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Two events are scheduled this year for [alt], an after Oktoberfest Christian alternative, said Brandon Nimz, Unite ministry leader.

"[alt] is presented by a coalition of ministries and is open to any ministry in the community," he said. "It's an alternative to house parties and other activities. Everyone is welcome. It's open to the community."

Last year, [alt] sponsored a free concert. There won't be a concert this year, but the group plans to have one next year.

"It's a down year for us," Nimz said.

However, the Unite Game Night offers a variety of activities. It starts at 7:30 p.m. at United Methodist Campus Center, 507 Elm.

Pizza, ice cream and other snacks will be served, and the Common Grounds Coffee House, a full-service coffee house featuring pour-overs, espresso drinks, teas and other drinks such as Italian creme sodas, will be open.

Game night kicks off at 8 p.m. with a Rock Band 2 battle of the bands. Several consoles will be set up with Rock Band 2 controllers, and all bands will play the same song on their screens. Those with the highest scores will advance, and winners will receive prizes.

A Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament starts at 10 p.m. There's no buy in, but prizes will be awarded.

At midnight, there will be a Just Dance tournament, with participants dancing to the game.

The MTG Return to Ravnica Booster Draft will be hosted by Unite, and judged and run by the Fort Hays State University Collegiate Association of Table Top Gamers starts at 2 a.m. The booster draft requires a $15 buy-in to play, but players keep the cards they draft and will win prize support based on participation.

Open tournaments of card games, such as pitch and pinochle, and board games start at 4 a.m.

Breakfast will be served at 6 a.m.

"It'll be a long night, but a good night," Nimz said.

There also will be a Stay-Sober-Fest at the Comeau Catholic Campus Center, 506 W. Sixth.