May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and this year there’s a new recruit helping support this effort with the ranks of online tabletop roleplaying gamers. The newly-launched concierge gaming platform TourGuide Games has announced a partnership with The Headstrong Project non-profit veteran mental health care organization to host the “GameChanger for Vets” Charity Stream. This eight-hour charity event will be held on Sunday, May 23, from 2:00-10:00 p.m. EDT, and will be streamed live on the TourGuide Games Twitch channel.
Games can positively impact mental health…
— TourGuide Games (@TourGuide_Games) May 15, 2021
The “GameChanger for Vets” Charity Stream event will feature TourGuides aptly leading numerous military veterans and supporting civilians through eight hours of tabletop roleplaying game one-shots. Leading the gaming charge will be TourGuide Games CEO and Founder Larry Zoll, along with Headstrong Director of Operations and U.S. Army veteran Matt Feldhaus.
The cadre of participating military veterans and gamers is still growing but is currently scheduled to include Forrest Emerson, Mel Van De Graaf, Matt Hoadley, U.S. Air Force veteran D.J. Kurtz, Brandon Marion, Christopher Michaels, Pete Morgan, U.S. Army veteran Jim Moreno, Ryan Nysse, Renee Rhodes, U.S. Navy veteran Roman Ryder, John, Serpico, U.S. Army veteran Spence Spencer, and Keiko Zoll. More players may be announced later.
Four tabletop RPGs will make up the events’ adventure mission order, with each one shot scheduled for a two-hour block of play. Here’s the list of games, players, and time slots as currently scheduled:
- All Outta Bubblegum (created by Michael “Epoch” Sullivan and Jeffrey Grant); 2-4 p.m.; Matt Hoadley, Christopher Michaels, Ryan Nysse, Renee Rhodes.
- Guild of Orpheus (created by Grant Howitt); 4-6 p.m.; Matt Feldhaus, DJ Kurtz, Jim Moreno, Roman Ryder.
- Lasers & Feelings (created by One Seven Design); 6-8 p.m.; Forrest Emerson, Mel Van De Graff, Brandon Marion, John Serpico, Keiko Zoll.
- Project Ninja Panda Taco (created by Jennifer Steen); 8-10 p.m.; Rich Lovejoy, Pete Morgan, Stephan Pennington, Spence Spencer, Larry Zoll.
You can double time over to the TourGuide Games and Headstrong websites to learn more about them. Recon TourGuide’s Twitter and Facebook channels for live updates on the “GameChanger for Vets” Charity Stream event and other TTRPG goodness.
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