A local group called the ‘Southend Gamers ‘ wants our Readers to know that they’re looking for more people to well…play around with.
The group, which meets every Saturday, has been active for over seven years, and currently has 60 members – a 60/30 mix of men and women, with the average age of 32.
“We have over 190 games to choose from – classics, party and Eurogames,” reads an email we received. “We do NOT play wargames nor do we play card games (as in poker or Hearts). There is no fee or charge for gaming.”
Here’s more from Organizer Dave Christensen:
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We hold sessions every week on Saturdays at my home with sessions occasionally hosted by other members at their homes. Members can arrive anytime after NOON and may stay till midnight should they choose to. You are never obligated to attend any session tho I ask that you come to a game session at least once every six months to maintain a membership. Our average group size is about eight with a limit of twenty. The group newsletter that I occasionally produce contains photos of each session that has new members and a brief synopsis of the events and players attending to help members get to know one another better.
In 2006, Southend gamers introduced dayhikes, offroad exploration, picnics and potluck barbecues that include indoor and outdoor games that have been popular. Outdoor games include Bocce ball, Croquet, Lawn darts (original!), Badminton, Bean bag baseball, Snake ball and Washerboard.
We are participating members of the Millionminute organization (which promotes game play within families) and finished in 4th place Nationwide last year.
We try to host an annual potluck barbecue in July that includes both indoor and outdoor games that have been very popular. We try to host other smaller picnics as weather permits during the summer.
If you are allergic to cats, be warned – I have two. My home is no smoking ‘cept outside.
If you’d like to stop in for a visit to see what’s up first, feel free to do so, game night or not. Just email and arrange a meeting.
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