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So did I mention I'm gaming again?

Last year I did some Googling and discovered a group of guys, mostly from base, who were gathering at the local used book/office supply/pool supply/cake decorating/gaming store (I kid you not). Nice enough geeks, but their vibe was less than welcoming, and they seemed more focused on Warhammer and such (which I'm not into), so I didn't feel enthusiastic about going back. (At least I found a local place where I can get games, though.)

This past spring I found out the students had started a board gaming club on campus, so I got in touch and started attending. They're more American board game oriented, but a couple are aware of Eurogames or willing to learn. They're a fun bunch - they even made me their advisor this semester. :)

Then, in September, I was surprised to receive a random e-mail from Meetup.com, which I had presumed was all but dead after they went pay-to-play in 2005. (The uproar at the time was most stupendous - I had an account and followed a few meetups, like the sci-fi group in San Diego, but pretty much gave up on it then, which happened to be around the time I moved here. I didn't even realize I'd changed my profile to Maryland, which is why I got the e-mail, so I was doubly surprised). A gamer new to the area ponied up the bucks and got the thing going. We've met twice so far, and so far everyone is pretty neat (5 of us total so far). Not everyone was familiar with Eurogaming, but they've all been willing to try new things, so much so that we're talking about meeting weekly instead of bi-weekly. I've been doing what I can by advertising around, including posting to some local LGBT lists I'm on, and I think at least one other guy is queer, so that's a plus. :)

So between the students and the Meetup group, I'm back into gaming. Alas, the bulk of my library is still in San Diego, but between me and Danny, the Meetup organizer, we've got enough to keep us quite busy. (Speaking of Danny, he's also a game designer. He created this great card game called "Soaps," which we all really like and will probably play often.)

So, yeah, gaming again. w00t. :)

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jkusters
Oct. 15th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Ah, that explains the "Soaps" reference from a previous entry. I'd asked Michael about that and he hadn't heard about it. And you know, that's like me not knowing a TOS reference, i.e., statistically impossible. :-)
esprix
Oct. 15th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
He's having it printed from an on-demand place online. I'll be picking up a copy soon. It even has an entry on BBG.
jkusters
Oct. 15th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
I saw the entry on BGG (checked it before hitting the "post" button). I'll let Michael know about it.
esprix
Oct. 15th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, he'll be hearing about it from me soon enough. No worries. :)
jkusters
Oct. 15th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
That sounds almost unto a threat... ;-)
jsciv
Oct. 16th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
You need to get out more. Go to Essen or something (oh wait, that's me). :)

Glad to hear you're having fun!
esprix
Oct. 16th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
Well I'm *trying* to get out more - that's the point. :) It's also just me - Q isn't really interested (although he'll play stuff if we do it during a party). I wish our place were bigger so we could host, but oh well.
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