Guest Author - Lynn Little
Do you enjoy board games but don't feel you have enough opportunities to play? Chances are you are not alone. Why not start a board game club to satisfy that desire to play new and classic board games. Many people enjoy playing board games online through Facebook, but some people still prefer to play face-to-face. Before you grab your Scrabble and Monopoly board, there are a few points to keep in mind when starting a local board game group.
Finding other gamers
How will you advertise your group? There are several ways to do this for free. First start with a group of friends who would enjoy getting together once a month to play board games. If they have a good time, then they may invite a few of their friends. Word of mouth is definitely a good way to get participants to a new board game group. You can also check with your local newspaper to see if they have a free events calendar. Start an online group through Yahoo!, MSN, or even Meetup (even though Meetup isn't free, it's great exposure) to find people interested in a board game group in your area.
The rules of the club
Will you charge dues? This may depend upon how much it might cost to meet monthly. If you plan to put out flyers announcing the meeting or start a paid online group through Meetup, then you may want to consider a nominal fee to cover expenses. A fee might discourage some from enjoying especially a new group so it might be best to establish the group and then to discuss the cost of it all.
The games people play
Is this group focused on one game like Scrabble or will it encompass all board games? If you plan on playing a variety of board games, then you may want to consider monthly themes like word, strategy, or mystery games. You might want to gather input from attendees to see which board games are of most interest to them.
Finding a venue
Finding a place to play board games might be a challenge. You can check with your local community center but be aware that there might be rules that everyone will have to adhere to. Local colleges might rent out rooms to students or the general public. Restaurants and local hotels could possibly have meeting rooms. You can also check with your local Chamber of Commerce, parks and recreation, and city offices for more possible locations.
Starting a board game club can be a wonderful way to meet board gamers in your area and share a favorite pastime.