Commingled this fall among the variety of activities in Savannah - the city with something for everyone - is a gathering for the area's board and tabletop gamers.
On Nov. 9, GnomeCon will host its first Game Day at Saint Leo University in Savannah. The event is free and open to the public, but a $5 donation is asked of participants. The donated funds will go the Live Oak Public Library in support of literacy in the community.
"It's a part of our local outreach program to benefit the Live Oak Library," Mike Baker, GnomeCon Game Master, said of Game Day.
"It has a couple of benefits. One, the donations will all go to the library. Number two, it serves to try and get the word out about GnomeCon and what it's about, and it's a chance for gamers to get together, roll the dice and have a good time."
Beginning at 9 a.m., the tables will fill and games shall commence. On the docket will be a smorgasbord of gaming delight, such as Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Alhambra, Lord of the Rings mini battles, Bolt Action WWII Skirmish and Swatters. Play is planned to continue through 5 p.m.
The environment will be geared toward gamers 12 and older (based on difficulty level of the games) and children 13 and younger should have a parental unit in tow.
A charity auction is also scheduled to take place during the activities of the day.
Morningstar Games has donated a couple of games that will be raffled off in a silent auction, with all proceeds going to the library.
"Morningstar has just been a phenomenal supporter of GnomeCon from the get-go," Baker said. "They are a local game store and they 'get' reaching out to the gaming community."
Following in the footsteps of events such as DragonCon, local Savannah gamers created GnomeCon, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with a focus on bringing together people who enjoy the shared pastime of science fiction, board gaming and fantasy gaming.
In the first year, GnomeCon had a surprisingly large showing of about 300 people. It grew in the second year, allowing the group to expand its community outreach. The third GnomeCon is set for April 11-13.
"GnomeCon represents a much more social aspect of the gaming hobby," Baker said.
"Board gamers and tabletop gamers are people that want to go associate and hang out with people that share their hobbies.
"I like to describe a good game as a game that tells a story. At the end of the evening, if you have told a good story around a game board, you've probably had a lot of fun."