In 2014 we willed a gamer holiday into existence, New Game Day (February 2nd), and it worked! In its first year, New Game Day was celebrated by over 65 gaming groups worldwide, including gamers in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Mexico, Spain, and the United States

While New Game Day operates independently of the Stew — it’s not “our” holiday; it belongs to everyone — we’re back to support it with over $200 in prizes.

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What is New Game Day?

New Game Day is a free annual event for tabletop gamers worldwide – a day to celebrate tabletop roleplaying games (RPGs) and board games by playing something you’ve never played before. It’s easy to remember, too: “New on 2/2.”

We hope that on 2/2 every year you’ll take some time to play one or more new games, support the folks who design and sell those games, and share your love of games with others.

That’s all there is to it: a day to play new games. It’s a simple idea (simple enough that I was surprised it hadn’t already been done!), but hopefully one that will resonate with gamers worldwide.

Win prizes for playing new games

Gnome Stew and Engine Publishing are providing prizes for sharing your New Game Day experience with us.

How to enter: On New Game Day, February 2, post a comment on our New Game Day feature article (which will go up February 1st) about the new game or games you played to celebrate New Game Day. Because time zones are weird, any comment made on Feb. 1, 2, or 3 will be eligible.

Small print: Comments before February 1 or after February 3 won’t be eligible. You can comment as many times as you like, but your first comment will be your entry. As always, members of the Gnome Stew team aren’t eligible to win.

How to win: We’ll choose random winners for each prize using random.org, and contact those winners using the email address associated with their Gnome Stew account. (Make sure it’s a valid email address so we can get in touch with you.)

The prizes: Courtesy of the Stew and Engine Publishing, we’re offering 6 prizes for New Game Day:

  1. A $100 Amazon.com gift certificate
  2. $50 worth of PDFs from DriveThruRPG (email us what you want and we’ll buy it for you)
  3. Digital editions of any 3 Engine Publishing books (you choose the books)
  4. Digital editions of any 2 Engine Publishing books (your choice)
  5. The digital edition of any 1 Engine Publishing book (your choice)

I hope you’ll take a moment to check out the New Game Day website, and that you’ll come back to share your experiences in our giveaway/celebration thread. Happy gaming!