What We're Doing...
We are attempting to break the Guinness World Record for longest time spent continuously playing the same boardgame.
The current Guinness World Record for a board game marathon is 42 hours and 48 minutes held by four Germans playing the game Carcassonne.
This record was set in September 2006.
On January 16th, 2009 at 9am PST, we hope to begin the process of surpassing that record by playing the Settlers of Catan board game for 50 straight hours.
UPDATE: We Did It! On January 18th at 3:49am we broke the old World Record. Then we kept playing until 11am to set a new record of 50 hours.
Why We're Doing It...
Well, the simple answer to that question is, "because we think we can."
Another reason we're doing this is to raise awareness and funds for the Canadian Cancer Society -- which is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer.
To that end we've set up a donation page where you can donate directly to the Canadian Cancer Society. If you live in Canada you'll also receive a charitable tax receipt.
And just so you know, we've covered all the costs of putting on this event ourselves and we don't take a single penny from any donations.
UPDATE: We reached our goal! However you can still donate to the Canadian Cancer Society as long as this web page is up.
How You Can Help...
There are two things you can do to help us now that we've achieved the World Record.
First, please donate to the Canadian Cancer Society because cancer can be beaten given the appropriate resources. You can give one dollar, ten dollars, a hundred dollars or any other amount.
Second, tell your friends about this web site.
And if you volunteered to help us, we send you a BIG Thank You! Hopefully you received your official World Record breaking t-shirt, but if not just let us know and we'll send one out to you right away.
Remember, while this event may be finished, it's still not too late to help the Cancer Society.
Mark, Martin, David, Dave, George and Sam!