see this is an all day game. Will there be a break?

- While you will likely find time for a break, there is no organized time for everyone to take a break together. A core part of the game is time and the lack of it. An organized break would be detrimental to the game running smoothly. There will be some snacks and refreshments available and you're encouraged to bring your own as well.

Will lunch be provided?

- No, but snacks and drinks will be provided. You are highly encouraged to bring your own as well.

This sounds like there's a lot of moving pieces here. What happens if the game doesn't fill up completely?

- If the game doesn't fill up completely, there is a chance of cancellation. In that case, all tickets will be refunded in full. However, we will do what we can to make this event happen if the game does not fill up. The minimum number of players is 27. We encourage you to invite your friends!

Where can I find more information about the charity that you are raising funds for??

Good question! Check out: www.pwyf.ca for more information!

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