Playing games to fight hunger (with photos)

By Amanda Hari

March 1, 2014 Updated Mar 3, 2014 at 11:11 AM EST

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Gamers pretend to battle thousands of years in the future, all to help keep present day stomachs full.

The second annual "Gear up to Fight Hunger" tournament took place on Saturday.

More than 10 players competed in the Warhammer 40K tournament.

The tournament is to benefit the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse, or CHOW. The tournament entry fee was $10 and three cans or boxes of food.

“We plan it around this time of year because after the holidays we know the need is great," said event organizer, Rex Henry. "So the idea was to get folks to come in play an afternoon of casual gaming and raise food for the food banks.”

Warhammer is a science-fiction game that takes place in the year 40,000 AD. Players battled with an army of hand painted models, in attempt to eliminate their opponent's army.

In all, the tournament donated more than 300 pounds of food.

“Everyone knows what it's like to be at least a little bit hungry," Henry said. "And the idea is hopefully we can prevent people from being very hungry, at least for a short while."

This event attracted players from as far as Syracuse and Scranton.

It was hosted by the B.C. Adeptus club, which is a tabletop and miniature gaming community that meets every month.